In order to bring in transparency and prevent misuse of LPG cylinders by households, the Petroleum Ministry recently launched a portal that allows better monitoring of how many cylinders are allotted to whom. Idea behind launching this portal was to help oil marketing companies focus on areas of improvement and enhance their consumer satisfaction. But the launch proved to be somewhat embarrassing for the Oil Minister. A senior reporter when requested the minister to check how many LPG connections he enjoyed. The minister was left red faced when the portal showed a figure of 28 connections against his name!
Down In The Mouth
Union Law Minister Salman Khursheed’s problem does not seem to end with Uttar Pradesh election results. A candid statement about Gandhi scion and party leader Rahul Gandhi may cost him dear. According to a national daily, Khurshid said that the root of problems plaguing the Congress was the lack of “ideological direction” from Rahul Gandhi. The Law Minister, however, tried to clarify his statement about young leadership saying that it should be seen in a “positive context”. He even lashed out at the media for misinterpreting his statement. Khursheed said, “I, on reflection, feel this (discussion about leadership) is something which we should restrict to within our party forum.” To which a journalist asked, “Sir, are ministers allowed to speak on top leadership?”
The popular social media site ‘Facebook’ is yet again in the news for wrong reasons. This time Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has asked to ban uploading of “objectionable” content on the site. Yadav said that posts that are “anti-Islam” in nature may cause communal strife and therefore considering the sensitivity of the matter action should be taken immediately against any such activity. The SP chief also said that he would take up the matter with the Prime Minister. Now the interesting twist in the story begins with the fact as Mulayam Singh Yadav is known for his strong stand against computers. Can somebody ask him what was he doing on the Facebook?
Union Home Minister P Chidambaramss recent remark on middle class’ reaction when rice or wheat prices are increased even by a rupee, has raised many an eyebrow. Chidambaram earlier said that it was surprising to note that the middle class was ready to pay for mineral water and an ice cream, but could not bear an increase of even one rupee in the price of wheat and rice. A senior leader in his own party said he is generally surrounded by people, who eat an ice cream and drink mineral water, and that probably has blurred the image of an average middle class. He even blamed his foreign-made spectacles!