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If it is successful and people are willing to pay then it can be replicated at other places, said Gupta The Public Health wing of the civic body had sent hundreds of notices to residents in different colonies It was found that rows of houses were constructed on the water pipelines In case the civic body wants to conduct repairsthe pipelines are falling in the compounds of people due to encroachments While notices were issuedthere is little else that the MC can do as the demolition of the construction is under the purview of the UT Estate Office MC officials have also sent a communication to the Estate Office Since the rectification of the problem does not seem likely very soonthe setting up of the reverse osmosis plant is being contemplated For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 1 2014 3:00 am People store water on a hot summer day in Chanakyapuri on Wednesday (PRAVEEN KHANNA) Related News Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday asked deputy commissioners (DC) to coordinate with various agencies the issues of water and power supply during the summer months and submit regular reports on civic issues in their districts Reviewing the functioning of the DCs he said they should adopt a people-friendly approach and ensure time-bound delivery of services “You must not forget that civil servants are meant to serve the people You must treat this opportunity to serve the people as a privilege and lead by example and inspire your staff so that there is proper delivery of services to the public in your districts” the L-G said He has directed the deputy commissioners to pay special attention to shortage of water and electricity during summer and to coordinate with government agencies to ensure that their districts are well-served and people are facilitated by their offices Jung urged the deputy commissioners to explore innovative solutions to problems in their districts particularly those that they are likely to encounter in the summer months He also laid emphasis on field visits and instructed the DCs to review surveys of their officials and take necessary action based on ground reports submitted to them on issues within their districts He also urged them to conceptualise the ideal position of their respective districts and submit a plan to him within the next two weeks The DCs have been instructed to develop a fortnightly format for reports on issues in each district which is to be submitted to the L-G on a regular basis and followed by regular fortnightly meetings at Raj Niwas For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Raakhi Jagga | Bhatinda | Published: December 7 2015 4:00 am Related News The CONGRESS will be holding its December 15 rally at the upcoming real estate colony – Pearl City on Goniana road of Bathinda district – the same venue where SAD had organised its Sadbhawna rally Earlier the Congress had criticized the SAD for its choice of venue for their November 23 rally reasoning that the company was facing an inquiry on charges of fraud A few investors also protested a day after the rally at the venue of Pearl City Reportedly though the Congress was trying to book other venues on Goniana road and even on Mansa road but shad to settle on this due to space constraints On Saturday a few Congress MLAs had visited the spot and agreed on the venue Jaiton Congress MLA Joginder Singh Panjgrain who had visited the site said”It is quite spacious for organising a rally and hence we chose this and moreover our gathering will be alteast three times compared to what SAD saw” “Moreover deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal challenged Capt Amarinder Singh to organise a similar rally at the same venue” he added Capt Amarinder Singh – who will be taking charge as PPCC chief on the day – said “Ours will be a big show and the crowd will be genuine I am sure that we will face hassles on the day as the Badals will use the official machinery to not allow buses for our supporters to come to the rally So our supporters will be coming on tractors trucks trolleys in case buses will not be available” A target of more than 5000 persons per constituency has been prescribed to party MLAs and former legislators “People are willing to come on their own So it will not be a big issue about gathering” said Ajaib Singh Bhatti Congress MLA For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: October 14 2011 12:07 am Related News Who are the poor Who should the government assist These are the questions at the heart of the recent debate about the use of poverty lines to define subsidy-worthy populations After much outragea defensive government clarified that a new expert committee will answer these questions in a way that is consistent with the provisions of the forthcoming food security bill Howeverthorny questions await this committee as well The draft bill of the government proposes differential subsidy entitlement to what they call priority and general households Together these would account for 75 per cent of rural households and 50 per cent of urban households Priority households are entitled to 7 kg per person per month while general households can claim 3 kg per person per month The subsidy rate is also higher for priority households As a resultpriority households would receive subsidies that are about three times higher than that of general households Though the coverage proposed in the bill is an improvement over the existing PDSit is lower than what was proposed in the original version put forward by the National Advisory Council (NAC) This is unfortunate because the argument for near-universal coverage is compelling Most poor get excluded from the lists of below poverty line (BPL) households A similar exclusion error might happen in distinguishing priority from general households This will be the challenge for the new expert committee of the government After allthe poorunlike the richare difficult to identify It is much easier to identify the obviously non-poor (those who pay income taxown cars etc) and to exclude them from eligibility Once the use of UID becomes widespreadthe task of identifying the rich will become even easier The obvious limit to higher coverage is finances The PDS part of the food security bill will cost about 15 per cent of GDP By comparisongovernment spending (by the Centre and all states) on health is just about 1 per cent of GDP Public expenditure on education is in the range of 3-4 per cent of GDP Thereforein relation to government spending on other worthwhile social sector programmesthe expenditure on food subsidies will be significant From the perspective of future developmentit is beyond dispute that human beings constitute the main wealth of nations What can we say about our national wealth and the future of this country when a huge multitude of its citizens are malnourished and under-educated Can we afford to waste such enormous human resource There are two ways in which the compromise on coverage can be made to hurt less Firstthe food security bill also has a non-PDS component which is about special nutrition and health programmes for pregnant or nursing women and young childrenand school-meal programmes for older children The importance of these provisions has been overshadowed by the debates about the PDS component of the bill Yet the value of these programmes is uncontested (even as there are institutional failures in the provision of these services) and here is where the government would do well to not stingy For instancethe government version of the bill dropped a provision for cash supplements of Rs 6000 (spread over six months) to pregnant and nursing women a programme that will cost about Rs 12000 crore annually It is understandable if the government would want to try out such programmes on a limited scale but surely the commitment to food security has to start with young mothers and children Secondcash transfers could provide a way to harness the wasted resources in the existing PDS For some time nowthe governments cost of distributing grain has been higher than that of the private sector In 2004-05the government would have saved about Rs 5700 crore if its cost matched that of the private sector Firm figures for later years are not available Howevertentative calculations suggest that these savings might now be to the order of Rs 10000 crore or more Thereforeeven if the Central government sticks to the lower coverage figure and allocates funds accordinglya state government might well be able to extend coverage by shifting partially or wholly to cash transfers (and thereby economising on distribution costs) Cash transfers could also help in increasing effective coverage In several statesthe actual coverage of PDS is much lower than what exists on paper because of the illegal diversion of grain to the open market For instanceunder the government proposal of reduced coveragethe subsidy to priority- and general category households works out to Rs 1344 and Rs 417 per person per year This assumes that there are no illegal diversions (about 40 per cent or so in 2009-10) On the other handif the subsidy bill of Rs 95000 crore was distributed as an equal cash transfer to households under the near universal scheme of the NACthe per person transfer is Rs 1036 to allwhether priority or general Given the infirmities of targeting and the realities of grain blackmarketingthe second option seems to be better to us If there are state governments that also come to this conclusionthe food security bill should allow for such flexible restructuring Here the coverage parameters of the food security bill would serve only as a formula to transfer resources to state governments but would not be binding on them Of courseour proposal reduces the subsidy to priority households Critics should weigh this against the benefits of higher and uniform coverage both of which ought to improve the access of the poor to subsidies Critics might also ponder that the much lauded universal PDS programme of Tamil Nadu provides 20 kg of grain to households which is substantially less than the proposed grain entitlement of 35 kg for priority households *Ashok Kotwal is a professor at the University of British Columbia *Bharat Ramaswami is a professor at the Indian Statistical InstituteNew Delhi *Milind Murugkar is a Nashik-based food and agriculture policy economist For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ashutosh Varshney | Published: June 25 2012 1:04 am Related News Its electoral chances will depend on how it re-imagines its ideology The BJP is yet again faced with an enduring questionwhich it has never fully answered Would it like to be a modern centre-right partyor continue to be tethered to an anti-MuslimHindu majoritarian ideological platform The former can potentially trigger the BJPs electoral revival; the latter is virtually certain to lead to stagnationeven decline Yet the BJP is not headed in the former direction What does a modern right-of-centre political party look like How does the BJP compare Consider the two best known centre-right parties of contemporary times: the Republican Party in the US and the Conservative Party in the UK There are undoubtedly some differences between the twobut four common features define their ideological stance: muscular national defencesocial conservatismfiscal conservatism and a reliance on markets for economic growth The old saying laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahin maante (some people only respond to a show of forcenot to dialogue) captures the essence of why modern conservatism subscribes to muscular defence Conservatives believe in the obduracy of evilsomething that cannot be forestalled by persuasion Military strength is viewed as a guarantor of national survival and political order Such strength must precede a dialogue with the adversaryif a dialogue must take place at all More than the Congressthe BJP has followed this principle in politics Its decision to go nuclear in 1998 was a case in point Social conservatism has typically meant an advocacy of traditional social ordera defence of family values and a belief in gradualas opposed to radicalchange British conservatives defend the monarchy more vigorously than the leftists doand US Republicans focus a lot on the sanctity of traditional marriageopposing vigorously the idea of same-sex marriage In Indiano great debate on the meaning of social conservatism has occurred Does it portend preservation of the caste system Does it signify a pati-parmeshwar marriage (a husband-centric marriage) Is a more gender-equal marriage desirable Should young men and women datechoosing their marriage partners Orshould marriage be always arranged by elders of the family Early Hindu nationalists used to defend the caste systembut post-1980the BJPunlike the old Jan Sanghhas abandoned the advocacy of caste hierarchies altogether Indeedthe concept of social engineeringdebated in Hindu nationalist circles in the 1980swas especially aimed at the inclusion of lower castes Narendra Modi is an OBCso are Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh Singh is no longer with the BJP Lacking serious debateopposing the Valentines Day celebrations has for all practical purposes becomefor Hindu nationaliststhe most demonstrable aspect of their social conservatism Cultural discussion remains confined to RSS circlesnot promoted in the political mainstream The reasons can be guessedbut remain fundamentally untransparent Fiscal conservatism generally tends to mean lower taxesespecially for businessand restrained welfare expendituresmaking large fiscal deficits improbable If they have toconservatives defend budgetary deficits for defence outlaysnot for anti-poverty programmes Conservatives also tend to go along with a greater reliance on marketsthan on state interventionfor economic development The BJP has undoubtedly demonstrated greater adherence to this economic philosophy than the Congressbut the record is imperfect Ideologically pure Hindu nationalists have always subscribed to swadeshiin effect endorsing internal economic freedombut also calling for external controlsespecially against foreign investment Opening up retail trade to foreign investors violates the deepest core of Hindu nationalismfor traders have been the partys most loyal social base They want to be free domesticallynot internationally In shortthe BJP has not fully followed the standard conservative model of modern politicsnor debated an Indian version of it Some of the younger members of the partyespecially those trained abroadwould like to take the BJP towards conservative economicsbut their powerespecially against the elders and the RSSis limited Amartya Sen has often said that he would like to see a Swatantra-style political party in Indiathe only party after 1947 that committed itself to an uncompromising economic conservatism Sen does not support such a partybut believes it will invigorate democracy further He rightly thinks that a solid opposition party is good for Indian democracyand ideological alternatives to the left of centre must be debated But that is not where the BJP is headed Insteadit is Hindu majoritarianismnot modern conservatismwhich is yet again getting inextricably interwoven into its fabric This theme emerges again and againnever quite disappearing When Nitish Kumar recently opposed Narendra Modi as the possible BJP/NDA candidate for prime minister in 2014the RSS defended Modi not for his economic leadership of Gujaratbut for his commitment to Hindutva Since 2000at over 9 per cent per annumGujarats economy has grown at Chinese rates A Bihar may have more than matched Gujarats overall growth performance in the last few yearsbut no state has done so for the whole decade and not at Gujarats income level At high income levelsgrowth rates tend to be lower Yet the RSS chief has reportedly argued that India needs a Hindutvavadi PM Modis economic register did not figure in his support That is the wrong way to gofor Narendra Modi is no ordinary Hindutvavadi His political record is tainted with Gujarat riots If he becomes the leader of the BJPthe current NDA will almost certainly break up Nitish Kumar will leaveand the BJD will not come back Under Modis leadershipthe NDA is likely to be a coalition primarily of the BJPShiv SenaAkali Dal and perhaps the AIADMK The NDA will be weakernot stronger Many NDA leaders believe that mass killings of Gujarat Muslims were the single most important reason for the NDAs defeat in 2004 An anti-Muslim stance does not have the same space in the Indian political arena today as in the 1990s Political narratives have changed There is one way Narendra Modi can avoid making the BJP and NDA weaker Regardless of what the ideology sayshe may have to demonstrate for purely electoral reasons a spirit of accommodation towards Gujarats Muslims The Congress has apologised to the Sikhs for the 1984 riots Can Modi also say: Mere Musalmam bhayion aur behenomuhje 2002 ke liye khed hai (My Muslim brothers and sistersI am sorry for what happened in 2002) For national consolidationHindu-Muslim relations require continued healing An unrepentant Modias candidate for prime ministerwill reopen communal scars and wounds That will neither help the BJP nor the nation It will also not allow the BJP to re-imagine its ideology and political future Can the electoral realism of the political party tame the ideological purity of the Sangh The writer is Sol Goldman Professor of International Studies and Social Sciences at Brown Universitywhere he also directs the India Initiativeexpress@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: June 20 2017 6:45 am The PU letter neither makes any mention of the accused nor gives any detailed reasons for the decision Top News A PHD scholar of Panjab University who has been expelled by the varsity for lodging a “false complaint of sexual harassment” against the son of Dean of Students Welfare (Women) Neena Caplash has written to the National Commission of Women seeking an inquiry into the case and alleged that the varsity authorities led by PU Vice Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover have “ignored” her complaints and was “biased” against her A month after the university syndicate following the report of Panjab University Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH) rejected the 27-year-old’s complaint as “an afterthought” and declared it “false and malicious” the university deputy registrar (general) in a communication to the student informed her that the PU syndicate at a meeting last month cancelled her PhD thesis for making “a false complaint of sexual harassment” The PU letter neither makes any mention of the accused nor gives any detailed reasons for the decision The vice chancellor declined to comment when asked under what rules the student was suspended The student has alleged that PUCASH unilaterally took the decision without listening to her version and the V-C declared her case false without conducting investigation The complaint of sexual harassment dates back to January 7 when the girl riding a scooty was allegedly followed by the DSW’s son who was driving a car “The moment I reached near the V-C’s house I found him chasing me once again and he attempted to molest me and sexually harassed me by passing lewd comments” the girl has written in her complaint addressed to the NCW chairperson “As I tried to accelerate he intentionally dashed my scooty with his white Endeavour” In an e-mail communication to the vice chancellor on February 1 the student narrated the whole incident and sought an inquiry following which the V-C forwarded it to PUCASH She had also accused the DSW (women) of making her fraudulently sign a paper and asked the V-C to get an FIR registered in the case against the official and her son “She said the doctors wanted me to sign it to proceed with the treatment but then I did not know that she is also the mother of the person (accused) The statement is now being shown as reconciliation statement I have filed an RTI request to see the contents of the copy but not been provided yet” said the student Denying the allegations DSW (Women) Neena Caplash said she has got “complete proof” that nothing of the sort happened “There is no question that I have taken any such statement and where is the time for such things in an emergency I never made her sign anything” she said “The place where she got hurt is near our place and when he (son) called us I went to the hospital along with my husband We were there the whole night She was the one who said there was no fault of us and she had no complaint I cannot stop anybody from lying now” A police case registered in the incident however does not include any section of sexual harassment According to the FIR the accused have been charged with rash driving and causing hurt to others under sections 279 and 337 of the IPC Police found that the accused did not even have a valid driving licence The girl alleged that she had made a mention of the sexual harassment and the lewd comments passed against her by the accused in a complaint lodged with the police Station House Officer of Sector 11 police station Inspector Lakhbir Singh said they had not found enough evidence to proceed with the sexual harassment charges PU Senator Jagdish Chander Mehta who was the student’s guide said the case should not have been sent to PUCASH as the accused was neither a student nor an employee of the university “It is a very serious issue and the student is being victimised by the university Even I had been told by the V-C to disown the student They have not even sought my comments as a supervisor” he said When asked why the case was referred to the committee against sexual harassment as the accused was not associated with the university the V-C said “I don’t want to answer any of your questions” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by P Vaidyanathan Iyer | Published: February 9 2016 12:00 am Related News The banking sector in India dominated by state-owned banks or public-sector banks (PSBs) is ridden with multiple problems One that needs urgent attention is the high level of non-performing assets (NPAs) and restructured assets Stressed assets (NPAs plus loans that have been restructured) for scheduled commercial banks have steadily increased over the last five years to reach 113 per cent of total advances in September For the PSBs it was higher at 141 per cent Tackling this has to be a priority because banks which are gasping for breath today will be expected to gallop tomorrow when the demand for credit picks up Asking the government to hang all promoters who contributed to bad loans and forcing write-offs of Rs 114 lakh crore in the last three years (‘1140000000000: The great govt bank write-off’ The Indian Express February 8) is the easiest of all demands to make True some fat cats have had no skin in the game — put little equity and took on large debt They gold-plated expenditures added to their personal wealth and also displayed it in an obscene manner But it is also a fact that many others over-expanded in the hope that India would scale double-digit growth rates In doing so a large number got embroiled in debt Policy logjam in infrastructure and slowing domestic growth on top of an uncertain world economy — which has refused to stabilise after the 2008 crisis — have left the corporate sector weary While there is a case for bringing to book wilful defaulters and conniving bank managements targeting all and sundry will do immense damage How can the government resolve the NPA crisis It must put to use multiple instruments The first is to coax banks to identify bad assets In March 2015 the NPAs in absolute terms were as high as Rs 302 lakh crore or 46 per cent of total advances Stressed assets were as high as Rs 722 lakh crore Banking analysts estimate the actual quantum of stressed assets to be much higher and these range from Rs 115 lakh crore to Rs 165 lakh crore The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is goading banks in several ways to do this The NPAs eat into profits and that is why banks hide them In fact banks further lend to corporates and help them service their past loans Second the government must set up an asset reconstruction company (ARC) to buy these bad loans from banks There are 15 privately owned ARCs but they have failed because banks fear a witch-hunt by the government at a later date for having the NPAs at a particular discount The ARCs will buy bad assets only at a discount; so there is always an element of subjectivity in pricing If an ARC is funded by the government it will bring credibility to the plan With the sale of impaired assets at a discount banks will have to write off the amount and take a hit They will need additional capital far more than the Rs 70000 crore committed by the government over the next four years Providing for such amounts from the Union budget presents a challenge since the government has to increase spending to maintain the growth momentum while trying to meet the fiscal deficit target Here the government can take a leaf out of its own post-reforms handbook Between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s the government deployed a unique mechanism to recapitalise banks Monies to the tune of over Rs 20000 crore were provided to banks for capital but the banks in turn invested these in government bonds These were called recapitalisation bonds and were converted into marketable securities akin to government paper in subsequent years This exercise was budget-neutral meaning that there was no direct cash outgo and it did not add to the fiscal deficit An option that suits the present scenario TT Ram Mohan of IIM Ahmedabad estimates the total cost of recapitalisation including the proposed Rs 70000 crore to add up to Rs 150000 crore A cost-benefit exercise may not be straightforward because while costs are known benefits are not easily measurable Putting a number to the damage that an economy can suffer if a few big banks fail or if they are unable to fund the demands of a resurgent corporate sector will be more of guesswork Last but the most important reform is to seriously start the process of de-politicising banks In response to another recent report — ‘Govt plans to defuse ticking bank bomb’ (The Indian Express February 1) — wherein the plan was to “take the tumour (of NPAs) out” the head of a prominent think-tank said that “tumour” was not the right metaphor It should be “cirrhosis of the liver” he said adding that if alcohol abuse caused cirrhosis then its intake must be stopped first In the case of banks the government must get out and let them be professionally owned and managed This is a long haul and Indradhanush a plan announced last August is a babystep in that direction Clearly a lot needs to be done as laid out in the PJ Nayak committee’s recommendations While banks have been recapitalised in the past the government has so far stayed away from setting up an ARC fearing a moral hazard In the US the $475 billion worth Troubled Assets Relief Programme (TARP) which took over toxic assets of financial institutions and auto companies eventually earned the treasury $12 billion In India the moral hazard question arises only when banks are given a fresh lease without a haircut If bad loans are auctioned and banks forced to take a haircut then there is no real moral hazard The ARC can in turn sell these assets or where possible turn them around by changing the management of companies Of course the government needs to stay out of ARC operations and let it be managed by experts and professionals who are not constrained by public-sector salaries The exercise could well serve another purpose — showing the road ahead for overhauling the PSBs pviyer@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Published: July 6 2017 1:06 am The exchange came after Rory McIlroy struggled to avoid the brutal Erin Hills rough in a shocking first-round 78 en route to an early exit (Source: Reuters) Top News Rory McIlroy is taking a break from social media after getting embroiled in a Twitter spat with fellow golfer Steve Elkington After McIlroy missed the cut by four shots at the US Open last month Elkington a former US PGA champion tweeted that the Northern Irishman was “bored” of playing golf because he had plenty of money in the bank Four-time major winner McIlroy sent a tweet in response to Elkington before posting a screenshot of his Wikipedia entry which lists some of his achievements in the game “I sort of regret sending it at the end” McIlroy said Wednesday “but I actually gave my wife Erica my phone and my Twitter and told her `Change my password to something else and don’t tell me what it is’ “So as of the time being I’m off social media just because of that reason I don’t need to read it It’s stuff that shouldn’t get to you and sometimes it does” Speaking ahead of the Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club an event which benefits his own foundation McIlroy said he would have ignored the criticism if it had come from a member of the public or media “But a former player that has won a major and been successful that’s sort of why it got to me” McIlroy said “and that’s why I sort of retaliated a little bit” McIlroy hasn’t won _ or seriously contended at _ a major since capturing the 2014 US PGA Championship The British Open takes place at Royal Birkdale from July 20-23 and he played there last week McIlroy is fit again after an injury-hit 2017 so far “I’m close” said McIlroy ranked No 4 “I’ve got two big opportunities coming up this summer Birkdale is a golf course I feel I can do well at And then Quail Hollow for the PGA I’ve won there two times my first win on the PGA Tour and last time I won by seven “I think they are two opportunities for me to get back on the major ladder” McIlroy won the Irish Open last year He plays alongside Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama in the first two rounds For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: May 9 2015 12:19 am Related News Indian sport has dealt with the menace of doping and the scourge of match-fixing in the past But faced with the suicide attempt of four teenage athletes at the Alappuzha centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) the sporting establishment looked inept and hopelessly out of depth The incident resulted in the tragic death of the 16-year-old rower Aparna Rambhadra whose dying declaration spoke of harassment and ragging That a life spent in the pursuit of sporting excellence had to end this way is heartbreaking Thousands of sporting dreams are born in the 250 SAI centres across the country each year Young people many of them from impoverished homes leave their families to make a life out of their athletic talent They forsake the protective cocoon of parents and home for a gruelling monotonous regimen of training and practice Add to that the pressure to perform and fend for themselves in a hostel-like environment that can often be harsh and hostile The Indian sports establishment is woefully unequal to the challenge of setting up a comprehensive support system that would cater to an athlete’s basic needs These include enough coaches doctors physiotherapists and trainers to deal with various injuries even those that are invisible to the naked eye But there is another equally important challenge — that of ensuring a healthy emotional environment in sports hostels dealing with the stress of competition and various insecurities the more complex issues of confidence and self-esteem Life at a sports centre is also bound up in myriad social taboos confined by the almost unspoken rules of the coach-athlete relationship In such a set-up who is a vulnerable young person tormented by ragging and bullying to turn to for emotional support By neglecting this very important aspect of an athlete’s development India’s sports establishment has failed its talented teens For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Published: December 28 2016 12:40 pm Kaatru Veliyidai crew after wrap (Source: Twitter/Ramesh Bala) Top News Completing the last leg of the shoot in Hyderabad Mani Ratnam’s next Tamil outing with Karthi and Aditi Rao Hydari Kaatru Veliyidai was wrapped up on Wednesday The film is slated for a release in March next year The film will also be dubbed in Telugu as Duet and Dil Raju has clinched the rights for the Telugu dub More from the world of Entertainment: “Just like in the case of OK Bangaram director Mani Ratnam narrated the story of Duet at the beginning of the shoot and I loved it I have decided to partner with the great director once again for this film The film will hit the screens in March 2017” Dil Raju had said Popular stunt choreographer Sham Kaushal has choreographed action sequences in the film which were shot in Leh and parts of Kashmir In this romantic drama Karthi will be playing the role of a pilot and will be seen romancing Aditi Rao Hydari who plays a doctor The Tamil version is produced by Madras Talkies and the film also stars Shraddha Srinath Rukmini Vijayakumar RJ Balaji Delhi Ganesh and veteran Malayalam actress Lalitha in pivotal roles Music director AR Rahman cinematographer Ravi Varman and lyricist Vairamuthu have also been signed for this project Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai which means “breezy expanse” is said to have been taken from one of legendary Tamil poet Bharathiyar’s poems Meanwhile the buzz in the industries is that Mani Ratnam might cast Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja in his next film According to reports the Telugu and Tamil bilingual movie would be a commercial entertainer However no official confirmation was made in this regard For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Amsterdam | Published: July 31 2017 7:19 pm Nouri was discharged from intensive care last week but his situation has remained unchanged (Source: AP) Top News Ajax Amsterdam’s first home game of the season against French club Nice in Champions League qualifying on Wednesday is a sell-out but the mood will be sombre in the stadium as players and supporters pay tribute to midfielder Abdelhak Nouri The 20-year-old collapsed on the field during a pre-season warm-up game in Austria on July 8 and has been left with permanent brain damage It has led to an outpouring of support for his family with Ajax fans congregating outside Nouri’s home in the days after the incident and further expressions of sympathy at the team’s matches since Poignantly Nouri’s best friend Donny van de Beek scored for Ajax last week in the first leg in Nice which ended in a 1-1 draw “The goal was for Appie and his family” said Van de Beek in reference to Nouri’s nickname Nice players showed their sympathy too warming up before the first leg in tee-shirts inscribed with “Stay Strong Appie” Ajax have also trimmed activities at their traditional Open Day this Friday when supporters attend a training session and meet the players face-to-face “We feel a more sober character to the day is appropriate at this time” a statement at the weekend said Nouri was discharged from intensive care last week but his situation has remained unchanged a club statement said Ajax confirmed that although his heart is working normally he has lost function in parts of his brain “The chances of recovery of these crucial brain functions is nil This was probably due to a lack of oxygen supply to his brain” the club said The incident has had a deep impact at the club “It’s really difficult at times we all have our weak moments Luckily thanks to the football we can dull those senses a bit” said new coach Marcel Keizer “But I was not surprised by the mental character of the players against Nice I can see how strong a squad they are” Nouri a Dutch youth international born in Amsterdam to parents of Moroccan descent made 15 appearances for the Dutch club last season including three in the Europa League to help Ajax reach the final For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Published: January 26 2017 1:43 am (Source: Google maps) Top News A contract labourer died and five were severely injured following a gas leak in a blast furnace in Rourkela Steel Plant Wednesday Officials said six contract workers who were engaged by a private firm for maintenance of a blast furnace came in contact with hot gas that leaked from the furnace All of them have been admitted to a hospital The condition of the injured was said to be critical For all the latest Bhubaneswar News download Indian Express App More Top News By contrast.

a cricket historian and also a former cricketer. ?claiming the land belonged to the forest department. So far, “We have a moratorium of three years on the debt amount and we will have to repay it within a period of eight years,” says Reddy, Ben Cutting.

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