In his interview to CNN-News 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his job was to “perform, reform, transform and, now, inform”. But he isn’t the first in this government to make this statement. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, in his first media interaction after being given charge of the I&B Ministry in the July reshuffle, had said that in addition to his existing role as Urban Development Minister, where he “performs, reforms and transforms”, he will now also “inform”.
The Chhattisgarh Congress, which is rebuilding itself after the exodus of former CM Ajit Jogi, is on the verge of hiring a strategist for its social media units. A person close to PCC chief Bhupesh Baghel has almost been finalised for the job. The consultant will begin by conducting a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis for the state Congress, keeping an eye on the assembly polls that are two years away.
Good to go
Ahead of the all-party delegation’s visit to J&K, the Left parties are doing adequate homework. The CPM and the CPI have invited a large number of intellectuals, Kashmir experts and interlocutors for a closed-door discussion on Sunday. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and his CPI counterpart S Sudhakar Reddy will sit with them and seek their inputs. The likes of former foreign secretary Salman Haider, Wajahat Habibullah and representatives of the Centre for Policy Research will be part of the consultation. Left leaders believe their inputs would be beneficial when they visit the Valley. Yechury and CPI national secretary D Raja would be part of the delegation.
Down and up
There was a slight hiccup when US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker walked up to the Prime Minister’s Race Course Road residence for a meeting this week. Pritzker, who was in high heels, fell down and twisted her ankle. The security personnel and Kerry quickly helped her get up. Unruffled, she walked to the meeting without making a fuss.
Murmurs that former I&B secretary Sunil Arora might be the next CEO of Prasar Bharati have been doing the rounds for a few days. Arora, though, did not comment on the issue as the position was expected to open in February, when incumbent Jawahar Sircar’s tenure ends. Now it seems the position might open up sooner. Sircar has expressed his desire to leave before February, but not before he finishes certain projects he had committed to.