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the CRPF at Topchanchi, about
35 kms from the district headquarter of Dhanbad district
triggering IED blast, in which
six CRPF jawans were injured.
Two of the injured jawans are
critical and have been admitted
in the Intensive Care Unit of
Medica Hospital in Ranchi.
The incident took place on
Saturday morning when a team
of CRPF was on LRP on
motorcycles at Bodra village,
barely 10 km from Topchanchi
police station in Dhanbad. The
CRPF personnel were riding
motorcycles, when the extrem-
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ists set off the blast through an
Improvised Explosive Device
(IED), police said.
State Police Spokesperson
SN Pradhan said that the status
of injured jawans was stable as
they were airlifted to Ranchi
from the site for better treat-
had laid several landmines. As
soon as one of the IEDs was
triggered the gelatin rods in a
series started blowing one by
one and a total of 52 landmines
were exploded,” he said.
“Dhanbad SP and DIG of
the range were camping at the
site as the security forces began
intensive search operation in the
area on motorcycles,” he said.
“Topchanchi Police Station
incharge Dharmdeo Ram and
Inspector S Mishra were leading the LRP, while a CRPF team
made up the tail of the convoy.
After triggering the blast, ultras
fired indiscriminately at the
convoy, prompting the LRP
personnel to return fire .The
exchange lasted a little over half
an hour,” said a senior police
official.
SSP Dhanbad SK Jha said
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rime Minister Narendra
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Modi arrived in the Saudi
Arabia Capital on Saturday
afternoon on a two-day visit to
energy-powerhouse Saudi
Arabia during which both
countries are set to sign a raft
of pacts to bolster their strategic partnership besides exploring ways to deepen security and
counter-terror cooperation.
Reaching out to expatriates,
Modi announced a 24X7 multilingual helpline for them and
said a move to regularise
migration was in the offing
through an online programme.
Immediately after his
arrival, Modi visited the
Masmak fortress, a clay and
mud-brick complex built
around 1865, that is a major
symbol of recapture of power
by the Al Saud royal dynasty
which has been running the
country for over a century.
Following which, he addressed
Indian expatriates. Saying that
they could count on the Indian
Government in the times of crisis, Modi said expatriates could
use the avenues like the
MADAD portal to reach the
Government for help.
Specifically for Indians in Saudi
Arabia, he announced the setting up of worker resource
centres in Riyadh and Jeddah
to provide them with all necessary help.
Addressing a gathering of
L&T workers who are constructing metro rail here, he
said the country was proud of
their contribution which has
enhanced India’s image abroad
and opened doors for overseas
employment opportunities for
their compatriots. “Whenever
any good news regarding you
people comes, I feel as happy as
your family. When there is
news of some concern regarding you, I feel the pain like your
family would because you are
my family,” Modi said, adding
that he shared their happiness
and sorrow.
The Prime Minister will
hold extensive talks with King
Salman on a range of bilateral
issues on Sunday following
which both sides will sign a
number of MoUs. Separately, he
will also meet Crown Prince
and Deputy Prime Minister
Mohammed bin Naif and
Deputy Crown Prince and
Defence Minister Mohammed
bin Salman. Saudi Arabia has
close ties with Islamabad and
India may raise the issue of
Pakistan-based terror groups
carrying out attacks on it.
Combating threat of terrorism
and radicalisation are expected
to figure high on the agenda of
talks between Modi and the
leadership of Saudi Arabia, a
country known as the spiritual home of Islam, which recently formed a major coalition of
34 Muslim nations to fight terror, particularly the ISIS.
The visit is expected to put
bilateral ties on a new trajectory. India’s ties with Saudi
Arabia, one of the world’s leading oil producers, have been on
an upswing over the last two
decades based on burgeoning
energy ties and both countries
may look to move beyond the
buyer-seller relationship in the
sector and go for joint ventures
and investment in refineries
and oil fields.
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gainst the backdrop of the
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distrust generated among
the communities during the
violent Jat reservation agitation,
RSS outfit ‘Samajik Samrasta
Manch’ (SSM) is organising a
major meeting in Haryana
on Sunday to bring the
“estranged communities”
together in the State.
The public meeting at
Rohtak will be “a culminating
point” of similar inter-community interactions at smaller level,
organised all over Haryana by
the RSS outfit in the aftermath
of violence by Jat agitators
demanding OBC status for their
community. Rohtak was one of
the worst-hit districts during the
Jat agitation.
Sources said the SSM is
expecting a gathering of over
75,000 on the day with eminent
personalities from the State
like filmstar Randeep Hooda,
Olympic medallist Yogeshwar
Dutt, former national chess
champion Anuradha Beniwal,
singer Himani Kapoor besides
Governor KS Solanki and even
Baba Ramdev is likely to par-
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s China blocked India’s
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bid for a UN blacklisting of
Masood Azhar, chief of the
Pakistan-based Jaish-eMohammad (JeM) and mastermind of the
Pathankot terror
attack, New Delhi
has
promptly
slammed the move
as “incomprehensible” that smacks of
a
“selective
approach to com-
cle in search of the rebels. “As
soon as the cops rushed to the
Topchanchi-Jitpur Road the
naxals blasted the gelatin rods
which were planted earlier on
the dirt road. The blasts
occurred in a series,” he added.
Notably, this is for the first
time ultras ripped apart a
patrol party on motorcycles.
The blast was so severe that the
explosion was heard at the
police station, said a police personnel present at Topchanchi.
The way the blast was carried
out, it appeared they knew
about the movement of the
LRP. Moreover, prima facie
evidence suggests the ultras
took their time to lay the IED
and were confident that the
route of the LRP would not be
altered, sources said.
Bodara forest area is located close to the borders of the
two districts Giridih and
Dhanbad. It is not the first time
that Maoists have carried out
an attack in the area.
bating terrorism”.
Without naming China as
such, India put out a stronglyworded statement, expressing
its disappointment that a “technical hold” has been put on
India’s application at the UN
Security Council Committee to
sanction Azhar while the JeM
that he heads was blacklisted as
far back as 2001.
Curiously enough, the
Chinese action came just a day
after Prime Minister Narendra
Modi had lamented this very
state of affairs in the presence
of world leaders, including
Chinese President Xi
Jinping, as to how
terrorists are globally networked, but
nations are still not
giving up the belief
that “his terrorist is
not my terrorist”.
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day after television actress
Pratyusha Banerjee, of
Balika Vadhu fame, allegedly
committed suicide at her
Goregaon residence in north
Mumbai, her boyfriend Rahul
Raj Singh was questioned by
the police.
According to a preliminary autopsy on Saturday,
strangulation marks were
detected on Pratyusha’s neck,
indicating death due to asphyxiation and hanging.
Rahul was the one who discovered Pratyusha hanging
from the ceiling fan in her
apartment, at around 5 pm on
Friday and rushed her to
Kokilaben Ambani Hospital,
where she was declared dead.
Meanwhile, Pratyusha’s
parents arrived in the city from
Jamshedpur in the afternoon
and claimed her body. Her
last rites were performed at the
Oshiwara Crematorium on
Saturday night, in the presence
of family members, friends,
actors and co-stars from the
television industry.
Police sources said the
autopsy, conducted at the
Siddharth Municipal Hospital
at Goregaon, revealed that she
had died due to asphyxia, a
consequence of either hanging
or strangulation.
The police also denied that
there were injury marks on
Pratyusha’s body as was being
alleged by some celebrities in
the television and film industry. However, police are not
completely ruling out foul play
and have sent Pratyusha’s viscera for chemical analysis.
“Provisional cause of death
is ligature marks on neck and
asphyxia. Final cause of death
is pending and would be
known after chemical analysis.
Statements of parents and relatives are being recorded,” said
Zonal Deputy Commissioner
of Police Vikram Deshmane.
“As Rahul was very close to
Pratyusha and was the one to
rush her to hospital, we consider
him a logical suspect till we
establish the exact cause leading
to her death. We have called
Rahul for questioning and are
recording his statement,” a
senior police officer said.
Earlier in the day, television
actress Rakhi Sawant gave a new
twist to the ongoing speculation
surrounding the reason for
Pratyusha’s death by claiming
that the latter had made Rahul
the nominee of an LIC insurance policy worth Rs 1 crore.
However, investigators suspect that Pratyusha committed
suicide because of her rocky
relationship with Rahul.
The investigators are examining Rahul and Pratyusha’s
call details, the SMSes and
WhatsApp messages exchanged
by them. Significantly her last
status message on WhatsApp
read, “Mar ke bhi muh na tujh
se modana” (won’t desert you
even after I die).” Meanwhile,
talking to mediapersons Rahul
said, “I am innocent.”
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ticipate. “No political leader
will participate,” they said,
adding the meet is to bring all
communities closer and
strengthen their bonding.
The Rohtak congregation is
besides the 1,600 to 1,700 smaller meetings of Jats and non-Jats
already organised by the RSS in
Haryana “within 10 days” of the
RSS top body ‘Akhil Bharatiya
Pratinidhi Sabha’ (ABPS) meeting at Naguar, Rajasthan, that
concluded on March 13, according to sources.
Incidentally, the Jat leaders
had earlier set April 3 as the
deadline to resume their protest
if their demands were not met.
But, thereafter, they set March
31, the last day of the Vidhan
Sabha’s Budget Session, as the
deadline and threatened to
resume their agitation if their
demands were not met by
then. The Haryana Assembly
unanimously passed the Jat
Reservation Bill on March 29.
At the small meetings,
leaders from all the communities at all levels interacted with
each other uninterruptedly and
decided to lay down ‘Standard
Operating Procedures’ (SOPs)
to prevent such recurrences in
future, the sources said.
The interactions would
continue and the number of
meetings may go up to 2,000 to
2,200 by the time the process of
reconciliation reaches its logical end, they said.
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it was duty of the Maharashtra
Government to protect the fundamental right of the women to
enter temples, women activists
were on Saturday prevented by
aggressive villagers and temple
management from entering the
Shani Shingnapur temple in
State’s Ahmednagar district.
Upset with the manner in
which the police “assisted” the
villagers and security personnel from the temple in preventing her and her colleagues
from entering the Shani temple, Bhumata Ranragini
Brigade chief Trupti Desai
threatened to lodge an FIR
against State CM Devendra
Fadnavis and the police for
their failure to implement the
high court’s directive to enforce
the Maharashtra Hindu Place
of
Worship
(Entr y
Authorisation) Act 1956.
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Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor,
who by the way needs to lose
weight and fast. Either that
or he is looking fat because
Lady Kapoor, who plays Kia,
is so thin.
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beautiful and charming and
her dialogues are perfect,
making her the ideal choice
to climb the corporate ladder.
Arjun Kapoor as Kabir
gives a reasonable
performance. But it is
Swaroop Sampat who does a
great job as Kia’s mother. She
is the perfect mother and
mother-in-law. Another
person whose performance
needs a special mention is
Rajit Kapoor who play’s
Kabir’s father.
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with an idea that is modern
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nearly six years but is a tad
too long. People lose interest
when the wait is too long.
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all the parts would be
disappointed because it may
have plenty of kung fu but it
is unable to hold your
interest as the first one did
wherein a panda via various
stumblings manages to
become the Dragon Warrior.
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treated to a fat panda going
through the motion and
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second one ended on the
note that the father will
search for his son. Though
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larger on the 70 mm screen it
is low on the entertainment.
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two colours — green and
pink and it is an assault on
your senses; more so since
the movie is in 3D. Of
course, there is bound to be
plenty of white and brownblack — the panda colours.
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movies are basically for
children and they are bound
to love this one too. The fact
that exams are over and so is
the tension of the results,
parents can treat their wards
to this American-Chinese
computer-animated actioncomedy martial arts film
which is the last in the
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chaired a meeting with officers
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of the Energy Department on
Saturday about electricity supply,
revenue collection, condition of
transformers and current status of
power grid and power sub-stations.
Verma directed the officials to
prepare district-wise profile of HT
connection and observe it through
a special drive. She directed to make
a list of number of power machines,
its power and production of electricity being used in a particular
industry and then only prepare the
profile so that the financial deficit can
be minimised.
She said that electrified villages
should be ensured with supply of
electricity. Mapping of transformers
to be installed for water pumping
should be done and some transformers should be kept reserved for
this purpose, she added.
The CS said to detect the feeders undergoing power loss. She said
that more important than purchase
of the transformers is supplying
electricity to the houses of poor villagers. She directed to keep an
account of revenue collection, payment and deficit.
She said to update SOR for
transmission and development of
basic infrastructure. She said to
evaluate the company filling the
tender sincerely because many companies are unable to complete the
work after they get it, as a result of
which the product cost increases.
She also directed that resources
should be mapped for unrestricted
electricity supply so that no scheme
remains uncompleted. She said that
transparent and timely work is necessary for unrestricted electric supply round the clock by 2019.
Stressing equally at profile and
assessment, she said that routine
billing should be done and electricity theft should be stopped completely through area-wise mapping
and intensive electric checking campaign. She said that the department
should run campaign and give advertisement in the newspapers.
anchi police are carrying out
search operations in hinterlands of the State capital to arrest
extremists whose locations were
disclosed by Ram Mohan Singh
Munda, the Maoist Zonal
Commander of Bundu-Chandil
sub zone.
“This arrest is a major success
for the police and a severe blow to
CPI (Maoist) in the Saranda corridor. During interrogation, Munda
has divulged some crucial information about infamous Kundan
Pahan and other wanted extremists.
Operations are being conducted in
the forests to nab extremists on the
basis of information we have,” stated Senior Superintendent of Police
Kuldeep Dwivedi.
Munda also revealed the
strategies decided upon during the
third plenum, a congregation of
Maoist leaders held from July 27 to
August 04 last year. According to
Munda, Maoists had planned to
include students in the outfit and
form Kisan Krantikari Committees
and women committees in 50 villages of Chandil and 15 villages in
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their strategies. “Extremists have
Munda, with Rs 10 lakh boun- on Friday, along with Maoist cadres police and CRPF forces in Bundiaru
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from the denizens of State
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capital, the much awaited funfilled ‘Raahgiri’ Day programme
has been rescheduled for this
Sunday and will kick off from 6
am till 8:30 am. The temporary
arrangement has been made for
the convenience of IIT-JEE
aspirants.
“As many as 5000 students
will gather in the State capital to
take the examination, which is
scheduled from 10 AM. Looking
at the urgency, ‘Raahgiri’ programme has rescheduled only
for this Sunday,” informed, RMC
Additional
Municipal
Commissioner, Bidyanand
Sharma Pankaj.
Notably, the traffic plans will
remain unhindered and will be
the same as it was for the other
two ‘Raahgiri’ programme. A 2
km stretch of the State capital’s
main thoroughfare, from
Kutchery till Mission Chowk via
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Albert Ekka Chowk, will be
cleared and traffic personnel will
be deputed at all the major
zones.
The grand opening of
‘Raahgiri’ Day which witnessed
ample crowd on the busiest
streets of the state capital on its
first day was conducted successfully from 6 AM to 10 AM
where people indulged themselves in different physical activities.
Similarly, after the protest
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from Christian community on
the occasion of Easter Sunday,
the timing was rescheduled
again and was slated from 6 AM
to 9 AM. However, due to
unavoidable circumstances and
obvious reasons, the timing has
been rescheduled for this
Sunday. Nevertheless, according
to RMC official, the timing
from 6 AM to 9 AM will be
retained from the upcoming
Sundays adding more fun and
frolic to the activities.
In an attempt to inculcate
healthy lifestyle among all, the
much appreciated ‘Raahgiri’
Day organised by the joint
endeavor of Ranchi Municipal
Corporation (RMC) and Ranchi
Traffic Police including few
other private partners have
planned to expand the concept
in the other parts of the city too
in the near future.
Mayor, Asha Lakra had
mentioned earlier about the
expansion of the event to other
areas and streets. Only for few
days the plan is limited to
Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Main
Road) and if all goes well, concerned authorities will expand it
to other major arteries of the city.
Based on the feedback from the
denizens of the city through the
ward councillors, other venues
will be selected for ‘Raahgiri’
Day.
To make the event a success
in the days to come, authorities
are on toe to add more fervour
to the entire affair in more
planned way to attract and
involve more people in this
ambitious project.
“We are starting e-rickshaw
services to guide and assist people to different gaming zones.
We have also appointed
‘Raahgiri’ martial’s to keep a
check on different activity zones,
segregated for diverse purpose.
Those found flouting the set
norms will be penalized and
have to pay hefty amount Rs.
5000. Numbers of bicycles have
been increased and now 20
additional cycles are there.
Under the Swacch Bharat project few street walls initiating
from Sadar hospital boundary
wall will be painted, demonstrating different aesthetic styles,”
added Pankaj.
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methodology to solve numerical.
“While imparting the concept of
team of few selected candidates physics, it is mandatory for teachers
striving hard to succeed in the to teach the subject with experimenprestigious all India level engineering tal demonstrations and using other
and medical entrance exams was methods to make the concepts clear
mentored by HC Verma, a noted to the candidates,” said Verma.
With the idea to promote techniwriter and physics professor, presently serving as faculty member at IIT- cal and science education among the
Kanpur during one-day workshop masses, a day-long workshop was conducted with the collaborative efforts
organized at SKIPA on Saturday.
As many as, 70 government school of Department of higher and techniteachers catering their services at cal education and Information,
higher secondary level, including 100 Planning and Monitoring Unit
(IPMU) – SKIPA.
While inaugurating the session,
Director General
(DG),
SKIPA,
Sudhir Prasad,
pointed out, “Apart
regular class room
study, to understand the fundamentals of physics,
proper
well
equipped laboratory is also mandatory. Special demo
classes by guest faculties or noted professors also help in
conceptualization
the themes. It is
also necessary for
both teachers and
students to understand the latest
development in the
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Verma conducted a technical sesselected students, both from the gov- sion for the teachers in the first half
ernment schools and the newly of the programme whereas during the
formed ‘Super 40’ coaching institute interactive sessions of the workshop,
– an initiative of the state government he explained various techniques to stuto guide the economically weaker sec- dents to conceptualise physics and
tion aspiring students for competitive master the subject.
All the students, teachers and proexaminations participated in the workshop. Candidates of government poly fessors, who participated in the worktechnique colleges and all the five uni- shop, were satisfied with the teaching
versities were also engaged in the methodology of Verma. Verma is one
of the founding fathers of
workshop.
Verma while conducting techni- Experimental Nuclear Physics and is
cal sessions for teachers explained currently working on a book dealing
diverse ways to make the subject inter- with electrostatics, magneto statics
esting for the candidates while laying and electrodynamics at the understress on the concepts and easy graduate level.
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Panwatinagar house in Sonari
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where 80-year-old woman Jharna
2010-2013. She was later seen in the
reality dance show "Jhalak Dikhla Ja5", "Bigg Boss-7" and hosted some
episodes of "Savdhan India", and
recently appeared in "Sasural Simar
Ka".
She did her class 10 at Kerala
Public School, Kadma and went to
Kolkata and then to Mumbai to pursue her dream of making big in tinsel town.
Meanwhile, the school management organised a memorial ceremony and observed a two minute silence
in her memory. Her teachers remembered Pratyusha as fun loving and a
girl with full of zeal.
"She was a sweet child and was
very much keen in participating in
events. She used to actively participate
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alma mater but sadly fate had some-
Banerjee is unable to console herself.
Her grand-daughter, Jamshedpur-born
TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee, known
for her role of grown-up Anandi in the
serial 'Balika Vadhu', allegedly committed suicide Friday afternoon.
Pratyusha allegely hanged herself
from a fan at her Kandivali residence
but was taken to the Kokilaben
Ambani Hospital where she succumbed. The
news spread like a
fire in the city
with relatives and
well-wishers
swarming to her
residence. Her
aggrieved parents,
father Shanker
Banerjee and
Soma Banerjee
left for Mumbai
last
night.
Grandmother
Jharna said that
her daughter can
never commit suicide. She was fun
loving and loved
her life.
"We are all in
state of shock and
can never believe
she has committed suicide. My
'Teetan' ( nickname
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never do this. I
think the police must probe the inci- sonal life and her boyfriend, Rahul Raj thing else in store for her," said a
dent. We will consult our lawyer and Singh. The two were in a serious rela- teacher of Kerala Public School. She
demand action," said Shanker, while tionship and planning to marry soon. said that though she was not very regHailing from Jamshedpur, the 24-year- ular to school because of her particileaving for Mumbai.
Her relatives however said that the old Pratyusha catapulted to fame pation in different auditions but she
actress was depressed with her per- with her role in Balika Vadhu between loved her school very much.
On Thursday, two police teams,
one led by ASP (Operations)
Harshpal Singh and another by
Bundu SDPO Pawan Kumar were
dispatched to Bundiaru after receiving tip-off that several wanted
Maoists will be congregating in the
village at Sakra’s house to plan a
major incident.
After exchanging fire, police
surrounded the village and successfully arrested him on Friday
morning. He also pointed out the
location of 25 can bombs which
were planted in series and were to
be used against police forces. The
bombs were diffused without delay.
A huge cache of arms and
ammunition was also seized from
the possession of the arrested
extremist. One self-loading rife, one
.303 rifle, one pistol, 157 rounds
7.62 mm cartridges, 13 rounds
.303 bullets, 75 bullets used in AK47, along with an electronic detonator, magazines and magazine
pouch. The source of these weapons
is being verified, stated Dwivedi.
Munda is wanted in 49 cases
of murder, Arms Act violations
and bank robbery registered
against him in police stations
within and outside Ranchi. He was
involved in murders of MLA
Ramesh Singh Munda, DSP
Pramod Kumar, SPO Praveen,
bank robbery of Rs 5 crores and
one kilogram of gold from branch
of ICICI Bank in Tamar and several police encounters.
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Steel Plant (BSL) management for its ‘indifferent attitude’
in providing jobs and compensation to the displaced people
VSM (Visthapit Sangharsh
Morcha) a displaced group
threatened to disrupt the power
supply of the plant.
Three days earlier the displaced group had disrupted the
water supply of the plant and
township area. The agitating
group had also created several
breaches in the Tenu-Canal near
Tupkadih.
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not pay any heed to our
demands, we will disrupt the
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are demanding BSL to provide
20,000 jobs in bulk while the BSL
management has declared that it
has already provided jobs to
about 16,000 displaced people.
Meanwhile, the VSM
claimed that the company at the
time of acquiring their lands to
set up the plant had promised to
provide jobs to 24,000 identified
displaced people.
n a head-on collision
between a truck coming
from Latehar and a fourwheeler going to Latehar
three people died on NH-75
at Hotwar at 3 Saturday afternoon.
SP L atehar Anoop
Birtharey confirming the
three deaths in NH-75 accident said that the five others
injured were rushed to RIMS
Ranchi after first aid in
Latehar hospital by two
ambulances one of which was
of the police.
The three dead are from
one Khan family identified as
Iliyas (45) his wife Zeenat
Fatima (40) and their son
Arhan (6).
The truck driver fled the
scene after the accident.
C Bhuvanesh P Singh
called a review meet of
several departments here and
sought the details of several
plans rolled out in the district.
During the meeting the
DC directed the
officials, “You
must do your
duty honestly
and with transparency. All the
Government
employees work
for the welfare
of the public.
No lethargic
attitude in work
would be tolerated.”
DC also apprised of the
progress of schemes under district welfare department, district social welfare department
and CDPO. DC also organised
a review meet of District
Supply Wing and apprised of
the minute details of the beneficiaries of Food Supply
Department. He directed the
officials to give them benefit
along with transparent service.
s many as 54 Central
Reser ve Police Force
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blood at a camp on the Silver
Jubilee celebration of the
establishment of Garhwa
district.
Principal District and
Sessions Judge and DC Neha
Arora jointly inaugurated the
camp by cutting a ribbon.
Garhwa SP Priyadarshi Alok
was also present there.
Commandant Kailash
Ar ya , Probationer IAS
Shushant Gaurav, Senior
Medical Officer Dr. Shanker
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Chahar,
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blood in the camp organised
at the headquarters of the bat-
talion 172 near
police line here
on Saturday.
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the camp was
organised as a
part of the
commitment to
collect blood
for the Garhwa
blood bank to
help it cope
with the shortage of blood. He
said when it
came to his
knowledge that
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directed to implement all the
plans at ground-level with
devotion. In the meeting all the
senior officials of many departments were present.
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camp has to be organised in
the camp.
“Later, as a part of the celebration of 25th year of establishment of Garhwa district
we organised the camp here
today,” Arya added.
“The CRPF is committed
to its social responsibility and
more blood donation camps
will be organised in the
future,” S enior Medical
Officer of CRPF battalion
172 Dr. Shanker Lal Chahar
said.
There was sheer enthusiasm among donors as many
jawans volunteered the camp.
Blood bank in-charge Dr.
Ram Binod was the mastermind behind the idea of the
camp.
was organised amidst sheer
enthusiasm on Saturday
evening. Students donned their
graduation hats and gowns
and received their medals and
certificates in the presence of
T. V. Narendran, chairman,
Board of Governors at XLRI
and managing director Tata
Steel India and South East
Asia, Fr. E Abraham S.J., director of XLRI, and Pranabesh
Ray, dean, academics at XLRI
and other dignitaries.
In continuation of 47
years’ tradition, XLRI conferred the prestigious ‘Sir
Jehangir Ghandy Medal for
Social and Industrial Peace’ on
Sunil Kant Munjal, Jt. managing director of Hero
MotoCorp and chairman,
Hero Corporate Services Pvt.
Ltd.
In his convocation speech
Munjal said: “You are all set for
new innings of your life. But
I would suggest that the students must aim to become
leaders and not just managers. We are in new era where
India is marching ahead on
path of the progress. The students with their leadership
quality can pave way for better tomorrow”.
A total of 587 XLRI students received their graduating certificates and medals
including - 361 students of
post-graduate programmes in
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Management) programme; 20
students of Fellow Program in
Management (FPM) from
Jamshedpur Campus and 70
students of 2013-16 batch of
PGDM-BM Programme (Part
Time).
The first five rank holders in the Two-year post-graduate
programmes
in
Management - BM 2014-16
batch are Aniket Upadhyaya,
Shashank Sahu, Madhur
Maheshwari, Divya Aggarwal
and Gagandeep Singh respectively.
The first five rank holders in the Two-year post-graduate
programmes
in
Management - HRM 2014-16
batch are Gyanesh Mishra,
Nikita Khanna, Abhinav
Agrawal, Apurv Arora and
Ramanjeet Singh Sahai respectively.
The first five rank holders in the 15-months PGDM
(General Management)
Programme 2015 batch are
Utsab Chakraborty, Naveen
Kumar Pathak, Pradip Kumar
Bhojania, Vijit Kapoor and
Tanmoy Gayen respectively.
The first five rank holders in the Three-Year [PartTime]
PGDM-BM
Programme 2013 - 16 batch
are Mriganshu Guha,
Rabindranath Panda, Umesh
Kumar Agrawal, Ankan Mitra,
Aparna Singh and V Satish
respectively.
This year, the second
batch of the 2014-16 batch of
the Global MBA Programme
launched by XLRI in partnership with Weatherhead School
of Management, USA and
School of Economics &
Management of Tongji
University Shanghai, China
also received their graduating
certificates. 17 Indian students will be awarded the certificates and medals from their
home school - XLRI and a
joint certification from the 3schools’ consortium at the
Convocation.
Congratulating the students on their graduation day,
T. V. Narendran said, “People
who manage their failures
only go on to become successful. Every successful person has a taste of failure and
the one who learn from later
becomes leaders. I encourage
you to develop a habit of lifelong learning so that you continue to be an asset to your
organisation and the society.
Always remember to serve
the society around you with
compassion, honesty and
integrity.”
Addressing the students E
Abraham said: “I would like to
take this opportunity to
express my most sincere congratulations to our 587 students who are graduating
today. This is the largest batch
that XLRI has ever had. “As
you move on to the next phase
of your work-life journey,
strive to live the kind of life
that XLRI envisions us to live
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their might to their respective
organisations and also have a
sensitive social conscience.”
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premises. With the theme ‘bittersweet symphony’, a colourful cultural programme
enlightened the ambience.
The event kicked off with
lighting-of-the-lamp and welcome speech by the Dr. Father
Alexius Ekka S.J. followed by a
mesmerising performance of
the musical band, MAXISS.
Juniors from the group PULSE
made the evening a splendid
affair for the seniors by dancing to the tunes of latest bollywood chartbusters. The musi-
cal act made everyone groove
to the beats of songs from the
latest movies. The magical
show left the audience spell
bounded.
A flashback of memories in
the form of videos was played
by each department for the
out-going batch. The event also
witnessed some brilliant performances from senior’s side
including dance acts, flash mob.
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From Page 1
Earlier in the day, he was
seen crying at the mortuary
while the post-mortem was
being conducted.
Dismissing rumours that
Pratyusha had piled up huge
debts, Kamya Punjabi, one of her
closest friends said, “Pratyusha
had no financial problems. She
was doing very well in her
career”.
“It is very clear…it is not suicide…it is murder…where was
he (Rahul), where did he disappear (after she was admitted to
hospital), this is very clear... It’s
a planned murder,” actor Ajaz
Khan claimed.
Some of her close friends
claimed that the couple used to
fight frequently. “Suicide or not,
there is a responsibility.
Pratyusha’s relationship wasn’t
good, she was going through a
very rough time,” TV producer
Vikas Gupta commented.
Veteran actor Raza Murad
said, “She was not the kind of
person who would end her life
as she had made comebacks and
hence there needs to be a thorough probe to clear the air.”
Alleging that Rahul was
behind Pratyusha’s death, her
family friend Surabhi Chatterjee
said, “He is a blackmailer, cheater
and criminal…he was also
involved with another girl…we
are shocked. I have known her
for so long. She is not the kind
of person who would commit
suicide”.
“I met her last at Holi and
everything thing seemed normal.
Cannot say why she committed
suicide,” television actor Gurmeet
Chaudhary said.
Hailing from Jharkhand,
Pratyusha shot to fame because
of her role as the adult Anandi
in Balika Vadhu between 2010
and 2013. After quitting Balika
Vadhu, Pratyusha participated in
the reality show Bigg Boss 7. She
was also seen in the reality
dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa
5. She had also hosted some
episodes of Savdhaan India. Her
last appearance was in the television serial Sasural Simar Ka.
Earlier in January, Pratyusha
had alleged that four policemen
had entered her Kandivli house,
where she used to stay earlier,
and molested her.
From Page 1
Saudi Arabia plans to
invest USD one trillion in
infrastructure development
over the next five years and
Modi is likely to pitch for participation of Indian companies in the projects.
Describing the expatriates as the pride of India,
Modi asked them to use
forums like MyGov website
and ‘Narendra Modi Mobile
App’ “through which you
can reach me and I can communicate with you.” “By using
this I will be in your pocket
all the time. When you can
have your Prime Minister in
your pocket, what more do
you want,” Modi said, evoking peals of laughter.
“Govt has started a programme called e-migrate. In
the coming days, we are
working to regularise migration,” he said. “In the coming
days, we plan to establish
worker resource centres in
Riyadh and Jeddah to meet
your needs and there will also
be a 24X7 helpline. A call
centre will be established
whose facilities can be availed
in different languages and
through this helpline you
can share your problems,”
Modi said.
“I am free 24 hours. I
have no work. I have the
work of over 125 crore people. I have no work of my
own,” he said. He said the
Government has been trying
to address the problems of
the Indians abroad and cited
the example of evacuation
undertaken in Yemen. In
this context, he praised
External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj saying she
and her team are giving priority to these issues.
“The MEA, the entire
team
of
officials,
Sushmaji...They are always
helping Indians who face
any problems overseas,” he
added.
Praising the Indians
working abroad, he said they
have earned respect for the
country and as a result,
Indians are preferred for services abroad. In this context,
he said what he was told by
the Saudi rulers about the
Indian workers had made
him feel proud. “In this way,
you have opened doors for
employment opportunities
for your fellow Indians,” he
said. “India has regained its
respect,” he said. Modi said
earlier Indians looked at
lightly but now they are
taken seriously. “Now
Indians are seen with
respect,” he said. The PM said
in the future, the world will
require workforce which only
India can provide.
Modi said India has a lot
to give to the world, particularly in terms of talented
workforce with modern
skills, and his government is
working in this direction
with the mantra of ‘sabka
sath, sabka vikas’ (with all,
development for all).
“Despite adverse conditions
globally, India has strengthened its economy.... Today,
India is progressing economically and the world is
looking at us...The country of
over a hundred crore people
can do a lot,” he said.
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From Page 1
The issue of Chinese
action came up a news
briefing by External Affairs
Ministry spokesman Vikas
Swarup on the sidelines of
the Nuclear Security
Summit in Washington on
Friday.
The statement that was
subsequently put out by the
MEA sought to highlight
the point that the Pathankot
terror attack on January 2
“has shown that India con-
tinues to bear the dangerous consequences of not
listing Masood Azhar”.
“Given the global networking of terrorist groups,
this has implications for the
entire international community,” the Indian statement said, stressing: “This
does not reflect well on the
determination that the
international community
needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of
terrorism.”
From Page 1
ABPS dealt at length on the
subject ‘Reservation’ with the
“main focus on social cohesion
and harmony”, sources said.
The Jat agitation as also the ways
to maintain ‘Samrasta”
(Harmony) among the communities were also discussed,
they pointed out.
RSS is of view that “effective
implementation of reservation”
should be the priority so that it
reaches “its needy groups”. The
RSS maintains that the weak and
needy among all other groups
may require reservation but
“they are class and not caste”.
The BJP has accused the
Congress of fomenting “caste
tensions” in Haryana during
the Jat agitation, leading to
arson, damage to Government
properties, schools, non-Jat
houses and disruption of trains.
Allegations of incidents of
rapes during the Jat agitation
are under investigation in the
State and FIR has been registered.
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From Page 1
And, how will erstwhile BJP voters,
disappointed by the party’s lack of
progress after the municipal polls last
year, behave?
The high point of localism is, of
course, the strange Congress-CPI(M)
cohabitation in West Bengal. Neither
party seems particularly disoriented
over trying to explain why in Kerala this
alliance isn’t applicable. If the voters
seem reasonably disinterested, it would
suggest that the conduct of parties is
judged in regional, not national terms.
The BJP in particular appears to
have learnt this well after its total failure in Bihar to make an Assembly election the test of Prime Minister Modi’s
popularity. In Assam, the only State
where it is a serious contender for
power, the party has abandoned the
recent practice of not naming a chief
ministerial candidate ahead of the
polls. In anointing Sarbananda
Sonowal, who began his political career
in the anti-foreigner movement led by
the All Assam Students’ Union, as its
face in Assam, the BJP has been able to
ward off the Congress charge that it is
driven by non-Assamese impulses. Or
even that it is controlled from Delhi, if
not Nagpur.
This localism does not, however,
imply that the Assembly elections will
have no impact. The BJP desperately
needs to win Assam if it is to demonstrate its viability as a national party. In
terms of perception, a win in Assam is
important for the party’s morale.
Likewise, it will be calamitous for the
Congress to lose in both Assam and
Kerala. A bad set of Assembly results,
read with other setbacks in Arunachal
Pradesh and Uttarakhand, may well
make it difficult to project itself as the
natural opposition to the BJP. And,
finally, Left is fighting to retain its
national relevance and it desperately
needs to recover ground in West Bengal
and somehow win Kerala. A big failure
may well reduce it to being a force on
the campus of JNU alone.
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remained firm on its decision to implement larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products, refusing to budge after a
threat was issued by the tobacco industry to halt production.
Stating
that
the
Government will go all out to
curb tobacco use in the country, the Ministry of Health
came down hard on the tobacco manufacturers and said
there was “no ambiguity” in its
policy requiring tobacco products packaged after April 1 to
carry larger pictorial warnings
covering 85 per cent of the display area.
“We want to clarify that
there is no ambiguity. This is a
bogey raised by the tobacco
industry. The case is crystal
clear. We had issued the notification in September last year.
If they had found an ambiguity, why did they send their letter in March 2016,” said a
senior Ministry official. He
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added that the Government’s
stand will not undergo any
change. “Our stand is very
clear. Whatever needs to be
done to curb tobacco consumption, will be done.”
The statement has come a
day after major cigarette manufacturers, including ITC,
Godfrey Phillips and VST,
decided to shut their factories
and stop production citing
“ambiguity” in implementing
the policy issued by the Health
Ministry.
The Ministry’s September
24, 2015 notification to implement the Cigarettes and Other
Tobacco Products (Packaging
and Labeling) Amendment
Rules, 2014, was issued after the
Rajasthan High Court directed
it to do so. Ministry sources
disclosed that the Government
is implementing Court order
and tobacco manufacturers are
free to approach Court for
seeking clarification.
The tobacco lobby has
been crying foul as the decision
has come despite a
Parliamentary panel’s recom-
DP chief Mehbooba Mufti
has finally cleared all hurP
dles in her way before becom-
mendation for drastic reduction in the pictorial warning
size. The manufacturers who
have stopped production are
members of the Tobacco
Institute of India (TII) and
account for over 98 per cent of
duty-paid cigarettes sold in
the country. The estimated
production revenue loss would
be to the tune of over C350
crore per day for tobacco product manufacturers.
Dismissing the talk of revenue loss by the tobacco manufacturers, Health Ministry
sources said, “If one undertakes
an overall social cost analysis
keeping in mind the money
which the Government spends
on anti-tobacco campaigns and
the health benefits which people get, there is only benefit
they earn.”
TII Director Syed
Mahmood Ahmad said the
Indian tobacco industry had
written to the Ministry on
March 15 seeking clarification
on the matter.
ing the first ever woman Chief
Minister of a Muslim majority
State of Jammu & Kashmir.
The swearing-in ceremony
of 56 year old mercurial leader
is scheduled to take place in the
sprawling lawns of State Raj
Bhawan here in the winter
capital on Monday.
From the BJP side Dr
Nirmal Singh is set to take oath
of office as deputy Chief
Minister for the second time.
Formation of BJP-PDP
alliance Government would
bring curtains down on the
three month long Governor’s
Rule in the State which
witnessed many historic developments especially for the welfare of the masses and flood
victims.
The State was reeling under
Governors Rule since January
8 after the sudden demise of
Chief Minister Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed in AIIMS
on January 7.
In their second innings
both the leaders will have to do
a tight rope walking to strike a
balance between the two distinct regions of the State in
order to fulfil the aspirations of
the people of all three regions.
Prime Minister Narendra
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on Saturday lashed out at
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Congress leadership for criticising Prime Minister
Narendra Modi in connection
with Uttarakhand and
Arunachal Pradesh political
crisis, saying the Congress high
command has no right to talk
on the issue as his party had
dismissed BJP-led State
Governments after demolition
of Babri mosque.
The Water Resources
Minister also sought to underscore that the collapse of
Congress-led Governments in
Arunachal Pradesh and
Uttarakhand were triggered by
its own rebelling party MLAs
and “not by the BJP” and asked
the Opposition party to “manage its own home first”.
Targeting Modi over the developments in Arunachal Pradesh
and Uttarakhand, Congress
vice president Rahul Gandhi
during his West Bengal
Assembly election rally accused
Modi of trying to kill democ-
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racy in the country.
“As far as Arunachal
Pradesh and Uttarakhand are
concerned, I will remind Rahul
and Sonia Gandhi that when
the December 6 episode had
occurred, neither the Chief
Ministers nor Ministers of
(BJP-ruled) Himachal Pradesh,
Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
were present in Ayodhya. Nor
any MLA had rebelled. All
BJP MLAs were with their
Governments, yet these
Governments were dismissed
by Congress and then elections
were held there. Sonia and
Rahul should not forget, their
memory may be weak, but not
that of people of the country,”
Bharati said on the sidelines of
briefing about “India Water
Week”, scheduled next week.
Bharti maintained that BJP
came to the fore in Arunachal
Pradesh and Uttarakhand to
“ensure peace and development” only after Congress legislators defected from their
parent party. Further hitting
out at the top Congress leaders,
the Minister referred to days of
Emergency to State that the
Congress chief and her party
vice president-son have “no
right” to talk about democracy or autonomy States.
While briefing about India
Water Week, Uma Bharti also
urged the Congress president to
ask her party men to co-operate
with the Government over
Damanganga — Pinjal riv-er
linking project as it is in the interest of people and not the BJP.
Making the announcement
of the fourth edition of India
Water Week from April 4-8, the
Minister for Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga
Rejuvenation said the theme
for this year’s India Water week
is “Water for all: Striving
together”. The Minister
informed that Israel will be
associated as the partner country for this mega event. Partner
country Israel will organise
various sessions at the event to
be held at Pragati Maidan.
She also said that a central
fact-finding committee will
visit Maharashtra’s Latur district to study the severe water
crisis there and find ways to
tackle the problem.
Modi who had previously
attended swearing-in ceremony of Mufti Mohd Sayeed along
with top brass of the BJP is
expected to skip the event due
to prior commitments in the
poll bound States of Assam and
West Bengal.
In their absence Union
Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and
MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh
are expected to attend the low
key affair.
Mehbooba Mufti would
be accepting the most challenging assignment of her long
political career in the presence
of her arch rival Omar
Abdullah. She herself extended an invitation to the working
President of National
Conference and former Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah to
become witness to the historic
occasion.
Responding to the invite
Omar on saturday tweeted,
“very gracious of Mehbooba
Mufti Sahiba to phone & invite
me to her oath taking ceremony. I look forward to being
there on the 4th”.
PDP leader has also invited top brass of the congress
party to remain present. Leader
of the Opposition in the Rajya
Sabha and former Chief
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sign the Paris agreement,
adopted by more than 190
countries at last year’s climate
change summit in the French
capital, at the UN Headquarters
in New York later this month.
Noting that the summit,
held in Nov-Dec last year in the
French capital, helped change
India’s image of being “negative
and naysayer” after PM
Narendra Modi introduced the
concept of climate justice,
Union Environment Minister
Prakash Javadekar blamed the
“uncontrolled” carbon emission by developed nations for
the present State of the climate.
“India, along with 100 other
nations would ratify the
Conference of Parties (COP) 21
global climate agreement on
April 22. COP 21 would be ratified at a high-level signing
ceremony to be convened at the
UN Headquarters in New York,”
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a symposium ‘COP 21 —
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Actions’ organised at the
University of Mumbai.
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heard in the Bihar Assembly
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complex on Saturday when the
MLAs vied each other in taking lead to donate their blood.
The lawmakers of different
parties lined up to occupy the
beds, especially brought for
them to lay and donate blood.
They even cracked jokes.
One ruling party MLA was
heard telling BJP legislator, “I
will donate one unit and you
should donate two units
because we have to work more
and you are relaxing in
Opposition.”
In all 112 legislators of
different parties, including
about a dozen women, donated their blood on Saturday to
mark the annual meeting of the
Bihar branch of the
Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association. Each MLAs
donated 350 ml of blood and
they belonged to different age
groups below 65 years.
Speaker Vijay Kumar
Choudhary, who had mooted
this idea in order to serve
humanity and involve the legislators in yeomen service and
also for the makeover of the
MLAs public image, also
donated blood. Next to his bed
lay Deputy Chief Minister
Tejashwi Prasad Yadav.
Yadav was escorted to the
room where blood was given
by his mother and former
Chief Minister Rabri Devi.
However, her elder son and
Health Minister Tej Pratap
Yadav was conspicuous by
absence. A number of officials
of his department including
Principal Secretary Health,
apart from doctors and para
medical staff were present.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,
who had scheduled meeting in
Rajgir, was also not present.
“I am quite excited to see
the enthusiasm of the legislators.
Their move will certainly send
a positive message to the society,” said Speaker Choudhary
who also hosted lunch for the
participant at the meeting.
The blood totaling about
3360 ML has been donated to
the blood bank at Patna
Medical College Hospital for
transfusion to the poor, needy
patients.
After the Commonwealth
meeting, a session was held in
which the legislators were
informed about the cancer.
Famous surgeon Dr AA Hai,
who is also very active in cancer awareness campaign and
anti-tobacco movement told
them about the growing menace of the disease and how to
check it. Dr Hai also answered
to the queries of the MLAs
about the disease.
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Saturday issued the third and
possibly the last summons to
liquor baron Vijay Mallya to
present himself before its
investigators on April 9 in
Mumbai in connection with a
money laundering case against
him for C900 crore IDBI loan
fraud case.
Mallya had on Friday
sought time till May to depose
before the agency, expressing
his inability to keep the scheduled date for April 2 at the ED’s
zonal office in Mumbai.
The investigating officer
(IO) at ED’s Mumbai office on
Saturday issued fresh summons to the United Breweries
(UB) group Chairman to personally appear before him on
April 9.
ED officials hinted that
this could possibly be the last
summons to Mallya as the IO
had allowed his plea to postpone his appearance till now,
both on technical and legal
grounds.
Under Prevention of
Money Laundering Act
(PMLA), usually a maximum
of three summons are sent
and that would be completed
by the fresh date on Saturday
next. The IO had turned down
Mallya’s request for giving him
time till May as his joining the
probe was important and hence
he only gave him a week’s
time, till Saturday next, officials
said.
Mallya had on Friday
informed the IO that cases
related to bank loans were currently subjudice in the Supreme
Court and he was trying to settle these loans with the help of
his legal and corporate team
and, hence, would require some
more time.
If he again fails to appear
on April 9, sources said, the ED
could initiate legal action for
revoking his passport and also
get a non-bailable warrant
against him issued by a court.
Mallya was first summoned by the agency to
“appear in person” at its office
in Mumbai on March 18 but he
sought more time citing his
prior engagements, following
which the agency asked him to
depose on April 2. He was
asked to furnish documents
related to his personal investments and finances, Income
Tax Returns for the last five
years and his passport.
He is currently reported to
be in the UK after he left India
on March 2.
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poll-bound States on the
P
eve and the day of elections
Mufti.
Meanwhile, there was no
clarity on the distribution of
portfolios between the two
alliance partners till late
evening.
BJP has made it clear to the
PDP leadership during several rounds of closed door deliberations that they were eyeing
equal and fair distribution of
key portfolios between the
alliance partners as they both
have equal number of legislators in their kitty.
Though PDP is expected to
retain most of the faces in the
new council of Ministers BJP
was still holding discussions
within the party and expected
to drop few old faces to give
opportunity to young turks in
the party.
A section of State BJP leaders who were sidelined in the
previous dispensation have also
asserted their position within
the party and trying to extract
their pound of flesh.
Dr Nirmal Singh on saturday told reporters, “discussions were still going on to
finalise and assess the performance of the former Ministers
before finalising the list ahead
of oath ceremony on Monday”.
He said implementation of the
Agenda of Alliance would
remain focus of the new
Government in office.
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Gobarji Vanzara
known as DG Vanzara, a CBI
court on Saturday allowed
him to return back to his
home-State Gujarat.
Vanzara retired as Deputy
Inspector-General (DIG) will
return to his home almost
after nine years. He was in
judicial custody from the year
2007 to 2015. Vanzara is one
of the accused in encounter
cases of Ishrat Jahan and
Sohrubuddin Sheikh. For the
past one year the court granted him bail on the condition
that he would stay out of
Gujarat. He made Mumbai his
second home following this
order.
In his bail modification
application, Vanzara said that
he was not safe in Mumbai.
According to him Mumbai is
a native place of international criminals like Dawood
Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel
and hence his life is under
threat.
Vanzara is confined to
Mumbai as per the bail condition imposed first by
Bombay High Court while
granting him bail in the
S ohrabuddin
Shaikh
encounter case. Later, the special CBI court also barred him
Retired Gujarat cop DG
Vanzara had got bail after
about seven years of imprisonment in encounter cases,
but with rider that he will
need to stay outside Gujarat.
On Saturday the CBI court
pronounced the order allowing former cop’s bail modification plea.
“The condition of not
entering Gujarat and staying
within the limit of Mumbai
has been removed,” said the
court. Reacting after the
order, Vanzara’s son Prithvi
said that his father would
come to home almost after
nine years and the family is all
set to celebrate his return.
According to him, his father
couldn’t attend important
family functions due to the
cases (and imprisonment).
Vanzara, an IPS officer of the
1987 batch, has constructed
his house in the Gujarat’s
capital Gandhinagar. He is
also having ancestral house in
Nor th
Gujarat
town
Himmatnagar.
will require prior clearance
from
the
Election
Commission. In a communication issued on Saturday
ahead of the first phase of
elections falling on April 4 in
Assam and West Bengal, the
poll panel directed that no
newspaper advertisement be
published on April 3 and 4
without its prior clearance.
The direction was issued
by the EC Central office in
New Delhi to the Chief
Electoral Officers (CEO) of
Assam and West Bengal, noting that in the past there have
been instances of “advertisements of offending and misleading nature” published in
newspapers. The reference
was to certain advertisements published by the
Bhartiya Janata Party ahead
of the Bihar Assembly elections last year.
“Such advertisements in
the last stage of elections vitiate election. The affected candidates and parties will not
have any opportunity of providing clarification or rebuttal in such cases,” the
Commission said. The poll
watchdog, having learnt from
the past experience told the
State CEOs to ensure no
untoward incident takes place
because of any “inflammatory, misleading or hate advertisements” brought out by
any political party, candidate,
organisation or person.
The instruction was
issued
under
the
Commission’s power under
Article
324
of
the
Constitution which relates to
superintendence over conduct of elections. It stated that
any advertisement before
being published on the eve
and on date of elections will
require pre-certification by
the Media Certification and
Monitoring Committees
working with the EC at district and State level.
The newspapers, the
Commission directed, should
also be informed against
bringing out advertisements
which have not been cleared
by the committee.
During Bihar polls, the
Commission had clamped a
ban on publication of two
controversial advertisements
printed by BJP in the State.
One of the advertisements
alleged that RJD chief Lalu
Prasad and JD(U) leader
Nitish Kumar are “snatching
the plate of Dalits” by planning to transfer the quota
meant for Dalits and EBCs to
minorities.
Another advertisement
dealt with ‘vote ki kheti’ or
vote-bank politics. It claimed
that RJD, JDU and Congress
leaders are “giving sanctuary”
to terrorists to appease a
particular community for
votes.
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sector, Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley has invited Australian
businesses to come and invest in
India as he wraps up his four-day
visit to the Asia Pacific country.
During his visit, Jaitley met
Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull, Energy Minister Josh
Frydenberg, Treasurer Scott
Morrison, Finance Minister
Mathias Cormann and several
other top dignitaries and business leaders of Australia.
On his first day in Sydney,
Jaitley inaugurated 'Make in India’
conference where he strongly
pitched for foreign investments in
India, specially in the area of manufacturing and infrastructure. In
Canberra, he met Turnbull and
discussed trade and bilateral
issues of the two nations. He also
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headway’ in negotiations for the proposed
free trade agreement
(FTA) with Australia,
Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley has expressed hope for
an early conclusion of the talks.
“I do hope substantial headway
is made and the grey areas are
sorted out,” Jaitley said.
During his visit, he had met
Australian Minister for
Trade and Investment
Andrew Robb, who is
coming to India next
week. Quoting Jaitley,
AFR Weekend, said that
the Minister wants to
see the negotiations to conclude in an expeditious manner but it was not up to him as
the subject was led by Commerce
and Industry Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman.
PTI
invited Turnbull to visit India.
Here, the finance minister also
attended a special reception
organised by the Indian High
Commission where he met a
large group of Indian diaspora
from across the country. In
Melbourne, the finance minister
met a high-powered delegation of
Australia's Superannuation funds
and other investors along with
FICCI delegation where he urged
them to invest in India's infrastructure projects and other manufacturing sectors.
He assured them that India’s
economic story was all set to stay
on path of growth and that the
Government was strongly focusing on ‘Ease of doing business’ by
rationalising the tax system and
other processes and policies.
Jaitley, while attending a special
dinner last night organised by
Victorian politician Tim Pallas,
called the Indo-Australian relations ‘evolving and growing’
strongly.
“It’s not only sports where
the relations are evolving but
also in business, culture, politics,
and strategic relationships,
which all determine our future
destinies,” Jaitley said adding
that the two sides were natural
allies. He also raised the topic of
Free Trade agreement which he
said had passed the set deadline of last December while
stating that “the more we cooperate, the more we coordinate,
the better it is for both the countries as a win win situation.”
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by three places, India has
now been ranked sixth among
the world’s 10 largest manufacturing countries, a UNIDO
report has said. The country
previously held the 9th rank.
The Yearbook, published by
the United Nations Industrial
Development Organisation
(UNIDO), finds that in India,
the Manufacturing Value
Added (MVA) grew by 7.6 per
cent in 2015 compared to the
previous year. It also said that
the quarterly index of industrial production (IIP) shows 1 per
cent growth of manufacturing
output in the fourth quarter of
2015 compared to the same
period of previous year.
“India is now the sixth
largest manufacturer in the
world,” the report said. The
report also said that the global growth rate of manufacturing production has slowed to
2.8 per cent in 2015.
rime Minister David
Cameron has defended UK’s
decision to reject higher EU tariffs on Chinese steel even as the
Business Secretary faced angry
Tata Steel workers whose livelihoods have been undermined by
cut-price imports at Britain's
biggest steel plant in Port Talbot.
According to the Guardian,
Cameron, on a visit to
Washington, said the UK was
right to block plans that he
argued would “rewrite not simply the tariff rules on steel, but
the entire tariff infrastructure of
the EU,” while Labour accused
the Government of failing to protect British workers from China’s
‘highly aggressive approach in
this economic battle.’
On Friday, China raised
tensions by imposing a 46 per
cent import duty on a type of
steel made by Tata in Wales.
China ‘dumping’ cheap steel on
overseas markets is being partly blamed for the problems fac-
LONDON:The beleaguered Tata
Steel may shut its British plants in
six weeks if it does not find a buyer
soon even as it is in talks to buy
steel assets of one of German’s
largest producers.
The Indian steel giant is only
‘going through the motions’ of a
sale and has privately given up
hope of finding a white knight to
rescue the loss-making unit and
save 15,000 jobs, the Financial
Timesreported on Saturday, citing
people familiar with the company’s internal plans. “Tata Steel could
mothball plants in as little as six
weeks. They have to go through
the motions. But if they have not
found a buyer by the next board
meeting at the end of April, they
will close it and they are not expecting anyone to come forward now,”
it said, citing a person. The company is likely to appoint bankers
to run through the sale process in
the next few days. The Daily
Telegraphsaid Tata is in talks to buy
the steel assets of one of Germany's
largest producers after quitting its
operations in the UK.
PTI
ing the UK steel industry, which
has put 40,000 jobs at risk as Tata
Steel plans to sell its entire UK
business. Downing Street sources
said Cameron had confronted
Chinese President Xi Jinping on
the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in Washington DC
to express his concerns on
Thursday night, the report said.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid
returned from an official trip to
Australia to face a tense scene in
Port Talbot, south Wales, where
thousands of steelworkers face
losing their jobs.
Arriving three days after
the crisis first broke, Javid
said it was the Government's
interventions that had stopped
Tata from closing down the
Port Talbot site overnight, and
urged the Indian giant to get
on with selling the business.
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Saturday said it is not ready
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to print larger pictorial warnings
on its cigarette packs, as
required under a new
Government norm, and its factories will be shut till clarity
emerges on the matter.
Since Friday, under a new
government notification, tobacco products are required to
carry larger pictorial warnings
covering 85 per cent of the display area on packets.
Insisting that “the question
of the legality of the new warnings has been and continues to
be pending before the Court”,
the company said it “did not
commit to wasting substantial
resources in creating the large
number of cylinders and other
tools necessary for a changeover of the warnings.” “As a
result, the company is at present
not in readiness to print the
health warnings,” the company
said in a BSE filing.
“ITC has been compelled to
shut its cigarette factories with
effect from April 1, 2016, until
clarity emerges in the current
uncertain state of the rules on
health warning,” it added.
The company further said
the implementation of any
change in the health warnings
on the cigarette packages is an
elaborate process for the manufacturers, entailing months of
preparation involving substantial cost and effort.
“Since the matter of new
health warning was under the
Parliamentary Committee’s consideration, and the Government
had itself held out that it would
await the committee's report, the
industry was led to believe that
the government would re-notify new health warnings after
considering the committee’s
recommendations,” it added.
The Kolkata-headquartered
firm manufactures a range of
cigarettes, including India
Kings, Classic, Gold Flake, Navy
Cut, Capstan, Bristol, Flake,
Silk Cut, which are manufactured at plants in Bengaluru,
Munger, Saharanpur, Kolkata
and Pune.
In 2014-15, ITC had a consolidated sales of C17,765.99
crore from cigarettes, which
accounted for 46.22 per cent of
its net sales of C38,433.31 crore.
The notification by the
health ministry on September
24, 2015, for implementation of
the Cigarettes and Other
Tobacco Products (Packaging
and Labeling) Amendment
Rules, 2014, came into force
from Friday. The ministry had
made a commitment to the
Rajasthan High Court on March
28 that it will implement the said
rules from April 1, 2016.
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adhaar enrolments are set
to cross the 100 crore mark
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in a couple of days, a development which will boost the government’s plan to provide subsidies and benefits under various social sector schemes
directly.
As per the website of
Unique Identification Authority
of India (UIDAI), which is
implementing the Aadhaar project, “99.91 crore is the total
number of Aadhaars issued as
on date. Portal counts/reports
are not updated due to maintenance activities. Portal will be
updated shortly.” Telecom
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
will hold a press conference on
Monday to announce the 100crore mark of Aadhaar enrolments.
The Government has
already passed the Aadhaar
Bill, providing statutory backing to the scheme. The
Government wants to complete the enrolment process
under the unique identification
project at the earliest to use
Aadhaar as a tool to provide
subsidies and benefits under
various social sector schemes
directly. Under the Direct
Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme,
benefits like scholarships, pension and cooking gas subsidy
are directly transferred to beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
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NEW DELHI: Mahindra
Holidays & Resorts India on
Saturday said its Finland-based
arm Holiday Club Resorts Oy
has sold its entire stake in
three subsidiaries for a total
consideration of Euro 12,00,000
to Skanska Talonrakennus Oy.
“Holiday Club Resorts Oy,
a step-down subsidiary of the
company, has disinvested its
entire stake in three subsidiaries namely, Kiinteisto Oy
Jalomella, Kiinteisto Oy
similar line of business,” it said,
adding the transaction is likely
to be completed in the next five
days.
Elaborating on the financial
details of the transaction, the
company said C27.82 crore will
be for the 100 per cent equity,
while it will take over a loan of
C6.72 crore. Besides, Minda
Corporation will also infuse
C11 crore additional fund in the
acquired entity.
PAEL has a manufacturing
facility at Bawal in Haryana.
The firm had posted a turnover
of C71 crore in 2014-15. It's
main customers include
International Tractors, Escorts,
New Holland Tractors, Tafe and
Eicher, Minda added.
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NEW DELHI: The service tax
department will ‘very shortly’
auction liquor baron Vijay
Mallya's aircraft to recover dues
estimated at nearly C535 crore,
a senior Finance Ministry official on Saturday said. “Vijay
Mallya’s some of the properties
have been attached. His aircraft
are with us. So, that is what we
are going to auction very shortly,” Central Board of Excise and
Customs (CBEC) Chairman
Najib Shah said at a press meet.
Last month, the service tax
department had claimed in a peti-
NEW DELHI: India needs to do
away with ‘unnecessary rules
and procedures’ to grow in double digits in the long term, Niti
Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has
said. “To achieve sustainable
double digit growth in
the long run, it is crucial
to dismantle unnecessary rules and procedures” a joint release by
CUTS International and
India Policy Foundation
quoted Kant as saying
on Saturday.
Kant was speaking at the
National Seminar on Governance
Reforms for Make in India, Rural
Infrastructure and Sustainable
Agriculture Initiatives in Delhi on
Friday.
Kant said there is a need to
make our cities competitive. He
also said focus must also be on
more systemic reforms in sectors
such as education and health,
added the release.
Kant delivered the inaugural
address and set the ball
rolling for the discussion
chaired by Arun Maira,
former member Planning
Commission and Gopal
Agarwal,
Member,
National Executive of BJP,
it said.
The discussion was focussed
on identifying recommendations
on improving governance for
better implementation. The seminar also brought out nuances in
sectors like defence with respect
to 'Make in India' initiative and
agriculture, etc.
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Ulkuvuoma, Finland with
effect from March 31, 2016,”
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts
India said in a filing to BSE.
Consequently, all the three
companies ceased to be subsidiaries of Holiday Club
Resorts Oy, and in turn of the
company, it added. The consideration received is Euro
4,00,000 each from the sale of
hese firms, Mahindra Holidays
& Resorts India said.
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NEW DELHI: Auto component manufacturer Minda
Corporation on Saturday said it
will fully acquire Panalfa
Autoelektrik Ltd from its existing Indian promoters entailing
a total outgo of over C45 crore.
Minda Corporation has signed
a definitive agreement for
acquiring 100 per cent equity of
Panalfa Autoelektrik Ltd from its
existing Indian promoters, the
company said in a BSE filing.
Panalfa Autoelektrik Ltd
(PAEL) is into manufacturing of
starter motors and alternators
having different applications for
automotive and component
industries. “This acquisition is a
part of a long-term strategy of
the company for the growth in
NEW DELHI: MK Surana has
taken over as the new Chairman and
Managing Director (CMD) of
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation
Ltd, the nation’s second largest
state oil refining and marketing
company. Government appointed him as the head of HPCL on
retirement of Nishi Vasudeva on
March 31, a company press statement said here.
Prior to this appointment,
Surana was Chief Executive
Officer of Prize Petroleum
Company Limited, a whollyowned subsidiary and upstream
arm of HPCL, since September
2012. Surana is a mechanical
engineer, with a Master's degree
in Financial Management. “He
has a wide exposure in the Oil
and Gas Industry spanning over
33 years, handling various
responsibilities including business leadership positions.” PNS
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that Mallya’s total disputed liability
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tune of C535 crore.
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flyers of the now-grounded
Kingfisher Airlineson behalf of
the Government, but the same
was not deposited in the
Government treasury. Mallya,
whose group company owes over
C9,000 crore to 17 banks, had left
the country on March 2 and is
believed to be in the UK. PTI
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crore in the last fiscal. “It has commissioned transmission projects worth
C30,300 crore in financial year 2015-16,” the co said in a filing to BSE. PGCIL
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called upon India and
Pakistan to make progress in
reducing their nuclear arsenal
and ensuring that they are not
“continually moving in the
wrong direction” while developing military doctrines.
Bringing up the issue at his
news conference on conclusion
of the two-day Nuclear Security
Summit on Friday, Obama at
the same time admitted
that the United States and
Russia have to lead the way in
achieving huge reductions in
nukes globally.
“One of the challenges that
we’re going to have here is that
it is very difficult to see huge
reductions in our nuclear arse-
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nal unless the US and Russia,
as the two largest possessors of
nuclear weapons, are prepared
to lead the way,” he said.
Then turning to the Indian
subcontinent, he commented,
“The other area where I think
we need to see progress is
Pakistan and India, that subcontinent, making sure that as
they develop military doctrines, that they are not continually moving in the wrong
direction.”
Focusing on the North
Korean nuclear challenge,
Obama said Pyongyang “is in
a whole different category and
poses the most immediate set
of concerns for all of us, one
that we are working internationally to focus on”. This issue
had figured prominently at the
trilateral meeting that Obama
held with the leaders of Japan
and Korea, as also during his
meeting with Chinese
President Xi Jinpeng.
A communique adopted by
the summit that was attended
by leaders from more than 50
countries, including Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, reaffirmed the “commitment to our
shared goals of nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of
nuclear energy”.
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strengthen nuclear security
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nuclear energy for peaceful
purposes. At the same time, it
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responsibility of States to fulfil
their obligations by maintaining effective security at all
times of all nuclear and other
radioactive material, including
that used in nuclear weapons,
and nuclear facilities under
their control.
On the question of preventing non-State actors from
obtaining nuclear and other
radioactive materials that could
be used for malicious purposes, the communique noted that
more work remains to be done,
adding: “We commit to fostering a peaceful and stable international environment by
reducing the threat of nuclear
terrorism and strengthening
nuclear security.”
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responsibility and central role
of the International Atomic
Energy Agency in strengthening the global nuclear security
architecture and in developing
international guidance, the
document welcomed the IAEA
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Washington: Terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda and ISIS will
use nuclear weapons if they ever get hold of it, US President
Barack Obama warned a day after he hosted leaders from over
50 countries, including India for the Nuclear Security Summit.
“Fortunately, because of our efforts so far, no terrorist group has
yet succeeded in obtaining a nuclear device or producing a dirty
bomb using radioactive materials,” Obama said in his weekly web
and radio address to the nation.
“We know that Qaeda has tried. ISIS has already used chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq. And, if they ever got hold of a nuclear
weapon or nuclear material, we have no doubt they’d use it,” he added.
“That’s why we’ve been leading a global effort to secure the
world’s nuclear materials. With summits like this, we’ve made
important progress. Working with other nations, we have removed
or secured enough nuclear material for more than 150 nuclear
weapons — material that will now never fall into the hands of
terrorists,” he said.
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Washington: US President Barack Obama has questioned
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s foreign policy credentials, saying he doesn’t “know much” about the world.
“They tell us the person who made the statements doesn’t
know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean
Peninsula or the world generally,” Obama said.
He said Trump’s recent statements on US foreign policy, that
has unnerved the national security establishment, came up during his interaction with world leaders. “I’ve said before that people pay attention to American elections. What we do is really
important to the rest of the world.
“Even in those countries that are used to a carnival atmosphere in their own politics, want sobriety and clarity when it
comes to US elections,” Obama said. “They understand President
of the United States needs to know what’s going on around the
world and has to put in place the kinds of policies that lead not
only to our security and prosperity, but will have an impact on
everybody else’s security and prosperity,” he added.
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Monetary Fund (IMF) after
Wikileaks said the lender
sought a crisis “event” to push
the indebted nation into concluding talks over its reforms.
IMF officials, in an internal discussion, allegedly voiced
exasperation with Greece on its
slow pace of reform, complaining Athens only moved
decisively when faced with the
peril of default, the website said.
An “event” was thus needed to
drive the threat of default and
get the Greeks to act, one official purportedly says.
The “event” is not
described in the transcript
placed on the Wikileaks website on Saturday.
The official, assessing the
state of the talks and the political calendar, predicts the
European Union will stop discussions “for a month” before
Britain’s EU referendum on
June 23.
Washington: US President Barack Obama warned on Saturday
it will take time for Iran to rejoin the global economy, as the country’s leadership and citizens express unease that a sanctions windfall has been slow to materialise.
“It will take time for Iran to reintegrate into the global economy, but Iran is already beginning to see the benefit of this deal,”
Obama said at a meeting of allied countries that brokered a
nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
The international community lifted a raft of sanctions on Iran
early this year in exchange for the country curbing its controversial nuclear programme.
But months on, much of Tehran’s holdings abroad
remain frozen, and US and European businesses are reluctant
to do business with Iran for fear of getting tangled in a thicket
of US regulations.
A host of non-nuclear sanctions related to terrorism sponsorship, ballistic missile programs and political crackdowns remain
in place and are unlikely to be removed any time soon.
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“troubled” by the path President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking Turkey down, amid rows over Press freedom and the war in
Syria. “It’s no secret that there are some trends within Turkey that
I have been troubled with,” Obama said yesterday, when asked
whether he considers the Turkish leader an authoritarian.
“I think the approach they have been taking toward the press
is one that could lead Turkey down a path that would be very
troubling.” Obama said he had expressed these sentiments to
Erdogan “directly.” The pair met at the White House on Thursday
for talks away from the cameras. Erdogan was on a rare trip to
Washington to take part in a major nuclear security summit with
other world leaders.
Ahead of the trip, the White House had suggested Obama
would not formally meet him, prompting suggestions of a snub.
The possibility of no meeting had been glaring — the two
countries are meant to be close NATO allies in the thick of a fight
against the Islamic State group in Syria.
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Moscow: Russian President
Vladimir Putin has called for
an end to fighting after clashes broke out in the disputed
Caucasus region of NagornoKarabakh.
Azerbaijan said 12 of its
soldiers had been killed and a
helicopter shot down. TV pictures showed a burned out
vehicle and craters after gunfire
and shelling. Azerbaijan and
Armenia accused each other of
starting the fighting.
Nagorno-Karabakh has
been in the hands of ethnic
Armenian separatists since a
war that ended in 1994.
Azerbaijan said its armed
forces had come under fire first
from large-calibre artillery and
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had taken over two strategic
hills and a village.
The Armenian government said Azerbaijan had
launched a “massive attack”
with tanks, artillery and helicopters.
Similar violence was
reported last month.
Russia, which sells arms to
both Armenia and Azerbaijan,
has called for an immediate
ceasefire and to exercise
restraint.
Defence Minister Sergei
Shoigu has spoken with his
Armenian and Azeri counterparts — Seyran Ohanyan and
Zakir Hasanov — by phone,
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knocking out India but a resurrected West Indies cricket team will
bring its own brand of joie-de-vivre to the
ICC World Twenty20 summit clash when
they take on a transformed England in
what promises to be a battle of power-hitting here on Sunday.
The exuberant Caribbeans, who
almost did not come to the tournament
owing to a pay dispute with their Cricket
Board, have been nothing short of phenomenal so far. A shock loss to
Afghanistan in the group stage is the only
setback they faced in the course of what
is turning out to be a fairytale run.
"We think it is us against the world,"
captain Darren Sammy has declared twice
so far, in a veiled reference to the bitter
standoff with the Cricket Board during
which the players were accused of putting
money over country. On the other side is
England, a team which, like the Windies, got
no mention in the pre-tournament
favourites list, barring the one given by
Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar.
There will be little to choose between
both the sides who will be bidding to
become the first nation to clinch the WT20
silverware for a second time, with England
having won the tournament in 2010, followed by the West Indies two years later.
Eden Gardens will host its first World
Cup final since 1987 when the Mike
Gatting-led Englishmen had lost to the
Aussies by an agonising seven runs in the
ODI version of the tournament. Now, 29
years later, the Englishmen will play
another World Cup final at the same venue
and will look to exorcise the ghosts of that
infamous Gatting reverse sweep.
With a 4-9 win loss record against the
explosive West Indies, England may start
as dark horses but Eoin Morgan's ice-cool
leadership has made them a potent force.
The West Indies journey, however, has
been quite exemplary given that 12 of the
15 members of the squad agreed just on
time and were terribly short on match practice coming into the tournament. A hurriedly arranged week-long camp in Dubai
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of build-up coming into the big event.
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of their key players Sunil Narine, Kieron
Pollard and Darren Bravo.
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Lendl Simmons, who single-handedly
demolished India in the semifinals despite
being jet-lagged after a late call-up to be
Andre Fletcher's replacement.
Their inspired run comes at a time
when the Caribbean under-19 has won the
World Cup and their senior women's team
has also made the World Twenty20 final.
England too followed a similar pattern
though theirs have been a story of consistency since they put their campaign on
track after overwhelming South Africa by
two wickets chasing out an astounding 230.
Not so long ago, touring South Africa
in the build-up to the WT20, England had
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2-3 and with their struggles against the
turning ball it was unimaginable to think
of them making it all the way.
But they have quietly made rapid
progress in the tournament especially after
their epic chase against South Africa in the
Super 10 where Joe Root anchored their
innings with his 44-ball 83.
With 195 runs at a strike rate of 145,
England's No 3 Root is second only to Virat
Kohli in this tournament and he will look
to build the innings combined with the
explosive opening duo of Jason Roy and
Alex Hales.
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in the batting with the hard-hitting Jos
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of the West Indies, England skipW
per Eoin Morgan says their focus would
be on the entire Caribbean side and not
just Chris Gayle in the World T20 final,
here on Sunday.
The final would provide England an
opportunity to avenge their loss against
the West Indies in Super 10 stage, a game
in which the Caribbeans rode on Gayle's
11 sixes in an unbeaten century to come
out victorious.
However, since then the big-hitting
left-hander has been quiet, scoring just
nine runs in two innings and is due for
big knock on Sunday but Morgan said
Lendl Simmons' innings against India in
the semi-final proves that "West Indies
team is not just about Gayle".
"Even before we played them in the
group stages I was quite firm that the
West Indies team is not just about Chris
Gayle," Morgan said on the eve of the
summit clash. "It is important when you
are playing good sides you don't focus on
one or two players, it's everybody,
because anybody can hurt you, and I
think India witnessed that in the semifinal. Everyone watching the game
(semi-final) witnessed that with Lendl
Simmons' innings."
Chasing India's 192 for two, the West
Indies rode on Simmons, Johnson
Charles and Russell's power-hitting to
overwhelm the target with two balls to
spare after Gayle got out cheaply.
The West Indies have a 9-4 win-loss
record against England going into
tomorrow's big match but Morgan
said past results would have no bearing on the final.
"I think it's two completely different teams. Given that we've grown as
a side, game after game. It's difficult to
compare sides from the first game of the
tournament to the final of the World
Cup."
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focused on their bowling during the team's
training session ahead of Sunday's highoctane finale of the World T20 here.
The West Indies batsmen's tendency
to clear the ropes led the English
cricketers to go for a ribbon
approach to their bowling
strategy. The Englishmen
marked the stumps with two
ribbons across the 22 yards
and their pacers and spinners
bowled in tandem, perfecting
their line and length during
the two-hour long rigorous
training session.
Few yards away from
their training strip, the pitch
was covered with thick carpets. The buzz is that there
will be some green patches to
encourage some lateral
movements for England's
seam quartet of David
Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam
Plunkett and Ben Stokes.
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wicket, which is really a good
news. I suppose coming to
Kolkata you would expect it to have
no grass but nice to see a covering
of grass holding it together," said
England captain Eoin Morgan.
He, however, made it clear that the
team management was flexible enough
to pick a side should the grass be shaved
off in the morning, and indicated that
uncapped Hampshire leftarm spinner
Liam Dawson may be drafted in.
Stating that "everybody is fit for selection",
Morgan said: "A couple of guys have been sick over
the last few days but they've pulled up well today."
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of respect" for his team even back home,
West Indies captain Darren Sammy on
Saturday said the side's stupendous
WT20 run has been possible because of
the players' unity in the face of acute
adversity. The West Indians almost did
not make it to the World T20 owing to
a bitter pay dispute with their Cricket
Board. But once here, they showed sublime form to storm into Sunday's final
where they will take on England.
"People just paint us as money grabbing cricketers because of our success in
Twenty20 cricket. But yes still they
don't respect us in that format. We get
that sometimes from our own board,"
Sammy said.
Blasting their critics, Sammy said the
more they are castigated, the more they
are united. He was reacting to a jibe by
former English cricketer Mark Nicholas,
who described the Windies players as
"short of brains" in an article.
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an object. To me that particular comment
really set it off for us. You could see me
talking about it. It's kind of emotional,
as for somebody whom I respect and had
good rapport with that particular gentleman. To describe our team who were
defending champions four years ago as
we guys with no brains is really out of
order," Sammy said. "Gods don't love the
ugly and we're very wonderful and very
beautiful men that's why we play exciting cricket," he added.
Sammy said the contract row with
their Board, WICB, in the lead up to the
big event, has actually brought the players together.
"It's been a tough journey. A lot
happened before the tournament
started but I always believed everything happens for a reason. I think
the pre-tournament shenanigans
brought us really closer together
as a team. I don't know whether
you have heard it. It feels like it's
us against everybody else," he said.
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37 ball had powered England to a winning
171/4 against Sri Lanka, while he finished
their tricky 154 chase with an unbeaten 32
in 17 balls to send New Zealand packing
in the semis.
England will hope that Morgan, who
has had two golden ducks, returns to form
and the Windies will have similar expectations from Marlon Samuels who had hit
a match-winning 78 in the 2012 final
against Sri Lanka.
As for big-hitting standards, the
Windies will be second to none with the
big-hitting and most-sought T20 cricketer
Chris Gayle leading the charge.
Against the same team, he had
smacked an unbeaten 100 in their tournament opener, the ominous Gayle is sitting
quiet for sometime and he would look for
one final hurrah in what could be his final
International appearance.
In Charles, who set up their win
against India with a 36-ball 52, and
Simmons, who arrived just in time for his
unbeaten 82 from 51 balls, West Indies
have a dangerous top- order. An equally
devastating bottom half with Andre
Russell, Dwayne Bravo and skipper Darren
Sammy also holds promise of a run feast.
The surface may have some grass to
aid the lateral movement and the English
bowlers — with their seam quartet of
David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett
and Ben Stokes — will fancy their chances.
Their relatively expensive Windies
counterparts — Andre Russell, Carlos
Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo and Sammy — will also hope for an improved show.
As far as the spin battle is concerned,
the West Indian duo of Samuel Badree and
Sulieman Benn are expected to stay ahead
of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who did
well to turn it around for England in the
semifinal against New Zealand.
Squad
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason
Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler
(wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali,
Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid,
Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings, Liam
Dawson, Reece Topley and James Vince.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain),
Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon
Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell,
Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Dwayne
Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree,
Sulieman Benn, Jason Holder, Jerome
Taylor, Ashley Nurse and Evin Lewis.
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in their bid to make it a 'Dream
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come out all guns blazing to stop the juggernaut of the three-time defending
champions Australia in the final of the
ICC World Twenty20, here on Sunday.
The Southern Stars as the Aussie
women team are known in the cricketing circuit, have been on a roll since winning the second edition of the Women's
World Twenty20 in 2010.
The Meg Lanning led Australian
women's side choked arch-rivals
England's 133-run chase with a five-run
victory in the semifinal. Lanning has been
their leading run-getter with 149 runs and
against England her 50-ball 55 on a slow
Kotla deck was the cornerstone to their
winning total of 132/6.
More than Lanning's effort it was
inspiring with the way Australia prevailed
in small contributions from the toporder
to inflict their killer instinct on England.
They were provided a strong start
from the openers Alyssa Healy and
Elyse Villani with a 41-run stand, their
highest of the tournament. Under criticism for over dependence on Lanning,
Alyssa took the attack to the English pace
spearhead Katherine Brunt, that really set
the tone as they could muster a fine
Powerplay performance.
In the spin-friendly and slow conditions of Eden Gardens their leg-break
bowler Kristen Beams will look to make
a potent force with left-arm spinner Jess
Jonassen. Megan Schutt and Rene Farrell
with their change of pace and the accuracy will be key to their pace bowling as
they aim to win an unprecedented fourth
successive title.
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Blackwell return to form and display her
array of strokes which may prove to be
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very era of Hindi cinema has seen
itself being identified by a definitive sound and perhaps this could
also be the reason for a clear transition, a transfer of power kind of
act when one stalwart passed the baton to
the upcoming one. While there was a clear
transition between a Khemchand Prakash
and a Naushad Ali, and then a ShankarJaikishan and an SD Burman, followed by
an RD Burman and a
Laxmikant-Pyarelal
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While one could say
that Kalyanji-Anandji and Biddu’s score for
Qurbani and L-P’s Karz (1980) set the tone
for the 1980s, and this followed by Bappi
Lahiri’s scintillating Disco Dancer (1982),
arguably one of best disco-funk albums
ever, only strengthened the case. Yet in just
the first half of the decade there was a resurgence of the RD sound with Sanam Teri
Kasam (1982), Masoom (1983), the return
of classical influence with Khayyam with
Umrao Jaan(1981) and Ravi’s Nikaah (1982)
but surprisingly enough, these couldn’t save
Hindi film music from falling into an abyss
whereby the mid-1980s synthesised cacophony in the name of melody and double
entendres in the name of lyrics had become
commonplace.
For a cinema where music had been
such an integral part where many times it
was only the songs that audiences could
recall long after the films were forgotten, the
loss of melody was almost a death knell.
Even with films that featured someone like
an RD, songs weren’t attached the importance they once enjoyed. It was in this scenario that a film like Qayamat Se Qayamat
Tak (1988) came along and changed everything. In many ways director Mansoor
Khan’s debut feature, which also launched
the careers of Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla,
was a throwback to the Hindi cinema of the
1960s and taking all classic elements such as
romance, family drama, most importantly
music where melody was the mainstay, the
film simply pressed a refresh button that
revived music in mainstream Hindi cinema.
Featuring the music of then relatively
unknown composers Anand and Milind
Shrivastav, the songs of the film set a new
standard and created a platform that
allowed not just young musicians and
singers but also entrepreneurs such as
Gulshan Kumar, whose music label T-Series
became synonymous with film music by
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producing Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka (1989)
and later Aashiqui (1990) that ushered in a
new phase in Hindi film music.
The following is an exclusive excerpt
from the author’s forthcoming book that
explores the cultural significance and the
impact of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak on
popular Hindi cinema (Reproduced with
permission from HarperCollins Publishers
India):
For Mansoor Khan, the music of
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a far greater
motivation to make the film than anything
else. Having seen his father, Nasir Hussain,
in numerous sitting sessions with RD
Burman and Majrooh Sulantanpuri over the
years fascinated him about the process of
creating music. Moreover, as someone who
could play an instrument, drums, Mansoor
was musically attuned and in that sense
more conversant with this aspect of filmmaking than most others. Being a Nasir
Hussain production it was a foregone conclusion that RD would provide the score
and both Nasir Hussain as well as RD were
raring to go. But Mansoor had other ideas.
He believed that he’d simply be overawed by
the presence of a giant such as RD and
might not be able to put his point across.
Irrespective of the bad patch that RD had
hit in the mid-1980s Nasir Hussain was
confident of RD delivering a fresh, young
sound that the film demanded. “Even
though I had seen him (RD) work with my
father and knew how brilliant and intuitive
he was, I didn’t know how I’d be able to
relate to him,” says Mansoor of RD.
Mansoor conveyed to his father that he’d
need his space and perhaps out of sheer reverence to ‘Pancham Uncle’ he might not be
able to express himself. Nasir Hussain
understood Mansoor’s predicament and RD
ended up making way for yet another second generation of musicians, who unlike
him were still to come out of the shadow of
their more illustrious father.
Anand and Milind Shrivastav were the
sons of music composer Chitragupt and
although they had a release in Pankaj
Parasher’s Ab Ayega Mazaa (1984) they were
still relatively unknown. They had also composed the theme of the popular TV detective series Karamchand as well as the video
magazine Lehren. Being assistants to their
father, who in spite of being a popular music
composer in the 1960s never made it to the
A-list, both were well trained to understand
the nuances of Hindi film music. With
Chitragupt transitioning into composing
music for Bhojpuri films, Anand and Milind
were also exposed to a typical Indian flavour
which along with background in playing the
piano and guitars respectively gave their
sound a unique blend of two worlds. Milind
recalls how the three of them would end up
going on long drives in Mansoor’s red
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break in the mood and would simply make
an unscheduled turn if a traffic signal ever
threatened to stop them. The brothers
respected Mansoor’s opinion when it came
to music and loved being challenged by
someone who knew what he was talking
about but they weren’t still sure about being
the final choice as they still somewhere
believed that being a Nasir Hussain production, RD Burman would be an automatic
choice. But the die was cast the day a call
from Nasir Hussain himself brought
Anand-Milind on-board.
Rather than changing the manner in
which music was traditionally composed
in Hindi cinema, Anand-Milind decided
to approach not just the score but also the
musicians differently. Starting from Papa
kehte hai, the song that would go on to
become the anthem of the nation in a few
years, Mansoor visually described the
orchestra along with its sections that
would appear on screen and the brothers
wrote the score based on that. With the
tune finalised and much of the arrangement done, it was time for the lyricist to
join in and once again being a Nasir
Hussain production Majrooh Sultanpuri
was a spontaneous choice. This once Nasir
Hussain ended up acting as a buffer of
sorts between the legendary poet-lyricist
and his son. Unlike his father Mansoor
wasn’t too conversant with Urdu poetry
and believed that he lacked the mechanism needed by a Hindi film director to
convert what he wanted in the lyrics. Both
Majrooh Sultanpuri and Nasir Hussain
had immense respect for each other and
Mansoor never doubted that the only reason the veteran wordsmith was working
with him was because of his long association with his father. Majrooh, who had
seen Mansoor grow up in front of his eyes,
was quite accommodating when engaging
with the young director. Mansoor would
explain the situation in a broken manner, a
mix of sentences and key words and
Majrooh would patiently hear and come
up with some verses.
Although Papa kehte hai was finalised
first it was the duet Gazab ka hai din that
was recorded first. Traditionally in Hindi
cinema the tune more often than not got
precedence over the words and both
Mansoor as well as the music directors
were throwbacks on this old school
method. Anand-Milind had grown up
with this belief while Mansoor didn’t know
any other way of working as he had seen
his father and RD Burman work this way.
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hardback biography
in Rajesh Khanna
(Dark Star: The
Loneliness of Being Rajesh
Khanna, HarperCollins
Publishers India) sells out
its 5000-copy print run in
three months. A book of
interviews with film-makers, by first-time author
Rakesh Anand Bakshi, talking of their journey to their
first film reprints within
three months of publishing
(Directors Diaries,
HarperCollins Publishers
India). A book on 50 classic
Hindi film songs (Gaata
Rahe Mera Dil,
HarperCollins Publishers
India) does the same. Books
as varied as Satyajit Ray’s
The Pather Panchali
Sketchbook, a biography of
Nasir Hussain by Akshay
Manwani, film monographs
on DDLJ, QSQT and Mr
India, plus a box set of
Gulzar’s films (Aandhi,
Angoor and Ijaazat), books
on popular Hindi cinema
are coming out thick and
fast inundated. Cinema, and
Bollywood popular cinema,
in particular, seems to have
emerged as the flavour of
the season among authors
and academics. And almost
all top-notch publishers are
falling over themselves in
churning out the next big
Bollywood book.
For a nation obsessed
with films and film stars,
there has been very little
writing on cinema in India,
till very recently. For years it
has been limited to either
low-brow film magazines
with their salacious gossip
and self-serving interviews
of stars, or esoteric studies
of popular culture characterised by a scholarly outlook and full of academic
jargon. We had our
Stardusts and Filmfares and
we had such scholarly trea-
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tises like Gayatri Chatterjee’s
Awara and Mother India.
There was no middle
ground, no informed,
insightful look, in a nonacademic vein, at what is
undoubtedly India’s most
visible cultural phenomenon.
Hindi cinema, in particular, was looked upon as
frivolous, mere ‘time-pass’.
It wasn’t meant to be studied or analysed in any great
depth. Not only that, the
so-called ‘respectable’ classes looked upon any interest
in cinema as a symptom of
delinquency. Many of us in
our teens in the early 1980s,
for example, will remember
how elders in the family
equated Hindi cinema with
a fall in grades and sundry
other vices. Trips to the cinema were surreptitious
affairs, hidden from
parental knowledge. And
there were few misdemeanours greater than
being caught reading a film
magazine. This tendency to
look down on cinema was
not limited to the lay person. Even a megastar like
Amitabh Bachchan repeatedly dismissed attempts to
study and analyse his stardom and its influence by
commenting, to give just
one example, on one of his
films which was criticised
for its violence and vulgarity, ‘It is a film, not to be
taken seriously’ (Filmfare,
August 1-15, 1986). Thus, it
does not come as a surprise
that writers in India, except
of course those who did
academic research on the
subject, thought that writing on popular cinema
would put them in the category of non-serious or
dilettante writers.
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possibly one of the nicest
parts of America. One of
the final parts of this gigantic country to be colonised,
it is still dominated by massive forests.
Even the largest city in this part of the
United States, Seattle — famous for its
coffee and computer code — is an
oddly laidback sort of place. It lacks
the hurried nature of cities on the east
coast, the latent racism of the
American South and the glamour
(and sunshine) of California.
But drive 15 minutes from the
heart of the city, which would be Pike
Place market, famous for its stalls selling gigantic King Salmon and where
Starbucks originated, you get to the
corner of 23rd and Union Street. And
there, you really can’t miss the giant
neon sign for ‘Uncle Ike’s’, there is
quite a crowd too. Which is odd,
because 15 minutes from the heart of
the Central Business District, you are
in suburbia, with low-rise wooden
buildings and organic supermarkets.
But Uncle Ike’s is not your regular store, you see. It is a fully legitimate
marijuana shop. Because in the State
of Washington, where Seattle is the
biggest city, buying and consuming
marijuana is completely legitimate.
And it is not just Washington, Alaska
and Colorado have also allowed marijuana consumption for recreational
use (with Oregon about to follow suit).
A majority of US States now allow
marijuana use for medical purposes
and as one noticed in California, it is
fairly easy to get properly grown,
sealed marijuana because getting a
medical certificate is really not that
difficult. Public opinion towards marijuana, once the key villain on the ‘war
on Drugs’ started by Roland Reagan
has shifted dramatically and most US
states are moving towards legitimising marijuana growing and consumption.
Yet, marijuana consumption and
transportation remains a federal
crime, so one cannot use Credit
Cards to buy weed at Uncle Ike’s as
that is under the purview of the US
Treasury Department. But cash can
buy you everything from marijuana
infused mints and chocolates to prerolled joints and hundreds of different varieties of what we call ganja.
There is a massive amount of research
and innovation taking place in this
sector, particularly in the Pacific
Northwest.
However, this is an ‘industry’
now, and much like ‘Big Tobacco’,
America is bound to give birth to ‘Big
Weed’ and as we find out more about
the medical and beneficial impacts of
ganja and its active ingredient
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while choosing an ideal daycare or preschool for their
child. Similar is the situation of preschool and daycare
centre owners who try to meet each and every expectation
of a worried parent. Here are a few tips to ease the worry of
a parent’s mind and might help future entrepreneurs in
taking up the initiative of starting a daycare or a preschool:
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Security & Safety: Security of a child holds utmost
importance for both parents and faculty. A good daycare or
preschool needs to make sure that a child is secure in the
premises at all times. Watching your child Live on a CCTV
footage and getting constant updates about his/her activities
is an edge over traditional setups. Very often schools lack
proper security and such facility, making it a setback while
parents consider the school and its services for their child.
Infrastructure: It is very essential where a school or daycare
is situated as parents prefer having a place close by. Even if it
is not in the vicinity, it is ideal to make a school that has
ample civilisation around and is easily accessible.
Transportation that does not take much time is safe and
preferred. Long distances can hamper the decision of a
parent to admit their child in a particular school or daycare.
Skilled staff: The functioning of a daycare or preschool is
incomplete without well skilled and educated staff. A child
will be in the care of teachers and staff almost eight to 10
hours in the day and need to be in safe hands. Selecting the
right staff and making sure they will add to the personality
and learning of a child’s formative years is imperative.
Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) one
question should arise. What should
India do? Because, make no mistakes,
this is where the plant came from,
ganja consumption is intertwined
with Hinduism, it is written of in our
texts. This past week, millions of
Indians must have consumed thandai
laced with bhaang, well, same plant,
same effects albeit slightly moderated.
It were the indentured labourers
that the British snatched from their
houses in North India taking them
halfway across the world to work in
sugar plantations in the Caribbean
that took the seeds of the plant with
them. It was in the slave labour
camps that the Indians shared their
plant with their fellow slaves from
Africa. And the marijuana plant
became subsumed in Caribbean culture, eventually making it into global popular consciousness through
Bob Marley and the Rastafarian
movement.
In India, the irony is that the
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Act of 1985 in effect
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made the possession and consumption of most drugs, including marijuana illegal. The NDPS Act is an incredibly powerful act that gives a lot of suo
moto powers to police officials. Yet,
it is an open secret that India is not
only one of the world’s largest producers and consumers of ganja in various
forms (either the leaf or the resin,
more popularly called charas). Malana
Cream, grown in a village in the
Manali-Kasaul valley in Himachal
Pradesh is one of the most coveted
forms of the drug globally. Given that
bhaang thandai and pakodas has
immense social acceptability in India
as does smoking ganja to a large
extent.
Nobody is arguing that the NDPS
Act should be scrapped, drugs such
as cocaine, heroin and LSD despite
their relatively easy availability in
India are social ills, yet as the West
moves to a progressive and permissive
culture with substances like ganja, so
should India. If for nothing else,
simply because culturally we are a
people at ease with it.
And as American cities and States
where marijuana has been legalised
have discovered, there are immense
taxation benefits, better utilisation of
police because low-level drug usage is
ignored and clear tourism benefits.
Most of the people at Uncle Ike’s were
from outside Washington. Just like the
United States has upended the global beer industry in the past few years
by being extremely innovative, seeing
the choice of products at Uncle Ike’s,
it is quite clear that the US will dominate any future marijuana industry.
The details and analysis on every
packet of cookie or chocolate one
bought was extremely detailed, down
to the type of high one would experience.
In india, one of the constant
complaints is how the West has
appropriated our traditional plants
and cure. This country has clearly lost
control of this traditional plant. Not
only should India have a more progressive
attitude
towards
cannabis/marijuana/ganja whatever
one chooses to call it, but we can and
should build industry and tourism
around it.
Curriculum: 90 per cent of human brain development
happens in first five years of life. It makes early childhood
education and care most important part of child’s growth
and development. It’s essential that you choose a curriculum
that’s scientific, research based and endorsed by reputed
institutions, universities and authorities.
Business Model: Before jumping to any other issue, it is
essential that school owners decide what kind of business
model do they intend to take up. A school or a daycare can
be taken up either by having your own setup where an
individual can invest his/her own money or even get into a
partnership. The other model is taking up a franchise where
the core model of a school and its functioning are backed by
another source with greater experience or probably an
established brand name. This can be a huge deciding factor
for an entrepreneur and needs a lot of thought and research
before taking the plunge.
Homely Environment: A major part of a school or daycares
are having a homely and hygienic environment for a child.
A lot depends on a daycare’s appearance and the hygiene it
maintains, as a child spends maximum hours there. The last
problem a daycare would want is children falling ill due to
the centre. The centre should always have a doctor on call
and keep a readily available First Aid kit.
To survive in this education and daycare industry these
are just few factors mentioned that a potential entrepreneur
should look out for. Daycares and preschools need a lot of
research and need to make sure they do offer such services
that will not only attract parents but also be the best for a
child’s overall development.
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hai din was a mix of country and rock ballad and
portions of it are almost evocative of Neil Diamond’s Play Me
but the mood was new for Hindi
music and so was the arrangement. One rarely heard trombones in a love duet and
Majrooh’s words that were
almost conversational in nature
merged beautifully with the
arrangement and even infused
enthusiasm.
It was their father’s Bhojpuri
innings that also gave Qayamat
Se Qayamat Tak its playback
singers in the form of Udit
Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Udit
Narayan had come to Bombay in
the late 1970s and was on the
verge of giving up on his dream
of becoming a playback singer
when the faint possibility of
Mansoor’s future project inspired
him to hang on. Mansoor was
also clear about using a new set
of voices for both Aamir and Juhi
as opposed to the established
ones and even though Abhijeet
was discussed as an option in the
end Mansoor opted for Udit
Narayan.
At the time when the music
of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was
being created the format of
recording was also undergoing a
transition from mono to stereo
and this was one of the first few
films with stereophonic sound.
While recording on multi-tracks
gave the music director the freedom to record the song and
music separately, the singer still
had to sing the full song as
option of plugging in a part or
cutting and pasting portions or
even effects such as pitch-correction were a few years away. Most
of the songs were recorded over a
couple of days with the rhythm
and strings on one and the vocals
on the second day. In some cases
such as Gazab ka hai din the
entire song was recorded in a
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single day. While Anand-Milind,
Mansoor and Nasir Hussain were
on the same page for most of the
recording the only time the three
differed was during the recording
of the lullaby Kahe sataye. Milind
often wonders that the tune wasn’t done justice to keeping the
short duration of the song in
mind. “It was such a sweet
melody and I wanted to record a
full song,” recalls the younger
brother but Anand is quick to
add that Nasir sahab wanted to
keep it as is. Mansoor, on the
other hand, remembers his father
toying with the idea of a song but
he wanted to go a step ahead and
keep a threadbare version with
just Alka Yagnik humming the
song without any music.
Interestingly this is one of his
favourite things about the film,
which ironically enough is also
one of the few things he regrets
not doing right and given half a
chance this would perhaps be the
only thing he’d like to change
about the film.
Which brings one to Aye
mere humsafar. The brothers
vaguely knew the situation of the
song but Mansoor had given
them an idea of the images that
would make the montage such as
ticking clock, Rashmi (Juhi
Chawla) striking the days on the
calendar, the picnic, etc. In an
inspired spurt the two worked
out a basic melody of Aye mere
humsafar and recorded it right
away on their cassette player to
present it to Nasir Hussain, who
approved it as soon as he heard
it. Mansoor had taken off in his
sailboat on an impromptu break
to Alibaugh and bad weather had
delayed his return but like his
father, he immediately approved
the tune once he was back.
Anand-Milind had wanted one
song to have some Indian element and in that sense Aye mere
humsafar ended up being the
archetypal Hindi film song of the
soundtrack. They worked out a
rhythm pattern that would feature Indian percussion such as
the dholak and the tabla but at
the same time be a departure
from the standard recognisable
pattern. With a little help from
Dubey, a much sort after dholak
virtuoso who also happened to
be a regular with RD Burman,
the duo came up with a pattern
where the bol or the mnemonic
system of strokes is different for
the intro and the verses.
Besides Mansoor’s clarity
and his willingness to be open
enough to ideas, it was also the
manner in which Anand-Milind
approached the musicians that
made a huge difference to the
songs of the film. The duo had
their favourite set of musicians
contributing to the score and
this list included some of the
best in the trade such as Kawas
Lord, Homi Mullan
(Percussion), Viju Shah
(Keyboards), Shayam Raj
(Sporano sax), Raju Singh and
Sunil Kaushik (Electric Guitar)
(Electric Guitar), Tony Vaz and
Ramesh Iyer (Bass) and Dubey
(Dholak). With the advent of
synthesised sounds in the mid
1980s and the general decay in
the quality of music most of
these musicians rarely got a
score that would push the envelope but here they knew that
they were on to something. But
the enduring impact that
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’s
music would have on Hindi cinema was still some distance
away.
The signs might have been
there but most in the industry
weren’t able to fathom the manner in which the music of
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
would ultimately end up signaling a return to melody. As the
film underwent a long period of
endless trial shows with distributors expressing their doubts
about the film’s potential at the
box-office, the lukewarm
response to the film’s music
ended up being a common factor of doubt across the array of
prospective buyers. They questioned the ending, debated over
the title but simply couldn’t get
over the music which most felt
was poor when compared to
typical Nasir Hussain productions. This was still a time when
a distributor’s word could seal
the fate of films and although
Nasir Hussain was still a revered
figure, a film from his banner
with what they called thanda or
lukewarm music was an anomaly too conspicuous to ignore. In
spite of some air time on radio
and an official launch by Rishi
Kapoor, the music was still to hit
the bull’s eye but it was one of
the trials that a close friend of
Nasir Hussain finally saw what
the world was yet to witness.
Shammi Kapoor and Nasir
Husain were close friends and
the star whose career was practically resurrected by the filmmaker told him that no one
could stop the film or its music.
But the biggest compliment that
the music got was from the man
who could have been the one
composing it.
“Pancham da loved the
music and complimented us on
the sound we managed to get”,
says Anand and recalls how RD
kept asking them about the
entire process. Milind says, “I
was stunned and said, ‘What are
you saying, Pancham da!’ and
told him how we not only used
most of his musicians but also
the same recording studio at
Film Center.” Yet the veteran
trailblazer kept asking them
about the placement of mics, etc.
and assured them that it was a
matter of time before the their
music worked it’s magic.
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Bollywood in the national
consciousness
This perception has changed with the
commercial success of Hindi cinema in
the NRI markets and the rising currency of its stars around the world. Hindi
films have become respectable. They
have emerged, as Amitav Ghosh so
cogently puts it in his essay ‘The
March of the Novel through History’,
as the ‘most widely circulated cultural
artefacts the world has ever known’.
Hindi cinema is being feted around the
world. It is finding acceptance in the
bastions of high culture. It is no longer
a ‘guilty hidden passion’, as Jerry Pinto
puts it, regarded with contempt.
The new Indian middle class
which cannot seem to have enough of
Bollywood, as visible in the surfeit of
Bollywood-driven programmes on
prime-time TV, is driving the interest
in film-related publishing, thanks to
the opening up of the retail sector in
India. Now, publishers have much
more opportunity to reach out to the
potential customer, through book
clubs, web stores, books in shopping
centres, even multiplexes. All of which
makes Bollywood-oriented publishing
more viable than before. This cannot
but have an effect on a new breed of
writers who have caught on to this
interest and have wrested film writing
from the domain of the academic.
Bollywood has recently become mainstream hot property. Consequently, it
has become a viable business proposition for book publishers, with an eager
audience waiting to read more about
their favourite star or movie.
Though biographies, and tell-all
biographies of stars at that, are what
majorly drives the market so far, there
have been a lot of interest in writing on
cinema in general: From film analysis
to writings on music and lyricists to
niche subjects like women film-makers
(a forthcoming title from
HarperCollins) to the collector’s edi-
tion on Pather Panchali mentioned
above. And though we continue to be a
nation that watches its films more than
reads them (big numbers are still a
problem unless it’s a big star biography), a lot of HarperCollins books on
cinema have reprinted on a regular
basis: The biographies of RD Burman,
Rajesh Khanna, Sahir Ludhianvi,
Satyajit Ray’s book of essays Deep
Focus, Nemai Ghosh’s book on Satyajit
Ray titled, Manik-da. There is no
denying that the current crop of books
is more accessible, the narrative style
far removed from the grim theorising
of academic tomes,without degenerating into flippant newspaper/magazine
reportage.The conscious ‘film studies’
style of writing which only the scholar
could read has given way to a chatty,
anecdotal style which engages the
reader in a one-to-one.
Future perfect?
So, is this interest in film books a passing fancy, the flavour of the season so
to speak, or do the publishers feel the
trend will continue to pay in the long
term? As far as I can see, the season is
here to stay as most of these books
have done extremely well in terms of
sales and critical appreciation.
There is no denying that India is still
some way from being a fully evolved
film book market. But as the readership grows and as we have more writers and publishers investing time and
money into books, one can expect to
see some fascinating books. I think we
aren’t there yet, both in terms of content and style, but we will get there,
sooner rather than later. The huge
market cinema commands and its
merchandising potential are bound to
affect the book world as well. Film in
India is too valuable a chunk of cultural history not to cover.
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renowned Bengali writer,
Padma Shri Nabanita Deb Sen,
Nandana Sen grew up in a
world where books were sacred and reading was cultural. She formally pursued literature in Harvard university, topping her
first year and winning various academic
awards in the next few. She also starred in
a few movies and is expected to been seen
on the big screen again. Amidst this mix
of roles, she's also a child rights activist
and a writer (married to John Mackinson,
Chairman, Penguin Random House). In
an interview, she speaks about books,
authors and genres close to her heart; her
book, Mambi and the Forest Fire; and
children’s literature.
who never wants to go to sleep! While
Mambi and the Forest Fire focusses on
self-confidence, courage, and empathy,
the next books in the Mambi series will
explore, in inventive and colourful ways,
topics such as learning to share, respecting diversity, and helping others in need.
I’m also excited about two “grown-up”
books I’ve been asked to write; one is a
father-daughter story about celebrity and
corruption, about power and its abuse,
and above all, about the difficult love that
makes or breaks a family; the other would
trace the evolution of a woman-powered
literary and political identity, seen
through the eyes of three generations of
rule-breaking Bengali women.
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What is the most imaginative thing that
you did as a child?
I don’t know about most imaginative, but
the most precocious thing I did as a child
was to spend my holidays one summer
writing a novel about a girl detective —
when I was all of 10! My mother still has
that manuscript.
What kind of books and which authors’
works are you drawn to?
I’ve always been addicted to books, so I
have many favourites in every genre. Toni
Morrison, Rabindranath Tagore, TS Eliot,
Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh,
Chimamanda Adichie, Salman Rushdie,
Jorge Luis Borges, Ashapurna Debi, Roald
Dahl, and Isabel Allende are a few abiding
favourites but there are many more. It’s no
coincidence that many of them (eg Tagore,
Ashapurna, Atwood, Eliot, Rushdie, Dahl)
have written wonderful books for children
as well as adults. I am especially drawn to
magical realism, nonsense rhymes, narrative non-fiction, and love poems.
What drew you towards children’s literature?
What’s especially fun about writing for
children is that you can use fantasy to
make reality more vivid for kids — the
larger reality they live in, a reality from
which privileged children are at times
quite disconnected. So, many of the stories I’d like to tell grew, in some way or
the other, out of my work in child protection — they germinated and came togeth-
er over the years, as I worked with kids. I
absolutely love writing for children. In the
last few weeks I’ve held 15 odd raucous
sessions in multiple cities with hundreds
of excited kids, whether in schools, bookstores, lit fests, national parks, or community centres. For me, this kind of interactive storytelling is the most fun part about
being a children’s author.
Is Mambi a product of this association
with childrens’ issues?
Very much so. Mambi, the shy little monkey who doubts herself but proves to be
the kindest and bravest of all, got invented when I spent a day in a children’s
home in Kolkata, with kids who were
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he novel starts with a
clichéd setting — two
strangers, a wedding party
in progress, a mellow moon
soaked night, hushed conversations, the magnificent Taj Mahal
somewhere in the backdrop. The
story of Dushyant’s life is also the
story of his novel, Kinda Clichéd.
His novel might be clichéd but
Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s novel is a
quest for the ‘unclichéd’ in every
way. It’s strikingly different,
refreshing, an atypical romance
at its very core. Even though the
narrator is Dushyant, it sometimes feels as if Kundu is directly
communicating with her readers.
Especially when she writes, “You
worry too much about how the
story will end, when it’s actually
just started. Just like an impatient reader.”
She reverses typical traits of
a clichéd romance by making
the woman propose (generally a
male prerogative); the women
characters are also bold,
assertive and authoritative
whereas men are meek and
helpless. Here, the hero needs to
‘be saved’ instead of the ‘damsel
in distress’ being rescued by her
Prince Charming/Knight in
shining armour.
She flips the narrative of
Kalidasa’s magnum opus, casting
her hero in a modern avatar as a
new age confused metrosexual
man in search of his identity and
one true love. This characterisation is in sharp contrast to the
typical swashbuckling hero of
most love sagas. She goes beyond
the well established Chicklit
genre by getting inside the mind
of a male protagonist. This technically makes it a Lad-Lit, but
through a female perspective.
The language is lyrical, sensuously metaphoric, poetic and
powerful. It is never crude or
crass even when describing the
love scenes which are not
euphemistic. The humour is
classy, never low brow or resorting to the scatological. The narrative is set at a heady pace and
never gets boring. The sensuality
of language is evident in lines
like — “Emptiness wrapped itself
around the place like a shroud”
and “Her bare back was like a
river brimming with secret tides.”
She also showcases the irony
amazingly resilient yet lacking in selfconfidence, in part because of their difficult pasts. The kids immediately connected with Mambi’s character, and pretty
soon I was playing with the liveliest, most
creative and fearless bunch of kids. That’s
how Mambi and her forest friends came
into being, on that day.
While writing a children’s book, to what
extent would you desist from employing
literary theory and cultural criticism in it?
I would desist from it from start to finish,
as writing for children is all about instinct
and imagination. At the same time, it’s a
big responsibility because children are so
impressionable — one book can change the
way a child looks at the world, and what she
values. That’s what makes it such an exciting genre as well. I believe in the transformative power of children’s books as much
as I believe in the huge influence of cinema.
Is the children’s literature produced by a
country reflective of its consciousness?
They say Britain produces the best of
Children’s literature. Do you agree?
The UK does have outstanding children’s
writers and publishers, but India has a
great tradition of children’s literature too,
from the Jatakasand Panchatantra to Abol
Tabol and Ha-Ja-Ba-Ra-La of Sukumar
Ray, from Ruskin Bond’s Rusty to Satyajit
Ray’s Feluda, from the Bengali fairy-tales
of Thakhurmar Jhuli to the ever-popular Amar Chitra Katha, from children’s editions of our epics to Sudha
Murthy’s hilarious, imaginative
books. And there are some amazing
children’s authors now whose books
are inspired by contemporary realities, books which have the power to
heal, and to unite. For example, in
Like Smoke Paro Anand takes on
urgent topics like conflict zones and
communal violence, and shows us
how teenagers are able to heal each
other across perceived boundaries,
despite histories of trauma. In Nayanika
Mahatani’s Ambushed, a young city girl
teams up with a boy from a marginalised community to conserve and
“heal” the endangered forest, its tigers,
and its people. So, this is an exciting
moment in the evolution of children’s
writing in India. I have a great deal of
hope for its future.
What are your next books based on?
My next one is a bedtime book in rhyme
called Kangaroo Kisses, to be launched
this summer at the Hay Festival in the
UK. In fact, it’s the first book I wrote,
inspired by my indomitable niece Hiya,
You were the topper of the batch
throughout your years in Harvard and
are an author now. Do you intend to
complete your PhD?
I resolved this dilemma many years ago,
when I decided to go to USC film school
rather than start a PhD. And I’ve never
regretted that decision.
What are your opinions about contemporary literature produced in India?
Our literature is extraordinary, whether
in English or in regional languages, but
because we are lagging so far behind in
translations, important voices often go
unheard. We also have an equally
authentic and now longstanding tradition of Indian literature in English, with
some phenomenally powerful writers
such as Anuradha Roy, Raj Kamal Jha,
Amit Chaudhuri, and Neel Mukherjee,
to name a few.
What kind of literary advice do you get
from your parents?
None at all, but they are very supportive
and love to read all my writing, from kids’
books to Op Eds to screenplays, just as
much as they love coming to all my film
and theatre premieres. As a daughter, it
was wonderful to see how delighted my
mother was when I translated a book of
her poems, which was published as a
bilingual edition, Make Up Your Mind.
Will we see you again in a Hindi feature
film?
I’m absolutely sure you will.
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of Dushyant being a writer of
romances, yet not being able to
express his true inner feelings to
the girl he loves; which may apply
universally to the men. His quest
for his lost beloved takes him on a
wild goose chase finally culminating in Sonagachi, the in(famous)
red light district of Kolkata, a
bold move by the author who
brings in such seriousness in a
romance. It isn’t a superficial
frothy tale of love and makes us
think about people born with different destinies (like the children
of the sex workers in Sonagachi).
The way Kundu outlines the
existential crisis a modern man
goes through, being as emotional and impulsive as a woman, is
portrayed beautifully, as is the
dilemma of choosing to be a
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hero being hitherto concealed
or not allowed by his social fabric. In the following lines,
Dushyant reflects on ‘being a
man’ in this complex love game:
“What if men and women
weren’t that different? Would
the game have been simpler?
The results different? The end
happier? Is it possible to win in
love?...Why must finding love
have to be so complicated?”
It raises significant questions
in the minds of the readers —
like, can we still chase an illusionary ideal of happiness and
romance or do we become skeptics as well?
Some dialogues are so hard
hitting that you read them and
smile at the unexpected dose of
reality. Hearing the harsh truth
from an illiterate cab driver
enroute to Taj Mahal shakes up
Dushyant: “All men are gadhas
(donkeys), sahib. Some build a
mahal, while others…others
come in search of one...This love
business, sahib, it makes fools
out of the best of men.”
The most heartfelt advice
comes from the protagonist’s
mother — “A woman’s heart is
complex, so don’t think it is
going to be easy. Bestsellers are
easily forgotten...But not love stories. The real ones. The ones that
go on and continue to inspire.”
The narrative is interesting,
full of unexpected twists, getting
the message across to the reader
without getting preachy. It also
teaches us some important
lessons on marriage, commitment
and love while re-writing the
world’s oldest love story. High
expectations raised by the brilliant narrative are not fully met
by the dull climax. I felt the book
ended too soon and the climax
was not baffling enough. This is
probably the only shortcoming. I
would like to conclude with a line
from the novel, a belief which is
universally desired yet so striking
in the context — “Everyone
deserves a love story.”
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rising new star of Indian Chicklit
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Darul Uloom Deoband”, the media
informs us, has issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslims from “chanting the
slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’ as it is
against the basic tenets of their religion”. As a full English language translation of the fatwa is yet to be made
available by the seminary (the fatwa is
in Arabic), we must rely on media
reports for the time being.
The Indian Express reports that
according to this fatwa, “chanting the
slogan is against ‘tauheed’, or the ‘oneness of Allah’, which forms the core of
Islam. The seminary has also argued
that the Constitution provides the
right to all citizens to practice their
own faiths in their daily life. In the
fatwa, the seminary has said ‘We cannot worship the country. Muslims cannot worship anyone other than (god).
In that slogan, Bharat has been called
equivalent to a goddess’.” Darul Uloom
Deoband had earlier issued a similar
fatwa (later it was denied) against the
singing of Vande Mataram.
Bharat Mata is a reference to the
motherland, not mother goddess. It is
raising the land we are born in to the
stature of the mother we are born to. If
that offends the mullahs, there is really
nothing that can be said more than
pointing out they are being silly and
needlessly provocative. They have been
good at both for a long time now —
longer than one cares to remember. No
purpose is served by raging against
either the seminary or its maulanas.
There are many Muslims who have
no issues with chanting “Bharat Mata
ki jai”. There are some who do. That
would hold equally true for Hindus,
Christians and other people who
belong to other faiths. The reasons for
not chanting, or joining the chant, of
“Bharat Mata ki jai” vary, but few nonMuslims would argue that they do not
wish to be seen indulging in adoration
of their motherland as it goes against
their religious faith.
Then there are many Muslims who
think Darul UloomDeoband is not to
be taken seriously, that its fatwas do
not automatically find favour and
acceptance with the awam. They have
good reason for saying so. Reproduced
below is a random selection of fatwas
issued by this seminary as they
appeared on Darul Ifta’s website; only
spellings have been corrected:
Question 9400: In a non-Muslim
country who can give the punishment
of rajm (stoning to death)? Is a private
individual allowed to administer this
punishment? In a non-Muslim country
if a Muslim wants to purify himself of
his sin of zinah should he go to a
country where the punishment of rajm
is administered?
Fatwa 1249/1249=M/1429: In
non-Islamic countries, the penalty of
rajm (stoning to death) is not implemented. No individual is allowed to
administer the punishment. Such a person should only repent to Allah and
seek His forgiveness.
Question 2019: If someone does
blasphemy against Hazrat Mohammed
or uses derogatory language for his
character, then what should be his
punishment in India? What should be
the punishment under Islamic law?
Fatwa 1386/1226=B: Punishing a
criminal or a guilty is the duty of a
Government not individuals like we and
you. In India, though we do not have an
Islamic Government we should try our
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level best to get such a perpetrator punished according to the Indian Constitution. In an Islamic country, the culprit
of blasphemy is to be killed.
Question 27497: Goa is a tourist
place where olden time churches are
there, though mass not taking place
now in these churches but people visit
these churches for sight-seeing for the
art of the churches. Can a Muslim visit
such places even though mass not
taking place?
Fatwa 2695/H=1083/th=1431:
Please explain if it is for any good purpose, otherwise it is better to leave it. It
is mentioned in Hadith that the good
effect of one’s Islam is that he gives up
nonsense things.
Question 14869: What is the ruling
on a person who believes in the validity of other religions beside Islam? He
believes that one can reach god even
by following other religions beside
Islam. He believes that there can be
saints (awliya) in other religions beside
Islam. And that not all present day
People of Book will go to hell.
Fatwa 1386/1386=M=1430: His
belief is not based on any solid proof.
Question 5192: Who are ‘Bohras’?
Are they Muslims? Can a Muslim
marry Shia and Bohra woman?
Fatwa 989/844=B-1429: Bohras
are Shia. The beliefs and faiths of Shia
found in their books are against the
Quran and Hadith. Therefore, they are
not Muslims. It is not correct for a
Sunni Muslim to get married with a
Shia or Bohra.
Question 36219: Is riding a bike or
a car unlawful for females according
to Shari’ah?
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Question 23879: To what extent
purdah is necessary for women? Is
wearing burqa covering the entire
body including hands, toes, and face
must for women?
Fatwa 1385/B=280/tb=1431: The
holy Quran says: ‘O Prophet, tell your
wives and your daughters and the
women of believers that they should
draw down their shawls (jilbab) over
them (when they go out of home). Jilbab
is that lengthy chaddar by which a
woman covers herself from head to toes.
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cover her complete body, hands, feet,
face, etc, when she goes out of home at
the time of any need or compulsion.
Question 21253: Can women use
perfume or ittar because they get more
sweating (pasina). Can they use or
Islam doesn’t give permission to use?
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are not passing by non-mahram in this
state. While going out of house using
aromatic perfume is not lawful … (text
in Arabic).
Question 32651: I have three wives
and my third wife has one daughter of
age 10 years from her first husband
and she took khula eight years before
from her first husband. Since that time
her daughter is staying with my third
wife, her husband did not see her
daughter till date and he did not pay
any money for her daughter. I married
with my third wife in 2008 and by the
grace of Allah I am paying all expenses
for my third wife and her daughter. My
questions are: 1. First husband is liable
to ask possession of his daughter at
any time in life? 2. If he demands possession of his daughter then what to do
in this regard? 3. What will be my status with regards to my wife’s daughter
in terms of mahram?
Fatwa 1055/1055/M=1432: (1)Her
previous husband, ie, the father of the
girl, can claim the custody of his daughter. He shall be sinful for not taking any
care of his daughter until now. (2)When
the girl attains puberty, she shall be free
to choose whether to live with her mother or father. Father cannot compel her
after she attains puberty to keep her
with him. Yes, he may claim before it. If
he claims and there is no fear of any
harm, she should be given to the father.
(3)If you have had intercourse with
your third wife, her daughter became
haram for you and you became her
mahram forever.
Question 24487: As per the Islamic
law, can a person study the course of
chartered accountant?
Fatwa 1237/964/D=1431: Yes, it is
lawful to study the course of chartered
accountant. However, it will not be lawful to record interest-based accounts.
Question 19472: Can you please
tell me (whether the) reading of books,
newspapers (English) is allowed in
washroom or not?
Fatwa 193/193/M=1431: Bathroom
is not a place to read books and newspapers whether they are in English (or
any other language), they should not be
studied therein.
Question 18576: Hazrat Mufti
Sahab, kindly advice maximum time for
breast feeding for a girl child? Is breast
feeding more than two years haram?
Fatwa 20/18/B=1431: According to
preferred opinion, the period of breast-
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Reader response to
Swapan Dasgupta’s column,
Usual Suspects, published on
March 8:
Petty politics: While the
Dadri incident was given a
communal colour by Hindu
fanatics, in the case of the
death of a dentist from Delhi,
who was lynched by a mob,
the media refrains from poitning to the accused’s religion.
The Congress and the
Aam Aadmi Party used the
people for vote-banks. They
have failed to understand
what the people want and this
alienated and angered the
Hindu population which got
backing from the Bharatiya
Janata Party and the Shiv
Sena. Politics has for long
played the divide-and-rule
policy in this country.
Mahan Murphy
Truth rules: Unlike other
democracies, India is not
used to a ‘balanced’ point of
view. We are religious people and what we want is the
truth. Let other countries
live in darkness.
Abhi
Media’s role: It is true that the
media is biased and it deliberately drags ‘religion’ into every
incident, whenthe victim is of a
minority community and the
perpetrator is not.
The Press completely
ignores religion when it’s not
favourable for sensation
around minority atrocities. It
is time that the media
understands its role in
strengthening society.
Media coverage shapes
how people perceive the
world. Therefore, the media
must not be biased while
reporting on issues.
Shubham
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Reader response to
Kanchan Gupta’s column,
Coffee Break, published on
March 8:
Fighting terror: This article
fails to address one basic question: Why is it that most of the
terrorist attacks are carried out
by Islamists? Terror attacks do
not happen spontaneously, but
are well-planned.
It is said that the Muslims
are not happy in Islamic countries and want to move away
from there only to destroy the
other country (where they seek
refuge) and make it an Islamic
hub. This radicalisation is
unprecedented and must be
dealt with strongly. While
many European countries
have harden their stance, the
entire world must unite to fight
terror.
Raj
Shun violence: With all the
killings in the name of
Islam, either in the streets of
Baghdad or elsewhere in the
world, those who follow
Islam, at least a section of
them, are unlikely to shun
violence. Sooner the world
realises this and fights
Islamic terrorism, the
better it will be.
DV Bhat
Harsh reality: Some say the
Quran preaches that nonMuslims are infidels who
should be punished. Sure,
some Muslims, like people
of other religions, do notaccept this point of view. But
many, unfortunately, do, and
act accordingly
There is no point pretending that there is no call
for arms in the religion,
when that is clearly not the
case with Islam.
Rajesh
feeding to an infant is two years; breastfeeding after two years is unlawful…
(text in Arabic).
Question 14505: Suppose I am
owner of a educational institution. My
caste is ‘A’. Suppose I do not charge any
fee from the students of my caste. Is
this correct action?
Fatwa 1068/870=L/1430: When
you are the owner of the institution, you
have right to exempt the students of
your caste to pay fees. However, if you
grant the exemption to the students on
the ground of poverty and neediness, it
will be better.
Question 11156: Is it permissible
for a woman who keeps her niqab on
in class to go to women’s only classes
where the teacher is a male?
Fatwa 394/320=D/1430: It is
allowed if needed, provided she observes
purdah in going to college, purdah is
observed in college also without intermingling with men, she only hears the
voice of teachers and there is no fear of
any other similar fitnah. But, it is better
to avoid in the view of present environment of colleges and evils.
Question 36590: Can a woman
show her nude body on webcam to her
husband who stays abroad?
Fatwa 427/427/M=1433: It is not
right to show it through webcam
because it includes the sin of taking
photograph without severe need. However, it is not unlawful for the husband
and wife to see each one’s nude body.
Question 24427: In the Hanafi
mazhab can women be appointed as
judges or qazi’s?
Fatwa 1526/1189/B=1431: Yes, she
can be appointed as judge, but it is
makrooh tahrimi, ie, doing so is near
haram. It is mentioned in Hadith…
(text in Arabic) … It means that a
nation that makes a woman their ruler
will never succeed, hence woman should
not be appointed as judge.
Question 23165: What is the concept of full hijab in our religion? Is just
putting chunri on head considered
hijab. What are the punishments for
not following full hijab?
Fatwa 1034/761/L=1431: If a
woman goes out of home she should cover
her body with burqa or chaddar in a way
that no part of her body is exposed. This
is the complete hijab. And if she puts only
dupatta (scarf) on head while the face is
open, it is not complete hijab. In such
case the woman shall be sinful.
Question 21031: Can Muslim
women in India do Government or
private jobs? Shall their salary be halal
or haram or prohibited?
Fatwa 577/381/L=1431: It is
unlawful for Muslim women to do job
in Government or private institutions
where men and women work together
and women have to talk with men
frankly and without veil.
From the perspective of those who
believe in the empowerment of individuals and the liberty to live life without encumbrances imposed by keepers
of faith, these fatwas symbolise an
antediluvian mindset and should be
ignored. That is not to suggest, even
remotely, a progressive, open and plural society should tolerate the intervention of theologians in determining
what we should wear, read, eat, say, do,
etc in our daily lives. Our intolerance
of such obnoxious views should find
full reflection in rejecting them, lock,
stock and barrel.
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of Parliament, the BJP and
Government managers were
maintaining a working relationship with DMK and TMC.
But now the party’s priority is to unite its
vote bank in Tamil Nadu and West
Bengal and is hence attacking
Jayalalithaa and Mamata Banerjee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
also put Mamata in the firing line. After
forming the Government at the Centre,
when Modi went to West Bengal, he had
said that the Left regime had created
many potholes and it would take the
TMC Government several years to fill
them all. However, at a recent campaign
rally, Modi criticised Mamata and sought
to know the changes she had made in the
State. He also raised the corruption issue
after citing the example of the Narada
channel sting operation.
The BJP has also launched all-round
attacks on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa. Recently, Piyush Goyal said
Tamil Nadu is a State where even Central
Ministers are not allowed to meet the
CM.
BJP in-charge General Secretary
Muralidhar Rao and election in-charge
Prakash Javadekar also raised questions
over the governance in Tamil Nadu.
Sources in the BJP say when the PM will
go to Tamil Nadu for campaigning, he
will go all out against Jayalalithaa.
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CONG GOVTS IN CRISIS
fter Arunachal Pradesh and
Uttarakhand, problems of Congressruled States are mounting. Himachal
Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh recently
met Sonia Gandhi in Delhi. After the
meeting, he alleged that the Centre and
BJP were trying to topple his
Government. In fact, internal crisis in
Himachal Congress has intensified in the
past two weeks. There was a sympathy
wave for Virbhadra after the raids of
CBI, IT and ED, but now leaders are
seeking his removal. This controversy
escalated after Anand Sharma was elected to Rajya Sabha.
Similarly, in two North-Eastern
States, Congress Governments are having a tough time. Recently, many disgruntled MLAs had been camping in
Delhi. But this time, taking a lesson
from Arunachal Pradesh, the Congress
didn’t ignore the rebels and chose to talk
to them. After that, Sonia summoned
the CM of Manipur, Okram Ibobi Singh,
to Delhi and had a word with him.
People say Sonia instructed him to talk
to the rebel MLAs and solve their problems.
Another headache for the Congress
is Mizoram. Many MLAs are in a rebel-
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Bengal and Tamil Nadu, and has even
surrendered before the regional kshatrapas.
In Tamil Nadu, the Congress is
ready to fight on only 45 seats. In 2011,
it had fought on 63 seats but had managed to win only five. On that basis,
DMK offered it only 30-35 seats this
time. The Congress wants to be the
party which has greater probability of
winning and that is why it has stuck to
only 45 seats.
In the same way, the Congress has
gone into a partnership with CPM in
West Bengal. After this decision, the
party has become weak in Kerala and is
facing difficulty in targeting CPM.
Sources in the Congress say the leaders
never wanted to allow the division of
secular votes by going into elections
alone as this would have given an edge to
the BJP in the light of the fact that there
would certainly be a multiangular fight.
That is the reason why the Congress
went with CPM.
In Kerala, the Congress is worried
that the BJP might open its account. So,
the party is trying its best to maintain
the fight of UDF vs LDF. The Congress
had an idea of rebellion in the party, so
all sitting MLAs have been given tickets.
Many Congress MLAs were said to be in
touch with the BJP.
lious mood against CM Lal Thanhawla.
But since they are not getting support
from any other party — the BJP seems
least interested — they are not coming
out openly. Sources say that leaders of
Manipur and Mizoram are keeping an
eye on Uttarakhand; if the Congress
doesn’t manage to regain power in these
States, problems of two North-Eastern
States will only increase.
MAMATA’S MAIN WORRY
amata Banerjee has gone defensive
during this election campaign.
Neither is she replying to the allegations
leveled by PM Modi, nor is her party
responding to questions raised by the
BJP leaders. Sources say Mamata thinks
that if she counters the BJP or gives a
reply, it would only help the party take
votes out of TMC’s bank.
That is why Mamata is keeping
mum. Recently, when Modi targeted
Mamata and raised the issue of corruption among TMC leaders, she didn’t say
anything. She has adopted a defensive
strategy and didn’t give any clarification
for the PM’s claims.
On the other hand, she is regularly
attacking the alliance of the Congress
and Left.
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TMC leaders are worried about the
majority vote bank. After the Congress
and Left came together, TMC is not confident about minority votes. Though
TMC has given tickets to around 60
Muslim candidates, it is still apprehensive. So the party is focusing on majority
voters. TMC is well aware that the BJP
has a good hold among majority and
urban voters. TMC leaders feel that if
minority votes get polarised towards the
Congress and Left, then they will possibly get the majority votes. Leaders of
TMC feel that if they target Modi and
the BJP, it will send a negative message to
majority and urban voters. So, they are
sticking to routine issues and not diverting from the set path.
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or the Assembly Elections in Uttar
Pradesh, Samajwadi Party has applied
the strategy of last Lok Sabha Elections.
The elections are almost a year away, but
the party has already released the list of
143 candidates for constituencies where
it had been defeated in the last Assembly
polls. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections,
SP had done the same thing, but it
proved to be a failed strategy. After the
announcement, SP had to change its can-
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didates many times and this gave a bad
impression.
This time also it is perceived that
though names have been announced,
they are not final. There will be a lot of
changes in the list. Opponents of candidates whose names are on the list have
become active and are trying to highlight
issues which can force the party to
rethink their candidature. Many leaders
are saying that declaring names will only
cause controversies.
Sources say that more controversies
will arise when names for sitting seats
will be announced. They say that 50 of
225 MLAs might not get tickets again.
That is the reason why sitting seats have
not been announced yet. It has also not
been said that all of the MLAs will fight
the elections; hence they are knocking on
the doors of BSP and BJP. Top leadership
of the party is also not trying to stop
them. Recently, a survey showed that
there will be a direct fight between BSP
and BJP, and this has made SP MLAs
restless.
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n the run-up to Assembly Elections in
five States, the Congress will do anything to stop the BJP. The party has com-
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PROPAGATING ACHIEVEMENTS
he BJP is building a new team to
advertise the schemes and works of
the Modi Government when it completes
two years. Opponents always alleged that
the BJP is way ahead in advertising;
Rahul Gandhi has said so many times.
According to Rahul, the BJP is a master
in public relations while the Congress is
not able to publicise its work.
On the contrary, Modi believes that
his party and ministers have not been
able to advertise the works done by the
Government. In recent meetings, the PM
asked the leaders to go to their constituencies and tell people about the
Government’s achievements. This has to
be done by all MPs personally, but now
the party will give an institutional form
to this assignment.
Organisation Secretary of the BJP,
Ram Lal, will also be in this team. Apart
from him, some other officials from the
organisation will be included as well.
Members of the team will tour the country and advertise the Government’s
achievements. They will also brief people
about the provisions of the Budget.
Moreover, this team will also campaign
in States where elections are scheduled,
and of course, the emphasis will be on
Uttar Pradesh.
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how many schemes or
products should you have
in your portfolio? There is no
formula for this, but my own
sense from listening to numerous
financial planners is that you
need no more than two to three
schemes in each category you
choose. Of course, this depends
on the amount of money you are
putting aside every month. If you
are investing C5,000 per month in
an equity fund, then you should
at best be looking at two schemes
and no more. This doesn’t mean
that if you are investing C20,000
per month, you should invest in
eight. At no point should you be
in more than three to four
schemes per product category,
which is the upper limit.
If you are picking a diversified equity fund scheme, then
two schemes from different fund
houses are fine. But if you are
picking a diversified, large-cap,
midcap, thematic, liquid, and
income fund as your portfolio,
the combined number of
schemes should at best be seven
to eight and no more. If your
financial planner is taking you
beyond the optimal number of
schemes, then something is not
right and you should look for
another adviser.
Dhirendra Kumar, one of
India’s leading mutual fund
experts, says, “Investing has a
large baggage of useless complexity which investors have no need
to bother about. One example
that I come up against repeatedly
is that of investors trying to
choose mutual funds on the basis
of the arcane measures of portfolio theory. Whether you are
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choosing a mobile phone, a car, a
TV or even a pair of running
shoes, you are likely to be set
upon by self-declared experts
whose basic goal seems to be to
show off their superior knowledge, even if the knowledge is
useless and/or self-invented. This
can generally be done only by
pretending that the more complex inputs mean better decisions. In reality, nothing could be
further from the truth. It is possible to choose a mutual fund with
nothing more than a little common sense. All you need to do is
to roughly compare the returns
that various funds of a type have
generated over somewhat long
time periods. You can also look at
the ratings given to funds on
ValueResearchOnline.com and
some other websites, and that’s
about it. Nothing more is actually
needed to make a reasonable
choice.
Of course, this won’t make
you choose funds that will have
the very best returns in the
future. What it will do is to allow
you to avoid the duds, and if you
can do just that much, you will
be fine.” Once you have picked
your schemes, you need to stop
monitoring them on a daily basis.
Stop looking at the stock ticker
on business news channels, and
repeatedly calling your financial
planner on the basis of how the
stock market moved in a day or
week. A good financial planner
will probably send you a monthly
update on how your money is
doing. And if there is a dramatic
change in the markets-a massive
surge in stock prices or a crashhe/she will call you and tell you if
there is a need to shift gears or
make changes to your portfolio.
Ideally, any changes to your
portfolio should be considered
on a six-monthly basis, unless of
course, there are some dramatic
events that necessitate a more
urgent look at your portfolio. Too
many frequent changes to a port-
folio prevent your money from
deriving the best benefit from the
asset class it is invested in.
Markets will always go up
and down, and within the wider
stock market, there will always be
some stocks doing well and some
not so well. And sooner rather
than later, a cycle will turn. There
will be some good runs and some
not-so-good runs, but if you
allow your money to stay invested, you are likely to benefit from
riding the upturn in a cycle more
frequently, than if you were to
pull out your money periodically.
Similarly, there is no merit
in buying 10 different insurance
policies. If you are buying term
insurance, you should stick to
one product which can always
be topped up since most companies offer that option now. The
same holds true for health
insurance.
Again, adding more and
more products across categories
only means you will have a
tougher time monitoring them,
and of course, you will be lining
the pockets of the sellers by contributing to their commissions.
In fact, the biggest myth is that if
you are managing your money
well, you must have a dozen or
more products in your portfolio.
In this case, let me assure you less
is better. In fact, having too
unwieldy a portfolio is a sign of
bad financial management. The
aim of any portfolio is to generate
good returns while keeping the
risk as low as possible. As long as
your portfolio fulfils that basic
requirement, you are on the right
track.
While we are on the topic of
investing right, a key factor is not
to mimic your friend’s portfolio.
You are two different individuals,
and have different goals, different lives to lead. So even though
you may like the same dish at a
restaurant, and may enjoy the
same drink, remember, your
money and your friend’s money
is not the same. I am saying this
because almost 90 per cent of the
investors I have had the good
fortune of interacting with over
the years, have told me it was
advice from friends that drove
their investment decisions.
Nothing can be more dangerous
than this.
Investing is is not a shortcut
to success either. You need to
work towards it. You need to ask
yourself the right questions and
find your own answers. Then you
need to identify a good financial
planner, and ask him/her the
right questions. Then you need
to ensure that you make some
effort in trying to understand the
product you are investing in. If
you simply choose to buy products your friends have bought
and recommended to you, then I
am afraid, my experience compels me to tell you this: You will
fail with your investment. It is
your life, it is your money, learn
to take charge of it by becoming
involved in it.
Give it what it needs and you
won’t regret it when you see your
wallet filling up. From a pure
investment perspective, mutual
funds are the most cost-effective
as well as liquid platform for
investing in both equity and debt.
There are thousands of schemes
in the market being offered by
more than two dozen mutual
fund houses. I would strongly
recommend you to allow your
financial planner to choose these
schemes for you, but if you would
prefer to go it alone, there are a
few points you should keep in
mind before selecting your mutual fund scheme. There are several
credible mutual fund research
organisations in the country that
offer their research through the
internet as well. Once you decide
on the categories you want to
invest in, you can visit some of
these websites and see the rankings they have given to the
schemes across various categories. They usually have the top
five schemes across various categories, and also give you their
returns.
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integral to a new set piece being
added to the Pirates of the Caribbean:
Dead Men Tell No Tales, which has
already finished shooting. It would be
the franchise’s second cameo from a
major musician, after Keith Richards’
role as Captain Jack Sparrow’s father
in 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At
World’s End.
Johnny Depp will reprise his role
as Sparrow in the fifth film, spearheading a cast that includes returning
cast-members Geoffrey Rush and
Orlando Bloom, with Javier Bardem
taking on lead villain duties.
The film will be directed by
Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and
Espen Sandberg, best known for the
Oscar-nominated drama Kon-Tiki. It
has already been in the news after
Depp’s wife, the actor Amber Heard,
allegedly attempted to illegally bring
his dogs into Australia for the shoot.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
tweeted the above image as the first
tease from the film. It’s been reported
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to make more room for Bardem’s character. Depp has previously said it will
“probably” be the last Pirates movie.
Despite wavering critical reception
(the previous film received just a 32
per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes),
the franchise has made over $3.7bn at
the worldwide box office. Disney is
reportedly spending over $250m on
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fan at Adele’s Glasgow concert
has been injured by a falling
chain that possibly came from a
lighting rig overhead.
The singer was performing her
sell-out tour at the SSE Hydro on
Friday night when a chain that was
part of the production came down.
The injured spectator was taken to
hospital and Adele, who was apparently unaware of the incident at the
time, later tweeted her apologies and
promised it would not happen again.
Other spectators tweeted that the
falling equipment was a piece of a
lighting rig.
Stuart Duffy, who was at the show,
said the lights came up and other
spectators were moved. He posted a
picture on Twitter of the rigging that
appeared to have malfunctioned.
A spokeswoman for the venue
told the Daily Record: “A chain
belonging to the production came
down and hit one person who was
taken to hospital as a precaution.
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s a child in the 1970s,
HananAl Haroub grew
up in a run-down
Palestinian refugee
camp with her parents,
six brothers and three sisters. Her
father and brothers were often
severely beaten by Israeli forces
especially later during the first
Intifada era post 1987. They lived in
harsh economic conditions yet
Hanan managed to complete her
high school studies. She was not
able to enrol in university at that
time. Later her husband and children continued to suffer the same
fate, and were targeted by Israeli
forces during shootouts.
Hanan had experienced
extreme fear in her childhood and
saw that her children’s well-being
and psychology being severely
affected from the same omnipresence of terror. There was a sharp
drop in their academic achievement and behavioural performance. She tried to seek advice
from the school administration
and teachers, but got no response.
So ultimately she had no other
resort but to treat her children at
home.
Eleven years after her high
school degree, Hanan was indeed
able to join university. She chose to
study primary education to
become a teacher. She believed that
children in Palestine are exposed to
violence by the Israeli forces, and
as a teacher she would be able to
cure other children just as she had
cured her own. Hanan joined as a
teacher at the Samiha Khalil High
School in the West Bank
Palestinian city of Al-Bireh.
A few days ago on March 13 at
a celebrity studded awards ceremony in Dubai, Hanan was awarded
the one million dollar Global
Teacher Prize for successfully helping children scarred from violence
and fear by making them learn
through play. The Global Teacher
Prize was set up last year, to shine a
spotlight on the teaching profession
and create role models such that the
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best talent in the world are recruited as teachers. A few dozen prominent leaders globally such as Bill
Clinton, Stephen Hawking, the
Emir of Dubai, as well as
Hollywood and Bollywood actors
are actively engaged with the
Global Teacher Prize. They contribute by frequently speaking how
important teachers are in shaping
our world. They’re also available
for the awards process and function. Hanan received the award by
none other than Pope Francis himself.
As a jury member of the prize, I
was asked to cast my vote to the top
10 finalists amongst over 8,000
nominations and applications from
148 countries. The profiles were
overwhelming. There were stories
of great courage of nominees whose
work was more humanitarian,
whereas there also were teachers
who were innovating within regular
classrooms. We were therefore
asked by the award organisers to be
objective about the nominees’
teaching skills and what they have
done for education.
Hanan has formulated a teaching methodology that involves
weeding out undesirable behaviour
by giving students a group task
where the group itself would correct
any student who attempted to sabotage their work. She wrote her highly successful teaching approach in a
handbook, We Play and Learn,
shared the methodology at Ministry
conferences in Palestine and teacher
training programmes in areas
where children are struck by violence and fear.
Ironically, a series of morbid
news pervaded the fortnight that
followed the announcement of this
prize. In less than 10 days after the
announcement, on the morning of
March 22, there were attacks at an
airport and a metro station in
Brussels that killed more than 30
people and injured at least 250. The
attacks are apparently connected to
last year’s terror attacks in Paris and
ISIS has claimed responsibility. In
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in Northern Nigeria has continued
to kill more people than ISIS has,
by bombing schools, kidnapping
women and children, and assassinating politicians and religious
leaders. On March 25, there was a
horrific attack against children
playing football in Iraq that left 29
of them dead. And on March 27, at
least 75 people were left dead in
Pakistan as the attacker detonated
his suicide vest near a carousel and
a dodging car area for children.
The frequency of acts of terror are
historically at its peak, occur
everywhere, often targeting children who hold our future.
Elsewhere these frequent images of
death are telecasted within minutes. Our children are growing up
in a world of fear. This makes
Hanan’s and every other teacher’s
work more important than ever
before.
In India, the Government
considers increasing the number
of teachers its greatest challenge in
providing universal elementary
education. The private sector is
asked to help, and this is why we
at Jindal Steel & Power despite
running two of our private universities, five community colleges,
and five of our schools, also provide 332 community teachers to
160 Government children’s
schools each year. Meanwhile,
there is a steep fall in the standards of teacher education in
India — this even found a prominent mention in a comprehensive
report published a few years ago
by the Supreme Court appointed
commission in 2012 on teacher
education. The best of our country’s talent does not want to teach.
There are alarming rates of teacher
absenteeism in India that go simply unreported. Until the time that
India’s brightest step up to curate
our children with care, wisdom,
and sensitivity, we will continue
on our rote and exam based education system, and that frankly
does not help any-
one.
Robin Chaurasiya’s work is a
brilliant example of ingenuity in
educating India. Robin was a former US Air Force officer and a top
10 nominee for the Global Teacher
Prize this year. She runs her 1400square-foot classroom in a Mumbai
slum, where she teaches girls from
the city’s red-light areas to become
agents of social change. Her students aged 12-20, are survivors of
trafficking, daughters of sex workers, or born and raised in
Kamathipura, India’s most infamous red-light area. Here the
school day starts with yoga, meditation, and writing gratitude notes,
followed by one hour of journal
writing, creative thinking challenges, and logic puzzles. They then
weave geography lessons into the
time spent on regional news and
global issues. The week is broken
into: Music Mondays, TED Talk
Tuesdays, Worldly Wednesdays,
Thinking Thursdays, and Field Trip
Fridays. School time is supplemented by evening classes for English,
computers, theatre, health and sex
education. Yossi Verdi, Israel’s most
influential venture capitalist had
once explained to me that teachers
are the original social entrepreneurs. We need them buzzing with
such new techniques to shape our
future. My friend and Minister of
Education for Argentina, Esteban
Bullrich rightly said at the awards
night, “We look at the education
system as an old car and we are
upgrading it, rather than building a
new spaceship”.
I believe if we celebrate the
work of every teacher in the
world, as well as showcase and
amplify the right role models
amongst them, it is possible to
draw talent, true passion, and
ingenuity to this important profession. Teachers are leading our children by the hand through an
increasingly complex and unfortunately violent world — how can
there be any profession more crucial than this?
This is all we know at this stage.”
Adele is scheduled to perform a
second show at the 13,000-capacity
arena on Saturday.
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controversial film about the
discredited link between autism
and vaccinations has been
pulled from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca
film festival, after the actor consulted
“the scientific community” and found
“concerns with certain things in this
film”. The father of an autistic child
and co-founder of the festival, De
Niro at first defended the decision to
premiere Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to
Catastrophe, despite outcry from doctors and researchers.
Repeated studies involving more
than a million children have found
there is no evidence to link childhood
vaccines to autism. But a small movement of activists persists in the belief
that vaccinations might somehow
harm children.
A week ago De Niro released a
statement to explain the new decision.
“My intent in screening this film was
to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply
personal to me and my family,” he said.
“But after reviewing it over the
past few days with the Tribeca film
festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe
it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.
“The Festival doesn’t seek to avoid
or shy away from controversy.
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However, we’ve concerns with certain
things in this film that we feel prevent
us from presenting it in the Festival
programme.”
The controversial film was directed by Andrew Wakefield, a disgraced
British former doctor who published a
study in 1998 that claimed links
between a vaccine for measles,
mumps and rubella (MMR) and
autism. The paper was quickly found
to contain numerous flaws and was
deemed by the British Medical Journal
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the gun-friendly takes on the tales.
In Hansel and Gretel (Have
Guns), the brother and sister
head out into the woods armed
with hunting rifles in the search
for food for their
family.
Following a
successful hunt the
pair come across a
witch’s cottage
made of gingerbread, where they
rescue two young
boys being fattened
up for the hag’s stew.
In another recreated classic, a hungry
wolf learns not to
mess with the gun-toting team of Little Red
Riding Hood and
grandma.
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from her mother, rifle over her shoulder
and a basket for her Grandmother in her
hands, Red took a deep breath and
entered the woods,” goes the revised tale
of Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun).
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island territory of St. Helena. He reportedly was a
mere 50 years old when he
was delivered as a gift to St
Helena by the governor of the
Seychelles in the late 1800s.
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high regards on the island
that he lives on the
grounds at the governor’s
home.
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in southwest England. Then she
dropped the box in the mail.
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on the other side of the country.
The package’s recipients were
stunned to open the box and find the
cute cat curled up alongside the movies
they’d bought.
Cupcake was “scared, nervous and
very dehydrated,” The
Evening Standard reported.
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Grove Lodge Veterinary Group for a
health check, and identified via her
microchip.
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more so when we found that the contact
details were up to date and we were able
to contact her owners straightaway,” the
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ago. “They had been frantically searching for their beloved cat, putting up
posters in the local area but not for one
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Sussex, more than 260 miles away!”
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from the single serve milk containers on the housekeeping cart at the
famous Zimbabwe hotel,” Sparks
wrote.
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hangovers.
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— Sister Kate, whose real name
is Christine Meeusen, and Sister Darcy, aka 24-year-old
Darcy Johnson — have made
money from the enterprise, they
are now under threat after Etsy
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the California municipalities who
are considering a cultivation ban
that would make their enterprise
illegal.
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others, whereas a person with
inner fulfillment is respectful
to others. He is naturally longing to show respect and to be
caring toward others.
Many problems with selfesteem are due to how we
were treated as a child. If a
parent is harsh, always criticising and not giving proper
encouragement or care, the
child feels worthless.
However, if a parent shows
love for the child even when
they make a mistake and disciplines in such a way that the
child is always assured and
reassured of their love, care,
and concern, the child feels
appreciated. To help with selfesteem parents should also
teach the child how to make
decisions and not depend on
others for everything.
It is very important to
understand that real self-confidence is not simply about
what we have achieved and
conquered. That kind of selfconfidence doesn’t bring
inner accomplishment.
Whatever we do, we will
always have to have more and
more. Real self-confidence is
when we find fulfillment and
satisfaction with who we are
and what we represent within
this world. Some fools may
think that this type of selfconfidence and inner peace is
an impediment to great
achievements in this world.
However, the opposite is true.
The purer our motives, the
greater courage and faith we
will have to accomplish things
way beyond the horizon of
even our imagination. When
we have such inner self-confidence, anything we pursue is
actually easy. It may be difficult mentally or physically,
but having the will, the confidence, and the faith makes
he word dowry is defined as
money and/or property that,
in some societies, a father
gives to his daughter when she
gets married. This word has a very
bad name today due to many
atrocities being committed on
married women by their in-laws. It
was not like that in the Vedic age.
This is how it worked then.
Imagine a father had a son and a
daughter. The son stayed with the
father permanently and the
daughter went to live with her
husband’s family. Therefore, the
father felt obliged to give her share
in his property when she married.
The idea behind doing this was
not only to be fair to his daughter
but also to help her get started well
in her completely new surroundings. This the parents did with a
lot of love, and there was no compulsion from any quarters to give
this or that.
I feel this was a very fair
arrangement. I have just one
daughter. Who do you think
would inherit what I own and will
leave behind? Suppose I had two
daughters, wouldn’t I want to give
them half of my properties each
beginning with some at the time
of their marriages. I see nothing
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t is well known that selfconfidence is an essential ingredient for success in any field of life.
Without such confidence we are afraid to take
risks, and we don’t have the
courage to explore higher
horizons while performing
within this world. Real selfconfidence is not based on
our achievements or success
in this world. It is based on
the fulfillment of knowing
who we are, what our purpose
is, and what we represent to
ourselves, our families, and
the world around us. If a person has such self-confidence,
he can generate confidence
and faith in others.
To fail is not much of a
loss; to lose one’s character
and integrity is a major loss
to our inner life. A person
with a proper disposition and
attitude is willing to accept
even major failures in the
eyes of the world in order to
preserve the high values that
he or she believes in. If we’re
willing to sell our ideals,
ethics, character, integrity,
and our very soul for the adoration of this world, then our
so-called self-confidence is
built on a foundation of sand.
It has no real substance and
can bring us no real fulfillment. Actual self-confidence
doesn’t mean we become
absorbed in our egoistic self.
The art of real self-confidence
is to become selfless.
Low self-esteem is one of
the biggest problems in the
world, not only for apparently
downtrodden people but also
even for people in very high
controlling positions. Low
self-esteem means a lack of
contentment within one’s
inner life. A person with low
self-esteem is quick to criticise
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everything eventually easy.
The Bhagavad Gita teaches us to be attached to performing our duty but we
shouldn’t be attached to the
fruits of our actions. Success
or failure, honour or dishonour, victory or defeat — if
we’re too attached and be
depressed, we can’t succeed.
There is a famous story of
a woman named Wilma
Rudolph from Tennessee in
America. In her early childhood, she had very serious
injuries in her legs which
were untreatable by medicine.
In fact the specialist doctors
told her, “You will never be
able to put your foot on the
floor for your whole life. You
will never be able to take a
single step, and you just have
to confine yourself to a wheelchair till you die.”
She was just a little child,
but she told her mother, “I
want to run on these legs and
be the fastest woman on
earth!” The doctors were
amused at her imagination
because medically her case
had no hope. But her mother
told her, “One gets one’s abilities from God. Just persevere
and have faith and do not be
discouraged.” It took a couple
of years and she was actually
able to take off the cast and
everything else that was protecting her foot. She took her
first steps and started to walk
slowly. Soon she went to
school and entered into a
race, but she lost. Not only
did she lose but she came in
last place, way behind everyone else. People were laughing
at her and ridiculing, “What
are you doing in this race?”
She was in another race and
again in last place, way behind
everyone else. Every race in
last place but she had faith, “I
can do great things by the
ayapur is a small town in the Nadia district of
West Bengal known for the famous Krishna
Temple and dedicated to spreading the
Krishna consciousness. ISKON, the International
Society for Krishna Consciousness is the organisation
that is spreading Krishna consciousness across the
globe. What is interesting is that the acceptability of
Krishna consciousness is growing globally and a visit
to Mayapur is enough to prove this. People across religions, races, and countries congregate at Mayapur to
chant Hare Krishna. And the chant is spontaneous, it
comes from within. But what is this Krishna consciousness may be a question that may arise in many
an inquisitive minds.
The answer is very simple. It is realising the oneness with God represented by Lord Krishna. The path
also is not very tedious. All one needs is to surrender
before God and merge his self with the Lord. In the
Krishna temple this is done through the chants of
Hare Krishna. There is one condition though. This
chant should come from the chords of the heart and
not just the vocal chord. Krishna consciousness is not
an artificial imposition on the mind. It is pure consciousness that is the original energy of the human
beings. Chanting Hare Krishna is the means to realise
this consciousness by shaking the superficial sheaths
that have come to surround our original self due to
our learnings and experiences of the mundane world.
One needs to visit the temple and partake in the
chanting along with the multitudes who submerge
themselves into the chants. The ecstatic feeling that
will be generated gives the real pleasure, the ananda or
bliss. This pleasure is different from the worldly pleasures that are sensual in nature and just create a superficial feeling that is as ephemeral as ether. Adi
Sankarain his Bhaja Govindam has explained the difference between these two types of pleasures. One
gives you the craving for more and more, so even in
plenty there is a sense of deprivation. That is the mundane or worldly pleasure.
However, it is not the real pleasure as it leads to a
transient gratification of the senses only. The real pleasure is that which gives the gratification of the soul and
this is the real nature of the human beings which
unfortunately gets lost in worldly pursuits. This, however, does not mean that life requires shunning of all
pleasures, wealth, family and other good things of life.
That is a misunderstanding. All that is required to be
shunned is the lust and craving for these things.
Famous mystic saint Kabir says that your happiness lies
within and not outside. Your consciousness that is your
source of bliss is within you. He explains this very
vividly in a couplet that is paraphrased — Just as there
is oil in the sesame seed, just as there is fire in the fireflies, so also in the same way your consciousness, your
God is in you. All your need is to awaken yourself. The
Hare Krishna chant is a means to awaken that self and
realize consciousness.
The crux of the Krishna’s teachings lie in understanding this reality. Enjoy life, enjoy blessings but
without attachment. The easiest way to achieve this is
through the Bhakti or devotion that is unconditional
love. Taking part in one of the mass devotional congregations and chanting Hare Krishna will tell us how to
practice this
help of God, if I persevere.”
Some years later in 1960
she won three Olympic gold
medals and set world records
for running! Her self-confidence was not based upon her
success, but on faith in God
and faith in herself-whether I
win or lose let it be, but I’m
going to try.
Faith is so incredible that
when we have it in our inner
higher self and in a connection with the supreme energy
and power of God, we can do
incredible things with complete confidence, enthusiasm
and perseverance. Even if we
fail a million times it doesn’t
matter as we know we’re
pleasing Lord by our efforts.
The Right Association is a
vital truth for SelfConfidence. We must keep
the company of people who
inspire character and high
ideals. It’s better to just
remain alone for the rest of
your life than associate with
those with low integrity. We
should associate with people
who are sincerely striving for
higher values in life. We can
then apply those values in our
occupation, family life and in
our whole vision.
A person who has selfconfidence and faith always
sees a positive opportunity in
every circumstance they face
and that gives life enthusiasm, and happiness. Self-confidence doesn’t mean being
arrogant. Real self-confidence can be born in a heart
that’s simple, honest, sincere,
and humble. It can bring us
to the eternally liberated state
of divine love. Self-confidence brings us glorious success in whatever we strive to
do with proper ideals. That is
the true value of self-confidence.
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wrong in this. Rather, I think it is
fair and totally logical.
The obvious question then
arises: Why is the dowry system
considered so abhorrent these
days? The following flaws have
crept into the system. In majority
of cases where this system is
misused is when what the
bride’s father will give is
not decided by him but is
demanded by the
groom’s side. In a way,
the boy’s side puts a
price on the boy in a
similar way like an
auction is done.
Obviously,
boys, who have
either done well
for themselves academically or professionally or come from
well off families, which in theory
ensures a comfortable future for
the girl, command a good
price. I fail to see the logic in
this. If the boy is nicely
placed or the family is
blessed with sufficient
wealth, where is the
sense of demanding
anything from her
side? Anyway, this is
what is happening
in most cases. The
girl’s side is also to
blame for this. Why overreach?
Why not be satisfied with a
prospect which is compatible both
academically and financially with
the girl? But the girl’s parents aim
to give their daughter a better deal
than what she would get normally.
In short, marriage becomes a market place where supply and
demand determine the price.
This is not all. Once the wedding has been performed purely or
mainly on monetary considerations, greed, which is the cause of
it, must raise its ugly head after
marriage also. And that is when
further demands are raised and
friction between the two families
begins. This, if not controlled, takes
very sinister forms, in which the
newly married girl is even tortured
in order to force her parents to
cough up more money or property.
Fortunately, the last part is not
very common. But the whole idea
of extracting or exploiting in the
name of marriage is simply disgusting. How can we tackle this
social malady? This is what I did
when my daughter was to be married. I sent feelers to my friends
and trustworthy relatives to look
for a suitable boy. Unfortunately,
these days even friends and good
relatives are not prepared to stick
their necks out by suggesting
someone due to the fear of something going wrong later and them
being blamed for it. We began to
try other avenues and time
dragged on, but one thing the
three of us, ie my wife, daughter
and I were determined about was
not to consider anyone who even
remotely appeared greedy. We
were mentally prepared for no
marriage rather than a bad marriage. We had this option because
my daughter is well educated and
could live an independent life.
So the conclusion is: The
dowry system, which started as a
noble gesture, has now degenerated into something reprehensible,
which cannot be encouraged, not
at the cost of one’s daughter’s
future. One can understand the
need of the boy’s side to a certain
extent if the girl’s side is in a position to help but the greed is totally
unacceptable. Let us remember
that, and not send our daughters
to the wolves; they are better off
with us. And for that we must
ensure quality education for them.
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f you wish to enjoy a game you are
playing, in the first place, you need
to be conversant with rules driving
it, and the art of playing. Second, you
need to learn from an experienced
coach, the skills necessary to play the
game proficiently. Third, you need to
team up well with the co-players, but for
which, it will not be possible to make it
a success. And finally, you need to be on
full mental alert so as to visualise in
advance, the challenges likely to be
posed by opponents. It is only with such
a holistic approach that you can emerge
a winner.
The usual run of human life too, is
something like a game play. The difference being that in a sporting event the
number of players is limited, but in
course of life-play, you are to contend
with umpteen numbers of competing
fellow travellers. That makes the lifeplay even more complex and challenging, particularly when each individual is
born unique, all reflecting varying mental dispensation, often playing spoilsport with others. What makes the game
plan even more complex is that human
mind, which drives a being, happens to
be a trickster by itself. For, the
indwelling sense of duality becomes
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subject to self-invited conflicting
thoughts. Mind again, remains susceptible to tempting glare and glitters of the
illusionary seeming world. What compounds the problem is that invariably
we are all born with a preconditioned
mind not allowing it to explore beyond
self-defined parameters and so often
truth eludes us.
But life has to keep marching ahead.
So, the question now is: What is the way
out of this impasse so as to prove an
achiever in the sport of life? The answer
lies in learning the ‘Art of Living’ holistically. That calls for identifying and
then perfecting the inlaid infirmities,
acknowledging and honing inlaid
potential, and develop inter-personal
relationship skills so as to team up well
with the world around. Also, you need
to be on full alert to smartly deal with
the callings of varying dynamics of
emerging times.
You like it or not, but you have to
learn anyway, whether consciously or
when forced by circumstances, the
choice is yours. When you learn consciously, life becomes easy. Otherwise,
when pulled down by circumstances,
there are two ways people usually
respond. Some get too much unnerved,
begin to sulk, get into guilt syndrome,
lose confidence, begin to doubt their
capacity, and life becomes cumbersome.
Others, draw lesson out of their failing,
reinvent themselves, and finally make it
to their dream destination. But all said
and done, even if you get over your failure, you prove to be a late starter,
because you are already left behind in
the run of time.
Evidently, the better course is to
consciously get into the learning process
well in time. For that, you need to have
a guru, who first shows your mirrorimage, and then leads you overcome
your frailties, and optimise your potential. In this respect, astrology too can
prove a great help, as it could dispassionately figure out the basic fabric of
your making.
Here is a case in point of someone
who has not been able to settle down in
life despite having moved into his forties. He wished to know: Why lady-luck
has been eluding him? He was told that
the root of his problem lied in his habit
tendencies. Let us now look at astrological pointers to his personality framework.
The Sun conjunct limiting Saturn
speaks of indwelling sense of negativity
that makes him begin looking at any-
thing with an element of doubt. Also,
there exists seed of fear and insecurity
that made him a habitual escapist. Mind
signifying Moon sandwiched between
Neptune and Ketu, occupies the sign
Sagittarius. It points out, in the first
place, a wavering mind not allowing
him to take decision in time, whereby
he often misses opportunities. Second,
he is tactless and un-diplomatic. He
would impulsively make ill-timed and
indiscreet statements often offending
those around. Third, Mercury placed
adverse to Rahu and Ketu does not let
him remain focused to his task for long.
Consequently, he is not able to pursue
any task in hand to its logical end and
leave midway through.
On top of all is his volatile emotionality, coming as it may with combust
Venus, read together with Jupiter placed
adverse to Moon. Late though, but circumstances have forced him to come for
a learning lesson to me, following which
he will be able to come out with his best
soon.
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