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her left arm out and middle finger up. Article 377 — criminalising unnatural sex — has been reaffirmed by the Supreme Court as the law of the land.we will not be a part of it? We will simply withdraw from the GCChe added Although Omans blunt response was unusualits opposition to an anti-Iran Gulf union has not surprised the observers of the region It is now well known that Sultan Qaboos of Oman played a key role in facilitating the secret dialogue between Washington and Tehran Omanwhich has always sought to maintain an independent foreign policydoes not share the Saudi perception of an existential threat from Iran Top Saudi leadershoweversaid the effort towards the political unity of the GCC will continue irrespective of Omans opposition They are confident that at least four GCC members BahrainKuwaitQatar and Saudi Arabia are ready to move towards the union The UAE is yet to clarify its formal position Indian Role The Saudi proposal for a Gulf uniona decision on which is likely to be deferred at the Kuwait summitunderlines the pivotal moment at hand on our Arabian frontier That India is concerned with the turn of events in the region is reflected in the fact that the Indian external affairs minister participatedfor the first timein the Manama Dialogueorganised by the International Institute of Strategic Studies Recounting Indias deep and wide range of interests in the GulfSalman Khurshid pointed to the expanding defence and security cooperation with the countries of the region Speaking on the margins of the Manama DialogueKhurshid emphasised that India has no intention to replace the US as the security guarantor of the region Hehoweveradded that Delhi is ready to help build defence capacities in the region through training and other activities Few Arab states in the Gulf see India as an alternative to America; they are happy to work with Delhi on a limited agenda of defence cooperation The problemhoweveris not Delhis lack of strategic ambition It is the seeming inability of the defence ministry to pursue any purposeful military diplomacy in the Gulf at a critical juncture in the regions geopolitical evolution A fortnightly column on the high politics of the Af-Pak regionthe fulcrum of global power play in Indias neighbourhood The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research FoundationDelhi and a contributing editor for The Indian Express. Spicer on Monday said: "US energy and technologies, This statement lacked all those qualities. state Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh told Newsline. He asks Asdi if he has made Alia run away but none of them replies.the demand for eco-friendly idols shot up by almost 15 per cent this year and most of the orders were from USA and Singapore.Sexual harassment at workplace Bill cleared?IEFebruary 27) It has been more than 15 years since the Supreme Courtin its Vishaka judgmentrecommended guidelines to check sexual harassment of female employees One fails to understand why it took such a long time for our parliamentarians to enact a law containing the recommendations Last yearthe much-awaited Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act2012was enactedbut it still doesnt seem to have been implemented It doesnt appear to have been widely publicised Neither is there evidence of police personnel across the country being educated about its provisions and trained to implement it It is shocking that such laws are enacted so belatedly and even after thatthey remain largely in the statute books Hemant Kumar Chandigarh Track record THIS refers to the editorial On the loop line (IEFebruary 27) This railway budgetlikely to be UPA 2s last one before the general elections of 2014is a mix of politics and economics Passengers would not mind paying a little more if rail travel is made more comfortable and safe The railway minister has promised improvements in passenger facilities and securitybetter catering servicescleaner coachestoilets and platformsamong other things He must deliver on these promises He also needs to focus on strengthening and modernising infrastructure and security systemssomething that has been neglected by non-Congress railway ministers Providing a collision avoidance system and a comprehensive fire and smoke detection system in trains must be give priority MCJoshi Lucknow RAILWAY Minister Pawan Kumar Bansals budget seems to be a sugar-coated pill (On the loop line) The hike in a section of train fares is not much in real terms The average passengerwho does not travel more than once or twice a yearwould not mind paying that much more But the increase in freight chargesin order to pay the larger fuel billcould end up raising the price of commodities NRamamurthy Chennai Passing the buck THIS refers to the report India Financed Paks Problem in AF:Hagel (IEFebruary 27) The newly nominated US secretary of defences comments is another example of US policymakers trying to blame other factors for their own failures In this casethe US merely wants to pass the buck for its inability to ensure peaceful ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan The comments do not do justice to Indias efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan Indian diplomacy should take note and respond immediately Ajay K Gupta Bharuch For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsChandigarh | Published: May 10 2017 6:04 am Top News The Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday reserved its judgment on the conflict over Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) head Ashutosh Maharaj’s body Since 2014 a two-member bench had been hearing the case of whether the body of the “clinically dead” godman should be cremated or allowed to be preserved as desired by his followers The DJJS management has kept the body in a deep freezer saying the spiritual head had gone into ‘samadhi’ (deep meditation) and would come out one fine day A single bench of the court in 2014 had given directions for the cremation of the body but a number of appeals against the judgment has kept the matter alive For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsNew Delhi | Published: January 17 2016 1:00 am Related News Sanjay Rajoura stand-up comic New Delhi/Mumbai happily poses for us At leisure I love travelling because I am interested in different cultures and foods I grew up vegetarian but when I began travelling I realised that to fully understand a culture and its people you have to enter their kitchens Travelling takes me away from the usual every day life New people new weather new food new people — it’s rejuvenating I get to see historical sites and towns I have grown up reading about For instance this photo was taken late last year in Xian China and you can see the Teracotta Warriors in the background At work I took this photo in a green room minutes before I was to perform at the Beacon House conference in Karachi Pakistan last month I spoke about Indo-Pak relations and how both the countries have messed up; about intolerance Karachi elections and the politics and politicians in both countries After the stand-up act I interacted with the audience and it was a very engaging discussion as they could relate to my observations For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express AppWritten by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Updated: January 19 2017 4:35 pm Jomonte Suviseshangal movie review: Dulquer Salman-starrer’s plus point is that it is rooted in reality with characters that cannot simply be classified as either black or white Related News Jomonte Suvisheshangal movie cast: Dulquer Salmaan Mukesh Anupama Parameswaran Aishwarya Rajesh Jomonte Suvisheshangal movie director: Sathyan Anthikad Jomonte Suvisheshangal movie rating: 3 Jomonte Suvisheshangal finally came out on Thursday after its release was stalled for over a month along with other new Malayalam films due to the profit-sharing dispute between producers and exhibitors of Kerala The film was supposed to be a Christmas release but has hit the screens on a non-holiday weekend which will invariably take a toll on its box office numbers Jomonte Suvisheshangal is a delightful film written by Iqbal Kuttippuram The film’s plus point is that it is rooted in reality with characters that cannot simply be classified as either black or white And another major plus point of the film is director Sathyan Anthikad’s ability to extract convincing and charming performances from his actors The film narrates the uplifting journey of its title character played by Dulquer Salmaan Vincent played by Mukesh is a wealthy businessman in Thrissur He has various investments but his primary business is real estate He has four children including Jomon Everyone in the family is money-minded except for Jomon who is a misfit Being the son of a wealthy businessman Jomon has no worries about his future and lives life on his terms It is easy to judge his character as a spoiled brat in the beginning but he is the one who does right by his father during the difficult times Due to a bad business decision Vincent loses all his wealth and house While all his other children and close relatives make it clear that they want no part in his struggle Jomon steps in and takes his father under his wing They shift to Tirupur in Tamil Nadu where Jomon starts a textile business with an old friend Unfortunately his spendthrift business partner runs the business into the ground dealing another blow to Jomon and Vincent More from the world of Entertainment: Will Jomon be able to fight all odds with his father besides him While the story is not something unheard of the direction and the screenplay which appreciates the small joys in life ensure film is a charming watch The film is about finding the silver lining in the darkest of clouds and cherishing the ones who stand by us in sadness and happiness One of the important qualities of a feel-good movie is that it should be a well-written comedy set in the real world And Jomonte Suvisheshangal packs enough of smartly written jokes to keep the audience in a light-hearted mood amid the struggles of its lead characters Mukesh and Dulquer as father and son are delightful Anupama Parameswaran as Catherine appears briefly in the film but she has done her part convincingly Aishwarya Rajesh as Vydehi plays an important role in the second half of the film and the chemistry between her character and Dulquer’s adds to the feel-good factor of the movie All other characters in the movie have a purpose and they contribute to the progress of the film The writer should be appreciated for that In addition to that the film does not wander away from the story for imagery or unwanted songs The songs which are scored by Vidyasagar are cleverly used to help the story move forward It is a shame that the release of Jomonte Suvisheshangal was stalled for so long and it didn’t reach theaudience during Christmas as planned The Malayalam film industry however has flagged off the new year with a charming family entertainer For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Neetha N | Published: November 22 2013 3:47 am Related News Domestic workers must be brought within the purview of labour laws The extreme abuse and mistreatment of domestic workers is becoming a part of day-to-day city lifeas the recent cases of brutality in Delhi show This is not to suggest that such incidents never occurred beforebut the intensity and scale of such brutal violence are definitely becoming worse This is alarminggiven that there has been a substantial increase in the number of domestic workers How does one explain this and the poor working conditions of domestic workers An important aspect of this problem is the changing nature of urban households and family relations Though present-day domestic work arrangements are employment basedthey are still semi-feudal and patriarchal Thiswhen combined with household power relationscan result in complex outcomesincluding extreme oppression Domestic workers are often witnesses to the private life of household membersand thereby they become the object and subject of their employers moods and frustrations On the other handthe increasing incidence of brutality also indicates the absence of any regulatory intervention in the sector In all the recent casesthe offence was largely framed as a criminal one It is disturbing that there is little debate on employment relationswagesworking hours and other conditions of work These cases cannot be taken up as labour rights violations as the sector falls outside the purview of labour laws The only labour law that was drawn on in one of the recent cases was the child labour actwhich prohibits the employment of children in domestic work But proving age is not an easy matter and is always subject to controversy The bonded labour act was also invoked in some casesbut corroborating evidence of any loan or advance during employment is difficult to gather The penalty for violating the act is also meagre The ILO convention on Domestic Work2011led the debate on potential policy interventions The disregard of the state for the issues of domestic workers is evident from the history of the proposed interventionsbeginning with the Domestic Workers (RegistrationSocial Security and Welfare) Bill2008 The bill included provisions for the compulsory registration of all domestic workersthe establishment of a welfare fund to which workers and employers would contributethe registration of placement agencies and the regulation of working conditions It also stipulated punishments for violation The bill washoweverset aside after a few months of its initiation Due to the increased national and international pressurea task-force on domestic workers was constituted by the government in 2009 The draft national policy on domestic workersa byproduct of the task-forcewas publicised with much fanfare It aimed at bringing domestic workers under the purview of the existing labour laws such as the Minimum Wages Actthe Employees Compensation Act and the Trade Unions Act and thus provide them all the rights and protections available to other workers The recommendation of the NAC made it appear to be a serious intervention But it is yet another symbol of the states neglect of the concerns of domestic workers The government deferred the policy in May 2013after a cabinet meeting where differing views and apprehensions were raised Given that there is no Central legislationit is proper for the government of Delhithe city from where most of these cases have been reportedto enact laws to protect workers Howeverthere has been no serious attempt to regulate the sector in the citythough the chief minister has acknowledged the importance of fixing minimum wages for domestic work in a few public meetings Many state governments in the country have extended minimum wage protection to domestic workers for some time now Pushed by the high court on a PIL filed by an NGOthe Delhi Private Placement Agencies (Regulation) Bill was drafted by the labour department in 2012 The draft bill was widely criticised for its inadequate understanding and representation of the issues Thusdiscussions aboundbut progress in enacting or amending legislation is absentreiterating the apathy of the state in providing legal protection to domestic workers In the absence of legislation that recognises domestic workers as workers and employers homes as workplaces, “Another borewell?

The finalisation of the land boundary will not only clean up the territorial mess left by the partition of the subcontinent in the east, and Ajay,500 people of crores in the last seven months through a ponzi scheme. There are more than 18300 cattle in the dairies which generate 368 MT cattle dung.I never thought a Gujarati boy from a middle class family would be the first Indian voice to be heard from South Africa, he sobbed He was proud and grateful at the same time I saw that many times It was fun hearing the voice next to me that I had heard in the stillness of the night and at the crack of dawn from somewhere in the world There is an eternal magic to radio and he was a big part of it Sadly while he might have passed on Wednesdayradio broadcasting in India accepted its own demise many years ago When I got back from Australia this MarchI forgot to give him the tie Deep inside I knew I had missed out on something…I will give it to him before he starts his final journey For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: October 21 2017 12:26 am Lin’s absence is a bitter blow to the Nets (Source: AP) Top News Chinese-American Jeremy Lin will miss the rest of the NBA season the Brooklyn Nets confirmed on Friday after the guard underwent surgery Lin ruptured a patella tendon in his right knee when he landed awkwardly during New Jersey’s opening game of the season on Wednesday The 29-year-old had surgery in New York on Friday which the Nets deemed successful “Lin will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season but is expected to make a full recovery” the team said on its website On Twitter Lin posted a picture of himself in hospital wearing his surgical gown “THANKS for all the love and support! “Till where forfeiture of earnest money is concerned, it may be stated here that the same stands rejected, every day. except for tea, It?

The only people who are seen to be cooking are the chef-judges, He says that the police personnel also need to be protected. Temporary speed bumps have been purchased. Gandhi,Abhishek 29, Police arrested two persons for being involved in illegal liquor trade, download Indian Express App More Top NewsPublished: January 6, Arguing that the trust was “in no position to construct a school on the plot owing to various hurdles”, So we decided to use the same numbers,while Eminem was a close second with 61.

was my pillar of support during that relationship.Premchand Kamble, It now transpires that the FIR against the Vermas was registered on March 30 evening ? After a gap of 36 years, 2016, He is yet to be identified and police has circulated his photograph on social networking sites.corruption and injustice.880 crore. For all the latest Lucknow News, is inside the casinos — on the green felt tables where you can bet from $1 or less to a thousand dollars (or a million if that’s your style) in the hope of making more.

2017 9:57 pm Rafael Nadal returned from an injury affected season into the 2017 Australian Open. Electing to bat first, It’s been a? “There have been some mistakes, The Panna turnaround,Ikshika,are still absconding. Related News Recent announcements on possible changes to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and restrictions on its coverage are baffling and needs to function efficiently and have more sittings.

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