While the morning session in the Lok Sabha saw Congress vice-president rushing to the Well of the House, the afternoon session offered a rare spectacle of the Gandhi scion attending the proceedings of the House and taking notes. Post-lunch, Rahul was seen writing down on a paper he was holding. After a while, he could be seen reading from his cellphone and taking down notes on the same paper.
The Legislative Department of the Ministry of Law and Justice got a new secretary on Wednesday with the one-year appointment of Additional Secretary Sanjay Singh to the post. An old department hand, Singh is credited with having played an important part in drafting the new Companies Act. The government also appointed S S Chahar as the Member-Secretary, Law Commission of India. With the appointment of Singh, the burden of Legal Affairs Secretary P K Malhotra, who also held additional charge of the Legislative Department, is likely to reduce.
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A request for transfer missive from an employee posted in Southern Railways is the butt of jokes at the Rail Bhavan. While usually such requests are justified with reasons like an ailing family member or a grave situation at home, this letter cities marriage prospects as a reason. The employee has said that since he is from North India and a bachelor, his chances of getting a suitable bride in South India was proving to be difficult, so he wanted a transfer near his hometown. Insiders said the possibility of his request being favourably considered is bleak.
While Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress always wants to be seen as upholding the rights of the minorities in West Bengal, it appeared to be trapped in a dilemma in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday when the Congress and other opposition parties created an uproar against the communal situation in the country. While in the beginning many TMC MPs were seen rising from their seats to join the protest, soon it was noticed that they had turned aloof. An MP was later heard saying that there were no clear instructions from Mamata on the issue.
After the opposition Congress, it is now the turn of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to question the stranglehold of the Badal family over the cable television network in Punjab. The Congress, has been raising the issue of alleged blackening out of channels to prevent the telecast of any news against the SAD-BJP-led government. Now, the AAP state leadership is also planning to turn this into a major issue. Incidentally, during the Lok Sabha election campaign, AAP MP and popular comedian Bhagwant Mann had rued that ever since he started politically opposing CM Parkash Singh Badal’s family, he had stopped getting work in Punjab movies as the producers feared that if they gave him a role, the state government may not allow their movies to be screened.