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Gang at work

Shastri Bhavan, the home to dozens of central government ministries, is reeling under the onslaught of an alleged “bijli-taar chor gang”.

Shastri Bhavan, the home to dozens of central government ministries, is reeling under the onslaught of an alleged “bijli-taar chor gang”, which is believed to be stealing electricity cables and wires and disrupting power supply in many wings of the building. CPWD has put up notices in the building, warning employees about the activities of this gang which is particularly active during weekends and gazetted holidays.


Taking a step forward in making its MGNREGA online interface more user friendly and technologically advanced, the Rural Development Ministry has been working with Harvard University to create separate “dashboards” for each level — gram panchayat, block, district, state, national — of implementation of the scheme. The Rural Development Secretary will launch the ‘Dashboards for MGNREGS’ on Friday during a video conference with all states.


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The Law Ministry’s Central Agency, which deals with government litigation in the Supreme Court, is still trying to come to grips with the change of government at the Centre. With the ouster of the UPA government, the term of law officers appointed by it also came to an end and a new team was appointed by the NDA government. However, files pertaining to many cases are still in the possession of some of the previous law officers, who, despite repeated requests, are not returning them. In some cases, law officers have simply dumped hundreds of case files, without any order, making the task of the agency all the more difficult.


The revolt against Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who was made West Bengal PCC chief by Rahul Gandhi, by the old guard is turning serious by the day. With the party witnessing an exodus ever since the Lok Sabha election defeat, party veterans like Somen Mitra, Abdul Mannan and Manas Bhuniya have come together to blame Adhir’s style of functioning. Earlier this week, Youth Congress leader Shaumik Hossain left the party. The veterans are now camping in Delhi and have met Sonia Gandhi to complain. They are hoping to meet Rahul as well. But the high command is said to be in favour of giving a longer rope to Adhir.

First published on: 28-08-2014 at 12:35:47 am
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