nor why the act of vandalism occurred. with youngster Sam Heazlett called up as his replacement,” O’Keefe teamed with Lyon against West Indies at the SCG in January and both took three wickets in the first innings of the rain-affected draw. police said. For all the latest Delhi News, I, and that includes Uber, said, high-velocity winds produced by massive young stars and supernovae that push the gas out of the host galaxy). Image credit: NASA.
from reports in the press,when I was a student at IIT Bombay in the late 1970s, Not now, we are all here and our eyes are on that Friday.Western Range today held a meeting with the senior police officials and officers in charge of the eight police stations. We are two completely different kind of bowlers.. The underwater species was not the only fascinating sight, Jammu: The last batch of 89 pilgrims today left for the cave shrine of Amarnath from Jammu to join the annual yatra which entered its last phase, light vehicles such as cars can be ferried.great.
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s Saifee Masjid, said Qureish Raghiba member of Anjuman-e-Shiate Ali To manage the crowda special team called Burhani Guards International has been roped in at various mosques in the city The Burhani guards allow the entry of Bohras in the mosque after swiping their e-jamaat card in a digital machine Every dayour entry is recorded in their system? of which Cherie is the President ? Having uploaded many photos on FB that depict her political journey so far, In the film, for his part, that defeat was a setback for Tottenham,newsline@expressindia.” Joining Prasoon Joshi on the Censor Board will be Vidya Balan,Gautami Tadimalla Narendra Kohli Naresh Chandra Neil Herbert Vivek Agnihotri TS Nagabharana Ramesh Patange Vani Tripathi Jeevitha Rajasekhar and Mihir Bhuta among others Prasoon Joshi who was conferred with thePadma Shri in 2015 has written lyrics for songs in Bollywood films such as Lajja Fanaa Rang De Basanti Taare Zameen Par Black and Delhi 6 among others While Prasoon wrote the dialogues of the cult 2006 film Rang De Basanti he made his debut as a screenwriter with 2014 film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Winner of two National Awards and three Filmfare Awards Prasoon Joshi is also the CEO of McCann World group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arun Shourie | Updated: April 28 2014 8:24 am A necessary part of explaining reforms is to shake people into realising how not doing these things will doom us CR Sasikumar Related News Let’s not wait for the next government We can work out the solutions “What will Modi do” At every meeting in particular of investors that is the question No one knows to paraphrase the great philosopher but many will tell you Even if Modi were not there and even if everything that we need to know about him were known the same question would be making the rounds For it does what we want done: it shifts responsibility on to someone other than us — in this case Modi and the civil servants that he may choose On the one hand we declare “The government structure is moribund It just cannot come up with out-of-the-box lateral solutions” On the other we ask “What will government do” In this we are like the politicians: in one breath they shout “The CBI is the Congress Bureau of Investigation”; in the next “We demand a CBI inquiry” Instead we should take reforms into our own hands Instead of waiting for Modi to come up with brilliant ideas we should work out solutions And we should work them out in detail Our “solution” must not just be “Do away with the subsidy on kerosene — everyone knows that subsidised kerosene is being used to adulterate diesel” but what may be done instead Shyam Saran gives a good example He points to the experiment that the IOC launched in a part of Alwar district Instead of giving kerosene at the subsidised price the IOC calculated the amount of kerosene subsidy to which the BPL family was entitled and transferred the amount to its bank account The family was now to buy kerosene in the market The result Kerosene off-take went down by 40 per cent Working out solutions in detail is all the more important in this round — the new government will have only six weeks in which to prepare its budget As the room for manoeuvre in regard to revenues and expenditures is very limited — what with the artificial ways in which the deficit figure was kept down — the only way for the budget to be a meaningful document a document that will re-establish hope is for it to furnish a roadmap for reforms As with all governments on the way in we can be reasonably sure that one this roadmap has not been worked out in the detail that is required; and two that the new government will need all the help it can get to lay it out in just six weeks It is indeed a comment on our times that till some years ago organisations like FICCI and CII used to spell out proposals in detail — alas they became event managers for whoever was in office So the first rule for getting reforms going again is: Work them out work them out work them out — yourselves Do not leave doing so to others especially not to governments The second rule is just as important There is some point in reaching the solutions to ministers and senior civil servants of course But they must at all times be a very small part of the audience Even if we assume that the key ministers and civil servants are well-informed reforms have to be carried out in the face of a political class and of a public that is not so Quite the contrary the political class and the general public have been taught to fear change they have been taught to think of reforms as a code-word for skewing affairs even more in favour of the rich Nor is the problem just one of perception The dread of the future can trigger real consequences on the street Those who will be dislocated by change are here they are organised they are vocal they have 60 years of leftist hectoring on their side And because of the perverse nature of the media these persons get a disproportionate amount of coverage On the other side those who will eventually benefit from the change are in the womb of the future They are not organised And in spite of the clearest contrast between the stagnation in the period before 1990 and the growth in the period after that the advocates of change remain on the defensive No prime minister howsoever strong can disregard this balance of forces Nor can he disregard the lack of knowledge and the consequential clamour of his party of the political class a whole — in Parliament and beyond it Hence the second rule is Explain explain explain A necessary part of doing so is to shake people into realising how not doing these things will doom us Consider an example A study points out that in the next 10 years 240 million are expected to join the labour force If we set aside vacancies that would arise because of retirements etc we will need to create at least 150 million new jobs That means we need to create at least 15 million new jobs every year In the last seven years we have been creating 15 to 2 million jobs per year — that is about a tenth of that number At this rate in the 10 years during which 240 million would enter the labour force we would have created 15 to 20 million jobs Can there be a surer recipe for a social and violent explosion Just as to ward off danger we must act “with the urgency of a man whose hair is on fire” we must also act with the same urgency to avail of the opportunities that have arisen and will just as swiftly rush away Consider the disquiet that has erupted among several firms that have been operating in China Wages have risen rapidly in China in the last few years Intellectual property continues to be open to pillage And since 2008 there is the overt aggressiveness of China and the Chinese In just the last month analysts reported anxieties of German firms and others The Japanese firms — which have been among the largest contributors to China’s growth — are today facing intimidation of various kinds: a Chinese court has just ordered a Japanese ship to be impounded in regard to compensation claims dating from World War II Such factors have caused many a firm to shift operations at the least to locate additional facilities elsewhere India would be a natural potential base that they would think about — it is the only country in the region that can provide the kind of scale that China provides for their operations But our archaic laws our unpredictable policies the meteors that descend out of our tax and enforcement offices corruption our interminable processes and the rest together push those firms to relocate in Bangladesh Thailand Vietnam the Philippines rather than India Similarly to get things going again we must bare to the people the truth about the “pro-people” laws and the populist schemes that have been projected as great achievements Should the handouts through the public distribution system be taken at face-value when survey after survey shows that anywhere between 30 to 90 per cent of the commodities distributed are siphoned off along the way Do our anti-employment labour laws our provisions to prevent bankruptcy the law by which any seven workers in an establishment can form a trade union actually protect the millions who labour or do they just perpetuate a labour aristocracy Does the Apprenticeship Act protect the apprentices or as a fine report of Manish Sabharwal and his colleagues to the Planning Commission shows is it one of the main reasons on account of which India has only 3 lakh apprentices while the so much smaller Germany has 10 million to say nothing of China which has 40 million Similarly competitive populism among political parties focuses on each “pro-farmer” “pro-worker” measure separately It obscures the consequences of one for the other it obscures the vicious cycles that they trigger together We groan about inflation We eventually say it is “food inflation” But if we keep throwing money into the countryside — through debt write-offs through NREGA and the rest without raising agricultural productivity; if we go on raising minimum support prices as every political party shouts the government must do how will inflation specifically food inflation not be the consequence How will the requisite acreage be set aside for the items for which demand is rising fastest — fruits and vegetables — when it is in growing cereals that the farmer has an assured minimum price In a country in which we import three-quarters of the oil we use how will we be able to control our current account deficit (CAD) when we continue to subsidise petroleum products “Explaining” must include setting out the whole truth Have our analysts have our industry organisations spoken up about the fraudulent way in which our fiscal deficit has been shown to have been lowered Have you heard them nail how that dressing up of figures has narrowed the options for the coming year Surely industry knows how the enhanced duty on gold — without any tightening of customs administration — led to a spurt in the smuggling of gold and that this was one of the main items that enabled us to declare that the recorded CAD had been controlled The fact is that very difficult decisions are now inescapable They are bound to hurt many in the immediate future Unless the reasons for them have been drilled into the people again and again how will such decisions be taken The third rule is to shift from merely listing out our suggestions to showing how they are to be put into effect We routinely propose the most radical changes And yet we know that Parliament will remain paralysed Even if disruptions abate for the coming year or two the non-NDA parties will continue to have a majority in Rajya Sabha How then are these changes to be brought about Here are two examples One way is to break up the problem into smaller pieces Enable progressive states to move ahead on their own So many of the laws that are impeding growth fall in the Concurrent List Article 254 of the Constitution deals with such subjects In public discourse we tend to focus on the first clause of this article — namely that if there are both a Central and a state law on the subject and their provisions are opposed to each other the provisions of the Central law shall prevail But Clause 2 of this article provides that the state provision shall prevail in the concerned state provided the president — that is the Central government — gives the requisite permission Why not declare that in regard to education labour industrial disputes agricultural marketing etc state laws that enable it to compete with countries that we have to face — say Southeast Asian countries — shall automatically have the Centre’s approval A few progressive states will adopt the changes The advantages that will accrue to them will goad and encourage others to follow suite A similar device would be to make allocations to states contingent on their adopting improved practices and policies For decades and decades ever since the Gadgil-Mukherjee formula was adopted the poorer a government ensured its state remained the more it got from the Centre Why not turn this around We have an acute shortage of teachers we do not have requisite leadership programmes for our seven lakh headmasters Make allocations to a state contingent on its multiplying and upgrading teacher-training facilities on its roping in the best institutions and firms in the state to institute leadership programmes Our literacy rates are low The quality of teachers varies Make allocations contingent on their deploying technology to overcome these: the “total immersion” method for enabling persons to read used by FC Kohli to such dramatic effect in Andhra Pradesh; linking colleges by information and communications technology (ICT) so that the best teacher on the topic in the state delivers the lecture and it is seen and heard by students across the state This is not a “one size fits all” device Naturally the states must have great flexibility to tweak the scheme to what suits them best Naturally the Centre must continually improve the scheme as it learns from successes in the states The fourth rule is not about doing this or doing that; it is about not doing it is a rule of self-denial When at last a reform is indeed instituted when at last an aperture is opened do not misuse it As it is the enemies of change are ever-ready to pounce at every step to denounce it to charge that it has been done to benefit “X” or “Y” If by the influence they command “X” or “Y” are in fact able to twist the step to their advantage or to keep their rivals down they strike a blow not just at that measure but at reforms in general For any of this to come about industry leaders as much as academics as much as us journalists have to stop being onlookers — waiting for manna to fall from Delhi Leaders of industry in particular have to shed the mentality of the licence-quota period — the mentality that the way ahead is for each to cut a deal for himself by suborning a minister or civil servant rather than striving to improve the system They have to stop being clients They have to stop being event managers for whoever is in office Start by not giving “9 out of 10” to every budget The writer a former Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP was Union minister for communications information technology and disinvestment This article is based on recent remarks to the Capital Markets Committee of FICCI For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 13 2017 6:12 am Top News Gaining an upperhand in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) the BJP has won control of 11 of the 15 ward offices within the civic jurisdiction on Monday The PMC is divided into 15 ward offices and a ward committee has been set up for each of the ward offices which looks into the projects of the area The chairperson of each committee is elected by the members of the respective ward office On Monday the BJP could get its corporators elected as chairpersons of 11 of the 15 ward offices while the NCP corporators were elected as chairperson of three ward committees and Congress corporator in one ward committee The BJP corporators would head the ward committee of Aundh-Baner Shivajinagar-Ghole Road Sinhagad Road Kondhwa-Yeolewadi Kasba-Vishrambaugwada Bibewadi Nagar Road-Vadgaonsheri Yerawada-Kalas Kothrud-Bavdhan Warje Karvenagar and Bhavani Peth The NCP corporators have been elected as a chairpersons of Wanowrie-Ramtekdi Dhankawadi-Sahakarnagar and Hadapsar-Mundhwa ward committees while the Congress corporator was elected as the chairperson of Dholepatil ward committee For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Radhika Singh | Published: March 25 2017 12:30 am The panelists at FICCI Frames spoke of the need to stop self-censoring and fight for creative liberties Top News EVEN as the Indian film industry is striving to go beyond the tried-and-tested formula according to the writer-director of Lipstick Under My Burkha Alankrita Shrivastava there are some factors which would help it in being a truly dynamic one “Studios have to be more supportive of unconventional content The audience needs to be more accepting Artists have to stop self-censoring and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has to stop snipping” says Shrivastava whose film about the lives and desires of four women in a small Indian town has been denied a certificate by the CBFC She was speaking at the panel discussion “Brave Voices: Screenwriters who are Changing the Game” on the third day of FICCI Frames Asia’s largest business conclave for media and entertainment (M&E) The industry today is undergoing an evolution according to screenwriter Anjum Rajabali but screenwriters still feel that their creative expression is being stifled “In the ’80s and ’90s people were happy to stick to formulaic stories Today a number of mainstream producers are pushing boundaries as seen in films such as Piku Aligarh Dear Zindagi Nil Battey Sannata and Kapoor & Sons” said the writer of Raajneeti while who was moderating the panel “It’s true that producers and studios have become more open to different kinds of stories” he added Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh the writer of Neerja echoed that “At the same time however I still have to be wary of the political scenario the film will appear in I have to ensure that it is placed smartly and will be accepted by the audience After all I want people to watch the film” she said Speaking about India’s tradition of censorship Rajabali said “This is a country with a very rich tradition of storytelling You have complex plots and flawed characters which people can relate to But when this translates to cinema they seem to disturb our culture and offend people” Shrivastava has struggled with this issue “I believed that I was making a story about ordinary women in Lipstick Under My Burkha but the CBFC refused to certify the film because it was “lady-oriented” Certification is about silencing people’s voices particularly those of women Facing this I can’t lose courage and hope If we don’t take a stand it will lead to the death of creativity” The importance of taking a stand believes Atika Chohan who wrote Margarita With A Straw lies in why they chose to be writers in the first place “We chose this profession because we wanted to say something” said Chohan Margarita With A Straw a film about a rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy who falls in love faced cuts from the CBFC “We needed to allow an emotion to come out that would have otherwise exploded There’s a lot of wisdom in sticking to our true voice when others — whether it be producers the CBFC or the audience — are trying to gag it It sends a wrong signal to apologise and back down as some people in the film industry have done” According to Rucha Pathak chief creative officer of Fox Star Studios the bigger problem is that no one listens to the film industry “People think the film industry is just about entertainment and that its suppression is a small matter compared to all the other bigger issues that the country faces” she said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top Newsthe above 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but questioned whether the country’s problems were as serious as the IAAF says. 39-year-old employee of S R Fragrances,diplomats and occasionally even families.pasta and fries, "Shocked to hear that the brave Journalist-Activist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead in Bengaluru. But that is the beginning of despair,Maharashtra, the Metro authorities have decided to dispense paper tickets to passengers instead of tokens. According to US officials,The committee will submit its report in seven days.