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Says Biswajit Chakraborty, There should not be a need for wildlife clearance, stated an official MC Chief Engineer S S Bidameanwhilesaid that the MC has written to the Wildlife Department for the clearance to be given A reply was awaited The three-storey basement parking lot has been planned to have a capacity of 900 vehicles The proposal was mooted in 2010 and a ceremony to initiate construction held just an hour before the code of conduct for the municipal election was to come into force Since then the project has been facing hurdles The building plans for the parking lot took almost two years to be approved The plans prepared initially were rejected as it was opined that the foundation of the shops around the area would be affected due to the digging work for the parking lot The parking lot was shifted by around 10 feet and revised plans prepared After the approval of plans when the construction was to startthe civic body was informed that environmental clearance would be required While the MC appliedthe term of the two committees that were to give clearance ended It took several months for the committees to be reconstituted Around a fortnight ago the clearance was finally received The civic body is now facing this latest hurdle Shrinking parking spaces in the markets is a major hurdle The construction of the multilevel parking lot was proposed to ease the chaos For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi | Published: March 15 2014 12:56 am Related News The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday increased voting time by two hours for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Delhi Assembly elections to “enable greater participation of voters in the electoral process” Under the new timings voters will now be able to begin casting their votes one hour early at 7 am and finish an hour later at 6 pm With the extension the total number of polling hours has gone up to 11 hours from nine The ECI notification came after consultations were held between Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi The commission had discussed the issue recently before giving its final approval The Delhi Election Commission had on March 11 requested the ECI to extend the earlier voting window — 8 am to 5 pm — by one hour on each side Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev had made the request stating that “people prefer to get out to vote when it is not too hot We have therefore asked that time be extended both in the morning and the evening” Apart from the bigger turnout in the recent Delhi Assembly elections the increase in voting hours is also expected to accommodate the jump in the number of voters in the country During the Delhi Assembly elections held in December 2013 nearly 17 lakh people were still in queue after the deadline for voting ended at 5 pm As a result the Delhi Election Commission had to keep voting open with polling drawing to a close in Okhla constituency around 930 pm According to EC officials since the elections will be held in summer more voters are expected to turn up to cast their vote towards the evening The EC is expecting approximately 814 crore voters (an increase from 713 crore in the last Lok Sabha polls) to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections which begin on April 7 and end on May 12 Of these nearly 10 crore have been added to electoral rolls this time For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Faisal Fareed | Published: August 24 2013 6:15 am Related News The Akhilesh Yadav governments denial of permission to the VHP for its 84-kosi parikarma yatra passing through six districts surrounding Ayodhya has provided the Hindu brigade much-needed oxygen in the state At the same timerestricting the yatra and making it a political issue is a calculated risk for the ruling Samajwadi Party as it might consolidate the Muslims behind iteven if it helps the BJP attract its core Hindu base An old veteran of the gameSP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav understands that an election fought on religious lines is beneficial for his party as he still remains the first choice among Muslims in the state So a strong BJP serves his purpose Should the issue result in a polarisation of votesit is the Congress and BSP that will suffer After allthe 84-kosi parikarma is annually held by Hindu saints in the Chaitra-Baisakh period in the Hindu calendaror April-May This VHP yatra was to cover nearly 252 km and be held from August 25-September 13 The outfit announced the yatra during the Kumbh Mela in February Hectic preparations had been on for mobilising supportobviously with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections As for the BJPwhile it is riding on the charisma of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modieven making his acolyte Amit Shah the state in-chargethe latters forays into Uttar Pradesh have so far failed to enthuse the voters An issue such as the foiled VHP yatra provides the BJP crucial impetus The script for this row appears to have Mulayam written all over it A yatra which had remained a non-starter since its announcement suddenly became news when on August 17VHP leaders including Ashok Singhal had a two-hour unscheduled meeting with Akhilesh and Mulayam Soon reports emerged of the VHP hailing the SP government for agreeing to the yatra A day laterminister Azam Khanthe Muslim face of the SP governmentobjected to the meeting The next dayAkhilesh banned the yatra The drama had been written over three dayswith the roles well-defined A defiant BJP termed it an attack on Hindu liberties done at the behest of Azam Khan for appeasement of Muslimswhile the SP termed it necessary for maintaining law and orderthe message being directed at Muslims Faisal is a senior correspondent based in Lucknow For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsLondon: Conor McGregor should rely on the skills that have made him a two-weight UFC champ and not try to out-box unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather when the two clash in Las Vegas on Saturday former sparring partner Steve Collins Junior told Reuters The Irish mixed martial arts fighter turned up at the Dublin gym run by Collins Jnr’s uncle Paschal about two years ago looking to hone his boxing skills and the 27-year-old light heavyweight was happy to go toe to toe with him File image Conor McGregorImage Courtesy: Twitter @ufc “I arrived early as my uncle told me to come in to do some pad work before the place opened and Conor came up He must have cleared it with my uncle as he had the place to himself he had the gym closed off” Collins Jnr said in a telephone interview “He started off sparring a guy for a round or two but the guy couldn’t keep up with Conor’s pace so my uncle asked me if I’d spar him I said fine and got in there for five six seven rounds” he explained “Conor didn’t care about the size difference between us he just kept going He barely took a break in between rounds he’d just take a sip of water or whatever” The Collins family are as close to boxing royalty as it gets in Ireland with Steve Collins Senior a former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight world champ and uncle Paschal a renowned boxing coach Collins Jnr who has 10 wins one loss and one draw in his 12 professional fights was impressed by the offensive skills of the 29-year-old McGregor who has never fought as a pro boxer “As an MMA fighter his boxing skills were brilliant – great stance great balance great shot selection and timing he judged distance very well superior to most MMA fighters” However the boxer did find chinks in the armour of the UFC lightweight champion “His only weakness really was his defence I didn’t find it to hard to land leather on him and if you’ve got a guy like Floyd he may find it even easier If I had to pick one thing it was that his defence wasn’t brilliant” he said The boxing world has scoffed at the notion that McGregor can bring himself up to Floyd’s level in the space of a few weeks but Collins says he may not have to “I think he’ll have to rely on what he already knows There is so much to learn in boxing even Mayweather is still learning so Conor has to work with what he has “It takes years to be a complete fighter and it will all be new to him on the day” he said Mayweather who has not fought in nearly two years needs a win to surpass Rocky Marciano’s record and reach 50-0 for his career while McGregor who is making his professional boxing debut is 21-3 in mixed martial arts Currently in training for a fight in Belfast in September Collins Jnr says he will watch the fight but he won’t travel to Las Vegas or stay up into the small hours to do so “If I was on Mayweather or McGregor money I’d go to Vegas but I’m not “I’m in training so I can’t afford to stay up all night but we’re going to record it and watch it together at the gym the next morning” he said adding that he expected an exciting fight “Things Conor never expected are going to happen to him in the ring and how he reacts to that will say a lot about him” Written by Lant Pritchett Gulzar Natarajan | Published: June 30 2014 12:03 am India especially over the past decade has been an enthusiastic adopter of this single-legged stool strategy Related News In the euphoria surrounding the election results it is tempting to avoid facing up to the harsh realities of making development happen Even for those who characterise the election as “the dawn after the dusk” in the new light of day India’s development challenges remain essentially the same These challenges were not overcome by an election nor can be overcome by doing more of the same even if effectively but only by doing things differently There are and have been for some time three central tensions of India’s development experience The first tension is to sustain a development model which generates rapid economic growth but also creates jobs and produces equitably shared benefits The second tension is to deliver effective governance with a “flailing state” The third tension is to manage national cohesion in a vast and diverse country — where there are as many ‘Indias’ as there are Indians None of these three existential tensions of modern India have changed with the electoral results Let’s examine each India needs a dynamic growth strategy one that goes beyond unproductive dichotomies that pit growth against redistribution rural against urban and small against big It is far from alone in having gone through this debate In its initial World Development Reports (WDRs) the World Bank proposed a “two-and-half legged stool” strategy for economic growth — policies for the creation of productive labour demand supported by those for development of human capital and underpinned by a system of “half-a-leg” of a basic safety net However with time the WDRs and the global discourse have gravitated towards a single-leg strategy of redistribution revolving around social transfers best exemplified by the Latin American conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes India especially over the past decade has been an enthusiastic adopter of this single-legged stool strategy The employment guarantee programme and food security legislation are totemic illustrations In this context it is important to bear in mind that even in Latin America as in East Asia the vast majority of people emerged out of poverty not through transfers but through earned incomes from productive jobs created We therefore argue in favour of a development strategy that combines economic growth with productivity This requires the replacement of the prevailing model of static redistribution of products that revolves around handing out dole with the redistribution of productivity which creates the conditions for increased economic growth This redistribution would equip all Indians especially the poor with skills that enhance their productive potential In other words India’s development agenda should be framed around economic growth that is underpinned by redistribution of productivity Such redistribution of productivity requires public policies that can enable access to a basic set of essential goods and services for all Indians irrespective of their economic station Needless to say this productivity agenda has to be complemented with the more widely discussed reforms to release infrastructure constraints to improve the ease of doing business though deregulation to remove labour market rigidities to deepen and broaden financial markets and so on Pro-market and pro-poor need not be contradictory Second the achievement of all development objectives is closely dependent on a state that is effective in the implementation of its core functions Weak state capability is an obstacle to the achievement of all the ambitions of an “aspirational” India This weakness is reflected in issues as wide-ranging as the abysmal student learning levels in public schools to the intermittent and poor quality of electricity and water supply and their persistently high distribution losses It contributes as much to perpetuating the pervasive harassment of citizens approaching the government for statutory services as to fuelling the large-scale corruption that arises from the failure to design and manage contracts with private parties that protect public interest This has in recent years resulted in a steady erosion of the commitment of the middle class to the public provision of services The perception of a weak state and the resultant feeling that governments cannot get the basics done have spawned three trends One the belief that government institutions cannot deliver good quality services — education healthcare etc — has led people to vote with their feet for private service providers Two the belief that public services are so irretrievably damaged has led to the belief that cash or benefits transfers are more effective Finally the deep disengagement of those entrusted with the responsibility of delivering these services not only in their role as providers but also as users has depleted any incentive to improve performance Restoration of state capability is not easy given its close interaction with political and civil society dynamics The commonest causes for degeneration in state capability include the politicisation of bureaucratic processes administrative indiscipline erosion of accountability in the discharge of official responsibilities weakened supervision and monitoring and ubiquitous corruption The role of state governments is central to success in improving the capability of the Indian state It is now well acknowledged that most of the dynamism of the Indian economy over the past decade has come from its states Even as New Delhi slowed down many progressive states aggressively pushed reforms invested in infrastructure and courted private investment Astute observers and investors no longer see “one India” but prefer to look at the country as “many Indias” A new government with an ambitious growth target would want the engines of its growth at full throttle Indeed the prime minister has recently acknowledged that “India’s progress lies in the progress of states” and affirmed that issues raised by the states will be considered of “priority” This calls for the Central government to step back from dictating to states and letting them chart their varying natural growth trajectories The most sustainable strategy to promote national economic growth is for the Central government to facilitate not micro-manage the states’ development potential The most egregious example of such shepherding is in the role of the Planning Commission The one-size-fits-all norms and components of all national programmes impose stifling and highly inefficient restrictions on states The annual state plans for each programme are made in a routine manner without consideration for the widely varying requirements of the states The result is a lack of state ownership and routine (at best) efforts at implementation It is time to move beyond this and embrace an approach that allows states enough design and operational flexibility in these programmes The Central government should clearly outline the objectives and broad implementation guidelines and leave it to state governments to prepare detailed plans that meet their requirements Chief ministers should be encouraged to lead its design and implementation as his or her government’s programme When state governments have the resources and freedom to address their development problems they are more likely to generate accountability and effectiveness both missing from the current paradigm Pritchett is a professor of international development practice at the Harvard Kennedy School Natarajan is an IAS officer batch of 1999 and a graduate student at HKS For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Neha Nigam | Published: December 7 2016 2:33 am Kumkum Bhagya 6th December 2016 full episode written update: Abhi fails to find the culprit Top News Keywords: Kumkum bhagya 6 Dec Kumkum bhagya Dec 6 Kumkum bhagya last episode Kumkum bhagya written update Kumkum bhagya yesterday episode Kumkum bhagya story pragya abhi sriti jha Pragya shabbir ahluwalia abhi Kumkum bhagya news television news Indian express Indian express news Aalia and Tanu argue with doctor and ask her not to take their names in front of Abhi The doctor returns the money Aalia had given her and tells both of them to leave Aalia threatens her again and offers more money Tanu requests the doctor not to do that otherwise her marriage will break Doctor tells Tanu that her marriage will definitely break with Abhi as she will tell Abhi about Aalia’s planning Aalia says it won’t give her anything and as it is he is coming here to give punishment to the doctor He will not say anything to his sister and his fiancee Abhi and Purab reach the doctor’s house Purab tells Pragya on the phone that Abhi will soon catch Aalia and Tanu red-handed Abhi enters the house and sees Aalia and Tanu too present there He gets doubtful and asks Aalia about her reason of being at the doctor’s house Aalia and Tanu get scared and speechless Purab tells Aalia that she will be exposed now Purab goes inside the doctor’s room to speak to her but the doctor gets scared too and she runs away Purab comes outside and tells about it When Aalia hears that doctor has fled she gets confident and starts behaving innocent in front of Abhi She says that she has also come to question the doctor about the wrong report she has given to Pragya She tells Abhi that being a girl she can understand Pragya’s condition and she will support her in this case Abhi gets disappointed and leaves the place Purab is disheartened and tells Pragya about it Pragya shares the disappointment with her family She asks Biji why Aalia and Tanu get safe every time Sarla and Biji console her and say that Aalia and Tanu will soon get caught Also Sarla says she is confident that Abhi will get to know about his sister’s evil plans Pragya smiles and hugs Sarla Aalia and Tanu return home and thank their stars They decide to plan one more trouble for Pragya For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Oneida | Updated: July 8 2017 4:45 pm Aditi Ashok produced five birdies in the back-nine to be four-under through 12 holes (Source: USA Today Sports) Top News Indian golfer Aditi Ashok produced five birdies in the back-nine to be four-under through 12 holes when play was stopped on account of inclement weather and fading light at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic here Aditi who shot two-under 70 on first day is now six- under and moved up from Tied-58th to Tied-24th with six more holes to go Playing alongside one of the legends of the game Karrie Webb who won her first Major the Women’s British Open in 1995 long before Aditi was born the Indian 19-year-old held her own as she started from the 10th She ran up four straight birdies from 12th to the 15th and added another on 17th A dropped shot on first one her second nine saw her at four-under for the day and six-under for the tournament Karrie Webb is on the cut line at three-under for the tournament She is even par for 11 holes in second round and is on the green on 12th with a crucial putt Australia’s Katherine Kirk leads the field at -13 after the morning wave of players with an impressive round of eight-under 63 The veteran of 13 years on LPGA Kirk is seeking her third career LPGA title Three birdies and a bogey on the front nine turned out to be just a foothold for an even more impressive back nine Kirk picked up a further five birdies and an eagle to get around the second nine in just 29 strokes and finish 36 holes at 13 three shots ahead of her current nearest competitors Jaye Marie Green (68-66) tops the American’s fighting to become the first name on the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic trophy Also at 10-under is Sandra Gal who is four-under for second round with five more holes to play For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published: December 18 2016 4:23 pm Armaan Ralhan played the character of Vaani Kapoor’s fiancee in Befikre Related News We cannot help ourselves from drooling over the chemistry between Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor in Aditya Chopra’s directorial Befikre But there was another ‘perfect gentleman’ who caught our attention in the film The actor who played Vaani Kapoor’s fiancee stole our heart away with his perfect dimpled smile those impeccable manners and that old world courtesy Yes he is Yash Raj banner’s another discovery — Armaan Ralhan If for Vaani who made her debut with Shuddh Desi Romance in 2013 Befikre was a very important film for Armaan it was nothing but a dream come true as he was making a debut with India’s biggest production house the YRF and a director who has cult classics like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to his credit Talking about his experience with Aditya Chopra the 26-year-old actor said “It was a dream come true to work with Aditya Chopra and in a brand like YRF I couldn’t have asked for a better start” However why we never heard about him before the film released “When Adi sir decided to sign me he had told me that I am going to be a surprise character in the film He didn’t want people to know me before the film releases He wanted people to discover me through the film I was happy with his decision” Armaan Ralhan plays an investment banker in the film Armaan was supposed to make his debut with Sanjay Dutt Apparently the actor was zeroed in for a film Hasmukh Pighal Gaya which was being produced by the Munna Bhai actor However the project never took shape “I was supposed to do a film as a debutant with Sanjay Dutt but it got shelved and I really don’t know why I didn’t ask the producers but I think destiny has brought me here” Also read |Befikre box office collection day 9: Ranveer Singh Vaani Kapoor film crosses Rs 50-crmark Armaan has a filmy connection too He is the grandson of yesteryear filmmaker and producer O P Ralhan On being asked if he had any inhibitions of not being the lead or any doubt that his role might not be noticed by the audience Armaan said “When I approached a scene I did that as a lead in my head so there was never a sense of discomfort or insecurity Ranveer has become an elder brother He is amazing fun to work with him Vaani is a buddy now We were going through the same feeling because for both of us this film mattered a lot so on that level we connected a lot” More from the world of Entertainment: The actor thinks Indian film industry is in its best phase right now “We have so many directors with fresh ideas and they have so many newbies to chose from Even I look forward to give my best to the industry” On being asked about whose body of work impresses him Armaan within a second named — Amitabh Bachchan and Anushka Sharma The actor hopes to do as much good work as comes his way within the commercial cinema And with such a start we hope we get the opportunity to see him often For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Asif Jalal | Published: April 22 2016 12:40 am Related News A fatwa by the Darul Uloom Deoband has again put the common Indian Muslim in a bind According to the fatwa saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” is not in consonance with Islam — representing the country as a goddess and raising slogans hailing her are forbidden The fatwa states that only a human can give birth to a human and therefore the country cannot be called “mother” The role and duty of the leadership of a community should be to give solutions and bring clarity to issues Leaders should have vision and make the community more comfortable with the modern world and new challenges But the Muslim politico-religious leadership seems to be taking the community towards ruin If there was doubt in a Muslim’s mind on the appropriateness of saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” religious and political leaders should have told the community that there was no problem with chanting this slogan; there was no need to be alarmed or confused But historically the political and religious leadership of Muslims in India has not helped them to come to terms with the changing times The leaders have trapped the community in a time warp Muslim leaders have prospered and flourished in unnecessary controversies at the cost of the wellbeing of the community Over the years they have weakened the position of Muslims as citizens and made them suspect in the eyes of others On the “Bharat Mata ki Jai” issue they have come up with a straitjacketed theory that if a Muslim chants the slogan he would lose his religion The leaders have no problem with the word “zindabad” which is Urdu for “jai” There is also no problem with saying “Jai Hind/ Hindustan/ Bharat” The problem supposedly starts when Muslims call for “jai” to Mother India The Darul Uloom Deoband says that the country is a piece of land not a living being and therefore cannot be called mother On thousands of other issues that require rational interpretations of the law in order to make the lives of Muslim men and women more comfortable they take cover in illogical religious doctrine Where it helps to be logical they use logic; when it does not they close their minds This is the same seminary that in 2005 issued a fatwa in the case of Imrana who was raped by her father-in-law that her marriage with her husband was annulled and she was liable to live with her rapist father-in-law as his wife Hinduism permits deification and the country can therefore be worshipped as a mother goddess by Hindus But nobody is calling on Muslims to make an idol of Mother India and worship it Nobody is asking Muslims to imagine India as a mother goddess and chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” The issue is accepting the country as mother and saying “victory to her” This shouldn’t be problematic Muslims should chant this slogan with respect as they passionately love this country Their position should be nearer to what lyricist Javed Akhtar said: That saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” is a right and a matter of pride and that nobody should have any objection to this Muslims in the police and Indian army use the greeting “Jai Hind” frequently I use this greeting even with Muslim friends and no one has objected to it The Muslim religious leadership is hair-splitting on the Bharat Mata issue At the annual convocation address at Aligarh Muslim University in 1948 Jawaharlal Nehru said to the students of the university: “I have said that I am proud of our inheritance and our ancestors who gave an intellectual and cultural preeminence to India How do you feel about this past Do you feel that you are also sharers in it and therefore proud of something that belongs to you as much as to me Or do you feel alien to it and pass it by without understanding it or feeling that strange thrill which comes from the realisation that we are the trustees and inheritors of this vast treasure …You are Muslims and I am a Hindu We may adhere to different religious faiths or even to none; but that does not take away from that cultural inheritance that is yours as well as mine” Muslims should proudly say that yes they share that great tradition and yes they also feel that “strange thrill” in the realisation that all Indians irrespective of faith are trustees and inheritors of a great tradition Yes we may adhere to different faiths but we are one Chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai” is a non-issue The writer an IPS officer is currently serving as SP in the CBI Delhi Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsXhaka hits the woodwork in two really good chances for Switzerland!head of academic governance, ? ? 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