As the Maharashtra government takes strides towards digitisation of operations, online clearances, databases and paperless offices, it has also decided to make a small change that will bring much comfort to its employees. For the first time, the government has decided to electronically transfer salaries directly to the employees’ bank accounts. But, the comfort will come at a price. Employees will have to forego Re 1 from every month’s salary, which the government will collect as stamp duty. Until now, all employees earning over Rs 5,000 had to sign on a one-rupee stamp while collecting their salaries. The government will now deduct the sum from the salary.
A central agency that has the powers to investigate major cases appears to be struggling to get its own house in order as far as junior officers’ complaints go. Junior officers complain that a senior IPS officer who has cracked some big murder cases through the use of scientific tools and techniques forces juniors to make PowerPoint presentations for him. These officials complain that they have to work overtime to meet the demand of the boss. So, as the boss makes his love for new investigative tools known, junior officers are awaiting his transfer order, due in a couple of months.
It was a show of the indigenous success when the first ever home-built Scorpene re-entered the waters of the Mazagon Docks Ltd last week. As Kalavari made its way slowly towards the dockyard, accompanied by the release of balloons in the colours of the National Flag and shouts of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’, it was the long-forgotten Alisha Chinoy number the organisers chose to play: ‘Made In India’…
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It was a room engulfed in feminism at the suburban Prithvi Theatre Saturday morning. As part of Tata Literary Live! Festival, writer Shobhaa De was engaged in a discussion with Germaine Greer and Mona Eltahawy on “Will women always be the second sex?’ While the discussion was led into how men consider it their right to dominate women, lyricist Javed Akhtar, who attended the session as part of audience, could not keep to himself. “Should mothers not ensure they teach their children right,” he questioned. To this, a girl in the audience responded, “Should fathers not?” Akhtar and Eltahawy soon entered into a dialogue that was about to heat up, when the ever humourous Greer jumped in to silence Akhtar. “Why do men always have to shout?” For once, the panellists laughed, women were not the second sex here.