Assembly elections may be round the corner, but West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has an eye on the national stage, too. Party MP Derek O’Brien has been deputed to visit educational institutions across, and outside, the country to spread the TMC’s vision on national issues such as GST, Rohith Vemula’s death and the Singur land matter. O’Brien, who travelled to Hyderabad University in the wake of the Dalit research scholar’s suicide, has since then addressed students in Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit Lance Naik Hanumanthappa in hospital on Tuesday may have boosted the morale of those looking after him, but the impromptu visit left the security establishment in a tizzy. Since the visit was decided within a notice of just 30 minutes, by the time arrangements could be finalised, the PM’s entourage was already en route. Meanwhile, Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Wednesday visited the hospital to check up on Hanumanthappa.
Despite India’s growing presence and influence in Afghanistan, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is set to shift the post of its Doordarshan correspondent to China, recognising the country’s economic might and its geo-political importance. Prasar Bharati has also decided to scale down its presence in Kabul soon.
The first change after Amit Shah was elected as BJP president for a full term seems to have started with a woman leader. Mahila Morcha president Vijaya Rahatkar is shifting back to Maharashtra to head the state women’s commission. Aspirants waiting eagerly for the revamp of the body hope Rahatkar’s appointment will set the ball rolling.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. A senior IAS officer in the Culture Ministry, known to have considerable interest in art and literature, supervised the Sahitya, Lalit Kala and Sangeet Natak Akademi until recently, when the ministry shunted him to another wing. Next week, he will be in Raipur for a film appreciation course, organised by the Chhattisgarh Film and Visual Art Society. There, he will inaugurate the course and take classes on cinema.