It has been two years since actor Rekha became a member of the Rajya Sabha. But her colleagues in Parliament continue to be fascinated by her presence. On Monday, Rekha made a rare appearance in Rajya Sabha and members queued up to click photographs with her. Soon after the House adjourned due to a disruption during question hour, members flocked to Rekha. Kumari Selja clicked Rajani Patil’s photograph with Rekha. Then Patil clicked one as Wansuk Syiem posed with her. Wansuk then clicked Vijaylaxmi Sadho’s picture with Rekha. Renuka Chowdhury was also seen chatting with Rekha, who was later greeted by Digvijaya Singh and Nitin Gadkari.
AIADMK members in Parliament celebrated the acquittal of party chief J Jayalalithaa by distributing sweets on Monday. Each MP had a separate box to distribute from. One can imagine the consequences with 48 party MPs — 37 from the Lok Sabha and 11 from the Rajya Sabha — almost competing with one another trying to stuff everybody’s mouth with something sweet. “Think of the cumulative effect of coping with all of them on a diabetic,” a senior minister said.
A Supreme Court bench and lawyers in court hall No. 2 were baffled on Monday after a man turned down a proposal to have senior advocate Kapil Sibal as his lawyer in a case. The incident unfolded before a bench led by Justice T S Thakur, which suggested that petitioner Osama Aziz should have his case against Bar Council argued by a lawyer of his choice instead of arguing it himself. Aziz thought for a moment and said he would want Arun Jaitley to argue his case. With a smile, Justice Thakur reminded Aziz that Jaitley was the Finance Minister and would be too busy. “Why don’t you have somebody like Mr Kapil Sibal?” the judge said, as Sibal was sitting in the courtroom waiting for a different case. But Aziz replied that he was not too impressed with the way Sibal argues and would prefer another lawyer. Mindful of the fact that Aziz may not be aware of Sibal’s credentials, the bench told him that Sibal possessed great skills as a lawyer and that Aziz must give it a second thought.
On his first visit to Naxal-affected Bastar region since taking over as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is learnt to have shown curiosity about “porta cabins’’. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh told the PM that portable cabins instead of permanent buildings are used as schools in such areas. This is because Maoists allegedly target school buildings thinking that they could be used to provide shelter to security forces.
Easing IB’s Burden
For the first time, the Intelligence Bureau is set to outsource the procedures pertaining to various examinations it conducts. Currently, the examination sheets and admit cards are manually issued by the IB, and the government wants to ease the burden on the intelligence agency by outsourcing it to an Indian company. The IB has put several conditions on companies that will bid for the job, including a crucial prerequisite that the server should be in India and it should be a profit-making company.