The rebel faction of the Aam Aadmi Party, known for having turned audio and video stings into an art form, Tuesday tried to show that it can take a joke on itself. After holding a few stormy meetings last month, in which its own office bearers were barred from carrying their mobile phones or pens due to fears of the proceedings getting recorded, the Prashant Bhushan-Yogendra Yadav faction took the party to another extreme, inviting media persons to witness its Swaraj Samwad meeting on Tuesday. “On a lighter note, we will also allow the attendees to take their pen, mobile phones and cameras inside the meeting venue,” the party invite said.
Age no bar
On Monday, Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla completed 75 years, the unofficial age cut-off for being a minister in the Narendra Modi Cabinet. All her party and cabinet colleagues, including Modi, greeted Heptulla, some of them on Twitter.
Playing by rules
BSF DG D K Pathak is an officer Delhi Traffic Police can be proud of. Pathak has taken traffic violations by his drivers very seriously — in the past couple of months, he has sacked two drivers for not following traffic rules. The drivers apparently indulged in rash driving and also jumped red lights while driving a VIP car. They were given warnings but when that did not deter them, they were removed from duty.
At a dinner thrown by him for chief ministers and chief justices recently, a Supreme Court judge asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the special gift he had given to his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott last year. Modi, who had till then stayed mostly silent while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley steered the dinner table conversation with the CJI and other judges on the high table, regaled judges with a tale of how he had personally decided to gift a copy of an Australian lawyer’s petition against the East India Company on behalf of Rani Lakshmibai.
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