RAILWAY MINISTER Suresh Prabhu recently announced an alliance with Sulabh International for cleaning railway stations. The railways has “decided to marry” Sulabh International, Prabhu said at an event, adding that if anybody wants to offer any gift on this occasion, it can’t be better than ensuring cleanliness. He also said some passengers have grievances such as the amount of sugar in tea. Such complaints are normally made to your wife but, he said, perhaps we love our passengers so much that they consider us their spouse.
Lot In A Name
BJP SPOKESPERSON Anil Baluni has got a new fan club. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up the cause of Balochistan, Baluni got a call from Sweden-based Radio Gwank for his comments for their bulletin. Although he wonders why the reporters chose him — he thinks it could be his name that drew their attention — Baluni is pleased with the response. This radio service, which exposes cases of human rights violation in Balochistan, now broadcasts Baluni’s interviews on various issues every other day. His friends in the party have even suggested him to change his name to ‘Baluchi’.
UNION MINISTER Upendra Kushwaha’s party RLSP, which recently got a jolt when one of its three MPs and one of its two MLAs were expelled, is set to lose its media face now. Party’s chief general secretary Shivraj Singh is disenchanted with politics and, insiders say, may resign from the party soon. Shivraj, a young urban face in the party, is more into academics and was in constant touch with some senior BJP leaders before he joined the RLSP, a party with rural base in parts of Bihar.
RAILWAY MINISTER Suresh Prabhu’s idea was to equip ticket examiners on trains with handheld devices to check tickets and issue receipts. What bureaucrats in the railways interpreted as “handheld device” has turned out to be a bulky machine with portable printers attached. Prabhu’s office has expressed displeasure over the device that costs around Rs 15,000. So, officials of its software arm, Centre for Railway Information Systems, have been told that handheld device should be like an inexpensive smartphone with a special app and not like those bulky machines.