Delhi underground: A different gathering

In the festive season, most political leaders are inviting friends and relatives for parties. One politician in Delhi, however, is doing things differently. Karan Singh Tanwar, a BJP MLA, has invited everyone for a hunger strike against Congress government, in protest of its moves against unauthorised construction in the Delhi Cantonment area.

A little too clean

The Delhi Metro is proud of its efficiency and cleanliness. Trains and stations are nearly spotless, but the lack of a basic facility left a commuter puzzled. He was carrying a few empty plastic bottles and wafer packets at Rajiv Chowk Metro station. He searched the entire station, but could not find a dustbin. He then approached a CISF personnel and asked him if there was any dustbin on the station. The CISF personnel replied, "There are no bins here, take the bottles home." The bewildered commuter walked out of the station with the bottles and packets.

Frequent flyers

The fog season is always a matter of concern for most flyers. The Met department always bears the brunt of these concerns as its phone lines are constantly busy with requests for weather updates so that they can plan their flights. Most "flyers" are personal secretaries of corporate honchos, who are worried about losing their jobs if their weather updates turn out to be inaccurate. A Met official said "Some of the flyers include those who schedule weddings and call in to check whether their flights would land just in time for a reception or a marriage ceremony. These calls cannot be avoided. We deal with these on a daily basis."

Hold your fire

Police personnel living in barracks have been issued a strict warning this year: "No firing shots in the air in celebration of Diwali." While it has become sort of a tradition and nobody has been injured so far, senior officials have reminded their juniors that with the crackdown on firing at celebratory functions, firing in celebration of Diwali would not send the right signal.

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