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Leave a message in the comments,a Chinese attack is coming? He therefore offered China a joint inquiry into the location of the controversial structures which Beijing blithely ignored Meanwhileangry crowds in Delhi had collected a herd of sheep and goats which they drove to the Chinese embassy displaying placards: Eat them but keep the peace in Asia. as unlikely league leaders. The announcement sounds good, Shaheed, Manna Dey,s office? Howeverthe government was less than reasoned in resolving the date of birth issue and political leaders called for his dismissal If army chiefs dignity is loweredthen can the dignity of his office be maintained MC Joshi Lucknow Too soon THIS refers to Ex-admiralsofficers move SC against next Army Chief (IEApril 5) Its disheartening to already read a news item involving the next army chief All thats happening is not good for the morale of the junior army cadre Apropos the next army chief Lt General Bikram Singhwhy were pending cases allowed to linger for so long Vinod Sharma Moga For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vivek Katju | Updated: December 25 2014 8:02 am A 1999-batch IFS officer Khobragade was arrested in New York on December 12 2013 (PTI) Related News Devyani Khobragade is in the news again for all the wrong reasons The ministry of external affairs has put her on “compulsory waiting” for recently giving an unauthorised interview to the media An inquiry has also revealed that she obtained US passports for her children in addition to their Indian diplomatic passports behind the back of the MEA However Khobragade’s conduct should not erode the country’s sympathy for what she suffered in New York last year A year ago the nation was appalled at her being arrested and body-searched by the US authorities in New York where she was serving as India’s deputy consul general Under public pressure the UPA firmly stood by her side supported her and ensured that she could return to India with as much dignity as possible under the circumstances The government worked out a “solution” with the US that enabled her to return But significantly the case against her was not dropped It still stands Not only will it cramp her diplomatic career but it is also a continuing affront to the country The government must pursue the issue with the US so that it is dropped Prime Minister Narendra Modi has correctly indicated that India’s bilateral relations must transcend another country’s conduct towards an Indian national He has shown this by example not letting the denial of a visa to him when he was chief minister of Gujarat come in the way of enhancing India-US relations His successful visit to America and the special gestures extended to him by US President Barack Obama as well as Obama’s forthcoming visit to India where he will be chief guest on Republic Day are vindication of this approach All this however does not mean that either the visa-denial issue should be forgotten or that the government should not act to have the case against Khobragade dropped While Khobragade as an IFS officer has every right to represent her case within the MEA she must leave the manner in which action is taken and its timing to the government Certainly she must not publicly articulate her feelings and wishes on the issue as she has done That is unbecoming of any civil servant especially an Indian diplomat It is also counterproductive as such matters that require sustained diplomatic effort are best resolved discreetly outside the public’s glare In this age of intense and instant communications pervasive social media as well as active news media a government servant could attract public attention for a variety of reasons — for doing good work for being victimised by the government for taking a tough stand on a sensitive political issue or even for having special qualities unrelated to work The conduct rules for bureaucrats which list the dos and don’ts do not directly require avoiding all contact with the media They however do demand that bureaucrats not be critical of “current or recent [government] policy or action” This is not unreasonable In fact any employer would ask the same of its employees Some officers air their opinions in the media on policy issues The precaution they take is to clarify that their writings only reflects their “personal views” This is humbug The conduct rules only allow government servants to “undertake occasional work of literary artistic or scientific character” and not to comment on policy issues Also over the decades some civil servants have indulged in politics even while on government rolls Established norms are being flouted and successive governments have not shown the will to rein in civil servants who have bent the rules Has the political executive been lax or has the bureaucratic leadership been irresponsible Or have the times changed — should a greater degree of permissiveness be allowed In any event the government needs to look at the conduct rules in depth so that they can be updated and thereafter uniformly enforced Along with civil servants some members of national-level commissions express their personal views on subjects far removed from their remit Some also make political comments These persons are not covered by the conduct rules but should they not be reticent as long as they hold office The freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution has to be abridged by an office that a person has voluntarily accepted Prima facie the action taken by the MEA against Khobragade in the matter of her children’s passports is correct In no case should an officer acquire the passports of another country for her children if they possess Indian passports That is not only the law but also diplomatic commonsense Khobragade seriously erred on this issue and her denial is not credible A neutral civil service is one of the cornerstones of our democratic polity Regrettably the conventions that sustained such a civil service are disappearing The foreign service has largely maintained its neutrality but that will be chipped away if its members abandon their reticence in the face of the intrusive media This would be a loss not only for the service but for our national interest too The writer is a former diplomat [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 19 2017 8:27 am Hundreds of parents on Monday protested near St Dominic Savio School in Howrah demanding action against the institute A 9-year-old student of the school had jumped from the roof of his residential building after being “scolded” by his teachers on Friday (Source: Google Maps) Top News Hundreds of parents on Monday protested near St Dominic Savio School in Howrah demanding action against the institute A 9-year-old student of the school had jumped from the roof of his residential building after being “scolded” by his teachers on Friday The student Vansh Gupta is admitted to CMRI Hospital where his condition is serious According to Vansh’s family members the school authorities did not contact them even after the incident “It was only after we lodged a complaint yesterday (Sunday) that the school contacted us Then they asked us to take back the complaint on the ground that they will pay the treatment cost I want our child to be back home fit and fine He is critical and admitted in the hospital How can the school behave so strange” asked Swati Gupta Vansh’s aunty Vansh was found lying in a pool of blood in front of the five-storey residential building in Golabari On Friday the protesters alleged that police had lathicharged them during their “peaceful” agitation “We have received a complaint from the family of Vansh Gupta A case under various sections of IPC has been registered We have been interrogating teachers of the school Today when the school opened several parents started protesting outside the gate Some goons from outside joined the protest There were several students inside the school The mob forcefully entered the school campus To ensure safety of the students police dispersed the mob but did not lathicharge them” said ACP (North) Bhavna Gupta Howrah City Police Despite repeated attempts the school authorities did not take calls For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Pallavi Chattopadhyay | Published: December 21 2016 12:45 am Sonia Mehra Chawla (left); one of her works titled The Universe in Detail I II III Top News As a teenager often after her visit to the Sundarbans Sonia Mehra Chawla would return to Kolkata the place she called home and paint fond memories of witnessing the magic of the sprawling mangroves as they lay lit under the light of the moon The memory has refused to fade and has remained etched in her mind As she brings together her latest solo exhibition titled “Critical Membrane” to Delhi’s Exhibit 320 to shed light on the endangered mangrove system in the country she wishes she had kept those yesteryear amateur drawings “Little did I know as a child that mangroves would form an integral subject of my artistic practice” she says The exhibition includes Mehra-Chawla’s Residue series which has a mixed-media installation comprising photographs that focus on the remnants of decaying mangroves in Ernakulam Kerala and the Muthupet wetlands of Tamil Nadu It also comprises handmade drawings created on plexi glass which have been placed alongside frames of barren landscapes which were recently showcased at the Yinchuan Biennale in China this year Watch what else is in the news The Delhi-based artist through her work that spans prints photographs videos and installations unveils tales of the various mangrove ecosystems in India with special focus on the Coromandel and Malabar coasts Mehra-Chawla 39 who’s been working on the subject for more than half a decade now says “It’s important to bring this topic up because the mangrove systems are vulnerable and fragile and at the same time form an important membrane between land and sea When that membrane ruptures we are susceptible to impending danger These mangroves buffer us from erosion and also help in slowing down the speed of hurricanes” Highly interested in the anatomy of the mangroves the artist started research on their biology species and biodiversity in 2014 a time when she went on to collaborate with Chennai-based MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) that plays a pivotal role in looking into degraded mangrove belts across the country Her project also entailed research that had to be carried out in laboratories in Chennai wherein she worked with MSSRF scientists and researchers to build her works around fluorescent microscopy and light microscopy The Universe in Detail I II III is one such work as it offers microscopic views of mangrove roots leaves and stems through prints Another highlight is the prints of bacterial cultures that were specially cultivated by MSSRF scientists in labs using the soil of the Pichavaram mangrove forest “The role of microbes in sustaining the ecosystem is highly underrated A healthy bacterial growth or microbial activity reflects a healthy ecosystem” says Mehra-Chawla The impetus for her latest solo however lay in the first edition of the show titled “Scapelands” in 2015 which also concentrated on the mangrove ecosystem Mehra-Chawla was alarmed to notice that students from colleges and schools did not even know what a mangrove was “That was around the time the oil spill had occurred in the Sundarbans The knowledge and awareness about this ecosystem is really not there I then decided to look at the project at a micro and macro level” says Mehra-Chawla who set forth on her endeavour by travelling to field sites of largely degraded belts of mangroves with scientists and field experts from MSSRF Elucidating on the root causes for dying mangroves and shrinking wetlands she says “There are many reasons like global warming and climate change There is also misuse of ecosystems since colonial rule in the 1800s when these mangroves were felled for revenue generation” The exhibition is on at Exhibit 320 Lado Sarai till January 5 For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Lifestyle Desk | Published: February 7 2017 2:44 pm Picture used for representational purpose (Photo: Flickr/Adam Cohn) Top News Don’t you love asking for extra ‘paani’ after gorging on your plate of panipuris You might also wonder sometimes if the water that’s being used is hygienic or not and if the hands are as clean as expected to be or not but then you let it go because well panipuri it is However after reading what happened recently in Ahmedabad you’ll probably think hard before having gol-gappe/puchka/panipuris According to a TOI report a panipuri vendor has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after content of toilet cleaner were found in the water that he used to sell A lot of residents of the Lal Darwaja area complained to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation that the vendor Chetan Nanji Marvadi was adding something to the water In 2009 the AMC filed a case against him for adulteration in the special court The residents said that he also used to throw the leftover water on the road which was troublesome for residents Responding the complaint the AMC took food samples from his stall and sent them for testing to the laboratory Shocking as the results were oxalic acid which is used in toilet cleaners was found in the samples The case went into trial and Marvadi reportedly said there was no evidence that could prove him guilty in which case he should be released However special advocate Manoj Khandhar told the English daily that since it affects public health the accused must be punished For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 1 2017 10:56 pm Rajeev Shukla intimated the BCCI top brass about his decision (Source: Express Photo) Top News Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla has stated that he has recused from the upcoming media rights auction The auction is scheduled to be held on September 4 According to PTI Shukla intimated the BCCI top brass about his decision and that he has taken the decision so as to ensure the smooth functioning of the auctions in the wake of conflict of interest allegations against him The allegations state that BAG Films owned by Shukla’s wife Anuradha Prasad has a tie-up with Star Sports who are one of the potential bidders in the auction “Yes I have decided to recuse myself from the IPL media rights auctions and hence I will not be present in Mumbai on September 4” Shukla is quoted as saying by PTI “I have heard that someone has said that he will file an application in the Court about my alleged Conflict of Interest despite getting a clean chit from former BCCI ombudsman Justice Retired AP Shah I want BCCI’s auction process to go on smoothly and that’s why I have decided to stay away despite having no conflict of interest” Shukla added The BCCI is expecting a windfall from the IPL media rights auction with estimated earnings of over Rs 20000 crore through the traditional bidding process There are three categories — TV broadcast mobile and digital rights that the major companies will be vying for The 18 eligible companies who bought bid documents last year before the process was stalled are: Star India Amazon Seller Services Followon Interactive Media Taj TV India Sony Pictures Networks Times Internet Supersport International Reliance Jio Digital Gulf DTH FZ LLC GroupM Media beIN Econet Media SKY UK ESPN Digital Media BTG Legal Services BT PLC Twitter Facebook Inc For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Published: April 21 2017 10:52 pm Directors Imtiaz Ali Hansal Mehta and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury talk about water conservation and the right medium to raise awareness Related News Ace filmmakers Imtiaz Ali Hansal Mehta and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury have made short films on water conservation which is set to release online soon “Short films are the most impactful and reach a global audience” said Hansal Mehta at an event in Mumbai And Imtiaz Ali one of the most revered filmmakers said “These (environmental) causes are much more mainstream than the films we make If we can work towards these causes through our medium of film nothing like it But these films should not sound boring it should feel like you are called in a school and given a lesson We can pass this message through the medium of entertainment itself” Speaking about his short film for Earth day the Rockstar director said “The film I have made is about sustainability” and explained that it is about a village which has taken up the responsibility of managing their own problems and bringing solutions without falling back on others or the government If they have a water problem they work on it as if their image was at stake These people make a water management plant all by themselves It revolves around a female protagonist and how she takes up as a responsibility Imtiaz then stressed on the fact that there has to be a certain kind of responsibility in the films made nowadays and would like to talk about environmental issues in one way or the other in his ‘mainstream’ films Also read |Little actions can save substantial amount of water: Farhan Akhtar Also present at the event Pink director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has made a film inspired by the stories his grandma used to tell him when he was a kid On his film he says “In the film one of the kid’s grandma passed away a year back and comes back to them in the form of a bird and the bird is so responsible It puts a drop of water in the painting where there is no sign of rain and then the painting starts changing It is very important to make our storytelling very entertaining so the people understand and become aware of what we are doing” Hansal Mehta who is known to make films that are path breaking has his son following the same path Jai Mehta has directed a film written by Hansal The Citylights director said “The film’s name is Panipath and it is set in an urban background It talks about how the wastage of water in everyday chores can be reduced It is a heartening water tragedy I feel proud that my son has made a debut with this film” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Updated: July 6 2017 6:55 am Under GST 12% tax on toiletries including sanitary pads (Representational Image) Related News Radha (40) a mother of six stopped buying sanitary napkins about a year ago It was an expenditure she couldn’t afford since her husband’s salary didn’t increase last year Budget cuts were made and so did her share of Rs 100/month on sanitary napkins “I started using cloth because pads are too expensive We are a big family of seven and our income is Rs 17000-Rs 20000 a month If pads were cheaper everyone would buy them” says Radha who wonders how the GST (Goods and Services Tax) will affect sale of sanitary napkins A resident of New Ashok Nagar 32-year-old Saroj has three daughters — aged 11 15 and 16 With three menstruating members in the family the housewife spends Rs 300 a month on sanitary napkins “The months I cannot afford the right number of packets of sanitary napkins I end up using cloth I can’t let my daughters use it so I compromise” she says Her husband earns Rs 15000 per month and the “pads are unaffordable every few months” With the GST putting toiletries including sanitary napkins in the 12 per cent slab she is nervous “This is not a luxury item We are women we go through this every month and not out of choice Sanitary napkins should cost very little; it should be tax-free” says Saroj Last November 13-year-old Anshu was acquainted with the sanitary napkin by her mother who ensured that her Class VIII daughter would never use cloth The promise was broken in January when the family couldn’t afford sanitary napkins and she had to switch to cloth “Six people live in one house and only my father earns that too about Rs 10000 per month With one breadwinner there are a lot of problems Even a raise of Rs 20 (in the price) will affect us” says Anshu Her friends — Lakshmi and Shalini aged 14 — chime in and say how shocked they were when they learnt that the new tax would make sanitary napkins more expensive “We come from low-income families If they keep increasing the rate we won’t be able to afford it one day What will we do then” asks Shalini While a campaign asking for exemption of tax on sanitary napkins has been gaining momentum a finance ministry official said this is not the solution “Domestic manufacturers won’t be able to claim input tax credit and the production cost of sanitary napkins will go up” he said As of now there are no figures to indicate how much a packet of sanitary napkins will cost or the rise in prices once GST is implemented For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Madrid | Published: August 30 2017 5:35 pm Angel Maria Villar is yet to renounce the leadership of the Spanish soccer federation a position he has held since 1988 (Source: File) Top News Spain’s highest sports authority and its leading soccer officials want Angel Maria Villar to resign from the presidency of the Spanish soccer federation Villar was suspended for one year after he his son and two other soccer officials were arrested on suspicion of corruption in July He has since resigned from his vice presidencies of both FIFA and UEFA but he has yet to renounce the leadership of the Spanish soccer federation a position he has held since 1988 Jose Ramon Lete president of Spain’s Higher Council of Sports said after meeting with Spanish soccer officials on Tuesday that “there is unanimity and a complete consensus that the best solution is for Villar to resign” Lete said if Villar refuses to step down the council would consider proposing a no-confidence motion in November to oust him The federation’s interim president Juan Luis Larrea agreed that Villar must go but in his own time “He will leave when he wants” Larrea said “Villar has been in the federation for 29 years and we have to give him time to leave” Lete and Larrea spoke after a meeting with the heads of Spain’s regional soccer federations For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News” Mitra, Poonam Rani.

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