September 17, 2013 3:24:20 am
Senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi appears to have taken a leaf out of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singhs book as he seeks to win over the party high command,which is unwilling to give him a free run in the coming assembly elections in Chhattisgarh. Fearing that he could be sidelined after the Himachal Pradesh elections,Virbhadra Singh had signalled his intention to quit the party. This forced the high command to appoint him PCC chief,thus giving him a say in the allocation of party tickets. As Jogi finds himself in a similar situation,he has also started sending signals about his intention to quit,as he bargains for the PCC chiefs post. Congress general secretary C P Joshi,who chairs the partys screening committee for Chhattisgarh,is said to be making all efforts to pacify the former CM.
Discovery of India
When Information & Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari met Cai Ming Zhao,Minister of State Council Information Office of China,on Monday,he had some special gifts for his Chinese counterpart: a set of DVDs of the tele serial Bharat Ek Khoj,some Indian classical music DVDs and a set of rare films from the NFDC archives. As an official quipped later,it was high time the neighbouring country discovered India again.
The post of special secretary (internal security) at the Ministry of Home Affairs is up for grabs with the incumbent secretary (internal security) S Jayaraman set to retire at the end of this month. Hectic lobbying is on as the government scouts for a seasoned IPS officer for the post. Among those in the fray are Sanjeev Dayal,a 1977-batch IPS officer from Maharashtra who is also in the running for the post of ITBP DG, R R Verma,a 1978-batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre who also headed the Ishrat Jahan SIT,and Alok Verma,DGP,Mizoram.
A lot in a name
When the Agni V nuclear capable missile was test-fired for the first time in April last year,the defence ministry was very careful in its terminology for the system. The variant was classified as a long range ballistic missile instead of the more popular perception of it being an inter continental ballistic missile. The logic was that the latter has acquired a rather menacing connotation. However,on Monday,new DRDO chief and top missile man Avinash Chander termed Agni V as an ICBM. Asserting that India has no reason to be diffident about the system,the top scientist said that it can definitely be placed in the ICBM category.
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