1947. are last in the championship and the only outfit yet to score after six races. “It’s no wonder he has complained and he is frustrated. saying he will put his best foot forward during the Davis Cup encounter between India and New Zealand starting on Friday. We hope he is back, ?VC said,I feel elated when martyrs are given such importance Usuallysoldiers are given importance only during war or natural calamities like the tsunami or the one in Uttarakhand After war and calamity gets overnobody remembers the efforts of soldiers?" UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), Cuba tour operators gird for Trump travel crackdown | Reuters World Reuters Jul 23, The traffic police said 99 per cent of these accidents were because of drivers’ fault.
Inconsistency has left Luis Enrique’s team five points adrift of Real Madrid, Representational photo. The Mandsaur-Neemuch region, and would respond to the Saamana article at an "appropriate" time. The department is looking to construct clover-leaf flyovers that will make the stretch signal-free. I feel honored to get these recognitions in U. AP "Team India is in rhythm.Spain train driver charged with 79 counts of reckless homicide?IEJuly 29) Had a similar accident taken place in IndiaI imagine railway union members would have shielded the driver from the police and from public scrutiny They would have most likely said that the tracks were defective and the rakes poorly maintainedwhich is why the accident happened There are fairly high chances that our administration would not have been able to prove the drivers culpability (on the grounds that he was overspeeding) because our CCTV cameras would most likely have malfunctioned PG Menon Chennai Welcoming Telangana * WE HAVE fewer states and high populationcompared to the US This means that the administrative burdenas measured by the number of inhabitants of a stateis greater on our state governments than American state administrations Lessening the administrative burden on state governments will help them function more efficiently This is why we should have smaller statesand why Telanganas formation is a positive step N Jayaram Pune For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: January 28 2016 12:00 am RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (Express Photo by Prashant Nadkar) Related News Even as RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is set to present his next bi-monthly monetary policy review early next week there is increased focus on what is to be done with the interest rates on small savings instruments like the public provident fund (PPF) the national saving certificate or the new Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme (SSAS) Currently there’s a significant gap between the rates paid on these — ranging from 87 per cent for PPF and 92 per cent for SSAS — and the 7-75 per cent banks give on deposits or the 78 per cent yields on 10-year government bonds The economic case to align the administered rates on small savings with the rates prevailing in the market is obvious Such a gap essentially incentivises people to put their money in the small savings instruments while making it difficult for banks to reduce deposit rates and in turn lower lending rates that are much needed in the current investment-starved economic environment Over the last year the RBI has cut its policy rates by 125 basis points whereas banks have on average reduced their lending rates by just half of that Economists are not wrong in pointing out that the high administered rates for small savings — in relation to both market rates and CPI inflation — act as effective impediments in the “transmission” of the RBI’s monetary policy signals To that extent any further repo rate cuts — even assuming it happens on February 2 — will have only a limited impact on what companies and individuals would pay for their loans from banks One could also very well argue that the overall gains to the economy from lower interest rates will far outweigh benefits to small savings deposit holders who are today receiving real interest rates of 3 per cent after adjusting for inflation They will continue receiving inflation-beating returns even if rates on PPF deposits are cut by 1 per cent But selling this politically is another thing What can be done Ideally the government should follow the report of the Shyamala Gopinath committee that in 2011 had suggested fixing small savings rates based on “a positive spread of 25 basis points vis-a-vis government securities of similar maturities…” One way to make it politically more palatable could be to retain the current rates only for deposits below a certain limit But ultimately this is a political call the government cannot delay too long It’s unlikely to encounter much resistance here from states which are less reliant on small savings collections following the Centre’s decision to devolve an increased share of its tax revenues For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 16 2017 8:40 pm Award-winning documentaries and features from the Northeast at a film festival Delhi Related News Film buffs in Delhi will get an opportunity to watch several award-winning documentaries and features from the Northeast at a festival this week The Fresh Lens: New Cinematic Voices from Northeast India is being organised by the India International Centre and the North East Media Forum from August 18-19 “This festival presents some significant voices among a new generation of filmmakers who following in the footsteps of veterans like Aribam Syam Sharma Jahnu Barua and the late Bhabendra Nath Saikia have made a mark at the international and national level” says curator Utpal Borpujari The films to be shown are Aaba (Grandfather; Arunachal Pradesh) Loktak Lairembee (Lady of the Lake; Manipur) The Pangti Story (Nagaland) Alifa (Assam) Beautiful Lives (Assam) Sabin Alun (The Broken Song; Assam) and Antardrishti (Man with the Binoculars; Assam) Amar Kaushik’s Aaba is about a farmer who lives with his wife and granddaughter (Sunku) in Ziro Arunachal PradeshHe is diagnosed with lung cancer and has only a few days to live He decides to dig his own grave but an unexpected event pushes the story towards a startling climaxThe film has won a Special Prize of Generation Kplus International Jury for Best Short Film at the 67th Berlin Film Festival and Best Short Fiction Film at the 64th National Film Awards 2016 Multiple award winning Loktak Lairembee by Haobam Paban Kumar is based on the lives of people living on floating huts in Manipur’s Loktak lake Under the guise of protecting the serenity of the lake’s ecosystem the authorities in 2011 had burnt the huts leaving thousands of fishermen homeless The film is the story of one such fisherman Tomba who accidentally comes across a gun hidden in the biomass Possessing a gun transforms Tomba He becomes very assertive and begins to believe that it is the solution to all his problems Alifa fetched Deep Choudhury the Golden Lotus Award for Best Debut Film of a Director at the 64th National Film Awards 2017 It is a saga of human-wildlife conflict competing with basic questions of love hatred dreams and desires as well as the frailties of human nature and wider social bonding Sesino Yhoshu’s The Pangti Story explores the transition of an entire village from one that slaughtered hundreds and thousands of Amur Falcons the longest travelling raptors in the world These falcons fly from Siberia every fall to roost in Pangti a small village in Nagaland their most fervent conservationists Beautiful Lives by Kangkan Deka is based on the 2008 bombings in Guwahati and portrays the undying spirit of one of the victims and his day-to-day struggle to survive Sabin Alun by Altaf Mazid examines the oral singing traditions of the Karbi tribe from Assam Antardrishti a 100-minute film by Rima Das is about a retired geography teacher whose banal life turns upside down when his musician son gifts him a pair of binoculars For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express AppWritten by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: May 27 2017 3:34 pm Dino Morea is doing a special cameo in Bijoy Nambiar’s Malayalam film Solo Top News Dino Morea is all set to share screen space with Malayalam superstar Mammotty’s actor son Dulquer Salmaan in Bejoy Nambiar’s bilingual film Solo The cast of the project is pretty big and includes stars coming together from across South and North Indian film industries Dino Morea is doing a special cameo in Solo and he exclusively tells indianexpresscom about the film and his role “Bejoy Nambiar is a close friend Hence when he asked me to do a guest appearance in his film Solo I immediately agreed” said Dino when asked why he chose a film which is also Nambiar’s directorial debut in Malayalam cinema Dino further told us about what actually attracted him towards the film besides Nambiar being his close friend “The film is about the four elements – Earth Fire Water and Wind Four stories All connected I play an army officer” the 41-year-old actor said Dino known for his good looks and sizzling onscreen appearance told us how he feels being back in action and in from of the came “Feels good to be back on the set in front of a camera even though am speaking Tamil and Malayalam” he said Also read:Karan Johar pouts and winks with his Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Ranbir Kapoor Anushka Sharma at his party Seephotos Dino Morea was last seen in 2016 Hindi film Tom Dick and Harry And now that he is making his come back with Solo where he plays the role on an Army officer Solo will feature not only Dulquer Salmaan but also Arti Venkatesh Ann Augustine Shruti Hariharan Marathi actress Sai Tamhankar and Asha Jairam For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by P Chidambaram | New Delhi | Updated: August 2 2015 5:17 am For the average person the question can be rephrased to read ‘who should decide the policy that will determine the rates of interest at which commercial banks will lend money’ Related News So much has happened that is cause for grief concern or plain disgust The universally admired Dr A P J Abdul Kalam passed away There was a terror attack in Gurdaspur Amidst a debate on the legality and morality of the death penalty Yakub Memon was hanged Cases of molestation or rape continue to be reported every day Government is unwilling to yield to break the logjam in Parliament This week I would like to draw attention to an issue that is of paramount importance to the economy The issue is ‘who will decide the monetary policy’ For the average person the question can be rephrased to read ‘who should decide the policy that will determine the rates of interest at which commercial banks will lend money’ The average person will be right if he assumes it is the government’s job but within the concept of ‘government’ there are many authorities that are empowered by law to function autonomously and not as an arm of the executive government Balancing Growth & Inflation The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is one such authority RBI is no ordinary bank It is the central bank the issuer of currency and bonds the regulator of commercial banks and non-banking financial institutions and has other functions as well In modern economies it is the central bank that decides the monetary policy The unstated premise is that the central bank will consult the government The optimistic belief is that the government will (or should) always agree with the central bank Alas that is not true The government is concerned with growth investment and jobs — and also inflation Only a foolish government will believe that it can ignore inflation as long as there is growth and jobs for the people A wise government will look for a ‘balance’: in a developing country the balance is usually expressed in the phrase ‘high growth with moderate inflation’ The central bank’s main concern is price stability In developed countries and in some developing countries the central bank has just one target — inflation Many central bankers believe that the central bank must target inflation and only inflation All recent RBI governors held that view It appears that Dr Raghuram Rajan also holds the same view although I can recall conversations with him that led me to think that he did not rule out seeking a balance between promoting growth and targeting inflation Not at loggerheads There is a popular view among commentators that finance ministers and central bank governors are always at loggerheads That view may make interesting copy but it is far from the truth On 8 out of 10 monetary policy statements or actions the government and the RBI will be — and in the past have been — on the same page There will of course be the occasional disagreement but that disagreement stems from different assessments of the economic situation at any given time For example the government has assessed the current economic situation as non-inflationary and therefore desires a cut in the policy interest rate to stimulate growth On the contrary the RBI has assessed the situation as still high on inflationary expectations and therefore wishes to maintain the policy interest rate No one can be sure who is right There appears to be an honest disagreement between the government and the RBI We need a mechanism that will reconcile the perceptions of the government and the central bank and take an objective view The Financial Services Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) has proposed a mechanism: a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on the lines obtaining in many countries Rival proposals on MPC No one seems to be opposed in principle to the MPC or the qualifications and independence required of its members Differences have emerged regarding the composition and authority of the MPC FSLRC has advocated a 7-member MPC with three members of the RBI and four external members nominated by the government The RBI (Urjit Patel Committee report) has recommended a 5-member MPC with three members of the RBI and two external members chosen by the RBI Decisions on monetary policy will be taken by a vote in the MPC In both proposals a vote is envisaged but not a veto to the governor I wonder who brought up the question of a veto to the governor A veto is the antithesis of a vote A vote and a veto co-exist uneasily and with unhappy consequences only in the UN Security Council My view though unconventional is there may be a 6-member committee — three from the RBI and three external members nominated by the government In the case of a tie let the governor have a casting vote The minutes must be made public Assuming the three internal members vote alike the governor needs to persuade at least one external member to agree with him and on most occasions he will In situations where all three external members disagree with the three internal members it will be a brave governor who will vote every time in his own favour to break the tie I reject the argument that the government cannot be trusted to nominate qualified or independent members Governor Rajan was appointed by the UPA government and we are proud of the choice So let’s have a six-member MPC and give the governor a casting vote but put the onus squarely upon him @Pchidambaram_IN Website: pchidambaramin For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Melbourne | Published: June 29 2017 4:36 pm Prominent players including captain Steve Smith have been vocal in backing the ACA’s hardline stance (Source: Express Archives) Top News A bitter pay dispute between Australia’s cricketers and the national board appears set to remain unresolved by a Friday deadline leaving more than 200 players unemployed and upcoming series against Bangladesh and England in jeopardy Eleventh hour talks have failed to produce a breakthrough this week and relations have soured to the point that the players’ union is refusing to deal with Cricket Australia’s (CA) lead negotiator The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has demanded CA’s long-serving chief executive James Sutherland step up to the dealing table and help end a standoff that could ultimately trigger a damaging round of player boycotts The existing pay deal known as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will expire at midnight on Friday two days before players selected for an Australia A tour of South Africa are to report for a training camp in Brisbane CA has remained silent on Sutherland’s intentions but high performance boss Pat Howard has made the board’s position clear Howard warned players in an email on Wednesday not to sign with other sponsors or play in “disapproved” cricket in case it put them “at risk” of a potential future CA contract The sticking point remains the argument over a revenue share scheme which has underpinned contracts for 20 years The model has helped make Australia’s cricketers among the best paid in the world but CA says it no longer fits commercial realities and is robbing the grass-roots of vital funding “Things have changed Cricket has changed significantly” the board’s former chief executive Malcolm Speed told local media this week Speed was in charge of the governing body then named the Australian Cricket Board when it reluctantly struck the original revenue-sharing model with players in 1997 “It doesn’t make sense for the cricketers to say ‘We like this model we want to stick with it come hell or high water’” CA made a revised offer to players last week its first concession in six months Its pledge to share “international surpluses” with all domestic players fell short of the union’s demand for a share of overall revenues however and was quickly rejected Prominent players including captain Steve Smith have been vocal in backing the ACA’s hardline stance but their resolve will not truly be tested until they wake up on Saturday morning with no deal on the table The ACA’s integrity is also threatened by the diversity of its membership which involves differing priorities for men women and international players versus domestic cricketers While about 230 players may be uncontracted by Saturday some 70 will still be tethered to state contracts News Ltd media reported and will be still expected to train and play regardless of whether a new MoU is struck A number of state-contracted players were selected for the Australia A tour opening up a potential rift between players who stand to gain nothing from touring South Africa and those who would still be paid and motivated to press their claims for selection at international level The ACA is expected to hold a meeting on Sunday to discuss the road ahead including whether players would go ahead with the Australia A tour From there the stakes get progressively higher with a two-test series in Bangladesh starting in August a one-day international series in India in October and the five-test Ashes series at home to England kicking off in November The last two competitions are vital sources of revenue for CA and the dispute will be dimly viewed by local rights holder Channel Nine which is set to market the Ashes to advertising clients next week according to Fairfax media Australia’s top players may be able to weather a lockout indefinitely and carve out lucrative careers as free agents on the global Twenty20 circuit But there is far less security for the lower tier of domestic players some of whom could be tempted to break ranks if offered a chance to secure a baggy green cap even with its prestige dimmed by the absence of the most deserving cricketers A more likely outcome may be that players and the board strike agreements on a series-by-series basis until an overarching MoU can be settled That could take time in the current climate of distrust “During the process a whole heap of trust has been lost it’s pretty hard to recover that” former players’ boss Tim May an architect of the ACA and the original revenue-sharing model in 1997 told Reuters For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shekhar Gupta | Updated: March 4 2014 7:33 pm Related News For five years now UPA 2 has been pilloried for ruining India’s economy and deservedly so But what has remained relatively out of sight is the damage it has done by weakening both external and internal security systems It’s very fortunate and so is India that there hasn’t been a major security challenge since November 26 2008 and we have also had an unusual decade of external peace only the second in our independent history That is why the UPA seems to be getting away with the greatest muddle-headed damage it has done But tragedies like the navy’s earlier this week remind us not to be forgiving It is consistent with the UPA’s diminution of the authority of the prime minister his office and the cabinet system itself but the really serious harm it has done to internal and external security leadership has severe implications In our cabinet system the most important and powerful body is supposed to be the Cabinet Committee on Security or CCS It includes the most powerful ministers — home defence finance and external affairs besides the prime minister — but the UPA has reduced it to inconsequentiality You take a poll even in a college on the UPA’s most incompetent ministers The winners and by some distance will be its home (Sushilkumar Shinde) and defence (AK Antony) ministers One reason Salman Khurshid may not do too well in this vote is that in these distracted times many may not even be conscious that he is our external affairs minister and not a sex and virility specialist He has ably carried forward his predecessor SM Krishna’s tradition of reducing this to the office of India’s chief consular officer who competes for airtime with the ministry’s spokesman any time an Indian student is beaten up in Australia or a maid dares to complain against her boss in an Indian mission But think about this Here are three of the five members of your venerable CCS One can’t ever take a decision (Antony) one should never speak in public as the republic’s home minister (Shinde) and the third Khurshid is inconsequential The rot is not personalised but systemic institutional and political From the day the UPA came to power in 2004 it somehow decided to use the CCS as a kind of attic to hide its castaways Between P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee the finance ministry at least had two ministers who exercised authority All of the other three ministries were cursed from the very beginning I have to thank the head of Express News Service Pranab Dhal Samanta who is arguably India’s best-informed reporter on politics and governance for helping me put this embarrassing decade in perspective The Congress chose Shivraj Patil (can you forget him) as its first home minister because it was said Sonia Gandhi trusted him so much she may even have made him prime minister He was a disaster as the Indian Mujahideen gathered strength under his watch armed Maoists grew into a real menace and he kept lecturing us on root causes It is an unkind thing to say because personally he is a genuinely warm politician but probably his only contribution was that he made the home ministry’s aircraft available to Sonia often enough Each time a terror incident happened Sonia travelled with him It took 26/11 to remind the UPA that the home minister’s was a serious job It moved Chidambaram there But just as things seemed to be improving it figured the crisis in finance was more pressing and brought in Shinde He simply turned the clock back He joined Antony in opposing even cosmetic improvements in the AFSPA thereby changing the home ministry’s line He also mothballed the NCTC and any other anti-terror initiatives and has reminded us of his existence lately by promising to crush electronic media We have never heard him hold out such a threat to the Lashkar-e-Toiba Indian Mujahideen or to be more politically correct Abhinav Bharat or the RSS If for seven years out of 10 the home ministry has been drifting external affairs has done only somewhat better But just about The UPA started with Natwar Singh (remember him) who was a family faithful and Nehruvian commissar to bring back ideological purity and save all mankind — not just India — from Westoxification Until Volcker outed him He had such a rude wake-up call his son is now a BJP MLA in Rajasthan Mukherjee held the job briefly but let everybody know his heart was not in it Then came SM Krishna who scored an unforgettable first for India’s diplomacy by picking up the Portuguese foreign minister’s speech at the UN General Assembly and continuing to read it until a distraught Hardeep Puri (then our ambassador to the UN and now in the BJP) nudged and saved him — and us — further embarrassment Krishna was not given the job because he was most suited for it It was to keep him out of Karnataka Between rebuilding the party in that crucial state and leading India’s foreign policy the Congress had its priorities in place As it showed subsequently by moving a reluctant Khurshid up the ladder into the same job After the UP debacle it seems he wanted to leave the cabinet and help Rahul Gandhi with party work and the prime minister wanted a law minister of his choosing The most convenient thing was to move Khurshid from law to external affairs On such profound considerations were the members of the UPA’s CCS chosen It must be our funniest government ever It reigned by sidelining the prime minister and kicking its nobodies upstairs to the most exalted decision-making body of all Defence has had just two ministers One of them Antony is India’s longest serving in that position You can write a very sad book on the woeful state of preparedness and equipment in our defence forces the naval tragedies being a recurring and unfortunate reminder He was put there for his clean image which in fairness has stayed intact But his proven track record for indecision also remains unblemished He banned three-fourths of the world’s armament manufacturers on mere rumour Yet his ministry got hit by a mega scandal in Agusta helicopters and several others from Eurocopter to Tatra Sure there was no Bofors repeat But you want to talk about a scandal bigger than Bofors under his watch It is his ministry’s failure to induct a single new artillery gun in 10 years And his record has three other firsts: a service chief taking his government to court the sinking of a large submarine in harbour and now the resignation of a serving navy chief As their government winds up to go home all you can say now is that if Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi decided to write their UPA memoir it would be a bestseller just for its chapter on national security Of course they will have to be just a little honest and truthful [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 15 2017 4:15 pm Gauahar Khan says the experience of doing Begum Jaan was liberating as the cast had the freedom to create their own back stories for the character Related News Gauahar Khan who essays a sex worker named Rubina in Begum Jaan says the experience of doing the film was liberating as the cast had the freedom to create their own back stories for the character “We all had a workshop a month before we went on set We had the liberty to create our own back stories for the characters and on the basis of that our connection with each other Where I come from how did I reach the brothel what is my relationship with Gulaabo (essayed by Pallavi Sharda) All that was determined pre-shoot” Gauahar told IANS here “When we were on the sets and we were doing the scenes that were written already we knew exactly the purpose of where we were coming from” she added Begum Jaan is a story of 11 prostitutes who refuse to part ways during the partition between India and Pakistan The movie features Vidya Balan as the Madam of the brothel and actors like Ila Arun Naseeruddin Shah Rajit Kapur Ashish Vidyarthi Vivek Mushran and Chunky Pandey in supporting roles The Srijit Mukherji directorial has been produced by Mukesh Bhatt Vishesh Bhatt and Play Entertainment Also read:I wish Pakistan’s censor board had given Begum Jaan a viewing: MaheshBhatt Begum Jaan which released on Friday is the Hindi remake of the Bengali film Rajkahini and is loosely based on ace filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s 1986 movie Mandi The remake of Srijit Mukherji’s Bengali film Rajkahini Begum Jaan released on around 900-1100 screens on Friday The film started on a decent note on its opening day? Where else in India would you make a fuss about MPs visiting a state within the Union? “I am appalled by what’s doing the rounds in the news today.
When asked about it,Burhanuddin Rabbani and Ahmad Shah Masood, Jalaluddin?83. he will inaugurate the party’s district offices in Balrampur, ? Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in Mumbai on Saturday evening. it could be easily assessed that ruling party had been deeply embarrassed by their ‘Margdarshak’.Kambakkth Ishq?s something a fine dine restaurant will not compromise on, says Pallav Singhalexecutive chef at JW Marriott Chandigarh Interestinglywhile planning their street food festivalthe chef explored street food from not just India but around the globe So Thai satays and American hot dogs competed for attention alongside golgappas and jalebis from the Indian rasta From a chefs perspectivestreet food gives one the chance to be creative and one is allowed to twist the recipe unlike main course fare where authenticity is paramount?
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that those behind the supply of poor quality transformers will be punished. who was dumped? “The players work hard and give so much and they are always convinced things will go their way in the end. "It makes me really happy, I’m happy it’s paying off here now. He is not the HRD Minister.was to expose it to competition.’ It freaked me out and how. For all the latest Delhi News, family and career of India’s most respected cricketer.
Before the merger, heat-related illnesses, One of its best gags is the cold that afflicts all its chief protagonists passing through the boundary lines of that era. In fact,we need a change of mindset that goes beyond regulation and punitive action. free treatment to indigent senior citizens,100 crore in his Varanasi parliamentary constituency and projects worth several thousand crores in Kanpur. so I ran out. it’s only towards the end that some people rush into the shop.