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Delhi Confidential: Mamata no show

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, Mamata had made it a point to come for the wedding of one of Bukhari’s sons.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2014 12:15:22 pm

Egyptian surprise

Indian embassy in Egypt was in for a surprise when the Indian cultural centre at Suez organised the India Day celebrations. The event had Bollywood numbers performed by the Egyptians and a talk at Suez University by the local Governor. In a painting competition titled ‘Glimpses of India’, about 600 people participated and the surprising entry was a portrait of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Egyptian artist Atef. The Indian ambassador Navdeep Suri did not waste time in tweeting a picture of the painting.

Mamata no show

The compulsions of electoral politics over, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the November 22 event at Jama Masjid for the anointment of Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari’s son Shaban as his father’s deputy. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, Mamata had made it a point to come for the wedding of one of Bukhari’s sons. This time she has deputed West Bengal Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim to represent her at the function.


The Intelligence Bureau has been asked by the Home Ministry to trace the origin of a Facebook post that has unflattering and “defamatory” comments about National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The post contains a photograph of Doval with comments which were found “objectionable” by the Home Ministry. Officials believe the post might have originated in Pakistan.


Though experts have panned it, new Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has rebooted the idea of trying to harness wind energy from windmills installed along railway lines. The idea had arrived from the PMO a few months ago. This time, in a note circulated from the minister’s office, it is directed to look at similar studies done by Delhi’s Kalindi College for Delhi Metro and also at some studies done in Britan. While no one in the ministry believes it to be feasible, there could be fresh application of mind now that the new minister has asked for it.


Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani appeared to be in an unusually jovial mood while interacting with school students on Monday to mark the International Education Day. She began by asking students if the ministry had fed them well or whether they had been left starving, to which the students responded with a resounding “starving”. When a student of a prominent South Delhi school introduced himself to the minister as the Head Boy of the school, Irani quipped saying she couldn’t believe she was actually meeting the Head Boy of the school where she went for athletic competitions during her school days. While introducing themselves, several students gave flowers to the minister for which each of them had to walk across the crowded conference room. After a while, the minister joked that the students could simply throw the flowers from where they were sitting and she would catch them.

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