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For all the latest World News, A case of robbery, 2013 12:46 am Related News Speaking at a private event to felicitate the Mumbai Indians on their victory at the IPL John Wright, He braves hardships to go to stadiums, Bakhshi Stadium — the main venue of the Independence Day function in Jammu and Kashmir — has been turned into a virtual fortress. he moved to Bombay with his father, who are “close aides” of Kejriwal. I will go to the CBI,” said Nikhil, From the first bell itself.

be regarded as requiring surveillance by the NSA if the concern is anchored in the desire to counter terrorism. Equally to try to defend the sweeping collection of phone and internet records on the grounds that it was only gathering “metadata” is profoundly misleading The radio silence from the UPA government on revelations by Edward Snowden almost two years ago that the NSA engaged in massive snooping operations at a global level including telephone conversations of leaders of other countries was in marked contrast to reactions from other countries Brazil’s cancellation of a state visit to Washington DC at the invitation of President Barack Obama and the public expression of outrage including the recent expulsion of the senior-most intelligence operative by Germany a close ally of the US and Nato partner stand out in contrast The Indian protest under the UPA was low-level belated feeble and pro forma It would have been embarrassing for the government of India to condemn such a practice by the US if for example Vodafone and/ or AT&T were to come out with a public assertion in response that they were extending similar services to India at the request of the then government Recent revelations by Vodafone that India was among the governments which asked it to snoop/ wire-tap calls e-mails and text messages going into and out of the country have surprisingly not received the attention they should have The revelation explains yet another phenomenon that earlier appeared inscrutable that of employees of multinational internet and telecom majors masquerading as spokespersons of the Indian telecom and internet industry When questions relating to global internet governance acquired salience this particular group cornered the space for discussion and through motivated writings sought to propagate the thesis that the “multi-stakeholder” model advocated globally by the multinational internet and telecom majors resonated in India as well with little or scant regard for the long-term interests of India and Indian internet and telecom majors The NETmundial conference in Sao Paulo Brazil in April this year produced an outcome that fell far short of the expectations of most observers and sought to preserve the status quo The US administration’s generous offer to make adjustments to its authority over ICANN has come with conditionalities and time-frames which have made them meaningless if not impossible to achieve India’s principal concerns and long-term interests with regard to global internet governance require the renewal of our commitment to protect and promote the internet as an unprecedented tool of innovation and empowerment India should reaffirm our adherence to all obligations under the various treaties on human rights to which we are a party in particular to those relating to freedom of expression We should also commit ourselves to all measures to bridge the “digital divide” both nationally and internationally India and Indian IT enterprises will no doubt need to preserve and enhance the interests of Indian users of the internet whose numbers have been growing greatly in recent years Indian IT companies need to preserve the global competitive edge secured over the years They also need to assess the possible evolution of the IT industry over the next 20 years or so and orient themselves to the changing demands of the global industry They can thus seek to build on the comparative advantages that they have enjoyed till now This will require encouraging creativity and innovation as well as setting up enterprises tailored to the next generation India has to move up the value chain in the global IT industry in the long term This would imply a much-needed transition from providing IT skills and back-room services to making its own branded services and products and leading global innovation in IT Several international public policy issues pertaining to the internet including among others the infrastructure and management of critical internet resources already stand identified by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) These include issues of considerable interest and relevance to developing countries such as the bridging of the digital divide interconnection costs and participation in global policy development Several new public policy issues have emerged since the WSIS such as cloud computing mass surveillance and the collection of metadata the use of cyber weapons and jurisdiction Plurilateral agreements among developed countries on substantive policy issues and treaties negotiated among them have remained the dominant global governance model in the internet arena The inclusion of developing countries in global norm-setting and design of digital architecture will continue to pose an important challenge in the coming years Without such inclusion the inherently global nature of the internet will be threatened — there is the danger of fragmentation of the internet through disparate national policies The principal challenge before Indian policymakers is to move away from the short term and the cacophony organised by the status quoists forcefully articulate the long-term interests of the Indian internet and telecom majors and design and put in place the necessary eco-system and policy framework for the purpose We should aim at building the next-generation editions of TCS Infosys and Wipro and move up the value chain The Vodafone revelation has come not a day too soon and will hopefully serve as yet another wake-up call This will require not only rejigging domestic policy but also making necessary changes in articulating India’s position in international forums on issues relating to global internet governance Over the last four years the UPA government had allowed itself to be led by the spokespersons of global industry; it is high time that this was challenged The government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an excellent opportunity to reverse this trend make the necessary and imperative course corrections and move in the right direction The author a retired diplomat and BJP member is non-resident senior advisor International Peace Institute New York Views are personal [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 10 2017 2:49 am The cave-in took place on February 2 Express Top News Twenty-one restaurants in Connaught Place were sealed by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) earlier this week for operating illegally on rooftops and balconies of the heritage shopping arcade following an inspection launched by the civic body after the cave-in of a first floor-shop at Block C on February 2 The NDMC began inspecting the “structural safety” of buildings in CP after the incident following which all commercial establishments on roofs — including restaurants — were barred from operating an official had told The Indian Express “Twenty-one rooftop restaurants which were operating illegally have been sealed after an inspection We had issued notices long ago but we sealed them last weekend after a second round of inspection” a senior NDMC official said “Warehouse Cafe Vault Cafe Kitchen Bar Lord of the Drinks Jungle Jamboree Boombox Cafe Farzi Cafe House of Commons Office Canteen Bar Luggage Room Cafe OMG Unplugged Courtyard and Barbeque Nation are among the restaurants to have been sealed” the official added The NDMC has also planned to survey and list all “dangerous” buildings in the area this month as a precaution and formulate a policy to regulate structures installed on rooftops in the commercial centre The NDMC’s six-member panel comprising structural safety experts from IIT-Delhi CPWD the council and the sub-divisional magistrate of the area are preparing a report on the cave-in officials said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by SWEETY KUMARI | Kolkata | Published: August 28 2017 2:39 pm An idol of Ganesh is immersed at Okhla Barrage on Ganpati Visarjan Thursday (Source: Express photo by Abhinav Saha) Top News Three people were killed and seven others injured after they were electrocuted during a Ganesh idol procession in Kolkata The incident happened at 1 am on Monday when the 25-foot idol came in contact with an overhead high-voltage electric wire and caught fire The idol was being taken for immersion at the Baje Kadamtala ghat on the banks of Hooghly river “Bimal Sahani (37) and Jitendra Sahani (28) of New market area were declared brought dead at Calcutta Medical college while Bitesh Mondal (30) of South 24 paraganas was declared dead at SSKM” said DC (North Port police) Syed Waqar Raza said Bitesh Mondal was reportedly hired to carry the idol and Bimal Sahani was one of the organisers Out of the seven injured two have been discharged and five others are still receiving treatment at the hospital “Mahesh Shaw (22) Dinanath Ram (15) Amar Mondal (45) and Arjun Chetri (20) are being treated at Calcutta medical college and Mohan Sahani (35) is admitted at SSKM hospital” said an official One of the idol’s hands got entangled with the overhead wire when they were crossing the railway track near the Eden Garden Railway station Railway sources claimed that there they were not informed about the procession At the time of the incident no trains were scheduled to run on the railway line Restoration work at the track is currently underway For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 4 2017 3:43 am Charred remains of a house at Sandeshkhali on Saturday Express Top News A TRINAMOOL Congress member was killed while several others were injured in a clash that took place between two groups at Jeliakhali village in North-24 Parganas Sandeshkhali on Saturday morning Sources said the two groups fought over land dispute and to take control over the area Three persons including a woman received bullet injuries Over 15 others sustained injuries in the clash Nearly 13 houses were torched and a few vehicles damaged by members of both the groups sources said “One person died in the clash” said SP (North-24 Parganas) Bhaskar Mukherjee The deceased has been identified as Nizamuddin Molla (35) Sources said local strongmen Joynal Molla and Nizamuddin Molla alias Moina Molla had fought over establishing control in the area by capturing land in the past as well The conflict between the two groups is old but it turned nasty on Saturday when Nizamuddin and Joymal indulged into a fight over ownership of a local land said sources The fight turned violent Both the groups used pistols bombs and lathis in the clash as per PTI Violence continued for more than an hour “The two groups hurled bombs at each other and a few rounds of bullets were also fired Several houses were torched The situation is being monitored We are yet to ascertain who started the firing” a police official told The Sunday Express RAF and combat force personnel have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order sources said Trinamool district president Jyoti Priya Mullick blamed the BJP for the violence “The land dispute between Joynal Molla and Moina Molla is quite old Joynal Molla is backed by BJP It’s is BJP’s conspiracy to create trouble in the area All those who have been injured are TMC members We are at the receiving end of this violence” he said BJP rubbished the allegations saying the clash was the fallout of Trinamool’s internal feud “Joynal Molla is not a BJP member Internal feud among TMC goons is evident across the state This incident is also the fallout of internal fight of TMC people When they can’t control they blame other parties” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: December 22 2016 5:46 pm Ayushmann Khurrana’s younger brother Aparshakti plays pivotal role in Dangal Related News Actor Ayushmann Khurrana’s younger brother Aparshakti’s reported fight at the airport might land him in jail While the incident took place in October the Mumbai police have now filed a 50-page chargesheet which is going to be presented in court this week “Aparshakti has been served a notice and has to be present in court too If found guilty he may get a three-five year prison sentence” informs a source close to the development Aparshakti who will be seen in a prominent role in Aamir Khan’s upcoming wrestling drama Dangal hosts a cricket show for a TV channel The incident took place in October when the staff of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was trying to stop Aparshakti from entering a restricted zone The video jockey-turned-actor who was already upset because his luggage got lost threw a tantrum and reportedly got into a fistfight with the guards “He dashed into the restricted area but a few passengers caught him and he was arrested immediately by the Sahar Airport Police” reveals an eyewitness on the scene Also read |Parineeti Chopra and I share similar influences says AyushmannKhurrana Confirming the same Baburao Mukhedkar senior police inspector Sahar police station informed Mirror “Aparshakti was sent into 24-hour remand for assaulting and threatening people in uniform” Ayushmann rushed to Aparshakti’s rescue but refusing to grant him any concessions the cops made the actor-musician wait at the station for hours before Ayushmann could post bail apologising profusely for his brother’s misbehaviour The Chandigarh-born actor has begun his filmy career The actor has reportedly signed a few more films More from the world of Entertainment: Well it seems that though the Dum Laga Ke Haisha actor is keeping himself away from getting embroiled in any kind of controversy his brother doesn’t really believe in the same celeb mantra For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Updated: June 25 2015 9:40 am A look at the front page of The Indian Express published on June 23 Forty Years Ago Related News The Opposition launched a do-or-die campaign to oust Indira Gandhi from the prime minister’s office Congress (O) leader Morarji Desai told a massive rally at the Ramlila grounds in Delhi on Sunday But the campaign would not be fought on the streets as suggested by Congress president DK Baruah but through non-violent measures including mass satyagraha It would be like 1942 when the Quit India movement was launched Despite persistent rain a large crowd listened to the Opposition leaders BLD leader Raj Narain Jana Sangh president LK Advani and Socialist Party leader Madhu Limaye were among those who spoke JP GROUNDED Jayaprakash Narayan’s flight meant to bring the Sarvodaya leader to Delhi from Patna for the Opposition rally was mysteriously cancelled The Indian Airlines spokesperson in Delhi said it could not take off from Calcutta due to bad weather while his counterpart in Calcutta blamed “technical reasons” NO CONSENSUS In JP’s absence leaders of the five Janata Front parties couldn’t agree on a common strategy to consolidate opposition unity before the Lok Sabha elections BLD leader Charan Singh said only a merger of the five parties could help the Opposition present a national alternative to the Congress whereas others favoured the Gujarat experiment where parties fought as allies BENGAL VIOLENCE Industrial unrest claimed two lives Mihir De vice president of the CITU-controlled Chittaranjan Locomotive Works union and BN Singh president of the Chittaranjan Block Congress were killed in post-bandh clashes KOREA BORDER South Korea asked all government employees to be on special alert for any military action by North Korea against the South a report from Seoul said For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express AppBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: July 5 2017 6:39 am Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore with MP Kirron Kher; students with herbal plants distributed during the mela in Chandigarh Tuesday Sahil Walia Related News ON THE occasion of Van Mahotsav 2017 a ‘Paudh mela’ was inaugurated by the chief guest V P Singh Badnore Governor of Punjab & Administrator UT Chandigarh in the presence of Kirron Kher member of Parliament UT Chandigarh Tuesday at the parking spot near Sukhna Lake Club The two-day Paudhmela will display three stalls of the forest department municipal corporation Horticulture wing of the engineering department Chandigarh at the venue where the forest department will be distributing saplings free of cost and other departments will be selling these plants at nominal rate depending on the species A Stall of Acacia Eco Club of Govt Model Sr Sec School Sec 16-D Chandigarh will distribute herbal plants and Giloy stems to the interested people After the inauguration of Paudhmela the Governor launched the ‘Plantation Drive-2017’ at IRB Complex Sarangpur Chandigarh and planted ‘Rudraksha’ sapling After the plantation programme he also inaugurated the 300 kWp Grid tied Rooftop Solar Power Plant installed on 39 Portal Cabins in IRB Complex Sarangpur Chandigarh; phase II of the project Two years back the 200 kWp rooftop SPV Project was already installed on 22 Portal cabins Now IRB Complex has 500 kWp Rooftop Solar Plants and it is generating about 65 lakhs units of Solar electricity every year Parimal Rai IAS adviser to the Administrator Anurag Agarwal IAS Home Secretary-cum-Secretary (Forests & Sci & Tech & RE) TS Luthra IPS DGP Santosh Kumar IFS Chief Conservator of Forests Alok Kumar DIG & Birendra Choudhary IFS DCF (HQ) and other senior officers of the Administration also planted saplings during the celebrations of Van Mahotsava V P Singh Badnore requested the citizens of Chandigarh to take part in this Van Mahotsava with full enthusiasm and to make Chandigarh a “clean and green city” He urged that if we adopt ‘Each One Plant One’ theme then the Chandigarh is going to be a greener place Santosh Kumar CCF informed that Department of Forests & Wildlife Chandigarh Administration has planned series of days celebrations Eco-Club Day (06th and 7th July) NGO Day (July 7) Herbal Day (July 8) and Resident Welfare Association Day (July 10) so as to involve all stakeholder as part of Van Mahotsav-2017 celebrations For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Salman Khurshid | Updated: August 18 2014 8:32 am Institutional ideology is an analytical product of data about political and philosophical positions taken by society but under trained scrutiny Related News The judicial appointments bill passed by Parliament will still need to pass muster in the Supreme Court of India There is good reason to believe that the political domain though by word committed to the independence of the judiciary either has a distorted idea of what independence is or indeed subscribes to different inarticulate versions of the “independent but committed” conception of the judiciary Understandably the idea is not as dishonest or simple as its opponents make it out to be Is there a place in our polity for ideology or should we be celebrating the “end of ideology” with the maturing of our democracy The fact is that the UPA government had a distinct idea of India much of which the new government may passionately disagree with but might find it difficult at least at this moment to publicly jettison to create space for its own idea of India or Hindustan Must this matter to the judges that decide our fate in many profound ways If the answer is “yes” then would that not be relevant to what kind of judges we have Our understanding of this conundrum will provide guidance to how we ought to select judges rather than the common sight these days on television channels and in newspaper columns of a priori opinions about what is the right way to choose a judge So to return to the question of ideology: it is important to make a distinction between popular ideology (or what common citizens might assume is ideology) of the present as against institutional ideology of historical validity This should not be confused with a case for being captives of the past in form or substance Institutional ideology is an analytical product of data about political and philosophical positions taken by society from generation to generation but under trained scrutiny cleansed of distortion and adulteration This exercise can be done by any trained mind but in our system it is best done by judges The principle of stare decisis and following precedents is a part of that technique It does not matter that in a particular case a judge gets it wrong because the system of appeals reduces the chances of an aberration leaving a lasting distortion The UPA and the NDA may well have dramatically different perceptions of the national good and institutional morality of our society but deep down in our national psyche there are beliefs that cannot be affected by it The greater the consonance between a political outfit’s stated positions and the deep institutional tenets the more likely is the political programme to succeed in a sustained manner That is the logic of democracy Of course institutional ideology too can change but by its very nature it can evolve only over a long period We should not of course confuse this with status quo because within the institutional morality might well be all the instruments for change and response to challenges of the new age Independence of the judiciary needs many factors least of all an understanding of the judge’s role in society by the judges themselves There is enormous amount of material available in the experiences of great judges of our country and the common law world There are several fascinating models of the role of the judge from strict constructionists to creative additional legislators conformists and zealous social reformers relief givers and “hanging judges” philosophers and wordsmiths leaders and followers Interestingly judges from different jurisdictions with vastly varying social conditions still manage to borrow from each other to fortify their reasoning and analysis In India as indeed in many other democracies we are lucky that institutional beliefs were distilled into our Constitution at a remarkable moment in history when the masses expressed their confidence in the leaders to give to the nation a social compact of universal acceptance The amendments that have been made have fleshed out the pristine principles as it were but the basic structure doctrine has in a sense preserved the essential spirit of the Independence movement and the document that reflected its spirit in 1950 This background needs to be kept in mind as we attempt to change the system for appointments of judges that has been in place for several decades Many arguments are being heard about transparency accountability exclusion inclusion self-perpetuation that it does not have a parallel in the world etc But if we believe in the Indian genius why must we feel self-conscious that no one does it this way Some of the best institutions of the world share many attributes of the present system of judicial appointments in India including the shortcomings This is not an appeal to leave things as they are because improvements are always possible and desirable But we should not be doing something that focuses unduly on one aspect of the judiciary and leave the rest to continue in the spirit of business as usual I have some idea about how restless the judiciary is about its inability to deliver justice that is of high quality expeditious affordable and most of all easily understood by the common citizen Judges are not oblivious to the flaws that exist in the present system and in their own way attempt to address them Although we see some signs of the political class being able to forge consensus on the urgency of the intended reform there are some serious questions that have surfaced from the judiciary despite its discreet demeanour in reacting to such public discussions Comments from some members of the judiciary (albeit no longer on the Bench) should not be cited as a compelling reason for haste An institutional conversation between the judiciary and the executive (on behalf of the legislature) is the need of the hour This is too important a matter to be left to be decided in a contest between different wings of government sending out a signal to the people that years after Independence we remain unclear about the separation of powers The writer was Union law minister from May 2011 to October 2012 For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App the Indian delegation to the UN,” AFI secretary CK Valson said.27 per cent in the north-east zone, For all the latest Sports News,” a senior police officer said. participate in or offer any service linked, fiscal or legal advice to their clients, P Nevill, Soumya Sarkar.

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