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Pedal power

A few days back,Robert Vadra was seen ‘group cycling’ with a posse of seven bikers.

Published: September 2, 2013 1:41 am

Pedal power

Undettered by the raging controversy surrounding his land deals,Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra has gone about with his daily regimen of jogging,gymming and cycling. A few days back,he was seen ‘group cycling’ with a posse of seven bikers. Vadra along with his friends then went to Lodhi Garden to chill out. As refreshments and coolers were brought into the park,it left onlookers wondering if it was Vadra who was hosting his friends in a rather salubrious environs.


In coma after suffering a stroke about six years ago,former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi has undergone various kinds of treatment for the past six years,including stem cell therapy in Germany about three years back. His wife Deepa Dasmunsi has also tried several other ways to bring him back to consciousness like playing football matches on the television in his room at a Delhi hospital and also his favourite songs and movies,but to no avail. She has not given up hope yet. A group of visitors who went to see him recently noted that recordings of Dasmunsi’s speeches were being played in his room.


At a time when the government has been hit by one scandal after another,the Chief Vigilance Commissioner has shot off a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office pointing out that major ministries are functioning without a full time chief vigilance officer. While the matter had been raised earlier,too,as ministries like Defence,Commerce and Petroleum did not have CVOs,no action had been taken. A suggestion that has gone is that smaller ministries can be combined into groups that can be handled by one CVO but individual officers are needed for bigger ministries.

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