Uma’s Ganga Problem
Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti is struggling to make her colleagues work as most them do not understand the route and terrain Ganga traverses. Bharti, who has travelled along the river, is now planning to take her ministry officials with her on her trips.
No to WHO’s Hospitality
The office of Health Minister J P Nadda, who is going to Colombo to participate in the WHO regional conference, is facing a strange problem. Nadda doesn’t want to use WHO’s hospitality and wants the Indian government to pay for his accommodation. He also wants to go sightseeing, which officials are frantically arranging for.
South Block will be without Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his junior Subhash Bhamre. As both speak Marathi, they will be off to their homes to be with their families to celebrate Ganesh puja next week. While Parrikar will be Goa, Bhamre will be in Pune. However, some Marathi officials in the Ministry of Defence will stay put in Delhi as they cannot take a week off while both ministers are away.
Smitten by Serials
Indian TV serials have smitten India’s strategic partner Vietnam. While giving a briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vietnam, Secretary (East) Preeti Saran revealed that Balika Vadhu, a serial about child marriage, is widely followed in the southeast Asian country.