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Thanks but no thanks

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Who would not agree to a Saturday off at the office ?
But a group of employees at the Navi Mumbai office of one of India’s largest companies are doing precisely that – objecting to the proposal for having their six-days-a-week office converted to a five-days-a-week one.
And here’s the best part. All the objectors are the oldies, who have put in years and years of service.
Speaking for his friends, one of them explains why he would love coming to work on Saturdays for as long as possible: “What will we do sitting at home? Just hear the wife nagging the whole day?”

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December 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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Only in Delhi (Real life story)

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DAY 1
Primary School Teacher:
Samajh mein aaya?
Student:
Madam aap ne smile kar diya, woh hi kaafi hain

DAY 2
Student:
Madam aaj aap ki choti chhoti lag rahi hain, kya baat hain?

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June 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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Only in India – 6

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New police bikes come with beacons of trouble
(Mumbai Mirror, 26 August 2010)

It’s a case of noble intentions getting ruined by faulty designs. The idea behind equipping Navi Mumbai beat marshals with sleek, 150 cc motorbikes was quicker patrolling. But whoever thought of fitting the brand new 30 bikes with a funky rod and a beacon light on top has earned himself plenty of curses from constables.
The problem is, the rod is making it impossible for the pillion rider to mount the vehicles. The pillion rider has to sit with both legs on the bike’s left, as the rod is fitted just above the rear wheel. Even riders had trouble dismounting the bikes.

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August 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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Only in India – 5

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News report: 14 August 2010:
In a shocking conflict of interest, structural consultant Sailesh Mahimtura, as member of the state government’s high-rise committee, deliberated and decided on 20 building proposals in which he had a personal stake.

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August 25, 2010 at 8:51 pm

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Only in India – 4

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A day before Independence Day, 2010:
Girl stripped naked in Masra, West Bengal, molested and made to walk naked over 10 km. Her crime? She had an “illicit” love affair from a man from a different community.
Full report here.

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August 17, 2010 at 11:10 pm

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Only in India – 3

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News headline: 15 CISF personnel thrash three traffic cops, 3 constables in Sewri, Mumbai
Full story here.

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August 15, 2010 at 6:38 am

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Only in India – 2

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In January 2010, chief minister Ashok Chavan appointed 35 ‘guardian ministers’ to oversee certain special areas of Maharashtra state. Rural development minister Jayant Patil was handed over Mumbai city.
On Tuesday, reacting to reports and complaints of numerous potholes on Bombay roads, mantriji bundled three top-ranking officials of the Bombay Municipal Corporation and literally took them for a ride on Bombay’s battered roads. He asked his driver to get off from the car after some time and personally drove it over each and every pothole that came in the way, lambasting the officials in the process.
On Wednesday, the officials swung into action.
They got a team together and covered the potholes – but only those that came on the route between minister Patil’s home in Malabar Hill and his office in Nariman Point, barely five km away!

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August 1, 2010 at 6:07 am

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