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In a proposal tabled in the standing committee Saturday, O’Driscoll’s nation was not found wanting in obsessive anxiety when his back snapped a few years back just as India agonised over one painful tennis elbow. a former lokayukta, “Every single vote counts.S. For all the latest Delhi News, 2011 1:23 am Related News A day after the Supreme Court directed Delhi and other states to ensure adequate night shelters for the homeless this winter, no one has bothered to consult the students,” Ansh Goyal, download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Paris | Published: July 3.

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download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Beijing | Published: July 12, her mother scolded her for browsing social networking sites on her phone instead of studying for the exam, dog teams and Fire department officials were immediately rushed to the hospital. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: May 28,his directorial Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,owing to Fawad’s presence in it Though the Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma film did manage to release and become a hit KJo preferred to remove Fawad Khan as the lead of his next film Now reports claim that the same film might just have Salman Khan coming on board Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are currently busy with the shoot of Tiger Zinda Hai which is the sequel to their 2012 blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger It is scheduled to release during the Christmas weekend this year For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsNext year will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation when one man’s protest changed Christianity in Europe I was reminded of that by two stories published recently in India on the same day On 25 May in Andhra Pradesh it was reported that the income of temples has grown by 27 percent Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu attributed this rise to “growing sins” He said “people are committing sins and to get rid of them they are going to temples and offering money" Representational image AFP That same day another story from Udaipur was published with the headline: ‘A holy dip and Rs 11 is all it takes to be certified free of sins’ The report said that priests at a Shiva temple in Rajasthan were offering a certificate for being ‘paap-mukt’ or sin-free to those who paid Rs 11 Of this money a part would also ensure the ‘dosh-nivaran’ meaning the removal of future obstacles The explanation was that everyone sinned even the innocent One priest said that "when people do farming they inadvertently kill insects and other creatures damage eggs of birds and reptiles This fills them with guilt They come here with a heavy heart but go back relieved" The tradition of priests taking money on behalf of God is a universal phenomenon and as I said it was happening in Europe 500 years ago on a bigger scale The Roman Catholic church sold something called an ‘indulgence’ An individual who paid money usually a large sum would have his punishment for his sins reduced in the afterlife The sale of indulgences was marketed widely and in 1517 the Pope sent a man to Germany to collect money This was to be used for constructing the St Peter’s church in the Vatican In protest against this one German priest wrote a note accusing the Catholic church of corrupting the faith He said the Pope had no authority to do what he was doing and he nailed his note to the door of his church The man’s name was Martin Luther and his act led to what is called the Protestant Reformation This movement split Christianity and because of it today many European nations are no longer Catholic In India just like in the Europe of Luther’s time religion is transactional We offer money to temples in exchange for blessings The rich Indians do not give cash they give gold Why Because cash is spent by temples on prasad or doing some charitable work Gold remains intact with God In June 2009 Karnataka minister G Janardhan Reddy gave a crown of gold and diamonds worth Rs 45 crore to the temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh According to the temple’s website Tirupati got 3200 kg silver and 24 kg of diamonds in just one year It gets over 1000 kilos of gold a year on average The temple encourages this and in 2011 those who gifted a kilo of gold worth over Rs 28 lakh got “VIP darshan” (which means cutting the queue) of the idol Today the temple offers a range of privileges against large sums of money starting at Rs 1 crore This information will not surprise many Indians because we understand that religion in this part has always been transactional I went to Kashi a couple of months ago and everything had a price in the most ancient city of Hinduism People were charged money for seating space during arti Foreigners were charged large sums to hold the strings which made the bells ring at Dasashwamedh Ghat during the evening arti In every place pilgrims were treated like customers And this is important: the pilgrims did not seem to mind it Since this is the culture we should not be surprised that very little charity happens in India for real causes outside of religion But we should perhaps not despair too much Giving money particularly as philanthropy meaning large donations from businessmen is also a relatively recent phenomenon in the West Till well into 19th century almost no organised philanthropy was happening there Rich businessmen would pay a fixed sum to the church This sum called a tithe was sometimes around 10 percent of income In 1889 the industrialist Andrew Carnegie wrote a work called The Gospel of Wealth in which he argued that the rich were obliged to distribute their wealth to the poor He said it was disgraceful for someone to die rich Many were influenced by Carnegie and today it has become the tradition in the West for the extremely wealthy to give their riches away before they die People like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are not rare And it is not just the super rich who do this The average Dutch individual makes monthly contribution to seven charities What about here in India We all know the answer to that Till this changes in India and we stop seeing religion as transactional and for selfish reasons the reformation that transformed Europe will not happen here We can only hope it doesn’t take another 500 years Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan today said Election Commission decision to lift ban on BJP leader Amit Shah will "strengthen communal forces and weaken democracy" Khan alleged that the EC had given relaxation to Shah so that he could get into mud slinging against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Azam Khan Ibnlive "EC has given relaxation to Shah so that he could do mud slinging against Mulayam Singh Yadav weaken Samajwadi Party and strengthen communal forces This is also the reason for banning me so that persons like Shah could weaken democracy" Khan said in a statement here Khan who is a Cabinet minster in Akhilesh Yadav’s government in Uttar Pradesh said that Shah’s statement of terming Azamgarh as the "base of terrorists" was condemnable Shah who is BJP’s in-charge for Uttar Pradesh had yesterday said that Azamgarh is the base of terrorists as there is no fear of the state government which is advocating their release He had also said that accused in Gujarat bomb blast cases were from Azamgarh The SP leader said that Shah had a number of cases against him "The remark shows his anti-national approach" he added PTI Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: June 30 2015 11:19 am A win in the Aruvikkara bypoll puts CM Oommen Chandy in a stronger position Related News The outcome of the Aruvikkara bypoll has come as a major victory for Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy whose government has been rocked by many scandals in the past few weeks The triumph of the party candidate would help Chandy emerge further stronger within the party and the ruling coalition United Democratic Front (UDF) [Live updates on the Aruvikkara bypoll result] Right from the beginning of electioneering Chandy kept reminding that the bypoll would be a referendum on his four-year-old government which would seek a mandate next April Within the party Chandy can now easily silence the rebels led by Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala who is waiting for a chance to unseat him During the bypoll campaign Chennithala had indicated about “corrective steps” after the verdict If the party candidate had failed Chandy would have faced a threat to his position Rivals would have demanded a leadership change ahead of the election to three-tier local bodies slated for October this year If the bypoll is considered a referendum Chandy could stake claim for another chance to lead the party and the UDF in the next assembly election in April He can now claim that corruption charges against his office in the solar scam and bar bribery scandal against cabinet colleagues did not impact voters These were the two issues that the Opposition played to the hilt in the campaign Chandy could gain further relief from the fact that the Opposition agitation against the bar bribery and solar scam would suddenly lose steam with the verdict Moreover Chandy could tide over the crisis caused by the exit of Kerala Congress (B) legislator K B Ganesh Kumar from the UDF and rebellion raised by Kerala Congress (M) legislator P C George George had fielded a candidate in the bypoll with an aim to spoil the chances of Congress candidate With the victory of the Congress candidate the UDF particularly Kerala Congress (M) will gain the courage to crack the whip on George With the Aruvikkara win the UDF’s strength in the 140-seat Assembly will go up to 74 The Congress can comfortably demand the ouster of George who has created several embarrassing situations for the government The victory would also help Chandy retain the Janata Dal (U) which is an ally of Congress in Kerala within the UDF The JD (U) in Kerala has been mulling the option of quitting the UDF as part of the national agenda of the Janata Parivar For the Congress-led UDF it is the third bypoll victory since the government assumed office in 2011 Earlier the UDF had won Piravam and Neyyattinkara For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by A Kameshwari | New Delhi | Published: February 5 2017 2:47 pm Naam Shabana is prequel of Taapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar starring Baby Top News A new poster of Naam Shabana has released which introduces us to lead actor Taapsee Pannu’s character But more than that it also gives a glimpse of other actors in the film including Manoj Bajpayee Danny Denzongpa Anupam Kher and Prithviraj Sukumaran The poster has been shared by Akshay Kumar who will play a cameo in the film Along with the poster he wrote “Shabana reminds me of a famous quote “The only time a woman is helpless is when her nail polish is drying” Sharing the #NaamShabanaPoster more soon.

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