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“Our Telugu daughter has brought glory to the country.We are all proud of her We will organize a grand welcome for her’’ Rama Rao said The Delhi government also announced Rs 1 crore as an award to Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik and Rs 2 crore to Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu Delhi Government also offered a promotion to Sakshi Malik’s father who works in the Delhi Transport Corporation Meanwhile students of faculty of St Ann’s College for Women at Mehdipatnam where Sindhu is pursuing an MBA degreeorganized a meeting to pray for success of their favourite student Dozens of students from various schoolsconverged at the Gopichand Badminton Academy at Gachibowli where Sindhu trains to watch the match on the bigscreen Special prayers and ‘pooja’ were held at various temples across the state including `Peddamma temple’ inJubillee Hills in Hyderabad for Sindhu’s success For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Aastha Ahuja | Chandigarh | Published: May 2 2016 3:50 am At T S Central State Library Sector 17 Express Archives Related News TO KEEP themselves updated and compete with the ever-increasing dependence on ebooks libraries in the city are shifting towards digitisation The State Divisional Library Sector 34; T S Central State Library Sector 17; and the British Council Library are transforming themselves into hybrid libraries which are on the continuum between the conventional and digital libraries where electronic and paper-based information sources are used alongside each other Parveen Khurana library incharge at the State Divisional Library Sector 34 says “The internet-savvy generation wants all the information readily available Research no longer poses the same hardships it did a decade ago Everything is available at the click of a button displaying the entire world on the device’s screen Catering to such needs of the clients the library has incorporated online means of reading and research” Share This Article Related Article The library offers free wi-fi to all the members and has installed computers in its research and reading rooms The library witnesses a footfall of 2500-3000 users daily with as many as 800 connecting their devices to the wi-fi The library also has a blog where on average 400 users log in daily They can avail the provision of journals books sample tests as well as newspapers which can be accessed by all the library members Although ebooks are gaining popularity no significant drop in the readers of hard copies of books has been observed The library incharge at the T S Central State Library Anju Gupta Sector 17 says “There is no denial that the clientele for electronic reading mediums has increased but the library witnesses a similar pattern in the issuing and usage of hard books The older generation undoubtedly prefers books in the physical forms” Namrata a staff member at the British Council Library says “What started as an attempt at providing hybrid libraries has now totally transformed the face of our libraries Our online collection is way more than the books that we currently have in their physical forms This clearly shows the success of a hybrid library” Nitika a regular visitor to the British Council Library says “An interesting inclusion in the library’s membership is the online availability of books and journals The members can issue books online and can read their electronic versions” Arushi a student pursuing her masters in chemistry from Panjab University says “Books are the most satisfying medium for research and studies While the internet provides you information in a split second the understanding you get from searching and researching through books is unmatchable However the internet proves to be the only option when nothing can be found in its physical substitutes” WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: BollywoodHungamacom | Mumbai | Published: October 8 2015 1:57 pm ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’s director has decided to shift the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer to a North Indian backdrop Related News With many back to back releases Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a busy man The actor who had taken some time out for Kushan Nandy’s ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ had to however put the film on hold as the film faced a lot of resistance whilst shooting in West Bengal And now the makers have decided to shift the plotline to a North Indian backdrop It so happened that after ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ went on floor in West Bengal the FCTWEI (Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India) and the director of the film Kushan Nandy faced several disputes which forced the team of the film to leave the state Kushan had further also accused that these labourers extorted a whopping amount of Rs 55 lakhs from him and hence the upset filmmaker also announced that he will never return to the state for the film With these controversies around there were speculations that Kushan Nandy has shelved the film but now we hear that the film will be set in North India that is UP and Bihar Screenplay writer Galib Asad Bhopali stated that the story is now based on Bihar political backdrop He further mentioned that initially he had written a script keeping North India in mind but Kushan wanted to highlight the issues of increasing gang rivalries and murders in Bengal However now they have decided to retain the earlier plotline of UP politics Share This Article Related Article On the casting front Nawazuddin Siddiqui will play the role of a contract killer along with Mardaani fame Tahir Raj Bhasin who will be seen as his competitor Chitrangda Singh as the female lead will play a local cobbler Initially Roopa Ganguly was roped in to play the role of a politician inspired by Mamata Banerjee but now the makers are on a hunt for another actress since the story has shifted to Bihar and now the politician’s character will be modeled on Mayawati of BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is slated to go on floor in December and is said to be a 40 day marathon schedule For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: January 21 2016 11:31 am Tom Hooper whose latest film “The Danish Girl” has been nominated for four Oscars will receive the Honorary Dragon Award at Goteborg Film Festival Related News Director Tom Hooper whose latest film “The Danish Girl” has been nominated for four Oscars will receive the Honorary Dragon Award at GoteborgFilm Festival “The Danish Girl” will have its Swedish premiere at the festival The London-born helmer who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” in 2010 will be present in Goteborg to receive the honorary prize As previously announced Tobias Lindholm’s “A War” Mads Matthiesen’s “The Model” and Runar Runarsson’s “Sparrows” are among the eight Nordic films set to compete for a Dragon Award Other Dragon Award nominees include Mans Mansson’s “The Yard” Martin Zandvliet’s “Land of Mine” Hanna Skold’s “Granny’s Dancing on the Table” Aleksi Salmenpera’s “The Mine” and Rune Denstad Langlo’s “Welcome to Norway” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 6 2016 5:42 am A private school in ChandigarhExpress Archives Top News After receiving complaints from parents of students of private schools about high fee structure the education department has put forward a proposal for regulation of school fees A fee-regulatory mechanism is likely to be implemented soon after the proposal gets nod from UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki The education department has sent a draft policy for regulation of school fees to the office of the administrator The issue regarding high school fees at private schools has been raised several times in the past few years In 2013 the Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued an order to the Chandigarh administration for taking steps for regulation of school fees Yet there had been no action in this regard A committee headed by Justice RS Mongia had also submitted a report of fee structure in schools for 2012-13 and recommendations were made to regularise fees across the city private schools According to the order issued by the high court private schools were found hiking fees frequently without any regulations in place It was also highlighted that private schools were found to be charging a readmission fee from students each year which is found to be against the policy Elaborating on the proposal for a fee-regulatory mechanism sources in the education department said: “We do understand that private schools should have enough funds to be able to provide a certain level of quality education However these standards have to be reasonable The schools should be made accountable for the fees they charge and there should also be a level of transparency Above all charging of any sort of capitation fees or donations for admission needs to be strictly stopped” According to the proposal for regulation of fees in private unaided schools the parents of the students must also be consulted before any revision in the fee structure The issue of hike in fees at city private schools has gained momentum across Punjab with parents protesting against the fee regulations of private schools Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema in April had also stressed the need for a regulatory body to monitor fee hike in private schools across the state Cheema had also added that a grievance redressal system for parents would also be introduced and a code of conduct would be formulated for private schools A member of Chandigarh Parents’ Association who had been protesting against the fee hike in city schools said: “It is a positive step initiated by the education department to stop schools from looting parents on the pretext of different fee categories Hopefully the policy is implemented at the earliest and monopoly of private schools is curbed” WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsMadrid: From Barcelona’s star striker Lionel Messi to his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid many football stars have fallen foul of the Spanish taxman over the past few years Ronaldo appears in court on Monday accused of evading 147 million($172 million) in tax He joins a long list of football greats under the spotlight in Spain: Convicted Lionel Messi The five-time world player of the year was found guilty in 2016 of of using companies in Belize Britain Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying 41 million in taxes on income he earned from his image rights File photo of Lionel Messi Getty Images He was sentenced to 21 months in jail and fined more than 2 million But his prison sentence has since been replaced by another fine of 252000 which corresponds to 400 for each day of jail Javier Mascherano Messi’s Barcelona and Argentina teammate Mascherano accepted a one-year suspended sentence in January 2016 for tax fraud after he was found guilty of failing to pay 15 million in taxes for 2011 and 2012 Unlike Messi he avoided trial by admitting to tax evasion Angel di Maria Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria was fined and given a 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud during his time at Real Madrid But the 29-year-old who played for Madrid between 2010 and 2014 is likely not to go to prison as is normal in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years Suspected Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid’s star striker accused of evading 147 million in taxes appears in court on Monday The Portuguese star faces four charges of fraud through offshore companies Jose Mourinho The Manchester United manager is accused of evading 33 million in tax in 2011 and 2012 during his time in charge at Real Madrid But Gestifute which represents him says he has already settled the matter with Spanish tax authorities Samuel Eto’o In November 2016 Spanish prosecutors sought a jail sentence of 10 years and fines totalling 18 million for Cameroonian football great Eto’o who is accused of failing to pay 39 million in taxes during his time at Barcelona from 2004 to 2009 Radamel Falcao Colombian striker Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 74 million of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico Madrid He has since paid 82 million to Spanish tax authorities a sum that includes interest on the original amount Jorge Mendes The Portuguese super-agent was put under official investigation last month by a Spanish court investigating alleged tax evasion by Falcao a client of his The 51-year-old whose other clients include Ronaldo and Mourinho defended himself telling the closed door hearing that he "never" advised players in tax matters Other footballers including Brazil’s Adriano Chile’s Alexis Sanchez or Portugal’s Fabio Coentrao have had similar legal woes Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: November 29 2013 1:56 am Related News Acceding to the requests of survivors of the Dockyard Road building collapseBMC has acquired 19 flats from the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authoritys Simplex Mills property in Byculla and commenced the process of shifting them from its transit camp in Ghatkopar Sixteen families had already moved into the flats in the transit camp One family has already been shifted to the Simplex Mills flat in Byculla We have already deposited Rs 30 lakh as rent to MHADA for three years We will take care of the maintenance costs of the building as well? It was next morning that Devender Kumar, The player has been slotted in group H with Nehri Hurskainen of Sweden and Lino Munoz.came up to me and told me in a choked voice what his last words were – ‘time ho gaya hai ! Be it Raavana who wanted Sita for himself, “They rebooted it in just a really smart way. “Jurassic World” unspooled on 4, The BJP had passed a resolution in March saying, The company involved in the case, senior inspector.
aged seven, Girl raped in Meerut,but have been forced to do so just to ensure that our demands reach the right ears, said Singh Howevera senior Railway official said that in the past they had increased the age of thosewho could apply for the jobs in the factory from 35 years to 40 years in order to accommodate more people Butthey were ready for further discussions on the issue Sonia Gandhi would be in Rae Bareli Monday to launch and lay foundation stone of development projects For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPort Elizabeth: Stephen Cook hit a century as South Africa took control on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park on Wednesday South Africa were 351 for five at the close an overall lead of 432 on a ground where no team has successfully chased more than 271 in the fourth innings In contrast to the first two days when seam bowlers held sway South Africa scored freely against a lacklustre bowling attack on a pitch which seemed to have flattened out South Africa’s Stephen Cook Reuters Cook made 117 to lead a powerful batting performance by the hosts He shared century partnerships with Dean Elgar (52) and Hashim Amla (48) Cook and Elgar put on 116 for the first wicket their second three-figure opening stand of the match Then Cook and Amla added 105 for the second wicket off only 118 balls as the Sri Lankan bowlers and fielders wilted After two interruptions for rain the playing hours were changed and South Africa scored 182 runs off 40 overs in an extended post-lunch period They added another 131 off 29 overs before the close Cook who made his third century in only seven Tests survived a chance to gully off Suranga Lakmal when he was on 62 but played with more freedom than in previous appearances He reached his fifty off 81 balls and his hundred off 152 deliveries He was out soon after tea when he edged an attempted cut against Dushmantha Chameera to be caught behind His Test-best 117 was scored off 178 balls with 11 fours With Sri Lanka setting defensive fields the South African batsmen were able to score plenty of singles and keep the score moving They lost two more wickets both to off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva before captain Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock added an unbeaten 74 off 92 balls before the close An indication of the lack of control exerted by the Sri Lankan bowlers was that they only bowled three maiden overs during the innings two of them by Lakmal who added the wicket of Elgar to the five he collected in the first innings But Lakmal who bowled 27 overs in the first innings seldom threatened on Wednesday Sri Lanka were bowled out early in the day for 205 with Vernon Philander finishing with five for 45 losing their remaining three wickets for 24 runs Philander struck twice in the first over of the day after Sri Lanka resumed at 181 for seven His first ball was a perfect out-swinger which De Silva edged to wicketkeeper De Kock De Silva had batted impressively to make 43 on Tuesday but Philander made the ball deviate just enough to catch the edge as De Silva played back defensively Lakmal hit a boundary but then chipped the final ball of the over to Kyle Abbott at mid-on Chameera and Nuwan Pradeep added 20 for the last wicket before Chameera edged Abbott to Amla at first slip after making a Test-best 19 Abbott finished with three for 63 New Delhi: Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is set to miss the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) owing to a shoulder injury dealing a blow to his franchise Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) The 25-year-old Marsh was ruled out of the ongoing Test tour of India and according to an Australian media report could be sidelined for as long as nine months Mitchell Marsh will not feature in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League AFP Marsh who will seek the help of specialists next week had to leave the IPL midway in 2016 due to a side strain as well as in 2009 because of the same reason He now faces the prospect of a shoulder reconstruction that would keep him out of the game for the remainder of 2017 Cricket Australia tweeted on Monday that Marsh faces a lengthy absence due to injury Besides his pace bowling Marsh would have added stability to the batting order at RPS who are hoping to perform better in the upcoming IPL season after finishing seventh in the league table in the previous edition Australia’s physiotherapist David Beakley had said "Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer which we have been managing up until now but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required With Saina Nehwal Mithali Raj biopics in the works why films on India’s sportswomen spell great news Austin Coutinho Sep30 2017 10:49 34 IST Comment 0 Tweet “People used to say boxing is for men; not for women I promised myself that I will show them some day I have proved myself” —Mary Kom Mariel Margaret was training to be a footballer Once while on a gruelling road run her coach said “You run like a girl” “If you run a little faster you too can” replied Mariel Mariel Margaret is better known as Mia Hamm; the greatest woman footballer ever She played as a striker for the United States of America in four World Cups led her team at three Olympics and was the first woman to be inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame In India sport for women is taboo But there are those who have broken the glass ceiling — nay smashed it – to become national and international icons Mithali Raj Jhulan Goswami Mary Kom Sania Mirza Saina Nehwal Pusarla Sindhu Geeta Phogat Sakshi Malik Deepa Karmakar and many others have brought pride and joy to Indians through their sporting exploits in recent years India’s sportswomen have inspiring stories that could make for fantastic biopics Illustration courtesy Austin Coutinho Yet are any of them treated on par with men Do these ladies these outstanding sportswomen who have fought all odds to make it to the top have to nudge legends like an Abhinav Bindra or a Sachin Tendulkar or a Leander Paes to be noticed The American actress Marilyn Monroe once said “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition” At a press conference a few months ago before the World Cup of 2017 India women’s skipper Mithali was asked who her favourite male cricketer was Displaying a streak of feminism she shot back “Have you asked any male player who his favourite woman cricketer is” Tweeps trolled Mithali for a picture wearing a spaghetti top a few months ago after an ad shoot They called her names and she was even asked if she was a ‘porn star’ In another post someone lampooned her for the sweat in her armpit Mithali replied “I am what I am because I sweated it out on the field That’s nothing to be ashamed of” Sania Mirza one of India’s finest tennis players was once issued a fatwa by a maulvi in Midnapore stating that her dress ‘left nothing to imagination’ She was also criticised for ‘living’ with her husband the Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik before marriage and some Islamic groups even threated to disrupt her matches Sania who is a devout Muslim according to her father stood her ground and wasn’t intimidated by the happenings around her After all sports they say do not just build character; they reveal it Mary Kom Indian boxing’s pride and joy also had to face a lot of discrimination to succeed at the international level Nicknamed ‘Magnificent Mary’ she is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion and won a bronze in the 51 kg category at the 2012 Summer Games The Bollywood movie Mary Kom is the story of this extraordinary champion with Priyanka Chopra playing the lead role Though the biopic is an honest attempt to immortalise the trials the tribulations and the triumphs of this big-hearted girl from Manipur it could have done a better job addressing the subject of women’s discrimination in Indian society in general and sport “Mary Kom the film hurries through its character’s travails like a history textbook chapter It states every fact but never quite creates the requisite emotional attachment” writes Rachit Gupta in Filmfare He believes that there was surely a better perspective to her story “It could’ve been much more thoughtful much more insightful” he opines Another biopic of sorts Dangal features grapplers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari and their father’s (Aamir Khan playing Mahavir Singh Phogat) unstinting resolve to make them professional wrestlers The movie was a huge box-office hit Meena Iyer in her review of Dangal for The Times of India writes “Messages on our obsession with the male child —prevalent since the dark ages myopic stand on bringing up our daughters and the administration’s pathetic disposition towards sports are loud and clear” She adds that since the movie encapsulates the historic wins of the Phogats it is also bound to inspire more women to seriously consider ‘kushti’ as a career Sports biopics can be truly inspirational Following the success of Lagaan a sports based film came Paan Singh Tomar— the story of an athlete-turned-dacoit The titular role of the athlete was played with a lot of sensitivity by Irrfan Khan This was followed by Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starring Farhan Akhtar and by Mary Kom Azhar the story of cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin didn’t do too well at the box-office The reason for its ‘bombing’ it is alleged was an attempt at cleaning up the ‘tainted’ image of the former skipper On the other hand MS Dhoni: The Untold Story with Sushant Singh Rajput playing Dhoni’s character to a T had a good storyline and appealed to a large audience that adored the cricketer What the story brought forth in the movie was Mahi’s personal emotional and psychological battles that have made him the icon that he is today Playfully chiding Sushant Singh Rajput at a promotional event after the movie was released Dhoni said “These days if you Google ‘MS Dhoni’ you get Sushant’s picture” That’s how good the actor’s depiction was Sachin: A Billion Dreams a docudrama followed Dhoni’s movie and perhaps satiated the yearnings of the Master’s fans for a re-run on his life and career Biopics have been a favourite Hollywood genre over the last half a century and more What’s more a large majority of Hollywood’s biographical films have been nominated for the Oscars and have won many awards too From Rush to The Damned United to Ali to Chariots of Fire the sports biopic has stolen a march over all genres of fiction because it delves deeper into the life and character of a well-known sportsperson In India quite a few sports biopics are now in the pipeline Planned for 2018 are Akshay Kumar’s Gold based on the life of hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr; a film on Dhyan Chand to be made by Karan Johar and a flick on hockey star Sandeep Singh to be produced by Chitrangada Singh There is also news of a biopic on Abhinav Bindra and then on the 1983 World Cup Cricket triumph with Ranveer Singh playing Kapil Dev More importantly biopics of Saina Nehwal PV Sindhu Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami — the gangly India fast bowler are in the offing Saina’s role is being played by Shraddha Kapoor and in all probability we shall see Deepika — aformer badminton player herself and the legendary Prakash Padukone’s daughter — as Sindhu Rights for the Mithali Raj biopic have been bought by Viacom18 Motion Pictures while the movie titled Chakdaha Express tracing Jhulan’s journey from a small cricket ground in Kolkata to Lord’s in London will be directed by Sushanta Das Undoubtedly highlighting the stories and the struggles that led to the success of these ‘legends-to-be’ will inspire more and more girls to take up sport as a career What’s more made with warmth and empathy these biopics will help create space and respect for the ‘girl-child’ in Indian society Therefore the producers and directors of these four biographical films those on the lives and times of Saina Mithali Sindhu and Jhulan have a great responsibility on their hands They can with their opinions and their cinematic intellect change the way Indian society treats its ‘betis’ The author is a caricaturist and sportswriter He is also a former fast bowler a cricket and football coach and administrator and is now a mental toughness trainer Published Date: Sep 30 2017 10:49 AM | Updated Date: Sep 30 2017 10:49 AM tags: #Bhaag Milkha Bhaag #Dangal #Deepa Karmakar #FWeekend #Geeta Phogat #Indian Sportswomen #Jhulan Goswami #Mary Kom #Mithali Raj #MS Dhoni – The Untold Story #Paan Singh Tomar #Pusarla Sindhu #Sachin: A Billion Dreams #Saina Nehwal #Sakshi Malik #Sania Mirza #Sports #sports biopics also see Sakshi Malik Vinesh Phogat Babita Kumari named in Indian wrestling team for Commonwealth Games 2018 Irrfan’s Indian cinema’s most successful crossover star and 2017 was a reminder why ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: ‘Smiling assassin’ Ishan Porel’s excellent form helps him stake strong claim for new ball Written by C Raja Mohan | Published: December 10 2014 12:55 am Modi and Putin know they have a problem Related News When he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of the BRICS summit in Fortaleza Brazil in July Prime Minister Narendra Modi apparently told him that every child in India knew Moscow was Delhi’s best friend forever As they sit down for a longer and substantive conversation in Delhi this week Modi and Putin know they have a problem The geopolitical circumstances that bound India and Russia close together for so long have begun to change The structure of the partnership too is looking less special amid extended stagnation Modi who has boldly moved to rejuvenate India’s ties with America and Japan and devised a more positive approach towards China must now go back to basics on Russia and find productive ways of boosting bilateral relations in an adverse regional and international environment In Moscow it was Putin who saved the relationship from becoming irrelevant to both countries In the 1990s India found it hard to get post-Soviet Russia’s attention as Moscow sought to integrate itself with the West and build a “Common European Home” stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific Much hard work of Indian diplomats and strong faith in Delhi’s political class helped sustain the relationship with Russia through the difficult decade It was only when Putin took charge of Russia at the turn of the new millennium that the bilateral relationship took a turn for the better That Putin had a working relationship with the West made India’s task relatively simple Unlike in the Cold War Delhi simply had to engage both Russia and the West dealing with each on its own merit Modi however will find the going somewhat difficult as Russia’s relations rapidly deteriorate The tension between Nato’s relentless expansion eastwards and Moscow’s determination to restore its traditional sphere of influence in the “near abroad” has been gathering for a while and finally boiled over in Ukraine this year The idea of a Common European Home stands shattered Russia and the West are finding it difficult to restore the rules of the road invented at the end of the Cold War in Europe during 1989-91 or devise new ones that are acceptable to both sides If the crisis in Europe lasts too long and Russia drifts away from the West there will be new constraints on India’s foreign policy There is no question of Delhi supporting Western sanctions against Russia but the secondary effects of these measures are likely to corrode India’s ties with America and Europe India avoided endorsing Putin’s annexation of Crimea by force in Ukraine and then legitimising it by a “referendum” After all Delhi is rejecting Pakistan’s demands for a “plebiscite” in Kashmir But you don’t want to reproach your friends in public Delhi therefore kept quiet much in the manner that it refused to publicly criticise Moscow when it sent troops into Afghanistan in 1979 If there is a new Cold War between Russia and the West India might find itself in a cleft stick On the one hand India’s economic stakes in the partnership with the West have rapidly grown and those with Russia steadily diminished Beyond the important defence and strategic trade there is little commercial content in bilateral ties Changing that has long been a priority for Delhi and Moscow Modi and Putin one hopes can do better The changing geopolitical dynamic meanwhile is casting a shadow over the strategic ties between Delhi and Moscow When Soviet Russia made enemies around the world in the 1980s Indira Gandhi began to reduce Delhi’s excessive dependence on Moscow for arms supplies and Rajiv Gandhi accelerated the search for the diversification of India’s strategic partnerships Russia however retained its special position by supplying the kind of technologies no other country was prepared to supply to India Consider for example Russian assistance to India in building the nuclear-powered submarine Arihant Although Modi is looking for stronger defence ties with the United States there is no possibility that it can replace Russia in the near term But India’s relations with Russia are complicated by one important consequence of the unfolding conflict between Moscow and Washington It is Russia’s strategic embrace of China which is likely to have many implications for India For one Russia has begun to boost defence ties with China and is exporting technologies and systems that it once reserved solely for India More broadly by lining up behind China on global issues Moscow is making it harder to construct a stable balance of power in Asia Worse still an America preoccupied with Central Europe and the Middle East might be compelled to consider compromises with Beijing in Asia Put simply Russia’s conflict with the West pushes both of them towards a rising China and improves Beijing’s leverage in all directions Making matters worse for India is Russia’s new strategic warmth with Pakistan This has been in the making for a while Quite clearly neither Delhi nor Moscow can insist any longer on an exclusive partnership The India-Russia political partnership which had expanded from the 1960s took place amid deepening Sino-Russian hostility and Pak-China amity Given an unreliable America Russia was India’s principal insurance against the security challenges from China and Pakistan If Moscow continues to fight with the West and draw closer to China and Pakistan there is a real danger that India’s long-standing romance with Russia might turn sour Preventing an irreversible drift in that direction should be on the top of the agenda for Modi and Putin As hard-boiled realists Modi and Putin must acknowledge the new dynamic around them find ways to limit its impact on the bilateral relationship and move quickly towards expanding the scope of their commercial ties and revitalising their cooperation in energy defence and high-technology sectors The writer a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation is a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Editorial | Published: September 7 2016 12:00 am Top News In a wonderfully minimalist case of dental surgery the Supreme Court has defanged governments and administrations which have been wielding Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code to throttle speech and cow down vocal critics It has done this simply by refusing to lay down the law — reminding everyone that it was laid down a generation ago in 1962 It has clarified that mere criticism of the government does not constitute sedition and that in fact it should not even attract a defamation charge This observation should act as a restraining order on governments — particularly the Central government — which have been using the colonial curb of the sedition law as a blunt instrument to bludgeon critics with The principle invoked was articulated in the landmark case of Kedar Nath Singh vs State of Bihar in which the apex court had upheld the constitutional validity of Section 124A but had disabused the government of the politically convenient notion that the draconian law could be applied to words deeds or actions “intended to or… likely to incite public disorder” or violence The court had insisted on the centrality of intention since likelihood is a subjective notion which could invite unconstitutional behaviour from the authorities Which is precisely what has been seen in recent months — unseemly campaigns to restrain those perceived to be political embarrassments like Hardik Patel and Kanhaiya Kumar apart from sundry writers performers cartoonists Now in a public interest litigation filed by Common Cause the Supreme Court has recalled the necessity to establish intention The NGO had argued that ignorance of the law is causing the police to arbitrarily arrest critics of government and had pleaded for guidelines requiring the clearance of a senior police official before Section 124A could be imposed The court has declined to intervene in sedition cases past and future and only required officers of the law to follow the principle of the ruling set down in 1962 Following a basic tenet of criminal jurisprudence it has elaborated that the merit of a sedition charge must be appraised from case to case The law of sedition was designed by a colonial power to prevent fractious citizens from overthrowing it by force In the way it is used it is anachronistic in a democracy where governments rule at the pleasure of the people who are entitled to democratic protest and public criticism to force governments to acknowledge their concerns and opinions To wilfully misrepresent protest as sedition is an egregious error on the part of government It has been happening far too often and reflects an ugly paradox — democratically elected governments find democratic protest intolerable For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Updated: July 23 2017 4:55 pm Anya Singh is the new face introduced by Yash Raj Talents The actor would make debut with Qaidi Band Top News When Yash Raj Talent announced Anya Singh as their next find the internet went bonkers searching for who why and the hows about the actor The moment she took the stage and spoke about her film Qaidi Band she appeared to be a confident girl who knew the kind of business she was getting into Now becoming a Yash Raj product is not an easy task but it seemed that she was trained well enough However in a conversation with indianexpresscom Anya says that even now she hasn’t been able to make peace with the fact she is working for Yash Raj Films “Honestly I don’t think it’s still sinking in Apart from the fact I’m giving interviews and posing for camera nothing has changed Maybe for the first time I had this wow feeling and the feeling that I’m being launched by this production house when we had this press conference I was grateful and felt lucky since a lot of the people out there would wish to be where I am” When asked if she was nervous before going on the stage Anya recalled how she was about to have a breakdown “I was very nervous I was getting my makeup and hair done and then someone said ‘we are going live in 10 mins’ and I was anxious Aadar was relaxed He was excited and wanted to go out as soon as possible But for me it was different I did not know if I was ready” The Qaidi Band actor continued “I was meeting Ranbir for the first time but I was so nervous that I could not strike a conversation with him I kept repeating to myself that I am nervous It was Adi sir who looked at me and Aadar and said just to have fun out there Don’t be stressed or take much tension You make a mistake you make it It’s not a serious event don’t take it like that So it calmed me I was about to cry that’s how nervous I was” But her journey wasn’t just from her vanity to the stage The actor was jobless for several months and one fine day her stars worked in her favor and she met Shanoo Sharma the casting director of YRF “I moved to Bombay in 2015 Gave a couple of auditions but nothing worked out It was a tough time I had nobody here I felt lost uncertain and had no control You feel frustrated when that happens But one day I walked into a coffee shop before workout Shanoo Sharma saw me and asked me to audition That’s how my audition started but it was just the beginning as there were so many rounds I auditioned for two-and-a-half months for this role” But did she always want to be an actor “I was on and off (wanting to be an actor) in my head I’ve been to boarding school where you hardly get to watch TV but music was readily available I used to listen to a lot of Hindi music I did a lot of theatre in school and it used to make me feel good to perform on stage I always had this career in the back of my mind But I will say the songs drew me closer to cinema” She laughs and adds that though she likes songs now she knows how hard it is to shoot one sequence of a 3-4 minute song In Qaidi Band the actor has also tried her hands on singing “I love singing When I got the chance to sing I was really bad But I was conscious Director Faisal Habib opened me up he motivated me he inculcated the careless attitude in me You know when you’re singing to yourself it’s different but when you are enacting what you’re singing then the body language changes So that’s where I had to work” She further spoke about the other prep-up she underwent to get the character right “We used to watch a lot of reference videos They tried to take us to a real jail but that didn’t work out We read books took diction classes we took music classes as we were singers in the film and learnt how to use instruments We weren’t allowed to wash our hair We wore no makeup so we were very close to our characters” “After the set was prepared we were kept in the jail to feel the kind of isolation one goes through We were made familiar with surroundings So when finally we had to shoot we were comfortable” she adds Talking about her co-star Aadar Jain Anya says that the actor who happens to be the cousin of Ranbir Kapoor has no starry airs about himself “Aadar is such a grounded genuine person When I got to know that he is from a film family I thought he would be a bit snobbish But he was so easy to get along He is relaxed always makes me laugh and super likeable Both of us used to listen to each other and we all got along together really well We are like family I’ll say I can call them whenever I feel like And since Aadar has been to a film school he would teach me technicalities I did not know about” And lastly when we asked if she is nervous about the competition ahead as many newbies including Jhanvi Kapoor Sara Ali Khan and others are going to make their debut in the industry Anya said “Competition is a good thing it will keep you on toes” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsPublished: February 26 2016 12:28 am Top News House Supreme Union Law Minister HR Gokhale favours the setting up of a parliamentary committee to decide whether a particular piece of legislation was against the Constitution or not He does not want the courts to determine the question of ultra vires Gokhale who was talking informally to newsmen said that in the UK no court could declare a law passed by Parliament invalid The law minister made it plain that the view that the power of the courts to declare laws ultra vires should be curtailed was his personal opinion So was his view that a parliamentary body be set up to decide on the question In reply to a question Gokhale said the parliamentary body in his view ought to place its report before Parliament for a final say on the matter The basic assumption in Gokhale’s stand was that Parliament is supreme in passing a law and saying that it is valid Deng’s Disgrace Former US President Richard Nixon visited China’s Tsinghua University and heard an official there explain why the former first Vice Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping was again in disgrace “Mr Deng was a capitalist roader who was sharply criticised by the people during the Cultural Revolution and who does not want to repent” the official told Nixon “As long as they correct their mistakes we welcome them back Whether they do that depends on them At present the debate is in full swing… under the centralised leadership of the party step by step” he said The comments to Nixon by Chi who is chairman of the university’s revolutionary committee was the first confirmation by a Chinese official of Deng’s disgrace Habeas Corpus Case The Supreme Court reserved its judgment in the habeas corpus case Hearing in the case began on December 15 1975 and ended on February 25 1976 after Additional Solicitor-General VP Raman concluded his arguments For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News and west, “Marking our 50th Test anniversary with a game of this magnitude will be a great occasion. it represents the horizon of aspiration for a variety of normal, The BJP still appears at its best as a campaigning party rather than as a ruling party, A major part of the campaign was to rope in private practitioners under the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP).The students enrolled with our group are studying from second grade till professional degree courses in various educational institutions. who have worked tirelessly to gain support of other nations.
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