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Deputy Commissioner Excise and Taxation (DETC) Jalandhar Division, We believe every situation in our life can be turned into a comedy,t say, Hardwick added For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Priyanka Sundar | New Delhi | Published: May 25 2017 4:14 pm Karan Johar turned 45 years old this May Related News Did you know that Karan Johar wrote a scene for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or the fact that his 40th birthday party was called wedding bash As Karan turns 45 here are presenting some lesser known facts about him 1 Karan Johar’s favourite destinations is New York Even though he spent a lot of time in London he apparently fell in love with the energy of New York City 2 From the horse’s mouth – Karan Johar’s only vice is shopping Well we are not surprised as we have seen all those shoes that he has in his wardrobe Well not all But atleast the ones that he showed off at Koffee With Karan 3 Karan Johar the man who wrote Kal Ho Na Ho regrets not directing the film 4 The only movie that Karan Johar might remake from his filmography is Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna He wants to do it differently this time 5 He threw a birthday bash on his 40th birthday and called it a wedding bash It was also during this time that he decided to make the youngest film ever Student Of The Year was Karan’s way of staying relevant to the younger generation He also knew that this would be worst film creatively He launched three new actors to Bollywood and they are all successful today Also read |Alia Bhatt wishes Karan Johar on birthday: ‘You’re my friend my father my teacher’ See photos 6 Karan Johar did not like Farhan Akhtar because he spoke too much Hindi and always spoke about Hindi movies when they were kids Ironically today Karan Johar’s iPad is filled with Hindi songs 7 The reason why Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar’s equation changed was one scene that Karan Johar as an AD had written for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge This was technically when Karan was not really considering getting into direction but costume designing But Shah Rukh Khan who was informed that Karan had written that particular scene was surprised that Karan who couldn’t even speak Hindi well had written this great scene FYI this is “babuji aap theek kehte hain” speech For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shekhar Gupta | Updated: June 6 2014 9:59 pm Rajiv Gandhi and actor Amitabh Bachchan beside the body of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Related News When Delhi was on fire — a burning necklace of death a mile around Rashtrapati Bhavan killer mobs given a furlough by the police local government and the Congress party narrow Trilokpuri lanes piled with half-burnt bodies The embers still burn The assassination of Indira Gandhi caught me on the wrongest foot possible: in transit from New York to New Delhi I was returning from a six-week fellowship of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) in the New York Times newsroom at New York and with its Washington bureau suitcases laden with the usual gifts and goodies you brought along from your first visit overseas those days: clothes minor gadgets shoes books and toys for my three-year-old Desperately homesick I climbed down from the Air India jumbo to see ground staff go through their motions as if in mourning Indira Gandhi — one of them a Sikh said — had been assassinated by her bodyguards and riots had broken out in the city That he said explained the dark columns of smoke you could see in the distance even from the airport Still one couldn’t be prepared for what unfolded on the ride home then in New Delhi’s southernmost middle class ghetto Saket There were mobs on the way — actually not mobs just small gangs with iron rods swords wolf-packs on the prowl — attacking shops and homes and burning what they could Another few hours and all of Delhi was like a battlefield with burning fires screaming people in conquest or in agony Or correction it wasn’t a battlefield It was or at least in several places like a city that had just been conquered by some awful hordes in medieval times Within 12 hours of Indira Gandhi’s death the story of her assassination by her two Sikh bodyguards had been overtaken by the reprisals against the Sikhs If one could see this on a 40-minute drive from airport to home so clearly what excuse could the government or the police ever have of having been taken by surprise by the rioting in intensity or spread Since this is one of the better covered and researched communal riots in India’s history — the finest coverage in fact was in The Indian Express and its sister Hindi daily Jansatta — let me not waste your time trying to recapitulate all that happened In any case so much was happening simultaneously in so many parts of the city that any reporter even one riding a nifty Enfield 200 could cover only that much of it But there are scenes and stories you cannot forget and the future generations must not be allowed to forget Because it is precisely because of our culture of evasion when it comes to our own collective crimes that as a nation and society we are not able to apply closure to the most tragic turning points in our history You want to know if the Congress at least at the local levels was involved I will repeat some stories I documented then: I witnessed a scene created by local Congress leader Dharam Dass Shastri (In 1993 the Jain-Aggarwal committee recommended registering a case against him and in 2005 the Nanavati commission found “credible evidence” against him following which the Union home ministry ordered the CBI to reopen the case But nothing happened and Shastri is now dead) at the Karol Bagh police station as he protested against the arrest of Congressmen caught with property looted from Sikh homes Recover the property for sure he said but why arrest They are “not criminals” Brahm Yadav the Delhi Youth Congress president was far ahead of this too He protested against a joint army-police raid in Kodapur his block and you want to know the reason why He said a fair raid could not be carried out by a patrol led by a Sikh army officer assisted by another Sikh from the police One most significant fact about the rioting was how dramatically it all stopped the moment the first Army units moved in including Soviet-made BMP Infantry Fighting Vehicles The army had to hardly fire any shots make any arrests As the news of the army’s arrival spread the mobs decided to melt away They knew they were not dealing with Delhi Police any more which was incompetent where it wasn’t complicit and mostly absent some for predictable reasons like leave and some because of panic and indecision among the higher brass that somehow decided to tell the Sikhs in the force to stay out of trouble And Delhi Police Here is one of the scenes I witnessed and reported A mid-level police officer with a strong armed patrol sat on a chair picked up from a nearby house and watched coolly as a mob chased a group of Sikhs including women with sticks iron rods and swords while two of the panicked Sikhs fought desperately to keep them at bay with iron rods Why don’t you people do something I asked the officer How can I he said with mock helplessness I have a very small force Let’s wait for reinforcements There were tragedies to see and record across the city but none more heart-rending than the killings in outlying particularly east Delhi colonies where lumpens looted raped and killed not merely unhindered but often helped along by the police I reached Block 32 in Trilokpuri the trans-Yamuna near-slum on the second afternoon of the riots Its narrow lanes were piled with half-burnt bodies in the odd case a decapitated one I spoke with Jasmer Singh a survivor from a poorer section a real slum and she said “they would strike a man unconscious douse him with kerosene and touch him with a burning corpse It was also the first time — and hopefully the last — in India’s history that the rioters used the “necklacing” method of killing putting an old automobile tyre around the victim’s neck and setting it on fire One thing I can tell you from that unfortunate experience is that the most horrible and the longest lasting stench of all is the stench of burning flesh It doesn’t leave your head even after three decades have passed One thing I have never been able to understand fully is the exact motivation of the rioters Was it communal Maybe for some but you did not see so many religious symbols on the attackers no Hindu slogans and most significantly nobody reported a case of neighbours attacking neighbours Delhi in fact had more stories then of Hindu neighbours protecting the odd Sikh in their locality even at risk to their own lives Was it rioting Or rape or looting By the time the rioting had been on for 24 hours nobody could really say which was the main act and which the side show The very first trigger admittedly came from anger against the assassination It started outside All India Institute of Medical Sciences where doctors were trying to revive Mrs Gandhi The first to experience this was President Giani Zail Singh His motorcade was attacked his escort officer removed his turban in panic to avoid being identified and Trilochan Singh his widely popular press officer (and forever so even now) pulled out a seat cushion from his car to protect himself from the mob’s lathi blows But once it spread and it became evident that the police had no intention of intervening looters and arsonists came out in small bands This is when the more exclusive localities were targeted Along the radial roads emanating from Connaught Circus fires blazed as if in a properly choreographed show Furniture shops on Panchkuian Road were set on fire Paharganj Shiela cinema the abandoned Bangla Sahib Gurdwara though very ably defended by young Sikhs carrying iron rods lathis and the odd shotgun a glass-and-mirror shop where a Sikh lay dead impaled by shards of large glass sheets that rained on him as the shop was looted In the more central and generally less congested parts of Delhi looting was the primary motive South Extension market’s Perfection Silk and Saree House and Wings Shoes were looted and burnt The houses of two Punjab and Sind Bank chairmen Mohinder Singh and Bhai Inderjit Singh in Friends Colony (east) were looted and burnt In nearby Maharani Bagh mobs arrived with lists carrying numbers of rich Sikhs’ homes Again the purpose was loot and arson This then spread to Hauz Khas Vasant Vihar and Safdarjung Enclave In distant sleepy Saket where we lived mobs came in a neat row of three-wheelers as if in a procession and burnt down the very pretty new gurdwara leaving the granthi for dead He was later rescued by neighbours all of them Hindu On a drive back from my office to home one afternoon two of my women colleagues and neighbours Anita Kaul Basu and Anuradha Kapoor squeezed themselves on the pillion as no other transport was available We drove past the Chirag Dilli area and saw a beautiful new bungalow fully ablaze on the intersection of Outer Ring Road and what is now Josip Broz Tito Marg Anita who with her equally talented husband Siddhartha Basu runs a successful TV production house that produces Kaun Banega Crorepati was then expecting her first child as we were our second Both boys are now grown up and working for many years And we still cannot erase that image from our eyes or minds In fact the least celebrated story of those riots is also its most inspirational and reassuring It is of Hindu neighbours setting up vigils even in upper middle class localities and carrying out 24-hour patrols to protect Sikhs Mostly these were no more than motley groups of babus and other salaried professionals — including this reporter in G Block Saket — wielding anything they could find lathis walking sticks iron rods and hockey sticks the most effective weapon though in short supply I noted then that sometimes these patrols looked like excited teams of uncles and teenagers in some mohalla cricket match You also found what protection you could thick winter jackets (it was quite cold already at night) crash helmets anything These defenders would not have lasted if challenged by even half a mob with any persistence But the fact that these were never challenged that mobs saw even these and disappeared and then stopped targeting colonies that had this vigilante patrolling tells you the real story of the 1984 killings It wasn’t a communal riot in the classical sense there was no mass upsurge no widespread frenzy It was just three days out for the looters rapists and killers given a furlough by the police and the local government and of course the Congress party One fifth of the 30000-strong Delhi Police then was Sikh but it was not to be seen Of its SHOs 13 out of 66 and four out of 21 ACPs were Sikh Many of them were told to stay at home or stayed in headquarters They bitterly complained to us reporters that they were being treated like outcastes not wanted by the brass though willing to work even as they worried about their own families The most striking stories of police incompetence and casual complicity were brought by Rahul Bedi and Joseph Malliakan of The Indian Express In an inquiry later they accused then additional commissioners Nikhil Kumar HC Jatav and DCP Seva Dass of negligence Nikhil who later became an MP and governor was reported to have pleaded that he was on leave and merely visiting the headquarter so was no more than a guest artist Nikhil denied this later but the larger belief still remains that Delhi Police failed the uniform and until today nobody senior enough has been called to account Then you say why there is no closure on India’s tragedies ever That I do not follow the correct chronology and put the riots ahead of the assassination is a deliberate editorial call and not merely an admission of the fact that I was late on the assassination story Everybody was because as I had said earlier the riots had overtaken everything else even the assassination In fact even as the funeral procession made its way past New Delhi to the banks of the Yamuna rioting still raged But as after Operation Bluestar Roli Books again brought out The Assassination and After another contributory book for which I wrote the chapter on the assassination “Claws of Conspiracy” while Rahul Bedi wrote on the riots Arun Shourie on the militancy and Prannoy Roy who made his mark as a psephologist globally by calling the 1984 elections that followed the assassination and the killings wrote about them The conspiracy was later fully unravelled accused put to trial and convicted So there isn’t much left to tell now But I cannot forget the visit to Agwaan Kurd near the border enclave of Dera Baba Nanak in district Gurdaspur in Punjab where Satwant Singh the younger of the two assassins hailed from I remember his mother Pyaaro protesting her son could never do such a thing that he was such a Congress loyalist that even as a child he only played with Congress flags etc She even pleaded that they were not a family of traditional Sikhs that they believed in the Babaji of Radha Soami Satsang at Beas not so far away and further that Satwant Singh had visited it thrice seeking baptism as a Radha Soami I could see a mother’s desperation and no mother would ever believe anything else but that her child was never capable of committing murder and least of all of the woman he protected But that year of madness had made too many simple sane people do crazy unexpected things This election campaign was marked by a one-sided intensity not much different from Narendra Modi’s in 2014 But I dare say while it had the optimism of Rajiv Gandhi’s youth and his promise of the 21st century and the sympathy for his mother’s assassination it had stronger negative and even communal overtones than any seen in 2014 One slogan was Rajiv Gandhi ka ailaan nahin baneyga Khalistan The advertisement campaign designed by Rediffusion invoked iron rods and daggers etc as far-from-subtle metaphors to build insecurity and paranoia Nevertheless Rajiv Gandhi won a a majority of 415 and my one abiding recollection is his smiling gentle but devastating declaration of having reduced the opposition to a 10 (Janata) plus two (Jan Sangh) and 3 (Socialists) system as the tenure system of school/ college education was then described Almost exactly 30 years later now that wheel has turned full circle or more or less The BJP from 2 is now up to 282 the first time a party has won a majority since 1984 and in fact leads a coalition of 338 The Congress is down to 44 almost exactly living up to the dictionary definition of decimation It speaks for the BJP and two generations of its leaders’ remarkable resilience and political intellect that they have scripted such a revival But if it has taken India three decades to produce a full majority now it also underlines the year 1984 was [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published: July 12 2017 3:34 am Civic chief Ajoy Mehta had directed Singhal to carry out a detailed probe after the preliminary inquiry report submitted by the outgoing Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh last month revealed that officials of the SWM department had colluded with the contractor appointed for compressing and transferring waste Top News AFTER a preliminary probe report implicated several civic officials of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department of the BMC for allegedly conniving with a garbage compacting contractor a committee appointed by Additional Municipal Commissioner Vijay Singhal has issued show cause notices to four officials including Deputy Municipal Commissioner Vijay Balamwar The contractor had allegedly processed less garbage than what was claimed according to the probe report While the civic officials were given seven days to respond to the notice none of them had submitted a response and the committee members said they will send a reminder notice on Wednesday Singhal said that he had appointed the two-member committee- comprising deputy municipal commissioners Chandrasekhar Chore and Narendra Barde about two weeks ago “This is a very serious case and the committee will conduct a detailed inquiry to ascertain certain facts including who provided the notings to the contractor and why was the matter not brought before the senior administration” said Singhal Apart from Deputy Municipal Commissioner Vijay Balamwar show cause notices have been served to Chief Engineer Siraj Ansari Deputy Chief Engineer Minesh Pimpale and an executive chief engineer Even though the notices had been sent out on July 3 none of the officials submitted their replies and members of the committee said that a reminder notice will be issued to them on Wednesday Civic chief Ajoy Mehta had directed Singhal to carry out a detailed probe after the preliminary inquiry report submitted by the outgoing Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjay Deshmukh last month revealed that officials of the SWM department had colluded with the contractor appointed for compressing and transferring waste The matter came to light after the contractor who was appointed for a period of ten years approached the Bombay High Court in 2014 seeking compensation of Rs 3519 crore on various counts including the idling of his equipment during the initial delay caused by the BMC The report had mentioned the involvement of officials including chief engineers deputy chief engineers and deputy municipal commissioners between 2006 and the current year The report also mentioned that figures of the monthly average revealed a difference of up to 40 per cent in the quantity of waste received at Mahalaxmi and the quantity transported after being compressed It was also pointed out in the report that the contractor’s bills were accepted only on the basis of volume while the weight of the waste was ignored For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 12 2017 2:58 am Top News A report released by the Praja Foundation on issues pertaining to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation shows that the number of complaints filed by citizens rose by 202 per cent in 2015-2016 compared to a drop of 157 per cent in the previous year While the number of estate-related complaints has gone up by four times there was a significant rise in complaints relating to toilets run by the civic body According to the data close to 80490 complaints were registered in 2014 67835 in 2015 and 81555 in 2016 and there was a rise in the number of complaints on a majority of the issues While an increase of 824 per cent was recorded in toilet-related complaints there was a rise of 63 per cent in pollution-related complaints Over three years the lowest number was recorded in the area of water supply A significant increase of 406 per cent was noted in the number of complaints in issues pertaining to the solid waste management department While there was a rise of 324 per cent in entries where residents complained about garbage not being collected from homes markets and roads between 2015-2016 there were twice the number of complaints about lack of attention to collection points across the city In complaints pertaining to the city’s drainage system there was an increase of 288 per cent on blockages of drains Despite the poor condition of the roads during the monsoon months last year there was a marginal drop of 09 per cent in road related complaints According to the data on the status of action taken on complaints out of the total number of complaints registered action has not been taken on 21 per cent of the complaints The report also stated that maximum action was taken on complaints related to pest control and those about the medical health officer Ward-wise analysis of the data shows that majority of the complaints have been registered in L ward (including areas like Kurla) and action has been taken on 53 per cent of the complaints The report noted that the least amount of action was taken in L ward and least number of complaints were closed The highest success rate was noted in F north ward where 92 per cent of the complaints were closed For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News1 percent across the board compared to the April-June quarter. 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