July 7, 2018 | Leave a comment politics makes us shake hands with all kinds of people, he saidwithout acknowledging that such stop-gap alliances do more harm than good He went on to give accounts of how most new comers have been completely inactive in their wardsespecially those who were replacements for their parents and even siblings Lessons by fire The state government seems to have learnt its lessons after its headquartersMantralayawas gutted on June 21 A month after the fire completely destroyed the top three floors of the seven-story buildingthe state has now arranged for a dedicated fire tender to be present within the premise 24X7with one fire engine and one ambulance posted in the central courtyard The fire department has also deputed four of its personnel to man the seven-storey state secretariat building in shifts Post script It seems the fire has come to the state governments aid to ward off many an RTI applicant Several persons seeking information are complaining that the government has standardised a reply format to applications that reached Mantralaya last month The information sought has been lost in the fire For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ardhra Nair | Published: May 16 2013 2:10 am Related News Buoyed BY the success of state-run Pre-Indian Administrative Services (IAS) training centresthe education department has decided to set up two more centres in Nashik and Amravatiofficials said Wednesday At presentthere are four Pre-IAS training centres at MumbaiNagpurAurangabad and Kolhapur Dr P R GaikwaddirectorHigher Educationsaid: There is stiff competition to get into these centres as training is excellent The results in these centres speak for themselves?it was ? oppression, but European leaders have dismissed that approach.Karan Johar) or, while Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray went to a polling booth near his residence in Bandra to exercise his voting rights along with his family. to try and win the title. but it’s important for me to have these solutions and also to analyse the games,unreasonable,The the contractors used handsets with fake IMEI numbers, said an official BMC then discontinued the use of GPS For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ram Madhav | Published: March 2 2015 12:02 am Something that was unthinkable and unimaginable has happened Today J&K has a coalition government led jointly by the PDP and the BJP Related News When the Jammu and Kashmir BJP gave the call for “Mission 44+” during the run up to the assembly elections in the state we had our own assessments and calculations for how we could achieve it We foresaw various post-poll scenarios and worked on different permutations and combinations But frankly not even once did we think of a situation where we would be joining hands with the PDP Something that was unthinkable and unimaginable has happened Today J&K has a coalition government led jointly by the PDP and the BJP In politics the lure of power sometimes makes strange bedfellows Occasionally politics also provides you with an opportunity to think of impossible things to achieve larger goals What prompted the BJP and the PDP to form this alliance Had it been only the lure of power there would have been a government in Jammu some six to eight weeks ago If power were the only objective better options were available to the PDP — the Congress and the National Conference were ready to support it unconditionally An “unholy” alliance between these parties would have left the BJP the lone opposition in the state But besides being unholy it would have also become an unrepresentative government The J&K assembly elections have thrown up a difficult and complex verdict Any government without BJP participation would have meant the exclusion of one full region of the state in the administration Thus the options were restricted And we decided to go for the most difficult yet most durable option — a PDP-BJP alliance “The results of these elections have been judged as fractured and indecisive by everyone The reality is that it is not the mandate of political parties that is fractured; it is the polity of J&K that is fractured Instead of being judgemental about these electoral results the PDP and the BJP have made efforts to understand the verdict in all its complexity” – this is how the common minimum programme of the PDP-BJP coalition describes the electoral outcome It took a full two months to stitch this alliance carefully As Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed described it aptly the two parties are like the “North and South Poles” There were difficulties highs and lows as well as stalemates during the nerve-wracking negotiations There were at least a couple of occasions when we almost decided to call off the talks and pack up It was like the proverbial war of nerves Yet we succeeded in the end because of two factors First neither side looked at government formation as arithmetic We had a much larger objective in mind We had a distinct mandate that needed to be respected There was an opportunity to bring the people of Jammu and the Valley closer As Mufti pointed out the geographical distance can be covered in six hours; but the emotional distance couldn’t be covered in 60 years We are also presented with the opportunity to decimate the emotional barriers between J&K and the rest of the country Second our success depended on the fact that we didn’t allow any extraneous factors to influence us We kept the negotiations strictly under wraps not with any ulterior intention but to ensure that we don’t get distracted We finally have a common minimum programme “Agenda of the Alliance” released yesterday by the new chief minister and his deputy Have we compromised A resounding no Where we have fundamental differences we have admitted it honestly and given our prescription based on a common understanding — not necessarily consensus — of each other’s concerns Take for example the question of Article 370 “While recognising the different positions and appreciating the perceptions BJP and PDP have on the constitutional status of J&K considering the political and legislative realities the present position will be maintained on all the constitutional provisions pertaining to J&K including the special status in the Constitution of India” — this is what the common minimum programme says We have agreed to “maintain all constitutional provisions” for the next six years something we did in 1999 when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government was formed Similarly on the contentious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act the common minimum programme has left the onus of taking a “final view” on the Union government while the state government would for its part “examine” the need for “denotifying disturbed areas” Even here both the parties admit that they “have historically held a different view on the AFSPA and the need for it in the state at present” The focus of the new coalition government will be threefold: restoring peace the large-scale rehabilitation of flood victims and ensuring “equitable distribution and balanced development” of all the three regions of the state Towards that end the common minimum programme has many social humanitarian and developmental initiatives for all sections of the state The Kashmiri Pandits will return to the Valley with “dignity based on their rights as state subjects” A “one-time settlement” will be worked out for the refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir of 1947 ’65 and ’71 Measures will be taken to ensure that the West Pakistan refugees who have been languishing in the state for almost 70 years without their basic human needs being taken care of will get “sustenance and livelihood” A new dawn is breaking for millions of hapless refugees who will now get a ration card for the first time in their lives An ambitious agenda of governance and development guides the new coalition in the state The challenges are serious A rotten corrupt system is what the new leaders have inherited A near bankrupt economy and the utter misery of the people stare them in the face Above all they will have to manage the inherent contradictions between two political parties with distinct ideological predilections But the leadership is mature It may take some time to adjust to the new partnership A faux pas causing PR problems every now and then can’t be ruled out However if the coalition leadership is committed to the vision enunciated in the common minimum programme it would open a new chapter in the history of J&K A political commentator has observed that this common minimum programme is a document that symbolises the second and de facto accession of the state This may sound hyperbolic Nevertheless it underscores the significance of this historic alliance in J&K Its success will herald a landmark strengthening of India’s integrity and sovereignty The writer national general secretary of the BJP led the negotiations with the PDP for government formation in J&K express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Mihir Vasavda | New Delhi | Updated: September 7 2017 10:42 am The hundred per cent win record would have been tough to imagine without the trio of Anas and Jhingan the two centre-backs and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Top News Anas Edathodika’s dream job till his mid-teens was to become a bus conductor He saw it as a steadier source of income instead of driving an auto-rickshaw through the streets of Kondotty for a meagre Rs 180 per day Football was always an afterthought an indulgence restricted to seven-a-side games which are the soul of Kerala football Sandesh Jhingan six years younger writes poetry It’s a taste he has developed in the last seven years perhaps a way to keep his thoughts in place while enduring a frustrating phase that first saw him being sidelined because of injury for a year and then in 2013 when mysteriously no I-League clubs showed interest in him He just trained unsure of where his career was heading Anas and Jhingan are an odd couple whose paths weren’t meant to cross Call it quirk of fate or whatever but they did And in the short time together they have prospered As is the case often whenever India play these days the focus after the 2-0 stroll over Macau in Tuesday’s Asian Cup qualifier stayed firmly on the strikers On most days it is Sunil Chhetri or Jeje Lalpekhlua This time Balwant Singh scored twice in his first competitive match for the national team which helped India extend its lead in Group A But the hundred per cent win record would have been tough to imagine without the trio of Anas and Jhingan the two centre-backs and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu They’ve brought much-needed stability to the Indian defence managing four clean sheets in seven matches this year It’s risky to read too much into the Macau match which was more of a training-ground drill for India But there have been tougher tests home and away where India’s defence has stood out For instance against Kyrgyzstan — perceived to be the toughest team for India in this stage of qualifying In their official starting line-up Kyrgyzstan listed eight out of their 10 outfield players as forwards It of course was a typo But it also signalled their intent The former Soviet republic was ranked 33 places below India in FIFA rankings when the match was played in June But that was just on paper Kyrgyzstan looked superior from the moment they stepped on to the field India’s two central midfielders Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Rowlin Borges offered little resistance to their imposing counterparts which left the defence exposed The Kyrgyz forwards tried to slice open the Indian defence through the middle But they were stopped by Anas and Jhingan Tackles came flying in from both blocking every attempt with desperate lunges and close marking It forced Kyrgyzstan to alter their strategy and try long-range shots from outside the box They weren’t completely shut out But when they beat Sandhu either Anas or Jhingan would be covering him on the goal line keeping the ball out It was a similar story in the first qualifier against Myanmar and the preceding friendly against Cambodia “I think it’s just that we have settled into our roles” Jhingan says “Off the field we have a very good friendship We eat our meals together and spend a lot of time with each other even though our interests might be different That understanding reflects on the field” The understanding comes from personal struggles too On the eve of the match against Kyrgyzstan Anas had a decision to make: to go home to attend to his ailing father or stay with the team for their toughest match of this qualifying campaign Anas’s father had a heart attack and was hospitalised “My father can’t talk His condition isn’t good” Anas had said “Coach (Constantine) asked me if I wanted to go but my family insisted that I stayed with the team” Although he is six years older to Jhingan Anas looks up to the 23-year-old for guidance on the field “I have always aspired to play with Sandesh bhai Two-three years back I used to boost myself up thinking about sharing the pitch with him” Anas said earlier this week Jhingan’s rise has been after years of graft Returning from injury in 2011 he endured a phase when no club showed interest in signing him Jhingan joined the Indian Super League in 2013 but the tournament got pushed back by a year Consequently I-League clubs chose to ignore the players who had signed up for the ISL which left Jhingan without a club for a major part of the season “Those were tough times I was out for one full year because of an ankle injury in 2010 I was struggling with my football left my education… It was hard when I didn’t have any club” Jhingan recalls “People call it a dark phase but I say it was the best phase of my life It made me what I am right now” In 2015 Jhingan became the first Indian player to be purchased for Rs 1 crore in the ISL (by Kerala Blasters) In July he was retained by the Blasters for Rs 12 crore It asserted his position as the country’s most sought-after defender Anas’ rise coincided and while Jhingan made his international debut last year Anas was called only this year In a short time though the duo has provided stability to the Indian defence which it long yearned for Whether they can sustain the same against tougher opponents though remains to be seen For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsPatna: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attacked the Nitish Kumar government over the hooch tragedy in Bihar’s Rohtas district which has claimed four lives and charged that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol in the state was "only on paper" Four persons had died after drinking spurious liquor on Saturday night at Danwar village of Rohtas district of Bihar where a complete prohibition was clamped in April 2016 File image of Tejashwi Yadav CNN-News18 Eight police officials have been suspended in connection with it Speaking to reporters Yadav who is also the leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly said "What has happened in Rohtas is not the first incident of its kind since the complete prohibition was announced in Bihar We (RJD) were then a coalition partner in the government and had supported Nitish Kumar’s move But as things have turned out prohibition seems to have been implemented only on paper" Yadav told reporters He said it appears that Kumar had announced prohibition only because of the "prime ministerial ambitions that he nursed at that time" "He needed an issue on the basis of which he could market himself outside Bihar" "Kumar used to hold meetings in states like Uttar Pradesh Jharkhand Chhattisgarh Madhya Pradesh to press the demand for complete prohibition across the country Now as an ally of the BJP which is in power in all these states can he hold similar public gatherings in these states " Yadav asked Training his guns at BJP Yadav said "Kumar’s current allies used to call the prohibition law in Bihar draconian Now they are in power in the state How will the ruling dispensation now muster the moral strength required to strictly enforce the ban on sale and consumption of liquor" He said the suspension of police officials after the death of four persons in the liquor tragedy is "an eyewash" "The people of the state will give a befitting lesson to this corrupt and inefficient government at an appropriate time" Yadav added Washington: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Wednesday for US and India to expand strategic ties He also pointedly criticised China which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability Tillerson’s remarks on relations between the world’s two largest democracies ahead of his first trip to South Asia as secretary of state risked endearing Washington to one Asian power while alienating another Tillerson said the world needed the US and India to have a strong partnership He said the two nations share goals of security free navigation free trade and fighting terrorism in the Indo-Pacific and serve as "the eastern and western beacons" for an international rules-based order which is increasingly under strain Both India and China had benefited from that order but Tillerson said India had done so while respecting rules and norms while China had "at times" undermined them To make his point he alluded to China’s island building and expansive territorial claims in seas where Beijing has long-running disputes with Southeast Asian neighbours "China’s provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the international law and norms that the United States and India both stand for" Tillerson said in an address at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies a Washington think tank He also accused China of economic activities and financing that saddles developing countries in the region with enormous debt China responded with a statement saying it "contributes to and defends the rules-based world order" and seeks to advance international cooperation through the United Nations It also hopes for a "healthy and sound" China-US relationship US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on India-US relations AP "We will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion never pursue development at the expense of others’ interests" said the statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Washington A senior State Department official told reporters that the speech was intended to map out a strategy for US-India relations for the next century in which the region’s leading democracies — also including Japan and Australia — blunt China’s growing influence and challenges to the rules-based order The official was not authorised to speak by name and requested anonymity Tillerson said the US seeks constructive relations with China but "won’t shrink" from the challenges it poses when it "subverts the sovereignty of neighbouring countries and disadvantages the US and our friends" US-India relations have generally prospered in the past decade in part because of their shared concerns about the rise of China — whose leader Xi Jinping told a ruling communist party congresson Wednesday that it was time for China "to take centre stage in the world and to make a greater contribution to humankind" While President Donald Trump has looked to deepen cooperation with China on addressing the nuclear threat from North Korea he’s sought a much closer relationship with India which also shares US worries on Islamic extremism "In this period of uncertainty and angst India needs a reliable partner on the world stage I want to make clear: with our shared values and vision for global stability peace and prosperity the United States is that partner" Tillerson said Tillerson said the US wants to improve India’s military capabilities it has offered to sell it unarmed Guardian surveillance drones aircraft carrier technologies and F-18 and F-16 fighter aircraft he said He said the US and India were leading regional efforts on counter-terrorism He said they were "cross-screening" known and suspected terrorists and laterin 2018 will convene a new dialogue on terrorist designations In July the US sanctioned Hizbul Mujahideen a Pakistan-based rebel group that fights against Indian control in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir Tillerson called Wednesday for Pakistan "to take decisive action against terrorist groups based within their own borders that threaten its own people and the broader region" Last week Pakistan acting on US intelligence secured the release of a US-Canadian family held by a Taliban-linked group for five years a rare boost for a relationship snared on Islamabad’s links to militants in Afghanistan On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and thanking him for Pakistan’s help Pence called it an "important development in its support for US strategy against terrorism in the region but highlighted that cooperation against militant groups must be continued and sustained" a White House statement said Written by Agencies | Ranchi | Published: September 7 2009 11:22 am Related News Maoists have shot dead five villagersincluding two studentsat Pundigiriabout 60 kms from Ranchipolice said on Monday A dozen armed Maoists went to the village last night and shot them deadDeputy Inspector General of PoliceR K Mullick said This is the second attack by the Maoists in the same area in the last 11 dayswhichhe saidreflected the frustration of the rebels On August 27the Maoists had killed four villagersincluding a little girlat Bundunear Pundigiri For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related Newss disgruntled partner Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress, Later. 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