Delhi confidential: High & low

Pit stops at the happenings of the day.

By: Express News Service | Published:November 2, 2016 1:35 am
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High & Low

WITH HIS government’s controversial liquor ban law under review in the Supreme Court, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday discussed the issue with the government’s lawyers here, amid indications that he may agree to tweak some of the provisions. Nitish was accompanied by his chief secretary and home secretary. Many of the provisions, like punishing an entire family if a member is found drinking, have invited criticism.

Going Public

AS THE five-member delegation led by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, which met separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Kashmir, gives the final touches to its report, some members want the findings to be made public. The members are meeting on Wednesday to exchange notes on the feedback and suggestions they received during their visit. “We are not an official group and are not doing this on anyone’s behalf. I and some other members are of the opinion that the suggestions we received there and the feedback should be made public,” said a member.

Sharing The Spotlight

THE INDIAN permanent mission to the United Nations in New York has been catching the attention of the global media for the past year or so. While it got the UN building illuminated with yoga postures to celebrate International Yoga Day, the building was illuminated to celebrate Diwali on Sunday. It has now come up with an e-book giving details of the happenings in October. What is interesting is that it showcases all the junior diplomats making their statements and participating in the UN debates, and not just the head of the mission.

Celebrating 90 Years

THE 90th year of the RSS may be over, but the celebrations are not. Organiser and Panchjanya are bringing out special issues on the nine-decade-long journey of the Sangh, to be released by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in New Delhi on December 1. The Sangh is also building momentum for a debate on its trajectory so far. A series of seminars, panel discussions and media discourses are being planned to highlight its evolution and growth.