Amid continuing suspense over the timing of declaration of the BJPs prime ministerial candidate whether before or after the Assembly elections the top RSS brass,Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat,Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Gopal Krishna,have arrived in the Capital for the next three days. While RSS sources maintain that their presence here is in connection with their meeting with affiliate organisations,party leaders are keeping their fingers crossed as they believe that the issue of the timing of the declaration could not but come up for discussion.
The Ministry of External Affairs is in a bit of a dilemma. They have invited and hosted leaders from all key national parties of Nepal Maoist chairman Prachanda,Nepali Congress leaders Sushil Koirala and Sher Bahadur Deuba as also Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) leader Madhav Nepal. But Indias closest allies in Nepali politics the Madhesi parties have not been invited yet,leading to much heartburn in the neighbourhood. India wants to make a course correction now,but doesnt know whom to invite given that there are over a dozen Madhesi parties,but no one leader can be invited since there is no Madhesi force which towers above the rest. One view in the South Block is to invite representatives of all factions.
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The Indian Air Force was in for a shock last April when the US cancelled a showcase air combat exercise between the two nations in Nevada at the last minute. The official reason given was that the Red Flag multi-nation war game had to be cancelled due to budget cuts in the US. As it turns out,the US managed to carry out other editions of the Red Flag exercise this year. When IAF Chief N A K Browne went to the US last month,he was assured that India would be accommodated next year in a Red Flag exercise. A top US official has also revealed that India has agreed to participate next year.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is all set to move a Cabinet note to approve degree courses for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. IIMC currently runs several diploma courses on journalism and communication. The ministry told Parliament that suggestions of ministries have been incorporated in the draft Bill. The ministry is also exploring the idea of starting a course at IIMC on the Media Business Administration on the lines of MBA.