Journalists gather at the US embassy every time on the US election result day — to watch the counting on TV screens while enjoying their breakfast, before the final announcement is made by the ambassador. On Wednesday, US ambassador to India Richard Verma came out just when the trends began to indicate a victory for Donald Trump. He addressed journalists, called it a good election, and congratulated the new President. When the final results were out, Verma was seen strolling quietly in the lawns with his son.
A government agency that moved swiftly to introduce internal changes soon after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes is the Archaeological Survey of India. With people desperate to get rid of these currency notes, ASI officials saw several tourists using them to buy tickets at its different monuments in various parts of the country, and leaving the ticket counter short of change. Soon as they learnt about it, top ASI officials in Delhi ordered immediate purchase of credit/debit card swipe machines for all its 116 ticketed monuments in the country. Indirectly, the demonetisation thus led to a major tourism initiative.
Tired Of Touts
Afghanistan’s Health Minister Ferozudin Feroz met Health Minister J P Nadda on Wednesday seeking help in drug regulation, capacity building and training of manpower. While Nadda assured all help, another issue Feroz highlighted is a tad trickier. He wants Afghan nationals flying into India as medical tourists to be spared from the clutches of touts.
Politics In Party
The row in Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s party RLSP is far from over. Just over a month after Kushwaha got reelected as the party president at an RLSP national convention on September 25, party rebel and one of three Sabha MPs Arun Kumar on Tuesday called another meeting in which he got himself declared RLSP chief. Kumar had earlier dismissed Kushwaha’s decision to suspend him and Bihar MLA Lalan Paswan for alleged anti-party activities. Now the rival faction plans to approach the Election Commission to get the party committees set up by Kushwaha as null and void.