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This has been a very competitive series. But at this stage I don’t even want to think about all those things because it is a long way off.

The new committee is reportedly working out a new model.s Mission 2012? Till 1130 amonly about 18 people were seen around the Congress media centreseven of whom were journalistsand three party leaders All were watching TV as trends showed Congress with 54 seats A couple of leaders watching TV separately blamed their leadership for the performance All of a suddenthe buzz was that Joshi was leading by 7000 votes and was on her way to the party office In 15 minutesthe party office was packed Drums started beatingsome came with flowers and sweetswaiting for their Didi.all-weather partnership?often described as higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the Indian Ocean The partnershiplaunched way back in the 1950shas survived political tumult in both countries over the decades During his two-day stay in PakistanLi will meet President Asif Ali Zardari and have talks with the leaders of the caretaker government and sit down with incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifwho is expected to be sworn in shortly Lis engagements include an address to the Pakistan Senate Much has been made in Delhi of Lis decision to make India the first stop abroad in his tenure as prime minister The UPA managers are visibly relieved at the peaceful resolution of the Depsang crisis They are also pleased that PM Manmohan Singh has been frank in telling Li of Indias profound concerns about the Chinese approach to the border issues But the boundary dispute is only one set of Indias difficulties with China Another perennial problem is Chinas determination to prop up Pakistan as a counter to India There is nothing to suggest that the smiling Chinese Premier Li would dilute the partnership with Pakistan in order to please Delhi Quite the opposite Delhi must assume that Beijing will continue to build up Pakistans strategic capabilities to ensure its parity with India There is no cheaper option for Beijing than using Pakistan to keep India off balance Every visit by a senior Chinese leader to Pakistan includes the signing of major new agreements for bilateral cooperation Lis visit will be no exception According to the foreign office in Islamabadat least 12 MoUs will be signed during Lis visit this week GWADAR UPGRADE The Indian security establishment would want to pay special attention to new agreements that Li is likely to announce on upgrading the Gwadar port It might be recalled that Islamabad had handed over control of the Gwadar port on the Balochistan coast to Beijing earlier this year According to Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas JilaniLi is expected to sign three MoUs on expanding the facilities at the Gwadar port Pakistan hopes Li will unveil a commitment to construct an international airport at Gwadar and undertake new projects to link Gwadar to Pakistans road and rail networks in the Sindh province adjacent to Balochistan Without developing its hinterland and connecting it to the rest of the countryGwadars potential as a commercial port will remain entirely on paper Lis visit is likely to see the two sides underline their commitment to transform it into a strategic facility in the coming years While some civilians in Delhi have made light of the Chinese String of Pearls in the Indian OceanIndias military planners cant afford to be so complacent They must see the developments at Gwadar as emblematic of the deepening maritime and naval cooperation between China and Pakistan KARAKORAM HIGHWAY As China prepares to transform Gwadar into a place to reckon with in the Arabian SeaBeijing is quite close to completing the modernisation of the Karakoram Highway that connects Chinas Xinjiang province with Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) At the end of 2006the governments of Pakistan and China decided to rebuild the Karakoram Highway that was constructed in the early 1970s The 1224-km road across one of the worlds most difficult mountainous terrains is expected to be ready by the end of this year Unlike in the pastthe Karakoram Highway will now be open round the year It will also be able to handle trucks with 40-foot containers The highwaylinked to Gwadar and Karachi portshelps Beijing realise Chinas longstanding search for the warm waters of the Arabian Sea Li is expected to sign another MoU on the development of a 1000-megawatt hydropower project in PoK where Chinas economic and military presence has rapidly risen over the last decade For all the smiles in Delhi this weekthe problem of Pakistan is unlikely to disappear any time soon from the agenda of Sino-Indian relations The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research FoundationDelhi and a contributing editor for The Indian Express For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Faizan Mustafa | Published: January 6 2015 12:00 am Related News At least as far as promulgating ordinances is concerned Prime Minister Narendra Modi is actually following in the footsteps of Jawaharlal Nehru For instance in 1956 about three weeks after the winter session of Parliament ended and with less than a month to go for the budget session an ordinance nationalising life insurance businesses was promulgated While Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is unlikely to object to the string of ordinances that have been recently promulgated Nehru was severely criticised by the first speaker G Mavalankar who in 1950 wrote: “The procedure of the promulgation of ordinances is inherently undemocratic Whether an ordinance is justifiable or not the issue of a large number of ordinances has psychologically a bad effect The people carry an impression that government is carried on by ordinances” Further in 1954 he wrote: “We as the first Lok Sabha carry a responsibility of laying down a tradition It is not a question of present personnel in the government but a question of precedents; and if this ordinance issuing is not limited by convention only to extreme and very urgent cases the result may be that in future the government may go on issuing ordinances giving Lok Sabha no option but to rubber-stamp [them]” Members of the Constituent Assembly were apprehensive about giving the executive ordinance-making powers Both HN Kunzru and KT Shah called for restricting these powers through greater legislative oversight Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom confers such powers on the executive In India these powers are the legacy of the British Raj and Government of India Act 1935 Mavalankar’s prophetic observations came true Between 1952 and 2014 as many as 668 ordinances were promulgated by the president in the name of emergency With the sole exception of the demonetisation of Rs 1000 Rs 5000 and Rs 10000 notes in 1978 every other ordinance could have easily waited for the next session of Parliament The bank nationalisation ordinance for instance was promulgated just two days before the convening of Parliament The record of governors in promulgating ordinances is far more depressing Take Bihar for example where between 1967 and 1981 the governor promulgated 256 ordinances while the assembly enacted only 189 laws Of them many ordinances were re-promulgated several times — the sugarcane ordinance for instance was promulgated and re-promulgated for as many as 13 years No other democracy can match Bihar’s record of promulgating 50 ordinances in one day The apex court rightly observed: “The power to promulgate an ordinance is essentially a power to be used to meet an extraordinary situation and it cannot be allowed to be perverted to serve political ends” Further the court said “If the executive were permitted to continue the provisions of an ordinance in force by adopting the methodology of re-promulgation without submitting to the voice of the legislature it would be nothing short of usurpation by the executive of the law-making function of the legislature” Frequently passing ordinances violates the principle of separation of powers The executive taking over legislative business is nothing but a subversion of the democratic process the very core of constitutionalism and the idea of limited government We have reached this stage because our judiciary has refused to see the difference between a legislative act and an ordinance It treats both as law Accordingly it has been held that the executive’s motive for promulgating an ordinance is not open to judicial review as courts cannot look into the motive for passing a legislative act Thus an ordinance cannot be invalidated on the grounds of either non-application of mind or ulterior motive In doing so the courts have equated the legislature with the executive But while ordinances have the same effect as laws their promulgation is not preceded by debates and does not reflect the will of the nation Legislative malice should certainly be beyond the pale of judicial review but ordinances should be subject to close judicial scrutiny The Constitution itself does not treat an ordinance at par with an act The former is a temporary measure while the latter stands until it is repealed An ordinance is certainly inferior to legislation and thus cannot have the same protection from judicial review The president’s “satisfaction” that an ordinance is warranted by an emergency should be reviewable Indira Gandhi made sure it remained unquestionable by the 38th Amendment But this was later undone by the 44th Amendment passed during the Janata regime Prior to the Lok Sabha elections when the UPA wanted to promulgate six anti-corruption ordinances the BJP rightly opposed it Today it cannot talk in an entirely different voice Constitutional experts were shocked when shortly after taking charge the NDA promulgated an ordinance so that a bureaucrat of Modi’s choice could be inducted into the PMO Though the NDA’s ordinances are not in conflict with the text of the Constitution they certainly go against its spirit The Roman jurist Julius Paulus rightly observed that “One who contravenes the intention of a statute without disobeying its actual words commits a fraud on it” The writer is vice chancellor Nalsar University of Law Hyderabad [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPakistan’s conduct on the Kulbhushan Jadhav affair is a disgrace and its action a grave provocation Not only did its kangaroo military court flout every rule in the book while sentencing an Indian national to death it kept India totally in the dark about the trial In fact such was the ‘secrecy’ that it seems the Rawalpindi khakis did not keep even Pakistan’s civilian government in the loop #EXCLUSIVE — #KulbhushanJadhav unlikely to be executed soon Nawaz Sharif Govt was unaware of military court verdict on Jadhav pictwittercom/S75gR4VkDD — News18 (@CNNnews18) April 10 2017 AFP has quoted a security official as saying that the court martial had been kept secret even within the ranks of the military It is significant that several hours since the announcement was made through a tweet Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif has remained conspicuously silent leaving Khawaja Asif the clownish defence minister to do all the breast-beating It is possible that Sharif is acutely aware of the consequences of putting the noose around Jadhav The act by the Rawalpindi GHQ not only undermines Sharif’s authority over the country’s power structure it presents the Pakistan premier with an escalating chain of events over which he may have little control Even by Pakistan’s dismal standards of upholding international conventions and norms the Jadhav case is a new low Right from his arrest purported confession and subsequent ‘death sentence’ Pakistan has shown a marked disregard for not only all international laws but also its own penal provisions It claimed to have caught Jadhav red-handed for acts of "espionage and sabotage" yet its army and civilian government came out with conflicting versions of arrest File image of Kulbhushan Jadhav News18 As TheIndian Express notes in a report Balochistan’s home minister Sarfaraz Bugti announced in March last year that Jadhav has been "picked up from Chaman located on the eastern extreme point of Balochistan" while in a separate media conference army spokesperson General Asim Bajwa said Jadhav was arrested from "Saravan which is near (the) Pakistan-Iran border to the south east of Zahidan The distance between the two places is 868 kilometres by road" Perhaps Jadhav could appear in two places at once Pakistan has presented a sleek confessional video where an upbeat Jadhav is seen happily confessing that he is a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent tasked with stoking subversive activities in Balochistan It is unclear why in that case Jadhav was carrying an Indian passport while being "caught" because spies do not go about flaunting their nationalities while conducting acts of espionage If we are to believe that Jadhav is indeed linked to RAW the worthies at India’s espionage wing must be immediately sacked for sending an agent to an enemy country with a target painted on his back Strategic affairs expert Pramit Pal Chaudhuri writes in Hindustan Times quoting former RAW chief AK Verma that "a lone agent does not work like this in a foreign country creating subversion or mischief He needs local support He has got to have local friends…So far as this person is concerned it appears that he was caught alone single-handed All this makes it a very highly and unlikely story of him being an agent" Amnesty India chief Aakar Patel has noted in a recent anecdotal piece why Jadhav couldn’t possibly have been an Indian spy operating in Pakistan India has never denied that the retired naval officer was its citizen but has maintained all along that Jadhav was kidnapped last year from Iran and "his subsequent presence in Pakistan has never been explained credibly" The démarche issued by India makes it clear that between 25 March 2016 and 31 March 2017 Pakistan has rebuffed 13 formal Indian attempts to get consular access in flagrant violation of the provisions of the bilateral Consular Access Agreement The decision to conduct a "secret trial" also goes against all established international procedures witnessed even during the height of the Cold War India’s delinquent neighbour has also violated its own penal provisions by putting Jadhav whom it accuses of espionage in a military court meant to fast-track cases against terrorists instead of trying him in a civilian court This limits Jadhav’s options because civilian courts have no jurisdiction over these kangaroo military courts which have courted much controversy even within Pakistan Moreover as a News18 report points out "according to Section 105 of the Pakistan Army Act when a person is awarded death sentence there must be an absolute majority of votes If there is a difference of opinion the decision goes in favour of the accused" There is no way of knowing whether these rules were adhered to or if Jadhav had recourse to a defending officer Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International has expectedly reacted strongly against Pakistan’s actions In a statement Biraj Patnaik its South Asia director said: "The death sentence given to Jadhav shows yet again how Pakistan’s military court system rides roughshod over international standards… Stripping defendants of their rights and operating in notorious secrecy military courts do not dispense justice but travesty it They are an inherently abusive system that are best left to deal with issues of military discipline not any other crimes" These accusations are worn as badges by Rawalpindi khakis who have executed a number of Indian nationals over the years The decision to execute Jadhav appears most likely to be a case of false bravado to show that it has a compelling case against India when it comes to "fomenting terror on its own soil" an accusation that India has long levelled against it It will be interesting to see if Pakistan has the nerve to act on its threat of executing Jadhav or plans to use the death sentence as a leverage Either way the Narendra Modi government is unlikely to let this act of provocation go unanswered We could be in for interesting times Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Published: June 28 2017 6:35 am Related News The STATE government is planning to replace the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) textbooks and curriculum with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks in Classes III V and VII across the state from the academic session 2018 after debates over efficacy of Gujarat state board textbooks led by repeated poor performance of students in medical and engineering entrance exams This replacement would be implemented in Gujarati medium as well For this the translation of NCERT textbooks is under process at the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said “The demand to adopt NCERT books has been raised from various quarters and was felt by the education department With the NCERT curriculum in Gujarat schools there will be uniformity of syllabus in enabling our students to stand at par with their counterparts from any part of the country” The education department claims that these classes have been selected since they are the foundation years in the primary section “The state government has received approval to implement NCERT textbooks to our state board It is not that the board will be replaced with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)” stated a senior GSHSEB official Nitin Pethani executive president of Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) confirmed “A few rounds of meetings have been completed for the adoption of NCERT textbooks for these three classes Though we have one year in hand we also have all subjects of these three classes to be translated” The state education department had earlier floated the project in 11 districts of Gujarat during the academic session 2016-17 For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 7 2017 11:08 pm Moeen Ali bagged a fifer at Old Trafford as England thrashed South Africa to clinch series 3-1 (Source: Reuters) Related News Moeen Ali’s spin web anchored England to a 3-1 series win against South Africa after they clinched victory in this fourth Test at Old Trafford The off-spinner bagged a five-wicket haul in the second innings as hosts England while defending 380 runs bundled out Proteas for 202 to win the match by 177 runs South Africa started off the chase in a dismal manner after Dean Elgar tasted another unsuccessful run in this particular match The left-handed batsman was undone for 5 by Stuart Broad The visitors then lost a couple of more wickets in quick succession only to get reduced to 40/3 However a partnership of 123 for the fourth wicket between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis steadied things for them but Ali soon broke the shackles as he trapped Amla in front of the stumps just after the lunch break for 83 Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock again failed to leave the mark and was sent back in the hut for 1 by the off-spinner Two balls later Theunis de Bruyn edged a ball to Ben Stokes in the same over and South Africa were left tottering at 173/6 The visiting team’s misery didn’t stop here as they lost Faf du Plessis soon after tea for 61 to James Anderson South Africa never really managed to recover from then on and they lost three wickets in a span of 19 runs to lose the match and the series?000 by the Dera management. which is also fighting Islamic State. The militants have stepped up the gruesome killings while coming under increased military pressure from the air strikes and a ground campaign by Kurdish and Iraqi troops to reverse their territorial gains in Iraq and Syria. a police official said. scheduled this year. The cranes that rise up to 20 metres are equipped with breathing apparatus,too.

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have been taken into account while deciding the poll schedule. The current six-year term of Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly comes to an end on January 16. This had nothing to do with a massive Indian military exercise codenamed Operation Brasstacks close to the Pakistan border that had brought the troops of the two countries to an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation. Narendra bhai has been working for the welfare of people in Gujarat for the last 12 years, justice, it is his weak bench strength in terms of potential ministers and the resultant overloading of some ministers. Spanish media had reported that Iniesta was not pleased that the team took too long to start negotiations for the new contract.by Austria’s Robert Seethaler. (Express photo by Sahil Walia) Related News By Amelie Caralp With Remi Panossian on the piano, students and parents were seen in long queues waiting at their nearest banks.

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