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He hugs Ruhi and takes her inside. he would actually pick it up and put it in the bin. download Indian Express App More Top NewsPatliputra: Battling two heavyweights in her debut in the political arena,s agitation against the state government as a ?I P Extension, but not as much as I got after ‘Band Baaja.’ So with that experience I realised one thing that if you are doing good work people will want to work with you” Anushka told reporters here last evening Also read|Anushka Sharma on nepotism: If you do good work people will want to work with you The 28-year-old actress says an outsider like Shah Rukh Khan became a superstar purely on the merit of his work which is why many people want to team up with him “If you are not working well come what may people won’t want to work with you This is a business and everyone takes business (oriented) decisions For example if you have an outsider a big star like Shah Rukh Khan why wouldn’t you want to work with him” The actress says over the years with what she has “experienced” in the industry she has learnt that everybody has their own struggles and one should not be judgemental about it “As I am evolving I am learning that everyone’s struggles are different I am becoming less judgemental day by day I will not want to pass any judgements on anyone else’s experiences because their battles are their own about which I don’t know anything” she says Anushka’s next film Phillauri is scheduled to release on March 24 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pushpa Sundar | Updated: July 21 2014 12:02 am Just because some individuals associated with BRLF were nominated by a previous government there is no reason to discard the model Related News Considering governmental opposition to the foreign funding of NGOs it is surprising that the present government seems also to be opposed to a public-private partnership for funding NGOs According to an Indian Express report (‘Modi govt will have to deal with some members of Sonia’s NAC’ June 25) the government is not keen on continuing funding the Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) an autonomous society to provide arms-length funding to rural civil society organisations In December 2013 the BRLF was registered by Mihir Shah a member of the Planning Commission Virginius Xaxa an academic and Mirai Chatterjee an expert in health delivery and head of SEWA Ahmedabad In its general body and executive council were other well-known names The BRLF was envisaged as an autonomous public-private partnership to fund grassroots NGOs replacing the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Development (Capart) a body under the rural development ministry and plagued with inefficiency and corruption A few months before the 2014 elections the UPA’s rural development ministry under Jairam Ramesh signed an MoU with the BRLF making it a funding agency for NGOs across the country and giving it Rs 200 crore as a first tranche to be followed by Rs 300 crore over the next two years The idea of the BRLF was entirely laudable: to raise funds from all sources public and private including companies international agencies private foundations and of course Central and state governments to provide non-partisan need-based financial grants to civil society organisations Professionally staffed with an eminent chairman not from the government it was meant to overcome the many objections raised against foreign funding and the deficiencies of government funding such as red tape corruption and inflexible grants not tailored to need It was also meant to insulate NGO funding from the political instability and interference that marred Capart’s functioning Unfortunately for the fledgling entity many of the 30-member executive committee were also members of the National Advisory Council under Sonia Gandhi and reportedly this has brought upon it a review to determine its fate But the mere fact of the association of politically unacceptable people with it should not trash what is otherwise a laudable innovation in funding A strong civil society is built upon and draws its strength from people who work together for the betterment of that society without depending on government for everything But to do that it must have access to an independent source of funds Decentralisation is important to take democracy and development to the grassroots Though over 29 functions were devolved to local bodies rural and urban by the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments a corresponding devolution of resources has not happened So neither panchayats nor rural NGOs get the money they need for their work Moreover although almost Rs 1 lakh crore is allocated annually for rural development schemes not much is actually spent because the allocation is tied to a specific project that may not meet local priorities Government funding agencies also lack the flexibility to decide on their priorities agendas and operations according to local needs At the same time donors other than government — charitably inclined individuals/ families companies foreign donors charitable trusts and NRIs are interested in contributing to development What is needed is out of the box thinking on funding mechanisms for local development at the district level or even lower such as the block or mohalla which would mobilise and pool funds from all sources and make them available to all development agencies according to a planned strategy If “untied” funds are provided to NGOs according to need and they are given a free hand to address priority areas need-based utilisation would result Governed by a board of citizens broadly reflective of the communities they are expected to serve a BRLF-type model can make grants to non-profits to address the emerging and changing needs of the community With open and transparent policies and practices concerning all aspects of operation it can be made accountable to the communities they serve and to the general public by informing them about its purpose activities and financial status The BRLF appears to be a model which if left to evolve without political interference would meet these needs Just because some individuals associated with it were nominated by a previous government there is no reason to discard the model Moreover the people to whom objection appears to have been taken are experts in their own right And even if the NDA wishes to replace them with their own nominees it can do so without discarding an experiment that promises to be a game-changer in government funding Sundar is the author of ‘Foreign Aid for Indian NGOs: Problem or Solution’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWashington: In a potential major shift in policy US military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016 citing a fragile security situation highlighted by the Taliban’s capture of the northern city of Kunduz this week as well as recent militant inroads in the south Keeping any substantial number of troops in Afghanistan beyond next year would mark a sharp departure from President Barack Obama’s existing plan which would leave only an embassy-based security cooperation presence of about 1000 military personnel by the end of next year Obama has made it a centerpiece of his second-term foreign policy message that he would end the US war in Afghanistan and get American troops out by the time he left office in January 2017 About 9800 US troops are in Afghanistan But the top US commander in Afghanistan Army General John F Campbell has given the administration several options for gradually reducing that number over the next 15-months The options all call for keeping a higher-than-planned troop presence based on his judgment of what it would take to sustain the Afghan army and minimize the chances of losing more ground gained over more than a decade of costly US combat Representational image AFP The timing of a new decision on US troop levels is unclear Campbell is scheduled to testify to Congress next week on the security situation including the effectiveness of Afghan security forces after a tough summer of fighting The Taliban’s takeover of Kunduz a city of 300000 marked the militants’ first capture of a major city since the US invasion ousted their government 14 years ago in the aftermath of the Sept 11 2001 terrorist attacks Republican critics of Obama’s approach to transitioning from the wartime occupation of Afghanistan to full Afghan security control called the fall of Kunduz a predictable consequence of Obama’s calendar-based troop reductions The loss of Kunduz may prove temporary but it has underscored the fragility of Afghan security and hardened the view of those who favor keeping US troops there beyond 2016 According to US officials Campbell’s options would postpone any major cuts in troop levels this year and give him more leeway on the pace of any reductions next year The options officials said include keeping as many as 8000 troops there well into next year and maintaining several thousand troops as a counterterrorism force into 2017 The options would allow for a gradual decline in troop numbers over the coming year depending on the security conditions in Afghanistan and the capabilities of the Afghan forces who sustained heavy combat losses this year and last As far back as March during top-level meetings at the Camp David presidential retreat senior administration officials were leaving the door open to a small counterterrorism force in Afghanistan in 2017 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the Republican-controlled Congress favor extending the US military presence Ghani has expressed worry about militants affiliated with the Islamic State group trying to gain a wider foothold in his country Both Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry have suggested the importance of the US continuing its counterterrorism missions in Afghanistan even into 2017 During the Camp David meetings Kerry said the administration was concerned about reports that Islamic State militants are recruiting in Afghanistan and that some Taliban were rebranding themselves as Islamic State members Since then other US officials have cited the Islamic State as a potentially growing threat and the Taliban have made inroads in the southern province of Helmand "We see (Islamic State) capabilities increasing somewhat but not to the point where they can conduct operations that you’re seeing in Iraq and Syria although we do note the potential for them to evolve into something more serious more dangerous" Brigadier General Wilson Shoffner told reporters at the Pentagon last month In August the Taliban seized the district of Musa Qala in Helmand and were only driven back by Afghan forces days later after 24 US airstrikes Pentagon officials on Tuesday had few details about how Kunduz fell Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook called it a "setback" for Afghan forces expressed confidence in their ability to eventually retake the city and declined to say what the clash reveals about the capabilities of the Taliban Acting Afghan Defense Minister Masoom Stanekzai told a news conference in Kabul that the Taliban fighters had infiltrated the city during the recent Eid holiday the biggest of the year when millions of Afghans move around the country to spend time with family The Taliban fighters were reinforced by militants who came from neighbouring Pakistan after being driven out by a military offensive as well as from China and Central Asia Stanekzai said The fierce multipronged assault caught the Afghan military and intelligence agencies off guard after what had appeared to be a stalemate throughout the summer between Taliban forces besieging the city and government troops defending it The US officially ended its combat role at the end of 2014 but has kept troops there to train and advise Afghan forces and to hit terrorist targets AP Islamabad: Pakistan has let the monster of religious militancy grow admitted an influential Pakistani daily which noted that neutralising it will not be a short-term exercise File image of Pakistani Army An editorial "Peshawar bus bombing" in the Dawn on Thursday said that soon after the military high command announced on Monday that Operation Zarb-i-Azb was being wound down in FATA terrorists struck at Peshawar exploding a timed device in a bus carrying government employees Banned Lashkar-i-Islam’s supremo Mangal Bagh claimed responsibility for the attack "So while the army leadership is talking of wrapping up combat operations in the tribal belt there is no reason to assume that the challenge of fighting terrorism in the rest of the country is over" said the daily "Though the militants might be scattered or on the run they have not lost their ability to wreak havoc on society" On the larger problem of militancy the editorial referred to the announcement by the military after the corps commanders’ conference that intelligence-based operations would be intensified countrywide "After destroying the militants’ infrastructure and bases this is among the best ways to proceed in order to root out extremist fighters and their sympathisers across Pakistan and prevent further acts of terrorism "For this the military must work in tandem with the civilian law-enforcement and intelligence agencies as they have an ear to the ground in the cities and towns We must not delude ourselves by assuming that victory against militancy is near . by all indications this will be a long war" The daily noted: "For decades we let the monster of religious militancy grow Neutralising it will not be a short-term exercise" "Gains have indeed been made in the counter-terrorism effort with the soldiers and ordinary men women and children of the country paying a price in blood But the goal of a terrorism-free country will only be realised if the state continues to counter militancy and extremism with commitment" IANS full facts of it should be laid on the floor of Parliament PTI By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: March 17, Just days back we saw his adorable clicks with his two kids and wife Sadaf.


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