Off the record

Off the record

Food for thought

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday tasted delicacies from several states at the National Street Food Festival-2015, in Delhi. On a bright and sunny afternoon, Gandhi spent time at food stalls – savouring snacks from West Bengal and Delhi – besides providing the crowd ample opportunities to click pictures with him.

The festival at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium complex comes as a breather for the Gandhi scion, who was asked by the Delhi High Court to appear in a trial court in connection with the National Herald case. Before leaving the festival, Gandhi advised the public, “Try the aloo chat, it’s the best.”
Kalyan Ray, New Delhi

Teething troubles

Many of his detractors and subordinates arguably see Haryana health minister Anil Vij, who recently courted controversy over a spat with a woman IPS officer, as a ‘pain in the neck’. But this time it is Vij who’s getting his share of pain in the neck, or rather, tooth.

Forgetting the long queues of patients, deferred appointments or the weekly holiday, a team of nearly a dozen dental doctors from the prestigious PGI in Rohtak, Haryana, operated on Vij for a tooth problem this Sunday morning. The procedure lasted for about two hours, following which the minister was kept under observation for sometime.

The team of doctors was led by the principal of PGI dental college, sources said. After all, it’s about treating a minister, and one that holds the portfolio of health at that! However, would the doctors have done anything even closer for a common man, and that too on a Sunday?
Gautam Dheer, Chandigarh

A canine conundrum

The Andhra Pradesh Police dog-handlers are saying that they can’t relocate to Vijayawada city right away because their canine friends can’t be shifted due to lack of accommodation. After the bifurcation of the state into AP and Telangana, the canine division was also divided into two. Once the state government passed marching orders to its staff living and working in Hyderabad to relocate to Vijayawada before June 2016, the canine division started looking for accommodation in Vijayawada to house the sniffer dogs.

Presently, the Labradors and German shepherds are housed at a Nizam era building with ample open space near Khairatabad along with dogs marked for Telangana. The canines need enough space to exercise under the watchful eyes of their handlers. Now, with an already jam-packed Vijayawada, which is facing sever space crunch, the poor dogs will have to wait for some more time to shift to their assigned state.
JBS Umanadh, Hyderabad

Great Kerala CD Hunt

Last week, a judicial commission probing Kerala’s solar scam sent a police team along with key accused Biju Radhakrishnan to an “undisclosed” location. The plan? To unearth CDs which Biju said would nail bigwigs, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. The Commission’s decision to act on the words of a man convicted for his wife’s murder was viewed as debatable but what defined the day’s developments was the live television coverage of the team’s journey.

The Commission’s directions to keep it a secret operation came to naught; the ploy to keep the destination under wraps failed, too, as news channels “broke” details of the police vehicle’s junction turns and detours on frenetic tickers. The team, of course, returned empty-handed from Coimbatore (yes, it was an inter-state drive) and editorials the next day called for introspection on the farcical media coverage. In a season of political rallies, the true sum-up came from social media satirists who called it the ‘Grand Kerala CD Yatra’.
R Krishnakumar,

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