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KDMC and Ambernath council elections be held on the same day. As hundreds of civic employees will be affected due to the elections we will discuss the issue and come out with a solution about the same, Marco can unify our party, rally against corruption by saying that why could not the BJP see corruption in states like Karnataka," On his part, peace and dignity in a united Lanka, Nair said, Cook’s 10-hour knock led the hosts to a first-innings total of 514 for eight declared and James Anderson dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for nought before the tourists battled to 44 for one in reply. 2015 4:32 pm The pacer said he had gained a lot after the World Cup and was confident of getting wickets with the new ball. Van Ass had limited international experience but as a coach he led the Netherlands to an Olympic silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics after being given the charge of the Dutch team in 2010.

five wireless sets and one metal detector. It was reported that the team of 99-strong CRPF men,whichwas out to provide protection for road construction was attacked by 300 "left-wing extremist" and the firefight continued for at least three hours There are claims that 10-12 Maoists were killed but no bodies were found Another report said that the 99-member CRPF patrol teamwas attacked when they were preppin gto have lunch obviously without ensuring protection It may be recalled that on 11 March this year Maoists attacked another CRPF column at Bheji (Sukma) and by the time the anhour long assault ended Maoists had killed 11 injured five (one succumbing to his injuries taking the death toll to 12) Reports had quoted officials as sayingthat the Naxals also looted ten weapons and two radio sets from the killed men officials said Former home secretary in 2015LC Goyal had said thatan Army cantonment should be established in the Bastar region as if that will be the silver bullet to tackle the issue Media lapped up this revelation However the public is unaware of the fact thatChhattisgarh alone has some 45 battalions of Central Armed Police Forces (BSF CRPF IRB etc) a force equivalent of five times the Infantry Divisions or two times the Corps of the Army Goyal in the report didnot disclose the plan that he as a former home secretary had drawn up to deal with the Maoists issue Another home secretary who delivered a talk at a prominent think tank in New Delhi responded to searching questions cursorily and peremptorily not once mentioning that the MHA is ‘accountable’ He was also repeatedly asked why the Control of Borders was being handled by the police and is not given to Army similar to the Control of the Coast given to Navy to which he had no answer One can hear statements time and again from the home ministry that additional forces can be allotted to the states as required But should the responsibility and accountability of MHA end there when the Maoists problem spans multiple states With CRPF designated as the main counter-insurgency forces why does the home secretary not recommend that thepolice academy in Hyderabad shift to the Naxal belt rather than recommending an army cantonment in the region Police officers and locals carry body of a CRPF personnel who died in 24 April Naxal attack in Sukma PTI In fact much of the problems of the insurgency areas would be better addressed if the police academy is moved to Bastar and the IAS academy to the Kashmir Valley Incidentally a decade-old proposal for locating Army and Air Force elements at Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh) that had been agreed upon has not fructified because the state only made available part of the land required and MHA took no interest in the issue Surprisingly the media has never highlighted the woes of the Central Armed Police Forces With the strong IPS lobby very few officers from the CRPF and BSF get promoted and seldom get to the rank of Additional Director General (ADG) as the bulk of the appointments at this level too are held by IPS officers despite it being grossly disproportionate given the strength of individual CAPF So the Director General of CRPF actually is an IPS officer who has not come through grassroots of the CRPF leave aside any experience of operating with the jawans in insurgency areas This as per veteran CRPF officers is the main reason why the manning training and equipping of this force has been suffering The government must look at these issues seriously and the MHA must get into the act The Home Minister should consider sending MHA bureaucrats to go and live with the CAPF (not as state guests) in Bastar region by rotation to get first-hand experience of the issue This could actually be standard operating procedure that all bureaucrats posted to MHA must go through this experience Much of the army’s requirements in Siachen Glacier were met after Defence Minister George Fernandes sent MoD bureaucrats to Siachen Wife of a CRPF personnel who died in Sukma on Tuesday PTI Hundreds of CAPF battalions have been raised and there is no reason they cannot deal with internal security issues They must perform and be ‘made’ to perform and most importantly dominate the Dandakaranya forest where an occasional foray and chest-thumping are useless The home ministry must get into the act rather than bureaucrats looking over the shoulder towards the Army and help our enemies in getting the Army sucked in here too Wouldn’t it surprise the public to know that the manpower strength of the police and central armed police forces is much more than that of the military A Maoist document titled Urban Perspective: Our Work in Urban Areas(UPUA) says "At present the revolutionary movement is advancing in a vast belt of people’s war encompassing the extensive areas of Dandakaranya Jharkhand Andhra Pradesh Bihar-Odisha border north Telangana and Koel-Kaimur We will be able to build these areas into contiguous areas of armed struggle with each area influencing the other" Linked with recent events they indicate that the critical phase of attacking the political fabric of Indian democracy has already begun The issue needs to be viewed even more seriously considering that the brain of the Maoists ideology is in Beijing they are receiving focused support from both China and Pakistan and their over-ground elements are cloaked as intellectuals and social activists even participating freely in seminars and debates in New Delhi They too are very much Maoists and must be treated as such The author is veteran Lieutenant Generalof the Indian Army There were no unpleasant surprises The first day of crucial Srinagar meet of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) council produced some good news for the aam aadmi The prices of most daily use items for common man including cereals sugar tea medicines vegetables eggs milk and cell phones are kept below a moderate 18 percent rate To be precise a host of essential items–fresh meat fish chicken eggs milk butter milk curd natural honey fresh fruits and vegetables flour besan bread prasad salt bindi Sindoor stamps judicial papers printed books newspapers bangles handloom etc—are in the zero percent bracket (read an Economic Times story here) Representational image Reuters For the urban dweller too there aren’t any shockers Most of his preferred items such as refined sugar pasta cornflakes pastries and cakes preserved vegetables jams sauces soups ice cream instant food mixes mineral water and tissues are in the 18 percent bracket In short around 81 percent of a total of 1211 items rates of which were decided on Thursday is in the 18 percent bracket or below To be precise 14 percent of items are under the 5 percent slab 17 percent under the 12 percent 43 percent under the 18 percent and 1 percent under the 28 percent bracket In the highest bracket are items including chocolate pan masala aerated water paint deodorants shaving creams after shave hair shampoo dye sunscreen wallpaper ceramic tiles water heater dishwasher weighing machine and washing machine On demerit goods such as tobacco and aerated drinks there is likely to be additional cess the money which will be used to compensate state’s initial losses Bringing majority daily used essential items in the lower tax slabs partly discards concerns on GST stoking inflation in the roll out phase only partly The full impact on inflation depends a lot on rates on services which will be decided on Friday day 2 of the Srinagar meeting As this writer mentioned in this article on Thursday it is highly critical to keep the rate on essential items at the minimum to avoid any high inflation shocks Time and again economists have warned about this and the government has assured that the GST wouldn’t stoke inflation If inflation shoots up this would have put the monetary policy committee (MPC) under tremendous pressure to cut the RBI’s key interest rate to support growth at the same time keeping the inflation battle on Both Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia have been assuring that GST won’t be inflationary saying 60 percent of the items which are currently taxed at average 32 percent (comprising standard rate of excise duty is 125 percent standard rate of VAT is 14 percent other levies like Central Sales Tax entry tax and some component of service tax) will now be taxed at a lower 28 percent But the RBI wasn’t too confident about this The new rate structure for goods and services will offer more clarity to the central bank Secondly it is now clear that the shift to new tax regime won’t be a burden to common man if things go as planned He doesn’t need to shell out more to feed his family In fact as mentioned earlier there is a cost reduction in majority items Despite the fact that GST is a major reform step for the economy and a game changer the concern was that the common man will have to pay a price for the radical change In turn this would have impacted companies too hitting their sales But under the new rate structure companies can pass on the GST benefit to the end-consumer This is something the industry has promised (read a report here) Having successfully mapped the new GST rates with goods (though full details are yet to come out yet) the next big thing to watch out for is how the council will fix the rates on services As DK Pant chief economist at India Ratings a Fitch Group company points out in this article services which are more than half of gross value added will decide which way inflation will move “It is expected that services like health education telecom and electricity could see higher tax The overall inflationary impact will also depend on goods which are outside the GST" Pant said The finer details of the rate structure will likely come out in the days ahead when the GST Council finishes its Srinagar meeting and consultation with government departments The MPC and RBI will keep a close look on the over rate structure to chart their future roadmap on inflation battle For now watch out for the rates on services United Nations: The Palestinians are "ready and willing" to see if the UN Security Council has "the political will" to adopt a resolution with a deadline for ending Israel’s occupation and establishing a Palestinian state the Palestinian UN ambassador has said Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters yesterday that adoption of a resolution with a timetable would be "one of the most effective measures to combat extremism in our region because extremists receive their fuel from the injustice of the Palestinian people" Reuters image "If there is a just solution to this conflict . in a short period of time then you’ll take away from them the main source of recruitment and mobilization" he said adding that it would also contribute to resolving perhaps 70 per cent of the "burning issues in the Middle East" Mansour said the United States holds the key US President Barack Obama has said he will reassess US policy toward Israel following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comment before last month’s election that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch That could be a possible sign that Washington would no longer shield Israel in the Security Council Last year the council rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to the Israeli occupation within three years The US opposed that draft saying Palestinian statehood can only be achieved through negotiations but it didn’t have to use its veto because the resolution didn’t get the minimum nine votes needed for approval France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said late last month that his government would propose a council resolution in the coming weeks with a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict A day earlier the UN’s outgoing top Mideast envoy Robert Serry challenged the Security Council to lead the way on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saying it should present a framework for talks that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution" Mansour said the Palestinians want a new resolution with a timetable and the parameters for a Palestinian statehood deal that would define the pre-1967 frontier as a reference point for border talks designate Jerusalem as a capital of two states and call for a fair solution for Palestinian refugees Associated Press The Congress won about 37 percent of the Muslim vote in the 2009 election widely considered a key factor in the outcome and subsequent formation of the UPA2 That’s why neither Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s overtures to the Shahi Imam of the Jama MAsjid nor the Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh’s more recent discussions with senior clerics in Lucknow should be surprising — despite every indication that the so-called "Muslim vote" is actually a diverse identity with the community basing its voting behaviour on a slew of local and regional issues parties continue to believe that the support of this community is key to winning a national election Representational image: PTI As this report in the Hindustan Times says conventional political wisdom is that Muslims actually vote strategically and tactically always backing the "candidate best positioned to defeat the BJP" Quoting Muslim leaders as stating that the single most important thing for Muslims is to ensure thta Narendra Modi does not become PM the report suggests that there are maulanas who receive reports from a constituency — the report cites the example of Pataliputra in Bihar — on how various caste groups are voting So depending on how the four lakh Yadavs 15 lakh Koeris and Kurmis and the Dalits/ Mahadalits are voting maulanas will be in a position to pass out information on what is the best way to defeat the BJP candidate Not all Muslims go by the maulanas’ fatwas "But if advice is sought it is given" mostly via mobile phone As Firstpost has noted just how far the clerics’ word travels remains unclear And there is ample evidence to show that Muslims no longer follow diktats blindly Obama – the first US leader to come of age after a conflict that bitterly divided America – will seek to deepen defense and economic ties with the country’s communist government while also prodding them on human rights, Bhikhu alleged.s death,campaigner for a national party. 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Instead,the smog thickens and the buildings come closer. 2015 8:15 pm Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan at a press conference (Express photo by Amit Mehra) Related News AAP dissident leaders Prashan Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav on Monday hit back at the party leadership in their response to the? he was sacked from the post. he hurled a brick into the premises during the Id prayers. 2014 4:14 pm Amit Sadh will soon be seen in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘Running Shaadi. “We went forward in peace with our hands raised to remove them from the street and we came to a main road where there were around 20 police vans and there they fired rubber bullets to the ground and in the air, So the government stepped in and helped us form various templates for the working of universities and industries. He added that it helped in the development of many spin out companies that were created and owned by universities and helped in commercialising the research products He said that while it may be providing opportunity to the students for hands on training and explore possibilities of recruitmentthe transition is a major challenges as the culture within academicia tends to think that industry involvement dilutes the focus from research For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Press Trust of India | New York | Published: March 1 2015 11:40 am India-born Ajit Jain (Source: Reuters photo) Related News Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway dropped one of the biggest hints about a possible successor to the billionaire investor describing India-bornAjit Jain and Greg Abel as “world-leading” performers who are “better” business executives than the octogenarian In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders Buffet praised Jain who manages the Berkshire Reinsurance Group for the way he has grown the business over the years While Buffet stopped short of naming his successor company Vice Chairman Charles Munger named Jain and Abel who heads Berkshire’s energy business while talking about possible successors to Buffett Share This Article Related Article “But under this Buffett-soon-leaves assumption his successors would not be ‘of only moderate ability’ For instance Ajit Jain and Greg Abel are proven performers who would probably be under-described as ‘world-class’ ‘World-leading’ would be the description I would choose In some important ways each is a better business executive than Buffett” Munger said in his letter to the shareholders He added that he believes that neither Jain nor Abel would leave Berkshire “no matter what someone else offered” or desire much change in the Berkshire system Munger said 63-year-old Jain “created out of nothing” an immense reinsurance business that produced both a huge “float” and a large underwriting gain Buffett also lauded Jain’s “unmatched” underwriting skills saying he insures risks that no one else has the desire or the capital to take on “His operation combines capacity speed decisiveness and most important brains in a manner unique in the insurance business Yet he never exposes Berkshire to risks that are inappropriate in relation to our resources” he said Jain’s “mind moreover is an idea factory that is always looking for more lines of business he can add to his current assortment” Buffett said Jain was born in Odisha and is an alumnus of IIT and Harvard Long been the front runner to succeed Buffett Jain has been associated with Buffett for nearly three decades The 84-year old investor and philanthropist said Berkshire is “ideally positioned” for life after he and Munger leave the scene “We have the right people in place- the right directors managers and prospective successors to those managers Our culture furthermore is embedded throughout their ranks” he said Buffett has suggested that his son Howard succeed him as a non- executive Chairman to further ensure continuation of the company culture Buffett also made clear that if elected his son would receive no pay and would spend no time at the job other than that required of all directors For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Pune | Published: December 30 2011 2:29 am Related News With the Maharashtra Ownership Flats (MOFA) Act failing to protect the interest of consumersthe state cabinet decided to repeal it The cabinethoweverapproved a draft Bill for constituting a regulatory authority for the purpose The draft Bill for the constitution of the Maharashtra Housing Development and Regulatory Authority has been approved by the cabinet?

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