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The party is dreading the announcement of the list of candidates as only one hundred candidates have been finalised As for the other 125 seatsthe strong hopefuls have been narrowed down to twothree or four All hell may break loose upon the announcement of candidates unless the party has a strategy to deal with dissension from those who do not make the cut For instancein Bangalore city alonethe internal competition for the seats of HebbalKR PuramMahadevapura and Rajajinagar is intense One Congress leader said the party could lose these seats because the final candidates could end up fighting thwarted party rivals rather than their official poll opponents These constituency-level dramas could be the Congresss undoing in Karnataka Some see the vision of partymen blowing up its chancesseat by seat If that is the scenario withinit is the picture outside that gives the Congress some hope The equally disunited BJP has run through three chief ministers during its blemished assembly term whose high points were infightingincompetence and scandals The party has splinteredand two newer parties are now led by former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa (KJP)and the mining scam-tainted Reddy brothers cronyformer minister B Sriramulu (BSR Congress) In all thisthere is another not-to-forget election variable for parties: former prime minister HD Deve Gowdahis sonformer chief minister HD Kumaraswamyand their Janata Dal (S) Trends in the recent urban body elections in Karnataka indicate that exasperated voters feel the Congress deserves a chance But whether the Congress itself feels deserving of that chance is another matter [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Hyderabad | Published: February 16 2017 12:52 pm Pawan Kalyan in new Katamaraudu poster Related News Power star Pawan Kalyan Katamarayudu gets another power shot as the film’s overseas rights were clinched at a massive price The film has only come out with its teaser till now Reports suggest that a leading distributor bagged the rights at a whopping amount of Rs 115 crore The buzz is that the film should perform well and should rake in $2 million for breaking even More from the world of Entertainment: The film has gained a lot of traction among the fans and Tollywood audience after its teaser broke records and clocked over 5 million views within just 24 hours of its release Meanwhile Pawan Kalyan is back from the US after his five-day tour He was in America for his party’s political work He was also invited to Harvard University for a speech The actor is back to shooting Katamarayudu which will be released on Ugaadi in March Katamarayudu is the Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster Veeram The movie will feature Pawan Kalyan as a faction leader Actor Shruti Haasan will be seen opposite him in the film The actor is already working on two other projects full throttle He had booked a slot for another Tamil remake He will be seen playing Ajith’s role in the Vedalam remake under R T Neason’s direction The film’s shooting will take place later this year He also signed up another project with popular director Trivikram Srinivas While the actor is busy with three projects he is also teaming up with Trivikram to jointly produce a film featuring popular actor Nithiin For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shantanu Mukharji | Published: June 7 2016 12:02 am A cop covers himself as he keeps vigil near the main gate of Jawahar bagh Mathura on Saturday afternoon (Express photo: Oinam Anand) Related News The mindless violence we saw in Mathura has raised some very alarming questions on how hollow and incompetent the administrative machinery of Uttar Pradesh really is As a retired police officer from the state it is worse especially when you look back and know how it could have easily been avoided At the outset a salute to the two policemen who were killed in the line of duty But to know what went wrong we need to delve deeper How did the situation go so badly out of control and so quickly Since early 2014 a fringe outfit — abusing the name of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and calling themselves the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena — usurped a large chunk of land belonging to the state horticulture department in Jawahar Bagh They were acting under the tutelage of Ram Vriksha Yadav who had attracted nearly 3000 people from several parts of the Hindi heartland They had also managed to amass firearms and store over a thousand LPG cylinders inside the encroached property — items that would be used in their attack against the policemen on June 2 How did they manage to get their hands on sophisticated weapons Police also found incriminating documents — evidence that needs to be closely examined Was there a hidden agenda to act against the government on the lines of sedition Was there a blueprint to propagate a separate cult as envisaged long back for a controversial sect like Anand Marga The state government has been blissfully ignorant about everything and several suspicions abound Did authorities deliberately turn a blind eye to the anti-social activities of this so-called “sena” possibly also due to the district magistrate’s alleged proximity to the Samajwadi Party heavyweight Ram Gopal Yadav It was only thanks to a high court order that the police was forced to act and when they did they faced a violent and brutal backlash — something they hadn’t anticipated since the threat had been ignored for far too long Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav stated that police went unprepared but then he should also tell who should be held accountable for this unpreparedness Is the CM squarely blaming the police as politicians often conveniently do The DGP of UP Javed Ahmed is reported to have said the police knew the encroachers were in possession of weapons but they didn’t know they would be fired upon Has anyone heard anything as bizarre from the senior-most police officer of the state Let us come to the intelligence part now Every district has a local intelligence unit (LIU) headed by a deputy SP- or an SP-level officer The LIU is the eyes and ears of the district police chief How could the free flow of arms to Jawahar Bagh and the swelling number of goons to over three thousand go unnoticed by the LIU As per rules they are duty bound to submit a daily report in writing to their superior Assum-ing they did then why was no preventive action taken Was the intelligence lacking because of political reasons and thus officers turned a blind eye The intelligence bureau (IB) too has its presence in every district of the country and its task is to alert the Union home ministry in case of any perceived threats We don’t know if Delhi or Lucknow were alerted Remember UP is heading for elections in 2017 and if this is the quality of our existing intelligence infrastructure then we have much to worry about It is a sensitive state and even the slightest of sparks can snowball into a massive blaze One should not lose sight of the communal atmosphere in areas such as Aligarh Meerut Moradabad Sambhal Muzaffarnagar among several others It’s a time when netas will look to whip up sentiments to polarise opinions and a well-functioning intelligence machinery is a must The writer is a retired IPS officer of the UP cadre Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Harsha Bhogle | Published: October 26 2012 1:10 am Related News Like a rock and roll festival coming to an endT20 is winding down and it is time to begin to appreciate a symphony; the bhangra will give way to the sitar and we must learn to acknowledge the nuances of the alaap againits gentle flow towards a rich end-experience Eight Test matches between now and March will allow connoisseurs of five day cricket the joy they believe is interrupted by the loud three hour version And India have much thinking to do The 0-8 may not have generated the kind of debateand corrective actionwe would have liked but it cannot be brushed away Established players are looking vulnerableoutstanding players are experiencing dusk and the new generation will have graduated from the school of shorter cricket There is much work to be done and the time has come for selectorsnow well paidto project their vision for the future of Indian cricket In an ideal worldthe new selection committee should sit down to pick two teams: one that will play the first two Tests against Englandand another that will take the field in July 2014 in Englandor even in November 2014 in Australia For India to regain the No 1 slotboth those have to be winnng teams And soIf the latter teams have to be competitiveit must influence the way they pick the earlier team now because investments made in playerslike those made by banks to high profile corporationshave begun to look poor Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar were invested in and are not being sightedSreesanth and RP Singh have almost vanishedAmit Mishra and Rahul Sharma are not preferred anymoreNo 6 has been a revolving door and Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay havent exactly produced great returns either Top-order woes In recent times India have had problems at the top of the order It would be an interesting exercise to look at times when India have played well overseas and isolate factors that produced those results while picking teams I am fairly certain that such an exercise would throw up the quality of the opening partnership as the lead factor And so while India need to win in Indiathe selectors need to balance that selection with getting the best pair ready for 2013 in South Africa and thereafter for New ZealandEngland and Australia But by picking four openers for the warm up game against England the selectors have made it clear that they have no pecking order in mind yet I have never understood picking 14 or 15 players for a tour game That is not a selection that is a gathering Anybody can send out invitations Picking 12 with 2 openers is a selection and so we dont yet know who the selectors rate after Gambhir and Sehwag And yet we must for while those two are quality players they havent been setting grounds on fire lately Historicallythey have been Indias best opening pair in home conditions (avg 60 vs 53 for Gavaskar/Chauhan) and second best away (avg 44 vs 53 again for Gavaskar/Chauhan) But in the last 20 months while they average 52 at home they average 15 overseas (collectively India average 16 from 24 starts) By 2013 both will be a year older and while you can see the need to play both in Indian conditionsthrowing a rookie into the deep end overseas has hardly ever worked While we dont yet know what Tendulkar (1001 runs in his last 14 Tests @40) and the selectors are planning for his future (and both must be involved) India need to plan now for life beyond him If Virat Kohli moves up to No 4which seems a stable betit means there are two places in the middle order to be filled Both Yuvraj and Raina are very gifted batsmen but are they going to be the men for those positions Records would suggest otherwise (since 2010Yuvraj avg 25 in 9 inningsRaina avg 28 from 27) and so if somebody else will be needed to fill those slots they need to be readied today Life beyond Zaheer Like with TendulkarIndia need to start getting ready for life without Zaheer Khan He has been magnificent for India but the role of the lead bowler now needs to belong to someone else We already know that medium pace is as useful in Australia and South Africa as a sailor who cannot swim And the fact that we are forced to persist with Ishant Sharma (133 wickets from 45 tests @3787) tells you how grim the situation is Even spin is throwing up skewed figures Ojha and Ashwin are magnificent at home (Ojha 63 wickets in 12 matchesAshwin 40 in 5) but away Ojha hasnt played and Ashwin has 9 wickets at 62 I think too that the selectors need to start looking at Mahendra Singh Dhonis workload Captaincy and wicket keeping is a tough combination which is why there have been such few of those in the history of the game And to do it day in day out must be draining And sowith the next World T20 two years awayis this the time to rest Dhoni from international T20 cricket I know it is only a couple of games here and there but it will allow him to put his feet up If India have to become No 1 againthey need to start looking at bowlers who can bowl fast and batsmen who are unafraid of bowlers who can bowl fast The key people in that search are not as much the coach and the captain as the selectors and the earlier they start taking hard decisions the better off everyone will be For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNorth West province (South Africa): The world’s largest rhino farm looks like a vast fortress and is guarded by a private army At night a helicopter fitted with an infrared camera circles over the 8000 hectare (nearly 20000 acre) electric-fenced ranch in South Africa and by day armed men in military fatigues are on patrol Their sole mission: to protect 1200 rhinos from poachers who killed 1175 of the horned beasts across the country last year Rhinos are being slaughtered in record numbers to meet the insatiable demand for their horns in countries such as China and Vietnam where they are mistakenly believed to have medicinal properties The horn is mainly hard keratin the same substance found in human nails but on the black market where it is sold in powdered form it is believed to cure cancer and other diseases It can fetch as much as $60000 (55000 euros) per kilogramme more than gold or cocaine Clad in khaki shorts blue shirt and sandals wealthy South African businessman and rhino farmer John Hume says he has bred 600 rhino since 2008 but his target is to breed 200 each year Legalise trade "The way we are going to save the rhino from extinction is to breed more and protect them and that is what I am trying to do here" said Hume His next battle is to secure the legalisation of international trade in horns which has been outlawed since 1977 Horns peddled on the black market are from dead rhinos but if trade is allowed demand would be fed from live ones Just like nails cut horns will regrow Screengrab from the AFP video "We can supply horns from live rhinos while now every single horn that you are supplying to the demand is coming from a dead rhino Surely that is stupid It absolutely flummoxes me" said Hume Plans to legalise the trade are controversial however and are fiercely debated by conservationists Hume opened the farm in 2008 after selling hotels he owned Today he employs around 60 full-time staffers plus his "army" whose strength he refuses to divulge on the grounds that it is "too sensitive" Even the exact location of the farm — where he spends some $170000 (156000 euros) a month in security costs — is kept secret to protect it from poachers ravaging game parks elsewhere across the country Harvesting horn On the plains of South Africa’s North West province where the farm is located a dozen rhinos were due for dehorning when AFP visited Standing at the back of a pick-up truck Menard Mathe used a pair of binoculars to identify the animals earmarked for dehorning In front of the vehicle veterinarian Michelle Otto drew her gun and darted one animal with a powerful anaesthetic A few minutes later the gigantic animal began to stagger Otto cautiously walked towards it and another worker secured its hind legs with a rope forcing it to fall limply to the ground Quickly the rhino’s eyes were covered with a piece of mutton cloth and old socks used for makeshift earplugs The horns are measured and a line is marked precisely where it will be cut making sure blood vessels are not touched Then a handheld power saw cuts through the horn The procedure is painless for the animal "We trim their horns for their safety and to deter poaching" said Otto Despite the dehorning and the massive security cordon around the ranch 39 rhinos have been poached there since 2008 Back at the farm building the horns are weighed A total of 23 kilogrammes (51 pounds) have been harvested on this day said farm general manager Johnny Hennop Each horn is then numbered and they are stored in metal trunks where they are wrapped in baby diapers to protect them from moisture while mothballs are strewn around the containers to keep bugs away The boxes are then sealed and are ready to be moved to a safe location Hume has a stockpile of five tonnes in banks and with private security companies It is potentially worth a fortune but is worthless as long as the ban in international trade in rhino horn remains in place The ranch’s security chief Stefran Broekman who previously worked at private game reserves says he is "frustrated" that even when poachers are arrested in South Africa some of them get away with a "small fine" At the turn of a muddy track Broekman’s face lights up on seeing a newborn calf suckling his mother under a tree It was born overnight AFP By: Express Web Desk | Published: July 30 2017 3:25 pm Michael Clarke has praised the leadership qualities of Steve Smith (Source: AP) Top News Former Australian middle-order batsman and skipper Michael Clarke applauded Steve Smith for his use of spinner Nathan Lyon on the recent Test tour of India Stating that Lyon’s experience has made him an improved bowler Clarke said “It’s going to be a good challenge this summer to see how (Smith) utilises Nathan Lyon because that’s where I think his game has improved “On the trip to India he used his spin department much better so this summer hopefully again he’ll continue to grow there” he said while talking to Wide World of Sports Commenting on the leadership of Steve Smith he said “I think his leadership has certainly improved I think he’s still learning what his style and technique is but that takes everyone a bit of time “The one thing about leadership is there’s no perfect way to lead There’s no right or wrong way Smithy has his own style “I loved the way he’s been confident with his own batting A lot of people have looked at his technique but he’s said ‘this is the way I play’ and he’s been so successful “I’d like him to do that with his captaincy as well and say ‘this is my style I don’t have to captain like Allan Border or Mark Taylor or Ricky Ponting this is the way I do it and I’m going to back myself” “I think as a leader taking over the team if you can lead from the front with the bat that’s the easiest way to earn respect and he’s done that” Clarke concluded For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 13 2017 3:14 am At the house in Amar Colony Top News Two men including a domestic help have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 53-year-old woman in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony area on Tuesday The woman was strangulated by five persons who then decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs “The two accused Roshan alias Balaram (22) and Shesh Narain Rawat (26) were nabbed by a team led by inspector Shivraj Bisht from Atta Village Noida on Wednesday morning Gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh and Rs 3 lakh in cash were recovered from their possession” DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya said Police nabbed the two accused based on information they found on Roshan’s Facebook page “The team retrieved CCTV footage from a camera 50-60 metres from the house and the accused were spotted We then found that Roshan had a Facebook account under the name Balram He had even uploaded his pictures” Baaniya said Police got his mobile number from his profile and analysed his call data records They then traced Roshan and his accomplice to Atta village Noida “A search is on to nab the remaining accused” said a police officer For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top News In Karnataka,a group of students met Rector Sudha Pai to discuss the formation of the grievance redressal cell, with the support of the Malaysian government.

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