2 Indians driving climate summit
There are two former Indian babus at UN's climate conference in Doha this time. Former IAS officer J M Mauskar is co-chair of the working group on long-term action to fight climate change and former director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency Ajay Mathur heads the newly constituted interim committee of the Green Climate Fund. It is for the first time that two Indians find representation at the higher echelons of the UN climate summit.
Minister chides babu for remaining ‘inaccessible’
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tiwari was looking for a senior Indian Information Service official for almost four hours at international film festival at Goa. Tiwari's officer was trying to contact the officer but the phone was not reachable. The officer later explained his position to the minister but got a caution to remain accessible.
Changing equations in corridors of power
Rooms in the corridors of power often convey silent messages. During Pranab Mukherjee's tenure, Omita Paul occupied the plush room beside the finance minister's chamber while then chief economic advisor (cea) Kaushik Basu sat at a corner in ground floor. With Chidamabaram back as FM, Raghuram Rajan — his CEA has found his office in Paul's room.
Cosy Capital versus ‘cold’ NE
The road ministry has time and again reiterated that building roads far-flung areas of north-east is high on its priority. As part of its efforts, two chief engineer were transferred Guwahati and Silchar two months ago. But Satish Kumar and Chaman Lal are yet to join and continue to come to their old office at Transport Bhawan.