WhatsApp contacts of former minority affairs minister K Rehman Khan were taken aback Wednesday when they received the Rajya Sabha MP’s PIN number and different passwords in a message. This included his bank account IDs and passwords, the access code for his laptop and his Air India frequent flyer number. After a few hours, Khan sent out another message saying that the information had been forwarded because of a “technical issue”.
When the RSS-BJP coordination meeting begins Wednesday, all ministers related to the economic sector will make a presentation about the initiatives and performance of their ministries. The RSS leadership is expected to give suggestions to the ministers in the meeting, which will also be attended by parliamentary board members of the BJP. Interestingly, ministers were informed at the last minute about when their turn for the presentation would come. This is the first time the coordination meeting is being held for three days. It has been divided into four sections — economy, religion, education and social issues. Another first for the meeting, to be held in Vasant Kunj, is that representatives from RSS affiliates will also join.
Little Too Soon
Bihar cadre IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, currently Member (PPP) at National Highways Authority of India, could soon be prematurely repatriated to his parent cadre. Sources in the Roads Ministry say Kumar, who was OSD during Lalu Prasad’s term at the Ministry of Railways — and was credited with much of the Railways’ turnaround during Lalu’s regime — was learnt to be making a strong push for the post of chairman, NHAI. Now, he is being sent back as a decision has been taken on the new chief, Raghav Chandra.
Worried about the “increasing” incidents of student “unrest and agitation” in its schools, the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has issued a circular suggesting ways to prevent such incidents. NVS has said such incidents get highlighted in the media because the “cases are not handled properly”. It has also said there should be grievance/suggestion boxes in schools, and meetings between house captains, class monitors, class teachers, staff and various other committees should be held regularly to address grievances of students.
The process of selecting a new director for NCERT may soon come to an end. The search/selection committee set up for the purpose held its final meeting in Bangalore on August 24, during which 10 shortlisted candidates were called. Of the nine that turned up, five are NCERT officials and four are academicians from the outside. The committee has narrowed down on three names, which have been sent to the HRD Ministry. The position has been lying vacant since October last year, when director Parvin Sinclair resigned midway through her tenure.