In the spotlight

For someone who courts the media,Law Minister Ashwini Kumar was unusually,though expectedly,camera shy

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 1, 2013 1:42:29 am

For someone who courts the media,Law Minister Ashwini Kumar was unusually,though expectedly,camera shy on Tuesday. As he was chased by television camera crew and photographers on the way from his office to the lift in Shastri Bhawan,he tried to put up a brave smile. “It is the same face,why are you so keen for my photo,” he remarked.

Suspension revoked

PUSHED to the corner by the HRD Ministry,a very reluctant IIT Kharagpur has finally revoked the suspension of Rajeev Kumar,its whistleblower professor. Kumar,who works in the computer science department at the institute,had troubled the authorities with a series of RTI queries that resulted in Vigilance inquiries and CBI investigations. The IIT was so irked with his activism that it ignored several pleas from the HRD Ministry to revoke the suspension order. But the ministry remained firm,finally forcing the institute to put the professor back to work.

Unexpected departure

IT’S not very often that retired bureaucrats leave their post-retirement jobs midway. So it came as a bit of surprise when former defence secretary Vijay Singh decided to resign from his current position as Member,UPSC,though he had only a few more months left for his tenure to end. Singh,a 1970-batch IAS officer,had put in his papers in January and relinquished his office on Tuesday. His term was coming to an end in July.

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