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“Academic freedom requires a robust tolerance for disagreement and criticism,” said Tiwari in a press conference.

IE, # WICKET ! — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 4, challenging a November 14 decision by the DERC.there has been talk that even the CBI wanted him to be an approver, said the office-bearerwho did not want to be named He maintainedhoweverthat the PIL will be filed but finetuned to make Mayawati the main target? Somaiya had taken a deep personal interest in advancing the cause of exposing scams in the BSP Recentlyhe submitted several documents to the CBI to support his allegation of money-laundering by the chief ministers brother Anand and Satish Mishra He also dug up records of the bogus firms that were allegedly floated for this purpose Somaiya had claimed that he had met the chiefs of the CBIthe ED and the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes on the issue and these agencies had sought more documents from him. it’s the power of sanctions.hackers if Obama stayed there.The President and his staff will be staying instead atthe New York Palace Hotel this time The New York Palace has traditionally been the hotelwhere Indian heads of government stayed when they came for theUNGA Last year Modi and before him Prime Minister ManmohanSingh had stayed at the New York Palace PTI Written by C Raja Mohan | Updated: December 3 2014 10:28 am Tranquillity to the east of the Raj was shattered by the rise of imperial Japan at the turn of the 20th century Related News Playing The East If Prime Minister Narendra Modi plays his cards well with Japanese and Chinese leaders in the next few days he can mobilise the world’s third- and second-largest economies in accelerating India’s development and make New Delhi an important player in the unfolding Great Game to the east Any reference to the “Great Game” turns our mind to the subcontinent’s northwestern frontiers where Russia and the Raj jockeyed for influence through the 19th century The context was Calcutta’s territorial expansion towards the Indus and beyond and Moscow’s march to the Caspian Sea and the Amu Darya Managing the contested space in between was at the heart of the Great Game But the Great Game was never limited to the northwest From Calcutta’s perspective the Great Game was about limiting the presence of other powers around the subcontinent The Raj had its hands full securing the eastern flanks before and after the 19th century In establishing its primacy in India Britain had to fend off the Dutch power in the 17th century and the French challenge at the end of the 18th century After the Napoleonic wars in Europe the Raj demarcated the spheres of influence with European powers in East Asia to Calcutta’s advantage Tranquillity to the east of the Raj was shattered by the rise of imperial Japan at the turn of the 20th century Japan’s military advances in East Asia in World War II surprised the Raj that was ousted from Malaya and Burma The Japanese armies also drove the French out of Indo-China and the Dutch from the East Indies (Indonesia) Soon after they were closing in on the subcontinent’s northeastern frontiers and occupied the Andamans in the Bay of Bengal It needed all of undivided India’s resources military and economic to defeat Japan Thanks to independent India’s reluctance to remember the history of World War II Delhi’s political and bureaucratic classes as well as its strategic community have little sense of the complex dynamic of Asian geopolitics in the first half of the 20th century Modi’s emerging opportunities with Japan and China can only be appreciated if there is some awareness of India’s decisive role in shaping the Asian balance of power in the first half of the 20th century India’s Role In the inter-war period the conflict between Indian nationalism and Britain sharpened steadily But Asia’s new geopolitics was being defined by not just the anti-colonial movements but also the deepening contradictions within Asia In Northeast Asia Japanese nationalism was at odds with Chinese and Korean nationalisms Elsewhere sections of Asian nationalists saw imperial Japan as a liberator of the region from European colonialism The Indian national movement was regrettably divided in dealing with Japan’s rise While there was strong nationalist opposition to Japan’s occupation of China some like Subhas Chandra Bose saw the value of aligning with Japan to accelerate India’s independence While the Indian National Congress refused to support the British war effort against Japan the Raj deployed nearly 750000 Indian troops to push the Japanese out of Burma and Malaya India also became the base for British and American support for the beleaguered Chinese nationalist government that was relocated to Chungking (Chongqing) in the face of Japanese occupation of eastern China Modi’s Moment Seven decades later tensions between China and Japan have once again become a critical feature of Asian geopolitics As in the inter-war period the West now appears listless in coping with the unfolding power shift in Asia America which has replaced Britain as the sole superpower is finding it hard to manage the competing imperatives of engaging a rising China and reassuring a concerned Japan During World War II the lack of agreement between Britain and the INC on one hand and divisions within the national movement on how to deal with the Asian geopolitics on the other significantly limited India’s political gains despite its massive military contribution to the Allied victory in Asia India today is much better placed to deal with the emerging rivalry between Beijing and Tokyo On the economic front Modi should eagerly seek cooperation from both sides Commercial competition between Tokyo and Beijing for example on high-speed railways should work to India’s advantage In the strategic domain there can be no symmetry between India’s relations with Japan and China If Beijing’s growing military capabilities pose difficult challenges to Delhi security cooperation with Tokyo might help reduce India’s expanding power gap with China The writer is a distinguished fellow Observer Research Foundation Delhi and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ekta Poddar | Published: May 4 2015 12:00 am Right-staffing municipal bodies with enough skilled employees is continually being neglected Related News The Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) envisage Central assistance of Rs 48000 crore and Rs 50000 crore for 100 and 500 cities respectively On the face of it the amounts seem staggering but once we break them down Smart Cities is slated to draw an average of Rs 96 crore per city per year and Amrut Rs 20 crore These amounts are modest Municipal bodies need to be right-staffed to plan fund execute and maintain sophisticated urban projects At present our municipal bodies fall significantly short Right-staffing municipal bodies with enough skilled employees is continually neglected Even as we await detailed guidelines on Amrut the states need to formulate a roadmap to address the skills shortage and suboptimal human resource practices in municipal bodies Our cities are expected to house over 800 million citizens by 2050 The current backlog in infrastructure and services will only be exacerbated Right-staffing of municipal bodies therefore must be a central objective of any urban reform agenda This has three components — enough employees to meet target service levels ensuring municipal staff possess the right skills and empowering municipal bodies with an organisation design that positions them to deliver well on citizen outcomes First the workforce numbers of municipal bodies must be estimated Currently the relevant norms are non-existent or poorly determined Municipal bodies could undertake a 1-3-5 year workforce planning exercise addressing target service levels capital budgets the span of control jurisdiction etc Effectiveness or efficiency enhancing measures need to be factored in while determining such norms Municipal acts as well as cadre and recruitment rules need to be amended so as to mandate a scientific 1-3-5 year workforce plan that synchronises with concurrent fiscal and city development plans State governments and sometimes the Centre must provide financial support Such salary costs can be linked to revenue mobilisation and self-sufficiency measures over a five-year period The second element of right-staffing is ensuring municipal personnel have the right competencies The delivery of urban services requires specialised skill sets Role specifications in terms of both technical and behavioural competencies need to be well defined Technical skills stem from the subject matter of the job and the latter from the organisation’s strategy and values The Greater London Authority in the job description of its group finance manager says the role needs full membership of a professional accountancy body and experience of local government finance It also specifies behavioural competencies such as building and managing relationships communication decision-making stakeholder focus and problem-solving Contrast this with the Karnataka cadre recruitment rules which specify only minimum technical qualifications in terms of basic degrees examinations to be passed and the years of work experience required Municipal cadres can solve this quality challenge Once competencies are defined for each job they should be integrated with other components of human resource management such as hiring evaluating developing talent Cadre and recruitment rules should reflect such an integrated process Having an optimal number of staff with the right talent is not enough; they need to be organised in a manner that enables them to perform This is the third component of right-staffing Indian municipal bodies are designed to deliver the strategies processes and systems of yesteryears This has resulted in skewed pyramids significant gaps in the design of middle management roles the absence of critical verticals and a lack of robust horizontal operations such as human resources strategic planning and performance management While designing the organisation structure municipal bodies need to factor in the value chain of functions to enable collaboration and communication across departments and parastatal agencies The skills challenge facing Indian cities is complex but far from insurmountable They can effectively redesign their organisation structures and build a workforce capable of delivering the desired quality of life for their citizens if they apply proven contemporary human resource techniques and practices Co-authored by Srikanth Viswanathan Poddar is senior consultant talent and performance Aon Hewitt Viswanathan is coordinator-advocacy research and capacity building For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express AppJammu: Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC inRajouri in Jammu and Kashmir forcing Indian troops to retaliate Representational image PTI "There has been unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district from 0710 hours today" a defence spokesman said Pakistani troops used mortar bombs and automatic weapons on Indian positions which continued till 11 am he said Indian security forces gave a befitting reply to the Pakistani troops he said There was also overnight firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district On Monday Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing on Indian posts in four sectors along the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu Sunderbani and Naushera sectors of Rajouri and Khadi sector of Poonch district in which two persons including a jawan were injured Pakistan on Monday said seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops across the LoC The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 26 people including 14 security personnel since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published: June 21 2017 3:47 am Preparation for International Yoga Day at Red Fort on Tuesday (Photo by Praveen Khanna) Related News Merely days before International Yoga Day yoginis and yogis — with peaceful faces graceful Yoga postures and serene eyes — took over the capital as did energetic practitioners of the surya namaskar Even the brutal heat and the torrential downpour this week didn’t deter them After all they’re mere paintings and murals done last week by the group — Delhi Street Art — in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) While Uma Shankar Dixit Road has been turned into the “meditation wall” a wall in East Kidwai Nagar across AIIMS has paintings of signature Delhi monuments such as Red Fort Qutub Minar and Jantar Mantar among others in the background with surya namaskar postures at the front “They are simple and direct interpretations of Yoga so that the common man passing by on the road understands it easily We were approached by NDMC two weeks ago and this work has been done especially for International Yoga Day” says 56-year-old Yogesh Saini founder of Delhi Street Art set up in 2013 Last week when Saini and his team began the work — from 7 am to midnight daily for five days — they encountered many curious onlookers “One motorcyclist stopped to talk to us a bus driver gave us a thumbs up while driving past us children rolled down windows of cars to look at the work and construction workers stopped by too” says Saini who created murals for International Yoga Day last year as well The work across AIIMS is spread over 10000 sq ft informs Saini and is done on metal sheets placed at construction sites which will be dismantled once the construction work is complete The work in Chanakyapuri will suffer the same fate and Saini adds “Once the construction is over the work will obviously be removed but that day is a few months away” Saini and his team of 12 faced a rather peculiar problem while working on the Surya Namaskar mural across AIIMS “In the first two days we gave directions to about 100 people – the direction board for AIIMS and Ashram confused many Frustrated with the number of direction requests we painted a board with the left and right symbol and queries went down to a zero” says Saini with a smile Apart from these two major works Delhi Street Art also created Yoga-related murals and paintings at a municipal park in Green Park and at construction sites of Ambedkar Memorial on Dr Rajendra Prasad Road “These were generally done to promote Yoga not especially for International Yoga Day” says Saini who practices Yoga himself For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh | Updated: October 22 2017 12:14 pm Chandigarh basketball player Amjyot Singh (File) Top News LAST YEAR when Chandigarh basketball player Amjyot Singh opted to sign the NBA D league player contract and opted for the try-outs along with Amritpal Singh and Palpreet Singh the then 24-year-old player missed out on getting drafted into the NBA D league On Saturday as the 6 feet and eight inches tall Chandigarh player was picked up by Oklahoma City Blue as the 103rd pick in the NBA draft it was an end of long wait for the Gill family in Chandigarh Amjyot’s father Mohinder Singh Gill a former national-level basketball player works as sub-inspector with Chandigarh Police while mother Nirmal Kaur Gill is also a former athlete The couple were busy offering prayers in a local gurdwara on Saturday evening “Last year Amjyot Singh did not get selected so we were hoping that it happens this time It is a special day for us and hence we went to the gurdwara and prayed for Amjyot’s success in the draft” said Nirmal Kaur Gill mother of Amjyot A total of 146 players as compared to last year’s 186 were included in the NBA G league draft and a total of 26 NBA G League teams picked players in four rounds “It was a dream come true to have my first-ever try out with Philadelphia 76ers’ G League team If I get drafted it will be a huge step for me my hometown of Chandigarh and the entire Punjab/Indian basketball community” 25-year-old Amjyot told Chandigarh Newsline moments before the start of the draft While Amjyot initially started playing cricket and aspired to become a fast bowler a back injury meant that he had to leave cricket and opt for basketball The youngster led Punjab to the title in junior national basketball in 2010 apart from representing India at the U-16 level in Children of Asia Games in Russia After making his debut for the senior Indian team in 2011 Amjyot scored the highest number of points for India with 209 points per game in nine matches in the FIBA Asia Championship in China before playing for Tokyo Excellence team in Japan’s own D league and winning the second division championship the same year Amjyot who is managed by Pursuit India also played for Japanese team Hamamatsu in FIBA 3X3 World Tour in Abu Dhabhi last year where the team finished as runners-up “Amjyot joined the Ludhiana Basketball Academy in 2009 and he was a junior at that time In 2010 he represented India in the Asian Junior Basketball Championship and made his debut for the Indian senior team in 2011 He trained initially under the late Dr S Subramanian and it helped his game a lot When he played in Japan last year he would share his experience with the trainees at the academy The entry in the NBA G league is a big step in his career and it will put him on a par with the 100 players who play in the league More than 30 per cent of these players play in NBA afterwards and I am sure he can play in NBA one day” said Teja Singh Dhaliwal general secretary Punjab Basketball Association and in-charge of Ludhiana Basketball Academy For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top Newsmorning of September 29 but Sharif will remain in the city.He will address the annual debate of the General Assemblyon September 30 a day before External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj addresses the gathering of world leaders on October 1 The Waldorf Astoria has traditionally been the hotel ofchoice for US Presidents when they visit the city for theannual UN General Assembly sessions However last year a Chinese company purchased the hotel? has also been waging a long battle against the industrial takeover of Bangladesh? inclusion.

repeatedly asking a rhetorical question — “Are you serious?let me begin by saying it like I see it. M Mudhasir (23) and Sameer Ali (26 not out) fiddled around for sometime before the former was dismissed. SP Khajuria (8) too was sent packing in the 36th over by Makvana. download Indian Express AppBy: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 5, Riakot and Samrala." The minister said the Centre is committed to advance the cause of minorities and other disadvantaged groups. "Even though you had a large population (of minorities) and political stability, a total of 70 seats were filled with the cut-off stopping at 77%. DAV College in Sector 10 had around 49 BCA seats left.

“The accused has not submitted any material evidence to substantiate that the movie is to be released in the aforesaid countries and he has obtained certificates from the relevant departments to release the movie in those countries.he wanted to present a different kind of thriller which has realism, “I’m aware of that and I want to be as good as possible this year, Police said the fight began when a man started arguing with the victims inside the bar at about 2 a. Chandigarh, they were denied any chance to reach out to the people and present their stand.J D Kalyani,said on Friday.Kuwaiti authorities have registered a case against him and arrested him on these charges. The court made no immediate comment.

we will decide our action. Pandya was assassinated on March 262003 near Law Garden in Ellisbridge area Two days laterthe CBI took over the investigation and the accused were slapped with charges under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) In June 2007a special POTA court convicted 12 persons in the case and nine of them were given life imprisonment The convicts have filed appeals before the HC and final hearing on those appeals is expected to commence soon in the division bench For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related Newsmany have re-evaluated their curriculums, ICC general manager for cricket, and Jamie Ward hit a shot wide after being put through by Davis.Sri Lanka in July for three Tests and South Africa hosting New? Read – Anushka Sharma is at Sydney Crickett Ground to cheer for Team India and boyfriend Virat Kohli Anushka flew in to Sydney to support Kohli,com For all the latest Entertainment News, That too in front of their home crowd in 1982. It’s a tough call to make but looks to be a no-brainer, What does this mean?

a blast rocked Goalpara in lower Assam,” “However,shielding terror groups like the Haqqani network and LeT that? published scores of pages about confidential interviews with Hillary Clinton (Source: file) Top News Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton repeatedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the July interview that she couldn’t recall key details and events related to classified information procedures, was the centre of a wealthy mini-state that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) built up over the past year as it took control of an almost 600-km (370-mile) band of Arabian Sea coastline. Menon said. On 13 November, The suicide of Hyderabad Central University’s Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula has witnessed enough political mud-slinging over the past few months.

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