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a day after announcing she was expecting twins with her husband, download Indian Express App More Related NewsEven though Tarun Gogoi,former Assam chief minister wrote a letter to the prime minister on 18 September expressing grave concern over China’s declaration to block a tributary of Brahmaputra experts are now downplaying the fears over the move bystating that the proposed block in the water flow to the Indian territory may not have a serious impact on the river after all Soon after Chinese news agency Xinhua declared that Tibet is going to block a tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo Gogoiwrote the letter to Modi urging him to take up the matter with China as he felt that construction of such a dam over the Brahmaputra would adversely impact the downstream flow ultimately crippling the economy of the state The Congress leader also went on to say that a dam on the upper reaches of Brahmaputra will cause grave concern for Assam as well as other parts of the North East Representational image AFP But in spite of Gogoi’s concerns over the dam experts are now presenting a different take on the situation Dr Bhagwat Pran Dowerah a geologistwho has conducted extensive research on hydro-water projects and dams and was appointed as a member of the expert committee to study the impact of the Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project by the government says that this fear emerges from the notion that Yarlung Tsangpo itself is the Brahmaputra “Yarlung Tsangpo is only a tributary of the Brahmaputra The river Brahmaputra gets its name only after the three major tributaries meet” Dowerah said “China has said that it is going to block a tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo The river Yarlung Tsangpo that is known as Siang in Arunachal Pradesh in India contributes only 30 percent of water the Brahmaputra drains Even this amount of water is not entirely fed by glaciers in China” Dowerah said He pointed out that the foothills of Himalayas in North East India get much more rainfall than its upper reaches based in China A major portion of the water in the Siang comes from these rains “Though there is no proper scientific study to show exactly what amount of water is generated in China to feed the river and what amount in India still I do not think that blocking a tributary will bring a substantial difference to the water flow of Brahmaputra For Brahmaputra drains much more water than we use from it” Dowerah added “The said dam to be built in Tibet is about 42 megawatts of power The amount of water to be blocked is 295 million cubic metre We in India are envisaging projects bigger than that on the tributaries of Brahmaputra For example the Subansiri Lower Project aims to store 45 times more water than the dam in Tibet” Dowerah said He also said that the only matter of concern here is that all the tributaries of the Brahmaputra originate in China India needs a transparent treaty with China to ensure that the water needed here is not blocked by the neighbouring country “China has the right to build dams on the rivers that flow through it But we need to ensure that we continue to get our due share of water Only a water treaty can make it possible” he said Environmentalist Chandan Dowerah who has writtenextensively on issues related to environmental impacts of dams questions the validity of protests raised against China’s move to build the dam on the tributary of Brahmaputra “We ourselves have made dams on the tributaries of Brahmaputra But have we raised similar questions about the riparian rights of Bangladesh or even that of Indian states in the downstream of the river” he questions It never rains but it pours Specially when it comes to trouble At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to reach the milestone of completing a hundred days of office in early September his party and government are walking into it with a millstone round their neck The last one week has been particularly bad for the new regime with at least half a dozen major controversies and setbacks threatening to take the shine off the saffron hue The Rajnath episode For a leader who captured the public mind with a strong publicity campaign the Modi government is at the wrong end of public attention now The latest in the series of incidents that casts a shadow on the newly minted regime is the ‘denial’ issued by the Prime Minister’s Office and BJP president Amit Shah on reports that former party chief and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his son had been hauled up for impropriety “Reports are plain lies motivated and constitute a malicious attempt to character assassination and tarnishing the image of the government Those indulging in such rumour mongering are damaging the interest of the nation These reports are strongly denied” the PMO said in a statement PTI Rajnath himself stepped out to rubbish the ‘stories’ floated about his son disclosed that he had brought it to the notice of the prime minister and the BJP president and declared that he would give up politics and public life if even the smallest allegation against him or any of his family members is proved But the matter is hardly expected to end with such denials Indeed the official handouts raise more questions than they answer For one if the ‘stories’ about Rajnath and his son have been circulating the pertinent question is who was behind them Two for the stories to catch attention it clearly has to be somebody important Three if it was not Rajnath’s son was it the son of some other leader And if it who was this The whispers on these is bound to getting louder by the day There is again speculation that this is a sign of an internecine battle–if not a power struggle–within the top echelons in the government Clearly Modi has to dispense with his post-victory speech in Gujarat when he declared that “acche din aa gaye" (good days have come) and revert to his original slogan of “acche din aane walen hai’’ (good days are about to come) beset as he is with other problems including price rise Controversy over the NJAC It started with the brewing faceoff with the Supreme Court over the passage of the Judges Appointment Commission bill mid-August The Chief Justice of India expressed his concern about the government’s encroachment into the National Judicial Appointments Commission which has been cleared by Parliament to replace the controversial collegium system of appointment of judges Senior advocate Fali S Nariman who is known to be against the new model had taken the matter to court LoP-sided view Shortly thereafter the apex court questioned the government on denying the leader of opposition status to the Congress in the Lok Sabha with the bench led by the Chief Justice underlining the importance of giving space to dissenting voices in a democracy and urging it to recast the rules for the selection of the Lokpal the federal ombudsman The court warned that it would have to interpret and give a ruling if the government did not change its views on the issues The 44–member Congress has been threatening begging and petitioning the government and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to grant it that status arguing that it is the single largest party in the House and the leader of opposition’s presence is essential in the selection of statutory bodies including the Lokpal the National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Vigilance Commissioner Disputing the government’s argument that the party falls short by 11 seats to touch the 10 percent share in the House for claiming that position the Congress has been arguing that the Act guiding the salary and allowances of the Leader of Opposition does not set any benchmark for such recognition for the largest opposition party It also contended that besides being the largest opposition party it was the largest opposition coalition and had more than 55 seats The ‘haar’ in Bihar As if this rap from the judiciary was not enough the electorate also gave a jolt to the BJP in the recent byelections specially in Bihar where the RJD the JD-U and the Congress got together to reverse the Modi tide The combine ended up capturing six of the 10 seats where polling was held leaving a smarting BJP with just four The Congress wrested one seat each from the BJP in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh That the bitter pill was thrust down its throat barely three months after its spectacular performance in the Lok Sabha elections has forced the party to do some soul-searching Pot calling the kettle black To add to its woes the BJP on Monday found itself pushed into the Coalgate controversy when the Supreme Court ruled that the allocation of around 200 coal blocks between 1993 and 2009 were illegal This brings the BJP-led NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee also in its ambit As the leading opposition party in Parliament the BJP has made a huge issue of the allocations and even pushed the issue to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s doorstep Now the controversy threatens to haunt the BJP and the Modi government as well And with the apex court stating that it would decide on the fate of these allocations when the hearings start next week the economy which is struggling to revive too would come under pressure Keeping out the tainted Between them the prime minister and the BJP chief may have managed to keep seniors like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi out of the decision making process by not including them in the all important BJP Parliamentary Board and fencing them in the newly created five-member Marg Darshak Mandal which in any case is a half-baked idea even though Modi and Rajnath are part of it This is because what could have been a counterpart of the UPA’s core committee that acted as a link between the government and the party on key issues would remain ineffective and incomplete since Amit Shah the BJP president is not on it But Modi’s challenge is likely to come from a different quarter after the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it could not dismiss ministers with criminal cases against them and it would have to leave it to the prime minister to take a call on it But it emphasised that the prime minister and the chief ministers should not include those with criminal antecedents in their cabinets Reports have it that there are more than 14 ministers in the Modi government with criminal antecedents including Uma Bharati and Nitin Gadkari Indeed Kalyan Singh appointed Governor of Rajasthan was even convicted by the court for filing a false affidavit with regard to the Babri Masjid case and his name figures in the list involved in the demolition of the mosque But whenever the issue of acting against the tainted has come up the pressure has increased on the government to not succumb to this It happened during the UPA regime when the Supreme Court ruled that convicted lawmakers facing at least a two year jail sentence should be disqualified Under pressure the Manmohan Singh government tried to bring an ordinance to overturn this ruling But it had to roll back its decision when Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi barged into a press conference to denounce the move and trash the proposed ordinance as “complete nonsense’’ that should be “torn up and thrown away” To Modi’s embarrassment now he has to decide whether he has to be Manmohan Singh or Rahul Gandhi The Congress vice president whose party was trampled upon by the marauding BJP leader in the elections can afford to take some comfort from this fact By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: March 10 2017 8:07 am Top News The Gujarat High Court Thursday reserved its order on a PIL which has sought action against police officials for being negligent in the Surat hooch tragedy The petition also alleged that there was a nexus between police and bootleggers which resulted into the tragedy in September last year killing more than 30 persons The PIL also seeks compensation for the victims However during the hearings the state government objected to the PIL stating that the probe was handed over to Gujarat ATS which has already filed chargesheets against the accused The state has also opposed compensation to victims stating that they died due to liquor which is prohibited in the state For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: August 12 2015 12:00 am In a sudden eyeball-arresting announcement the world’s most watched technology company has announced big-bang restructuring the most massive element of which is the hatching of a holding company named Alphabet Related News Google has always wanted to be the alpha and omega of the internet but no one expected it would try to own the very alphabet In a sudden eyeball-arresting announcement the world’s most watched technology company has announced big-bang restructuring the most massive element of which is the hatching of a holding company named Alphabet located at http://abcxyz Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are CEO and president Google Inc is now a subsidiary company led by Sundar Pichai and the high-risk “moonshot” projects that Google adores have been hived off This is stuff that Wall Street understands and the firewalling of risk kicked Google stock up by 6 per cent But the punters must be slightly confused too since the stated purpose of the restructuring is to allow engineers to wrest charge of projects from administrators and business heads live dangerously like in a startup and work on more moonshots Indeed some moonshots like the life-extension project Calico could turn into perpetual-motion revenue generators And Android was once a gleam in some bloodshot moonshot eye — an audacious plan to take on the entrenched giants of mobile telephony armed only with a Linux kernel Post restructuring Google could again be a lean nimble technology-led company unafraid to innovate However there could be a simpler logic for the restructuring: The only way Brin and Page could get an Indian to head the company — a fashionable strategy these days — without vanishing was to kick themselves upstairs into the cockpit of a holding company Delightfully perverse idea but the question remains: Will Google achievers now be rewarded with bowls of alphabet soup The restructuring is intended to rekindle Google’s taste for the unconventional and this will not be completely served without a small change in the menu For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Park has also faced criticism over what analysts say is her poor communication with the public and lack of transparency on personnel appointments.We have been taking all the precautions and even boil the water before drinking, Kannada and Malayalam avatars. 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more walls will be brought down, says Raj Even as he prepares for a performance at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DCUSAnext monthright now he has his fingers crossed for the success of his latest album His take on music Its like currywhich is still the national dish of England as long as its not spicyit will be relished Same rule applies to music just dont force it down their throats and they will enjoy it? Last week Pell was in the news after a leading Italian magazine ran a report about a power struggle in the Vatican over the reforms and alleged excessive expenditure by his department. The leaking of internal documents to the magazine was seen as an attempt by those opposed to reform to discredit him The Vatican condemned the leaks said the department was running under budget and that parts of the report were "fiction" (Reporting By Philip Pullella) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 26 2017 6:14 pm Wonder Woman 2 gets a release date in 2019 Related News Warner Bros made the announcement on Tuesday that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman 2 will hit theaters on December 13 2019 reported Variety While Patty Jenkins is working on the script WB is yet to confirm the director of the sequel Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins has been a mammoth hit for the studio earning USD 779 worldwide Warner Bros previously announced an “untitled event film” for December 13 2019 Gadot will next appear as Diana Prince in November’s Justice League alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman Jason Momoa’s Aquaman Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg Variety also earlier reported that Jenkins was already working on a script for the sequel with Geoff Johns who oversees the DC film universe along with Jon Berg for Warner Bros “Patty and I are writing the treatment right now” Johns said in an interview at the time “The goal is to make another great Wonder Woman film” Johns also added how he “had a blast” working with Jenkins on Wonder Woman and that they are already working on a “cool idea” for the sequel In a separate interview Warner Bros Pictures President and CCO Toby Emmerich had also revealed how the sequel won’t take place during World War I but is still likely to be set in the past Jenkins was also quoted earlier saying how she would set the sequel in the United States rather than Europe While Wonder Woman went to become the biggest grosser from a female director fans have been eagerly waiting for more updates on the sequel Sharing her excitement over the success Gal had previously tweeted “Thanks to ALL of you for making #WonderWoman a success Wonder Woman has the best fans in the world thx” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 13 2017 4:37 pm Shah Rukh Khan Gauri Khan had a perfect ending to their Monday blues The couple spent some quality time with close friends at dinner Top News How to get rid of Monday blues Well Shah Rukh Khan and wife Gauri Khan seem to have the best answer for this question The actor and his wife went out on a dinner date with Shweta Nanda and some other close friends as a perfect ending to their busy day Gauri and Shah Rukh did not come together No don’t worry everything is perfectly alright between the two However you have to forgive Shah Rukh for coming late given he has a busy schedule with multiple projects and of course promotions of Jab Harry Met Sejal While leaving from the restaurant the couple had a bright smile on their faces It seems they had an amazing time together Few reports suggest that the restaurant they visited has been designed by Gauri Earlier her interior designing skills were revealed by Karan Johar who showed off the extraordinary room designed for Yash and Roohi Apart from the two we also spotted Zoya Akhtar So Shah Rukh Shweta Gauri and Zoya well we are eager to know what was cooking inside the four walls Shah Rukh and Gauri’s son Aryan and Shweta’s daughter Navya Naveli studied together and belong to the same gang of friends Check out more pictures from Shah Rukh Khan- Gauri Khan’s dinner date: Meanwhile Zoya is busy with Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh is busy with Imtiaz Ali’s project starring Anushka Sharma The 51-year-old actor would also appear in Anand L Rai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s project For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBarring the slogansraised by the Opposition in theRajyaSabhaon Wednesday over theMandsaurincident theparliamentary proceedings went smoothly with Lok Sabha passing the Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2016 andBenami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill In the Rajya Sabha MPs debated price rise and discussed the CAMPA Bill towards the end ofthe day Key issues discussed in Lok Sabha: Wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s doping scandal Lok Sabha members joined the row over wrestler Narsingh Yadav failing a drug test with oneof them seeking a CBI probe prompting Minister of State forParliamentary Affairs SS Ahluwalia to assure the House thathe would ask the government to make a statement on the issue Ranjeet Ranjan (Congress) raised the issue in the Zero Hourand sought a CBI inquiry into the matter while referring tothe allegations that brother of another international playerhad a role in spiking Yadav’s food and drink intake "Whether he (Yadav) has been framedor not we do not know? Swaraj said inspite of all these constraints,” he told a counter-march of red-shirted government loyalists. under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Prajapati added For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Published: March 26 2012 3:37 am Related News Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal presented the annual budget in the state assembly last week With his fiscal document running into 85 pages in HindiDhumal took well over 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete his budget speech It wasperhaps the longest ever budget speech in the state assemblypunctuated by Urdu sahyari The length of the presentation ensured that MLAson either side of the political dividefailed to appreciate those inspirational couplets with any real enthusiasm Towards the endhowevera media professional noticed that the speech had 189-paragraphsa sum total of which is the chief ministers lucky number – nine (1+8+9=18 & 1+8=9) – a good reason for Dhumal to remain happy in the election year Keep it up professor sahib Inspired indeed Much like last yearHimachal celebrated the World Sparrow Day in Shimla on March 21 Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Forest Minister Khimi Ram kicked off a conservation campaign by placing sparrow nests from Oak-Overthe CMs official residence The highlight of the eventhoweverwas when Forest Minister Khimi Ram literally climbed a tall tree to place a nest Inspired by his bossAdditional Chief Secretary (Forest) Sudripto Roy could not resist the temptation and followed suit The senior babus spirit soon became a talking point After allhe is line to become the states next chief secretary in about a months time Surviving the Catch-22 scenario After the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Vidya Stokes finished her speech on the state budgetthe BJPs J P Nadda was the next speaker It was to be Naddas last speech in the House before he was to be declared elected to the Rajya Sabha This put the BJP leader in a bind Nadda had to thank the Congress for not fielding a candidate against him and also respond to the Opposition on the budget The senior BJP leaderknown for his oratory skillssummoned his best by choosing not to hit out at madam (Stokes)except for a few advisory thoughts for the Oppositionbut also kept the chief minister in good humour by focussing the remainder of his speech on the Dhumal governments feel good factor. ‘Kherheyan de naal’, Students were seen waiting outside colleges each day, Erdogan, the proposed changes will grant the president the power to appoint ministers and senior government officials, who is also the Linda R Meier and Joan F Lane Provostial Professor.

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