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We want to keep that spirit alive, they say For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsJava is keen to return and help develop the music scene in India. Andrews, Matsuyama found more than just his swing after he left the range. South Africa has won all its matches – against Pakistan, Junior engineers of the wards were asked to explain the reasons for problems, she said The commissioner assured corporators that PMC would do its utmost to prevent problem during summer Pathak told us that he has asked civic officials to ensure engineering-related work of the water supply department is up to date and to take steps to stop leakages?AUSTRALIA 1 A second-half penalty from Mile Jedinak gave Australia a 1-1 draw against Japan in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. Police recovered a blood-stained knife from the crime scene.hum sarkar hai (we are the government)? It is now apparent that the suspension was ordered by the government at the behest of a local Samajwadi Party leaderNarendra Bhatiwho shares close links with the local mining mafia This was ordered even before the views of the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagarwhich stated that Nagpal had never demolished any wallreached the chief ministers office The district police also seemed unaware of a possible communal flare-up due to actions attributed to the suspended sub-divisional magistrate The young officer also appears to have been failed by senior colleagues who advise the chief minister It is not known whether the chief minister was advised against taking such a hasty decisionwithout even a preliminary inquiry into the allegations The decision to continue with the suspension and chargesheet the officer is almost understandablegiven that it would be most embarrassing for the government to admit that the suspension was ordered on extraneous and unlawful grounds This case reflects a much deeper malaise that afflicts our governance systemwherein the political executive through brazen abuse of power is willing to go to any extent to coerce conscientious public servants into abject submission In recent yearsIndia has witnessed widespread public outcries against corruption Creation of institutionssuch as a Lokpalis on the anvil The Supreme Court is in overdrive to secure independence for the CBI from the government Such actions would remain non-starters if governments were unwilling to grant the minimum requisite functional space to its highest civil servantsto enable them to discharge their basic duties in accordance with the law Unlike the higher judiciarywhich enjoys constitutional protection from impetuous executive actionmembers of the all-India services have virtually no protection It is worth noting that these services deliver their very best while functioning under the superintendence and control of constitutional entities such as the Election Commission of India While working under governments of the daymany in the IAS display painful reticence in taking lawful decisions This is because governments across the political divide have consistently used the threat of arbitrary disciplinary action and transfers to tame and maim the civil services Is there a way out of the monumental mess that has been created vis-a-vis the all-India services One possibleoft repeated suggestion that could reverse the systematic destruction of the backbone of public administration is to make the AIS independent in terms of postingstenure and conditions of service This is the way it is in several advanced countries There are explicit orders of the Supreme Court on creation of an independent Civil Services Board to manage tenureposting and transfer of AIS officers These have so far been brushed aside as governments are unwilling to let go of their clawing grip over the services As a faculty member at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of AdministrationI have been witness to the fire in the belly of the youngsters recruitedthrough arguably one of the most difficult examinations in the world Nagpal was my trainee and I am confident that she will come out stronger from this ordeal There are many more in the system who retain similar grit and drive to do good for the people of this country Will the Supreme Court take suo moto cognisance of this case Will her case be a trigger for the much delayed public service reforms needed in the country The writer was a member of faculty at the LBSNAA [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Manoj C G | Published: May 23 2012 2:34 am Related News TACKLING LOW GROWTH CPM weekly Peoples Democracy discusses the PMOs reported proposal to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to accelerate investment in the infrastructuremineral resources and oil and natural gas exploration sectors The editorial says that the UPA governmentcarrying forward its neoliberal economic reform trajectoryis creating newer avenues for profit maximisationhoping that it will attract greater foreign investment whichin turnwill propel the growth rate It argues the SPV which will also be responsible for securing all clearances before a project is put up for bidding is a higher stage in the process of private profit maximisation than the PPP Promoting PPP is the classic argument of those… seeking vacation of space by the government for private profit-making The governmentwe are toldneeds to move out of areas like hotels etc (even while making profits) and concentrate on education and health Then we are told since adequate resources are not availableboth education and health need to be privatised… And so goes on the story where the government of the day has no space left to pursue socially required projects or even express the popular will of the people? he didn’t need to be bowling either.

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An equal number of Indians including Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra would be part of the first edition of UTT. Very soon, Hats off! — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 20 2017 You are the perfect example of one such talent Ashwin Thank you for the praise We release on March 31 Good luck for the series #Poorna http://s.tco/31U1FJtx1A — Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) February 20 2017 You are the perfect example of one such talent Ashwin Thank you for the praise We release on March 31 Good luck for the series #Poorna http://s.tco/31U1FJtx1A — Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) February 20 2017 Even after making the film I still can’t believe a 13 yr old tribal girl #Poorna summited #Everest The youngest ever Thanks @cheteshwar1 http://s.tco/Dk66wjdZ5Y — Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) February 21 2017 On the work front Rahul might be seen in the sequel of Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam As an actor Rahul has delivered some highly acclaimed films like Mr And Mrs Iyer Chameli and 15 Park Avenue Also read |First look of Poorna unveiled on MountKilimanjaro He also has been part of commercial films like Jhankaar Beats Pyaar Ke Side Effects and Dil Dhadakne Do In fact the actor was also a part of the first Indian national rugby team to play in an international event the Asian Rugby Football Union Championship Poornawill hit the theatres on March 31st nation wide For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsUpdated: January 12 2016 6:51 pm The bonny blue sky is dotted with colours — blue green yellow black white name it and you have it; and these colours are splattered in varied shapes and sizes as victorious shouts of “kai po che (I have cut)” ring clear on the Sabarmati riverfront It may be officially winter but it feels more like spring in Ahmedabad as the floral world of colours seems to have overturned onto the sky as kites The 27th edition of the International Kite Festival (IKF) kicked off in the Gujarat capital on January 10 and the city — along with its skies — is doused in kites of paper plastic cloth and various other materials The 3km stretch on the Sabarmati riverfront is lit up in saffron-white-green of the Indian national flag for the annual event and thousands of people from across the globe have come over to witness the city’s biggest and most-awaited festival Inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel the annual festival is organised around ‘Uttrayan’ or ‘Makar Sakranti’ which is celebrated with a lot of fervor on January 13-14 This year the festival has been expanded to include 13 different towns and cities in order to make the festival more holistic says Kamleshbhai Patel Chairman Gujarat Tourism at the opening event Organised since 1989 the festival has helped put Gujarat on the map for many kite flyers across the world helping to build the state’s tourism as well But it was only post-2002 — after then CM Narendra Modi gave it a push — that the festival really took off This year there are 30 participating countries and seven Indian states exhibiting and flying the most extraordinary kites that are sure to make your eyes pop — a dragon an octopus a huge dolphin even a caterpillar It’s intriguing that only seven states of the host country have participated where kite-flying is a tradition “We had sent out invitations to 27 states but we can’t control who decides to participate” said N Srivastava Managing Director Gujarat Tourism Walking across the riverfront it’s interesting to see adults indulging in an activity that is otherwise passed-off as child’s play The seriousness of — and towards — the ‘sport’ if it may be called that comes out especially when talking to the international participants For them a serendipitous Google discovery or a mention from a friend turned into a life-changing experience Otherwise professionals and businessmen many have travelled thousands of kilometres just to fly kites in the Gujarati skies this time They make their own kites and for IKF some of them have made a few special ones Picture Courtesy: Vaibhav Raghunandan The kites are mostly made using ripstop nylon which is not a commonly used material in India because of its high price Kite-making is also a collaborative process with many of them often getting in touch with their Indian counterparts interacting and sharing ideas One such person is from the US Philip Broder He says there are occasional kite-making workshops in the US for enthusiasts who take their creations to beach and fly them when the wind is favourable “People think we’re crazy because they believe kites are for children” says the third-time IKF participant “We don’t fly as good as Indians but we try to” Each participating country has a stall and right outside Turkey it’s impossible to miss a huge hexagon-shaped kite with Mahatma Gandhi’s smiling face on it Hurray a Turkish participant from the Seagull Kite Club talks about how to him India is synonymous with Gandhi and the kite was a tribute to Gandhi and the lifestyle he continues to inspire “We made this club 15 years ago after a friend discovered the concept of kite flying on Google It just seemed so interesting Now we even teach children how to make them the idea is growing” he says Picture Courtesy: Vaibhav Raghunandan Maarten from the Netherlands who has come with his daughter makes kites every day back home “Everyday when I come back from work and want to relax I get onto my sewing machine and start making kites and I have been doing this for the last 26 years ago” he says He travels for kite festivals all around the world to China Thailand Korea but India remains his favourite “There are so many people enthusiastic about flying kites here There is absolutely no one like Indians” says Maarten who is on his 11th trip to India and confesses that in the Netherlands he hardly gets to fly kites Among Indians it’s astounding to see the variety of kites on display Inside the Tamil Nadu kiosk standard sized kites painted with facial features of goddesses; Gujarat’s kites has Prime Minister Narendra Modi on them and many Indian kites donned the colours of Indian flag Also see:Kai Po Che Snapshots from the India International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad Chandigarh-based Dr Devender Pal Singh is Assistant Director at the Chandigarh Forensic Lab but by making the kind of kites he makes it’s evident that his passion lies here His paper kites have social messages written and pasted on them “With the help of this medium I would like to educate people about social evils such as female foeticide dowry narcotics which are Punjab’s biggest problems right now Also to encourage people to fly kites because of health reasons” says Pal Ahmedabad-resident Gopal Patel’s kite is one of the most talked about kite at IKF this year A huge doughnut-like kite — originally called spinner kite — is making its way as one of the most prominent ones because of its sheer size Patel and team have earned the name in Limca Book of Records for the same The most interesting feature about Patel who is an IKF veteran with 20 years wound on his spool is a big toy spider strapped on to his back at all times “It’s a part of my identity Everywhere I goes people should notice me and my work” he says Patel takes pride in the fact that his was the first kite club in India to make inflatable (frameless) kites which he has continued to make since the past six years Picture Courtesy: Vaibhav Raghunandan Till January 14 — the last day of the festival — Gujarat’s skies will be colourful The three words — “Kai Po Che” — will be heard everywhere followed by whoops and children dashing off to collect the kites that get cut Imagine a young Hassan (from Khaleid Hosseini’s The Kite Runner) dashing off with purpose knowing exactly where the kite will land and the jubilation thereafter For a week that sense of child-like glee as even the most random stranger stands witness to the friendly colourful battles in the sky is what will envelope every part of Ahmedabad and that’s exactly the sentiment this annual festival is all aboutBy: Express News Service | Published: March 31 2015 12:24 am Related News Apart from winning the title at home Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to secure the top spot in the women’s singles rankings It’s been a good week for Indian badminton Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth won the two singles events at the India Open Super Series — badminton’s equivalent of an ATP tour event Apart from winning the title at home Nehwal became the first Indian to secure the top spot in the women’s singles rankings This should not have come as a surprise Rankings are simply a way of determining the most consistent performer — Nehwal has been among the top 10 for the last five years and ranked second in 2010 The world rankings are based on a player’s 10 best performances over a 52-week period China’s Olympic champion Li Xuerui who had topped the rankings since December 2012 only played nine tournaments in this particular period because of a foot injury This may have helped Nehwal but she deserves credit for becoming increasingly consistent In the past she would win big tournaments and then suffer upsets soon after This time she has stayed in good form for months While her final appearance at the All England tournament and the India Open win received a lot of attention it was her triumph at the China Open that was the big breakthrough Nehwal was the first non-Chinese person to win the event The 22-year-old K Srikanth’s exploits over the past year should not be forgotten either Like Nehwal he won the China Open beating five-time world champion Lin Dan in the final There are just nine active players who have won against the Chinese Currently world No 4 Srikanth has an innate knowledge of attack and is tipped to make it all the way to the top Lin himself has remarked that Srikanth is “in recent times” the “most complete player” he has seen For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | St Louis (usa) | Published: August 5 2017 10:32 pm The opening was a Ruy Lopez and the Graz variation was a surprise for Viswanathan Anand (Source: File) Top News Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand played out his third draw on the trot signing peace with reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the third round of Sinquefield Cup a part of the Grand Chess Tour Although he was never in any serious danger Anand was pushed to defend an endgame With three draws from as many games Anand would need to post some victories if he intends to finish on the podium The opening was a Ruy Lopez and the Graz variation was a surprise for Anand Carlsen has seldom employed the opening set up and Anand decided not to venture into a sharp tactical tussle The Norwegian equalised easily and then in his typical ways exerted pressure in the rook and minor piece endgame Anand even lost a pawn on the 40th move but the game was always within the boundaries of a draw The peace was signed after 66 moves The other matches also resulted in draws Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France had Russian Peter Svidler on the ropes but missed out on his chances while Wesley So of United States could not force matters with his extra pawn against compatriot Hikaru Nakamura The other American Fabiano Caruana was under some pressure against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia but then he decided not to press In the other game of the day Levon Aronian of Armenia and Sergey Karjakin of Russia decided to split a point a bit early As a result of this drawn melee the overnight standings remained unchanged and Carlsen Vachier-Lagrave and Caruana continued to be ahead on two points from three games Anand Wesley So Nakamura Karjakin and Aronian share the fourth spot on 15 points a half point ahead of Peter Svidler who in turn has a half point more than Nepomniachtchi With six rounds still to go in the 10-player round-robin tournament the battle is only going to heat up from the next round when the spectators can hope for decisive games once again Results (Round 3): Viswanathan Anand (Ind 15) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor 2); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra 2) drew with Peter Svidler (Rus 1); Fabiano Caruana (Usa 2) drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus 05); Wesley So (Usa 15) drew with Hikaru Nakamura (Usa 15); Sergey Karjakin (Rus 15) drew with Levon Aronian (Arm 15) For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by BollywoodHungamaNewsNetwork | Published: May 15 2012 11:51 am Related News An entire weekend has gone past by since the First Look of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was revealed and the film continues to be the sole topic of discussion across the audienceindustry and trade While the promo has received a huge thumbs-up from all overwhat has also been noticed is the voiceover that introduces Tiger aka Salman Khan As has turned outthe voice in the background is neither Salman’s nor director Kabir’s It is that of the most unusual suspects of them allRanvir Shorey “There was quite some thought that went into introducing the film and Salman Khan Since it is a teaserit was a given that there won’t be any dialogues in the film However Yash Raj Films and Kabir Khan didn’t want to unveil the promo just with visuals and the background score Hence it was unanimously decided that there would be a voiceover doing the needful so that audience get a good enough idea of what the film was all about? were all praise for the inspirational tale of real life star Poorna. Maharashtra saw a drastic reversal of previous trends. a hype would be created about Modi’s visit,21 seconds — the seventh fastest of his career.s private secretary removed. Tailormade situation It was a knock that would remain entrenched in their memory, while addressing a public meeting at Bhadohi.

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