• Third eye: Western influence in Smart City initiative

    The urban development ministry’s Smart City initiative came under fire in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as BJP MP Bhola SIngh pointed out that cities from east and south have not found a place in the first list of 20 chosen through a competition. The MP from Bihar said that though all knowledge is concentrated in east and south India, western cities have been favoured.

    Regulation issues at UGC Differences of opinion over the overhaul of regulations of deemed universities said to have derailed the UGC meeting scheduled for Monday. In fact, the meeting was cancelled after some UGC members had arrived at the UGC Office. It is learnt the HRD ministry had strong views on the amendments to the regulations proposed by UGC.

    Well-groomed minister Union minister Venkaiah Naidu is on a roll these days addressing meetings in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. His speeches, filled with alliteration, frequent shifting to Telugu and his pace of delivery, have struck a chord with the audience. What amused his audience was how he quickly moved the comb over his head minutes before PM Modi came on the stage.

    New headache for KVs As if it was not facing enough pressure on student admissions references, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) is now faced with staff transfer requests backed with ‘strong references’. So much so that the Commissioner KVS has issued directions that stern disciplinary action under Rules 16 of CCS conduct will be taken against any staffer who now on “tries to bring outside pressure/recommendations or extraneous influence”. Josh Martin Authentic Jersey

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