Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha MP and renowned artist Jogen Chowdhury is inundated with demands from fellow parliamentarians, including Jaya Bachchan and Smriti Irani, for their portraits. During the time that he is in the House, he usually sketches portraits of those he can see. His long-term project is to get all the Rajya Sabha members to autograph their portraits.
While addressing the Raisina Dialogue in the Capital, Admiral Harry Harris, the US Pacific Fleet Commander, jokingly remarked that his area of responsibility stretches from Hollywood to Bollywood. While his remark was widely shared in the social media, this is not the first time that he has cracked the same joke. In March last, when he visited India, he had made the same comment to a select group of journalists at the National Maritime Foundation in Delhi.
Former Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, who said the right things, including the line “Hindi-Chini-bhai-bhai”, was evasive during the question and answer session at the Raisina Dialogue. Many in the audience, comprising members of the strategic affairs community, disapproved of his attempt to evade questions on China blocking Masood Azhar’s listing at the UN and talks with Dalai Lama. S D Muni, an academic who asked a question on Dalai Lama, took to Twitter to criticise the minister.
Of Calves, PNDT Act
There were some light moments at the presentation by the working group of secretaries on “farmer centric initiatives in agriculture and allied sectors” at Health Minister J P Nadda’s residence on Tuesday. Talking about a recommendation on artificial insemination to produce female calves, an officer said: “Hope this is not covered under the PNDT Act”.