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and the performances are so life-like that you forgive these tiny things. They try to calm him down and he drives away. told Pune Newsline that complicating factors were the large hole in the heart and the greatly raised pressure on the lung. The four-hour-long surgery was challenging because it involved a middle-aged adult who had this condition since birth.

In a letter to the Chief Engineer on September 26 this year, Asked about the absence of the boundary wall, in terms of purchasing power parity. “The film industry doesn’t understand patriotism and nationalism. “We are definitely suggesting new ways for people to consume sparkling wine. (Source: Thinkstock Images) Top News You may want to start hitting the gym as a recent study suggests that exercise-induced hormone irisin may have a therapeutic potential in strengthening bone. 2015 3:47 pm Set in modern-day Varanasi, The information provided by Wikileaks indicate that CIA can also bypass into one’s WhatsApp encryption and read private messages.a zero sum game. My deepest condolences to the family @mrkhanna ? #vinodkhanna #legend #icon #bollywood #amarakbaranthony #qurbani #dayavan #ferozkhan (sic)” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published: August 19 2015 12:00 am The court in a remarkably perfunctory treatment has dismissed this practice It claims dubiously that ‘santhara’ is not essential to Jainism Related News Nation-states and religion are theonly two ideologies that both regulate and consecrate the meaning of death This also makes them competitors The ultimate exercise of sovereignty by the state is itsclaim to determine the conditions under which death is permissible It also decides what forms of dying can be given public meaning — death for the nation-state is valorised Any other attempt to determine the conditions under which we die is a usurpation of sovereignty and other public meaning or consecration of forms of dying need to be eviscerated Even the difference between what is religious and what is secular is not an antecedently given distinction; it is a distinction internal to the exercise of sovereignty The state decides what is religious and what is not; it even decides what is essential to religion These decisions sometimes wear the garb of neutrality But the state’s own view of dying and death often carries unconscious theological baggage it regards as neutral Certainly the IPC has traces of a Christian view of life and dying It cannot even contemplate alternative modes in which that event in life has been imagined It is not surprising therefore that in Nikhil Soni vs Union of India the Rajasthan High Court has concluded that the Jain practice of santhara or sallekhana shall be considered a criminal offence under Section 309 of the IPC which provides for punishment for attempted suicide and Section 306 which provides for punishment for abetment of suicide Sallekhana is the Jain practice of withdrawing from taking food under some very special circumstances as a way of subduing all passions that cause himsa and preparing for a purified passage into the death state and beyond The theological issues are complex There are varieties of santhara from a willed long fasting to a short-lived ritual withdrawal from food under conditions of extreme distress It is often now used in a token sense to give significance to the last moments of cancer patients at the edge of death The conditions under which it can be undertaken and the forms of supervision for this practice have also evolved historically Some of this is wonderfully captured in Shekhar Hattangadi’s documentary on the subject The existential pathos and struggle of trying to subdue all passions prematurely was brilliantly dramatised in Ship of Theseus The court in a remarkably perfunctory treatment has dismissed this practice It claims dubiously that it is not essential to Jainism The subduing of all desire is the central thread of Jainism; this is merely one expression The “essential practices” test is a piece of contorted chicanery It implies that if a practice were “essential” but morally wrong it could not be regulated and it takes away the believer’s autonomy to decide what is essential The state should decide what is in the interest of justice and religions need to comply — essential practice or not It dismisses the idea that the right to life can include under some circumstances controlling the conditions of your exit with dignity It dismisses the claim every Jain text makes that sallekhana has to be distinguished from suicide Here the narrowness of English and incommensurable ideas of death run into a head-on collision Just as English often flattens translations from Sanskrit by describing all nine varieties of love as “love” so it is with death How can an IPC or a Christian theology make sense of a tradition that emphatically says suicide is wrong but provides room for the idea that one can reach a state where ahimsa requires you neither prolong life nor court death In Jain texts sallekhana is differentiated from suicide by the quality of intent; the IPC recognises only form for intent To be fair what distinguishes an intent borne out of the conquest of passions and ahimsa and suicide in a conventional sense may be hard for judges unmusical to different varieties of death to understand The state is right to intervene in practices that are unjust essential or not Sallekhana is different because it is not usually associated with two evils most religions inflict: the subordination of women and outright coercion Sallekhana unlike sati with which silly comparisons are drawn has not historically been associated with the subordination of women Both men and women do it It is voluntary though it can be debated whether the social attraction of being remembered as an adept is a kind of coercive pressure In some renditions of the practice having once taken a vow the community censure on withdrawing was significant Equally in the regulation by Jain monks the vows were often graded gradually escalating so that the process could be stopped if circumstances changed Yes there is in some cases the risk of social pressure but the tradition itself had regulatory answers to compensate for that But let us face it: If social pressure alone were the test of illegitimacy of a practice almost all social institutions would be declared invalid beginning with marriage Where is the bright line between choice and pressure The court held that santhara is simply a religion-based exception to current prohibitions on euthanasia We had dealt with this issue so far with a kind of “don’t ask don’t tell” policy The state did not prosecute these cases; it did not even prosecute a similar refusal to nutrition by Vinoba Bhave On a literal interpretation the court is correct Even if the tradition makes a distinction between santhara and suicide it is hard to see a judge being able to confidently state the difference The possibilities of nuanced judgements within communities collide with the simple-minded logic of juridification But no state is going to grant leeway to community judgement in these matters Some have argued that attempted suicide must be decriminalised altogether Others argue that rather than make a religion-based exception the right to die must be extended to all individuals so long as it does not harm others The Supreme Court should reconsider the high court judgment It goes against the identity of a religion whose central tenet is reverence for life and it is a practice whose harm in most cases is not obvious The community for its part will need a conversation on the conditions under which santhara should be permitted It is one thing for the state to protect life and promote justice It is another for it to colonise the various ways in which death can be interpreted and life be given meaning Unfortunately the judgment does just that The writer is president Centre Policy Research New Delhi and a consulting editor for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Dev Kar | Published: July 15 2015 12:56 am Despite India’s support for it at the G-20 the OECD’s automatic exchange of financial information (AEFI) regime is riddled with loopholes that make its usefulness questionable Related News Successive governments have attempted to curtail the black money menace through policy action and moral suasion But the recent slew of measures including bilateral and multilateral initiatives — most recently India and the United States signed an agreement under the American Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act — is perhaps the most far-reaching in memory Black money or illicit financial flows violate laws in their creation utilisation or transference They have had a pernicious influence in India since Independence — from the financing of elections to that of terrorism against the state Policy actions against black money are focused on either its recovery from abroad or curtailing further transfers In our experience countries benefit more by curtailing the present rate of black-money creation than by trying to recover funds lost in the past Numerous countries have found that getting back illicit funds and collecting unpaid taxes is an arduous time-consuming and expensive task In addition the very real potential of punitive action on holders of such ill-gotten assets strongly discourages voluntary disclosure Little wonder that the World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery programme has since its inception in September 2007 assisted in recovering only a minuscule portion of illicit assets stashed abroad This notwithstanding the full support of the bank’s near-universal membership of states and its own considerable human and financial resources in the fray All this goes to show that it is far better to adopt policy measures to tighten the creation and transfer of black money than to be quixotic about its return The recently passed Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Act is an attempt in that direction The legislation states that those voluntarily declaring unaccounted income or assets would have to pay a flat 30 per cent tax and a similar penalty while wilful tax evaders would be liable for 10-years rigorous imprisonment However for this law to encourage voluntary disclosure of secret offshore accounts owners must come to believe that the government will discover their offshore holdings At present the best strategy for India to discover those accounts will be to enter into exchange agreements with other countries under the OECD’s automatic exchange of financial information (AEFI) global treaty regime Despite India’s support for it at the G-20 the OECD’s AEFI regime is riddled with loopholes that make its usefulness to the undisclosed foreign income act questionable Under the current implementation timeline the first exchange of information is at least two years away Additionally information on beneficial or actual ownership of deposit accounts worldwide is scanty and these information gaps are unlikely to be filled quickly India has since 2009 required banks to collect information on beneficial ownership but actual implementation has thus far been dismal Even though the Reserve Bank of India has issued a number of banking guidance circulars most financial institutions have yet to comply Moreover subscription to the AEFI regime is voluntary and the OECD cannot coerce countries to sign up Tax havens are under pressure to join but it is not clear when we could expect the major ones to do so The most important loophole is that the AEFI only requires exchange of information if a national has a 25 per cent or greater stake in that account If an account holder has less than 25 per cent interest in the total funds in that account the country or jurisdiction would not be required to share information on beneficial ownership with India Therefore holders of black money abroad could simply disperse their funds into smaller deposit accounts below the OECD threshold in multiple jurisdictions in order to avoid detection We can expect the world’s labyrinthine shadow financial system to help them to do so in relative anonymity There has been scant progress against tax haven secrecy Aided by little or no regulatory oversight tax havens have been absorbing illicit funds from poor developing countries for decades Research at Global Financial Integrity shows that over the period 2005-11 the assets of private residents of developing countries grew twice as fast as those of advanced countries Major international banks are not far behind when it comes to opacity A number of the world’s foremost banks have been in the news recently for their alleged role in one money-laundering scheme or another Typically since the bank’s top managers are not held personally responsible they do not go to jail The banks pay a fine that amounts to little more than a slap on the wrist and business continues as usual Another gambit by the Narendra Modi government to address the problem incentives for e-payment of tax is also a questionable effort to curtail the circulation of black money At first glance it would appear that such targeted measures could work given that a large portion of business transactions in India is cash-based making it difficult to detect black money But since only a sliver of India’s labour force pays income taxes the incentive to encourage payment by bank card can only have a limited impact on black money circulation Furthermore illicit profits arising out of a cash transaction may well exceed any tax incentive the government can provide through the use of bank cards In such cases the risk-reward equation would still work out in favour of those operating in cash According to the World Bank there are six dimensions to overall governance: absence of violence voice and accountability strength of institutions government effectiveness control of corruption and the rule of law The specific measures to curtail black money announced recently need to be buttressed by systemic policies to stren-gthen each of the other aspects of governance India will also need to continue international efforts at appropriate forums to restrict the absorption of black money by foreign financial institutions and require the reporting of such accounts Given the significant policy challenges on multiple fronts the path to redemption has often been littered with the carcasses of good intentions The writer is chief economist Global Financial Integrity Washington DC and a former senior economist at the IMF For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Surjit S Bhalla | Published: October 20 2012 2:23 am Related News We live in an age of action forofand by the people It is a zoo out there Allegationscountersdamp squibsblood moneyclan against clanpeople against the powerfulwannabe politicians against entrenched feudal lordsand anchors involved in gladiatorial contests across channels It is news as entertainment for usthe middle class It is a sad-happy moment Sad that it is this wayand happy that the cleansing of the system has begun in earnest What is common across the angst is a clamour for better governance whether it is in the delivery of subsidies meant for the pooragricultural items like irrigation waterthe cleaning up of black coal residues or hi-tech allocations of spectrum The anger of the middle class has been fuelled by the fear and beliefin equal measurethat the citizen has been ripped off By the politicians who run the government Surelythe most important buzzword is governance.

Watch what else is in the news “No officials in whom government has no confidence will not continue in their position”, Varun and Alia walked the ramp and shook a leg to their latest chartbuster, dynasty, download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai | Published: March 25, Players from Punjab are very proud, We have video referrals in our game these days and it is important that you ask the right question. Suryah is under consideration for the antagonist’s role in superstar Mahesh Babu’s upcoming, said, was the symbolic value of what followed. right-hand combination.

Biswas’s son Dipankar filed an FIR at the local police station. "We talked about being on the front foot and having a high tempo to our play. to join the NDA after the apex court ordered trial against Lalu Prasad. Ticket sales: Tickets for the Qualifier matches are available at Box Office Gate No. one of the company directors,combustible? ten days ahead of its world premiere,which is scheduled for April 14 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by P P Rao | Published: January 23 2012 3:39 am Related News Corruption has become a serious problemdefying solutions To curb itseveral measures are needed apart from the Lokpal billthe Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill and the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Persons Making the Disclosures Billotherwise known as the whistlblowers protection bill The three billsin their present formdo not appear capable of achieving the avowed objective Like the Right to Information Actthese bills need to be made effective Ideallythey should be made part of a comprehensive package of electoraladministrative and judicial reforms These should facilitate the removal of public servants found to be of doubtful integrity and the appointment of persons of probityability and commitment Protection of whistleblowers is overdue For want of protectionseveral whistleblowers who dared to expose corruption have been killedincluding journalists The whistleblowers protection billpassed by the Lok Sabhawas drafted after considering the reports of the Law Commission and the Second Administrative Reforms Commissionto encourage public-spirited persons to disclose information relating to corruption and the wilful misuse of power or discretion on the part of any public servantto ensure their anonymityfacilitate discreet and thorough inquiry into the allegations and to provide a mechanismnot only to punish the guilty and recover the lossbut to provide safeguards against the victimisation of informants The bill also prescribes penalties for motivated complaints made against innocent public servants While adopting the definition of public servant from the Prevention of Corruption Actcovering government servantsmembers of Parliament and state legislaturesministers and judicial officersthe bill excludes the prime minister and chief ministers who act as competent authorities and are made responsible to ensure effective implementation of the law The success of the proposed law depends on the competent authoritys integrityability and determination to root out corruption The prime minister in relation to a Central minister and the chief minister in relation to a minister in a state are supposed to shoulder this onerous responsibility At a time when the credibility of severalCMs appears to be doubtfulcan this bill achieve its objectives While the high court is rightly made the competent authority in respect of judicial officers and the court staffin the case of Central government servants and holders of office under a Central Actthe competent authority will be the Central Vigilance Commission or any other authorityas the Central government may specify There is no guidance for exercising discretion by the Central government Similar discretion is given to the state governments to specify the State Vigilance Commission or any officer of the state government or authority as the competent authority in respect of its employees or holders of offices under a state law Unguided discretion means avoidable uncertainty Legislative guidance is necessary Keeping out judges of superior courts is understandable as the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill provides for a mechanism to entertain complaints against them The British had left behind a disciplined armyneutral civil servicesefficient police and paramilitary forces and a strong and independent judiciary Those fighting for Independencepromised better governance through elected representatives BR Ambedkar and Rajendra Prasad told the Constituent Assembly that if the people elected have competence and integritythey can make the best even of a defective Constitution If they are lacking in thesethe Constitution cannot help What are the ground realities now Candidates spend large sums of unaccounted money After getting electedtheir interference with the administrationincluding the policehas become inevitable Corruption starts here The Supreme Courtin the Vineet Narain vs Union of India casetook notice of the NN Vohra Committee Report on the activities of crime syndicatesbeing protected by some in the governmentand suggested remedial measures In Jayalalithaas casethe Supreme Courtreferring to the corruption that has corroded electoral democracysuggested amendment of the Representation of the People Act1951so that a person on being convicted of an offence punishable under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act could be disqualified from being chosen as a member or continuing as a member of a legislative assembly or Parliament The public opinion for a strongindependent Lokpalreflects the the lack of trust in the integrity and objectivity of the elected representatives Parliament is yet to act To check corruptionthe electoral system needs to be purified first Administration of justice needs to be toned up For ensuring successful prosecution of corrupt public servantsthere has to be an independent and thorough investigation In addition to whistle blowersprotection needs to be given to each and every prosecution witness as suggested by the Law CommissionJustice Malimath Committee and the Supreme Court In shortcomprehensive reforms covering all aspects of corruption are required Who will do itand when The writer is a senior advocate in the Supreme Courtand an expert in constitutional law For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsLike a world-class tennis player lobbing the ball from the base line to just across the net India appears to have expertly brought India-China relations back on balance For India the declaration from the Xiamen BRICS summit marks a sea-change from the belligerence which China demonstrated just a few days ago Carefully focused diplomacy by India’s security managers appears to have borne fruit So much so that Pakistan which had treated China until now as its most dependable and trusted ally has rejected the declaration which was adopted while China was in the chair No less than Pakistan’s defence minister stated its rejection Leaders of BRICS nations come together at Xiamen on Monday Reuters The Xiamen declaration condemned Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad both of which primarily target India as terror outfits Further the India-China meet on Tuesday morning agreed that peace should be maintained on the mutual border The two countries’ security and defence chiefs are to stay in touch to ensure this All this contrasts sharply with the series of belligerent statements from China during the Doka La standoff between the two countries’ troops over the past three months It is possible that China was testing India’s response nerve and staying power through those statements – which included specific threats of war and a thrashing by the Chinese Army Turnaround since Goa The Xiamen declaration marks a turnaround from the previous BRICS Summit at Goa The unwillingness of China and Russia to allow India to highlight terrorism in that declaration had come as a rude shock to the Indian side India’s security establishment has carefully charted and executed a laudable course correction over the past few months Notably there has been no further mention of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh or freedom fighters in Balochistan or Gilgit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public announcement of support for freedom movements in Balochistan and Gilgit during his Independence Day speech in 2016 had ruffled China’s feathers This should have been predictable since the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) arm of the Belt and Road Initiative passes right through both those areas India’s security experts had apparently underestimated China’s commitment to its alliance with Pakistan and the extent to which China considers those areas of vital strategic importance China has committed to invest 46 billion dollars in CPEC It would be most interesting to know the economic dimensions of the strategic talks between and Chinese president Xi Jinping on Tuesday morning It was India’s refusal to attend the OBOR Summit in mid-May that marked a steep decline in China’s attitude towards India The Doka La standoff began a couple of weeks later World in flux A major question mark hangs over the extent to which India has now succeeded in blunting Chinese and Russian friendliness towards Pakistan The situation has become particularly piquant after United States president Donald Trump recently declared an alliance with India – with regard to Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific region in general North Korea’s defiant nuclear tests and missile launches have complicated things just as great power relations are in flux around the world It is worth asking whether the current focus on North Korea which appears to be at least subtly backed by both China and Russia has influenced both countries’ responses at Xiamen Trump’s unpredictable nature had already unsettled matters considerably And although the Islamic State militias appear to be on the back foot in West Asia various sorts of terror-based groups continue to pose a potent threat in various parts of the world Amid all this uncertainty one can be sure that China would like nothing more than to emerge as the dominant power in world affairs A very pertinent question in this regard is how could India’s concerns and ambitions fit with this During this very big moment in the super league of global politics India must build its defence capacities and prepare for all eventualities Although the successes at Xiamen are very encouraging it would be foolish to forget the extreme bellicosity that emanated from China just last month Published: February 14 2014 3:20 am Related News Not that the Chinese will particularly mind the latest change in qualification regulations that badminton’s world body has spellt out for the Rio Games: a maximum of only two players in men’s and women’s singles per National Olympic Committee (NOC) in contention For it takes a mere two to win the gold and silver as they showed in the women’s singles at London when Xuerui Li and Yihan Wang hopped on the top-two steps of the podium As such every conceivable effort has been taken to stop the domineering nation from effecting clean-sweeps of the three medals and reducing the maximum number of entrants for a single nation from three to two again seems squarely aimed at restricting the Chinese But what these measures have also done is to reduce the competitiveness of the Olympics itself as the premier competition a career summit for the sport With the world body keen on expanding the participation at the Games to many more nations the competition at the quadrennial games is distinctly watered down It’s wryly admitted that it’s easier to progress through the Olympics draw than to crack the pro-circuit’s Premier Super Series last-8 Which can’t be necessarily good for the Olympics – supposed to be the pinnacle of sporting glory in any sport The argument against allowing sheer rankings (Top 38) on the cut-off date to decide who’ll head to the Olympics is simple: a Table Tennisque sense of monotony (with only one nation dominating) will prevail and you can’t put it past China to rack up intimidating numbers who’ll crowd the draws Also it will limit the number of nations participating But the generosity extended through the minimum continental representation (‘let’s include everyone’-spirit) is better suited to the annual World Championships in badminton rather than forcing it on the Olympics The Worlds boast of two rank outsiders in Spaniard Pablo Abian and Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon as quartefinalists in recent times and are fine opportunities for floaters in ranking-charts to cause a few stirs But diluting the Olympic mix just to take the sting out of the Chinese challenge ends up downgrading the Olympics itself Shivani is a senior assistant editor based in Mumbai [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Radhika Singh | Published: November 10 2016 12:07 am Purab Kohli Top News You’ve been involved in a number of projects in the last year What has re-energised you Career-wise I was on a different path before mid-2014 Jal which released that year changed all that I was extremely attached to the story and character I was playing; I fell in love with it And that love built up a huge expectation around how it would be received But Jal failed at the box office though it was critically acclaimed That shook me up I felt that I was not ready I had to pick up the pieces and force myself to move on So after Jal you chose to pick up more mainstream projects Yes Many films that I acted in after Rock On!s voters are bereft of choices. 2013 12:34 am Related News BJP on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged multi-crore fodder scam in drought-hit districts of Maharashtra. who were part of the march.

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