BJP president Nitin Gadkari seems to be wanting to make up for the action that he missed out on during the time he was on vacation. When the fireworks on the alleged irregularities on allocation of coal blocks was at its peak,with his own party leading the charge,Gadkari was off on a three-week long family holiday to Canada. Now that he has returned,he wants to make his presence felt. Gadkari is learnt to be contemplating serving legal notice on Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh for attempting to link him with businessman and BJP MP Ajay Sancheti. Sancheti is a minority shareholder in a coal mining company and has been dragged by the Congress in the coal block controversy in a bid to corner the BJP.
AFTER finding a senior government job comes the effort to find an accommodation in Lutyens Delhi. And neither is easier than the other,as the two newly appointed Additional Solicitor Generals are realising. One of them has turned lucky,having been allotted the house that is being vacated by another ASG whose contract is coming to an end. The other one is busy making phone calls to his political contacts to get a house allotted near the Supreme Court.
RAVI Kant,1998-batch IPS officer of Orissa cadre,is the man of the moment in CBI. Kant is handling the sensitive coal block allocation case in which many mines in Orissa have also figured. Kant has been on deputation with CBI for the last seven years and is due to be repatriated to his cadre. However,there is talk of him getting an extension CBI considering the sensitivity of the cases he is probing.
THE daily meeting of the Group of Ministers on Media is held in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Thursday was an exception,however. The meeting traveled to Finance Ministry where it was held in P Chidambarams room. The Finance Minister,who heads the GoM,has just returned from Chennai after undergoing a surgery,and has been advised not to exert himself too much. It is expected that for the next few days,the GoM will continue to be held in his chamber.
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THE National Book Trust will finally have a new Chairman. Malayalam author Sethu (A Sethumadhavan) has been appointed to take over from eminent historian Bipan Chandra who has been officiating as Chairman since 2004. The HRD Ministry also had to put in much effort to find his successor considering it took five years to find a replacement for Chandra whose three-year tenure had come to an end in 2007. Such is the dearth of academic talent that the ministry had to let Chandra to continue until further orders,till it woke up in July this year to form a search committee that decided on Sethus name.