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The show featured actors Karan Kundra and Anusha Dandekar as the love gurus helping 10 couples to resolve their issues and rekindle their relationship Khemraj and Pasha winners of TV show MTV Love School Season 2 who had multiple problems when they began their journey in the show went on to progress in their relationship and came out as winner While Pasha hails from Russia and is a DJ in Delhi Khemraj works as a website designer “It feels great to win ‘MTV Love School Season 2′ Khemraj and I started off with so many issues and now that all of them are resolved I feel at peace” Pasha said in a statement Watch | Pasha Doll and Khemraj Bhardwaj’s winning moment: See more pics ofMTV Love School Season 2 winnersPasha Doll and Khemraj Bhardwaj: “The time we spent at ‘Love School’ made me realise that Khemraj is the one for me” she added Commenting on his victory Khemraj said: “All I can say is that I am at a happy place right now Pasha is the calm at the centre of my storm When we set out to be a part of ‘MTV Love School Season 2′ all we had in our mind was to work on our relationship Coming from a different nationality nobody had ever imagined that Pasha and I will win the show but we did” (with inputs from IANS) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Nairobi | Published: July 22 2017 2:12 pm David Rudisha automatically qualified for the 800m team for the Aug 4-12 championships (Source: File) Top News Controversy flared on Friday over the composition of the Kenyan men’s 800m line-up for next month’s World Championships in London after US-based Michael Saruni who was third at the trials was dropped Saruni was third behind winner Emmanuel Korir and Kipyegon Bett But two-time Olympics champion David Rudisha who missed the East African nation’s trials last month and Fergusson Rotich who was fourth at the trials automatically qualified for the 800m team for the Aug 4-12 championships Saruni was relegated to the 4x400m relay team much to the chagrin of Paul Ereng his coach at the University of Texas El Paso and the 1988 Olympics 800m champion “I am furious It shows the unchanging bad management in Kenyan athletics which goes back years There is no reason why Kenya should field two wild cards Kenya is flouting rules to suit selfish interests” Ereng told Reuters on Friday “Rudisha and Rotich have not won any race this season Saruni beat Rotich in the trials and I wonder why they should drop Saruni Why should we have trials and not stick to the results Saruni has not qualified in 400m and I don’t know what they will do if he does not perform” said Ereng Paul Mutwii Athletics Kenya (AK) Senior Vice President in charge of competitions said Rudisha was the defending champion while Rotich was the Diamond League winner hence they qualified for London as wild cards Referring to Saruni he added: “He is still a young athlete with huge potential in future We are certain the team will do well in London” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shekhar Gupta | Updated: March 29 2014 8:10 am A humiliation in Bangladesh will be such a knock on our pride Will the SC then move in the national interest and replace Dhoni as captain the third most important job in the country Related News One would have to be smoking something illegal to be even remotely seen to be defending Subrata Roy Sahara N Srinivasan and Akhilesh Yadav today And at a time when the most profound thoughts are expressed in no more than 140 characters I know the perils of being even halfway subtle So let me say this up front and in barely more than 140 characters: Neither I nor any sane Indian can defend any of these three characters on issues in which they’ve been pilloried by the Supreme Court of India They must be called to account now Having got that disclaimer or maybe anticipatory bail application out of the way let me be reckless and raise a few questions Can our Supreme Court get so deeply involved in cleaning up the muck in the BCCI Can it simply tell its president Srinivasan off with your head and appoint Sunil Gavaskar whom I so adore as a cricketer and I presume the bench does too as we are generally the same vintage We know that BCCI president is the second most important job in the country after the Congress vice president today But what if our team does really badly in the ongoing T20 cricket world cup A humiliation in Bangladesh will be such a knock on our pride Will the SC then move in the national interest and replace Dhoni as captain the third most important job in the country And with whom and on what basis Ravi Shastri as the non-playing captain since Gundappa Viswanath being married to Sunny’s sister may cause another conflict of interest Or why not Arvind Kejriwal Now that would be some real reform I know I risk being asked to get my head examined so let me explain my confusion My colleague and Indian Express legal affairs editor Maneesh Chhibber mentions to me an earlier Constitution bench judgment (Zee Telefilms Ltd and Anr vs Union of India and Ors 2005) which ruled that the cricket board is a private body and even though it controls cricket in India it is not “state” To be fair the bench had also ruled that while the BCCI is not “state” a writ petition against it under Article 226 of the Constitution would still be maintainable But can that be stretched to the honourable court removing even if temporarily its elected president and appointing somebody else howsoever illustrious This paper on its front page on Friday had carried a story on some conflicts of interest that Gavaskar has with the BCCI The judges have tried to address that by asking him to “get out of” his contracts But I am not sure if Gavaskar has withdrawn his two letters to the BCCI demanding Rs 20 crore as compensation for his contribution to the same IPL He will now be heading the BCCI and this year’s IPL in his new court-mandated capacity Whose side will he be on Maybe I exaggerate a bit But I say this to highlight the perils of the most respected and trusted institution in India the highest judiciary getting caught up far too often in issues of governance that are necessarily messy contentious and need constant negotiation even compromises I will not be so insane as to question the honourable court’s wisdom but I believe I will be granted the leeway to argue with Their Lordships on their zeal priorities and if I may push the envelope impatience Nobody can deny the brazenness with which Srinivasan and cronies were persisting with the most shameful conflicts of personal family and corporate interest when it came to the IPL His team Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals should have been suspended last year itself by the BCCI and his son-in-law investigated more thoroughly But they all went on in the spirit of “saiyyan bhaye kotwal ab dar kahe ka (my lover is the sheriff so who do I fear)” This paper stood out raising questions (“Indian Parivar League” IE May 10 2008; National Interest: “Conflicts of Cricket” IE September 7 2011 and “The Giant Fix” IE May 25 2013) These were all ignored by a cricketing establishment drunk on its riches and the stellar performance of its team Now that we haven’t done so well overseas lately it has fewer sympathisers But the way to deal with these is through established laws and processes not the indignation of a bench howsoever “nauseating” it may find Srinivasan’s continuation Unlike most of our institutions and definitely our executive our judges have been active decisive but also impatient In the 2G case the bench said “we are getting angry” at the laxity of the government’s response Another learned bench has now said Subrata Roy Sahara not paying his dues was like telling the Supreme Court to “go to hell” and sent him to jail until as it now turns out he deposits Rs 10000 crore approximately half of his alleged dues with Sebi Now if I won’t be seen dead defending Srinivasan and the BCCI I will not be caught seen sympathising with Sahara even three days before All Fools’ Day Once again this paper has been at the forefront of questioning and exposing what lies in the underbelly of his empire — and I exhibit great restraint in avoiding an adjective that could be an apt description for it besides being alliterative His group has routinely “punished” us by stopping advertising with us which we celebrate as a great distinction and which the owners of this paper have never complained about In fact it is an old belief at the Express that if someone hasn’t banned advertising with us at some point of time we are not doing our jobs right Once sometime ago as you can well calculate Sahara even blacklisted us because we carried an item in some film gossip column that we were told “spoke derogatorily of Abhishek Bachchan who is like our own child” More recently Appu Esthose Suresh wrote a front-page story shredding Sahara’s claimed list of depositors (in the current case) by showing hundreds of persons by the same name and many in the unlikeliest of places such as 5984 Kalawatis across the country with addresses like “187 Aurangabad Lucknow UP” You can draw your own conclusions from this and our Supreme Court judges are enormously wiser than us So they are perfectly right in weighing in on the case as in some others and ensuring that the old protection rackets that give Indian capitalism a bad name are destroyed But deposit Rs 10000 crore before you get bail What kind of jurisprudence is that Saharashri is unlikely to say so I believe because life in Tihar is not for his type even if he calls himself a mere Managing Worker But what if somebody said ok I am not paying I will stay in jail What will we do next Flog him Stone him to death The story with Akhilesh Yadav and his government’s incompetence in handling the Muzaffarnagar riots is very similar Even his father finds it tough to defend him and his uncles compound his offence by alleging that most Muslims in the camps are not victims but squatters or gate-crashers But without an inquiry how does the court pronounce his government “guilty of negligence” and issue a directive to “arrest” all those accused in murder cases “irrespective of their political affiliation” when there were some facts on record suggesting some of them were framed More importantly almost all of them had already been arrested and then released on bail Can the lower courts read this as a directive to cancel their bail or to not give bail in any more cases Denial of bail has in any case become the default position in our courts Our judiciary particularly the Supreme Court has played a stellar role in maintaining stability and credibility in an extremely frustrating and chaotic decade particularly in the last five years At a time when Parliament didn’t function the prime minister and many of his key ministers were missing in action when a five-year president was a non-entity unless she hit the headlines for funny dealings when no scam was worth less than several tens of thousands of crores when furious TV anchors demanded nothing short of Tahrir Square and when nobody trusted anybody in the evil establishment the Supreme Court stood firm providing us that vital centre of gravity Now whoever wins the election in May the larger situation will change There will be a new government or rather hopefully there will be a government So there will be a new environment for the judiciary as well It doesn’t mean that our institutions’ particularly the SC’s role will then diminish In fact we will need the apex court to be even more vigilant forthright and sharp in enhancing our freedoms and constitutional principles and protecting us if needed against majoritarian excess Besides wisdom and integrity our topmost judges will also need patience and calm Remember the old adage from our school sermon boards: one who wields the big stick must speak softly Of course I love respect and trust our judges even hold them in awe for their brilliance and diligence the sacrifice many of them have made by giving up lucrative practices to serve on the bench on a tiny government wage But I am disconcerted when they say they are getting angry nauseated being told to go to hell and so on Or fine let me even admit that I am quaking in my Kolhapuris But was that really your intention My Lords Since I speak with the greatest humility and respect let me seek refuge in a bit of Urdu the most polite language in the world: thoda thhande dimaag se bhi sochiye na huzoor Postscript: By the way there is a special upside for the cricket lover in the SC’s activism They have taken Sunil Gavaskar out of the commentary box Can that reform be made permanent We love his batting but his commentary is as inexplicably dreary as his 36 not out in 174 balls against England in the 1975 World Cup at where else but Lord’s Please also check with Srinivas Venkataraghavan the unfortunate captain of that side [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Damned if it defends damned if it does not How does the Congress handle a problem called Robert Vadra The party is not sure yet There is no direction from the party’s leadership to others down the line on how to go about the controversies involving him be it the Haryana land deal or his recent spat with a journalist In the absence of it leaders are busy talking at cross-purpose While some in the party were trying to outdo each other defending Vadra’s conduct former party MP Sandeep Dikshit was calling it a mistake “We should just let go even if there is some issue This kind of public display is unfortunate… The media should refrain from hounding individuals but all public figures or those known in public must maintain a level of decorum” he said To criticise or defend Congress is confused However this came with the usual rider that he was speaking in his personal capacity and not as a Congress spokesperson With his remark Sandeep has not only echoed the sentiments of a majority of his party’s leaders but has also conveyed an impression that he did have the backing of someone really high up before he decided to go public with his views And that in itself is indication enough that all is not well within the Grand Old Party Senior party leader Digvijaya Singh had kicked off a debate when he asked Rahul Gandhi to “take over” party affairs and build his brand new team to take on the saffron surge last Saturday Instead of heeding his advice there was a scramble amongst leaders to criticise Singh for speaking the wish of the party cadre “It is his personal view” said Anand Sharma senior leader and former Union minister “Sonia Ji is the inspiration for the party while Rahul is mobilizing the youth and is the future of the organization” he maintained Heir apparent Rahul Gandhi held a series of meetings with some senior leaders over the weekend They included Ambika Soni Mani Shankar Aiyar Ghulam Nabi Azad Jaipal Reddy Meenakshi Natarajan Sachin Pilot Sushil Kumar Shinde Amarinder Singh Janardan Dwivedi Girija Vyas Mukul Wasnik JD Seelam Ajay Maken and Shashi Tharoor He has tried to allay their fears that seniors will have to play an equally important role after the pending organisational revamp happens But this seems to have ruffled more feathers than soothe them “What are the criteria for meeting Rahulji No one knows and this is sending a wrong impression to the cadre” said a senior leader on condition of anonymity “All we see are the same faces attending meetings with him How will this help the party” he confided The Congress leadership has been to (put it mildly) “slow” in coming to terms with their shocking defeat in the general elections But with the impression gaining ground that the same coterie that led the party to their worst ever loss is planning to still run the organisation does not augur well for them Many leaders have already parted ways and many more are looking at greener pastures especially those in election going states The latest is Tamil Nadu’s GK Vasan former Union minister and son of Congress stalwart GK Moopanar He openly criticised the high command for playing partisan politics in removing BS Gnanadesikan as Tamil Nadu Congress chief and appointing EVKS Elangovan in his place last week There is also a lot of heartburn within the senior leadership on Rahul’s idea of holding internal elections in the party organisation Most leaders feel holding an election at a time when the organisation is in shambles would lead to more intra party conflict Elections in the party’s frontal organisations (Indian Youth Congress and National Students Union of India) have shown that money power has been the dominant factor There are problems aplenty for the Congress Vice President and the focus now should be on immediate issues like boosting the morale of party workers and playing an effective Opposition to PM Narendra Modi Unless he can himself take charge to rally his troops the party’s fortunes are unlikely to stop sliding further New Delhi: In yet another indication of the growing political support for the Aam Admi Party in the Muslim community the All India Muslim Majlis-eMushawarat (AIMMM) an umbrella-body of Muslim organisations has said that had the Aam Admi Party (AAP) been a bigger national force it would have declared its support only to AAP and to no other party at the national level On Monday the AIMMM announced its support for both AAP and the Congress for Lok Sabha 2014 Describing the choices before the Muslim voter in this election as being a ‘complex’ one the AIMMM in a statement has said "the great issue before the Muslims of India is to decide in whose favour they should cast their valuable votes so that a just and transparent government is installed and prejudice bias and injustice checked"AIMMM president Zafarul-Islam Khan Image courtesy AIMMM Conspicuously absent from the umbrella-body’s advisory to voters at the state-level is the Samajwadi party (SP) A clear indication of community’s deep loss of faith in the party following the SP government’s handling of the Muzaffarnagar riots not to mention the 247 communal violence-related incidents that took place in 2013 under Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s watch "On the national level we have two secular options for Muslim and secular voters: Aam Aadmi Party and Congress Party Tactical voting should also be used in favour of secular powerful and clean-image candidates of Bahujan Samaj Party (Uttar Pradesh) Trinamool Congress (West Bengal) Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (U) (Bihar) Communist Party of India (CPI) and the secular parties of South India AIMMM supports Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala and AUDF in Assam" read AIMMM’s statement Firstpost spoke to Zafarul-Islam Khan president of AIMMM about their decision to back AAP and how Narendra Modi’s rise as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate was impacting voting patterns Excerpts from the interview In your statement you have said: "The country is standing today on the cross-roads and has to make a clear choice between fascism and secularism" In your opinion does this election represent an unprecedented scenario for India’s voters It is unprecedented in the sense that there is a possibility that a certain ideology that does not believe in secularism and inclusiveness may get hold of the reins of power on its own and if that happens and they come to power on their own then it will pose a big danger for Indian secularism and Indian democracy What led you to support AAP Have you met with any of their leaders We met them before the Delhi election We have had no contact with them since We think they are now clear on the two important issues from our point of view First of course is corruption which is what they started their movement with The second is communalism We think our country faces two big problems Now they are clear on both these issues They have accepted openly that communalism is as big a problem if not bigger than corruption So we are on same page with them We think they are the right people That is why we have supported them Had they become a really big option nationally we might have supported only them But because they are not and their influence is limited to certain urban centres that is why we have supported the Congress as well The Congress party is clear about communalism but when it comes to taking action or to making laws they are not forthcoming Otherwise we believe that Congress is also a secular force We have no problem with the Congress apart from this fact that they fight shy of taking on forces of communalism and taking on people like Modi They are not doing their duty as they should Is there a concern that Muslim votes may get divided The situation is very complicated It is a six- five- dimensional fight So many candidates are fighting It is not possible to predict what will happen in this or that constituency We only hope that the local voters are wise enough to make the right choice We can only advice and hope that they will make the right choice AAP has drawn criticism from some quarters for not having a clear policy on minorities Your comments I think they are sufficiently clear now The problem with AAP is that they are not present everywhere They are limited to certain pockets I think they have clear vision of a secular India and an India that is inclusive Why was the Muslim community reluctant to vote for it in the Delhi assembly polls Before the Delhi election there was an atmosphere that AAP was not such a big force So the ordinary voter thought it would be a waste of his vote But they ended up with 28 seats And so people have changed their mind But still AAP is not present everywhere Do you think AAP will get the majority of the Muslim vote in Delhi It will be in a better situation than it was in assembly election But not every Muslim voter is going to voter for AAP because they are many local leaders who wield a lot of influence in their constituencies But otherwise my reading is that more Muslims will vote for AAP this time So you are not writing off the Congress yet Congress has a good and powerful presence in certain pockets And there are voices in the Muslim community who believe Congress is the right choice and they can give BJP a good fight We are seeing new level of desperation by political parties in wooing the Muslim voter in this election What do you make of this After election they will become indifferent again The problem here to which you are alluding is that the Muslim vote is the only floating vote in India Otherwise other segments have found their moorings they’ve got their parties and they’ve got their leaders The Muslim vote is up for grabs It is like an orphan in the society This is the problem Our vote is not committed to any party or to put it the other way no particular party is taking care of our interest What are some of the most worrying aspects for you in this election This election shows that we are facing the prospect of a dictatorial kind of government where one person is going to decide everything as he has been in Gujarat It is a scenario where you follow the master’s order or you get out of the game If this comes to Delhi I think it will be dangerous In India so many communities regions languages cultures co-exist If a certain person tries to force his way using the state power ruthlessly we are in great danger of civil unrest Modi is very different from Vajpayee who was a person who took other people along Modi on the other hand bulldozes his way through He doesn’t believe in consultation There can be no supercomputer in India there are many computers and all of them have to be configured Who or what factors would hold responsible for this ‘cross-roads’ that India finds itself at The person most responsible for this is Advani He unleashed these force now these forces are beyond his control In mid-1980s he started the Ram mandir movement and rath yatra These very forces that he unleashed are beyond his control now and he is now helpless The other side is that secular parties the Congress party instead of fighting them tooth and nail adopted soft-Hindutva On many issues such as the Babri masjid issue they looked the other way They adopted soft-Hindutva thinking they could contain this kind of thought in society But such thought has to be fought and defeated There is no other alternative Are parties that describe themselves as secular responding effectively to take on the Modi-led BJP in this election Nobody is doing it Everyone is jostling for their own space They are more concerned with questions like who will gain power if there is a hung parliament how can they consolidate No one is concerned about secularism AAP may not thinking in those terms but otherwise everybody want space for himself in political arena They are not very concerned about what is happening in the country or how things can turn if a certain ideology becomes very powerful in India Now the BJP is even ready to junk the no-first-use nuclear policy This is a big danger not just to India What to you make of the political choices before the Muslim voter in this election The Muslim voter is very confused There are so many different voices parties small Muslim leaders here and there The Muslim voter is confused just like every other voter is How would you describe the overall mood in the Muslim community as they prepare to vote in this election Everyone is talking except the Muslim voter He is silent They have made up their mind but they are not saying anything People are apprehensive that if BJP gets a majority it will not be good not only for the Muslim community but for the whole country However if a coalition is cobbled up like in the time of Vajpayee they will be saddled with many demands by many parties and there will be a common minimum programme Eros International has acquired Bajirao Mastani for approximately Rs. it is all set to go on floor soon.the system will help the villagers collect the grocery from the fair price shops would be easy for us, he said Food and Civil Supplies MinisterAnil Deshmukhin a meeting convened in the cityhad stressed on better transparency in the system The minister had announced the entire system will be computerised with a GPS to monitor kerosene tankersgroup SMS system will be implemented to provide foodgrains and home delivery scheme for ration-card holders would be put in place He said the government will monitor these schemes For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 29 2011 2:21 am Related News Even though Anna Hazare has called off his hunger strike over the Jan Lokpal Billsome of his supporters from the other side of the Delhi border have decided to continue spreading awareness until 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