A FRIENDLIER side of Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma was visible during his Agra visit on Saturday. As he came across foreign tourists at a monument, Sharma pleased them all with cheerful conversations and photo sessions. He later announced plans to develop “night culture” in Agra to retain tourists, and open the Taj Mahal and other monuments at night.
A PROTEST triggered by reports of Ankit Fadia’s appointment as Digital India Ambassador has led to a public spat on Twitter between social media activists, who supported BJP all along, and the party’s IT cell. A group named as Vande Mataram, apparently created to support the BJP during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, has complained on its Twitter handle for “being ridiculed” and suggested that “it’s time to look into the role of BJP’s IT cell played in the recent elections”, especially in Delhi and Bihar. Despite BJP IT cell’s Arvind Gupta’s requests not to make private conversations public, the activists poured out their anguish against “too much arrogance” in the way they were being dealt with. An activist insisted that he will not delete those tweets unless they were “illegal”. Another activist suggested the IT Cell to ask BJP leader Sushil Modi to “delete his stupid tweet claiming Nitish is giving ads in Pakistani newspapers”.
A LION-SHAPED lapel pin, in possession of South Block officials, is in great demand. This lapel pin was given to top African leaders and officials, and top Indian delegation officials, to attend the post-session leaders’ lunches and dinners. The bright and shiny lapel pin was shaped as the “Make in India” Lion logo, and is one of the exquisite memorabilia from the third India-Africa Forum summit. Officials said they have been getting requests from friends to get a lapel pin, and they have usually only one in their possession.
WHILE THE nature of work at the Competition Commission of India requires senior officials to have technical expertise in economics and law, several senior-level appointments with the regulator appeared to have gone through without much thought. The Advisor (Economic) at CCI is an Indian Post & Telegraph officer while the Advisor (Legal) is an IRS official. Even the Advisor (Finance) is an IRS official. Sources said the appointments were made without looking at the fact that the officials did not have relevant expertise or work experience.