November 1, 2014 12:52:37 am
THE Chinese moves in Bhutan has got India worried, it seems. In the backdrop of Beijing’s recent offer to resolve its border dispute with Thimphu, President Pranab Mukherjee is all set to visit Bhutan next week from November 7 to 8, to meet the Bhutanese leadership. This will be the second high-level visit in the last five months, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chosen Bhutan as his first bilateral visit overseas. It remains to be seen whether the Bhutanese reciprocate the warmth in the coming months.
Old habits die hard
Despite the projected image of a government in rush, the tardiness in bureaucratic responses remain. The Health Ministry has failed to reply to a notice from the National Human Rights Commission on shortage of life saving medicines for HIV patients. After the two week deadline given on September 16 expired, the ministry now has an additional four weeks to reply.
A COUPLE of months back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked government departments to allow self-attestation of documents but the message does not seem to have reached the University Grants Commission. Candidates for the upcoming National Eligibility Test in December are still having to seek out senior officials to get their documents attested. After making their applications online, candidates need to print a copy of their application and affix a photograph which has to be attested by the head of their educational institution or by a Class-I gazetted officer.
THE Supreme Court official calender for 2015 is out, and the lawyers are a happy lot. Chief Justice of India H L Dattu has accepted an unusual request made by the SC Bar Association for re-scheduling of winter vacation. At a farewell function for a judge, an elated SC Bar president P H Parekh announced that the CJI has allowed changing the re-opening day from January 2 to January 5. Parekh said that the decision has been taken in view of the fact that January 2 falls on Friday and the next working day is Monday, January 5. He added that Delhi’s winter and scheduling the vacation with the schools’ winter break has also been considered.
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