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Delhi Confidential: Food For Thought

Often at the receiving end of complaints, the Indian Railways is now banking on its senior officials to become its eyes and ears to gauge public sentiment at the ground level.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 29, 2015 3:29:51 am

All India Radio found itself in the middle of a controversy after it tweeted, but later deleted, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s reported remarks on MoS, Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s comments on a beef ban. “AIR Exclusive: @sarbanandsonowal criticizes @naqvimukhtar for saying those who want to eat beef can go to Pakistan,” tweeted AIR on Thursday. “Sports Minister @sarbanandsonowal: Beef curbs in the Northeast will sow seeds of dissonance as it is a common staple among many communities,” it tweeted. However, both these tweets were later deleted. When contacted, Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said, “I have no clue about this. Please ask the AIR DG.”

Feedback Time

Often at the receiving end of complaints from passengers, the Indian Railways is now banking on its senior officials to become its eyes and ears to gauge public sentiment at the ground level. Rail Bhawan has asked senior officials to interact and mingle with co-passengers and gather their feedback whenever they travel by train. The officials are expected to communicate this feedback to the ministry. The idea, officials say, has come directly from Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu’s office.

Search Begins

Even as the HRD Ministry is yet to take a final call on the fate of Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh in view of the showcause notice issued to him on a string of allegations, the process for the appointment of a new V-C has been set in motion as Singh’s term ends in October. The DU executive council has appointed two nominees — Vinod Rai and K Kasturirangan — to be part of the search panel which will be set up soon. The ministry will later issue a notification for the panel.

A Matter Of Faith

The Catholic Church leadership was embarrassed when one of its publications, Indian Currents, published a cover story recently criticising the trend of building opulent churches. The article appeared even after the Syro-Malabar Church asked its priests and parish councils to avoid luxury while building new churches. The article said it’s “a crime as well as an outrageous expression of pride to build gigantic and opulent churches while millions of people do not have a roof over their heads.” It reminded the Church authorities that most of the western churches have become tourist spots as the number of people attending church has gone down.

Police Check

After PIB Director General Frank Noronha wrote to Union Home Secretary L C Goyal on the Delhi Police’s high-handed behaviour towards the media, the police have been given strict instructions to honour the accreditation card issued by the PIB. Mediapersons had complained that despite holding the PIB accreditation card, Delhi Police was turning them away from events, especially those attended by the Prime Minister.

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