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“We are going to speak to (Kalam’s) family and at a time convenient to them, UT Administration had indicted the school authorities in an inquiry held by a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM). who will be seen in a grey character in “Force 2”, different stuff is what makes it interesting, The MHCC balances convenience of residents and other such considerations with preserving the heritage value of that building. [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: December 11 2016 1:42 pm Pune has witnessed temperatures in the range of 98-10 degrees Celsius (Source: Express photo by Arul Horizon) Top News A cold wave-like situation over Vidharbha has led to a sudden dip in mercury with the temperature in Pune and other cities in Maharashtra falling below 10 degrees Celsius again On Saturday the minimum temperature recorded in the city was 8 degrees Celsius the lowest recorded temperature this year According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) temperatures will remain below the 10 degrees Celsius mark for the next 48 hours Watch what else is making news: Clear skies and an active western disturbance moving in the northern region of the country has resulted in an active cold wave in Vidharbha said meteorologists The cold wave has affected temperatures across the state with Ahmednagar Pune Satara and Nashik recording temperatures that are lower than normal A western disturbance in a non-monsoon precipitation system which results in cloudy skies and triggers rains in the northern parts of the country and leads to a cold wave in other states The system has lead to cloudy skies in Shimla while cities in Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have reported lower temperatures On Saturday when Pune recorded 8 degrees Celsius Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 127 degrees Celsius Similarly Nashik and Ahmednagar recorded 84 and 64 degrees Celsius as their minimum temperatures respectively Mahesh Palawant a meteorologist with Skymet said the plunging mercury was mainly due to active northeasterly winds The active western disturbance results in cold north-easterly winds originating from the Himalayan regions bringing the temperature down on the plains he said However Palawant said the situation will change in the next 24 hours as the cyclonic storm Vardah is about to make landfall along the Andhra Pradesh coast After that the wind direction will change into a south-westerly which will lead to higher temperatures and cloudy skies in Pune For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Madrid | Published: November 11 2016 6:21 pm Top News Spanish authorities say former super lightweight world boxing champion Pedro “Perico” Fernandez has died He was 64 The regional government of Aragon in northern Spain said he died on Friday in a medical center in Zaragoza where he had been under care since 2012 A spokesman for the center would not divulge the cause of death Fernandez won the vacant super lightweight belt in 1974 after beating Japanese fighter Lion Furuyama on a split decision in Lazio Italy He retained the title in 1975 by knocking out Joao Henrique but lost it later that year when he was KO’ed by Saensak Muangsurin in Bangkok He lost a rematch for the title in 1977 in Madrid by unanimous decision Fernandez fought 125 pro fights winning 82 and drawing 15 until he retired in 1987 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsLondon: Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho remains unavailable for Liverpool due to a back problem manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday The Brazilian playmaker 25 submitted a transfer request on the eve of the season and has been the subject of three unsuccessful bids from Barcelona File photo of Philippe Coutinho Image Courtesy: Twitter @Phil_Coutinho Despite his injury status he has been called up by Brazil for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia "He’s on our injury list that hasn’t changed" Klopp told reporters on Friday "I was not in contact so far with the Brazilian FA but the rules are if they want to see him and check him then he has to go there I don’t know but I think that will happen It’s no problem" Liverpool welcome Premier League title rivals Arsenal to Anfield on Sunday having secured their place in the Champions League with a 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday Klopp’s side were drawn to face Sevilla Spartak Moscow and Slovenian outfit Maribor in Thursday’s group-stage draw Klopp has less than a week to add to his squad before the transfer window closes and has thus far seen moves for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita come to nothing But having added Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah Scottish left-back Andy Robertson and young striker Dominic Solanke to his ranks he says he is content with his squad as it is "Until 31 August a lot of things are really possible in and out If the transfer window closed tomorrow I’m happy with it" he said "Divock Origi was not in the squad (against Hoffenheim) He has done nothing wrong — it just shows how big the quality already is "Andrew Robertson showed up against Crystal Palace Before everyone thought ‘Robertson from Hull’ Now they think he is really strong "Dominic Solanke showed everything you want from a new player in a really short term Mo Salah we don’t have to talk about this "James Milner plays in midfield again that’s for us like a transfer Alberto Moreno played again at left-back and was outstanding "We will see what happens I’m happy at the moment Will I be happy on the 31st Not sure Will I be more happy It’s possible" By: Express Web Desk | Published: June 2 2017 9:09 pm Joe Root started his innings slowly completing his half-century in 59 balls But in the end he made up for his slow start smashing his last 33 runs off just 14 balls (Source: Reuters) Related News England have so many batsmen who are capable of smashing big hits but a batsman was needed who could play a settled innings stay till the end and Joe Root’s unbeaten 133 showed that maturity and class which took England to the finish line with eight wickets left in the match Root was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his blistering knock Root looked very comfortable at the crease and played according to the situation He focused on rotating strikes and played a classy knock which included 11 boundaries and a six England chased 307 with three overs remaining in the match Root stayed till the end ensuring a comfortable win for the hosts Root started his innings slowly completing his half-century in 59 balls But in the end he made up for his slow start smashing his last 33 runs off just 14 balls “Whatever you throw at Joe Root he proves that he can do it” former England captain Alec Stewart said on the BBC’s Test Match Special “He has mastered test cricket 50-over and T20 cricket Whenever England need him he scores runs He plays safe shots and scores at a run a ball That is all you can ask” Root maintained the required run-rate he included one six in his entire innings which came off Rubel Hossain’s delivery Opener Alex Hales played freely hammering 95 off just 86 balls and later Eoin Morgan came to the party smashing 75 which included a 143-run partnership for the second wicket Both Morgan and Hales could play their natural game as Root’s calming presence took all the pressure away from them “Joe is the glue in our side” Morgan said after England’s first win of the campaign at the Oval “He really has scored a lot of runs in the last couple of years and continues to do it” Morgan later dismissed suggestions that Root was not capable of scoring big in limited overs format “It’s not slow it’s actually at pace” Morgan said “He has been working on his power hitting and today it paid off He hit a few into the stands which was outstanding” England will face New Zealand in their next game in Cardiff on Tuesday For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Updated: January 15 2016 10:57 am Katrina Kaif may not yet be ready to say if Ranbir Kapoor is the best boyfriend ever but she does feel her beau is certainly one of the most talented actors in the country Related News Katrina Kaif may not yet be ready to say if Ranbir Kapoor is the best boyfriend ever but she does feel her beau is certainly one of the most talented actors in the country When we asked Katrina if she felt Ranbir’s role as Sanjay Dutt would be his most challenging role ever the pretty actress after a brief moment of thought answered “I am very flattered you asked me that question I am not sure if I am the right person to answer how challenging things are But I think Ranbir is one of the most talented actors in the country and I think he can do any role with complete ease” (Read:Katrina Kaif speaks up on her intimate picture with boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor) Katrina Kaif was speaking after walking the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s ‘The Regal Threads’ along with her Fitoor co-starring Aditya Roy Kapoor (Also read:Katrina Kaif spends time with boyfriend Ranbir’s cousins Kareena Karisma) Expressing her joy at Sanjay Dutt’s early release in February 2016 Katrina said “As far as Sanjay sir is concerned everyone would be really happy to have him back home” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 30 2012 12:47 am Related News Counting for the Registered Graduates constituency of the Senate continued todaythe fourth day since it started About 27 candidates with the lowest votes were eliminated by late Saturday night after 27 rounds of counting The final results are expected today Amongst those eliminated were Amit KumarAshok GoyalBalwinder SinghGhansham SinghGurdev SinghGurpreet SinghHarbhajan SinghJagmeet SinghJagmeet SinghJang Baj SinghJaswant SinghManjit SinghPardeep KumarRaghbir SinghRajbans GillRajinder PalRajbans singh GillRupinder GillSanjeev Kumar AroraSuman Rani BhatejaSurjit SinghHarinder SinghHarinder SinghJaswinder SinghRajbir Singh Gill and Varinder Singh Three members of the senateSandeep KumarSanjeev Kumar Aroraand Dayal Partap Singh Randhawa were elected early on Friday morning as the first round of results of the Registered Graduates constituency was declared The ballot boxes for the Registered Graduates constituency were opened early on Wednesday morning There are over four lakh registered voters in this constituency but just about 74520 votes were polled The total number of valid votes were found to be 63996 and invalid votes were found to be around 10600before the process was stopped About 65 candidates were contesting for 15 seats The first round of results for the registered graduates constituency of the Panjab University senate was expected to be declared by Wednesday night and the final results were expected by Saturdaybut counting had been suspended after a discord between the candidates and the polling staff The elections had been held on September 23 For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: August 2 2012 11:37 pm Related News The Agricultural Market Intelligence Centre (AMIC) of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has advised farmers to sell the entire cold stored potatoes judiciously during October and November to fetch better returns Impressing upon the farmers to keep the track of the prevailing market prices of potato along with maintaining balanced supplyAMIC In-Charge Dr Jagrup Singh Sidhu suggested that all the cold stored potatoes should be released before the arrival of the fresh potato crop in the markets during December Dr Sidhu said that during 2011-12potato production declined by 15 to 20 per cent in the major potato producing statesdue to inclement weather near harvesting during the months of January and February Consequentlythe potato prices started escalating every month since April 2012 due to dwindling potato stocks in the cold storeshe saidadding that this trend may continue till November For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: September 6 2012 6:50 am Related News The citywhich has been reeling under drinking water crisiscan breathe easy for a few weeks as the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) is likely to maintain its alternate day supply following fresh inflow in three major dams The fresh quantumhowevercan sustain the supply only for a month This assumes significance as the additional Narmada supply is not expected to reach before November Following rains over the last three daysBhadar and Aji I dams received fresh inflow up to one foot while Nyari I dam registered a 25-foot increase in the level by Tuesday evening RMC officials said that collectivelythe three dams have registered a fresh inflow of 96 million per cubic feet They said this will help in maintaining alternate day water supply of 20 minutes till the first week of October At presentthe RMC is allotted 100 MLD Narmada water per daywhich is not sufficient to maintain the daily water supply The state government has promised supply of additional 40 MLD Narmada waterbut this is not likely to start before November as the lining work is still on Mayor Janak Kotak is schedule to visit Gandhinagar soon with a plea to provide additional Narmada water soon even as the civic body has planned to dig bores near the Nyari dam site and install new hand-pumps across the city Meanwhileof the 104 dams in the Saurashtra region56 have registered fresh inflow up to 17 feetbringing some relief to the parched land For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published: September 12 2013 2:30 am Related News At a time when varsities across the country are moving towards phasing out dissection from their curriculuma group of zoologists from Mumbai University is planning to write to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to draw its attention to a 2001 amendment in the law that does not prescribe a blanket ban on dissection of animals According to the Board of Studies (BoS) for Zoology of MUthe guidelines issued by the UGC in November 2011 were based on the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and the 2001 amendment was not taken into account There was an amendment made to the Act on December 52001which was not referred to while framing the guidelines Till July 112001almost all species of Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) came under the protection Howeverpost December 2001only nine species of Elasmobranchs were added under schedule I and thusthey come under protection? 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Jaguar Land Rover and Alphabet Inc’s Waymo The company plans to roll out a self-driving pilot program in Boston with autonomous vehicle company Nutonomy Lyft said its partnership-centric approach is not changing — even as it develops its own autonomous technology it will continue to partner with other companies that are trying to build self-driving cars “We want a proactive role in pushing the industry” Raj Kapoor Lyft’s chief strategy officer said at the company’s San Francisco offices “We need to be playing this role You can’t just be looking for partners to do it” A continuously expanding pack of technology companies and auto-makers are rushing into the development of autonomous vehicles making self-driving car researchers some of the most highly paid and in-demand people in the world It’s impossible to know when fully autonomous vehicles will be available for public consumption While companies like Uber and Nutonomy are already running public tests drivers still have to be ready to intervene when something goes wrong Lyft the No 2 ride-hailing company believes that it may be able to catch up to other companies that have spent years researching autonomous vehicles It can buy sensor devices like lidar off the shelf Lyft also believes that it has a major advantage over automakers when it comes to data collection The company is considering equipping some vehicles rented to drivers through the Express Drive program with sensors to allow Lyft to collect more data for its self-driving and mapping research Automakers without self-driving cars will find an eager partner in Lyft “Lyft is not getting into the business of manufacturing a car” Kapoor said “The auto industry has done a fantastic job with safety and reliability” Lyft is mirroring — whether it wants to admit it or not — Uber’s autonomous strategy though years behind its larger rival and with a shallower bench of talent In February 2015 Uber announced its Advanced Technologies Group in Pittsburgh and hired researchers from Carnegie Mellon University to work on its program Then in August 2016 Uber bought Otto a small team of self-driving truck researchers formed by former Alphabet engineers in a $680 million stock deal Uber is facing a protracted trade secrets suit brought by Waymo that alleges that Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski stole 14000 proprietary files while he worked at Alphabet’s self-driving car company Lyft’s effort has been quieter and smaller Lyft hired Luc Vincent a former senior director of engineering at Alphabet’s Google who helped develop Google Street View in February 2017 Vincent is leading the development of Lyft’s autonomous effort For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: June 1 2017 6:00 am State Congress chief Raj Babbar addressing a press conference in Bhopal on Wednesday PTI Related News With its state party headquarters in Lucknow wearing a deserted look on most days since the Assembly poll rout the Congress’ top leadership has asked seven of its MLAs and two MLCs to be present in the premises at least two days a month to meet party workers and also attend to grievances of the public Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay Kumar ‘Lallu’ has been given the task of finalising the schedule of these party MLAs and MLCs “With approval from both party vice-president Rahul Gandhi AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad as well as state president Raj Babbar a circular would be issued about the roster of party MLAs defining the days when they would be available for workers and public at the headquarters in Lucknow” said Lallu Barring a few leaders who sit at the state party headquarters the premise is largely vacant said sources State Congress president Raj Babbar visits the office occasionally Sources added that during some of the recent review meetings local leaders and workers had complained about a “lack of communication” between the cadre and senior leaders Lallu said “There has been a realisation that to revive ourselves in the state it is necessary to develop a connect with the public for which it is necessary to strengthen our workers who come to us with problems and issues of public concern of their region” He added that in incidents like Saharanpur workers want to communicate many things to the leaders to help the victims but as of now they are “directionless” It has been decided that the seven MLAs and two MLCs will sit the main party office for two days each month which would mean that one leader would be available at the party office for at least 18 days a month However some leaders expressed doubts regarding implementation of the idea and the actual time that these leaders might be able to devote for the purpose Lallu said “While we have our proper cadre including vice-presidents general secretaries and secretaries MLAs have certain powers which give them the upper hand in helping public at large like recommending medical help to the needy from the chief minister’s fund We are sure that if we start others would be bound to follow” He added that most leaders have agreed to the proposal For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: April 9 2017 2:42 pm Raveena Tandon says she does not crave to be in the limelight Related News Actress Raveena Tandon says she has now reached a stage in her career where she can be choosy about work as she does not crave to be in the limelight “Films are not my life They are part of my life I have children husband home parents shows and endorsements I have a lot of things to do I am not dying to work in films I would’ve signed all the films which came my way if I wanted to see my name every Friday I am not interested in that” Raveena told PTI The National award winning actress who is currently gearing up for the release of Maatr insists that she wants to play roles that challenge her “I am enjoying the work I am doing now and the mental space I am in right now I am very content with myself and am not trying to chase anything Being in my 40s I think it’s a great time for me I’ve seen life matured over the years” she says Directed by Ashtar Sayed the revenge thriller is a story of a mother fighting to get justice for her daughter who is raped “I can feel the pain of this person that I am playing in the film Life is the best teacher you can get” she says Raveena says the film tackles a realistic subject without bowing down to commercial pressure Also read:Raveena Tandon proves she has put past with Akshay Kumar behind her: Twinkle Khanna and I are good friends “I am strictly against something like that (referring to item numbers) I’ve done films where the script was excellent but the end result was entirely different because the makers added a lot of commercial elements in it like item numbers which spoiled the films “This film has been shot realistically and the sensitivity has been retained I don’t know commercially how well we are going to do But if the message goes through and people stand up and take note of what’s happening we will succeed” she says Maatr is scheduled to release on April 21 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: September 2 2016 12:00 am Sagar speaking in the Assembly on Friday Top News The address by the Jain monk Tarun Sagar ji to the Haryana assembly has exposed deep constitutional and cultural faultlines A number of issues have been thrown up by the debate that followed But these do not adequately capture the stakes in what transpired The constitutional mindset revealed in this episode should be deeply dismaying both to those who care about constitutions and those who care about religion But first let us set aside a technicality In Parliament there is an express prohibition even on using the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as “lecture halls” as it were State assemblies have had more lax rules Outsiders have been occasionally invited to address legislators But they are addressing a group of legislators not a legislative assembly And they have used the same hall where the legislature meets So technically we can make this distinction: A group of legislators not a legislative assembly in session qua its legislative function is being addressed But the invitation was certainly deeply inappropriate and should not set a precedent The fact that it was an all-party invitation might rescue this episode from political partisanship But it makes the constitutional imagination at work all the more dismaying The address itself was underwhelming It had more low comedy and violence than you would expect But what should worry us is the constitutional imagination it displayed The central premise expressed in patriarchal language was that dharma has to tame politics This is an enticing idea but deeply flawed Our family’s Jain preacher Hastimal Maharaj used to have a rather different metaphor for the relationship between dharma and politics There are different kinds of dharma but each has its place In fact entangling them should be a cause for concern Society needs both dharma in the sense Tarun Sagar ji used the term and politics But both have to run in parallel like different pillars holding up society They are not to be entangled This is because they have different logics; dharma is more likely to be contaminated by power It can be on display in crude material ways: When both politicians and preachers seek favours from each other; where dharma gurus are put in the position of having to eulogise politicians or put power on a pedestal more generally But in a deeper sense the two are parallel because a constitutional and political morality on the one hand and dharma on the other are very different One way in which the two are different is that the central challenge of politics is plurality not conviction How do I deal with those who disagree with me One contrivance to deal with that question is: Respect other people’s rights To respect other people’s rights means that they cannot be made instrumental to social goals that you might consider desirable Part of what is dangerous about constitutional discourse in India is that this plain truth is being disregarded What might be an appropriate debate in the realm of ethics is not an appropriate one for politics Being vegetarian not eating beef perhaps even not drinking or having no more than two children may be dharmic They should be matters for voluntary persuasion and vigorous intellectual and moral debate But those conceptions cannot and should not “tame” politics Even “honesty” something we desire both in dharmic and political conduct will have different meanings: In politics it should always have reference to an institutional meaning not some mysterious dharmic quality But more seriously the erosion of rights at the altar of social goals making rights instrumental has become ubiquitous often in the name of desirable goals Remember the Haryana government is not just regulating beef using state power It also passed the blatantly unconstitutional and disenfranchising act of disqualifying those who have more than two children or those who are not fully literate from exercising their political rights Rights are sacrificed at the altar of social engineering — without even establishing any link between the two Tarun Sagar ji was right to raise the issue of female foeticide But his articulation gave succour to those whose constitutional imaginations readily sacrifice rights to any social goal (again deprive people of rights if they don’t behave in a certain way) What should worry us about this taming of politics by dharma is that it does not seem to understand constitutionalism as a distinctive morality It partakes of the same confusion between “our ethos” and the realm of legislation and constitutionalism that so bedevils our government When dharma becomes political it contaminates constitutionalism But his presence also raised interesting cultural issues around pluralism shame and the body In a way his presence was a riposte to liberals not because it was religious But it did raise the question of how modern societies deal with really radical difference How much are we seamlessly willing to accommodate cosmologies that are radically different where monks are sky clad and inhabit public spaces Or is modern society more disciplinary and less pluralistic than we suppose We should not be so smug But there was also a deep irony in a Digambar monk’s articulation on gender equality He gave all kinds of instrumental arguments for the worth of women including acknowledging the fact that they prevented India from being “shamed” at the Olympics But curiously he skirted a key issue One difference between Digambars and Svetambars was over the possibility of attaining salvation in a women’s body (see the riveting study by Padmanabh Jaini Gender and Salvation) Jains had very radical ideas that sexuality and biological gender need not be aligned But both sects agreed that women could be nude Both also saw the female body as a site of himsa not an irrelevant matter in the context of temple entry debates But Svetambars allowed for the possibility of women attaining moksa Digambars also believed that following Mahavira’s example being sky clad was necessary for salvation; hence women could not attain moksa in any straightforward way Svetambars thought nudity was not necessary to signify the overcoming of all attachment In short “spiritual inequality” based on gender was more enshrined amongst Digambars There was something deeply ironical about a monk wading into public policy with an assortment of moral suasion (justified) and disciplinary proposals but no attempt to come to terms with the deep cosmological and spiritual premises from which questions of gender and inequality flow In short the real question is not taming politics with dharma; it is how to understand dharma differently Unwittingly Tarun Sagar ji showed that when dharma becomes political it ceases to have the ability to deal with genuinely dharmic questions The writer is president CPR Delhi and contributing editor‘Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: August 19 2017 6:10 pm Sushma Verma and India fell nine runs short to England in the ICC Women’s World Cup (Source: AP) Related News Even though the India women’s cricket team lost their World Cup final to England they were lauded appreciated and felicitated for their tremendous achievement and efforts For the first time even though India had reached final of World Cup in the past did Indian women team get the same level of respect and garnered same amount of attention from fans and media Sushma Verma the team’s wicketkeeper said the response once they returned was a first “After we lost the final the team was very disappointed but we saw later that the fans were even more disappointed But at the same time after we returned we noticed a lot of new things for the first time ever – the fans came to receive us we were felicitated so many times people were showering so much love on us – it was all very new Till now the kind of love and support men’s cricket had received in India women’s cricket had not We saw that changing after this World Cup We wanted to bring about a change in the mindset of the fans regarding women’s cricket through our performances and that is why it feels great to see that” she told Times of Indiaat an event in the capital “We were desperately waiting for this because we are also working hard like the male cricketers or other sportspersons The difference was that people were unaware of those efforts It’s good that people are also watching us and giving the same importance to us that they give to male cricketers” she said as someone who gets stopped by fans to click selfies and is surrounded by people seeking her autograph Labelled the ‘female Dhoni’ for her prowess behind the stumps Sushma laughs it off and says she’s only trying to be herself and not emulate a World Cup winner such as Dhoni “It is humbling that people feel that I sometimes do the same things that someone like MS Dhoni does It’s a big compliment than a comparison Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a legend and a captain of a World Cup-winning team I don’t think I can be on the same platform as him But I don’t try and emulate him Whatever I’m doing I do it in my own way and I am just glad that it is working” she said ‘This performance can do for women’s cricket what 1983 World Cup did for men’ Many believe women’s cricket could soon be on the same level as men’s cricket in terms of marketability and fan following – akin to the equality seen in tennis Sushma says the revolution may have just begun in India “I was going through some articles that said that the matches in this Women’s World Cup were the most watched women’s games in TV history And slowly the games will command the same viewership that men’s matches do This performance can do for women’s cricket what the 1983 World Cup win did for the men’s game” she said “Things have been changing recently and that is because we needed to do something extraordinary to attract attention towards women’s cricket By reaching the final we did that to an extent and fans sponsors everyone took notice I think if we keep performing things will keep improving” she added For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsNew Delhi: Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal on Monday decided to contest the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections with like-minded parties but made clear that its alliance with BJP is "rock solid and intact" AD president Sukhbir Singh Badal AFP The decision was taken at a meeting of Akali leaders here where SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the party wants to ensure due recognition for Sikhs and the Punjabi community by expanding in the state Badal however put at rest all speculation and said that "the party’s alliance with BJP is rock solid and intact" Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rai Singh was also appointed as party’s incharge of the state The SAD chief formed a 5-member committee to focus on strengthening SAD in UP and identify the potential 40-45 seats it plans to contest in the 2017 assembly polls keeping in view the number of Sikhs and Punjabi’s population in the state SAD is in alliance with BJP both at the Centre and shares power with it in Punjab for the last ten years Punjab election are also slated in early 2017 The committee comprising Rajya Sabha MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder Sri Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra Cabinet minister Gulzar Singh Ranike President Delhi Unit and DSGMC Manjit Singh GK and senior leader Avtar Singh Hit would submit its report to the SAD President within two weeks Elaborating on its the agenda for UP Punjab deputy Chief Minister said SAD would launch a concerted campaign in UP in order to redress the problems being faced there by Sikhs and Punjabi community besides ameliorating their lot For this the need for having an organised party structure in UP is being carefully looked into he said Badal said Sikhs and Punjabi community has done a lot for the development of the state and are the prime contributors to the parameters of progressive index there The Punjabi community has still not got its due in UP which explains and justifies the need for SAD to step in to cater to their needs and aspirations he said "Being the second oldest party in the country’s polity SAD has a glorious history of playing a yeoman role in freedom movement and after independence too it was always been in the forefront for the sake of Punjabis Sikhs and every other community which made it the epitome of secularism"Badal said The SAD President further said that it is the motive of the SAD to harness the capabilities of UP based Punjabis and Sikhs by bringing them all under the unified banner of SAD as various political outfits took advantage of them till now by promising them the moon and applying "use and throw" policy "Nobody would dare to even dream of using Sikhs and the Punjabi community as political tools for vote bank purposes" Badal saidWe have to be judicious in using the land area in the landlocked CSIA, Singh said Sources said the minister discussed the issue with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan The private operators of CSIAone of the busiest airports in the countryface the challenge of clearing 276 acres of encroached land The rehabilitation project is many years behind schedule after several false startscontributing to CSIA becoming one of the most congested airports in the region With 85000 shanties to be relocated eventuallythe project will be Mumbais biggest slum resettlement projectconsiderably larger than the rehabilitation of 34000 families under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project and the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project in 2004-05 With just 1976 acres of land at its disposal – DelhiHyderabad and Bangalore airports all have more than double that – the Mumbai airport is severely constrained for space Besidesthe slums compromise the security of the airport Over 18000 rehabilitation apartments for these slumdwellers – measuring 269 sq ft each are almost complete in Kurla (West)located barely 3 km from the airport slums Only a small fraction has been allotted to project-affected slumdwellershoweverwith surveys to enumerate slum residents eligible for free resettlement and the policy for rehabilitation still stuck Singh said?net charging half-volley winner in the eighth game the difference maker. congestion around many stations.

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