Ministers and senior officials were also caught in the massive traffic jam in central and south Delhi, because of the movements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Thursday. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was stuck in this traffic on her way to the airport and she tweeted about her trouble. Sitharaman, who had to travel to Cairns, Australia to attend a conference, did manage to reach in time to catch her flight though. Neelam Kapoor, head of the Directorate of Field Publicity, also put out a tweet, requesting the Delhi Traffic Police to move traffic on Outer Ring Road towards airport. “People will miss their flights otherwise,” she wrote.
AS the Supreme Court heard a batch of PILs on providing relief to people affected by floods in Jammu and Kashmir, the proceedings hit an unusual roadblock, prompting some of the lawyers to reach for their phones and iPads. Chief Justice of India R M Lodha sought to know the population of the state but the simple question sent everyone into a tizzy. Not just the petitioners, even the state government counsel could not give an instant reply and they kept mentioning different numbers. Eventually, one of the lawyers took help of his iPad and the Google to answer the court with certainty that J&K had an estimated population of 1.25 crore according to the 2011 census.
WITH the increasing importance of Aadhaar in this government’s scheme of things, and consequently the media’s interest in it, the Unique Identification Authority of India has finally appointed a spokesperson. A P Singh, Deputy Director General with UIDAI, has been assigned this task. This is the first time the authority has designated a spokesperson since it was established in 2009.
AN embarrassing faux pas has proved costly for a Doordarshan newsreader. This casual newsreader mistook ‘Xi’ in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name to be the Roman letter for 11 and read the name as Eleven Jinping. The newsreader has been removed. The mistake happened during a late night bulletin which is generally read by casual newsreaders since the regulars do not prefer to work at that time.
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