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where a case of rioting and obstructing a public servant was registered against unknown persons. the UT administration had partially exempted defence personnel (serving and retired) from paying house tax.the Delhi Sultans were far more careful in their recruitment of military commanders and soldiers. I can’t comment. an apparent reference to the Russian anti-doping agency,1 per cent said they expected more improvement in the next 12-month period.t assure financial stability, Most were interested in using the wrestling platform to eventually get into films, can achieve wonders in eliminating corruption,Slumdog Millionaire has shown audiences around the world a snapshot of what life is like for one in six people on the planet, added Plan UK’s chief executiveMarie Staunton “Education really is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so we will focus the funds on getting children into schoolkeeping them there and ensuring they are healthy” she added The Oscar winning director had previously he set up the Jai Ho Trust to ensure that the films two young stars Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismailwho played Latika and Salim in the early scenes of the filmget proper education For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe official talks between India and Pakistan are the most boring soap opera in south Asia They are so repetitive unintelligent and extremely predictable and have been going on for generations without an end in sight The characters haven’t changed but the actors who play them have; and the plot the twists and the points where the story and melodrama repeat themselves have remained the same Real soap operas don’t die because producers have tasted success; the Indo-Pak talks don’t die because they have become a farcical necessity in meaningless diplomacy So when the talks failed for the nth time last week it made no impact Some times they work and sometimes they fail but India and Pakistan remain as hostile and opportunistic as ever Pakistani hawks such as the late Hamid Gul (former ISI chief who nurtured Afghani Islamists at the instance of the CIA to take on the Soviets and later tied up with anti-Indians such as Hafiz Sayeed) India and Pakistan could only be enemies For Indian politicians and strategic analysts Pakistan government is a farce because it’s the army that runs the country Curious enough still they talk peace Every time India and Pakistan prepare to talk it would be preceded by sharp bites by people such as Hamid Gul (who by the way died recently) cross-border insurgency in Kashmir and some anti-India rally in Pakistan where people such as Sayeed spew venom The same orchestrated animosity is maintained during and after the talks as well And predictably the conversations fail and both sides start preparing for another round Many of us lived through three greatest farces in bilateral relations between Pakistan and India that made diplomacy a no brainer – the Shimla summit during Indira Gandhi’s period and Agra and Lahore summits during AB Vajpayee’s tenure The characters who represented Pakistan changed – Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Parvez Musharaff and Nawaz Shariff File photo of India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj AP Of these three the Shimla event was the most promising because it followed a lot of acrimony and put on paper an agreement and framework that promised to improve the relations between the two countries The famous Shimla Agreement began like this: “The Government of India and the Government of Pakistan are resolved that the two countries put an end to the conflict and confrontation that have hitherto marred their relations and work for the promotion of a friendly and harmonious relationship and the establishment of durable peace in the subcontinent so that both countries may henceforth devote their resources and energies to the pressing task of advancing the welfare of their people” And what did it say on Jammu and Kashmir “The line of control resulting from the ceasefire of December 17 1971 shall be respected by both sides without prejudice to the recognized position of either side Neither side shall seek to alter it unilaterally irrespective of mutual differences and legal interpretations Both sides further undertake to refrain from the threat or the use of force in violation of this line” India can certainly claim that it stuck to the Shimla agreement in letter and spirit but Pakistan never did because as every Indian knows its single most important and influential institution is not its Parliament but the military It’s the only institution that most of the Pakistani elites are proud of because every other institution in the country has failed And every time the government gets to talk to India the military knows that it’s a farce And India knows it too because after Shimla it was party to two more such farces – one in Agra and then in Lahore both celebrated by Indian media as historical breakthroughs The Agra summit was a classic example of the comic drama that Indo-Pak talks drift into The then President Musharaff spent three days in India had great photo ops in Delhi Rajasthan and Agra but failed to agree with any of the texts that were prepared for the summit He went back with no paper It didn’t matter because all that had to be said had been said in Shimla and had been duly violated Then came the nuclear tests a lot of chest-thumbing nationalism from either side and threats of aggression Another round of talks and a summit were the predictable outcome this time in Lahore Vajpayee took a bus ride and spent time in Pakistan Compared to a “failed” Agra summit Lahore at least produced a declaration which said the same things Bhutto and Indira Gandhi said in Lahore – that both the countries were “convinced that durable peace and development of harmonious relations and friendly cooperation will serve the vital interests of the peoples of the two countries enabling them to devote their energies for a better future” The only new element was the nuclear angle because both the countries had detonated nuclear devices The summit statement said that both recognised “that the nuclear dimension of the security environment of the two countries adds to their responsibility for avoidance of conflict between the two countries” Committed to peace and stability since Shimla the countries had graduated to nuclear peace – with both threatening each other with nuclear warheads And the talks and hand-shakes between the heads of states on foreign locations continued even as Pakistan kept raising the heckles at every possible forum while its army and intelligence kept sending terrorists to India Whenever India complained Pakistan said “Baluchistan” accusing India of fostering insurgency from Afghanistan Whenever India said it had dossiers with evidence Pakistan also brandished the same number of dossiers Whenever India asked for Dawood Ibrahim Pakistan claimed innocence asked for Baluchi leaders The story in fact is too long For an average Indian who has lived through Shimla Agra and Lahore three wars and countless bilateral peace talks preceded and followed by war cries and violence the most commonsensical question is this: Can’t you just stop this farce Why the heck should India talk to Pakistan when all the latter wants is to keep the hostility simmering Why should India waste its time when the farce has been going on for far too long India should certainly stop this official farce and leave the bilateral relationship to the people of both the countries At the people-to-people level Pakistan and India are great friends At the official level they cannot be because there are too many factors that infuriate Indians – terror attacks people such as Sayeed and insurgency in Kashmir – and the reality that democracy in Pakistan exists only at the pleasure of the country’s army So let’s do everything else except official talks: Aman Ki Asha cricket matches movies TV-shows and Sufi concerts At least they radiate real peace and Pakistan army doesn’t feel threatened None of the steps the Narendra Modi government has taken so far to check black money are convincing enough unless the rock bed of black money generation is destroyed — opaque political funding This is what helps the idea of illicit money to take birth and flourish Political parties need money to operate and netas need it to make their family fortunes For ages tax cheats have been feeding politicians part of their ill-gotten wealth in return of the promise that rest of their loot will be untouched by the state machinery This unholy nexus operates at all levels — from the local politicians to the high power corridors of Indraprastha Till the time the menace of opaque political funding is cleared and the unholy political-corporate nexus is broken there isn’t an escape from future black money generation But that is exactly what is happening now According to report released by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) on Wednesday in 2015-16 the BJP raised 807 percent of its total income from unknown sources The Congress party got 711 percent of its total income from such sources during the comparable period To put it in actual numbers the BJP’s total declared income was Rs 57086 crore and Congress’s Rs 26156 crore Out of its total income the BJP collected Rs 46078 crore from unknown sources and the Congress Rs 18604 crore according to theADR data Reuters The ADR defines such unknown sources as sources that contribute money through cash donations received through ‘sale of coupons’ ‘relief fund’ ‘miscellaneous income’ ‘voluntary contributions’ ‘contribution from meetings/morchas’ etc The details of donors of such voluntary contributions are not available in the public domain" As such Modi’s demonetisation hasn’t proved much useful for the economy so far in unearthing the black money (according to economist Jagdish Bhagwati that’s about an estimated Rs 5 lakh crore of Rs 15 lakh crore demonetised notes) About 99 percent of money came back now it is up to the tax man to find out where is the Rs 5 lakh crore hiding in the bank accounts Certainly Bhagwati’s estimated Rs 5 lakh crore black money would have certainly reached the formal banking system Only about Rs 15000 crore to Rs 17000 crore is what the government has so far managed to bring out according to official data Nevertheless post the demonetisation the Modi government seems to have embarked upon the second leg of crackdown against black money — fight against benamis and shell companies As part of the process it has blacklisted 300000 directors of shell companies to check financial irregularities It has also said that directors of deregistered companies attempting to siphon off money from the firms’ bank accounts will face up to 10 years imprisonment Besides if these people haven’t filed their returns for three or more years can forget holding similar positions in other companies (read here and here) Such attempts to curtail the parallel economy are laudable but if the intention is serious it needs to act first where it is necessary That is where the action is lacking beyond rhetoric Right now the situation is that common man faces maximum harassment in the black money battle He is at the receiving end of all steps—fromdemonetisation-inducedcash crunchto tax scrutiny of bank deposits and monitoring of all transactions above a certain threshold Political parties meanwhile command anonymity in their opaque cash dealings In other words it is the aam aadmiwho is supposed to bare it all answer endless questions face harassment even if his money is legit but the politician enjoys a God-given immunity for all his wrongdoings reminding one about the old dark feudal era No questions asked no answers given The logical outcome is obvious Political parties will happily use this opportunity to put their black money (money for which there is no real source or income that is not taxed) sourced from tax cheats and would simply say that they got it all from small donors (cash donations less than Rs 20000 does not need any source) There is no surprise in the golden silence of any of the political leaders from the ruling party and the opposition on political black money except some general comment That silence is not difficult to understand because all of them drink from the same pot and it tastes sweet The Modi government should shake the foundation of black money generation if it is serious in its mission against tax cheats Visakhapatnam: Despite a superb six-wicket haul by leg-spinner Adam Zampa Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) suffered a narrow four-run loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in theirIndian Premier League (IPL)clash to end their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday It was the best bowling figures by an Australian in T20s as Zampa claimed six for 19 in his four overs to help Pune restrict Sunrisers for a modest 137 for 8 after skipper David Warner elected to bat Ashish Nehra celebrates after dismissing Adam Zampa off the last ball of Pune’s innings to seal Hyderabad’s narrow win Sportzpics/IPL However the Supergiants could not script a successful runchase as Sunrisers dished out a disciplined bowling effort led by the veteran seamer Ashish Nehra who claimed three wickets to restrict Pune to 133 for 8 in 20 overs For Sunrisers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/20) Moises Henrique (1/20) and Barinder Sran (1/26) also chipped in with one wicket each With this win Sunrisers reached the top of the points table with 14 points while Pune sunk to the seventh spot with six points after their eight defeat in 11 matches Chasing 138 to win Pune were dealt a severe blow only in the third ball of the innings when seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed opener Ajinkya Rahane (0) with Naman Ojha taking the catch in a maiden over Rahane has been their top-scorer and his dismissal early on put the pressure on the top-order as Usman Khawaja too was run-out in fourth over by Hooda when the opener was trying to steal a second run George Bailey (34) and R Ashwin (29) who was promoted up the order then added 49 off 48 balls and brought up the fifty in the 10 over Ashwin blasted a couple of fours in the next two overs but Bailey’s miscued shot ended in the hands of Ashish Nehra as Pune slipped to 68 for 3 Ashwin picked up another four in the 13th over but a brilliant catch by Ojha in the next over off Barinder Sran cut shot his innings Nehra then dismissed Saurabh Tiwary (9) in the 15th over after being hit for a boundary It was a miscued pull shot which ended up as a simple catch for Dhawan Mahendra Singh Dhoni (30) then blasted a six over long-off to ease the pressure before picking up the 100 for his team with a single in the 17th over In the end Pune needed 14 runs off the last over and Dhoni blasted Nehra’s fourth ball for a six but he was run-out in the next ball Zampa too was dismissed in the last ball as Pune suffered yet another loss Written by Bharat Sundaresan | Published: May 14 2013 3:12 am Related News AS the IPL VI season heats upthe Wankhede cauldron has begun getting to both players and spectators alike with the anger boiling over intermittently As the fabled venue prepares to host its final match of the ongoing seasoncrowd behaviour will once again be under scrutiny Generally well behavedthe Mumbai crowd attracted flak for its shenanigansespecially for the incident involving Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli The India batsman had deplored the Mumbai crowd’s abusive behaviour calling them hateful after they had launched a tirade against himrepeatedly calling him a ‘cheater’ Old-timers from the city’s cricket circles though insist that the crowd’s antics are reflecting the boorish behaviour of the modern-day players on the field these days Players jaisecrowd waise These days the crowds that come to Wankhede have no respect for the playersregardless of their stature They abuse even Tendulkar and Sehwag But when players use such abusive language on the field themselvesthey can have no gripe when the crowds give them a similar dose?

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