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a lot of whom are youngsters, and his reasons for not joining them himself, 2013 1:02 am Related News The youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started a free mess for students in the city who hail from drought-hit areas of the state to help them in their difficult times. however, some 300 kilometres from Chennai.Maoists?IEJune 19) The cause is misrule A challenge reveals ones strengths and weaknesses and leads to a confrontation with the truth The CPM has ruled through the suppression of dissent It is now helpless The CPM cant shrug off responsibilitygiven the situation Perhaps the party has run its course But other parties should think twice about aligning or appearing to align with the Maoists MKD Prasada Rao Ghaziabad •Bloodletting in West Bengal triggered by a Maoist takeover of Lalgarh is a symptom of the miserable governance of the CPM and the resentment triggered by the highhandedness of the police The Lefts culture of violence in Bengal is emblematic of its arrogance Nandigram is a case in point This cycle of retributive political violencewhen combined with the Maoist threatmakes for a worrying prospect not only for Bengal but also India Vitull K Gupta Bhatinda Shopian politics •It must be noted that every time a crime is committedespecially in a conflict zonethe victim is relegated and politics raises its hydra-headed face (After Shopian, The problem is, signing contracts with private parties for selling off public land for an ill-defined public purpose. ok, In the rapid format (25 minutes + 10 second increment) Harika struck the first blood as she defeated Shamima with white pieces.

and shift it 30 km away,would be presiding over the destruction of the justice system. Nagarkar was a wise man His habits were simple but he thought big Nowwhen one of the most respected serving officers in the countrySanjeev Dayalis contemplating throwing in the towelI recalled the teachings of my mentor and realised the truth of his premonitions In 1982the National Police Commission had echoed the same truths but our politicians just do not care Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil now runs the Maharashtra police force with the help of his four personal assistants Police officers of all ranks approach him for postings and transfers knowing that it is the minister who decides where personnel is transferred The director general of police has no say on such crucial instruments of discipline By administrative fiatPatil has appropriated all powersincluding the power to promote or punish The DGP has been reduced to a non-entity and a figureheadand I am not surprised that a self-respecting individual like Dayalthe Maharashtra DGPwants to quit The home minister phones inspectors directlyignoring the hierarchy a step that is certain to devalue senior officers I was commissioner of police in different days I could keep my officers and men in line because they knew that I was the arbiter of their fates If they could get postings of choice from politiciansthey would not have recognised my authority Of courseI had to be just and compassionate while making decisionsbecause otherwise they would not have respected me and performed poorly as a consequence In July 1985the then prime minister wanted me to take charge of the Gujarat police for a few months till communal peace was restored in that state The army had been out on the streets of Ahmedabad for five months before my arrival I made only one request No politicians should interfere with my decisions on postingstransfers and discipline This was conceded and enabled me to get the officers to act since they knew that they had to account to me and me alone Police officers are discerning about their own interests If they know that nothing matters except their own performance as judged by senior colleaguesthey will produce the results At presentthe personal assistants of the ministerwho know nothing of policing and have no knowledge of the competence or integrity of the officers who approach themare actually calling the shots The home minister has quoted the Maharashtra transfer of officers act to checkmate a DGP who is not going to fall in line with his wishes He appears to be bothered about the re-election of his party colleagues in the coming assembly electionsand they want only those SHOs who they feel will help them to win the elections How much these SHOs can help is debatablebut they can create situations and avenues for political violence In the meantimethe police force is going to be turned into a politicised organisation incapable of delivering justice to citizens When rapes and assaults are reportedunconcerned officers will turn their backs on the complainants In the absence of good professional leaderspolicing will only be a dream The irony is that the Maharashtra transfer of officers act was enacted at the instance of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare His intention was honourablebut the very politicians who were the objects of his distrust have turned the act on its head with Machiavellian determination The Bombay Police Act and Manual have much stricter rules about transfers than the Maharashtra transfer of officers act The Maharashtra act should not be applied to the Maharashtra police The authority of the leadership should be restoredand only those leaders who are men/ women of integrity and competence should be cleared to climb the ladder of promotions Only then will the public get a police force that is competent and professional MeanwhileDayal should stay put and fight with the support of the public and his own menwho respect him greatly The people cannot afford to lose an officer of his calibre and integrity The writer is a former police commissioner of Mumbai and head of police for Punjab For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Le Yucheng | Published: May 2 2015 12:00 am China’s economy has entered a ‘new normal’ Cooperation with India is in full swing Related News Last year China’s economic growth decreased to 74 per cent and in this quarter came down to 7 per cent Those accustomed to China’s rapid growth over years may ask: How should one look at the slowdown in China’s economic growth First China’s economy is progressing steadily It is still one of the fastest growing among the world’s major economies China’s economy has crossed the $10-trillion threshold and is ranked second in the world With the base figures increased long-term high-speed economic growth has become unrealistic Second we cannot judge an economy only on the basis of its growth We have to consider factors such as whether the overall quality and structure of the economy has improved In the first quarter of this year China’s industrial and income distribution structure energy efficiency and other aspects have seen positive changes The share of the tertiary industry improved to 516 per cent in the first quarter compared to 482 per cent in 2014; high-tech industries grew by 114 per cent; new energy vehicles increased by more than 50 per cent The difference between urban and rural incomes was 261 times 005 times smaller than last year Energy consumption per unit of GDP fell by 56 per cent Overall China’s economy is developing smoothly and the quality of development is improving Share This Article Related Article The size of the Chinese economy has also increased dramatically Even 7 per cent growth amounts to $700 billion which is equal to 11 per cent growth in 2010 and equivalent to a medium-sized country’s GDP China’s economy can no longer go along the old path of high input consumption and pollution The slowdown is a result of proactive measures taken by the government to regulate the economy which shows China’s economy has entered the state of a “new normal” The gear of economic growth is shifting from high speed to medium-to-high the growth model is transiting from investment-driven to innovation-driven and development is moving from low-to-medium to medium-to-high There is sufficient momentum for China’s future growth As pointed out by Premier Li Keqiang recently “We have enough tools in our ‘toolbox’” Comprehensively deepening reforms streamlining administration and delegating power promoting scientific and technological innovation and stimulating market vitality will together provide new impetus for economic development China has carried out various reforms Although growth has slowed the economic environment is becoming more dynamic Statistics show a 384 per cent increase in the number of new enterprises this quarter More private enterprises have achieved success through technological innovation and a pioneering spirit On April 23 Chinese company Xiaomi held the global launch of its latest mobile phone in New Delhi The event drew great public attention I learnt from Lei Jun the CEO of Xiaomi that Xiaomi entered the Indian market last July and sold more than one million handsets in its first five months in India It is now planning to establish a data centre in India this June Xiaomi’s output value reached 743bn RMB within only four years of starting from scratch In China there are many such successful companies such as Huawei ZTE Alibaba Lenovo etc They have become an important driving force of the Chinese economy In addition more and more small medium and micro-enterprises are contributing to economic growth Lots of people in Jiangsu Province my hometown set up online stores Now there are more than six million online stores on Taobao an e-commerce platform In order to achieve common development China has proposed the “Belt and Road” initiatives to link Asian European and African economies push policy coordination road connectivity unimpeded trade monetary circulation and mutual understanding between peoples The initiatives will promote not only the healthy development of the Chinese economy but also that of the entire region As major developing countries there is great potential for cooperation between China and India Last September President Xi Jinping visited India and announced that China would invest $20bn in the next five years This month PM Narendra Modi will visit China Both sides are preparing a series of cooperative projects and if a consensus is reached the agreements could be worth $10bn Cooperation between China and India in railway and industrial parks is also in full swing As long as China and India join hands they will definitely complement each other as the “twin engines” of Asia’s economy jointly promote sustainable economic development and hasten the arrival of the “Asian Century” The writer is the ambassador of thePeople’s Republic of China to India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: May 7 2017 2:05 am Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on Saturday PTI Related News GETTING READY to take on a fast-rising BJP in Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik on Saturday effected the biggest-ever reshuffle in his two-decade-long political career He got 10 of 20 ministers in his cabinet resign and announced the inclusion of 11 new members The 11 new ministers many of whom had served as ministers in his previous Cabinet are expected to take the oath of office on Sunday morning Sources in the BJD said senior leaders Surya Narayan Patro Pratap Jena Niranjan Pujari Maheswar Mohanty Nrusingha Sahoo Sushant Singh Bijay Nayak Prafulla Samal Shasibhushan Behera Ananta Das and Chandra Sarathi Behera will be sowrn-in at a function in Raj Bhawan at 9 am The inclusion of 11 names came hours after Naveen asked many of his loyalists to resign as what is being seen as punishment for their listless performance that led to the best-ever results for the saffron party in the recent panchayat elections Many of these 10 ministers were either in charge of districts where the BJD was almost wiped out in the panchayat elections or had posted less-than-impressive results Those who quit are Finance Minister Pradip Amat; Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Jogendra Behera; Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma; Panchayati Raj and Law Minister Arun Sahoo; Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi; School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra; Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo; Sports Minister Sudam Marndi; Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das; and ST and SC Development Minister Lal Bihari Himirika Of 853 zilla parishad seats that went to the polls in February and March this year the BJD won 474 seats down 178 from 2012 The BJP won 297 seats — a huge increase of 261 over the last term — and the Congress finished a poor third with 60 down by half “I am grateful to a number of ministers who have resigned voluntarily to work for the party All of us in the party are very grateful to them” Chief Minister Patnaik said on the sidelines of his meeting with elected members of various panchayati raj institutions of Kendrapara and Malkangiri Sources in BJD said some other ministers such as Snehangini Chhuria (Handloom and Textiles) may also be asked to resign following the BJD’s poor performance in the panchayat polls in her Assembly segment Attabira Odisha Assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari had resigned from his post on Friday over his possible inclusion in the ministry Pradip Amat who quit as Finance minister is likely to be the new Speaker To counter the BJP’s rise Naveen had on Friday named many of these ministers as observers of 11 districts in the state to fortify BJD’s base at the grassroots level While party vice-president Surya Narayan Patro has been given the charge of Bolangir Prafulla Samal has been assigned Jagatsinghpur district Debi Prasad Mishra was asked to look after Sambalpur district Pradeep Panigrahi has been entrusted with Gajapati and Arun Sahoo with Mayurbhanj Sanjay Dasburma has been made Nabarangpur and Rayagada in-charge while Naveen loyalist Pranab Prakash Das was given the responsibility for Koraput and Malkangiri For all the latest Bhubaneswar News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Rohit Alok | Mumbai | Published: April 22 2017 3:55 am Sassoon Docks is among the oldest and most famous waterfronts of Mumbai Dilip Kagda Top News After eight long months of intense negotiations with various stakeholders of Sassoon Docks a plan to redevelop one of Mumbai’s oldest and most famous waterfronts into a modern fishing village has been prepared The new design will include an air-conditioned fish market a one-storey museum and a space for visitors to enjoy fishing among other tourist activities The draft plan comprises an amphitheater a food street and a floor to view the Arabian Sea Plans to redesign the docks have been delayed mainly due to friction between fishermen groups “One of the main problems is that there are fights between locals (of south Mumbai) and those who come from Versova mostly to sell at Sassoon Docks” said Sanjay Bhatia Mumbai Port Trust chairman In order to resolve the issues at Sassoon Docks a nine-member core committee was constituted by Bhatia A majority of the committee comprise representatives from fishermen communities who are in consensus to revive Sassoon Docks and make it more attractive to tourists “There are several issues that have been highlighted regarding various fishermen groups There are facilities in Crawford market Malad Dadar and now also in Versova to sell fish in retail Why should their fish mix with our fish… All these ideas discussed are on paper and need to be institutionalised … today there is a lot of dirt and muck at the docks which the majority of us want to be cleaned” said Suresh Dhanu a member of the committee Bhatia said: “Nothing will move forward till the fishermen’s issues are addressed” According to the new draft plan the clock tower arch entrance would continue to be the main entrance and would lead to a large circular museum that would exhibit several features of Sassoon Docks The museum will be a new construction from where visitors can view the Arabian Sea from the first floor On the ground floor of the museum “authentic looking” figures dressed as fishermen who are fishing or Banjara women peeling or drying fish would be showcased Once a tourist approaches a particular figure a door behind the model would lead the visitor to the real section where the same work can be seen at Sassoon Docks “For instance behind the Banjaras a path would lead the tourists to another one-storey building where Banjaras will operate out of as opposed to the current unhygienic set up where they work openly on the roads” said an official There would be restoration of the main godown of the docks Besides the roads being widened and paved a waste management plan would be adopted to regulate the waste produced “It is going to a be massive task (to revamp) because Sassoon Docks is dirty” Bhatia said Officials said that a new three storey construction would come up near the main road of the docks that would rehabilitate those who were leased spaces by the Mumbai Port Trust and are affected by the revamp “The revamps will do away with those garages at the docks’ entrance and all other establishments that don’t pay rent to the Mumbai Port Trust” a senior official said Besides the design of Sassoon Docks no decision has been taken with respect to marketing or financing the revamp project officials clarified “We are still exploring the tourism potential of Sassoon Docks without any additional floor space index added to the area or any disruption to the heritage and historic value of the docks” said a senior official Among the several rounds of discussions one of the points that came up was to create a day care for children of the Banjaras “There are cases of child labour because the mothers who are peeling prawns and other fish are simultaneously monitoring their children while they are at work” said Dhanu For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News has now become equally competitive. state police checks are mandatory in a multitude of occupations. 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