With the change in guard at the Railway Ministry in the form of Piyush Goyal, the Rail Bhawan has also got a change in security arrangements. Rail Bhawan, near Parliament, has been inducted under the security cover of the Ministry of Home Affairs because of its proximity to vital installations. While the Railway Protection Force will continue to guard the building, its “operational control” and access control for entry and exit will be standardised under security protocols laid down by the Ministry of Home Affairs from this month. A circular on this was issued by the Home Ministry last week.
Anger At NYT
THE BJP’s foreign affairs department head Vijay Chauthaiwale is not taking an article that appeared in The New York Times titled as ‘In India, Fashion Has Become A Nationalist Cause’ casually. The article claimed that since the BJP came to power in 2014, “the Indian fashion industry has been pressed aggressively to promote traditional attire and bypass Western styles”. Chauthaiwale is collecting signatures for a petition to the NYT condemning the “communal twist to wearing saree by a woman”, saying the author of the article argued that
wearing traditional Indian attire is some sort of bigotry. He wants all lovers of traditional Indian attire to condemn the author and NYT.
Rail Development Authority, the proposed regulator for the sector, has many former and serving bureaucrats vying for the post of members and chairman. The last date for submission of applications was on Monday. The posts offer a five-year tenure so they are in great demand among bureaucrats nearing retirement and retired ones for the post of chairman. Two serving Railway Board members are believed to have thrown their hats in the ring along with a retired member (engineering) of the Board.
When BJP central election committee met on Wednesday evening to finalise Gujarat candidates list, some seats were vacant. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was away on an official visit to Singapore. Incidentally, BJP chief Amit Shah had appointed Jaitley in charge of the Gujarat polls in August. Jaitley is also an MP from Gujarat in the Rajya Sabha. The party has not yet appointed a new member in place of M Venkaiah Naidu, who became the Vice-President.