Bernardo Bertolucci’s film 1900 (Italian title: Novecento) is an epic, two-part saga that follows two boys, Olmo and Alfredo, who are born on the same day on the same farming estate in 1901. Excited by this, Attila and Regina go into frenzied coitus as the small boy watches in terror. As Regina screams, Attila keeps swinging the boy around, smashing his head against the pillar again and again. Towards the end of the film, on April 25, 1945, the day when Italy is finally liberated from the Italian and German fascists, Attila and Regina are caught by the peasants while they are trying to flee. One of the lessons that Bertolucci lays out for us, in both The Conformist and 1900, is that it’s a good idea — without any unseemly, premature optimism — to prepare mentally for the day of reckoning and, post-euphoria, the new challenges that day will bring.
April 21, 2018 18:45 UTC
We spent our daytime playing under a pair of two huge makizham tree which stood in our backyard. As far as I have experienced, the shade of a makizham tree is the coolest and the thickest. A big tub from which water used to overflow in cascades was our swimming pool. Even now, after many years, whenever I recall my childhood summer days my heart gets filled with gratitude for that well-wisher well. Summer nights, which we spent on the terraces of our houses, were unforgettably sweet.
April 21, 2018 18:45 UTC
A full-grown Royal Bengal tiger had strayed into these forests, but where from the authorities hadn't been able to ascertain. Groups of men, bright red and pink ribbons tied around their heads, are hanging around, enjoying the festive air. Lalgarh's forests are still home to the wild boar, rabbit, fishing cat or baghrul, which is the state animal, the Bengal fox and others. They are headed to Pakhibaand, where hunters from all directions are supposed to assemble after killing their trophy animals. A few days ago, the divisional forest officer of Midnapore, Rabindranath Saha, too had said that hunters come in from as far as Bankura and even neighbouring Odisha.
Picture by Animesh SenguptaJamshedpur: Civic poll celebrations turned ugly in Adityapur on Friday night as a newly-elect ward councillor and her son were allegedly manhandled and one of her followers badly injured in an attack on her victory rally by her defeated rival's supporters at New Dindli Colony. As a result of the attack, one of her supporters, Satyam Bharadwaj, was hit with a stone on his head and had to be hospitalised, she said. Around 9pm, I offered puja while my son Shubham and my supporters organised a victory rally. A stone hit one of my supporters Satyam Bharadwaj, causing him a grievous head injury," she said. "After the attack there was clash between both sides, resulting in a youth Satyam Bharadwaj getting injured.
Our CorrespondentKILLER VEHICLE: The seized truck that hit Somari Devi in Ranchi on Saturday. Picture by Prashant MitraRanchi: A 55-year-old woman's right hand and leg had to be amputated after she was hit by a truck at Dumardaga under Khelgaon police station on Saturday morning. Vegetable seller Somari Devi, who was operated on at RIMS, is said to be critical. "The vehicle, which was negotiating a narrow road, hit Somari Devi who was coming from the opposite direction. Instead of slamming the brakes to let the woman pass, the driver kept on moving and hit Somari Devi whose right hand and leg were crushed under its wheels," the Khelgaon police officer, who rushed her to the hospital soon after the incident, said.
Prasun AcharyaROOT TRUTHS: The Bakhar Bengena tree in Bokuta mouza (top); (above) in peak summer the tree is covered with white blossomsEveryone in Upper Assam knows of the Bakhar Bengena. Bakhar Bengena is surrounded by jungles and was once the den of the separatist outfit, United Liberation Front of Assam or Ulfa. There on, we took the no-road, which is actually the embankment of the Dishang, to reach Bakhar Bengena. The village, the post office, the high school - everything is called Bakhar Bengena after the tree. That sometime in 1400 AD, the Barahi king Mahamanikya of Jayantipur had planted this tree.
more-inWay back in the 1960s I lived in a tiny rented house with dad and mum and a younger brother and sister. She dressed elegantly in cool, pastel-coloured cotton saris and carried a matching parasol whenever she stepped out. One morning our door bell rang and there on the door step stood Mrs. S’s live-in slave. Still, we accepted the tray with gratitude and told the lad to convey our thanks and that we would return the dishes later. As for us, we stared gloomily at the ever unpopular upma that mum had made for breakfast.
The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) announced by the Centre in Budget 2018 could potentially become the centrepiece to achieve universal health coverage, once a few implementation issues are resolved. Therefore the health insurance programme needs to be designed with an understanding that those who pay a contribution will benefit from the government subsidy for health protection. This misconception has made health insurance schemes less popular. The MIUs are the ideal implementers as they can create the one-stop-shop delivering access to (health) insurance with a long-term presence at the grassroots level. David M. Dror is Chairman, Micro Insurance Academy, and former professor of health insurance, Erasmus University Rotterdam and former senior social protection specialist, ILO.
Instead of ferreting out the root cause of a predicament, we thrive on waffling, or nibbling at the periphery. In a recent logistical nightmare at the Delhi airport, thousands of items of baggage were delayed or became untraceable, hitting flight schedules. Even Akhilesh Yadav, Hema Malini and Piyush Goyal faced baggage delays. Alternatively, why not have stiff penalties for offending items of baggage, which will reduce such instances, besides providing revenue for solutions? Although a government undertaking, the railways balance a structural way of working with instant response in case of need.
Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and others addressing the media on Friday. (Express Photo by Arun Sharma) Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal and others addressing the media on Friday. Is it of a piece with making Parliament dysfunctional so that Modi can be blamed for weakening the institutions of democracy? Congress leaders announcing their decision to impeach the Chief Justice said grandiloquently that they were doing this because if the judiciary is weakened then democracy will not survive. But, this does not mean we should ignore the Congress party’s hypocrisy in the name of ‘saving’ democracy.
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And while we are at it, why not throw in a Thallium scan too? You’re getting on in age and you belch smoke like a steam-engine, so a CT scan of the chest is a must. Tell me, I can take it.”“Just a bag of wind,” he responded tersely. But the stomach lies just beneath the heart and an overfilled stomach can press upwards and cause discomfort. So, before you panic over a heart attack, exclude the possibility that it’s just wind.
more-inMADURAIA petition challenging a Government Order, which confers Executive Magistrate powers on the Deputy Commissioners of Police, has been filed before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court. The petitioner, C. Gopu of Tirunelveli, challenged the GO issued by the Home department conferring the right to exercise powers under Sections 107 to 110 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, on the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Salem and Tirupur. He claimed that he had received summons from the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli, in his capacity as Executive Magistrate. A person competent to be District Magistrate alone can be an Executive Magistrate. However, in the notified GO, the power had been conferred on Deputy Commissioner of Police, contrary to the provisions of the Act, he said.
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Nepal and China have agreed to expand connectivity and development of Trans-Himalayan multi-dimensional transport network, according to an official statement today. The two sides also agreed to set up a bilateral coordination and implementation mechanism in order to facilitate effective implementation of projects being operated under Nepal-China cooperation, he said. During the visit, Gyawali also discussed with his Chinese counterpart matters relating to preparation of feasibility study and detailed project report of a trans-national railway line connecting Kerung (Nepal-China border) Kathmandu and Lumbini (Nepal-India border). Gyawali has asked the Chinese business community to make more investments in Nepal and to transfer technology for promoting business relations between the two countries, the sources said. He also appreciated Chinese President Xin Ping's initiative for "building a community of shared future for humanity" during his meeting with Vice President Wang Quishan.
April 21, 2018 18:22 UTC
Not knowing where to find a map of West Bengal's motorable roads, I did what most of us do - turned to Google. And there I was, armed with the names of all the roads we were to take, and the husband in the navigator's seat with the GPS of his mobile switched on. "We would have made it to Malda [which is still a good hour away] by now if we had taken NH 34," he started to crib. Soon he was driving down Malda's roads, in and out of narrow winding lanes. We will need Google Didi to guide us through unknown roads again."
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Our Special CorrespondentNew Delhi: The Union cabinet on Saturday approved a proposal to promulgate the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018, giving powers to the government to seize domestic assets of those deemed to be fugitive economic offenders by a court of law. "This would also help banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery from financial defaults committed by such fugitive economic offenders, improving the financial health of such institutions." The ordinance states that "the act applies to any individual who is or becomes a fugitive economic offender on or after the date of coming into force of this act". The offender will not be able to pursue any civil cases in India while the case under the fugitive economic offenders' act is being pursued, a government statement said. The procedure for declaring someone a "fugitive economic offender" would involve starting proceedings in the Special Court by issuing him a notice.
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