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Delhi Confidential: The Mix-up

The Indian Forest Service is not amused at the recent turn of events in the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

By: Express News Service | Published: May 9, 2014 4:44:50 am

President Pranab Mukherjee may be known to be a proud Bengali but his office it seems has bungled in the  matter of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary. The President’s message on the occasion was released on Thursday. Tagore according to the English calendar was born on May 7 and according to the Bengali calendar was born on 25th Baisakh which is on Friday.


The Indian Forest Service is not amused at the recent turn of events in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Reason being that suddenly the ministry has appointed an IAS officer to head the key Green India Mission when the sector is considered the preserve of the Indian Forest Service owing to their expertise in the field. Late last month the ministry appointed a UP cadre IAS officer and Additional Secretary in MoEF as Mission Director for the ambitious Green India Mission that aims at increasing the country’s green cover. It is learnt that Indian Forest Service officers have taken up the issue with minister Veerappa Moily expressing disappointment over this encroachment on their turf. Last heard, the ministry is looking at the rule book.


The power centre of the nation that houses the very core of the armed forces is not as safe as it seems. While earlier it was monkey menace that the Defence Ministry housed in the South Block faced, now it has to contend with thieves. It seems that a gang at work managed to pilfer several copper cables from air conditioning units on the ground floor of the Defence Ministry. The loss came to light a few days ago when several offices tried to turn on the systems to beat the heat. What is surprising is how the thieves managed to beat not only the complicated surveillance system but also the armed guards deployed round the clock to secure the headquarters.


In a  rush to unite Muslims against BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi, two influential Muslim organisations are now ranged on two sides of the fence. Days after the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind declared its support for Arvind Kejriwal, Jamiat-ulama-I-Hind led by Maulana Mahmood Madani has decided to throw its weight behind Congress candidate Ajay Rai.


Special Leave Petition (SLP), the final appeal in the Supreme Court against the orders of the lower courts, was given an intriguing definition by a lawyer before a bench, headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha. The lawyer said SLP, for several lawyers, in fact meant a ‘Special Luck Petition’ and not a ‘Special Leave Petition’. He pointed out how his case had suffered a defeat in an earlier round of litigation on the same facts on the basis of which the SC was now allowing his plea. The lawyer’s definition brought a smile on the face of the CJI, who said it was not about the “luck” but it connoted the “beauty of the institution”.

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