That’s me and my dad in class
It’s Mother’s Day, but fathers have been having their day at Delhi University for a while now: a group of fathers are courting college at the same time as their kids at DU. The university’s Faculty of Law boasts of at least four fathers who have been their children’s fellow students.
At Law Centre-I (LC-I), 52-year-old Beli Ram Kaundal attended classes to be close to his 20-year-old identical twins Vishal and Vikrant. He is his sons’ junior. Kaundal, Hamirpur’s sub-divisional magistrate, decided to do his LLB when his sons complained that they found Delhi “too harsh”. The trio made it to this year’s Limca Book. Says Vishal, “It was very reassuring when our father joined us. We would go out together after class many times.”
Rajendar Lal, 51, an accountant with the Ministry of Finance, joined LC-II a year after his 27-year-old daughter, Kusumlata cleared her entrance. His 25-year-old son Jeetender is also his LLB super-senior.
Then there’s 57-year-old N.M. Perumal, a Home Ministry director, who beat his daughter Lata, 27, to bag an LLB a year earlier. “I spent more time in the LC-II canteen than my daughter who is now writing her final exams,” he laughs.
It was a level playing field for 55-year-old Sudhir Kumar, a senior IAS officer and his 27-year-old son Suhas, who became batchmates in 2004. Suhas’s best friend from college, Aagney, ended up in Kumar Sr’s class — and became his best friend too. Now, Kumar Sr is all set to become Suhas’s senior at college, as the latter dropped out for a year.
The four Delhi government agencies running the liquor stores are Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store, and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.
According to the LG office, the government in 2015 rejected an excise department proposal to reduce the number of dry days from 23 to three days in a year in line with nearby states which observed only three dry days in a year.
Haryana government's efforts to rejuvenate dried-up rivers bore fruit with the rejuvenation of the Rakshi river after almost 25 years. The recuperation of the 32-km-long stretch of the river has brought a smile to thousands of farmers of 50 villages of Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Karnal districts as the flow of water will help recharge the groundwater in these villages.
While Safdarjung recorded only 2.7mm of rain through the day, moderate rainfall was recorded in south-west Delhi, with Palam receiving 33.3mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm, followed by 22.0mm at Ayanagar.
Urging the Union government to promote natural farming in the country, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday informed the NITI Aayog that the Haryana government has been taking steps to encourage farmers to switch from chemical farming to natural farming. The chief minister said that the state government is completely focused on promoting natural farming in the state and that farmers should also be encouraged for the same.