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This would be the first time in several months that Anna Hazare is in the city without a posse of mediapersons and television cameras in tow. The lack of coverage is bothering many in his new team, so much so that differences have now emerged about Hazare's proposed presence at a debate organised by a coaching centre in the city on December 7. Some of his committee members feel it is too low key a function to merit his presence though Hazare has reportedly been convinced by others.


DAYS after he was suspended from the BJP for "indiscipline", the irrepressible Ram Jethmalani has decided to put his hat in the ring for the post of president of the Supreme Court Bar Association. Jethmalani had contested last year as well, only to finish third. This time too, he will face many candidates including M N Krishnamani, who was the president in 2004, and senior advocate Rupinder Singh Suri. Jethmalani has been president of the SC Bar Association in 2010. Outgoing president P H Parekh is unlikely to contest this time.


WHEN their respective Houses are not functioning, the dedicated television channels for Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha usually telecast news shows or recorded programmes. On Tuesday, however, things were slightly different. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day immediately after lunch while the Lok Sabha was witnessing an engrossing debate on FDI in multi-brand retail. In a departure from their practice, the Rajya Sabha TV decided to telecast the live proceedings of Lok Sabha rather than anything else.


ALMOST a year after Ajit Singh was inducted into the Cabinet, his party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, has finally found place in the treasury benches. The shift got noticed when the Speaker, looking for Ajit's son Jayant Chaudhary for a supplementary question on police reforms, found him sitting amongst members of the ruling parties. Jayant, later on, was seen engaged in a serious conversation with Congress member Deepender Hooda, seemingly unconvinced with an argument made by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj on the debate on the FDI in multi-brand retail. It emerged that Jayant was only preparing himself. He is supposed to participate in the debate on Wednesday.

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