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When the Chairman of Indian Bank visited Mumbai, the Zonal Manager (General Manager cadre) came to receive him at the Airport. While the driver was boarding the luggages of the Chairman in the car, by mistake, the door got locked with the car key remaining in the ignition, as the AC was on. Hence, the Chairman could not board the car.
In the process, the Chairman had to wait at the Airport for 20 minutes, till another car was arranged. The Chairman got angry and immediately, he suspended the General Manager for not providing 'basic courtesy to the Chairman'. Mumbai media carried this story on the next day. Embarrassed Chairman, reinstated the General Manager immediately and shifted him to the Head Office at Chennai.
Even after reinstatement, the Chairman could not recover from his waiting incident for '20 minutes' at the airport. He ordered further investigation into the matter, so that he could punish the General Manager for any reason.
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Dr Abdul Kalam is an alumnus of Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) at Chromepet, Chennai. In early 2000, when he was the scientific advisor to the Prime Minister (Cabinet Minister rank at that time), he was to address the Golden Jubilee function of MIT. Even at that time, he was in Z category security.
Dr Kalam was travelling in the car on GST Road. MIT campus was on the other side of the road. He had to cross the railway level crossing. Just couple of minutes before he reached the level crossing, the gates were closed. Railway officials informed the security police that it would take minimum 30 minutes to open the gates.
Since Dr Kalam was in Z security, the police did not want him to wait in the gate for a long time. They were exploring the possibility of opening the railway gate, after stopping the trains at the stations. Dr Kalam did not approve this. There was one foot over bridge connecting both sides of the road across the railway track. He requested over mobile the Director of MIT to send one car to the other side of the foot over bridge. He simply walked on the foot over bridge along with his security officials and also along with other railway passengers to reach the other side within minutes. Another car picked him up on the other side and he attended the function in time.
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