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Fine with Fine

When French President Francois Hollande conferred the highest civilian honour of France Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur' (Legion of Honour) on Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, he described him as a economist, socialist, humanist and a great thinker. Hollande recalled Sen's association with top French universities and academics, and with a smile said Sen had "some affection" for the Bordelais, the French region known for some of the finest wines. Sen acknowledged the fact with a nod.

ADVICE AWAITED

FOR the past eight months, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has been waiting for the advice of Attorney General on whether there should be a cooling-off period for bureaucrats joining politics after retirement. The DoPT has given an assurance to Parliament to present the government's view on this issue and has been sending reminders to the Law Ministry to send its opinion. Initially, it had to inform Parliament by September 30 last year about the government's stand. It managed to buy time, first till December 30 and now till March 31, to present its position, but has still not received the AG's legal opinion. Meanwhile, other ministries like Home, Environment and External Affairs have submitted their views to the DoPT but the department is unable to finalise its stand in the absence of legal opinion. The proposal of having a cooling-off period was mooted by the then Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as part of steps to reform the electoral system.

WAR MEMOIRS

THE BSF is planning a coffee table book on the 1971 war in Bangladesh. In the proposed book, the force will be highlighting its achievements and also giving credit to the policemen who participated in the war. Officials have started digging into their old records and are trawling through documents, many of which were marked classified. Considering the sensitivity involved, most portions of those classified documents are likely to be kept out of the book.

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