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Shimla is new destination and we are happy the Municipal Corporation has chosen our company.Srinagar: Authorities on Friday placed Huriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest to prevent him from participating in protestsUmar Farooq has been confined to his uptown Nigeen residence here a police official said The head cleric was set to lead post Friday prayer protests in Srinagar’s old city The Huriyat Conference called for protests against Thursday’s massive search operation in Shopian district by security forces Separatists have alleged that during the search operation villagers were assaulted and property was damaged by the security forces Written by C Raja Mohan | Updated: June 7 2016 12:02 am Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh have often used the term in their speeches over the years there has been much resistance to the idea of the “Indo-Pacific” in the Indian establishment (PTI photo) Related News At an international security forum in Singapore on Friday the defence minister Manohar Parrikar offered arguably the first substantive articulation of Delhi’s conception of the “Indo-Pacific” That the Indian and Pacific Oceans are two different worlds has long been the conventional wisdom The rapid resurgence of China and the slower emergence of India however are compelling a reframing of their shared spaces into the composite notion of the Indo-Pacific That geography is unchanging is a common misconception Seen from the perspective of geological time natural features of the earth are ever changing Political and economic geography evolves much faster When the internal and external orientation of large territorial units changes so does the nature of the physical space around them Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh have often used the term in their speeches over the years there has been much resistance to the idea of the “Indo-Pacific” in the Indian establishment A few in Delhi suspected that the term was an American “ruse” to “entrap” India into a containment ring against China While many liked the idea of India gaining a larger role in the Pacific they worried that Delhi’s use of the term might offend China The Indian discourse on the Indo-Pacific was less about geography and reflected Delhi’s hypersensitivity to the unfolding political contestation between America and China and India’s own role in shaping it Parrikar’s peroration on the Indo-Pacific at the Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore organised by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) therefore was a big surprise But his formulation was quite simple “For India” Parrikar said “located as we are at the centre of the Asian landmass astride the Indian Ocean any reference to Asia implies its fullest geography ranging from the Suez to the shores of the Pacific” For India the Indo-Pacific is about expanding the geopolitical sphere of interest and a new strategic aspiration to influence its evolution In laying out India’s interests Parrikar was careful in navigating the turbulent waters of the US-China rivalry Yet he pointed to India’s growing economic interests in the tension-ridden South China Sea called for a peaceful resolution of the maritime territorial disputes and outlined interest in expanding maritime engagement with all major powers including the US Japan and China Parrikar also affirmed India’s commitment to assist the smaller nations in capacity building and supported multilateral security arrangements Parrikar’s propositions should help move Delhi away from picking nits in the Pacific Contrary to the perception that the Indo-Pacific is an American construct Washington’s commitment to the idea has hardly been consistent Hillary Clinton when she was the secretary of state during the first term of the Obama Administration certainly popularised the term Indo-Pacific John Kerry her successor at the state department in Obama’s second term had little time for the Indo-Pacific At the Pentagon Sectetary of Defence Ash Carter prefers the term “Indo-Asia Pacific” Meanwhile there is little evidence of official Chinese disapproval of “Indo-Pacific” As Chinese interests grow in the Indian Ocean Beijing has begun to reclaim its historic association with the littoral and is determined to shape the regional future Even more important Beijing is acquiring the means to do so Consider for example the Chinese navy’s sustained operations in the Gulf of Aden since 2008 and the recent acquisition of a military base in Djibouti Or the ambitious Chinese plans to connect the Pacific Ocean with the Indian Ocean through the 21st century Maritime Silk Road More than America and China the middle powers in Asia are the ones now driving the idea of the Indo-Pacific The first one to speak about it was Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he addressed the Indian Parliament way back in 2007 Indonesia which sees itself as the “maritime nexus” between the Indian and Pacific Oceans is now an enthusiastic proponent of the Indo-Pacific Australia with massive coastlines facing both the oceans is another champion There is no better testimony to the idea of the Indo-Pacific than India’s legacy of the British Raj From the beginning of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century armies of undivided India ensured regional stability in a vast swathe of territory stretching from the eastern Mediterranean to southern China In the Second World War Britain and America mobilised Indian resources for the liberation of China and South East Asia from the Japanese occupation During the economic globalisation of the 19th century India provided vast armies of labour and significant amounts of capital for the economic modernisation of the littoral The idea that India’s security perimeter extends from Aden to Malacca or the Suez to the South China Sea is very much part of modern India’s strategic tradition As Delhi’s economic weight grows and its strategic footprint widens the return of the Indo-Pacific was inevitable While Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh dipped their toes into the waters of the Indo-Pacific Modi and Parrikar are preparing to sail The writer is director Carnegie India and contributing editor on foreign affairs for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ektaa Malik | Published: February 25 2017 12:23 am Ratna Pathak Shah plays a 55-year-old widow who rediscovers her sexuality Top News Ratna Pathak Shah Actor Lipstick Under My Burkha is an important film because it talks about the lives of women in India today If it is prevented from finding an audience then that is a crying shame It certainly does not show the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in a ‘good light’ They are so concerned with showing things in ‘good light’ They once cut a bit out of a film because it showed the Hindi film industry in a ‘bad light’ Watch What Else Is Making News: What I fear it shows is the distress that certain members of our society feel about the changes that are happening around us — that women want a life for themselves that they want rights over their own bodies This is something that frightens them But patriarchy has been the default setting of our society for so many years that any shaking up of that notion brings out the trolls The film is not only about women’s sexuality That is only a small part of the film It is also about their economic and reproductive rights their position within the family mainly about their dreams for themselves I am deeply worried that the argument will be sensationalised and that these real issues will be lost Changing mindsets is not an easy exercise so we must resist the temptation to polarise opinions and to find ways to work together with people who do not think like us I wish the CBFC had initiated a debate if they were so upset by the film Instead they are slamming doors in our face I will support the fight to get this film to the audience in India in whichever way I can Lipstick Under My Burkha deserves that chance Let the audience decide whether they agree with the film Alankrita Shrivastava Director I DID not anticipate this at all I last saw the release of films such as Parched Pink Margarita with a Straw There had been a first screening for the examining committee of CBFC and when they came out it seemed that they were divided They said that it was a hard-hitting film and it does reflect the reality of India We had a second screening on February 20 — and that is when I met Pahlaj Nihalani the CBFC chairperson He said that the unanimous decision was to refuse the film a certificate It was not as if they had a problem with some parts of the film They were opposed to it entirely There was no space for discussion or debate Then I got a letter Next we have a hearing with the tribunal in Delhi which has the final call in such matters There will be a lot more paperwork This issue is not just about my film but it’s the systematic shutting down of an independent way of thinking by women It so strange that anything that challenges their conventional way of thinking should be shut down or banned Lipstick Under My Burkha was compared to Grand Masti Do these people not watch world cinema What age and times are they living in Anything with a women’s point of view is scary for them I am determined to get the film released no matter what Prakash Jha Producer It is a beautiful movie about women of small towns in India I am very proud of the film I don’t know what ethics and code of morality CBFC follows while issuing certificates to a movie and what fits into their plan We make films to tell good stories This film does not seem to fit into the programme of those controlling CBFC It is not a big commercial movie We would have had a regular release that these kind of middle-of-the-road movies have Plabita Actor The film was screened at the Tokyo Film Festival and we had many people come up to Alankrita (Shrivastava) and congratulate her We got a standing ovation at the recent Jio MAMI film festival in Mumbai It’s a film that you would recommend to your friends As for the CBFC I don’t understand what they mean by saying the film has “a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of the society” We screened the film in Cairo and got a tremendous response Aahana Kumra Actor I am not surprised Look what they did with Udta Punjab At this rate will there be any space left for art culture and expression in our country I am angry We had not asked for a U certificate — we were quite happy with an A certificate At least give us an opportunity to screen our work The rest we can leave to the audience For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsThe course of the demonetisation exercise so far reveals that we are still not sure of what should be done when it comes to implementation The result has been relentless fine tuning which has exacerbated discomfort for the holders of currency as one is not sure of what can or cannot be done The act of demonetisation per se cannot be contested given the motivation The fact that it had to be done in one shot with little discussion was pragmatic as it does not give time for swapping black to white money But clearly our systems are not ready as they have not been understood as all the entities concerned have not been consulted and hence not in sync These refer to both the ‘rules’ that have been changed time and again and the logistics of this exercise which can be best described as one characterised by constant flip-flops Representational image PTI At most discussion tables and board rooms it has been argued that this is the best way to drive the people to saner modes of transactions like e-wallets cards and net banking The argument has been carried forward to say that if I do all my transactions without cash so should others and if they are not doing so it is their fault Some have said that the medicine is bitter which is alright provided the result is good But the truth today is that over 80 percent of ‘white transactions’ take place in cash which means that the scheme ideally should have been clear about the approach to be taken To begin with it was said that old notes would cease to work from the 9 November except for few specified purposes People were told that if they did not have accounts they could open them immediately It was realised that on the same day itselfseveral people flooded the jewelers’ shops and exchanged old notes It then occurred to the government that this was not considered and hence they threatened the jewelers to name the people who did it There was an exchange scheme of Rs 4000 which was to be monitored by cameras But when it was observed that the same people were moving to several banks to do this job the amount was then reduced to Rs 2000 from the increased limit of Rs 4500 with a caveat that one could do so only once in their life time with the indelible ink mark brought in And now these transactions have also been banned when one expected the limit would be raised There has been no clear explanation given as to why this has been done except a defensive justification said initially that this would run only till 24th If multiple exchanges were clamped down successfully to thwart black money then there was no need to stop the scheme Quite clearly there have been hasty reactions along the way In fact stopping such exchanges but allowing use of old currency notes for an extended period also sounds contradictory as the former was being tracked as a one-time affair and allowing the use of old Rs 500 notes does not fit in Such constant change of track by the government has caused confusion with the currency holders that one is not sure if the existing rules are operational or not This pandemonium comes on top of the chaos that one encounters when dealing with ATMs or withdrawals from bank branches The ATM situation is still not satisfactory It does appear that when it was declared that the ATMs would start functioning on 11 November no one was aware of the lacunae in the logistics involved First there had to be enough new currencies in the system which apparently is not so in the concerned denominations Banks often say that they have not been receiving cash Second the cash is to be transferred to the banks and those which do not have a currency chest have a challenge Third from the chest it has to move to the branches and ATMs for which currency vans are not available This cannot be scaled up given the security involved Fourth once the money reaches the ATM they have to be calibrated to dispense the right notes The confusion has been heightened because in the beginning they dispensed only existing Rs 100 notes and once recalibrated give out only Rs 2000 notes With the limit being Rs 2000 a day the drawer gets only one note It is not surprising that most ATMs are shut and even if they are open the queues are short because getting Rs 2000 note does not make any sense as it is hard to use it Interestingly the fact that there are very few people at the ATMs has been highlighted by the advocates of the demonetisation scheme to say that it is working smoothly as the lines are shorter A talk with bankers reveals that they are just not receiving currency notes Hence it is not uncommon to come across banks which will not allow you to withdraw Rs 24000 but just Rs 2000 as they have not been getting the required stock of money Post offices too have sometimes been in the fold and at other times they are out Presently there appears to be clarity only on one issue – one can deposit the notes till December end The rest is as nebulous and fickle as the stock market The absence of adequate vision in announcements also surrounds the tax angle that has been spoken of To begin with it was said that there would be no scrutiny for amounts up to Rs 25 lakh deposited during the specified time frame Subsequently it was clarified that if the amount during the year exceededRs 25 lakh and could not be justified then it would come under the I-T lens The same has held in terms of tackling black money It was not expected that the fertile mind would use Jan Dhan for channeling funds and when the amount in these accounts increased to Rs 25000 crore (there are 25 crore such accounts) then it was realised that there is something fishy The lesson really learnt is that if there is a strong scheme beingimplemented without much discussion it has the advantage of using a surprise strike but is bound to encounter several speed breakers as each issue involves a different authority which knows best how things work in the respective territory The government has the right idea the RBI knows about the physical aspects of currency the banks understand their capability in handling cash the IT department has insights on how black money can be cloaked Getting a buy-in from all seems logical to have it smoother but the cost could be high of the purpose being lost in case prompt preventive action is taken by the masters of black money Therefore it is once again a ‘jugaad’ approach that is being used which surprisingly always works at the end of the day which hopefully will be the result this time too The writer is chief economist CARE Ratings Views are personal By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: April 25 2017 4:43 pm Richa Chadha has produced a short film titled Khoon Aali Chithi Related News Richa Chadha says she wanted to turn producer right after her breakthrough film Gangs of Wasseypur but it was not taken kindly by the people around her “I wanted to produce something right after ‘Gangs…’ I was 24 at that point of time I said can we invest some money I had no manager nothing Everyone shot me down and said ‘you’re so young and stupid you won’t be able to do anything’” Richa told PTI Five years later the actress has finally taken the plunge by producing a short film titled Khoon Aali Chithi The actress says producing content which one believes in is gratifying “I want to encourage young people to come forward and take charge We have something which the previous generation didn’t- the Internet There is a huge democracy in that There is so much scope Go out there and make your content” she says Also read|Cinema should not have the responsibility of changing society one doesn’t want that burden: Richa Chadha While she is known for her stellar performances in films like Gangs of Wasseypur Masaan and Fukrey Richa says she learnt different aspects of cinema when she donned the producer’s hat “Producing the film was really amazing It made me look at things from the other point of view; where I am wondering ‘why are actors so expensive so much money needs to be spent on them vanity van make up etc’” Also read|Richa Chadha on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sentence: He is trapped in politics Khoon Aali Chithi is a 15-minute-long film and explores an innocent love story set against the backdrop of the turmoil in Punjab in the early 90s Though born in Delhi to a Punjabi father and Bihari mother Richa says she feels connected to the “soil of Punjab” a state which has been through a lot There were very simple times in Punjab I am emotionally connected to Punjab It has been through a lot It was burnt in the Partition there was Suba movement families were torn apart people lost livelihood and then they had to restart again and hope for a better life There is so much which it (Punjab) has witnessed” she says Directed by Rupinder Inderjit the short film releases digitally today For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Meghnad Desai | Published: August 7 2016 12:16 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo) Top News Rahul Gandhi has said that the bullet train proposed by the Prime Minister is just for him and his suit-boot friends I have a surprise for him I just travelled from Beijing to Shanghai by bullet train It was crowded with ordinary Chinese families children and elderly people There is a station dedicated to bullet trains of which many operate in China Indeed half of Chinese rail passenger traffic takes the bullet train The bullet train remark illustrates a basic problem with development thinking in the Congress and generally in India It is assumed that anything new and modern can only benefit the rich This includes all reform which makes business easier or more profitable Politicians begin with the assumption that growth has to be restrained to protect the less well-off Workers may lose their jobs if productivity improves or a merger takes pace (as in the case of SBI consolidation) So protect the currently employed and discourage growth India wasted 30 years after Independence not pursuing growth but self-sufficiency import substitution and an elite brand of socialism China also wasted 30 years after 1949 while Mao indulged in his fantasy development policy In the late Seventies India and China had the same per capita income In China luckily Deng Xiaoping realised the transformative role of rapid growth and pursued it with a single-mindedness that made China the only country ever to enjoy three decades of sustained high growth In 2008 China displayed its achievements at its Olympics while also launching its bullet trains which span the vast country ensuring fast travel India wasted the Eighties with liberalisation of imports but no structural reform Too much borrowing crashed the economy in 1991 It was Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh who saved the country by undertaking drastic reforms But they lost their élan before their term was over Thereafter reforms became halting beleaguered and half-hearted There was no reform of labour laws no revival of manufacturing and no attempt to give farmers sustainable livelihoods away from land During the UPA-II years there was retrogression with environmental restraints throttling development Then the Singur strategy of destroying manufacturing initiatives became policy in the 2013 Land Acquisition Act Now at last we have the GST on the law books It has taken 15 years of futile debate to get it on the books Is it safe to assume that this will now reinvigorate the growth trajectory of the Modi government Even more will the passage of GST convince the rest of the political parties that rapid growth is a win-win strategy and the only way India can move from mere entitlements to decent incomes The problem remains that politicians do not believe in growth They prefer low growth which then allows them to grant reservations and subsidies This is what the UPA-II did best It is not that China is a dictatorship and India a democracy It is just that even with the BJP/ NDA government people would rather debate cow protection than ways of eradicating poverty Much remains to be done The Ganga has to be cleaned up Swachh Bharat would boost health The Railways have to be transformed with bullet trains carrying the poor Now is the time to get on with the job For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top Newsfamily’s life but when it comes to Bruce and the phases and?Bruce — is also worried that her daughters have been keeping? 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geety. The grants from the Delhi government,it is further clarified that no application for issue of postal ballot paper can be entertained after the preparation of marked copy of electoral roll for use in polling stations, the EC note said The counting is schedule to begin on March 6 from 8 am For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 28 2011 2:42 am Related News z Aide arrested from her Pune flat The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday claimed that 42-year-old former sociology professor Angela Sontakkearrested on Monday for alleged Naxal activitiesis the secretary of the Naxal-founded Golden Corridor Committee.27-year-old Sushma Ramteke was arrested from a rented apartment in Pune? The new minimum fare will be Rs 10,By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 9500 clean energy firms and nearly 100, We’ve proven these wrong. the group’s executive director in Ohio. A committee member.

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