Table talk


Table talk

The news that former foreign minister S M Krishna has been tasked by the Congress to draft its resolution on international affairs for its Chintan Shivir has intrigued many diplomats, who are interested to see what it would look like. At Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid's lunch Friday, Krishna's new job was the subject of much discussion. Meanwhile, the lunch was power-packed with most of top ministry officials in attendance, held for the first time at Hyderabad House. Khurshid played the good host by moving from table to table and answering questions.

Centre calling

J&K chief secretary Madhav Lal is likely to get a secretary-rank appointment at the Centre. A 1977-batch IAS officer, Lal is state chief secretary since February last year. Among the names being considered as replacements for the soft-spoken civil servant are 1978-batch officer Anil Goswami, currently posted as Secretary in the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Mohammad Iqbal Khanday of the 1978 batch and 1982-batch officer Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, currently serving as Additional Secretary (Foreigners) in the Home Ministry.

Back in business

AT the function Friday morning at the Congress headquarters to celebrate party's 127th foundation day, the surprise quotient was provided by none other than senior leader and well known lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi. After the controversy a few months back when a CD allegedly involving him surfaced, this was the first time that he has made an appearance at the party headquarters. A former spokesperson, Singhvi has been slowly trying to make his way back into the party activities. He was recently included in the panel of party representatives authorised to speak and participate in television debates on behalf of the Congress. But because of the controversy, he did probably miss the bus to become a minister in the last reshuffle.

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