To celebrate his three years in office, President Pranab Mukherjee will host a dinner for the Union Cabinet and other dignitaries on Saturday. Two volumes of his selected speeches and two books on Rashtrapati Bhavan will be released on the occasion by Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The books are titled Abode Under The Dome and Right Of The Line: The President’s Bodyguard (1773-2015).
When the Rajya Sabha met again for Question Hour after an adjournment on Friday, Congress MPs Ashwani Kumar and Satyavrat Chaturvedi said there was a “bigger question” that needed answering. “We want Parliament to function so that we can hear some of the shayari of Ashwani Kumar. We have not had a chance for long,” replied IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a lighter vein. The comment was lost in the din as both sides were on their feet, shouting.
CPI(M) MP A Sampath got a surprise on his birthday — a letter, in Malayalam, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering birthday greetings. The Communist leader did not quite know how to react to the letter, in which the PM wrote that he prayed to God that Sampath would always be blessed with happiness and good health. Sampath’s party colleague M B Rajesh also received four birthday greeting messages from Modi on his birthday.
Finally taking forward the process of selecting a new director for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the search-cum-selection committee set up for the purpose met in Bengaluru on Friday. This is only the second meeting of the five-member committee. Officials said the committee met to discuss and prepare a shortlist of candidates who have applied for the key job.
The position has been lying vacant since October last year, when then director Parvin Sinclair resigned midway through her tenure.
The last word
“It is all about respect,” said Justice T S Thakur as he had the last word in a spat between two lawyers in the Supreme Court. The bickering began when a senior advocate put a condition for arguing his case on the next date. “I would argue on the next date but the court will have to ask the lawyer for the other side to shut up,” he said. The other lawyer then complained against the senior lawyer. “You can also ask him to shut up. Your licence (to practice) is not inferior to him. You both can ask each other to shut up but it is about the request. Remember that,” retorted Justice Thakur. Both the lawyers then stopped squabbling and left the courtroom after adjournment.