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He may have been voted out of power in India but it seems he remains sought after internationally. On Monday, Manmohan Singh will leave for his first visit aboard after stepping down as Prime Minister. He will travel to Japan to receive the highest civilian honour of Japan bestowed by the Emperor of that country. He will be in Japan for five days.
Like all other government departments, a posting in Delhi remains much sought-after at the Central Administrative Tribunal as well. And it is not always that a position is vacant in Delhi. These days, a lot of jockeying is going on for a Delhi-based post of Member, CAT. The position has fallen vacant because a former High Court judge, who was selected for the post, is keen to shift to Chandigarh. Sensing his opportunity, a former law secretary, posted in CAT, Chandigarh Bench, is lobbying hard to get a transfer to Delhi. All eyes are on the CAT chairman for a final decision on the issue.
That the NDA government is trying to reach out to citizens through social media in a big way is no secret. Congratulatory messages were circulated between senior officers of Information and Broadcasting Ministry last week when the number of ‘followers’ of the Twitter handle of the government’s public relations wing, PIB, crossed the three-lakh mark. PIB officials were quick to point out that while it took over two years for the handle to reach the two lakh mark, the third lakh came in just about three months.
There is no end in sight for operational woes of NIA, which is probing the Burdwan blast case. After the West Bengal Police refused to help them fearing backlash by the state government, the investigating agency was given a company of BSF personnel to accompany them during raids. However, BSF being a border guarding force and owing to its nature of duty which involves minimal public interaction, moved around with heavy guns and other armed paraphernalia. NIA, which is conducting raids in villages, landed in some uncomfortable situations where the presence of such large group of armed personnel was not required. Keeping this in mind, the BSF has now been replaced by CRPF, who have a better record of public interactions. Meanwhile, with local police keeping its hands-off approach, the NIA is having to make do with just two official vehicles. It has already run-up a bill of about Rs 12 lakh in hiring additional vehicles.