Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is in Pune to review the passing out parade of the National Defence Academy, took an early morning train to Mumbai for a day-long trip, leaving the police and security machinery surprised. He is slated to review the parade on Saturday, after which he will fly to his home state Goa.
To win over netizens, the BJP youth wing has released a video meant to be circulated on social media. The 15-minute video, titled WinWin365, outlines various initiatives taken by the NDA government during its first year in power. The video, launched by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur, will focus on the achievements of the Narendra Modi government and the steps taken by it to benefit various sections of society.
I S Chahal, a Maharashtra cadre IAS officer who joined the Women and Child Development Ministry last November, has gone on an unscheduled 90-day leave, fuelling speculation over what prompted the move. The ministry grapevine has it that Chahal had a bitter falling out with WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi about STEP — a training and employment programme for women.
Defending his decision to hold a press conference on May 29 to mark the completion of one year of the NDA government, even though the Cabinet was sworn-in on May 26, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he chose it as that was the day he took charge of his office. Singh is known to be particular about dates and time when it comes to important events. To save time, Singh also made a special request against airing a 15-minute-long documentary with his voice-over.
The Health Ministry is treading cautiously on the issue of the radioactive leak at IGI airport. Though there is a public health angle and the consignment was meant for a private hospital, the ministry does not want to come into conflict with the Delhi government (health is a state subject) or the department of atomic energy. For the time being, ministry secretary B P Sharma is in touch with the NDRF chief to monitor the situation.