DNA Edit: Without internal democracy, more Sasikalas will take charge

The developments in Tamil Nadu over the past two weeks have made a mockery of notions of democracy, constitutional propriety and accountability to citizens. Is this the accountability that a political party in a democracy owes to citizens? For real democracy to be practised in India, it was important that political parties function democratically. However, political parties are wary of internal democracy and prefer centralisation of power. This is the condition of every major political party in India, including new entrant Aam Aadmi Party.

February 20, 2017 00:45 UTC

Donald Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

"You look at what's happening last night in Sweden," Trump said. They're having problems like they never thought possible. "No incident occurred in Sweden and the country's baffled government asked the U.S. State Department to explain. Questions abound," former Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.Other Swedes mocked Trump by posting pictures of reindeer, meatballs and people assembling IKEA furniture. Twitter user Adam Bergsveen wrote.

February 20, 2017 00:33 UTC

Make Gandhi killer Godse’s statement public: CIC

NEW DELHI: Despite the widespread condemnation of Mahatma Gandhi 's assassination, the statement of his killer Nathuram Godse should be made public along with other relevant court records, the Central Information Commission has ruled. Godse 's statement in court is available in unverified form on the internet and as part of some reports but has long been seen as a politically volatile and emotive justification of his decision to assassinate Gandhi on January 30, 1948.The CIC has asked the National Archives of India to place the record on its website. Information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said the disclosure or circulation of Godse's opinion should not be restricted. The police had forwarded the complaint to the National Archives of India (NAI).The archives told the petitioner that he could examine the records and retrieve the information for himself. The petitioner then sought relief from the CIC.

February 20, 2017 00:16 UTC

MS Dhoni: Captain Cool era ends as IPL side asks Dhoni to step down

He again caught everyone unawares by scripting a sequel by quitting as India's limited-overs captain in January this year.Now comes AOL-III, signalling the end of the Captain Cool era. India's most successful cricket captain is no longer a skipper of any team. Ihave the highest regard for MS Dhoni as a leader and a person. Dhoni will continue to be an important part of our team. On an individual level, Dhoni has led in 143 matches in IPL, winning 83 -the most by any captain.

February 20, 2017 00:04 UTC

Uttar Pradesh election 2017: Akhilesh, Prateek my two eyes: Mulayam’s 2nd wife

Dimple and Sarla, wives of two men at loggerheads until recently, CM Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, went to the polling booth together, dissing reports of friction between their husbands. Asked about allegations of "step-motherly" treatment of Akhilesh, Sadhna said, "Akhilesh and Prateek are like my two eyes. Her son Prateek, whose wife Aparna is an SP candidate from Lucknow Cantonment , was equally effusive about Akhilesh. Mulayam, Akhilesh and his wife Dimple, too, held public meetings for Aparna.Shivpal's wife Sarla, who too prefers to stay away from media, denied any bickering between her husband and Akhilesh. Although Sarla had accompanied Mulayam in the morning, she once again went to the polling station along with Dimple.

February 20, 2017 00:00 UTC

Government plan: Make sport must in schools, have marks

Sports secretary Injeti Srinivas said “accepting the recommendation is easy, but implementing it is the challenge”. Sports secretary Injeti Srinivas said “accepting the recommendation is easy, but implementing it is the challenge”. According to the ministry’s plan, students will be marked on their involvement in sporting activities, and sport will be a subject they will have to pass. Watch What Else Is making NewsSports secretary Injeti Srinivas said “accepting the recommendation is easy, but implementing it is the challenge”. The policy, Srinivas said, “would be path-breaking, and will be the base of a foundation”.

February 19, 2017 23:37 UTC

Paris: Araku coffee to debut in Paris market this week

But in the picturesque and protected Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh, a unique agri enterprise has taken shape. Tribals from this region, with the backing of four business leaders, are growing top-notch quality coffee, which will make its debut overseas this week under an exotic brand. Anand Mahindra (chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra), Kris Gopalakrishnan (co-founder, Infosys), Satish Reddy (chairman, Dr Reddy's Laboratories) and Rajendra Prasad Maganti (chairman, Soma Enterprise, a construction company) have joined hands to form an enterprise that will launch Araku coffee 's first store in Paris . Like unique tastes of different wines identified by the soil in which the grapes are grown, the variants of Araku coffee also draw their flavours from the 'terroir' or unique environment. "Araku coffee is unique because of its complex terroir and that's why premium.

February 19, 2017 23:22 UTC

Showcause notices to 6 sand mines in Sironcha

(Express Photo by Deepak Daware) Illegal sand mining on the Godavari riverbed. (Express Photo by Deepak Daware)The Gadchiroli administration has issued showcause notices to six sand mines in Sironcha asking why their leases should not be cancelled in the wake of the violations that have come to fore during the raids on February 11. The raids were conducted jointly by Revenue and police officials following The Indian Express expose. So we have issued showcause notices returnable by February 28 to six of these mines as to why their leases should not be cancelled,” said Additional Collector, Aheri, Mahesh Awhad. The Revenue officials have slapped a fine of Rs 7.2 lakh on the leasees for the violations.

February 19, 2017 23:15 UTC

Pakistani great Shahid Afridi ends 21-year international cricket career

Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old all-rounder was currently active in the International Twenty20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and One-Day Internationals in 2015. (Also read: Shahid Afridi plans to turn freelance cricketer )Afridi finishes his international career having played 27 Test matches, in which he hit 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. His Twenty20 international career saw him play 98 matches and score 1,405 runs and take 97 wickets. Also read: Corruption will continue till PCB sets an example, says Shahid Afridi(With inputs from AFP)

February 19, 2017 22:56 UTC

Nagpur civic polls: Campaigning ends, BJP prays for a high turnout tomorrow

PTI Police officers getting deployed at police headquarters ahead of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation elections in Nagpur on Sunday. Watch what else is in the newsGadkari has reportedly said that a 75 per cent turnout could mean a BJP victory. For the Congress, any thing between a 50 and 55 per cent turnout could augur well. In Nagpur, Gadkari and Fadnavis are tall leaders. So, presuming even 60 per cent voting, we will have about 420 voters coming to each booth.

February 19, 2017 22:52 UTC

Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India. Afridi finishes his international career having played just 27 Test matches which yielded 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. He played 398 one-day internationals with 8,064 runs, a highest score of 124 while taking 395 wickets with his leg spin. His Twenty20 international career saw him play 98 matches with 1,405 runs and 97 wickets.

February 19, 2017 22:41 UTC

Odisha: Most development initiatives in Maoist-hit areas failed

Despite Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s claims of bringing development to Maoist-affected districts, a CAG performance audit of special development initiatives in the affected areas over the past five years has found most of these programmes failed miserably. Special initiatives like Integrated Action Plan (renamed Additional Central Assistance later) and skill development were implemented in 34 worst-affected districts. Development projects in Maoist-hit areas were not given due priority as there was a shortfall of Rs 170.46 crore in allocation. Skill development and livelihood initiatives in such areas were accorded the least priority, the draft says, adding that Rs 2034.34 crore of the total fund for 2011-16 was utilised. Several skill development centres, hostels and training centres remained idle or were used as rest sheds and gram panchayat offices, the draft says.

February 19, 2017 22:38 UTC

Leopards freed from zoo, Sariska counts its dead

(Photo for representational purpose)Three weeks ago, two leopards held in Jaipur zoo for over three months were released back into the Sariska tiger reserve by the Rajasthan forest department. So the wildlife wing of the (forest) department looks into these issues and sends to me for approval,” he said. He did not comment on how the forest department concluded that the leopards would not pose any danger to people after their release. Post-capture, no attacks were reported till the forest department released the leopards, one by one, in the tiger reserve’s Kalighati area on January 28 and February 1. The forest department set up trap cages on February 7 and has already trapped two other leopards — a female each on February 8 and 17.

February 19, 2017 21:56 UTC

Delhi confidential: Prison Perks

Prison PerksFor those who believe that life in jail is tough for a convicted politician, it may be time to dispel any such notion. Consider what former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has to say about his life in jail. Study In ContrastThe visits of Health Minister J P Nadda to two northeastern states over the weekend were a study in contrast. In neighbouring Tripura, though, both CM Manik Sarkar and the chief secretary stayed away from a vaccination event attended by Nadda. It was left to the state health minister and principal secretary (health) to represent the state government.

February 19, 2017 21:45 UTC

Kerala actor raped: Kerala actor rape 'isolated incident', says CPM

KOCHI: Two more suspects were taken into custody by police on Sunday for allegedly raping a well-known actor on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile actor-turned-politician M Mukesh said that the prime accused in this case was his former driver. 'Vadival' Salim and Pradeep were nabbed from a hideout in Coimbatore by a police team headed by Ernakulam Rural SP, A V George. There are six accused in the case and three of them, including the prime accused, Sunil Kumar aka 'Pulsar' Sunil, are absconding. According to police sources, he offered Rs 30 lakh to his accomplices for committing the crime.

February 19, 2017 21:33 UTC