At the launch of the MEA’s Facebook app on Thursday, the ministry spokesperson revealed an unknown fact about External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. She apparently spends two hours everyday trawling the web and social media to respond to concerns. This has been conveyed to Indian ambassadors across the world, who have been asked to follow her example.
EVER SINCE her electoral defeat, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been living in a second-floor apartment in the capital’s Nizamuddin East area. But she is moving out, at least for the next six months. Dikshit, who is the Congress’s chief ministerial face in Uttar Pradesh, has rented an apartment in Lucknow, where she will be staying as she begins an aggressive bid to resurrect her party’s electoral fortunes in the key state.
WITH P V Sindhu qualifying for the final, the railway fraternity was overjoyed, especially since it came a day after wrestler Sakshi Malik, who is employed with the Railways, won India’s first bronze at the Rio Olympics. Minister Suresh Prabhu and his team posted on social media that while Sindhu is not a Railways sportsperson, her parents were celebrated volleyball players from South Central Railways and Arjuna awardees. Railway bureaucrats were, however, miffed that not a single official from the department was given clearance to travel with the team to Rio, although a third of India’s contingent are employed by it.
WHEN PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a new BJP office on Thursday, some in the Congress recalled how the party had missed out on an opportunity. In 2009, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had laid the foundation stone for a party office, in the presence of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The Congress had been allotted an 8,093 sq ft plot near ITO. The front gate of the office would have opened on to Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, but since the party did not want its office address to have the name of a Jan Sangh ideologue, the gate was shifted to the back of the building. The new address given was 9, Kotla Marg. However, the office is yet to be constructed.