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Delhi confidential: 70-mm Education Idea

Irani is learnt to have told him that she might invite him later to interact with members of the drafting committee.

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Shastri Bhawan had an interesting visitor this week, as Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai met HRD Minister Smriti Irani. He dropped in to give inputs for the new education policy, to be unveiled this year. Apparently, Ghai suggested that “artistic skills” should be part of school curriculum. Irani is learnt to have told him that she might invite him later to interact with members of the drafting committee.
Jaitley Relieved
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who rarely betrays emotions in the House, was all ears when Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi rose to answer a question on how the ministry was managing after funds for Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) had been slashed. Maneka said funds for the scheme had not been slashed and that on the contrary, she had enough money to not only provide sufficient funds but engage in a massive intervention to see that they are spent more efficiently. Only last year, with the FM sitting in the House, Maneka had said after the BGudget that ICDS funds had been cut so sharply that she could not even pay anganwadi workers.

Kudos For Q&A
When External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went to Israel last month, she met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And as Swaraj was introducing all the officials in her delegation, the MEA’s official spokesperson Vikas Swarup got praise from the Israeli PM. Netanyahu told Swarup that he had read his book, Q&A, on which the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire was based, and found it “full of hope”.

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First published on: 14-03-2016 at 02:07:07 am
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