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Assurance goes for a toss

    GOVIND D. BELGAUMKAR
    RAGHAVA M.
    AND
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Politicians are politicians. And, assurances are just that: assurances. Udupi Rail Yathri Sangha President R.L. Dias had apparently attached much credibility to the an assurance given by Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa that the Yeshwanthpur-Kannur train would be split at Mangalore and extended to Karwar when he had met the Minister in Udupi. Mr. Dias, who had issued public statements urging people not to vote politicians who cannot get the train extended to Karwar in the byelection to Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency, was hopeful of some positive action on this front. After all, the railway commuters had even gone to the High Court in this regard and secured an order that was reasonably favourable to them. But the commuters were in for disappointment when no announcement came in the budget. Mr. Dias now feels let down.

Tackling negative press

Some police officers get edgy when newspapers get critical about their actions particularly when major crimes are reported. But Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Pratap Reddy says his approach is different. “I do not read newspapers the day after a major crime. I like to carry on my work in a transparent way and I do not worry about what appears in print,” Mr. Reddy said on Saturday. He was responding to a question from a reporter whether the new initiative of making use of extensive mobile phone network of police was in response to news reports of the possibility of naxals tapping into wireless network of police. Mr. Reddy said he also advises his personnel to do accordingly after major crimes.

Miss, Mrs. or Ms.?

During a seminar held on images of women in Indian writing in English, novelist Shashi Deshpande was referred to as Mrs. or Shrimathi Shashi Deshpande. Asking the novelist herself what she thought of the salutation “Mrs.”, she said, she did not see how her marital status would interest anybody, but neither was she particular that she be addressed as “Ms.”, which is not

indicative of marital status. To that extent, she was not particular about any title and she was just “Shashi Deshpande”.

GOVIND D. BELGAUMKAR, RAGHAVA M., AND

ANISHA SHETH

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