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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

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Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

New Delhi: His name adds credibility to the films he does and the actor has A-listers vying to work with him but Nawazuddin Siddiqui does not want to think about stardom as he fears it will corrupt his performances. Film after film, there has been a growth in Nawazuddin’s fan following so much so that … Continue reading Thinking about stardom is scary: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary


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Success has been Virat Kohli’s shadow since the defeat in Galle in the first half of August 2015.Since then, India have upstaged Sri Lanka 2-1, South Africa 3-0, West Indies 2-0, New Zealand 3-0, England 4-0 and now Bangladesh 1-0. Kohli, the new captain across formats, has learnt his lessons along the way.”Honestly, it is the players that make you the captain that you become,” he said after leading his team to a 208run rout of Bangladesh on Monday .

“Anyone knows how to set fields on the ground. It’s just that you make sure you have the responsibility of keeping the energy of the team up.The bowlers know what they need to do but the fielders within the ring need to support the bowlers. I need to do that first, for the guys to show that energy . A lot of times, there is only so much that a captain can do. Before, I would be a bit relentless with fields, but now I understand better. That’s something I have learnt and hopefully we will take it forward.”

He said the hosts allowed the game to drift. “The only thing we could have done better is close the second innings quickly. There was a lapse in body language when they were eight down. We should have taken the chances and finished the game 45 minutes before what we actually did.

We need to improve. Closing off games is important, especially in Test cricket. You don’t want to give opposition any chance to get into the game. That’s something we need to keep re peating as a team.”

WASHINGTON ― National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday, following revelations that he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador in the days surrounding their imposition ― and weeks prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

 Retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg Jr. will serve as acting national security advisor until a full-time replacement is named, the White House announced. Kellogg, as well as Vice Adm. Robert Harward and retired Gen. David Petraeus are the three candidates in line to succeed Flynn, according to the administration.

Flynn’s resignation came after a tumultuous few days of revelations about his ties to Russia and his role in attempting to ease sanctions that were put in place weeks before the Trump administration took office.

In late December, President Barack Obama announced the sanctions, which included the expulsion of 35 Russian intelligence operatives, in response to Russian interference in the November election designed to help Trump win.

Consumer Price Index inflation or retail inflation cooled to a five-year low of 3.17% in January 2017 compared to 3.41% in December as the impact of demonetization played out in the economy. While the CPI inflation figure was lower than the 3.22% that Reuters estimated by polling economists, experts say that retail inflation has now bottomed out and will only go higher hereon.

Retail inflation cooled in January led by lower food prices for a second straight month. Food inflation was at 0.53% in January compared to a revised 1.37% in December. Inflation in vegetables was negative at (-)15.62% from (-)14.59% a month ago and for pulses and products, prices deflated by (-)6.62%, according to a PTI report.

The government  passed a proposal to have a common entrance examination for admissions to all the engineering colleges across the country. The common exam would be on the lines of the National Entrance cum Exit test (NEET) for medicine.

The HRD ministry on Friday cleared a proposal submitted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to have a single exam. Right now, states have their own common entrance exams (CETs) which are governed by their own regulations.

Admissions to the Indian Institute of Technology would, however, continue to happen through the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). “The exam is introduced to ensure that there is a single entrance with same rules all over the country. This would help prepare students from the beginning” said an AICTE official while speaking to DNA.

The exam will be introduced from 2018 as most states have already started the registration process for the 2017 exams.

“It is a welcome move. This would help reduce the confusion and would streamline the admission process. The only concern is that there are hundreds of seats that are lying vacant across the state and the country. If the criteria is made tougher, a lot of students might not be able to score well” said Gopakumaran Thampi, Principal of Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering in Mumbai.

While the ministry has still not specified the difficulty level, sources say that it would be on the lines of JEE.

Chennai, Feb 13 (PTI) Amid allegations that MLAs supporting V K Sasikala were being kept in illegal detention, the Madras High Court was today informed that 119 MLAs have given in writing they were staying on their “own volition”.

A team, comprising one ADSP, four inspectors, as many sub-inspectors and two tehsildars, had gone to the resort on February 11 and given a questionnaire to 119 MLAs, Public Prosecutor Rajarathinam said.

They filled up the questionnaire stating they were staying in the resort “on their own volition”, the PP said.

When Sasikala met reporters yesterday, the MLAs were also present and they would have informed the media, if they were in illegal custody, he said.

The PP was making his submissions during arguments on two habeas corpus pleas relating to alleged illegal detention of two MLAs- T Ramachandran and Geetha- at the resort where legislators supporting AIADMK general secretary Sasikala are housed.

Sasikala had yesterday claimed the support of 129 MLAs. In the 234 state assembly, AIADMK has 134 members.

A division bench of justices M Jaichandren and T Mathivanan, before which the pleas came up, reserved orders.

Producing the statement from the two MLAs recorded in the presence of the tehsildars, Rajarathinam submitted that they had given statement that they were free and safe and on their own volition they were staying at the resort.

After hearing arguments of Rajarathinam and K Balu, counsel for Ramachandran, the bench reserved orders on the HCPs seeking to trace and set at liberty Ramachandran and Geetha.

During arguments, the PP submitted in the court the statements of the two MLAs in their own handwriting, stating that they have not been illegally detained.

Balu submitted that the only legal remedy in HCP is that the person, who is illegally detained, has to be ordered to be produced in person before the court and mere statements cannot be taken into account by the court.

Raising objections, the PP said it was only on the counsel’s suggestion the Superintendent of Police at Kancheepuram had set up a team, comprising police and other officials, to inspect the resort and record their statements.

The PP submitted that statements of not only the two MLAs but also those of another 119 MLAs were also recorded. The team had presented a questionnaire to the MLAs and requested them to fill it on their own.

“We have also those statements but as the HCPs is confined to only these two MLAs, I am submitting their statements. We are ready to submit the other statements, if the court directs,” he said. .

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would bag only 39-43 seats.

Interestingly according to the polls, there is only a slight difference between the vote share of the BJP and SP-congress alliance. BJP gets 34.8 percent of votes while the congress gets 33.2 percent of the total votes polled according to the survey.BSP would get 20.1 percent votes the survey says.

UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

Media Agencies Dates BJP SP+Cong BSP Others
India Today-Axis Jan 31, 2017 180-191 168-178 39-43 1–4
Times Now-VMR Jan 31, 2017 202 147 47 7
ABP News-Lokniti Jan 30, 2017 118-128 187-197 76-86
VDPAssociates Jan 29, 2017 207 128 58
THE WEEK-Hansa Research Jan 27th, 2017 192-196 178-182 20-24 5-9

There is a real world outside Bollywood courtrooms where a common man can’t differentiate between a corrupt judicial system and a fraudulent police administration. And this world comes charging at you before you can look away. Add a few bullets and some dark humour and you get Jolly LLB 2, the second film in the Jolly LLB (2013) franchise.

Troubled with such structured corruption, a lawyer, suddenly awakened by his conscience, decides to take on this nexus of police, judiciary and criminals.

Is he right in expecting anything out of this system? His own past isn’t very bright and, on top of that, there’re apprehensions about his wisdom and judicial knowledge.

Kanpur’s Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly (Akshay Kumar) practices in the “Lucknow high court” and wants to own a chamber. His father has been a stenographer for a top lawyer for years, and that makes Jolly his natural successor. At least, this is how he gets treated at work. His boss sends him to buy vegetables and he is also supposed to help arrange a domestic party. He is anything but a self-respecting lawyer.

He isn’t the only odd character around though. Justice Sunderlal Tripathi (Saurabh Shukla) has undergone a bypass surgery, and he has to dance at his daughter’s wedding. Guess what? He practices his steps inside the court.

Time has hardened Pramod Mathur (Annu Kapoor), Jolly’s nemesis and a prolific lawyer in the city. He isn’t afraid of even fighting the judge — an interesting departure from the original where nobody dared to insult justice Tripathi at the Delhi high court.

Jolly could have avoided falling prey to such a system, but he has taken the onus of getting the justice delivered in a fake encounter case in which inspector Suryaveer Singh (Kumud Mishra) is the prime accused.

Large chunks of the film remind the viewer of those legal satire shows where the judicial system looks like a big, dark joke. Mostly the joke is on Jolly, and sometimes it’s on us. We somehow know that there’s no escaping the wrath of overworked judges and a broken system. But Jolly needs to find loopholes in the system to keep his hopes afloat.

This is where the screenplay decides to do away with the fantastic research done by the film’s team. It starts to appear like a mix of many films. If the judge looks inspired from And Justice For All’s John Forsythe, Jolly himself seems to be taking a cue from Arshad Warsi’s much-loved act in the first film.

Also, the movie appears confused between a satire and a thriller. The most effective scenes are cut short to pave way for action scenes. This way the pace is maintained, but the theme is ignored.

It’s only in the second half that Jolly LLB 2 comes back to a prolonged courtroom battle and gives its actors a chance to rise and shine. Here, Annu Kapoor gives Akshay Kumar a solid run for his money. Over-emphasis on melodrama hampers a well thought-out central idea.

It’s the terrific support cast of Jolly LLB 2 that sustains the momentum. If Saurabh Shukla is exceptionally adorable as the tired judge, Huma Qureshi perfectly fits in the role of a Gucci-loving, wine-swigging housewife.

The friendly banter between a Kanpur migrant and a Lucknow lawyer are fun to watch. The problems faced by a Delhi judge in Lucknow are tragically funny, especially when lawyers call their friends and local criminals to fist-fight on their behalf, inside the courtroom.

The use of local slang sometimes looks forced and the film does away with the innocence of Jolly LLB (2013), in order to become a tearjerker. The ploy doesn’t work.

But what works perfectly is the focus on real issues like corruption, terrorism and under-pressure judges. Kapoor has tackled all these issues with a great control. He has induced small, funny moments at crucial junctures that work as perfect breathers. Thanks to his understanding of court procedures, his characters look human and vulnerable unlike typical Bollywood films where the protagonist plays the victim and the judge.

All is well that ends well. And Akshay Kumar ensures that you keep laughing at regular intervals. He makes you remember Warsi, but also adds his touch to Jolly. Overlook some of the minor flaws and you have a 140-minute solid entertainer on your hands.

Badaun: The downfall of those who had “befooled” the people promising “achche din” has started, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said, attacking the Prime Minister, and asked him as to when will he do “kaam ki baat“.

“He (PM) says the SP did a lot of “karnama” (misdeeds). He says ‘mann ki baat‘ on TV and radio, I want to ask him as to when will he do ‘kaam ki baat‘ (talk of something worthwhile),” Yadav said at an election rally in Badaun.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday attacked Akhilesh saying, “Akhileshji says ‘kaam bolta hai‘, (but) even a child here knows that it is your karnama (misdeed) which is speaking for you.”

Referring to the infamous Badaun rape case of two sisters, Akhilesh said leaders of all parties reached there and the matter was even raised in the UN, but a CBI probe gave a clean chit to the state and “the conspiracy to defame” was exposed.

“The downfall of those who had befooled people promising ‘achche din‘ has started. After 2017, they will be wiped out in 2019 also. They (BJP) should tell as to what have they done for people,” he said.

Claiming that SP was ahead of rivals in the first phase, Akhilesh said the trend will continue and the alliance will get majority.

“We could have got majority alone, but after alliance with Congress we will comfortably win over 300 seats,” Akhilesh said, asking people to vote for party candidates.

Bengaluru, (PTI) The rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies and unpredictable global slowdown have not affected India and it is determined to grow with focus on investments, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

“What strikes us today is two important factors – unpredictable global slowdown and the rhetoric of protectionism in developed economies – have not affected India,” he said at ‘Make In India-Karnataka conference’ here.

Not a single sound or even ‘a whisper’ of protectionism is being heard in India and such talk is there only in the developed economies, he said, adding that this itself is a tribute to the fact that the country is willing to accept investments and tune its policies.

Jaitley said there is tremendous pressure on government policy makers because of peoples’ impatience to see India grow at a faster rate and get rid of poverty, among other things.

He said the environment supporting reform has never been as supported in the past as today and so it is the responsibility of both the central and state governments ‘to put themselves together’ and look at the road map of continuing this path of growth.

The minister also said that in spite of India’s growth being pegged at 7 to 7.5 per cent growth rate, it is not a satisfied nation and has hunger to grow even faster.

“We are not satisfied with the tag of being the fastest economy in the world. We think we have a potential to do better,” he said.

Jaitley lauded Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, his ministers and civil servants for working with a positive frame of mind for implementation of GST by the middle of this year, which, he said, would bring a transformational change.

He said once the GST regime is implemented, the whole country will become one big market with easy flow of goods and services, with the help of good taxation system and one assessment system, instead of multiple ones.

“So on the one hand, you have a system where evasion becomes difficult and on the other, generation of shadow economy through taxation system becomes more difficult,” he added.

Jaitley said government has taken a series of steps to integrate the informal economy with the formal one, which could increase revenue for states as well as the Centre.

The government has chosen to invest in agriculture, infrastructure and social sectors, he said.

“We have chosen to invest in agriculture where a larger purchasing power is in existence,” he said.

Jaitley said it is only when Karnataka achieves 2-3 per cent higher than the national growth rate that its ability to lead India economically would become a reality.

“You are one of the most innovative states. You have a very progressive population, a progressive set of policies.”

The conference was organised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Karnataka government and Confederation of Indian Industry.

New Delhi, Jan 14 (PTI) Hitting out at Haryana Minister Anil Vij for his controversial remark that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is better brand than Mahatma Gandhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said the dictators Hitler and Mussolini were also very powerful brands.

The Congress Vice President took to twitter to chastise the senior BJP leader in Haryana for his comments that drew widespread criticism, even his party condemning the statement.

“Hitler and Mussolini were also very powerful brands,” Rahul said in a tweet.

Vij today told reporters that it was good that the image of Mahatma Gandhi has been replaced with that of Prime Minister in the calendar and diary of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) as Modi is a “better brand” and went on to add that Gandhi’s image would be removed gradually from the currency notes too.

Asked about the controversy over Modi’s photo on KVIC calender and diary, the five-time MLA from Ambala Cantt, said that Gandhiji’s name has no patent over Khadi.

“Since Gandhi’s name has been attached with Khadi, it has only gone down. When Gandhi’s image was put on notes, the currency also got devalued,” he had said.

Vij, however, later withdrew the remarks.

“The statement given by me in connection with Mahatma Gandhi was given in my personal capacity. To avoid hurting anyone’s sentiments, I am withdrawing it,” Vij tweeted.