On Friday evening, the hashtag #ModibegsIKforMeeting started trending as there was buzz that Pakistan’s cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan may meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “At his request, Pakistan MP and chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf Party Imran Khan called on PM Narendra Modi today,” tweeted MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup. During the meeting, Khan invited Modi to visit Pakistan.
At Sharad Pawar’s 75th birthday celebrations on Thursday, President Pranab Mukherjee spoke about how “many eminent political leaders” celebrate their birthdays in December. While Pawar’s birthday is on Saturday, Mukherjee named three others — Congress president Sonia Gandhi (December 9), A K Antony (December 28) and former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee (December 25). What Mukherjee did not mention was that he was also born in December — he turned 80 on Friday.
Perpetuating the divide between engineers and civil servants in the Railways, the civil services officers have officially formed a separate union called the Indian Railway Civil Services Officers Association, and submitted a letter to Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu to inform him about the move. In the letter, they have said that over the years, the role of traffic, personnel and finance officers — all from the civil services — have been marginalised in the Indian Railways. They have cited this as one of the main reasons for floating a separate union. The trigger was the Railway Board’s decision to deliberate a proposal that sought to keep out non-engineers from running the national transporter. The deliberation, it seems, has been put off for a later day.