With its list of candidates for Madhya Pradesh keeping the major contenders for chief ministerial post out, Congress leaders believe the same trend could be repeated in Rajasthan. The MP candidates’ list did not feature party’s state unit president Kamal Nath, campaign committee head Jyotiraditya Scindia, or even former CM Digvijay Singh — a move that is seen as the leadership’s attempt to keep its cards close to its chest in the backdrop of internal differences. As the race tightens in Rajasthan, the Congress top leadership is likely to keep former CM Ashok Gehlot and state unit chief Sachin Pilot also off the candidates’ list so that party workers from both groups work hard in the run-up to December 7.
Having seen the worst bureaucratic quarrel in its history over the last one year, and with the fate of its two top officers hanging balance until November 12, the CBI is organising a three-day Art of Living workshop for its personnel beginning Saturday. A statement by the agency said that the purpose of the workshop is to “improve positivity, enhance synergy and generate a healthy atmosphere in the agency”. The “motivational” workshop will be attended by “over 150 officers, from the rank of inspectors up to In-charge Director, CBI”.
It’s not always that a poet ends up becoming India’s ambassador to a country. On Friday, Abhay Kumar, a poet-diplomat in his late-30s, was named India’s next ambassador to Madagascar. Earlier, India’s deputy chief of mission in Brazil, Kumar has published several collections of poetry, including ‘The Seduction of Delhi’, ‘The Eight-Eyed Lord of Kathmandu’, ‘CAPITALS’, and ‘100 Great Indian Poems’. His writings cover poetry, art, memoir, global democracy and digital diplomacy. Kumar received the SAARC Literary Award for his contribution to contemporary South Asian Poetry and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2013.