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The DUTA has been protesting against the introduction of the semester system by the V-C.s post but the one time youth SAD leader and close aide of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal felt snubbed when the Mayorship was handed over to Hakam Singh Giaspura, The Gurdwara is attended by over 800 community members on a weekly basis. The proposed cuts were intended as a ?son Arjun and brother Ajit are also at the stadium to cheer for him. The producers took to Facebook to share their journey of 15 years which began with the first movie in the action drama. “There’s an obsession by the media to delegitimise this President,” Balochistan government spokesman Abdul Kakar said.

the DRT ruled that Diageo should not give $75 million to Mallya until its next hearing which was posted on 28 March,WAQT waqt ki baat hai, a stoic Nitish Kumar was heard saying last week Times have indeed taken a sharp turn for the Bihar chief minister Once considered way ahead of others in the state on the strength of his image of a doerhe has since lost an ally (BJP)found himself against a newly resurgent opponent (RJD)and witnessed a potential partner distance itself (Congress) Nitishs remark of last week was prompted by the UPA government indicating that it was having second thoughts on the special status that he has been desperately seeking for Bihar Nitishs most potent weapon against a Narendra Modi-led BJP offensive The likelihood of a special status has swung depending on the nature of ties between the Congress and the JD(U) at various points of timeand Nitish may have prompted the latest development by ruling out a pre-poll alliance with the Congress following the assembly election results A special status or any kind of financial package is important for Nitish as he looks for a plank to give him crucial momentum before the Lok Sabha polls So far his plans of making it a secularism versus communalism battle have not workedwith the people largely unconvinced by the fit he threw over Modi after having remained in a cosy relationship with the BJP for 17 years Besidesthe release of RJD chief Lalu Prasad from jail means that there is another strong claimant for the secular vote The Congress has already sent strong feelers to himone of its most loyalist alliessensing that the RJD chief may be on a comeback trail Giving Bihar special status would anyway have been problematic for the UPA government as the Raghuram Rajan Committee put 10 other states in the least developed category Only a malleable Nitishwho promised to align with the Congress without many conditionscould have prompted the Centre to act in his favour The perceived anti-Congress wave following the assembly poll results may have prompted this distancing by the JD(U) from the partybut right now its hard to see that alone ensuring Nitish success in the coming elections It may not be a big enough push to put him among the frontline prime ministerial contendersas Nitish was once fancied to be Remember that Santosh is a special correspondent based in Patna For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Burdwan/kolkata | Updated: March 7 2017 3:36 pm Popular Bengali folk music singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya died in an accident (Source: Youtube video grab) Top News Popular Bengali folk music singer Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya died in a road accident at Palsit in West Bengal’s Burdwan district on Tuesday? Singapore: India and Singapore on Friday held the? ‘Chotu’ is a word usually associated with migrants from Nepal who come and work in the country as helpers. and one-time foe Abdul Mannan however seemed to forget about the alliance for a second and was quick to point out that he too was in Trinamool Congress,3 tonnes per capita. Several corporate leaders have also thrown in their lot with the AAP. It will be held at MetLife Stadium on July 15 featuring Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar hosting the star-studded night with dazzling performances by Bollywood megastars Salman Khan, waging or attempting to wage war against the government etc. and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 20 2017 11:58 pm Cricket – India v Australia – First One Day International Match – Chennai India – September 17 2017 – Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kuldeep Yadav (R) of India celebrate the dismissal of David Warner of Australia (C) REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Related News Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav expressed confidence that he can dismiss Australia vice captain David Warner once again in the second ODI to be held at Kolkata “If you happen to be dominate over some player then you don’t feel the pressure it is the same with David Warner since he feels the pressure and he thinks that I can dismiss him at any point of time” said Kuldeep ahead of the match at the Eden Gardens Warner was dismissed by Kuldeep in the first match when the latter played him into cutting a ball and ended up edging it to MS Dhoni behind the stumps He believes it is something that he can repeat “So I don’t have any pressure on me as I love to bowl to him because every time I think that I can dismiss him as he is the right to be dismissed and I set with my plan to dismiss him with my set of deliveries” he said “Our plan is to always to get Warner out as soon as possible since he’s one player who can change the game irrespective of the situation” said Yadav “Steve Smith is also like that If he hangs in there for 30 to 40 overs the opposition comes under pressure since he can strike any time and stretch the score into a big one” The match ended up becoming a virtual T20 chase for Australia due to the snipping of overs due to rains They ended up falling woefully short of the reduced target India now lead the five-match series 1-0 going into the Kolkata match Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were lethal against Australia in the first match at Chennai and their wrist spin was something that the oppostion found difficult to deal with “Two wrist spinners give you more chances for taking wickets because they’re more attacking” Kuldeep said “Left-arm spinners are limited in terms of variations as they only have a couple That’s why batsmen don’t take chances against them Wrist spinners have the quality to deceive batsmen and that gives them more options in terms of delivering wickets” he added For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Tarishi Verma | New Delhi | Updated: February 26 2017 4:11 pm Lipstick Under My Burkha: Pahlaj Nihalani’s stand to maintain the status quo Related News Earlier this week artistic expression was once again clamped down with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) not allowing the film Lipstick Under My Burkha directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha to be released In its statement the CBFC said the “story is lady oriented” and “their fantasy above life” The filmhad it said “contanious (sic) sexual scenes abusive words audio pornography” that were apparently against the sensibilities of an Indian audience As has been the case since he took office Pahlaj Nihalani was once again in the center of it all refusing to budge from his order On Saturday he emphasised that CBFC is needed for the right kind of films to reach the audience CBFC he said will maintain status quo The larger problem then is the status quo Watch | Lipstick Under My Burkha was denied certification But why Nihalani’s verdict on Lipstick Under My Burkha is a reiteration of what John Berger had said of paintings: Men act and women appear While Berger here talks about European nude paintings from the earlier centuries (15th – 19th) his observations have had a far reaching consequence on the presentation of the image and in it the representation of women The nude painting always showed the women from the point of view of the spectator who was expected unofficially to always be male If the woman is alone her view would be directed at the painterbehind the canvas trying to draw him in If she was in a provocative embrace her attention would be diverted from the male who is in the image and would again be straight towards the viewer in a way letting the viewer believe that her male companion is actually the viewer Ratna Pathak Shah in Lipstick Under My Burkha In simple terms the voyeuristic desire of the male defined how a woman would be portrayed in images and this idea quickly translated to the moving image Nihalani’s verdict is in fact not shocking at all Nor can we ask him to grow up Nihalani’s verdict is very much in line with how the representers view women To blame only him would be to absolve the holier-than-thou Hindi film industry that is up in arms against him Lipstick Under My Burkha is an anomaly in the film industry itself without even taking into account Mastizaade (2016) and Kya Kool Hain Hum (2016) for their blatant soft pornography Watch |Shyam Benegal Ashoke Pandit & Others Condemn CBFC’s Refusal To Certify Lipstick Under My Burkha Bollywood hasn’t graduated from its representation of women as the gazed upon and has always looked at women through what Laura Mulvey calls the male gaze The male gaze functions on stripping the female from all agency and seeing her only with respect to a male point of view In a more sanskari (traditional) version of scopophilia or the pleasure of looking at something to arouse erotic feelings the Bollywood female has always been styled according to what the male vision of the Indian woman has been: coy not revealing what she feels never making the first move even under the aegis of a legal marriage maintaining the female status quo of being subdued Her desires are neither projected onto the man she is with nor does she address them in her private thoughts A passive female action is always in reaction to active male desire One of the first memories I have of this is Roja (1992) where Roja avoids her husband Rishi’s advances and hides her face in her pallu In Bombay (1995) Shaila is the coy young bride of Shekhar running away whenever he comes to her More from the world of Entertainment: In the case that she expresses desire it will be immediately molded into a more agreeable version: love Shruti of Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) starts addressing Bittoo with ‘tum’ instead of ‘tu’ (a more respectful way of addressing someone) after a night of love making Kavya softens her outgoing stance as soon as Humpty and she consummate their love in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (2014) All mainstream feature films today make the woman recoil with shame if the idea of desire crosses their mind The women are also present as mere side tracks to improve the scopohillic factor of the film amidst the ruggedness of men and to give the male protagonist a soft edge before plunging into his hypermasculinity that saves the woman and the world The woman is only the leit motif of male desire Any Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar film is a sprightly example of this Also read |Lipstick Under My Burkha denied certification: Censor board we are grown ups When will you Lipstick Under My Burkha like Angry Indian Goddesses (2015) and parts of Haraamkhor (2016) explores female desire a wonder unheard of entirely in the Hindi film industry A mention of both these films uncovers another feature of the female desire: it is only understood in the context of a ‘social issue’ If it exists as an element of actual pleasure as in the lesbian drama Girlfriend (2004) it will be quickly labelled as a B-grade film unlike a Mastizaade Women exist on the screen in binaries – a good versus bad an extrovert that becomes an introvert So when a Nihalani is opposed to ‘lady themes’ it is because he has never seen a woman on the screen beyond the male gaze Whenever they divert from the norm of being looked at from the male perspective “human sensibilities (get) offended by vulgarity obscenity or depravity” (one of the guidelines under which Lipstick Under My Burkha has been certified unsuitable) Of course Nihalani is to be blamed He can let a more subversive narrative out for viewing so that women can be seen as having agency and as not mere objects; but Nihalani is only doing what the industry has been doing for decades: maintain the status quo of the film industry and subsequently of the way people think For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Saritha Rai | Published: July 23 2012 2:53 am Related News In Bangaloreit has taken control of the citys water supply to run an extortionist private supply network Most of India is fretting over a flop monsoon In Bangalorehoweversome are rejoicing that the rains have failed They are the citys dreaded water mafia Water mafia was recently coinedbut it is a term that Bangalores residents recognise all too well In many parts of the city where government water supply has failedor a scarcity has been deliberately createda merry coalition of thugslocal politicians and even some water department employees run a parallel and private water supply network that borders on the extortionist During the last few summers when the water crisis progressed from bad to acutethe mafia has prospered This yearthe citys predicament on account of a bad monsoon is dire In a story that runs parallel to the coal mafia in Bihar and the iron ore mafia in Karnataka-Goa-Andhrathe citys water mafia is mining a depleting water table unchecked and unregulated In Bangalorethe private water supply to water-thirsty neighbourhoods is controlled by water tanker operators backed by the local corporatorthe legislator or a powerful politician In some casespolitical patronage is open In otherspatrons operate in the shadows The mafia has strictly demarcated territories This is how it works Large apartment complexes and big residential communities are prime targetsthough the gangs operate with impunity in smaller localities too Firstthe state water supply is curtailed or a water connection is never sanctioned to a new building Then the mafia steps in to supply water with tankers Once the tanker operator has a foot inhe has a virtual monopoly over pricing and supply Water is becoming a huge revenue source for many of Bangalores corporators and legislators who are running the water tanker business either directly or benamisays RK Misraan urban reforms activist and member of the city corporations Technical Advisory Committeeand member of ABIDeBangalores infrastructure taskforce Misra and his fellow campaigners have been trying to get the government to rein in the water mafia by framing guidelines to regulate borewell digging and streamline the pricing and quality of water supplied But it has become a monster too big to handlesays Misra Water is a bigger challenge in Bangalore than in cities like Mumbai and Delhisays Sangeeta Banerjeeco -founder of apartmentaddacoma communication portal for apartments and housing communities in Indias biggest cities Suppliers are taking advantage of the skewed demand-supply situation and the situation is precariousshe says In some of the more prosperous communities in Whitefielda recently developed suburb filled with technology parkshigh-rise residential buildings and sprawling gated communitiesthe mafia is in full control Residents associations are afraid of taking on the thugs One such association that spends a few lakh rupees each month on private water tankers says that they have no choice but to agree to a price hike per water tanker every few months A developer who builds homes for the rich says he had a bad run-in with the mafiawas threatenedand now steers clear Both spoke only after being guaranteed anonymity Sensing this middle-class and upper middle-class acquiescencethe mafia itself has grown bolder The gangs have expanded to controlling not just the water supply but other essentialslike milk supplycable TV connectionsinternet connectivity and newspaper delivery In many communitiesone vendor controls all daily necessities The bigger gang leaders roam around with a battery security guards One Bangalore citizen who called himself Murali asked on the non-profit indiawaterportalorg? but twice.

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There seems to be agreement that the system we bemoan is obsolete and needs a seminal change at best or an overhaul at least. and the possible causes.

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