Delhi underground: New and savvy

The Delhi government's new principal health secretary is said to have brought some fresh changes to the department - vis-a-vis efficiency and transparency. "The secretary has served in the UN and harps on constant upgrading of efficiency and transparency. Needless to say, this is bringing a dynamic change to the department," an official said. The secretary has a team of fresh, Internet-savvy and enthusiastic officials. This reflects on the work. For instance, minutes after an inquiry committee was formed to investigate the Sushruta Trauma Centre tragedy, in which a fault in the oxygen supply system killed five patients, the notification was uploaded on the department's website. The mandate of a separate committee studying oxygen supply systems in all hospitals was also promptly put online. Details ongoing projects such revamping of the city's blood banks are available in the web.

No, not us

Delhi Police officers were upset when records of phone conversations between two ministers — Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf — and murdered liquor baron Gurdeep Singh Chadha alias Ponty and his brother Hardeep got leaked to the media. They claimed that they have nothing to do with the leak. "Why would we seek the call detail records (CDR) of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf? News reports say he has not spoken to Ponty or Hardeep. Why would we seek the CDR of Paramjit Singh Sarna (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee chief), who is not involved in the case.The leak is not from police," a Crime Branch officer said.

Row after row

CONTROVERSY seems to cloud almost every action that St Stephen's College attempts to take. After wriggling out of the Unmukt Chand (World Cup-winning India under-19 cricket captain) and the Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi actor) controversies, the college is saddled with another one. A section of the alumni was not happy with the first C F Andrews Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Members of the Association for Old Stephanians said they were "aghast to see that a list of Stephanians who have been chosen for the awards. The college tradition is that excellence in all walks of life should be encouraged. It is for this reason that such awards have never been given by the college, established in 1881," they said in a statement.

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