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The trend is pretty clear Fifty years agoAmerica was groupy People were more likely to be enmeshed in stabledense and obligatory relationships They were more defined by permanent social roles: motherfatherdeacon Todayindividuals have more freedom They move between more diverseloosely structured and flexible networks of relationships People are less likely to be trapped in bad marriages and bad situations They move from network to networkdepending on their individual needs at the moment At the same timebonds are probably shallower and more tenuous We can all think of reasons for this transformation Affluence: people have more money to live apart if they want to Feminism: women have more power to define their own lives The ageing society: more widows and widowers live alone The information revolution: the Internet and smartphones make it easier to construct far-flungflexible networks Scepticism: more people believe that marriage is not for them But if there is one theme that weaves through all the different causesit is this: the maximisation of talent People want more space to develop their own individual talents They want more flexibility to explore their own interests and develop their own identitieslifestyles and capacities They are more impatient with situations that they find stifling Many people have argued that these changes have led to a culture of atomisationloneliness and self-absorption Thats overdrawn In Going SoloKlinenberg nicely shows that people who live alone are more likely to visit friends and join social groups They are more likely to congregate in and create activedynamic cities Its more accurate to say that we have gone from a society that protected people from their frailties to a society that allows people to maximise their talents The old settled social structures were stifling to many creative and dynamic people (and in those days discrimination stifled people even more) But people who were depresseddisorganised and disadvantaged were able to lead lives enmeshed in supportive relationships Todaythe fast flexible and diverse networks allow the ambitious and the gifted to surf through amazing possibilities They are able to construct richermore varied lives They are able to enjoy interesting information-age workplaces and then go home and find serenity in a one-bedroom apartment On the other handpeople who lack social capital are more likely to fall through the cracks It takes effortorganisation and a certain set of skills to surf these newprotean social networks People who are unable to make the effort or lack social capital are more likely to be alone As Klinenberg and others have shownthis is especially likely to happen to solitary middle-aged menwho are more likely to lack the drive and the social facilities to go out and make their own friendship circles Over allweve made life richer for the people who have the social capital to create their own worlds Weve also made it harder for the people who dont especially poorer children These trends are not going to reverse themselves So maybe its time to acknowledge a core reality: People with skills can really thrive in this tenuousnetworked society People without those advantages would probably be better off if we could build new versions of the settledstable and thick arrangements weve left behind For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Dipti Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: March 11 2017 9:43 am Lipstick Under My Burkha: I don’t see this ban as an act by an individual To me the CBFC is a Government body says Alankrita Shrivastava Top News In an interview with indianexpresscom Lipstick Under My Burkha director Alankrita Shrivastava spoke about censor board her movie feminism and what it means to be a woman filmmaker Below are excerpts from the interview: Were you expecting such a decision (on refusing to certify film Lipstick Under My Burkha) from censor board No I wasn’t It gave me quite a shock Previously films like Margarita with a Straw Parched Qissa BA Pass Fire had been certified So I assumed Lipstick Under My Burkha also would be Do you find the decision politically motivated I have no idea All I know is that the CBFC has exposed itself to be an outdated regressive body that is patriarchal and does not know how to view cinema in the right context During the last few months several films ( including Ka Bodyscapes) have faced problems with CBFC In that sense do you still see ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ ban as a specific case I have not followed the Ka Bodyscapes case properly but if I am to understand correctly their battle has been on since last year They have already been to court Haraamkhor too had a long drawn struggle Udta Punjab was ordered to make a zillion cuts So obviously the issue is with censorship as a whole It does not tie with a democratic country where the freedom of expression is guaranteed by the constitution The specific thing about the decision on Lipstick was that it exposed the sexism the discrimination against a film with a female point of view It revealed their insistence on propagating only a certain male-gaze dominant narrative in popular culture And in a sense their other decisions also reflect their narrow-minded approach to cinema and their discomfort with any alternative point of view Normally we don’t see film industry getting united speaking and protesting such decisions Are you getting support from film fraternity The film industry is a large amorphous group of people And I’m quite sure that no rational filmmaker is really pro-censorship Everybody wants a system of certification I don’t think there is any doubt about that And most importantly the producer of Lipstick Under My Burkha Mr Prakash Jha is a veteran in dealing with the censor board And we are getting support from people across the country from the media from civil society (Oxfam Amnesty among many others) from fellow filmmakers The voices of support are much beyond the suburbs of Mumbai People from people different parts of the world are reaching out in support It is amazing Do you as a filmmaker and a woman have a problem with women being objectified in films when they are featured in the item numbers I don’t believe in objectifying women I am quite conscious of my female gaze I would not make the camera go up and down a woman’s body for no narrative reason That does not mean that a woman cannot be sexual But that she needs to be in charge of her own sexuality This is the battle of the gaze in cinema But I have no issues with any kind of content that is created As long as the audience has choices If we only feed the audience a certain kind of culture then that becomes the dominant culture People should be free to engage in all kinds of films songs books and decide for themselves Also there is commerce attached to the culture industry I don’t think it is incumbent upon all women to challenge the representation of women and the status quo So women are willing participants in the business and that is fine Also women subvert these situations too Even if they are participating in creating a culture where they themselves are objectified they rebel in insidious ways And they empower themselves to use their personas So that is fine As long as it is not the only option available to women in the industry it is fine Feminism really does mean that women have the power to choose And then they can choose whatever they like Therefore it is important to have a healthy cultural space with all kinds of points of view I personally feel strongly about the representation of women in culture so I will not perpetuate the objectification of women But I know that it is not a cross for every woman in the industry to bear Women cannot be burdened with challenging the status quo If they feel strongly they will do so And they will do so in ways that are unique to them Do you also see it as the hypocrisy of CBFC when often vulgar obscene items numbers are passed without censorship The hypocrisy lies in the fact the CBFC refuses to provide a level playing field to all kinds of narratives and points of view The hypocrisy is in the fact that sexual content – if it is created for the purpose of fulfilling male desire is alright But the minute women have agency over their sexuality it bothers the CBFC Women then according to the CBFC should exist only to play the roles ordained for them by men Aren’t women living breathing people With dreams desires flaws depth darkness and light During the last few years we have had many women-centric films but few explore women’s desires and fantasies Why it’s so I think it is easier to think of women as worship-worthy The purity and goodness of women are considered sacred They are then heroic above censure virginal almost I think women who are real and grey are rarely portrayed in cinema A woman having agency over her own life and body and desires threatens the male ego I think She challenges the status quo A “great” woman is above it all so perhaps she doesn’t challenge the status quo We need to see many more real regular ordinary women with their idiosyncrasies and vulnerabilities on screen Just people We have a long way to go But I think things are beginning to change Lipstick Under My Burkha caters to a certain audience However do you think as a society we are mature enough to see films like Lipstick Under My Burkha Lipstick Under My Burkha is a very accessible film I think anybody can watch it As a society we are definitely mature enough to watch it For how long will we keep treating the Indian audience as incapable of understanding cinema Why is the rest of the world capable of watching the film but not people in India The CBFC’s method of functioning is insulting to the Indian audience If the adult audience can vote why can’t they choose the films they want to watch One would think voting was a far more important responsibility Lets give the Indian audience more alternative stories lets work towards helping the audience see that there are other kinds of films that they can watch And I believe that the audience will watch them A lot of media outlets in the country have related Gurmehar Kaur and Lipstick Under My Burkha ban as country’s failure to respect its women Do you think that both issues originate from same parochial mentalities The climate in India is one that is uncomfortable with women speaking out There is the constant pressure to keep us quiet I feel everything is connected Violence against women eve teasing on the roads dowry female foeticide single women not getting housing corporate glass ceilings trolling of women on twitter the objectification of women in popular culture sexual harassment at the workplace unequal pay domestic violence body shaming date rape… This is the environment for women in the country In such an environment when women speak out it challenges the status quo It challenges the stronghold of patriarchy So whether it is institutional like the CBFC or trolls on twitter the urge to shut women up is really strong But we have to create a healthy atmosphere for women in India And a culture that encourages female voices and female points of view is really important Who would you blame for Lipstick Under My Burkha ban I don’t see this ban as an act by an individual To me the CBFC is a Government body I don’t care who is running it I care that it is functioning in a way that it is throttling freedom of expression and openly and clearly attacking women’s voices And as a woman and as a filmmaker it is my duty to question this method of functioning A society that legitimises the silencing of women is doomed for disaster How do you see yourself – a filmmaker struggling to get her film passed by censor board or a woman filmmaker fighting for her feminist movie I am a woman who is a filmmaker My first concern is the attack on women’s rights My second concern is the attack on freedom of expression in general I think for me it is more than just trying to get my film certified I feel what is under threat is specifically the right of women to tell their stories And that is very dangerous for any society I want Lipstick Under My Burkha to set a precedent that it is okay for women to tell their stories from their point of view And that filmmakers can make films free from the fear of censorship Also Read | Kangana Ranaut vs Karan Johar: Kangana’s point-by-point rebuttal to every Karan claim And she did it with grace A lot of people in the country including educated ones are still not very clear about the idea of feminism or shy away from expressing their views on it What do you think about it I am a positive and optimistic person I believe that the fact that we are having so many conversations about feminism is fantastic Feminism is really the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities It is high time the stigma around the term feminism is done away with We need to own our feminism Our predecessors have fought hard for women to have the right to vote to work to not be married off as children to not have to jump into the pyre when the husband dies… It is time for us to move forward building on what we have inherited Also I feel just because people don’t want to use the word feminist does not mean that they actually don’t believe in gender equality Some young girls are perhaps afraid of the term But they are all enjoying the fruits of the feminist movement And the idea of feminism is not to pressurise women to label themselves feminist It is more important that they are actually able to fight for equality in all areas of their lives For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: June 7 2016 7:53 pm As long as the story is good I don’t think the language should matter I don’t believe language is a barrier in acting or in cinema says Kajal Aggarwal Related News Actress Kajal Aggarwal says she is prepared for her Bollywood career to move at a slow pace as she has films to do in other languages as well Kajal made her full-fledged Bollywood debut with Ajay Devgn-starrer Singham in 2011 and later starred opposite Akshay Kumar in Special 26 (2013) Now three years later she is gearing up for her third Hindi release – Do Lafzon Ki Kahani opposite Randeep Hooda When asked about the long gap and going slow in Bollywood Kajal told PTI “I am trying to strike a balance among all three (Tamil Telugu and Hindi) cinemas It is bound to go slow as I cannot be in all the three industries at the same time” “I have been fortunate enough to choose the best of whatever I get in any industry I have been maintaining balance between Tamil Telugu and Hindi films so there is bound to be a gap I can’t be omnipresent” she said The 30 year old actress is happy with the way her career in Bollywood is shaping up Read More “I had two films which did very well I am looking forward for my third release There are some exciting things in the pipeline which I will take up soon I can’t talk about it I am waiting for producers to announce it” she added The Deepak Tijori-directed film is based on the 2011 Korean movie Always The film is set to release on June 10 Kajal believes the gap between Bollywood and regional cinemas is decreasing with many leading Hindi stars doing South and Marathi films “I don’t think today there is anything like regional cinema or Marathi or Telugu or Tamil or Hindi cinema We have influx of actors everywhere we share creativity like remake films we have amazing technicans” “I believe we are one big Indian film industry I don’t think of it as South versus Hindi film It is great if top actors are doing films in other languages it means you are expanding your horizon” she said And as far as the actress is concerned she priortises a film’s story gets the over the language it has been made in “As long as the story is good I don’t think the language should matter I don’t believe language is a barrier in acting or in cinema” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: July 15 2015 11:19 am Superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has donated USD 15 million to help save the planet Related News Superstar Leonardo DiCaprio has donated USD 15 million to help save the planet The 40-year-old actor’s self-titled foundation which he founded in 1998 donated the amount to more than 30 environmental groups for implementing innovative and impactful conservation projects around the globe reported Us magazine “The destruction of our planet continues at a pace we can no longer afford to ignore We have a responsibility to innovate a future where the habitability of our planet does not come at the expense of those who inhabit it “I am proud to support these organisations who are working to solve humankind’s greatest challenge” said the “Wolf of Wall Street” star The beneficiaries include the Wildlife Conservation Society the International Fund for Animal Welfare Save the Elephants the Conservation Land Trust Tree People Oceans 5 and the World Wildlife Fund Share This Article Related Article “We have been able to support organizations that are working to solve some of today’s most pressing environmental issues” DiCaprio shared via Instagram alongside his first-ever Insta selfie which showed him taking in some of the earth’s majestic scenery “Throughout today I’ll post about a few of them and share the incredible work they do” he added The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is “dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants” Since 2010 the foundation has funded more than 70 projects in more than 40 countries worldwide For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Spielberg | Published: July 3 2016 9:39 pm Lewis Hamilton’s Austrian Grand Prix win is his 46th career victory and that cut the gap to Nico Rosberg to 11 points (Source: Reuters) Top News Lewis Hamilton was booed on the podium after a last-lap collision with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg handed the triple Formula One world champion a dramatic first Austrian Grand Prix victory on Sunday Championship leader Rosberg who had been in front with Hamilton in his slipstream nursed his damaged car over the line for fourth place with his advantage cut to 11 points after nine of 21 rounds “I am gutted it’s unbelievable” said the German accusing Hamilton of turning in and causing the accident that broke his front wing Hamilton disagreed “I was on the outside it wasn’t me that had the crash” said the Briton who now has three wins to Rosberg’s five this season over the team radio The stewards appeared to back that up by opening an investigation into Rosberg’s actions The German was summoned to answer charges of causing a collision and failing to stop with a seriously damaged car Mercedes boss Toto Wolff described the collision as “brainless” without singling out either of his drivers for blame The team revealed Rosberg had suffered a problem with his brake-by-wire system which went into “passive mode” at the end of the penultimate lap as Hamilton closed in The crowd small in comparison to the previous two years with rows of empty seats in the grandstands made their disapproval evident with whistles and boos as Hamilton was interviewed on the podium “That’s not my problem it’s their problem” the surprised Briton who started on pole shrugged when asked about the noise “I left a lot of room on the inside and I guess he locked up and crashed into me I think he had a problem with his brakes potentially I’m here to win That’s all” Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished second for Red Bull at their home track with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third after team mate Sebastian Vettel crashed out on his 29th birthday when a rear tyre exploded Hamilton’s victory was the 250th in Formula One by a British driver since the championship started in 1950 and the 46th of his career Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull with Britain’s Jenson Button sixth for McLaren Frenchman Romain Grosjean was seventh in a Haas ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz in a Toro Rosso and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas for Williams German rookie Pascal Wehrlein scored his first point in Formula One and his Manor team’s first of the season with a remarkable 10th For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Naveed Iqbal | Delhi | Updated: December 16 2015 4:07 am A family sits inside the demolished slum cluster in Shakurbasti (Express Photo by Oinam Anand) Related News Ranju and Babita sit across each other on upturned buckets outside their tent in Shakurbasti in North-West Delhi Babita shuts her notebook whenever she sees anyone approaching and grips her pencil tightly The politics of demolition and rehabilitation seemingly means very little to both Ranju (10) is supervising as Babita (7) scribbles on her notebook Both girls share a single notebook Short of stationery they use half the page for English and half for their Hindi homework Their condition is the same as that of other children of Shakurbasti Most cannot find their books or notebooks and many have not gone to school since the demolition drive on December 12 Neither of the girls go to school “I attend tuition classes at another jhuggi” Ranju said She and other girls from the basti study with an older college-going girl from the basti Unable to afford school Ranju and her friends teach other girls at the slum whenever they can There are others who attend formal school Rummaging through his tent for his books Anand smiles and says “If I don’t find them I’m afraid my mother will burn them along with the firewood” “The days are short and there is no electricity at night If I have to find anything it has to be done while the sun is still out” he said There is no school inside the basti and the nearest school is a kilometre away The Government Boys Senior Secondary School in Shakurpur is the Government Girls Senior Secondary School by day Vice- Principal Jeet Singh said “There are very few students from the slum We do not maintain separate records for them but since most students are from outside the slum exams will go on” Ranju looks forward to starting her tuitions again “Once things settle down and we have a home didi will start teaching again” she said wrapping her shawl tightly around her For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related News starring Vishal and Karthi in the lead. Congress spokesperson and communications department in-charge Randeep Surjewala, Bhavani Rajput, and a lot of people have said that on my behalf. Kareena Kapoor with son Taimur. On his children getting along A lot of it has to do with their (Sara and Ibrahim) mother (Amrita Singh) As far as I’m concerned I have three children and it makes me happy when I see them together and getting along For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsThe rift between the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India (CPI) its number two partner in Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) over land encroachments has escalated into direct confrontation with both parties taking to the streets While CPM activists supported a 12-hour strike called by the Munnar Protection Committee—a joint body of merchants and building owners—in 10 panchayats of Idukki district the CPI opposed the agitation A fresh eviction drive was launched jointly by the CPI-controlled revenue and forest departments File image of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan PTI The stand-off led to clashes in many places Supporters of the strike reportedly went on a rampage attacking vehicles and shops A vehicle carrying tourists was stopped at Munnar town and the driver assaulted Media persons who tried to record the incident were also attacked The strike was called toostensibly protect small farmers and traders who owned tiny parcels of land in Munnar and its surrounding areas But it seems those backing the strike were provoked by the cancellation of the title deeds of 25 acres of land held by CPM-backed Independent MP Joyce George and his family at Kottakmabur in the tourist hotspot of Munnar Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who belongs to the CPM gave a clean chit to George by asserting his ownership of the disputed land But revenue officials found that documents furnished by Joyce were fake and cancelled the deed after George could not prove otherwise CPM Idukki district secretary KK Jayachandran insisted his party’s support for the strike had nothing to do with the action against George He said the agitation was called by the Munnar Protection Committee after the revenue and forest officials started targeting small land owners under the eviction drive “We supported the agitation because we found their concerns genuine The actions of the officials go against the understanding reached at the all-party meet convened by the chief minister in May The meeting decided to spare small land holders from eviction but officials paid the decision no heed” Jayachandran said However CPI district secretary K Sivaraman denied this accusation Sivaraman said the drive was directed against those who have grabbed large swathes of land by forging documents He said the CPM was trying to protect their interests and sabotage the move to clear encroachments from Munnar Curiously the last drive against the encroachments was halted in April after revenue officials targeted an evangelical Christian group Sub-collector Sreeram Venkitaraman who led the drive was shunted out The drive was stopped in the wake of the demolition of a cross erected atop a hill allegedly encroached by the Thrissur-based group Environmentalists were skeptical of the success of the drive since it came soon after the CPI took the LDF government to the brink of a constitutional crisis a stand-off which was defused by the resignation of Thomas Chandy A high court verdict questioned Chandy’s locus standi in challenging a district collector’s report confirming encroachment of part of a lake at Alaappuzha by a backwater resort he co-owned with his wife Chandy put in his papers only after four ministers belonging to the CPI boycotted the Cabinet meeting to protest his presence in the aftermath of the high court verdict Pinarayi Vijayan and the CPM viewed this as a serious breach of coalition dharma by the CPI CPM leaders said that its junior partner mounted extraordinary pressure on Vijayan to seek Chandy’s resignation to protect its image as a crusader against encroachment CPM legislator AN Shamseer said the CPI used pressure tactics even after Vijayan gave sufficient indications that Chandy would resign The young MLA wondered if the CPI was cultivating its image to switch over to the rival camp when the time was ripe He pointed out that the CPI had a history of working with the Congress The revenue department took on Joyce George who is the CPM’s blue-eyed boy even as the parties were training their guns on each other Environmentalist John Peruvanthanam said Revenue Minister E Chandrashekharan should have waited until the wounds had healed John told Firstpost the haste shown by the revenue department may thwart the drive and that the government made its intentions known by shunting out special tahsildar AJ Thomas who prepared the blue chart for evicting those encroaching on large portions of land The CPM has on the other hand started taking aim at Devikulam sub-collector VR Premkumar who is following the footsteps of his predecessor Sreeram Venkitaraman and clearing Munnar of encroachments While party legislator S Rajendran alleged that Premkumar passed IAS through copying his senior party colleague and Electricity Minister M Mani called the young IAS officer ‘deranged’ and accused him of acting like a feudal lord John said the CPI would never be able to end encroachments in Munnar since all political parties were hand in glove with resort owners and the real estate mafia John added that the parties were equally culpable of grabbing large quantities of land in the ecologically fragile region At least two CPM committee offices one legislator and several relatives of the electricity minister figure in a list of encroachers prepared by the revenue department for eviction Environmentalists believe that the CPM opposed the CPI move against encroachers because they feared it would ensnare the party and many of its leaders Environmentalists said the resort lobby has been trying to grab land in Munnar because it attracts tourists from all over the world However they forget that tourists visit Munnar because of its unique geographical position and rich biodiversity they added They further warned that if the land mafia and the resort lobby continued their activities unhindered Munnar which is 5200 feet above sea level will disappear from the map By: IANS | New Delhi | Published: May 13 2017 9:30 am Irrfan Khan will soon be seen in his upcoming movie Hindi Medium Related News Actor Irrfan Khan who will next be seen in the upcoming film Hindi Medium says the persona of cinema has changed and that’s why schools and parents are willingly showing films to children “I never thought in my life that I will shoot a film inside a school as films were never welcomed in schools and watching them was not considered a good thing” Irrfan said here on Friday “But today the persona of cinema has changed Now those types of films are being made which parents can show to their children” he added Directed by Saket Chaudhary Hindi Medium is a story about how education that is supposed to be a tool of enlightenment has become a tool to create inequality It also features Pakistani actress Saba Qamar in the lead “My experience shooting for Hindi Medium was very smooth I am thankful to all the students who cooperated with us during the shooting When you go to any school you are reminded of your own childhood days I really enjoyed shooting for this film” Irrfan said Also Read |Hindi Medium Irrfan Khan turns English teacher and the results are hilarious Z for Zabardast Apple anyone Irfan Khan has recently also bagged another Hollywood project with Marc Turtletaub He will be starring in Puzzle based on an Argentine movie Rompecabezas It was directed by Natalia Smirnoff and came out in 2012 He has also been a part of Inferno Life of Pi and even Jurrasic World In the movie Hindi Medium Irrfan Khan is trying to prepare his daughter to take admission in an English medium school Her mother played by actress Saba Qamar feels that English isn’t a language but a class She decides to take her daughter away from her father lest she is unable to become a part of that class The movie is scheduled for release on May 19 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Published: August 29 2017 6:11 pm West Indies’ Jason Holder celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Tom Westley (Source: Reuters) Related News West Indies captain Jason Holder has been sanctioned for making inappropriate comments that were heard by the on-field umpires during the second Test against England Holder was furious when a catch was put down in the slips off his bowling in the 70th over of England’s second innings at Headingley on Monday The International Cricket Council said Tuesday that Holder received an official reprimand and got one demerit point added to his disciplinary record for “using language or a gesture that is obscene offensive or insulting during an international match” Holder admitted to the offense at the end of the day’s play and accepted the sanction For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Srinagar | Published: August 30 2011 3:55 pm Related News Welcoming the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to grant general amnesty to youths arrested on charges of stone pelting last yearCPI(M) today said the move would help build an atmosphere of peace and trust “The CPI(M) has been consistently demanding the release of the youths It is now urged that the government implement the decision at the earliest” CPI(M) state secretary M Y Tarigami said in a statement Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had on Sunday announced general amnesty scheme for youths involved in over 1200 cases of stone-pelting in the Valley during last summer’s unrest Tarigami also sought release of political prisoners lodged in different jails under the Public Safety Act (PSA)saying the move would serve as an internal ‘Confidence Building Measure’ The MLA from Kulgam observed that the amnesty granted to the youth and release of political prisoners would ease the situation further and help in building an atmosphere of peacetrust and reconciliation Tarigami asked the government to actively consider release of those PSA detaineeswho are not involved in serious crimes The state government should intensify its efforts and vigorously pursue with the Centre revision and revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act (DAA)he said Keeping in view the overall improvement in the security situation of the stateTarigami said this is an ideal and opportune time to work towards revocation of these laws in order to normalise the situation and bolster public confidence For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 7 2017 4:00 am Top News A 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly molesting a woman at the autorickshaw stand outside Thane railway station According to the police the accused Shashikant Sawant a resident of Dombivali allegedly groped a 25-year-old woman who was standing in the queue ahead of him When she raised an alarm Sawant was nabbed by other individuals and handed over to the police Sawant has been booked for outraging the modesty of a woman For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 6 2017 7:27 pm FIFA U-17 World Cup begins on October 6 in India Top News As hosts of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India are hoping for a quarter-final finish in the upcoming tournament coach Luis Norton de Matos has said India are hosting the mega football event first ever in the country in October this year In an interview to PTI Matos said that in a short span of time he has tried to build a team which had give a tough fight to the favourites “When we talk about targets we usually associate victories a finish in the quarterfinal That is a legitimate dream We will do everything to fight the favourites and the stronger teams” De Matos told PTI “The ultimate objective is to show the world our progress and growth that young Indian football players can practice fair and great football and that there is hope for an even better future” De Mato who was former coach of Benfica reserve side said that India have made progress in the past three months and working hard on more aspects of the game “The team has made progress during these three months of work They have a defined game idea which is yet to be perfected But through the ongoing training exercises game simulation and our playing model we are working on that “But there is something that no manager in the world can do in eight months of preparation like the experience of 10 years of competition as the majority of World Cup teams have Playing friendly games is not the same as official games” The Portuguese who replaced Nicolai Adam under controversial circumstances said that outings in Europe have been good and decisive for the progress of the team “The experience in Europe has been good and decisive for the progress of the individual objectives of the team The willingness to learn from the players was of paramount importance “At the same time I cannot forget the quality of the work of my support staff Yet I am conscious that there is still a long way to go until the World Cup to further reduce the gap between India and the rest of the teams These players have shown positive qualities — focus momentum intensity speed learning ability enthusiasm and sacrifice The team has improved on its passing and has been intelligent in using the vacant spaces “The training process has stressed on that and the team has been able to create openings in every game we have played so far But we need to work on the execution efficiency as we have missed many goals The team has also learnt to play in close lines and improved immensely on pressing The solidarity and the unity in the squad are exceptional” De Mato also stressed on the fact that the team will play collectively but individual brilliance will also be needed “I know each player very well and their respective capacities Each opponent will have individual and collective characteristics for which we need to establish strategies to adapt and counter the opponent “It is not essential that the players need to stand out individually because they all have a vital role in the team However I am aware that during the competition some players will be hogging the limelight more than others” “Before the competition I will never mention names because they are all being trained and prepared mentally for heroic roles in the team I also will not refer to weaker positions because it will be challenging to find players for them as our opponent teams should not know weak spots” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Reuters | London | Updated: August 2 2017 8:25 pm In a career spanning over 13 years Bolt has amassed 11 world titles and eight Olympic gold medals (Source: Reuters) Top News As his long illustrious career reaches its end Usain Bolt is confident he will not be overwhelmed by emotion at the World Athletic Championships in London on Saturday and has his sights set firmly on signing off with victory In a career spanning over 13 years Bolt has amassed 11 world titles and eight Olympic gold medals along with the world records for the 100 and 200 metres becoming one of the most famous athletes in the world in the process In a career spanning over 13 years Bolt has amassed 11 world titles and eight Olympic gold medals along with the world records for the 100 and 200 metres becoming one of the most famous athletes in the world in the process On the eve of his final two races – the 100m and the 4x100m relay – the 30-year-old told Reuters TV that he would be as focused on the finish line as always On the eve of his final two races – the 100m and the 4x100m relay – the 30-year-old told Reuters TV that he would be as focused on the finish line as always “I can’t approach it any different It’s just a championship I have to come out here and look at it and deal with it like a championship so I’m just really focused I’ve been training hard and I’m ready to go” Bolt said in an interview “I can’t approach it any different It’s just a championship I have to come out here and look at it and deal with it like a championship so I’m just really focused I’ve been training hard and I’m ready to go” Bolt said in an interview “For me I’m always confident I go there to win at all times I’m always ready to go I’m looking forward to the competition so for me that’s it I’m just going out there to win this Saturday” Bolt’s final season has been marked by tragedy with the Jamaican having to come to terms with the death of his friend former Britain high jumper Germaine Mason who died in a motor crash in April “I deal with situations one step at a time so I didn’t really think that but it has been tough a really up and down season It has been rough but for me I just try to look at the positives” he said “I always try to take a negative and put it into a positive and try to work forward you know what I mean So for me no matter how bad the situation I’ve always tried to turn it around and try to make it into a positive” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Gopal Kateshiya | Rajkot | Published: March 15 2017 1:21 am Locally called swabhando or local fund district fund is the fund which a district panchayat can use at its own discretion (Representational) Top News AFTER THE state government eliminated the practice of allotting local area development (LAD) fund to elected members of district panchayats last year the Rajkot district panchayat has found a way around It allocated Rs 18 lakh to each of the 36 constituencies of the panchayat on Tuesday and also gave the freedom to members to suggest works for groups of beneficiaries instead of individuals Watch What Else Is Making News A couple of months after Congress had won majority of district panchayats in Saurasthra and north Gujarat regions in the elections held in December 2015 the state government had issued a circular in February 2016 The circular asked district panchayats in the state not to use district fund until guidelines for its usage were issued Locally called swabhando or local fund district fund is the fund which a district panchayat can use at its own discretion Stamp duty grant and royalty grant from the state government account for major share of district fund Government collects stamp duty on sale or transfer of property but repatriates certain portion of it to the district in whose administrative jurisdiction the transaction takes place Similarly royalty collected from the mining of minerals like sand and boulders is also repatriated to respective district panchayat by the government These two types of grants are the major source of revenue for district panchayats besides local levies Panchayat boards used to make allocation to elected members from such funds The members used to suggest projects or works to be taken up in their respective constituencies directly to the officers of the concerned department But the government circular in February 2016 brought that practice to a halt and the subsequent guidelines issued in September 2016 almost abolished it The guidelines barred members from directly suggesting any work in their constituencies and made it mandatory for them to seek prior approval of general board for such projects The guidelines also specified the kind of work a member can or cannot suggest and The Indian Express was the first to report it To find a way around these restrictions imposed by the BJP-led state government the general board of Rajkot district panchayat at its meeting held on January 5 this year delegated powers to district panchayat president Nilesh Virani and district development officer (DDO) G T Pandya to approve works suggested by members The board members reasoned that the general board usually meets once in three months and mandatory approval by the board was delaying projects to be funded from local fund The special general board meeting held on Tuesday allocated Rs18 lakh to each of the 36 constituencies of the district panchayat In his budget proposals the DDO had proposed to allot Rs10 lakh from district fund Rs1 lakh from royalty grant and additional Rs 1 lakh from royalty grant for suggesting repairs of roads However members demanded at the general board meeting on Tuesday that these allocations be increased Subsequently district panchayat president Nilesh Virani moved amendments and increased the allocation from district fund to Rs 15 lakh per constituency and also doubled the allocation from royalty grant to Rs 2 lakh per seat After the amendments were passed the total allocation per seat for the year 2017-18 stood at Rs 18 lakh Pacifying members district panchayat vice-president Avsar Nakia said that the effective allocation was Rs 26 lakh He said that Rs 8 lakh was to be allocated from the budget of the 2016-17 fiscal in addition to Rs 18 lakh for the next fiscal Congress has 34 members on the board of Rajkot district panchayat while the BJP has only two “Due to a circular issued by the state government funds cannot be allocated to members Therefore it has been decided to allot funds to each seat of the panchayat and members of respective seat can suggest work for group of beneficiaries instead of individuals” Virani said at the meeting “After the state government barred district panchayats from using swabhandol we had to find a way out so that the issues of people continue to be solved at local level All the district panchayats ruled by Congress in the state have adopted this method of authorising president and DDO to give approval and make allocation constituency-wise” Virani said For all the latest Rajkot News download Indian Express App More Top News