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without loss of human life? In factwhen Omar Abdullah had expressed his concern over the killingsthe protests were only confined to some pockets of the old city NowhattaRajouri Kadal and Bohri Kadal Now the protests have spread across Kashmir valley with hundreds of angry young men taking to streets in SoporeBaramulla and other parts of the valley every week The government had also promised that they were planning to introduce Skunk a specially developed spray that drenches protestors with a foul-smelling liquid and Scream, J&K first started booking stone-pelters under the Public Safety Act during the 2008 Amarnath land row agitation. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Gurgaon) Surinder Pal Singh told Newsline,Police control room received a call that an Audi had been stolen Howeverwhen we reached the JMD directors homeSunil Bedi and his sonKaranwere already there We have received no complaint from himbut are investigating the matter? “Anticipating that BMC would not be able to accept this condition, Related News With their witty one-liners and charm, while the inside walls of Kasukuwere’s house were pocked with bullet holes.In India, The 2013 study indicates that among upper-class Hindus,(end) for Modi? while objecting to her behaviour on social media.

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A month later, I had to skip office to take them back home, said bank manager Ajit Shah For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: July 27 2015 12:34 am Related News Parliament is being disrupted over non-issues (‘Battlelines harden as Rahul raises pitch says Sushma’s act criminal’ July 24) This is a criminal waste of public money What has Lalit Modi got to do with the ordinary citizen Like many businessmen he made money In opposition the BJP also disrupted Parliament on trivial matters The real function of the House is to debate and make laws These battles can be fought in the street Santosh M Joshi (Sangli) Name Them Today July 27 the Lok Sabha speaker may finally name and shame disruptors to enable smooth functioning of the lower House Should she put her foot down the nation will support her The media will not be able to comment otherwise This is apparent given the way she immediately adjourned the House as the disruptors moved into the well telling them that they did not seem to want the House to function The nation cannot be held to ransom by parties decimated by the voters Kedarnath R Aiyar (Mumbai) Waste of Time It has been a convention for a minister to resign owning moral responsibility for any irregularity The shining example of this was Lal Bahadur Shastri The current opposition has rightly demanded resignations discovering that the government is not relenting But the solution is not an obstructionist attitude Both the government and the opposition should realise they are wasting public money and time Mathew Oommen (Pune) Bound by Deal This refers to Robert M Hathaway’s ‘The other nuclear deal’ (July 24) The 2005 Indo-US nuclear deal proved that while countries could disagree when it came to mutual benefit they tended to agree The world could very well see something similar with the Iran deal Amit Nanchahal (Gurgaon) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Barcelona | Published: August 17 2017 10:34 pm Liverpool’s American owners are not wavering in their stance on Philippe Coutinho who has become an integral player for the Premier League team (Source: Reuters) Top News Barcelona is still after Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele Coutinho put in a transfer request last week but Liverpool has said that he is not for sale after rejecting two offers for the Brazil international from Barcelona Dembele has been fined and suspended from team training by Dortmund and is reportedly refused all contact with the club since Barcelona made a bid reported to be worth 105 million euros ($124 million) including add-ons “I recognize that they are two players that we really want to come but their clubs are the ones who have to decide if we can make these signings” Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez said Thursday Barcelona is trying to reinvest the 222 million euros ($262 million) it received from Paris Saint-Germain when the French club signed Brazil striker Neymar Liverpool’s American owners are not wavering in their stance on Coutinho who has become an integral player for the Premier League team “Nothing new” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said Thursday “Nobody told me anything different” Coutinho will not be in the squad for Liverpool’s league match against Crystal Palace on Saturday with the club saying he has a back injury So far Barcelona has been limited to convincing Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to part with Brazil midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47 million) The 29-year-old Paulinho signed a four-year contract on Thursday three days before Barcelona opens the Spanish league season against Real Betis Paulinho was considered a disappointment when he played for English club Tottenham for two seasons before moving to Guangzhou in 2015 He said at his presentation at Camp Nou that he had recovered his confidence in China “My first season in Tottenham was very good In the second I couldn’t play consistently” Paulinho said “Perhaps it wasn’t my best season Things didn’t go as I would have liked But that is the past I accepted the challenge of playing in China and I won back both my desire and confidence there” Paulinho will be tasked with strengthening a Barcelona midfield that took a step back last season a decline that stopped it from defending its Spanish league title For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Parthasarathi Biswas | New Delhi | Published: May 25 2014 12:57 am Priests perform rituals at Vitthal Rukmani temple in Pandharpur Related News Dressed in a simple sari with a mangalsutra a haldi-kumkum tika and bangles as accessories Hema Ashtekar looks a bit out of place in the mostly male group Like them she is here to appear for an interview for the posts of eight priests for the ancient Shri Vitthal Rukmani temple in the pilgrim town of Pandharpur Solapur district Maharashtra Ashtekar is one of 23 women candidates who have applied for the position of priest for Goddess Rukmani On May 18 161 applicants appeared for the interview in response to an advertisement placed by the temple committee which mentioned that non-Brahmins and women were eligible to apply Out of the 199 responses to the advertisement 93 were from Brahmins Sitting in the long corridor of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC)’s guest house Ashtekar looks nervous as she waits for her turn Soon her name is called out “What are the various mantras for the preparation of panchamrita (a mixture of honey milk curd ghee and sugar used for libation during a ritual called abhishekh)” asks Mohan Date head of the interview panel comprising six men Ashtekar fumbles at first but after some prompting by Date recites the mantras Next the 45-year-old is asked to recite the sri suktam and a more confident Ashtekar starts her pronunciation perfect the ancient hymn that celebrates divinity in female form Situated on the banks of the Chandrabhaga river Pandharpur is the centre of the Warkari cult which has followers from across the country The annual pilgrimage of Wari (wherein Warkaris walk from the temple towns of Dehu and Alandi in Pune carrying the padukas of Sant Tukaram and Dyaneshwar to Pandharpur) sees more than 4 lakh devotees congregating in this town The Warkari cult revolves around the teachings of sants who spoke of an egalitarian society not bound by caste and creed However until now the priests here have been Brahmin males most of them from the families of Utpats or Badves to whom the administration of the 900-year-old temple was entrusted till the 1970s A woman applicant signs on a document during the interview for priesthood in Pandharpur Photos: Sandeep Daundkar After the enactment of The Pandharpur Temple Act 1973 a committee was appointed for the administration of the temple Even Dalits were banned from entering the temple till the 1950s The ban was reversed when social reformer Sane Guruji went on a fast-unto-death against the exclusion Ironically the Warkari cult has had many Dalit sants Pilgrims pay obeisance to the samadhi of Sant Chokamela who was not allowed inside the temple as he belonged to the Mahar community It has had many women sants too but none have served as a priest in the temple In January this year the Supreme Court ended the hereditary rights of the Utpat and Badve families A meeting of the temple committee headed by former minister Anna Dange then decided to invite applications from non-Brahmin and women priests Sanjay Teli the chief executive officer of the temple says the move was taken to demonstrate that no single caste or group of people could claim monopoly on God When she spotted the advertisement Ashtekar was thrilled at the prospect of serving as a priest in the famous temple A home-maker she has been associated with various reform movements in the area for reclaiming women’s right in the religious sphere and has two graduation degrees in science and education “The scriptures say that those who know the supreme one can be called Brahmins They should follow the right path the right rituals and not claim supremacy by birth alone Besides Rukmani herself is a woman so why should men serve her” asks Ashtekar Even the Act governing the temple does not bar the appointment of women priests says Teli “This is perhaps the first instance when an ancient religious shrine would employ women priests” he says Urmilla Bhate 50 believes that women can be as effective as men when it comes to priesthood “Our scriptures have examples where women have led religious rites But somewhere in the annals of history it (that right) was taken away from us by a group of selfish men We have to get that back and that is why I am here” says Bhate who has a Master’s degree in Marathi Both Bhate and Ashtekar are Brahmins by caste and several men of their families have been associated with the temple as priests or servers With this long tilak dhoti and a flowing chadar Venkatesh Jilla is a picture of a traditional priest Armed with a laptop which has clips of him conducting complex rituals the 32-year-old is confident of getting a position “Given a chance I will prove myself as an efficient priest” says Jilla who belongs to the Padmashali caste (included in the Other Backward Castes) and is here to fulfil his father’s dream A graduate in commerce Jilla is a priest in a local Ram temple The Padmashali caste is known for its proficiency in priestly functions and its members serve in various small temples of Maharashtra Karnataka Andhra Pradesh and other states but usually they are not employed by big temples “This move will break the hegemony of Brahmins” he says But Ramesh Pawar a devotee from Beed in Maharashtra is not sure how the new system will work “In none of the bigger shrines do we have women or non-Brahmin priests What will women do on their days of ritual impurity” he asks In Pandharpur devotees hold the cymbal and the mridangam in their hands as they circumbulate the temple singing songs When it was pointed out that he was singing a song composed by Sant Janabai a woman saint a while ago Pawar said saints were “different” Vasudev Utpat and Babasaheb Badve the scions of the two priestly families who held sway over the temple over the last 2000 years are upset “The rituals of Vitthal are unique and no one but the Utpats or the Badves can perform them The ancient mantras are also known only to us The people who are conducting the interviews and those appearing for them do not know these and they will not be able to continue the time-honoured practices of the temple” says Utpat What they do not talk about is that the state government decided to take over the temple management from the two families in the late 1970s because of allegations of corruption mismanagement and fleecing of the pilgrims It had become a custom to auction the right of worship on special days to the highest bidder; the bids sometimes ran into several lakhs of rupees “Yes there might have been some black sheep but that has been blown out of proportion” says Utpat He points out that the hereditary rights of the priests of the Tuljapur shrine or the Jejuri Khandoba shrine in the districts of Osmanabad and Pune respectively had not been withdrawn just because they were non-Brahmins But then the move has found voices of support too Hari Narke professor Mahatma Phule chair University of Pune says “I hope it is taken up at all levels (Social reformer) Mahatma Jyotiba Phule had asked for the opening of posts for all Hindus and I am glad that is happening now” he says adding that even Babasaheb Ambedkar had passed a resolution in 1920 asking for religious appointments only through merit This story appeared in print under the headline Rukmani’s People For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: January 25 2017 3:09 pm B-town celebs Paresh Rawal Subhash Ghai and Taapsee Pannu defame Award showsnaming them useless Related News After veteran Rishi Kapoor’s revelation about “buying” a Best Actor Award for Rs 30000 once upon a time Bollywood celebrities like Raakhee Subhash Ghai Taapsee Pannu and Prasoon Joshi have raised questions on the credibility of popular film awards Here’s what they had to say: Raakhee: When I was told I was getting the award for Best Actress in an awful film called Be-Imaan I said I wouldn’t accept it Not when just a few years earlier they refused to give me the award for what I thought was a commendable performance in Sharmeelee More from the world of Entertainment: “They chose to give Asha Parekh the Best Actress award that year for Kati Patang Shockingly they didn’t even give Sachin Dev Burman the Best Music award for his soulful music in Sharmeelee In fact Sachin and his son Rahul Dev Burman hardly ever got awards” Taapsee Pannu: Awards for me are wonderful television shows Those trophies look good on your living room shelves That’s about it Tillotama Shome: I wouldn’t know about popular awards because I’ve never been nominated for any let alone won If I did win any I’d feel accepted as part of this wonderful fraternity Never mind We unsung artistes are like wild flowers We will grow even through the cracks Also read |Mainstream award shows need to be more credible: ManojBajpayee Paresh Rawal: The popular awards are worthless and useless They are big marketing events with no substance A glaring omission was my film OMG – Oh My God which didn’t get any nominations in the popular awards And there are innumerable such sins of omission Awards are as useless as a tail on a teddy bear Subhash Ghai: Popular awards lost their credibility long ago when they were turned into star-studded stage shows and commercial events for television channels Filmfare was the first awards function to turn commercial when they tied up with a gutka brand The rest followed Earlier all the awards were for excellence and not for commercial branding Unlike the Oscars which we still respect for maintaining authenticity I attend our popular awards in the spirit of a festive gathering I only feel excited when I see the awards for best debutants That means we have new talent coming in Also read |Amaal Mallik slams Indian film awards asks why only nominate Aishwarya Rai and leave Randeep Hooda forSarbjit Saurabh Shukla: There are too many awards And an excess of anything leads to boredom If you eat too much chocolate the craving is replaced by nausea You can’t get excited about Holi if you had to play it seven times a year Awards are a celebration of talent If you have too many choices they are no longer exciting Satish Kaushik: Too many players spoil the game These are more like reality shows than awards functions I miss the days when there was one awards function the Filmfare awards and the whole industry used to wait for it Also read |Rishi Kapoor reveals of buying his 1973 Best Actor award for Bobby and more in new book Prasoon Joshi: They are a kind of reality television They are designed to entertain viewers Award functions are like consumer products If we come to terms with this it is easy to comprehend the presence of so many brands functioning within the awards space As long as we recognize today’s average awards function as a consumer item we are fine India to that extent is unique However I feel National awards are a little different as they are not marketing tools Shailendra Singh (head honcho of Percept Ltd): It’s a buffet out there You eat everything But you don’t respect or enjoy anything For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 9 2017 2:26 am Ajay Maken said that in gross violations of the Supreme Court’s guidelines the AAP “issued advertisements which were bereft of any public interest and were purely political in nature” (File Photo) Related News Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken has said in the Delhi High Court that the AAP’s petition against the recommendations of a three-member committee to pay Rs 97 crore which the Delhi government spent on political advertisements was not maintainable as the Supreme Court in a verdict had established that “any party aggrieved with the actions/functioning of the committee may approach the apex court directly” In his response to the AAP’s plea Maken said that in gross violations of the Supreme Court’s guidelines the AAP “issued advertisements which were bereft of any public interest and were purely political in nature” The committee headed by former Chief Election Commissioner B B Tandon in its report dated September 16 2016 said the Delhi government had spent the exchequer’s money on ads projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP Maken also said the committee’s detailed findings were not challenged by the party and hence the petitioner could not say there was violation of principles of natural justice For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Updated: August 14 2017 3:21 pm Rajkummar Rao nails it as Subhash Chandra Bose in Bose Dead or Alive Related News He is in it to win it – that’s the phrase which can aptly describe Rajkummar Rao as an actor And you will definitely agree with us after watching his first look from Bose Dead or Alive the web-series he is doing in collaboration with director Hansal Mehta The teaser shows a man who is hiding in the dark but slowly and steadily he reveals his identity You know it is Rajkummar you know the character well but the moment he lights the cigarette and comes into light you cannot help but say – wow As the look gives you goosebumps the background score too leaves an impact The music has an international touch builds the mood of suspense and curiosity with the very first beat and promises of something that is going to give you a hair rising experience After sharing the teaser Ekta Kapoor the brain behind the web-channel ALTBalaji shared the first look on her Instagram She captioned the teaser as “OK HERE IT IS The FIRSTLOOK OF… @rajkummar_rao AS…The man… the mystery …the LEGEND BOSE DEAD/ALIVE. Talk about that. explains Khan. But that will take a while because mine is a big-budget film and we will have to wait for lots of success to come our way. Cheers to that For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: June 2 2014 11:35 pm Related News Thackerays signal willingness to lead their parties in assembly This is an interesting shift Ahead of the assembly election in October and in the wake of a dramatic Lok Sabha verdict significant moves are afoot in Maharashtra The Shiv Sena and the MNS could both be moving towards a new upfront style of leadership Raj Thackeray has announced his decision to contest from Dadar and cousin Uddhav Thackeray is also said to be aiming for the chief minister’s post While the chief ministership question is settled by the number of seats each party brings to the winning coalition this talk is an interesting change of tack for the Thackeray family which has so far specialised in managing politics from a distance “I am the remote control” Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray had said after publicly rebuking the then CM Manohar Joshi who had been installed by him in the Shiv Sena-BJP government in the late 1990s This is a healthier more honest approach to leadership where the Sena leader will also be accountable in the legislative assembly The Shiv Sena since its inception in 1966 has denied the idea of democratic citizenship for an aggressively authoritarian Marathi mobilisation casting minorities and migrants as “the others” Its strong organisational infrastructure and its sense for political theatre including public violence as a performative strategy carries on also replicated in its offshoot the MNS With Bal Thackeray’s passing the rivalry between the Senas continues but the next generation of Thackerays is clearly more open to wielding power directly steering the party as well as leading legislators and running the government Given that Bal Thackeray’s large presence is missing now this will also forestall the emergence of any other power-centres within the parties The Shiv Sena’s bid for chief ministership may cause some tension with ally BJP It will not be as easy to apportion credit for victory if they do win given that the Sena is poised to do better but equally Narendra Modi’s sheen is expected to rub off on both parties Ideally this move towards direct accountability could temper the Senas’ politics if they have to speak to the entire spectrum of opinion in the assembly rather than merely the sectional interests that voted them in and if they have stakes in leading a responsible government For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Parul | Chandigarh | Published: June 1 2017 3:40 am The Department of Indian Post commemorated five Indian writers — Balwant Gargi Bhisham Sahni Krishan Chander Shrilal Shukla and K V Puttappa Related News IT WAS an evening to remember relive the memories and also a time to connect the glorious past with a bright future It was an evening that was a befitting tribute to a man who single-handedly set up the Department of Indian Theatre at PU in 1972 with his creative genius and in the process created a new ground for professional theatre in Punjab Panjab University joined India Post in celebrating the literary contribution of thespian Balwant Gargi and four other Indian writers by issuing postage stamps at a function at the English Auditorium on Wednesday with some of Gargi’s students present on the occasion including MP Kirron Kher who released the stamps The Department of Indian Post commemorated five Indian writers — Balwant Gargi Bhisham Sahni Krishan Chander Shrilal Shukla and K V Puttappa — with PU’s Department of Indian Theatre remembering Gargi with 2016 celebrated on campus as the first birth centenary of the renowned playwright and theatre director with plays seminars music programmes “It is an emotional moment for me and a moment of national importance for PU as three writers out of the five Gargi Bhisham Sahni and Krishan Chander are from this university I hope on this special occasion the government will financially support the effort of resurrecting W-11 the home of Gargi into a museum so that the space can be utilised by artistes for theatre art music In fact the plot next to it is also empty and we can also extend this space if we have funds The heritage of this university has to be sustained as Taxila of India” reflected Dr Arun K Grover the vice chancellor The occasion was also a space where some of Gargi’s first batch of students Prof Mahendra Kumar G S Chnai Rani Balbir Kaur and of course Kher relived the many moments they spent here with Gargi rehearsing and learning the many layers of theatre with Gargi the renowned director and playwright their guide mentor friend teaching exposing them to international standards of theatre and taking them close to their own roots with folk theatre These men and women respected practitioners of the art are taking his legacy forward “It was in the Department of English where I was pursuing my MA in English that I first saw Gargi in his Standard car a convertible Today as I stand here I don’t feel he is gone there was a life force within him that will always live” reflected Kher looking back at her long journey and association with Gargi The actor began her theatre career with Gargi in this very auditorium with Desire Under the Elms a bold play for the times in which Kher played the lead with Gargi choosing her after audition “My first introduction to theatre and later to life through art literature was because of Gargi the person I am today is because of what I learnt from him to respect flaws be non-judgemental be true to the inner spirit a sense of discipline and commitment to one’s work he enriched me in every way My journey with him stays with me always everything I achieved is because of him He spoke from vast experience intelligence and love and always encouraged my dreams and talent I am so privileged that I am releasing a stamp of someone who changed my life a perfect tribute to him It needed someone like him to build this department and I hope we can take his dream forward” said Kher For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAhmedabad: The new BJP government in Gujarat led by Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel will be sworn-in at a grand function in Gandhinagar on Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi BJP national president Amit Shah chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states and those governed by NDA allies are expected at the ceremony to be held at an open ground near the state secretariat Gujarat BJP president Jitu Vaghani said Several Union ministers and other senior leaders of the party have also been invited for the swearing-in ceremony "We have also invited saints and religious leaders ofvarious faiths to give us their blessings" Vaghani said File image of Vijay Rupani News18 On 23 December the state BJP leaders met Governor O PKohli and staked claim to form the government The governor accepted the BJP’s claim and asked the party to form the next government Rupani and Patel were elected respectively as the leader and the deputy leader of the BJP legislature party on December 22 in presence of central observers – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the party’s general secretary Saroj Pandey The BJP secured a simple majority by winning 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly in the recently-held elections The party’s tally this time came down by 16 seats It had secured 115 seats in 2012 This is the sixth consecutive time that the BJP has wonthe elections in Gujarat The opposition Congress which won 61 seats in 2012 managed to increase its tally to 77 this time With its allies the Congress’ strength in the Assembly is up at 80 seats Patna: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday refused to buy the defense of Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav that he was a minor "without a moustache" at the time of the land-for-hotels deal "When Tejashwi Yadav became the owner of the property he had turned an adult with a moustache and a beard" he said in a statement "He cannot put a veil on his crime by pleading that he was a minor at that time" added Modi The BJP leader claimed that the Kochhar brothers had sold a commercial property on 25 February 2005 in the form of a three-acre land in Patna through 10 sale deeds for Rs 147 crore to Delight Marketing in which Sarla Gupta the wife of former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta was a director Sushil Kumar Modi AFP After the tender was awarded to Sujata Hotel owned by the Kocchars the ownership of Delight Marketing also changed hands from Sarla Gupta to Rabri Devi and Tejashwi Yadav between 2010 and 2014 he alleged Modi dared Tejashwi to announce that he did not own the said land on which Bihar’s biggest mall was coming up "Tejashwi should also announce that he does not own a four-storied building at New Friends Colony in Delhi the value of which is Rs 115 crore today" he said The BJP leader once again urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to sack Tejashwi "When Tejashwi Yadav and his family have refused to resign should the chief minister not show the courage to sack him, Just four days ahead of the game at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Chennai | Published: December 7.

which engineers can use to keep an eye on the various networks inside. I wanted to join the fight against pollution. highlighting the fact that the speakers disqualified the members after President’s Rule was imposed, what is more worrying is the way the political tug-of-war will be played out in the next 24 hours, When I visited Kanpur recently, Delhi girl Kriti, PTI Written by Press Trust Of India | Published: October 11, we will cap Rs 4.

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