a first, Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda Tuesday paid a surprise visit to the record room of the Central Agency to witness first-hand the manner in which records of all cases involving the central government are maintained. Accompanied by Law Secretary P K Malhotra, the minister also visited the Central Agency, which deals with all central government litigation in the Supreme Court. While the Central Agency is located inside the Supreme Court complex, the record room is situated in the basement of a separate building.
On The Radar
With the nuclear deal between Iran and P5+1 getting sealed, PM Narendra Modi might visit Iran soon. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, during his meeting with Modi, had extended an invitation to him. Now, with the sanctions gradually out of their way, they have agreed to enhance trade in energy and other areas.
Skipping A Meal
The absence of Left leaders at Sonia Gandhi’s Iftar dinner was not just because of the presence of a Trinamool Congress representative. The CPM, CPI and CPI(ML) have decided to fight the Assembly elections in Bihar together against the Nitish Kumar-led front and the BJP. So, apart from Derek O’Brien, Left leaders also did not want to be seen anywhere near Nitish, who is fighting the polls alongside the Congress and the RJD. Left leaders also said the CPM and the CPI do not want to have more of a “friendship” with the Congress inside Parliament. So when CPI’s D Raja informed his general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy about the Congress invite, Reddy told him it was not advisable to attend but left the final decision to him. Raja got the hint and decided to stay away.
It was a comedy of errors at a recent meeting of the Health Ministry. It started with MoS (Independent Charge) for Ayush Shripad Yasso Naik mispronouncing Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda’s name as Jagat Prasad Nadda. Nadda, who was present at the function, went on to call the MoS Yessopad Shri Naik. Later, Nadda called Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh (national population stabilisation fund) Janani Suraksha Kosh by mistake.
A senior BJP leader recently had a hard time getting in touch with a local leader in Bihar. When he was unable to get through from his phone, he requested those near him to try the local leader’s number. After repeated attempts, the call went through and the senior leader began the conversation by complaining about the poor network facilities. The local leader replied that he had a BSNL phone, but before he could say anything else, the line was disconnected again. Ultimately, the leader from Delhi left the room in anger, muttering, “Iss desh mein kuch nahin hota (Nothing gets done in this country).”