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“We then sip a cycle-walah’s chai at Marine Drive and probably get a massage from the malishwalahs if they are around. not be applicable for the Mumbai Market Committee. Jainism and Buddhism, And four,the only proactive measure the PM could think of is to resurrect and brandish the controversial Prevention of Communal Violence Bill ?s actions for suffering people? The governing classin particularmust ensure that policies relating to sensitive communalethnic or racial issues are not only fair and just butimportantlydo not exacerbate social tensions Unfortunatelythe billeven before becoming lawhas already deeply polarised our society The criticsincluding the BJPs Arun Jaitleycontend that by aiming to protect only one section of the peoplethe bill will reinforce the communal divide Significantlya large section of minorities is also averse to legislation of this kindwhich will facilitate fundamentalist forces to whip up a frenzy against them Their cynicism also stems from the fact thatdespite an exemplary Constitution and a plethora of stringent lawsthere has been no let-up in communal riots They believe that rigorous implementation of the existing laws is needednot a new law The new draft of the bill has scrapped the proposed national authority and entrusted the functions of overseeing communal harmony to the NHRCalong with dilution of powers an amendment clearly designed to appease the states How will such a toothless recommendatory body contribute to ensuring justice and communal harmony In a caring societystrong legislation to protect the most vulnerable sections would have been considered vital for establishing social harmony But we live in strange times where a just cause does not necessarily receive widespread approval The irrelevance or insignificance of issues of justice and sheer humaneness in the realm of realpolitik was evident in 1984 when the Congress swept to power in the immediate aftermath of the Sikh massacreand again in Gujarat where the dispensation that presided over the 2002 riots won three successive state elections with a massive mandate Instead of fuelling discord through such legislationthe government should think of ways to promote fraternity among communitieswhich is the need of the hour The writera former civil servantis secretary general of the Lok Janshakti Party Views are personal [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: April 15 2017 6:59 pm Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan attend the opening of filmmaker Bharathiraja’s acting school Related News Superstar Rajinikanth was at his witty best at the inaugural function of filmmaker Bharathiraja’s BRIIC short for Bharathiraja International Institute of Cinema in Chennai recently He spoke about his ‘complicated’ relationship with the veteran filmmaker who never accepted him as a good actor “I like him (Bharathiraja) very much He likes me as a good person but doesn’t like me as an actor” he said “In his old interviews when journalists used to ask Bharathiraja’s opinion on me as an actor he would say ‘He is a good human being’ He never accepted me as a good actor” said Rajinikanth who enjoys a demi-god status among the fans in Tamil Nadu “I could read his face and hear his mind voice He always wondered how I become such a big actor” he added He said Bharathiraja asked for his ‘time’ only twice so far Once for the shooting of 1977 film 16 Vayathinile and the second time for inauguration event of his acting school 16 Vayathinile was the directorial debut of Bharathiraja which had Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan While Kamal played the protagonist Rajinikanth made a mark in the film as a villain “I too was a film institute student Although I learned more from my mentor late K Balachander and other directors on sets I know how studying in a film school could be helpful in getting the right contacts and honing your skills” he added Rajinikanth has finished shooting for his portions for his forthcoming film 20 which is scheduled to hit the screens this Diwali The film also stars Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in lead roles Directed by Shankar the film is reportedly being made on a budget of Rs 400 crore He will also begin shooting for his next film with director Pa Ranjith from next month The film will be produced by his son-in-law Dhanush under his home production banner Wunderbar Films For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 18 2017 3:16 pm Bigg Boss 10 contestant Swami Om had levied several accusations after exiting the show including targeting host Salman Khan too Related News Bigg Boss 10 is getting as bizarre as you can think of It seems the makers threw contestant Swami Om out of the Salman Khan-hosted show only to bring him back within three weeks Undoubtedly the most controversial contestant in the history of Bigg Boss Swami Om will be seen attending the show’s finale According to sources Swami Om was eager to attend the finale which is now less than two weeks away “He wanted to be on the finale and the makers agreed” an insider told indianexpresscom Also read | Swami Om threatens to sabotage Bigg Boss 10 finale wants to become ‘greatest villain’ of Hollywood WATCH VIDEO |Ajaz Khan Wants To Beat Up Swami Om It will be interesting to see how the show’s host and superstar Salman Khan will react to this news considering the actor had announced that Swami should not return to the channel Colors leave aside the show Also since Swami has been on a spree of making unsavoury comments about Salman apart from unleashing nasty allegations against other contestants on the show after he was shown the door Also read |Swami Om claims Salman Khan ‘pleading’ with him to come back to Bigg Boss Swami Om has been enjoying media’s attention after his unceremonious ouster He has been telling various channels that Salman was afraid of him and he even slapped the 51-year-old star Swami had further claimed that Salman in fact wanted him to attend the finale While Salman’s feelings for Swami Om have been quite apparent on the show many times he didn’t let him speak on the Weekend Ka Vaar episodes by ordering him to tie a cloth around his mouth and reprimanded him for his disgusting antics WATCH VIDEO |Bigg Boss 10 January 17 Review: Manu Punjabi Upset From Mona Lisa’s Fiance While Bigg Boss kept warning Swami Om for his unscrupulous behaviour on the show the man was finally kicked out when he threw his pee on fellow contestants Bani Judge and Rohan Mehra during one of the tasks In the light of all this the makers allowing him to attend the finale along with other former contestants raises a question over the authenticity of the previous decision and denunciation of Swami who according to many viewers has been the reason that the standard of the reality show stooped to its lowest this season For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Ashok Gulati Prerna Terway | Published: April 11 2016 12:12 am The RBI Committee on Medium-Term Path on Financial Inclusion (2015) has already recommended phasing out the interest subvention scheme and moving towards universal crop insurance Related News The Union budget for 2016-17 has provisioned Rs 15000 crore on account of interest subvention for short-term agricultural credit up by Rs 2000 crore over the revised estimate for FY16 The mere shifting of this line item from the department of financial services to the department of agriculture (DoA) gave an illusion of the funding for the DoA drastically increasing by 127 per cent In reality it was only nominally better But here we are more concerned about the swelling of unpaid bills of the interest subvention scheme The last few budgets have consistently under-provisioned for the interest subvention subsidy and as a result the cumulative unpaid bills on this account to the banking system had already touched Rs 35000 crore in FY15 If not nipped now they may cross Rs 50000 crore by FY17 without much benefit to the majority of farmers Why do we say so The interest subvention scheme was introduced in 2006-07 to help farmers with cheaper credit for crop loans It provided interest subvention at 2 per cent to banks for making crop loans available to farmers at 7 per cent Further an additional subvention of 1 per cent was introduced for farmers who repaid their loans on or before the due date; this was increased to 3 per cent in 2011-12 Thus farmers who pay their dues on time receive a subvention of 5 per cent and are charged an effective interest rate of 4 per cent Some states like Madhya Pradesh have even given loans at zero interest to farmers The banks are required to first credit the subvention amount to the farmer’s account and then seek reimbursement from Nabard/ the RBI Therefore any delay in settlement of claims of the banks and/ or insufficient budgetary allocations towards this scheme could have severe implications for the financial health of the banking sector With short-term agri credit growing at an average rate of 18 per cent per annum for the last five years the financial liability under this scheme has been increasing sharply However in recent budgets allocations have been far below the actual requirements resulting in a mounting backlog of unsettled claims This cumulative backlog stood at almost Rs 35000 crore by FY15 The budgeted amount of Rs 15000 crore in FY17 therefore is obviously way too little to meet the current year’s needs and settle the previous backlog All this perhaps could have been justified if surging agri credit was leading to high growth in agriculture and rising profitability But the reality is exactly the opposite In the last two years average agri GDP growth has collapsed to less than 05 per cent and profitability in farming has crashed leading to acute farm distress The puzzle of rising farm credit at cheaper rates and falling farm incomes can be understood if one digs a little deeper to see how this scheme is being implemented It smacks of substantial diversion of funds away from agriculture A farmer who receives loans at a concessional rate of 4 per cent has the incentive to borrow as much as possible and then divert at least part of it to fixed deposits earning around 7-8 per cent interest or even become a money lender and extend loans at 15-20 per cent interest to those who don’t have access to formal institutional sources of finance It is curious that the short-term credit from institutional sources exceeded even the total value of inputs used in agriculture in 2014 by about 10 per cent while the data from the All India Debt and Investment Survey revealed that 44 per cent of loans taken by farmers were from non-institutional sources in 2013 This clearly indicates that a substantial part (at least 30 to 40 per cent) of crop loans under the interest subvention scheme is getting diverted to non-agricultural uses Further supporting evidence of this comes from the sudden spike in agri loans — often crossing 60 per cent of the annual disbursement — that one witnesses in the last quarter of the fiscal year though there is not much agri activity during the January-March quarter It is time to wake up plug these “leakages” and rationalise the interest subvention subsidy The RBI Committee on Medium-Term Path on Financial Inclusion (2015) has already recommended phasing out the interest subvention scheme and moving towards universal crop insurance It is better to use an income policy and directly transfer money to farmers’ accounts linked to Aadhaar for all input subsidies like fertilisers seeds farm machinery and agri credit and give them freedom to choose the right mix of inputs at market prices We need to change the policy instrument — from price policy (subsidising inputs) to income policy (direct transfer to farmers’ accounts) This will help reduce efficiency losses in the system China has already moved in this direction It is now time for India to make this switch The farm sector is crying out for bold reforms Start by directly transferring input subsidies to farmers’ accounts and let the markets for inputs be freed This will plug various leakages which hover anywhere from 30 to 40 per cent promote efficiency and will be more equitous as a subsidy income package can be designed on a per-hectare basis with smaller landholders getting a higher per-hectare rate This will be a win-win situation Politically too it will pay off handsomely as money will come directly to the accounts of farmers and the PM’s seminal work in the Jan Dhan Yojana will bear fruit Put money into farmers’ accounts and let the markets do the rest Gulati is Infosys chair professor for agriculture and Terway a research assistant at Icrier Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express AppAn AAP Minister has demanded a law for "public" killing of rapists saying they should be treated as "terrorists" while also advocating the need to give arms training to women Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra made the comments in his blog in the wake of the Bulandshahar gangrape incident which he said "can happen to anyone anytime" In last one year "450 minor girls" have been raped in the national capital Mishra claimed "I have been against death penalty for a long time but I want to say that rapists are terrorists and they should be treated like one" ".give arms and arms training to all girls and women Let them kill those who try to rape them let them kill their rapists Give exemplary punishment Parliament should pass a special law following the Bulandshahar incident and rapists should be killed publicly" Mishra wrote Mishra AAP’s Karawal Nagar MLA and one of its most vocal leaders said age bar for trying should be done away with while dealing with sexual offenders as "if one is old enough to rape he is old enough to be punished like adults" He demanded that identity of criminals who have raped or sexually harassed a female should be made public "The burden of the crime should fall on the criminal and not the victim" With inputs from PTI By: PTI | Published: September 5 2017 4:32 pm Top News On the occasion to mark 30 days to the Under-17 FIFA World Cup world football legends are set to enthral fans when they play an exhibition match against a mixed gender former Indian stars in Mumbai on Wednesday The FIFA legends including World Cup winner Frenchman Marcel Desailly Colombian great Carlos Valderrama Spain’s Fernando Morientes Mexican Jorge Campos and Nigerian Emmanuel Amuneke will roll back the years and turn out for a short match at the D Y Patil Stadium It is learnt that the FIFA Legends vs Indian Legends match will be of 20 minutes duration with two halves of 10 minutes each The Indian side will have the likes of former Indian men’s team captain Renedy Singh and legendary women footballer Bembem Devi The current Indian women’s team captain Bala Devi will also be a part of the mixed gender team Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia was to be part of the team but he will not be able to take part in the exhibition match on Wednesday due to a back problem The recently launched official song of the U-17 World Cup will be played during the half-time The FIFA legends will also unveil the U-17 World Cup Winners’ Trophy as part of the Mumbai leg of the trophy experience They will also take part in a Facebook AMU giving fans a chance to get their questions answered by any one of them and know more about their iconic careers An iconic member of the Colombian team (1985-1998) Valderrama also known as ‘El Pibe’ played in three editions of the FIFA World Cup in a decorated career Morientes featured in two editions of the FIFA World Cup for Spain and is fondly remembered for his three UEFA Champions League trophies with Real Madrid Desailly was part of the French side that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and went on to captain ‘Les Bleus’ to two FIFA Confederations Cup titles in 2001 and 2003 winning numerous other trophies along the way The striker-turned-goalkeeper Jorge Campos revolutionised the art of goalkeeping and was Mexico’s undisputed first-choice custodian in successive editions of the FIFA World Cup– USA 1994 and France 1998 A former Nigeria international at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Olympic gold medallist in 1996 Amuneke started a successful coaching career that saw him leading the Golden Eaglets to glory at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 in Chile Entry for the exhibition match is free and the D Y Patil Stadium has been revamped for the prestigious tournament with newly fitted seats and extended roof-top Earlier India had hosted FIFA legends like Carlos Puyol Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu as part of the lead-up to the tournament which kicks off on October 6 Navi Mumbai New Delhi Kolkata Guwahati Kochi and Margao are the six venues of the tournament For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published: August 13 2017 4:23 pm Mathematician Anand Kumar was overwhelmed with Hrithik Roshan’s hospitality Related News Hrithik Roshan has started to prep for his next film based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar The actor was seen spending some quality time getting to know his ‘character’ in person having a conversation with Anand who was in Mumbai yesterday Hrithik invited Anand to his house and going by the pictures shared by Anand on his Facebook account it seems the two have had a nice session along with director Vikas Behl Anand who seemed extremely happy to have met the Kaabil actor wrote on Facebook “Just returned to Patna from Mumbai But really I can’t forget my meeting yesterday with Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan The way he invited me to his house and gave me the honour really showed that he is not just a great artist but also a great human being Thanks Hrithik ji thanks a lot” Just a day before meeting Hrithik Anand also met Toilet Ek Prem Katha actor Akshay Kumar Sharing a picture with him Anand wrote “Today I was invited by cine star Akshay Kumar and after the release of ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’ I met him over a cup of tea at his residence There was a long chat It felt nice” Hrithik’s biopic which is tentatively being titled Super 30 is named afterthe coaching centre Anand Kumar runs in Patna Anand had started Super 30 programmeto coach economically impoverished students for IIT-JEE The film will also focus on his journey of starting Super 30 and how devoted his life to grooming the IIT aspirants This is the first time Hrithik is working with the Queen director For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Miniya Chatterji | Published: January 31 2012 2:59 am Related News Davos saw the emergence of a youngmulticultural leadership At Davos this yearthe 42nd annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that is popularly known by the name of the tiny Swiss Alpine village that hosts itmore than 2600 leaders from businessgovernmentcivil societyacademiamediaarts and entertainment from across the world pinned on their name-tags and slipped in and out of conferencesmeetingsand nightcaps rolling up their sleevesdiscussing challenges that face the global communityworking towards solutionsexchanging ideasand also in the hallways sealing a few political and business transactions The view from the backstage could be even more fascinating For instanceone finds that the face of leadership is changing It is youngeragile and multicultural The Arab Spring and other youth-driven peoples movements have catalysed the young generation into action Globalisations three pillars flow of peoplemoney and ideas have created a fourth onethat of the globalisation of politicswhere representations of citizenship are transferred from one country to another The youth in different countries in the past year have thus been able to transcend international borders by learning from each otheracting often in similar waystaking leadership towards initiating action and negotiations for political change within their governments Role models for the youth have now emerged in erstwhile dormant regions The global focus on youth-driven social movements in the past year has had a snowballing effect for young leaders to emerge out of complex social contexts and lend a hand in finding solutions This change was reflected in the participation of young leaders at Davos too In factapproximately 200 participants belonged to the Forums Young Global Leaders and the brand new Global Shapers communities Angela Merkel also emphasisedin her remarks in the opening plenary of the annual meetingthe urgency of catering to the needs of the youth in Europe Indeedyouth may be no panacea for guaranteed success but an awakened youth taking leadership at this time are harbingers of hope towards a different kind of future With the backdrop of incredible change and global reorganisation in the past yearthere is a desire within the new generation of leaders to want to break silosre-createbuild and be architects of change It could be the creation of a start-upa bookor a movement the lacunae today are many and so the variety of initiatives rapidly increases Many of the young leaders have left behind six-figure salaried jobs to pursue their personal quest that have resulted in successful disruptive ventures They have typically excelled in their fields but have also taken the path of giving backto their communitysocietyor even at a global level Perhaps because prosperity that the world had once taken for granted now appears to be crumblingyoung leaders are setting their thoughts instead on how fully they can lead their lives Furthermulticultural leadership is emerging as the antidote to the wicked interdependent world we are living in So farmulticultural leadership has been associated with multinational corporations understandably sogiven the cross-cultural challenges MNCs face in expanding across international borders This has now gradually been embodied in individuals themselves who are products of global endeavours and experiences Of coursemarkets and overall workforces are becoming equally diverse as wellwhere change is so rapid that decision-making needs to be broadly distributed across the organisation Yetin such an interconnected and interdependent worldthere is a need for leaders to be global thinkers and provide well rounded solutions that work in a larger context Alsoleaders are even coming from lesser known or developing regions of the worldand from there they slowly build their global acumen In the World Economic Forums Global Leadership Fellows programme dedicated to developing the next generation of world leaders20 nationalities are represented In its most recent cohort of 30 fellowsthree are Indians from the diaspora The profile of leaders participating in Davos this year has also been the most diverse to datebut with 05 per cent being Indians Indeedthe intense global focus on talent identificationmore because of the need of competitiveness in a crisis-struck worldleaves prejudices of origins far behind The writer is manager for the WEFs Young Global Leaders from Middle EastNorth Africa and South Asia regionsand is a global leadership fellow at [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: July 9 2017 10:48 pm After Jagga Jasoos Ranbir Kapoor will be next seen in untitled Sanjay Dutt biopic Related News Actor Ranbir Kapoor said as a kid he was so bad in studies that his mother Neetu Kapoor used to threaten him about complaining to his father Ranbir said he is glad that back then there was no Twitter otherwise his father Rishi Kapoor would have tweeted about his poor grades in school “My mother used to come to my school when the results were declared I would always apologise and say ‘I’ll work harder get good marks and won’t fail in any subjects’ Mom would say if she saw a red line on my report card she would tell dad I used to cry because I was very scared of him” Ranbir told reporters “Good thing is back then there was no Twitter Otherwise I don’t know what he (Rishi) would’ve written” Ranbir said at a special “Jagga Jasoos” event during which he interacted with school children The Tamasha star said he is the most educated member in his family “My family’s history isn’t that good My father failed in 8th grade my uncle in 9th and my grandfather in 6th I am actually the most educated member in my family I got 56 per cent in my 10th boards and my best of five percentage was 60” The actor said since he was a below average student in school he started playing football Directed by Anurag Basu “Jagga Jasoos” also stars Katrina Kaif It releases on July 14 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIndia’s cotton regions forecast to get much needed rain | Reuters Fwire Reuters Sep 19 2017 17:07:33 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Sep 19 2017 17:07 PM | Updated Date: Sep 19 2017 17:07 PM Tags : did not cancel his membership of the House and respondent (Kumar) still enjoys constitutional office till date, The Trump Administration said the Major Defence Partner designation reflected the US readiness to facilitate the export of goods and technologies for projects.

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one person each was killed and over a dozen injured in group clashes. which culminated in Einstein’s equation of General Relativity.under sections of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act,” the actor said. Even the previous government had started the process of e-procurement in selected departments like Public Works Department, These remittances play a vital role in the Indian economy and if a dip is witnessed,A case has been registered at Roop Nagar police station and we are trying to trace the assailants, said DCP (North)Sindhu Pillai A senior police officer said four assailants on two motorcycles overpowered the elderly woman She told police that she could not see the faces of the assailants as they were wearing helmets For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sagnik Chowdhury | Mumbai | Published: September 17 2013 1:26 am Related News The MSRTC has several levels of scrutiny and the managing director is not the sole decision-making authority on awarding contractsaccording to Deepak KapoorVice-Chairman and Managing DirectorMSRTC Every tender in the MSRTC is subject to several levels of scrutiny Any proposal coming to MSRTC is first cleared by a financial advisor to the MSRTCa senior state official of the director rank The MD does not decide on any tendersas all tenders are cleared by the Tenders and Stores committeewhich is headed by the chairman and includes a government nominee There is also the full-fledged board comprising the chairman and two senior government officials There is also a permanent team from the Auditor Generals office in the MSRTC The MD is not the final arbitrator for contracts?four bike-borne men snatched her ornaments and fled. Shombit Sengupta is an international creative business strategy consultant to top management.s quality and aspiration at any price point.

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