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dance troupe Zenith will perform for the guests during the special event that will be anchored by Shelly Rakheja. The team said WIPA signed a collective bargaining agreement and memorandum of understanding last month without its knowledge and consent, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Associated Press | New Delhi | Published: October 21, 2017 4:40 am Top News THE NEW Congress government in Punjab will not be able to send any person to the Rajya Sabha in its tenure of five years till February 2022 because the term of the present Rajya Sabha MPs from the state will continue till April and June 2022.Punjab Legislative Assembly sends seven Rajya Sabha members from the state but all seven were elected in April and June 2016 in the last year of the SAD-BJP government in power and since the term of a Rajya Sabha MP is for six years no vacancy will arise during the term of the Congress government Watch What Else Is Making News At present there are three Rajya Sabha MPs from Shiromani Akali Dal three from Congress and one from BJP These are Shamsher Singh Dullo Partap Singh Bajwa and Ambika Soni from Congress Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa Naresh Gujral and Balwinder Singh Bhunder from SAD and Shwait Malik from BJP Balwinder Singh Bhunder and Ambika Soni were elected in June 2016 and the rest in April 2016 Speaking to The Indian Express senior AAP leader HS Phoolka who had raised the issue of anomalies in Rajya Sabha elections in 2016 said there was a flaw in the system due to which all members were being elected in the same year “The system demands that two members should retire each year But when there was militancy in Punjab and there was no elected Assembly in Punjab no member could be sent and later all were sent at the time with a term of two four and six years respectively However a notification was later issued giving all a term of six years This is wrong as one-third should retire each year” he added For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top News Eurostat said Greece’s debt fell to 301 billion euros at the end of the first quarter from 317 billion at the end of 2014. by three persons — Rajendra Gundalwar,are the perpetrators of communal violence and the minorities are always the victims ?they will be releasing their third track titled Dhoode Jo. ?The process of finalising the licensing agencies is in the final stages.

A Xinhua report on July 14 said that the? none of the countries? “We have worked very hard in identifying the junior men’s core group in the past few months to carry on our development process which has given us a strong pool of players who can represent the country at the biggest stage. ????? #manveergurjar #Vote #upelection2017 #uttarpradesh #elections” he wrote along with the photo Recently the commoner was seen with his best friend from the Bigg Boss house Manoj Punjabi as the duo shot for an episode of Colors upcoming show Chhote Miyaan The show which is to be judged by Neha Dhupia and Sohail Khan was introduced during the grand finale episode of Bigg Boss 10 on January 29 The show will bring out the talent of the young kids as stand-up comedians Both Manu and Manveer shared their picture together on their social media It looks like the two are in no mood to let go of their friendship which was put to questions after the show wrapped up Manveer was also snapped with his good friend Nitibha Kaul The two have been catching up and partying quite often ever since the show ended Check out their latest pics According to reports Manveer is also in talks with the makers of other TV reality shows –Nach Baliye and Khatron Ke Khiladi to participate as a contestant For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: June 6 2017 5:28 pm Hrithik Roshan is set for his biopic debut The actor will play a math wizard and Vikas Bahl-directed the film’s tentative title Super 30 comes from the name of the coaching center that Anand Kumar runs in Patna Related News We have seen Hrithik Roshan playing a number of roles in the past from his macho and cool characters to his recent performance backed Kaabil where we saw him playing a blind man to perfection The actor even went through a low phase when he hit headlines more for his personal tiffs last year But now he seems to be back in action If reports are to be believed the actor is set to make his debut in the biopic genre Yes you read that right Speculations suggest that Hrithik has already signed his next film which is a Vikas Bahl film tentatively titled Super 30 The biopic is a story based on the real life Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar A report by Mumbai Mirror confirmed the news about Hrithik Roshan’s biopic debut The actor will play a math wizard and the film’s tentative title Super 30 comes from the name of the coaching center that Anand Kumar runs in Patna The same report also said that the film will showcase Anand’s rise to fame as the founder of the Super 30 program The program which began in 2002 is for IIT aspirants and has a great success rate The 44-year-old mathematician coaches economically impoverished students for IIT-JEE Anand started this program with the aim to groom IIT aspirants who couldn’t afford the tuition fees and till date he has just devoted his life in doing so From playing a superhero to a special child Hrithik has explored all the genres in dance action comedy and drama But how well will this new genre roll out and what challenge will playing the character of a mathematician bring for the star needs to be seen Hrithik father of two sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan is said to soon begin preparing for the film For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: July 24 2017 1:44 pm The 32-year-old Froome was made to battle harder than ever by his rivals (Source: AP) Top News Chris Froome’s profile remains mystifyingly low in Britain but his Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said he was up there with the greats of cycling after he claimed a fourth Tour de France in five years on Sunday It has not been a happy year for Brailsford dogged by suspicions over Sky’s use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) and the contents of a now notorious jiffy bag but for the past three weeks Froome as usual has given his boss an easy ride The 32-year-old Froome was made to battle harder than ever by his rivals as he moved to within one Tour victory of the record five of Belgian Eddy Merckx Spain’s Miguel Indurain and French duo Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault “He is right up there with the greats now there is no denying it” Brailsford said “I’m proud of Chris He is a great ambassador for cycling and the team” Considering Froome was arguably stronger than team mate Bradley Wiggins who became the first British rider to win the Tour in 2012 and crashed out in 2014 he could conceivably have moved past those four iconic riders on Sunday He will have to wait another year to match them but with Team Sky looking more powerful than ever providing he is fit he will be the favourite when the 2018 edition starts in Vendee Brailsford whose team enjoy the benefit of a $40-million budget said Froome could remain at the top for several years “There is no reason to think that Chris can’t go on” he said “Physically he has got what it takes I don’t think that’s going to diminish in the next few years or so “Then it comes to hunger and mentality and the Chris I’ve seen here is as hungry as ever and working as hard as ever He’s getting better tactically and better technically “As long as that keeps the same he will be a force for a couple of seasons to come” Those looking for weaknesses will point to the fact that this year’s 54-second winning margin over Rigoberto Uran was the smallest of Froome’s four wins Unlike in 2013 2015 and 2016 he failed to win a stage and there were times especially on the Pyrenees climb to Peyragudes where he was attacked and beaten by French hope Romain Bardet Take out the advantage he enjoyed in the two time trials one in Duesseldorf on day one and the other in Marseille on Saturday and it could have been a different story Even then his high-calibre Sky team packed with riders who would be the head honchos in other outfits would possibly have found a way to make sure Froome arrived in Paris wearing yellow Brailsford said his squad had delivered again “One of the key moments was Geraint (Thomas) winning the prologue” he said ” We didn’t have the greatest Dauphine (race) but we just hit off on the right mark “Getting the yellow jersey from the off gave everyone a real boost we felt right we are on it” Brailsford also pointed to the way the team reacted when Froome’s back wheel broke on the penultimate climb of stage 15 leaving him 45 seconds behind a group powered by Bardet’s AG2R-La Mondiale group and facing losing the yellow jersey for the second time in the race “He was in real trouble if he hadn’t got back with the group before that last sharp climb his race was over” he said “I think the team reacted under pressure and were so synchronised That was critical” With the Tour over attention may well turn back to Brailsford’s handling of the team in the light of a UK Anti-Doping investigation into allegations of wrongdoing So perhaps the Vuelta starting on Aug 19 when Froome will go for a double cannot come soon enough For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ashwani Kumar | Updated: January 16 2015 1:05 pm With ‘Make in India’ the new buzzword foreign collaborators should be encouraged to set up plants to manufacture rolling stock and other machinery for broad gauge requirements Related News They will have to be integrated with the existing rail network Bullet trains are a marquee project for the Narendra Modi government and foreign companies are falling over themselves to get a share of the pie But in a hurry to get bullet trains running the government must not make strategic blunders Technology and financing are no longer real constraints in bringing high-speed trains to India Competing foreign collaborators are willing to offer generous financial terms and technology transfer The key issues are financial viability optimal resource utilisation and benefits to the people Answers to these questions are more involved and depend on our strategic choices These decisions will have profound long-term implications for the commercial viability of not only bullet trains but also the Indian Railways (IR) It is important that bullet trains fit into our overall vision for rail transport The vision should be to provide the country with a fast safe and comfortable passenger rail system Besides speeding up Shatabdi-type day trains and overnight trains journey time for the longest-running passenger trains should be reduced to less than 24 hours Building a few isolated high-speed corridors will not fully serve the purpose but integrating bullet trains with the existing IR network can help provide faster direct connections to a large number of cities in the hinterland Improving the accessibility of smaller citieswould reduce the pressure on the megacities It can also catalyse the development of “smart cities” as envisaged in the budget Currently the inter-city passenger demand estimate is the main criterion to assess the financial viability of a high-speed corridor But integration of these corridors with the IR can help reduce journey time for a large number of existing train services These additional network benefits can make many new high-speed corridors economically viable Irrespective of their management structures bullet trains should have a symbiotic relationship with the IR system by improving the efficiency of the existing rail network while gaining extra ridership by leveraging it This requires interoperability of trains so that tracks and terminal infrastructure can be shared Interoperability entails a compatible choice of track gauge train sets locomotives signalling and traction systems Track gauge is the most crucial and contentious of these The world over standard gauge is adopted for high-speed trains But India has a pre-existing broad gauge network Many experts argue that the adoption of broad gauge for bullet trains would lead to higher construction costs delays in rolling stock procurement and difficulties in technology transfer However the long-term costs of not adopting broad gauge for the high-speed network will be higher There is already a project underway to convert different gauges to broad gauge and selecting standard gauge for bullet trains would be regressive Though it is possible to have gauge changers and specialised rolling stock to ride over a break in gauge it would be costly and restrictive With “Make in India” the new buzzword foreign collaborators should be encouraged to set up plants to manufacture rolling stock and other machinery for broad gauge requirements Indigenous manufacturing will necessitate technology transfer absorption and further innovation However standard loading gauge may be adopted for a broad gauge track which will reduce the efforts required to customise designs for broad gauge Some experts cite as a counter-example the successful adoption of standard gauge for metro rail systems in India This is a flawed argument as metro rails are standalone systems while bullet trains will have to leverage the IR network to realise their full potential Completion of dedicated freight corridors (DFC) already under construction on the Delhi-Mumbai Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Ludhiana routes will release line capacity for exclusive passenger usage on the parallel IR network This excess capacity offers a window of opportunity to upgrade the parallel IR tracks to high-speed standards without a major disruption in existing train services The construction of new high-speed corridors along these routes would be a waste of resources spelling financial doom for both the IR and bullet trains Wherever possible existing train stations in city centres should be redesigned to handle high-speed conventional and metro trains through a common concourse which will give bullet trains the advantage of easy access over airlines This is of course easier said than done Foreign collaborators will have to be more patient A greenfield high-speed corridor with standard gauge is likely to take less time in construction (provided land acquisition is sorted out) than a brownfield project with broad gauge Still the government must avoid this expedient but ultimately costly temptation The writer an IRTS officer is a fellow with the future mobility group at Singapore-MIT alliance for research and technology Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Updated: August 1 2017 5:12 pm Shubh Mangal Savdhaan trailer: After Dum Laga Ke Haisha Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar are teaming up again for an unusual love story Related News If you remember Ayushmann Khurrana in Vicky Donor then his latest film Shubh Mangal Savdhaan is just its opposite While he played a sperm donor in the former he suffers from erectile dysfunction in the latest one So a simple boy Mudit (Ayushmann) falls for a girl next door Sugandha (Bhumi Pednekar) They experience the golden period of courtship before marriage but then something happens which changes the course of their life This is what we comprehend from the recently released trailer of Shubh Mangal Savdhaan Ayushmann and Bhumi who redefined Bollywood romance in their film Dum Laga Ke Haishaa have once again come up with an unusual love story which will surely leave you with laughter and also address an issue which many consider a taboo in the society Maintaining the thin line between vulgar humour and slapstick comedy the makers of the film have managed to bring forth the problem of sexual disorders in a humorous yet decent manner The punch lines and the symbolicism used are spot on and the trailer has everything to make movie lovers wait for this one The one moment of the trailer which we found really amusing is when Bhumi’s mother in the film explains her the significance of the wedding night while narrating her the quintessential childhood tale of Alibaba and Chalees Chor Watch the trailer here – http://s.erosnowcom/movie/watch/1060465/shubh-mangal-saavdhan/6827616/exclusive-official-trailerap=1 The film a remake of hit Tamil romantic comedy Kalyana Samayal Saadham is a story a husband and wife who are coming to terms with the former’s erectile dysfunction Well this is not the first time that Ayushmann has opted for something out of the box His debut film Vicky Donor also was an unconventional story of a sperm donor Directed by RS Prasanna who also helmed the original the film produced by Aanand L Rai will hit the theaters on September 1 Now whether it will get a ‘shubh’ welcome in the hearts of movie buffs or not only time will tell For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Jeh Tirodkar | Updated: May 14 2014 8:36 am MGNREGA-notified wages have increased across states since 2006 Related News Nirmala Sitharaman’s misinformation (‘How not to run a programme’ IE May 9) on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) which employs one in every four Indian rural households every year is disappointing Consider these facts For the first time in over two decades the increase in rural consumption (a proxy indicator for income) at 19 per cent has outpaced the increase in urban consumption Rural poverty declined at a rate three times faster between 2004-05 and 2011-12 than the preceding decade (1993-94 to 2004-05) Farm wages in real terms increased impressively post-MGNREGA Let us now look at Sitharaman’s claims Claim 1: The scheme failed in its clearly defined goal of providing employment during the lean months supplementing income and reducing poverty Evaluations as well as data from the field suggest that almost 65-70 per cent of the MGNREGA’s employment is provided during the lean agriculture season (January to June) These trends demolish Sitharaman’s claim and also indicate that the MGNREGA is a supplementary source of employment and does not substitute employment in agriculture It provides income for poor households when they most need it that is when they are hit by adverse weather conditions shocks etc As per a study conducted in Andhra Pradesh during drought each unit mm of deficit rainfall suffered could be correlated with around Rs 20 in additional MGNREGA wages In 2009-10 when India experienced one of its worst droughts the MGNREGA provided a safety net and recorded its highest average persondays in the year Claim 2: The MGNREGA has not provided the necessary succour for the unskilled rural poor MGNREGA-notified wages have increased across states since 2006 An analysis by Jean Drèze observes that in the 2000-1 to 2005-6 period the growth rate of real agricultural wages was around 01 per cent per year for men and negative for women Between 2005-6 and 2010-11 the growth rate for agricultural wages for men increased to 27 per cent per year and for women to 37 per cent a year The wage increase is tilted towards women The MGNREGA has reduced traditional gender wage discrimination particularly in the public works sector A recent report released by Crisil concludes that the increase in rural consumption is driven in significant part by the MGNREGA Claim 3: There were only half-hearted attempts at monitoring the scheme The MGNREGA with over 13 crore job cards online has arguably the largest database for a public programme All information related to the scheme’s implementation right from details of the beneficiaries to works undertaken and funds provided is available in public domain The ministry of rural development has strengthened the transparency and accountability mechanisms of the scheme Gram Panchayat level audits are being carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of the MGNREGA The concurrent evaluation network for third party independent and regular monitoring of the scheme has been set up a first for a government department In 2011 the ministry published Sameeksha an analytical anthology of all major research studies on the MGNREGA Claim 4: CAG reports reveal several shortcomings in programme implementation Sitharaman’s selective citing of important documents leads her to draw many misleading conclusions Her primary concern is that there has been no follow up on the first CAG audit However the performance of the scheme post audit is worth noting The women participation rate stood at 52 per cent in 2012-13 as compared to 48 per cent in 2011-12 There has been an improved work completion rate: Around 98 lakh works have been completed since inception a rate of 54 per cent (as against 30 per cent noted by the CAG) As per the CAG beneficiary survey 63 per cent of the beneficiaries confirmed that the MGNREGA helped them avoid migration in search of work Seventy one per cent of those surveyed felt that useful assets have been created The CAG also concludes that around 90 per cent of the beneficiaries were either casual labourers or small and marginal farmers This is indicative of the fact that the MGNREGA is reaching the poorest and most marginalised Is Sitharaman aware that three BJP states have been spending 16 per cent of the total expenditure on the MGNREGA For each of these states the women participation rates are at 45-50 per cent In the last four years Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have shown an average of around 50 per cent of wage earners partaking in the MGNREGA work belong to SC and STs Eight years on the MGNREGA is well on its way to achieving its goal The writer works in the office of the Union minister for rural development For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sanjay Kumar | Updated: July 26 2016 12:02 am Dalit community members protesting in Gujarat against incident of violence against them (File Photo) Top News After protests against the assaulton four Dalits by gaurakshaks in Una in Gujarat the BJP has taken a few belated steps to book the culprits The party’s late reaction may be explained by the fact that it has never relied on Dalit support for its electoral success in the state The BJP has managed to win all assembly elections in the recent decades without the Dalit vote Even when it polled close to 50 per cent votes (not common in Indian elections either in assembly or Lok Sabha elections) and the Congress performed badly it failed to attract the Dalits Usually if there are clear signals about which way the wind is blowing voters tend to side with the winning team But even when the BJP has been ahead of the Congress the Dalits have voted for the latter in large numbers In 1990 the BJP formed a coalition government with the Janata Dal having won 67 assembly seats and having polled 267 per cent votes It went on to expand its base winning all the subsequent five assembly elections with handsome margins In the 1995 assembly elections it polled 425 per cent votes and won 121 seats In the 1998 assembly elections it increased its vote share to 448 per cent though its tally of seats went down slightly to 117 Post the Godhra riots the party registered a massive victory winning 127 seats with 499 per cent votes It continued its winning spree even during the 2007 and 2012 assembly elections by winning 117 and 115 assembly seats respectively and maintained its vote share at 491 and 478 per cent votes respectively The BJP maintained its dominant position in the state during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats and polled 59 per cent votes But Dalits did not vote for the BJP in large numbers even when the party was at the peak of its popularity and had been able to attract voters from various caste groups and widen its support base to many section of voters The results of surveys conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) indicate that on an average one out of every four Dalit voters voted for the BJP in the past elections During the 2002 and 2012 assembly elections it was slightly below 25 per cent (23 per cent in each election) while it was slightly higher (35 per cent and 32 per cent) during the 2007 assembly elections and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections respectively Though there are some smaller parties which had contested elections now and then but in a dominant bi-party political competition large numbers of Dalit voters have voted for the Congress in successive elections even when the party has lost badly How has the BJP managed to win successive elections even when Dalits have turned their back on the party And why has the Congress not managed to win any election in over two decades The narrative of Gujarat elections with reference to caste is always discussed mainly with reference to Patidar and Patels less frequently with reference to the upper castes and in some locations with reference to Adivasis The Dalits hardly about 7 per cent of the total population in Gujarat is hardly seen as vote bank by political parties Not only are their numbers few but they are also spread across the state and not in a position to affect the electoral outcome in a significant way in many constituencies There are only 13 assembly constituencies reserved for the Dalits Not only that Dalits are more than 20 per cent of the total voters only in Danilimda assembly constituency while in another 10 assembly constituencies (Asarwa Thakkarba Vadgam Idar Amraiwadi Ghandhidh Kodinar Lamalpur Dholka and Tharad) Dalits are between 15-19 per cent of the total voters There are another 30 assembly constituencies where Dalits constitute between 10 and 15 per cent of the total voters With the size of electorate in each constituency being large (little more than 2 lakhs in each constituency) Dalits roughly account for 20000 voters in roughly 40 assembly constituencies — which is less than the average victory margin in the 2012 assembly elections in Gujarat It is important to note that the average victory margin has increased from 17500 votes in 2002 to 18896 in 2007 to 21663 votes in 2012 It is also important to note that while the average victory margin for the Congress has remained roughly 10000 votes (10092 in 2002 10652 in 2007 and 13577 in 2012) it is much bigger for the BJP The average victory margin for the BJP in these election respectively has been 20667 23633 and 26236 votes With average victory margins for the BJP being much higher than 20000 the Dalits can hardly make a difference to the electoral outcome even if all Dalit voters turn up to vote en block against the BJP But if the BJP believes that it can ignore the Dalit issue in Gujarat it may be making a mistake True Dalit voters may not be in large numbers in Gujarat but it is hard to believe that the party will be able to justify such an inhuman act in the name of gau raksha or be able to mobilise additional votes by way of invoking Hindu sentiments on this issue The successive victories of the BJP in Gujarat in several state assembly elections is not only because it had a very large numbers of “core supporters” but also because it attracted large numbers of “floating voters” not loyal to any party and attracted to the development plank of the party ruling the state Such incidents in Gujarat and elsewhere would certainly result in the BJP losing the votes of its non-core voters in the state Moreover it might certainly affect the electoral prospects of the party in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab two states with a very large Dalit population and which go to polls early next year The writer is professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News For all the latest Entertainment News, coupled with the fact that such views trickled down to the bureaucracy and military leadership, he’s learnt how to excite both foreign and Indian tourists with the erotic exotica of Khajuraho’s temples, 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