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Issue:January' 2018


The politician with a difference !

Manohar Parrikar Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar passed away at the age of 63, on 17 March 2019. He was suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer since February last year. His demise has plunged the nation into sorrow. Tributes for Parrikar, who was known for his simplicity and humbleness, have been pouring from political leaders and public alike. Here are 10 interesting facts about Parrikar, which made him people's favourite:

  • Manohar Parrikar used to ride his scooter to the Goa Assembly.
  • He used to say that every politician should have tea on roadside stalls to get all kind of information about his state.
  • During his term as defence minister, Parrikar only occupied a single room in his Akbar road bungalow.
  • He registered a full attendance in Parlimament durig his stint as Union minister.
  • He used to stand in queue on airports for security check-in with common people.
  • He was often spotted grabbing a meal at local restaurants.
  • Manohar Parrikar was the first Indian CM who was an IITian.
  • He was the first CM to acknowledge Modi as PM contender.
  • Despite his declining health, Parrikar carried on as CM and wanted to serve Goa till his last breath.
  • Parrikar was a master of political issues and was considered highly skilled in social engineering.
  • Pramod Sawant is Parrikar’s successor as Goa CM.

Manohar Parrikar

India's first Lokpal

Pinaki Chandra Ghose Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was on March 19 appointed as the country’s first Lokpal.
Former Chief Justices Dilip B. Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari, besides sitting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh high court Ajay Kumar Tripathi, have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman.
The former first woman chief of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra chief secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, former IRS officer Mahender Singh and Gujarat cadre ex-IAS officer Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of the body.
Justice Ghose, 66, retired as Supreme Court judge in May 2017. He is a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) since June 29, 2017.
The much-awaited appointments, announced ahead of the general polls has triggered a political controversy as Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, a member of the Lokpal selection panel, had boycotted its last meet.
The Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisages appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013