Going formal

Nurses at civic-run hospitals are a concerned lot after authorities took a sudden decision to change their uniforms. After demands from the Municipal Mazdoor Union (MMU), a decision was taken to change all nursing staff uniforms from traditional suits to formal shirt and pants. However, a circular to this effect is awaited. The nurses, however, have their own reasons to protest. While a few think the new uniforms could be uncomfortable during pregnancy, some feel they look 'fat' in tight shirts. "Earlier, we had to wear frocks with aprons, which was not appropriate when dealing with male patients. After repeated requests, we were able to change the uniforms to suits. Now, this comes as a surprise," said a nurse at Nair Hospital. Some nurses are planning to approach the BMC commissioner to reconsider the plan.

For a British holiday

Soon after the Bombay High Court granted permission to Chhota Rajan's wife Sujata Nikalje to accompany her daughter to the UK as the latter is set to pursue higher studies there, two senior lawyers sought a date of hearing for their case. When the court suggested a date, both of them said they, too, had to go help their children leaving for the UK settle down on campus. The counsels, although on opposing sides of the litigation, agreed that the court's decision in Nikalje's case was "praiseworthy" and sought another date of hearing, probably after factoring in their jet-lag on returning from the UK.

'Unbeaten, on zero'

A SENIOR Cabinet minister of the NCP has 'reviewed' Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan's cricketing skills even before the CM has picked up a bat. The remarks came in the wake of Chavan becoming a member of one of the clubs affiliated to the Mumbai Cricket Association. The minister said, "Chavan's score on the cricket field is easy to predict. He will be zero not out. He will neither score runs nor throw away his wicket. I wonder how it will help his team or himself." Chavan had recently said, "During my childhood, sources of entertainment were limited. I had developed a great liking for the game of cricket. I also played cricket during my school and college days." The NCP minister added, "Chavan may have played on an even pitch. But let's see how he tackles Sharad Pawar's googlies and bouncers." Another Congress minister retorted in private, "Chavan is good at preparing (a) pitch. He will ensure that Pawar is hit wicket."

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