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Congress MLC Mohan Joshi,is likely to be completed within 30 months from the beginning of construction, he told Newsline on Sunday Jedhe Chowk in has been witnessing increasing number of vehicular traffic as well as movement of pedestrians due to the presence of MSRTC bus standa PMPML junction and two major roads towards Satara and Solapur cities The grade separator has been proposed from Shankarsheth Road upto Sarasbaug The two subways at Jedhe chowk will facilitate easy movement of pedestrians Joshi said the Hyderabad-based construction firm has prepared all the necessary designs of the proposed projectsand work on it would commence by formal foundation-laying stone ceremony soon For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 22 2013 2:20 am Related News Sanjay Kaushal and Shubh Mohan Singh have travelled the rail journey between Kalka and Shimla several timesand the result is From Earth to Skya photographic journey of the Kalka-Shimla railway trackwhich is being exhibited at the Punjab Kala BhawanSector 16Chandigarh till April 21 Some seen and many unseen aspects of this journeyplacespeoplestations is what the two travel enthusiasts and shutterbugs have been able to capture in the 58 photographs Kalrawho works with an insurance company and Singha psychiatrist by professionhave spent most of their weekends and holidays rambling in the hills and soaking in the silencebeauty and timelessness of this tracka UNESCO World Heritage Site While Kalra walked and photographed his way from Kalka to ShimlaSingh confesses he was more laidback But both have strived to capture every mood and nuance of this journeywithout being encumbered by nostalgia or clichés The starting point or The Arrival is a serene shot of dawn in the Kalka Railway Station A picture of Loco 706a coach on the trackmen at work on the track to ensure a smooth journey and KC520one of the oldest steam engines running to date gives a glimpse of the spirit of the trip What makes the exhibition absorbing is the effort that has gone into incorporating the landscapelife and people on the stations and tracks There are as many as 20 stations between Kalka and Shimlaand the photographs give a glimpse of how time stands still here Quaintsilentgreencleanunaffected by machinesthe photographers admit you can spend hours here The haltsvendorspassengersrainsnowwindthey come alive in the photographs The staff is so polite and friendlyand the railways employees went out of their way to guide us about train timings to where a better camera angle can be found This exhibition is a tribute to them? reflect the two The train on bride 226a photograph capturing the terrace farmsa view of the station from the Barog station verandaha small tea stall at Dharampura black and white depicting people huddling for warmth as the mist envelops the traina snapshot of the proud Prabhu Dyal Singha loco pilot on his day of retirement…this journey through the lens of Kaushal and Singh inspires you to book a ticket For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 4 2012 1:42 am Related News In a setback for the National Investigation Agency (NIA)the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday set aside the order of the Panchkula NIA court in which it had extended the deadline to file a supplementary chargesheet against Kamal Chauhanthe alleged bomber in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case The NIA Court has been directed to decide afreshwithin 10 daysthe request of the investigating agency to grant it additional time of 90 days to submit supplementary chargesheet against Chauhan An investigating agency has to present its chargesheet against an accused within 90 days failing which the accused is entitled to bail Earlierthe agency had moved the NIA Court after it failed to submit the supplementary chargesheet against the alleged bomber The NIA had sought extension on the ground that it needs to conduct more investigation after which it will be able to submit the supplementary chargesheet The same was allowed by the NIA Court via an order dated May 9 AggrievedChauhan had moved the high court challenging the NIA Court order Chauhan was arrested at the NIA on February 12 and is at present behind the bars in Ambala Central Jail He had allegedly planted one of the four bombs in Samjhauta Express train bound for Lahore For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIt’s almost like a Marvel-Netflix superhero production: Evil boss keeps sending cronies to beat up the hero but one by one they get sent back with swollen eyes and missing teeth Evil boss sends better henchmen but they just come back with better beatings Evil boss cries with frustration “Is there no one who can beat this man” That is the question most IPL franchises are asking about Rising Pune Supergiant opener Rahul Tripathi Rising Pune Supergiant’s Rahul Tripathi drives against Kolkata Knight Riders Sportzpics/IPL Mr Consistent In his last eight games Tripathi has crossed 30 seven times He has done so at the strike rate of over 150 making the most of the field restrictions So far no team has been able to rein him in despite mounting video evidence that can be used against him When they tried bowling short he has pulled nonchalantly When they tried using spin he has brought out the sweep When they tried pure pace all they did was play to his strengths The one time he was dismissed cheaply it was by his own hand a poor call resulting in a run out To paraphrase Jennifer Aniston’s character from Friends they just keep lobbing them up and he just keeps knocking them out of the park On Wednesday night in front of a 59000 strong crowd at the Eden Gardens he put on his most brutal display ever 93 runs off 52 balls striking at close to 180 Yet never for a moment did it look like he struck the ball in anger Complementing his belligerence was the guile of Jaydev Unadkat with the ball Unadkat dismissed Sunil Narine in the first over of the game denying the Kolkata Knight Riders the flying starts Narine had been providing them Pune’s two Indian talents have helped them climb to third on the ladder and are good signs leading into the back end of the tournament The team will be without Ben Stokes should they make the playoffs and the performance of the local players is heartening Unadkat proves a point against ex-team Unadkat had a brilliant run in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy knockouts snaring nine wickets in the quarter-finals and eleven in the semis He was one of the chief constructors of Saurashtra’s final appearance in 2016 Yet he failed to make the West Zone squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year and was one of three Indian players released by KKR a team with a reputation for player retention (Unadkat’s Twitter display picture still has him in a KKR shirt) So it was an opportune moment for the 25-year-old from Porbander to shine Against his old team he started with a wicket maiden Despite some help from the surface for his seam up deliveries his third ball was a slower off cutter and he would bowl two more of those in the over It was that delivery that accounted for Narine who has flourished as a pinch hitter in this competition Unadkat returned to bowl his third over late in the game and again bowled a parsimonious one dismissing Colin de Grandhomme who was batting on 36 off 19 balls At that point his figures read 3-1-7-2 Unfortunately he didn’t finish as well conceding 21 runs in his final over Nonetheless his spell was vital in restricting KKR to 155 Overall Unadkat’s season economy is under eight runs per over which is outstanding considering he bowls primarily in the powerplay and at the death It is also below his overall IPL economy rate underlining his value to the RPS side this season Tripathi’s masterclass The chase of 155 on a track that slightly favoured the bowlers was like a 400 metre race RPS could either pace themselves setting small targets and keep wickets in hand to sprint at the end Or they could treat the start as a sprint break the back of the competition in the first 100 metres and then hope there was enough in the tank to coast home Tripathi preferred option two and he had plenty left in the tank at the end although he almost ran out of partners By the time the mandatory powerplay was up RPS had lost both Ajinkya Rahane and captain Steve Smith cheaply Normally this would be a cause for consternation except that the score was 74 making it their best powerplay score It also made Tripathi the highest run scorer in powerplays in this IPL going past David Warner despite playing one game less The highlight of Tripathi’s innings was how at ease he looked even against KKR’s sharp pace attack The pull shot he played to Umesh Yadav India’s best fast bowler was half a foot above his head yet Tripathi was in complete control of it sending it from the off stump behind square for six Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile was treated to four boundaries and a six in his second over Throughout the tournament Tripathi has countered international bowlers comfortably never playing to their reputations testament to his preparation and self belief If he looked right at home against pace he has handled spin well too He is not one to play the scoop or lap shots and no doubt KKR knew that and so left short fine leg vacant while Narine was on Tripathi immediately improvised moving to the offside and helping the ball in that direction That he played an out of character shot to bring up his fifty also tells us that he is not bothered with personal milestones although he was visibly disappointed when dismissed within touching distance of a hundred Speaking at the post match presentation Tripathi must have said the word ‘enjoyed’ about 15 times in two minutes But even if he hadn’t it was written all over his face He could not stop smiling while talking and it was genuinely infectious; everyone who was watching could not help but smile at him This wasn’t a kid-in-a-candy-store grin this was the kid-in-Willy-Wonka’s-Chocolate-factory version In a week where powerplays of a more ugly kind have grabbed the headlines Tripathi’s knock and his smile were exactly what everyone needed Simply by being himself he has reminded us of the best of the IPL and the best of cricket Hanoi: The United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam’s coast guard in a move that expands their security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea Representational image Wikipedia The six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats were officially handed over by American Ambassador Ted Osius to the coast guard on Monday in the central province of Quang Nam The embassy said in a statement that the handover represented deepening cooperation in maritime law enforcement and humanitarian assistance in Vietnam’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone The two countries have seen increased cooperation in security and defence in addition to business and investment ties since they restored diplomatic ties more than 20 years ago By: PTI | Abu Dhabi | Published: November 26 2016 8:42 pm Force India are on the verge of finishing a record fourth in the team standings (Source: AP) Top News Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perezwill start the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from seventhand eighth on the grid courtesy a solid showing in the qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit It is a landmark race for Force India who are on theverge of finishing a record fourth in the team standings They are 27 points ahead of rivals Williams in the battlefor fourth and only a disastrous race can stop the Silverstonesquad from achieving the milestone Perez starts behind Hulkenberg who in the middle of hisfinal race at Force India as he moves to Renault next year The Williams of Felipa Massa who is retiring fromFormula 1 after tomorrow’s race and Valtteri Bottas willstart behind the Force India drivers after setting the 10thand 11th fastest time in qualifying For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai | Updated: May 11 2016 10:43 am At one point the good Samaritan expanded his line of work to include a first aid box offering on his commute a quick fix medication for minor ailments such as a fever or an abrasion Deepak Joshi Related News “Mohabbatwallah paani maalik ka paani thanda paani” On Mumbai’s dusty always crowded railway stations the words shouted out are as much manna from heaven as the promised sip As 73-year-old Rajkumar Singhania calls out to the thirsty at Thakurli railway station a few dozen smiles break out immediately around him Dressed in his white kurta-pyjamas Singhania hands out bottles of cold water to eager hands Carrying nine 25-litre bottles in two large canvas bags Singhania boards the 854 am slow local to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus heading to Masjid Bunder where he works long past retirement age as a cashier at a private firm Inside the train as he continues to offer his bottles of water to the crush of commuters the regulars begin to tell the few who don’t already know him that this is Rajubhai Paaniwallah Share This Article Related Article In fact Singhania is the unofficial ‘waterman’ of Mumbai’s railway network spotted every day shouting out his evocative slogans and an invitation “Paani le lo paani” So there are few on the 854 am slow local who don’t know him already For six days a week without a break for about 30 years Singhania — a name few recognise him by — has boarded this train and conducted this same ritual now a labour of love repeating it on his ride back home from work “It is so hot these days and so many places have water cuts I know people who walk to the railway station to save money sometimes several kilometres By the time they reach Thakurli station they are thirsty It is for them that I carry the water” Singhania tells The Indian Express Ask why and the septuagenarian says “Yeh malik ka kaam hain main kuch nahin kar raha (This is God’s work I’m doing nothing) I only carry water from home to the station” He calls the daily distribution of water to thirsty railway commuters his “nasha” or intoxication His daughter Vaishali though has a more matter-of-fact explanation “Dad used to carry a bottle of water for himself When people on the train would ask for water he would hand over his bottle and have hardly any water left for himself by the end So my mother started giving him an extra bottle for commuters” says Vaishali in her late twenties The family had not even the faintest idea what that extra bottle of water would lead to The gradually rising number of water bottles Singhania carried peaked when he was in his own words “healthy like Dara Singh” That was 150 smaller bottles of water with a dash of rose water a bag of 75 bottles on each shoulder At one point the good Samaritan expanded his line of work to include a first aid box offering on his commute a quick fix medication for minor ailments such as a fever or an abrasion “Those days I would return home on the last train and reach around 2 am I would sometimes meet people running a fever or having a headache I would wonder how at that late hour they would find any medication That is when I decided to carry a first aid box” says Singhania seated in his 1-room-kitchen residence located a 5-minute walk away from Thakurli station Having retired several years ago Singhania continues to work to keep himself active Vaishali believes her father goes to work only so he can serve water to railway commuters “His office has allowed him a first class railway pass but he travels by second class He says people in the first class compartment are wary of drinking water offered by a stranger” she says At office too he declined when an air conditioner was to be installed where he sits “The machine would have been kept where I keep my three pots two filled with water and one with grain for birds to eat” he explains While Singhania is now easily recognised on the train and at Thakurli and Masjid Bunder stations as Rajubhai Paaniwallah others in Thakurli know him too Vaishali recounts an incident that took place when she was in Class III Her friends were returning home late one night and were thirsty “My best friend told me about a man distributing water in the train I started laughing and told her that was my father” she remembers The following day her friends and their family came home to meet Singhania Always willing to talk about his drive to quench people’s thirst Singhania is however wary of any attention and avoids publicity “People will ask whether it’s because of the publicity that I carry water so I avoid it” he says In 30 years only once did he take a break for a few months That was in 2011 soon after his wife who helped fill his water bottles passed away “When he resumed work people would ask him for water and he’d feel so embarrassed that he began to travel in the luggage compartment” says Vaishali Finally after much cajoling the now somewhat unwell Singhania persuaded Vaishali to let him carry two bottles “Beti ko maska laga kar aaj nao bottle carry karta hoon (I’ve sweet-talked my daughter into letting me carry nine bottles now)” he says Vaishali’s concern stems from Singhania’s week knees and diabetes but she also wants to see him satisfied and doing what makes him happiest As a train rolls past at some distance she adds “That may be his lifeline but he is my lifeline” For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Published: August 2 2016 9:09 pm Baba Rahman who signed for Chelsea from German side Augsburg last season made 23 appearances for the London side (Source: Reuters) Top News Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has joined Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a season-long loan the two clubs announced on Tuesday The 22-year-old who signed for Chelsea from German side Augsburg last season made 23 appearances for the London side in all competitions as he struggled to break into the first-team Chelsea finished 10th in the league table last season Rahman will team up with his former Augsburg manager Markus Weinzierl who was appointed as Schalke’s manager this summer “He will fit in well here because of his excellent attitude” Weinzierl told the German club’s website (wwwschalke04de) For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Published: January 10 2017 7:46 pm Nathan Ake is convinced that the initial struggle for playing time under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth has helped him become a better player (Source: Reuters) Top News Defender Nathan Ake is determined to make an impact with Premier League leaders Chelsea after manager Antonio Conte cut short his loan spell with Bournemouth Ake is convinced that the initial struggle for playing time under manager Eddie Howe had helped him become a better player with the Cherries “Over the six months I feel I have developed as a player both on and off the pitch” Ake told the Bournemouth website (wwwafcbcouk) “To start with I wasn’t playing too much but I dealt with that mentally kept going and was happy when I got my chance” The 21-year-old made 12 appearances for Bournemouth in the first half of the season and also scored three goals including the winner against Liverpool in the league Having returned at Stamford Bridge Ake will be up against defenders David Luiz Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta who have been a part of the back-three system that has conceded only 15 goals so far in the league this season “The ambition now is to continue to improve and break into the team at Chelsea “It’s a great team and the manager there has given me a lot of confidence so it’s something I’m looking forward to” he added Chelsea are five points clear in the league ahead of their trip to champions Leicester City on 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?? ? ?? but before that, But that paid off very well as everyone loved my role, The exact cause of his death will become clear once we speak to his family members who are on their way from Dhule to claim his body, he said For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: November 1 2010 6:57 pm Related News The wedding reception of Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and his bride Priyanka Alva in Mumbai on Sunday night saw a mix of film industry celebrities and political party leaders The two got married in Bangalore on October 29 and the reception at a suburban five star hotel saw political guests like Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swarajsenior BJP leader L K AdvaniMaharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan BhujbalCivil aviation minister Praful PatelCongress MP Sanjay Nirupam in attendance to wish the newly weds Adi and Parmeshwar Godrej represented the corporate sector Former cricketer Kiran More and Namal Rajpaksheson of Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajpakshe were among other guests Askhay KumarJackie ShroffTabuGulshan GroverRitesh DeshmukhRamesh SippySajid KhanFarah KhanGenelia D’SouzaFardeen KhanShakti KapoorDavid DhawanZoya AkhtarSalim KhanRam Gopal VermaVishal BharadwajKen GhoshShatrughan Sinha were prominent guests from the film industry Vivek’s outfit was designed by Rohit Bal while Priyanka wore a Sushma Vaid-Sonia Sahaney creation Over 1800 candles and 30000 ‘rajnigandha’ flowers were used for the decorations For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Published: June 2 2015 12:09 am Manohar Parrikar and Ashton B Carter are under pressure to cope with the challenges of the current fluid power dynamic in Asia Related News US Defence Secretary Ashton B Carter on his first visit to New Delhi after taking charge will hold talks with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar this week On the face of it Parrikar and Carter have little in common The former Goa chief minister is a newcomer to the national stage; Carter’s formidable reputation as a leading defence intellectual precedes him Carter has served as assistant secretary undersecretary and deputy secretary in the Pentagon since the early 1990s before becoming the top gun of the US defence department last year He has taught at Oxford University and the Harvard Kennedy School But Carter and Parrikar do share an interest in science and technology Carter has a PhD in theoretical physics from Oxford Parrikar has graduated from IIT-Mumbai in metallurgical engineering run a private business producing hydraulic equipment and is interested in fluid power engineering This shared background might come in handy as the two leaders seek to inject fresh life into the Indo-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Although it was launched with much fanfare under UPA 2 there has been little progress Carter who led the negotiations on the US side when the DTTI was launched in 2012 is acutely conscious of the problems on both sides If he is eager to impart greater strategic purpose to America’s bilateral defence relationship with India Carter will find Parrikar rather different from his predecessor at South Block — AK Antony Sea Change Within a year the Narendra Modi government has brought significant changes to India’s defence policy It has ended the paralysis on arms acquisition and put greater emphasis on creating a defence industrial base It has encouraged the participation of private and foreign capital in Indian defence production These initiatives have created a much better policy environment for the DTTI Equally important Parrikar has demonstrated the political will to shake things up in the MoD which had become acutely sclerotic under Antony’s extended reign Parrikar decisively cut through the bureaucratic logjam on the purchase of Rafale fighters He has also taken the surgeon’s knife to the DRDO After sacking the DRDO chief earlier Parrikar has separated the posts of DRDO chief and scientific advisor to the defence minister For the first time since Indira Gandhi brought a young scientist VS Arunachalam to head the DRDO in the early 1980s Parrikar has injected younger blood into leadership positions Vietnam to Vizag That Carter is stopping at the Visakhapatnam naval station on his way from Vietnam to Delhi tells us how radically the Asian context for an India-US partnership has changed Vietnam which inflicted a humiliating military defeat on the US exactly four decades ago is now actively seeking stronger defence ties with Washington Well until the mid-1980s Delhi had to constantly deal with Washington’s misperception that India had given base facilities to the Soviet Union in Vizag Today Carter sees Vizag as the lynchpin of India’s “Act East” strategy Vietnam and India have not given up their security cooperation with Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union Even as they buy weapons from Moscow Delhi and Hanoi see Washington as critical to the new balance of power a part of their “Russia Plus” strategy amid the rapid rise of Chinese military power Last January PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama unveiled a new vision for security cooperation in Asia and the Pacific It is now up to Parrikar and Carter to translate that vision into a practical roadmap on a range of areas — from collaboration on aircraft carrier design to coordination of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and from joint production of weapons systems to coordination with friends and partners in the Indo-Pacific Carter’s well-known commitment to deepening defence cooperation with India and Parrikar’s determination to recast India’s defence structures do set the stage for a rebooting of the India-US strategic partnership Both are under pressure to cope with the challenges of the current fluid power dynamic in Asia The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 12 2017 6:19 pm Deepika Padukone’s Hollywood debut film xXx: Return of Xander Cage will release on January 14 in India Top News Deepika Padukone has started promoting her upcoming Hollywood debut xXx: Return of Xander Cage and the actor is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that she becomes the talk of the town The actor began the promotional tour from Mexico with her team appeared at the after party of the Golden Globe Awards and wrapped up London’s premiere But nowhere did she miss a chance to attract shutterbugs While her glimpse in the trailer of the film has already made all of us impatient Deepika’s outfits at every international event are giving Bollywood industry some major style goals But it is not really about how she looks it’s about the confidence she is showing on all different platforms Look at some more pictures of Deepika Padukone from London premiere of xXx: Return of Xander Cage [Video] Deepika Padukone arriving at the #xXxPremiere (tfs @TeamDeepikaMY) pictwittercom/WCiOoB8KU5 — Deepika Padukone FC (@DeepikaPFC) January 11 2017 The Bollywood actor recently spoke about how her character of Serena is relatable for every woman around the world In a video released by Paramount pictures Deepika spoke about her debut film and the character she plays ““When you first meet Serena you don’t know whose side she is on She is a representation of women in today’s world She is independent intelligent and can stand up for herself She is always observing learning I think what draws Xander to Serena is the fact that he sees a lot of him in her You realise how similar they are to each other and then you see how they work together as a team Slowly you discover that she is there for a much larger mission” said the 31-year-old actor WATCH VIDEO|Hollywood’s Vin Diesel Arrives Hand In Hand With Deepika Padukone For xXx Promotion Earlier her co-star Vin Diesel was seen gushing over the leggy lass actor and spoke about their first meeting “It was so wonderful to work with Deepika The first time we met we were doing a test for Furious 7… but when we did do the test the whole room was buzzing with the electric chemistry that we had So we knew that sooner or later we would have to get together” he said The film starring Vin Diesel in the titular character was a long overdue threequel On the same note the director DJ Caruso explained why this is the right time bring it back “Now is the right time because of the zeitgeist of being a rebel and being who you are; sometimes you’re judged… right now the world is very accepting of being an individual and Xander is sort of great for the individuality” More from the world of Entertainment: xXx: Return of Xander Cage also stars Donnie Yen Kris Wu Ruby Rose Tony Jaa and Nina Dobrev The film will hit the theatres in India on January 14 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsPublished: August 6 2014 12:51 am It is difficult to imagine how any sensible government could be opposed to the TFA Related News By:Devashish Mitra At theWTO India just vetoed the Trade Facilitation Agreement that it had agreed on six months ago along with 159 other countries The reason being given by the Indian government is food security and concern for the poor in a country that has more than a quarter of the world’s poor In order to understand what India just did and whether it makes sense we need to know the answers to a number of questions What is the TFA and what does it try to achieve How can India have the power to veto something that affects 160 countries (almost the entire world) How is food security affected by this agreement Why did India accept the TFA in the first place in Bali if it wasn’t in its interests to do so In addition there are questions about India’s current policies themselves — whether they are efficient or distortionary The TFA is about removing red tape from customs procedures in all 160 member countries of the WTO It aims at reducing customs-related paperwork making customs procedures more transparent reducing customs clearance delays at ports providing clearer and timely information about customs rules tariffs and procedures through printed publications and the internet establishing a system of appealing customs decisions and provisioning for information to be shared with involved parties in case their goods are being detained at ports etc In the age of the internet most of these things can be done quite cheaply Also for the implementation of these provisions in the poorer countries financial assistance would be provided both through the WTO and the World Bank It is difficult to imagine how any sensible government could be opposed to these changes which are primarily aimed at reducing friction in the movement of goods across countries and increasing their flow by minimising inefficiencies and increasing transparency in the “governance” of international trade It is especially shocking when opposition to such an agreement comes from a government whose motto is “minimum government maximum governance” and given that over the last few decades trade has been the main engine of growth and has lifted millions out of poverty especially in China and India So what is the problem with the TFA with respect to food security The government of India guarantees farmers a minimum support price which is higher than the market price and sells foodgrain to consumers at a price much lower than the market price through its public distribution system Developing countries are allowed a margin of up to 10 per cent between the MSP and the world market price for their domestic procurement policies to be consistent with their WTO obligations to which they had agreed in 1994 at the Uruguay round of trade negotiations The prices being used to calculate the 10 per cent subsidy cap are the prices whose real values equal those in the late 1980s There is general agreement within the WTO that those prices are outdated and that this rule needs to be revised At the Bali meetings of the WTO in December 2013 India along with other developing countries was able to negotiate a “peace clause” that would allow it to go beyond the 10 per cent cap for its MSP with immunity from legal challenge from other WTO member countries for the next four years within which time period a permanent solution would be devised All 160 member countries agreed to the entire package containing the TFA along with the peace clause Note here that the WTO works through consensus which means each member country has veto power In other words at Bali each and every country thought that the package was in its interest This happened after several years of discussion and negotiation Now India with support from only Bolivia Cuba and Venezuela wants a permanent solution to the public food procurement problem before it signs the Bali TFA package In other words India does not trust the seriousness of the rest of the WTO member countries in finding a permanent solution to the problem The irony is that India is backtracking on an agreement which it had assured the rest of the world it would sign This itself constitutes a breach of trust International agreements cannot keep adjusting to changes of government in member countries In that case we can forget any country signing any agreement with another country especially one with a volatile polity such as India’s Finally let me end by just saying that this is not about food security It is more about subsidies to farmers through MSPs the benefits of which are being captured by big farmers It is about maintaining large stockpiles of foodgrain that India does not have the wherewithal to manage and which keep rotting in the open While the PDS itself is not related to any WTO provisions the government is misleading the people of the country by saying its stand is related to food security The leakages in the PDS are well known and there are serious doubts about its benefits over a system of cash transfers The four-year temporary provision in the Bali package provides enough time for India to move to a system of cash transfers to poor consumers and farmers perfectly consistent with its WTO obligations and to exclude the rich — consumers and farmers — and the bureaucrats who administer the system of public procurement and distribution from the benefits of government subsidies In fact by not signing the package India is also depriving itself of the protection of the peace clause which might mean it will end up spending valuable resources in unnecessary litigation Last but not least the signal the new government needs to send is that it is reformist and not populist Unfortunately both the recent budget and what the government has done at the WTO show that its objective is not reforms but the maximisation of the popular vote by taking advantage of people’s ignorance of complex policy processes and mechanisms The writer is professor of economics and Cramerprofessor of global affairsat the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University New York [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sonup Sahadevan | Mumbai | Published: December 22 2016 5:15 pm Dangal: Aamir Khan is nervous for the release of the movie for he knows the final verdict will rest with masses of India?the staff would accompany the cattle. 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