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Romance has to have edge like in “Jism”, Firstpost/Sachin Gokhale The incident occurred around 5. said that an empty coach caught fire at the Mysore Colony station.The train was on its way from Wadala to begin the day’s service from Chembur" Services have been shut since then and are likely to resume only in the afternoon according to The Financial Express This isn’t the first incident to affect the monorail services Earlier in July a major accident was averted when two trains going in opposite directions ended up travelling on the same track near Chembur However the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) later clarified that the monorail suffered a technical issue and a second train had to be sent to rescue the stranded one Mumbai has a single monorail line which runs along a nine-km route covering seven stations from Chembur to Wadala depot The trains run from 5 am to midnight everyday With inputs from IANS Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: April 14 2011 3:11 pm Related News Actor Shakti Kapoor’s daughterShraddhawho was disappointed after her debut film ‘Teen Patti’ bombed at the box officesays working in Yash Raj’s ‘Luv Ka The End’ is a dream come true for her Shraddha shared screen with megastar Amitabh BachchanHollywood veteran Ben Kingsley and others in ‘Teen Patti’a thriller But the film failed to create magic at the box office “The failure of ‘Teen Patti’ did bother I was a little bumped out…why my first movie did not do well When I got a chance to work with Yash Raj Films…for me it was like once in a lifetime opportunity” said Shraddha in an interview At a time when Shraddha was upset it was her family that encouraged her “They said success and failure are a part and parcel of a profession And I must continue with my work” With Yash Raj Films’ new youth film studioY-Films launching a new face Taaha Shah opposite Shraddha in ‘Luv ka The End’the actress is exultant “I am extremely proudit’s a huge thing for me to be part of such an amazing banner Who doesn’t want to associate with Yash Raj… ask any established actor or newcomerthey want to do a film with this banner” she said Shraddha plays a heartbroken girlfriendwho gets over the ‘rona-dhona’ and takes revenge on her boyfriendLuv “I play Rhea Dialdas who is deeply in love with Luv He does something that breaks her heart and she is shattered Instead of being ‘abla nari’ she decides to stop being sappy and gets even with him” The film is slated to release on May 6 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi:Tens of thousands of runners braved smoggy conditions for the Delhi half marathon on Sunday despite dire health warnings from doctors who wanted the race postponed in the heavily-polluted capital Around 35000 people registered for the race in the national capital after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels that forced schools shut for several days The US embassy website on Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants reached 189 – nearly eight times the World Health Organization’s safe maximum Some runners wore face masks as they jogged through the visible morning haze and complained of side effects from the polluted conditions Representational image PTI "My eyes are burning my throat is dry I have a running nose" said Rohit Mohan a 30-year-old runner from the southern city of Bengaluru who was among those donning a mask "It’s been terrible since I landed here yesterday (Saturday)" The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had asked the Delhi High Court to postpone the event after a spike in pollution levels that it described as a public health emergency However on Thursday the court said it was satisfied by the organisers’ reassurances that they were doing everything they could to mitigate concerns and the race was given the green light The medical association says running in severe pollution can trigger asthma attacks worsen lung conditions and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes Most participants — the large majority of whom were local amateur runners — seemed unfazed and ran without masks ignoring the warnings "I know pollution is bad and it can affect my health but I am still participating" said Sitam who like many Indians goes by one name "I want to send a message to the government to do something for fitness enthusiasts and ensure a pollution free environment for them" Last week telecoms giant Airtel threatened to pull its sponsorship of the event if authorities in Delhi failed to act to improve the city’s air quality Organisers sprayed the course with water to keep dust levels down A 2014 World Health Organization survey found Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital with air quality even worse than Beijing Written by Vinod Raina | Published: May 25 2012 3:12 am Related News Hostility to processes of inclusion has spawned misinterpretations of the 25 per cent clause The public response to the Supreme Court verdict on the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009particularly around the retention of the 25 per cent neighbourhood quota for children of disadvantaged groups in private schoolsunderlines the continued hostility to processes of inclusion in socially and economically fractured contemporary India Such hostility ishowevermasked under misleading interpretations of the 25 per cent clausewhich are at considerable variance with the intentions for bringing it in The group that drafted the Act was beset with two extreme views One contended that a universal right could not be applied in a differentiated manner by having both fee and non-fee paying childrenimplying a totally inclusive common school system (CSS) whereby a child would have a right to seek admission to any school in its neighbourhoodgovernment or privatefor free education This would prevent private schools from charging fees The counterpoint contended that as per Article 21(a)it is the state that has to provide free and compulsory education to childrenand the obligation was thus on the government and not the private schoolswhich ought to be kept completely outside the Act This would constitute the exclusion viewpoint The challenge for the drafting group was to find a consensus from these extreme viewpointswhich could withstand constitutional scrutiny Based on the principles that: a) schools must be sites for social integrationb) private schools do not exist independent of the state that provides them land and other amenitiesc) their social obligation can not be waived by contending that only children whose parents pay their fees have a right to be in these schoolsand d) since the disadvantaged groups in the country constitute around 25 per cent of the total population It was finally resolvedafter difficult debatethat a 25 per cent neighbourhood quota was justified and could withstand judicial challenge That was how clause 12 of the RTE Act was finally crafted As it turns outthe 25 per cent limit has withstood the judicial challenge It ought to be clear that the sole intention for bringing in this clause was inclusion and social integrationand not to sneak in poor children into qualityprivate schools The dominant interpretationshowevergreatly deviate from such intentions and also lack factual corroboration Here is why: Onethat government is abdicating its financial responsibility and transferring it to private schools If the 25 per cent children were not in private schoolsunder clause 3 of the Act the government would have had to provide a school to all such children at its per learner costwhich is what it will reimburse to the private schools So how is the governments financial burden reduced Perhaps around 65 per cent of private schools in the country have fees that are less or equal to the per learner cost of the government These schools will get exactly what they charge from the other 75 per cent children The problem may be that of the rest 35 per cent elite schools whose fees may be higher than the governments per learner cost These schools are hardly poor Secondthat government is providing an avenue to poor children for quality education in private schools without improving the quality of its own schools This is based on the incorrect assumption that the quality of all private schools is goodand that of all government schools is bad It could be argued that based on the quality criterion of preparing a creative person imbued with values enshrined in our Constitutioneven the best private schools do not measure up Maybe in around 35 per cent of private schoolschildren perform well in the usual rote-learning based competitive examinationswhich in educational terms constitutes a very low criterion of quality On the contrarythe government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas represent perhaps the best in terms of social inclusion and educational quality The intention of the Act is that all schools ought to be socially inclusiveirrespective of their qualitywhich must improve at the same time For quality improvementthe Act has many other clauses: to improve teacher qualityclassroom transactions and assessment The intention is also that the presence of these 25 per cent kids should alter the pedagogical nature of the classroom so that the knowledge base from where these children come from farmingweavingservicescarpentry and constructionpractical vocations like repair of vehicleselectricityplumbing and so on becomes a part of the classroomthat can greatly benefit the other 75 per cent who are now cut off from the informal sector knowledge base that still dominates the Indian economy Thirdthat these children just can not integrate with elite children and will feel stigmatised The Act prescribes that admission for the 25 per cent shall be in Class I or pre-primarywhichever is the induction classand not in all classes at the same time This implies that these children will be admitted at ages fourfive or six By no stretch of the imagination do children at these ages feel peer-level class or caste difference In an inclusive environmentthese children shall grow up together to become 12-14-year oldsand in the process have values different from those who reach such ages in an exclusive environment That is the basic intention of the provision The inclusion versus quality argument continues to haunt our country While we bemoan the fact that our children are nearly at the bottom of tests like PISAeven though such tests are and shall remain controversialwe should also pay attention to the fact that children from countries that are at the top of these testslike FinlandSwedenDenmark and even Singaporehave been practicing inclusive classrooms for years now They have demonstrated that rather than fettering qualityinclusion helps improve it It is time we gave up our colonial biases that poor and disadvantaged children will pollute our smartly dressed children in classrooms and as parents and teacherslearn the lessons of inclusion This judgment has the potential to aid such learning It establishes two major criteria for future policies and litigations Onethat the RTE should not be seen in the narrow terms of providing schoolingbut as a means of preserving and strengthening the social fabric of the countryto which inclusion is central; and secondthe Act must be seen as child centric rather than school centric The writer played a key role in drafting and advocacy of the Right to Education Act For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Parul | Chandigarh | Updated: June 13 2017 4:48 am Many elements that have been captured in these exhibited photographs cannot be seen now like large manicured patches of green brightly coloured glass pieces that adorn the bird creations use of feathers on human-like sculptures that could not withstand the test of time Top News Each frame has a story one that 71-year-old Suresh Kumar has preserved in his heart and negatives for years His desk at the studio Indiano in Sector 17 is filled with files and boxes marked ‘Rock Garden’ as over the last few weeks Kumar a photographer by passion and chronicler of Chandigarh in many ways has been sorting out photographs of Nek Chand at the Rock Garden It is a painstaking effort for many reasons one that were thousands of negatives to sort out choose from finish and to frame but more because each picture of Nek Chand is close to Kumar’s heart for they not only shared a fantastic work relationship but a special friendship and bond that went back years As many as 96 rare photographs of Kumar have been showcased as part of a retrospective on Nek Chand at the Phase 3 of the Rock Garden on his second death anniversary and it’s a rare documentation that Kumar has done simply out of his love for Rock Garden and its creator “It will take us days to see all the photographs I have I think I began in 1973 when it was still a secret space and every time someone entered there would be drum beating to warn Nek Chand and the workers that outsiders were approaching” says Sharma adding that he would capture every new development in the garden with many angles not possible now as so much has changed With no digital cameras then wide shots were tough to take “Many of the photographs here are unseen and it’s a treasure that Kumar has We have probably used just 15 per cent of the work here dividing the showcase into sections highlighting the making of the Rock Garden in the early days a phase when Nek Chand worked a lot with cloth making rag dolls his portraits in younger days and at work here wood models et al For many of us the showcase would be a chance to go back in time and it is so imperative that we archive and preserve our heritage and not just have a callous approach to conservation” says Deepika Gandhi who has curated the showcase Many elements that have been captured in these exhibited photographs cannot be seen now like large manicured patches of green brightly coloured glass pieces that adorn the bird creations use of feathers on human-like sculptures that could not withstand the test of time “He sourced hair from barbers to use on the sculptures and it created such a real effect Now these are not part of the garden here” says Kumar as he takes you through frames which show bears made of discarded bicycles artworks created out of glass bangle pieces Also on display are photographs of natural stones picked by Nek Chand from forests and river banks which have mythical formations and are open to interpretation Unique signage in the form of millstones outside the hut and images of its simple interiors pictures of moulded wilderness to create spaces that retain essence of the place workers carrying on braving harsh site conditions creations of the first amphitheatre A stunning image is of Nek Chand standing here with the Capitol Complex in the background as well as in the hut surrounded by musical instruments Rare aerial photos capture the vastness of the site and complexity of layout terraces with lush green grass tiny boats that once floated on the water channel surrounded by waterfalls In another image the Rock Garden and Capitol Complex both divergent creations are seen together in a rare photograph “Pebbles covered his office roof and walls and the small corners from the 1970s that you see in some photographs have been lost to development and expansion Some images showcase the play of spaces and artistic use of levels” says Kumar A section is devoted to Nek Chand with various dignitaries and officials and at important functions “One image with singer Reshma was close to his heart for he missed Pakistan so much” says Kumar who recalls how Nek Chand would love to pose on the cloth horses with one photograph depicting the creator leading a procession of his creations The last section is the final farewell with many memories to recount and cherish For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi: Exhaustive field trials are being carried out on two long-range ultra-light howitzers in Pokhran which the Indian Army received from the US after a gap of 30 years since the Bofors scandal broke out an official said File image of the M-777 Image courtesy: Baesystemscom The test-firing of the guns is primarily aimed at collating and determining various critical data like trajectory speed and frequency of fire of the M-777 A-2 ultra-light howitzers (ULH) which are expected to be mostly deployed along the border with China The trials will continue till September for formation of the "firing table" which is a major aspect of the overall induction process said the Army official privy to the trials on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media The 155 mm 39-calibre guns will fire Indian ammunition Three more guns will be supplied to the Army in September 2018 for training Thereafter induction will commence from March 2019 onwards with five guns per month till the complete consignment is received by mid-2021 "The trials have been going on smoothly and various data are being collected for formation of the firing table" the official said adding the aim was to ensure that there was no delay in the induction of the guns The Army badly needs the howitzers considering the evolving regional security scenario India had last procured howitzers in the mid-1980s from Swedish defence major Bofors The alleged pay-offs in the deal and its subsequent political ramifications had severely crippled the Indian Army’s procurement of artillery guns The Army had received the howitzers in May as part of an order for 145 guns India had struck a government-to-government deal with the US last November for supply of the 145 howitzers at a cost of nearly Rs 5000 crore While 25 guns will come in a fly-away condition the rest will be assembled in India by the BAE Systems in partnership with Mahindra Defence The Army has been pressing the government to speed up its modernisation programme In a major decision the government last week had empowered the Vice Chief of the Army to procure critical ammunition and spares for key weapons systems to maintain combat readiness for short duration "intense wars" The move aimed at filling the "voids" in the Army’s combat readiness came amid nearly a month-long standoff between the armies of India and China in the Dokalam area as well as heightened India-Pakistan tension along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir He rightly acknowledged the infrastructure deficit, and which his government seeks to address through the Accessible India programme.
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