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While HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju could spend little time in New Delhi in January for some reason or the other, he is trying to make his presence felt now at least. A range of significant engagements apart, Raju has also been seen often enough in his office which continues to remain under a rather long renovation exercise. The minister has been taking special interest in the redoing of his office and has been spotted while talking to the workers on the exact kind of wood paneling he wants on the walls of his vaastu-compliant office.
RAILWAY Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal recently plugged a gaping hole in the Railways' catering policy which was issued under Mamata Banerjee as the minister in 2010. The old policy allowed the renewal of a caterer's contract if there were no pending court cases and no outstanding bill to be settled. Bansal's ministry has now included 'satisfactory performance' as another prerequisite for the renewal of a contract. Officials say the move is to ensure that the quality of food being served is taken into account while renewing the licence of a caterer.
QUESTION OF LANGUAGE
LAST month when the Border Security Force (BSF) organised a send-off function for its men who were going to be deployed in Haiti as part of UN Peackeeping mission, they were stumped by a question posed by their own chief. When their DG Subhash Joshi asked the contingent, which was about to leave for Haiti to say "welcome" in French, all of them drew a silence. Joshi waited for a couple of minutes to get a response but when he did not get any, he chose to walk away. He was apparently told before the send-off function that the contingent has been given a basic training in French, the language spoken by the majority of the population in Haiti. So the chief decided to do some reality check, only to be disappointed.
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