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Arvind Dabas, the Delhi Police constable accused of trying to obtain BJP leader Arun Jaitley's call records without authorisation, must have felt like a celebrity as photojournalists chased him for a picture. Dabas, who was produced in Tis Hazari court this week, made photojournalists and camerapersons wait for almost four hours. The moment Dabas entered the court premises, photojournalists started adjusting their lenses, oblivious to the fact that Special Cell would not allow anyone to take visuals. After the hearing ended, Special Cell officers and Dabas were to exit from gate no. 2, while the photojournalists were waiting outside gate no. 3. Some reporters immediately told photojournalists to go to gate number 2. The officers started running, with Dabas in tow, and exited from gate no. 1. The photojournalists were one step ahead. They had already split themselves into groups, thus covering all the gates of the Tis Hazari court complex. They clicked pictures the moment the team exited the court with the accused. It was a flicker of excitement on an otherwise dull day at the court.

Sort by alphabet

At a press briefing last week, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer) B S Jaiswal explained how all undertrials from his area, except ones whose names start with 'R' and 'S', were lodged in Rohini jail. "The names of maximum number of criminals start with R or S. As a rule, all of them are lodged in Tihar jail, while the rest are in Rohini jail. I, for example, would be in Rohini if I do something wrong," he said, and the journalists had a hearty laugh.

Subdued celebration

The Airport Metro completed two years of operation on Saturday. Having gone through challenging times in the last few months, the Reliance-backed concessionaire decided to have a subdued celebration to mark the anniversary. The line was not operational for over six months, resuming services only in January. "The Airport Metro has recently resumed operations after a gap of few months. Improving ridership is the priority," a senior official said. The concessionaire has offered discounts to commuters, in an attempt to improve ridership.

Do it yourself

With Assembly polls approaching, the Congress has begun working to garner support for its incumbent government. The DPCC chief was at one such meeting with Congress councillors this week. He asked them to seek votes for the party and had unique advice for women councillors: "Attend weddings and other public functions yourself. You are the elected representatives, not your husbands."

Details needed

Delhi University's annual festival, Antardhwani, saw participation by thousands of students. However, the university does not seem to be pleased all with the facilities. The university administration set up counters at the festival venue to provide information about the four-year undergraduate programme. Some teachers asked whether they would also be given details of the four-year courses before they begin next session. "Maybe we should go and find out all the details that even our own HOD says he has no clue about," a DU teacher said in a post on Facebook.

Admission please

Addressing school principals at the 40th annual meeting of the National Progressive School's Conference (NPSC), Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said he hoped that schools flourished and that he had a "vested interest" in saying so. "I have two grandchildren and I hope you admit them as and when they apply to your schools," Ahluwalia said, sending the gathering into peels of laughter.

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