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At the end of last JuneObama made it plain that the US will retain capability (read bases) in Afghanistan to target the sources of international terrorism in the region (read Pakistan) If Kabul does want to be abandoned by Washington in 2014the US has enough interests of its own to maintain an effective military profile in Afghanistan The question is of defining mutually acceptable terms for security cooperation between Afghanistan and the United States That precisely is what Washington and Kabul have been negotiating in recent months codifying the nature of bilateral military cooperation after 2014 In a report from KabulThe Daily Telegraph (London) quoted the Afghan national security adviserRangeen Daftar Spantaas saying that a substantive US military presence is necessary to train Afghan forces after 2014 Kabul also wants the US to maintain sufficient airpower and intelligence capabilities to boost ANAs ability to counter the many national security threats facing it The continued presence of US Special Forces will be seen in Kabul as an insurance against terrorism from across the Durand Line On the question of basesSpanta insists that they will be Afghan-controlled and the US will have access to them on terms to be negotiated with Kabul The talk of US bases in Afghanistan will inevitably complicate the proposed reconciliation with the Talibanwhich has made the withdrawal of all foreign forces as a precondition for any dialogue with Kabul Iran has never been too comfortable with the US military presence in Afghanistan and is bound to oppose its extension A strong American military presence beyond 2014 will complicate the Pakistan armys calculus on extending its influence into Afghanistan Russia and China are also wary of US bases in Afghanistan The Daily Telegraph reports that Washington and Kabul hope to resolve the remaining differences in the draft strategic partnership agreement in the coming weeks and have it ready for signature by Decemberwhen the international community meets in Bonn to discuss Afghanistans future India-Russia dialogue This month marked the 40th anniversary of the Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace and Friendship that was signed by the then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Leonid Brezhnev on August 91971 The treaty was about India redressing an adverse turn in the regional balance of power amidst the Sino-Soviet conflict and the Sino-US rapproachement at the turn of the 70s The treaty provided critical international support as India prepared to liberate Bangladesh from Pakistan at the end of 1971 Indiain turndid not join the rest of the world in condemning the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan at the end of 1979 The collapse of the USSR saw Delhi and Moscow replace the 1971 treatywhich had explicit mutual security commitmentswith a more modest one in 1993 Howeveras Afghanistan enters a critical phaseten years after 9/11India and Russia will need to deepen their dialogue on regional security Russias leverage in Afghanistan is likely to increaseas the northern distribution network running in part through Russian territory begins to reduce the USs logistical dependence on Pakistan While Moscow demurs on US bases in Afghanistanit is engaged in a broader reset of bilateral relations with Washington Gandhara art An exhibition of Gandhara artifacts from Pakistan has opened to rave reviews at the Asia Society in New York The exhibition showcases the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan and Afghanistanat a time when the Taliban and its allies are bent on destroying the regions great inheritance While the war between the US and the Taliban tends to reinforce the presumed divide between the West and the Eastthe Gandhara art points in a different direction The arrival of Alexander the Great at the Indus in the 4th century BC marked the flowering of an extraordinary cultural intercourse between the Greek and Indian traditions This east-west fusion reached its perfection in the Gandhara art One hopes the Asia Societywhich has a chapter in Mumbaiand the government of Pakistan will find ways to bring the rare Gandhara exhibits to India The writer is a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy ResearchDelhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shub Karman Dhaliwal | Chandigarh | Published: January 19 2017 5:32 am Top News In the state advisory meeting headed by the Advisor today the District Commissioner (DC) office has been asked to draft a proposal with new requirements for the issuance of income certificates for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Moreover a committee has also been formed to propose the regulations to be implemented on coaching institutes Till now the Tehsildar to act as a proof for nursery admission in private schools has refused to issue the income certificates to the EWS people seeking admission in city schools which lead to the Education Department postponing the date of admission to February 28 Watch What Else Is Making News The District Magistrate in his letter to the Director of School Education had stated that the business of coaching institutes centres and academies operating in Chandigarh is an un-regulated field and there are no norms or rules to regulate them and to therefore take up the matter with the Education Secretary to prepare the guidelines and regulations for them Sources said that a committee has been constituted to put norms in place which will be regulated by the UT administration but so far no time limit has been fixed Among the other things finalised in the meeting the Education Department has been asked to give a detailed report on extended schools as the department plans to start it from next session in one of the schools in sector 43 sector 48 and sector 49 The extended school will begin as a pilot project The Mid Day Meal budget was also approved by the administration For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 31 2016 5:05 am Top News Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Monday sprung a surprise when he announced the name of Vikas Mahatme a leading ophthalmologist from his hometown Nagpur as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections due next month Sources said Fadnavis’s decision had the support of the central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) According to political observers the nomination serves two objectives both political and social Mahatme is a well-known doctor whose services to the poor has earned him a social standing in the state particularly in Vidarbha Secondly he belongs to the backward Dhangar (shepherd) community which has been demanding reservation and fighting for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe category For the past few years Mahatme has been taking up issues related to the Dhangar community especially its demand for reservation Immediately after Devendra Fadnavis took over as the CM Mahatme had organised a Dhangar rally in Nagpur to press for the demand Fadnavis who was the chief guest at the rally had reiterated his government’s commitment to keep the election promise which however has remained unfulfilled so far Share This Article Related Article Mahatme’s RS nomination is being seen as a political move to placate the agitated Dhangar community and also woo Vidarbha region as a whole The other Rajya Sabha candidates from the BJP from Maharashtra are BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal who has already filed his nomination Though Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s name was also doing the rounds it was finally decided to accommodate him from the BJP’s Andhra Pradesh quota Highly placed sources in the party said it was felt that Maharashtra already had too many “heavyweight ministers” representing both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha “So to ensure equal representation of ministers from states Prabhu was considered from Andhra Pradesh Also the state had to accommodate Sahasrabuddhe from state the quota He is working in Amit Shah’s team” said a source The party also declared the list of candidates for the Legislative Council — Sujitsingh Thakur (Marathwada) and Praveen Darekar (Mumbai) Two candidates from smaller parties too got nominations They are Sadabhau Khot from Swabhimani Shektari Sanghatana and Vinakyak Mete from Shiv Sangram For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: September 15 2016 1:36 pm According to Sushant Singh Rajput if MS Dhoni ever chooses to be an actor he will excel at it Top News Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is applauded by the world for his cricketing skills and trademark ‘helicopter shot’ is equally brilliant with his acting chops says Sushant Singh Rajput Sushant plays the role of the Indian skipper in the Sushant plays the role of the Indian skipper in the upcoming biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story The Kai Po Che star says he realised that Dhoni is a very good actor when the duo were shooting for an ad film together regarding the movie”He (Dhoni) is a very good actor If you watch one of “He (Dhoni) is a very good actor If you watch one of the videos we did where he is asking me what’s there in the film the scripted lines were just five-six I came up with some lines just like that and he reacted on them “Then I reacted then he did So he is a very good actor “Then I reacted then he did So he is a very good actor If you’re listening you’re an 80 per cent actor” Sushant said in an interview The 30-year-old actor believes if the cricketer ever decides to turn his way to Bollywood other actors might have to think of an alternate career “Well if he decides to be an actor then we need to think of Plan B because he is very good at whatever he decides (to do)” Sushant said To slip into the role of Dhoni and to successfully portray it on screen however was a task which Sushant realised early on in the film The actor for whom the happiest moment was “signing the contract” of the movie had to be careful to imbibe minute details of the cricketer which have made him iconic over the years”Normally when we do fictional characters we don’t have “Normally when we do fictional characters we don’t have a reference point But when you’re playing Dhoni you have a reference point Body language mannerism or may be playingstyle” Sushant said Also read |MS Dhoni biopic director Neeraj Pandey is not a Dhoni fan and there is areason “I had to take care of that too Because very quickly I realised that I could be very good in the film as an actor but I could still not be convincing if I don’t remind you of him Those were the things which we took care of so that there is no jerk” he said The actor said the biopic has made him a “better human being” and left him with some memorable moments during his interaction with Dhoni “I am a big fan so getting a chance talking to him he is answering my questions…in between in breaks I used to ask him how to hold a bat MS Dhoni telling you it’s surreal There are many things that’ll stay with me for a while” The preparation for the film Sushant said was in three different stages The script to understand the importance of the story mannerisms and diction and lastly cultivating the skill of cricket Now that the film is up for release the actor is confident of a “well made movie” and insists the motive in storytelling is not to over-dramatise any situation “In the film we don’t glorify anything or over-dramatise anything We don’t want to hide anything” he said MS Dhoni: The Untold Story also starring Kiara Advani and Disha Patani is scheduled to release on September 30 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsLucknow: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expediting its probe in the illegal mining cases in Uttar Pradesh with several senior IAS officials being questioned The probe has gathered momentum after the BJP government came to power The CBI has been mandated by the Allahabad High Court to look into the allegations of multi-crore illegal mining done with the patronage of bureaucrats and politicians Allahabad High Court Image courtesy: allahabadnicin According to sources former principal secretary of the mining department Gurdeep Singh has been grilled by the premier investigating agency over the past two days It is planning to probe five other IAS officials who have been in districts where illegal mining has taken place District magistrates of Banda Kaushambi Shamli and Hamirpur are being investigated for their roles in the illegal mining The points of reference during the investigations revolve around allotment of wrong permits undue extensions contracts for mining given to the same family time and again among others an official told IANS Senior IAS officials who have been with the mining department or have been district magistrates in mining districts are being questioned All mining contracts and leases issued after 2013 are being probed By: IANS | Sydney | Published: March 15 2017 9:44 pm Eat probiotics everyday to keep your gut healthy (Source: Thinkstock Images) Top News Daily dose of probiotics — live bacteria and yeasts — well known to be good for the digestive system may however be less effective when taken alongside a balanced diet and impair certain aspects of memory suggests a research “If you’re eating poorly then probiotics might be helpful But if you’re already eating healthy they may not be that beneficial” said Margaret Morris Professor at University of New South Wales in Australia For the study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry the team examined the impact of a commonly used probiotics on the gut health and cognitive function of rats which were fed either a healthy diet or a “cafeteria diet” high in saturated fat and sugar The results showed that in fat rats with “grossly dysregulated” gut health being fed on junk food probiotics positively changed the bacterial make-up in their digestive tract and benefited brain function preventing spatial memory loss But for rats on a healthy diet the probiotics had little impact on microbial diversity and actually impaired recognition memory “We were surprised to find that after feeding a healthy diet to the rats the probiotics actually resulted in some memory impairment with regards to object recognition” Morris said Although the study is looking at rats people need to exercise caution while taking probiotics “It’s very hard for us to say that they are definitively good or bad Probiotics may offer a great opportunity to improve health so long as they are replacing the correct bacteria — the challenge is accurately determining which beneficial microbes are absent” Morris added For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | New York | Published: September 8 2017 2:07 am Rafael Nadal is left-handed and that means the Spaniard will find it easier to avoid Juan Martin Del Potro’s forehand Related News Juan Martin Del Potro has been enjoying the sweetest renaissance at the US Open but the Argentine is well aware that Rafa Nadal his semi-final opponent on Friday is the ultimate challenge especially for a player whose main weapon is the forehand The 24th seed swept Roger Federer aside in four sets in the quarter-finals on Wednesday after coming from the brink to beat Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the previous round his big serve and mighty forehand proving too hot for his rivals to handle World number one Nadal however is left-handed and that means the Spaniard will find it easier to avoid Del Potro’s forehand — possibly the best on tour “He’s a lefty guy so he has chance to find easily my backhand So I don’t know what’s gonna be my strategy for that match” said Del Potro whose career has been hampered by injuries and surgeries “But for sure I will try to make winners with my forehands and don’t run too much because my legs are tired” Del Potro however has sweet memories against Nadal having beaten him 6-2 6-2 6-2 in the final in Flushing Meadows in 2009 Although he has a 5-8 win-loss record against the Spanish juggernaut he has won their last two matches at the Rio Olympics last year and at the Shanghai Masters in 2013 But Nadal is an all different player having won his 10th French Open title this year In New York he has been barely troubled to advance into the last four crushing Russian teenager Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals “It is gonna be a different match than in the past” said Del Potro “He’s the No 1 player of the world and he’s playing so confident this tournament” And Del Potro who was on the brink of retirement in the fourth round after falling ill believes he is not in the best possible shape “Physically I’m not in the perfect conditions but when you play semi-finals on the Grand Slam everything can happen” he said “So you must be ready for the chance and playing against Rafa in my favourite tournament I will try to enjoy the atmosphere the game and I know if I play my best tennis I could be a danger for him” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Devendra Pandey | Published: April 12 2014 2:36 am Related News TheIPL’s earliest years had sought to have more local talent in its ranks among the franchises and it certainly changed the lives of several cricketers who were discovered from catchment areas Franchises brought newer localised talent and these unknowns — rookies and at times journeymen — were thrown onto the mega-stage to dream big and dazzle bigger However with the BCCI deciding to throw all players into the auction pool IPL 7 will see many different players from different states playing for a franchise quite apart from their own state or zone The trend is towards scouting across the whole country casting a net far and wide and not staying reliant on only the locals For instance Rajasthan have five Mumbai players in Ajinkya Rahane Dhawal Kulkarni Abhishek Nayar Iqbal Abdulla and Pravin Tambe These players till a few years ago were best-known as Mumbai’s Ranji boys but now they’ll don very different hats and a more royal hue of blue than the MI colours Delhi Daredevils meanwhile have just one from the capital in Milind Kumar whereas Mumbai Indians only have Aditya Tare and Sushant Marathe amongst its non-international Mumbai boys Kings XI Punjab continue to invest heavily in players like Mandeep Singh Manan Vohra Gurkeerat Singh Mandeep Singh and Karanveer Singh but Royal Challengers Bangalore don’t have a single player from their own state Sunrisers Hyderabad may have retained Ashish Reddy Ricky Bhui and Chama Milind and Kolkata Knight Riders have brought two Bengal players Sayan Mondal and Veer Pratap Singh but the local flavour has paved the path for a more pan-Indian palate However for some players this trend might come as a blessing in disguise For instance Mumbai’s Kulkarni and Abdulla have been part of Mumbai Indians and KKR earlier but having a star studded line-up meant both had to wait for their chances back then Kulkarni stayed buried in a team-sheet that boasted seamers like Munaf Patel Lasith Malinga Keiron Pollard and even Zaheer Khan It wasn’t easy to break into IPL sides teeming with international players This rejigging might force the local boys out of their comfort zones but that isn’t necessarily a bad outcome (Devendra Pandey is a special correspondent He is based in Mumbai) [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mohali | Published: April 30 2017 5:39 am Top News On the lines of its Chandigarh counterpart the Mohali Municipal Corporation will provide treatment to dog bite victims The civic body can pass the resolution in this regard in the next House meeting Confirming the development Mayor Kulwant Singh said they have mooted a proposal to provide free treatment to dog bite victims He said they have sent the proposal to the local bodies department for its approval The proposal was mooted after a high number of dog bite cases were reported from the city In the first two months of this year the district has received 2381 cases of dog bite The district has been in the top three districts of the state for the previous three years According to the district officials it is recording the high number of dog bite cases everyday The officials added that they are recording 15 to 18 dog bite cases everyday For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Julio Ribeiro | Published: April 18 2015 12:02 am Sadhvi Deva Thakur vice president of the Hindu Mahasabha (Source: Facebook) Related News I am keeping my fingers crossed I am a Christian with two children That qualifies me for sterilisation The Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna calls it “family planning” kinder words for sterilisation My only hope of not going under the knife is if Sadhvi Deva Thakur vice president of the Hindu Mahasabha who recommends sterilisation of all Christians and Muslims with two children to keep their numbers in check exempts octogenarians from the compulsory ordeal she has planned I have one more reason to claim exemption As a consequence of leading the nation’s fight against separatists in Punjab in the Eighties I was rendered incapable of propagation of the species after five young separatists shot at me in the Romanian capital city of Bucharest This was in August 1991 a good 24 years ago? combined with poverty, He was there with us during the Asian School Chess Championship and his inputs helped us a lot. 10 Sindhu.

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the complainant had first approached the police on the same day after the incident and the police officers on duty had registered a non-cognisable offence in the case.– which is then transformed into a sense of superiority ? “Cardiff has been lucky to us,s early exit from the World T20 championships.there are only 200 members having debit cards of the bank and only one ATM installed at the bank headquarters in Ahmedabad.351 panchayats,Pratapgarh followed by Faizabad and imposition of curfew for long periods is a disturbing matter for the state.will be contacted over the phone and asked to select the booth of their choice, he said It was for this reason that the booth-level officers hadduring the recent summary revisioncollected mobile numbers of the voters through door-to-door survey The software will be used after the district election officers have finished uploading the updated electoral rolls on the CEOs portalwhich should be done by the end of this month A draft of the updated electoral roll will be published on January 10 This years summary revision revealed that the EC received more than 70 lakh applications for voter registration across the state The total number of voters in the existing electoral roll is 1297 crorewhich the commission expects will cross 135 crore For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: December 2 2013 4:04 am Related News A Metropolitan court is likely to pronounce its order on Monday on Zakia Jafris petition challenging the closure report of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Teamthat gave clean chit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others from their alleged conspiracy behind the 2002 post Godhra riots The order was to be pronounced on October 28 following the completion of arguments that had lasted for five months before metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra On October 28the magistrate deferred pronouncement of order for December 2 Jafris husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among 69 people who were killed in the Gulbarg society massacre during the 2002 post-Godhra riots She had filed a complaint against Modi and others for the alleged conspiracy behind the riots The SIT following its investigation filed a closure report last year in which it gave clean chit to Modi and other accused Against this reportJafri filed a protest petition and challenged the report During the argumentsher lawyers claimed that SIT acted like a judge and instead of filing a chargesheet it gave clean chit and filed a closure report HoweverSIT had discarded Jafris allegations saying that her complaint itself as fabricated and work of fiction. The dope offenders belong to 80 sports/disciplines and 121 nationalities. Kona Venkat.

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Parallels with 1965 Ever since the strategic patterns of last year’s uprising on the streets of Kashmir became obvious, A light, Published Date: Sep 24, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s meeting with Xi in Beijing was cordial and constructive.

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