He detailed how his


He detailed how his government has fast tracked approvals and clearances for industry and infrastructure and conducted transparent auction and allocation of spectrum and of key natural resources like coal, though no match to his iconic personality, adding that the flying squad would check vehicles parked on the campus, who handed him over to police immediately after Gupta collapsed. had flagged the issue of the limitations the two PSUs will face in producing EVMs on a short notice."For 2016-17 we have asked for Rs 1800 crore So every year we will have to do it because of the production capacity of these companies If we give them only one year they will not be able to produce it" he was quoted in the report of the Committee tabled in Parliament yesterday Chandigarh: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will today meet farmers from Haryana and ex-servicemen from Punjab Gandhi will arrive on Monday afternoon in Haryana’s Ganaur town in Sonipat district about 65 km from New Delhi He was earlier scheduled to meet the farmers Feb 11 but the meeting was postponed "Rahul Gandhi will visit Gannaur to hold dialogue with farmers’ organisations so as to incorporate issues related to their interest in the national manifesto of Congress party for the general elections" Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said earlier Rahul Gandhi in this file photo PTI About 400 farmers from various states will attend the meeting Gandhi will also lay the foundation stone of the International Fruit and Vegetable Terminal Market at Ganaur He will then reach Chandigarh in the evening and will meet ex-servicemen from Punjab and have dinner with them state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said Gandhi’s meeting with ex-servicemen comes just days after the government announced the one rank one pension scheme for defence personnel in its interim budget IANS Written by C Raja Mohan | Updated: March 3 2015 12:15 pm The Saarc yatra also gives Jaishankar an opportunity to engage Afghanistan which is at a decisive moment in its political evolution Related News Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had good reasons to frame Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Pakistan as part of a “Saarc yatra” Having suspended talks with Islamabad last August the government needed a diplomatic device to renew the engagement with Pakistan The appointment of a new foreign secretary and the tradition of India’s top diplomat beginning his or her tenure by travelling first to neighbouring capitals have provided a useful setting to make a fresh start with Pakistan The Saarc yatra also gives Jaishankar an opportunity to engage Afghanistan which is at a decisive moment in its political evolution since the ouster of the Taliban by the American forces at the end of 2001 For centuries now developments on India’s northwestern frontiers have decisively influenced the security environment of the large territorial entities in the subcontinent built around the Ganga and Yamuna That geopolitical logic has held true for the Mughal Empire the British Raj and independent India While there are many bilateral issues that will figure prominently in Jaishankar’s talks with Islamabad and Kabul the foreign secretary is acutely conscious of the new regional dynamic shaping India’s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan The nature of the turbulence on India’s northwestern frontiers today is comparable to the developments in 1979-80 including the Islamic Revolution in Iran the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and the promotion of a jihad against the Moscow-backed regime in Kabul by America Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sought to respond to the new dynamic by diversifying India’s great power relations away from Moscow strengthening ties with America normalising relations with China which had just come out of the Cultural Revolution reaching out to Saudi Arabia and above all seeking improved ties with Pakistan India’s adaptation however was too weak and tentative to make an impact on the regional security environment For India’s relative weight in the region had steadily declined over the preceding decades There was considerable internal resistance to the new diplomatic initiatives that prevented taking them to the logical conclusion As a result by the end of the decade India was utterly unprepared for what followed Prolonged civil war in Afghanistan Pakistan’s acquisition of nuclear weapons the collapse of the Soviet Union and Rawalpindi’s success in helping the Taliban capture power in Kabul and redirecting violent extremism towards Punjab and Kashmir As New Delhi takes a fresh look at its northwestern frontiers it stares at a number of important trends Americans are leaving Afghanistan after a decade-long occupation of the country not on a note of triumph but uncertainty China until recently a minor player in the region has become an important external force in the subcontinent and appears poised to shape the future of Pakistan and Afghanistan Meanwhile both Washington and Beijing believe that reconciliation between Kabul and Rawalpindi holds the key to stability in the northwestern subcontinent Their efforts appear to have gained some traction as President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan has reached out to Rawalpindi The Pakistan army chief has in turn promised to deliver the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table Saudi Arabia is being squeezed between the rise of Sunni extremism and a resurgent Shia Iran The Islamic Republic of Iran which long denounced America as the Great Satan is inching towards a nuclear deal with the US and is looking to bolster its position in the Middle East and Afghanistan Like the changes at the turn of the 1980s current developments will also have lasting consequences for India Unlike in the 1980s India is much better placed today Its weight in the region and the world has steadily grown thanks to the economic reforms of the last quarter of a century Its bilateral ties in the greater Middle East have acquired much more depth Above all Delhi has weathered all that Pakistan has thrown at it in Kashmir and beyond Yet Delhi has not been able to take full advantage of this at the diplomatic level The presumed political need to posture to domestic audiences on Pakistan and an inability to check the hawkishness of large sections of the security establishment have limited Delhi’s room for manoeuvre in the northwest Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had bold ideas but did not have the support of the Congress to take them to their logical conclusion Modi too is under much pressure at home to signal a hard line towards Pakistan irrespective of its merits It makes sense for the Modi government to break out of the “talks-no talks” paradigm that has bogged down every single government in the last few years Delhi’s refusal to talk to civilian governments in Islamabad made little difference in the past to Rawalpindi’s orchestration of terrorism in region What might make the difference is Pakistan’s emerging recognition of its own vulnerability to extremism especially after the attack on an army school in Peshawar last December As Pakistan struggles to cope with the extremist challenge at home and on its western frontiers Jaishankar would want to assess the scale and scope of this change and its implications for India Sticking to Delhi’s old political certitudes will only limit India’s ability to manage the profound transformation taking place in the northwestern marches of the subcontinent What Delhi needs is a strategy that will generate some influence for India in shaping the future of this critical sub-region Such a strategy will necessarily involve sustained dialogue with Pakistan a recalibration of the Afghan policy encouragement to the peace talks between Kabul and Rawalpindi and the readiness to engage all powers including the US China Russia Iran Saudi Arabia and Turkey which have a stake in the region’s stability The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 13 2017 1:41 am Mashrafe Mortaza is one of the most successful Bangladesh captains (Source: Reuters) Top News Amidst rumours and speculation surrounding the announcement of a new Bangladesh skipper BCB president Nazmul Hassan has categorically stated that current skipper Mashrafe Mortaza can continue as long as he wants He also went on to say that unless there is suitable successor there is no thought of replacing him “Mashrafe is not just a player but also our captain” Hassan said “It is nearly impossible to find a captain like him in Bangladesh He is also performing very well as a pace bowler better than most of them “Look it is natural to think about replacing cricketers like Shakib and Mushfiqur but the situation that is being created somehow shows that we are trying to remove Mashrafe today It is uncomfortable for him and us too I am saying this clearly: there is no question of dropping him as long as he is willing to play” “This is not the time for such questions We have a lot of cricket ahead of us Imagine what is going through him especially at a time when we haven’t even found an alternative Even I feel uncomfortable thinking about his situation: always wondering whether he is going to be in the team or not” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsIslamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday greeted the Hindu community of Pakistan on the eve of Holi and promised to safeguard and protect the rights of minorities In his Holi message Sharif said that all communities are entitled to equal rights and privileges in Pakistan Nawaz Sharif AFP He said it has always been one of the cardinal principles of his government to safeguard and protect the rights of minorities as the government’s policies were geared towards creating greater harmony and cohesion among people of all faiths Sharif said Pakistan’s social and cultural fabrics are strongly influenced by the individual narratives of its people belonging to all backgrounds cultures customs and religions "This diversity is of great value and reinforces our ties with the region and the world around us" he said There are around eight million Hindus in the country of 180 million Most of the Hindus reside in southern province of Sindh There had been several reports of violence against the minority community last year The premier termed Holi a colourful occasion symbolising verve and energy of life celebrated by the Hindu community He said the spectacular festival is aimed at reviving the selfless spirit of camaraderie between people of all shades of belief and practice Sharif said Holi reflects the strength of the spirit of goodness over forces of evil and provides the minority community an occasion to reconnect with other faiths to bring harmony in the society He lauded the contribution of the Hindu community in tirelessly working for the success of the country Sharif expressed confidence that the Hindu community would continue to play their role for peace progress and prosperity of Pakistan with complete dedication PTI the Election Commission had approached the government to buy nearly 14 lakh new electronic voting machines. his friend and organiser of the event. 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