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india Updated: Nov 27, 2011 23:32 IST

‘Bikini model’ used for question hour
With the session on, babudom is busy working to write the correct answer to the questions raised in the Parliament. The trick, a cabinet minister said, was not to reveal too much information. It is what some bureaucrats call, the bikini model. “The answer should be framed in such a way that it appears to be revealing everything but would hide important ones,” ac official said in a lighter vein.

Babus not taking new railways minister seriously
Why aren’t the babus at the railway ministry taking their new minister, Dinesh Trivedi seriously? Trivedi, it appears, has not given a single presentation on the working of the railways after he took charge. This, as anyone in the government will tell, is a practice to familiarise new face in the hot seat with issues at hand and challenges ahead. Some officials say that files containing answers to Parliament questions often skip levels and reach the minister without signatures of senior bureaucracy.

President treats staff at Mughal Garden
Rashtrapati Bhawan staff was up for a treat this month when President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, hosted a lunch in the Mughal Garden lawns. The event was particularly special for subordinate staff, who have worked for
the upkeep of the palace but may have never met the
president .

Rajiv Kumar will be road ministry’s new joint secretary
Rajiv Kumar, an ’84 batch Jharkhand cadre IAS officer, will soon join the road ministry as the joint secretary replacing Saroj Kumar Dash. Dash has completed his tenure and returned to his cadre, Himachal Pradesh.
Vishwapati Tripathi to be new secretary in mines ministry
The mines ministry is set to get a new secretary. The government has decided to appoint Vishwapati Tripathi, special secretary in the home ministry to this job.