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2016 7:57 pm Vidya Balan enjoys some quality time with her Hum Paanch co-stars. Farhat’s mother, This film belongs to you Baby!” Naam Shabana is directed by Shivam Nair It is a prequel to Taapsee’s first Bollywood hit film Baby At present Taapsee Pannu is juggling between multiple projects Apart from Naam Shabana the 29-year-old will be seen in The Ghazi Attack an underwater war film about the immense courage and undying patriotism of the men onboard the Indian submarine S-21 Also read |Naam Shabana first look: We can see Akshay Kumar’s reflection in Taapsee Pannu The other film that the Pink actor would be seen in is Runningshaadicom Co-starring Amit Sadh the film is scheduled for February 17 release Taapsee credits this film for making her fall in love with acting Look at Taapsee Pannu’s tweet and Akshay Kumar’s Instagram post: You know where she belongs but you don’t know her journey #NaamShabanaPoster pictwittercom/r6sWAltPrs — taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 5 2017 She said “It was during the making of Runningshaadicom that I fell in love with my profession Back when I was doing more Tamil and Telugu films I did Chashme Baddoor and I realised what it was like to speak my own language Hindi before the camera And with Runningshaadicom I understood how much I can do with language and its nuances and use my body language to its full potential” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: September 11 2017 10:29 am Ironically several officers who were in the contention for the ACB post after Mathur was made the state DGP have already retired or are due for retirement soon Related News MORE THAN a year after the then director general of Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Satish Mathur was given charge as of the state’s Director General of Police the post left vacant by his redesignation remains vacant A reply in response to a Right To Information (RTI) application filed by The Indian Express shows DGP Mathur in April this year wrote to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Sudhir Shrivastava requesting him to fill up the vacant post to avoid legal issues in future The letter written on April 12 addressed to Shrivastava says the post of DG ACB has been lying vacant since July 31 2016 It says apart from being the ACB chief the DG is also a member of the Police Establishment Board The PEB-1 that comprises five members including the DG ACB — considered the second most important police posting after the DGP — recommends promotions and postings of IPS officers in the state The letter says: “The said post if allowed to remain vacant for a long time could lead to legal issues in the future” It adds: “There are policemen of the rank of Additional Director General (ADG) that are available for promotion to the rank of DG A proposal to this effect has been sent to the government vide a letter on December 17 2016 It is requested that the post of DG ACB be filled by the government by appointing a suitable officer at the earliest” Repeated calls and text messages to Shrivastava went unanswered Ironically several officers who were in the contention for the ACB post after Mathur was made the state DGP have already retired or are due for retirement soon After Datta Padsalgikar a 1982 batch officer was made the Mumbai Police Commissioner senior DG rank officers who were eligible for the post included the then DG Home Guards and former Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria Meeran Borwankar and Prabhat Ranjan While Maria retired on January 31 this year Ranjan retired in August Borwankar who went to Delhi on deputation as the DG Bureau of Police Research and Development is due to retire at the end of this month A former ACB head said: “The ACB DG is a sensitive posting It is widely believed that till one point the state government was not interested in appointing certain officers But the post cannot be kept vacant for this long The ACB chief is also part of the five-member panel that recommends postings of IPS officers” Retired IPS officer and former ACB DG Praveen Dixit however said: “In the absence of DG ACB it (the bureau) is headed by an ADG rank officer which is good enough It depends on the determination and the hard work of the officer in-charge to ensure the ACB functions properly In the absence of the DG I believe the ADG ACB attends the PEB meetings” Markings on the records of the PEB meetings for the past year accessed under the RTI however show the presence of the four other members of the board [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by ANI | Washington | Published: March 22 2010 9:50 am Related News Seaweed could hold the key to conquering obesityscientists believe Their research shows that it can reduce fat uptake by more than 75 per cent Nowscientists at Newcastle University are adding the seaweed fibre to bread and launching trials to see if foods can be developed which can even help people lose weight The research teamled by Dr Iain Brownlee and Prof Jeff Pearsonhas found that dietary fibre in one of the world’s largest commercially used seaweed could reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body by around 75 per cent The team found that Alginate a natural fibre found in sea kelp stops the body from absorbing fat better than most anti-obesity treatments currently available over the counter Using an artificial gutthey tested the effectiveness of more than 60 different natural fibres by measuring the amount of fat that was digested and absorbed with each treatment Brownlee said the next step is to recruit volunteers and study whether the effects they have modelled in the lab can be reproduced in real peopleand whether such foods are truly acceptable in a normal diet “The aim of this study was to put these products to the test and our initial findings are that alginates significantly reduce fat digestion” said Brownlee “This suggests that if we can add the natural fibre to products commonly eaten daily – such as breadbiscuits and yoghurts up to three quarters of the fat contained in that meal could simply pass through the body “We have already added the alginate to bread and initial taste tests have been extremely encouraging Now the next step to carry out clinical trials to find out how effective they are when eaten as part of a normal diet” Brownlee dded The findings have been presented at the American Chemical Society Spring meeting in San Francisco For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Namrata Zakaria | Published: September 24 2014 11:39 am Related News Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a truly a visionnaire extraordinaire Not only did he extend the warmest welcome to the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his beaming wife he also managed to showcase how modern Amdavad not one of India’s big metropolises really is Just a week later on the much memed interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN Modi relaxed and indicated that our neighbour China was nothing special and much of its progress was only very recent If only he had waxed so prophetically to the fashion houses of Europe a little earlier many of whom have no less that 20 stores in Greater China (Mainland Hong Kong and Macau) he may have managed to proselytise a few As an Indian journalist travelling abroad and meeting various CEOs of luxury labels one cannot help but feel like a poorer country cousin to the behemoth that China has become Only now the tide is turning China is slowing the fashion industry down Its demand for luxury goods is on the wane Many causes can be attributed to this decline — an economic slowdown and the major anti-corruption drive in the government But most importantly China’s consumer is maturing It is moving away from logos and bling and growing resistant to big spends The financial results of Louis Vuitton Gucci and Prada are disappointing and all fingers are pointing eastwards Even Hermès that has just opened its flagship store in Shanghai and its 22nd in China says it needs to slow down here The Guardian reports: “There was no shortage of frocks and handbags in Milan last week as representatives of the $15 trillion global fashion industry gathered for the Spring 2015 trade shows Behind the glamour and gloss however there was discernible anxiety that the mighty Chinese consumer responsible for one-third of luxury goods and fashion sales is not living up to expectation” It further states that the luxury goods market in China has slowed by 2 per cent after rising as much as 30 per cent in 2011 Modi I suspect would call it as a classic case of easy come easy go And he would be absolutely right The new Chinese manufacturing-industry consumer is unlike India’s new IT-boom consumer The new Indian buyer has been far more circumspect and less easy to please It has demanded high quality and innovation as opposed to following the herd logic It has argued for better prices Whether it was a high-end luxury product or a high-street brand like Zara — each one had to correct its figures to make it in India Each time some marketing wiz-kid comes up with a case study where India has shown a theory to be true one can so easily present another case where the opposite theory is also true India has confounded everybody Everybody who came in for sheer business and magical numbers that is My constant reply to all — Indians studying luxury and foreigners seeking Indian markets — is the same The Indian consumer is an emotional consumer He/she will buy only when you win his/her heart and her mind While others will buy for a status update an Indian consumer will buy for love So yes come to India with your stores and factories and investment figures But take it easy and take your time Because India is a lady who likes it nice and slow E-mail:[email protected] For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe government’s back and forth over implementation of the e-way bill seen as a crucial piece of legislation for India’s road transport and logistics industry seems to characterise the pitfalls in the ambitious GST regime Never more than now as India’s truckers and goods transporters continue to struggle with state enforcement machineries like in the pre-GST days even as they complain about high input cost structure and under-the-radar goods’ transportation continues unabated Under the e-way bill facility it was proposed that movement of goods worth more than Rs 50000 by a registered entity will require prior online registration of the consignment on the GST portal and securing this e-way bill This was meant to be a change from the present system where no electronic invoice is required and checks instead happen through border checkposts or inspectors at each state The entity carrying the goods was to be mandated to carry the e-way bill along with invoice/bill of supply/delivery challan But sheer under preparedness of the GSTN network has thwarted the government and from initial implementation deadline of October; the deadline for e-way bill has now been pushed to June next year Representational image In a statement after the meeting of GST Council last Saturday the Finance Ministry spoke of its decision on the e-way bill: 1) Nationwide e-way Bill system will be ready to be rolled out on a trial basis latest by 16th January 2018 Trade and transporters can start using this system on a voluntary basis from 16th January 2018 2) Rules for implementation of nationwide e-way Bill system for Inter-State movement of goods on a compulsory basis will be notified with effect from 1st February 2018 States may choose their own timings for implementation of e-way Bill for intra-State movement of goods on any date before 1st June 2018 3) A Uniform System of e-way Bill for inter-State as well as intra-State movement will be implemented across the country by 1st June 2018 The unpreparedness of government machinery and the haste with which the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented from July this year is by now well known Along with other glitches the implementation of India’s biggest tax reform since Independence has been characterized by hampered goods’ movement across states as rules on goods’ movements have been slow in the making The government had initially pointed out that states had dismantled border checkposts after the GST system kicked in and this was one of the major achievements of the entire process What it failed to do however is check tax evasion and increased corruption regarding inter-state movement of goods post-GST Instead of checkposts state government inspectors now have mobile vans for inspections of inter-state goods movement which traders and truckers say has increased bribe payments etc manifold Some allege anywhere up to 100 trucks are stranded outside states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh as haggling over value of consignments continues between truckers and inspectors Obviously this has also slowed down the movement of goods further costing the transporters So were checkposts with varying levies across states and as any different tax formats ideal and should they make a comeback Far from it What transport experts had been pushing for was a two-step process central to which was the E-Way Bill: 1) Get every consignment valued above a certain benchmark figure (Rs 50000 to start with) for inter-state movement registered on the GST Network via an e-bill This will generate an E-Bill Number (EBN) on the trucker’s mobile phone and act as an e-way bill for goods’ transit 2) Over some time ensure GPS is installed on all trucks and vehicles used for inter-state truck movement so that goods’ movement can be tracked and appropriate tax levied The President of the All India Motor Transport Congress S K Mittal said there is no logic in even beginning with the e-way bill system from June next year unless RFID or GPS is made mandatory in each vehicle “We want human intervention on highways to be removed completely This can only happen when RFID is introduced For at least national permit holders for inter-state movement this should be a pre-requisite” Mittal said that though border checkposts have been dismantled tax inspectors stand with mobile phones across state highways stopping trucks at will “Truckers also need to know how to asses the value of the consignment being booked for transportation How can this happen unless the consignee has registered digitally We will be writing to Prime Minister to make inter-state goods movement free of human intervention and leave intra state movement up to state governments We will also ask him to stop releasing input tax credit to traders unless they have paid our freight charges” But Senior Fellow at Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT) S P Singh said speedy implementation of e-way bill is half the battle won and should be stressed upon RFID or GPS trackers in vehicles can come in the second stage He said Instead of making the e-bill facility voluntary the government should make it mandatory from February one and that the delay was probably due to non-readiness of the GST network Remember before GST came into being some states had a digital transit pass system but each state had a different format This made the system ineffective and cumbersome By pushing the e-way bill provision to June there is unnecessary delay When GST came into effect from July this year traders had stopped booking freight since they feared crackdowns but once they realized there was no digital billing they came right back and continued old ways of tax evasion by under invoicing This is what an e-waybill system will prevent in future Under this process the consignee has to book the consignment on the GSTN network get an OTP (e-way bill no or EBN) If there are 20 consignments on a truck each over Rs 20000 in value and traders who have booked have lodged invoices on GSTN then the the EBN number thus generated will be on driver mobile phone He will also carry paper invoices for consignments This helps tax compliance Government has earlier said that about 1% of consignments will be checked randomly and if any discrepancy found the fine will be 10 times the value of the consignment But to do any of this the GST network should be up and running The government should ensure that New Delhi: The Supreme Court said that a five-judge Constitution Bench on Thursday would hear pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre’s decision directing mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said that the larger bench would sit at 2 pm on Thursdayto take up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre’s decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes Representational image AFP The Centre had on 7 December told the apex court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail variousservices and welfare schemes would shortly be extended till 31 March next year On 27 November the apex court had said it may consider setting up a Constitution Bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes? We were honoured to confer her with Banga Bibhushan in 2015", After the revision, Saif Ali Khan made national headlines by announcing he was doing a film with Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman. recommended that women at high risk for pre-eclampsia use a daily low-dose aspirin after the first trimester. Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian showed why the Americans have been unbeatable as a team since 2011 when they racked up a total of 185.78 seconds to defeat Andre de Grasse of Canada. (Source: AP) Top News Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte commanded the Olympic spotlight Thursday for drastically different reasons Bolt completed an unprecedented third consecutive sweep of the 100- and 200-meter sprints an accomplishment that further elevated his status as the most decorated male sprinter in Olympic history He won the 200-meter race with a time of 1978 seconds to defeat Andre de Grasse of Canada He already claimed gold in the 100 in Rio Bolt did a lengthy victory lap around the stadium proudly carrying a Jamaican flag and even taking a selfie as he jubilantly celebrated the win in what he has long said is his favorite race “I’ve proven to the world I’m the greatest” Bolt said “This is what I came here for That’s what I’m doing This is why I said this is my last Olympics I can’t prove anything else” For all of the Olympic fanfare surrounding Bolt’s win American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates attracted attention for all the wrong reasons Lochte has been in the news all week over his ever-shifting claim that he and his teammates were robbed in a taxi at gunpoint by men carrying a badge during a night of partying Sunday Police now say the story was made up and that the intoxicated athletes vandalized a gas station bathroom and were questioned by guards about the incident before they paid about $50 for the damage and left The episode served as a distraction from several notable events in competition Thursday including another haul of American medals in track and field Jordan’s first Olympic championship in men’s taekwondo and the US women’s basketball team advancing to the Summer Games final yet again The US track and field team is on a magnificent run in Rio Americans took gold in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles They had a 1-2 finish in men’s shot put Ashton Eaton largely considered the world’s greatest all-around athlete won gold in decathlon for the second straight Olympics The feat may have garnered more attention if he weren’t sharing the stage with Bolt That’s 25 medals for the United States in track and field in Rio including nine gold Brazil picked up two more gold medals one in sailing and the other in beach volleyball The men’s volleyball team of Alison and Bruno set off a boisterous celebration in the rain on Copacabana Beach when they won the title match Earlier in the day the host country claimed gold in sailing after a dramatic finish in the women’s 49erFX event Winners Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze tumbled into the bay as they celebrated the win Other highlights from Day 13 of the Rio Games: SHAKUR FOR GOLD : No American has won a gold in boxing since 2004 but Shakur Stevenson hopes to change that The 19-year-old phenom who was named after rapper Tupac Shakur advanced to the gold match and has the support of Floyd Mayweather who has referred to Stevenson as “the next Floyd Mayweather” SUSPENSIONS : It was a busy day for doping suspensions Doping officials announced that a weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan swimmer from China cyclist from Brazil and canoeist from Moldova all tested positive for drugs The weightlifter was taking strychnine best known for its use as rat poison Athletes use it in small doses to boost muscle recovery STILL UNDEFEATED : The US women’s basketball team didn’t have its starting point guard Sue Bird in the semifinals against France after she injured her knee They still won by 19 points If the women beat Spain in the final Sunday it will be six straight golds for the US BIRDIE FEST : You know it’s a good day on the golf course when a player starts losing track of the number of birdies she makes Such was the case for American Stacy Lewis who carded 11 birdies and shot a 63 Her round could have been better if not for a double-bogey on the 14th hole And it still wasn’t enough for the lead Inbee Park of South Korea finished shot a 5-under 66 to lead by one DIVING DOMINATION : China has dominated the Olympic diving competition and the result in the women’s 10-meter platform suggests the success might be long-lasting Ren Qian won gold and she is only 15 years old BMX CRASHES : The BMX competition began on what many riders feared would be a treacherous course They ended up being right Several riders crashed in the BMX men’s quarterfinals and two-time defending gold medalist Maris Strombergs of Latvia was eliminated All three American riders advanced to the semifinals including Connor Fields who summed up the day like this: “The best I can describe it is put 800 lions in a cage throw out a big steak and open the doors That’s BMX” BADMINTON : It was a significant day at badminton Carolina Marin of Spain beat the defending Olympic champion from China to advance to the gold medal singles match Marin is world No 1 but her win is significant because China had been badminton’s superpower sweeping all five gold medals at the 2012 London Games And Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan won gold in women’s badminton doubles For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: July 10 2016 9:55 pm Andy Muray won the Wimbledon crown 6-4 7-6 7-6 after beating Milos Raonic (Source: Reuters) Top News Andy Murray claimed his second Wimbledon title with a clinical 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(2) defeat of big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Centre Court on Sunday The world number two champion in 2013 was in control throughout the two hour 48 minute contest as sixth seed Raonic’s power game made little impact on the 29-year-old Scot Murray took the opening set after a break of serve in the seventh game but was taken to a tiebreak in the second — winning it comfortably as he raised his game Raonic bidding to become Canada’s first grand slam singles champion had his first break points of the match at 2-2 in the third set but Murray snuffed out the danger letting out a huge roar after winning game point Twice Raonic held serve to stay in the match at 4-5 and 5-6 but Murray again upped the ante in the tiebreak winning the first five points as he surged towards victory Raonic saved one match point but Murray wrapped it up when he forced the Canadian to net a backhand After consoling his opponent Murray who also won the 2012 US Open sank his head into his towel with tears in his eyes Murray’s win was his third grand slam title and meant he avoided becoming the first man to lose in the final of the first three majors of the year in the professional era — having succumbed to Novak Djokovic in Australia and France For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 23 2016 12:31 am The police had granted temporary licenses to the four bars before taking them back again after it came to light that the four bars had flouted fire safety norms Related News THE MUMBAI Police have asked the nearly 100 bars whose owners have applied for permission to function them as dance bars to upgrade their security arrangements and re-apply Simultaneously the state government has formed an all party committee to come up with a new legislation that is likely to recommend stringent measures for the operation of dance bars Share This Article Related Article An officer said soon after temporary licences were provided to four dance bars the move backfired as security related loopholes were found in those dance bars when a top government bureaucrat carried out an inspection The bureaucrat found that there were not enough number of fire extinguishers or fire exits using which the bar dancers or patrons could escape in case of a fire It also led to the suspensions of four policemen from local police stations that gave the bars a green signal “We want to ensure such an incident is not repeated Hence before any licenses are granted to the other 100 bars that have applied for it they have been told to carry out a fire audit again” an officer said The officer said that the entire process may take several weeks He did not rule out the possibility that by then the new draft that the government-formed committee is preparing may be passed in the currently assembly session “It may eventually turn out that the bars may not open for a single day” the officer added The SC had asked the Mumbai police to ensure that the dance bars were granted licences by March 15 The police had granted temporary licenses to the four bars before taking them back again after it came to light that the four bars had flouted fire safety norms For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sandip G | Gros Islet | Updated: August 10 2016 11:05 am Darren Sammy was sacked as captain and not included for the two T20Is against India in the US (Source: Instagram) Top News Inside the Darren Sammy National Stadium young Alzarri Joseph was in the middle of a fiery spell reacquainting the Indian batsmen with the pace and bounce they encountered last year in Australia making them weave duck and hop Outside the arena nestled beneath a blue shamiana were a bunch of middle-aged men and women were shouting slogans vividly reminiscent of the commonly-spotted protest booths outside the parliament street in Delhi or in front of a minister’s house The motley group had no such political vendetta It was more of an emotion-triggered protest to resent the ouster of Darren Sammy from the national T20 squad But the word politics was ever present in their banners and placards “Stop the dirty politics in WICB board Sack Courtney Browne (selector) Three jeers for him” blared one banner Another one read :”Bravo Bravo Sammy you’re still out captain” A more capricious one read “Sack the useless Cameron He’ll kill West Indies cricket He’s a #@@@%” Some of the words were unprintable All of them had purchased tickets and wanted to enter the stadium but were denied access by the policemen But that didn’t discourage them from setting up their base camp inside a vacant water-stall near the western ticket booth They were unarmed and mostly peaceful until a shining blue SUV stopped by them The man on the wheels winded down the glasses of his window and the crowd suddenly went delirious almost trying to break into the vehicle alacritously trying to summon his notice “What’s this guys Did I tell you to protest for me Stop this guys” implored Sammy thronged by a group of protesters cameramen and a few curious passers-by As he went to park his car by the side the protesters amped up their decibels Sammy shrugging his head and smiling that beatific smile soon addressed the gathering near the shamiana with the diplomatic tact of a nuanced politician “I understand your passion and appreciate your love for me But guys let’s be peaceful Don’t make it a scene It’s up to selectors to pick or drop me Let’s not get into that I’m here to see my boys play Whether I’m in the team or not I always want to cheer for my team As you are all my friends I expect this from you too Let’s make St Lucia proud and cheer for West Indies” he said his words drowning in the applause that followed Soon the protesters not only mellowed down but also turned fans dropping their banners and other paraphernalia and posing for selfies and photo-ops with him As Sammy walked into the stadium they reassembled in their cordon and continued shouting slogans with a refreshed energy The 70-odd group were not merely from Gros Islet or its neighboring Castries the country’s capital “We have assembled from every part of the country from his parish Micould Dennery and Soufriere We are not an organisation as such and became friends through Facebook and Twitter We were all pretty angry at the selectors dropping Sammy and so we thought organise a protest and suddenly made a plan We don’t want to stop or boycott the Test match but want to show how much we love him The entire country is behind him and we expect better transparency from the selectors” explained Etchek Albert the chief organiser of the protest Undaunted by the piercing sun they kept on shouting till lunch Albert says they will be a permanent fixture throughout the Test Until Sammy and his countrymen are served justice he asserts For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Inder Malhotra | Published: February 16 2015 2:57 am Related News Whohad lost the 1989 general election was clear to all It was Rajiv Gandhi Even though he headed the largest party in the Lok Sabha with 197 seats the number of seats he had lost was well over 200 In any case he was in no position to form a government However no one seemed to know who exactly had won For the defeated prime minister’s main challenger VP Singh had by his side only 154 MPs an assortment of various elements of the late unlamented Janata collectively named the National Front (NF) The BJP that had been reduced to precisely two members in a House of 543 in the election held after Indira Gandhi’s assassination now had a strength of 86 This was partly due to seat adjustments with Singh The saffron party was therefore keen on supporting his government “from the outside” if only to keep the Congress out Remarkably the other pole of the political spectrum the CPM-led Left Front also took the same position It was in the midst of tremendous goodwill and enthusiasm that the new government was sworn in on December 2 1989 But the beginning was marred partly because of the way the new rulers behaved and partly because of developments beyond their control Like Morarji Desai — the man who having spent most of his life as a senior Congress leader headed the first non-Congress indeed anti-Congress government — Singh too had spent the bulk of his career in the Congress Both men also shared a self-destructive streak of self-righteousness Furthermore both believed that they were “natural leaders” of any coalition but insisted that they be elected unanimously (Illustration by: CR Sasikumar) In Morarji’s case unanimity was brought about by two great leaders Jayaprakash Narayan better known as JP whose movement against Indira Gandhi had led to the Emergency and then to the dethronement of the “empress” and Acharya Kripalani a leader of the Nehru generation Singh had no such helping hand Chandra Shekhar who was president of the Janata when it was in power remained firm in his resolve to contest him To call what Singh did next disingenuous would be the understatement of the century He told Chandra Shekhar that he had agreed to the government being led by Devi Lal the patriarch of Haryana politics and an over-assertive leader of the Jats a caste of well-off farmers Thereafter Devi Lal was elected leader of the NF unanimously As pre-arranged Devi Lal got up profusely thanked everyone for doing him the honour and pointed out that he was old that entire Haryana called him “tau” (elder uncle) and since he was unable to accept the job he would suggest that Singh be chosen Amidst cheers the motion was carried Chandra Shekhar was visibly livid It took a few days for the government to be formed and ministerial responsibilities assigned A remarkable and widely admired initiative of the new prime minister was to allocate the powerful home portfolio to Mufti Mohammad Sayeed a “mainstream” politician from Kashmir This was the first and so far only case of a Muslim being appointed India’s home minister Singh obviously hoped his move would be popular with Muslims in the country in general and in the Kashmir Valley then being ravaged by militancy since early 1989 in particular What the reaction was elsewhere is immaterial but what happened in Kashmir was shattering and was to be a major headache for the country for well over a decade On December 8 the militants of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) kidnapped Mufti sahib’s daughter Rubaiya Sayeed a doctor on way to work For her release they demanded that five specified JKLF activists be freed from detention The state chief minister Farooq Abdullah refused to yield to the militants’ demand but the prime minister overruled him Five days later the jailed militants were freed Welcomed by a large crowd they were marched through the streets of Srinagar amid provocative and ominous slogans Rubaiya Sayeed was reunited with her family Militants of all hues in the Valley considered the government’s capitulation a major victory and intensified their activities Alarmed by the fast deteriorating situation in Kashmir the Union government sent back to the state as governor a competent and courageous administrator Jagmohan who had served in the same position for five years earlier Abdullah resigned in protest against Jagmohan’s appointment To prevent the situation from getting out of hand Jagmohan imposed President’s Rule and dissolved the state assembly No new government could be formed in the state without fresh elections which were impossible given the egregious violence In handling the challenge in Kashmir the Central government was shockingly inept The maverick George Fernandes railway minister was opposed to Jagmohan’s firm policy and wanted the problem to be solved through negotiations with the militants He virtually took over as minister for Kashmir affairs much to the annoyance of “the Mufti” Jagmohan was recalled It is necessary now to revert to the swearing-in of Singh’s council of ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan To be made deputy prime minister was Devi Lal’s price for his support to Singh Before administering the oath of office the president explained to him that under the established procedure he would be sworn in as a cabinet minister and appointed deputy prime minister immediately after the ceremony But at every stage of oath-taking Devi Lal went on proclaiming loudly that he was DPM This was only a display of bad manners and crudity However what happened four hours later at nearby Haryana Bhavan was both startling and shabby Devi Lal’s son Om Prakash Chautala was sworn in as Haryana’s chief minister During the election campaign the NF leaders had made snide remarks often enough about the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty On day one after coming to power they proved that dynastic succession and the promotion of progeny were not the monopoly ofthe Congress The writer is a New Delhi-based political commentator For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 23 2017 6:42 am The south phase will run from the Princess Street flyover till the south end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link the North phase will cover the stretch from the north end of the Bandra Worli Sea Link till Kandivli (Representational Image) Related News The tendering process for the Rs 12000-crore Coastal Road project has entered the last stage as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is set to invite proposals from the qualified bidders this week At the current pace of the tendering process the work on the ground is expected to begin from January next year instead of the previous plan of starting it by end of this year When the BMC had invited interested companies to submit their qualifications back in November last year 13 companies in the form of eight joint ventures had bid for the three parts of the southern phase of the project While civic officials were not keen on divulging further details they said some of the bidders have not qualified for the Request for Proposal stage “We will intimate the bidders who did not qualify for the project in writing today with the reasons for their disqualification They will then have a chance to put up a representation in case they wish to object to our decision and they will be entitled to a hearing as well” said an official on Tuesday Within the next couple of days invitations will be send to the bidders who qualified and they will have time until November 21 to submit their proposals After their proposals have been analysed by the BMC-appointed consultant the financial bids will be opened and as per the norms the project will be given to the lowest bidder Senior officials said that after the contract has been awarded the agencies will have a month for mobilisation of resources after which the work will begin most likely from January The Coastal Road project has been divided into the northern and southern phase While the south phase will run from the Princess Street flyover till the south end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link the North phase will cover the stretch from the north end of the Bandra Worli Sea Link till Kandivli For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 18 2017 5:32 pm Ranveer Singh has once again stepped into the shoes of a rapper for an ad campaign Related News Remember Ranveer Singh being slammed by his many fans for a sexist advertisement of a clothing brand Yes the one where we saw him onhoardings carrying a miniskirt-clad girl on his shoulders with the tagline ‘Take your work home’ written beneath it That time the Bajirao of Bollywood managed to calm down the social media outrage by releasing a public apology followed by the brand taking off the advertisement But now be ready to witness another ad campaign of the same brand featuring Ranveer Singh Before you start hyperventilating thinking that your favourite star is going to land in trouble once again we must tell you there is nothing scandalous about this one Also read |Ranveer Singh claims Arjun Kapoor as his Half Girlfriend pushes Shraddha Kapoor away Watch video Ranveer shared a teaser of the ad campaign of Jack and Jones on his Instagram account And we can not wait to watch the full video In the teaser we see Bollywood’s livewire Ranveer turninga rapper In the video sitting on a pile of clothes the actor says he is obsessed with speaking the truth and everyone should be careful of him as he is an ‘aafat’ (a trouble) “All hell’s about to break loose @jackjonesindia #DontHoldBack” Ranveer wrote along with the video The rap is the second in the series ‘Don’t Hold Back’ The 31-year-old actor has written and recorded a rap song for the same clothing brand last year too At the time of the release of the last video Ranveer said “I don’t ever hold back I don’t believe in having these filters I don’t believe in living in the fear of judgments and consequence I just live my life on a daily basis and do what makes me happy” This is not the first tryst of Ranveer with rapping The actor recently rapped for Zoya Akhtar’s directorial Gully Boy where he will be sharing the screen with Alia Bhatt In the film he plays rapper Naezy aka Naved Shaikh from Kurla slum in Mumbai He first rapped a number for his 2011 film Ladies vs Ricky Bahl For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 18 2017 8:06 pm Newly-elected mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation Preeti Aggarwal (3rd L) and councillors at the Civic Center in New Delhi on Thursday (PTI File Photo) Related News The first House of North Delhi mayor Preeti Aggarwal witnessed chaotic scenes on Thursday with Opposition alleging protocol violation for letting in “BJP supporters” who chanted ‘Modi Modi’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’ The uproar began soon after the new mayor took charge as the Opposition members objected to the entry of “unauthorised” people into the House and other matters Leader of Opposition Rakesh Kumar (AAP) and several Congress councillors alleged that many BJP supporters had entered into the House unauthorisedly and disturbed the proceedings by chanting “Modi Modi” and “Jai Shri Ram” “It was a failure and mismanagement on the part of the municipal authorities How could outsiders enter the House when there is a strict regulation” Kumar said He said the chants continued and BJP members and workers thronged the stage after mayor was elected “On top of that the mayor after assuming charge had nearly dismissed the House before the Leader of Opposition could address It was only after a senior BJP leader timely reminded her that the Leader of Opposition has not spoken that I could make my speech” Kumar told reporters The AAP councillor from Ajemri Gate further alleged that Aggarwal is “not aware of the House protocol” and is “incompetent” of discharging her duties as a mayor Aggarwal a first-time councillor (Rohini-F ward) was elected unopposed as the North Delhi Mayor The AAP and the Congress) condemned the “protocol violations” saying the House should be used to discuss listed matters only and any political activity should not be allowed Several outsiders had crowded the corridors of the House which took place in a meeting hall of the Civic Centre the headquarters of the NDMC Many also made a bid to enter the hall forcibly before being warded off by security personnel Some media personnel were also caught in the melee During the oath-taking ceremony some BJP councillors raised “pro-Modi pro-Yogi and pro-BJP slogans” which were objected to by the AAP and the Congress The Congress councillors later on also sparred with the new mayor alleging that their party was “being deliberately ignored” Malka Ganj Councillor Guddi Devi claimed the Congress party had to “beg” to authorities to get a room in the Civic Centre office “The mayor after getting elected has let all the BJP supporters throng the dais to greet her and take photographs with her but didn’t have the decency to even let councillors of the opposition parties to stand there for a while She wants to ignore the Opposition” Devi alleged Aggarwal in her response said a room has been alloted to the Congress party and the key is with Seema Tahira the Congress councillor from Bazar Sita Ram who was also elected a member of the Standing Committee of the NDMC Several Congress councillors including Devi Tahira and Aaley Mohammaed Iqbal (Delhi Gate) also heckled Leader of Opposition Kumar during his speech asking the AAP to also “give answers on civic funding and Kapil Mishra’s allegations” After few hours of proceedings the House was adjourned For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 19

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