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” said Lukaku. “They went after him, 2017 10:45 am Asbel Kiprop, (File Photo) Related News The telecom department today outlined detailed procedure for telcos to undertake mobile re-verification of foreign nationals and NRIs, according to an IndiaSpend database that records such violence in India.one is tempted to draw a cricketing analogy and say that,he has now switched sides.DTTDC has been allowed to enter into an agreement INTACH for preparation and submission of final dossier for nomination, a Delhi government releaseissued on Tuesdaysaid Keeping in mind rejections of many Indian nominations to the World Heritage listINTACH has consulted international experts to strengthen Delhis nomination In Junean official was sent to meet heritage consultant Duncan Marshall in Hiroshima Following this meetingthe dossier was altered The earlier dossier had marked four areas in the city MehrauliLutyens DelhiNizamuddin and Shahjahanabad for nominationsthe final dossier nominates only Shahjahanabad and Lutyens Delhi For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe family of the Srinagar youth who was killed in a shootout in a state-owned bus in Kud town of Jammu on Monday contested the claims of the government and the police that he belonged to a militant group The circumstances under which the incident took place has raised eyebrows on the authenticity of the encounter in which a woman was also killed and two others injured Clashes and protests were reported from 31-year-old Tanveer Sultan’s hometown in Bemina since Tuesday morning with his family demanding Tanvir’s body be handed over for the last rites Police resorted to teargas shelling to quell protesters who had blocked the road in the area throughout the day Protesters throw stones at police during a clash that broke out in Bemina Srinagar on Tuesday PTI “We met the superintendent of police and asked him for the body but he said that the vehicle carrying the body is yet to cross Jawahar Tunnel He made the same excuse in the afternoon We don’t believe him” Tanvir’s brother Arshid Sultan told the media “They want us to hold the funeral silently in the dark which is unacceptable” he said The family claimed that Tanveer was a psychiatric patient and was on medication “He suffered from bipolar disorder and was under medication for a long time” his family members said Arshid informed that he had fractured hisshoulder recently and wanted to go to Amritsar for treatment “He left with a small bag that had his medical records I wonder how he could have carried an AK-47 and other weapons in that bag Tanveer was living with his family Which militant lives inhis own house” Arshid asked The police however said that Tanveer “opened fire on CRPF camp near Kud in Udhampur town of Jammu and in retaliation he was killed” The government in the state Assembly said that Tanveer was a militant and an AK-47 rifle a pistol and other ammunition were recovered from him Contesting these claims the family pointed out that how could anyone carry so many firearms in a small bag all the way from Srinagar without rousing any suspicion in the bus The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Tuesday was in uproar over the issue with the lawmakers slamming the government and asking them to reveal the circumstances under which Tanveer Sultan was killed Ruling party MLA Noor Mohammad raked up the issue during the Question Hour in the Assembly and asked the government to furnish details of the encounter “The government should inform the House about the truth behind Tanveer’s killing” he said Senior National Conference leader Ali Mohammad Sagar asked the government to clarify the truth behind the encounter “I also come from Bemina and there was heavy stone pelting going on What is the truth” he asked Under pressure the two statements issued by the government in both the Houses of the Assembly didn’t clarify the name of the militant group with which Tanveer was suspected to be association with Also the government didn’t mention about the attack on the CRPF camp as claimed by the police “The CRPF and police started searching vehicles at Karnal Nallah Kud and an SRTC bus (JK02Y 0444) was stopped All the passengers were asked to alight from the bus for checking when a person who was also travelling in the bus started firing at the CRPF and police personnel” said Minister of Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Hanjura in the Assembly Meanwhile no militant group has issued any statement about the youth’s association with them However Tanveer has served nearly a year in jail for his affiliation with Lashkar-e-Toiba in 2004 and his brother Gowhar Sultan associated with Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen was killed in an encounter with forces many years ago Senior Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani termed the Udhampur incident as “mysterious and doubtful” and demanded that the issue be investigated by an independent agency Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: February 23 2017 4:43 am Instead of feeling elated after exercising my franchise I felt helpless and vulnerable said Shantanu Ladkat Top News While casting his vote in the municipal corporation elections on Tuesday Shantanu Ladkat 30 felt the same way he had felt in earlier elections: he felt discriminated against Ladkat who is in charge of the Technical Training Institute run by the Poona Blind Men’s Association could not cast his vote independently and needed the election officer’s help at the polling booth in Gadital Hadapsar “We have made so many advances in technology So why can’t the government introduce a voice-enabled EVM” he said Ladkat who is visually challenged is currently studying for a PhD in computer management Watch What Else Is Making News: While equality of opportunity and accessibility have been laid down as mandatory in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 which came into effect on December 30 Ladkat rued that no voting machine was provided in an “accessible” format for the visually challenged He pointed out that a voice assistance device on the EVM or even a ballot paper with the symbols of political parties in Braille would have helped Ladkat who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa — a degenerative disease that causes severe vision impairment — was in Std XII when he lost his vision “My parents did all they could for me… they read text books aloud so I could keep up with my studies It was only later that I learnt about JAWS (Job Access with Speech) – a powerful software that works with a speech synthesiser to improve the productivity level of visually impaired employees students and other users” said Ladkat “I always thought I was… a slow learner as I could not cope with studies earlier But with all these technology aids it did not take me long to obtain a Masters degree in Computer Management from Pune University” he said On the basis of his meritorious performance Ladkat was selected for a PhD programme “There is no reservation for visually impaired students in the PhD course My guides selected me and I hope to complete my PhD by 2018 “ said Ladkat Ladkat now imparts lessons to trainers to teach computer lessons to 360 visually impaired students at various centres However he added “My day-to-day challenges continue As I have the right to vote I did vote… but instead of feeling elated after exercising my franchise I felt helpless and vulnerable… In this election the government has yet again failed us by not providing ballot papers in Braille or even a voice-enabled EVM” Other visually impaired voters also share Ladkat’s unhappiness with the process For over 30 years Dhanraj Patil a former Braille instructor at Yeravada jail has helped prisoners prepare texts like Dnyaneshwari and the Bhagvad Gita in Braille “But when I had to ask for help to cast my vote it brought this sinking feeling about society’s indifference towards the differently-abled” he said “Eventually my wife helped me cast my vote” said Patil and expressed hope that the newly-elected candidates would usher in positive changes Sundeep Bedi 49 a visually challenged equity analyst and chief economist at the Intellectual Foundation said an election officer had helped him cast his vote “The government needs to be more sensitive to our concerns as even the quality of the Braille embossed on currency notes is poor…” he pointed out For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: August 18 2017 11:18 pm India beat the Netherlands twice in their European tour (Source: Twitter) Top News After a successful European tour the young Indian brigade said that the tournament helped them learn to handle pressure With two defeats in the beginning of the tournament against Belgium India turned the tables in their favour by winning three back to back games which included two against Netherlands PTI spoke to forwards Gurjant Singh Armaan Qureshi midfielder Nilkanta Sharma full-back Tirkey Varun Kumar andgoalkeeper Suraj Kerkera who made their debut in the tournament after being a part of last year’s junior World Cup winning team Armaan said “We played together at junior level so our co-ordination was excellent One has to be mentally and technically strong to perform at this level and victory in three games has given us that boost” Varun said that nobody had expected them to win agaisnt a strong team like Netherlands “No one had imagined that we will beat The Netherlands It was like a dream for us and we can never forget that moment It was like a tonic for us which will have long-lasting effect” Keeper Suraj accepted that he was nervous in the beginning but gradually adapted to the pressure “I was nervous in first match but gradually learnt to handle pressure This tour will play a major role in shaping our careers” said the Mumbai lad Defender Tirkey said that the competition has helped them mature for bigger tournaments later on “Its good to have healthy competition We have experienced the difference between playing at junior and senior level and now we will try to minimise the mistakes and become more mature” he said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 2 2017 10:45 am The minutes of the June 24 meeting highlighted CoA member Diana Edulji (third from left) expressing concern with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri (Source: PTI File) Top News The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) were in the dark when the Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to invite fresh applications for the post of head coach of the Indian team after Anil Kumble resigned according to the minutes of a meeting uploaded on the website bccitv on Saturday The Indian Express had last week reported that during a meeting on June 24 at the cricket centre at the BCCI office the COA had expressed displeasure over the move to call fresh applications instead of picking the coach from those who had already applied According to the minutes of the meeting Diana Edulji one of the members of the COA raised the issue with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri “Ms Edulji asked why an advertisement extended the date for receiving further applications was released without the knowledge of the COA She expressed the view that after Anil Kumble stepped down the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) should have chosen a head coach from among the existing applicants” At that point in time Virender Sehwag Tom Moody Richard Pybus Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput were those who had applied before the original deadline had expired Once the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications former Team India director Ravi Shastri said that he would throw his hat into the ring The minutes of the meeting states: “The CEO (Rahul Johri) explained the rationale behind extending the date for receiving further applications saying that some potential candidates may not have applied when Anil Kumble was in the fray because it was expected that he would be reappointed as head coach in the light of the performance of Team India during his tenure and that it was always better if more people applied “Ms Edulji asked that her objection be recorded and other members of the COA agreed to it The COA reposed faith in the CAC to take the right decision in the interests of Indian cricket” Incidentally on June 28 four days after this meeting in which Edulji had raised an objection it came to light that Shastri had decided to apply for the position of head coach Shastri who was not in the original list has seemingly emerged as one of the favourites because of his equation with Indian captain Virat Kohli When asked if he had informed the CoA before sending out the second invitation for fresh applications for the coach’s job CEO Johri had told The Indian Express: “We had informed all concerned” Former BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had disclosed to The Indian Express last month that Kohli had wanted Shastri to be appointed coach even when Kumble was picked by the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman over a year ago For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 5 2017 4:45 pm The charges against actor Shia LaBeouf have been dropped Top News Actor Shia LaBeouf’s charges of assault and harassment have been dropped According to the Queens District Attorney the actor went scot-free due to insufficient evidence reported E online The 30-year-old actor was arrested in New York City early Thursday morning after getting into an altercation with a protester LaBeouf’s fight which began after an unnamed person got in front of the camera and said something that upset the Transformers’ actor and arrest was caught on camera during his political protest’s live stream The 30-year-old star grabbed the man’s scarf and allegedly scratched him and cops who were present nearby and witnessed the act moved in and arrested him LaBeouf was released after being charged with misdemeanour assault and harassment The “Even Stevens” alum has had his fair share of legal troubles having been charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct after refusing to leave a Manhattan theatre Also read |‘My contract with Marvel is up’ Chris Evans won’t play Captain America after Avengers Infinity War Interestingly the actor is also in the news for his film’s opening weekend collection The gross was 7 pounds You read that right – it is just 7 pounds The movie directed by Dito Montiel and also starring Gary Oldman and Kate Mara apparently sold just one ticket according to Vanity Fair Also interesting is the fact that the film was released in just one cinema hall in Burnley before a wide Video on Demand release Shia Labeouf will be seen next in Borg vs McEnroe directed by Janus Metz Pedersen In this film Labeouf will play the role of James McEnroe an American top tennis player who also happens to be Borg’s rival The movie also stars Sverrir Gudnason as Bjrn Borg the Swedish tennis player (With inputs from PTI) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsPublished: April 2 2014 1:21 am Progress has been below par on all key initiatives On trade the story has headed south with no ideas in place to arrest this negative trend IE Related News Nancy Powell’s tenure was part of a larger drift in the India-US partnership as bureaucratic pettiness took over Nancy Powell’s scripted exit from Roosevelt House would end a rather uneventful tenure which saw no real movement in the strategic relationship Instead her term coincided with a downturn in the partnership punctuated by lows like the Devyani Khobragade affair that has definitely become the best advertisement of the relationship’s plummeting stock But convenient as it may be pinning all the blame on Powell would not just be grossly unfair but also wrong She is after all a career diplomat posted to India during a difficult time and one who eventually acted on Washington’s cue The problem actually lay in the milieu — both in Washington and New Delhi — she worked in and gradually became a part of just like any other bureaucrat In fact for the last few years the Indo-US relationship has become the playfield of and for bureaucrats It’s about throwing the rulebook at each other talking about inspections drawing up negative reports for each other’s political leadership finding faults in procedures turning them into legal encumbrances fighting over it convincing the political boss and again fighting over it It all probably started with the unravelling of the historic nuclear deal after India passed the civil nuclear liability act This adversely affected US business opportunities in this sector an outcome that went against all arguments the US administration had made internally while canvassing support for the deal The US wanted exemptions which the UPA government was unable to give As a result lawyers were brought into the picture to assess the nature of liabilities on the US supplier This led to installing more safeguards which meant escalating the per unit price of nuclear power and that in turn translated into more threadbare negotiations Eventually the whole affair slipped out of the domain of the lawmaker and into a web of techno-legal details from which it has yet to resurface At present India and the US are in the middle of an escalating fight on trade issues Complex as these issues are US concerns boil down to four broad points: One India’s tax bureaucracy is harassing US companies with scores of complaints on invisible duties and raising charges that outstrip profitability in trying times Two the Indian pharmaceutical industry is threatening established patent regimes and was fast emerging as a hub for challenging patents This is like setting a wrong precedent and if not checked could present a template to other developing countries Three India insists on domestic content in telecom power and now the solar energy industry that makes investment difficult and unviable Same arguments were made against the fine print in the FDI in retail policy that were sought to be addressed later Last of course the tardy progress on investment in civil nuclear energy and the fallout of the difficult liability clauses While India did try to redress some of these concerns the process took time and of course involved considerable lobbying So whenever an issue was ironed out it was seen as too little too late Matters have come to such a pass that even a preliminary document of understanding on Westinghouse reactors appeared like a milestone On the US side impatience created a mood to punish and with almost no political direction to act on the rule-keeper had a field day As doing business with India grew difficult out came the stick — the investigation under Section 332 of India’s trade practices moving the WTO on patent issues and even considering designating India a priority watch country in the Special 301 list With an overall low-growth economic scenario US officials probably thought this was not a bad time to get aggressive without much negative impact On defence many sales went through like the C-130J Hercules but there were no large strategic gains There was movement on transfer of technology and co-production issues during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s US visit but again marked by slow progress Not one concrete proposal has moved off the ground And as for joint exercises India did not want to do any trilateral or quadrilateral involving the US off the Indian coast an issue that always irked the Pentagon Broadly progress has been below par on all key initiatives and on trade the story has headed south with no ideas in place to arrest this negative trend Here is where the political leadership was required to step in but leaders simply went by bureaucratic advice on both sides Not that all such advice is negative but the fact is that a bureaucrat responds to a political leader’s willingness to take bold calls Unfortunately for India-US relations this was missing in both Washington and Delhi Still much of this remained under the radar with the public impression continuing to be positive due to the successful conclusion of the nuclear deal and the joint effort that nailed and shamed Pakistan’s intelligence agencies for carrying out the 26/11 attacks No wonder that when a bunch of unsuspecting Congressmen found their scheduled appointments with Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi cancelled at the eleventh hour they asked why The answer they got was “Devyani Khobragade” and that made no sense at all and still does not With fresh hands on deck the time has come to refresh and restart — and clearly that has to be among the first order of things for the next government in Delhi Meanwhile Washington has made its first bid [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ravish Tiwari | Published: August 3 2013 1:54 am Related News The majority recommendation of the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Expert Committee (TEC) favouring an indefinite ban on the field trial of genetically modified (GM) crops has again revived an issue that has been hanging fire for about three and a half years With the jury still out on whether the ideological opponents or the scientific supporters are going to have the last laughresearchers working in this field continue to be caught in uncertainty While state governments are not granting them permission for field trials for further researchthe Centre has not told them to give up either The fact that judiciary will take a decision on this complex scientific issue based on the advice of a clutch of scientists is an outcome of the abdication of its duty by the political executive to steer the direction of GM crop research in India If Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to blame for failing to take a decisionthis way or the othersince February 2010 when then environment minister Jairam Ramesh put Bt brinjal commercialisation in deep freeze despite regulatory approvalsAgriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has done little apart from crying foul and pleading helplessly with state governments to allow field trials in their states The ministers who have held Science and Technology portfolios in this time and there have been a few have not indicated much interest Neither has current Environment Minister Jayanthi Natrajan shown any urgency in following up on the unilateral requirements stipulated by her predecessor from the government on this issue Forget a decisionthe government has not demonstrated initiative to even reach a consensus on the least common ground for researchers to continue or discontinue their work GM crop researchconsequentlyhas been left hostage to activists who have forged a united front against itwith its fate resting on the argumentative skills of lawyers based on suggestions of a few scientists This indecision may not cost immediatelyas much as the uncertainty over regulatory clearances for roadspowermining and other infratstructure sector has hurt the country in the past few years of the UPA-II government HoweverIndia will certainly lose out in the long term Ravish is a senior assistant editor based in Delhi [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newslitter bins,direction and information boards.

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