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download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: July 29,” For all the latest Entertainment News,ridiculed the statement given by BCCI President Anurag Thakur,saying even when ties between the two countries were betterIndia had avoided playing Pakistan in a bilateral series Thakur also a top ranked leader of the ruling BJP inIndia on Fridaysaid in a statement that there was noquestion of playing cricket with Pakistan “I just don’t understand what he wants to say For thelast eight years India has avoided playing us in a properbilateral series even when relations were better” formercaptain MohammadYousuf said on Saturday The Pakistan Cricket Board avoided making any officialcomments but a top official conceded to PTI that Thakur’sstatement had caught them by surprise “It is an out and out political statement from thePresident of the BCCI We are disappointed as we have beentrying hard for a long time now to normalize cricket ties withIndia and we have always believed in keeping sports andpolitics apart” the official said Yousuf however was adamant that the InternationalCricket Council should take notice of Thakur’s tirade “The ICC keeps on saying it will not tolerate politics orgovernment interference in member boards and the BCCIPresident is making political statements Either he speak as aBJP leader or BCCI head” Yousuf said He lamented that whenever he played in India the peoplethere enjoyed the matches but unfortunately now there was noIndo-Pak series Former captain Rashid Latif said that Thakur’s statementcarried no weight as already India had made it clear it didn’twant to play against Pakistan “The last time we went to India in 2012 as a goodwillgesture for a short series of one-day and T20 matches butsince 2007 the Indian board has avoided playing us at abilateral level in a full series” he noted Latif said atleast the PCB knew now where it stood as faras relations with BCCI were concerned Former Test leg-spinner Abdul Qadir said Pakistan hadalways tried to keep politics out of cricket with India butapparently the BCCI now was a body dominated by politicians “They have not played us for so many years so what valueis this statement off I believe that the PCB should seriouslythink about playing India in the group matches of any ICCevent” he said Qadir noted that the ICC earned millions of dollars byalways scheduling India and Pakistan match in the group stageof an ICC event and the same had been done for next year’sChampions Trophy “It is time we stopped running after India and said thankyou to them” he added The PCB recently said that the BCCI had backed out of awomen’s bilateral series in the UAE saying it had not gotclearance from its government to play the series Former Test batsman Mohsin Khan said cricket andpolitics should not be mixed “I just feel that Anurag Thakur should not give politicalstatements in his capacity as BCCI President” he said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: January 5 2017 12:12 am The Bantony castle Top News Ending more than 12-year old uncertainty over the century-old ‘Bantony castle’ – a heritage property located next to the Mall Road the Himachal Pradesh cabinet Wednesday cleared a proposal to acquire 19000 square metre estate for setting-up a world-class city museum and a cultural centre in the town The government will pay Rs 2784 crore to the owners of the estate for acquisition of the entire property including a two-storey built-in building of archeological importance that earlier used to house the state police headquarters Watch What Else Is Making News The move came immediately after the cabinet decision to refurbish conserve and suitably renovate the existing buildings to retain its original glory The rest of the property will be developed into a recreational park with a restaurant besides the city muumuu and cultural center after engaging a leading consultant The cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also accepted the recommendations of a negotiation committee headed by Pankaj Rai Commissioner Municipal Corporation (Shimla) which was set-up by the department of Language Art and Culture (LAC) to finalise the payments for the owners of the castle The total amount asked by the owners (more than a dozen) was Rs 37 crores but it was brought down to Rs 2784 crores during negotations after the owners opposed the part-acquisition of the land and estate Even before setting-up of a negotations committee the LAC department had earlier ordered a social impact assessment of the ‘Bantony castle’ by a committee headed by Madhu Bala Sharma Director Himachal Institute of Public Administration The actual cost of the property was assessed at Rs 106 crore after adding 12 per cent annual charges – ‘socialism’ cost of the existing dilapidated building the total value was estimated at Rs 30 crore Interestingly during the BJP regime the owners had negotiated a deal for Rs 45 crores with an NRI who had moved a proposal to the tourism department to allow setting-up a luxury spa resort in the ‘heritage zone’ This had created a wide-spread opposition compelling the government to back-track the deal The proposed cultural complex -on the lines of ‘Delhi Haat’ will showcase historical geological archaeological archival literary cultural and artistic and biodiversity treasure of Himachal Pradesh making it as hub of tourism activity besides conservation and preservation of heritage properties for posterity Spread over an area of 19436 sq meter the decaying Bantony Estate comprises two grand private heritage buildings namely Bantony Castle and Bantony Cottage Once the summer palace of the erstwhile Maharaja of Sirmaur Sir Amar Prakash Bahadur lent this estate as a gesture to show his thorough faithfulness to the cause of British Empire The estate was used for military works office until the end of wars For all the latest Shimla News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: November 9 2016 12:37 pm Arup took 5/21 in the second innings and returned with his career-best match haul of 12/70 Top News The first day of this contest was washed out Wet outfield at Eden Gardens prevented play in the first session on Day Two as well Still the match was over on the fourth day with a session remaining Saurashtra collapsed spectacularly in their second innings as well losing five wickets for nine runs in 55 overs post lunch on Tuesday Assam had been presented with a victory target of 64 and they got there in 154 overs losing Rahul Hazarika’s wicket They missed out on the bonus point alright but the team management didn’t mind It was their first outright win of the season Thirty-one wickets fell in a little over two days at Eden and the pitch didn’t have any demons There was help for the seamers and conditions assisted swing The Saurashtra batsmen didn’t have the stomach for a fight To be honest the collective decline in Indian domestic cricket batsmanship is a matter of serious concern Batsmen were completely confused against spin on dustbowls last season This term after the Ranji Trophy’s neutral venue switch they have been finding it difficult whenever the ball is moving in the air and seaming off the deck “Batsmen don’t seem to be keen on leaving the ball these days In four-day cricket it’s very important to leave the ball in challenging conditions” Assam coach and former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi lamented his team’s victory notwithstanding “It’s good to be positive but you have to respect the conditions as well” he added Proliferation of T20 cricket could be a reason or maybe the game has changed so much that grinding your teeth kind of batting has become passé Saurashtra coach Sitanshu Kotak agreed with his Assam counterpart while ruing his team’s batting failure Saurashtra’s second innings had five ducks overall Only three batsmen reached double figures Resuming on overnight 0/1 they limped to 72/5 at lunch before going into freefall Skipper Jaydev Shah who came out to bat at No 7 despite being unwell was castled by Krishna Das in the first ball of the third over post lunch Four balls later he breached Chirag Jani’s defence Saurashtra were suddenly 74/7 and panic set in The excellent Arup Das made one come back to trap Arpit Vasavada leg before in the next over and this time unlike the first dig the tail didn’t wag Arup took 5/21 in the second innings and returned with his career-best match haul of 12/70 He richly deserved his Man of the Match award Arup’s new ball partner Krishna had been struggling a bit this season But as Joshi said “this performance (4/27 in the second innings) will give him confidence” Brief scores: Saurashtra 153 all out and 81 all out in 395 overs (Amitoze Singh 30; A Das 5/21 K Das 4/27) lost to Assam 171 all out and 66/1 in 154 overs by 9 wickets Points: Assam 6 Saurashtra 0 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Monaco | Published: February 15 2017 11:02 am Claudio Ranieri’s side have yet to score a league goal in 2017 (Source: Reuters) Top News Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said on Tuesday he was not unsettled by speculation about his future as the Premier League champions slip towards the relegation zone Leicester have struggled to find the form that defied all odds and propelled them to the title last season but the Italian said he was still leading a united dressing room “For me it (the speculation) was nothing because every week I speak with my owner and we have a very good relationship When something goes wrong the media try to understand why” he told Reuters at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco Leicester gave Ranieri a massive vote of confidence last week saying the experienced Italian would be given the chance to turn things around at the struggling Midlands club “There was so much speculation that the chairman (Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha) said: ‘OK Claudio I will tell them something and we stop all of this speculation’ “We believe In this moment we lack confidence but you can get confidence only if you win and play well and we’re not in this case “But my dressing room is very united and I am very confident in all of my players Leicester were presented with the Spirit of Sport award after winning their first top-flight title having also been nominated for the World Breakthrough of the Year award won by retiring German Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg However Ranieri’s side have yet to score a league goal in 2017 and sit just one point above the relegation zone In a bid to beat the drop the 65-year-old has come down hard on the squad this week and scrapped their scheduled rest day Leicester suffered a 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Swansea City on Sunday making it five league losses in a row a result which has left Ranieri questioning his loyal team selection Determined to guide the club to safety the former Chelsea Juventus and ASD Monaco manager said: “What we did last season we can do the same – not win the title because now we are in a bad position but I said to them (the players) ‘If we did so well last season then we have to maintain the right balance’ “We have to be strong to remember what we did last season to make a good balance and improve our confidence “When you lose a lot of matches you also lose your confidence For this reason I am pushing them” Leicester get a break from their Premier League worries when they visit third-tier Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday before travelling to face Seville in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie next Wednesday For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: June 7 2016 2:26 am Girish Mahajan Related News The BJP is likely to project Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan as the Other Backward Caste (OBC) leader in North Maharashtra to fill the vacuum created after the resignation of senior minister Eknath Khadse who faced charges of corruption Highly placed sources in the BJP said the party had a strong line of second and third rung leaders representing OBCs across the state? 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MTDC. a student from fisheries said,so CCTV cameras do not focus much on that side, an officer said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: January 24 2017 3:10 pm Shah Rukh Khan will be next seen in Raees co-starring Mahira Khan Related News He may be called the King of Romance but superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he is now too old to do larger than life love stories The 51-year-old actor has often been hailed for ushering in modern day romance with films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege Kuch Kuch Hota Hai among others and when asked if romantic films do not interest the audience anymore Shah Rukh said the language of romance is different now “I think the times have changed a lot in terms of the language Romance hasn’t changed I think people have less time I also find this whole rightly-so pushed for equality I think creates more buddy-feel between men and women” Shah Rukh said in an interview “When you are buddies you can’t romance There is a whole wave which I notice with youngsters because I have kids and some young actors and actresses talk to each other very differently” he added The actor was speaking en route Delhi in August Kranti Rajdhani train last night He is visiting the capital to promote his latest crime-thriller Raees Shah Rukh feels there has to be some tenderness and chivalry in romance which is classic old school “Romance has to have a little formality Whether it’s ‘tehzeeb’ going down on your knees whether it is saying couplets in praise of a girl I am from that school I still believe in it “I think romance has to be formal ‘Aur phir kya kar rahi hai’ It can’t work like that even if there is equality” The Fan actor says his forthcoming film with Imtiaz Ali will have a mix of both the world- the old world romance and the new language “I think I am too old for a romantic film now of that genre May be the youngsters will have to find language which has formality but still of today “May be in Imtiaz’s film it might be there because I am playing kind of my age 40s the lady of course Anushka is younger than me There is this formality because he (Ali) belongs to that world but the language is very Imtiaz He is very modern thinking has a different take on romance” While the actor may say it is the buddy-feeling between youngsters today which is opposite to the old world romance his film “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” popularised “pyaar dosti hai” to the generation of 90s When asked about the same he said “It must be I am sure for some it works I don’t believe in everything that I do My daughter calls me bro I want to ask her and everyone do they say it to other boys also I am not saying it’s wrong it’s really cool “But romance requires a little bit of formality space enjoyment From the days of walking on the beach holding hands to under starlit night to full moon night All the connotation of romance need time and formality” Directed by Rahul Dholakia “Raees” is set to release on January 25 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Hong Kong | Updated: August 28 2017 6:01 pm Uzbekistan are currently in third place in Group A of Asia’s third round of qualifying (Source: AP) Top News After flirting with becoming an Asian football power for much of the quarter of a century since independence Uzbekistan could finally clinch a place at the sport’s top table over the next two weeks Although their path is still by no means straightforward victories in their remaining qualifiers against China and South Korea would secure the landlocked Central Asian nation of 30 million people a maiden appearance at the World Cup finals A place in December’s draw in Moscow would be particularly poignant for a country that only emerged from the disintegrating Soviet Union in 1991 and where Russian is still widely spoken Uzbekistan are currently in third place in Group A of Asia’s third round of qualifying a point behind second placed South Korea and a further seven behind already qualified Iran A win over the Chinese in Wuhan on Thursday evening would set up an epic winner-takes-all clash against South Korea in Tashkent on Sept 5 “If we win two matches we will qualify for the World Cup in Russia” coach Samvel Babayan said recently “We will try to play good football and achieve victory against China and Korea That will be our aim “We still have a chance to qualify for the World Cup the chance is still there” Failure to secure one of the two automatic berths from Group A would almost certainly mean third place and a potential ticket to Russia via two playoffs a hazardous journey that will awake some painful memories for Uzbeki fans In 2006 World Cup qualifying Uzbekistan faced Bahrain in the continental playoff and were leading 1-0 in Tashkent when they were awarded a penalty which Server Djeparov converted However the referee disallowed the goal after ruling another Uzbek player had encroached into the penalty area and while he should have ordered the penalty to be retaken mistakenly awarded Bahrain a free kick instead After the game finished 1-0 Uzbekistan appealed to FIFA asking to be awarded a 3-0 win Instead however world soccer’s governing body ordered the match to be replayed and after holding the Uzbeks to a 1-1 draw in the replayed match Bahrain advanced following a goalless draw in Manama Uzbekistan again got through to the continental playoff in 2013 but it was Jordan who marched on to play Uruguay for a spot in Brazil after prevailing 9-8 in a penalty shootout when both legs finished 1-1 The country’s record of close misses has been a source of frustration for Uzbeki football fans who might have expected better after they won the gold medal at the 1994 Asian Games soon after they joined the international fray NEAR MISSES That has left the fans restricted to celebrating near-misses individual successes and solid performances in age group competitions Uzbekistan reached the semi-finals of the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar the best showing by any of the former Soviet republics – Turkmenistan Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are also members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) – at continental level Djeparov who at 34 remains the creative fulcrum of the national team has twice being named AFC Player of the Year while Ravshan Irmatov has long been considered Asia’s leading referee Uzbekistan’s youth teams meanwhile have appeared at three of the last five FIFA under-20 World Cups reaching the quarter-finals in 2013 and 2015 Over the next two weeks however the senior national team could finally put Uzbekistan firmly on the world map in the country’s favourite sport That the United States who have qualified for the last seven World Cup finals could yet stand in the path to Russia of whichever Asian team gets through the continental playoff makes automatic qualification all the more attractive Babayan needed no reminding of that and is taking a highly pragmatic approach to achieving it “You have to win in World Cup qualifying games and claiming three points is the most important thing” he said “Shots tactical style and other things sometimes are secondary You just need to win “When you play for your country you don’t need additional motivation There are lots of good players in our squad and we have to use them in the games I have trust in my players” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: February 10 2016 12:00 am HRD minister Smriti Irani Related News In the aftermath of Rohith Vemula’s suicide the HRD ministry is right to call for a dialogue with universities on discrimination But the cultural labour of producing a genuine dialogue rather than another bureaucratic exercise is going to be immensely difficult Our institutions are for the most part not geared to cater to students They are geared to some notion of exams and syllabuses in which the individual requirements and experiences of students become invisible Addressing these challenges requires a critical mass of people with social embeddedness and empathy something alien to official structures But beyond the marginalisation of students this dialogue will have to overcome the ideological sediments in which Dalit politics has been rendered visible As the Gandhi-Ambedkar non-dialogue foreshadowed encounters between even the most well-meaning and self-aware of protagonists can result in deepening alienation The paradigm that encounter set up between Gandhi constructing the problem as one of self-purification of Hindus and Ambedkar as one of self-respect still marks the encounter with Dalit politics There has been enormous change since But it would be foolish to underestimate the depth of the challenge caste still poses The narrative of modernity has in some important respects loosened the hold of caste But it has in other respects deepened caste consciousness A helpful starting point is to do away with the myth that modernity alone will take care of the caste question without some real cultural labour The caste dialogue has become more difficult for a number of reasons We have simply not fully acknowledged the sheer atrocity that caste has been especially for Dalits There is still a defensiveness that creeps into discussions: “The reality was more nuanced” “caste is more complicated” But all said and done it was and remains an atrocity The sincerity of our acknowledgement of it as an atrocity remains in doubt impeding any understanding In some sections there are kids who genuinely don’t understand caste This could be a healthy development But paradoxically this amnesia only reinforces mutual suspicion: Upper-caste kids cannot understand why they are being held responsible for something they may not subscribe to; they are oddly unaware of their structural privilege On the other hand it makes the acknowledgement of caste atrocity even more difficult Reservations remain a bone of contention There are some terrible abuses of the idea of merit to marginalise claims of Dalits Even if we don’t go into deeper questions of merit coding a social privilege the basic understanding of affirmative action as being against merit is flawed The point is to widen the pool from which merit is identified not to diminish it But one casualty of the expansion of reservations beyond Dalits was to render invisible the specific category of discrimination Reservations were no longer seen as arising out of a specific ethical imperative; they now came to be understood merely as an assertion of political power for jobs and opportunities In an economy where the super-privileged can afford to secede the real contest over reservations is not played out between the super-privileged and Dalits; it is being played out between classes whose own economic opportunities hang by a thread and others In the long run setting reservations on new ethical foundations will be a tough but necessary task There is also a huge credibility gap It is easy to trot out the idea that more education more equal opportunity will take care of the problem But it is impossible for any of us to look at India’s marginalised in the eye and say we have in fact built genuine structures of opportunity The patent insincerity of all of us who spout this line keeps us trapped in a cycle of suspicion But the chasm is even deeper The first is at the level of experience: What does it mean to grasp the reality of Dalit experience This often plays out oddly in literature where upper-caste attempts to portray the inner subjectivity of that experience often end in ridiculous failure But it also plays out in social practice of commonplace micro aggression: Intentional or unintentional behaviour that communicates hostile or often patronising signals The second is at the level of articulation Dalit fears of being assimilated into some abstract universality are well-founded: These categories whether of rights or class or development do not do justice to the specificity of the experience or they are ways of domesticating their political agency Even the most well-meaning end up constructing Dalits as objects And none more so than those trying to rid themselves of self-expatiating guilt But in that chasm between specificity of the experience and the abstraction of our categories all communication falls through The third level is ideological DR Nagaraj once wrote poignantly “The modern Dalit has to seek his rebirth in a state of fearful loneliness S/he has nothing to rely upon in his/her immediate Hindu surroundings” Modern Dalit movements have been about the creation of a cultural space that is their own In a strange way reactionary ABVP students understand the stakes in the Dalit movement much more clearly than the liberals: That the emancipation and cultural space for Dalits rest upon an attack on Hinduism One counter-response to this is to detach the social question from the question of Hinduism This is to construct a Hinduism that can slough off its social pathologies But the ease of the gesture “Hinduism provides an internal justification for deconstructing caste” does not match the enormity of the crime In fact the more you hear it the more facile it sounds One reason dialogue is getting harder is because the debate immediately becomes about an abstraction called tradition rather than the processes of power So the debate is between a defensive Hinduism that sees Dalit assertion with fear and a Dalit assertion that sees Hinduism as a strategy for containment So long as we have a discourse of tradition that impedes people’s freedom to fashion their own identities and spaces the question of discrimination cannot be addressed frontally Politics will by its very nature have an investment in conflict and to a certain extent even victimisation If mobilisation had taken place on quality of education on building support structures that attend to genuine pedagogical needs perhaps the challenge would have been mitigated But the dialogue on discrimination is not just a legal or administrative affair It will have to create a culture where all can feel free and at home The writer is president Centre for Policy Research Delhi and contributing editor ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mohali | Published: September 21 2017 5:37 am Representational Image Top News In a new development in the Ekam Dhillon murder case main prosecution witness Tull Bahadur has alleged that some people threatened him and asked him not to depose against main accused Seerat Dhillon Bahadur has lodged a complaint in this connection with the Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal The SSP has ordered an inquiry into the matter after receiving the complaint Bahadur in his complaint stated that on the afternoon of September 6 when he was going home for lunch in his autorickshaw two persons came on a bike and stopped him near the Government School in Sector 33 Chandigarh and threatened him with dire consequences if he deposed against Seerat in the court Bahadur said he got scared and went home but did not tell anybody about the incident He stated in his complaint that one of the two persons who threatened him looked like a body builder Bahadur further stated that he received a phone call from a Himachal Pradesh (HP) number on Tuesday evening around 7 pm and the caller threatened him of dire consequences and asked him not to depose in the court He alleged that the caller called him thrice on Tuesday and every time he told him that if he deposed in the court against Seerat he would have to face the consequences He alleged that the called also threatened to kill him Bahadur an autorickshaw driver was the first person to notice Seerat while she was trying to put the suitcase carrying Ekam’s body in her BMW car parked outside the couple’s rented accommodation in Phase 3A in the morning on March 20 Bahadur offered help to Seerat but he noticed blood oozing out of the suitcase and left the spot in suspicion He then informed a PCR party which was stationed outside the booth market in the locality about the incident SSP Chahal said he has marked an inquiry to DSP (City 1) Alam Vijay and asked the officer to submit a report within three daysHe added that they would take action if anyone was found guilty of threatening Tull Bahadur For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top Newssay, The writer is president,setting up of infrastructure like drains, Former heads of the department, You’d said Australia were the favourites.he added.

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