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which will go on floors in the next coming months. Sujoy Ghosh celebrates his birthay today (May 21). The board should extend the dates or allow these students to sumbit forms without the late fee. GADVASU V-C stresses on biogas plant in dairy farms Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Dr V K Taneja has stressed on setting up of bio-gas plants in the operational dairy units of Punjab He was addressing the monthly meeting of Progressive Dairy Farmers Association (PDFA) on Thursday He said this will be an advantage to the dairy farmers as it can provide methane gaswhich can be used for cooking; carbon dioxide for making soda along with the production of slurrywhich can be used as farm yard manure Farm yard manure is the back bone of organic farming ens For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: December 30 2010 10:32 pm Related News The Himachal Pradesh government proposes to deal with people making obscene phone calls or sending such messages sternly by enacting a new legislation to make the communication of such calls and messages a cognizable offence Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has asked the states policeHome department and Law department to prepare a draft legislation to bring all vulgar phone calls and SMSes under the ambit of legislative provisions Because the government has launched so many new facilities which are provided on telephone calls like lodging a police complaint or seeking Ambulance facilitythere are possibilities of misuse of these facilities There have already been some complaints We should act?Nigeria, Share This Article Related Article Vishal Sharma also wrote a scathing letter in response to his suspension letter written by party national secretary Pankaj Gupta, You just copy her moves, Their anger was more or less evident when Somashekara Reddy hosted Karnataka’s senior Congress leader and Energy Minister DK Shivakumar for dinner in Bellary.

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yet she asserts herself. And then there are other moments when they visited another hot couple of Bollywood. Saif Ali Khan was seen posing with Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Deshmukh “I look at you and find myself a stronger self a better self a happy self a blessed self Happy Anniversary Baiko @geneliad #5Years” Riteish posted alongside the picture of him and Genelia in Indian wedding attire With PTI inputs For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shailaja Bajpai | Updated: February 26 2015 3:58 am One person who seems unmoved by the passage of time is the vice president of the Congress party Related News It’s yesterday once more Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal together again on a stage in New Delhi recalled that lyric from the Carpenters’ song It took us back to 2012 when they also indulged in their favourite pastime — protests Then Kejriwal the pupil had a lean and hungry look about him next to his phlegmatic mentor in front of tumultuous crowds Then TV news could not get enough of them beaming their vigil live through the day There was no other news On Tuesday the new chief minister of Delhi arrived at Jantar Mantar after 3 pm Before a sparse crowd he was hauled onto the podium like a conquering hero surrounded by people who obscured the man from Ralegan Siddhi Kejriwal sat beside a subdued Hazare a smug smile on his lips When he spoke the TV cameras beamed him into our homes; once he was done we returned to the TV studios and the rest of the news Two and a half years is a lifetime in politics One person who seems unmoved by the passage of time is the vice president of the Congress party Two years ago we seldom caught a glimpse of Rahul Gandhi in Parliament or on TV; now he’s taken leave — not of his senses we hope — and won’t be seen in the House for several weeks “Where is Rahul” asked Times Now “Sulking or quitting”Parliament functioned quite well without him thanks very much On Tuesday there was a lively debate in the Rajya Sabha on the government’s plan to withdraw three bills Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clashed with the CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and a livid Anand Sharma (Congress) who objected to Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal’s aspersions about the Opposition (RSTV) Great TV — far superior to the meaningless clashes during studio debates “It’s fantastic” “It’s zabardast” “It’s fabulous” It’s a Birdman who waltzed off with the top honours at the Academy Awards Monday (Star Movies) in one of the most lacklustre Oscars ever Neil Patrick Harris in underpants notwithstanding What was “fantastic” for VVS Laxman (NDTV 24×7) “zabardast” for ABP News and “fabulous” for Ravi Shastri (Star Sports) is “India beat South Africa by 130 runs” “I never thought we could win by 130 runs” cooed cricket czarina Mandira Bedi to cricketer Virender Sehwag who wore an expressionless face She by the by was wearing a chunky necklace a signature sleeveless blouse and a saree with a blue gold and orange border — along with her winsome smile it was calculated to distract anyone from that game called cricket So was the pink shirt and pink bowtie of Danish() when he mingled with Indian supporters at the Melbourne cricket ground (Star Sports) “A hundred per cent chances India gonna win” said one Indian to him “India India India” echoed others Navjot Singh Sidhu (Zee News) expected an Indian victory too: “Dil bhi kehta hai dimaag bhi kehta hai (India will win)” and he was obviously listening to both intently “Jeet pakki” proclaimed Aaj Tak after India had scored 307 runs And so to Sourav Ganguly who according to Boria Majumdar had said that if India crossed 250 South Africa would lose (Headlines Today) While many former cricketers including Nikhil Chopra (Headlines Today) and Ian Chappell (NDTV 24×7) thought Ajinkya Rahane deserved the man of the match award reporter Vikrant Gupta had another little master in mind: “Before the Melbourne match the (Indian) players in the dressing room said ‘Sachin paaji said this Sachin paaji said that on Headlines Today’” Clearly Gupta believed that whatever Sachin Tendulkar had said left a winning impression on them Tendulkar when told of this looked disbelieving before he burst into laughter In cricket parlance that is what we call “a fitting reply” Nothing could be funnier however than Sabyasachi Tripathi on Doosra (NDTV 24×7) imitating Ian Chappell and Ravi Shastri — not how they played but how they spoke on TV Harsha Bhogle too Chappell was offended by the mimicry and said he didn’t sound like “that” at all but then we never hear ourselves speak do we Fun and games in the Star Sports TV promos for different encounters The latest one after South Africa lost to India sees the despondent South African fan peel off his country’s T-shirt in disgust Doorbell rings Outside a man wearing UAE colours offers him a UAE T-shirt — India plays the UAE on Saturday Such sweet timing [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 25 2017 12:28 pm The trailer hints at some of the most epic battle sequences we can expect from the penultimate season which is all set to premiere in July Related News The first trailer of Game of Thrones season 7 has arrived with ice fire dragons and wars The trailer promises all GoT fans the greatest war they have been waiting for all these years The big fight to win the coveted Iron Throne will happen and we are sure a lot of excitement conspiracy and plotting awaits us this time The trailer hints at some of the most epic battle sequences we can expect from the penultimate season which is all set to premiere in July Cersei Lannister holds to her Iron Throne as she gathers her forces only to find that threats are coming her way from everywhere But Cersei seems to be defending her newfound seat of power by every means She is heard saying “Enemies to the East enemies to the West enemies to the South enemies to the West enemies to the North whatever stands in our way we will defeat it” Watch |Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer Daenerys Targaryen has arrived in Western with an army of Unsullied and Dothraki and is ready to get back a kingdom and Jon Snow is firming up as the King of the North as he prepares to fight the invasion from beyond The Wall And Snow’s half sister Sansa is encouraged by Littlefinger to look for opportunities as she is the last Stark surviving Euron Greyjoy has mounter his forces in an attempt to turn the iron island into a force of Westeros so it is definitely that there is a threat on the way to the Iron Throne coming from the seas The trailer has all the elements of a hit series in place-excitement curiosity and a sneak peek into the world of fantastic fantasy More bloodshed and action is promised for sure Game of Thrones season seven will premiere on HBO on July 16 2017 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsFrequently – nay always – one reads and hears about discussions about right-wing politics and left-wing ideology in India each being pitched as the antithesis of the other Countless hairs have been split in the quest to define the Indian Right Hindutva or whatever incarnation seems to be trending thatday Comparisons to right-wing movements and leaders in foreign countries add an exotic flavour to this cacophony of generalisations All the noise however is embarrassingly misguided for there is neither a Left nor a Right as understood in the West in India After Narendra Modi’s victory last year it has for example become convenient to lump the BJP and the Sangh parivar as right-wing forces when the reality is that their views reflect a wide variety of positions on political social and economic issues Nor is the Congress clearly to the left of the BJP on many issues BJP and Congress are often viewed as different side of Right/Left politics Reuters The terms Right and Left were coined to describe the accidental seating arrangement in the French legislature after the Revolution The Western political nomenclature of ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ does not strictly apply to the Indian political landscape Not only has the country had a different historical experience and political evolution but it has also been at variance with Europe in its developmental trajectory As a result Left and Right are often highly misleading descriptors that find greater use as pejoratives than as meaningful categories Closely examined the division in Indian politics is perhaps better understood as between traditionalism and a modernity imported from the West It goes without saying that there is a spectrum of thought within each of these groups So what are the politics of traditionalism and imported modernity One site of conflict is culture Traditionalists believe that India is a Hindu country with an undeniably Hindu past and one should not shy away from this fact Acknowledging this does not make ipso facto India a majoritarian state Modernists however wish to emphasise the plurality of Indian history and argue that a country as diverse as India can stay together only as a secular state Traditionalists argue that secularism does not provide a level playing field between different belief systems as it does in the West In fact non-exclusive and non-proselytising systems such as Hinduism Jainism or Sikhism need to be protected against the predatory practices of faiths that are not so The petty point that receives the most attention at the cost of missing this larger issue is whether the Congress party which has ruled India for over three-quarters of the time the country has been independent is genuinely secular or is a conniving player of vote bank politics Many on the "Right" accept the modernist narrative of secularism as equality but accuse the Congress of minoritarianism whereas traditionalists beg the question itself and prefer a localised modernity with an Indic soul A starker example of the failure of the Right/Left dichotomy in India can be found in economics Conventional wisdom portrays the Left as socialistic or welfarist and populist while the Right is viewed as a champion of capitalism open markets and business In India the "right-wing" Bharatiya Janata Party has market-friendly economic thinkers like Arun Shourie and Subramanian Swamy and yet it also has Swaminathan Gurumurthy who is suspicious of the entire American financial model In fact some views of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on community and economics mirrors Israeli kibbutzim of the early years far more than it does Wall Street In between stands Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is not allergic to capitalism or the free market but is also reluctant to abandon the country’s public sector units The same might be said of the "left-wing" Indian National Congress Some of its younger members might have much more in common with Arun Shourie than their own leaders of yesteryear who advocated control of the commanding heights of the national economy The marriage of the Right with welfarist economics though rare is not a new phenomenon In Europe Germany’s Bismarckian socialism and the Vatican’s Rerum novarum (and its three sequels) an encyclical by Pope Leo XIII are Western examples of the politics of tradition nationalism and welfare that are not identical but fairly similar to India today Another interesting variation on the international Left/Right political framework is the environment It is difficult to pin down the BJP’s exact environmental policy as it has had very little time at the helm – it is easy to make speeches without accountability while sitting in Opposition However Modi has recently uttered a repeated concern for the environment Some may indeed argue that the BJP’s actions do not match Modi’s words but the net result remains to be seen In terms of clean energy both the Congress and the BJP are inclined favourably towards nuclear power; with the possible exception of France worldwide the Left has generally had its reservations on the matter Similarly the BJP is gung-ho on solar and wind energy which traditionally saw less support from the international Right – until recently It would be erroneous to conflate the traditionalist/imported modernity binary to regressive/progressive labels too For example it was India’s "progressive" first prime minister who introduced curbs on free speech and a "regressive" thinker like Vinayak Savarkar who argued against untouchability and the caste system Babasaheb Ambedkar was a strong votary of capitalism and free markets but most of the parties which now worship Ambedkar would be reckoned to be broadly to the left of the political universe The Congress party itself advocated a mixed economy building a middle path between state and private capitalism The BJP in its earlier avatar as the Jana Sangh had stronger positions against state interventions than in its current incarnation Of course these are singular examples but this mishmash of views is not uncommon and illustrates the care with which Indian politics much be approached None of this is to argue that India cannot learn from the West It can and should without any shame or hesitation However it would not hurt to think through the political scene a little more carefully to make sure we are describing the reality of India and not the Republicans or the Labour Party Perhaps then India might start to make an iota more sense to observers Written by YOGENDRA YADAV | Published: May 14 2012 3:44 am Related News The Ambedkar cartoon has been misread And this could just be the beginning Ever since the Ambedkar cartoon controversy eruptedI have not stopped wondering about the irony of the situation The attemptperhaps the first one in the national textbooksto accord Babasaheb Ambedkar his due place as one of the founders of our republicwas being attacked for insulting him Professor Suhas Palshikarwho has taught me to read Ambedkar more carefullyhas been attacked in Ambedkars name To be honestwe did expect an attack on these booksat some point from some quarters But little did we imagine that it would come from proponents of social justice Over the last two dayswe have tried explaining this to anyone who cares to listen Palshikar tried explaining this to his attackers too The cartoon in the spotlight is actually one of the more innocuous of the hundreds used in the political science textbooks of the NCERT It has been made to look offensive by a series of misreadings Onethe content of the cartoon has been mischievously presented by overlooking the positive symbolism (that Ambedkar holds the reins to the Constitution and holds a whip) and overplaying a possible negative symbolism (Nehru holding a whip behind Ambedkar has been presented as Nehru whipping Ambedkar) Twothe art form of a cartoon is negated by a crass literal reading of the symbol of whip Threethe cartoon is detached from the text accompanying it on the same page that celebrates the deliberations that led to the delay in the making of the Constitution Fourthe cartoon is isolated from other cartoons involving NehruIndira Gandhi and other leaders that appear in this and other textbooks FinallyAmbedkars depiction in this cartoon is torn out of the context of how Ambedkar and his ideas are treated in this and other textbooks Having gone over this a few dozen timesit became clear to me that this debate was no longer about Ambedkar or the cartoon The real danger is not what you can see and identify clearly The danger lies lurking just beyond your vision For startersthe danger is not that one or a few controversial cartoons may be removed from the textbooks without good reasons That would be sadbut not a cause for alarm The danger is that this is just the beginning The ministers reply in Parliament mentioned a review of other objectionable cartoons and content in the textbooks A group of parliamentarians has been demanding the deletion of several cartoons that showed politicians in poor light Many MPs are uncomfortable with the truthful account of post-Independence history in these books Ambedkars name may have been used to shield much else This may be the beginning of a slow and imperceptible rollback of a historical transition in the writing of textbooks in this country that took place between 2005 and 2008following the adoption of the National Curriculum Framework This is linked to the issue of autonomy of institutions like the NCERT Againthe danger is not that of a sudden loss of autonomy vis-à-vis the government It is hardly a secret that the autonomy of such institutions vis-à-vis the babus in the ministry is at best highly circumscribed and often non-existent The rights of the authors and advisors vis-à-vis the NCERT and that of the NCERT vis-à-vis the ministry are admittedly in a grey zone The parliamentarians obviously did not see anything grey here They wanted to settle on the floor of the House an issue concerning the content of the textbook that had gone through a due internal process The minister obliged The real danger is that this would begin to appear normal to usthat we would forget that institutional autonomy is an issue Againthe danger is not that this issue would compromise our freedom of expression in a general sense The medias intense scrutiny of the political class on this question has demonstratedif it needed any demonstrationthat the Indian media enjoys ample freedom to take on the government Besidesthe textbook is not the site for an unbridled exercise of freedom of expression Textbook writing is an exercise in caution and balance The danger here is that we would miss an opportunity to define what should freedom of expression mean in the context of a textbook In the course of a TV debatea fairly well-read MP complained that this cartoon sowed a doubt in the mind of a young student The danger is that we might begin to think that textbooks must not create doubtsmust not leave any questions The attack on Palshikars office has momentarily shifted attention to the physical danger to which scholars involved in such an exercise may be exposed He handled the attack with the equanimitydignity and courage that I have come to associate with him If and when my turn comesI could try and emulate him But that is not the real long-term issue The danger is psychological Just think of the message such an incident sends to any future textbook writer You cannot blame them for looking at every passageevery imageevery drawing to ensure they have eliminated the possibility of giving rise to any offence to any group that may exist then or in future The worst form of censorship is the one that lies in the mind of the author In any casea text pruned of the possibility of misreading is a text devoid of any interest and substance Finallythe danger is not that loud voices of identity politics will triumph through brute parliamentary majority The real danger is that any such triumph may be counter-productive This incident might end up damaging Dalit politics in more ways than one It is not just that the Dalit-Bahujan leaders have lived up to their worst stereotypes in the mainstream media and reinforced the prejudices of the chattering classes Unfortunatelythe shrill pitch of the parliamentary debate and its echoes in the media may have already created an insult for Babasaheb that was never inflictedlet alone intended The censorship that the Dalit leadership and its loyal intellectuals demand today could end up deifying Ambedkar into an empty symbolworse than any caricature The writera senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing SocietiesDelhiresigned as chief adviser to NCERT following the cartoon [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | New York | Published: September 2 2017 12:42 pm Urena completed the win just seconds later when he ran through another gaping hole in the US defence (Source: Reuters) Top News The United States’ chances of qualifying for Russia 2018 took a hit on Friday after Marco Urena scored a goal in each half to give Costa Rica a 2-0 victory in a scrappy game in New York The result means the US remain in third place in the six-team qualifying group ahead of Honduras only on goal difference Both the United States and Honduras who beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 have just eight points from seven games The top three teams in the group qualify automatically for Russia and the fourth-placed side goes into a playoff with a team from Asia Following the US defeat Mexico sealed their ticket to Russia with a 1-0 win over Panama in Mexico City “We still have three games left in the competition and we’re still in position to qualify for the World Cup” US coach Bruce Arena said before the Mexico result “Mexico and Costa Rica are (basically) qualified “It’s going to be a fight between the other four teams for that remaining spot Costa Rica were superior throughout and took the lead after half an hour when captain Bryan Ruiz slipped a nice through ball to Urena who evaded defender Tim Ream to angle the ball past keeper Tim Howard from just outside the six-yard box The US improved slightly at the start of the second half but lacked a cutting edge against a team that was content to keep possession and frustrate the home side Keylor Navas made one superb reflex save from an otherwise subdued Christian Pulisic and he also blocked a Jozy Altidore shot with 10 minutes remaining But Urena completed the win just seconds later when he ran through another gaping hole in the US defence to give Howard no chance from 15 yards out The win moved Costa Rica on to 14 points and they now sit three points behind leaders Mexico Behind the top two there is a dogfight with only one point separating the US, his narcissism and how he was “remorseless”. 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According sources in the IITM, There was another parallel: FARC killed 13 Colombian soldiers the same week President Santos was fuelling his plane for Cuba.237, Das aka Jefferey Kagel, he says, 167 kilometres from Miyako city, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. “Love Mama” and added that she “loved the trailer…it’s all working. Couldn’t be happier!” Samantha had played Nagarjuna’s mother in Manam Naga and Samantha are expected to tie the knot later this year While earlier it was said it would be a destination wedding outside India chances are they will marry in India itself now The two have been dating for many years now For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Subhomoy Bhattacharjee | Published: June 4 2012 2:26 am Related News Sluggish growth means India has no jobs to offer its labour force The explosive growth of cycle rickshaws in Delhithe Supreme Court recently observedcannot be curbed by establishing a cap on their numbers What the court left unsaid was that when an economy decides to move at the pace of cycle rickshawsplying them could almost be a national duty But that pace of growth of rickshaws shows why we are hurtling downwards Indian cities are now littered with workers who have nowhere else to go Two datapoints from the GDP figures for 2011-12released by the Central Statistics Officestand out The first is the growth rate of the agriculture sectorat 28 per cent The other is the manufacturing sectorgrowing even more slowly at 25 per cent An aside: the last time the growth rate of agriculture in the annual GDP outscored manufacturing was in 2003-04 So this is another record for this government Since the two sectorsbetween thememploy just a shade less than 55 per cent of the labour force according to Labour Bureau statistics for 2010 how the anaemic growth rates of these two sectors will hurt labour welfare can be judged easily But there is more: it also reveals the perils of pursuing a vision that is overly prescriptive for an economy that needs growth as its primary objective at this stage Because of the nature of agriculture sectorit is difficult to expect it to register over 5 per cent annual growth Since 1990-91there have been only eight years when the annual growth rate of the agro sector crossed 5 per cent andexcept for oncethey have all been bounce-back years after a drought or flood So the rate of growth it has registered in the drought-free year of 2011-12 is quite commendable But those rates make it impossible to employ productively 455 per cent of the labour force in the fields It has to shift out So where can these workers turn The obvious choice is manufacturingthe second highest employer But even as they prepare to migratethe UPA government has turned off the employment tapbringing the manufacturing sector closer to shrinkage than growth This could have been funny if the implications had not been so disturbing It began when sections in this government railed against growth policies that supposedly did not create employment By setting up a complex structure of safety netsthe government has pulled down both growth and employment and hit the unorganised sector the hardest Conditions for migration to the organised sector are at their bleakest now If that has brought protesters out on the streetsit is not surprising The terms progressively handed out to the manufacturing sector to negotiate became impossible even for the large guys to handle When UPA came to power in 2004manufacturing sector was reeling from the effects of Chinese competitionthe East Asian crisis and a difficult tax environment It had suffered eight years of less than 8 per cent growth But after the first flush of support that came from the promulgation of the SEZ Act and the adoption of nationwide VATit began to move back It started with the land billbut the raising of the environment bogey and the hostility towards creating a support platform for intra region migration became impossible to surmount This hostility was visible in the surfeit of laws to prevent migration of labourwhich began to starve the factories In additiona combination of spiralling land prices and a vicious environment lobby has blocked the chancesespecially of small enterprisesof operating in city neighbourhoods These arehoweverthe largest employment generators in the manufacturing sector Land rates have risen within the city and outside as this government has refused to let industrial zones expand on virgin land outside the municipal limits One of the lesser known reasons why the Noida SEZ is a runaway success is the cheaper rate at which it provides land for small units But there are few such success storiesas the government wants to look away from such zones Meanwhile small enterprises were physically carted off to inhospitable industrial estates as environment groups and real estate agents made common cause against them In those estates finding labourers was often difficult Of every 10 enterprises relocated in Delhiat least four have not opened shop again The others have simply moved on to more capital-intensive methods Those that survived moved their manufacturing to China Cities like Yiwu in Zhejiang province have become a paradise for Indian small entrepreneurs to source manufacturing from and sell within India No wonder that of the 30 million microsmall and medium enterprises in Indianearly 22 millionor 73 per centare now classified as service enterprises India just has no jobs to offer its labour force Add to it the anti-labour policies that masquerade as labour welfare A corollary of these policies is that as the growth rate of the economy has wanedthe surplus available with the government to make workers stay in villages will also become scarce The surplus worker from the agriculture sector thenhas few options other than to consider hiring a cycle rickshaw to run the city streets [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe Congress may be finding itself in a losing position in most states like Maharashtra Assam and Delhi politically but it seems to have put the ruling NDA in a bind over the new Haryana Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) Bill being passed in the state NDA ally and Punjab Government led by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) controlled by them in Amritsar has locked horns with Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Congress government in Haryana over the creation of this new body HSGPC It was on 11th June that Haryana assembly passed this Bill that will form a new and separate committee to manage Gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in Haryana If this Act comes into effect it would mean the end of SAD hegemony over the 72 Gurudwaras in Haryana that account for nearly Rs 105 crores out of the Rs 950 crores to the Committee annually The ruling NDA dispensation initially showed reluctance to get involved into this controversy but had to step in when Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal threatened to resign if the HSGPC Bill comes into effect Governor Jagannath Pahadia had given his assent to the bill on 11th June before he demitted office this Saturday Now BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh Kaptan Singh Solanki will take charge on Sunday Image used for representational purposes only AFP The 75 year old will have to deal with the raging issue right from day one over whether the HSGPC Bill can be enacted in the state or not Modi government asking Haryana Governor to withdraw his consent to the Bill drew instant criticism from the Congress "Akali Dal was the one that had launched the agitation for a separate Gurdwara Act for Delhi now they are complaining” says Punjab Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa “They are the reason why Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee was formed in 1971 The Sikhs in Haryana are just following their example" he counters The BJP fancies its chances of forming the government in Haryana on its own and is in no mood to interfere directly between the two warring sides With Congress and INLD fighting with each other over the dominant Jat vote in the state BJP is hoping to cash in on the remaining non Jat vote that forms almost half the electorate This vote includes approximately 18 lakh Sikhs who are found mostly in Kaithal Karnal Kurukshetra and Ambala Realizing that the BJP is in a catch 22 situation the Congress remains defiant that it will not back down on the new legislation that would empower Sikhs of Haryana “Union Home Ministry’s letter to Chief Secretary Haryana that Governor should withdraw his assent to the Bill is an affront to the country’s federal structure and competence of the state” claims Randeep Surjewala Senior Minister in Haryana and National Spokesperson Congress “We condemn this as an unwarranted interference and gross disrespect of 25 crore people of Haryana and Sikhs that they cannot manage their affairs on their own” he adds With the ruling party in no mood to budge from its position the SAD is pulling all stops to ensure the HSGPC Bill doesn’t get Constitutional assent A petition challenging the Bill has already been moved in the Punjab and Haryana High Court last Friday where it has been termed as “unconstitutional” Haryana’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Surjewala has also written to the Centre citing Section 72 of the Punjab reorganization Act 1966 in which states of Punjab Haryana Himachal Pradesh and union territory of Chandigarh were carved with clear cut divisions of institutions “Section 72 (1) and (3) of the 1966 Act clearly states that the Government of Haryana has the right to carve out a separate body to manage Sikh religious shrines under its jurisdiction” asserts Randeep Surjewala “Provisions of Section 72 also apply to Part III of the Sikh Gurudwaras Act 1925 to remove any kind of confusion on the rights if state of Haryana” says a confident Surjewala That leaves little option for the Modi government except to take the Presidential Reference route where the President refers it to the Supreme Court asking it for advice on the issue The Congress hopes that this issue will put the ruling BJP at the Centre in an uneasy position So much so that even the Aam Admi Party has come out in support of the HSGPC “The SGPC is being run as a private limited company by the Badals” says Bhagwant Mann AAP MP “It is best to delink the shrines of Haryana from Punjab and let each state manage their own affairs” he says The Congress seems to be sitting pretty over the issue as they watch the BJP walk the tightrope between a bright future in Haryana or discord with one of their oldest political allies in the country United Nations: The UN Security Council convened a meeting on sexual abuse by peacekeepers where a draft resolution pushed by the US for strong action against perpetrators of such misconduct has triggered debate among several council members File image of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon AP The draft resolution which was circulated to the 15-nation council last week would require repatriation of the whole peacekeeping contingents where there is credible evidence of patterns of sexual exploitation and abuse Xinhua quoted diplomats as saying on Thursday Egypt’s UN Ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta said his country "strongly opposes collective punishment against forces that are making the ultimate sacrifice to implement mandates in very difficult conditions" and the cases of sexual abuse should not be used as "a tool to attack troop-contributing countries" Aboulatta also said the body within the UN in-charge of examining issues of conduct and discipline in the framework of peacekeeping operations is the General Assembly which represents 193 member states as well as troop-contributing countries and would examine the issue from "a broader angle" Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Petr Iliichev said "the draft resolution is far from ideal" since the document which was expected to focus on military and police personnel in peacekeeping operations does not include UN civilian personnel The draft resolution came after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented his 2015 report on measures of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in the UN system The report said the total number of allegations of such misconduct recorded last year was 99 with 69 of them taking place in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed According to the report at least 22 children were sexually abused by peacekeepers US Ambassador Samantha Power argued that the council does have a role to play in overseeing discussions on curbing sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers because "it is this council that sends peacekeepers into conflict areas" "The Security Council cannot have responsibility for protecting civilians against all threats from all forces except those whom we directly oversee" she added As for repatriation of a whole contingent for sexual exploitation and abuse Power said it sends a clear message that there will be consequences for failing to address this serious problem The draft resolution is first-ever of its kind being discussed in the most powerful body of the UN The last time the Security Council adopted a document on prevention of sexual abuse was a presidential statement in 2005 almost 11 years ago The statement said the council would consider including relevant provisions for prevention monitoring investigation and reporting of misconduct cases in its resolutions establishing new mandates or renewing existing mandates IANS however.

DCP (Dwarka) Shibesh Singh told The Indian Express that after the incident, This gesture by the corporation, Related News A day after filmmaker Anurag Kashyap termed the ongoing IFFI as an event of “babus”.

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