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Another INLD MLA Jaswinder Singh Sandhu said that no section of the society had benefitted and people were still awaiting fulfillment of the promises made by the BJP. Maria Katzarava and Andrea Bocelli will perform with the orchestra from April 17 to April 20. We gave our best but results did not go our way. England batsman Joe Root during his knock against South Africa at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Friday. “We know that men with low testosterone levels are more likely to become obese, But if only decoding Herath was as straightforward as that. So did South Africa’s pair of Steve Harmer and David Pleidt. There is also a spin tutorial for beginners on a Lankan television channel where he explains the basics of the craft Maybe once he retires it doesn’t look imminent given the state Sri Lankan cricket finds itself in he could embark on a successful coaching career too But as of now Herath is happy rubbing misery into touring batsmen steering his country past a jerky transition climbing up the ranking charts and endorsing high-speed internet devices *** History would remember him as not just the most prolific left-arm spinner of all time—it would take some catching up for Ravindra Jadeja the second-most successful fellow tribesman (155 wickets) around to usurp him But also as someone who dusted up the game’s intrinsic simplicity Simple man complex art The soul of his craft is steadfastly orthodox But the deception is rebelliously radical His basic tools are good-old flight drift and dip Has just one variation But he bowls round arm doesn’t turn the ball big and square procures more overspin than side-spin and fools the batsman chiefly with guileful variations in pace flight dip and the deadly slider Classical Herath Dismissal Most classical left-arm spinners prey with the outside edge of a right-handed batsman But Herath targets their inside edge a reason he gets a major percentage of them lbw or bowled A classic instance was Steve Smith in the first innings at Galle A few slow flighted deliveries outside the off-stump later one of which he was reprieved he bowled the arm ball a tad quicker faster and quicker on the off-stump Smith shaped back for the back cut trusting his bat-speed to guide the ball past third man But it hustled into him and snuck through his gate to rattle the stumps The Stock Ball Or his bait ball The ball hangs interminably in the air The unsuspecting batsman believes he has plenty of time (redundant time) The ball dips apologetically It doesn’t explode off the surface but harmlessly spins away He lulls them with his slowness The Slider Or his killer ball The most potent of his weapons More than it slides into the batsman it goes straight after pitching It’s incredibly difficult to discern it from the stock ball unless the batsman has microscopic vision of his fingers For the action and release points are much the same So is often the pace and trajectory which is not flattish like most contemporary left-arm spinners astrutting round Man of Variations He mixes up almost everything—pace flight drift dip length and line He frequently changes his angles his release points and the point of delivery Not by conspicuous margins but slim subtle margins All Weather Man Widely considered as someone who can prosper only on subcontinental turners Herath has proved his effectivness abroad also He spun Sri Lanka to a historic victory in South Africa picking nine wickets in Durban played a vital role in the win over England at Lord’s in 2014 and then prospered in Australia For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: Gujarat Congress stalwart Shankersinh Vaghela’s decision to quit the party may cast a shadow on the prospects of Sonia Gandhi’s confidante Ahmed Patel’s re-election to Rajya Sabha According to sources in the party Vaghela has the support of around a dozen MLAs and if they follow suit it may put into jeopardy Patel’s chances of securing a fourth Rajya Sabha term from his home state Patel is Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Congress has 57 MLAs in Gujarat and its candidate would require votes of 47 of them to get elected File image of Shankersinh Vaghela PTI The Rajya Sabha poll comes close on the heels of the presidential election which exposed chinks in the Congress armour as the joint opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar could garner votes of only 49 MLAs Vaghela while announcing his decision of quitting the party said he would resign from the Assembly only after the 8 August Rajya Sabha polls seen as a veiled warning that he would try to ensure the defeat of the Congress candidate Patel’s current term ends on 18 August Though the party is yet to announce its candidate for the upcoming elections it is seen as almost certain that it would be Patel Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot said it was the moral responsibility of the former chief minister to help its candidate get elected as he still represented the party in the Assembly "He has resigned but he has been with the Congres for 20 years It is his moral responsibility to help in the victory of the Congress candidate as he continues to be a party MLA" Gehlot told PTI He asserted Congress was in a "comfortable" position as it had the support of all 57 MLAs The filing of nominations for the biennial election started on Friday The terms of BJP Rajya Sabha MPs from Gujarat Dilip Pandya and Smriti Irani also end on 18 August Gehlot a former Rajasthan chief minister termed Vaghela’s decision to quit Congress a "blunder" He said it was unfortunate that he quit the party just before the assembly elections saying Congress had rewarded him for his work by giving him important positions In a body blow to the Congress in Gujarat Vaghela one of its tallest in the state announced on Friday that he was quitting the party He enjoys considerable support in North Gujarat Aurangabad: A joint team of CRPF and police on Sunday arrested three naxal militants from Bihar’s Aurangabad district Acting on a tip off that naxalites are pasting posters in different areas to terrorise people to make their proposed 3 August Bihar bandh a success a joint team of CRPF and local police raided Sahajpur and Kalidi villages of the district and arrested three naxals who had come to paste posters Superintendent of Police Satya Prakash said Representational image PTI The arrested naxals have been identified as Ramlagan Singh Bhokta Kamlesh Singh Bhokta and Mahesh Bhuiya SP said adding that police are conducting raids to nab their accomplices on the basis of information received from them These naxalites have been indulging in various naxal activities he said and added that Kamlesh Singh Bhokta had been in jail for his involvement in naxal activities but at present he was on bail These naxalites were trying to influence and motivate local youths to join the local naxal outfit SP said Written by Ram Madhav | New Delhi | Updated: August 1 2015 12:37 pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces the biggest challenge to his developmental dreams in these political roadblocks (Source: Express photo) Related News It was the afternoon of August 16 1945 A few eminent citizens of Tokyo assembled at a burnt-out building to chalk out future plans for the revival of their beloved city One of the experts present Okita narrates: “If you looked out of the windows it looked like a scorched plain Everybody was starving But the committee discussing the future worked really hard” It was just the day before August 15 1945 that the surrender of Japan to the Allied forces had happened Once a mighty empire Japan was reduced to a fiefdom of the US Militarily it was finished One-third of the country was destroyed More than half of the means of economic production had been reduced to rubble Many millions had been killed in the Allied air raids World War II had almost finished off the means of survival for Japan Yet what couldn’t be destroyed was the spirit of the Japanese They thought “It’s bad now But with a big effort Japan will get back on its feet again” While the country was being smothered by the Allies during the war and the occupational US army under Douglas MacArthur the eminent experts were busy putting in place their plans for Japan’s revival David Pilling calls this Japanese characteristic “Bending Adversity” In an inspiring book of the same title Pilling narrates how the Japanese have made it almost a national obsession to work towards bending adversities into opportunities Japan is India’s largest and most important trading partner We exchange goods and technology But we need to exchange this spirit too India is a land of great cultural and civilisational institutions Our family and social institutions are an example to the entire world Japan is facing serious societal stress Atomised families and materialist lifestyles are taking their toll Japan is ageing fast As Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu told a gathering recently the toy business is booming in Japan not just because children love toys but because old people too need them to play with They have nobody else to turn to in the twilight of their lives Japan will soon join the club of so-called “evening economies” “While Japan can benefit from our value system we need to imbibe their great work culture — the single-minded obsessive focus of an entire nation on development Japan used every opportunity to strengthen its economy and industry Freed from the burden of its own defence after World War II Japan cleverly used this to throw all its energy into economic development” “Some factories went the other way from pre-war military production to manufacture of civilian goods An aircraft factory in Osaka started making nails for houses Makers of radio parts turned their thoughts to light bulbs In due course companies such as Nikon which had ground lenses for gunships started producing cameras and binoculars” writes Pilling To aptly sum up the post-war mood Kiyoshi Tomizuka’s diary entry of April 1945 a few months before Japan’s surrender is the best source A professor of engineering at Tokyo Imperial University Kiyoshi wrote: “An army in uniform is not the only sort of army Scientific technology and fighting spirit under a business suit will be our underground army” “Make in India” needs a lot of learning from Japan In fact China emulated Japan in areas like industrial production It focused on capturing markets first and for that growth not profit was made the target “Growth now and profits later” was the motto in Japan for long We are happy to let politics block India’s economic and industrial development The most important economic reforms such as the land acquisition bill GST etc are held to ransom for petty political gains Immature leaders scout around spreading falsehoods about the government and its programmes Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces the biggest challenge to his developmental dreams in these political roadblocks There is no other way but to accelerate an infrastructure boom Without that development will not kick-start Unless we achieve that job creation is not possible Every year we add about 20 million youth to the workforce Sadly we have been able to add only about two million new jobs annually We need to urgently bridge the gap Without the required reforms none of this is possible It is a challenge for Modi and his team Can they like Japan turn this adversity into an opportunity The Japanese had used the Korean War to strengthen their manufacturing base for supplying the US army India can’t look for wars to strengthen its economy But does it have experts in its Niti Aayog and government who can “bend” the present “political adversity” into an opportunity That is the big question the nation is awaiting answers to not the silly ones raised on primetime TV The writer is national general secretary BJP and director India Foundation For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA | Mumbai | Published: July 3 2017 3:54 am In July 2016 Sunder Singh (left) was one of the people who alleged that an illegal kidney racket was operating at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital in Powai (File) Top News It has been a year since Sunder Singh gave away his right kidney ‘illegally’ in a transplant and the 24-year-old has been job hunting since “I cannot handle heavy weight or do laborious work Getting work has become difficult” the frail man says as he steps out of his friend’s shop in Grant Road his home for a few days now In July 2016 Singh was one of the people who alleged that an illegal kidney racket was operating at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital in Powai At the same hospital on April 16 last year he had sold his kidney to a Gujarat-based woman while posing as her brother The hospital subsequently lost its licence to conduct organ transplants and seven doctors attached with the hospital including CEO Dr Sujit Chatterjee were named in the chargesheet Singh claims he was promised work and money by several politicians but has received neither He claims he was promised Rs 3 lakh for the transplant but got only Rs 10000 It was the meagre amount that forced him to expose the racket “But even the police have interviewed me just once I have so much evidence They never considered catching the other accused” Singh alleges A year after the racket was busted police are yet to investigate other allegedly illegal transplants held at the same hospital This week the state public health department issued a notice to Powai police asking them to present other donors and recipients in the illegal transplants for investigation “As government officials we can only present medical evidence of the illegal transplant For that we need the police to get other donors and recipients” says Dr Gauri Rathod state organ transplant coordinator In the past one year Singh claims he has received several threat calls He always looks over his shoulder while walking on the road “I switched off my phone and went back to my village for three months I was scared for my life I still am” he says Unpaid family loans forced him to return to Mumbai last week to find work Unable to afford rent he sent his wife back to their village Piprikala in Uttar Pradesh and started living in a friend’s shop in search of employment With one kidney gone he suffers constant abdominal pain and sometimes lose motions He has visited Bandra Bhabha Hospital thrice for treatment since he donated his kidney “Now I have stopped thinking about the constant pain or that I was fooled into selling my kidney” he says “I have to repay a debt of Rs 3 lakh and I have two mentally challenged brothers who cannot work I have to feed four stomachs and there is no job That is my only worry” He has approached several video parlours for work in Mumbai His last job at Dreamland video parlour on Grant Road was the reason why he agreed to sell his kidney His employer Bharat Sharma also an accused in the chargesheet convinced him that this was the quickest way to repay all his debts After the transplant Singh was employed by alleged kidney racket kingpin Bijendra Bisen He tasked Singh with transportation of documents necessary for illegal kidney transplants and of coordinating between patients and poor donors In the past year Singh has had no contact with his kidney’s recipient 37-year-old Dimple Himmatramka Medical documents scrutinised by the Directorate of Health Services showed that there were several discrepancies in the documentation filed by donor Singh and recipient Himmatramka However permission was granted by the hospital “There needs to be the will to catch more culprits so that others are not fooled into selling their kidney” Singh says For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUpdated: February 26 2014 9:43 am Whether or not firms face a ‘winner’s curse’ is a commercial question They must believe that there was an economic rationale for their bids or they would not have paid so much PTI Related News Consumers won’t bear the costs of high bids for 2G spectrum The 2G auction earlier this month was from the point of view of government revenues a roaring success raising Rs 61000 crore The astronomical amounts telecom companies bid for spectrum are causing an increasing number of commentators to argue that they overpaid and now face a “winner’s curse” Whether or not this is the case is a purely commercial question although lay commentators should bear in mind that the firms themselves must believe that there was an economic rationale for their bids or else they would not have agreed to pay so much in the first place The more contentious question is whether this “winner’s curse” will harm consumers either through higher prices as providers pass the tremendous spectrum costs on to consumers or through a slower roll-out of advanced telecommunication services because the burden of paying for spectrum reduces the cash available for investment Standard economic theory would say that the first mechanism is fallacious while the second seems implausible Let’s start with the former claim — that higher spectrum costs will be passed on to consumers The first question to ask is suppose spectrum had been handed out free of charge what price would a telecom company charge consumers Presuming that it is competently managed the answer is obvious: it would charge the price that makes it the greatest possible profit given the competition it faces from other firms in the industry Now suppose the firm had paid Rs 10000 crore for its spectrum would it charge a higher price than if it had paid nothing at all The answer is no: in the first case the company was charging the price that gave it the highest possible profits given the competition it faces Since the spectrum auction has not changed the level of competition in the industry it must be that firms will charge the same price as if they had paid nothing Intuitively any attempt to recoup the cost of spectrum by gouging consumers will be counterproductive — a firm that tries to do so would drive its customers to competitor companies and see its profits fall Moving on to the second claim — that higher spectrum fees could reduce the money available for telecom companies to invest in new technology and services This argument has a ring of truth about it Surely if firms have spent crores of rupees on spectrum licences they will have less to spend on other things However this argument neglects the possibility that firms can fund investment through borrowing For example suppose an operator believes it can get a healthy return from rolling out improved data services in Delhi but as a result of overpaying for spectrum it does not have the spare cash to do so Surely it can pitch this business case to investors and borrow the money This is particularly true given the multinational nature of India’s telecom operators Admittedly there are exceptions to the above argument: if the cost of paying for spectrum was so burdensome that it threatened the financial viability of a company then it might find it impossible to borrow at reasonable rates and as a result let profitable investments in infrastructure pass it by Similarly if it lacked access to finance it might find itself unable to borrow the money needed to invest However neither of these constraints appears relevant — the major Indian telecom operators do not appear to be at any risk of insolvency and since they are large often multinational companies access to finance is unlikely to be a concern If investment in India is as profitable as it is claimed then telecom firms will find financing from somewhere If it is not whether they overpaid for spectrum is neither here nor there Finally it is worth noting where spectrum auctions fit into the bigger picture First spectrum auctions are transparent: the licences go to the highest bidder not to a firm chosen by government diktat This reduces the scope for national assets to be handed out on the cheap to those with the right connections Second they are lucrative: given the fragile nature of India’s tax system it should not turn its back on methods that are proven to generate significant sums of government revenue without discouraging economic activity The writer is a senior associate in the antitrust and competition economics practice of Charles River Associates London Views are personal express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: January 1 2017 2:34 pm William Christopherdied of lung cancer at his home in Pasadena Top News William Christopher best known for playing Father Mulcahy on the hit sitcom MASH has passed away at the age of 84 The actor died of lung cancer at his home in Pasadena early morning on New Year’s Eve his agent confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter He was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago and had been responding well to treatment up until last month when the disease reappeared “Two weeks ago he took a turn for the worse Hospice began this week at his home and he went peacefully without pain this morning” his agent said His “MASH” co-star Loretta Swit who played Major Margaret Houlihan on the show shared “Our Dear Bill and his goodness are a great argument for there being a heaven I never heard him complain or loose his temper Everyone adored him More from the world of Entertainment: “A great sense of humor and a great humanitarian He became TV’s quintessential padre as Father Mulcahy on ‘MASH’ It was the most perfect casting ever known” Christopher guest-starred on multiple TV shows such as The Patty Duke Show and Good Times before landing his recurring role as Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle USMC He later landed the part of his most recognized character Father Francis Mulcahy in 1972 and played the role until the sitcom’s end in 1983 He reprised his part in the sitcom’s follow-up series After MASH from 1983 to 1985 Christopher’s notable film roles included The Fortune CookieThe Shakiest Gun in the West With Six You Get Egg Roll and Hearts of the West He most recently appeared in several episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2012 The actor is survived by his wife Barbara and two sons John and Ned For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mallica Joshi Rahul Sabharwal | Updated: September 18 2017 9:26 am We are ensuring that every guard and staffer is checked We outsource the hiring process but we need to make sure that the agency does police verification… We need to learn from these tragedies and fix them” (File/Express Photo by Praveen Khanna) Related News The Indian Express talks to Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia on the need for more CCTV cameras verification of staff and how parents should play an active part in the functioning of schools How is the CCTV project coming along We started a pilot CCTV project in 10 schools — it has taken off in five schools and we are working on the others Right now as an emergency measure we need to extend the CCTV network for better monitoring I am working on a decentralised model in government schools — schools will install them and principals will find ways to maintain them But this is just part of the solution The biggest thing missing from society is the shrinking dialogue between parent and child Apart from studies and food parents don’t talk to their children about other things There is an unpredictable atmosphere; we need to change that and take the child into confidence We cannot have a relationship like the one between bosses and employees READ |Ryan International School reopens for first time since student’s murder on campus The conductor arrested in connection with the Ryan murder had lost his job as a driver at another school How would you evaluate the security verification process in schools For government schools we have hired big agencies to provide staff and conduct police verification Unfortunately this isn’t happening; even the government hasn’t been pushing enough There was a centralised model in place Now we are placing the onus on the principals for the staff they hire Similarly private school principals should file a report on the DoE portal on the number of functional cameras the staff they have hired and if they have been verified This must be filed from next month We will put this on automation mode so that we have real-time data READ |Danger signs: How school buses in the capital are violating safety guidelines Will this data be available on the DoE portal for parents to see I have asked the committee that has been set up if this can be implemented I want CCTV footage to be stored for at least 15 days If any parent says their child has complained of something then there should be a standard operating procedure (SOP) where the parent can come and see the footage Are some schools skirting the verification process There have been lapses I accept that the government did not take this very seriously After this incident we are ensuring that every guard and staffer is checked We outsource the hiring process but we need to make sure that the agency does police verification We will have to enforce this We need to learn from these tragedies and fix them What are the other issues that must be addressed For one we need to have more parents in private school management committees Right now there is just a single parent in the committee In government schools each SMC has 10 parents We are also looking at how safety audits can be done in schools and what SOPs must be in place Keeping this in mind the committee will form a consolidated security protocol For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related News