As per the decisions of the Conference of Chief Ministers held on 21 May 2001,stopping the parikrama could be useful to bring the Muslims closer. Compiled by Seema Chishti For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: May 4 2015 12:00 am Related News In quick succession the government has painted itself into two embarrassing corners By putting the Ford Foundation on a prior permission watchlist in the interest of national security it is inviting international ridicule Earlier it had amused the international community by imposing travel restrictions on a Greenpeace activist an approach to managing dissent that fell from grace with the close of the Middle Ages and which must reliably fail in the age of pervasive communications In pursuit of its stated aim of building capacities and institutions the Ford Foundation provides financial support for research programmes in at least 10 institutes of national importance including an IIT an IIM the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences In addition its earliest interventions in India included the development of physical infrastructure like Kennedy Hall at the Aligarh Muslim University To suggest that the foundation’s interests are spurious or disreputable brings all these institutions — and senior staffers handling funds — into similar disrepute And since the Indian government has frequently contributed to these projects or founded the organisations in which they run the interests of government officials who okayed the Ford Foundation’s financial support begins to look suspect too This is a tricky corner for a government to be in If a government which seeks to engage with the world and prepare India for a global role conducts itself in a seemingly xenophobic manner the dissonance can be striking indeed A government whose first instinct is to stifle dissent instead of persuading the dissenter is sadly anachronistic and a handicap for a nation in search of a larger international role Equally out of time is the convention barring non-profit organisations from indulging in or promoting “political” activities The idea of what constitutes politics has been expanded sharply by 20th century reform movements like feminism Today the personal is the political A political dimension may be read into almost every act and these acts are performed in a world that is essentially borderless In this globalised milieu to insist that non-profits must be unwaveringly non-political is unrealistic and anxieties about the “foreign hand” are symptomatic of medieval paranoias that last reared their head prominently in Indira Gandhi’s regime But it is not just the Modi government Its predecessor too was deeply disconcerted by non-governmental activity This trend is dangerous and can end up isolating India in an increasingly open world For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsHaving announced India’s squad for the Sri Lanka Test series today the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) also said that India Test captain Virat Kohli will play for India A against Australia A in the second unofficial Test starting 29 July Kohli wasn’t originally in the India A squad — led by Cheteshwar Pujara — but the BCCI stated that the Test captain had requested them to be included in the squad for the match in Chennai File picture of Virat Kohli Reuters This will allow good preparation for Kohli who along with other senior players had been rested for the Zimbabwe tour Kohli did not have best of times in Bangladesh — he scored 14 in his only Test innings and averaged just 1633 in the three-match ODI series This will be a good way to prepare for the likes of Kohli and other members of India A who are a part of the squad travelling to Sri Lanka for the series starting 12 August Just like they did for the Bangladesh tour it still has to be seen whether the BCCI organises a camp for the entire squad before they leave for Sri Lanka This allows the players to get into the groove after the break and gel together The Sri Lanka tour starts with a three-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Chairman’s XI followed by three Test matches The first Test will be played from 12-16 August the second from 20-24 August and the last Test will be played 28 August to 1 September The whole tour is nearly a month long — with India reaching Colombo on 3 August and returning home on 2 September India A are currently playing the first unofficial Test against Australia A in Chennai with KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara scoring fifties Itinerary: August 12-16: 1st Test (Galle) August 20-24: 2nd Test (Colombo) ugust 28-31: 3rd Test (SSC Colombo) Written by Nisha Nambiar | Published: October 7 2012 4:50 am Related News In the wake of an increase in the cost of cylinders under the exempted categorySassoon General Hospitalwhich needs around 25 LPG cylinders in a monthis planning to write to the government Other government hospitals and charitable institutions too will have to bear the burden after the price hike Medical superintendent Dr B G Kulkarni said since they provide breakfast as well as meals twice to the patientsthere is bound to be more usage of LPG cylinders The goverment had put us under the exempted category but now we have been told to pay such a huge amount? said Kulkarni According to the rates declared by oil companies for Octobera 142-kg cylinder for exempted category within PMC limits will cost Rs 1165 while it will be Rs 1133 on the outskirts LPG Dealers Federation in-charge (Maharashtra) Usha Poonawalla said the price rise for the exempted category is huge The earlier price for a cylinder was Rs 421 and after the removal of subsidyit is definitely going to create a dent in the organisations budget? she said The new rates bring about a difference of nearly Rs 744 for charitable organisations as well as for government hospitals Government insitutions have to make special budgetary allocations for their operations A government organisation at Yerawada said they would have to redraft their budget because of the price rise Even government-run homes which cater to children will receive a big blow Almost all these homes have more than 50 children and staff It will get difficult to manage within the same budget as as the organisation requires at least 15-20 cylinders a month as we have to cook meals thrice a day? said a government official Charitable insitutions too will have to bear the brunt Deputy director Muktangan de-addiction centre Mukta Puntambekar said they took all precautions ahead of the LPG price hike We came un der the exempted category but we were forced to opt for the commercial cylinder which weighs 19 kg and the exempted category cylinders cost as much Its been 3-4 months that we have been using commercial cylinders as we have to cook meals thrice a day for nearly 150 inmates at the centre? said Puntambekar She adds that after opting for commercial cylindersthe delivery was faster They approximately used two domestic cylinders a day earlier Hostels for special children too state that the hike has been uncalled for We have to cater to students meals The government should have not increased the rates under the exempted category? said an official who works with a hostel for special children He said there are several such homes and unless the government increases the budget it will be an unnecessary burden on their budgetary allocation For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: June 7 2013 1:32 am Related News After a days breakheavy pre-monsoon thundershowers revisited Pune on Thursday and the fury of the thundershowers claimed its first victim75-year-old Laxmibai Dhondiba Palaskar She was walking at around 630 pm near Patrakar Bhavan at Ganjwe ChowkNavi Pethwhen she was electrocuted Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limiteds public relations officer Nishikant Raut said th death was caused due to an accident Fire brigade officials said they received a call at 630 and on reaching the spotfound that an overhead line had snapped and fallen down The womana resident of 370Navi Pethwho was crossing the road to visit a nearby templeaccidentally came in contact with the cable and was electrocuted She was brought dead to a private hospital Pre-monsoon showers have been lashing the city in the past few days There were reports of water gushing into a few housing societies in Katraj area and trees falling in HadapsarShivajinagar and Bibvewadi According to MSEDCL authoritiesWagholi and Mundhwa areas faced a power cut but supply was restored after a while The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours Until Thursday eveningrainfall received was 36 mmwith the rain continuing late into the night IMD has predicted that the city would witness more thundershowers in the next 48 hours Heavy cloud formation was witnessed throughout the day Temperatures in the city have come down On Thursdaythe maximum was 331 degree Celsius06 below normaland the minimum was 241 degree Celsiuswhich was normal Clouds covered the city skyline by 530 pm making it dark and forcing vehicle users to switch on headlights Citizens were careful about stepping out with several incidents of trees crashing down during the thundershowers in the last few days For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Deepak Singhania | Published: July 20 2010 3:36 am Related News SadlyProfessor DC Wadhwawho put an end to the unconstitutional practice of re-promulgation of Ordinancespassed away at 8 pm on July 18 Professor Wadhwa was a regular contributor to The Indian Express; all of his work was in one way or the otherinspired by his faith in the Constitution of India The only religion that he believed inall his lifewas logic: he always used to say to me that if you stick to your logicnobody can turn you down Professor Wadhwa was a student of both law and economics He was the first Indian to write extensively about agrarian legislation ; Agrarian Legislation in India (1793-1966) took him 10 yearsmaking him the authority on land legislation in India He put a full stop to re-promulgation of Ordinances; in the early 1980she gathered the likes of Soli Sorabjee and Nani Palkhiwala apart from considerable courage to file a case against the chief minister of Bihar and the president of India His book Re-promulgation of Ordinances: A Fraud on the Constitution of India was originally the annexure to his writ petition Even though the judgment was in his favour and re-promulgation was stoppedthere was an exception carved out by the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court; and this disturbed Professor Wadhwa till his death His argument was that the courts cannot add words to a statuteand hence carving out of the exception is also unconstitutional; he cited various cases in favour of his argument He always hoped that one day this exception would be removed But the question is: do we have more Wadhwas to fight with the same spirit and zeal He was the first person to highlight the inevitable need to introduce the system of conclusive title to land in Indiathrough his monographin 1989entitled Guaranteeing Title to Land: A Preliminary Study This monograph was his report to the Planning Commissionafter they appointed him to study the status of records-of-rights in land in India He always believed that if this system is ever implementedthen not only would it solve the problems related to land transactions and land acquisitionsbut it will also help to deal with poverty and even elements like naxalism In factaccording to himall land litigation and encroachment is because the government does not guarantee title to land in India For more than 20 yearstill he reached his deathbedhe kept on knocking at various influential doors to get the system of conclusive title in place Out of his agitation over government failurehe started to write a book in which he discussed his long struggleas a last effort to inspire someone to take this task ahead FinallyProfessor Wadhwa devoted all his life to just one institutethe Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Puneserving eventually as its director He always ensured that all his work benefited the instituteand hence never took the work offered to him by private organisationsregardless of how lucrative It is very rare to find a man who so strongly craves nothing but perfection and who believes in nothing but logic The writera former research assistant to DC Wadhwais at the Gokhale Institute in Pune For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Bibek Debroy | New Delhi | Published: January 4 2011 12:15 pm Related News Given the price increasesomething seems to be brewing in the Essential Commodities Act (ECA) It will presumably be tightened up In any eventan amendment bill was pendingprimarily because of sugar ECA will now be tightened to handle black-marketeers and hoarders and a working group of CMs (GujaratAPMaharashtraTamil Nadu) has been formedto reflect on recommendations made by an earlier conference of CMs (in February 2010) ECA may seem to date from 1955but its origins go back to Defence of India Rules1939and war-time shortages It imposes controls on productionsupply and distribution of essential commodities and the act itself defines some items as essential in Section 2 There were relaxations in 2005 and Section 2 now only includes drugsfertilizersfood-stuffs (edible oils)hank yarnpetroleum productsjute productsseeds of food productscattle fodder and cotton Howeverother sections of the statute allow Central and State governments to decree that other items are essential.a single day. Hasanpur,Amit Prashar 74, Meanwhile,the process is bound to take time. Local residents speculated that the balloon had struck a power line that runs prominently across the field.

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