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Local media reported that a seven-year-old boy was in a coma with severe chest injuries after being trampled in the crush.Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday nominated 22 Pakistani parliamentarians as special envoys to highlight alleged brutalities in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian security forcesSharif said that he had decided to send the special envoys to different parts of the world to further the Kashmir cause CNN-News 18 reported Sharif said that these special envoys "have strength of the people of Pakistan prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control mandate of the Parliament and support from the government" "I am standing behind these special envoys to ensure their toil for highlighting the Kashmir cause resonates across the world so that I can shake the collective conscience of the international community during my address at the UN this September” Sharif was quoted as saying by Dunya News Sharif stated that Pakistan will remind the United Nations of its long-held promise of self determination to the Kashmiri people and make it clear to India that it was India that approached the bloc several decades back on the issue but not fulfilling its promise The Kashmir issue is the most persistent failure of the UN Sharif said The move can be seen as provocation from Pakistan’s side which has been in a constant tussle with the Indian political leadership over the Kashmir issue recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif AFP Earlier in August Sharif had also shot off letters to United NationsSecretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urging efforts to end the "persistent and egregious violation of the basic human rights" of the Kashmiri people and also to implement UN Security Council resolutions a foreign office statement said "It is an obligation for me as Prime Minister of Pakistan to become the voice of Kashmiris who have been oppressed in Kashmir I will leave no stone unturned to make the world understand the plight and the legitimate struggle of the people of Kashmir" Sharif had said India had lashed out at Pakistan for "inciting and supporting" terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and instead asked it to vacate its illegal occupation of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) after Islamabad had observed Black Day to condemn the alleged excesses by Indian security forces in Kashmir Valley on 20 July Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had also said that in view of the threats of marches and protests at the High Commission of India in Islamabad Pakistan should ensure full safety and security of Indian officials and their families there In a tit-for-tat retaliation to Pakistan’s misadventures in Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address on 15 August had reaffirmed India’s support to the people of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir Gilgit Balistan and Balochistan Meanwhile Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Saturday indicated that Pakistan was ready to discuss the Kashmir issue with India You all know that we took a step towards having dialogue but that didnt work out: Pak High Cmsnr Abdul Basit pictwittercom/lYJfCafZhS — ANI (@ANI_news) August 27 2016 Abdul Basit Pak HC in India: We did send invite to India did not move forward We do feel talks on Kashmir needed pictwittercom/cnKTaDqIRU — ANI (@ANI_news) August 27 2016 New Delhi has always accused Islamabad of arming and training militants fighting to secede Jammu and Kashmir from India however Pakistan has maintained that it only provides moral and diplomatic backing to the separatist campaign PM Sharif’s comments come as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhito apprise him of the security situation in the Valley After meeting with the PM Mehbooba slammed Pakistan for provoking youths of the Valley and inciting violence Curfew in Kashmir entered 50th day even as more than 70civilians and security personnel have lost their lives in the violence that engulfed the Valley after the killing of Hizbul Mujhideen commander Burhan Wani on 8 July With inputs from PTI and IANS There is a fine line between dissent and disintegration Societies that are aware of this maxim prosper and those societies that dilute it inevitably disintegrate Freedom of thought and expression has once again become a focal point due to recent events at the Ramjas College of Delhi University where students on both sides of ideological spectrum confronted each other over withdrawing Umar Khalid’s name from a lecture Poonam Mahajan PTI Two years ago when All India Bakchod (AIB) was criticised and faced legal action for organising AIB Roast event where filthy jokes and expletives were made at the expense of offending the participants I strongly supported their freedom of creative expression despite me not endorsing it I must reiterate that freedom of thought and expression is an immensely valuable gift bestowed upon us by our Constitution and it must be protected from a lunatic fringe at any cost As I had mentioned in the beginning of this post there is a fine line between dissent and disintegration When somebody utters words such as "Kashmir demands azaadi" or "Bharat tere tukde honge" we need to ask them a very pointed question that how are they going to achieve this goal of theirs Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it In 1947 our motherland was partitioned into two dominions — India and Pakistan More than 15 million people were uprooted and between one and two million were dead Rape (75000 women) forced conversions and mass abductions defined the birth of our nation This is what happens when societies disintegrate The aforementioned casualties are a horrific reminder of manifestations of some people who have exhibited such extremist tendencies And it doesn’t end there Furthermore in 1974 Pakistan amended the Constitution declaring members of the Ahmadi sect as non-Muslims thereby restricting their religious freedom In fact Pakistan’s first ever Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam was an Ahmadi whose remarkable contributions in Physics were erased from Pakistan’s collective memory In addition to this Maleeha Lodhi Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations deleted a tweet that noted that Mahershala Ali (House of Cards fame who is actually an Ahmadi) was the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award Let us look at another example In 1971 the Pakistani Army killed lakhs of Bengalis in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and forced 10 million to flee to India It is a forgotten genocide Moreover in the contemporary times since the year 2015 bloggers from Bangladesh who espoused the values of secularism pluralism and spoke in favour of atheism were hacked to death by Islamist extremists Every country has to define and decide its non-negotiables The topmost priority amongst those non-negotiables are the territorial sovereignty of our nation It does not matter which caste creed religion or political affiliation we belong to; maintaining the territorial integrity is absolutely necessary A society like us which has a horrific past has to be very careful when it utters words like "Bharat tere tukde honge" Everybody agrees that a speech that unashamedly incites violence is objectionable Hence my question to everybody is what will be the consequences of such utterances Who will take responsibility if lives are lost when some misguided youth accepts this slogan literally and goes on a violent killing spree How can "Bharat tere tukde honge" be a part of national discourse Isn’t this inciting violence towards citizens of India We are a young and vibrant democracy Sixty-five percent of India’s population are under the age group of 15-35 years We are undergoing an exciting era of harnessing the dividend of that demographic A country as young as ours should focus its energies on debating issues such as endemic poverty employment growth income inequality gender inequality environmental degradation poor educational and indicators etc These issues will be resolved when the collective conscience of our country is focused in the right direction instead of thinking about India’s Balkanisation The solution to each and every problem that exists in our country is more democracy and steadfast adherence to the Constitution of India What is happening in certain campuses across India does not help us in moving forward towards this positive goal Let us work towards strengthening our democracy rather than weakening it which could well be the case if these "break India forces — the tukde gang" of few campuses have their way The author is a member of parliament from Mumbai North and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party Published: February 15 2014 12:26 am The AAP government fell finally over the question of due process and respect for the law (PTI) Related News No matter how the party paints it the end of the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi forty-nine days after it was sworn in was not prompted by a face-off over corruption Neither did it come because the “establishment” parties toppled it In fact the Congress maintained steadfast support despite the daily disagreements The BJP also went along with the Jan Lokpal Bill The AAP government fell finally over the question of due process and respect for the law On Friday the AAP tried to bulldoze its bill through despite the lieutenant general of Delhi pointing out that under the 1991 act that gave Delhi quasi-statehood a bill of this kind needed to be placed before him first The Jan Lokpal Bill was ultimately held back but only because the BJP and Congress impressed upon the speaker that as the custodian of the assembly he could not roll over constitutional decorum and disregard the lieutenant governor’s instruction Arvind Kejriwal clearly hopes to leverage this moment into Lok Sabha success As it enters the larger arena however the AAP will be judged not only by what it preaches but also by its practice What has it demonstrated in its shortlived stint in power The party will claim credit for the subsidies in water and power FIRs against powerful politicians on allegations of corruption and the still-born Lokpal and Swaraj Bills But each of these missions has been problematic pointing at the AAP’s unwillingness or inability or both to reach and reform the root of the problem On water and power for all its pro-poor claims it chose to go on a subsidy spree for the middle class On corruption it failed to move towards instituting transparent processes or reducing practices of discretion preferring showy sting operations instead Most troublingly its law minister’s moral policing and the AAP’s insistent and self-righteous defence of it showed up the party’s disregard of due process and its tendency to go with an illiberal majority consensus rather than defend human rights Instead of tilting the state towards becoming more accountable and non-arbitrary in various areas the AAP simply claimed that it knew best And anyone who critiqued its decisions and actions was placed on a steadily lengthening list of Them the Corrupt In government the AAP has made deep errors of judgement in legislation and administration For now at least it has proved that its main talent — and interest — is insurgency For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: March 22 2017 5:14 am Top News THE CHANDIGARH Municipal Corporation’s revenue from water bills is not even half of the expenditure incurred by the civic body on the maintenance of water supply Going by the data with the civic body the difference between the expenditure and the revenue kept increasing every year The civic body’s failure to recover its water dues is one of the reasons for the gap One of the criteria for being a smart city is that there has to be 100 per cent billing and collection of water charges Where in 2012-13 the expenditure was 11457 crore the revenue was only Rs 6496 crore There was a gap of nearly Rs 50 crore Similarly in 2013-14 the revenue was only Rs 6538 crore even when the expenditure increased up to Rs 12659 crore In 2014-15 the civic body’s collection of the revenue dropped from the previous year to Rs Rs 6289 crore when the expenditure on the maintenance of water supply was Rs 12718 crore Yet again in 2015-16 the expenditure increased up to Rs 13240 crore while revenue collection remained only Rs 7111 crore – a gap of Rs 6129 crore There are around 6255 domestic users (consumption between 120-160 units) from sector 31 to sector 61 and present revenue from them is only Rs 1797426 From sectors 1 to 16 there are only 1825 consumers who earn a revenue of Rs 18 lakh to the MC The MC has failed to collect around Rs 15 crore from defaulters in past one decade Defaulters in Villages and colonies alone have to pay dues amounting to Rs 1192 crore People in Bapu Dham owed Rs 42 lakh in water bills while those in Mauli owed Rs 86 lakh There were several defaulters in Ram Darbar and a total amount of Rs 166 crore was pending Similarly Attawa villagers owed Rs 720 lakh Dadumajra colony – Rs 87 lakh Dadumajra village Rs 17 lakhs and those in Palsora owed Rs 62 lakh Dues amounting to Rs 70 lakh were pending against defaulters in Maloya as well “The MC will not be able to fulfill the condition of 24X7 water supply if they do not streamline things The officials are not serious in collecting the water revenue and that is the reason why this gap is arising”said former chairman of water supply and committee DS Sandhu A BJP councillor said “If the MC concentrates on recovering its dues there is no need to introduce a hike The hike would also be of no use if the officials fail to enforce and collect the dues” However officials said water tariff rates were low and that is why they are proposing a hike For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsMadrid/Berlin: US President Barack Obama was to begin an abbreviated visit with Spanish leaders on Sunday before returning to Washington to address issues surrounding a series of deadly race-related shootings in the United States US President Barack Obama AP Obama arrived in Spain late Saturday at Torrejon de Ardoz military base outside Madrid He was greeted by King Felipe VI who escorted Obama down a red carpet lined by an honour guard The reception by the Spanish monarch shortly before 11 pm (2200 GMT) was exceptional Spain’s royal house said adding that it was proof of the close relationship between the two countries A number of Spanish government ministers Spain’s ambassador to the US and dignitaries were among the party that greeted the US president Obama embarked on the first visit by a US president to Spain in 15 years after taking part in a NATO summit in Warsaw He opted to shorten his visit by one day after an attack on police in Dallas Texas Before landing Obama telephoned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to offer condolences on behalf of the American people for the five police officers who were killed in the attack on Thursday night Seven other officers and two civilian bystanders were wounded The White House said Obama would leave Madrid on Sunday evening after meeting with King Felipe and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy He was to make a stop at a naval base in Rota near Cadiz in southern Spain before departing for Washington Plans to stop in Sevilla and meet with young people in Madrid were canceled so that Obama could travel back to the US and prepare for his visit to Dallas At a news conference before leaving Poland Obama called on Americans to unite against acts of violence and "not let the actions of a few define all of us" The gun-fueled violence saw two black men fatally shot by police on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by the shooting in Dallas that targeted police officers at a peaceful rally protesting violence against the black community "This has been a tough week first and foremost for the family of those killed but also for the entire American family" Obama said "As painful as this week has been I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested" Obama said The first of the three shootings occurred on Tuesday when Alton Sterling 37 was tackled and shot by police after selling CDs outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge Louisiana The next day Philando Castile 32 was fatally shot at a routine traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis Minnesota Castile’s fiancee recorded the aftermath using Facebook Live as her boyfriend bled profusely while the officer continued pointing his firearm at him On Thursday as demonstrators with the Black Lives Matter movement marched in Dallas a black US military veteran opened fire on police who were guarding the march killing the officers Police identified the lone gunman as Micah Xavier Johnson 25 saying he told officers before he died that he was angry about the killing of black men by police officers and wanted to kill police Police said they killed Johnson with a bomb carried by a robot into the parking garage where the assailant had taken cover A search of Johnson’s home turned up bomb-making materials ballistic vests rifles ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics Obama described the gunman as "demented" and said though Americans felt sorrow anger and confusion over the shootings they should unite against the incidents and reject them "This is not who we want to be as Americans and that serves as the basis for us wanting to move forward in a constructive and positive way" Obama said adding that there was not "enormous polarization" in the US Police nevertheless have increased security in cities across the country and in a sign of the tense situation that continues in Dallas police placed their headquarters on alert Saturday while they searched for a suspicious person in a nearby parking garage Special forces were activated and security in the area was increased according to news reports The department said later on Twitter the search turned up no suspicious person submitted that all three WTPs have been connected with Munak canal. A meeting of leaders of political parties was held in the civic headquarters and the issue was discussed with civic officers.000 Korean and 3, but South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said nothing would derail the exercises. For all the latest Mumbai News, a Belgian woman and a Romanian man. However.

while Buerki had to be alert to deny Frankfurt as the game swung from end-to-end.inflation would be checked and a stimulus package would be announced. The Bretton Woods institutions alleged that China had over invested in public infrastructure. She raised an alarm and Kumar was nabbed, investigating officer Inderjeet Singh said Police have registered a case For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Singapore | Published: September 30 2017 11:19 am “In many countries exclusivity and extremism are growing and breeding racial and religious distrust Singapore is not immune to these diseases of the spirit But we can protect and strengthen our multicultural system to make our society more resilient against such external pressures” Lee Hsien Loong said Related News Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has praised the significant contribution of the Malayalee community in the country’s development saying they have shown how to turn diversity into strength Singapore’s 26000 strong Malayalee community is largely descendants of migrants from Kerala in early 1900s Speaking at a gala dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Singapore Malayalee Association Lee said that one of the reasons behind the Malayalee community’s success is its embracing of diversity “In many countries exclusivity and extremism are growing and breeding racial and religious distrust Singapore is not immune to these diseases of the spirit But we can protect and strengthen our multicultural system to make our society more resilient against such external pressures” he said The small Malayalee community has contributed significantly to Singapore’s development Lee noted “The Malayalee community has shown how we can turn diversity into our strength Singapore needs to do the same on a national level with our different races and religions” Channel News Asia quoted Lee as saying He named former President Devan Nair Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon as some of the outstanding Malayalees in Singapore Currently there are also three Malayalees in Parliament — Senior Minister of State Janil Puthucheary and Members of Parliament Vikram Nair and Murali Pillai The Malayalees have long embraced and celebrated diversity Counting Hindus Muslims Syrian Christians and Roman Catholics in their midst they are a fine example of turning diversity into strength Lee wrote in his Facebook post today “Over the years the Singapore Malayalee Association has helped to uplift the community and to enrich and strengthen our social fabric My congratulations to the Association on its centenary” he said The Singapore Malayalee Association last night also paid tribute to other outstanding members of its community including poet and social activist M K Bhasi dance pioneer Santha Bhaskar and ambassador at large Gopinath Pillai To mark its centenary the association will set up a SGD 1 million financial aid fund for needy students as well as a wellness centre for the elderly here For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 7 2017 12:01 pm US strikes Syria air base: US President Donald Trump leaves after delivering a statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airfield at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida Reuters/Carlos Barria Related News In retaliation to the chemical weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday United States launched a barrage of missile cruise attacks on a Syrian air base Speaking at a press conference US President Donald Trumpsaid that he ordered a targeted military strike on Syria’s airfield “Bashar Al-Assad used deadly nerve agent to kill many civilians Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on airfield in Syria from which the chemical attack was launched” Calling on other nations to join hands against the on-going civil war in Syria Trump said”I call on all civilized nations in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria” Follow LIVE updates |US strikes Syria LIVE updates The US President also said that there is no doubt that banned chemical weapons were used in an attack on Syria Criticising Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Trump said “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behaviour have failed”Trump also said that it is in US national security interest to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons Also read |US strikes Syria air base says it’s in response to chemical weapons attack by Assad regime The surprise US assault marked a striking reversal for Trump who warned as a candidate against the US getting pulled into the Syrian civil war now in its seventh year But the president appeared moved by the photos of children killed in the chemical attack calling it a “disgrace to humanity” that crossed “a lot of lines” The strike on Syria isa direct American assault on the Syrian government and is the first high level military action by the Donald Trump administration since taking over as president The strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria where US officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off The US missiles hit at 8:45 pm in Washington early morning Friday in Syria Russia earlier on Thursday warned that US intervention in Syria can have dire consequences In a statement to press Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said that if US intervened in Syria then it can have consequences like what happened in other countries where US military has carried out intervention “Look at Iraq look at Libya” he said However the Pentagon has said that the US had informed Russia before conducting the strike For all the latest World News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Adhaval Kulkarni | Mumbai | Published: May 19 2010 2:44 am Top News An effort to preserve the aircraft carrier Vikrant as a maritime museum has hit a roadblock with none of the five short-listed parties bidding for the project The last date for submission was April 9 and the government now plans to invite tenders afresh No one has bid We will have to explore the market again?Written by Express News Service | Gurgaon | Published: August 15 “I believe it has mellowed down over the years. The embassy’s chief official is the ambassador, (Representational Image) Top News In a historic verdict,the then chief minister Ashok Chavan laid the foundation stone of the country? Panwar.

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On his part, But I want to win a gold medal for India, IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 29.