Atishi goes with ‘Singh’ as she kicks off her poll campaign in Delhi
As she gets set to contest from Kalkaji in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, AAP leader Atishi is now Atishi Singh.
The popular AAP leader is reaching out to her constituents over text messages with the new sign-off. The move has come over a year after she dropped her previous surname ‘Marlena’, in August 2018, when she was declared the East Delhi candidate for the Lok Sabha elections.
She chose to drop ‘Marlena’ — a tribute to communist icons Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin — from her Twitter handle and publicity material to dodge rumours that she was a Christian, AAP sources had then said. Atishi is from a Punjabi Rajput family.
Now, party sources say she has started using Atishi Singh as “both her father and her husband are ‘Singh’”. However, the press releases sent by Atishi’s team continue to use her first name only.
It’s being said that Atishi’s decision to use her real surname could be influenced by the fact that Kalkaji has a sizeable Punjabi population.
Foreign training for government officers is off for a year
Government officers wanting to go for foreign training programmes to top universities across the world may be disappointed for a year. The Centre has decided to discontinue its Domestic Funding of Foreign Training scheme for a year in a bid to popularise its e-governance courses on the newly launched Integrated Government Online Training (iGOT). From next year onwards, the government may make it mandatory for officers to first undertake courses on iGOT if they wish to go abroad for training.
National Archives likely to escape central vista makeover
The National Archives of India (NAI) could be exempted from the grand central vista makeover plan in the national capital. Sources say special permission was sought from the urban development ministry, which is spearheading the plan, to not demolish the NAI building situated near Shastri Bhawan as there would be no place to keep the records in the interim period. Since the NAI holds valuable records of the government, the Centre has decided not to risk moving them back and forth for now.
(Contributors: Aneesha Bedi and Sanya Dhingra)