Under The Weather
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a permanent invitee when visiting foreign dignitaries meet leaders of the main opposition party. But Singh was missing when visiting Israel President Reuven Rivlin met Congress leaders on Monday. The Israeli President met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and senior party leader Anand Sharma. The 84-year-old former Prime Minister was said to be unwell and expressed his inability to attend the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a motivational speech to railway employees at the Rail Vikas Shivir on Sunday. His speech mostly hovered around the subject of earning more money through innovative means and out-of-the-box thinking. However, the one person who heads all these subjects in Indian Railways, Member (Traffic) Mohammad Jamshed, was not in the audience. Early morning, Jamshed had to rush to Rail Bhawan to oversee affairs following the train accident near Kanpur. The Railway Board is now trying to see how some actionable points can be culled out from the PM’s speech to act on them immediately.
A counsel appearing for the Central government incurred the wrath of the Supreme Court on Monday when he sought to buy some time by arguing that officers concerned were busy in Parliament since the Winter Session was under way. “If the officials concerned are busy in Parliament then what are we doing here?…. Do you think we have nothing better to do than to sit here and wait for them,” a bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur asked the counsel. The bench also indicted it would impose a penalty on the government for not filing its affidavit in time to elaborate steps taken to remove videos of sexual assault from social networking sites but the lawyer pleaded for a week’s time and assured that the officials would do the needful.
Taking On Guard
A member of yoga guru Ramdev’s security got an earful from a journalist at the Press Club for roughing up another scribe. One journalist, who was following Ramdev to talk further after a press conference, was pushed by the policeman guarding the yoga guru, which a few other journalists saw. Reminding him of his “maryada”, some journalists gathered around and told him that what he had done is manhandling. The cop immediately retreated, but did not apologise.
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel was taken by surprise during her visit to the ministry’s pavilion at the India International Trade Fair in Delhi when a woman claiming to be an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College – Patel’s alma mater – congratulated her on “how well” she is doing. On being told that her “admirer” had graduated from the college in 1975, Patel, still not used to being on first name terms with strangers, replied, “I wasn’t even born then.”
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