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The bureaucracy that conducted India’s diplomacy with Nepal for the last eight years may be the biggest stumbling block for Modi’s idea unless it is reoriented and brought under a strictly political radar Last Wednesday Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and his cabinet overruled objections raised by three ministers and announced the Project Development Agreement (PDA) on the 900 MW Upper Karnali hydro project which will enable Nepal’s Investment Board (IB) and India’s GMR Group to sign the deal and move towards execution to meet the 2021 deadline for power generation Timely conclusion of the project will no doubt enhance bilateral credibility till date clouded by poor delivery However a conducive climate for writing the constitution is necessary in order to confer legitimacy upon such projects Most hydro projects with India have come under suspicion with many people believing India wants a monopoly on Nepal’s rich water resources and hydro potential But the one between GMR and IB was finalised after long deliberations under the supervision of both PMs Still the larger question remains as to how serious Nepal’s politicians are about constitution-making Why did the Bhattarai-led committee which has deliberately chosen not to invite anybody opposing federalism in principle choose to invite an extremist who openly stated that his goal is to have the plains “liberated” from Nepal Federalism secularism and republicanism are new identities of Nepal that the major parties unilaterally announced without soliciting public opinion or through due parliamentary process These identities are yet to be institutionalised since the parties have failed to deliver the constitution and face daily opposition Raut’s campaign his deposition before the CA committee and his subsequent arrest as well as its condemnation by Bhattarai and some leaders of the Madhesi parties demonstrate the differences of opinion even on issues like territorial integrity and sovereignty Apart from federalism the forms of government democracy the electoral system judiciary etc remain contentious issues With the September 6 deadline for settling these contentious issues passing the coalition partners seem more determined than before to adopt the constitution by even a simple majority The demand for referenda on a secular vs Hindu Nepal on federalism and devolution and on monarchy vs republic is growing More than the outcome people want their views recorded on critical issues The leaders of the big parties can reject such public opinion at their own peril yubarajghimire@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Published: September 16 2017 3:39 am The BSNL had decided to cut the connection in March but the district administration had requested it to continue in the event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in April (Representational Image) Top News THE BSNL which had cut Wi-Fi connectivity of over 500 villages due to the government’s failure to pay a huge sum of outstanding dues finally restored the connectivity Friday after the district administration paid Rs 2 crore from the outstanding Rs 79 crore early this week The Wi-Fi connection had been cut in June and the issue had since been hanging fire Incidentally the government has announced Nagpur to be the first fully digitised district in the state in August last year The government had managed to pay the bills only till November last year but had defaulted on them from December “We managed to continue the connection with great difficulty till now but had to finally cut the connection as it had become financially untenable The district administration has paid Rs 2 crore and we have restored the connectivity for a month’s time during which we hope to get the remaining amount” said BSNL general manager Namrata Tiwari The BSNL had decided to cut the connection in March but the district administration had requested it to continue in the event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in April “It is not true that internet connection was severed They had stopped only the public wi-fi connection Internet at Gram Panchayat and other government offices was on and the work has continued unabated We have managed to register over 15 lakh farmers in the loan waiver scheme in the past two months The work for land record registration too has been going on” said collector Sachin Kurve For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Mihir Vasavda | New Delhi | Updated: October 12 2017 8:33 am Dheeraj rose through the ranks to become India’s top goalkeeper at youth level and has enhanced his reputation (Source: AP) Related News Dheeraj Moirangthem did not like crowds When he was nine he did not enter his school’s football ground because there were too many people there So he chose the secluded badminton hall The silent indoor stadium became his refuge during the early years of his boarding school Badminton he felt also complemented his personality — introverted impassive On the field however the shy Manipur boy turns into a beast By merely watching him in India’s first two matches of the Under-17 World Cup it would’ve been tough to guess these character traits When he walked off the pitch after another heroic performance against Colombia on Monday the otherwise dispassionate Delhi crowd gave him a standing ovation His name echoed inside the stadium all 46800 of them cheering him on and had a Viking clap dedicated to him Goalkeepers are often overshadowed by strikers But not this time Even on a night when India scored its first goal at a World Cup Dheeraj’s performance was not forgotten And the 17-year-old who once hated crowds was enjoying every bit of attention He hung around for selfies soaked in the atmosphere and before disappearing down the tunnel bowed to the fans with folded hands On TV Bhaichung Bhutia declared him the ‘find of the World Cup’ On Twitter former England goalkeeper David James took a note of the Manipuri’s performance A couple of days ago the USA U17 coach John Hackworth called him ‘exceptional’ His Indian counterpart Luis Norton de Matos was the most generous: “He can play in the Premier League in Spain… He is a fantastic goalkeeper” The list of hyperboles continues to grow to describe his performances so far astonishing for someone who nearly picked up an alternate career Dheeraj’s parents were against him playing football His father a businessman wanted him to play badminton whereas his mother who has a government job wanted him to focus on studies A local coach impressed by his height and physique lured him into playing football “There wasn’t much support from the family so I had to convince my maternal grandmother to buy my first pair of studs” Dheeraj recently told the AIFF Every Sunday the coach organised a football clinic for children in their locality But Dheeraj was studying at a residential school roughly 25km from his home and would not be allowed to leave just for this So he told the school authorities that he had a medical condition which gave him the chance to go home every Saturday afternoon Dheeraj played football on Sundays and would return to his school by the time his classes began at 8am on Mondays Dheeraj Moirangthem’s ultimate test will be against Ghana (Source: PTI) Rapid progress He practised this routine for almost a year before he was picked to play for Bisnupur district in the Manipur league From there he was selected for the Manipur junior team when he was 11 and travelled for a tournament in Kalyani and there was picked up for the AIFF Academy and subsequently the under-14 team Since then his progression has been rapid Dheeraj rose through the ranks to become India’s top goalkeeper at youth level and enhanced his reputation further at the U16 Asian Championship in Goa last year where he pulled off a string of remarkable saves Despite his height though Dheeraj was prone to errors from set-pieces and that remained the biggest concern for the coaching staff coming into the World Cup At a four-nation tournament in Mexico last August India conceded nine goals — seven from set-pieces “At that point we thought it’s important to have a top goalkeeping coach” de Matos says So they reached out to Paolo Grilo The 47-year-old Portuguese was the goalkeeping coach of USA’s Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union when Matos approached him He has an impressive CV having worked with the B team of Orlando City and Benfica before that “He came for one month And the work he achieved is incredible in terms of helping our goalkeepers improving their position and controlling space of ball” de Matos says Grilo worked on Dheeraj’s movement and reading of the game while there was specific attention on using his body to deal with aerial balls And so far he hasn’t put a foot wrong In both matches he has shown tremendous authority inside the box He has not hesitated in stepping out to close down the scoring angles for the striker and has used his strong fists to punch the ball away every time there is a shot from distance His ultimate test will be against Ghana They are the most physical side in the group and their shots are venomous But Dheeraj is unperturbed knowing the crowd has his back Ironic for someone who did not like crowds for the longest time growing up (Source: PTI) Dheeraj’s Fab Five saves -Akinola plays through ball again This time Josh Sargent is one-on-one Dheeraj steps out again to close Sargent’s angles The Werden Bremen target’s shot hits Dheeraj on the chest Another danger averted – US’s Ayo Akinola plays a through ball between the left-back and central defender Striker Andrew Carleton is released one-on-one but Dheeraj anticipates the danger He steps out and lunges forward His left leg gets the ball first and it goes out of play – From the edge of the box on the right Akinola plays a square pass to Carleton His shot is low and angled towards the far post Dheeraj dives and manages to get a strong hand on it which is crucial because it was heading goalwards and Tim Weah was lurking behind just in case – Yadir Meneses takes a snapshot from the edge of penalty area It is at an awkward height towards the goalie’s left and on target Dheeraj dives and palms it away towards the touchline – With India pressing high in search for an equaliser Colombia attack on counter A long ball is played towards Juan Penaloza who runs between the two central defenders Dheeraj is swift to leave his lines gets to the ball outside the box before the attacker and heads it to safety A perfect sweeper-keeper For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: February 7 2014 2:32 am Related News Telecom auction bids have sky-rocketed becauseof policy uncertainty That’s reason to worry With the first three days of the telecom auctions already fetching Rs 50000 crore as compared with Rs 67000 crore for 3G auctions in 2010 it is obvious that industry has a problem More so since it is clear not too much money has been made in the last four years in the 3G space or for broadband wireless access (BWA) airwaves for which another Rs 39000 crore was paid How serious the problem can be is best illustrated by the case of Mumbai where if you assume the auctions were to end at today’s prices the industry will have spent around $5 billion in buying spectrum since 2010 while its topline revenues are just around $1billion — once you factor in profits the equation gets even more unfavourable What makes the situation inexplicable is that industry is not in the pink of health with dropping subscriber growth and a fall in the amount of time subscribers are spending on the network Indeed industry is yet to recover from the twin blows of the excessive competition ushered in by then telecom minister A Raja in 2008 when he handed out licenses at a fraction of their value and 2010’s irrational bidding Since the government has still not come out with a definite and believable plan of making spectrum available in the future industry is just grabbing whatever it can afford to buy Who would have thought for instance that the 900MHz spectrum license that telcos had would not be renewed After all when mines given to steel producers come up for renewal they have always got renewed in the past It is this that is responsible for the current frenzy Indeed given that many more 900MHz licenses are likely to come up for renewal over the next few years industry could be in for a rough ride If the government is interested in the future of the industry as indeed it should be it needs to quickly put in place a spectrum availability map for the future And along with the availability of fresh spectrum rules need to be clear on for instance transfer of spectrum spectrum-trading and so on If telcos knew for instance that spectrum lying idle with MTNL and BSNL would be available for lease they would not have bid as irrationally as they have The current policy of uncertainty has got the government more money but it is akin to killing the goose that lays the golden egg For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday exempted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance before a trial court on 11 December in a criminal defamation case filed by Rajya Sabha MP and Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra File image of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal PTI Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal however refused to stay the trial court’s proceedings in the case and posted the matter for 22 January The high court while issuing notice to Delhi Police and Chandra sought their response on Kejriwal’s plea to stay the summons issued to him by the trial court Chandra had sought Kejriwal’s prosecution for allegedly defaming him by levelling false allegations in the wake of demonetisation Chandra had said in his petition that Kejriwal made "false fabricated and defamatory allegations" against him while addressing a press conference on November 11 last year Chandra sought Kejriwal’s prosecution under Section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code Shimla: Two of the remaining trekkers who went missing along with eight others in the state’s Manali area were airlifted on Monday from the snowing peak ending the 78 hours rescue operation The condition of all the rescued trekkers mostly from Punjab is stable and they are undergoing treatment in the government hospital in Manali Six were airlifted on Sunday evening Seven students of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology in Punjab’s Sangrur city along with their trekking instructor lost their way due to inclement weather while trekking to the Chanderkhani peak in Kullu district "This morning the remaining two were airlifted from the Chanderkhani peak despite bad weather" area Subdivisional Magistrate Jyoti Rana told IANS over phone Pictures of trekkers who have been airlifted from Chandrakhani to Rumsu village near Kullu Twitter @ANI_news Rana said the rescued students were given first aid after which they were taken to Kullu "They are all fine" she added The two rescued students are Hitender Sharma and Anil Kumar who were spotted on Sunday near a cave-like structure where all eight had earlier taken shelter Both were safe she said Three teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police were pressed for search and rescue on March 11 after teams from a local mountaineering institute the police and villagers failed to find them due to inclement weather A helicopter was pressed into service on Saturday but it too failed to make much headway due to the bad weather IANS By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 9 2017 5:46 pm The picture of Karan Johar twins Yash and Roohi are going viral Related News Karan Johar is a happy dad of twins son Yash Johar and daughter Roohi Johar The news broke on March 5 and soon the new dad confirmed he has become the father to twins via a statement But while his close friends are happy about the new addition to Karan’s life fans are going crazy about every little detail related to the twins In fact a photo of twins said to be Karan Johar’s babies has gone viral? 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