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Howeverneuroscience and education expert Dr Paul Howard Jones insisted the Internet was a valuable learning resource and all forms of learning caused changes within the brain He further stated that social networking sites were beneficial and helped forge friendshipswhile computer games aided visual and motor response skills For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUpdated: May 12 2014 12:01 am Related News Weak areas This refers to the editorial ‘Between the cracks’ (IE May 9) The arrest of Financial Technologies India Limited chairman Jignesh Shah has come too late One wonders what the investigating agencies were doing all this time The National Spot Exchange Limited scam was unearthed many months ago And it was fairly clear to most people who the possible culprits could be Countless investors lost their hard-earned savings in the scam Regulatory bosses and brokerage firms don’t come out smelling of roses either I suspect that several powerful and well-connected people must be involved It is not easy for generalist policemen to investigate financial crime Perhaps the government needs to appoint specialist investigators to crack the case This episode also points to weak areas in regulation and criminal investigation that need strengthening — SN Kabra (Mumbai) Clearing roadblocks This refers to ‘Day of the sleuth’ by Shailaja Chandra (IE May 9) The writer is correct to assert that vesting the CBI with unbridled power will not eliminate corruption However the issue is not about removing corruption It is about clearing roadblocks to quick and effective investigation and prosecution There is no question that the CBI must be fair and transparent in keeping with its enhanced power It must act without favour or prejudice It has to guard itself from being seen as an agency susceptible to political pressure or vendetta politics Unfortunately the decision-making ability of zealous and capable officers is bound to be hampered by this judgment and by certain provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act The incoming government needs to look into these problem areas — Ganapathi Bhat (Akola) On clean chits This refers to ‘CBI gives clean chit to Shah in Ishrat killing’ (IE May 8) The cliche “clean chit” is used indiscriminately by the media while reporting on action taken by investigating agencies The phrase “clean chit” indicates that a party has been cleared of all charges and that there is no substance to the allegations The media routinely uses this phrase while referring to cases in which the investigating agency has decided not to file a chargesheet This is misleading because in a number of cases such a decision is taken due to want of adequate evidence In your story the fact that there was “insufficient evidence” against Amit Shah doesn’t mean he’s been given a clean chit — AV Krishnan (Pune) Wise move The district magistrate of Varanasi displayed rare courage and wisdom in disallowing Narendra Modi’s rally in a communally sensitive area The security and morale of people was at stake — Sukumar Shidore (Pune) For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Mihir Shah | Updated: August 14 2015 12:12 am The presence of a low salinity layer of water with low density is a reason for the maintenance of high sea-surface temperatures in the Bay of Bengal creating low-pressure areas and leading to the intensification of monsoon activity(Illustration by: C R Sasikumar) Related News One of the drivers of India’s irrigation sector has been the construction of large dams on our rivers which Jawaharlal Nehru famously described as “the temples of modern India” While these dams have helped increase India’s irrigated area and provided a semblance of food security they have also created more problems than they have solved What is worse these dams have not really achieved what they had promised While the nation and its most deprived people have paid a huge price in terms of displacement and ecological costs the farmers for whom the water was meant have not benefited as planned Perhaps the most telling statement in this regard has recently come from the chief minister of Maharashtra the state with the highest number of dams in India Intervening in a debate in the state assembly on July 21 Devendra Fadnavis remarked that Maharashtra has 40 per cent of the country’s large dams “but 82 per cent area of the state is rainfed Till the time you don’t give water to a farmer’s fields you can’t save him from suicide We have moved away from our vision of watershed and conservation We did not think about hydrology geology and topography of a region before pushing large dams everywhere We pushed large dams not irrigation But this has to change” Recent scholarship supports the chief minister’s refreshing perspective It shows that most of the peninsular river basins (the Kaveri Krishna and Godavari) and the Narmada and Tapti have reached full or partial basin closure with few possibilities of any further dam construction In the Ganga plains the topography is completely flat and storages cannot be located there The problem further up in the Himalayas is that we confront one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world The Himalayas are comparatively young mountains with high rates of erosion Their upper catchments have little vegetation to bind the soil Deforestation has aggravated the problem Rivers descending from the Himalayas therefore tend to have high sediment loads The Geological Survey of India records many cases of power turbines becoming dysfunctional following siltation Climate change is making the predictability of river flows extremely uncertain Diverting rivers will also create large dry regions with adverse impact on local livelihoods (fisheries and agriculture) The neo-tectonism of the Brahmaputra valley and its surrounding highlands in the eastern Himalayas means that modifying topography by excavation or creating water and sediment loads in river impoundments can be dangerous Recent events in Uttarakhand and Nepal bear tragic testimony to these scientific predictions The comprehensive proposal to link Himalayan and peninsular rivers estimated to cost around Rs 560000 crore in 2001 also presents major problems It has been overlooked that because of our dependence on the monsoons the periods when rivers have “surplus” water are generally synchronous across the subcontinent Further given the topography of India and the way links are envisaged they might totally bypass the core dry highlands of central and western India Even more worrisome recent studies indicate that the scheme could deeply compromise the very integrity of the monsoon cycle The presence of a low salinity layer of water with low density is a reason for the maintenance of high sea-surface temperatures in the Bay of Bengal creating low-pressure areas and leading to the intensification of monsoon activity Rainfall over much of the subcontinent is controlled by this layer of low saline water If we interlink rivers such that fresh river water does not continue to flow into the sea this could have serious long-term consequences for climate and rainfall in the subcontinent It is this enormously constrained situation that underscores the wisdom of the perspective outlined by Fadnavis India desperately needs to make a paradigm shift in irrigation move away from a narrow engineering-construction-centric approach to a multi-disciplinary participatory water management perspective We can make huge increases in irrigated area without needing to build more dams simply bythe de-bureaucratisation of irrigation adopting participatory irrigation management through water user associations (WUA) pioneered in some irrigation commands in Andhra Pradesh Gujarat Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh Once farmers themselves feel a sense of ownership over water the process of operating and managing irrigation systems undergoes a profound transformation The WUAs collect irrigation service fees whose structure is determined in a completely transparent and participatory manner from their members Collection of these fees enables WUAs to undertake proper repair and maintenance of distribution systems and ensure that water reaches the farm gate To incentivise states to adopt this approach the 12th Five Year Plan proposed the setting up of a national irrigation management fund (NIMF) a non-lapsable fund that reimburses state irrigation departments a matching contribution of their irrigation service fee collection on a 1:1 ratio To encourage participatory irrigation management the NIMF would provide a bonus to states which would enable WUAs to keep 50 per cent of the irrigation service fees collected by them The 12th Plan believes that participatory irrigation management has failed to take off in many states because in the current scenario WUAs have all the obligations but no rights or secure access to irrigation The aim is to empower these associations Simultaneously the human resource profile of irrigation departments is to be broadened by including not just engineers but also social mobilisers water managers agronomists and hydrogeologists so that holistic management of water becomes possible Such a paradigm shift in irrigation would enable a decisive move in the direction proposed by Fadnavis What is truly tragic however is that despite the 12th Plan allocation of Rs 6000 crore for the NIMF neither the UPA nor the NDA has notified the fund India is truly fortunate for finally having a minister for water resources who understands the perils of dam-building in the Himalayas and is committed to uninterrupted water flows in the Ganga It is to be hoped that she will not lose any time in adopting an approach that could add millions of hectares to irrigated land without building a single new dam — by better managing the water already stored in our existing large dams and ensuring it actually reaches the farmers for whom it is meant The writer was member Planning Commission 2009-14 For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tavleen Singh | Updated: February 28 2016 8:28 am File photo of Rajya Sabha Related News Last week it dawned on me that I might be a crypto-nationalist Realisation began to dawn while watching TV chat shows in which venerable leftist intellectuals repeated ad nauseam that nationalism was a dangerous idea because it was fascism in disguise The word fascism in India is a synonym for Hindutva It is never used to describe jihadist groups who kill those who dare oppose their religious chauvinism When the debate began in Parliament on the events in JNU and Hyderabad University I found myself on the side of the nationalists because all the political parties on the other side were socialist semi-socialist or Marxist They quoted Ambedkar and Tagore to make the case that nationalism was a bad idea but I remained unconvinced The reason is that in long years of political journalism I have watched these leftist political parties lend unashamed support to democratic feudalism Using secularism as their excuse they have backed political leaders who have turned their parties into private companies to be handed down to their children I consider this an anti-national act because I believe it violates the fundamental principles of democracy When political heirs and heiresses inherit their seats in Parliament people who should really be in public service are denied their chance Is there not something deeply hypocritical about politicians who have been vociferous in demanding in the name of democracy the right of students to support traitors and terrorists but who have remained silent when democracy itself becomes feudalism This distortion has reduced democracy to no more than a right exercised by voters every five years It is this in my humble opinion that is the main reason why Indians continue to live without basic services like clean water and electricity while their elected representatives live like feudal potentates In the debates on nationalism and anti-nationalism that we have heard in recent days there has been a lot of talk about the ‘idea of India’ being destroyed Once more I found myself on the wrong side of those who seek to preserve the idea of India as it has developed over the past 67 years India is today a country that has been left shamefully behind according to almost every index Every other Indian child is malnourished More than seventy per cent of our population lives on less than Rs 20 a day World Bank statistics reveal that of the 8723 million people in the world living below the poverty line 1796 million live in India These are grim statistics and when you combine them with our hopeless schools and hospitals and the horrible living conditions in which the majority of Indians live the ‘idea of India’ looks very very bad If more Indians have not risen in revolt against this ‘idea’ it is because they have been fooled into believing that the ‘idea of India’ is under real threat from evil Hindutva fascism From almost the day Narendra Modi became prime minister a series of campaigns were launched by our public intellectuals and politicians to build up a frenzy over some issue or other It saddens me deeply that they have been extremely successful in distracting the Prime Minister’s attention So instead of aggressively promoting a new ‘idea of India’ as he did during his election campaign the Prime Minister now talks of ‘poverty alleviation’ instead of creating jobs and prosperity Instead of ending the elaborate and largely useless welfare programmes he inherited from the last government he has adopted them as his own so it is beginning to seem as if he subscribes to the ‘idea of India’ that he is accused of putting under threat As a newly minted nationalist may I say that I long to see the old idea of India replaced by a new idea of India in which every Indian can aspire to live in a country that succeeds not just in alleviating poverty but in bringing prosperity The economic changes needed for this to happen have nothing to do with secularism crushing dissent on campuses or intolerance but Modi’s foes have succeeded in creating the false impression that they do In my mind there is no doubt that in Parliament the BJP won the debate over the latest frenzied distraction But it is time now for the Prime Minister to show India whether he really has it in him to make real that promise of prosperity and ‘achche din’ that won him such a huge mandate He must not allow himself to be distracted either by the foibles of his foes or by friends in his own flock who believe that it is more important to attack those who eat beef than it is to give Indian children better schools and healthcare At least in states governed by BJP chief ministers we should have already seen real change This column first appeared in the print edition under the title ‘A new idea of India please’ Follow the author on Twitter: @ tavleen_singh For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 7 2017 5:12 am Chandigarh Housing Board office in Sector 9 Chandigarh Sahil Walia Related News The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will now initiate action against those submitting frivolous complaints and impose a fine on them The board said that any complaint regarding any violation by people in the neighbourhood should be given in writing “It has come to notice that many complaints are being received from the allottees occupants regarding the misuse or illegal constructions carried out by their neighbours In many cases such complaints are merely filed in order to harass other parties due to personal animosity Such frivolous complaints not only lead to undue harassment of the general public but also waste their time and efforts of CHB officers” a release by the board stated It has been decided that in future whenever such a complaint is made orally or on telephone the complainant should submit the complaint in writing along with supporting documents regarding misuse or illegal construction and an affidavit affirming that the said complaint is true and correct in all respect and nothing has been concealed therein” it added For all the latest Cities News download Indian Express App More Related NewsCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is set to hold a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur on Monday to address demonetisation woes Aside from the fact that the Congress will be looking to score points all over Uttar Pradesh ahead of 2017’s Assembly polls sources quoted byThe Times of Indiaclaimed that the location was selected because Rahul’skhaat sabhain Jaunpur (earlier this year) had been a great success Following the washout that was the Winter Session of Parliament the Congress will seek to push further the view that the ruling BJP wasn’t amenable to discussing demonetisation This was evident in a rally held by Rahul in Karnataka’s Belagavi on Saturday File image of Rahul Gandhi PTI "Demonetisation which was meant to curb black money and root out corruption is a (Narendra) Modi-made disaster as over 100 people died standing in queues at banks for a few notes across the country" said Gandhi at a public meeting in this Karnataka town about 500 km from Bengaluru Addressing a huge rally to mark the birth centenary of former prime minister and his grandmother Indira Gandhi Rahul said only the rich had benefitted from the note ban at the cost of the poor farmers and labourers in millions across the country "The Modi government came to power in the name of the poor but is sounding death knell to the hapless population to help about 50 super rich families Who are these families holding most of the wealth in the country You can see them touring foreign countries with Modi at the government cost This is your prime minister whom you had reposed hopes of bettering your lives" he alleged Noting that Modi failed to realise that black money hoarders invest their ill-gotten wealth in real estate gold and in foreign banks Rahul said a mere six percent of unaccounted wealth was in cash while 94 percent was either deposited in Swiss banks or in real estate "Unfortunately in the name of the poor honest and tax-paying people Modi is going after them and ignoring the remaining 94 percent" he said Remembering his grandmother on the occasion Rahul also said he was sad over the plight of the ordinary people facing hardship due to cash crunch for over a month "I want to ask Modiji why his government had not disclosed names of those who had stashed their black money in Swiss banks even after its government gave the list Why he is not acting against crooks like Lalit Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya who are staying in London" asked Rahul in his speech With inputs from IANS Written by Agencies | Patna | Published: April 23 2010 10:56 am Related News Seven policemenincluding two sub-inspectorswere injured when residents of Ramdhani Road protesting the murder of a local man attacked the Malasalami police station here with stones and brickbatsforcing the police to open fire in the air to control the situation in the state capital on Fridaypolice sources said Vijay Kumar Yadav alias Vijay Gope was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Ramdhani road under Malsalami police station in the Patna city area this morningsources said As the news of his killing spreadangry locals assembled at the police station and blocked the roadsthey saidadding the mob turned violent when policemen persuaded them to lift the blockade They started throwing stones and brickbats targeting the policemen in which several police personnel sustained injuriessources said As the situation went out of controlpolice opened fire in the air to disperse the crowdthey saidadding patrolling with additional reinforcements from the police line here was intensified as tension ran in the area The local residents were demanding adequate compensation to the bereaved family and ensuring immediate arrest of the culprits For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by ANI | London | Published: August 31 2009 1:22 pm Related News Oscar winning actor Matt Damon is all set to receive an honour for his contribution to the world of cinema According to Varietythe actor will be presented the American Cinematheque Award at a ceremony next Marchreports the Daily Express The 38-year-old actor started his career with 1997 hit Good Will Hunting, The actress,has no hazardous waste onboard in loose form,00 am to 2. 2012 1:51 pm Related News Bollywood actor Salman Khan threw his much-awaited Eid party in Mumbai. 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