?subsidised and market prices were almost equal.and assigned to neatly partitioned enclosures named after nationalist heroes.What is the source, ? He said water level in many rivers would rise and urged the government to take preventing measures in Sunderban areas where embankments have not yet been repaired after cyclone Aila. download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe CBI’s arrest of Trinamool Congress parliamentary party leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam on Tuesday was expected to send the political temperature soaring in West Bengal. families of the convicts broke down.

Manmohan said that the previous UPA government had done nothing against the law."All prime ministers and other ministers in any government receive representations from various captains of industry which in the normal course of things are passed on to appropriate authorities" said Manmohan "What I had done was done with full satisfaction that we were not doing anything against the law It was a normal routine transaction The letter that is being talked about is nothing else but an ordinary piece of letter" he added Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh PTI The letter that Manmohan was talking about was the one that BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had earlier referred to while makingthe allegations "A bailout package was given to Kingfisher Airlines on Manmohan Singh’s insistence.While an ordinary man goes through a lot of paper work and grilling to get a petty loan Mallya procured loans worth Rs 9000 crore without proper papers or proper accounts" Patra had earlier said Patra had also claimed that Mallya had written a letter to Chidambaram asking him to ensure that the State Bank of India grants him a no-objection certificate (NOC) allowing his company United Spirits Limited (USL) to raise over Rs 2000 crore through issue of shares on a preferential basis "The government receives hundreds of representations everyday which are not dealt with by ministers They are marked down to departments concerned who then take apporpriate action You are looking at one letter that has been leaked But what about other letters that are received by the ministries" Chidambaram said when questioned about the allegations Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala made some counter-allegations when he asked his own questions for BJP "They (BJP) are quoting a letter written to the former prime minister and finance minister Who permitted Vijay Mallya to escape Who waived Rs 1200 crore of Vijay Mallya Who permitted Vijay Mallya to become a Rajya Sabha member" What I did was with full satisfaction of mine that we wr nt doing anything against law of the land:Manmohan Singh on BJP allegations #Mallya pictwittercom/5VhAcuC1VR — ANI (@ANI_news) January 30 2017 Apart from responding to the allegations the Congress leaders also criticised the government for the state of the economy "Tomorrow is the day when the government will present the economic survey We thought we should bring out a document which gives a dose of realism That the Indian economy is not in good shape is obvious Even the IMF has projected that the growth rate will not be 76 percent but less than 66 precent Several other rating agencies have made similar projections" Manmohan Singh said "The state of the economy is not something we can be happy about The UPA delivered an average of 85 percent growth Over a ten-year period UPA delivered average grwoth of 75 percent We lifted 140 million people out of poverty These achievements are those which any government must try to emulate" said Chidambaram "They are hiding behind the dazzle of a numbder called GDP which is being questioned on the basis that the base year has been changed" the former finance minister further said "The people of India are not dazzled by that number They are asking hard questions The first question is: Where are the jobs The second question is: Where are new capital investments And the third question is about how are businesses are being encouraged to grow" he added "Gross fixed capital formation has declined In the month of July August and September only 77000 jobs were created in the country out of which 50000 were in the government sector.Credit growth today at around 5 percent is the lowest in several decades" Chidambaram further said With inputs from IANS By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 13 2017 12:06 pm Other than being a significant part of pop culture each day of Valentine’s week also has its own significance (Source: File Photo) Top News It is that time of the year when love in all its forms and types is celebrated Yes it is Valentine’s Week starting from February 7 to February 14 Especially around this time happily-in-love couples make the time and efforts to make their loved ones feel special They mark the day by exchanging gifts and spending quality time with each other Building up the hype of Valentine’s Day are the seven days that come before — Rose Day Propose Day Chocolate Day Teddy Day Promise Day Kiss Day Hug Day — in that order before the big V-Day comes a-calling WATCH VIDEO |Valentine’s Day Special: Pyaar Mohabbat Dating – What Do Indians Think Of It Other than being a significant part of pop culture each day of Valentine’s Week also has its own significance As much as people in love argue that they do not need a day or a week to celebrate their bond Valentine’s week is celebrated with vigour Here are the different days of Valentine’s week and their importance (Source: Thinkstock images) Rose Day Celebrated on February 7 Valentine’s week begins with this day Nothing says love as a bouquet of red roses does so what better than gifting your special ones these beautiful flowers that are also available in colours other than red Propose Day Celebrated on February 8 this day is an important day especially if you are planning to declare your love to the person you are absolutely smitten by Plan a perfect date gift him/her a beautiful bunch of roses and pop the question Chocolate Day Celebrated on February 9 this day signifies the importance of the only thing that is sweeter than love — chocolates A lot of women love chocolates and gifting them huge bars of delicious creamy chocolate is just another way to keep the love going ALSO READ |Karma Sutra: The Relationship Matrix Teddy Day Celebrated on February 10 this day exclusively celebrates the love women have for adorable stuffed toys What better than a fluffy soft teddy bear toy to hold on to when you drift off to sleep Promise Day Celebrated on February 11 this day signifies the importance of commitment and the promise of being together that the couple has made to each other Make your loved one feel special by reiterating your love for him/her on this day Hug Day Celebrated on February 12 this day marks another important expression of love — a warm comfortable hug from your loved ones that will make you forget all your problems Give your loved one a tight bone crushing hug to let them know they are loved Kiss Day Celebrated on February 13 this day marks the special moments that loved ones share with each other including the times when they steal kisses from each other Let your special one feel loved and cared for as you gift him/her a gentle loving kiss on this day Valentine’s Day Celebrated on February 14 the day commemorates love in all its forms shapes and sizes Couples take time out from their schedules make plans for spending quality time with each other and generally make each other feel loved For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsReacting to the Delhi High Court’s verdict that upheld Lieutenant Governor’s administrative powers in governing Delhi Najeeb Jung has called the judgement "historic" In a press conference in Delhi on Thursday Jung read out the court’s judgement reiterating that the LG remains the administrative head of National Capital Territory He also said that by the virtue of his post he reports to the central government but it will be wrong to say that he is working against the state government The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld Article 230 of the Constitution stating that the Lieutenant Governor remains the administrative head of the National Capital Territory concluding the legal tussle between Delhi’s AAP government and Lt governor Najeeb Jung Delhi LG Najeeb Jung Reuters A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath ruled that Delhi government notifications must be issued after consulting the LG "Policy direction can’t be issued without communicating the to Lt Governor" the bench said The court said that it is constitutionally correct that Anti-Corruption Branch cannot initiate investigation against central government officials The court’s judgement came on nine different petitions arising out of the spat between the LG and Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government over the power to appoint bureaucrats in the national capital and other issues Delhi High Court said that AAP govt’s contention that LG is bound to act on adviceof Council of Ministers like in other states in India is without any substance and cannot beaccepted?illegal nor unsustainable. 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A plastic rope was found tied around the girl?crores on Wednesday.There is no doubt that Befikre is fearlessly walking towards earning well at the box office Though critics have not been in favour of the film the audience especially the younger lot is loving the concept and the glamour quotient in the film Trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced that the film is sailing smooth even during the weekdays On the weekend the Aditya Chopra helmed film earned Rs 1036 crore Rs 1160 crore and Rs 1247 crore on Friday Saturday and Sunday respectively While on the weekdays even though the business wasn’t as great as the weekend the film managed to earn Rs 520 crore Rs 359 crore and Rs 302 crore on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday respectively #Befikre Fri 1036 cr Sat 1160 cr Sun 1247 cr Mon 520 cr Tue 359 cr Wed 302 cr Total: 4624 cr India biz — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 15 2016 The YRF project is not only entertaining Indian audience but also doing great in the overseas market Directed by Aditya Chopra Befikre has collected Rs 1248 crores in the opening weekend in the overseas market too The film is likely to earn Rs 50 crore in the first week itself according to trade estimates Watch | Ranveer Singh-Vaani Kapoor’s film Befikre gets thumbs up from audience Made at a budget of about Rs 70 crore Befikre was released on 2100 screens While the film is doing pretty well it cannot be termed as Ranveer Singh’s best performance whose last outing Bajirao Mastani won accolades from critics as well as audiences Ranveer Singh Vaani Kapoor plays the character of Dharam and Shyra A still from Befikre Befikre premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival Aditya Chopra directorial Befikre starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor released on December 9 A still from Ranveer Singh’s Befikre song Khulke Dhulkeand his promotion in Delhi college Though other films like Force 2 Rock On 2 and Vidya Balan’s Kahaani 2 saw a dip even during the weekends because of demonetisation Befikre seems to be at bay from all such issues More from the world of Entertainment: With Befikre enjoying an extended window at the box office the film is likely to increase its collections in the second week of its release too The film revolves around Dharam and Shyra who believe in love with no strings attached Aditya has said that Befikre is a complete departure from his first film as a director Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Isher Judge Ahluwalia | Updated: June 22 2016 6:15 am Water has long been considered a gift of nature with a subconscious expectation that it should be available free of charge (Source: Reuters photo) Top News Water is in the news for how tankers were procured in Delhi Even more importantly we need to reflect on why we need tankers in the first place Our urban local bodies (ULBs) cannot possibly ensure sustainable delivery of water in our cities/towns unless financing mechanisms are put in place Water has long been considered a gift of nature with a subconscious expectation that it should be available free of charge Water delivery requires heavy investment in collecting it from a natural source treating it to make it potable and investing in a distribution network of pipes for delivery to the users It also requires investments in sewerage infrastructure and sewage treatment plants so that the sewers can carry the wastewater (estimated to be 80 per cent of the water that is consumed) to these plants to ensure that no untreated sewage is discharged back into natural water bodies If cities were rich enough to meet the entire cost water could be delivered free (Illustration by C R Sasikumar) They are not and therefore they have to charge Unfortunately politicians are reluctant to charge even when consumers may be willing to pay more especially if it leads to better delivery of good quality water ULBs in India do not have the autonomy to set prices to cover costs This power remains with state governments and they must price water to recover costs An element of subsidy can be built in for the poor by having volumetric pricing with a low price for the first slab which covers what is regarded as a minimum need Those consuming more should pay a progressively higher price per litre for the water they consume Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news The 2012 Water Policy recommends that user charges be based on volumetric pricing As early as 1992 the Vaidyanathan Committee had recommended the same and also that water rates should cover O&M costs in the first instance with capital charges (interest and depreciation) to be covered over a period of five years More than 20 years later state governments have still not taken the first step to recover O&M costs through user charges One solution is to take water pricing away from politics and assign to a statutory regulatory authority the task of determining water tariff for cost recovery allowing for reasonable costs The authority should be charged with hearing all stakeholders and explaining how the tariff is arrived at The government should have no right to alter the statutorily determined tariff but it can and should introduce a subsidy which can be paid directly to the targeted consumers after making necessary provision in the budget This would make the pricing of water transparent and help begin the transition to a system of public debate on the importance of cost recovery and scrutiny of cost elements It is worth noting that even in many of the OECD countries full O&M cost recovery was achieved only as late as 2008 On the other hand Singapore started pricing water to cover O&M costs in the second half of the 1960s Singapore has made the maximum progress in addressing their enormous water challenge through full cost recovery (including capital cost) and subsequently marginal cost pricing and investing in innovations to reclaim water for reuse (NEWater) and in desalination They also introduced a progressive water conservation tax in 1991 In India the situation varies across and within states Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana) and Gujarat come across much better than other states in O&M cost recovery based on what was reported to the ministry of urban development (MoUD) and is reflected in its status report for 1405 ULBs from 13 states in 2010-11 Even so their cost recovery is only of the order of 64 per cent 52 per cent and 49 per cent respectively One hundred per cent cost recovery was reported by the municipal corporations of Mumbai Kolhapur Amravathi and 20 municipalities in Maharashtra the municipal corporations of Kakinada Karimnagar and four municipalities in Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana) and the municipal corporation of Jamnagar and three municipalities in Gujarat Mumbai is the only big city reporting 100 per cent cost recovery even though its tariffs are amongst the lowest because its water cost and energy cost is relatively low Bengaluru is next with cost recovery of 92 per cent By contrast Delhi Indore and Bhopal show the worst cost recovery A comparison of water tariffs for Delhi Mumbai Chennai Nagpur Hyderabad and Bengaluru is of interest In Delhi the first 20 kl of monthly consumption is free while Mumbaikars pay Rs 466 for the first 225 kl of water consumed Chennai at the lower end of consumption is between Delhi and Mumbai Hyderabad tariff is the highest at the lower end of consumption while Bengaluru is the highest at the highest slab of consumption Nagpur has been revising its water tariff upward by 5 per cent annually for the past five years plus any increases due to surcharge on electricity and raw water charge?their addiction to inadequate patches and fudges. 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