Delhi Underground

DTC to take no chances on Holi

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has announced that its service will not operate till 2 pm on Holi. Even in the evening on Holi, buses will operate as per traffic requirement. DTC said the measures have been taken to avoid incidents of eve-teasing on buses during Holi. DTC has also issued instructions to its drivers, conductors and traffic supervisory staff to be on the watch. In case of any untoward incident, drivers and conductors have been instructed to take the bus immediately to the nearest police station. "In case the crew find it difficult to take the bus to a police station, the driver has been instructed to switch on the head lights and blow horn to attract the attention of police," a DTC official said. Members of DTC special mobile checking squads equipped with wireless communication system will also be deployed near colleges and bus stops to provide help in case of any harassment of women.

MLAs get busy before festival

In order to woo voters before the Assembly elections, MLAs have been attending as many as six Holi functions a day, organised by those in their constituencies. "In the last two days, I have attended almost 10 functions from morning to night. Currently, my focus is to connect with my voters," an MLA said. Functions are also expected to be organised by MLAs themselves on the eve of the festival.

Dog has its day at AIIMS conference

A press conference about alleged discrimination in promotion of faculty members at AIIMS this week, found the playful pet of the main speaker also joining in. The conference was organised at the Delhi residence of the founder of a political party, who is also an activist fighting for the rights of the reserved categories. Mid-way through his detailed analysis of alleged corruption and discrimination at the institute, his white Pomeranian sauntered in and insisted on grabbing eyeballs. As the television cameras zoomed in, the dog posed with his owner, his tail wagging furiously. The speaker was heard playfully asking his pet, if it would like to give a few "bytes" to the cameras, and later inquiring "ho gayi conference?". He was quick to stop one of his security personnel who tried to grab the pet and take him away. Alas, the cameras had to wait, till the dog had had its say. Only after the exchange was concluded, did the distinguished leader return to the journalists and their questions.

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