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Sibal flares up on quota query
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 19
Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal today lost his cool when he was repeatedly asked by a TV journalist to comment on government's thinking on the reservation issue.

Mr Sibal, who had initially conveyed his unwillingness to answer questions on the reservation issue, lost his temper after the query was posed to him for the third time at the end of a Press conference where guidelines for implementing the National Map Policy were released.

Mr Sibal said since the conference was about Science and Technology issues, he could not be pressed to answer queries on other matters. Following an argument with the journalist, Mr Sibal told him to leave the venue of the conference and that he would not be invited to S&T press conferences in future.

Mr Sibal's outburst drew protest from a senior journalist who said the minister had no right to tell a mediapersons to get out. Soon other mediapersons also came to the minister to register their protest. Mr Sibal clarified that he had objected to "harassment" of being repeatedly asked a question he did not want to answer. 



Increasing seats no solution to quota row: Murthy 

Bangalore, May 19
Infosys Chairman N.R Narayana Murthy today said increasing the number of seats in central elite institutions was not the solution to the reservation issue.

‘‘This (increasing the seats) is not a solution for reservation. Before talking about increasing the seats, the government should talk to the directors of the institutes and find out if they have enough resources,’’ he told reporters.

‘‘And let me tell you, in a country like India, rather than debating on the issue, we should concentrate more on primary education and provide students with more nutrition, books and other facilities,’’ he said.

The response of Murthy, who is also chairman of the governing body of IIM, Ahmedabad, came in reply to a query about the Centre’s proposal to scale up the number of seats in institutions such as IITs and IIMs to break the logjam over reservation.

Earlier, Murthy launched ‘‘USHA’s’’, a quarterly newsletter from the Usha School of Athletics founded by former athlete P.T Usha, on the Infosys campus on the outskirts of the city. — PTI


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