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2017-05-20T10:43:27+05:30

Wheels Speed Up Police Patrol

The police do get tired doing patrol duty, especially if they have to keep walking for hours to enforce law and order. But the Puducherry police have something to cheer about. The top brass has provided them self-balancing, two-wheeled electric scooters for patrolling along the seaside promenade. A large number of people throng the promenade, especially during holidays, making it difficult for police personnel to keep a watch on the teeming crowds on the scenic beach road. Now, the cops have four brand new scooters to drive from one end of the promenade to another. This has made their life easier, though they are still facing teething problems. At the inaugural ceremony, two women constables collided with each other while trying their hands at their prized, new contraptions.


A Coffee-Scented Stamp Keeps Philately Alive

Letter writing (in hard copies, to be succinct!) may have gone out of vogue but there has been no dearth of people queuing up before post offices to buy stamps. A coffee-scented stamp printed by the India Security Press in Nashik has gone out of stock from most post offices across India. The unique stamp, priced at Rs 100, is being sold through 81 philatelic bureaus, but most have put up ‘out-of-stock’ boards at sale counters. Many philatelists have retur­ned empty handed, unable to get hold of the ‘collector’s item’. In Uttar Pradesh, brisk sales were reported not only from big cities but also from smaller centres like Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Pratapgarh and Sultanpur. The demand for the stamp has, of course, nothing to do with a ren­­ewed interest in writing letters and posting them to dear...

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