While there was a major effort by the official accounts of the Congress as well as those of its leaders to positively project on the social media Rahul Gandhi’s interview to a news channel Monday evening, it seems Ajay Maken, the head of the AICC communication department, had an observation to make.
Among the many comments that he retweeted to his 2.7 lakh followers from his official account was one that seemed a bit tongue-in-cheek: “Let me say this too: Rahul Gandhi seemed sincere, took everything on the chin but needed more than just 4-5 major thoughts.”
The Navy seems to have developed cold feet at the last minute on its plans for a ‘special briefing’ on the recent spate of accidents that have raised safety concerns. While the invite to the conference at Kota house on Tuesday specified that the briefing was on reports of “various incidents of Indian Navy (that have been) leading to an impression of a concern about safety/professional standards in naval operations”, just after the conference started, it was announced that the session would only deal with the upcoming Milan exercise in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Much to everyone’s surprise, the organisers claimed there had been a “miscommunication” about the intent of the briefing. This left most fuming as the invite clearly mentioned that the agenda was the Navy’s views on various accidents it has suffered recently.
A protest by differently abled people outside Shastri Bhawan severely affected work at the complex on Tuesday. While vehicular movement in and out of the government office was brought to a halt, there was quite a change of schedules across ministries. HRD Minister Pallam Raju was to meet the German Ambassador in the evening at his third floor office, but the venue was shifted to his Pandara Road residence in view of the protest. Secretary, School Education, was unable to reach India International Centre for a Mid Day Meal conference as his car was not allowed to go out of the complex. Vehicles were finally allowed, but only after office hours.
MISSING THE BUS
The six ITBP men who were killed in a helicopter crash in Uttarkhand while rescuing flood victims last year missed a chance to be awarded any kind of gallantry medal posthumously this Republic Day due to departmental delay. The ITBP, which was supposed to recommend the names of the personnel to the MHA for the medals, did not process the file out of their headquarters at all. The reason being given for the delay is the change of guard at the force headquarters as it got a new DG in October after a two-month gap.