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Express News Service | Posted: July 3, 2014 12:05 am

As the government continues its clean-up mission weeding out old files, it dug out one that resulted in immediate implementation. After gathering dust for more than 20 years, the proposal to set up a CGHS first aid centre in Shastri Bhawan has finally been implemented. It is learnt that the issue caught the eye of HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Health Mi-nister Dr Harsh Vardhan. Between the two ministers, it took no more than four days for the file to get cleared. On Wednesday, the CGHS First Aid Post was inaugurated by the two ministers — a facility that will provide first aid and referral services to about 15,000 employees of various ministries at Shastri Bhawan and other nearby government offices.

SMOKE ALARM

At a time when the government is mulling anti-smoking measures, including an increase in the price of cigarettes, a search for President Pranab Mukherjee’s Twitter handle @RashtrapatiBhvn returns among other results a picture of younger Mukherjee lighting a pipe, posted and tagged by a follower. Though the President’s secretariat that is managing the account disowned the photo, it continued to occupy a pride of place among a host of official pictures, including some beautiful shots of the majestic building during rains.

CONSPICUOUS ABSENCE

While Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, state Congress president Manikrao Thakre and a host of senior leaders, including Ashok Chavan, appeared before the A K Antony committee to give their feedback on the reasons for the Congress’s defeat in the state, one leader was missing. Rahul Gandhi acolyte and Youth Congress president Rajiv Satav — one of the two Congress candidates who won — was absent. Sources said he was invited to the meeting. Those close to Satav, however, say he did not get the invite. Many senior leaders, including Narayan Rane, are learnt to have told Antony that Chavan needs to be replaced ahead of the Assembly elections.

LEARNING TRIP

After blaming the Indian media for years for ‘sensationalism’ over reporting on the border dispute it seems that Beijing is keen to learn how the Indian military establishment deals with journalists. A senior team of media experts from the PLA is visiting Delhi starting Thursday for interaction with MoD and Army officials who handle media affairs in the national capital. They will be briefed on systems processes and structures followed by the indian establishment over a two-day visit.

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