PM Narendra Modi recently rejected all suggestions by the Housing Ministry for a logo for its Housing For All mission, and instead doodled one himself: The letter ‘H’ topped by the Ashoka Chakra, resembling a house. According to ministry officials, the PM decided to infuse the otherwise staid logo with a subtext of nationalism. “The PM felt that the Ashoka Chakra would be apt since the Housing For All mission has a target year of 2022, which marks 75 years of Indian independence,” said an official. The PM’s doodle will now be the official logo for the mission, which will be unveiled by him this week.
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When HRD Minister Smriti Irani went to address a two-day national yoga teachers conference Monday, she decided to connect with schoolchildren in the audience by cracking jokes. After releasing the syllabus and course material for yoga, Irani said she could tell that they were worried they would have to take yet another exam now, eliciting laughter from the audience. She then asked students whether they came to school to meet friends or attend classes. Most students raised their hand for the first option.
Lost In Meditation
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu apparently dozed off while performing Shavasana during international yoga day celebrations in Kerala. Prabhu was at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium in Kochi to participate in the event organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra on Sunday. While all others who were performing Shavasana, including state leaders, got up on the directions of the yoga instructor, Prabhu did not. Those next to him were hesitant to check whether he had fallen asleep. Finally, one of the organisers went up to him and nudged him so he would get up.
Making Time For God
Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has decided to include some spirituality in his work trip scheduled for later this week. Sinha is going to visit the proposed Chenab bridge in the Kashmir project, which will be the world’s highest railway bridge when it is finished. During the trip, he will also go visit the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu. But instead of walking the entire way, he will take the helicopter till a point and cover the remaining distance by foot.
Making An Exception
As it gears up to file chargesheets in multiple cases against the NDFB(S) for attacks in some districts of Assam last year, the National Investigation Agency, in a rare instance, chartered a flight just to transport a large haul of arms and ammunition from Guwahati to Chandigarh for ballistics tests at the forensic laboratory there. Along with cases against the NDFB(S), the NIA’s Guwahati branch is handling the probe into the June 4 militant attack on Army personnel in Manipur.