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has been wished a “great” year by her friends from the film fraternity. Now, the SSP ordered two inquiries by Firozabad Additional Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar Singh. how," The expelled leader claimed he tried to explain to her that his property was not worth even a quarter of money she was asking for. Debate raged over alleged attack on Christian missionaries. below the belt at South Africa First man to experience nervous 999! Well done #PranavDhanawade you scored almost what complete #SA team did during test series — Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) January 5 2016 And of course they’ll come calling and say words like ‘contract’ Congratulations #PranavDhanawade – World Record for the highest individual score in all forms of #cricket pictwittercom/QLupaLOs8k — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 5 2016 An ode to Indian parents Pranav Dhanawade on 974 #KumarsDad calls his son and says ‘See what you could have achieved’ — Sidvee (@sidvee) January 5 2016 And the usual Twitter stuff. Fielding placement to stop Pranav Dhanawade from scoring runs pictwittercom/yazvxlBKd6 — Silly Point (@Sarcaism) January 5 2016 Pranav Dhanawade in his tribute to Arvind Kejriwal scored an odd number of runs (1009) in odd number of balls (323) on an Odd day (5th Jan) — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 5 2016 Maruti should bring back a special edition of the 1000 and rename it The Pranav #PranavDhanawade — Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) January 5 2016 If Rahul Dravid was the coach of Smt KC Gandhi School’s Team he would have declared with Pranav Dhanawade on 994 — Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 5 2016 Pranav Dhanawade can soon have ten hundreds in two days Two and a half more weeks of this and he could get a teary farewell at the Wankhede — Sidvee (@sidvee) January 5 2016 New cheat code on EA Sports cricket for rookie mode: PRANAV1000 — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 5 2016 While withdrawing cash from ATM Pranav Dhanawade always chooses Rs 1000 denomination and no less — Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 5 2016 Written by Ramu Manivannan | Updated: July 14 2015 12:12 am Scheduling the parliamentary elections for August 17 is considered strategic given the expected release date of the UNHRC report Related News Sri Lanka appeared to have survived a constitutional coup in early January this year with outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa unable to prevail upon his colleagues in the government to delay the announcement of the results of the presidential election and deny victory to his rival Maithripala Sirisena He could only negotiate an exit pact with Ranil Wickremesinghe As a result Sirisena became the president of an all-party government with support for his election from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) United National Party (UNP) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and even the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Wickremesinghe settled for prime minister of a government guided by everyone and from everywhere including New Delhi and Washington But this is a minority government making promises with little political capacity to deliver on them The presidential elections held two years ahead of schedule revealed not only Rajapaksa’s cynicism but also the fragile polity Why then does the government want to hold parliamentary elections almost 10 months ahead of schedule Though this government speaks of assembling a needed majority to pass crucial amendments to the constitution the political consensus post the presidential elections has evaporated with a sudden insecurity replacing the earlier pragmatism displayed by Rajapaksa’s opponents This is not merely because Rajapaksa’s decision to contest and his positioning himself as a PM candidate are leading to a brewing revolt within the SLFP Both India and the US are also stuck in the quagmire of Sri Lankan politics They wield a hammer over the TNA but when it comes to Sinhala outfits they appear reconciled to the notion that changes cannot happen overnight What generates the kind of insecurity that has led to the call for early elections Is it the Rajapaksa factor or the impending release of the UN Human Rights Council report on Sri Lanka in August Perhaps both Rajapaksa refuses to leave because Sinhala chauvinism will not disappear contrary to what world governments want to believe Rajapaksa’s relevance arises from the “Sinhala only” thrust of Sri Lankan politics The impending release of the UNHRC report is no more than turbulence for the Sinhala political elites which they can overcome with an informed political consensus and collective determination The expected nationalist backlash after the report combined with the resurgence of Sinhala nationalism is acceptable to the Sinhala political elites But in their view this should not result in the return of Rajapaksa There the concerns of the government and the international community coincide But on the ground sentiment shifts far more rapidly than the international community likes to believe It is unable to contain Rajapaksa or the resurgence of Sinhala nationalism and has little appreciation that these are interrelated So scheduling the parliamentary elections for August 17 is considered strategic This is to prevent the UNHRC report from having an impact on the polls But Rajapaksa is already in the fray awaiting the report This is a critical battle for him He knows that if he misses this last opportunity he will be out of contention forever He is generating a nationalist backlash even before the report is released It is thus impossible for the Sinhala parties to settle for even the domestic probe that the government wants the world to believe it is conducting Sri Lanka is faced with the single-door exit option of a choice between a national emergency to stem the tide of Sinhala chauvinism and the nationalist backlash awaiting the UNHRC report It is not a coincidence that Rajapaksa wants to exploit both options In Orwellian terms everyone who wants to fight Rajapaksa not only resembles him but also shares a past with him This is the tragic reality of Sri Lankan politics The writer is professor and head Department of Politics and Public Administration University of Madras For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: May 29 2017 4:04 am Most auto drivers refuse to ply by metre and fleece passengers for long-distance journeys Express Top News At Pune Railway Station which is an important entry point to the city the passengers and commuters mostly have to depend on autorickshaws due to the paucity of any other mode of transport But the experience is nothing short of “traumatising” as autorickshaw drivers not only behave arrogantly but also refuse to come for short distances and fleece passengers for long-distance journeys If anyone comes out of the railway station one has to inevitably face a large group of autorickshaw driver who try to woo the passengers asking “kidhar jana hai (where do you have to go)” If you try to ignore them they will even follow you But the real “trauma” as many regular passengers describe it lies ahead If the passengers ask them to go to a place not far from the railway station he or she gets a rude refusal If the destination is far away especially the suburbs of Pune an arbitrary fare is quoted many times even more than twice the actual fare Ravi Bhatambrekar a senior citizen who regularly travels to Nagpur or Indore says “They behave like goons When you get out they charge in on you But when we tell them to come to Sinhagad Road they ask for Rs 400 Last time we tried calling a cab service using an app The cab driver refused to enter the station premises saying the autorickshaw drivers here didn’t allow him to come in The scene at the back door of the Pune railway station is not different The autorickshaw drivers behave the same but at least cab driver come there I can imagine the situation of those who can not use phone apps specially the old people those who can not afford cabs or the disabled and the ill They must be getting fleeced There is no other usable mode of transport from Pune station to the main parts of the city The situation of PMPML buses is pathetic and there is no timetable to easily access the bus stand” The prepaid rickshaw facility which was a partial solution to these issues has been closed due to the ongoing construction work Also passengers say that when it was open there never used to be more than 10 autorickshaws at the kiosk a number hardly sufficient for the number of passengers who come out of the railway station every hour The experience of the commuters who get down at the Shivajinagar and Swargate bus stands the other two entry points of the city the situation is not different A 45-year-old autorickshaw driver from Kothrud who has been driving autos in the city for the last 18 years said “These autorickshaw drivers at bus stands and the railway station work in gangs They have connections with local politicians and no one objects to them doing anything “The worst part is that they do not allow outside autorickshaw drivers near their queue They hurl abuses and threaten to attack I have seen them first refusing to ply old people or the ill by metered rates and then extorting money from them after they are left with no choice I am not saying all drivers at these locations are like this but this seems to be everyone’s experience” Mahadev Bote an autorickshaw driver at the Pune station however refused all these allegations saying “It is not true None of us behave rudely with passengers It may happen once in a while because the passengers are rude and refuse to pay even Rs 20 extra We never stop outside autorickshaws or cab drivers from entering the premises” Station Duty Officer at the Government Railway Police (GRP) station at Pune railway station said “Yes the issue is there But we hardly get more than four to five complaints per month It is also because the passengers who suffer from the problem are in a hurry and prefer not to file complaints We urge passengers to come forward and file complaints about errant auto drivers” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsPanaji: Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said there was no need to panic over the poor air quality in Delhi and hoped the situation would return to normal in the "next few days" Air pollutant touched calamitous levels in Delhi on Wednesday as a thick grey smog hung low across the region prompting the government to declare schools closed till Sunday halt construction activity and ban the entry of trucks in the city Vardhan who was here to participate in a function organised by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography said "From yesterday (Wednesday) to today (Thursday) things have become better (on the air pollution front in Delhi) All this actually got precipitated because of weather conditions" "There was some moisture which came from eastern Uttar Pradesh and due to wind speed this particulate matter got accumulated in the atmosphere" the minister said Thick smog prevailed in Delhi on Thursday too PTI Vardhan who also holds the portfolio of Science Technology and Earth Sciences said it was expected that in another 24 hours things would be under control due to measures being undertaken by various government agencies "I am hopeful that things would be under control There is no reason for anyone to panic We should be taking adequate amount of precautions to ensure that we by and large stay indoors and do not expose our children to too much of polluted air" Vardhan maintained "We should be performing a positive role and contributing positively to improve the situation" he said The minister said governments of Delhi and the neighbouring states should fulfil their respective responsibilities "Steps (to improve the situation) have to taken by the Delhi government they should work with total sincerity Similarly neighbouring state governments will also have to fulfil their part of the responsibility" he said Vardhan said "I am sure in the near future in the next few days things would return to normal" The minister said the Centre isalready in touch with all the state governments in the Delhi-NCR region "We have once again asked them to implement the graded action plan There is a detailed action plan whenever such a situation on air pollution arises Everybody has to get into action" Vardhan said the Union government is monitoring the situation at its own level and considering a slew of steps to curb the air pollution including closing the Badarpur Thermal Power Station (in NCT Delhi) and shutting down stone crushers "Similarly we have asked the Delhi government to sprinkle water on roads or use mechanised ways for dust removal from roads" he added The minister said the neighbouring states have been instructed to stop crop burning Click here to follow LIVE updates on Delhi air pollution Top 250 firms including Coal India emit third of CO2; few have strong goals to cut – study | Reuters Fwire Reuters Oct 31 2017 14:54:59 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Oct 31 2017 14:54 PM | Updated Date: Oct 31 2017 14:54 PM Tags : Written by Shailaja Bajpai | Published: March 31 2016 12:02 am Virat Kohli has scored 184 runs in the ongoing World T20 so far (Source: AP) Related News “Incredibly fantastic” exclaimed the original little master after India beat Australia in the T20 league match (NDTV 24×7) Make that “after Virat beat Australia” and forgive Sunil Gavaskar his double superlative: Kohli was incredible and fantastic so who cares about grammatical niceties So incredible and so fantastic that news channels just couldn’t resist: They simply had to compare him with the little master-blaster: “Is Kohli better than Sachin” (CNN IBN) “Is Virat the new Sachin” (NDTV 24×7) They hurled statistics at their panelists like bouncers The likes of Gavaskar “Deano” Jones (NDTV) and Sourav Ganguly Nasser Hussain (India Today) weaved and ducked out of harm’s way by repeating in their own words what K Srikkanth said in his inimitable style: Sachin Tendulkar is Sachin Tendulkar Gavaskar is Gavaskar and Virat is Virat — which nobody can deny (CNN-IBN) Cricket commentators during the match — Harsha Bhogle VVS Laxman Shoaib Akhtar Kapil Dev and others were confronted with the same googly and patted it out safely just like the other cricketers (Star Sports) Since this was extremely tedious for viewers and not what they wanted to hear at all the question was tweaked: Okay is Virat the better finisher of a game They all heaved a sigh of relief (phew) and said he was the best finisher in the game But that wasn’t the end of it — we still had to hear from the man himself When Sachin T was asked to comment on Virat K he met it with that straight bat of his: He lavished Kohli with praise without anointing him his successor and carefully praised the entire team for its efforts (India Today) Dead ball After Kohli’s one-man rescue act news TV went ga-ga: Aaj Tak even replayed him dancing Gangnam style during an earlier show to prove that he was fun and very much today’s man No praise was too extravagant for the Delhi cricketer: Superlatives flew off tongues like fours off Kohli’s bat Have you listened to the Hindi commentary — especially when India plays (Star Sports) It’s like the ball screeching to the fence after you-know-who has hit it It’s like an opera singer going from bass to soprano at the speed of the white cherry racing to the boundary: “Aur yeh chaaaaaaR RUN” “ek auR CHOWKA”And just like opera singers have to raise their voices to be heard above the music of the orchestra so too the Hindi commentators screamed above the cheering of the maddened crowds in the stand Enough to give you a heart attack especially during a heart-stopping run chase On India Today Boria Majumdar has predicted that India will be in the finals; so suggest you keep the ambulance number handy By the way the jugalbandhi of Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar is hugely enjoyable As we have discovered cricketers-cum-commentators can be loud colourful characters None more so than Very Very Special Laxman On Sunday he appeared on the analysis show after India had beaten Australia wearing a pink polka dot shirt under a blue and white check blazer an orange kerchief peeking out of its pocket with dark blue trousers brown shoes and a gold watch Such magnificence cannot be matched so Akhtar was dressed discreetly in black and white Meanwhile Deepak Chaurasia (India News) seems to have taken our advice of last week when we suggested that stuffy TV news anchors should lighten up a little in this season of T20 He exchanged his shirt and jacket for something more comfortable: A red T-shirt So did most of his panelists and they set about dissecting Kohli’s game with the same precision that he dissects the field India has found itself a new hero at a time when there are only villains “Talisman” Kohli Meanwhile wonder what Laxman will wear for today’s semi-final [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Ludhiana | Updated: July 22 2017 1:12 am At a cinema in Ludhiana on Friday after The Black Prince was released (Express Gurmeet Singh) Top News As The Black Prince a film based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh the last Sikh ruler of Punjab hit the cinema screens on Friday the state government announced it had released Rs 15 lakh to SDM Raikot for the upkeep of Maharaja Duleep Singh Memorial at Bassian Kothi in Ludhiana’s Raikot besides meeting other contingency expenses On Thursday The Indian Express had reported how the museum has been struggling for its upkeep citing fund crunch and inability to pay for repair works power bill salaries of staff etc In a press statement on Friday CM Capt Amarinder Singh said that apart from this Rs 42 crore was kept as dedicated fund for preservation of the state’s rich cultural heritage Amarinder said he had already directed state’s director (tourism) Shiv Dular Singh Dhillon to ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of all cultural heritage projects in the state especially Maharaja Duleep Singh Memorial According to Dhillon the district-level management committee formed under the chairmanship of Ludhiana deputy commissioner was also being reconstituted by the state government and funds will be issued on a regular basis based on its recommendations For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Top News We will pursue it till we catch the culprits and punish them. 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