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The present paintings will also be sent as gifts, or used to raised funds for her pet cause: animal welfare.

By: Express News Service |
August 25, 2016 1:54:08 am
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While Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi’s animal rights activism is common knowledge, she also shares a passion for arts. Stacked in a corner of her office in Shastri Bhawan are more than three dozen framed Gond paintings. The minister has recently bought them from painters Bhajju Shyam and Dinesh Shyam, who were trained under renowned tribal artist Jangarh Singh Shyam.

Maneka, who was Minister of State for Culture in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, is an admirer of Jangarh Singh and often buys and gifts the late artist’s paintings to people close to her. The present paintings will also be sent as gifts, or used to raised funds for her pet cause: animal welfare.

Helped By Retweet

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu got the railway authorities in Mumbai and Delhi on their toes following a nudge from Congress leader Ajay Maken, who brought a situation involving an elderly couple travelling on Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani to the minister’s notice on social media. A co-passenger had tweeted Tuesday night that the couple did not have proper identity proof and could need help. Maken retweeted it, and soon Prabhu, who is not in Delhi, called up officers and directed them to look into it. The senior citizens were not carrying original copies of their age proof, and as per rule were liable to be fined, which was what the TTE had told them. But senior railway officers from Delhi and Mumbai contacted the staff on board, and resolved the situation in the couple’s favour.

Readying Red Carpet

South Block officials were in a hurry on Wednesday as they prepared the agenda for Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s first India visit, which is being planned at a very short notice. The trip has fructified after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went on a day-long visit to the neighboring country on Monday. With Myanmar’s Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi picking China for her first overseas destination, India was quite upset. It is now Myanmar’s turn to mollify New Delhi, which will lay the red carpet for Htin Kyaw, expected to visit between August 27 and 30. Having expressed a desire to visit prominent Buddhist sites, he may be taken for a short trip to some destinations along with wife Daw Su Su Lwin.

Scheduling Schemes

After briefing powerful leaders of the party on its upcoming programmes and strategies, BJP president Amit Shah has now called a meeting of chief ministers of BJP-ruled states on Saturday. In the meeting, Shah is slated to discuss ways to implement centrally sponsored schemes in these states. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, insiders say, may also address the CMs.

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