CALLING It QUITS

SELDOM do you see an IIT director resigning from his post. Prof Prem Kalra, director IIT Jodhpur, has done just that, barely a month after he had his institute's campus inaugurated by the HRD Minister. Kalra, it is learnt, has cited personal reasons for stepping down from what is considered a coveted top job. Incidentally, the IIT under his leadership also courted some controversy. First, the Aakash tablet project was unceremoniously shifted out from his IIT to IIT Bombay after serious differences between manufacturer Datawind and the IIT Jodhpur administration. More recently, the IIT also failed to ink the long pending MoU with France amid differences between the two stakeholders.

KUMAR'S GESTURE

DURING his short stay at the helm of the Law Ministry, Ashwani Kumar didn't enjoy a very cordial relationship with senior officers. His decision to bring in an IAS officer at joint secretary-level post didn't go down well with the other officers. That is why senior officers were surprised when they received a message from Kumar to meet him in Shastri Bhawan on Saturday afternoon — a day after his resignation. At the meeting, Kumar thanked the officers for having extended all help to him in running the ministry.

BACK IN ACTION

CONGRESS general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who had gone silent on Twitter last December, has returned to the micro-blogging site with a bang. His posts in the past fortnight have ranged from politics, foreign policy and football to IPL matches. And, he has been, as usual, taking potshots at Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, et al. It was only a matter of time when he stoked a controversy and he did it on Monday taking a dig at the judiciary for terming the CBI as a caged parrot. As usual again, the Congress distanced itself from his remark.

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