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Austerity should be a voluntary gesture?IESeptember 27) There had been an over-reaction by Ashok Gehlot in demanding Shashi Tharoors resignation Tharoor has been an outstanding international diplomat and is an ideal minister of state for external affairs I do not believe travelling economy class by ministers will help the economy If the UPA is serious about misuse of public fundsit should take effective steps on corruption The best measure is to regulate things like real estatemoney lendingparty fundsBollywoodetc which generate a lot of money outside the tax net Shahid Hashmi Aligarh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Chennai | Published: February 7 2016 6:00 pm Filmmaker SS Rajamouli has clarified that the shoot of the second part of “Baahubali” franchise is going on as planned Related News Filmmaker SS Rajamouli has clarified that the shoot of the second part of “Baahubali” franchise is going on as planned Contrary to rumours there’s no delay in the film’s shoot and it has been going on at breakneck speed “We are on track In fact we recently completed the second schedule of the film faster than we anticipated Everything is going on as planned” Rajamouli told IANS The last schedule of the film was wrapped up in Kerala last month Asked about the film’s release plans he said: “It’s too early to say certainly when we plan on releasing But we hope to release it by this year-end or early next year” The second part will also be distributed by filmmaker Karan Johar in Hindi Commenting on reports about teaming up with Johar the “Eega” director said “I’d love to work with him I mean who wouldn’t However right now all my focus is on completing second part ‘Baahubali’” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Ruhi Bhasin | Mumbai | Published: February 7 2016 12:48 am Built in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon in memory of his father Eliyahoo Sassoon the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue is now in need of restoration Express Archive Top News The blue facade of the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue melts into the blue of the sky on most clear days On such a Friday a little after sunset as officer-goers head home a stream of dressed up people rush towards the synagogue located in Kala Ghoda for sabbath — day of rest and seventh day of the week in Judaism According to Solomon Sopher chairman and managing trustee of Sir Jacob Sasson and Allied Trust many visitors especially come from America for the sabbath Amid the festive mood the dinner to be served after the prayers is put together Since taking a motor vehicle is prohibited on sabbath most people living in the vicinity usually walk down to the synagogue The sky blue building is often referred to as the blue synagogue — a fact that doesn’t go down well with many in the community Ironically the colour was accidental “It was originally a greyish building The painters who were doing the exterior added the blue to the building more than ten years ago” said Sopher This building was built in 1884 by Jacob Elias Sassoon in memory of his father Eliyahoo Sassoon The synagogue is located at the absolute centre of the town close to several hotels This was for a reason Sopher says “It was constructed to cater to the Jewish community in town There are many hotels next to it as no one is allowed to drive on sabbath” The structure now requires restoration ”We want to carry out restoration work and have applied for permission from the heritage committee We also need funding for the project” added the chairman The synagogue’s decorative interiors include Victorian stained glass windows and rich Burmese teakwood furnishings and staircase Incidentally Madonna visited the synagogue when she came to Mumbai in 2008 The Kala Ghoda Association has offered to chip in Rs 30 lakh towards the restoration of the building to maintain the heritage of the area “We want to preserve buildings in the area especially which have a heritage tag Whatever surplus fund we get from the Kala Ghoda festival is used towards restoring such buildings The idea is to maintain the heritage district without getting into the religious connotation behind each structure” said association chairman Manek Davar Earlier there was a huge Baghdadi Jewish community living in the area and the synagogue catered to them Most of the affluent members of the community lived in the areas close to it The Jewish Club and the David Sassoon Library were nearby too In the High Holidays the entire synagogue would fill up with extra chairs between benches in the men’s gallery The ladies would sit on the upper floor Now this synagogue caters to the local Jewish community and to the foreigners who come from all parts of the world The constant police presence means people can’t enter the synagogue for just a visit “Such security became especially important after the 26/11 attack in Mumbai” said Sopher A Jewish centre was targeted during the attack Marge Gubbay who came to India in 1959 from Israel has been going to the synagogue since she moved to Mumbai”It used to be packed then unlike the present days The Baghdadi Jew population is dwindling in the area Many Maharashtrian Jews visit the synagogue now My children grew up here and visit the synagogue every time they come to India from overseas My husband when he was alive said he felt free and connected here” added Gubbay Have a comment or suggestion for Once Upon A Time Write to mumbainewsline @expressindiacom with subjectline: Once Upon A Time For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: March 31 2016 3:53 am HMT employees after the shift at HMT Pinjore on Wednesday March 30 2016 Express photo by Jaipal Singh Top News EVEN AS uncertainity continues to loom on the future of the 1400 staff at the Hindustan Machines Tool (HMT) factory in Pinjore with no effective response from the government so far the employees were back to work after organizing a massive protest here on Wednesday Over 1000 workers under the banner HMT Bachao Sangharsh Samiti led by advocate Vijay Bansal and the president of the HMT Karmik Sangh Mahender Singh marched from factory premises in Pinjore to Panchkula demanding revival of the factory and release of pending salaries Kalka MLA Latika Sharma whose was conspicuous by her absence following the suicide by a joint general manager of the Tractor division on March 28 also met the bereaved family Saying she shared her sympathy with the employees Sharma called for a proper investigation into the incident As workers returned to work they remained hopeful that the factory would be revived Employees also observed a minute’s silence to mourn the death of a colleagur: Dharam Pal who worked in the tractor division and died after battling with a kidney ailment for last few years “He (Dharam Pal) was slated to retire soon and he had just came back to live in HMT Colony a month ago But his family was finding it difficult to afford his dialysis and regular treatment The factory has left the families of the employees in the lurch” said Arun Kumar an HMT employee who lived near Dharam Pal’s residence Pal’s family had gone to Barwala to perform his last rites While the recent deaths of two of their colleagues amid the financial crisis have left their families in despair the workers though continue to hope that government will pay heed to their demands and revive the factory “We are thankful to every section of society: from village representatives from across Kalka Pinjore Barwala councillors and other leaders who stood in support of us Our first and foremost demand is that government should revive the factory and release our salaries” said Mahender Singh president HMT Karmik Sangh For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: February 1 2016 12:11 am Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar(Sources: PTI Photo) Related News IN AN extension of JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav’s claim for a “grand alliance” for UP polls Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will address a gathering of backward castes and Dalits on February 2 at a social event in Ghazipur district which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi The event named Latia Mahotsav and which the organisers expect will be attended by “at least 50000 people” is celebrated annually by a social organisation Samrat Ashok Club to mark the birth anniversary of Bihar’s former deputy chief minister Babu Jagdev Prasad Kushwaha Nitish had previously announced to take his success in Bihar Assembly polls to UP and said that his first public meeting will be held in Varanasi with Hardik Patel who leads Akhil Bharatiya Patel Navnirman Sena “A gathering of nearly 50000 is expected in Zamania If it is successful public meetings of Nitish Kumar will be organised in Varanasi Allahabad Ballia Deoria Kanpur and some districts of Bundelkhand very soon” JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi said Tyagi admitted that the Latia Mahotsav is a social event but Nitish’s presence will make it “politically significant’ with leaders of both SP and BSP “keeping a close watch” For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsLiverpool: The Liverpool manager Klopp could be seen exchanging words with a fan standing behind the dug-outs after a first-half back-pass towards goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was met by a collective groan around Anfield Klopp said his side were committed to building play from the back and asked supporters not to allow their impatience to get the better of them Jurgen Klopp apologised to the fourth official and says Diego Costa is a warrior AFP "If we don’t play possession football tonight it’s ping-pong" Klopp told reporters after Tuesday’s game "We played high pressure so Chelsea does it smart plays a few long balls If we do the same you have a stiff neck after the game "So we had to play football and that includes sometimes you play a back-pass And then I hear in this moment (shouts): ‘Why you play a back-pass’ "Keep your nerve please It’s still football I have no problem with emotion I have much more emotions than I should have But it’s in this moment (I think) ‘What do you want’ "It was only one guy by the way that I made eye contact with Blue jacket" The draw preserved the 10-point gap separating the sides but meant Liverpool who remain fourth avoided four successive home defeats for the first time since 1923 Chelsea took a 24th-minute lead when David Luiz’s quickly taken free-kick caught out Mignolet as he tried to organise his defence the ball cannoning in off his right-hand post Georginio Wijnaldum equalised with a 57th-minute header before Mignolet atoned by saving a penalty from Diego Costa awarded for a foul on the Chelsea striker by Joel Matip Klopp celebrated Mignolet’s penalty save by roaring in the face of thefourth official Neil Swarbrick but said the pair had later made peace Arsenal next for Chelsea "It was a foul before in my opinion on (Dejan) Lovren that’s what I was a little angry about" Klopp said "No one can beat us was what I said (to Swarbrick) Obviously that’s not true but it felt for us like this in that moment "I was absolutely the wrong person to say it I said: ‘Sorry I was a bit excited’ He said: ‘No problem I like your passion’" Liverpool’s supporters felt Costa went down too easily after being caught by Matip but Klopp said he had no qualms with the combative Chelsea striker "If I had played against Costa I could never be friends – that’s how it is – but when you have him in your team it’s much more fun He is a warrior" said Klopp "What (Antonio) Conte is doing with Chelsea is outstanding but Chelsea without Costa this season "He is not the nicest guy on the pitch but I saw no real big incident "If someone tells me it was a dive maybe I will be angry tomorrow but that would be wrong decision what number 27 But it doesn’t make it better" Despite Costa’s squandered penalty Arsenal’s loss to Watford and Tottenham Hotspur’s goalless draw at struggling Sunderland made it a good night for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte "It is not easy to play against Liverpool in this moment after three defeats It is not easy to play in this atmosphere" said Conte whose side sit nine points clear ahead of Arsenal’s visit on Saturday "I am very proud of my players for the personality they showed tonight It is a good point for sure "When you have a good chance with a penalty in the 76th minute then you think you could win and take three points but Mignolet made a great save "Now it is important to recover well as we wasted a lot of energy because the game was intense and there were a lot of mistakes" By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 21 2016 3:54 am The BMC Headquarters building and CST is lit up as part of Diwali celebration on Monday Express Photo by Kevin D’Souza 09112015 Mumbai Top News IN RESPONSE to an adjournment motion moved during the standing committee meeting by MNS corporator Sandeep Deshpande over the misuse of Section 72(3) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act which allows awarding of contracts without floating tenders the civic administration said that a circular would be issued to all the departments to ensure it did not happen Deshpande said that the BMC had awarded contracts worth Rs 1600 crore in the past four years under Section 72(3) of the MMC Act without conducting a tendering process “Apart from purchasing furniture and other materials which are not urgent in nature the BMC also appointed a third party auditor SGS India Private Limited who was later implicated in the roads scam If the usual tendering process had been followed this could have perhaps been avoided” said Deshpande Hinting at the absence of clarity about the section Deshpande said that it was hypocritical of the BMC to not allow corporators to utilise their area development funds similarly on an urgent basis Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news “When a corporator demands that work be done using his own corporator funds on an urgent basis without inviting tenders the civic administration does not allow it This is violating the basic rights of the local corporator” he said Corporators from all other parties unanimously spoke in favour of the motion moved by Deshpande Rais Shaikh of Samajwadi Party said “Section 72(3) is supposed to be used as an exception and not as the norm Propriety items need to be defined to ensure that the section is not misused” he said Congress corporator Asif Zakaria added that the authority and the accountability of the administration needed to be kept in check BJP corporator and group leader Manoj Kotak said that the misusing of the section was wrong for everyone and even corporators should follow the norms Acknowledging the rampant use of Section 72(3) to award contracts without a tender Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee said that a circular would be issued to all the departments including details of the items that can be purchased on an urgent basis under this section He added that a separate committee would be set up to determine the propriety items Clarifying Deshpande’s allegations of passing proposals worth Rs 1600 crore Mukherjee said that since 2012 contracts worth Rs 54780 crore had been passed without a tendering process For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | New Delhi | Published: July 12 2009 4:50 pm Related News Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remarks Saturday on his way back from the G-8 meetings in Italy suggest that a deal with Pakistan on the resumption of talkssuspended after the attacks on Mumbai last Novembermay be at hand Delhi now seems to be waiting for two public gestures from Islamabad One is a credible move on prosecuting the plotters of Mumbai attack; and the other a reaffirmation of Islamabad’s commitment on preventing its territory from being used for attacks against India If all goes well–between India and Pakistan you can never be too sure–the agreement may be announced this week at the meeting between the Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and his Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on the margins of the non-aligned conference at Sharm-el-Sheikh later this week Hours after that Dr Singh should be sitting down with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani On his return flight from ItalyDr Singh said”We have been told by Pakistan that they would take action against those guilty for Mumbai I hope they do so That hope is the reason why I am looking forward to the meeting with Gilani Sahib” Clearly’talks about talks’ have been underway after Dr Singh met Pakistan’s president Asif Ali Zardari in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg last month It is no secret that Washington has been encouraging Pakistan to follow through on the Mumbai prosecutions and nudging India to resume talks Some of the recent statements from the Pakistani leadership do suggest a measure of rethinking on the relationship with India Zardari has declared that the principal threat to Pakistan and its way of life comes from the extremists and not India Even more boldlyZardari has acknowledged that militants were created by Pakistan in the past as a deliberate instrument of policy which has come to haunt the nation after 911 India has no reason to disbelieve Zardari’s good intentionsbut has many to question the motivations of the Pakistan Armythat calls all the shots in Islamabad This is where the United Statesthe only one with some leverage on the Pakistan Armycomes in Whatever the source of pressure on Pakistantwo developments stand out One is the willingness of ISI to talk about Mumbai with Indian officials Until now Pakistan’s all powerful domestic and external intelligence agency had been reluctant to engagelet alone cooperatewith India on counter-terrorism The other is an important statement from Pakistan’s Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani that came close to endorsing Zardari’s definition of the hierarchy of Pakistan’s national security threats Gen Kayani declared that “while the external threat to Pakistan continues to existit is the internal threat that merits immediate attention” Grudging as it may beKayani’s statement could not have come about without Washington’s encouragement As it prepares to resume the dialogue with Islamabadthere will be no dearth of scepticism in New Delhi Dr Singhhoweverhas been right in keeping an open mind on the possibilities for change in Pakistan’s behaviourwithout betting on it Put another wayIndia is ready for some real progress with Islamabadbut remains on alert to the perennial prospect of regression (C Raja Mohan is a Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International StudiesNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App 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