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Baba Boss

If Baba Ramdev is to be believed,he was the original swami to have been requested by Colors channel to participate in its Big Boss reality show

Written by Express News Service | Published: January 16, 2012 3:48:43 am

If Baba Ramdev is to be believed,he was the original swami to have been requested by Colors channel to participate in its Big Boss reality show. “I refused them,saying you let me remain as Baba Boss,” Ramdev revealed recently. Apparently,it was only after he refused that the hosts of the show approached another saffron robed gentleman,Agnivesh,to participate in the show. Agnivesh had agreed and spent a couple of days in the Big Boss house.

Minor Adjustment

The RSS has been contemplating a change in the traditional uniform of its swayamsevaks — a skirt-like khaki half pant and white shirt — for quite some time. But as of now the swayamsevaks will have to be content with only one minor change — in their belts. The RSS has decided to replace the current leather belts with synthetic belts. The leather belts are not just more expensive but also made from animal hide which was leading to increasing discomfort in a section of the organisation.

Content Crisis

The swiftness with which the court has moved in ordering prosecution of top executives of social networking sites for failing to block objectionable content has surprised even the government. The Department of Information Technology,it is learnt,never wanted matters to come to this stage. But the court sought a report and asked the government to submit it the same day. Then it lost no time in ordering prosecution of the executives,leaving the government little room for manoeuvre.

Oh Jerusalem

Foreign Minister S M Krishna had ensured that he made a stopover in Palestine as well after his visit to Israel recently. But that doesn’t seem to have satisfied the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind which has condemned the Israel visit. The organisation has said Krishna’s visit had hurt the sentiments of 20 crore Muslims of the country in light of “Israel’s evil designs on Al Aqsa Mosque” in Jerusalem. The Urdu media has been reporting with some concern that Krishna’s visit to Israel was not the only one and that it is to be followed by more ministerial visits,including those of Kapil Sibal and Kamal Nath.

Dhaka Dilemma

India’s Ambassadors in two hotspots — Egypt and Syria — are now the key contenders for the prize post of the High Commissioner to Dhaka. While R Swaminathan,who is presently in Cairo,has served in Bhutan,V P Haran (Syria) has been posted in the past on the Bangladesh division in the Ministry of External Affairs. A lot of big names have been thrown up for the position in Dhaka so far and the government seems to be finding it difficult to zero in on one name.

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