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both before lunch,3 overs against an interview,"Since the central government is in peace talks with the NSCN(IM) they can easily put pressure on the UNC to call off the economic blockade which has caused much suffering here" The letter demanding a ban on the UNC is seen as a new political pressure on the BJP The dispensation runs the risk of being seen by the valley dwellers as siding with the UNC if it rejects the demand This may result in further slide in its core support base which it is so keen to retain Affect on the hills Though the ethnic tension has resulted in a drop in BJP’s support base in the Meitei dominated plains Naga emotions in the hills of Manipur are either in favour of BJP or it’s NDA ally Naga People’s Front (NPF) In recent times the saffron brigade has seen a number of Congress leaders in the Naga dominated areas switching their loyalty to BJP boosting the party’s prospect in the upcoming election A Bimol Akoijam a JNU teacher told Firstpost “Even if the BJP wins 22 seats on its own from the plains it is likely to form a government in Manipur with a post-poll alliance with NPF The NPF is likely to gain more number of seats this time around than it did in the earlier election in the Naga dominated constituencies” He also added that of the 19 seats reserved for the tribals in the state nearly 12 have a substantial number of Naga voters who can play a decisive role in electing a candidate In the last Assembly election the NPF fielded 11 candidates and won only four But the recent ethnic tension has resulted in swelling of Naga nationalistic emotion laying a fertile ground for NPF a regional party that has been representing the Naga identity politics in the region Enthused by this shift in political dynamics the regional party has increased the number of fielded candidates to 15 this time around Accepting the CLP’s demand to ban UNC may not only mean diminishing the saffron party’s prospect in the Naga dominated areas but also strain political ties with the NPF that has been enjoying strong support from the civil society organisation for the last 10 years The political equation prior to ethnic tension Good days for Manipur BJP began just after the results of the Assam Assembly election were announced last year Bhabananda Singh the president of Manipur at that time told Firstpost “The political situation in Manipur somewhat resembles Assam Like Assam’s large Hindu population we have a sizable Meitei population who are also mostly Hindus” He also said that Nagas and Kukis who stay in the hills are mostly Christians Being seen as a party with a ‘Hindutva’ agenda BJP’s focus was to win as many as 27 seats in the Meitei Hindu dominated plains and garner post-poll support in the Assembly to reach the tally of 31 seats required to form a government in the state that has 60 Assembly constituencies Ethnic tension can potentially affect BJP’s prospects in the Meitei dominated plains polarisation among Nagas in favour of NPF and the BJP could be the only hope It remains to be seen if the BJP will gain by banning UNC Beijing: China on Wednesday said it was not aware of the reported intrusion by its troops into Arunachal Pradesh in December emphasising that the so-called state in India’s northeast does not exist According to media reports Chinese soldiers with road-building machines entered up to 200 metres into Arunachal Pradesh in 2017 "First of all on border issues with India China is clear and consistent We never acknowledge the existence of so-called Arunachal Pradesh" said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang "For the specific situation you mentioned I am not aware of it" he said Representational image AFP China claims India’s Arunachal Pradesh as its own and calls it Southern Tibet The northeast state lies in the eastern sector of the 3448 km-long un-demarcated Sino-Indian border "I want to mention that between China and India there is a well-developed mechanism on border related affairs Through this mechanism Beijing and New Delhi can manage their border affairs" Geng said "Also maintaining peace and stability on border areas suits the interests of both China and India" China-India ties took a nosedive last year when their armies were locked in over a two-month face-off at Doklam in the Sikkim section of the border The crisis was resolved in August and both sides at their 20th round of border talks in December pledged to maintain peace and tranquillity along the disputed boundary Credited with scripting the ‘Self Rule’ document of the Peoples Democratic Party Muzaffar Hussain Baig Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’sBaramulla and the state’s former deputy chief minister now finds himself left out of the political process of the state In an exclusive interview with Firstpost’sSameer Yasir Baig speaks about the political viability of the PDP-BJP alliance rising intolerance across the country and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s prospects of becoming Jammu and Kashmirchief minister Firstpost: You wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed arguing that the PDP-BJP coalition government experiment has failed and there is a need for course correction You have also expressed concerns over rising intolerance in India after the BJP formed government at the Centre Has India become an unsafe place for Muslims Muzaffar Hussain Baig IBNLive Muzaffar Hussain Baig: Muslims have been unsafe for quite sometime If a cricket match in being watched in a university or college and if a Kashmiri happens to be applauding for an Indian player that is fine But if they cheer for a Pakistani it is not tolerated It is not accepted as appreciation by a spectator of skills or competence of a player but an expression of betrayal of the idea of India In that way Muslim students have been subjected to sense of insecurity and unwantedness in mainland India If Kashmiri Muslims are feeling insecure in the state they are in majority how can they feel safe in a place where a man is killed for eating beef It is not one individual killing another but a society getting mobilised into the act FP: Do you think the BJP suffered in Bihar due to the politics of communal polarization In Jammu and Kashmir you have an alliance with the BJP Do you think the PDP will politically suffer in future as well MHB: If there is no course correction if there is no revisiting the purpose and the basis of this alliance then I am afraid the PDP will be reduced to a non-entity in future FP: You were the first leader in the PDP to publicly advocate an alliance with the BJP Do you think your open invitation to the BJP was right given how things have transpired in Jammu and Kashmir MHB: I was invited to meet the Prime Minister in 2014 I found him a sharp and intelligent man I wrote a letter to Mufti (Mohammad Sayeed) sahib (CM) that it is an historical opportunity if the PDP forms the government with the BJP Here was a hardliner Hindu leader who has got a mandate; he won’t be subject to the same kind of criticism which a Congress leader or Communist leader would be If he extends a hand of cooperation in good faith and tries to build not just a bridge but a common ground between various communities in J&K if he does that he will not face adverse public reaction My argument is that Modi is in an advantageous position And if he starts from Kashmir which is supposed to be the trouble spot then he would reap dividends I think if J&K becomes a place of peace and prosperity Modi will showcase it to the Muslims of India He would feel comfortable with Muslims and Muslims with him I believe that if Modi wants to emerge as a statesman and if there is one issue that stands between him and achievement of that goal it is his relation with the minorities and handling of the Kashmir issue It could become a win-win situation for Hindus Muslims and the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union of India and the whole region as well – that is my vision I want this challenge to be converted into an opportunity FP: But there are rising incidents of communal flare-up after the PDP-BJP government came into power The state is divided on regional and religious lines like never before It was never the part of your party’s ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ with the BJP MHB: One thing has escaped our attention Right from 1989 anti-India agitations in Kashmir have been a common occurrence Even a hardliner like Syed Ali Geelani has said that this fight is not against Hindus It is against the Indian State Unfortunately this is the first time that the fight is pitting Muslims against Hindus It is not that It is between Muslims of the state and the Government of India It has been transformed into Hindus versus Muslims which pains me FP: Do you think the financial package which the Centre has promised is sufficient to address the issues of underdevelopment in Jammu and Kashmir Is the government capable of utilising the funds judiciously MHB: If you analyse the package there will be a couple of thousand crores here and there which will be something new in a sense that it had not been committed earlier However power sector highways roads and smart cities were already committed under the plan by Union of India for five years so that would come anyway So the issue is: how will the people look at it People will look at it like something that may remedy their concerns They don’t understand the constitutional formula for distribution of funds They understand the PM said that I will solve your problems of unemployment and underdevelopment After six months or years people will start asking questions: where is the Rs 80000 crore gone That would a general perception If we go to town and paint the package as a miracle if we exaggerate or misrepresent the facts we will be committing a moral sin in the first place Secondly it is suicidal FP: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is reportedly not keeping well There are reports that Mehbooba Mufti will take over as CM next year How do you see this development being a senior party leader and an ideologue of the PDP MHB: I am neither surprised much less shocked when I know the kind of politics in the sub-continent We have what many call feudal democracies This is a fact of life I see Mehbooba as a younger sister Would I be jealous if she becomes the chief minister Certainly not She is the daughter of Mufti sahib It is not a qualification to become a chief minister but it is no disqualification either She has been in politics since 1996 She has done her share of hard work If the collective wisdom of the party thinks that this is the right time for Mehbooba to replace her father I am not going to feel bad about it because I am not an aspirant for that position If I was the aspirant I should have the grace to accept the decision of the party But ultimately it will not depend on the collective thinking of the party It will depend on whether she has the backing of PM Modi FP: Before PM Modi spoke on November 7 Mufti Sayeed talked about opening channels of dialogue and involving stakeholders In his speech the PM later said he doesn’t need anyone’s advice How is PDP talking this open snub by the prime minister MHB: Any prime minister will need advice on issues of national importance The issue of Kashmir hasn’t remained a geographical or territorial issue It has an impact on the Hindu-Muslim relationship in the rest of the country first Second this is the only issue which stands in the way of improving relation with Pakistan Now this is an issue which involves China as well I am not saying they have a locus standi but they are in possession of 12000 square miles of our territory So I would humbly say that the prime minister of India needs consultation and advise on Jammu and Kashmir not only for governance but also so that India can proceed in future with a certain degree of stability so far as borders with China and Pakistan are concerned Everyone who was in the rally told me that it was a snub to the chief minister which hurts me because I am emotionally attached to Mufti sahib I think at this stage of his life he deserves better It has generated a lot of negativity People in position of power should also act as moral leaders of the country FP: Do you think there is hope for young generation of Kashmir who want to join mainstream politics MHB: If the present drift continues the question of youth finding a space where they become part of the decision-making process doesn’t arise In fact they would feel so alienated that even persuading them to cast their vote would be a difficult task I hope the present drift comes to an end By: Tech Desk | Tech Desk | Updated: November 22 2017 5:50 pm Xiaomi Mi Exchange programme: Here’s how it works Related News Xiaomi has introduced a new trade-in programme which will allow users to exchange their old smartphones for a new phone The Mi Exchange programme is designed for the Indian market and the company has partnered with 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The matter has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of External Affairs, the police officer told Newsline For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: May 9 2013 1:42 am Top News With all the hoopla about the IPL121 Kitchen: BarBQ has planned its own celebrations that includes a hoopla counter Patrons visiting the restaurant to enjoy a meal while watching their favourite teams play now stand to win a free dessert or drinks after a game of hoopla For added excitementthere is also a buy-one-get-one-free offer on the Lunch Buffet on Saturdayswith over 22 items on the menu International BookDesi Version Swatantra Theatre will perform a Hindi adaptation of Cheaper by the dozen on May 16 at MES AuditoriumKothrud Written by Frank Bunker Gilbreth Jr and Emestine Gilbreth CareCheaper by the dozen is a comic story of time and motion study and efficiency experts Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbrethand their 12 children The Hindi adaptation revolves around a Gujarati family based in Pune Children between 5 and 15 years old are part of this production The show is being directed by Abhijeet Choudhary while the book was adapted by Dhanashree Heblikar For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsTwo more German women identified among group held in Iraq – source | Reuters World Reuters Jul 26 2017 03:30:06 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Jul 26 2017 03:30 AM | Updated Date: Jul 26 2017 03:30 AM Tags : #Reuters Also See Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: August 9 2012 2:06 am Related News Playing to her strengthPooja of Government Model High SchoolSector 34was at her best in the 23 Kg Judo final And the U-14 judoka did not disappoint as she claimed the title in the girls’ 23 Kg with a win over Vanshika of Government Model Senior Secondary SchoolKarsanin the UT Inter-School Judo Tournament Diskha Bisht of Government Model High SchoolSector 43and Muskan of ISDS-21 won the bronze medal in the U-14 category respectively It was a good show for Government Model high SchoolSector 43 in the 27 Kg category in the same event as their judoka Simranjeet Kaur prevailed over Aanchal of Government Model High SchoolSector 34to emerge as the winner in the final Savita of Government Model Senior Secondary SchoolKarsan and Shivani of Government Model Senior Secondary SchoolSector 38had to settle for the bronze medal In the 32 Kg categoryGovernment Model High SchoolSector 43continued their fine run as Ishu ended the challenge of Muskan of AKSIPSSector 41to be adjudged as the winner in the category The bronze medal went to Ritu of Government Model High SchoolSector 34and Mehak of Government High SchoolSector 40 In taekwando championshipRaksha Goswami of Government Model High SchoolManimajraprevailed over Shweta of Government High SchoolSector 38to emerge as the winner in the 32-35 kg category in the U-17 girls’ event Jyoti of Government Model High SchoolSector 39and Premsheela of Government Model High SchoolSector 47claimed the bronze medal in the same category In the 35-38 kg categoryit was easy going for Disha of Manav mangal SchoolSector 31as she scored an easy win over Pinky of Government Model High SchoolMani Majra The bronze medal went to Ranju of Government Model Senior Secondary SchoolSector 47and Kanchan of Government High SchoolSector 47 In the chess eventCarmel Convent SchoolSector 9claimed the title in the girls’ U-14 category while Delhi Public SchoolSector 40claimed the second spot The third spot was bagged by Ryan International SchoolSector 49while St Kabir Public SchoolSector 26grabbed the fourth spot Results: Chess: 1 Carmel Convent School2 DPS-403 Ryan International SchoolSector 4934 St Kabir Public SchoolSector 26; Taekwando : U-17 Girls : Final : 32-35 Kg : 1Raksha Goswami (GMSH-MM)2 Shweta (GHS- 38)3 Jyoti ( GMHS- 39) and Premsheela ( GMHS-47); 35-38 Kg: 1 Disha (Manav Mangal -21)2 Pinky ( Gmhs- mm)3 Ranju (Gmsss-47) and Kanchan (GHS- 47); 38-41 Kg: 1 Aakansha Vaish ( GMSSS-16)2 Nishu (GMSSS-33) 3 Supriya (GMSSS- 47) and Savitri Devi (GHS-47); 41-44 Kg : 1 Monika (GMSSS-33); 2 Meena (GMHS-SS)3 Saana Khatun (GMHS-39 C) and Neha (GMSSS-21); 44-52 kg: 1 Jaideep Meena (Moti Ram- 27)2 Mehtab Kaur (Carmal Convent – 9)3 Diksha Pathania (SNS – 43) and Jagriti (GMSS-33)52-56 Kg: 1 Simram Sivghvi (Carmal Convent – 9); 2 Nisha Singh (Ashiyana School – 46) 3 Revathi Menon (Ryan- 49) and Roshni (GMHS – 22)Above 60 kg: 1 Deepanshi Verma (Ryan – 49); 2 Srishti Munjal (Sacret Heart – 26)3 Gursimran (Baptist-45) and Tanveer Dhillon (Ashiyana- 46) For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sneha Dey | Published: August 10 2013 3:58 am Related News Fasting and abstinence characterise the month of Shravan but for chefs in the cityit about putting their culinary skills to test and serving delectable food made of only a handful of permissible ingredients Savoury delicacies such as sabudana khichdi (an Indian dish made from soaked sabudana or sago)aloo bhajisweet curdfruit saladfresh fruit juices and kaju katli make the fasting package at Ramee GrandShivaji Nagarexciting New dishes other than those in the packagesuch as fruit rabriamrakhand and paneer jalebiare included in the carte for Shravan? among others.

Congress ex-MLA Mukesh Sharma said,a Congress member. Historian Pandurang Balkawde said MPs can help in raising the voice of historians in an effective way.local historians have decided to approach the state MPs.

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