On his way back from Berlin,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose not to address customary press conference. Officials said that after his joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday there was not much to add about the visit. They said that it was not unusual as it is the fourth time in the past one year that the PM did not talk to the media on his way back from a foreign visit. Incidentally,the last time the PM addressed a press conference while returning from abroad,it had caused a buzz in political circles over his remarks suggesting that he was willing for a third term in office. He was on his way back from Durban last month.
LACK OF ENTHUSIASM
THERE is little enthusiasm for the chief ministers conference called by the Home Ministry next week. Barely half a dozen chief ministers have confirmed their participation,and all of them happen to be from the states ruled by the Congress or its alliance partners. In fact,not every Congress chief minister is likely to attend. Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan and Oomen Chandy of Kerala are yet to confirm their participation. It was initially expected that the conference would discuss the creation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC),a contentious subject,but now it is slated to discuss the five-year-old recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission on improving ways to maintain public order and ensure justice for all.
ALWAYS advocating womens empowerment,the Supreme Court on Friday tried to lead by example when it constituted an all-woman Bench for the first time in its history. Justices Gyan Sudha Mishra and Ranjana Prakash Desai sat together to adjudicate several cases. But the Bench could be just a one-day affair. It was constituted because Justice Aftab Alam was on leave. If he joins office on Monday,as scheduled,the all-woman Bench would have to disintegrate.
WHEN West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan hit back at the CPM leadership the other day,saying he has studied Communism deeply,having read and digested the works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels,he was only revealing one of the jobs he used to perform as an intelligence sleuth. For years,Narayanan used to head the desk in the Intelligence Bureau that monitored the activities of Left-leaning groups,including the Left parties that used to be one of the strongest Opposition forces then. Narayanans statement was aimed at getting even with Biman Bose who had said that the Governor might be knowing a thing or two about police administration but he had little knowledge about the CPM politburo,or the central committee.