A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dinner for judges of the Supreme Court and chief justices of the High Courts, President Pranab Mukherjee had held a similar dinner for them. Some judges did not turn up for that dinner as well. Incidentally, in keeping with the solemn occasion of Good Friday, the President had decided to do away with the ceremonies associated with such event.
The Consultative Committee of Parliament on HRD Ministry discussed the proposed national education policy on Monday. When the Ministry spoke about its plans for consultations with different stakeholders, including “experts”, Rajya Sabha member from CPM Ritabrata Banerjee interjected to ask HRD Minister Smriti Irani who exactly the experts were. Questioning the Ministry’s choice of experts, Banerjee recalled the Ministry’s selection of Y Sudershan Rao as ICHR chief, who he claimed did not “know the difference between history and mythology”. Even as the CPM leader added a few more thoughts on the issue from his side, the Minister remained uncharacteristically silent.
Reeling under the financial implications of airing TV advertisements on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, Women and Child Development Ministry recently got good news of sorts. An analysis showed that its decision to put the Beti Bachao logo on train tickets received a good response. The Ministry, which has an advertising budget of just Rs 50 crore, has been finding TV advertising spots prohibitively expensive. It is now likely to go bigger on the train ticket logos that it started in January.
An image of the Preamble of the Constitution of India found a prominent place inside the booklet containing Gujarat Law Minister’s speech made during the joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts on Sunday. But the Gujarat government, it seems, didn’t want to repeat the recent gaffe made by the I&B Ministry wherein it had used in an advertisement an image of the Preamble that did not have the words “socialist” and “secular”. So, it chose to insert asterisks at two places in the Preamble with footnotes to explain those words were inserted in the Constitution through the 42nd Amendment in 1976 and came into effect from 1977.