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The BMC administration then amended the proposal in March this year in which they specified that the restaurants will only be allowed on? he said, effective aggression,first solo transatlantic flight powered only by sunlight,flying through the night with energy stored in its 17000photovoltaic cells Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news The plane is being flown on its 35400-kilometre (22000mile) trip in stages with Piccard and his Swiss compatriotAndre Borschberg alternating at the controls of thesingle-seat plane “So Piccard was not feeling well yesterday Was muchbetter this morning And then again tonight things got a bitworse So we took the decision… it’s not an easy decisionbut it’s a wise decision for safety reasons” Borschberg toldjournalists who had assembled to watch the plane taking off inCairo The Solar Impulse 2 embarked on its journey in Abu Dhabiin March 2015 For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Radhika Singh | Published: October 18 2016 12:30 am The restored Royal Opera House (above); historical pictures of the space Source: Pradip Das Top News The grandeur of the Royal Opera House will pose an interesting contrast to some of the events its curator Asad Lalljee would like to see it host “Its grandeur may be intimidating to the common man but we want it to be used by people Otherwise the renovation will be pointless” says Lalljee Along with his team Avid Learning Lalljee is working to once again make the 105-year-old heritage building in Charni Road an active performing arts space So when its doors finally open on October 20 after years of extensive restoration Royal Opera House’s elaborately painted ceilings massive glass chandeliers and the giant 105×92 stage will form the backdrop for the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival The festival will open with the screening of A Death in the Gunj directed by Konkona Sensharma “We are honoured to have our opening ceremony at the Royal Opera House We could not have asked for a better host — a host with a legacy that goes back over a hundred years” says Kiran Rao Chairperson of Jio MAMI The opening may be of a film festival but those pearl string necklaces and dapper men will not be relegated to history The day after the reopening on October 21 the walls of this Mumbai landmark will resound with the rich music of Indian soprano Patricia Rozario and British pianist Mark Troop But the audience will not comprise only the city’s elite Lalljee believes that the space needs to be a part of the wider cultural ecosystem accessible to everyone “Although it is a striking heritage building unlike the other cultural spaces in Mumbai the importance of the Opera House will depend on how people take to it We want the space to remain relevant to what’s going on in the city today” says Lalljee He hopes that it will become a vibrant cultural space that can be placed alongside institutions such as the NCPA or Prithvi Theatre The venue hopes to host an array of events — ranging from fashion shows and art exhibitions to book launches talks plays and music concerts In the ’50s when cinema as a medium was growing in popularity the owners made structural changes to the building and converted it into a single screen But the decision proved damaging in the longer run once multiplexes came in The Opera House along with other single screen theatres like Metro Liberty and Capitol fell into disrepair The venue was eventually shut down in 1993 The Gondal royal family which owns the building decided to restore it in 2009 They hired conservation architect Abha Lambah who took upon the challenge of restoring Opera House to its original glory “The structure had been altered a fair bit over the decades” Lambah explains “At one point the interiors were done over in the art deco style The foyers were covered up by candy coloured paint — bright pinks and pistachio greens — and the balconies were painted in hideous pink and brown” she says There was such a disconnect between the building’s interiors and exteriors that the effect was physically and visually jarring “The look of the space where performances take place always impacts the overall experience” says Lambah who for the last seven years has worked to ensure that the building returns to its true character She has relied on traces of the the original structure oral histories old photographs from the catalogue the Opera House used to release written descriptions and film clips to piece together what it used to look like “It gives me immense pleasure to see the Royal Opera House being revived back to its original glory The Gondal family has always been a great patron of art culture and education The Royal Opera House in this new avatar is our gift to the city of Mumbai” says Shri Vikram Sinhji the Maharaja of Gondal For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Garima Mishra | Pune | Published: April 12 2017 6:22 am The Life of A TreeGreen activists in the city organised a ‘funeral procession’ of trees Top News Last week early on Friday four trees were felled by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) authorities followed by felling of another nine on Monday What’s common between the 13 trees They were full-grown over 100 years old trees and were habitats of a variety of birds and insects The PMC’s action has not only resulted in the loss of habitat for hundreds of birds and insects but has also added to the degenerating climate of the city said experts “The trees were very important from an ecological point of view They had housed many birds and a variety of creatures First the authorities cannot take a decision to cut such huge trees without consulting the experts and planning accordingly They did not even have an alternative plan for plantation ready What is also questionable is their call of cutting the trees at night” said Swati Gole chairman Ecological Society According to bird watcher and wildlife researcher Dharmaraj Patil trees are a nesting and roosting site for birds and thus are important for the breeding biology of local birds A full-grown neem tree he said is a habitat of nearly 20 species of birds in addition to various types of insects Other than nesting and roosting the birds also use the trees for food and perching he added “Survival of any wild species depends on its breeding range In cities there are scattered pockets of species population which keep interbreeding with each other thus maintaining the genepool of that species healthy These populations are connected to each other through roadside trees bushes etc Such trees/bushes act as mini-corridors In absence of these many species would get locked within such disconnected population leading to inbreeding within singled out pockets Inbreeding further leads to extinction of the species” added Patil Green activists in the city have been protesting since Friday following the felling of four trees by the PMC Members of Area Sabha Association of Pune (ASAP) sat through the night in front of Kasturba Vasahat on Saturday and Sunday to guard the trees only to find nine trees felled on Monday morning Madhav Gadgil renowned ecologist and environmentalist expressed his concern on PMC’s action “I feel sad with this development I have grown up seeing beautiful trees across the city especially banyan trees that added to the beauty of the city and its climate But it’s no more the same With the growth of the automobile population on one hand and cutting down of trees on the other hand life in the city is becoming less and less pleasant and nightmarish By cutting down trees if authorities think they will be able to convert the city into something better I have serious doubt on their thought” he said ‘Funeral’ for trees To protest the felling of trees activists organised a ‘condolence meet’ A ‘funeral procession’ of the ‘departed souls’ (trees) was carried out from Omkareshwar Temple to PMC building Tuesday Just like a dead body a branch of a tree was wrapped in a white cloth and placed on a stretcher which was lifted by four people One of the members could be seen walking in front of the procession carrying an earthen pot with fire in it Another walked with incense sticks meant for performing last sites An activist could be seen carrying a large black umbrella which read ‘Vriksha Gele Chhatra Gele – Shokakul Punekar’ (Tree gone shelter gone – Mourning Puneites) For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Singapore | Published: September 17 2017 5:03 am Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain sits in his car following the third practice session at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit Singapore Saturday Sept 16 2017 (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Top News Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton described Saturday’s qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix as a matter of ‘holding on for dear life’ after he lapped a disappointing fifth fastest The Briton’s description of how he felt hustling his Mercedes around the streets of the city-state could also apply to his hopes of staying ahead in the championship after Sunday’s race Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel three points adrift after Hamilton won the previous two races seized pole position with a blistering late lap under the floodlights at the Marina Bay circuit Hamilton’s time of one minute 40126 was way off the German’s 1:39491 with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo the closest challengers to Ferrari in second and third places “The car the way it’s designed for years it just doesn’t work particularly that great here” said the triple champion whose Mercedes team have a chequered history at the twisty Singapore track “We were already holding on for dear life…I got everything out of all the laps They were all very very much as good as they could be” With four times world champion Vettel three cars ahead and favourite for his fourth Singapore success on Sunday Hamilton will be hoping for damage limitation before returning to more favourable tracks “Your guess is as good as mine” said Hamilton when asked how he could best minimise the loss of points to Vettel on Sunday “I really don’t know It’s difficult to know what to predict at this track” With seven points the difference between first and second even finishing runner-up to Vettel on Sunday would see Hamilton drop four points behind the German That in itself could be a tough task with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen also ahead of the Briton and Singapore a notoriously difficult circuit for overtaking Hamilton is pinning his hopes of moving up the field on the start the pitstops and the potential of a safety car which has been deployed at every race in Singapore so far “So there’s two for sure opportunities and then one potential one if there is a safety car” he said “I’ve just got to try and keep the pressure on the guys in front without cooking my car if I can” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Published: July 30 2011 2:38 pm Related News Khapthe movie on honour killings in Haryana directed by Ajay Sinhastarring Om PuriMohnish BahlGovind Namdev and Uvika Chaudhary was released across the country on Fridayexcept in Khap land – Haryana The cinema owners in Haryana decided to play it safe by not screening the movie in the entire state as they did not want to provoke Khap Panchayats who were against its screening Posters of the film were also removed from cinema halls Khap highlights the role of the Khap Mahapanchayats in honour killings in Haryana The film ran into trouble on Friday after many exhibitors in Haryana refused to screen the film fearing violence from Jat supporters Many Jat leaders of the state had threatened to protest against the screening of the filmclaiming it was anti-khap and showed the traditional panchayats in poor light They had asked the public to boycott the film and issued veiled threats of violence if it was screened Anand cinema hall in Sonipat did have one show but they too withdrew the movie’s screening after being asked to do so by the district police For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai: State-run buses were back on roads in Maharashtra after four days as employee unions withdrew their strike which was declared "illegal" by the Bombay High Court late on Friday evening The high court had directed the employees of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) mostly bus drivers and conductors to end their stir to press for pay hike and resume work immediately Representational image AFP Citing the high court order the agitating unions called off their strike and the employees started reporting to work from late Friday night according to officials The MSRTC employees numbering over one lakh had been demanding salary in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission recommendations The Diwali-eve stir had caused hardship to thousands of long-distance passengers planning to travel to their hometowns during the festive season "Following the order the unions of the corporation called off the strike and employees started reporting to their respective depots However it will take a few more hours for operations to become normal" said a senior MSRTC official Nearly 25 percent of the services were operational by 8 am on Saturday and the rest are expected to hit the roads by by afternoon he said The decision to call off the agitation which started from 16 October midnight was taken during a late night meeting of the core committee of the striking unions A joint letter issued by various representatives of the bus workers unions said the stir is being called off following the high court order The representatives said they were hopeful a committee appointed by the state government comprising the finance secretary the transport secretary the transport commissioner and the MSRTC MD would address their issues within a time-frame In the late evening order Justice SK Shinde had directed the committee to submit its interim report by 15 November and the final report on 21 December The high court was hearing two PILs seeking that the stir be declared illegal Nearly 65 lakh people travelled by MSRTC buses every day the petitions said Published: June 8 2016 12:01 am Top News Panchjanya has published an interview with Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani where he defends the changes made by his government in school textbooks He says the earlier syllabus had “several irregularities” The Congress government removed the names of “nationalist leaders” and gave wrong information about leaders like Veer Savarkar and Deen Dayal Upadhyay We changed the syllabus to make students aware about the “proud past of India” He says their focus was on three main points — students must study history of Rajasthan’s brave leaders feel proud of the Indian culture and become better citizens and patriots “The syllabus during the Congress regime had several qualitative mistakes” he says “Nehru is mentioned at least 15 instances” he said Lessons on Akbar the Great were taught earlier he said adding “we added Pratap the Great” “Mahatma Gandhi fought against the British because they were invaders In this country Mahatma Gandhi is great not the Britishers” he says and adds that “Akbar was an invader Maharana Pratap did not accept his subjugation and fought against him Therefore in our country Maharana is great not Akbar” The earlier syllabus said the first movement of freedom began in 1885 because the Congress was established this year “However all know that the freedom struggle had begun in 1857” he said Cure for Congress An editorial in Organiser attacks the Congress in the context of the allegations raised against “the celebrated son-in-law of the family” Noting that the “first-family is the glue that holds” the party it slams Congress leaders for contending that “Robert Vadra is a private citizen (who is) being harassed only because of his marital links” “The rage shown by the Congress president in response to mere media reports alleging dubious links of her celebrated son-in-law with a middleman involved in defence deals is difficult to digest” according to the editorial The response is “a symptom of the larger existential crisis Congress is grappling with” or the “victimhood’ syndrome” it said It notes the Congress could bounce back in the past due to the “entrenched organisational structure and patronage system created by the Congress System” The return of the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi in 2004 was more creditable as neither the mandate was decisive nor the Congress had prevailing organisational strength” it said However after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections the party has been losing ground across the country “Perhaps Sonia Gandhi is sensing this transformation hence the outrage against any allegations” it said It called for “freeing Congress from its own culture” The editorial said the party’s revival “perhaps lies in evolving a meritorious organisation where an individual can climb up the organisational ladder on the basis of ability and contribution” Time travel The cover story in Organiser “Teach True History of Bharat” notes “the excavations of late 20th and 21st century revealed the existence of a Bharatiya civilisation in unbroken continuity since 8000 BC” It refutes “the Aryan invasion/migration theory” which “artificially divided the Bharatiya samaj on the basis of Aryan-Dravida and Adivasi-Videshi to destroy national integrity” It led to the “socio-political divisive movements of the south and western Bharat 1940 onwards” It praises the work of “a great nationalist archaeologist BB Lal” which “provides an overview of socio-cultural evolution of Bharat” “This archaeological data supported by radiometric dates suggested an unbroken history of Bharatiya culture of minimum last 10000 years” the report says and adds that school textbooks wrongly place “the national history of Harappa 3000 BC of Marshall” A programme at the department of Sanskrit at Delhi University has “established that the date of Rig Veda (6000 BC according to astronomical tool) can’t be first millennium BC as western and communist historians propagate” Recent research suggests that vedic culture has recorded history of more than 10000 years “This scientific and rational history of our Bharat should be introduced in the education system of this country” the report says and adds that “the Masol findings if true could negate the African origin theory of present day human species” Compiled by Ashutosh Bhardwaj For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Gaurav Bhatt | New Delhi | Updated: August 8 2017 11:00 am Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaitiali during their fight for the double title in Mumbai on Saturday (Source: AP) Related News Essentially a majority draw (sans the docked point) the Vijender Singh-Zulipikaer Maimaitiali fight could easily have had a different outcome? with Times Now by far the clearest in its presentation of events as they occurred from 5. proposing clear limits on number of trial subscribers to be on-boarded and a 90-day period for the test phase.

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