At an event organised for start-ups to take up challenges for building equipment for the defence needs of the country, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reminisced about his life before politics. Appreciating the work done by start-ups in the last few years, Singh said he was a student of physics and had done some research as well. But, he added, after that he spent all his life in politics. He told the “innovators” that the country was proud of them, and that his interest had grown after looking at their work.
DMK MP Tiruchi Siva will chair the Rajya Sabha committee for provision of computers to members. The other members include Vijila Satyanath of AIADMK, K K Ragesh of CPM, Javed Ali Khan of SP and K D Singh of Trinamool. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, as chairman of the Rajya Sabha, has also nominated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the standing committee on finance. Digvijaya Singh, who had earlier resigned from the committee saying he was on it for too long, will now be a member of the urban development committee.
After the Union government’s approval, the Election Commission is set to extend the facility of voting by post to senior citizen voters and voters with physical disability. This will be introduced in the Jharkhand Assembly election. However, the Commission has had to tweak its plans for a full-scale rollout. The state home secretary had requested the EC to not implement the change in Left-wing extremism-affected seats. Based on this request, the EC decided to scale down the rollout to just urban seats in Jharkhand. So, for now, postal ballot facility for senior citizens and the disabled is being implemented on pilot basis in six seats (Rajmahal, Pakur, Jamtada, Deoghar, Godda, Bokaro and Dhanbad) of Jharkhand.