West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan took objection when during the first NIA Raising Day event Monday, the coordinator referred to him as ‘Honourable’ while introducing him. “Please don’t refer to me as honourable,” he said. Narayanan, it seems, might have taken a cue from President Pranab Mukherjee who had earlier disapproved of the use of colonial era honorifics like “His Excellency” and “Honourable” prefixed to his name.
It is AAP, not we
When the AAP invited Indian community in Singapore to celebrate Republic Day at the Indian High Commission there and donate for the party, the Indian mission was quick to distance itself from the political outfit. It has now circulated a note to all Indian community members that the invitations for the celebrations are given out by the High Commission and anybody else sending out invitations is unauthorised. The mission, which is headed by High Commissioner Vijay Thakur Singh, has also clarified that the mission does not allow any other activities — an oblique reference to fund collection — within its premises.
The MEA Monday held the screening of a documentary on Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan to commemorate his 26th death anniversary. The documentary, titled ‘The Frontier Gandhi’ was watched by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and Afghanistan’s envoy to India Shaida M Abdali, among others. Incidentally, Khurshid is the only Congress politician in the 92-minute documentary made by US-based filmmaker Teri C Mcluhan; she had interviewed Khurshid when he was a senior Congress functionary almost 10 years back. After the screening, the Indian and Afghan officials were seen discussing some of the key takeaways from the film: that how India had deserted Khan after 1947, and Pakistan had imprisoned him even at the age of 95 years.
Report on report
Think tanks are known to take things like global rankings and international acclaim very seriously. Now, for the first time, the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) is planning to co-release a report on the Global Think Tanks Rankings Report that is prepared annually by the University of Pennsylvania. The release will take place Wednesday. The buzz is that IDSA has improved its ranking on the global list. Last time around, it was listed at number 105, way below the top ranked India institute on the list — the Centre for Civil Society at number 51.
Ramesh brings relief
It seems traffic hold-ups in the city due to convoys of chiefs of the three armed forces may, to some extent, ease out. Defence Minister A K Antony has replied to Jairam Ramesh’s letter, in which the latter had raised the issue of inconvenience caused to people due to traffic restrictions during the passage of these convoys. This had come after the Union Rural Development Minister had got stuck in one of these hold-ups due to the Army Chief’s convoy last month. Antony has replied that the “three service chiefs have been suitably advised in this matter”.