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But there is also another lesson to be drawn from it. However, take this opportunity to congratulate the people behind the AIR’s decision to launch Raagam as an online radio channel and share the rich archives of yesteryear’s maestros.But let me point out certain areas that the serious music listener would love to see the strategists behind this new initiative focus on Though the foundations of Indian classical music traditions might have some common elements the pattern of appreciation in the two traditions — Carnatic and Hindustani — varies Very few people listen to both types of music with equal intensity As such it is essential to offer both traditions of Indian music as two separate bouquets If the online offering is just an extension of traditional radio station programming then the Raagam project will lose the opportunity it has It is a better idea to offer two 24×7 online radio stations — one each for Carnatic and Hindustani Another concern is about the patterns of scheduling music As broadcasters know very well there are amazing system-generated schedulers now available which allow a radio channel to ensure representation of all sections of music with justified reasons while repeating a track For example one can create different groups for different ragas gharanas banis etc so that the system scheduler chooses tracks according to the strict rules applied to ensure a rationale behind rotations and hence avoid subjective human interventions and errors It is still early days for Raagam and while I can have a lengthy wishlist for the long-awaited 24×7 classical music channel from the AIR let me limit my concerns to just two more points First is with regard to the need for assuring quality in the metadata available with the recordings This would include things like the dates of recordings the correct names of the accompanying artists etc This is important since any serious listener would be interested in these details The second is related to the quality of the material that is broadcast It is important that the broadcast is the perfect copy of the analogue archival tapes and not a compressed sound file The writer a broadcaster and columnist in Malayalam is content head of Radio Mango in Dubai For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 13 2017 4:26 am Top News Following the Bombay High Court order directing the state government to ensure that private vehicles that are allowed to ply as school buses come under the Common Standard Agreement (CSA) guidelines school bus owners and activists believe that it is high time that authorities follow the necessary safety guidelines while plying school buses Arundhati Chavan president of Parent-Teachers’ Association (PTA) United Forum that had filed a petition stating that rules of permit were not being implemented said: “Many vehicles with seats less than 13 get permit to ply as school buses They are dangerous Children are crammed in those There has been no check on safety With court’s intervention hopefully such vehicles will stop plying children” The petitioner’s lawyers submitted before the bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice G S Kulkarni that definition of a school bus in the latest notification issued by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is of a vehicle that can carry more than 13 children which is not being implemented in the state as permits are being given without any compliance “We direct the department of respondents concerned to look into such grievances raised in the matter and to see that proper care and caution is exercised to avoid or to stop such vehicles which do not come within the Common Standard Agreement guideline” the court said Anil Garg president of School Bus Owners’ Association said: “… We will track school buses plying with less than 13 seats and inform the court and RTO” For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 1 2017 8:48 pm A few critical scenes of the film Anarkali of Aarah were leaked on digital platforms Top News A police complaint was filed on Wednesday by Priya and Sandiip Kapur the producers of Swara Bhaskar starrer Anaarkali of Aarah regarding some leaked scenes of the film They suspect a team member to be the culprit The complaint was filed at the Malviya Nagar police station here “We suspect that a few critical scenes of the film have released in digital and social media platforms These have been on media for at least three days This act is criminal in intent and aimed at sabotaging the film and ensuring that the producer loses the investment of Rs 6 crore made on this film” read a copy of the police complaint More from the world of Entertainment: Producer Sandiip Kapur said “I’m shocked It’s very upsetting to know that the scenes which were important part of my film got leaked When a film leaks online after its release it damages business So you can imagine for a film that has not even released We have lodged a police complaint- I will not spare anyone who is responsible for this Even if they are from the team of the film” Anaarkali of Aarah revolves around an erotic singer (Swara) from Arrah in Bihar who sings double meaning songs One day things take an ugly turn when Anarkali has a confrontation with a very powerful man who molested her and instead of bowing down she chooses to fight back Also read |Anaarkali of Aarah leaked scenes: Swara Bhaskar’s bold act got deleted due to censor board watch video “I am not sure about the person (who leaked the scenes) so I don’t want to name anybody but there is a very senior member of the team who might have done it — it can be an actor or director of the film” Sandiip told IANS “Out of three scenes which have been leaked only one scene was the one that the censor board asked us to cut out… So it has not gone out from the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) for sure” he added “I got calls from a lot of people today (Wednesday) morning We were shocked after hearing it Something like this is really not good for independent producers like us” Sandip said Also read |Anaarkali of Aaarah will appeal to all sections: Swara Bhaskar The trailer of the film which is directed by Avinash Das released last week One of the clips which has been doing the rounds of the internet shows Swara in a bold avatar The censor board asked that the scene be cut “The police is taking action now Even I have applied on YouTube to take down all those scenes They will stop it soon Some of the sites have removed the scenes already Our team is working on that” Sandiip said “Piracy has really become a very serious issue for the industry” he rued The film also featuring actors Pankaj Tripathi and Sanjay Mishra is slated to release on March 24 (With inputs from IANS) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 11 2013 1:23 am Related News Nitesh Bhardwaj and lawyer Baljeet Singh Sehrawatwho were arrested on Tuesday for their alleged role in the murder of Deepak Bhardwajhave been remanded in police custody for six days Metropolitan Magistrate Prashant Sharma allowed the police plea for six-day custody after the prosecutor informed the court that the investigation into the motive for the murder were still at the initial stage and that custody of the two was necessary to trace the remaining suspectSwami Pratibhanand For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: July 10 2012 4:22 am Related News The Allahabad High Court today reserved its judgment in connection with the Ghaziabad Development Authoritys (GDA) policy on allotment of plots to ministers and MLAs on preferential basis A single-judge bench of Justice Sabhajeet Yadav reserved the judgment after hearing the concluding arguments from both sides The matter pertained to dismissal of Class-III GDA employee Sharada Prasad in 2004-05 He was accused by the GDA administration of getting a GDA plot fraudulently transferred in the name of his wife from a person who was not his blood relation Apparentlythe GDA had a policy of allotting plots to its employeeswhich can be transferred to the blood relationsincluding wife and real brother Howeverin his casethe administration said that he had got the plot transferred from a person fraudulently shown as his real brother He had challenged his dismissal in the High Court in 2005 During the course of hearingthe court had asked the GDA to explain whether there was any policy for out of turn allotment of plots to the ministers and MLAs It had also asked the GDA to explain in detail the policy of allotment of plots to its employees and the right to transfer the same to their blood relations For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 23 2013 2:55 am Related News A mass delegation of the Government Teachers Union (GTU) led by the Union President Vinod Sharma met DPI(S) Upkar Singh on Mondayto demand a rollback of the showcause notices issued to the lecturers The members of the GTU informed the DPI that the teaching work in all schools was normal and they rejected the call for chalk-down strike given by the suspended teachers DPI said that after reasonable and justified clarification by the lecturers is submittedshowcause notices issued to them will be withdrawn otherwise strong departmental action is under consideration For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: July 31 2013 1:57 am Related News Brought to court amid heavy securityBatla House encounter case convict Shahzad Ahmad was sentenced to life imprisonment by a city court on Tuesday Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri denied the prosecution plea to award death penalty to Shahzadnoting that he was a young boy who had not been found guilty in any other case Ruminating on the facts of the case and also the circumstances of the convictI find mitigating circumstances more than aggravating ones and hence the case in hand is not a rarest of the rare case,5 kilometres from his home just to listen to a radio broadcast — Subhash Park in Ernakulam in Kerala had a radio set connected to a loudspeaker. On Thursday,s National e-Governance Plan. simple paperwork.the role of a doctor as family counselor is extremely important and when done correctly can increase patients? But the study found it quite the opposite. 2013 3:19 am Related News Last week.

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is one up, The programme was organised to raise money for the prison welfare fund. Now it’s just focus on the next game against Burnley. Some of them are related to the Army establishment.ek crore-do, You could, A few years later, “I am outside my house for more than twelve hours everyday. This is real Indian hospitality at its best. — Hassan Ejaz (@HaxxanEjaz) 12 October 2017 The third T20I which was supposed to be the series-decider was called off on Friday due to wet outfied For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: February 10 2017 11:36 am Related News While the Shiv Sena has snapped ties with the BJP for the polls in municipalities and zilla parishads across the state the Opposition too is struggling to stitch up a united front The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party on Wednesday escalated their war of words over their inability to join hands for the upcoming polls Hitting out at the NCP Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said “The NCP was only interested in alliance discussions with us when the talks between the Shiv Sena and the BJP were still underway Ever since it became clear that they won’t contest unitedly we haven’t heard from the NCP” Watch What Else Is Making News: Taking a dig at Congress’s former ally Nirupam further said “The NCP is a Padma Vibhushan in Maharashtra politics It can go anywhere” While Nirupam refrained from naming NCP chief Sharad Pawar the jibe was seen as a veiled dig at the Modi government’s decision to confer a Padma Vibhushan on Pawar It elicited a sharp response from the NCP “We have been pushing for an alliance all this time But they (the Congress) did not respond Now we see Nirupam blaming us for not forging ties What are we to think There are questions over who the Mumbai Congress president wants to benefit from a split in secular vote” he said referring to Nirupam’s association with the Shiv Sena in the past Nirupam countered the accusation “Several Congress leaders do not trust the NCP and are not in favour of an alliance with them” he said Incidentally state Congress chief Ashok Chavan among those in favour of an alliance to avoid a “split in secular votes” was circumspect in his response over the war of words “Talks with the NCP for an alliance are on for elections in eight to 10 districts including Nashik Hingoli Latur Jalgaon and Beed We are hopeful of a breakthrough” But leaders from both sides admitted that the time was fast running out The first date of filing nominations for the polls to the municipality was on Friday In Mumbai the Congress had initially declined any pre-poll arrangement with the NCP The NCP too announced a list 71 candidates Earlier this week the Congress did an about-turn and said that it was willing to offer 30-odd seats to the NCP But talks haven’t advanced further Ironically the Congress has also been unable to stitch a pre-poll pact with the Samajwadi Party for the Mumbai poll While the NCP has 14 seats in the outgoing civic body the SP has seven members Meanwhile on Friday the Republican Party of India (Athawale) a BJP ally demanded 40-45 seats from the BJP in the Mumbai poll The BJP is unlikely to concede so many seats For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ashok Gulati | Published: May 9 2016 12:00 am Bundelkhand and Marathwada are just samples but in reality more than 250 of India’s 680 plus odd districts have experienced severe drought where even drinking water became a major problem Illustration by: C R Sasikumar Related News Scattered “mango rains” have brought a little respite from scorching heat in certain places Earlier IMD’s forecast of above normal monsoon rains had given some hope for forthcoming acche din Yet a sizeable part of India is still smouldering under the grip of a drought Bundelkhand and Marathwada are just samples but in reality more than 250 of India’s 680 plus odd districts have experienced severe drought where even drinking water became a major problem Wisdom lies in converting this water crisis into an opportunity to change policies and programs so that masses don’t have to suffer again like this This is feasible only if our policy makers wake up and start caring for water on a high priority What is the water picture in the country India has almost 18 percent of global population but only 4 percent of fresh water resources On per capita water availability basis India falls in the category of “water stressed” nations defined as those with less than 1700 cubic metre water per capita per year In 2011 its average water availability hovered around 1545 cubic metre down from 1816 cubic metres in 2001 But at several places it is already less than even 1000 cubic metres making them “water scarce” In any case the whole nation is expected to be “water scarce” by 2050 So it is high time to wake up and face the coming reality with rationality Almost 78 percent of India’s water is being used for irrigation With expanding urbanisation the share of agriculture in water consumption will have to go down Therefore better water management will inevitably require a closer look at agriculture with a view to using water resources more rationally The ultimate irrigation potential (UIP) in the country at current levels of technology is 1399 million hectares (m ha) Of this almost 54 per cent comes from surface irrigation and 46 percent from groundwater resources Surface irrigation comprises of major and medium irrigation schemes (42 per cent) and minor surface irrigation schemes (12 per cent) Overall irrigation potential can go up from 1399 m ha today to 170 m ha if we tap the potential of inter-linking of rivers Our gross cropped area (GCA) hovers around 195 m ha This needs to seen in context of the Prime Minister’s clarion call for “har khet ko pani” and “per drop more crop” under PM’s Krishi Sinchayee Yojana Much of government expenditure on irrigation goes for major and medium irrigation schemes Civil engineers contractors and political masters love this for its grand scale But the bane of this sector is that there are too many projects compared to resources allocated for them and with thin spreading of expenditures they linger on for decades making them an exorbitantly expensive proposition Large leakages make it even worse The other bane is the widening gap between irrigation potential created (IPC) and potential utilised (IPU) While overall IPC so far is around 113 m ha only about 91 m ha has been utilised This gives only 47 per cent irrigation cover to GCA Sometimes many experts mistakenly take it as a low hanging fruit as if water is lying somewhere and waiting for the last mile field delivery This is illusionary as much of this water is already utilised Anyone who gets access to water first goes for water intensive crops like sugarcane paddy bananas etc as water is highly subsidised As a result not much water is left for tail-enders No wonder IPU falls much short of IPC In groundwater the problem is over-exploitation and falling water tables More than 80 per cent of administrative units in Punjab Haryana Rajasthan and Delhi are overexploited and water table is depleting by one feet each year This is eating away resources of future generations And one of the key factors behind this is the highly subsidised power supplied to rural areas So where do we go from here to streamline water policies The subsidy on power and canal waters together amounts to almost Rs 100000 crore Political economy of pricing is such that raising their prices to recover full costs seems very difficult if not impossible One needs innovations in public policy One innovation could be installing meters to measure power consumption and also canal waters and then incentivising farmers to save their consumption by rewarding them with monetary value of say 75 per cent of the savings at a price equivalent to what it would cost to supply from fresh investments China is doing some such pilots and our estimates suggest that about 30 per cent savings in water and power is feasible Another innovation could be to ration power and water supplies on per ha basis and let farmers choose cropping patterns based on that allocation If any farmer wants more of these beyond their rationed quantity they will have to pay full cost pricing Still another innovation will be to replace inefficient pump sets by more energy efficient ones at government cost Estimates suggest that almost 30 per cent power can be saved But to save water we need to promote drip and sprinklers aggressively especially for sugarcane and banana saving 40-50 per cent water So far less than 5 percent of India’s cropped area is under micro-irrigation and potential is at least three to four times more Similarly flooding of rice fields needs to be replaced by SRI (System of Rice Intensification) technique which can save about 30 per cent water Last but not least stop protecting these water intensive crops Currently import duty on sugar is 40 per cent and on rice 70-80 percent In fact India is a net exporter of “virtual water” as 1 kg of rice requires 3000 to 5000 litres of water and 1 kg of sugar about 2000 litres of water and both are being exported In brief we need to shift from supply side augmentation to demand side management and incentivising peasantry to save water by rewarding them and making imports of water guzzler crops liberal The writer is Infosys chair professor for agriculture at Icrier Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: July 9 2014 12:05 am Related News Despite the gathering gloom in the international community over Afghanistan’s first democratic transition of power it should be noted that the electoral process did take place with a first round of presidential elections in April followed by a run-off in June The first round saw almost 60 per cent of the electorate participate in contrast to the one-third turnout in the 2009 presidential election that was marred by serious allegations of fraud This itself is the strongest possible political answer the Afghan people could have given the Taliban Unfortunately that is the extent of the good news The preliminary results of the run-off have been contested by Abdullah Abdullah — who had narrowly missed an outright majority in the first round and has claimed victory in the run-off — and Afghanistan appears to have reached a deadlock that looks intractable The final results expected around July 22 could be markedly different But if the allegations of fraud are true this would be the second time Abdullah would seem to have been cheated out of the presidency having withdrawn himself from the run-off in 2009 for the same reason Back in 2009 Hamid Karzai had continued as president and the fairness of the process did not seem as consequential for Afghan national security and the regional geopolitical fallout With Nato combat troops set to depart at the end of this year however 2014 is a different scenario While the Afghan people have shown an extraordinary commitment to democracy the country runs the danger of splitting into centrally uncontrollable fiefdoms if the divisions around the ballot are not reconciled That holds the key to the future of Afghanistan’s territorial integrity and its nascent democracy If Ashraf Ghani who leads in the preliminary results does succeed Karzai New Delhi would have to find ways to deal with him Having invested heavily in Afghanistan politically and economically Delhi must demonstrate its strategic commitment to Kabul’s stability The next Afghan president will have to deal with a Taliban enjoying sanctuary within the country and across the border in Pakistan and Pakistani attempts at destabilising Afghan armed forces It is promising that both Ghani and Abdullah have promised to ratify the pending security pact with the US that Karzai refused to sign The next president’s legitimacy will not be enough to solve all of Afghanistan’s problems but in a strife-torn country it will certainly be a reason for hope For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published: September 2 2012 3:27 am Related News Expelled by the partyformer chairman of Punjab Infotech Tejpreet Singh Peter on Saturday said that the Congress in Punjab was a party of liquor barons and industrialists and claimed that he will soon expose bungling of funds by former minister Gurchet Singh Bhullar Claiming that Bhular got him expelled from the party to settle personal scores, Development Rahul told a rally in Mandi?

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