The already stressed rail systems are no deterrent for politicians to try and introduce new trains, even if they serve no real purpose. A recently started train between Gorakhpur and Kolkata has been running almost empty, revealing that there was no actual need or demand for it. Despite that, the office of the Minister of State for Telecom Manoj Sinha has been pressing the railways bureaucracy to make it a thrice-a-week service from the present once-a-week. With UP elections thrown into the mix, the Railways might have to agree to the demand.
City of love
The French embassy held a glamorous do in their premises on Wednesday, celebrating the release of the upcoming movie Befikre. Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said that this was the first Indian film entirely shot in France. As he hosted the film’s lead actors Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, he also expressed his gratitude to Aditya Chopra who had told him that the movie had to be set in Paris, as it was the city of love.
While the government has directed bureaucrats to dispose of files quickly, bureaucrats of a particular ministry are disturbed with the approach of their minister. The minister, a former chief minister, keeps files pending for days and when he signs, he does not put a date on them. Even after some bureaucrats advised him to put a date at the time of signing, he chose not to do so. But now his personal staff members have arranged a stamp of dates with the minister’s signature, which is being put to use.