MINISTER’S PHOTO-OP

It is learnt that Singh gave various poses during the photo-session and cleared the final set of pictures to be released to the media himself.

By: Express News Service | Published: September 11, 2014 2:47 am

A day after a newspaper carried the photograph of former UPA minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh instead of MoS in PMO Jitendra Singh, the minister in the Narendra Modi government went for a photo shoot. The idea behind the photography session was that these pictures will be circulated to various media houses so that there is no confusion whenever they are carrying a story against his name. It is learnt that Singh gave various poses during the photo-session and cleared the final set of pictures to be released to the media himself.

VACANCIES REMAIN

Finally, at least one vacancy is being filled in the HRD Ministry in the higher education bureau. Amarjit Singh, currently Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, is all set to join the HRD Ministry as AS (Technical Education). Singh is a Gujarat cadre officer of the 1982 batch. However, three Joint Secretary slots in the ministry still remain vacant.

OTHER ENGAGEMENTS

Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari, who has a hectic schedule given the forthcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra, apart from having heavy-duty role as Minister for Road Transport and Highways, has barely been getting time to visit the Rural Development Ministry. On Wednesday, Gadkari went to Krishi Bhavan after a gap of nearly a fortnight and held meetings with officials. The minister usually works out of his other ministry in Transport Bhavan.

MEDIA CUT TO SIZE

As it prepares to announce dates for the Assembly elections in four states, the Election Commission finds itself facing the same problem it had faced earlier this year when it had to announce the poll schedule for the Lok Sabha elections — how to accommodate large number of media personnel in the limited space it has in the conference hall at Nirvachan Sadan. Before the LS polls, on a suggestion from the media, it had shifted the press conference to the more spacious Vigyan Bhavan. But this time, the EC seems to be in no mood to move out of its headquarters. So it has decided to curtail the number of media personnel who will be allowed entry to the event. It has ruled that only media personnel from news agencies will be allowed to take live coverage and photographs. Other channels will be given the option to access the common live signals from another room in Nirvachan Sadan. Also, to tackle the space crunch, the EC has decided that only one reporter per media organisation will be allowed on a first-come first-served basis.

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