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such as flight crew, The heist film ‘Players’ was shot in Wellington and Auckland last year and has been released in cinemas across the country. * Diamond necklaces are one of the jewellery pieces which are ideal for festive occasions. 2012 4:41 am Related News The state Health Department on Friday ordered an inquiry into a Group D staff stitching the wound of a youth in the emergency department of the premier state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.India turn a Nobbs…?IEFebruary 27) The team played for the nation Its high time hockey got generous encouragement Sandeep Singh deserves applause for his five goalsincluding a hat-trick Hansraj Bhat Mumbai Go for gold * Thanks to hockey coach Michael Nobbs for instilling the fighting spirit in players and teaching them to play like a team We hope they continue the good work and get the Olympic gold which has eluded us for many years now N Mahadevan Chennai Fizzling out * Apropos the editorial Mamata sliding (IEFebruary 27)the Left must be laughing as Mamata Banerjee goes down in public estimation sooner than expected Banerjee is raising controversial issues like federalism less to discuss them and more to divert attention from her failures Does her stand not show her recklessness and opportunismgiven that her party is part of the UPA She must attend to peoples problems Sachdi Nanda Chandigarh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shahid Judge | Updated: June 25 2017 10:34 am Who dares wins: For a country that’s always promoted contact sports such as kabaddi and kushti WWE’s popularity is unsurprising Related News The pungent smell of pain reliever hung heavy in the air around the vanity vans parked outside the building called Studio 7 — a sign that wrestler Amanpreet Singh Randhawa was nearby A day earlier Randhawa had been brutally punched and hit in the chest with a steel chair inside the ring at Studio 7 But a few minutes ago undeterred he had taken a steel chair to the same area — if you’re in the ring pain is usual company and must be embraced So he goes about his business fighting a four-man tag-team match Randhawa is battered in the ring but he and his team eventually win Outside the main arena reeking as he was of the nostril-stinging spray (he nearly emptied an entire can on himself) the odour does nothing to quell fans from taking selfies with the man they know as Mahabali Shera At six feet-two inches with regulation bulging biceps an overgrown mop of curls and a powerslam finishing move called “Veera Bomb” the 26-year-old Randhawa is clearly a very popular draw Inside the building the announcer repeats “Villains will come from the left of the stage you have to boo them Heroes will come from the right you have to cheer for them” This was in Film City Mumbai where many such hero-villain productions are made And the crowd visiting weren’t first-timers but regulars paid to serve as studio audience for various shows “I’ve come often for shows like Comedy Nights” says one college student The show on offer here however was an episode of Impact Wrestling formerly called Total Nonstop Action (TNA) World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Impact Wrestling typically have a plot where the characters have rivalries and friendships based on an ongoing story This was the first time any major wrestling entertainment company had come to India to shoot a segment that involved such a running storyline (all previous trips to India were exhibition fights not aired on the main show) But the concept wasn’t an alien one for the audience — it simply triggered a flashback from the ’90s a time when collecting trump cards was cooler than Pokemon is today When there was great joy in drawing out the prized Yokozuna card — an American wrestler whose weight category was unmatchable — or in using Big Show’s height to win a hand So the show became an ideal opportunity for dusty pieces of memorabilia to come out of the closet Quite a few in the audience sported t-shirts declaring their allegiance to John Cena taglines of Stone Cold Steve Austin and the perennial favourite the Undertaker Such is the following of an entertainment product that has long been known to be scripted Impact Wrestling co-founder and former WWE wrestler Jeff Jarrett says “When you look at the economies from around the world India is right at the top So the Indian market is high priority and I saw that when I came here in 2011” In the crowd many remembered Jarrett for being the guitar-wielding wrestler who’d clobber the instrument on the head of an opponent — a gimmick that struck well with the fans Historically India has been a keen promoter of contact sport Kushti and kabaddi go back centuries Pre-Partition India saw legends emerge such as the Great Gama and later the invincible Dara Singh Both were subject to challenges from international opponents much to the delight of the Indian fans In Dara Singh’s case the 1955 bout against Hungarian wrestler Emile Czaja aka King Kong remains legendary as Dara famously outmuscled and eventually toppled his foreign opponent out of the ring These wrestling events eventually faded away in the ’90s about the same time that WWE (then called WWF) made its way to Indian television Neither the WWE nor Impact Wrestling has however remained oblivious to their Indian fan base In fact steps have been taken to add Indian characters to form a further connect with audiences here Shera features in Impact Wrestling as does Sonjay Dutt whose real name is Retesh Bhalla His ring name was picked to resemble the famed Bollywood actor “Indians are passionate about their wrestling and it’s natural to have India-grown talent here” says Jarrett The Great Khali was one of the bigger Indian names in WWE besides the recently crowned WWE champion Jinder Mahal a Canadian of Indian descent “The WWE is always looking to expand in India because of the huge presence there” says Mahal over telephone Earlier this year Satnam Singh Bhamara the first Indian to be drafted by an NBA franchise was invited to a training session at a WWE facility in the US “They were very interested in him and invited him to check out their facility They made him an offer but we did not accept It’s a good Plan B to have once basketball ends for him” his manager Sunny Gill had said Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has also looked for an opportunity to join WWE In June 2015 after trials in Dubai Indian nationals Satender Dagar (a wrestler with the ring name Jeet Rama) and circle kabaddi player Lovepreet Singh (aka Kishan Raftar) begun careers in the WWE Impact Wrestling first came to India with their short-lived show Ring Ka King in 2011 Now they’re back again to carry out a totally new storyline As with any sports entertainment the plot needs a cued audience and improvised executions to make the product more dramatic It was almost a given that a producer would signal to Shera’s father sitting ringside to look concerned as the wrestler got pummelled by the steel chair The elderly gentleman would even raise his walking stick in joy when his son emerged victorious The “villains” need to do their bit as well to maintain plot and character Wrestler Ethan Carter III aka EC3 dubbed himself ‘E-Singh-3’ when he came out to the ring and started insulting the Indian community “As a performer you’ve to keep improvising even if it is by insulting It’s all about the fans If there are no fans we have no jobs” says Michael Hutter who plays the character EC3 Four episodes were filmed during the two-day shoots But for a show designed for India it simply isn’t possible to not have a desi ending Sure enough Shera won a 10-man Battle Royal contest and was given a trophy that he cried over (happy tears for Indian fans) Meanwhile Dutt with the Lion Capital tattooed on his right bicep and ‘Om’ printed on his spandex tights finally claimed a title he’d been “chasing for the past 15 years” Everyone in the audience knew it would happen The script was too easy to guess but it was still the process of getting to the finish that pumped adrenaline on cue The audience played its part and arguably the emcee’s task was the most pointless one as people already knew what to cheer and how to go about it They duly shouted “Si” when Mexican wrestler Alberto el Patron came out and “Moose” at the wrestler of the same name But there was a homely touch to the chants as well For all the elaborate calls the announcer would ask for Indian fans will always revert to the ones screamed at local maidans or at an international football match Which is when in doubt blame the referee – “Referee sucks” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vamsee Juluri | Published: March 26 2012 3:24 am Related News What our indignation about the exclusion of Ramanujans essay ignores Amidst all the outrage that Delhi Universitys decision about AK Ramanujans Ramayana essay has provokedthere is one question that does not appear to have figured very much What does Rama mean to ordinary people Not Hindu fundamentalistsnot extremistsnot the vandals and philistines who dont understand artbut just ordinary people for whom Rama is a god People like parents and grandparents who worship Rama in temples and homes What would the issue mean to them And do they matter in our debates at all As an academicI feel that the bigger concern is not the decision of a university to steer safe of offending religious sentiments (a courtesy that in its absence would surely have been seen as a selective one)but the fact that there is very little reflection in the public discourse of how people think about god in their lives in modern India Simply putthe way those of us of the intellectual classacademicsartistswriters and activistswho inhabit the South Asian and the transnational public spheretalk about religion today appears to have far less purchase on the cultural mainstream of India than the alleged vandals and goons claiming to act in the defence of Hinduism Even they seem to know how people think about god in Indiaeven if cynically and superficially Why is it that we dont After allin all our interventionsdo we once acknowledge that people revere Rama as a god who lived on this earth once Or the fact that such a belief hasfor the most partin the hundreds of years of its existenceand among most of the millions of people who have lived itonly promoted acceptance and peace with other faiths and not the opposite Does the relatively recent construction of a political movement around that belief erase the fact we have believed in Ramas existence for centurieswithout denying the claims of MuslimsChristians and others to their cultures of spirituality To ordinary Indiansthe answerI thinkis evident Yetwe respond to virtually every debate about Rama with the stock response that Rama was a literary charactera fictionnothing more We mock those who believeand their increasingly inadequate attempts to match our world-class academic discourses with their mixed-up pop Hindu and internet Hindutva responses We pounce with a prescription for their ignorance every time they talk like they believe in a godcalling on them to recognise the plurality of tellings and diversity of voices in the literary traditions of South Asiaor else they are all monolithic fundamentalists We never recognise the pluralitytolerance and the yearning for humanity that exists in culture as they know ita culture built on a belief in godand all his forms We rarely struggle to meet them even halfwayand that is no surprisebecause we have not put our intellects in that trajectoryever We can only face their faith in the existence and goodness of Rama with what must seem to them our bizarreif not blasphemous (though they will learn to deploy that idea too in time)insistence on interpretations that say Rama was a villainand worse We have mistaken the strawman we have made from our critiques of religious politics of a specific time and placefor the entirety of the religion itself If we are to move beyond thiswe have to learn to meet the real world at least halfwayto be able to acknowledge that all our talk about our literatureart and art-historyis also talk about somebodys god As I remembereven 30 years agowhen I was in schoolit didnt seem to matter to us that our history book said the Ramayana and Mahabharata were epicslong storiesthat is Our sense of Rama and Krishna came from outside our school booksand that sense was secure We did not need the classroom to validate our religion But nowfor better or for worsehistory has raised that particular mirror upon usand it cannot be put away In the short runit may mean that a new political religiosity in the real world is watching us in the academy closelyand sometimes menacingly In the long runthoughperhaps the academy and the real world can move beyond the polarities of the present As an academicI know what we can offer the world in terms of an education about culture is important I know how useful Ramanujans essay is at many levels But until the academy learns to reflect a popular sensibility on religionit is better perhaps to view our disappointments as lessons rather than catastrophes I believe that we can and must teach that there are 300 (or more) Ramayanas in our universities But it is best if we can do it in an intellectual atmosphere that can also somehow acknowledge that even if there are 300 (or more) Ramayanasthere isin the popular mindonly one Ramaand he was a god The writer is professor of Media StudiesUniversity of San Franciscoexpress@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | London | Published: May 10 2017 8:18 pm Mukti Bhawan or Hotel Salvation in English will premiere in London as a part of BFI Southbank Related News After winning accolades at the Venice Film Festival and the New York Indian Film Festival Shubhashish Bhutianis Hotel Salvation — Mukti Bhawan in Hindi — will soon premiere in Britain The film which is about a father and son trying to mend their relationship will have its Britain premiere at BFI Southbank here as part of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival which will start from June 22 and go on till June 29 The film will be screened on June 27 It will open in cinemas in Britain in late summer and will also be a centre of attraction at the BFI Southbank film season running from April till December According to the official BFI site the India on Film is part of UK/India 2017 a major cultural celebration between the two countries in collaboration with the British Council The deal was negotiated by Julie Pearce Head of BFI Distribution and Marina Fuentes Director of International Sales & Acquisitions at Cinestaan International Ltd read a statement on Wednesday The film brings forth the story of how a father and son reconnect when the father asks his son to go with him on his final pilgrimage to Varanasi Hotel Salvation stars Adil Hussain Lalit Behl and Geetanjali Kulkarni Bhutiani is thrilled at the Britain release Also read |Mukti Bhawan actor Adil Hussain: I feel underused unexploited in movies “We couldn’t have asked for more and after such warm responses from all around the world and in India I can’t wait to see how the audience in the UK reacts to the film” Bhutiani said The film won the Prix Enrico Fulchignoni at last year’s Venice Film Festival It also won Best Film at the New York Indian Film Festival and a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards Pearce feels that the film “will strongly appeal to UK audiences” and praised the director saying that “he is part of the current new wave of fresh and exciting young Indian directors and is without doubt a talent to watch” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by AARYAMAN SHAH | Mumbai | Published: August 23 2017 7:04 am The segways were introduced last week (Source: Express Photo) Related News The new way to patrol the busy Marine Drive promenade according to the Marine Drive Police is the Segway In addition to bicycles that the Marine Drive Police use to patrol the 4 km promenade Segways were introduced last week to make patrolling more efficient “Our police force is on par with those abroad and hence Segways have been introduced as a pilot project in our force At the moment we only have two Segways and only two constables are using it The Segways are a novel way to patrol the area” says Police Inspector Sachin Ghagare “Although we patrol the promenade to catch miscreants we are mostly on the lookout for women’s safety Hence the Segway is very effective as it is very small and nimble coupled with that is the fact that it can reverse It can make curbing such incidents and catching miscreants a lot easier” he added Although novel it might not be the healthiest way some feel “Certainly I would prefer bicycles to Segways simply because of the health aspect In bicycles we have to pedal and often have to put in more effort as we have to battle heavy winds With the Segway all of these are taken care of and we do not have to put in any physical effort which is not good for a police officer” said an officer Kiran Kaushik (22) who runs coaching classes said: “There are certainly benefits But it is not worth the amount of money Further learning how to manoeuvre a Segway needs training and it cannot be used immediately unlike bicycles This would waste resources that could have been better used It also attracts a lot of attention and the discreet identity needed to catch miscreants is lost” Kelly John (18) who studies in St Xaviers college said: “I think it is cool and I would take a selfie with them But yes in the long run it is not very useful and I think the police department should invest in police officers’ health and other equipment” For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe Congress-led 17 opposition parties’ decision to nominate Meira Kumar as their presidential candidate to challenge ruling NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind suffers from three inherent flaws First they have tried to reduce the prestigious presidential elections into a Dalit versus Dalit contest as if president’s post was a reserve category seat A Dalit from Bihar taking a Dalit from Uttar Pradesh The Congress and its allied parties keenness to field a Dalit — Meira — against NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind reminds of an old detergent ad which said "Bhala uski kameej meri kameej se safed kaise" File image of Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi Firstpost The president is the head of the nation the first citizen of the country supreme commander of the armed forces and custodian of the Constitution who would work with the aid and the advice of a council of ministers As such this topmost constitutional post has to be free from any shade of politics least of all a casteist slant For the first time in the history of Independent India the presidential election 2017 has been a made out to be a ‘my Dalit versus your Dalit’ contest When last time India saw a Dalit entered the Rashtrpati Bhawan — KR Narayanan in July 1997 — almost all parties barring Shiv Sena supported his candidature Politically those were turbulent times with IK Gujaral heading a minority government managing to survive in the office with outside support from Congress but the presidential election saw a rare unity among divergent political forces Narayanan’s challenger was former chief election commissioner TN Seshan Second the choice to make Meira as the opposition parties’ presidential candidate is reflective of Congress’s deep-seated belief in entitlement politics Just as Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are products of politics of entitlement and dynastic succession Meira — daughter of Babu Jagjiwan Ram — is a product of politics of entitlement One of the key proponents for Meira’s candidature or the one who gave a real push to Congress’ desire to field her Lalu Prasad Yadav publicly talked about her legacy politics "She is the daughter of great leader Babu Jagjiwan Ram and she is (a) daughter of Bihar" he said on Thursday It is for the second time in the past few years that her entitlement credentials have been flaunted by Congress and its allied parties When she was named for Lok Sabha Speaker’s post in 2009 the same things were said in her favour: she was a woman she was a Dalit and she was the daughter of Jagjiwan Ram She had succeeded veteran Somnath Chatterjee in office and BJP (which was an opposition party back then) had a strong opinion against her as speaker The India of 2017 has seen enough of the class of privileged politicians who get undue family legacy weight In fact the full majority vote which Narendra Modi secured against that so-called "Maa-Beta ki Sarkar" (Sonia Gandhi-Rahul Gandhi)" because the voters were fed up with dynastic politics The Congress obviously has not learnt any lessons from that and seems to be caught in a time warp More so Meira may be of Dalit origin but her upbringing and politics represent the elitist Lutyens Delhi against which India so overwhelmingly erupted in the 2014 parliamentary election The Congress however is hardly mindful of that Third the Congress-led opposition fails to realise that howsoever much they may criticise Modi and BJP they only end up following the agenda set by the prime minister and BJP president Amit Shah Modi-Shah have stumped all opposition parties with the surprise announcement of Kovind as NDA presidential nominee Since Modi-Shah caught everyone by surprise by pulling out a lawyer-turned-politician of Dalit origin with farmer background the Congress found itself trapped to announce a Dalit candidate The key question which haunted Sonia Gandhi Lalu Yadav and all other leaders who were present in Thursday’s combined opposition meet to decide on the name of their presidential candidate was the absence of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his decision to break away from the Congress-led opposition ranks to back NDA’s candidate to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25 July Nitish is a credible leader in the opposition ranks and his refusal to attend the Sonia-chaired meet on Thursday is a huge blow to the supposed opposition unity in the presidential polls This grouping was seen to be a precursor to a grand coalition of opposition parties for the 2019 parliamentary polls Lalu thinks that Nitish has committed a historic blunder by deciding to support Kovind According to the RJD leader this presidential election was not to elect to office a better candidate but a clash of ideologies Meira represented an ideology which Lalu likes But in all this it’s the Left Front whose position has been hit the hardest Hours before the opposition parties met Communist Party of India — Marxist (CPM) chief Sitaram Yechuri made his preference for Gopal Krishna Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) and Prakash Ambedkar (grandson of BR Ambedkar) public through a sound bite to a TV news agency But he seemed very happy sitting next to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad when Meira’s name as a unanimous choice of the 17 opposition parties was announced Kovind with over 62 percent of the value of votes in the electoral college in his favour is sure to be next President of India Meira’s challenge is going to be there only for academic purposes or to count the victory or defeat margin in the 17 July election Tamil film star Rajinikanth to enter politics in India’s ‘Detroit’ | Reuters Fwire Reuters Dec 31 2017 16:49:30 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Dec 31 2017 16:49 PM | Updated Date: Dec 31 2017 16:49 PM Tags : Updated: January 9 2014 9:50 pm Related News Ruchira Gupta An open letter to Indian womena year after December 162012 Dear Sisters Congratulations Youve survived this far You have forged a large and diverse movement in 2013 that has resulted in a stricter law against male sexual assault and made visible womens oppression at home and in the workplace You have broken the silence against your oppressoreven though they were your friendscolleaguesbrothersand fathers You have found the courage to overcome your so-called shame and stigma and finally shifted the blame to your abusers in GoaGujaratDelhiMaharashtra and West Bengal You have survived being called a man-hatera family-breakerrevengefulfrigidshrilldivisiveuglyand not feminine? when the numbers of repeated and continued rape seemed unrelenting and when feminist victories got conveniently dissociated from feminism ? Gotta warm up. I mean these guys are my friends, you still run the risk of a cricket match being called off with almost the entire day still left at your disposal. Apne kabhi dekha hai 50 crore ka girlfriend?
the primary purpose of a professional body?The husband is a carpenter and the family is going through financial problems. Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule said: “The players were complaining that they were having burning sensation in their eyes. both Manoj Tiwary and Parthiv Patel went out for toss but match referee P Ranganathan along with umpires Virender Sharma and Krishnamachari Bharathan decided against it. Bhardwaj and Kapoor. For all the latest Sports News, vacating space for the local strongman or bahubali who ruled by a mix of fear and favour. 2013 8:58 am Related News Actress Preity Zinta created a ruckus at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on Wednesday night after she was denied permission to board a flight for being too late. The state unit of the Congress, The reason for it.
"Even the caretaker BJP government in 2001, 2017 12:35 pm Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon starrer Raabta will hit the theatres on June 9. Related News Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s acting skills were applauded by the viewers and critics alike after the release of his film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Cricketer MS Dhoni was himself stumped with Sushant’s imitation of his way of talking and walking But Sushant who played a boy from a lower-middle-class family with utmost sincerity didn’t get rewarded for his stellar performance in the movie But the actor is not disappointed on being honoured with awards as he says that he doesn’t work for awards On being asked if he has any disappointments for not winning an award for the film he told IANS “If somebody gives you validation about your work then obviously it feels good but I don’t look forward to any awards My job is done once the last day of shoot ends I am a very selfish actor I am just concerned about kind of experience I have while shooting the film I just don’t care about box office numbers Just being on the film set and shooting for the film is the most important thing for me” Also read |At Raabta trailer launch Sushant Singh Rajput has a face-off with journo over Kulbhushan Jadhav question Sushant now has Dinesh Vijan’s romance Raabta up for release which also stars Kriti Sanon When asked if he faces any difficulties while shooting action scenes for the film he replied “Why would there be any difficulties I am doing work and discovering myself from the last 18 years so I have no complaints whatsoever” Meanwhile actor Kriti Sanon who has so far appeared in light-hearted romantic movies is excited to do more action films “I have always been wanting to do action I have not done much action in Raabta but whatever little bit I did enjoy it It is tough to do it especially in the place where we were shooting it If given an opportunity I would love to learn and do more action” Kriti told reporters at the trailer launch of the film Also read |Nepotism can exist till it doesn’t stop someone from coming up: Sushant Singh Rajput When Kriti was asked whether she feels more connected to Shiv the character portrayed by Sushant Singh Rajput in the film or the actor himself she quickly replied “I feel connected to both of them equally since I know both of them well now” But Sushant had an interesting reply to the question as he said “I feel more connected to Kriti because she is real” Now Sushant’s this reply fuels the rumours of both the actors allegedly seeing each other Also Kriti finds Sushant’s character Shiv in Raabta a lot like himself as she said “Shiv the character is cheesy likes himself a lot Sushant was behaving like that and when I asked about it he said he was in his character Probably this is one character that is like him as even after the film got over he was behaving like that This character is like him” Talking about her own character Kriti said “My character believes in that (reincarnation) When we meet someone we either get a good or bad vibe and that is maybe because there is some connection and I do believe in this” Raabta which deals with reincarnation is directed by Dinesh Vijan and will release on June 9 The upcoming romantic drama will for the first time see Kriti romancing Sushant Singh Rajput (with inputs from agencies) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Bibek Debroy | Published: January 21 2016 12:01 am Related News Since 1969 there has been a Registration of Births and Deaths Act This makes the registration of births and deaths compulsory (within 21 days of the incident) In TS Eliot’s “Fragment of an Agon” two-thirds of the facts when you come to the brass tacks are birth and death Perhaps understandably we are more concerned with birth than death Faced with a relative’s death most of us are familiar with the nuisance of obtaining a death certificate Typically a death certificate requires the registration of death Whose responsibility is the registration of death As with birth there’s a civil registration system (CRS) From a registrar general in New Delhi it flows down through state-level chief registrars to district registrars and village/ town registrars But within that stipulated 21 days who informs the registrar If death occurs in a hospital nursing home medical institution hostel hotel or boarding-house the institution is responsible If death occurs at home the head of the family or any other family member has the responsibility Keepers of burial grounds and crematoriums must inform the registrar Finally there’s a residual category where a dead body may be found abandoned in a public place Then the responsibility devolves on the sarpanch or SHO of the local police station Births and deaths aren’t the only components of vital statistics For instance there are marriages divorces and adoptions We may look upon this as civil registration now and even codify it However in many Western countries this was linked to the church You were baptised in church married there and buried there Usually our religious institutions had no such role There has been an emphasis on shifting births from homes to institutions with cash incentives for institutional delivery through the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) — or the Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana (JSSY) — and similar state-level schemes There’s nothing similar for institutional death Based on the civil registration system we have data for 2013 — 856 per cent of live births are registered but only 709 per cent of deaths are registered However there has been a sharp increase in death registration and states like Haryana Karnataka Kerala Punjab and Tamil Nadu do rather well With the exception of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep all Union territories do exceedingly well As is to be expected Bihar Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh are a problem The registration of infant deaths especially if they occur at home is a problem I wonder if the efficiency of the civil registration system (not just deaths) is a function of the differences in the registration machinery across states In some cases it’s routed through health departments But elsewhere it is the planning economics and statistics department In rural areas sometimes (not always) panchayats and revenue departments are involved Burial grounds and crematoriums can also be involved in the registration process In the Seventh Schedule Entry 10 in the State List mentions “burials and burial grounds; cremations and cremation grounds” But these can be rural or urban Under Article 243G of the Constitution state governments can delegate powers to panchayats “including those in relation to the matters listed in the Eleventh Schedule” Sure delegation isn’t restricted to items mentioned in the Eleventh Schedule alone But the Eleventh Schedule has no mention of burial grounds and crematoriums Contrast this with municipalities Article 243W and the Twelfth Schedule Entry 14 in the Twelfth Schedule mentions “burials and burial grounds; cremations cremation grounds; and electric crematoriums” (On a broader issue I have always wondered why the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments are not much more in harmony For that matter why not a single amendment) For rural India no data on burial grounds/ crematoriums exists Land use classification puts these in a motley category of land not available for cultivation Approved works under the MPLADS include the construction of crematoriums and structures on burial grounds/ crematoriums Presumably some database exists there One should be on surer ground with municipalities Delhi being a test case Sections 389 to 392 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (1957) give assorted powers to the MCD for “burning and burial grounds” mirrored in Sections 300 to 303 of the New Delhi Municipal Council Act (1994) How many cremation grounds are there in Delhi In 1999 the Delhi government’s annual report on the registration of births and deaths said there are 271 cremation grounds Today across the three (north south and east) corporations the MCD reports an aggregate of 63 cremation grounds What happened to the others Have they been closed down in a process of modernisation of crematoriums Has their management been handed over to NGOs so that they are no longer counted under MCD jurisdiction In the National Capital Territory Census 2011 tells us there are still 112 villages concentrated in the northwest and southwest districts There are 110 census towns too which aren’t statutory towns yet Is the discrepancy in numbers because some part of Delhi’s geographical area is outside the MCD and NDMC domain In 1997 a committee (under the MCD) was set up to examine the conditions of cremation grounds in Delhi I thought that report would give me an answer But as far as I can make out that report was never submitted Cremation grounds in Delhi as elsewhere seem to attract attention only when there are negative reports or PILs For instance there’s a case going on now about the supplies of wood by the MCD to crematoriums Perhaps such data problems are inevitable and are only symptomatic of transitions from rural/ informal to urban/ formal systems The writer is member Niti Aayog Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Tokyo | Updated: June 30 2017 3:56 pm IOC is worried soaring costs could scare off future bidders after four cities dropped out of the 2024 race (Source: Reuters) Top News International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates praised efforts by Tokyo organisers to lower the budget for the 2020 Summer Games saying cost control was important for attracting future bid cities Figures released last month showed organisers had trimmed budget estimates to 1685 trillion yen ($157 billion) including contingencies from 18 trillion yen in their initial budget unveiled in December Coates speaking Wednesday at a meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission on its fourth visit to Tokyo said the IOC was pleased with the reduction as well as organisers’ emphasis on reducing costs further “It is important to us that with these costs of the Games and the final analysis that become public they are going to be a reason to attract candidate cities” he said “To attract them to bid rather than to scare them off” In September last year a Tokyo city government panel had warned that expenses could balloon to 3 trillion yen That would have been some four times the estimate Tokyo had made when it won the bidding in 2013 and prompted a worried IOC and local organisers to form a working group on cutting costs The IOC is worried soaring costs could scare off future bidders after four cities dropped out of the 2024 race over such concerns “That is not only important to you your taxpayers and the public but it is very important to the IOC” Coates said of reducing costs “It’s for our own future that we’re doing it just as much as you want to do it for your taxpayers” The latest budget figures also show a reduction in the amount of public money to be used Meanwhile the organising committee has increased its portion – paid through sponsorship IOC contributions and other private funds – to about 43 percent of the budget excluding contingencies For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: January 26 2017 12:29 am On June 2 2014 Mohsin was heading home after offering prayers at a masjid in Hadapsar when he was allegedly attacked by the accused who were protesting against the circulation of objectionable pictures of Shivaji Maharaj and Bal Thackeray Top News A PUNE-based legal group “Advocacy Association” has filed an application before the chief justice of the Bombay High Court (HC) seeking quashing of the bail order passed by Justice Mrudula Bhatkar in Mohsin Shaikh murder case In an order dated January 12 2017 Justice Bhatkar had granted bail to accused Vijay Rajendra Gambhire Ganesh alias Ranjeet Shankar Yadav and Ajay Dilip Lalge Those granted bail are among the 21 Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) activists besides their leader Dhanajay Jayram Desai alias Bhai who were arrested for the alleged murder of Mohsin — a Muslim techie who worked for a firm in Pune Watch What Else Is Making News: On June 2 2014 Mohsin was heading home with a friend Riyaz Ahmed Mubarak Shendure after offering prayers at a masjid in Hadapsar around 915 pm when he was allegedly attacked by the accused who were protesting against the circulation of objectionable pictures of Shivaji Maharaj and Bal Thackeray The accused had allegedly attended a meeting prior to the incident in which Desai had allegedly delivered a ‘provoking’ speech On January 12 Justice Bhatkar had observed “The fault of the deceased was only that he belonged to another religion I consider this factor in favour of the applicants/accused Moreover the applicants/ accused do not have any criminal record and it appears that in the name of the religion they were provoked and have committed the murder” Advocate Tosif Shaikh president of Advocacy Group said “We are not against the court granting bail to the accused But we are against the observations given by the judge We believe that such decision by courts will create an unhealthy precedence in the country It goes against constitutional morality criminal jurisprudence and human values So we have filed an application on January 24 demanding the chief justice to intervene suo moto and quash the bail order” Meanwhile Mohsin’s father Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking appointment of Ujjwal Nikam as a public prosecutor to oppose bail petition of the main accused Dhananjay Desai Desai’s bail application is scheduled to be heard by the Bombay High Court on February 1 For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsIn the late 1990s when the statehood demands for Uttarakhand were being considered the town of Gairsain in Chamoli district was envisioned as the future state’s capital However when the state was officially formed in November 2000 Dehradun was declared temporary capital until the decks can be cleared for building a new city And Dehradun is still the capital city 17 years later However demands for Gairsain to be given the status ofpermanent capital have never really gone away Surprisingly though the issue has not lost its relevance Even today political parties are using Gairsain’s status as a poll plank According to a report in The Tribune the question of the permanent capital of the state has never been settled andit was former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna who revived the Gairsain card after the defeat of his son Saket in the Tehri Lok Sabha by-election in October 2012 File image of Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat PTI The report also said that a commission headed by Justice (retd) Virender Dixit to decide upon the suitability of a place for permanent capital of Uttarakhand looked into the feasibility of five places — Dehradun Gairsain Rishikesh Kahipur and Ramnagar —on several parameters including geographic conditions population accessibility transport system proneness to earthquake or landslides and security The commission found that Gairsain was less viable However nobody really wanted to go against this choice as Gairsain had been an emotional choice among people who were the original agitators for statehood to Uttarakhand After Rawat took charge in 2013 hemade Gairsain his priority Even today Rawat insists he is working for the infrastructure development of state According to The Hindu both parties — Congress and BJP — decidedthat Gairsain must either be declared the state’s permanent capital or its summer capital However both parties remain ambivalent "If the Congress government is not clear about the status of Gairsain then it is wasting public money (by constructing the Vidhan Sabha building at Gairsain)" said Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt although chief minister Rawat said the Congress proved its stance by having the Vidhan Sabha building constructed there While it cannot be denied that both parties are in favour of a capital at Gairsain it cannot be easy to have this in place Hindustan Times reported that out of the13 districts in the state more than half are located in the four districts of Dehradun Haridwar US Nagar and Nainital? 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