Everyone wants to dabble in that until it reaches its saturation point. But there are reports the event may be moved off clay to the new Olympic tennis arena and its hardcourt set up. the women kabaddi players were really willing to join us when we told them about this project. We will also intimate the police about these, there have been landslides. The Archbishop further alleged that the police gave in to the pressure of the unruly mob to force the principal of the school,Ideas for the New Century? Although the unique identity card scheme was discussed at length in the bookthe idea itself is not newnor can it be uniquely credited to the UPA government Its first spirited votary was LK Advaniwhoas Home Minister in the NDA governmentmade it one of his pet themes and even launched it as a pilot scheme in select districts Sadlylike many pilot schemes in our countryit remained at the pilot stage for the first five years of the UPA government Now the Prime Minister has done the right thing by rescuing it in time for the forthcoming 2011 census It is not often that governments scout outside talent to spearhead important national programmes Both our bureaucracy and the political class have perfected the art of filling government bodies with their own peopleregardless of whether the appointee is the best person for the job For bureaucrats it is a way of hopping on to post-retirement perches and for politicians it is a way of accommodating those who cannot be made MLAsMPs or ministers It is high time our leaders realised that the country is bigger than the politicians and bureaucrats There is no dearth of public-spiritedhighly capable and deeply committed professionals outside the government system who canand are willing toshoulder challenging assignments Sadlyvery few get the opportunity they deserve Now that the Congress is back with a bigger mandatecan we hope to see more Nilekanis being given leadership positions in governmental programmes in educationhealthcarehousinginfrastructure development etc Measured in terms of its potential benefit and transformational impactthe Unique Identity Card scheme can turn out to be historic Howeverthe potential will reach its fullness only if the scheme is integrated into the larger matrix of e-governance and g-governance (g stands for good) And this is where the UPA government needs to view the UIDAI not as a stand-alone body but as an important component of a larger mission to achieve improved governance and better socio-economic development using the revolutionary tools that IT provides A major drawback in e-governance initiatives in India is that they are not explicitly linked toand measured bythe goals of g-governance Which is whymany government departments routinely reduce e-governance to simply procuring more IT hardware and software Moreoverthe departmental mentality is so deeply entrenched in government that they rarely work in unison to achieve common and inter-related objectives Thustheir e-governance initiatives suffer due to duplicationnon-standardisationnon-scalability and poor trainingall resulting in wastage of resources and poor outcomes The UIDAI can catalyse a change in this pattern For thisit needs to be properly conceived with an enlarged mandate If the government gives a purely technical mandate to the UIDAIit will not be difficult for Nilekani and his team to issue a basic ID card to all citizensjust as the Election Commission has done so in respect of the voter ID card Howeverfrom the point of view of both the citizen and the governmentthe full benefits of the unique ID card begin to flow only when the multiple purposes for which it can be used can be seamlessly integrated into it This requires considerable re-engineering of the functioning of various entities of governmentright from the Centre to the panchayat For examplecitizens will judge the success of the unique ID scheme on the basis of whether it reduces corruptionharassment and delays in their interface with government Elsethey will view it as a needless encumbrancemeant more to advance the none-too-transparent goals of babudom than to meet the felt needs of citizens themselves My suggestion is that the Prime Minister should set up something like a Good Governance Reforms Implementation Authoritychaired by him so that he imparts to it the full weight of his office The Administrative Reforms Commissionset up by the previous UPA government under the chairmanship of Veerappa Moilyhas made a comprehensive set of recommendationsalmost all of which have an E-governance component And nearly all of them require the implementation of the unique ID scheme These recommendations encompass the issues of national securitydevelopmentcorruption-free delivery of government servicesand transparencyefficiency and accountability in the functioning of various institutions of democracy (including the judiciary) Hencethe UIDAI should function as a subset of a larger mission for the promotion of good governance Moreoverthe Centre should proactively make all political partiesstate governments and local self-government bodies partners in achieving speedy progress of both the unique ID card scheme as well as the broader mission for good governance reforms Nilekanis is by no means an easy assignment There are many thorny issues that he will have to handleabove all a change-resistant system of governance He needs our good wishes [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Subhash C Kashyap | Published: September 4 2012 2:11 am Related News Day after dayproceedings in the two Houses of Parliament have been stalled Questions are being asked about the grounds for the impasse and the way out The problem is more fundamental than it seemsand both the ruling coalition and the opposition are responsible for the state of affairs In a parliamentary politythe majority rules with the consent of the minority Opposition is an essential partner in the democratic process Along with the right of the majority to stay in powerthe relevance and legitimacy of the opposition have to be respected Unfortunatelyin the parliamentary counter-culture we have developedgovernment is considered a perennial criminal by the oppositionwhile those in power use all possible means and resources of the state to discredit the opposition The so-called constraints of coalition politics mean that many small groups of allies and outside supporters are allowed to blackmail the ruling alliancedemand their priceindulge in scams and loot the public exchequer Meanwhilethe main opposition is often not even shown the courtesy of being consulted on crucial national issues As for creating pandemonium and not allowing the Houses to functioneach of the major partieswhen in oppositionbehaves in exactly the same manner When the roles are reversedit lectures on the virtues of disciplined conduct and orderly debate Offers of debate and willingness to discuss every issue on the floor of the House may seem very gracious but unreasonable prior conditions are often imposed Discussion on a substantive motion that must be decided by a vote in the House is sought to be avoided If the government is forced into a no-confidence motion or the likethere are allegations that it has swung votes by promising ministershipshefty financial packages or reprieve in pending criminal cases All this has led to a growing distrust in parliamentary processes and the devaluation of democratic institutions It may be argued that with the allegations of corruption and the scandals involving ministersthe present government has lost the moral right to rulethat the opposition may be within its rights to ask the prime minister to resign But political morality cannot be forced Constitutionallythe government is legitimate and entitled to continue so long as it commands a majority in the House The second issue is that of the office of the CAG Financial control of the administration is the bulwark of parliamentary democracy Accountability and transparency the two cardinal principles of good governance in a democratic set-up dependto a large extenton how well the public audit function is discharged It is for this reason that the CAG has been given special status by the Constitution It is his responsibility to ensure that money is spent and revenue raised not only in accordance with the lawbut also with due regard to economyefficiency and effectiveness The CAG is the constitutional authority entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining probity in the use of public funds As an agency functioning on behalf of the legislatureCAG has to ensure that the executive complies with the Constitution and the laws The CAGs reports are to incorporate important audit findingsperformance reviews of systemsprojects and programmes as well as comprehensive appraisals of public enterprises and other authorities He also reports on acts that infringe on the countrys economic interestsuch as mass embezzlement of state assetsserious losses and wastes CAG reports are submitted to the presidentwho ensures they are laid before each House They are then referred to the public accounts committee (PAC)which can select some sections for scrutiny The CAG assists the PAC; he can share his audit reports with the public and media after laying them before Parliament The CAG seeks to enhance the executives accountability to the Parliament and to state legislatures by carrying out audits in the public sectorand providing accounting services in the statesin accordance with the Constitution as well as with the best international practices In the case of coalthe contents of the report were leaked to the media before being laid before the Houses of Parliamentand much before the PAC considered itgovernment circles started questioning the rights of the CAG The oppositionmeanwhilebegan accusing the government of fraud and of causing a huge loss to the public exchequer It was prepared to settle for nothing less than the resignation of the prime minister Both may be guilty of bypassing the PACinterfering in its jurisdiction and showing it contempt Unfortunatelyof latewe have also been witness to doubts cast on PAC members that they did not act on non-party lines and present unanimous reports The memory of the abortive PAC report on 2G spectrum is still fresh Where do we go from here Will the president agree to send a message under Article 86 of the Constitution If he doesit would be difficult for the Houses not to consider itwith all sides present The writer is former secretary general of the Lok Sabha [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 25 2017 3:55 pm Mithali Raj scored 71 runs for India against England (Source: AP) Related News India opened their ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 campaign against England at Derby England won the toss and elected to field The Indian women made merry batting first The top three batswomen scored fifty each and India posted a big total of 281 for the loss of three wickets Punam Raut Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj were the three players to score half-centuries for India While the first two scored 86 and 90 respectively Raj made 71 for India En route to her 71 Raj scored her seventh consecutive half-century which was also a record for most consecutive fifties by a player The previous best was six consecutive half-centuries by four other batswomen including Mithali Raj’s seven consecutive half-century innings include 70 not out against Sri Lanka 64 against South Africa 73 not out against Bangladesh 51 not out against South Africa 54 against South Africa 62 not out against South Africa and 71 against England on Saturday The three other batswomen who have scored six consecutive half-centuries except Mithali Raj are Lindsay Reeler of Australia Ellyse Perry of Australia and Charlotte Edwards of England Mithali Raj has played 177 one-day international matches for India and scored 5781 runs at an average of more than 52 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Radhika Ramaswamy Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Updated: February 22 2017 11:08 am Some people whose names were missing from the voters’ list made a representation to the returning officer of K West Ward Related News SIXTY-YEAR-OLD Kishan Daswani — a hearing and speech impaired resident of Andheri West — had to face a difficult time Tuesday as he couldn’t find his name on the voter list at the booth of ward 63 A hassled Daswani went to the office of the returning officer to find out why he was not able to vote Like Daswani hundreds of people in the Andheri and Versova belt were running from pillar to post after their names were found missing in the electoral rolls despite having voted for years in the past Suchitra Nair a resident of Sundar Park society at Veera Desai Road was shocked to find that along with her about hundred others from her building couldn’t cast their vote “Only a dozen from the building were able to vote We don’t know why the rest of us couldn’t Most of us have voted before this” She added that they waited for an hour at the booth amid chaos following which they decided to approach the Versova police The voters then went to the returning officer’s office in Andheri Sports Complex where they met more people who had had similar experiences Vinod Khanna a resident of Azad Nagar said “I am 60-year-old and have been voting from the same constituency for decades I am diabetic and have been running around since the morning to understand how our names didn’t make it to the list” Watch What Else Is Making News The residents also demanded that since the number of people who missed out on voting because of technical loophole was large they should be allowed to vote another day and the counting be delayed till then Some of the angry voters held a meeting with the returning officer of K west ward Rajendra Ahiwar and made a representation to him in the afternoon Ahiwar said “We have received the applications from the residents The voter list was given by the Election Commission We don’t know if there were errors in compiling it We have forwarded the complaints to the Election Commission” MNS candidate Neena Vaswani and a few BJP workers were with the voters helping them address the issue with the officials “We are here to help them We believe at least 15000 people from the Andheri-Versova belt were unable to vote and this is injustice” said Vaswani Several residents from societies in ward 66 Juhu Galli in Andheri West were unable to find their names in the voter list One such resident of Friends Home society Dhaval Mehta (29) said “The names of voters missing from the voter list was common in many societies in ward 66 Even though I had voted in the Vidhan Sabha elections and in the last civic elections my name does not figure in the list I even checked on the True Voter app but couldn’t find my name” In another instance 43-year-old Bharat Shah said that names of many residents of his building Mahavir Darshan were missing from the voter list and they were sent back from the polling booths “In our building residents have voted in three different wards and it is confusing I went early at 930 am to avoid the rush only to find that my name or my family members’ names do not figure in the list The same has happened with many other residents in other societies” he said Another resident 36-year old Sujit Rambhau Waghan of Swati society complained that like many others he too had voted in 2014 but was unable to cast his vote Tuesday “I pleaded with the zonal officer to let me vote but he simply said that my name was not on the list He had no explanation as to how the names of six people from my family went missing from the list” he said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Yoginder K Alagh | Published: July 22 2013 4:54 am Related News Food security could help raise real incomestrigger innovation in agriculture My new bookThe Future of Indian Agriculturewas recently released by Vice President Hamid Ansariand the Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Rameshwho was an honoured guest on the occasionmade three interesting points Firstthe minister observed that agriculture in our country is diversifying becauseas we become richerwe consume less of grain and much larger quantities of fruitvegetableseggsmilk and other kinds of food Actuallythis is a trend that is observable not only among the poorbut also among the richas my book has shown Census Townsas small market centresare a crucial factor in gauging these changed consumption patterns The big story of Census 2011 was expected to emerge from these townsRamesh said He also pointed out how my book showed that we tend to underestimate the future movement of people from one place to the other by about 10 per cent He highlighted the power of the rurban and the books story of a rural-urban continuum SecondRamesh pointed out the importance of water and irrigationsomething that is largely underplayed in public discourse The issue is not favoured by NGOs and the public sector needs to play a large role here Finallythe minister outlined in detail how then World Trade Organisation head Pascal Lamy and the chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP)Ashok Gulatiwere forced by events to admit that India did not employ special protections for domestic produce in the same way as the US and other developed countriesan admissionwhich he welcomed as a former negotiator on Indias behalf at the WTO An informed journalist friend said that the models showed that widespread growth raised agricultural wages andas usualreal incomes did not rise He argued that CACP-led government studies said the same thing that isthat growth leads to higher wages I believehoweverthat this is a fallacy In my opinionit is the other way around Given that food security and MGNREGA set a floor for wages in the agricultural sectorit is inevitable that some people would not like it But the evidence of history shows that slave economies dont bring about technological change as the history of ancient Rome shows Rising agricultural wages trigger innovationmechanisationnewer seeds and technical advances in agricultureleading to growth The agriculture ministry is absolutely correct in saying that mechanisation and technology will be the key to the success of food security The bill is not anti-growth It will trigger growthjust as MGNREGA dideven with all its leakages It is true that the poor also demand non-grains But more grain at cheaper prices will mean that they can buy more milkvegetablesfruitoil and sugarwhich will aid nutrition It is also true that near-universal coverage is contrary to a targeted scheme But all the evidence shows that without universal coveragethe poorest households get left out We have to cope with this implementation hassle until the finer details of direct transfers are worked out and the process becomes widespread It is important that ideas like market-based energy prices except in the case of diesel in hill areas are adoptedrather than pooled prices A decentralised system that draws on the oceans scenario to project future energy demands till 2060proposed by Suman Berythe chief economist at Shellis worth studying A nationwide food security programme that sets a minimum amount of grain that every Indian will receiveand water equity and reform suggested by a committee I chairedset up by the ministry of water resources to draft a national framework law for the water sectorapart from energy sector reformmay be the out-of-the-box thinking that provides a way out It is true that financial volatility is the enemy of the pursuit of medium- and long-term interests Yetin that sensethe US Federal Reserves indication of the eventual withdrawal of quantitative easingand monetary policy tightening by other Western central bankshave already established new ground rules The BRICS countries have not taken an adversarial positiondespite making some noises regarding the so-called currency wars Zhou Xiaochuanthe governor of the Peoples Bank of Chinahas been uncharacteristically reticent Indiain facthas welcomed it There is some fear that the end of quantitative easing will restrict FDI to India and the other BRICS countriesso this is the time to look for partnerships The writer is chancellorCentral University of Gujarat [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News The suggestion of the Supreme Court to the panel was to tell the ways to improve BCCI.

He is? It is only through the common roots of gypsy music that they understand each other. As the father-son duo strummed their guitarthe loud voices of the Kalbelia singers of Jodhpur provided an unusual complement The cultural bloodlines entwined further when a flamenco dancer arrived on the stage and matched steps with a troupe of Kalbelias An overwhelmed audience gave them a long ovation and crowded around the performers as soon as they were done Nikita Puri For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Debjani Paul | Published: September 15 2012 1:27 am Related News The word mining usually conjures up images of dustyderelict sites with no greenery or wildlife around but three conservation biologists with a vision are bringing flora and fauna back to mining sites in Kolhapur and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra Kaustubh MogheJayant Kulkarni and Vivek Gour-Broome comprise environmental consultancy firm Envirosearch that was born during a discussion five years ago on how mines rob the surrounding areas of flora and fauna They discussed how some simple actions can rehabilitate the ecosystem and soonthey were approached by Hindalco Industries Ltd to translate their idea into action Since thenthey have been working on the companys captive mines in Kolhapur and Sindhudurg They have also been offering consultation to firms in Goa and even the Sultanate of Oman Companies now realize the importance of good mining practices and how important it is to restore mining areas to their former balance with nature All mining projects now have to carry out reclamation projects as part of the industry practices? The release date for the movie was July 6, "If this decision stands, But this is something which happens to sports-persons.rapped the Delhi Police asking why it has not taken any action? In the third, Being a director his brain is his investment and future, For us going to the next one,Cheer?the festival included three playssome stand-up comedies and a couple of workshops Later this monththe festival will return for its second editionbetween June 14 and 16 The line-up of events will largely remain the samewith three playsa stand-up comedy showa comedy open mic nightan improv act and two workshops One play will be staged on each day of the festival at 630 pm The first of these is 2+2a collection of four short playswritten and directed by Divya Palat The nexton June 15is an adults only playtitled Couple of Fools by Silly Point Production In ita group of couples talk about their respective ideas of a relationship The lastwhich will be staged on the last day of the festivalis an Akvarious ProductionMy Romantic History A sassyoften cheekycomedyit talks about how awful couples can be to each other when theyre together Among the remaining comedy acts are Anuvab Pals The Nation Still Wants To KnowThe East India Comedys Virgin Pants and an improv act by the Ministry of Schtick The two workshopsscheduled for June 15 and 16are on stand-up comedy and improv comedy respectively Stage for New If the main goal of Coke [email protected] is to capture the contemporary music of the countryit cannot afford to leave out the exciting independent musicians thriving on the fringes of mainstream platforms The propertys latest initiative for its third season to include an independent band alongside established musiciansleapFROG to Coke Studiowill see five relatively unknown indie bands competing for a winning spot at Coke [email protected] in its finale event at Blue FrogMumbai today The five finalists were selected over last one month of weekly performances by 24 bands held at Blue Frog Mumbai and Delhi The bands that can be broadly classified as fusion from Mumbai are Winit Tikoo BandDilpreet Bhatia and Friends and SUR From DelhiRaag Leela and Tauheed will perform from 10 pm at the venue Its a perfect platform for musicians and bands who have immense power and ideas to have a clear shot at being a part of something special in the independent Indian music scene?

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