Ambassador against foeticide
Aamir Khans small screen debut has won an ardent admirer in Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The chief minister has already launched a Beti Bachao campaign in the state,parts of which are notorious for the killing of baby girls before and after birth,and felt the Bollywood actors involvement would give boost the drive further. The inaugural edition of Khans Satyamev Jayate show featured the ordeal of a woman from Morena,one of the districts where female foeticide is rampant. Chouhan said he would love to have the actor as an ambassador for MPs save-the-girl-child campaign and plans to extend a personal invitation to him.
Now,no cheetah either
The Kuno Palpur sanctuarys wait for big cats has ended unsuccessfully a second time. First,it waited for the Asiatic lion from Gir,and villagers were moved out in anticipation,but the Gujarat government refused to part with even one. Then came an ambitious programme to reintroduce the cheetah to India,with Kuno Palpur chosen as one of three sites,but the Supreme Court this week red-flagged the move. All this is apparently because of vastu dosh. A Hindi newspaper has carried a story after speaking to astrologers,one of whom suggested that the parks northern boundary be extended; another felt the sanctuary should have been circular.
firing and politics
The death of a farmer in police firing has seen politics taken to new levels. Not satisfied with the governments probe,the ruling BJP constituted a probe panel from the party,followed by the Congress with its own committee. State BJP chief Prabhat Jha,accompanied by two senior ministers,revealed that Bharatiya Kisan Sangh chief Shivkumar Sharma was in touch with Congress leaders and he had call records to back his allegation. Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh accused the government of tapping phones of politicians and social workers. Incidentally,in its attempt to criticise the government,the Congress praised Sharma as a selfless RSS worker.
Quick disposal award
Two years after it pioneered a legislation that guaranteed timely delivery of public services,MPs effort has won an United Nations Public Service Award. The state was among 471 applicants from 73 countries and will receive the award second position in New York next month. The state disposed of 1.10 crore of 1.11 crore applications since September 2010,and fined 49 officials for failing to provide timely service. The government now plans to open 400 public service centres with public-private partnerships. Complaints received here would be transferred to departments concerned.