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nutritionists, Hammersmith & Fulham, The department has proposed to pay 40 per cent of the cost of such contracts in biannual instalments within two years of completion of the work, On Saturday? How can a budget meeting be also held on the same day? When contacted, It follows Valmiki who fears that no one will read his Ramayan after he discovers that Hanuman has written a better version. ?com,which let’s face it were highly technical and not easy, the source added “It won’t just be about the moonwalk – but if you can’t do the moonwalk you’re probably not going to be that much of a Jacko devotee” the source further said The show will look for dancers of all agesmale or female They will be whittled down over a series of shows with the winner likely to get the chance to perform for a paying audience A BBC spokesman confirmedsaying: “We are currently in advanced discussions about commissioning a new entertainment showwhich will seek to find Britain’s most talented dancerwho can move like the legendary Michael Jackson” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Published: January 12 2017 5:52 pm Aamir Khan feels Dangal has already got its biggest award which the love of the audience Related News It was in the 90s when Aamir Khan decided to stop attending commercial award functions And there will be no change in that decision ever despite Aamir getting nominated in an upcoming award function in the category of Best actor When asked if he would return to accepting commercial awarda after being lauded nominated for his work in Dangal Aamir said “Commercial film awards are of no value to me For me Dangal has already got its biggest award which the love of the audience The feeling with which audience have loved it and accepted it is my biggest award We made the film for the audience and that is our biggest award” When asked if the way he perceives commercial awards will ever change Aamir said “I don’t think so it will ever change” Aamir also expressed his satisfaction and thanks at the love and respect that Dangal has garnered till date The superstar clarified that he is never in the race to better box-office figures and even in the case of Dangal that was not at all on his mind The 51-year-old actor also said that he would be open to Dangal being remade in any other language if anyone wishes to do so The film meanwhile is still running strong at the box-office Three weeks after its release the wrestling drama has emerged as the biggest blockbuster of all time in Bollywood The film has earned Rs 35690 cr crore till now and it is still going strong Also read |Dangal box office collection day 20: Aamir Khan film earns Rs 35690crore Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the latest collections of the film He tweeted “#Dangal [Week 3] Fri 666 cr Sat 1080 cr Sun 1433 cr Mon 435 cr Tue 403 cr Wed 321 cr Total: 35690 cr India biz ATBB” Aamir Khan runs his own race He says he doesn’t compete with anyone in the film industry however he feels motivated by his colleagues’ work “I’m only competing with myself I don’t compete with Shah Rukh (Khan) Salman (Khan) Akshay (Kumar) or anyone However when my colleagues do great work it always inspires me” said Aamir More from the world of Entertainment: Dangal tells the story of real life wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trains his daughters to become champions in the sport The film is directed by Nitesh Tiwari For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Gul Panag | Updated: January 13 2015 8:43 am Related News In a country where political awareness and interest levels are at new highs there is a simple question that few including the highly educated have asked: How do political parties actually raise funds to fight elections At the root of that simple question lies the answer to many of our complex social economic political governance and moral problems Our public discourse on electoral spending if any is restricted to each candidate’s official limit on expenditure during the campaign Though there are problems with that limit — and it is often blatantly violated by candidates of major political parties — it deflects our attention from the more important question of electoral funding of political parties and how those funds both declared and undeclared are raised As organisations like the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have repeatedly shown none of the major parties is transparent about raising funds They have tried hard to avoid being covered by the RTI and have taken advantage of the loopholes in donor-list declaration rules to avoid scrutiny An amount of less than Rs 20000 received by a party does not require the identity of the donor According to the ADR which analysed data from contribution statements submitted by these parties to the Election Commission and their tax returns such unnamed benefactors accounted for three-quarters of the funds collected by the Congress BJP BSP NCP CPI and CPM between 2004 and 2012 Despite this loophole major political parties still deal in large sums of unaccounted money in cash According to newspaper reports in December 2008 Rs 26 crore in cash was stolen from the office of the national treasurer of the BJP In her column soon after Tavleen Singh noted that instead of asking the police to investigate the matter the party hired a private detective to look into the theft The matter was soon buried and we haven’t even heard about it since Singh was disappointed by the response of then party president Rajnath Singh and party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad Both are senior Union cabinet ministers now It is not that the Congress is any better In the run-up to the recent Maharashtra polls a newspaper reported that a huge amount of cash at least Rs 10 crore which was part of the party’s war chest for the Maharashtra poll campaign was stolen from a flat in Prabhadevi Not many observers believe the denial of the party leaders and considering that it was again unaccounted funds there is no chance of a police complaint being filed Why do parties need this unaccounted cash It is this cash that sustains the “petrol allowance” for workers daily wages of party workers free gifts for voters money given to those brought to rallies and public processions “paid news” and other undeclared electoral practices From my own experience as a candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party from Chandigarh during the recent Lok Sabha elections I can vouch that it is possible to have a completely transparent election account Before joining active politics I also mistakenly believed that without “lots of money” you can’t fight an election The limit set by the EC on candidate spending even for someone from a smaller party is sufficient to run an honest and effective campaign (While candidate expenditure is restricted and somewhat regulated spending by the party in a constituency is neither regulated nor has a limit This gives bigger and richer parties a huge advantage over others) Further raising campaign funds honestly and transparently is possible My campaign was run on the money we raised openly Transparent fundraising is a sine qua non if we expect our representatives to remain honest during the course of their political life Because anyone who invests all her savings or unaccounted money from “friends” in an election will eventually need to recover it for a “return on investment” The seeds of corruption in political life are sown right there In an address in Mumbai last year RBI governor Raghuram Rajan explained the vicious cycle perpetuated by this unaccounted money: “The crooked politician needs the businessman to provide the funds that allow him to supply patronage to the poor and fight elections The corrupt businessman needs the crooked politician to get public resources and contracts cheaply And the politician needs the votes of the poor and the underprivileged Every constituency is tied to the other in a cycle of dependence which ensures that the status quo prevails” The AAP has tried to break this vicious cycle by being transparent about its fundraising The details of every single rupee raised by the party are available in the public domain It has also tried innovative methods like paid seats at dinner meetings and tea with party leaders At one such meeting last year Arvind Kejriwal raised Rs 91 lakh from donors When the party took this initiative to raise funds before the Lok Sabha elections it was criticised by the Congress Even today instead of following this transparent model of political fundraising other parties avoid this question altogether and seek refuge in critiquing the innovative fundraising methods used by the AAP The answer perhaps lies in the EC creating better institutional benchmarks We can take a cue from the way political funding is approached in the US for instance — where campaign strength hinges on who raises more money — but at least everyone knows the source of those funds Whether the donation is for Rs 100 or Rs 20000 it needs to be accounted for Why should only donations above Rs 20000 be entered in the books The BJP is yet to submit its donations report for 2013-14 to the EC despite the submission deadline being October 31 2014 The list submitted by the Congress doesn’t have the PAN details of its donors These parties should be penalised for blatant violation of rules Given the heightened public interest in our polity the time has come to educate the voter about election spending and fundraising Media and civil society can play a part but the lead will have to be taken by the parties themselves Let us hope parties will initiate this process on their own Because if they don’t the Indian voter will not forgive them The writer is a member of the national executive of the Aam Aadmi Party Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: July 17 2015 12:49 am A second spacecraft could join Soyuz 19 after the latter’s link-up with Apollo it was reported Related News The subversion of the Constitution continued with the government amending Misa through an ordinance making it impossible for any person including a foreigner detained under the act to claim the right to personal liberty by virtue of natural or common law The ordinance also gave more powers to the government to seize property of absconders Twenty-point Panel Congress President DK Barooah set up a seven-member panel to suggest ways to involve the rank and file of the party in the implementation of the prime minister’s 20-point programme The panel members were ministers Jagjivan Ram YB Chavan and Chandrajit Yadav two chief ministers Bansi Lal and Zail Singh Intuc leader BC Bhagwati and Congress general secretary PV Narasimha Rao The panel was to submit a report in a week’s time PM’s School Days In a letter published in Hindi children’s magazine Nandan Prime Minister Indira Gandhi claimed she was twice punished by teachers during her school days The first time was when she was eight and studying at a Swiss boarding school The second was when she was at a convent school in Allahabad where “everything Indian was discouraged” Houston Calling The final preparations were on for the Soyuz-Apollo link-up in space The Soviet spacecraft shifted into position as cosmonauts completed repairs on the docking system Photographs were relayed from the Soyuz to the Houston mission control centre for final clearance The docking problem was discovered aboard Apollo and conveyed to Houston Houston then instructed Soyuz on repairs which were carried out by the three cosmonauts A second spacecraft could join Soyuz 19 after the latter’s link-up with Apollo it was reported For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | New Delhi | Published: December 23 2016 7:16 pm Randeep Hooda’s Sarbjit has made it to an initial list of 336 feature films eligible for Best Picture in 2016 at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards Top News Actor Randeep Hooda whose film Sarbjit has made it to an initial list of 336 feature films eligible for Best Picture in 2016 at the upcoming 89th Academy Awards is hoping that it wins the Oscar The film directed by Omung Kumar is a biopic on Sarabjit Singh an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later Dangal movie review Randeep whose performance as the title character was critically acclaimed told IANS via email: “It feels great to have one’s work appreciated by the Academy Awards which I feel mostly recognises cinematic excellence A lot of people had at the time of release deemed this particular performance Oscar-worthy and then one hears this” He has high hopes from the movie More from the world of Entertainment: “Not only that I hope it goes on to win it But as far as I know there is a lot lobbying required to get to that point As you can see I’m not good at all at that” he added The 40-year-old actor says if the film makes it to the final list he would like to attend the awards gala and would want to take a “few key people” in his life Randeep has congratulated the entire cast and crew of the film which also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Darshan Kumar For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top News
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Commenting on this, Makkar,as well as poverty in the terminal year,the latest estimates of the Planning Commission, all were treated and sent home. “I want to do it (Hindi film). download Indian Express App More Related Newsfiled in February 2012, For all the latest Ahmedabad News, who had earlier been cast in Dibakar Banerjee’s “Shanghai”.
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