The Grand Alliance score in the Bihar Assembly elections will be 141, according to Congress general secretary C P Joshi, who is in-charge of the state. The Congress tally, according to him, will be 21. Now that brings one to the question: Why this obsession with the digit 1? There appears to be a history to it. Joshi had lost a crucial Rajasthan Assembly election from Nathdwara constituency by just one vote in 2008. In the process, he may have missed the chance to become the chief minister. That is, perhaps, why he always factors in ‘1’ before getting to any figure.
Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao, who will hold official talks with Vice-President Hamid Ansari, is doing a fair bit of sightseeing before coming to Delhi. He starts his visit with a trip to Ajanta caves near Aurangabad on Wednesday. After that, he will go to Kolkata and visit the ancestral house of Rabindranath Tagore at Jorasanko. He will also meet West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi at Raj Bhavan over lunch and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Eco-Park in New Town. Li will also meet PM Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee during his time in Delhi.
In Public Eye
Despite the restrictive rules the country has on public meetings, BJP leaders say PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Singapore will have many firsts. His will be the first public function by any foreign leader in Singapore. Organisers have booked two auditoriums in the Singapore Expo convention centre and Modi will address the crowd from a revolving podium at the centre. At least 12,000-13,000 Indians will attend the function,
The HRD Ministry’s search for the next Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University is on in full swing. Dinesh Singh retired as V-C on October 28. The search-cum-selection committee, headed by UGC chairman Ved Prakash, has already held one meeting and is scheduled to meet again later this month. At this pace, the university is expected to have a new head by December.