DURING THEIR bilateral meeting, PM Narendra Modi had the American flag behind him, while US President Barack Obama had the Tricolour. Many were quick to point this out on social media. Indian protocol guidelines state that Indian leaders will have the Tricolour behind them. But, according to US protocol, the leaders must sit with the other country’s flag in the background. In this case, as the two leaders met in Laos, the Indians went with the American protocol.
TRUST VIPs to come up with new ways to get privileged treatment. The Akashvani Bhawan’s security has barred non-VIPs and junior officers from using the main entrance at the directorate building at All India Radio’s headquarters. A notification signed by Deputy Director General (Security) Lt Colonel Manish Asthana says that the “automatic glass entry gate adjacent to the fountain” can only be used by “DG, ADGs E-in-C and VIPs only”. Security guards at the gate have been told to regulate entry.
A PROPOSAL to elevate the National Mission on Clean Ganga to the status of an ‘authority’ is being seen as the PMO’s continued no-confidence in Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati. The NMCG is an integral part of the ministry. Elevating it to an ‘authority’ and giving it financial powers would make it independent of the ministry to a large extent. The fact that the proposal has come from the PMO has triggered speculation that the PM may not be happy with Bharati’s performance on cleaning the river.