Friday, January 2, 2009

Changes at the helm in 2008-(for discussion on Jan 3)

PEC finally got a waste disposal expert, Mr. Manoj Dutta as its full-time Director and there was the much talked about seat swap between TPO and DSW with Mr KK Garg being the new TPO and Mr ML Gupta being the new DSW.
In 2009: Like it or not, PECUT will gain currency over PEC just as Mumbai did over Bombay.
Chandigarh and Around
A BJP-SAD-CVM alliance swept to power in Mayoral elections in the city. And the Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana, Chander Mohan(read Chand Mohammed), managed to woo a former Law officer Anuradha Bali(read fiza) by writing a 140 page love letter. They married in secret and he was duly given the sack.
In 2009: Congress is on its way to the Mayoral Chair. Last heard, Chand Mohammad was busy writing a 200 page letter.
Assembly elections were held In Delhi, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, J&K, Mizoram. BJP lost Rajasthan and Ashok Gehlot was sworn in as Chief Minister. J&K voted overwhelmingly for democracy with over 60% voting. After Abdullah’s fighting over the Chief Minister’s Chair on live television, Congress High Command decreed that Omar Abdullah, 38 years of age, would be the 3rd Abdullah to become Chief Minister of J&K.
Mumbai massacre and Disaster tourism after that forced Chief Minister of Maharashtra and his deputy to resign. Ashok Chavan and Chagan Bhujbal were the replacements.  The attacks finally forced ‘serial dresser’ Shivraj Patil out of Home Ministry and brought in P Chidambaram from the Finance Ministry.  And now the PM is doubling up as FM with someone giving the analogy that, the sight of a finance file gave him a look in his eye that other men got “when seeing a Playboy centrefold”.
In 2009: THE General Election and of course, Mayawati’s  53rd Bday
Our Neighbors
“Change is not a luxury, desired only by residents of the developed world. It animates citizens of less fortunate nations, whose democratic institutions might be disparaged as fledgling, but whose enthusiastic aspirations would be harder to dismiss. In our neighborhood, the year began with elections ending military rule in Pakistan, and closed with elections ending military rule in Bangladesh — those last with a turnout of over 80 per cent, in a rebuke to those who would condemn politics as unconnected to ordinary people.” - Indian Express, Jan 1, 2009
In 2009: War with Pakistan?
“In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th President of the United States.” -TIME Magazine while naming him Person of the year 2008
In 2009: "I don't have a crystal ball," Obama says. The world cannot afford for him to fail.

Happy New Year to You all
President, USA
Barrack Obama (to be sworn-in)
George Bush
Vice-President, USA
Joe Biden (to be sworn-in)
Dick Cheney
Secretary Of State, USA
Hillary Clinton(to be sworn-in)
Condoleeza Rice
Secretary Of Treasury, USA
Timothy Garner(to be sworn-in)
Henry Paulson
President, Pakistan
Asif Ali Zardari
Pervez Musharraf
President, Bangladesh
Khaleda Zia
Iajuddin AHMED
Finance Minister
Manmohan Singh
P Chidambaram
Home Minister
P Chidambaram
Shivraj Patil
Chief Minster, Rajasthan
Ashok Gehlot
Vasundhra Raje
Chief Minister, J&K
Omar Abdullah(to be sworn-in)
Ghulam Nabi Azad
Chief Minister, Maharashtra
Ashok Chavan
Vilasrao Deshmukh
Director, PEC
Manoj Datta
Vijay Gupta
ML Gupta
KK Garg
KK Garg
ML Gupta