Najma Heptulla took over as Manipur Governor just a month ago, but she has already settled in. During a recent visit to Delhi, she urged Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to start weekly direct Air India flights to Imphal from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai to boost tourism in the state. Heptulla is also said to be considering introduction of some schemes similar to those run by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, where she was earlier a cabinet minister.
Financial demands have often been an irritant between the HRD Ministry and the Indian Council of Historical Research. Earlier, the ministry was upset with the council over its proposal to give an honorarium of close to Rs 1.5 lakh to its chairman Y S Rao. That suggestion was summarily rejected and was even considered as one of the reasons for Rao’s resignation. Now the government is unhappy that the ICHR has increased the medical reimbursement for its employees without consulting the ministry. Some friction is expected as the ministry plans to take this up with the Council soon.
Some senior officials in the Railways recently attended a week-long training course at a foreign university. One of the lecturers was also an astronaut. During his lecture on transport and logistics, he shared his experience of space travel using several pictures and anecdotes. Officials were so impressed that in the end, when lecturers were rated by the trainees, the former astronaut received the highest rating.