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In Shimoga, Posts on Facebook identified three of the five, Jat had been an accused in at least 23 cases relating to robbery and murder, earning about Rs 730 crore worldwide." the Shiv Sena said in an edit in the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ Thursday. then this topic can end right now.." the edit said The welcome for Fadnavis in Thursday’s edit was the first official comment by the Shiv Sena since his election as the chief minister-designate Tuesday Fadnavis will be sworn in as the chief minister here Oct 31 The party has also not yet made up its mind whether it will join the government or sit in the opposition according to sources "So far the BJP has not sent any proposal for seeking our support or joining the government. Support has to be sought it can’t just be given. Depending on the next development the party will take an appropriate decision" a Sena leader said on Wednesday IANS Published: March 2 2015 12:26 am Related News The NDA government’s first full budget didn’t announced any big bang economic reforms Instead the government committed to taking a plethora of small bold steps These are likely to boost the economy and GDP growth in years to come (‘Public spending to safety net: The right noises without the big bang’ IE March 1) The finance minister has belied the allegation that the NDA government is pro-corporate anti-farmer anti-poor and anti-aam aadmi by announcing a number of measures for the agriculture sector as well as a universal social security scheme Contrary to apprehensions the MGNREGA has been awarded the highest ever budgetary allocation But its two biggest drawbacks — corruption in implementation and the lack of creation of durable productive assets — still need to be plugged While the Opposition’s critical reaction was expected the media economic experts and industry have largely welcomed the budget However the bulk of the taxpayers — the salaried middle class — is genuinely aggrieved that no hike in the exemption limit was announced — MC Joshi Lucknow Trickle out effect The first full general budget of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government gave us many reasons to be happy Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was able to effectively steer India towards a more progressive and sensible tax policy Also the establishment of the Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojana a low-cost universal insurance programme is a welcome step But certain aspects of the budget are problematic especially for the middle class The government was ill advised to have increased the service tax rate to 14 per cent This move will result in a constant drain of money out of middle class pockets The government would do well to rethink the hike — Abinash D Choudhury Bhubaneswar Right left wrong As expected the comrades have criticised the finance bill 2015-16 for being pro-rich In this context I would like to ask them a simple question: During their uninterrupted 34-year rule in Writer’s Building how many pro-poor budgets presented by Left Front governments succeeded in alleviating the sufferings of below-the-poverty-line families in West Bengal — Arun Malankar Mumbai Hope in the Valley It is quite heartening that the BJP and the PDP which are ideologically opposed to each other have finally come together to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir Defying threats from militants and separatists the people of Jammu and Kashmir came out to exercise their franchise in large numbers This was hailed as a sign of their faith in Indian democracy I hope the new coalition government doesn’t let them down — M Jeyaram Sholavandan For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shailesh Gandhi | Published: April 27 2016 12:58 am The court in a remarkably perfunctory treatment has dismissed this practice It claims dubiously that ‘santhara’ is not essential to Jainism Top News If the police cannot control crime the top police officers are held responsible If a company performs badly its managing director would be held accountable If the judiciary fails to deliver meaningful justice in a reasonable time we try and find reasons everywhere except within the judiciary There is a need to look at the problem with some logical and mathematical rigour instead of merely repeating the myth that all faults in the nation must be ascribed to the politician and government The anguish of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur should lead us to attempt to really understand the problem and find a solution Instead random statements have been made that India must have at least two to four times the current sanctioned strength of judges The government is considering fast-track special courts for commercial disputes This shows scant concern for the poor who may be innocent but are rotting in prisons as undertrials The entire talk of fast-tracking certain cases implies pushing someone else back The unfortunate part is that the nation is not horrified at this suggestion which would imply violating Article 14 of our Constitution within our temples of justice There are many myths about judicial backlog One quote that is commonly bandied about is that of Justice VV Rao of the Andhra Pradesh High Court who made a famous statement in 2010 that it would take the Indian courts 320 years to clear the backlog This statement was made without the support of any calculations and has come to be accepted as true although it has no rational basis It is widely accepted that a dysfunctional judicial delivery system is a serious impediment to establishing the rule of law in our nation Most solutions either require the courts to drastically change the way in which they work or appear to suggest that the problem cannot be solved as Justice Rao had done Several studies undertaken to understand the problem have been without a sound basis or validation I have studied the data from the Supreme Court’s website and if one understands it rationally it can be eye-opening Analysing this data leads one to the conclusion that a simple and doable solution stares us in the face First it destroys the myth that the backlog is growing at a rapid pace The total number of pending cases each year on January 1 2009-14 were 303 314 319 315 316 and 322 lakh This shows that the backlog is not growing at a galloping pace as is commonly believed To appreciate these figures we must also understand that each year about 200 lakh cases are instituted and around the same number of cases is being disposed The increase in backlog over this six-year period is just 19 lakh or about 3 lakh per year This would represent just about a 15 per cent increase per year In 2014 the Law Commission perhaps for the first time looked at this problem using data They took the average number of cases decided by each judge and reasoned that if an increase was made in the number of judges these additional judges would also dispose of cases at the same average rate This was the first rational attempt to arrive at the number of judges required to overcome the problem of case pendency They came to the conclusion that a very significant increase would have to be made in the number of judges since they made an assumption that the backlog should be cleared in a maximum of three years This is flawed There is no logic why the backlog that we have built up over decades cannot be cleared at a slower pace It is significant that over this entire period there was not one instance of all the judicial posts being filled The average vacancy in the Supreme Court high courts and lower courts is about 10 30 and 20 per cent respectively If we assume an average of 20 per cent it is reasonable to conjecture that those who occupy these positions are likely to dispose of about 20 per cent more cases each year This is the same logic that was used by the Law Commission The increase in backlog of about 15 per cent each year would easily be taken care of and the pending cases would keep reducing each year The number of sanctioned judicial positions is adequate but these are not filled One argument for not filling the sanctioned positions that is proffered is that it is not possible to find good judges The total number of sanctioned positions was 21542 in September 2015 If anyone says that 22000 good and suitable people cannot be found to take up judges’ positions in India it insults the nation If this position is taken we will have to give up on this nation and stop talking of increasing the strength of judges Perhaps this is the result of a lack of analysis of the problem This is an issue for which both the judiciary and the government must take responsibility Just one example will illustrate this point Though there are 462 vacancies for high court judges only 170 names have been recommended by the collegium While the government is rightly being blamed for not accepting the names expeditiously we are not questioning why names for the remaining positions have not been selected If the judiciary wishes to shift the blame to the government it would not be right Recently the Supreme Court ordered the government to appoint information commissioners to fill up the vacancies in the sanctioned strength After ordering the government to fill all vacancies in the Central Information Commission there cannot be any justification for the judiciary not to take up the cause of filling all judicial positions The judiciary and the government must immediately address this issue if they are really concerned for the nation Hopefully the CJI will take up the issue of filling all vacancies within six months and haul up anyone who obstructs this project The writer is a former Central information commissioner For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad | Published: December 24 2016 8:57 pm Ram Charan Teja speaking at Dhruva success meet in Hyderabad (Source: Express photo) Top News Dhruva turned out to be a hit for Ram Charan even though there wasthedemonetisationeffect and the fact that the film was released in the last month of the year The film grossed over Rs 50 crore at the box office and turned to match scores with the Tamil version Thani Oruvan However the actor speaking at the success meet in Hyderabad on Friday revealed that Mani Ratna might be the reason behind his decision to pick Dhruva More from the world of Entertainment: “Mani Ratnam told me once when we met We were planning to work in a film but that couldn’t happen Then he told me just one thing: ‘You are a big star and you don’t have to worry about the market too then why do you think from the perspective of sales My film with you will be a different film in your career Though it won’t give you much collection it would surely give you a name So think about the subjects you choose in the future projects’ This was the seed he planted in my mind and maybe the seed is the reason why Dhruva came today” Ram Charan said Also read | How Ram Charan’s Dhruva dodged demonetisation drive Of course Dhruva no doubt emerged as a win given the circumstance in which it was released The film fell in a deadlock as it was sandwiched by demonetisation in November and the release of Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No 150 in January They had to pick December and they did it Dhruva is the official Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster Thani Oruvan It has Jayam Ravi playing the daredevil cop The music is composed by Hip-hop Tamizha who also composed for the Tamil original and cinematography is by PS Vinod Under Surender Reddy’s direction the film also features Arvind Swami who is playing a negative role For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Alistair Mcmillan | Published: November 18 2014 12:27 am There are important qualifications to reading increased turnout as a justification for compulsory voting Related News Compulsory voting seems like an easy fix to a widespread problem: how to improve democratic participation Making voting mandatory is seen as a means of improving the legitimacy and responsiveness of government reducing opportunities for electoral malpractice and enhancing citizen engagement with the democratic process The decision by the Gujarat governor to sanction the provision of compulsory voting under the Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Bill 2009 has brought the question of compulsory voting back to the electoral reform agenda When the original proposal was introduced in 2009 Pratap Bhanu Mehta writing in this newspaper (‘Acts of choice’ IE December 22 2009 iexpin/sYk124693) provided a review of the principles that might be used to justify some measure of compulsory voting but noted that such measures seemed poorly suited to the context of Indian democracy and smacked of “democratic paternalism” He concluded: “Voting must remain an act of choice not propelled by coercion or inducement” Rather than reiterate the strong theoretical arguments that challenge the use of state compulsion to force people to go to the polls I want to examine some of the evidence from countries around the world that have used compulsory voting to see what comparative experience tells us about the practical implications The first thing to note is that the use of compulsory voting measures is relatively rare with only some 14 countries having compulsory voting requirements that are actually enforced The most prominent examples are Australia Belgium Brazil and Peru A report by the respected International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance suggested that compulsory voting was likely to become a “dying phenomenon” in western Europe Many countries that have had some form of compulsory voting have abandoned the measure or stopped trying to enforce it In Austria where it was abandoned at a national level in 1982 it was described by interior ministry officials as unpopular and “almost impossible to enforce” Spain Italy and the Netherlands have all had provisions for compulsory voting at some point but decided to make voting optional In recent years Chile (2012) Fiji (2014) and Greece (2000) have either removed compulsory voting requirements or simply stopped enforcing them Thailand introduced compulsory voting in 1997 as part of a wholesale constitutional reform package that sought to address political instability and rampant corruption In particular compulsory voting was seen as a way to combat vote-buying and reduce the influence of “black money” in elections The measure had little apparent effect — in the 2001 elections allegations of vote-buying and electoral irregularities caused its election commission to hold fresh elections in over 60 constituencies the democratic legitimacy of the government was undermined and further political turmoil led to a military coup in 2006 Studies of the wider effects of compulsory voting suggest that compelling people to turn out to vote does not increase levels of political knowledge make voters more likely to feel that their vote makes a difference or improve perceptions of the quality of representation As such compulsory voting should not be seen as a measure that will have a big influence on the quality of political engagement and participation But surely compulsory voting increases turnout Here the evidence seems clear In a comprehensive comparative study Harvard professor Pippa Norris showed that average voter turnout in countries with some form of compulsory voting requirement was 54 per cent higher than in countries where voting was optional However there are important qualifications to reading this as a simple and clear justification for compulsory voting The first is that the severity and strict enforcement of sanctions is key to substantially increasing turnout Second even in countries with strict enforcement of compulsory voting turnout is not universal and sanctions have to be imposed on non-voters Third imposing penalties on those who do not turn out to vote provides incentives for people to avoid appearing on the electoral register And fourth many of those who feel compelled to turn out to vote actually spoil their ballots or cast their votes randomly Compulsory voting may compel people to go to the polling booth but it does not ensure that they cast their vote in a meaningful way In Australia concern about what is known as the “donkey vote” whereby people simply choose the easiest option (for instance the first name on a polling machine) led to the introduction of random ballot ordering in 1984 Votes for “none of the above” or spoilt ballots are much more prevalent in systems with compulsory voting When electoral participation is measured in terms of the voting-age population rather than using those on the electoral register as a base the improvement in turnout in countries using compulsory voting falls to 19 per cent This suggests that the penalties associated with failure to turn out to vote provide a clear incentive for people who are qualified to vote to disappear from the electoral register This provides a more insidious motive for the introduction of compulsory voting As Norris notes: “Mandatory voting regulations may be genuine attempts to increase widespread public involvement in the political process or they may be employed by less democratic regimes to compel the public to vote in the attempt to legitimise one-party contests” In Singapore generally accepted to fall below the standards of a functioning democratic system compulsory voting is part of an electoral framework that perpetuates one-party rule The sanction for non-voting is withdrawal from the electoral register removing the right to vote from those who do not wish to participate in what is largely seen as an unfair electoral process In Gujarat the legislation for compulsory voting does not specify the sanctions that would be imposed on those not turning out to vote However speaking in Ahmedabad in April this year LK Advani proposed that “those who do not vote should be barred from voting in future” This raises the unpleasant prospect of the solution to non-voting being to remove people from the electoral process surely something that should concern those who believe in fundamental democratic rights The writer senior lecturer in politics at the University of Sheffield is author or ‘Standing at the Margins: Representation and Electoral Reservation in India’ [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: January 17 2017 4:04 pm Vidya Balan has opted out of a biopic based on the life of controversial poet Kamala Das Aami Related News Vidya Balan says her upcoming film Tumhari Sulu in which she plays a radio jockey will bring out her naughty side on-screen “I am busy with ‘Begum Jaan’ and ‘Tumhari Sulu’ both are completely different films ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is a fun film Sulu is a late night RJ and it will unleash the naughty side of me” Vidya told PTI Helmed by Suresh Triveni the story revolves around a woman named Sulochana fondly known as Sulu She lands herself an unexpected job of a fun and feisty RJ and anchors a late night show The National Award-winning actress is equally excited about Srijit Mukherji’s historical drama Begum Jaan “‘Begum Jaan’ is a period historical film set in the partition time It’s a very powerful story that I felt compelled to tell” Vidya said The film an adaptation of the 2015 Bengali film Rajkahini is scheduled to release in March Meanwhile Vidya Balan has opted out of a biopic based on the life of controversial poet Kamala Das Aami While reports allege that the actor stepped back due to a right-wing scare the actor maintains her stance is due to a difference of opinion with the director Also Read | Unprofessional and unethical: Kamal on Vidya quitting Kamala Dasbiopic It was earlier reported that Balan will play Das a true iconoclast who known for her controversial and bold work and went on to embrace Islam some time before her death in 2009 She also changed her name to Kamala Surayya While local media has reported that Vidya has refused to play the role after pressure from Shiv Sena a source close to the actor said she opted out of Aami for she and the director Kamaluddin Muhammed had divergent approaches to the process For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: August 16 2017 11:14 pm West Indies Head Coach Stuart Law during nets (Source: Reuters) Related News West Indies coach Stuart Law believes that his side can find cracks in the England team and ‘exploit their weakness’ in the upcoming day-night Test series He said that his side is experience and has some good bowlers up front to do the job and urged them to rewrite history In an interview to espncricinfo Law said “With a couple of debutants or a couple of new guys to the fore in Test cricket that’s an opportunity for our bowlers You always look at any little crack you can find We’ve some pretty experienced pretty good bowlers up front as well So it’s an opportunity for us to exploit those weaknesses” “Our players understand there’s a few comments flying around like that” Law said “And we’ve instructed them to use that as motivation to go out and play your best There’s been a lot said about this cricket team and that is motivation for them We’re looking forward Let’s rewrite that history” Despite a not-so impressive performance by Kemar Roach recently Law said “Kemar had a bit of time out of the game with injuries and a nasty car accident He’s had to fight his way back He’s probably not as quick as he has been but I think he’s a better bowler for that He is still fast enough to cause problems and he is swinging the ball both ways” “Shannon is coming along nicely He is training the house down and just needs a bowl to get that rhythm back He’s fit to bowl We’re just waiting on him to hit his traps – do that and it’s 95mph coming at you The ground was uneven in Derby He hadn’t bowled for a while and he was over-striding When he got it right he looked good As for Jason… He’s a young man but very intelligent and high quality The captaincy is a lot of responsibility but he does it with fantastic integrity He’s a great leader His bowling is more than very good and he can bat and score runs He’s doing everything to make sure he captains this side not just this series but for 10 or 15 years” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News ?are busy poring over the particulars of the 80,theatre veteran Sohaila Kapur and Vishal Verma, Watch Video The court has up to six months to decide whether Park should permanently step down over a corruption 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