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In October,Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 29 This trend, There is a western disturbance brewing in the Himalayas,In another ghastly attack from last month, a British woman was brutally raped and murdered in Goa,on Holi By: PTI | Kochi | Published: October 19 2017 5:00 pm Brazil Coach Carlos Amadeu and player during the press conference at Fartoda stadium Goa Express photo by Kevin DSouza Mumbai 12-10-2017 Top News Brazil coach Carlos Amadeu is not entirely happy with his boys’ performance despite outplaying Honduras 3-0 in their FIFA U-17 World Cup pre-quarterfinal match and said they need to improve against heavyweight Germany in the quarterfinals Amadeu rued that his team’s midfield play was not good as the Hondurans had many shots at the Brazil goal “All the players have their functions The responsibility is mixed Our midfield was not really good in their defensive system We conceded many shots from long and medium distance We could block the plays at the wings They (Honduras) were very close to scoring This is what we will have to improve for the next match” Amadeu said “We had 20 minutes of good football against Honduras After this we went a little bit slow and we conceded some counter attacks At the end of the first half we scored another goal and it give us some relaxing moments We scored our third goal in the second half and then we got down again Scoring three goals gave us some relaxing moments” the coach added He agreed that his players were a bit complacent towards the end of the match against Honduras and they will need to guard against this in the quarterfinals against a team like Germany “We had these moments of losing concentration losing the focus It is a challenge for us for me and our technical staff to go through because it is little bit difficult for us” Amadeu however said he was happy with the overall performance of his team in the tournament so far “I am proud of my players They are playing with maturity and we have been working on this team since 2015 This is one of the secrets about this kind of goals (against Honduras) It is very good to hear of them after the match going to the dressing room and saying another game without conceding any goal” Asked about his thoughts on the quarterfinal match against Germany on October 22 in Kolkata Amadeu was non-committal but mentioned Brazil’s victory over the European heavyweights in the Rio Olympics “We will travel (to Kolkata) and then we will think about Germany Everybody expects Brazil to win and also our system is to win matches So there was pressure for the boys and it’s little bit difficult “We got more tired when you are trying to win matches That’s why now it is a moment to enjoy We will think about recovery and then we will think about next match” “I prefer to talk about recent games one year one month ago when we won the gold medal against Germany” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 19 2017 7:13 pm Police force deployed outside Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s residence (Source: PTI) Top News After India suffered a dramatic loss against Pakistan in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy security has been beefed up at wicketkeepers Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s residence in Ranchi This move has been taken after considering unruly fan behaviour after the team’s loss in the final While local police do guard Dhoni’s house round the year but more force is deployed during high-profile matches and bigger tournaments It may be recalled here that in 2014 the security cover of Mahendra Singh Dhoni was downgraded to Y from Z category by Jharkhand government Meanwhile in the finals team India’s batting order collapsed dramatically while chasing a stiff target of 339 Put into bat the men in green got off to a good start courtesy of a 128 opening-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali FakharZaman was the star of the show with the bat as he brought his first hundred in an ICC event Later on when Pakistan came out to bowl it was Mohammad Amir who did the damage with the ball His double strike – Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put the Indians on the backfoot from the word go India could never recover from the setback and later on Hasan Ali and the other bowlers piled on the misery as the team was dismissed for just 158 MS Dhoni could manage just four runs from the sixteen balls that he faced and was incidentally dismissed by Hasan Ali For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: December 12 2016 10:54 am Hrithik Roshan’s last outing Mohenjo Daro may not have fared well at the box office but director Sanjay Gupta says the actor is beyond failures Related News Hrithik Roshan’s last outing Mohenjo Daro may not have fared well at the box office but director Sanjay Gupta says the actor is beyond failures Post the Ashutosh Gowariker-directed historical- drama Gupta’s Kaabil will mark Hrithik’s first film of 2017 Asked if there is pressure for Hrithik to deliver with Kaabil Gupta told PTI “None whatsoever ever He has been around way too long to be beyond the ‘this movie didn’t fare well’ thing “One ‘Mohenjo Daro’ not doing well doesn’t cause a dent in the graph of a superstar like him Ups and downs happen even in the graph of Salman and Aamir That way there is absolutely no pressure” The action-thriller features Hrithik as a blind man who avenges the death of his girlfriend played by Yami Gautam Gupta says while he was shooting Jazbaa a writer came and narrated him the story and then they worked on it Afterwards he approached the 42-year-old “Krrish” actor who instantly agreed to come on board “At the script level we knew we need an actor beyond brilliance to pull it off It is a very challenging difficult role It is not just about someone playing blind It is far more deep emotional “Hrithik is any director’s dream actor He is fantastic to work with The minute I got the window to meet him I narrated him and it was a go on the first phone itself” he says The director says Hrithik was so engrossed in the role that he never acted like a “star” on sets “Unlike most other stars when it comes to Hrithik it is not the star which is coming across It is the character that he has created which stays with you” Gupta said there is pressure in terms of delivering a quality product because the script is a big challenge to pull off “We are all under immense pressure because we have taken on a film whose subject matter is extremely challenging And the execution of that is crucial We have all done our best put in our beat foot forward We are nervous and excited” Kaabil is scheduled to releaseon January 25 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 12 2017 3:28 pm Pakistan and World XI teams will meet in 1st T20I on Tuesday Top News Pakistan and World XI team are set to play one of the iconic T20 international series The series will mark the return of international cricket to Pakistan after a gap of eight years No Test playing nation has visited them since the terrorist blast on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore But World XI team led by Faf du Plessis will be headed to Lahore and play the first of the three T20 internationals on September 12 The second T20 international will be played next day on September 13 before wrapping up the series on September 15 Top international cricketers including George Bailey Hashim Amla Imran Tahir and Ben Cutting The three matches will be broadcast If the series goes well with respect to security Sri Lanka and West Indies will also travel to Pakistan to play T20 internationals When is Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international The Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international will be played on Tuesday September 12 2017 This will be the first match of the three-match T20 international series which is known as the Independence Cup Where is the Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international of Independence Cup Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international of Independence Cup will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore This is the same stadium which hosted Zimbabwe for T20 internationals in 2015 What time does the Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international begin The first ball in Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international of Independence Cup will be bowled at 1930 hrs IST (07:30 PM IST) on Tuesday That makes it 07:00 local time start Toss will be conducted half an hour prior to the first ball – 07:00 PM IST Which TV channel will telecast Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international live Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international of Independence Cup will be broadcast live on DSports from 07:30 PM IST How do I live stream Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international You can follow Pakistan vs World XI 1st T20 international with scores and commentary on IndianExpresscom For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsMoscow Russia:Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday vowed never to forget Turkey’s downing of one of Moscow’s warplanes as he lashed out once again at the leadership in Ankara over the incident "We will not forget this complicity with terrorists We always considered and will always consider treachery to be the ultimate and lowest act Let those in Turkey who shot our pilots in the back know this" Putin told lawmakers in his annual state of the nation address Vladimir Putin AP Moscow and Ankara have been locked in a furious war of words over Turkey’s downing of a Russian plane along its border with Syria on November 24 with Moscow accusing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan of profiting from the oil trade with Islamic State jihadists "We know for example who in Turkey fills their pockets and allows terrorists to make money from the stolen oil in Syria" Putin said "It is precisely with this money that the bandits recruit mercenaries buy arms and organise inhuman terrorist acts aimed against our citizens the citizens of France Lebanon Mali and other countries" Russia has announced sanctions against Ankara banning the import of some Turkish food and reintroducing visas for visitors from the country and Putin insisted Turkey would be made to regret its actions "We will not rattle our sabres But if someone thinks that after committing heinous war crimes the murder of our people it will end with tomatoes and limitations in construction and other fields then they are deeply mistaken" Putin said "We will not stop reminding them of what they did and they will not stop regretting their actions" Putin said that given a push to improve relations with Ankara in recent years Moscow did not understand why its rival in the Syria war had downed its jet "Only Allah most likely knows why they did this And evidently Allah decided to punish the ruling clique in Turkey by depriving them of their intelligence and reason" 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Those two leaders were as conservative as their successors are progressive. the address to Congress and another to the United Nations on Friday. headquartered in Shanghai. "Western media see the closure as a sign of BRICS on the decline, The Central government proposes to allow a greater share of the cost of projects under the scheme to go to skilled labour and materials. Right to Work? my coauthors and I studied how the scheme was working across India but chose to focus especially on one state Bihar which is simultaneously one of the poorest states and has the lowest participation in the scheme (The book is open access at: iexpin/vPx119614) Under the idealised conditions that the MGNREGA’s founders had in mind we find that the scheme would have a large impact on rural poverty in Bihar bringing the poverty rate in 2010 down by at least 14 percentage points However reality falls far short of this ideal We estimate that the actual impact on the poverty rate was around 1 percentage point A specially-designed survey of 3000 households across all of rural Bihar was used to make this calculation and to understand this disappointing performance Along with extensive discussions in the field we learnt a lot about how the scheme might work better A fundamental problem is that poor families are not getting the work they want on the scheme and they are often not getting the full wages due to them Their participation is far from costless — many have to give up some other income-earning activity when they take up work But the unmet demand for work is the single most important factor in accounting for the gap between actual performance and the scheme’s potential impact on poverty Our study also found very low public awareness about what needs to be done to obtain work We used a randomised control trial of a specially-designed fictional (and entertaining) movie to show how knowledge of rights and processes can be enhanced The movie was effective in raising awareness But it had little discernible effect on actions such as seeking employment when needed The reason is supply-side constraints on the ground at the local level Those constraints need to be addressed in addition to raising public awareness A number of specific supply-side constraints on work-provision can be identified including poor implementation capacity weak financial management and defective monitoring and grievance-response systems It would help if changes in the scheme’s design allowed extra resources to address these constraints This would not require a large reduction in the share of spending going to unskilled wages as proposed That will reduce the share of spending going to poor people There may well be compensating benefits in terms of the durability of the assets created although that is unclear Such benefits may well come at a cost to the impact on poverty Nor is it a good idea to confine the scheme to backward areas For one thing capacity and performance are likely to be lower in those areas though with some exceptions Also the attraction of the MGNREGA is that (in principle) poor families who need work can be reached wherever they happen to live Of course there will be a higher incidence of poverty in backward areas But there will be plenty of people who need the scheme but are not living in those areas Rather than tinkering with the design in such ways realising the scheme’s potential requires coordinated action on two fronts First administrative capacities for implementation and monitoring should be improved Second there needs to be greater public awareness of the rights and rules of the scheme more active public mobilisation and better mechanisms for following up on problems If the potential gains to India’s poor from the MGNREGA are to be realised then policymakers will need to focus on these problems Given the scheme’s current level of complexity this will not be possible unless poor areas have greater administrative capacity to implement it Reforms need to change the entire calculus of costs and benefits facing local leaders and officials If workers know collectively that they can demand work at the stipulated wage under the law then they will resist any attempt by officials to ration them or take a cut from their wages It is important that reform efforts for MGNREGA work on both these aspects — a stronger more capable local administration plus more effective participation by civil society One without the other will not assure a true rozgar guarantee The writer is professor of economics at Georgetown University Washington DC and president-elect of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: August 9 2017 12:58 pm Happy Birthday Mahesh Babu Related News Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu celebrates his 42nd birthday on Wednesday Despite his busy work schedule Mahesh who is awaiting the release of the highly-anticipated film Spyder never misses spending quality time with his wife and kids Just a quick scan of his Facebook page will tell you that he is a dedicated husband father and a movie star who has managed to strike a balance between his personal life and stardom Mahesh’s love for the family percolates into his work too A majority number of films in his illustrious career have been based on family values and importance of relationships And it is one of the reasons as to why he has fans from all age groups and remains the favourite among the family audience Here are the five best family movies of Mahesh Babu: Arjun: Mahesh Babu plays a caring and loving brother in this family drama His twin sister’s life is in danger thanks to her cruel mother-in-law He has to fight with everything he has got to protect his sister against highly unfavourable odds Athadu: This 2005 action-thriller tells the story of a high-profile hit-man played by Mahesh The assassin who is on a run for a murder he did not commit hides in a joint family living in a peaceful village He has a change of heart as he becomes a part of that family Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu: The 2013 film revolves around a middle-class family which is headed by a Gandhian played by Prakash Raj Victory Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu play brothers in this family drama that highlights the disappointments conflicts and differences within a family At the same time it also shows how the love and respect of the family members towards each other helps overcome challenges Dookudu: Mahesh plays an encounter specialist with strong family values Even as he is on a mission to end the run of a dangerous criminal he pretends to be an elected representative of people to keep his father happy The relationship between the father and son is at the heart of this action thriller Mahesh Babu and Sitara’s candid pictures Srimanthudu: The film that came out in 2015 is one of the biggest hits in Mahesh’s career It narrates a story of a young man who is the only son of a multi-billionaire and his journey of self-discovery He adopts his ancestral village and fixes all the problems faced by its inhabitants For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Mehak Arora | New Delhi | Published: June 15 2017 9:49 pm Kumkum Bhagya 15th June 2017 full episode written update: Pragya cooks for Abhi at Raghubir’s place Related News Tannu calls Aaliya and asks where she is she says she is in the jungle with Nikhil Tannu asks her to come home as she has got into a problem She says Dasi and Jaanki had a doubt on her so she locked them up in a room Aaliya asks her to take them out of the room but Tannu insists her to come home Aaliya finally agrees and says she’ll send her the location and asks Tannu to send a car along with a driver Nikhil thanks Tannu as he was on conference There Pragya gives Abhi a sponge bath and Abhi hesitates while removing his clothes And they both start playing with water while Raghubir Ji comes there and asks them what they would like to have for dinner Pragya says why would he cook when she is there Pragya makes Abhi wear a kurta given by Raghubir Ji and goes to the kitchen Raghubir tells Abhi that he is very lucky to have Pragya as his wife Abhi says she is his secretary friend philosopher and guide but not wife Raghubir says he has seen her and how she was worried for him and how she took care of him He tells Abhi that only a wife can do that He says she has accepted him as his husband already There the contract killer along with other goons are looking for Pragya and Abhi when the contract killer notices some blood on a stone where Abhi and Pragya were resting He says they must be around as the blood hasn’t dried yet he also notices wet footsteps and says there are three of them Damroo asks his troop to follow the footsteps and reaches them when Nikhil reaches there and asks the contract killer if he has found them He says he’ll find them soon and kill Abhi in front of Nikhil Nikhil gets scared and asks why would he bring them in front of him The contract killer says he shouldn’t compare him with Damroo and his troop and says he knows how to do his task There Pragya gets busy with cooking and thinks that she is cooking for her husband but he doesn’t remember that she is his wife For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Editorial | Published: August 25 2016 5:09 am Top News Sir Antony Jay co-creator of the iconic British comedy Yes Minister and its sequel Yes Prime Minister passed away on August 21 The programme which has been playing intermittently on televisions across the world since it was first telecast through the 1980s found resonance including in India because it managed to present the politician as we had never seen him before — as hapless underdog The trials of Jim Hacker MP as he tries to get the job done as the minister for administrative affairs despite the machinations of Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby tell us a truth about power It need not lie with the politician who is after all just one of the people but rather with the babu who is guaranteed a job for more than an election term and has a permanent stake in the status quo Sir Humphrey manages more often than not to control Hacker through a combination of jargon and the conviction that politicians are not too bright “Why can’t ministers go anywhere without briefs (from civil servants)” asks a frustrated Hacker in one episode “It’s in case they get caught with their trousers down” replies his secretary In the world of Antony Jay and his co-creator Jonathan Lynn the corridors of power are not filled with conspiracy and villainy but the studied inaction of the old boys club that is the civil service and politicians desperate not to upset any of the multiple interests that could cost them an election The theme of the babu controlling the mantri unsurprisingly found resonance in India and we had our own version of the show — Ji Mantriji — starring Farooq Sheikh and Jayant Kriplani Now in the age of chest-thumping figures like Donald Trump the idea of a soft malleable politician may seem like an anachronism But at least in India Sir Antony’s image of the officious civil servant resistant to reform will still get laughs for some time to come For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsSanaa: Yemeni rebels have mounted a deadly counterattack against government troops advancing down the Red Sea coast from the Saudi border ahead of a planned ceasefire next month military sources said on Thursday The rebels and their allies surrounded a government force that was attempting to recapture the coastal town of Midi and killed 45 loyalist troops on Tuesday and Wednesday the sources said At least 15 rebels were also killed in the fighting Forces loyal to the internationally recognised government based in the south crossed the border from Saudi Arabia in mid-December in a bid to open up a new front in the north as offensives faltered in the centre and east They swiftly captured the inland town of Haradh and Midi port but they have met heavy resistance from the rebels and their allies in the adjacent town Representational image AP Despite a Saudi-led military intervention which is now in its second year the Huthi Shiite rebels still control most of the Red Sea coast including the key ports of Hodeida and Mokha With coalition air and ground support forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have pushed the rebels out of most of the south and made some headway in the east and northeast But with the support of renegade troops loyal to Hadi’s ousted predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh the rebels have retained control of the capital Sanaa and most of the highlands of the north and centre The latest fighting comes as the warring parties prepare for a UN-brokered ceasefire on April 10 intended to pave the way for peace talks in Kuwait on 18 April The planned truce was only agreed by the two sides after months of shuttle diplomacy by UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed Previous UN-sponsored negotiations between the rebels and the government failed to make any headway and a ceasefire announced for 15 December was repeatedly violated and abandoned by the coalition on 2 January There has been mounting international pressure for an end to the conflict as the civilian death toll has mounted and the humanitarian situation deteriorated The seizure of several key southern cities by Al-Qaeda and the growing presence in the south of rival jihadists of the Islamic State group has also triggered international alarm By: PTI | Updated: July 2 2017 8:15 pm Four Indian boxers advanced to the quarterfinals Top News Indian boxers continued to produce commanding performances and four of them advanced to the quarterfinals on the second day of the Asian Youth Championships here Sudeep Kumar (52kg) Ankit Kumar (60kg) Naveen Boora (69kg) and Mohammed Etash Khan (56kg) won their respective opening bouts to enter the last-eight stage Sudeep was the first to take the ring and he was up against Iraq’s Eskander Yahya Husham The Indian was expected to win and he did so without any trouble fetching a unanimous verdict in his favour Next up for him is Japan’s Nakagaki Ryutaro who got the better of Sri Lankan Kudavithanage Lasindu in his first-round clash Ankit registered a similarly comfortable win over Indonesia’s Midhun Reza to enter the quarterfinal Awaiting him tomorrow is Kyrgyzstan’s Egenberdi Uulu Adilet who got a first round bye Naveen defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Yryskulov Erzhan to set up a clash with Huang Rui of China Rui also got an opening-round bye The experienced Etash who has competed in the World Youth Championships as well sailed past Mongolia’s Tsagaanbaatar Munkhbaatar in his first round contest The continental showpiece features 120 boxers from 23 countries of the region India had won four medals — three silver and a bronze –in the previous edition of the tournament For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Rajeev Dhavan | Updated: December 15 2014 8:19 am Incidents of suicide increased from 73911 in 1990 to 168593 in 2000 But these reported cases are the tip of the iceberg Related News The Union government has decided to decriminalise suicide A funny interpretation could well be that the Modi government can now commit hara kiri with impunity But it should be noted that the cases under Section 309 which criminalises suicide are haphazard often concealing abetment to murder Philosophically it is argued that the right to life includes the right to die without provocation or abetment by anyone else In a development that could be traced back to the Wolfenden Committee report of 1957 England ended the criminalisation of suicide in 1961 Countries across the world followed suit There is also concern about a duty to the sanctity of life The law does not recognise a duty to save But we need not get drawn into that controversy We are concerned with the narrower issue of punishing a failed suicide attempt with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine or both The offence of suicide is cognisable A policeman is empowered to go to the hospital where the individual who attempted suicide is recovering arrest him and put him through the torture of criminal proceedings at a time when he is already emotionally fragile In 1970 the Law Commission’s 42nd report recommended repeal and found it “monstrous… to inflict further suffering on even a single individual who has already found life unbearable and happiness so slender” In 1972 a bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha and discussed in a joint committee that lapsed in 1979 Politics failed to humanise this provision The matter was then addressed by the high courts Bombay (1987) and Delhi (1985) struck down the provision while Andhra Pradesh (1983) did not The matter reached the Supreme Court in P Rathinam vs Union of India (1994) which in a sprawling and untidy judgment struck down the provision But some Supreme Court judges including Justice JS Verma felt that the right to die was inconsistent with “life and liberty” This was consecrated in Gian Kaur vs The State of Punjab (1996) though the latter suffered from faulty logic and misplaced concerns Incidents of suicide increased from 73911 in 1990 to 168593 in 2000 But these reported cases are the tip of the iceberg Newspapers reported more incidents each more troubling than the last After Gian Kaur the judiciary failed to address the issue The Law Commission’s 210th report wanted the provision struck down and now the Modi government has stepped in to cover the judiciary’s inadequacy in this area The proposed amendment was supported by 18 states and four Union Territories Bihar Madhya Pradesh and Delhi continued to resist decriminalisation with no coherent argument of principle But the most interesting aspect of the proposal is that it was linked to Section 124(1) of the mental health bill which laid down that “the person who attempts to commit suicide shall ordinarily be presumed unless proved otherwise to have a mental illness and not be subject to any investigation or prosecution” The wording of this section is clumsy It cannot be that if the person is shown to not have a mental illness he gets neither medical help nor immunity from prosecution Not all individuals attempting suicide are mentally ill in the narrow sense of the word They may suffer from frustration despair about living health debt poverty romance or shame failure depression The instances I have culled from newspapers show that all are “sane” human beings who feel that they cannot continue living This is not to suggest that people attempting suicide do not require medical or psychiatric help They need support to regain their self-esteem It is precisely because such people are not ill in the conventional sense that we omit to include them within the purview of welfare or medical care Alas the strains of everyday life mean that humanity has gone missing in India’s increasingly competitive and cruel society Euthanasia is not to be confused with suicide Justice M Katju’s somewhat unsatisfactory judgment on euthanasia in Aruna Shanbaug’s case (2011) did not find approval in Common Cause (A Registered Society) vs Union Of India (2014) which was referred to a larger bench on the grounds that Katju had misconstrued Gian Kaur’s case which validated suicide and permitted passive euthanasia Hopefully the larger bench will examine the issues of suicide and euthanasia for the terminally ill who cannot decide for themselves But the judiciary is not in sync with the times on these matters We are still left with an important issue To punish attempted suicide is wrong But what do we do in cases where someone else provokes or abets the suicide Surely the abettor and anyone he is in conspiracy with are guilty of homicide That is why Section 305 of the Indian Penal Code deals with abetment of the suicide of a child or insane person The charge invites death life or other terms of imprisonment and a fine Section 306 deals with abetment of suicide where the abettor if guilty may be awarded 10 years and a fine The Delhi and Bombay courts felt that while suicide should be decriminalised abetment to suicide should remain on the statute books Those who drive a person to suicide are criminals and not to be spared We see this in dowry death cases But since 1986 there has been a direct provision Section 304B where punishment is not less than seven years and goes up to a life term The mandatory seven years creates a problem making judges reluctant to convict under 304B A similar problem has arisen with minimum sentences under acts protecting SCs and STs How is the law to be changed No fancy footwork is required on this through mental health legislation What is needed is a simple clause replacing Section 309 An amendment to the IPC should simply state Section 309 of the IPC is repealed The inhuman provisions criminalising suicide should have been replaced decades ago On this the Modi government has stolen a march over its predecessors But we must withhold comment till the decriminalisation of suicide is actually enacted The writer is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News and Moses, Subash Desai has got industries, Rai listed his allegations in an affidavit he filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal on Thursday.5.

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2017 4:44 pm Karan Johar on Nepotism: I don’t believe that ‘nepotism rocks’." he told the Iranian news agency IRNA. The Warriors can clinch their first championship since 1975 with a win in Game Six on Tuesday in Cleveland. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Published: June 15, In January this year,a transgender candidate won a mayoral election in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh Municipal Corporation Madhu Kinnar defeated her opposition by 4357 votes on 4 January beating the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahaveer Guruji to become mayor of Raigarh reports The Independent Transgenders were given voting rights in Bangladesh in December 2009 According to a survey by the Ministry of Social Welfare Bangladesh has a transgender population of around 10000 Othersput the figure higher at somewhere between 30000 and 150000 Written by ANJALI MARAR | Pune | Published: March 27 2017 8:42 am Top News A beeline of cars and two-wheelers struggling to enter the fast-track through grade separators along the old Mumbai-Pune Highway near Pimpri is becoming an everyday sight The situation worsens during weekends leaving the adjacent service road congested The residents are blaming the civic body’s frequent changes in the entry and exit points for the confusion saying that they often end up using the wrong way The latest change along this 13-km-long Dapodi-Nigdi route has been made to the route near Hindustan Antibiotic Limited (HAL) and Kharalwadi a few metres short of Ambedkar Chowk Pranav Jadhav a resident of Vallabhnagar and a regular on this route said “I have been using this route to reach my office in Nigdi But ever since the entry to the fast lane has been shifted to Pimpri I have been facing heavy congestion here and end up losing about 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours” About two months ago the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had made the entry point from fast lane near HAL into an exit point and the exit point near Pimpri was turned into an entry point for commuters from service roads However this alteration which civic officials said was undertaken with consultation with the traffic department has become nothing less than a nightmare for regular commuters On why the changes were adopted officials blamed the commuters coming via the newly-constructed subway near Sai Chowk They said the commuters misused the earlier entry point which was closer to this exit point “Since too many accidents were being reported due to the misuse of the lane we had to make changes” said Vijay Bhojane Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) spokesperson of PCMC Meanwhile civic officials denied any traffic issues along this route while agreeing that the newly-constructed entry and exit points were narrower than required “It is being observed that the lanes allowing vehicles in and out of the fast track have been constructed narrower than required… leading to traffic backlog We will study the situation on the ground” said Bhojane Riding on the wrong side is the root cause for all this mess said Balkrishna Pandit another daily commuter “Only if the wrong side riding was strictly punished then the service road would not have been so congested Also the entry and exit points would have been free traffic” he added Traffic department too is having a tough time dealing with wrong side riders “Two-wheeler riders often take wrong route and enter the fast track from an exit point This leads to traffic snarls for few minutes” stated an official from the Pimpri division For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Christophe Jaffrelot | Updated: June 4 2015 1:04 am The appointment of a new CIC may not be a panacea Shailesh Gandhi a former CIC recently regretted in an open letter that ‘in the Central Information Commission six commissioners had disposed 22351 cases in 2011 whereas in 2014 seven commissioners disposed only 16006 cases’ Related News The post of chief information commissioner (CIC) has been vacant since the last incumbent Rajiv Mathur retired in August 2014 Earlier this week a panel that included the prime minister the finance minister and the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha submitted the name of a nominee for this position to the president A name has also been proposed for the post of central vigilance commissioner which has been vacant since September 2014 This is an important achievement in terms of institution-building and protection of citizens’ rights There is no denying that the UPA tried to give new rights to Indian citizens While some of them like the right to education remained only on paper and could not be implemented for lack of human and/ or financial investments the RTI was a major democratic breakthrough — in spite of loopholes like the exclusion of the private sector from its scope — as Prashant Sharma has shown in his book Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State: The Making of the Right to Information Act But with the CIC’s post vacant there was a risk that the RTI would meet the same fate as the RTE for lack of a robust administrative machinery However the appointment of a new CIC may not be a panacea either Shailesh Gandhi a former CIC recently regretted in an open letter that “in the central information commission six commissioners had disposed 22351 cases in 2011 whereas in 2014 seven commissioners disposed only 16006 cases” He also wrote that the selection of the commissioners has become an issue of “political patronage” so much so that “most of these commissioners do not work to deliver results in a time-bound manner and lose all moral authority to penalise information officers who do not work in a time-bound manner” The new CIC will have to restore the prestige and effectiveness of his institution Another pillar of the rule of law the Lokpal has to be built — this time from scratch Among the commitments the BJP made in its election manifesto in 2014 there was this simple sentence: “We will set up an effective Lokpal institution” That was in tune with the support that Narendra Modi had given a couple of years before to Anna Hazare when the latter had demanded the creation of a Lokpal that would be empowered to investigate alleged irregularities committed by bureaucrats and politicians including the prime minister In an open letter to Hazare the then chief minister of Gujarat had written that he had “exhibited commitment to truth and a soldier-like conviction” In 2011-13 the middle class mobilised massively for the setting up of a Lokpal After months of negotiation and shortly before the 2014 elections the UPA steered the passage of the Lokpal bill in Parliament It was a somewhat diluted version of what Hazare had asked for but even this watered-down Lokpal has not materialised since the post has never been filled — and it seems that nobody except for the AAP government in Delhi cares for it any more In Gujarat it took about 10 years for a Lokayukta to finally be appointed in 2013 (See ‘Gujarat’s law unto itself’ IE September 30 2013) Vacancies in courts have also undermined the quality of the rule of law As of May 1 there were only three vacancies out of the 31 approved positions in the Supreme Court But some of the high courts presented a dire picture The Chhattisgarh HC had a 545 per cent vacancy rate followed by Allahabad at 50 per cent (against 53 per cent in 2012) Himachal Pradesh at 462 per cent (in sharp contrast to zero in 2012)Uttarakhand at 455 per cent (against just 1 per cent in 2012) Jharkhand at 44 per cent (against 40 per cent) Karnataka at 435 per cent (against 20 per cent) Gujarat at 423 per cent (up from 333 per cent) Rajasthan at 42 per cent (up from 325 per cent) J&K at 412 per cent (against 50 per cent) Hyderabad at 408 per cent (up from 347 per cent) MP at 378 per cent (up from 209 per cent) Punjab and Haryana at 353 per cent (against 382 per cent) Delhi at 316 per cent (up from 25 per cent) Bombay at 308 per cent (against 20 per cent) Madras at 30 per cent (against 10 per cent) Gauhati at 292 per cent (against 42 per cent) Manipur at 25 per cent Patna at 233 per cent (against 139 per cent) Calcutta at 224 per cent (against 362 per cent) Orissa at 222 per cent (against 318 per cent) There are no vacancies in Kerala Meghalaya Sikkim and Tripura One may look for some correlation between the political traditions of these states and the percentage of vacancies in their HCs — and indeed there are significant geographical variations — but the overall picture is rather grim The average proportion of vacancies is just below 36 per cent The working strength of the HCs is less than two-thirds of their approved strength More importantly the trend is not showing any improvement: in 2012 the ratio of vacancies to sanctioned strength was 30 per cent No democracy can really work without a strong judiciary and whistleblowers The rule of law issue may make a comeback in the public sphere if the Delhi government passes the Jan Lokpal bill as announced by CM Ar-vind Kejriwal He had failed to achieve this key AAP objective in 2014 because of opposition from the BJP and Congress but remains committed to this reform and to the cause of the RTI or so it seems After all he began his atypical career as an RTI activist In 2007 he and Manish Sisodia camped in a tent outside the Central Information Commission to protest the manner in which the commission treated RTI appellants and abstained from penalising dysfunctional public information officers He then put together the India Against Corruption movement and promoted the idea of a Jan Lokpal bill drafted along with former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde and lawyer Prashant Bhushan If Delhi gives itself an effective Lokpal it may be difficult for the Centre to lag behind The writer is senior research fellow at CERI-Sciences Po/ CNRS Paris professor of Indian politics and sociology at King’s India Institute London Princeton Global Scholar and non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Soli J Sorabjee | Published: February 26 2012 2:24 am Related News Proposed changes in Muslim Personal Law The practice of triple talaq for divorcing a Muslim woman and the freedom extended to Muslim males to practise polygamy were in some quarters regarded as violation of the dignity of Muslim women and also discriminatory These two features of Muslim Personal Law were some of the sticking points to the enactment of Uniform Civil Code as contemplated by Article 44 of the Directive Principles of our Constitution According to press reportsa group of Muslim scholars and activists have made a valiant attempt towards codification of Muslim Personal Law The national consultation on codification has prepared a progressive draft which among other things bans triple talaq and restricts polygamy According to the reformist scholar Asghar Ali Engineerthe group is not bringing any new law but only reiterating the provisions which the Quran makes for Muslim men and women Qutub Jehan Kidwai of 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