Defence Minister A K Antony has been in hospital for almost a week now after undergoing prostate surgery. The surgery had been termed as minor and the minister was to be discharged within two days after undergoing the procedure on Sunday. But he is still admitted to the Armys Research and Referral hospital. While it is believed that there are no complications,Antony is being kept under observation and may be discharged over the weekend. However,hospital has not kept him off work and Antony has been meeting defence ministry officials daily for several hours for briefings as well as updates. Even on Friday,after a political storm broke out over findings of an Army report on the functioning of a secret MI unit set up by former Army chief V K Singh,top ministry officials sat with the minister for several hours.
Brokers and bankers,it seems,are not the only ones making unsolicited marketing calls. Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has already started dialling numbers of Delhi voters to make his pitch for the broom,his partys symbol. Interestingly,the recorded message targets BJP as the party responsible for corruption and not the ruling Congress. If Vijay Goel becomes the CM of Delhi he will be just as corrupt, the message says.
In his earlier avatar in the National Advisory Council,he played a role in shaping the UPA governments pro-Dalit policies,programmes and legislations. But former IAS officer K Raju,who now heads the Congresss Scheduled Caste department,feels the party cannot simply take a back seat and let such bodies formulate policies. He plans to put in place a mechanism to work with Dalit activists and interact with institutions doing both research on Dalit issues and analysing how government policies are impacting the community. In other words,he wants the Congress to develop a clear policy document on Dalits and give inputs to the government,instead of letting NAC-like bodies filling in the vacuum.
Two former IAS officers,one non-IAS civil servant,one from legal backgorund and one non-official are going to be the next five Central Information Commissioners. The screening committee has shortlisted 15 names,including former DoPT secretary P K Mishra,former high commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal,special secretary (security) Yashovardhan Azad,former law secretary D R Meena,law secretary B A Agarwal,CBEC member Sheela Sangwan,housing and urban poverty alleviation secretary A K Mishra and labour secretary M K Sarangi and three names from non-government set up,out of total 422 applicants for five posts. Sources say three names have been shortlisted for each post. These names have been sent to the Central Vigilance Commission and the Intelligence Bureau for their reports. After they submit their reports,a committee comprising the Prime Minister,Law Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha will select five names out of 15.