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For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Moscow | Published: September 10 2017 3:05 am Infantino and Putin took turns to hold the World Cup in their hands before it started its 123-day 26000 km journey (Source: Reuters) Top News Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Saturday launched the World Cup trophy on a tour across Russia ahead of the 2018 championship with the head of world soccer’s governing body lauding Russia’s readiness for the event “To the people of Russia I tell them: enjoy and celebrate the trophy tour and then the World Cup And to the people of the world I tell them: come to Russia enjoy Russia and celebrate the World Cup” Infantino said standing next to Putin on a stage in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium Surrounded by hundreds of young soccer players Infantino and Putin took turns to hold the FIFA World Cup in their hands before it started its 123-day 26000 km (16250 mile) journey “We are starting now the tour…to prepare the whole world for next year’s event when in this stadium three billion people around the world will watch this trophy being handed over to the next world champion” Infantino said Moscow has eased visa regulations for foreign soccer fans and pumped billions of dollars into stadiums hotels and other infrastructure as the Kremlin is keen to improve Russia’s image in its worst crisis with the West since the Cold War Russia has come under several rounds of Western sanctions over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s role in Ukraine’s conflict with pro-Russian separatists “Everything is proceeding according to plan everything is financed properly” Putin told Infantino at a separate meeting later in remarks shown by state television The Luzhniki stadium which has undergone a five-year reconstruction will host the opening and final games of the World Cup 2018 For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Kapil Sibal | Updated: February 13 2015 11:18 am The government claimed that Indo-US relation had acquired fresh momentum through the resolution of outstanding issues in the Indo-US civil nuclear deal Related News By: Kapil Sibal A made-to-order “bonhomie” and “hype” were witnessed during US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to India Many “breakthrough understandings” were talked about The government claimed that Indo-US relations allegedly static in the last few years had acquired fresh momentum through the resolution of outstanding issues in the Indo-US civil nuclear deal RK Laxman passed away on January 26 Given the opportunity Laxman’s “common man” in his unique acerbic way would have exposed the hype While in opposition the BJP stalled every attempt by the UPA to seal the deal LK Advani had alleged “this particular bill makes us a subservient partner in the deal” He went on to say that the UPA was deluding the Indian people by saying “we are trying to give energy security to the country by this deal” (Lok Sabha 2008) Earlier he had said “It is doubly detrimental to India’s vital and long-term interests… we will renegotiate this deal to see that all the defective provisions in it are either deleted or this treaty is rejected completely” (Lok Sabha 2007) Arun Shourie lamented “We would become dependent on imported reactors and imported fuel… We are going to be dependent on the nuclear umbrella of the US even to survive in our own region” (Rajya Sabha 2006) Yashwant Sinha and Sushma Swaraj too opposed the bill UPA 1 despite the opposition staked its longevity on it with the CPM and allied parties withdrawing support The bill was cleared and the ensuing breakthrough was historic Share This Article Related Article In the course of negotiations as the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act 2010 took its final shape two problems arose One had to do with the liability of suppliers the other with the liability of the operator Since the UPA government did not enjoy a majority in the Rajya Sabha it had to submit to impositions by the Opposition The BJP insisted that the international liability norms concerning suppliers were unacceptable that in the event of an incident like Fukushima suppliers would escape both civil and criminal liability The tragic experience of the Bhopal gas leak provided the rationale for an emotive argument Section 46 of the 2010 Act states: “that the provisions of this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any other law for the time being in force and nothing contained herein shall exempt the operator from any proceeding which might apart from this Act be instituted against such operator” This meant that the liability of the supplier is unlimited in the event of a tort claim for damages Another provision in Section 17(b) entitled the operator to the right of recourse against the supplier or his employee inter alia for a nuclear incident for patent or latent defects sub-standard supplies services equipment or material The BJP was aware that such provisions would dampen the prospects of supply of nuclear reactors and technology from entities in the US and France Because of our strong ties with Russia we were hoping that we could persuade them to do business with us despite the unlimited liability clause These provisions proved to be problematic Now the BJP is seeking to correct its monumental error by negotiating around the legislative impasse for which they were responsible The inclusion of Section 46 and Section 17(b) was the result of a mindset in which the national interest was made subservient to the BJP’s partisan politics Yet no negotiations or assurances can override Sections 46 and 17(b) The government is not forthcoming when questioned about the details leading to the alleged “breakthrough understanding” The little that we know may be analysed as follows One the alleged understanding seeks to establish an insurance pool which will protect nuclear operators and suppliers to the extent of $250 million in damages Two a legal memorandum will be drawn up to comfort suppliers that the Indian liability law is consistent with international norms Three a new system of reporting on the status of nuclear fuel and other material supplied by the US There is no document executed by the two governments that reflects the above What we perhaps have is a way forward without reference to either the legality or acceptability of the claimed breakthrough No understanding can override the specific provisions of the Nuclear Liability Act and provide comfort to nuclear suppliers The BJP by insisting on the specific language of Section 46 and 17(b) had effectively stalled companies like Toshiba Westinghouse Electric and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy from selling materials or building nuclear power plants in India On the issue of creating an insurance pool to cover $250 million in damages in the event of a nuclear incident the government of India is alleged to have committed to a cover of an additional $200 million apart from aligning itself with the Vienna convention on supplementary compensation The damage from Fukushima amounted to about $200 billion How would the insurance pool and the additional cover of $200 million secure the concerns of suppliers for damages Leaders may seek political mileage through hype calling such an arrangement a breakthrough But the stark reality is that the investment will only come when GE or Westinghouse considers this arrangement acceptable As long as Section 46 and Section 17(b) continue to be part of the Act of 2010 both GE and Westinghouse will be exposed to unlimited liability No matter what Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India’s liability laws cannot be overturned or jettisoned by government memorandum and soundbites on television The attorney general’s opinion in the form of a legal memorandum cannot amend the statute; it must be consistent with the statute To claim any understanding in the manner suggested is to fool the people of India Modi has attempted to do it in the past and he may attempt to do it in future But investors cannot be fooled The third issue is the requirement to provide information about the form amount and location of any uranium supplied to make sure that it is not diverted for military use It is a requirement under the Hyde Act of 2006 That is a problem that Obama will have to resolve with the US Congress That is the least of the problems Obama or his successor may well persuade Congress to accept tracking of information through the International Atomic Energy Agency and seek comfort therein The BJP today has managed to do yet another U-turn Instead of renegotiating it now lauds the deal It wishes to cure the hurdle it was responsible for Now it is congratulating itself for providing a solution which is not in sight And the media looks the other way The writer a senior Congress leader is a former Union minister For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: August 8 2014 1:57 am The urban Anglophone would be required to demonstrate competence in one Indian language This would eliminate the advantage of the English-monolingual Related News By: Alok Ra Predictably the politicians have won — the UPSC has backed down on the matter of the minimal English requirement for the prelims the CSAT Politicians after all presume to rule the country with no minimum qualifications at all — evidently even a criminal record is merely desirable not compulsory Indeed from the point of view of popular (and populist) politicians the best examination is the one in which everyone makes it But of course the whole point of an examination is to set up gates and filters of different competencies so that everyone does not get through Only a limited number of candidates — and indeed candidates of a certain minimum quality — reach the next round Examinations by definition discriminate The only question that may legitimately be raised is whether they are discriminating on valid and relevant grounds There is a misleading discussion surrounding the CSAT controversy that should be disposed of at the outset This has to do with whether or not English is required in order to run the administration of this great country From the available evidence of course there is pretty little required of the average bureaucrat — beyond greed that is — and that requires no language at all Most of the business of administration is carried on in the local language — and in any case file notings are hardly a literary genre requiring high linguistic competence All of this is true — as also the fact that the Constitution and the laws of the country are primarily in English — for historical if also regrettable reasons But contrary to currently dominant fashions regret cannot undo history And putative bureaucrats should have a passing familiarity with the Constitution at least However the main argument in favour of retaining the linguistic (and so English) component in the CSAT examination is that traditionally linguistic ability has been considered one index of intellectual ability — along with mathematical and analytic ability The argument that the English component favours — confers an advantage on — candidates of a certain class and social background is in my opinion entirely valid Yogendra Yadav’s claim (‘And the winner is English’ IE August 4) regarding the linguistic apartheid that is prevalent in our country is undeniable There is an entire class whose claim to the disproportionate attention they get derives from a certain fluency an ability to gabble in English And I can certainly imagine designing an English examination that filters these fluent semi-literates out Even though it would leave the deep injustice of the larger social conjuncture undisturbed However the immediate problem before the UPSC is to somehow equalise the difficulty felt by the English-unknowing in comparison with the gabblers — to level the playing field This problem can be addressed in two diametrically opposite ways The first predictably preferred by the politicians is to do away with the linguistic requirement altogether simply lower the bar in order to accommodate the vociferous demand from an electorally significant Hindi-belt demographic The educationally more appropriate response in my view would be not to lower the bar but to raise it still higher — by adding another compulsory “vernacular” language component to the CSAT The urban Anglophone would be required to demonstrate competence in any one Indian language of her choice — other than English This would at one stroke eliminate the advantage of the urban English-monolingual Indeed the “vernacular” component — Hindi or Bangla or Tamil — can also be so devised that it eliminates those whose vernacular competence goes little beyond ordering their servants After all linguistic competence at least in aspirants to the higher civil services must include skills like analysing discursive prose summarising arguments and analysing complex issues And the candidates who succeed in this modified — already a loaded word — CSAT would therefore be competent bilinguals and so much better equipped to deal with the challenges of administration The writer used to teach English at Delhi University For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe distinguished Ajax teams of the past have always been remembered for being freakishly talented and comprising mostly young home products Ajax last won a European Cup when they beat AC Milan 22 years ago When the two teams lined up for the match one could easily mistake Ajax for a youth side Except for the two veterans Danny Blind and Frank Rijkaard every player on the Dutch team was below the age of 25 Milan had one player under the age of 26 The difference was stark On Wednesday night in Stockholm Ajax will make their first European final appearance since they lost the Champions League to Juventus in 1996 in Rome After winning the year before Ajax couldn’t get the better of another Italian opposition and stumbled on penalties Ajax’ Kasper Dolberg (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Europa League semi-final AFP Twenty-two years later the Ajax team that greatly resembles the Champions League winning one of 1995 will take on Premier League’s fallen giants Manchester United One of the attributes that bring nostalgia is the similarity in age Only on this team the players are even younger The Ajax team that demolished Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final did so with an average age of 20 Matthijs de Ligt is 17 and has become a crucial part of the Ajax unit He became Holland’s youngest international since 1931 when he featured against Bulgaria in March Like his father Patrick in 1995 Justin Kluivert is now 18 and is eager to make a mark like his dad did in the 1995 final Nineteen-year-old Dane Kasper Dolberg has possibly been the most spoken about player in the last few weeks The player has scored 22 times this season and has established himself as arguably one of the two most sought-after teenage strikers in Europe Ajax renowned for consistently producing brilliant footballers don’t have such a young team by coincidence Marc Overmars won the Champions League in 1995 with Ajax and took over as the new technical director in 2012 His one goal was to get Ajax the old European glory one he had experienced first-hand “That is why I feel the comparison to 1995 Because we were also schoolboys If you see the training (now) we have some schoolboys real schoolboys But they can play fantastic football” It is not as though the Dutch side hasn’t spent money and has solely relied on incorporating players from its renowned academy The 20-year-old centre-back Davinson Sanchez signed last summer from Atletico Nacional in Colombia for 5million a sum that looks like a bargain in hindsight The defender has already been a target of Barcelona and Chelsea and with good reason He fits Ajax’s style as an attack-minded defender and constantly keeps the game moving he has attempted and completed more passes than anyone in the league averaging 709 passes every game Hakim Ziyech the 24-year-old has remained a decisive influence throughout the campaign for Ajax who spent 935m on him last summer after he impressed with Twente He has scored nine goals and grabbed 15 assists this season Three of those assists came in Ajax’s resounding 4-1 win over Lyon in the Europa League semi-final In January for the first time under Overmars Ajax broke the 10m ceiling to sign the very highly-rated Brazilian forward David Neres from Sao Paulo The 20-year-old scored three times in his first six matches Ajax have assembled a clever mix of homegrown products and smart buys which is reminiscent of the 1995 team When the two teams line up in Stockholm on Wednesday there is another very important reason to feel nostalgic Ajax’s 1995 opponents Milan were built with lavish players Gianluigi Lentini was bought for a world-record transfer fee of 13m Christian Panucci for 7m and Marcel Desailly for 44m clearly illustrating that buying the way to the top was already a more comfortable and easier route to getting close to silverware Similarly Ajax’s opponents on Wednesday Manchester United spent profligately in the summer with Mourinho splurging 893 million for Paul Pogba a record for highest football transfer fee In fact Manchester United have spent more on transfers in the last three years than Ajax have since World War 2 (adjusted for inflation) an incredible statistic doing the rounds as we build up towards the final Without a doubt these comparisons and the need to honour tradition add pressure on the young shoulders wearing the Ajax colours One of the reasons Ajax has succeeded so far is because they have played without pressure At this stage though it’s natural for expectations to grow around the country and sure enough people want this young team to cross the line The young team whose average age barely makes the drinking age in India must keep their heads in the right place If Ajax manage to win against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United they can once again give footballing world hope that smaller and less wealthier clubs can also win one of the biggest prizes in the sport It is true that ‘big’ and rich names have always maintained a hegemony in both the European Cups The occasional aberrations have been there an underdog has risen from time to time but it has always been an anomaly with normalcy restoring soon after It happened after the 1996 final loss to Juventus for Ajax and it may happen immediately after this year if they lose as their players will leave something the Dutch club has accepted given their reputation for being a ‘feeder club’ Almost all the starting players in the Ajax team have been linked with a foreign club but a win in the competition may ensure these young starlets stay for longer giving the illustrious club a chance to give another story to remember in the Champions League next season European competitions need a hero to remind the world that there is merit in waiting for talent to develop that a well-managed squad with good tactics and philosophy can come and take the prize from the big guns That an alternative exists to buying your way to the top is not just a folklore and is a reminder the world needs from time to time The time is now By: AFP | Manchester | Published: February 25 2017 1:51 pm Jose Mourinho has said he would pick the best side for the League Cup final against Southampton (Source: Reuters) Top News Jose Mourinho won’t let his heart rule his head as the Manchester United manager ponders handing Wayne Rooney a start in the League Cup Final against Southampton on Sunday Rooney 31 announced on Thursday that he will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season after turning down lucrative offers from Chinese Super League clubs In response Mourinho confirmed Rooney would be involved at Wembley for what could prove to be his final appearance at the famous stadium for United Rooney has only started three games since before Christmas all of them in the FA or League Cup and playe just 45 minutes in February due to injury Mourinho has not ruled out naming his club captain in his starting line up although he will not let sentiment cloud his decision “Only the best 11 players” said Mourinho of his selection philosophy “We win all together It doesn’t matter if you play or didn’t play if you play a lot or don’t play much I go for the best possible team “I have to make a decision You know that we normally play two different systems Sometimes we play with two midfield players and a ‘number 10’ if you want to call it that He is an option for me A final is a special match and he’s an option for me” The absence of in-form Henrikh Mkhitaryan who picked up an injury in the midweek Europa League victory at Saint Etienne has improved Rooney’s chances of adding to the League Cups he won with United in 2006 and 2010 Mourinho meanwhile can join legendary managers Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough in winning the League Cup for a record fourth time if he is successful against Southampton And although the Portuguese admits he has not found many players in his career who share his fanatical will to win a number of United’s stars are beginning to impress him in that area “There are some Not all of them” said Mourinho “I’ve found people in my career that in spite of super talented players (are not) naturally born winners or people ready to fight every day to win and win and keep winning “The Zanettis Lampards — these guys you don’t find every day But we have people who are showing to me that they want to win this match and this match is what matters now I think when you have a taste of good things you want to repeat When you are used to winning and you don’t win you miss it and you don’t accept it “We all know football is changing We all know that it is much more difficult than it was before But last season a very difficult season for the club and for the players along with the manager they managed to win a trophy It was a good taste for them So we have to try” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: February 16 2017 11:03 pm Ind A vs Aus 2017: Hardik Pandya has been dubbed as a limited overs expert (Source: AP) Top News Ready to wait for his turn to makehis debut in Test cricket India A skipper Hardik Pandya saidthe warm-up game against Australia would be a greatopportunity for fringe players to impress the selectors ahead of the four-Test series “It will be good opportunity for all of us specially meto perform and get the opportunity to play in the Test series?injuries. “The book doesn’t have much to do with facts and figures.the 11th SAFF Cup (South Asian Football Federation Championships),starting on 23 December said they look forward tocompetitive matches but voiced dissatisfaction over lack offacilities Addressing a pre-match press conference coaches ofparticipating teams-India Nepal Sri Lanka Afghanistan? During the arguments, alleging that the Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had “misled Delhi citizens by making false promises in the election manifesto in their bid to enjoy power and benefits”. the PGI administration in the order has asked the department heads that the doctor should be allowed rest for “half of the day”. It was in 2013,” Neha replies.

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