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Kerry added that he and Yang reaffirmed their governments’ commitment to upholding the freedom of navigation and overflight. to alter the status quo.

usual queue of trucks is missing on the road from Raxaul, The incessant chants of ? The third edition of DIFF,Road travel is costlier than train and it is the preferred mode of transport for common people in the country. As far as economic slowdown is concernedhe said? The decision to award the Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar too is a step towards encashing the sentiments of the people. Lanka miss Commenting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs decision to not participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) held in Sri LankaInquilabin its editorial on November 16writes: As there is political turmoil in India and parliamentary elections are not far offthe Union government bowed before the compulsions of realpolitikignoring the priorities of foreign policy… We do not say that the prime minister should have gone to Colomboignoring the sentiments of the regional parties in Tamil Nadu But the strategy should have been to persuade these regional parties and participate in the conference… Eminent writer Hasan Kamalin his column in Rashtriya Saharawrites on November 16: Over the last five yearsafter the terrible end of Prabhakaran and his LTTEthere had been considerable improvement in economic relations between India and Sri Lanka andfor the first timeIndia had gone ahead of China with regard to trade relations But the PMs absence will definitely boost Chinese presence in Sri Lanka The non-participation of the Indian PM in CHOGM has undoubtedly given Pakistan a cause for celebration?" said a Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist. Splintered Industry After decades insulated from the competitive pressures that have forced western firms to group together into a handful of big makers, Fuji Heavy Industries, unless all nations in the world stop buying their goods and whatever, who on Friday were careful not to point any fingers.

In many ways, I don? Indian men’s hockey team finished 12th and last in the London Olympics but Sardar said that the team would produce a vastly improved show this time in Rio. The national camp is beginning from tomorrow again after a gap and the coach and the coach management are working to rectify whatever chinks and drawbacks we have in the team before Rio. Land surveys along the newly proposed extension to Ulhasnagar will be undertaken shortly.Sector 14, 2014 12:01 pm “I would love to be in a superhero movie if it was Marvel, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | Los Angeles | Published: December 10, The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 metres (65 yards) away at a bus station,belong to Faridabad in Haryana and were presented in the local court late in the evening.

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and handed him a “strongly worded protest note” warning that repeated breach of diplomatic norms by Pakistan would only stand to harm bilateral relations, The Pakistani mission in Dhaka shared the video on its Facebook page, just like the screams of “Brasil! At my table, The constable,the other is led by party vice-president Kalraj Mishra.golden age?and solike Hobbesthe critics want these parties to be exorcised The underlying normative idea is that the logic of modernisation would flatten regional and parochial identities and allow for the emergence of nationwide cleavages Polity-wide parties that extend across the country were the players to watch out for and the government at the Centre was the big prize to be won A connected idea is that politics at the state level is secondary and important only insofar as it tell us something about national politics Howeverpolitical processes in India rarely follow predetermined scripts Parties that advanced particularistic identities and formed around distinctive regionally concentrated interests did not fade away Insteadsome even displaced polity-wide parties as the major actors in some states At the same timedespite a strong-Centre based Constitutionstates have become the primary arena of politics in the country Despite their long lineagedespite winning and governing at the state-level and playing a prominent role in federal coalitionssingle-state parties like the DMKRJDTDPAIADMKJMMNational ConferenceAkali Dal and Shiv Senaamong others are viewed not just with disdain but are also seen to be the cause of most ills The assumption is that these parties are born short-sighted and when they dictate terms at the national level it does more harm than good But no matter what the critics saypolitics since the 1990s has shown that single-state political parties are here to stay The vote share of single-state parties and independents has gone up from around 21 per cent in the ninth Lok Sabha to 364 per cent in the current Lok Sabha At the same timethe two polity-wide partiesthe Congress and the BJPobtained less than 50 per cent of the votes in the 15th general elections In the literature on political parties and party systemsboth the sociological and institutional perspectives would allude to compelling reasons for the continued existence of single-state parties Indias social diversitycombined with numerous cross-cutting cleavagesopens space for the existence of a wide order of political parties The first-past-the-post electoral system and a parliamentary federal institutional framework incentivise political parties to territorialise and choose among multiple strategies Potentiallythey could compete only at the state level either in one state or some statesonly at the federal level or follow a mixed strategy and compete at multiple levels In this frameworkparties may be content mobilising only a section of the population and need not always aspire for a polity-wide status Much of the critique of the so-called regional political parties is based on a single-level polity-wide vision and fails to appreciate politics at multiple levels Secondevaluating single-state and region-based partiesas well as polity-wide partiesusing the same lensis inappropriate Thirdit ignores a host of interrelated changesespecially in the party systemover the last two decades The primary operational arenapolitical project and policies of state-based parties are territory specific They tend to mobilise people around the claim that they are best equipped to defend the interests of the state In contrastpolity-wide parties organisecompete and have interests at different levels While polity-wide parties aim to win power independently at the national levelstate-based parties may think of governing at the Centre only as a part of a coalitiongiven that the seats they contest are much lower The demands for special concessionspackages and resources on the Central government that often get highlighted are part of the assemblage of mobilisational strategy of single-state parties The limited electoral appeal of these parties obviously qualifies their goals and concerns The projection of these limited goals onto national politics brings out the interrelation and complexity of politics in a multi-level polity It is not that these complexities did not exist earlier political competition in India has primarily revolved around the use of state resources The Congressduring the height of its dominancemanipulated public policy instruments along electoral cycles to serve state-specific interests The only difference today is that the compromises no longer take place in the shadows The loud bargaining and posturing often witnessed highlights the reality of territorial differentiationand is an intrinsic part of the game Finallyit is also important to factor in the changes in the party system The weakening of the Congress and the emergence of a competitive multi-party system hasover a period of timeparadoxically also led to a significant decline in anti-Congressism This represents a fundamental shift in the way politics was organised since the late 1960s Heightened competitiveness has also led to a reduction in the distinctiveness among political parties To increase their coalition potentialparties have moderated their views and are increasingly looking similar to one another Parties also appear to be willing to join with each other more readily than before This convergence makes it difficult to distinguish saint from sinner Acknowledging the differential operational logic of single-state and polity-wide parties and taking into account the changed nature of the party system is essential to make sense of why different parties act the way they do The writer teaches Political Science at Panjab UniversityChandigarh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: May 7 2017 3:38 pm Recent fire at an industrial unit Top News With six major fire incidents in the past ten days in Ludhiana’s industrial area the fire department has carried out an investigation to reveal that not a single building had fire safety arrangements or no-objection certificates However the police or the fire department have failed to book any factory owner for negligence yet Till date no FIR has been registered even though the fire at Parasnath wool factory killed three persons of one family In a detailed conversation with The Sunday Express Surjit Singh Assistant Divisional Fire Officer (ADFO) in Ludhiana said that the fire department’s probe clearly shows that all five incidents were results of negligence and had fire safety arrangements been there the losses could have been minimised “None of these factories/buildings gutted in the past ten days had NOCs or fire safety arrangements Even the laborers and other workers were working in hazardous conditions and they had no way to escape or save themselves” he said Asked if any action has been taken against the owners ADFO clearly said that “their hands are tied in the absence of any law to book them” “The new Punjab Fire Safety Measures and Prevention Act framed in 2012 is yet to be implemented We do not have any set rules to follow and it is still pending with the Punjab government We cannot seal any building book any owner or issue any notice till we get a copy of the rules” said ADFO Asked why the fire department did not recommend registration of any FIR in case of three deaths on April 26 he said “The police were present on the spot It is their responsibility to file an FIR in case of death The three persons of a Nepal-based family were living in deplorable condition in a small room and had no way to escape There wasn’t even a fan They should have registered an FIR immediately as they also have post mortem reports of the deceased” “We have filed inquest proceedings under section 174 of CrPC No FIR has been registered as forensic lab report is still awaited to know the exact reason of fire” said Davinder Singh SHO of division number 6 police station The fire department probe further says that as per National Building Code of India the gutted establishments flouted rules and never bothered to get any fire safety arrangements “Had the new Act been implemented and its rules given to us we could have sent the culprit to jail for three months and impose a fine of Rs 50000” said one fire department official “Factories are flouting other norms too The district administration is suposed to keep a check on these factories The fire in most of cases spread because of flammable materials like oil chemicals and plastic Our three firemen have been seriously injured too because fire went beyond control due to these hazardous material” added the ADFO ‘Of 16 fire tenders 10 running illegally’ Shockingly Ludhiana which reports 300-400 major fires a year has only 16 fire tenders of which 10 are running illegally There is requirement of at least 33 tenders and 500 firemen keeping in view a population of 35 lakh “Of 16 fire tenders we have only six are new and ten are outdated As per Fire Advisory Council a fire tender should not be older than ten years and as per Punjab state transport rules it cannot be older than fifteen years However our ten fire tenders are nearly 18-year-old Then even hose pipes leak and are insufficient We need at least 500 firemen but there are only 103 including officials There are no hydraulic ladders and there is an extreme shortage of mechanical foam which is a pre-requisite to extinguish industrial fires This is the state of Ludhiana’s fire department which gets 950 fire calls a year of which 300-400 are major ones” said ADFO Surjit Singh Fire dept in a mess says MC chief Ludhiana MC chief Jaskiran Singh said that the fire department is indeed in a mess but it is being sorted out “I have written to the Director of Local Bodies Department that we have only six fire tenders in working state and ten are almost junk We need at least 400 more firemen State government is in the process of making a separate directorate for the fire department and new rules are also awaited The new buildings being set up are not taking NOCs and fire cess rates are not uniform I have written about all these issues Some plastic bag factories are still running despite ban and we will send notices to them soon” he claimed For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Top NewsA special CBI court ordered banks and different institutions to verifythe signatures on all documents sent by Indrani Mukerjea and not to act on any of them until the verification is complete The order came after former television mogul Peter Mukerjea revealed that his wife Indrani had forged his signature on several bank documents relinquishing his rights over their joint accounts File image of Indrani Mukerjea PTI According to The Times Of India the letter was submitted by Peter’s lawyers after Indrani got court’spermission to sign a few bank documents Peter’s lawyers Amit Ghag and Mihir Gheewala moved an "urgent" handwritten application on Peter’sbehalf before special CBI trial court Judge H S Mahajan saying that a Mumbai bank said it had received a letter addressed fromPeter Gheewali had told The Times of India that it wasis abundantly clear that Accused Number 1 (Indrani) has perpetuated a fraud on the court by presenting an annexure of a draft letter purportedly of Accused Number 4 (Peter) Moreover Indrani could have either forged the signatures herself or done it through someone else India Today reports that Indrani who is currently serving jail term in Mumbai’s Byculla Jail had addressed the letters to Syndicate Bank’s Worli branch and a bank in New Zealand Sources say both the accounts have the earnings of the couple but ever since the couple engaged in a tiff since the beginning of the case nomoney has been withdrawn Indrani and Peter have refused to sign documents on occasions when either wanted to withdraw money On 1 February Indrani sought permission from the special CBI court to sign a few bank documents which the investigative agency approved Later Peter’s lawyers found theletter with his signature which on verification they found that he had not signed This is not the first time that Indra has been accused of forging signatures Earlier she was accused of forging her daughter Sheena Bora’s signatures on documents from 2012-2015 after having killed her?may today summarise the critique of single-state political parties in popular discourse.

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