Secret note blows cover of govt move to shackle Election Commission?IEFebruary 22) Free and fair elections are the lifeline of a democracy and the EC is the referee in an electoral contest The Congress must desist from appearing drunk on power It may not remain in power for everbut the damage it causes to constitutional bodies will be permanent MC JoshiLucknow Ruling party * The secret note for the GoM shows the UPA government has been planning to dilute the powers of the ECnotwithstanding the protests of the concerned ministers This shows the growing culture of intolerance in the Congresss top leadershipwhen it comes to any obstacle to its designs and schemes Of lateit has been on a collision course with constitutional authorities like the CAGthe judiciary and states run by other parties Now that the party finds the present CEC upright and unbendingit has decided to clip the ECs wings VS KaushikBangalore * The agenda note for the GoM has conclusively nailed the lie of Congress ministers that there was no move to curtail the poll panels powers Congress leaders sometimes behave like childrenwho gang up to teach a lesson to their bête noirebut protest their innocence when challenged In the past toothey retracted their statements on policy matters because of public outcry But the inexplicable or unfortunate part of such controversial episodes is that the party leadership rarely says its piece Silence is goldenbut not when it shows our lack of moral fibre or courage of conviction HemaLangeri Desert roses * Apropos Indias Arab Sprint (IEFebruary 22)the recent Indo-Saudi exchanges must not be viewed through the narrow prism of oil diplomacybut as a milestone towards realising strategic partnership as envisaged in the 2010 Riyadh Declaration signed between the two nations The $30-billion Saudi-US arms deal of December 2011 could be an opportunity for India to trade notes on the technical and training aspects of inducting the latest military hardware The vitriolic turn in the Shia-Sunni conflict in the Gulf makes it necessary for India to obtain firsthand perspectives from both the Saudis and the Iranians Indias relations with Pakistan and the protection of its interests in Afghanistan would certainly require joint initiatives with the Arab nations to choke avenues of terrorist financing Nurturing long-term ties could further alleviate Indias FDI concerns as the Arabs are keen to diversify into non-oil businesses through their cash-rich sovereign wealth funds Sudipta DasKolkata For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related Newss attempt to curb the powers of the Election Commission (? Safdarjung Lane. Last week,By: Reuters | Published: October 5 maybe next, Scotland was given its own Parliament. If the outcome is a narrow margin in favour of No, it was curtains for the other two Indians Sagar (96kg) and Arjun Halakurki (50kg). Seydylla Tazayev of Turkmenistan and Hungary’s Krisztian Istvan Vancza on his way to the last four stage.
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Related News Chris Pratt is the main lead in two of the biggest Hollywood franchises — Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy — and is one of its highest-earning stars but the American actor still considers himself an outsider in Hollywood The actor believes “Hollywood has a tendency to homogenise its men and women” and that is why entering showbiz with an outsider’s perspective worked in his favour “I definitely felt like an outsider (when he started working in the West) and I was (an outsider) I probably still am (an outsider) in a way although I spend more time in Los Angeles (LA) than out of LA” Pratt told IANS during a Disney press meet for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 here The Disney film will release in India on May 5 Pratt was a homeless man before he rose to stardom He used to live in a Scooby-Doo van and worked at a seafood restaurant in Hawaii in late 1990s It was at this restaurant he was discovered by actress Rae Dawn Chong who then gave him his first film “Cursed Part 3” in 2000 Also read |Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Marvel film to have five post credit scenes confirms director James Gunn The 37-year-old asserts that there is “great benefit” being an outsider He says that “being an outsider is becoming more and more helpful now People who live in California and LA for a long time… They all become very similar There is great weather great food easygoing attitude it is pretty progressive thoughtful and mindful — all that is really great but it doesn’t necessarily make (for) the most diverse compelling group of actors” said the star who grew up in Lake Stevens in Washington state Appreciating the new wave of diversity in Hollywood Pratt said: “A lot of guys become exactly the same For me it was really helpful to have this outsider perspective People in LA often cast a Canadian or someone from Australia Britain or India or anywhere from the outside because they have a point of view that is different from the creators and the writers in LA” Born in Virginia his mother worked at a supermarket chain and his father was a contractor His father died in 2014 when he was filming “Jurassic World” Also read|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 gets retro twist with Bappi Lahiri’s Jhoom Jhoom Baba Watch video After taking the first step in the glamour world in 2000 Pratt went on to do TV shows like The Huntress The OC and Everwood but rose to prominence as the chubby and easy-going character named Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation While making a career on the small screen Pratt continued working on his Hollywood dream and auditioned for films like Avatar GI Joe and Star Trek His filmography includes projects like Bride Wars Moneyball Zero Dark Thirty The Magnificent Seven and Passengers While working in 2011’s “Take Me Home Tonight” he met his wife Anna Faris with whom he had a son Jack Pratt is one of the most bankable stars of Hollywood and he still remembers the point from where he started his career He said: “I have some difficulties in life but not in regard to having a meeting with somebody I am at a point that if I call someone they will take the phone call but I spent many years when I couldn’t get them on the phone” Ask him how difficult it is for an outsider to get a break in Hollywood Pratt said: “Creating the initial connection and jumping the first few initial hurdles are really tough Also read |Vin Diesel’s son made him choose Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy “They are pretty much catch 22… Trying to get an agent a manager trying to get into Screen Actors Guild That type of stuff is really difficult because you can’t get a job unless you are in the Screen Actors Guild and vice versa “It is the same thing with representation You can’t get someone to represent you unless you have some work to show them and can’t get work unless you have representation” said Pratt The actor says finding a way into Hollywood has become less complicated over time At the moment Pratt is looking forward to the reception of his second outing as Peter Quill also nicknamed Star-Lord with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket With the backdrop titled ‘Awesome Mixtape #2’the second part of the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy will take further the team’s adventures as they traverse different cosmos to protect their world This time the storyline will explore family values and also unravel many family truths and mysteries For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Tokyo | Published: April 20 But this year I am going to make it. download Indian Express App More Top News D R Karthikeyan, 2017 2:57 am The bench then appointed as court commissioners,2 lakh as fine for a misleading advertisement of an ongoing construction project.By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 6 One must commend the minister for outlining the road ahead for Indian Railways but the devil lies in finding the resources this to be done. How the gaps will be filled in this and the coming years is not yet clear.
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