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Would such a conservative Taliban leader do that in public? Homeland (Season 4,the festival will screen classics by the multifaceted Indian filmmaker,Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published: November 22” Roznama Khabrain, The crux of the problem is an ingrained culture of impunity, imposes a tax? where’s the money and what happens to the fiscal deficit?” “I have diversified a lot; I have a weight on me. The actor said he chose “Roadies” because he felt it has an “honour” level.

police said. Rai told police she had taken her son to JJ Hospital to get a hearing device fixed. placed in his half and seemingly stopping his path to the semifinal.I fell off my chair when I heard him talking about his almond milk smoothie?says prominent vegan chef and cookbook author Tal Ronnenwho has worked with celebrities like Winfrey and DeGeneresand is a collaborating chef for Wynn’s two Las Vegas resorts Someone like Bill Clinton who grew up on southern comfort food talking about his vegan dietit shows how things are changing? Despite the heavy downpour and around 15 complaints of waterlogging in various parts of the city, He dismissed four of the top six, To capture the essence of rural Punjab, Dutt holds the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Haryana. 2012 2:34 am Top News Two inmates of Women Protection Home in the city went missing early on Sunday morning. I was OK in India.

said based on NACO guidelines, assistant programme manager.chipping and eroding any positive sense electors may have had about the party? And now he is considered important enough for the establishment to be on his case ? He’s been one of the most popular players of all time,further motives, when an alarm went off,despite vehement denials from all sides. For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Andrew Amsan | New Delhi | Updated: November 18 2016 8:18 am Eliud Kipchoge clocked 2:08:44 minutes to clinch the Olympic gold in Rio (Source: Reuters) Top News Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge went to the Rio Games with two Olympic medals already to his name: a bronze in 2004 and a silver in 2008 both in the 5000m But his long wait for a gold ended in Brazil when he won the marathon an event he made his foray into only in 2012 Already an icon back home his triumph in Rio boosted his stature further Posing for selfies and signing autographs has become a feature of his life now But Eliud leads a “very simple life” He still trains at a camp set up in a hamlet under the guidance of coach Patrick Sang In the run-up to the Olympics Eliud spent most of his time at the camp where he had to share his room with a junior athlete Doing chores like gardening cooking and cleaning toilets were all part of Eliud’s regimen at the camp “It’s a big sacrifice I make but staying at the camp helps me concentrate and train better” said the father of three Such steadfast dedication extracts a high price Eliud gets to go home only on weekends The soft-spoken runner will compete in the Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday along with his training partner and friend Augustine Choge Both fierce competitors have developed a unique bond that outlasts any hostility they show in a race Unity is the Kenyan runners’ USP believes coach Sang an accomplished athlete who won to back-to-back silver medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the World Championships in ‘91 and ‘93 “You know yourself your potential and being nice does not change your competitiveness” said Sang Struggles part of life Eliud is no stranger to hardship and hard work Sang bought him his first pair of shoes and later helped him strike a sponsorship deal with a leading sportswear company “He looked up to me He wanted to be a top athlete like me Now people want to be like him I think Eliud already had it in him so it was easy to guide him” Sang and Eliud have been working together for over 14 years now Eliud burst on to the scene in 2003 when he set a junior world record and also won the 5000m bronze at the World Championships He has not looked back since He has won several marathons across the globe including the London and Berlin races in 2015 “The key is good preparation and planning” he said Eliud will be competing in the Capital for the second time in his career He won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games finishing behind former world champion Moses Kipsiro “I am here not only to compete but also to inspire youngsters” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: His repeated requests for rehabilitation ignored Commonwealth Games gold-medallist P Kashyap has been left flummoxed after being sent air tickets to join the Indian badminton squad at the South Asian Games despite being laid low by an abdominal strain Once the world number eight Kashyap has been dogged by injuries and his ranking slipped to 14 in the latest chart With 12 weeks left to earn a berth for the Rio Olympics the Indian shuttler is racing against time to even be fit for competing in the tournaments crucial to fetch qualifying points Kashyap had already written a letter to Badminton Association of India (BAI) and the Ministry requesting that he be allowed to skip the the South Asian Games "I lost out a lot of time because of the injury I missed out on as many as seven tournaments I managed to play at PBL and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold but again I had an abdominal strain in Lucknow and I had to withdraw from Thailand Masters as well" Kashyap told PTI File photo of Kashyap AFP "But now BAI and the Government want me to play at the South Asian Games I am in no position to play I can’t play I have sent letters to BAI and the ministry explaining my situation I also spoke to DG SAI Injeti Srinivas but still I haven’t got any positive response On the contrary I got the tickets for Guwahati today I am feeling very frustrated" a disturbed Kashyap said The 29-year-old feels that his case should have been treated differently "I understand India is hosting this event and Government wants to showcase the best team But mine is a special case I am injured now I have just 12 weeks to qualify for the Olympics Out of which I can also play for seven weeks and train for 5 weeks "This in itself is a huge task On top of it to expect me to play at SA Games is too much I don’t know what to do If I play I might again aggravate my injury" Kashyap said "If I were fit I could have played But I just can’t play But no one is listening to me" Kashyap suffered a calf muscle tear in his left leg during the French Open in October last year It completely upset his Olympic preparation The qualification for the Rio would depend on world rankings in May and Kashyap have to do really well in the international events to improve his standings and make it to the Rio Games "Everybody else have atleast played all through the year I missed out because of injury and now I need atleast four weeks to be fit for the European circuit — German All-England and Swiss Open Then also I dont have any time it will be India Malaysia and Singapore Open six weeks straight It would be crazy but I have to do it if I have to qualify" the 2014 Commonwealth Games (CWG) champion said Kashyap is hoping that he qualifies for Rio by doing well in the first three events of European circuit "I just pray to God that I play well in the first three tournaments so that I can relax and choose my events or else I will have to play these six tournaments and then play the Asian Championship which is the last event before the cut off time for Olympics What can I say I am under a lot of stress" he added However the South Asian Games have thrown a spanner in his work Left with no option the 29-year-old wrote letters to the Badminton Association of India (BAI) Sports Ministry and Chief National coach P Gopichand However there has not been any development Top Indian shuttlers including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are also reluctant to play at the SAG and according to a BAI source they too have written letter to the BAI citing illness and fitness issues to skip the event Indian shuttlers are also set to compete at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad from 15 to 21 February and participating in SA games will disrupt their training and tournament schedule The team championship at the Games is scheduled for 6 and 7 February for men and women respectively The semifinals will be held on 8 February and finals in the evening while the individual events will be held on 9 and 10 February Indian shuttlers managed a clean sweep clinching all 7 gold medals in both men’s and women’s events in the last event popularly called the Olympics Games of South Asia when it was held in 2010 in Bangladesh Last Wednesday BAI had announced that World number twoSaina and World number nineSrikanth will be spearheading a strong 15-member squad for the Games Double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu and Kashyap H S Prannoy Ajay Jayaram Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have also been named in the squad PTI Early on a Friday morning the din of cars honking mingles with the sounds of nadhaswarams and accompanying drums outside a temple in the sleepy town of Manapparai 40 kms from Trichy A crowd blocks the foot of the flyover allowing entry into the town some in ‘karai veshti’ (dhoti with party colours at the border) and many others in shorts or veshti awaiting the biggest event of their day – a promised visit from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Treasurer and likely Chief Ministerial candidate for 2016 MK Stalin Stalin is late though after a hectic tour of neighbouring Pudukottai district the previous night and the crowd begins to open up "There are at least 1000 girls from Manapparai traveling everyday to Trichy and other districts to attend college" says 52-year-old VP Shankar a real estate agent in Manapparai A boy wears a Stalin mask Sandhya Ravishankar/ Firstpost "I am planning to speak to Stalin about this when he comes here" he adds 62-year-old K Pandurangan chips in with his observations "There is no industry here" he explains "Only BHEL is available and that is 40 kms away near Trichy TNPL (Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd) work is under progress But that will not be enough Youngsters here want jobs They sit around all day at TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation the government-owned alcohol retailer) and drink because they have nothing to do" he complains A 36-year-old farmer agrees with the older man “I have a BA degree but there was nowhere to work although I even tried to find a job in Chennai” says V Mahalingam “I went back to farming as a result but it is hardly enough to sustain a family” As a back-up these men have written down their demands They eventually do not manage to meet Stalin who is running late and skips the planned walk around town Stalin garlands the local Gandhi statue and takes these petitions which are shoved at him through the window of his car Histeam then continues to the next point where Stalin will make a speech to waiting DMK labour wing members As the convoy honks its way out of the narrow lane one young man clad in a lungi pipes up "This is a trend setter" says 37-year-old IT professional Suresh Kumar thoughtfully "Top politicians have never met the public like this Only their partymen local leaders may pay a visit We must appreciate Stalin for coming down to the streets and meeting the people" he says New rhetoric The likes of Suresh Kumar are the voters that MK Stalin hopes to lure for a battle royale in 2016 Of the 56 crore voters in Tamil Nadu over half a crore will vote for the first time in Assembly polls next year A sizeable chunk of the remaining are young aspirational professionals Stalin who is 62-years-old has chosen to go in for a makeover not just in attire but also in rhetoric to woo this large mass of voters who are not affiliated ideologically with any political party This and the need to revive the DMK’s flagging credibility amongst the voters has even pushed him to apologise to the people for his partymen’s pastmisdeeds In Madurai Stalin startled many when he said sorry to some people who had complained to him of DMK men running kangaroo courts when they were in power between 2006 and 2011 In an exclusive interview to Firstpost Stalin was at pains to reiterate that he is listening to the people and willing to change from the old ways “I suspected that the reason for our loss (in 2011) was because of mistakes made by us unknowingly” said Stalin “I told the people who posed this question to me that I am apologising for the mistakes made by us with or without our knowledge and intent I have assured them that such mistakes will not take place again We promise a corruption-free collection-free rule” he said Political hawks say that there is a need for Stalin to display repentance “The DMK suffered in the Madurai belt mainly due to Alagiri and his sidekicks” says Gnani Sankaran author and political analyst “Even though he has been expelled now people in Madurai still remember the Alagiri days badly That is why Stalin has to say sorry for it” he adds A surprise visit to a temple too has been noticed Stalin departed from the usual Dravidian atheist rhetoric when he went inside the Ramanujar shrine in Thirukoshtiyur temple in Sivaganga district last week His explanation is telling of the pressure to adapt to modern times in a post-Periyar era where the young have no memory of the turbulence of the 1960s “90 to 95% of DMK workers are Hindus” explains Stalin “Their families go to temples even my own wife frequents temples I do not stop her The reason I went to this Ramanujar temple is that Kalaignar has written a script for a series on Ramanujar which is being aired on Kalaignar TV I liked Ramanujar’s ideology a lot He has used the words ‘Om Namo Narayana’ to establish that all castes and creeds are one He has organised large protests for this cause in his time So I felt I should go and see the place where all of this happened and I did so” he said While political hawks welcome the change in positioning they offer a word of caution "Stalin becoming Chief Minister in 2016 does not depend only on him" says Sankaran “How the public views the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government whether they want the government to be rejected will matter Also how the public views the DMK as a party will count How Stalin alone is viewed is not going to help” he says Old guard vs new guard Despite his efforts trousers sneakers and all Stalin’s road is paved with stones His own partymen could well be his nemesis with powerful local leaders – many of them consisting of the old guard – unwilling to acquiesce to or understand the need for change In Trichy as Stalin was to arrive for a speech outside the BHEL factory a frantic phone call sent local DMK men scurrying to remove chairs and a podium from the stage The usual style of Stalin sitting onstage with the key district DMK leaders was dispensed with A cordless mic was quickly organised Stalin would stand and walk about the stage as he delivered his speech All of this is part of the carefully crafted campaign by Stalin’s team of young planners to project him as a leader with a difference Even the design for posters and banners to be put up for the Namakku Naamey (“We for us”) campaign has been designed and homogenised by a team for better recall across the state Party workers have been given strict instructions not to use any other photos of Stalin other than the ones given by his team “In districts like Trichy and Villupuram things get a bit chaotic and not everything goes according to plan” says a source within Stalin’s team on condition of anonymity “But in places like Coimbatore and Madurai everything is organised smoothly down to the last detail” Karunanidhi and Stalin in a file photo PTI Image This perhaps is one of Stalin’s main challenges A resistant old guard with leaders like KN Nehru Trichy’s local strongman and district secretary of the DMK and Ponmudi of Villupuram flexing muscle within their own fiefdoms Infighting within the party at the grassroots level too has taken its toll "I do not know what Stalin is trying to do with all of this drama” said a senior DMK leader on condition of anonymity “I do not think this is going to work at all Will people vote for trousers and shirts” he asked These leaders air suspicions about Stalin’s motives wondering if he too would go the Karunanidhi way promoting his son or son-in-law to take over the DMK in the future They say that they want dynastic politics to end with Stalin in the party Staunch supporters of Stalin rubbish these suspicions saying Stalin has never shown any inclination to promote his family in politics “Iron Man” A day after the first leg of the Namakku Naamey (“We for us”) tour ended DMK chief Karunanidhi issued a statement on Stalin’s arrival in Chennai on Saturday Dispelling rumours of a perceived distance between father and son Karunanidhi compared Stalin with his Russian namesake calling him an “Iron Man” In the same breath Karuna inserted a characteristic smirk at his son “Does Stalin have the smartness to overcome hurdles” he asked in his statement “What is required to cross hurdles is not smartness but efficiency Stalin does indeed have that efficiency” he said His father say experts is yet another stone in Stalin’s path “Within the party I think Stalin faces only 2 problems – one is his father a towering personality who still refuses to vacate his chair” opines political analyst Gnani Sankaran “The second problem is the party’s image which has been dented due to Kanimozhi A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran There is nothing against Stalin he is not involved in any scam there is nothing pending against him but these three people have affected the party’s image And that is going to be hard to overcome” he says Taking on Jaya A week-long break later Stalin and his team will hit the road again this time across the Western districts of the state As they go along rival AIADMK workers in districts are quietly putting up hoardings of their leader and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa right next to Stalin’s Namakku Naamey posters DMK workers holding posters ahead of Stalin’s rally Sandhya Ravishankar/ Firstpost Jaya beams out from these posters stating “Makkalal Naan Makkalukkaaga Naan” (“I am because of the people and for the people”) Stalin can never win a personality battle against Jaya His team says that he won’t try either The emphasis instead will be on the fact that he’s a leader who is accessible willing to put in hard work and unafraid to shake hands with the common man – something neither Karuna nor Jaya have done in the past few decades People appear to have responded to Stalin’s efforts with curiosity and some degree of affection “My mother is uneducated and an AIADMK voter” grins Suresh Kumar of Manapparai “She told me she appreciates Stalin’s new look and his efforts This is the first time a big leader is reaching out in Tamil Nadu We must appreciate it” he argues Many across districts concur with him But whether this initial goodwill can translate into votes is anybody’s guess Ultimately the DMK will require a strong alliance say experts “The second obstacle before the DMK is to make the public understand how corrupt the AIADMK government is” says Gnani Sankaran “This is a very difficult proposition now with the AIADMK using the welfare mask to cover its corrupt side For the DMK it is quite difficult to peel off this welfare mask and expose the corruption of the AIADMK” he says Handicapped by a debilitating loss in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections the DMK is limping back to counter the might of the AIADMK Every little bit will matter in the coming crucial months – their stance on key issues choice of candidates whether the party can unite to fight simply for survival and whether the new leader can take everyone along “Know yourself and you will win all battles” said Sun Tzu in Art of War MK Stalin’s battle and the DMK’s has only just begun The writer tweets [email protected] Written by Adi Godrej | Published: March 1 2013 10:37 pm Related News Global headwinds have adversely impacted the India growth storywhich is experiencing a slowdown in GDP growth as well as moderating investments Under these circumstancesBudget 2013-14 was aimed at rejuvenating growth forces and reviving investments It achieves this feat commendablykeeping fiscal consolidation firmly at the top of the agenda The budget places high priority on inclusive and sustained developmentwith an added emphasis on the vulnerable sections of society It manages to enhance outlays on critical sectors without placing an undue burden on taxespropelling growth drivers with multiplier impact The emphasis on growth as a necessary condition for development is welcome The budget also addresses supply side issues to contain inflation Tax proposals in the budget are reasonable and practical CII had suggested that indirect tax rates be retained at current levelseven though the industrial slowdown demanded stimulus measures The budget maintains excise and service tax rates at 12 per centand customs duty at 10 per cent The GST bill is expected to be taken forwardalthough no date has been mentioned for its implementation On direct taxeskey slabs remain stable The surcharge on taxable personal incomes over Rs 1 croreas well as other surchargeswill hopefully only be applicable to the forthcoming year There has also been an attempt to widen the tax base by applying TDS to the transfer of property over Rs 50 lakhat the rate of 1 per cent The commodity transaction tax was avoidablebut agricultural commodities are excluded from it Investment in infrastructure and industry is vital to growth and has been flagging in recent months Infrastructure investments have been accorded a special boost through multiple initiatives in financingregulation and new projects In particularthe announcement of an investment allowance for new high-value investments of Rs 100 crore in plant and machinery is welcome The progress in key infrastructure projects such as industrial corridorsportswaterways and housing will hopefully rejuvenate industry sectors down the lineas CII had highlighted The budget takes care to address stressed manufacturing sectors such as textilesleather and electronics through a series of initiatives We are happy that the microsmall and medium enterprises sector has been specially targeted through technology and financingas well as incentives to grow Similarlycapital markets have been tweaked to facilitate raising financeespecially from overseas investors Regulation will be strengthenedwhile the simplification of procedures will impart comfort to foreign investors In the crucial financial sectorthe budget promises to ensure compliance with Basel III international regulations and infuses additional capital Rural and urban housing finance has been given special focus With additional incentives also announcedlow-cost housing could help boost related industry sectors as well Capital markets have been promoted through the widening of the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Schemeas also more facilitative policies to encourage the participation of FIIs Agriculture and allied sectors that offer livelihood opportunities to a large proportion of the population have received an increased allocation of 22 per cent Schemes such as the Green Revolution in eastern India and the watershed programme would see higher outlays Emphasis has been placed on technology and crop diversification as well Increased agri-credit to Rs 7 lakh crore and extension of the interest subvention scheme for farmers repaying loans on timewill also be welcomed by farmers Skill development is proposed to be scaled up to target 90 lakh youth during the forthcoming year An award of Rs 10000 is to be offered to students for successful completion of certification courseswhich will greatly incentivise enrolment in skill-development programmeswhich is crucial for both youth and industry In sumBudget 2013-14 should be welcomed for its realistic and pragmatic contours We believe it will catalyse the next growth cycle The writer is presidentConfederation of Indian Industry For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Maneesh Chhibber | Published: May 8 2013 1:22 am Related News Wednesdaywhen the Supreme Court takes up CBI Director Ranjit Sinhas affidavit on changes that he allowed the political executive and others to make in the crucial status report in the coal blocks allocation scamhis lawyer could have some explaining to do For the nine-page affidavit doesnt share information that could have a bearing on the politically sensitive case Alsowhile answering the questions posed by the Bench upset at having been lied to when the CBI counsel claimed that the status report had not been shared with the political executive before it was filed in court in a sealed cover the Director has given ambivalent answers Since the issue that has led to the ongoing controversy and stalling of Parliament is why he showed the status report to Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and allowed him to make changessome of them significant by his own admissionlets deal with only that His assertion that there is nothing in the CBI (Crime) Manual to guide whether status reports in respect of ongoing investigation in sub-judice matters are to be shared with others doesnt stand scrutiny A cursory reading of the many SC judgments on the issue shows why he shouldnt have shown the report to the Law Minister and othersleave aside allowing them to change it Investigations by any agencyincluding the CBIare governed by the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and it has been held that in case of conflict between the CBI Manual and the CrPCthe CrPC prevails In the Vineet Narain casethe SC held that while the Central government has overall superintendence of the CBIit couldnt be construed in a wider sense to permit supervision of the actual investigation of an offence by the CBI.com, The proportion of rural households in Punjab with any member covered by health insurance or health scheme is 22.

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