Breakfast with Prasad
Microsoft chief Satya Nadella had a tough time in getting an opportunity to meet Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. He wanted to meet Prasad around noon and suggested three time slots, but the minister already had time fixed for a press conference at the National Media Centre. Finally, Nadella had to make it at 7.45 am on Thursday. The IT Minister, however, tried to compensate Nadella for this early morning call by offering him cutlets, Gujarati dish khandvi and chura ka poha, a delicacy from his home state Bihar.
Flying In reporters
While every ministry has launched a publicity blitzkrieg of its schemes to coincide with the second anniversary celebrations of the NDA government, Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has gone a step further. She has come up with the idea of flying in women journalists from several states to Delhi. The ministry hopes to use the first-of-its-kind conference, scheduled for June 7 at Vigyan Bhawan, as a platform to widely publicise its many schemes across the regional media. All expenses for the flight tickets and the accommodation of the outstation scribes will be borne by the WCD Ministry. So far 200 invitees are confirmed, and the counting is on.
Finally, ‘friendly’ pmo
For two months, the Congress and the BJP fought bitterly over the Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in Uttarakhand. The war of words now over, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and post-meeting said Modi has a friendly attitude towards all Chief Ministers, including him. The Prime Minister’s Office, however, departed from the usual practice and did not tweet about Modi’s meeting with Rawat. The Chief Minister had more pressing issues to resolve on his visit to the capital. There is trouble at home with ally PDF fielding its candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the state. The Congress has already announced Pradeep Tamta as its nominee. His Cabinet colleague Yashpal Arya, too, had revolted for a ticket. Rawat also met Congress leader Ahmed Patel and apparently assured the leadership that he would defuse the crisis.