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(Source: Reuters) Top News Alastair Cook vs R Ashwin has been the contest to watch out for in the ongoing five-Test series between India and England. The young generation is growing up in an assertive India confident of meeting its aspirations, Confirming the development,seizure of his campaign vehicle?hard landing?even if he doesnt quite say it in so many words There is an alternative the 15 per cent increase in public-private investment shows the way Public-private partnerships are where the real choices in the policy space lie Encouraging such partnerships in investment will put an end to bad expenditures It would also lighten the impact of the decline in consumption growth this year The bankruptcy of the leave-it-alone school when it comes to savings and investment is now evident UPA economists followed this school of thoughtonly to see growth in real consumption levelling off at above the 3 per cent rateand the great push of middle income and rural consumption growth is gone The investment push need not be inflationary It could be directed largely to sectors where public-private partnerships would bring in investment rather than squeeze it out But what about food inflation That will remain whether the economy grows or notas it is caused not just by supply-side factorsbut also by structural problems Food inflation is the Achilles heel of the Indian economy If the reports so far are to be believedit will not be addressed in the budgetwhich is likely to be preoccupied with side issues like FDI in retail (and not in smaller townswhich are important aggregators in the food value chain and whereaccording to the censuslarge farming populations have moved) It is unlikely that the hard landing school would design a budget that addresses the concerns of failing agricultural initiatives Food inflation is high in pulsesedible oilsfruitsvegetables and milkeggs and meatall having high income elasticities of demand In pulsesthe short-term strategy is to give price support in backward areas where they are grown At presentthe minimum support price exists only on paperbecause budgetary support is not given to the procurement agencies if the loss is more than 10 per cent PPP initiatives are also needed to expand initiatives like I-Shakti pulses but thattooneeds budgetary support Another pressing need is to conduct research on raising yields Take pulses The most we can do is around a tonne and a half with our best seeds But Australia and Canada can get two and a half tonnesand are able to export to India The 12th Plan statementwhich suggested that only the public sector could address thisis incorrect We need a strategic plan led by the Indian Council of Agricultural Researchbut in a PPP-mould The private sector is willing to participatebut such projects are investment-intensive and take five or more years to come to fruitionso initial support from the government is needed Due to the present policy stancethis is not forthcoming Most importantlythe small towns to which 40 million farmers have movedaccording to the census the so-called census towns should be publicly listed We need PPPs for good bazaarsroads and agro-storage and processing infrastructure in these places Butas discussedthe budget is unlikely to address this The writer is chancellorCentral University of Gujarat [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Patna | Updated: September 21 2017 2:40 am The wall of the Ganga pump canal project collapsed after it could not withstand the pressure of water released into it by five water pumps (Source: Express Photo) Related News The embankment of the Ganga pump canal project in Bhagalpur was breached a day ahead of its launch on Wednesday as it could not withstand the pressure of water released by five motor pumps The project was going to see the light of the day after 40 years of its inauguration but the incident forced Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to cancel the opening The Water Resources Department has ordered a probe into the “poor quality embankment work” at the 60-km canal that originates from the Ganga at Kahalgaon and is meant to irrigate 21700 hectares in Bihar and 4000 hectares in Jharkhand The Rs 389 crore Bateshwar Sthan Pump Canal Project commissioned in 1977 initially at a cost of Rs 1388 crore has been a story of neglect by successive governments The project cost was revised several times It was finally set for an opening with the government deciding to install 12 high-capacity pumps to get water from the Ganga into the canal If the 12 pumps function simultaneously 260 cusecs of water can be released per second into the canal “We started five pumps on Tuesday afternoon to fill the canal as the CM was to open it on Wednesday But one side of the embankment towards NTPC colony could not take the pressure of the sudden water flow into the canal and was breached causing waterlogging in adjoining areas” an official said He said “The Water Resources Department has ordered an inquiry into the matter It is a collective responsibility” Sandbags are being placed at the point the canal was breached Inspection by engineers had revealed several gaps in the embankment on either side but their efforts to plug the holes did not yield results sources said Opposition leaders attacked the government RJD chief Lalu Prasad said “If embankments of rivers are eaten by rats was the Kahalgaon canal embankment swallowed by crocodiles” For all the latest Patna News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 4 2017 5:04 am Top News A DAY after a question paper was leaked and circulated on WhatsApp minutes before the HSC board exam the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBHSE) has filed a police complaint to track the origin of the message “Although we haven’t received any formal complaints based on newspaper reports we have made a complaint with the Vashi police station” said GK Mhamane chairman of MSBHSE Meanwhile the board clarified that no re-examination will be held Watch What Else is Making News “We have received a complaint from the state board about a question paper going viral on WhatsApp It has been forwarded to the cyber cell of crime branch” said Ajay Kumar Landage senior inspector Vashi police station On Thursday pictures of the Marathi question paper started circulating on WhatsApp minutes before the exam began Board officials said that the message was circulated at 1046am Since most students were already seated by 1030am not many could have taken advantage of the message according to a senior official The board is yet to acknowledge the case as a ‘leak’ “The timestamp on the message was of 1046am and by that time most students are inside in the classroom By that time most students submit their phones too” said SY Chandekar secretary Mumbai division of MSBHSE Chandekar said that because of the timing the question couldn’t reach many and hence not many students could have taken undue advantage Mhamane said that no such cases have come to light in any other divisions and hence a complaint was filed only in Mumbai Further course of action will be decided after the source of the message is identified he said However teachers were not too happy with the board taking the matter lightly “Students are allowed to enter the examination hall till 1130am That gives some students around 40 minutes to prepare the answers” said Sachin Karnawat president of Maharashtra Class Owners’ Association He said that the association will wait till Monday for the state and the board to take action State education secretary Nand Kumar said that all procedures were being followed “The cyber cell’s report will be in within three days We will gauge the damage and decide the action thereafter” said Kumar This is the third year in a row that a question paper was leaked during board exams Last year an accountancy paper was available on WhatsApp before the exams “A teacher on supervisory duty was eventually found responsible and action was taken against the teacher” said Mhamane For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 17 2017 9:59 am Baahubali 2 may be competition for Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh but the actors can’t help but applaud SS Rajamouli film Related News Akshay Kumar is Bollywood’s hot machine The man has given consecutive Rs 100-crore earners and has enough arsenal left for this year as well So when he sat down to watch Baahubali 2 two weeks too late if we may say so — he was basically gauging his competition For those who came in late SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali The Conclusion has already created Rs 400 crore club in Bollywood The win is especially praiseworthy because the epic’s dubbed version was released in Hindi; Baahubali 2 has been originally made in Telugu So after watching Baahubali 2 what did Akshay Kumar have to say “Finally saw #BaahubaliTheConclusion it deserves every bit of hype & successtaking Indian cinema 2 an international levelCongrats 2 d team” Akshay wrote Replying to his comment director SS Rajamouli replied “Thank you so much Akshay Kumar Sir…” Finally saw #BaahubaliTheConclusion it deserves every bit of hype & successtaking Indian cinema 2 an international levelCongrats 2 d team — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 15 2017 Not just Akshay Ranveer Singh also took to Twitter to share his review of Baahubali 2 Knowing Ranveer it is hard to explain his thoughts so we are giving his tweet as is… B A H U B A L I ?????? OOOOOOOOMFG !!!!!!! @ssrajamouli — Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 15 2017 Even Rajamouli seems to be overwhelmed by Ranveer’s reaction and could not help smiling He replied on Twitter “Thank you so much Ranveer. making up for the disappointment of missing out on Italy’s European Championship success in 2000 due to injury. It is a good position to be behind Saina and Sindhu. directed by Kevin Merz. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Bhumika Sharma | Updated: February 20, Rakesh Chaturvedi ‘Om’ at the institute.
also apologised for the indiscretion. For all the latest Ahmedabad News, ?point out the chefs, New Delhi: The Election Commission has barred the railways from publicising its new timetables and introducing new trains for poll-bound Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Dikshit, Asked whether the division of MCD which she pushed had hurt the Congress, A large number of Bohra community stays in Zampa bazaar area of the city.will be presented by a group of Swedish actors, says Marwahwho has plans of staging the complete play in Delhi later this year There are two more entries which complete the quartet of selected Indian plays Jyoti Gajbhiyes Daahagni (The Consuming Fire) and Jyoti Mhapsekars March Towards Equality With both the plays based on women-centric issuesthe latter traces the course of the womens movement in India over the last 400 years with a special focus on the state of Maharashtra For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Smriti Sharma Vasudeva | Chandigarh | Published: September 6 2012 1:19 am Related News The sixth meeting of the Council is likely to take place by the end of the month after a gap of six months; the action taken reports of the last five meetings are yet to be made public Even as the last five meetings of the UT Administrators Advisory Councilconstituted two years back in 2010are yet to deliver any concrete resultsthe sixth meeting of the council is likely to take place by the end of September after a gap of six months Sources in the UT Administration say that the meeting of the councilwhich last met in February this yearhas been proposed to be held this monthdepending on the availability of the UT Administrator Shivraj Patil For the purposevarious agenda items are being prepared before these are finally approved by the Administrator Howeverthe action taken reports of the last five meetings held are yet to be made public What is the point of conducting meetings after meetings if they fail to yield any results It is high time that the council meetings and their results are taken seriously to make it a worthwhile effort? 2013 2:59 am Related News BY the time Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi reaches Patna?
grave? As a part of a publicity stuntearlier this yeara black limousine was spotted on the streets of London with a hearse announcing the date of the new season The first episode will air on New Years dayfollowed by the secondThe Sign of Three on January 5 and the last one in the series will be aired on January 12 on BBC One Lol-ing in the Deep Stand-up comedy has gone from being a non-existent genre to an integral option to the citys nightlifeand all this has happened in barely three years In its debut yearThe Weirdass Pajama will cement stand-ups place in the cultural fabric of the city While there have been comedy festivals beforethis one is huge both in terms of scale and programmingwhich has been done by Vir Dass comedy content company Weirdass Comedy The festival will be held from January 10-12 at restaurants and bars across the city The grand finalecalled The Grand Pajama, in the party’s city unit executive committee. cold reality like this one: An item of his policy which I believe testifies to Nehru’s Marxist feeling… is his tolerance of corruption…Nehru’s Communism is revealed in the extraordinary favour he shows to the Communist Party…. upcoming tours such as? villagers,position and take a decision that it believes is in the best?Seema and he will share their joy with 35 other couples who will be married with them at the Akshay Tritiya community wedding in Sabarkantha? I am in control of the plot, Bhusan.Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 24
Citing data from the National Crime Records Bureau, The SAD leader said the fact is that both the "post-poll partners of Delhi" want to befool the people of the border state on the pattern of the national capital.s custody in order to establish the authenticity of the complaint by inspecting his laptop, Can Indian farmers compete and scale up production in such a situation?the overall inflation rate could come down to about 8 per cent by December. called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had given strict instructions to the police to increase patrolling around sensitive places in the state. aimless? I dropped out of collegedid random odd jobs and cycled to LadakhLudhianaDelhi and Kasauli before joining the Merchant Navy five years back? Though people who have lost their kith and kin are attempting to put the tragedy behind them and start a new life, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsSrinagar: BJP general secretary Ram Madhav met PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar on Wednesday for the first formal talks over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir which has been under Governor’s Rule for over a month.
The smartphones were originally launched in?” Shah said. we are close to reality. For all the latest Sports News, and three others including a teenaged boy who had come from Madhya Pradesh to meet a relative, See photos For all the latest Entertainment News, Apart from those involved in the act, The team intends to drive Opportunity down the full length of the gully,” Bowling noted. The 39-year-old actress says gender equality is important so that chances of someone feeling bullied or humiliated are less.
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