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Opting Out

THE UGC was served a shocker on Wednesday when its Secretary Akhilesh Gupta suddenly submitted his resignation.

THE UGC was served a shocker on Wednesday when its Secretary Akhilesh Gupta suddenly submitted his resignation,barely a year after his appointment. He has cited health reasons for his resignation. He was in the middle of steering an ambitious plan to bring e-governance to the UGC. Buzz is that lack of a congenial atmosphere at the UGC,besides differences of opinion among top officers over recent transfers and appointments,may have led Gupta to resign.

Bonding Exercise

THE Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) have planned to make the annual DGPs and IGs conference more ‘lively’. While it is scheduled from November 21 to 23,it has been extended by another day that would be reserved for informal interactions for better bonding. The aim is to build better contacts between the central agencies and state police forces. With NCTC in deep freeze,the central agencies are trying to reach out to state police to develop intelligence. During the three-day event,there will be discussion on police reforms,social media and its use,internal security and cyber security among others.

Damp Squib

WHILE the Archaeological Survey of India looks set to give up on the Shobhan Sarkar-inspired gold hunt at Unnao after hitting loose stones,its recent find — ancient inscriptions at the Kedarnath temple — has also yielded little. While the ASI hoped that some interesting historical information may be culled out from the inscriptions,it has found after chemical cleaning of the temple interiors that these carry little information except names of some people.