On the itinerary of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her India visit next month is a trip to Kolkata where she is scheduled to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as well. The last time she had come to India,in June last year,Clinton had travelled to Chennai. At that time,the ties between the UPA government at Centre and one of its most important allies,DMK,were under tremendous strain in view of the fact that party leader Kanimozhi had been sent to jail in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. Incidentally,Clintons visit to Kolkata comes at a time when the UPA governments relations with another of its allies,Trinamool Congress,is under strain.
THE J&K government shifted its base from Jammu to the summer capital of Srinagar on Friday. And apparently it was not a very smooth transition for Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. I was so looking forward to my drive from Jammu to Srinagar but Audi service messed up my iPod dock. Wont drive without music, Abdullah wrote on his Twitter page. The remark prompted a response from a senior official of the automobile company who asked him to email his concerns and said that he had personally instructed the Audi staff to look into his problems.
HEALTH Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday told the Lok Sabha that there are 32,000 MBBS seats in the country as per information provided by the Medical Council of India. The MCI website incidentally puts that figure much higher 40,525 seats in 335 colleges. Which also destroys the ministers claim of 70 per cent medical graduates being accommodated in the PG seats.
THE name of the fourth person who is being nominated as a Rajya Sabha member is now known. The UPA government has decided to offer a berth to Anil Kakodkar,the celebrated former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. The President is yet to formally approve Kakodkars name and that is why the government had not announced his nomination along with those of Sachin Tendulkar,Rekha and Anu Agha who have all been nominated. There is one more seat lying vacant in the nominated category in Rajya Sabha.
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NOMINATED Rajya Sabha member Ashok Ganguly has put to rest speculation that Sachin Tendulkar will get to occupy seat number 100 in the Rajya Sabha. Ganguly,who is current occupant of that seat,had made no offer to vacate it in favour of Tendulkar who,on Thursday,was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member. The speculation had begun after a tweet from Trinamool Congress MP Derek OBrien which claimed that Ganguly had agreed to give his seat to Tendulkar in deference to a man who has scored 100 centuries in international cricket. Ganguly has not just denied having made such an offer but is also learnt to be extremely upset by people making such claims.