Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is all set to travel to New Delhi later this month, tentatively on August 11 subject to the flood situation in her state. While she is likely to meet the Prime Minister and other Central ministers to discuss issues related to West Bengal, sources in Trinamool said there are high chances of a meeting between Mamata and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP chief had congratulated the West Bengal chief minister after Trinamool’s spectacular performance in the municipal polls and had declared his keenness to meet her.
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With Parliament building getting ready for the Independence Day celebrations, the 25-watt bulbs — which are being put up to light up the building — are causing some discomfort to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. He apparently wanted to advise Power Minister Piyush Goyal to use LED bulbs instead. Workers from a Najafgarh-based firm have already started intalling the bulbs around Parliament House and North Block and South Block buildings. While 32,000 bulbs will be installed in the Parliament building, it requires 62,000 of them to cover North Block and South Block buildings.
during his recent visit to Delhi, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to complain against public sector banks. Chennithala brought to Jaitley’s notice that the public sector banks in Kerala have entrusted the task of recovering bad loans to private firms. According to Chennithala, personnel from the these firms threaten poor people, including fishermen, who have not been able to repay their loans. Although Jaitley gave a patient hearing and an assurance to look into the matter, he told the state minister that the banks would have to get their money back.
It seems like things may end well for Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh after all. The Human Resource Development Ministry has advertised for the V-C’s post inviting applications, given Singh’s term ends mid-October. The ministry had issued a showcause notice to Singh on March 17, seeking his reply to allegations against him and why he should not be dismissed. Although he sent a detailed response, Singh never received a final word from the ministry. Now, with the advertisement being issued as part of the normal course, and with just two months to go for his tenure to end, it seems Singh will not face any action and get a quiet, routine exit.
Change Of Heart
At least 25 Delhi-based journalists have been nominated to governing bodies of Delhi University colleges that are either fully or partially funded by the city government. The journalists, whose names were recently cleared by DU’s executive council, were nominated by the AAP government. For a party that once said a section of the media had taken a “supari” against it, the AAP’s nominees include at least five editors of leading publications. Sources in the Delhi government said they were following set practices and procedures. “Since 1993, every government in power in Delhi has nominated not only journalists but experts in various fields to DU college governing bodies. Consent was taken from all the people who were nominated,” a senior Delhi government official said.