Congress MP Karan Singh is a widely respected scholar on philosophy,culture,literature and spirituality. On Wednesday,he will reveal a little-known facet of his multi-dimensional personality. He is scheduled to sing his favourite songs at a function organised by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). Karan Singh has served as president of this organisation in the past. On Wednesday,however,he will turn a performer,and display his mastery over different forms of vocal music,including ghazals,classical,geet and Dogri folk. Amongst his audience will be Gursharan Kaur,wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
FIRST AMONG EQUALS
Who actually was the first chief minister to red-flag the NCTC? While Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seemed to be leading the pack of six or seven powerful chief ministers when the matter first hit the headlines last week,sources in the Trinamool Congress insist it was actually their leader Mamata Banerjee who was the first one to raise objections. They point out that Mamata had written a letter to the Home Minister and the Prime Minister on February 14,two days before Patnaik took centrestage,listing her objections to the NCTC proposals. But while Mamatas letter seemed to be a solo effort,it was Patnaik who galvanised the support of other CMs behind the move and make it a Centre vs states issue.
QUITE a few changes are in the offing at the senior level in the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The agencys chief Arun Mathur is due to retire at the end of this month and the lone Additional Director General,R P Upadhyay,has been cleared for a UN mission to Italy. On the other hand,Arun Sharma is making a comeback to the agency as Deputy Director. Sharma was on deputation with the Competition Commission of India for a little over a year.
ABDUL Basheer Salangi,the heroic governor of Parwan province in Afghanistan,visited a city hospital in Delhi on Monday for a check-up. The Jamiat-e-Islami member who fought off a Taliban suicide attack on him last August and is said to have snatched the gun from one of his guards to shoot down an attacker,did not register in the hospital for security reasons. He is believed to have seen a cardiologist and a neurologist. Though Salangi was loathe to identify himself he told doctors to go on to the internet and check for Parwan governor the doctors were regaled with stories of the attack.
THE Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is set to be reconstituted and due diligence is being exercised to ensure the right mix of candidates in the apex education body. A closer look at the nominees,however,reveals that TV journalist Pankaj Pachauri also figured in the list but dropped later. Only recently appointed as Communication Officer in the PMO,it was not considered quite in place to have Pachauri at CABE as well. So at least as of now,no Pachauri for Education.
Now,PIL in Madras High Court
CHENNAI: Alleging that the proposal to set up NCTC encroached on the rights and powers of the states as provided in the Constitution,a public interest litigation was filed in the Madras High Court on Tuesday. It is expected to be taken up for hearing on Wednesday. The petitioner charged that the move was hasty and draconian,and sought an interim stay till the PIL was disposed of. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written twice to the PM making clear her objections.
No intrusion,says Dikshit
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday backed the NCTC proposal,saying it will not intrude into the states rights. She said NCTC was being set up to assist the states. Security is everybodys concern. It (NCTC) is to merely help security measures,to give them (the states) a helping hand.
Omar calls for talks
MAGAM: J-K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday favoured Centre-states consultations to put at rest any controversy over setting up of NCTC. I believe consultation is essential and during the course of that we will share the thoughts of the state government with the Centre, he said.
Congress names bypoll candidates
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday approved the candidature of Jay prakash Hegde for the March 18 bypoll to Udupi-Chikmangalur Lok Sabha constituency,which had fallen vacant due to the resignation of D V Sadanand Gowda. The candidates for seven Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh are Ramchandra Reddy (Adilabad),Raja Reddy (Kamareddy),Muthyal Prakash (Mahbubnagar),Damodar Reddy (Nagarkurnool),Vishnuvardhan Reddy (Kollapur),Rajarapu Pratap (Ghanpur Station) and Srinivas Reddy (Kovur). Suresh Mohapatra will contest from Athgarh in Orissa.