Cut To The Bone
Even as Mumbai and the state get used to living with smuggled beef and ever-rising veggie prices, here’s another whammy. The Mira-Bhayander municipal corporation has banned sale of any meat during the 8-day Jain Paryushan period (Sept 11-18). Reports say the BMC is mulling a similar ban for the entire city for four of those days. Now a slight script change, ally Shiv Sena has vociferously opposed the ban. “We have nothing against Jains observing the fast. But why force others?” asked a party corporator. Indeed.
Paid By The Bar
“Some people grace the office they hold, in other cases the office graces the person,” quipped Justice T.S. Thakur while dealing with an affidavit filed by the Punjab government in the SC. While the state has just 40 courts, the advocate general’s office in Chandigarh has 160 law officers including 74 Addl A-Gs, 55 Asst A-Gs.... In 2010, the state revised their remuneration (junior-most level law officers now get Rs 55,000 a month). Is this pension paid for doing nothing, asked Justice Thakur?
On The Wrong Cross
The plan was to put the BJP on the cross, perhaps even send a reminder to the Ezhava community but by appropriating revered saint-reformer Sree Narayana Guru for the purpose, the CPI(M) have ended up in the hell house. An Onam tableau from the party’s Balasangham showed the Guru nailed to a cross, which had the Ezhavas hopping mad. Nodal organ sndp demanded a public apology; the Marxists are all contrite now.
Happily Ever After...
Intimate pictures of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, 68, and TV journalist Amrita Rai, 44, just before the general elections last year had taken the focus away from the young woman stalked by Gujarat Police allegedly at the behest of the then chief minister and home minister of the state. Rai was separated at the time and going through a divorce while Digvijay’s wife had died in 2013. The leaked pictures were followed by a campaign on social media that it was Rai herself who had leaked the photographs though she had complained that her computer had been hacked. A Facebook post by her this week, her first this year, announced that the couple had got married in Chennai and registered it as well. All’s well that ends well?
Telugu filmstars are taking a conscience call for rural India. In his latest hit, Srimanthudu, Mahesh Babu’s protagonist adopts his native village and works towards its betterment (a la SRK’s Swades). After receiving plaudits from panchayat raj minister K.T. Rama Rao for his “stirring performance”, Mahesh, son of Telugu legend Krishna, has adopted a village in Mahabubnagar district. Now if the heroes are playing good samaritans, can the villains be far behind? Multilingual bad man Prakash Raj too has joined the line. The Kannada actor met with KTR and apparently wants to adopt Kondareddipally village, also in Mahabubnagar. Prakash told KTR that he will be trying out some unique methods of agriculture in the village along with the farmers and was full of appreciation for the Telangana government’s Grama Jyothi programme, one of KTR’s pet initiatives.
What’s In A Name?
In Bhopal, all English signboards have switched to Hindi on the occasion of the ‘Vishwa Hindi Sammelan’ being held here. But while ‘New Market’ shopkeepers responded to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s appeal and overnight changed signage to ‘Naya Bazaar’, the state itself has dropped the scam-ridden ‘Vyavasayik Pariksha Mandal’ (Vyapam) in favour of ‘Professional Examination Board’.
Yet Another Asana
PM Narendra Modi’s oratorical skills are much applauded, his choice of words, hand movements, body language have all been parsed and analysed. But how much of it is extempore? Well, rehearsals for Modi’s ‘live interaction’ with students on the eve of Teachers’ Day 2015 went on for a month, Dainik Bhaskar has reported quoting officials and schools sources. So “where did he get the idea for International Yoga Day?”