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and Norway. Stoltenberg,210 officials would be posted for election duty. the next date of hearing. differences on major sticking points are still wide enough to potentially prevent an agreement in the end.S. British French Germany Russian and Chinese counterparts that they would be returning to Tehran due to the death of President Hassan Rouhani’s 90-year-old mother on Friday morning Tehran’s delegation checked out of the hotel and headed to the airport All sides agreed a resumption late next week was likely Prior to the Iranian departure US Secretary of State John Kerry Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation chief Ali Akbar Salehi held another series of meetings to break the impasse In addition technical and political experts from the parties have been gathering daily to discuss options that could form the basis of an agreement under which Iran would accept curbs on sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade and sanctions would be gradually eased There was no breakthrough this week "We have reached a very crucial point in the talks there are one or two critical issues and for the other issues still one or two points remain to be resolved" Zarif told reporters "We had good talks and whether we will reach a result . we have to wait and see" he said after meeting Kerry "We made very good progress" Kerry said they made good progress adding: "We’ll be back next week" Russia’s chief negotiator Sergei Ryabkov told Reuters he agreed wholeheartedly with Kerry’s assessment During that meeting Kerry expressed condolences to the delegation for the passing of Rouhani’s mother and greetings for the Iranian new year holiday Norouz which begins on Saturday US President Barack Obama prepared a video message to Iran’s people and leaders on Thursday saying this year represented the "best opportunity in decades" to improve ties between their two countries But differences in the nuclear talks remained he said Western and Iranian officials have said that the sides are very far apart though all delegations want a deal "The alternatives to a negotiated agreement are not very pleasant" a Western official told Reuters "No one wants to give up We all want and need this deal" But US and European officials say they only want a solid agreement that ensures Iran will not be able to quickly build an atomic weapon Tehran denies harbouring nuclear weapons ambitions POLITICAL FRAMEWORK The European ministers rather than coming to Lausanne may meet elsewhere in Europe over the weekend ahead of an end-March deadline for a political framework agreement and a full nuclear deal by June 30 Western officials said "For us the deadline is June 30" a senior European official said Officials close to the talks have expressed concerns that the French might block a deal Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the talks would resume on Wednesday He did not say where This week’s re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a fierce opponent of engagement with Iran and critic of a possible nuclear deal made clear that the pressure on the United States would not let up Pressure from the US Congress is also driving the pace of negotiations Obama bought some time on Thursday after US Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to delay until April 14 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s vote on legislation that would force Obama to submit any agreement with Iran for Congress’ approval Obama has said a nuclear deal does not need Congressional approval and vowed to veto any proposals for new US sanctions A further meeting of foreign ministers from the Western powers this weekend will demonstrate unity in the face of the deadlock and give ministers the opportunity to coordinate a source close to the talks said adding that Kerry telephoned his counterparts overnight to advise them of developments Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kerry the talks "must not fall short for lack of a final effort" China’s Foreign Ministry said after the two spoke on the telephone Russian news agency Interfax reported that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Kerry agreed that an acceptable solution to the standoff must be found as soon as possible The biggest sticking point Western officials said remains Iran’s demands to have no limits on research and development of advanced centrifuges machines that purify uranium for use in nuclear reactors or if very highly enriched in weapons Another major sticking point is the lifting of sanctions Iran wants all United Nations sanctions and the most crippling US and European Union restrictions on Tehran’s energy and financial sectors lifted immediately after a deal is agreed A further area of disagreement is the duration of a deal Obama has said restrictions on Iranian nuclear work should be in place for at least 10 years US negotiators are pushing to make it even longer than that while France wants it to last for at least 15 years with another decade intense UN monitoring of Iranian nuclear sites There are a few areas of tentative agreement including that Iran could operation around 6000 early generation centrifuges But officials close to the talks vehemently dismissed reports of a tentative deal saying they were very far from circulating anything remotely resembling a draft accord "We are not close to an agreement" a European negotiator said on Thursday (Additional reporting by John Irish and Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Giles Elgood) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Lucknow: Hitting out at BSP chief Mayawatifor allegedly politicising the anniversary of Dalit iconBhim Rao Ambedkar BJP today said her party was losing itsbase in all the states including Uttar Pradesh "Mayawati who has been accusing opposition parties ofdoing politics in the name of Dr Ambedkar herself askedMuslims not to get misled and appealed them to vote in favourof her party" BJP spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Mayawati PTI Questioning whether legends be stamped by a particularparty Pathak said "BJP had already been observing birthanniversary of Dr Ambedkar as ‘Samrasta Diwas’ to propagatehis ideology and works for social equality" He claimed that the entire BJP family was making effortsto remove the ill of un-touchability and Prime MinisterNarendra Modi’s slogan of "Sabka Saath Sanka Vikas" was anexample of that "Why the BSP supremo is limiting Baba Saheb to arestricted area More than 120 crore people of the countryhave faith in the Constitution and they are following it andthey are observing the day in their own manner" he said "Mayawati while accusing BJP of not honouring DrAmbedkar used an apolitical platform to appeal Muslims not torepeat the mistake of 2014 Lok Sabha polls and to vote for BSPin 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections" the spokespersonalleged He said that to give wings to ideology of Dr Ambedkar andJan Sangh’s founder Deen Dayal Upadhayay the Prime Ministerhas set up a monetary fund to help marginal workers get jobs The Union government was working for upliftment ofdowntrodden section of the society and to make themself-dependent Pathak added PTI Haldia (WB): Assuring industry captains that land would not be an issue West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that the land bank set up by her government was there to meet the need "We have land bank Land will not be an issue for industry" the Chief Minister said unveiling the CESC’s 600 MW Rs 4600 crore thermal power plant in this industrial township She also said that her state had surplus power and that indusrial growth was on good track Citing an instance of the NTPC’s proposed 1320 MW power plant at Katawa Banerjee said "Sometime back there was a land disupte between the farmers and the NTPC but the government had sorted it out" "We have provided 100 acres of land from the land bank The local people are happy" she said adding that similarly land had been made available for the DVC’s 1200 MW plant at Raghunathpur in Purulia district Mamata Banerjee PTI Land for the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s plants in Sagardighi and Purulia had also been allotted she said She said there was some problem at Andal (the proposed greenfield airport) "It was a local issue We solved the problem" "We are also adding 5840 MW capacity under the Centre-state government joint project" she said Assuring industrialists that all problems could be sorted out she said "Industry needs power manpower atmosphere land and friendly atmosphere" "There has to be a bridge between the employer and the employee Then there will never be any problem" the Chief Minister said adding small issues can be solved through talks "Bengal will surge ahead on the path of development Industrial infrastructure is being developed" she said adding that the "number of mandays lost in Bengal has come down from 80 lakh to zero" She also said that Bengal’s growth rate in the service sector was higher than the national average and that "Bengal is a gateway to the Northeast" Referring to the proposed global investors’ meet being organised by the state government in January 2015 she said "A delegation from Bangladesh has also been invited" She said that tea and jute were two sectors which were having some problems "The owners must sort out the problem One must understand that all employees are not equal In jute it is a recurring problem Inform us when the problem is small so that we can control it before it gets bigger" she said adding "There should be a constructive approach Bengal is a gateway There is lot of capacity and scope" On labour problem she said "We will be happy if the employers and the employees are happy" She also urged gram sabhas and other bodies of the panchayats to play a "constructive role" in industrialdevelopment "Agricultural marketing is an important sector with a lot of potential" she said adding "We are building Kisan Bazaars in every block This is being done in PPP mode" "We have started helicopter services between Kolkata and towns like Haldia Balurghat Durgapur" she said PTI Written by G N Devy | Published: March 6 2016 12:24 am An Asur couple in Sakhuapani village of Jharkhand (Express Photo by Prashant Pandey) Top News The term tribal defies any universal definition Between the Maoris of New Zealand the Aborigines of Australia and the Indigenous People of North America there is a shared historical fact They were all there before the colonial powers pushed them to margins This is not so in the case of all tribal communities in India Some of the Indian tribes such as the Onges and the Jarawas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been entirely indigenous Some others like the Banjaras in Western and Central India and the Gujjars in the Himalayas have been nomadic And some such as several sub-groups of Bhills have migrated in various historical phases to their present geographical locations The stories of migration of such communities are found in their oral traditions The diverse histories of tribes in India are seen among the ‘Particularly Vulnerable Groups’ as well The term ‘primitive’ used for them at one time has fortunately been declared as pejorative In the context of a pan-Indian consideration Asurs look like one single community However it is not really a monolith and has several distinct sub-groups within it It likes to classify the members under the captions: ‘Vir-Asur’ ‘Virajiya-Asur’ and ‘Agariya-Asur’ These three clan categories also reflect the different occupations that Asurs have traditionally followed Some of them lived by forest produce and hunting others engaged in smithy making agricultural implements and some others lived by agricultural work The ancestry of the Asurs is not quite clear Going by the most widely shared tale of their origin it seems that two of these three sub-groups came from ‘outside’ and were adopted and endeared by a third sub-group which had been resident in the area from earlier times The folktale speaks of two children — a girl and a boy — being lifted up by a cyclone — a mythological person — and being dropped atop a hill The twins could not be rescued but subsequently became ‘spirits to be worshipped’ Oral history mentions that Sarguja district in Madhya Pradesh was the original habitat of the Asurs or at least of one of the three clans At present they are resident in the forests of Palamu Gumla and Lohardaga in Jharkhand They inhabit the region spread between Jharkhand and West Bengal Asurs speak a language quite different from Bangla and Hindi which is derived from the Proto Asutroloid source It can be surmised that their contact with the others with Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages has been not as intimate as the contact that most other tribal communities in India had with them In recent years some NGOs have attempted to document and place in print some of the Asur language words and a few folk songs The term ‘Asur’ occurs in ancient Indian literature right from the Vedic age ‘Asur’ initially meant a powerful god and later came to be associated with ‘darkness’ or ‘deprived of the Sun’ Nearly a hundred or more locations such as forts and cemeteries in Ranchi district and surrounding areas show signs of some Asur association inscribed in the local folklore However it is difficult to press these claims beyond a point as they have neither followed the ideas of divinity central to the ancient literature nor do they show traces of having participated in the historical dynamics of the region This is borne by the fact that Asurs mostly follow the ‘Sarana’ (or Sharana) faith to which many tribal communities in the eastern states subscribe and which has as ancient an origin as other faiths in the sub-continent The Sarana theology likes to depict ecology as the most important ethical guide for humans As part of this man and other animals belong to the earth the earth does not belong to them Some of them have started accepting Hindu myths and gods Some others have moved to Christianity The Asur community is facing a serious threat of extinction Their population is not growing on a par with the general growth in Indian population In Singhbhum their population could be counted in two digits while in places like Dhanbad district and Raidih block of Jharkhand it can be counted in a single digit Bishupur in the state has the highest Asur population which is under 10000 Their literacy rate in 1971 was a mere 55 per cent At that time they were in the top 5 per cent of ‘the most illiterate’ communities country-wide Today they continue the same legacy though the literacy rate has now increased to over 20 per cent But this has not increased their livelihood security Rather the opposite is true The spread of mining activity in their region has reduced them to greater penury Given the struggle for survival and cultural existence they face it matters little to them if they are Hindus or not What they need is livelihood and a threat-free environment The young generation among Asurs requires more hostels in cities for them so that they can attend high school polytechnic and college for learning new life-skills Those among them that have some agricultural talent require the pattas for the land that they have cultivated for centuries If this can happen without their being coaxed to worship Durga they would feel culturally safeguarded As the most popular Asur folksong states “ Hai re Aam pedon-ko aandhi tufaan maar rahaa hai… (Alas the storm raging round us is destroying the mango trees)” How sad in our republic The writer is chairman People’s Linguistic Survey of India and a tribal activist For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsUpdated: August 24 2017 2:58 pm Daniel Cormier (below) and Jon Jones are two fierce rivals (Source: AP File) Top News Jon Jones will need an awfully good explanation for the latest major setback in his checkered mixed martial arts career Jones could be facing a multiyear suspension after the US Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC light heavyweight champion of a potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy UFC President Dana White said Wednesday that the promotion likely won’t know for several weeks whether the test results will be confirmed after an examination of Jones’ backup sample Any potential discipline must wait until after the adjudication process afforded to every fighter But unless some extraordinary reason surfaces for Jones’ latest failed test the man widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter is facing another lengthy absence during his prime “At this point who (cares) what I think He’s done enough damage to himself” White said while promoting Conor McGregor’s boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather this weekend “His dad said it: Jon is his own worst enemy” White added “Boy is that true But sitting here today it’s not over yet He’s got to go through the process Maybe there was something crazy that happened for this stuff to get into his system so I don’t know” Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA which administers the UFC’s anti-drug policy The California State Athletic Commission also has jurisdiction over Jones who regained his light heavyweight title July 29 with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim He failed a test conducted on a sample collected one day before the bout “If this holds up and he ends up getting (a suspension of) two three (years) it’s probably the end of his career” White said Under its privacy rules USADA won’t announce the substance for which Jones tested positive unless the fighter divulges it Jones’ agent Malki Kawa appeared on “The MMA Hour” podcast later Wednesday and said the fighter was told he had tested positive for turinabol an anabolic steroid Kawa said Jones passed two tests earlier in July and the fighter is wondering whether he took a tainted nutritional supplement in the weeks before the bout Kawa posted a strident defense of his client on Facebook on Wednesday “I know how hard he worked to get back to where he’s at” Kawa wrote “This is definitely heartbreaking He (definitely) didn’t cheat or use steroids But I’m with him more now than the night he won the belt” Jones hasn’t publicly commented on the third failed test of his career He tested positive for cocaine in 2015 later publicly acknowledging he had used the drug He then received a yearlong suspension in 2016 for what he claimed was a sexual enhancement pill His fight against Cormier was his first since that suspension ended Penalties are compounded for multiple failed tests and a multiyear suspension would leave the UFC without one of its rising pay-per-view draws Jones’ bad-boy image actually appears to have made him more marketable for the UFC which has a current dearth of pay-per-view stars Brock Lesnar Ronda Rousey McGregor and Georges St Pierre are all in various stages of retirement comebacks or more lucrative side jobs with only St Pierre currently scheduled for an MMA fight Jones’ mistake also throws two weight classes into upheaval White said Cormier is likely to regain the UFC light heavyweight title which he held twice after Jones was stripped of the belt for his first two failed tests Cormier also reigned atop the division while Jones was sidelined following his arrest over a hit-and-run accident Cormier has never lost to anyone but Jones but the good-natured star will be in the same awkward position in which he found himself during Jones’ previous forced absence And Jones appeared to be ready to make an impact on the UFC heavyweight division White had been talking to Jones’ camp about matching him with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in Detroit later this year in what would have been a blockbuster pay-per-view matchup Instead Miocic must find a new opponent for his belt _ and any matchup that the UFC can make will be less intriguing than a showdown with Jones “We’ve got a lot of problems if this turns out to be true but they aren’t problems compared to what Jon has” White said “The list goes on and on of what could have been with Jon Jones” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News accounts for the apparent lack of concern among the latter — at least reflected in their priorities in Parliament — over drought? 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Sridevi was speaking during a launch of the trailer of? “The credit goes to writers and Rakesh sir,which is part of the album,s vocals,”Wait for it! The return of Disco #TheDiscoSong coming soon @S1dharthM @foxstarhindi” Sharing a still on Instagram she captioned “Party in the afternoon #DiscoDisco out at 12 noon tomorrow @s1dofficial @foxstarhindi” The actors have been taking to social media platforms to share sneak peeks into the song and the latest stills have raised the anticipation among fans This is the first time that Sidharth and Jacqueline are working together in a film and ever since the trailer launch two weeks ago people have been talking about the duo’s scorching on-screen chemistry Recently the news of the actor taking up pole dancing in the film was also doing the rounds on the internet And this one is to be credited to her trainer Roksolana Chubenko The Fox Star Studio film has been helmed by director duo Raj and DK It is set to arrive in theatres on August 25 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 12 2017 5:07 am Commuters at the Rajiv Chowk metro station in the capital New Delhi (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal Representational) Top News WEEKS AFTER a 21-year-old speech and hearing impaired girl went missing from Adarsh Nagar Metro station the Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to consider providing security personnel at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) exit gates The DMRC and Metro police will also have to submit an affidavit pertaining to all missing persons’ cases said a bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice A K Pathak Counsel for Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) informed the court that as per CCTV footage the missing woman exited the station without a ticket after tailgating with another passenger After failing to exit two times she was finally successful on the third attempt said the counsel underlining CISF’s primary responsibility to screen passengers and their luggage before entering Metro stations The DMRC said AFC exit gates were manned in stations where there is heavy rush of passengers It also said the sensors of the AFC gates were unable to detect if two persons exited the gate Senior standing counsel for Delhi Government Rahul Mehra said the speech and hearing impaired woman “shadowed along” with another person and the machine allowed two people to exit at one time Had the machine allowed only one person to exit the woman would have been within the confines of the Metro station This posed larger security concerns and from the perspective of citizen security there had to be some Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which could be implemented by the DMRC he said After The Indian Express had reported about the girl going missing the Delhi High Court taking cognizance of the news report asked Delhi Police what it has done to trace the woman and asked them to file a status report For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: March 27 2015 12:40 am MP government must facilitate a free and fair probe in the scam Much depends on it Related News The many layers of obfuscation and denial continue to thicken around the Vyapam scam On Wednesday the Madhya Pradesh government approached the Delhi High Court urging that the whistleblower in the case share information only with the special task force (STF) and the special investigation team (SIT) appointed to oversee the probe On Thursday the high court dismissed the plea though it granted the STF access to sensitive documents in the case The multi-crore Vyapam scam involves allegations of widespread corruption in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board responsible for conducting admissions to various professional courses and recruitment tests for state government jobs Charges include bribery forgery and impersonation aimed at pushing through candidates willing to pay The scam has singed not only officials of the board but also the highest levels of government in the state and cast a shadow on thousands of recruitments made since 2007 The three-term BJP state government’s credibility now depends on whether it can facilitate a free and fair probe and restore faith in the recruitment process So far its conduct in the matter has not evoked confidence Every stage of the investigation has been marred by allegations of evidence-tampering and intimidation by the state machinery First the STF was charged with shielding the chief minister by excising his name from excel sheets that listed persons believed to be linked to the scam Then the whistleblower claimed to have been forced out of Bhopal by “false” cases and “illegal detention” by the MP police as well as threats to his life and appealed to the Delhi High Court for police protection In response the MP government instead of assuring the whistleblower of safety and security within the state denied the threat and accused him of bearing “political affiliations” Finally it sought to limit the whistleblower’s ability to share information with agencies outside the state The stakes to reclaim its credibility should be doubly high for this state government Along with Narendra Modi who built his reputation in Gujarat before becoming PM and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh Shivraj Singh Chouhan formed the trio of BJP CMs seen to showcase the party’s governance record in the run-up to last year’s Lok Sabha elections MP under Chouhan is projected to have defied its “Bimaru” tag registering high per capita income growth and increases in agricultural productivity Yet the government appears to have failed in a primary duty — providing a level playing field for young people seeking higher qualifications secure jobs and a better life The government must set to rights this betrayal of trust if it doesn’t want it to tarnish the MP story For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News Kalyan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao in on the conspiracy to demolish the Babri 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