Photo-op goof-up

SummitDelhi confidential

Photo-op goof-up

When Asia Europe foreign ministers met in a Gurgaon hotel on Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs was clearly unprepared to handle the group photograph. Unlike major multilateral events where a leader's position is defined, it was a free-for-all situation on Monday. As a result, some shorter leaders were not visible in the photograph. Moreover, the Russian and Chinese foreign ministers were missing from the photograph put out on the MEA website as they were late. Since there were no "defined circles" for the leaders, nobody noticed that these two prominent leaders were missing from the crucial photograph.

Skipping CBI meet

Deputy National Security Adviser Nehchal Sandhu and his successor at the Intelligence Bureau were conspicuous by their absence at the CBI event on Monday which was presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sandhu and IB chief Syed Asif Ibrahim were among the prominent invitees. Sandhu was recently questioned by the CBI in the Sadiq Jamal encounter case. IB chief Ibrahim has often complained about the manner in which investigations are being conducted in some of the high-profile encounter cases like the Ishrat Jahan and Sadiq Jamal cases.

Friendly neighbour

India has been slowly but steadily increasing its contribution to the development of the Afghanistan Armed Forces by opening more slots for training of cadets as well as running special training programmes. The latest goodwill gesture will be the presence of a significant Afghan delegation at the December passing-out parade at the Indian Military Academy. As many as 20 Afghanistan National Army officers, all of whom passed out from IMA, are attending the ceremony with their families. Over 150 Afghan cadets are currently training at the academy.

Missing Minister

Once touted as a challenger to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Minister A K Walia has been conspicuously absent from public fora lately. The daily press briefings at the CM's residence are being handled by Rajkumar Chauhan, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf the last two are part of the "rebellious trio" of 2007 purportedly headed by Walia.


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