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ignore international law and roll back hundreds of years of evolution during which states have felt more and more constrained by global norms as reflected in treaty and custom. A string of influential persons, Whenever Bachchan sees a heart-warming good performance on screen, I use the Cream Cleanser, expediting the Goregaon-Mulund link road and concretising of Mumbai roads to fix the problem of potholes.By his lofty standards, Paris represents a landmark in the UN climate negotiations. not just towards my father, Then there is pure politics ?objective?

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” the company said in a statement.d like to remind the writer that it takes a lot of courage for a woman to go public about being sexually assaulted by her employer. where team selection comes into play, Ashwin shepherded the tail to frustrate the visitors who posted 537 in their first knock, In the widely criticised Rajbala and others vs State of Haryana judgment,After he was sworn in as the chief minister on 19 March,Adityanath a hardline Hindutva leader has been sittingthrough presentations by various departments detailing theirplans to implement BJP’s poll promises In a step towards making decision-making transparent theUP government has decided to invite e-tenders to give outcontracts for its works Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: February 5 2017 6:35 am Top News PEOPLE WITH disabilities leprosy patients and elderly above 80 years were in for a pleasant surprise on poll day thanks to the Ludhiana district administration Tentative figures revealed that the 14 seats of Ludhiana recorded 74 per cent turnout Barring minor hiccups polling was peaceful In a unique initiative the district administration tied up with radio taxi service Uber and voters registered as persons with disabilities (PWD) and elders above 80 were given a free ride to the poll booth They were also given roses as a mark of honour and appreciation for voting As many as 68 disabled voters and 20 elders were ferried to polling stations with the help of volunteers from Initiators of Change Two special booths were also set up for lepers inside Kusht Ashram at Islam Ganj where 220 such patients voted 106-year-old Mali Devi and 104-year-old Sunder Singh were ferried to booths Six visually impaired voters from Gill Road too were taken to the booth and honoured with roses for casting vote Certificates of appreciation were also issued to 42000 first-time voters said DC Ravi Bhagat Meanwhile polling was peaceful in the sensitive Ludhiana South and Atam Nagar seats For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Minxin Pei | Published: August 9 2012 3:14 am Related News The performance of Chinese athletes in the Olympics since 1984when China first participated in the Gameshas been nothing short of spectacular If we use the medal count as a yardstickChinas haul of goldsilverand bronze in the summer Olympics has tripled between 1984 and 2008 At the London OlympicsChina has once again proved its prowess in winning medals It is widely expected to win more medals than any country exceptperhapsthe sporting superpowerTeam USA What lies behind Chinas Olympian success The conventional answer might be population and money With 13 billion peopleChina has a huge pool of talent to pick from Rising income also contributes to a better-fed and physically stronger population Athletes can afford state-of-the-art equipment and training For exampleChinese swimmers today train in Australiaa country that has produced world-class swimmers IndeedChinas rise as a sporting superpower has closely paralleled its economic ascendance But this explanation answers only part of the puzzle There are other large developing countries that have achieved impressive economic growth in the last three decadessuch as IndiaIndonesiaVietnamBrazilTurkeyand many othersbut none of them has outshone China in the sporting arena Brazilby no means a slouch in sportssaw its Olympics medal count in the summer Games double in this period South Koreaa fiercely competitive country that has one of the worlds most successful sports programmesincreased its medals by 50 per cent between 1984 and 2008 A more persuasive answer would point to Chinas state-directed athletic programmewhich has one overriding objective: winning international competitions To be sureChina did not invent this system It has merely followed the examples of the former Soviet Union and Cuba This system has a proven track record of producing winners Not surprisinglyif adjusted for per capita income and size of populationthe worlds real sporting superpower should be North Korea This country of 24 million people with a per capita GDP of less than $2400 (PPP) typically wins as many medals as far bigger and wealthier nations like TurkeySouth Africa and Iran in the summer Olympics The reason for North Koreas Olympic performance is simple Its totalitarian rulers may be starving its peoplebut they at the same time lavish what little money they have on a state-controlled athletic programme designed to produce Olympic medalists Measured in sizeChinas system for producing medal-winners is by far the largest and best-financed in the world It has 15000 government-funded sporting schools in the country Children with athletic talent and potential are identified at an early age and sent to these boarding schools to be trained into future Olympians Ye Shiwenthe 16-year-old swimming prodigy at the London gameswas picked when she was six and has spent a decade in the Chinese athletic training programme Chinese diverswho have dominated the sport for two decadesstart their training at a similarly tender age Total government spending on this elite sports programme is secret A few years agoit was revealed that Beijing spent 20 billion yuan (about $3 billion) in preparation for the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens Since China won 63 medals in Athensone might say that each medal cost almost $50 million Howeverbesides investing a huge fortune in its elite athletesChina has also been very strategic in picking its targets Because the physical build of Asians differs greatly from the Caucasians and AfricansChina does not waste its money on track and fieldwhere it has little hope of muscling out the Europeans and Americans InsteadBeijing focuses on more obscure sports that require years of painstaking trainingshunned by athletes in wealthier societiessuch as weightlifting The most ingenious component of Chinas Olympics-winning strategy is to give more attention to its female athletes As a resultChinas female athletes are far more successful than their male colleagues Of all the international championships won by China in the last 30 yearsroughly 60 per cent belonged to female athletes Of coursethis top-down strategy has its limits and costs Despite its huge budgetthe Chinese programme has been much less successful in winning medals in team sports Chinas male national football teama perennial loseris a joke In additionby devoting disproportionate financial resources to a select fewChina has neglected the majority of its youth While its elite athletes train in world-class facilitiesmost Chinese schools have little space for sports Based on sports facility available per personChina ranks below 100 in the worlda far cry from its current number one position in the medals tally at the London Olympics Another cost of this programme is that athletic triumph hides calamitous failures of public policy While Chinese athletes break world records in international competitionsnew and worrying records are being created at home The Chinese are becoming much less healthy: roughly 85 per cent of its high-school students are near-sighteddiabetes has become an epidemicover 200 million are overweight or obeseand 160 million suffer from high blood pressure As a nationChina would be much better off had its government deployed the same level of attention and energy to improve its public health For the momenthoweverthis abnormality is almost certain to continue Winning Olympic medalslike clocking the speed of economic growthadds gloss to the image of the ruling Chinese Communist Party The Chinese peoplewho may resent their governments heavy-handedness and neglect of more urgent social problemssupport their athletes and understandably derive enormous national pride from their success in international competitions The writer is a professor of government and non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratik Kanjilal | Updated: June 3 2017 10:25 am The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is set in the present tense of cow vigilantes and pellet guns and travels back to the Eighties when India turned decisively towards riot politics with the anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi Related News Book: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Author: Arundhati Roy Publisher: Penguin Pages: 438 Price: 599 Appropriately for a time when politics has been reduced to the bloody-minded project of othering Arundhati Roy has chosen to begin her story with India’s original other the hijra Aftab is the son of a hakim who flees to a household of transsexuals in Old Delhi called the Khwabgah (literally place of dreams; practically bedroom) which is as old as Shahjahanabad She provides one thread of the narrative which intertwines with the horror story of Kashmir told through the lives and deaths of its citizens Indian-born confused nationalists who wanted to see Arundhati Roy tied to a jeep could now clamour for her to be spot-welded to a Hummer for affirming that in the end “Kashmir will make India self-destruct” ALSO READ |‘We have digested held in our bellies so much violence that it is hard to be moral’: ArundhatiRoy Read it here But their excitement would be redundant because this is scarcely prophecy It is already contemporary nationalist history The unbelievable cruelty and disrespect for life that was once Kashmir’s tragic monopoly has spread to the plains where gruesome lynchings are now commonplace and life is uncertain The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is set in the present tense of cow vigilantes and pellet guns and travels back to the Eighties when India turned decisively towards riot politics with the anti-Sikh pogrom in Delhi From there the story follows a trail of blood through Gujarat 2002 and Maoist insurgencies to the present in which the state’s monopoly over violence has been outsourced to marauding gangs of thugs And there are digressions into the Bhopal gas tragedy and other intervening outrages Roy has not published fiction since The God of Small Things but this does not read like the work of the two intervening decades Perhaps fragments were written earlier around “found objects” but the narrative is rooted in the present It even includes the recent Srinagar floods and the spam SMSes from Thyrocare which bedevil every cellphone owner Indian readers will find themselves on familiar ground There is the “summer of scams” in the second term of Manmohan Singh who is cruelly pilloried as the “Trapped Rabbit” Jantar Mantar sees the rise of Mr Aggarwal a barely disguised Kejriwal: “a tight-arsed Gandhian accountant” “a revolutionary trapped in an accountant’s mind” minding a tubby Gandhian mascot who prophesies in a voice “like two balloons being rubbed together” These lively passages may bring Roy reprieve Those who would spot-weld her to a Hummer may be inclined to gift her a Jaguar instead and install her respectfully in the back seat There’s some present life regression too: two lovers “secede” not to a mobile republic but to an island of the mind A cameo appearance by an Odiya named Golak who says “oozy for woozy” after a drop too many could be an artist friend from her days in the School of Planning and Architecture The “geriatric army general all moustache and medals hired by studios to supply venom and stupidity” — we know him too well And the landscape against which they stand is vintage 20th century Delhi the city of Rooh Afza Brylcreem amaltas sexologists in extravagant safas (such as prime ministers now affect) and kites wheeling in a limitless sky Arundhati Roy outside The Walled City Lounge and Cafe in Old Delhi (Source: Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi) Amidst a horde of familiar faces and stock characters this masked ball is fun for a while But it palls when you can anticipate who’s going to enter stage left and stage right and hey there they are It could be soul-eviscerating stuff for readers in Britain who have only been exposed to images of Kashmiris blinded by pellet guns and may not have encountered the mountain of paper and film on Kashmir’s uneasy relations with Delhi produced by journalists researchers lawyers and activists over the decades But we read the Indian news We watch Indian TV with the volume turned prudently low We know of the crime against humanity that Gujarat hosted and of pretty bungalows in Kashmir that were turned into torture centres And we know something of the Intelligence Bureau represented here by a Bengali officer who serves as a reliable sutradhar despite his alcoholism Our lives are etched against the surreally colourful backdrop of India’s search for unity and integrity from Operation Blue Star to Operation Green Hunt and the flights of what Roy terms “saffron parakeets” who go about disrupting courts and cinema shows and set up a “parakeet committee of pedagogy” The real thing is dire enough and having to endure a fictionalised version of the news including the usual capsules and explainers exactly like in a newsmagazine does become tedious Besides this ground has been covered piecemeal in numerous stories by excellent writers in India’s other languages who are unfortunately less celebrated overseas than Roy But this John Pilger version of our reality endears by the presence of children and animals in every section by the human stories and the tiny circumstantial details which give body to reality Roy is a keen observer of everyday life in her city She knits together living stories of the fortunate and the dispossed of oppressors and oppressed She uses real settings which few of Delhi’s citizens know of like the old Muslim cemeteries behind the city’s Fleet Street where her leading characters find refuge for living among the graves “made life less determinate and death less conclusive” It must be hard to write in the lyrical mode about a society which celebrates cruelty but Roy has a stab at it and draws blood But the craftsmanship which won her a Booker falters In the decades since The God of Small Things which was technically flawless her fiction seems to have lost out to polemic and sometimes the story baffled by its expansive cast and ideological burden just wanders off in search of itself The loose ends and the effort to tie them up are visible (Why bother The messiness of reality is its charm) and the dreary housekeeping chore exposes the armature of the story to the reader There’s a reason why diners in a restaurant aren’t allowed to see the kitchen It isn’t always edifying to know how things are made Roy circles around the poisonous paradox which faces India: how do we keep calm and carry on in a society where arbitrary violence is not only permitted but celebrated Why do we persistently believe in messiahs who would turn India into a demonic melting pot where swords are forged from ploughshares And why is there no disquiet about our equanimity How did we lose the ability to be shocked Unhappily The Ministry of Utmost Happiness does not provide answers But it raises questions which should keep us awake at night For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun easing a crisis that had deepened tensions in the Middle East Saad al-Hariri who suspended his decision to resign as prime minister talks at the presidential palace in Baabda Lebanon November 22 2017 REUTERS/Aziz TaherHariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut for the first time since he quit abruptly on Nov 4 in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia Top Lebanese officials have said Riyadh forced him to quit and held him in the kingdom Riyadh and Hariri deny this At the presidential palace near Beirut Hariri said he hoped his move would lead to “a responsible dialogue . that deals with divisive issues and their repercussions on Lebanon’s relations with Arab brothers” Hariri said all Lebanese sides must commit to keeping the country out of regional conflicts a reference to the Iran-backed Hezbollah political and military movement Hezbollah’s regional military role has greatly alarmed Saudi Arabia Hariri’s long-time ally “I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it and to hold onto it for more dialogue about its reasons and political background and I showed responsiveness” he said in a televised statement The resignation had shocked even Hariri’s aides He returned to Lebanon late on Tuesday night after French intervention Aoun a political ally of Hezbollah had refused to accept the resignation because it happened in “mysterious circumstances” abroad He had called Hariri a hostage in Riyadh REGIONAL RIVALRY Hariri appeared to express relief that Aoun had not accepted the resignation right away He thanked Aoun on Wednesday for respecting constitutional norms and “his rejection of departing from them under any circumstances” The resignation pitched Lebanon to the forefront of the regional rivalry between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Islamist Iran which backs Lebanon’s Hezbollah and raised concerns of a protracted crisis In his resignation speech Hariri had cited fear of assassination and attacked Iran along with Hezbollah for sowing strife in the Arab world Hundreds of Hariri supporters packed the streets near his house in central Beirut waving the blue flag of his Future Movement political party The Sunni leader told them he would “stay with (them) . to be a line of defence for Lebanon Lebanon’s stability and Lebanon’s Arabism” “His presence in the country alone brings stability” said Manar Akoum 26 as she stood with the celebrating crowd Hariri’s resignation was followed by a steep escalation in Saudi statements against the Lebanese government which includes Shi‘ite Hezbollah Riyadh said the government as a whole – not just Hezbollah – had declared war against it Saad al-Hariri who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister from Saudi Arabia reacts as he talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun while attending a military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in downtown Beirut Lebanon November 22 2017 REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirWestern governments including the United States struck a different tone affirming their support for Hariri and the stability of Lebanon which hosts 15 million Syrian refugees – nearly one in four of the population “The United States welcomes the return of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to Lebanon” a State Department official said on Wednesday Washington is also encouraged by Hariri’s discussions with Aoun and his statement reaffirming his commitment to Lebanon’s stability said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity Ahead of his return to Beirut Hariri had stressed the importance of the Lebanese state policy of staying out of regional conflicts notably Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition is battling Iran-backed Houthi fighters Slideshow (4 Images)PRESERVING LEBANESE “COEXISTENCE” Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who had also called for Hariri’s return said on Monday his group was open to “any dialogue and any discussion” Nasrallah also issued his clearest denial yet of any Hezbollah role in Yemen A senior source in a political alliance that includes Hezbollah said Hariri’s move on Wednesday would start a breakthrough in the crisis “This step is not detached from the framework of a complete solution whose features will appear in the coming days” the source told Reuters Lebanese dollar bonds which had fallen in response to Hariri’s resignation gained following Wednesday’s announcement A government minister from the United Arab Emirates a close ally of Saudi Arabia said Lebanon must implement its policy of keeping out of Middle East conflicts in order to get out of its own crisis as well as regional troubles “The main problem facing that is the selective implementation of (this) principle and the functional Iranian role of Hezbollah outside the Lebanese framework” Anwar Gargash minister of state for foreign affairs wrote on Twitter Cyprus where Hariri had briefly stopped on his journey home said it would attempt to help defuse the crisis “Our common objective is stability in Lebanon stability in our area Within this context . the President of the Republic will undertake some initiatives precisely to promote this objective: stability in Lebanon” Cypriot government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said Hariri took office last year in a power-sharing deal that made Aoun head of state He arrived in Beirut in time for independence day celebrations on Wednesday morning taking the premier’s seat alongside Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Hariri said he looked forward to “real partnership with all the political powers in placing Lebanon’s interests high above any other interests” and preserving coexistence among Lebanese This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed But this token gesture cut no ice.constant tours,it would be far more meaningful than the charade about MPs renouncing their five-star lifestyle.

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