HEARING A bunch of petitions on demonetisation on Friday, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, who is demitting office early next month, said he would have to leave the Supreme Court with a heavy heart because lawyers conveniently snub the decorum in the highest court of the country. “Is this a fish market? What kind of memory I would take with me? Lawyers here do not know how to behave and try to outshout each other. I have one week left in the Supreme Court and I will be leaving with a heavy heart,” he said. CJI Thakur asked lawyers to learn from senior advocate P Chidambaram. “Look at Mr Chidambaram. Has he stood up and tried to argue by raising his voice? No. Do you think he knows less than those lawyers who are always shouting?”
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Amidst the continuing stalemate in Parliament, a meeting between Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Congress president Sonia Gandhi created quite a buzz. It later turned out that Mahajan had been looking for Sonia to wish her on her birthday. She had called up Sonia but could not talk to her. Sonia was also not present in the House when it assembled in the morning. She came in only after it got adjourned sometime later. Learning that the Speaker had been trying to reach her, Sonia went to the Speaker’s chamber where the two had a brief meeting.
It has been a month that the Archeological Survey of India, displaying its promptness post-demonetisation, ordered credit/debit card swipe machines at its ticketed monuments across the country. The agency, under the Culture Ministry, was happy to be one of the first major government agency to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to go cashless. However, these machines are yet to be installed at several monuments. Let alone those in the country’s hinterland, even at the most prominent monuments in Delhi like Humayun Tomb, tourists still pay in cash as, the staff tell them, the machines have not yet arrived.
THEY MAY be at daggers drawn at each other back home in Kerala, but UDF and LDF members put up an unusual show of camaraderie in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Congress members K C Venugopal was seen gesturing to CPM member A Sampath, who was standing in an aisle, to come forward and take the lead in shouting slogans. A former student leader, Sampath joined in at a relatively high pitch. And, it was Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, who clapped alongside.
HOME SECRETARY Rajiv Mehrishi ordered a mini reshuffle in his ministry on Friday to fill vacant charges and allocated work to two joint secretaries who have recently joined. Saheli G Roy, a CSS officer, has been given charge of International Cooperation and Coordination, while Sanjeev K Jindal has been made in-charge of disaster management division. These positions had fallen vacant following transfers of three IAS officers while one was removed following the controversy related to Zakir Naik’s NGO.