” Wheelchair daredevil Aaron Wheelz showed the spirit in the opening act. or best-ball, had hurled racist insults at him from the start of the game in Cagliari on April 30.Deepak and Mohit, it might seem, having bought Mayank Agarwal from Delhi Daredevils in the transfer window, the 33-year-old has trained himself to work his way through the unknown terrain of the 9000 km course that runs through Argentina, as pointed out by Hindustan Times.

verily, , John Adams, to secure our futures,New Delhi: The Congress on Monday accused the BJP of raising the issue of nationalism to cover up the failures of its government File image of Mehbooba Mufti. urging Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to intervene in the matter. unity and security of the country".” Joanna Scurr from Portsmouth University was quoted as saying. Realists.

which happens to be the major alliance partner in Nitish Kumar’s state government,re rediscovering yoga.Chandanshive sustained minor scratches.Senior Inspector of the Saki Naka Police Station Avinash Dharmadhikari said:“The deceased was not wearing a helmet which could have softened the impact of hitting the divider” The families of the victimsdamaged the bus after the incident The policedefused the tension and arrested the bus driver Tanaji Kumbhar under IPC sections279 (rash driving) and 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: April 5 2016 9:07 am Musician Thomas Cohen turned to meditation and therapy to help him cope with the death of his wife Peaches Geldof (Source: Reuters) Related News Musician Thomas Cohen turned to meditation and therapy to help him cope with the death of his wife Peaches Geldof The musician was devastated after his wife passed away from an accidental heroin overdose in 2014 and tried a number of different strategies to deal with the grieving process reported Sun online Thomas who has sons Astala and Phaedra with the late star said “It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever have to do I started to do transcendental meditation which helped a lot I still do it One of the people who I had been massively into musically who I saw as an inspiration was George Harrison I knew he did it then I did some research and I saw about how people who have been to fight in wars who came home traumatised had done it “It had helped them I contacted the David Lynch Foundation Somebody came to my house and that day changed an awful lot for me with a lot of stuff to do with the traumas of finding Peaches I went to therapy as well” Working on his new record also helped Thomas deal with Peaches’ death “And making the record as well So I can sit here and say and do whatever but as for approaching this from a place of trauma that would just be dishonest” Thomas’ debut solo album ‘Bloom Forever’ will be released on May 6 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tunku Varadarajan | Updated: July 26 2015 8:13 am There was so much that was emetic about Bajrangi Bhaijaan both major and minor Related News There is a “multiplex” cinema near Times Square in Manhattan that is a Mecca for Indian filmgoers and my son and I went there last week — as we do from time to time when there’s a new release from Bollywood — to see Bajrangi Bhaijaan I can’t remember when I last saw a Hindi film that was so preposterous — and so dangerous in its message I grant that the film was comedic melodrama and as such is probably best dismissed as a couple of hours of sheer silliness and sentimentality But the makers of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and its main star Salman Khan clearly intend to deliver a message to audiences in India (and to Indians worldwide) The message is “We Are All the Same” And that message is toxic nonsense Share This Article Related Article The “we” in question are Indians and Pakistanis: one people the film would have us believe but for the machinations of politicians I find these repeated assertions of Indo-Pak oneness of cross-border concord grating in the extreme They are propagandistic distortions of a truth that liberal Indians had better square up to before it’s too late: We Are All Not the Same The fact that we were one country from 1858 to 1947 doesn’t mean that we have anything more in common today than a few shared languages and a lust for spicy food and cricket Pakistanis don’t believe that they and the Indians are “one people” Have you seen their history textbooks Much of their national energy since 1947 has been spent in erasing all traces of Indianness from its cultural and historical consciousness India isn’t blameless: our treatment of history is its own ripe scandal But Indians don’t need to deny that they are someone else in order to consummate their Indianness Pakistanis in order to be properly Pakistani have to be the “not-Indians” The longing for a reunification is a Bollywood specialty This may well be because the Hindi film industry has so many people with roots in pre-Partition West Punjab and Peshawar There is an atavistic pull towards the people and places they left behind Beyond Bollywood the belief in an indivisible Indo-Pak essence resides in the hearts of Indian Punjabis (many of whom have forgotten the horrors of the parting of ways in 1947) and Indian secular liberals who have manufactured their own one-people myth as an extension of their (perfectly civilised) desire to safeguard the rights of India’s own Muslims (The political gymnastics is as follows: the Hindu Right derides India’s Muslims as “Pakistanis” so the Indian Left counters that with prophylactic assertions that Pakistanis and Indians are the same) There was so much that was emetic about Bajrangi Bhaijaan both major and minor India’s (and Bollywood’s) obsession with light skin is one When Salman brings the mute girl back to his Brahmin abode the consensus is that she too must be Brahmin because she is so “gori” When she eats meat the conclusion is that she must be kshatriya This is Casteism 101 the idiocy of which is matched only by the other inane stereotype: that Muslims are meat-eaters Hindus mostly vegetarian In Pakistan an Indian who’d sneaked in under the border fence and encountered a Rangers patrol would have been shot dead or arrested on the spot never to be seen again Instead Salman is sent on his merry way by a good-hearted officer The maulvi of a madrasa in the Punjabi heartland would have turned Salman over to the cops in a heartbeat not enabled his escape from them But nothing was quite as fantastical as the mute Shahida finding her voice at the end screaming “Jai Shri Ram” on the Indo-Pak border with thousands of Pakistanis around her In real life she’d be lynched So our parable Salman’s parable is deeply flawed There is little solace to be had from the fact that he means well In truth the longer we perpetuate Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s myth of oneness the more complacent we get — and the more vulnerable to Pakistan Vive la difference Tunku Varadarajan is the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution @tunkuv For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by P Chidambaram | Published: January 18 2015 12:00 am The main purpose of the LARR Act was to repeal the Land Acquisition Act 1894 (the old Act) Related News The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (LARR Act) was not passed in a hurry It was passed 60 years too late but nearly unanimously with the support of the BJP The main purpose of the LARR Act was to repeal the Land Acquisition Act 1894 (the old Act) The old Act was an oppressive colonial law that gave unbridled powers to governments to acquire through legal coercion any land from any person at any time for any “public purpose” (so-called) The only obligation under the old Act was to pay a one-time compensation to the land owner The fundamental premise of the old Act was that acquisition for a public purpose was “good” and opposition to it was “bad” Mercifully our notions of good and bad are changing It is no longer considered good to acquire any land especially if the land was multi-crop agricultural land forest land or a tribal habitat; or to ignore the rights of the non-owners who depend on that land for their livelihood; or to acquire land for purely private gain; or to pay only a one-time compensation to the land owner THE MIDNIGHT ORDINANCE Shockingly though our notions of good and bad seem to have changed again within a year of passing the LARR Act That can be the only explanation for the ordinance that was promulgated on December 31 2014 Let me begin by listing the positives in the ordinance The LARR Act did not apply to acquisition of land under thirteen specified enactments subject however to an ambiguous provision to notify the application of certain provisions (Section 105) The ordinance unambiguously applies the first second and third Schedules of the LARR Act to such acquisitions too The ordinance corrects the excessive zeal of Section 87 of the LARR Act that deemed the head of the department to be guilty if an offence under the Act had been “committed by any department” The ordinance also corrects two drafting errors I have tried but failed to find any more positives in the eleven-clause ordinance However there are many negatives ASSAULT ON THE SOUL The soul of the LARR Act is the Social Impact Assessment: does the project for which land will be acquired serve any public purpose and do the social costs and the adverse social impacts of the project outweigh the potential benefits The LARR Act itself had dispensed with Social Impact Assessment in the case of irrigation projects (proviso to Section 6 Sub-section 2) and in cases where the Government decided to invoke the “urgency” provision (Section 40) Moreover in a case of “urgency” everything may be dispensed with including Social Impact Assessment Rehabilitation and Resettlement consultation with local bodies enquiry and consent of the affected families in cases of acquisition for private companies or public private partnership projects The ordinance goes further and launches an assault on the soul of the LARR Act New Section 10A has been added It lists the projects that will be entitled to special treatment and these are: *Projects concerning national security defence and defence production; *Rural infrastructure including electrification; *Housing for the poor; industrial corridors; and *Infrastructure and social infrastructure projects including most public private partnership projects Social Impact Assessment may be excluded in the above cases The consent of the affected families will not be required Irrigated multicrop land may be acquired The fundamental premise of a land acquisition law is “public purpose” Absent a public purpose there can be no compulsory acquisition of land Section 10A has carved out an exception for projects intended to achieve certain public purposes Can we visualise any project that falls outside the list contained in Section 10A I dare say that every significant case of land acquisition can be brought within one of the categories in Section 10A and thus spared Social Impact Assessment That is the terrible mischief wrought by the ordinance The ordinance inflicts more wounds Private hospitals and private educational institutions even if for-profit will qualify as infrastructure projects The LARR Act stipulated that acquisitions under the old Act delayed by more than five years or where compensation had not been paid shall lapse (Section 24 Sub-section 2) Thanks to the ordinance few old cases will lapse Further the LARR Act required that the acquired land if it remained unutilised for five years shall be returned to the landowner (section 101) The ordinance enlarges the time to the “period specified for setting up” the project leaving it vague and open-ended STAND UP BE COUNTED The ordinance tilts the LARR Act in favour of the promoter of the project and against the land owner usually a farmer thus annulling the very purpose of the law Every new law must be revisited after a year or two to deal with the practical problems faced during its implementation and the LARR Act is no exception but the method adopted (midnight ordinance) and its content (anti-land owner) deserve to be roundly condemned Are you for or against the ordinance It is time to stand up and be counted For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anshu Sharma | Updated: October 15 2014 8:18 am High population densities concrete surfaces and poorly maintained drainage sanitation and solid waste infrastructure make urban areas more prone to floods as the water is not able to drain quickly Related News Unprecedented disasters are ironically becoming frequent phenomena The Mumbai floods of 2005 Barmer floods of 2006 Leh floods of 2010 and Uttarakhand floods of 2013 are some of the “never-before” kind of events in recent years Many of them also had a significant urban impact Then the Jammu and Kashmir floods occurred and people woke up to friends and family stuck on their rooftops in Srinagar Cities will be hit increasingly harder in the times to come The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has identified floods as the singlemost widespread disaster risk to urban settlements globally The poor undoubtedly will be the hardest hit as always Rivers have attracted settlements since ancient times What is new is the aggressiveness of these settlements What used to be riverfront development earlier has now degenerated into “river-bed development” Rivers more so the monsoon-fed ones have two distinct channels — one where the water flows during “normal” times and the other that it spreads into during peak flow in the rainy season In most riverfront cities urban development has gradually crept into this second channel belabouring under a perceived protection of embankments or the ignorant comfort of the fact that a big flood hasn’t happened in the last few years Such lands are being encroached upon by squatters or sold to unsuspecting buyers by unscrupulous developers Besides river beds urban lakes wetlands and drainage channels are being encroached upon in similar fashion Humayun Rashid and Gowhar Naseem of the Jammu and Kashmir State Remote Sensing Centre presented facts to this effect at the World Lake Conference in 2007 in Jaipur where they used satellite imagery to trace the physical growth of Srinagar between 1911 and 2004 The statistics and maps show a phenomenal increase of built-up space from a mere 3 per cent to 15 per cent of the city area Of this additional 12 per cent land that the growing city gobbled up 10 per cent came from low-lying wetlands and marshes while 2 per cent came from open water surfaces meaning lakes and water channels The study concluded that over 9100 hectares of open water surface and wetlands have been totally lost to other land uses during the period That equals 18000 football fields In the process more than 50 per cent of the lakes and wetlands of Srinagar have been lost No wonder then that nature decided to reclaim them at least for some time Let not the urban growth story fool us into believing that newly developed city areas will necessarily lead to a good safe life Whether heritage town slum or new urban development if there is a city in a flood plain or on reclaimed low lying land water will always find its way in one day Climate change may make sure that that day comes sooner than later High population densities concrete surfaces and poorly maintained drainage sanitation and solid waste infrastructure make urban areas more prone to floods as the water is not able to drain quickly Srinagar where parts of the city remained inundated for three weeks is the latest reminder of this water-trap phenomenon Much of this developmental mess takes place because our cities are growing untamed Of over 6000 cities in India only about 2000 have proper master plans while the bulk mostly small and medium towns is growing with lax or no regulations By the time plans are put in place much of the area would already have been poorly developed and the damage irreversible Considering that 25000 people are added to Indian cities each day time is running out A handful of developed cities are attracting suburban dwellers with their modern apartments expressways and malls Let not these embellishments lead one to ignore the underlying risk in these cities You don’t have to go far from the national capital to see a prime example of a ticking time-bomb Noida came up as a suburb in violation of the National Capital Region concept that had originally advocated against congesting the periphery of Delhi The location was too attractive for the home state to let go of the opportunities it offered due to its proximity to Delhi Successive changes during and after the initial urban planning processes have ensured that high-density and high-worth development has taken place in what used to be the Yamuna’s playground Jamal Ansari former director of the School of Planning and Architecture Delhi and a lead planner for Noida’s master plan rues that political and popular pressure distorts urban plans and increases disaster risks exponentially He underscores the fact that the embankments that protect Delhi and Noida from the Yamuna are not infallible While it is easy to blame bad urban development and governance for the state of affairs it needs to be acknowledged that good citizenry is as much a requirement for safe and sustainable cities as good governments International good practices of liveable and healthy cities are backed with grassroot action plans citizens’ engagement and participatory planning and action To understand our cities better and to play a positive role in their future it is important to understand the origins of urban planning Clarence Perry a pioneer of city planning had established the neighbourhood as a basic unit for a city He defined the neighbourhood as that space wherein a child could walk to the local elementary school within 10 minutes without having to cross a major road This translated into neighbourhoods of one-fourth of a mile radius with the elementary school and conveniences at the centre houses linked with connecting greens and no major roads crisscrossing them Ebenezer Howard another British urban planner put forth the idea of garden cities Our very own Bhubaneswar was planned on similar green principles by German Otto Knigsberger with wide roads and many gardens and parks remnants of which are visible even today behind the humdrum of the new-age congestion Good cities through fundamental principles and friendly planning were safe cities “Smart cities” must bring them back The writer an urban planner specialising in environment and disaster management isco-founder of SEEDS For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: April 3 2014 12:22 am For the sake of peace it’s essential that the war is quickly forgotten and the process of inclusive nation-building is catalysed Related News Despite military victory Sri Lankan government has not achieved internal integration Having been an active member of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in northern Sri Lanka 25 years ago anything associated with the island nation draws my interest I have continued to analyse the Sri Lankan army’s brilliant military campaign and the handling of the post-conflict dynamics which are even more essential to analyse than just the strategic and operational aspects of the fighting Thus a return to Sri Lanka was a high priority especially at a time of international refereeing on its human rights record I was to attend an international conference in Colombo and therefore arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport As I approached the city I kept my eyes and ears peeled for sights and sounds that could hold clues to Sri Lanka’s post-war confidence Much as I would have liked to it was not possible to visit Jaffna or Vavuniya The morning papers said much — that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) patterned on the lines of South Africa’s could be set up A delegation of two ministers was to visit South Africa in the wake of talks between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Jacob Zuma The articles appeared to reflect a fear of the unknown — the possibility of Sri Lanka being censured or even worse investigated for the alleged human rights violations towards the end of the conflict with the LTTE Allegations extend to the killing of over 40000 civilians during that period The international community is constantly threatening the Sri Lankan government and even India has refrained from supporting Sri Lanka due to its own compulsions of Tamil affinity What is the best personal position to take in such a situation Much depends on your knowledge of this very long-drawn conflict the ethics of war and ideas on the definition of national victory This conflict started at a time when human rights had not become a by-word in internal conflict Besides compulsory knowledge of the Geneva Convention I do not recall any discussion or demarche from our headquarters on human rights issues during the IPKF period of 1987-90 That’s not to say the Indian army violated human rights; it just wasn’t something that mattered then However demands are being made today to investigate alleged IPKF human rights violations Perceptions do prevail that the Sri Lankan government made many attempts to resolve the conflict including accepting Indian intervention and subsequently Norwegian interlocutorship However the UN never considered it a conflict worth stepping into The LTTE reneged on its promises and utilised the time between ceasefires to strengthen itself India’s hands-off policy after the unfortunate assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and its inability or reluctance to oversee other peace efforts did not help Perhaps it was with a measure of desperation that the Sri Lankan government empowered the army gave it full backing and decided to seek a military solution Military history reveals that rarely have military solutions to such problems succeeded The question is has it succeeded here Victory in conventional conflict may be easier to define than in internal conflict The Sri Lankan army strategised effectively blocking ingress/ egress from the battlezone employing airpower and artillery and forcing the LTTE to fight in different locations thus frittering away its resources With such a concept it is impossible to prevent civilian casualties especially those caused by air and artillery It is presumed that the army sought clarification on this and the government possibly never considered it in the military terms of reference Military victory has probably not led to a comprehensive victory that would have spelt the psychological integration of the estranged north and east While elections have been held the power of the provincial councils doesn’t appear to reflect trust and integration The tenor of the media in Colombo remains surprisingly aggressive almost defiant A suggestion by one of the provincial councils to introduce international flights to India from Jaffna and Trincomalee was torn apart in rather strong words reminding Tamils that no international airport existed in these locations and it was not the job of provincial councils to suggest such things The proposed TRC is diplomacy’s easiest means of postponing decisions South Africa had the advantage of Nelson Mandela to oversee and forgive Such measures can only be adopted when there is a mature polity and a genuine intention to seek trust Rajapaksa has done yeoman service to his nation and many others by removing the LTTE from Lankan soil Yet it’s unlikely that he can be strong enough to accept the fault if any of his military After all this military victory was achieved only because of the uninhibited backing he gave it The world may be more kind towards the Lankan government if it sensed remorse and a genuine attempt at reconciliation This does not seem to be the case as reflected in the media commentaries that may actually be doing the nation much harm through their hyper patriotism There’s an air of reluctance even among the better-placed Tamils in the capital to discuss the war with relative strangers especially from India The fact that the LTTE was one of the most dangerous terrorist organisations in the world with no qualms about its methods of spreading terror even among its own people is being forgotten That the international community did little to rein it in or is unlikely to do anything to prevent its resurgence is not lost on the Sri Lankan people In such a situation government outreach to the Tamil people is becoming increasingly difficult For the sake of peace it’s essential that the war is quickly forgotten and the process of inclusive nation-building is catalysed The insistence of the international community to open investigations on war crimes is coming in the way but that too cannot be easily wished away Otherwise the propensity to decontrol militaries in internal conflicts may actually receive a shot in the arm Amid such complexity a TRC may actually be the only answer India’s abstention at the UN Human Rights Council on March 27 from the resolution to investigate excesses during operations keeps our approach ambivalent and should be read as a message urging greater efforts at integration I left Colombo much more confused than when I arrived While I marvel at Sri Lanka’s ability to transform its urban administration it is with much regret that I continue to believe it has not seen the end of its internal conflict Greater forgiveness and magnanimity on the part of the victor is the only way to lasting peace The writer is a senior fellow with the Delhi Policy Group a visiting fellow with the Vivekanand International Foundation and a former member of the Indian Peacekeeping Force in Sri Lanka [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 26 2017 3:56 pm Sri Lanka have struggled in 2017 as they are yet to win a series (Source: Reuters/File) Top News Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has said that Angelo Mathews should not have been allowed to step down as captain Stating that Mathews has had a positive influence on the team Ranatunga also claimed that Mathews’ expereince can help Sri Lankan cricket Speaking to cricbuzz he said “Mathews is the best captain I have seen after Ranjan Madugalle When he said that he wanted to quit SLC should have told him to hang in there without throwing the towel in If I had any say I would have told him that this is not the time to quit” “When Sri Lanka whitewashed number one ranked Australia in the Test series last year there were lot of people to take credit but sadly when he lost he was made the scapegoat and all the blame was on him Mathews was a very positive captain but due to constant changes and lots of chopping and changing he started becoming negative because he lost the confidence” he further added It may be recalled here that earlier Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya had revealed that Angelo Mathews will be batting and bowling in the upcoming one-day series against India “It’s a big relief that Angelo will be able to bowl for us again We have to manage him carefully and he is at the moment not ready to bowl full quota of ten overs but he will certainly be able to bowl five to six overs That’s a big plus point for us as it helps us to balance the side” Jayasuriya had said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News The “All Is Well” star had been dealing with a severe back pain for a while now and was diagnosed with the ailment.” he said. download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: August 14, As for Mayer, Talking to the media after the session, he defeated Modhwadia and was rewarded with a Cabinet rank in the Modi government.under the guidance of Social Science Faculty.

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