June 9, 2012 3:57:11 am
The anger of MPs against political cartoons in school textbooks does not seem to have ended. Many of them are continuing to take up this issue with HRD Minister Kapil Sibal or even the Prime Minister. Recently,P L Punia,a Congress MP and chairman of National Commission on Scheduled Castes,sent a bunch of cartoons collected from various school text books to the Prime Minister claiming that they were offensive in nature and demanding that they be removed. Sibal is learnt to have received several representations from MPs who have sent their own examples of offending cartoons.
THE DG CID of Karnataka Police,RK Datta,is all set to join the Central Bureau of Investigation as additional director general. Datta will fill the vacancy created due to the elevation of K Saleem Ali as special director. This will be a new innings in CBI for Datta who has earlier served in the agency as joint director and DIG. Dattas father-in-law S K Datta was the CBI Director between 1992 and 1993.
LAW AND ORDER
THE tenure of many law officers of the government in the rank of Additional Solicitor General is going to be over soon and hectic lobbying has been going on by lawyers of all hues to get these lucrative assignments. The government,however,is learnt to have decided to re-appoint almost all the incumbents. The two vacancies created by the resignations of Parag Tripathi and Vivek Tankha are said to be the only positions up for grabs. And even for these,the names are learnt to have been finalised. The grapevine has it that noted criminal lawyer Siddhartha Luthra is one of them. Apparently,the CBI,which often has to depend on private lawyers for its cases,pushed his case. The other position is said to be going to Paras Kuhad,an advocate from Rajasthan who recently shifted base to Delhi. The Law Ministry is said to have cleared the appointments and is now waiting for the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
THE inclusion of Team Anna member,former TV anchor Shazia Ilmi,in Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs media team for his trip to the Rio+20 summit in Brazil,has been the cause of much fuss in the PMO and in the MEA over the last few days. Shazia was included in the entourage as a representative of her family-run Urdu newspaper Siasat Jadid. But her elder brother,Aizaz Ilmi,who identifies himself as editor of the Lucknow edition,wrote to the MEA saying Shazia was now a full-time activist and doesnt represent the paper though she was part of the family. He said Shazias nomination for the trip was done without his knowledge and must be treated as invalid and infructuous. Shazia,however,counters this saying Aizaz isnt the editor who,in turn,says: Now its for the MEA to decide.
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