In wake of caste protests, PMO holds its first meeting on affirmative action in private sector
September 25, 2018 7:00:51 am

The meeting comes in the wake of nationwide protests by several groups — Dalits, Jats, Marathas and upper-castes — over a range of issues: from quotas in jobs and promotions to alleged dilution of the law meant to protect Dalits.

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September 25, 2018 7:02:34 am

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while acknowledging “there is a perception war”, said the BJP will launch a nationwide campaign to counter the “smear” campaign by the Congress.

Still in hospital, Rewari rape victim misses job exam she spent months preparing for
September 25, 2018 7:10:35 am

For months, the 19-year-old from a village in Haryana’s Rewari district who was gangraped on September 12 had been preparing for the government job exam.

September 25, 2018 6:50:49 am

Sopore is among the most affluent towns and is known as the fruit bowl of the Valley, but it is also a separatist stronghold and was once a hotbed of militancy, which means security is always high.

Congress leaders meet CVC seeking probe into 'crony capitalism' in Rafale deal
September 25, 2018 10:23:41 am

In New Delhi, a Congress delegation met Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary and sought a thorough scrutiny of the Rafale deal, alleging that it caused loss to the exchequer and endangered national security.

September 25, 2018 7:07:42 am

On Sunday, Father Stephen Kottakkal of St Mary’s Church in Karickamala had ordered Sister Lucy Kalappura to keep away from distributing Holy Communion and holding Catechism classes.

September 25, 2018 7:19:39 am

The list includes General Insurance Corporation, LIC, SBI Employees Pension Fund, Postal Life Insurance Fund, NPS Trust, Oriental Insurance Company and United India Insurance among others.

September 25, 2018 4:45:49 am

Solih defeated incumbent Abdulla Yameen in a dramatic election, following reports over the previous week of attempts at voter intimidation and the absence of credible international observers to monitor the poll process amid fears of rigging.

Section 498A: The top court said it cannot fill in legislative gaps and left it to Parliament to make suitable rules to check abuse of the law.
September 25, 2018 4:11:53 am

The plea said the practice of female genital mutilation caused "permanent disfiguration to the body of a girl child"

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September 25, 2018 6:52:01 am

Vijay Mallya has claimed that he had made comprehensive settlement offers to the consortium of banks under the State Bank of India, to whom he had defaulted on a loan in 2016.

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September 25, 2018 3:46:06 am

CM Devendra Fadnavis denies change in plan done to shrink open space or help party office.

Vishal Bhardwaj at Express Adda in New Delhi. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna) “There is a psychosis of fear. If you say something, you will be personally targeted. We have seen that in the way Gauri Lankesh was killed. Bollywood can be just an entertainment form for you, but it’s bread and butter for us.” That was one of Bollywood’s most political filmmakers, Vishal Bhardwaj, opening up at the Express Adda Friday on why the industry hesitates to speak up when political controversies impact mainstream films such as Ae Dil E Mushkil, which faced calls for bans due to the casting of a Pakistani actor, and Padmaavat, which withstood protests for its portrayal of Rajput queen Padmavati. “If we have spent Rs 40 crore on a film and then, one week or three days before, you start an agitation, the cost becomes Rs 140 crore before the film is released. They hit you where it hurts the most,” Bhardwaj said. Referring to Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, he said, “When Charlie Chaplin showed Hitler playing football with a globe, he had a lot of money. What I am saying is that even if I had that kind of money, maybe I would not have that much courage. We never felt like this before. I am not saying that I liked the previous governments or I prefer one party over another. I have seen genocides by both governments. I was in Hindu College (Delhi) when the 1984 (anti-Sikh) riots broke out. I still feel pained about that. So, as an artiste, we take no sides. We take the side of the right and this I have always said, one who is not left is it is also the story of India and Pakistan. In Haider, he dwelt on the politics of conflict in the Valley. In Omkara, he went into the underworld. The filmmaker revealed that he was fascinated by Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films in which “the conflict is so strong that, even if the characters are not speaking and the film is very silent, you are on the edge of your seat”. “The role of film is a mirror to society, which should be the work of the media,” he said. But present-day journalism, he said, feels like a “comedy show, it’s like a comedy circus”. “When you see Arnab (Goswami of Republic TV) is screaming on the screen, initially it feels like you can’t see it and watch through, and then you start enjoying it,” he said. Responding to a question, Bhardwaj agreed that journalism may have usurped the role of films. “Perhaps, we should become more real and matter of fact, and tell the truth, for a change,” he said. According to Bhardwaj, documentary films and Bollywood movies, such as ‘Udta Punjab’, speak about social realities. “Then, the Censor Board says change the name of Punjab in Udta Punjab but the judiciary allows the film to be released. Anyway, we are considered as bhand (entertainers). We are a part of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and not Ministry of Culture. We are entertainers, who never used to be taken seriously until recently,” he said. Growing up in Meerut, Bhardwaj has travelled an arc, from a children’s film called Makdee in 2002 to the thriller 7 Khoon Maaf in 2011, to a black comedy Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola in 2013. He has imbued hard-hitting stories with lyricism in films such as Kaminey (2009) and relocated William Shakespeare’s plays into Indian conflict settings — Maqbool (2003), Omkara (2006) and Haider (2014). He has also produced Ishqiya (2010) and Dedh Ishqiya (2014), among others. In his films, he said, he tried to tell the story “from inside out, from the locals’ point of view rather than the filmmaker’s”. Omkara, adapted from Othello, he said, was based on the people he has met. “I have seen street fights. I have seen gang lords and gang wars. I left Meerut in 1990 and I went back in 2005 to research for Omkara and I found things were exactly the same, in fact, even worse,” he said. In the case of Haider, Bhardwaj said he stayed with Kashmiris in Anantnag to capture their lives and how they talk. “It was fun to catch these nuances,” said Bhardwaj who, while talking about his love for music and ghazals, sang a few lines of Bhupinder Singh’s popular ghazal Dil Dhoondta Hai. A guest at the Adda, which is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change, Bhardwaj was in conversation with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti.
September 24, 2018 6:47:58 am

"Psychosis of fear, if you say something, you will be personally targeted like Gauri Lankesh. We have seen the way she was killed," says Bhardwaj.

September 24, 2018 10:55:54 am

The Indian Express found that 4.58 lakh people or around 57,370 families out of a total population of 11 lakh, who were identified from the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011, are eligible for PMJAY in Mewat.

When it came to building bridges, roads or dams, there was hardly any creative input from any IIT. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar)
September 24, 2018 10:17:20 am

The last chapter of the guide book, first published in 2006, titled 'Recent Issues and Challenges', has a sub-section titled ‘Godhra Incident and Anti-Muslim Riot in Gujarat’.

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September 24, 2018 6:58:01 am

On Friday, stock markets witnessed a panic sell-off as shares led by mortgage lenders Dewan Housing Finance and Indiabulls Housing Finance tumbled amid reports of the default and subsequent speculation.

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An Indian Navy aircraft, P-8i, operating from Mauritius, visually sighted the indigenously built 10-metre vessel S V Thuriya, on which 39-year old Tomy set sail on July 1, at 7:50 am on Sunday.

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September 24, 2018 6:47:32 am

“There is, conclusively, no evidence of the corrective agreement stipulated according to the imputation, with the foreign public official, just as it requires the incriminating law,” the court said in its 322-page judgment.

September 24, 2018 9:22:58 am

Arun Jaitley hit out at both Rahul and Hollande in a Facebook post too, saying “the former French President’s first statement rhymes with Rahul Gandhi’s prediction”.

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September 24, 2018 9:25:17 am

Ex-French president Hollande’s statement that Ambani’s Reliance Group was part of a “new formula” after the BJP government came to power in 2014 contradicts the Indian government’s claim that the deal between Dassault and Reliance was a commercial pact between two private parties.

Kidari Sarveswara Rao and Siveri Soma were reportedly travelling together to attend a party meeting.
September 24, 2018 9:13:58 am

Police said that Sunday afternoon, Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma were riding on a motorcycle to attend a "Garmadarshini" in the interior village of Liptuputtu in Dumbriguda Mandal when they were accosted by a few Maoist leaders.