Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met some NSUI members, who had come for the two-day convention, at 10, Janpath. At the end of the meeting, some students insisted on clicking photographs with Rahul. He, however, said he was getting late for another commitment so couldn’t pose for pictures, but asked them what he could do for them. To this, an NSUI leader from Tamil Nadu promptly asked Rahul if he could give him his jacket. Rahul immediately took off his brown jacket and put it on the young leader.
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Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu is well-known for his witty one-liners. While he is far too preoccupied ahead of the elections, there are post-poll plans for a full-fledged book compiling all his famous one-liners complete with the context in which they were spoken. For now, his website will soon be flashing only some of his smart comments.
With the model code of conduct kicking in, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has shot off a letter to all members of the Union Council of Ministers informing about the code, with special reference to Section VII that relates to the “party in power” and enjoins upon the ministers “not to give cause for any complaint that their official position has been used for the purposes of election campaign”. The terse communication has requested ministers to ensure strict observance of the code.
Chirag Paswan is now officially a Lok Sabha candidate and a serious political leader of his party, but on Friday he had to don his other hat — that of an actor. He was part of a panel of young achievers from various fields, including actor Ranveer Singh, at an event in Delhi to talk on the aspirations of the new generation. At the end of the session, the audience requested Ranveer to dance to a song. But Ranveer said he would dance only if Chirag also joined him since he, too, was from the film fraternity. As the audience hooted, Chirag had no option but to dance along with Ranveer to the beats of the popular title song of the Amir Khan classic Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar.
The case of alleged corruption in the HAL and Rolls Royce deal seems to have been caught in red-tape as the CBI is yet to receive any official communication from the Defence Ministry. Last week, Defence Minister A K Antony had announced a probe into alleged irregularities involving purchases of engines by HAL. However, the agency says it has not received any reference yet, either from Antony’s ministry or from the DoPT. MoD officials maintain that the same has been dispatched.
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A seminar on nuclear arms free world being organised by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) appears to have become a casualty of Congress-BJP rivalry. Former external affairs minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has written to the PM objecting to the MEA granting funds for the seminar. He also cautioned him against inaugurating it, saying that he is heading a “lame-duck” government. Sinha claimed that most of the speakers are “anti-India” and “non-proliferationist”. His letter, weeks ahead of the seminar scheduled in the first week of April, may put a spanner in IDSA’s initiative.