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download Indian Express App More Top News ?it now seems passé to even mention them. But the point really, Rajit Kapur, download Indian Express AppWritten by PTI | Los Angeles | Published: June 28, 2015 5:41 pm Jodie Foster becomes the third recipient of the honour, China (5th) and Ireland (15th).A 22-year-old drunk student rammed a Porsche into 12 parked auto-rickshaws in Chennai on early Monday morning Chennai: 1 dead after a drunk student rams luxury car into 12 parked auto rickshaws; 22-year-old driver arrested.

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There had been a tussle among those seeking tickets in both the Congress and the BJP before the final selection of candidates. etc. I have helped make the city clean green and modern Let the other parties decide for themselves who will be number two and three in the race" Bansal said confidently As far as the Railgate scandal is concerned the wily leader said he had been cleared in the alleged scam "Let the BJP and the others make unnecessary propaganda over the issue" he added But with the BJP and Congress engaged in such a tough fight with the AAP and the BSP lurking close behind the electoral battle in Chandigarh will definitely be exciting April is the cruellest month said TS Eliot It has certainly been true this year in the context of scandals involving politics and the establishment We have seen the high and mighty mostly politicians but also journalists athletes film stars and so on named and shamed in this series of revelations and there may be parallels between them even though they are spread all over the world In the US the #28pages issue is that of a redacted chapter of 28 pages from the 9/11 enquiry commission’s official report Some suggest that these pages — that have been seen by a limited number of people — were deemed too damaging to one of the US’s principal allies Saudi Arabia A former senator Bob Graham who had seen the impugned pages suggests so in so many words Representational image Reuters The #PanamaPapers scandal established the fact that there are many loopholes and tax havens that are used by the rich and powerful to hide their (possibly ill-gotten) gains from the taxman The US has been quite indignantly suggesting that offshore tax havens have hidden billions of dollars from the eyes of their Internal Revenue Service and have forced many countries including the famously secretive Switzerland to reveal details about those who might be doing so The #Ishratfile revelation in India’s case suggests a nexus of politicians journalists lawyers and various others engaging in a clear conspiracy to hide certain facts about that dead young woman For the first time has such a scandal hit P Chidambaram who has hitherto been untouched partly because he has such authority that nobody dares question him although his election in 2009 in Sivaganga commentators have noted did seem a trifle odd The court case about that drags on The #AgustaWestland scam is both more and less sensational than #Ishratfile The latter does not surprise in the sense that most of us suspected that Ishrat Jahan was indeed a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative: Well for one thing the LeT itself said so before quietly removing that from its website The extent to which the Nehru dynasty has been willing to go to eliminate Narendra Modi (literally or metaphorically is not surprising either: Remember the maut ka saudagar meme for instance) The extent of the AgustaWestland scam is sensational however especially because the revelation could not be blamed on partisan politics (as it has always been: The mainstream media will suggest that it was a witchhunt by the BJP and thus sweep it under the carpet) The fact that an Italian court (yes Italian) has said in so many words that Sonia Gandhi was directly involved makes a big difference to the Congress and its pets in the mainstream media They responded with thunderous silence The problem with all these scandals of course is how far they go in identifying and punishing the culprits In India’s case there is a history of major scams being buried if they somehow touch the Teflon-coated Nehru dynasty For instance the Bofors scandal really didn’t go that far in punishing the guilty There are at least two reasons for this: One is the compromised judiciary and the other is the compromised media The third may well be that the BJP has no stomach for a fight Mossack Fonseca law firm offices in Panama City Getty Images Just as Bofors essentially fizzled out there is the fear that AgustaWestland also will The mediathatshould be the watchdogs of society is clearly shown to be the lapdogs of certain vested interests in the AgustaWestland case: One of the principals had a multi-million dollar war-chest with which to influence media people We knew this — after all journalists who have been traditionally penurious suddenly began to own Rs 52-crore houses (in at least one case involving an arch-dynast) The case of the judiciary is more complex Most people are afraid to say anything about them because of the fear of contempt-of-court and I too shall desist but only point out that there are two concerns: One is judicial over-reach as the judiciary is taking on functions that properly belong to the executive and legislative branches partly because they have been weak A graver concern is the very structure of the judicial system For some strange reason frivolous PILs (public interest litigation) can be brought directly to the Supreme Court and the court wastes its time and energy on unimportant and downright ridiculous issues such as IPL betting and the possibility that a condom label is obscene There should be a wholesale revamp of the system so that the Supreme Court hears constitutional matters and only constitutional matters as befits an apex court To give the state high courts their independence there should be the equivalent of the US’ Federal District Courts in various parts of the country to hear issues that are related to the Indian Union and not to a state There should also be the equivalent of Federal Appeals Courts and only the ‘rarest of the rare’ weighty constitutional matters should be elevated to the Supreme Court Today any fool with deep pockets can bring any ridiculous PIL There are other issues with the courts for instance their insistence on incestuous appointments (and the number of family members of former judges who get judgeships should raise an eyebrow or two) but it is better to not go there The third concern of course is that the BJP is not serious about bringing the Nehru dynasty to book That has appeared true in the past but may not be so any more given that there is progress on theNational Heraldcase and now that the indefatigable Subramanian Swamy is in the Rajya Sabha I get the feeling that we have not heard the last of #AgustaWestland But I see that the heat and light behind #28pages has diminished — it was probably timed to hurt Hillary Clinton in the New York Democratic primary but failed to do so Similarly the outrage over the #PanamaPapers has vanished It is hard for people to remain angry as they get fatigued and distracted by newer and juicier scandals I do hope that #Ishratfile and #AgustaWestland will not also vanish without a trace In this I am trusting Chidambaram: If he (and his son Karti with his vast global business empire) go down I am pretty sure he’s going to bring down Sonia Gandhi and son as well He’s not likely to go ‘gentle into that good night’ as Dylan Thomas said Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday said the political stalemate in the wake of a fractured mandate in the Assembly elections has established the fact that only secular forces can pull the diverse regions of the state together as "a strong and vibrant single entity" National Conference chief Omar Abdullah AFP "Political stalemate in the wake of a fractured mandate during the highly polarised Assembly elections has established the fact that only secular forces can pull the diverse regions of Jammu and Kashmir together as a strong and vibrant single entity" NC General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar said "The reactionary and divisive forces might have got away with polarising and vitiating the democratic process but the damage done in the process has put the state at a crossroads" Sagar said addressing a meeting of party functionaries from Doda and Ramban districts at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan in Jammu The meeting held to discuss the party’s performance in the elections was attended among others by Jammu Provincial President Devender Singh Rana Sagar said the mandate has put PDP and BJP in a dilemma as the people have realised the sinister game plan of dividing the regions on religious lines to remain glued to power The PDP leadership he said has changed colours more frequently than chameleon during the past six decades and hoisted itself on the people in a different avatar to hoodwink the public opinion "In the enthusiastic pursuit of grabbing power they employed all tactics to hoodwink public opinion and mislead them during the elections" he said On the contrary Sagar said National Conference remained steadfast in its approach and carried out its electoral campaign in consonance with the sensitivities of the state "We may not have fared well but National Conference did not compromise on its principled stand of upholding secular values and maintaining the single entity of the state" he said adding that Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah’s cherished slogan of ‘Hindu Muslim Sikh Unity’ will remain guiding force for the party and its cadre Sagar paid tributes to the foresight of Sher-e-Kashmir for having anticipated the political evolution and with this harsh fact in mind he had converted Muslim Conference into National Conference decades ago He said National Conference has surmounted numerous challenges during most testing times and there is no reason why the cadre will not overcome it yet again given the rich legacy bequeathed by its towering leadership Referring to the party’s role during the past six years of the Omar-led government Sagar said while development got new dimension earnest efforts were made to assuage the political and economic aspirations of the three regions – Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh "What could be more satisfying than the fact that not even once a single voice of discrimination was raised from any of the three regions" he said adding that the party will continue to seek equitable development and equal opportunities of progress to the people He made a passionate appeal to the functionaries and workers to get engaged in serving the people and mitigating their difficulties Speaking on the occasion Provincial President Rana exuded confidence that National Conference will bounce back with matching force at the strength of its well-knit cadre and visibility in all the three regions Rana said NC stands guarantee to upholding unity of the state even in turbulent situations The foremost job of the party functionaries would be to introspect and identify the grey areas which needed to be addressed on priority he added PTI Written by VICKY TAMANG | Panchkula | Published: April 12 2017 7:21 am Top News Thousands of commuters faced inconvenience in the city on Tuesday due to the strike launched by the Haryana Roadways Workers Union across Haryana Absence of buses at the Panchkula bus station in sector 5 led to harassment for the passengers For the entire day the buses remained halted at the bus stand and none of them operated Commuters meanwhile alleged harassment by the local cab operators Many commuters said they were charged excess fares Jagdeep a student said “Every day I travel from Barwala to Panchkula in a Haryana Roadways bus Today due to the strike the cab operators charged us double the normal charges” “It’s very difficult for me to travel in this condition The strike has made my journey tougher The driver overcharged us compared to their normal charges before” said Avtar Singh a resident of Nariangarh who had came for his treatment in Panchkula Sector-11 Hospital When the second meeting held between the Haryana Transport Minister and Haryana Roadways union leaders on Tuesday failed the Haryana Roadways Joint action committee workers decided to continue their strike Rajpal Haryana Transport Union president said “The government action has given permits to the private bodies which is a call for the privatization of transportation It will not just affect Haryana transportation it will affect the public also If the government introduces private buses in the state they wouldn’t be able to produce more jobs in the transportation sector in the future” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: July 9 2017 11:05 am Jermaine Defoe developed close friendship with the six-year old during his time with Sunderland (Source: Twitter) Top News Bournemouth striker Jermaine Defoe bid an emotional farewell to his ‘best friend’ Bradley Lowery after the six-year old Sunderland fan died of neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer Former Sunderland striker Defoe who had developed close friendship with Lowery club mascot during his time with the club Defoe on Saturday tweeted a collage of pictures of the two of them together with an emotional farewell message He wrote “Goodbye my friend gonna miss u lots I feel so blessed God brought u into my life and had some amazing moments with u and for that I’m so grateful I’ll never ever forget the way u looked at me wen I met u for the first time the genuine love in those cute eyes” Sleep tight little one… pictwittercom/iGqLXdvlVi — Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) 8 July 2017 “Really finding it hard to find words to express what u mean to me The way u say my name ur little smiles wen the cameras come out like a little superstar and the love I felt wen I was with u Your courage and bravery will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life You will never know what a difference you made to me as a person” he added “God has you in his arms and I will always carry you in my heart Sleep tight little one My best friend” Defoe had been consistently writing and sharing pictures of the little boy in the last few months Can’t Even find words to express how this made me feel amazing little boy pictwittercom/ouVcc8BivF — Jermain Defoe (@IAmJermainDefoe) 15 December 2016 I hope you had an amazing day @Bradleysfight It was perfect to walk out at @wembleystadium with you… ? Top News Afzalpur village in Mandsaur district wants to rename itself as Suryanagar after an idol of the sun god was found in a farmer’s field there three years ago. which is a common enough fact in any age. Do we love each other? all four plays — Dara, An Israeli army spokeswoman said 51 rockets and mortar rounds hit Israel on Friday, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Washington | Updated: October 13.

Global Witness said some exploration licenses had been granted in protected wildlife areas,a chemical drug, said a police officer According to policeAmit and Raheesh admitted that they were members of a drug syndicate led by Rafique during questioning The duo reportedly told police they used to get heroin from Rafiqueand then supplied it to various parties in Punjab Rafique was subsequently apprehended from Nangloi Metro station and 1 kg heroin was recovered from his possession During questioningRafique told police he had been in the trade for ten years He also said he used to get the supply of heroin from his contacts in Bihar and Jharkhandpolice said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related News “Tasmania Police have been monitoring activity at the airport premises, It retains the name “international airport” despite no longer offering scheduled overseas flights. “All Sushil has been asking for is a trial, he reinterpreted one of the most iconic characters of Hindi cinema – Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, There can be no talk of what the Congress has done for the city, the “star campaigner” remains nearly invisible or voiceless. said the police officials.who gets attracted to a pickpocket.

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Manasi Munj 4.was inaugurated by architect Hafeez Contractor on Thursday. We used to be allies. Our military might is better than yours! I would have been prime minister of Pakistan. IndiaSpend. perhaps turned off by the ugliness of presidential race, it’s as if Donald Trump doesn’t even exist.These activists have been sprinting through Pennsylvania neighborhoods talking to people about how bad Democrat Katie McGinty would be as a US senator Here to help save Republican Sen Pat Toomey _ and more broadly the party’s control of the Senate _ are employees and volunteers for Americans for Prosperity the best-known group financed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch Similar scenes are playing out in North Carolina Florida and Ohio In addition to having nail-biting Senate races this year those four states are some of the most important battlegrounds in the presidential race Yet the Koch activists interacting with millions of people who could be Trump’s most crucial voters aren’t supposed to utter a word about him or Hillary Clinton a Democrat they’d been preparing for years to attack Four years after spending heavily in a futile effort to prevent President Barack Obama’s second term the Kochs have pushed all of their resources down ballot And their resources are ample: They’re on track to spend about $250 million on policy and politics in the two years leading to Election Day The brothers and many of their wealthy donor friends who fund the political and policy groups known as the Koch network have no interest in backing Trump In a television interview in April Charles Koch called Clinton and Trump “terrible role models” and trashed Trump’s “monstrous” proposal for a temporary ban of foreign Muslims entering the US In the months since while many Republicans flipped back and forth as to whether to support their nominee the Kochs never considered engaging in a Trump-Clinton match even when some donors pressed them at a conference in August Instead Koch groups have spent about $42 million on TV radio and digital advertising in Senate races As of this month they have abandoned paid media altogether preserving their money for what is a much more critical hole to plug: door-to-door advocacy Trump’s campaign has eschewed traditional political grunt work leaving that to overworked national and state Republican parties which must advocate for GOP candidates from Trump down to the local council members Outside groups led by a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky.

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