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The trial is now set for March 29 in Philadelphia.but in the case of Raghubir Yadav,Written by Agencies | London | Published: July 5our study showed that those who wanted to live longer also survived longer, lead study author Helena Karppinen was quoted as saying by the Daily Express The study is published in the British Geriatrics Society journal of Age and Ageing For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Srinagar | Published: August 4 2011 1:08 pm Related News Three militants were killed in two encounters in Kupwara district of Kashmirofficials said on Thursday Troops of 15 Rashtriya Rifles noted some suspicious movement in Esmali forests in Keran areanear the Line of Controlin Kupwara district Wednesday evening and asked the militants to surrender Howeverthey opened fire on the troopswho retaliatedtriggering off a gunbattlethey said Two militants were killed in the encounterthe officials saidadding search operations were going on in the area In another encountera militant was killed in Wudderbala forests in Zachaldara area of Kupwara on Wednesday evening Meanwhilean encounter broke out between militants and security forces at Putchal in Pulwama district of south Kashmir this morning For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Swasti Pachauri | New Delhi | Published: December 25 2016 4:12 pm Indians gather at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral to celebrate on Christmas eve in Lucknowon Christmas Eve (Source: AP) Top News The towering might of the evergreen pine tree Cotton flakes imitating snow on spruce and fir Quintessential holly wreaths woven with bay leaf and sequin stars Misty evenings sparkling with candles and lights Calming echoes of ‘Silent Night’ The Goan ‘kuswar’ and traditional north Indian gujiya or nuriyo Add to these the signature plum cake and classic red golden burgundy baubles Each celebrating the spirit of Christmas RELATED |Christmas 2016: What do you know of gingerbread houses The best of this year’screations While trends of ‘going green’ energy-efficient lighting mini trees of ‘rolling nature’ or ‘thuja’ shrub and newspaper décor have been gaining ground the idea of ‘White Christmas’ nestled in the Himalayas is also becoming the new normal Whatever be the method in this revelry at the festival’s essence are pastoral imagery depicting nativity scenes cribs from the Bible associated with the birth of Christ and other related sacraments ALSO READ |Merry Christmas 2016: Best Christmas SMS Facebook and WhatsApp messages to send Merry Christmasgreetings Such sacredness is in the soul of similarities and differences that weave cultural diversities together for different ideas integrate perpetually to shape an intangible secular homogeneity This process of acculturation (newer cultural forms adapted by local traditions) that continuously reinvents itself preserves such sanctity of the folklore amid rapid transformations For instance the celebration of different festivals in diverse parts of the country with local and current trends Devotees light candles and offer prayers on the eve of Christmas at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi (Source: AP) FROM THE HINTERLANDS For example many of the scheduled tribes in India that follow Christianity owing to early cultural exposure during colonial rule and later for their own religious affiliations celebrate Christmas using a blend of indigenous and Western concepts While anthropologists like Verrier Elwin spoke in favour of an ‘isolationist approach’ to preserve tenets of traditional tribal culture many others favoured cultural integration and assimilation approaches so as to fasten development and integration of communities at the fringes X-MAS SPECIAL |Christmas 2016: 5 eggnog recipes to get you in the holidaymood Nonetheless celebrating festivals with a mix of methods is evident of plurality of existence Synchronicity of traditional and modern celebrations underscore acceptance of secular ethos multiplicities and an increased sense of tolerance amalgamating cultural influences from the past and present Santhal Christians dancing to a tribal song specially sung and choreographed for the festival (Source: Koushik Mardi/Youtube) WORSHIPPING THE SAL TREE FROM CHOTANAGPUR Districts in the Chotanagpur plateau (spread over Jharkhand Bihar West Bengal Odisha and Chhattisgarh) witness Christmas celebrations among certain tribes that follow Christianity While many preserve traditions of ‘sarnaism’ (religion of the holy woods) the indigenous religion of ‘santhal’ and ‘ho’ tribes of Jharkhand Christmas celebrations are followed by traditional customs of ‘sarhul’ or ‘worship of the evergreen sal tree’ Sarhul is the harvest festival when the sal tree native to Saranda forest blooms Tall like the pine sal is an important source of livelihoods and is worshipped in ‘sarna’ (sacred groves) during spring In fact in his work Tribal Festivals in Bihar (1982) Ajit K Singh argued that santhals were encouraged to celebrate Christmas as the festival of harvest similar to traditional sarhul DIY |Christmas 2016: Candycane liners to reindeer top eye make-up trend dominating holidayseason Many after the customary celebrations at the church offer prayers to Jesus sal trees or sometimes their own Christmas trees with incense sticks and flowers Women dress up in the classic santhali yellow and red saree with white flowers in hair followed by santhali music and dance This corroborates to how people amalgamate tradition with the modern while preserving local identities Through such examples we see how a mix of celebratory togetherness contributes to the longevity of tradition while being tolerant to other kinds of philosophies which may also inspire us to explore the ‘melting pot’ theory of assimilation while retaining identities Take for instance English recitations poems and other carols that are sometimes substituted with Hindi or tribal dialect in the interiors of Saranda forests Cakes and plum puddings that dominate the urban scene have their own traditional substitutes of ‘arsa’ (rice palm sugar or jaggery puddings) and staple rice beer known as ‘hadiya’ tea and taben khajari IN PICTURES |Deepika Nimrat Esha: Bollywood celebs show us how to rock Christmas colours of red green andwhite Similarly traditional music and dance of santhali culture follow customary Christmas recitations Renditions using cymbals tamk tumduk and kabkubi the traditional musical instruments of indigenous people here Additionally popular culture has lent its own bearing to santhali music through modern adaptations Some popular Christmas songs in santhali are ‘Dular Jishu’ and ‘Likir Likir’ that people sing Devotees offer prayers at a church on the occasion of Christmas in Agartala Tripura (Source: PTI) ‘KRISMAS LENKHAWM’ FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAINS Further in the north east Mizoram sees Christmas fervour for good three days One spectacular feature of celebrations here is the creatively decorated streets with lights of various shapes and sizes The entire town of Aizawl dazzles in colorful lights The singing service at the church known as ‘Krismas Lenkhawm’ followed by community ‘cheraw’ or bamboo dance are important ways of celebration to some It must be noted that the Kolkata Christmas Festival that started in 2011 also has similar such street lighting competitions where artistes from across the state decorate the town PHOTOS |Merry Christmas 2016: Here’s how the world is celebratingX-mas In Nagaland right after the Hornbill Festival Christmas symbolises the importance of community cohesion and kinship ties Traditional delicacies of rice puddings pork meat stewed vegetables spicy chutney made of Naga raja mirchi and sweets are the flavours here Children dressed in Santa costumes participate in Christmas celebrations at a school in Chandigarh (Source: Reuters) GOND COLLECT-IVITIES Community cohesion is visible among the Gondi people with community feasting amid their own fundamentals of maintaining harmony with nature Locals prepare halwa from sesame sama rice and dry Mahua flower just like any other festival of this society In place of rice beer Mahua Mahuli is consumed Creative expression through art dance and music steals the show with colourful Gondi attires and ornaments of silver peacock feathers leaves and flowers; after the midnight mass and customary prayer RELATED |Merry Christmas 2016: Gift ideas for friends family coworkers boyfriend girlfriend and manymore Christmas thus symbolises vibrant merrymaking and the importance of celebrating kinship in the highly detached world that we are slowly transitioning to Community exchanges during festivals laced with tradition add humility to the otherwise vivacity thus bringing out humble colours of peace joy hope and love Here’s a Merry Christmas to all Swasti Pachauri is a social sector professional formerly working as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh Views expressed are personal For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsFiring the CEO is a time-honored step designed to improve the performance of a slumping company It doesn’t always work But as wags like to point out it’s a lot easier to do that than to fire all the employees Last week the board of directors for the National Ecological Observatory Network Inc (NEON) took that route by pushing out NEON CEO Russell Lea and launching a search for his successor It’s the board’s first public reaction to last month’s decision by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to reduce the scope of the $434 million network now under construction at dozens of sites across the country NSF made the drastic move which included eliminating sites and lopping off instruments in hopes of keeping the troubled project on schedule and within budget On Friday a congressional panel will grill NEON and NSF officials on whether the observatory can still achieve its goals of measuring climate change land use trends and invasive species for decades on a continental scale once construction is completed in 2017 and all the data are flowing Board chairman James Collins insists that NEON is not changing horses in midstream by seeking its third CEO since 2008 “There’s been a logical progression as the project has evolved” says Collins a biology professor at Arizona State University Tempe who helped get NEON off the ground as head of NSF’s biology directorate in the late 2000s “We began with someone who could get things started [geoscientist David Schimel] and then moved to Russ once construction got underway After looking at the performance characteristics of where the project needed to be headed as we moved from construction to operations the board decided that a new CEO was the way to make that happen” NEON has followed a rocky path since it was first proposed by NSF in 2000 Although the ecology community welcomes the additional capacity many scientists have found fault with NEON’s top-down standardized approach to designing the project and the perception that science has taken a back seat to logistics since construction began in 2010 Lea a forestry professor turned university administrator inherited those problems when he became CEO in March 2012 Although Collins praised Lea for his dedication to moving NEON forward Collins’s description of the skills his successor should possess is an implicit criticism of Lea’s management style “The CEO has to set a tone in which people feel they are being treated well and their contributions are valued and that their well-being is important to the organization” Collins told ScienceInsider Lea has been replaced on an interim basis by Eugene (Gene) Kelly a soil scientist who only last month was named chief visiting scientist Kelly is on leave from Colorado State University Fort Collins where he has been a faculty member since 1989 and department chair for the past 4 years Kelly told ScienceInsider last month that he was joining NEON “to be a bridge to the scientific community … and ensure that science is in the forefront” of all of NEON’s activities Kelly declined to comment this week on his new assignment as temporary CEO but Collins says that Kelly volunteered to take on the position along with his duties as the project’s top scientist “He’s a team player who cares a lot about the corporation” Collins says “He’s a very humane individual and he’s also a very good scientist” Collins says he hopes the board will create a search committee at its next meeting in early October and that his goal is to hire a new CEO “within 3 to 6 months” That process is certain to be a topic of Friday’s hearing by the science committee of the US House of Representatives entitled NEON Warning Signs The panel has asked Collins and James Olds head of NSF’s biology directorate to discuss NEON’s progress NSF’s oversight of the project 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Separatists again issued a protest calendar on Thursday extending the protest shutdown till August 18. 2016 4:11 pm The PIL before the Bombay High Court alleged that birds and animals were kept in barbaric condition and urged the court to direct the Animal Welfare Board to frame rules to regulate pet shops in the state.(File Photo) Top News The Bombay High Court on Firday issued a notice to Maharashtra Government police and other authorities on a petition seeking closure of pet shops which sell exotic birds and other animals at Crowford Market in Mumbai and criminal action against their owners A bench headed by Justice V M Kanade asked the state government and other authorities to respond within four weeks The PIL alleged that birds and animals were kept in barbaric condition and urged the court to direct the Animal Welfare Board to frame rules to regulate pet shops in the state “There are rampant instances of selling un-weaned puppies — puppies taken away from their mothers before they can open their eyes Thereafter they are drugged to prevent them from crying Large birds are stuffed into small cages and are also debeaked by cutting their beaks with hot knives Kittens are de-clawed with pliers so that they won’t be able to scratch” the PIL alleged As per the data with the Ministry of Environment and Forests a total of 8000 birds have been seized and rescued from Crawford Market since 1993 the PIL said Besides exotic birds like koels jungle fowls macaws horn bill munias parakeets and mynahs are being openly sold in the market the petition added The PIL cited a 2014 Supreme Court judgment which says that Article 21 of the Constitution of India – Right to life -applies not only to human beings but to all living beings including animals Watch Video: What’s making news Citing provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act the PIL said that it was the duty of every person in-charge of any animal “to take all reasonable measures to ensure the wellbeing of such animals and to prevent the infliction upon such animal of unnecessary pain or suffering” The PIL quoted another provision in Wild Life Protection Act which says that trapping an animal without killing is covered under the definition of “hunting” and carries a three-year punishment For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: March 6 2015 1:11 am Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Related News Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday evening reversed 34 cabinet decisions taken in three cabinet meetings after February 8 because “due procedures were not followed” with most decisions taken without requisite proposals from the departments concerned The Nitish Kumar government however did not touch the all-important decision of including Paswans in Mahadalit category and ending distinction between Dalits and Mahadalits The Nitish cabinet reversed Manjhi cabinet decisions of 10 February 19 February and 20 February – after JD (U) had formally chosen Nitish as legislature party leader Manjhi had refused to resign defying party decision and was expelled from the party later He eventually resigned on 20 February barely half an hour before the scheduled trust vote in the state Assembly Share This Article Related Article Some of the important Manjhi decisions reversed were – setting up a three-member committee to study possibilities of giving reservation to economically-backward giving an additional month’s salary to policemen (from constables to police inspectors) increasing homeguards’ retirement age from 58 to 60 years proposal to amend provisions for recognising unaided schools and colleges decision to appoint arts and music teachers in schools provision of increasing CM Local Area Development Fund for an Assembly from Rs 2 to Rs 3 Cr every year decision to appoint sweepers in 46000 revenue villages for Rs 5000 each honorarium and reserving 35 per cent seats to women in government jobs Some other decisions reversed included decision of giving subsidiary grant of Rs 15 Cr to Sunni Waqf Board Rs 80 lakh to Shia Waqf Board and Rs 75 lakh to Haj Committee every year and fixing service tenure of vikas mitras and tola sevaks at 25 years Nitish cabinet however did not touch Manjhi cabinet decisions taken before February when the JD (U) government’s full cabinet had been in place Some other “Dalit-centric” decisions such as giving scholarship to second division holders in matriculation and waiving fees of SC/ST students till their post graduation courses may not be reversed Bihar cabinet secretary B Pradhan said most decisions reversed had not followed due procedures such as proposal from departments concerned and there had been no budgetary provisions for some of them Sources however said some of the reversed decisions might be presented before cabinet in amended form after budget The government is set to announce a host of new schemes in the upcoming budget session For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: September 12 2014 2:22 am Related News The row between CBI and Intelligence Bureau (IB) over Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case has witnessed another twist as a former Home Ministry official alleged in the Supreme Court that he was being “continuously chased and stalked” by CBI officials including a recently posted woman IPS officer for his refusal to frame his seniors Former under-secretary in Internal Security Division R V S Mani said in his affidavit that he was “mentally and administratively harassed continuously” after he filed a note in June 2013 In this note he disclosed he was allegedly coerced by Gujarat cadre IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma — who was a part of the CBI-SIT team probing the fake encounter case — to sign a false statement to implicate his seniors “I state that from the very beginning viz the deponent (Mani) placing the above referred note in the official records till now the deponent was continuously called chased and stalked by many senior CBI officers including one senior-level IPS officer recently posted in the CBI” read his affidavit which would be taken up by the court Friday Mani who is presently posted with the Ministry of Urban Development contended that during his interrogation on June 22 2013 Verma tried to intimidate him but he refused to endorse the statement framed by Verma He reported the matter to seniors in the ministry who forwarded it to the MHA in June 2013 Mani has filed this affidavit in response to a notice by the court on a petition by suspended Gujarat cadre IPS officer N K Amin who sought quashing of charges against him in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case During his stint with the MHA Mani said the inputs given by the IB were “always found to be accurate precise and professional” which is evident from the affidavit filed by him in the Gujarat High Court on August 6 2009 In this affidavit the MHA had endorsed the IB’s views that Ishrat and three others were terrorists In a revised affidavit filed on September 30 2009 the ministry took a U-turn claiming there was no conclusive evidence to suggest she was a terrorist In his affidavit Mani refused that the August 2009 affidavit was prepared at the instance of IB officer Rajinder Kumar and said whatever he had said in the two affidavits was duly approved by then home minister For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News6 billion NASA contract to ferry science experiments, sheath with cape, had deposed via a satellite link-up and his evidence was digitally recorded at a VSNL studio in Mumbai. along with the public prosecutor, today also expressed concern over the ceasefire violations. Both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party want to disturb the tranquility in the country, Veeri said that the absence of Disturbed Area Act in the state has rendered the continuation of AFSPA “illegal. as Veeri did not listen to him.

state president of Pradesh Congress Committee told The Indian Express. the same for semi-skilled and skilled persons will increase from Rs 10,” Wenger added. Eurasia and Europe.“We are happy that the first wheat shipment for Afghanistan has been sent to the country’s people via the Iranian port” Rouhani said according to IRNA news agency In a statement issued on Sunday the Ministry of External Affairs said “In the trilateral meeting with Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi and Afghan Trade and Commerce Minister Humayoon Rasaw the three sides reviewed and positively assessed the progress in the development of Chabahar port and reiterated their commitment to complete and operationalise the port at the earliest that would contribute to bilateral and regional trade and economic development and also provide alternate access to landlocked Afghanistan to regional and global markets” Referring to the Indian shipment in October it said “The three sides also commended the recent joint efforts which led to the transit of first tranche of 110000 tonnes of wheat from India to Afghanistan through the Chabahar port” The port’s inauguration comes more than a month after the first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan was sent via Chabahar This was the first such shipment after the trilateral agreement to develop the port as a transport and transit corridor between India Iran and Afghanistan was signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Iranian and Afghan Presidents Rouhani and Ashraf Ghani respectively in May last year According to the Indian statement at the trilateral meeting the Indian Iranian and Afghan Ministers “agreed to further intensify efforts on issues concerning regional connectivity and focusing on Chabahar port development under the Trilateral Transit and Trade Agreement” It said that Radhakrishnan “expressed his positive appreciation to the Iranian side on the recent steps taken towards ratification by the Majlis of Iran on the Trilateral Transit and Trade Agreement signed in May 2016” The statement said “The completion of the internal procedures on the ratification process by Iran is expected to lead to full and early operationalisation of the Transit and Trade arrangement between the three countries though the Chabahar port… It is expected that a trilateral coordination meeting of senior officials will be convened at the earliest” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the port would reinforce mutual and regional cooperation between Iran and India “It also shows the importance of the port in the development of the region and the routes that connect Central Asian states to other countries in the world through the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean” he said The port will increase the capacity of loading and unloading of ships as well as the employment rate in the province according to an official with the Sistan and Baluchestan Ports and Maritime Organisation Ahead of the inauguration External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Iranian counterpart Zarif in Tehran on Saturday during a surprise stopover on her way back from a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Russia and discussed the port project among other issues For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News

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