Mumbai Diary: Angry nurses, stubborn auto drivers

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 05, 2012 05:57 hrs

Nurses see pink over white uniforms

The white frock that nurses have been wearing across the country for decades is now part of a long-drawn legal battle. Two nurses' unions have been fighting each other and even the State over the colour of their uniforms.

The Maharashtra Nurses Federation (MNF) insists on wearing pink Punjabi suits (salwar kameez) along with white aprons. While the Sarkari Paricharika Pragati Sangathan (SPPS), another nurses' union is sticking to it guns – wearing white – literally. Both unions have gone to court on several occasions and have been engaged in a long-drawn legal battle over the colour of their uniforms. The court threw the ball back in the government's court, asking it to decide on the colour of the uniforms. Nearly 700 nurses working in GT, St George, Cama & Albless and JJ hospitals are abiding by the pink uniforms. And the reason behind this change of heart and colour is that the MNF believes the white uniforms that nurses wear in government hospitals ‘reek of the British era'. The union believes that the salwar kameez and the pink colour is more Indian in its outlook. The SPPS, on the other hand, feels that patients relate to the white uniforms and associate the white frock with respect and dignity.


Fake Parking racket busted

Three men have been arrested from Bandra who had been running a fake pay and park racket for nearly 6 years. The residents and motorists in the area never suspected a thing as the men were dressed in Municipal uniforms, sported official ID badges and even had a signboard placed with the rates. The con came to the surface after two motorists suspected something was amiss as the attendants began bargaining over the parking rates. They checked up with the BMC and realised no such parking lot was sanctioned by the civic body. The locals then lodged a police complaint and had the cons arrested.


Autos hold commuters to ransom over E-meters

The auto-rickshaws in Mira Road-Bhayander stretch have never run by meter. In fact, the fleecing three-wheelers have had a free run in the area for decades, without ever being hauled up. However, the Thane Municipal Corporation finally woke up to the woes of commuters in the area and made the installation of Electronic meters in all rickshaws compulsory. The rickshaw unions rejected the order outright and decided to go on a strike. For 4 days, adamant unions stayed off the streets -- in the process – inconveniencing close to 10 lakh commuters in the area. The standoff continues even as commuters line up at bus stands and show the rickshaw the thumb – literally.


Symonds out, Levi in for Mumbai Indians

Big-hitting Aussie Andrew Symonds announced his retirement a few weeks back and also made himself unavailable for the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Just as the Mumbai team was contemplating a suitable replacement out popped South African Richard Levi. The 24-year-old powered his way into the records books by smashing the fastest ton in T20s. Let's just hope that Levi has a better show with the bat for the Mumbai Indians and stays out of controversy. He is after all replacing the big boots of Andrew Symonds.

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