Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has taken to reciting Urdu couplets in his public speeches. Last week,at a function in Budgam that was also attended by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,Omar began reciting the famous lines from a poem by Allama Iqbal (Khudi ko kar buland itna…) but forgot the next line,much to the amusement of those around. Incidentally,the chief minister had forgotten the same line earlier this year during an event in Pampore.
NEW MAN IN
After some initial confusion,aggravated by conflicting stands by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice and the CBI,the CBI is all set to have a new Director of Prosecution. A high-level committee comprising,among others,Chief Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar and CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has selected Law Ministry Joint Secretary O P Verma for the post. Verma replaces Abdul Aziz whose extended tenure has ended. Initially an attempt was made to grant one more extension to Aziz but it did not find much favour.
Union Law Secretary B A Aggarwal,who didnt join as member of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT),has also lost out his bid for the post of Central Information Commissioner. Aggarwal had tried to secure more time to join the CAT as he was in the race for the CIC job. What was said to have gone against him was his failure to join CAT although it had been cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet. Now it remains to be seen if the DoPT and CAT Chairman will allow him to join.
BACK IN RADAR
First time since Pawan Kumar Bansal resigned as Railway Minister about six months ago,he would attend a function of the ministry to flag off a new train between Chandigarh and Amritsar on November 15. The train was part of this years Rail Budget presented by him. Bansal will be at the function in his capacity as Chandigarh MP. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil will flag off the train. Incidentally,Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge will be absent from the function apparently due to other engagements.