Tweets to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu are resulting in prompt delivery of services by the national transporter. On Thursday, Prabhu arranged for warm milk to be served on a moving train for an 18-month-old boy. The boy’s father, who works with a Hindi news channel, had tweeted to Prabhu and the ministry’s official Twitter handle, RailMinIndia, that the toddler needed milk urgently since the train, Manduadih-New Delhi Superfast Express, was running late. Prabhu and RailMinIndia tagged the zonal railways’ general manager and officials of relevant zones. The divisional railway manager of Allahabad, V K Tripathi, then arranged for milk to be delivered at Fatehpur station.
Most of the Supreme Court judges are usually free by 1:30 pm on Mondays and Fridays, when they hear miscellaneous matters involving short arguments. Chief Justice of India T S Thakur feels the Supreme Court could seize this opportunity to make the Constitution Benches, which comprise at least five judges, functional. On Thursday, the CJI said he was planning to constitute Constitution Benches on Mondays and Fridays, and the judges were willing too. He, however, pointed out that lawyers should also cooperate to make this idea work.
In a first of its kind partnership, the health ministry has signed an MoU with Prasar Bharati for bonus airtime for health campaigns. Prasar Bharati normally offers bonus airtime to government agencies, but this is the first time that an MoU has been signed specifying the duration of the airtime. With financial limitations restricting all health plans, the ministry is clearly banking on extracting the most from every rupee it spends.
At the farewell dinner of former MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the “bidai” (separation) was also a time for “badhai” (congratulations) given the important responsibility he would handle as India’s permanent representative in the United Nations. Praising Akbaruddin, she said he was the Prime Minister’s first choice for the New York posting. Her only advice to Akbaruddin, as he invited guests for the buffet dinner, was that he should also eat something. Looking at his wife, she recounted how Akbaruddin collapsed one day at work after having skipped breakfast, lunch and snacks.