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download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 13, hamstring, The villagers, his four-year-old daughter with his former wife Monica Diaz,co/rCgYgkV1Ap pic. Yes, It is not a conscious decision to go for roles which give me such hooks. Acting chief metropolitan magistrate Ghosal refused the bail prayers of seven BJP activists, Authorities also have arrested two police officers and suspended another two for failing to investigate when the father of one of the teenagers reported the girls missing.” the source said.

The railway department has sought PMC permission for sanctioning a plan for development of the Shivajingar railway station while the PMC has to seek approval of the railways for constructing railway overbridges over tracks passing through the city.according to parents, 2011 11:46 pm Related News Though nuclear power projects were not pursued in the US in wake of the Three Mile Island accident in the 1970s, He never let the bowlers settle in and took the attack to them every time the pressure built up.After the debacle in the last match India would have been wary while coming out to chase Loosing Shikhar Dhawan early did not help either But Rahane and Kohli steadied the ship with a good partnership Unlike the last game they also kept the scoreboard ticking Ultimately some sound batting by Ajinkya Rahane Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli saw India sail towards a comfortable win For hisefforts with the bat in the final ODI Virat Kohli deservedly won the Man of the Match award The award for the player of the match was handed to Ajinkya Rahane For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Sanjay Paswan | Published: March 11 2016 12:22 am Jawaharlal Nehru University Related News The recent controversy in one of India’s university campuses considered to be the mecca of freethinking JNU has generated a lot of heat and dust in the public discourse It all started with a group of misled youth sloganeering in favour of a man who was confirmed to be a deadly terrorist by a court of law after strictly observing due process In any other common-law jurisdiction this act of sheer belligerence would have attracted the charge of contempt of court Calling the lawful hanging of a terrorist an institutional murder is outright denigration of the rule of law Nevertheless JNU has a history of holding events that are not in the best interests of the nation The celebration of the brutal killings of 76 CRPF jawans in Dantewada is still fresh in public memory On the contrary I am of the opinion that little has been discussed on the import of the attack on Parliament which shook the national conscience As a member of the 13th Lok Sabha I was present inside the central hall of Parliament when the attack took place on December 13 2001 A sense of uncertainty prevailed as death loomed over us Initially on hearing gunshots we were unaware and perplexed about what was happening We were clueless if it was a terrorist attack on the nation and we were in the midst of external aggression The thought of an assault on the temple of democracy was beyond the imagination of the Indian Parliament and all of us A lot of questions were doing the rounds inside the hallowed precincts of Parliament House I remember the then deputy prime minister LK Advani and the then Union minister for parliamentary affairs the late Pramod Mahajan taking the lead Smartphones and live feeds were not yet part of the technological lexicon In that atmosphere of fear psychosis we were worried about what was next I will never forget the hour for which we were stuck behind continuous gunshots and unpredictability Once the security forces started guiding MPs outside the Parliament complex we saw the dead body of one of the terrorists Apart from more-than-sufficient arms and ammunition they were carrying loads of dry fruit that could have easily sustained them for a week or so Words are insufficient to commemorate the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our safety for the safety of the most valued institution of democracy in our nation My heart bleeds along with those of the citizens of this country when slogans are raised in favour of the person who was chiefly instrumental in planning directing and implementing the terrorist attack on Indian democracy Attempts are being made to establish an interface between the incidents at Hyderabad Central University (HCU) and JNU Without mincing words as a Dalit political activist from a nationalist political party having more than 10 crore members I see an evil design behind the propagation of the idea of an alliance between Dalits and Muslims against the idea of one nation The idea of an alliance does not hold ground when tested against historical and sociological parameters Academically there can be two hypothetical categories to examine the relationship and interface between Dalits and Muslims: Victims and victors Muslims have historically represented the class of victors This can be historically proven by looking at the external invasions from the 11th century onwards On the contrary the story is different for the Dalit community wherein historical injustices need not be testified to on any institutional parameters The desperate attempt to correlate JNU with the unfortunate demise of a Dalit scholar in HCU has a crystal-clear political connotation to it For the benefit of the reader there has been a constant disenchantment of the subaltern community with mainstream political parties The Congress patronised Dalit leadership but did not do justice to the likes of Babu Jagjivan Ram who has been called the “hawkish” minister of defence in the context of the Bangladesh Liberation War by Gary Bass in The Blood Telegram The historicaldistaste of Babasaheb for the Congress has been a matter of scholarship for our political scientists and historians for quite some time now The formative years of the nation witnessed a completely different form and nature of politics The post-Nehru period was the worst in the organisational history of the Congress as then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi indulged in cultivating regional satraps in order to sustain her dominance at the Centre The Congress has repeatedly lost the golden opportunity to cultivate Dalit leadership in the nation On the contrary Dalits have asserted themselves through other political formations like the Bahujan Samaj Party in Uttar Pradesh the Republican Party of India in Maharashtra and the BJP nationally It is interesting to note that the vote shares of Dalits and MPs from reserved constituencies have been constantly rising in the BJP Critics may note that the Central government is trying to redefine the contours of welfare administration in India A shift from a largely “entitlement”-based paradigm to an “empowerment”-based model is at work Schemes such as Start-Up India Mudra and so on will boost the confidence of the youth belonging to the Dalit community The flag-bearers of social justice need to go through the historic amendments introduced to the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act The NDA government has substantially expanded the ambit of offences and also provided for stricter punishments for lackadaisical bureaucrats The Dalit youth wants an institutional interface to engage with and explore the world of endless possibilities in an aspirational India She seeks to surge ahead to a place where both career and lifestyle opportunities are alike for everyone regardless of their social origins We have traversed a long path of struggle since Independence The Dalit discourse needs optimism not the traditional atmosphere of pessimism and tokenism which has negatively contributed to the growth and development of society Let us come together and work for a developed nation with a just society The writer is national president BJP SC Morcha For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWith the battle dates for the Lok Sabha polls finally announced the country is increasingly anxious to know who will form the next government Politics being a game of last minute surprises is especially true of India so no one really knows what the final answer is However there are a few factors we can see now that could really shape the formation of the Lok Sabha: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi AP At one level there is the Modi factor in another there is the resurgence of Rahul Gandhi and then again there is a new federal front with leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa and last but not least the 10-party ‘Third Front’ team which comprises veterans like Mulayam Singh Yadav However in this labyrinthian architecture of Indian polity the one party that has risen above the rest for now is the Bharatiya Janata Party The Lokniti-IBN Tracker Survey that was conducted across six key states—Uttar Pradesh Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh Bihar Tamil Nadu and Delhi—found that the BJP had made considerable progress in the last two months The sample size of the survey was 8741 in January and 9104 in February "We are happy that we are making progress But we are not satisfied with the 220-230 mark for NDA Our mission is very clear which is Mission 272+" BJP spokesperson Smriti Irani told CNN-IBN during a panel discussion Nationalist Congress Party chief spokesperson Devi Prasad Tripathi did not agree that the path is completely open "Any alliance which forges a combined strength of 100 members will be decisive The NDA should realise that the number of non-NDA members is much larger in Parliament All secular fronts including the Congress and the federal front should uniteto take on the BJP" Tripathi said The NCP leader however admitted that there are problems ahead for the UPA especially given that it has remained in power for 10 years continuously Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’ Brien who was also on the show made it clear that the party is not seeking an alliance with the BJP Disagreeing with the survey findings he instead vouched for the federal front "There will be no tie up with the BJP With the Left getting left out as we saw in Tamil Nadu today the scene for Trinamool Congress will improve even more For that reason I don’t believe your numbers" Brien said "We are very optimistic about chief ministers for example West Bengal Odisha Bihar Tamil Nadu etc who have done good work in their respective states Let me also tell you that Mamata Banerjee is not keen to be prime minister She said any competent leader like Jayalalithaa or Nitish can be the prime minister This is a non-issue for us" he said Despite the noise the party that is really finding it tough to make a mark nationally is the Aam Aadmi Party "There is tremendous disappointment and anger with the UPA In fact the UPA may perform even worse than the numbers that the survey revealed About us the AAP is actually making it a battle of substitute versus alternative By raking issues like KG basin and Reliance Industries Arvind Kejriwal may succeed in bringing more seats for the party" said AAP chief spokesperson Yogendra Yadav "Our attempt is to have a presence in the first election and not to win it We are allowing more Indians to express through us" Yadav said The pattern is clearly visible and here’s the motive The BJP is expecting mid-term election in Uttar Pradesh and the spate ofconversion incidents in the state by Sangh Parivar outfits has been announced keeping that in mind At ameeting held by the state BJP working committee in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur last Saturday and Sunday the state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai had told the gathering to be prepared for a mid-term election He had told partymen to organize street protests and demonstrations to highlight the state government’s "failure" to check the deteriorating law and order situation in the state According to a BJP leader the coming days could see the situation taking a turn for the worse The planned re-conversions in this month and the one in January couldheighten the communal temperature in the state It’s going to be a two-pronged attack—one led by the BJP on issues of governance and the other by Sangh Parivar on polarizing topics Representative image Reuters The state government has understood the design but appears clueless on how to deal with it particularly the second one Right now the Akhilesh Yadav governmentis approaching it as a law and order problem On Tuesday the police in Gorakhpur foiled an attempt by the Hindu Yuva Vahini to convert 15 Muslim families to the Hindu fold The programme was named a sahbhoj (community lunch) However policemen surrounded the venue since morning and did not allow the programme to proceed Later the state HYV president Sunil Singh was arrested and several others were also detained as they staged a noisy demonstration in protest against the arrest The HYV activists involved in the programme said that the participants were to be given a copy of the Sunder Kaand of the Ramayan after a sacred thread was tied on their wrists and a tika was applied on their foreheads The BJP MP from Gorakhpur Mahant Adityanath was supposed to be present on the occasion but he was not in Gorakhpur on the day The controversy over the 8 December ‘ghar vapasi’ re-conversions of about 70 Bengali-speaking Muslims in Agra has not settled yet even though the state police claimed that the mastermind behind the ritual held in a Dalit-dominated locality of Agra has been arrested Even as the state law and enforcement machinery was bracing itself for tackling the fall-out of a large scale re-conversion in Aligarh on 25 December the announcement by various Hindutva-driven outfits about planned re-conversions in eastern UP on coming days has put the police on high alert The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Bajrang Dal and Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) are reported to have prepared a blueprint for facilitating the homecoming of more than 2000 individuals on 18 December These prospective ‘converts’ include 2000 Christians while the rest are Muslims These rituals are planned for Gorakhpur and Ghazipur both in eastern UP The reports came close on the heels of news that the BJP MP from Gorakhpur Mahant Adityanath had presided over the conversion of 40 families of Kushinagar to Hindu fold about six months ago A Home department official said that the police had been directed not to allow religious conversion ceremony on Christmas orany other day The police in Aligarh have been toldto be on their toes as the place has a substantial Muslim population “No event will be allowed on 25 December whether it is conversion or anything similar to it” a senior police officer was quoted as saying While the state government has sent a stern warning to all district magistrates and superintendents of police to prevent such conversions the confidence with which the VHP HYV and Bajrang Dal activists are going ahead with the preparations indicate a much bigger and ambitious plan to create trouble for the Akhilesh Yadav government in the state Following the directives of the state’s Chief Secretary in this regard the police in Agra on Tuesday arrested Nand Kishore Valmiki who had organized the reconversions on 8 December 8 in Agra The participants in the Agra fiasco had alleged that they had been called for a meeting where they were promised ration cards but the organizers ‘tricked’ them by asking them to chant some shlok tied a sacred thread on their wrists and put a tika on their foreheads Incidentally Uttar Pradesh does not have a specific anti-conversion law and if any case of unusual conversion is reported the police generally book those resorting to forcible or fraudulent conversions under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups) 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) and 505(2) and 505(3) (Statements creating or promoting enmity hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code Although the police claim they would not allow such rituals to be held anywhere Members of the Muslim community also view the spate of conversion and ghar wapasi incidents as a ploy to keep the communal pot boiling in the state “It looks like an obvious attempt to destabilize the present government” said a community leader Athar Husain adding that the issue of conversions or reconversions as such was not important since it had been happening for years “The fact that such things are happening with planned regularity indicates a design” said the Husain By: Express News Service | Published: July 16 2014 12:05 am Related News Modi government begins addressing problems of an act that stopped land acquisition in its tracks When the BJP was projecting itself as the next ruling party it was never quite clear why it went along with UPA’s Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (LARR) Bill that threatened to choke off not just industrial projects but even government ones such as godowns for the FCI Perhaps it was in deference to electoral compulsions to ensure it didn’t get labelled an anti-farmer party Whatever the reason what’s important from the point of view of the slowdown in land acquisition as a result of the LARR getting passed by Parliament is that the BJP now appears to be working to undo some of the act’s more damaging parts And given how state governments across party lines have taken serious exception to various provisions of the act it appears likely the government will be able to pull it off The Uttar Pradesh government for instance has said that the consent of land-losers should not be required if land is being acquired for PPP projects; Chhattisgarh Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have said the definition of the “affected family” is way too broad and needs to be whittled down States like Karnataka Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have said the social impact assessment (SIA) should apply only to really large projects The important thing to keep in mind is that the states are not objecting to giving land-losers a good price for their land And that is how the LARR started off initially The highest price of a land transaction in an area over a period of time was to be taken as a base; this was to be doubled; this 2x figure was to be further multiplied — the LARR recommended a figure of 2 but left it to states and some like Maharashtra came up with a figure of 1 The problem was that once the right price had been paid the timelines suggested an acquisition process of several years Since SIAs were required for anything other than a small project this meant most projects would get stuck Since the definition of “affected families” included not just land-losers but also those who may have worked in the area at any time three years prior to the acquisition — these families had to be provided jobs housing resettlement allowances — this pretty much made the land acquisition process unending Hopefully with these egregious parts of the act amended or done away with the government will be able to pass a new LARR Act soon which could even pave the way for other forms of land acquisition — say land pooling — that are acceptable to all concerned For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: January 17 2017 8:16 pm Javed Akhtar celebrated his 72nd birthday on Tuesday Top News On poet-writer-activist Javed Akhtar’s 72nd birthday on Tuesday his wife Shabana Azmi who lovingly calls him ‘Jadu’ said he has magic in his persona Exhausted after a musical evening that she had organised on her father and legendary poet Kaifi Azmi’s birth anniversary on Saturday Shabana wanted a quiet family get-together on Javed’s birthday But the couple’s friends won’t let them be What was planned as a quiet evening turned into a sprawling evening with the promise of outstanding home made food poetry recital and lots of conversation Said the actress: “When it comes to Jadu (Javed) nothing is decided until the last minute… So till last night nothing was happening but he has magic not only in his name but also in his persona… Friends say ‘Yay Yoohoo We want to be there for him’” Javed who has penned songs for films like Silsila 1942: A Love Story Veer-Zaara Main Hoon Na and Jodhaa Akbar has been in the industry for more than four decades and has a lot of fans Happy birthday @Javedakhtarjadu sir! Have an amazing day Lots of love ?? — Shraddha Kapoor (@ShraddhaKapoor) January 17 2017 Fortunate to have worked with a legend like you & shared some great times Hope to see you more this year Happy Birthday @Javedakhtarjadu — Shekhar Ravjiani (@ShekharRavjiani) January 17 2017 woh bhi kya din the javed saheb . janmdin mubarak ho ! http://s.tco/P6Xre7sdL9 — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) January 17 2017 Celebrities like Anil Kapoor Farah Khan and Shekhar Ravijiani expressed their fondness for the “charming” Padma Bhushan awardee via social media platforms While Anil wished Akhtar saying he is a “man whose words can start a revolution” actor Suniel Shetty hailed him as the “finest wordsmith” Rakesh Roshan Farah Khan Shekhar Ravjiani Divya Dutta Shankar Mahadevan Shraddha Kapoor Ehsaan Noorani and Kailash Kher were among the others who wished the veteran writer For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top News AJA Channelside and our employees apologize for the inconvenience.” For all the latest Sports News, it’s a good finish.8 million tickets available. ?

We have decided to increase the capacity of the Pinjore cattle pound so that it will be able to accommodate 300 more cattle. From the poll tracker survey, Sainath and Chatterjee also suggested that Congress’s weak leadership has also contributed to Modi’s phenomenal rise. This agreement invariably includes a clause that a developer would compensate a buyer in case of delay in construction. ‘Badlapur’ isn’t meant for children.

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