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Back to Square One
On Monday,the Congress missed yet another deadline on Telangana statehood issue. On June 2,the then AICC general secretary in charge of the state Ghulam Nabi Azad had announced that a decision on Telangana would be taken by June (end). After an all-party meeting last December,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had declared that a decision would be known within a month. On December 9,2009,the government had announced that the process of forming the State of Telangana would be initiated. On Monday,newly appointed AICC general secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijaya Singh told party leaders in Hyderabad that the chief minister,Deputy CM and state Congress chief would prepare separate roadmaps on both scenarios creation of Telangana and keeping the state united and present it to the Congress core group. His remarks,say state leaders,mean that the party is back to square one on the contentious issue.
Change of Guard
With several senior officers retiring in June,there has been a change of command at the Northern Command. With Lt Gen K T Parnaik retiring,his position has been taken by Western Army Commander Sanjiv Chachra. While Parnaik had a good first year in office,his last few months were quite eventful beheading of soldiers on the Line of Control,Chinese intrusion in Ladakh and killing of eight soldiers in Srinagar by militants. Even in his last day in office,the killing of two youngsters in Bandipora led to a public outcry,resulting in the burning down of an Army Goodwill School.
On the very first day of his job,new Home Secretary Anil Goswami reached out to his senior officers. He held a meeting with them and asked them to keep a close watch on developments in their respective areas and keep him posted. He also proposed to hold a review meeting of each department within Home Ministry every 10 days. Meanwhile,his predecessor R K Singh was given a belated farewell party by the Delhi Police on Monday at the Delhi Police Headquarters. The occasion was special because both Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar and Singh not only hail from Bihar but are also batch-mates (1975 batch). Neeraj Kumar is also set to retire this month-end.
Racing to power
The race for the post of chairman,Central Electricity Regulatory Commission,is getting hotter by the day. After sitting over the recommendation of the select committee for three months,the Ministry of Power is going ahead with the No. 2 in the order of the merit list prepared by the committee. Interestingly,two members of the select committee themselves were contenders Power Secretary P Uma Shankar and Secretary Department of Legal Affairs B A Aggarwal. On the issue of conflict of interest cited by one of the select committee members,both of them had recused themselves. Uma Shankar,who retired as power secretary just days ago,is now tipped to be the new chairman.
URDU Press Club International is slated to felicitate UP Urban Development Minister Azam Khan for founding a minority university Muhammad Ali Jauhar University on their foundation day at Delhis Constitution Club on July 2. While the function is being coordinated by SP Rajya Sabha MP Munawwar Saleem,Puri Shankaracharya Adhokshajanand Maharaj will felicitate Khan with the title of Vaqar-e-Millat (Pride of the community) on Tuesday.