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I agree that the damage done to the institution of prime ministeris this coalitions single most harmful contribution to our politics The seeds of this sorry state of affairs were sown in 2004when a system where the PM has neither authority nor power was instituted I wish we had realised then what we were getting intoand what the implications of this set-up were N Joshi Gurgaon * I agree that UPA2 totally lacks the courage to stand by its convictions I have been a Congress supportermainly because of the there is no alternative factor I have now started reconsidering my position Even the federal front cant be worse than the present combine K Raghu Ahmedabad A champ is born * This refers to Sindhu smashes her way into Indian historyWorld semis (IEAugust 10) Indian badminton reached a new high as the 18-year-old10th seeded PV Sindhu beat the 2nd seeded defending champion Wang Yihan in straight sets to enter the quarter finals of the Badminton World Championships Yihan has beaten Saina Nehwal several times in the pastincluding at the London Olympics Sindhus brilliant victory is not only a feather in her capit is also retribution for Nehwals defeats at the hands of Yihan Sindhu has the makings of a world champion Well all be watching her eagerly SN Kabra Mumbai Nostalgic for DD * This refers to The war on TV by Shailaja Bajpai (IEAugust 8) The writer is spot on when she says war against Pakistan has already been declared on several TV channels It hardly matters what the government of India does now TV channels have done what they see fit and proper for the nationon behalf of the government These daysunfortunatelybad news has entertainment value The modus operandi of TV news is as follows: Announce a debatecall the usual suspects as panellistsand instruct them to be as confrontational and shrill as possible Pakistanour favourite whipping boyhelps us forget and focus away from everything thats wrong within our own country The present noise on TV makes me nostalgic for those gooddull old days when all there was to watch on TV was one grainy sarkari channelwhich gave us our news sans the masala Santosh Mohan Joshi Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsJammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday alleged that the Mehbooba Mufti government was following the "doctrine of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval" not the Agenda of Alliance "I want to tell you that you (Mehbooba) are not running the government as per the Agenda of Alliance (AOA) but you are running it as per Ajit Doval’s doctrine It is the truth Please accept this" he said in the Legislative Assembly in Jammu The National Conference chief said "Please go to the YouTube and see the lecture of Doval which has 5 or 6 parts and it is 2010’s lecture not a new one—2010 October 10 His lecture is based on the analysis of 2010 unrest and how to deal about it and the relation between India and Pakistan" "What Doval sahib has said in 2010 and the way you are dealing Jammu and Kashmir there is no difference There is no iota of difference" File image of Mehbooba Mufti AFP The NC MLA went on to "It deals with how to ignore the political ideological and philosophical side of Jammu and Kashmir Nowhere should it be mentioned that Jammu and Kashmir is a political issue and it should be dealt politically and how we should deal with the Pakistan and how we should marginalise Hurriyat Conference – all such things are recordedin these lecture" "I want to tell you either run the state as per the Agenda of the Alliance in which you have talked about the high degree of vision—dialogue peace process unity and lot more or follow the footprints on which you are moving forward as both of them are contradictory" Omar told Mehbooba in the House "Either you can run the Agenda of Alliance or Ajit Doval’s doctrine because there is no common linkage between the two It is you and your colleagues who have to decide which way to follow and which roadmap you want to bring in to the state of Jammu and Kashmir" he said "Please take this House into the confidence and tell us that there is only one doctrine that is Agenda of Alliance Everybody wants peace and normalcy in the state" he added On the government’s performance he said "Nearly two years have been completed by your government but what you have been given to the people of the state what have we achieved" Questioning the formation of SITs to probe deaths during the unrest Omar said "This House discussed the 2016 Kashmir unrest When you say there is no need of judicial probe as the government has set up Special Investigation Teams (SITs) to probe the deaths in Kashmir unrest These SITs suit you only Where have the previous probe report of SITs gone" "During my time you had no faith in such probe panels When more than 100 people have lost their lives and police is a party in it how can you hand over the probe to SITs If you are convinced that there is no need of judicial probe panel you convince us we will live it" "For the death of one person during his tenure you demanded judicial probe and now when such a large number of people have lost their lives you are giving the charge of the probe to police only Please tell me how justified is this" Omar said On the issue of Agenda of Alliance he said "There is no difference between your speech in last year with this year You have been always justifying why we have done this on the plea that it accommodates every aspects of Jammu and Kashmir" "There is no objection to your Agenda of Alliance Nobody in this house has raised any objection on this We have never raised any objection on its contents but we have raised question on its delivery" Omar said "We have said that you have shown the people your Agenda of Alliance but failed to deliver it on the ground We don’t want to go into details where from you have brought which point of its agenda" "When you entered into the alliance with BJP and you said that we have entered into the alliance to get Rs 40000 crores relief for flood affected people where is that relief I want to question you You have yourself accepted in Assembly and Council that you have failed to provide relief to flood affected people" he added "Naturally questions would be raised on Agenda of Alliance Tell me which point of these agendas would you implemented on the ground during last two years" he said "As per my information there is nothing such aspect seen on the ground You are not running the government as per the Agenda of Alliance If you would have been running the state as per the Agenda of Alliance there would have not a situation erupted like six months long unrest" the NC chief said Taking a dig on the Deputy Chief Minister’s remarks about Burhan’s killing he said "You are creating a confusion in the security forces particularly police force" On the issue of Mehbooba called soft to separatists Omar said "Before you took over the Chief Minister you have been doubted as soft to separatists by some quarters and soft to militants as well But you proved them wrong by hundred per cent" "The number of militants killed by security forces in 2016 has been hardly eliminated in such a large number in previous years since 2008" he added Omar said "It is impossible that you are inclined to be soft to separatists If you would have been soft to separatists and militants it was impossible that such a large number of militants would have been killed in 2016" New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday remanded seven Kashmiri separatists arrested a day earlier on charges of taking funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley in National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody for 10 days Representational image AP During the in-camera proceedings District Judge Poonam Bamba allowed the NIA to quiz Nayeem Khan Altaf Ahmad Shah Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam Ayaz Akbar Khandey Peer Saifullah Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate till 4 August Allowing the NIA plea to quiz them the court said they needed to be taken to Jammu and Kashmir and other places for investigation ". the ends of justice would be met by granting 10 days of police custody to enable the NIA to interrogate the accused to unearth the entire conspiracy" the court said Six of the separatist leaders were arrested from Srinagar on Monday and later flown to Delhi Farooq Ahmad Dar was held in Delhi They have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and waging war against India Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan Islam is a close aide of moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Ayaz Akbar is the spokesperson of Geelani-led Hurriyat NIA Public Prosecutor Surender Singh told the court it was unfortunate that the accused under the security cover provided by the government of India were doing illegal acts to cause unrest The NIA said it had credible information that Hafiz Mohammad Saeed Amir of Jammat-ud-Dawah and other separatist leaders including Huriyat Conference members were acting in connivance with militants of Hizbul Mujahideen Dukhtaran-e-Millat and Lashkar-e-Taiba and other groups to raise funds in India and abroad through illegal channels to fund terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir They entered into a larger conspiracy to wage war against India it said The agency told the court that their custodial interrogation was required to unearth the conspiracy hatched in connivance with other accused and to ascertain the modus operandi of raising funds for secessionist and terror activities in the Kashmir Valley Their custody was also required to confront them with other accused witnesses and seized documents the agency said The NIA said searches at different locations and buildings had led to seizure of documents apart from electronic gadgets that have since been sent for forensic examination Defence counsel Ravi Qazi Shikha Pandey Rajat Kumar and Harsh Bora opposed the NIA plea for custody and said the accused have been falsely implicated and the charges of they being threat to national security were baseless By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: January 11 2016 12:42 am Related News A 20-year-old girl pursuing her Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) allegedly committed suicide by jumping into river on Saturday after she left home in a fit of rage because her mother scolded her for listening to songs on the cellphone Wakad police have identified the girl as Mrignayani Prakash Pachpinde a resident of Kalewadi Gaothan According to police Mrignayani was pursuing her BCA from a college in Wakad Her father works as a carpenter while her mother is a nurse at DY Patil hospital Inspector Amrut Marathe of Wakad police said “Mrignayani’s mother scolded her on Saturday as she was listening to songs on her cell phone She asked her to leave the phone aside and help her in the kitchen She left the home in a fit of rage and went to the riverbank around 200 metres away from their home in Kalewadi and jumped into the river” Police said she jumped from a spot near Jotiba Phule Park located on the Pavana riverside around 1130 am Some people who were in the park saw Mrignayani jumping but by the time they reached the spot she had drowned Inspector Marathe added “At the spot where she jumped into the river the water is heavily contaminated with sewage and is very deep The local residents jumped into the river and took her out” She was rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead on arrival Her body was handed over to the family after post mortem was performed Police said they will be recording statements of the family members to probe further For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: November 6 2016 11:15 am Shahid Kapoor: I will be scared if my daughter comes and tells me that she wants to become an actress It’s a tough job Top News What if Shahid Kapoor’s daughter wants to follow in the footsteps of her father tomorrow When Shahid Kapoor was recently asked this question same the actor spoke his mind And his reply can leave you surprised It is unexpected and can change your view about acting profession “I will be scared if my daughter comes and tells me that she wants to become an actress It’s a tough job” said Shahid during a candid interview on Vogue BFFs The actor spoke at a length about being a father and going on paternity leave “I am getting used to being a working man I was completely dedicated to fatherhood I was off work for five months My daughter is almost two months old now Every day is amazing with her You don’t realise how much a child can make you feel I asked friends having babies for advice and they all said when it will happen you will know” said Shahid on paternity leave When asked if Shahid would be like his father Pankaj Kapur the actor replied candidly ““My father is a great guy and is an extremely nice person He is also over protective and hyper I hope I won’t be that to my daughter My dad told me that ‘Now you will know all the complaints that I have always had against you ” Shahid added The actor and his wife Mira Rajput welcomed their first daughter in August On the work front Shahid will soon be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming magnum opus Padmavati For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: October 9 2015 2:17 pm Simon Cowell who turned 56 on October 7 joked he is an “easy” person to buy for despite having the gift that has not yet been invented at the top of his wish list (Source: Reuters) Related News Music mogul Simon Cowell says he wanted a flying car for his 56th birthday Cowell who turned 56 on October 7 joked he is an “easy” person to buy for despite having the gift that has not yet been invented at the top of his wish list reportedContactmusic “I would like a flying car I saw one and I read about it in Top Gear recently I thought ‘God if there is anything I want that is it’ Share This Article Related Article “It is the coolest thing If they can make one that would be top of my list I want the flying car I’m easy to buy for” The “X Factor” judge however will have to wait for the flying car as a company called Terrafugia are in the process of making one but it will not be available until 2023 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AFP | Hobart | Updated: November 15 2016 3:12 pm Darren Lehmann said there will “definitely” be changes for next week’s final day-night Test in Adelaide (Source: Reuters) Top News Coach Darren Lehmann declared only four players were sure to keep their places in the Australian team after another demoralising batting collapse handed South Africa a crushing series victory in Hobart on Tuesday In what is becoming a regular occurrence the Australians folded spectacularly losing eight wickets for 32 runs in just under 20 overs for an innings and 80-run defeat to the Proteas before lunch on the fourth day The batting freefall has intensified scrutiny on Steve Smith’s embattled side after their fifth straight heavy Test defeat this year all by 100 runs or more Lehmann whose coaching position is also under scrutiny after it was extended to 2019 only last August said there will “definitely” be changes for next week’s final day-night Test in Adelaide As a consequence of the early-finishing Hobart Test all batsmen including wicketkeeper Peter Nevill and spinner Nathan Lyon but not the three pace bowlers will be required to play in this week’s round of domestic Sheffield Shield before the Test squad is named on Sunday Lehmann who also sits on the selection panel said that only Smith David Warner and pace pair Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood would be sure of keeping their spots “We’ve got to stop the rot we’ve got to work out what the best XI is” Lehmann told reporters “Guys playing in this Test match some were disappointed in their performances and they get the chance to play the Shield games to put their hand up I thought Hazlewood was great Starc’s getting back to his best and then you’ve got Smith and Warner “Outside of that everyone’s got to make some runs and take some wickets It’s a really important four days of Shield cricket” Those looking down the gun are 37-year-old batsman Adam Voges opener Joe Burns and Callum Ferguson who both came in for the Hobart Test Spinner Lyon is another whose place is at risk after taking just two wickets at 12050 each in the South Africa series “Like everyone else Adam’s been a very good player for us for 20-odd Test matches End of the day he’s got to go back and make runs like everyone else” Lehmann said The coach said there was a desolate mood in the dressing room after the defeat “Everybody is hurting in the rooms I haven’t seen it as quiet after a loss and that’s understandable because of the performances” he said “We pride ourselves on playing for our country and we haven’t done that well enough over the last three and a half days” He said former greats were talking with the shattered players offering advice and support going forward “Mark Taylor and Shane Warne have been chatting to the guys one on one Ian Healy Tom Moody Simon Katich Brett Lee we’ve had a lot of the legends come in” he said “The young guys who are playing today looked up to them It’s great to have them in the rooms and speaking to them” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News 2017 10:06 pm Doctors will march to protest about the rising violence against medical professionals. 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the disciplinary authority concerned went by the report of the Circle Officer, family sources said. download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi:?built by Bengali Mal Lohia in 1930, After scoring 655 runs at 109. leading to waterlogging and traffic snarls in Chennai and one death in Thanvajur,IMD on Tuesday said that the heavy downpour is likely to continue for the next two to three days Speaking toFirstpost S Balachandran? It is this culture that propels them to function either maximally or minimally within the same institutional architecture. particularly if the party in power has a working majority. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan indicated in the Assembly Thursday that it was 18 per cent. Now.

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