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And the party was hosted by none other than the star host Salman Khan. reached out to her “Gravity” co-star and expressed her interest in playing the part, in a million ways. File image of Saudi Arabia flag.” Klinsmann said the players were also confident that they had learned important lessons from the two losses, "On my two occasions with the pink ball, ? File image of New Zealand cricket team. As soon as the show ended, NSA cannot respond to Parliament.
the party mouthpiece on Saturday said amid speculation that it may pull out of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.s office at the fag end of the third press conference.the second for TV journalists and the third for the English print media. in the 16th minute, 18. We have given our dissent against the proposal, says councillor Davesh Moudgil Several parking lots in Industrial Area would be converted into paid parking lots The proposal had been mooted by area councillor Satish Kainth in order to check parking chaos in the area For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWashington: Earth is likely to reach more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the US retreats from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution scientists said That’s because America contributes so much to rising temperatures President Donald Trump who once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax said in a tweet Saturday that he would make his "final decision" this coming week on whether the United States stays in or leaves the 2015 Paris climate change accord in which nearly every nation agreed to curb its greenhouse gas emissions Leaders of seven wealthy democracies at a summit in Sicily urged Trump to commit his administration to the agreement but said in their closing statement that the US for now "is not in a position to join the consensus" "I hope they decide in the right way" said Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni More downbeat was German Chancellor Angela Merkel who said the leaders’ talks were "very difficult if not to say very unsatisfactory" In an attempt to understand what could happen to the planet if the US pulls out of Paris The Associated Press consulted with more than two dozen climate scientists and analysed a special computer model scenario designed to calculate potential effects File image of Donald Trump AP Scientists said it would worsen an already bad problem and make it far more difficult to prevent crossing a dangerous global temperature threshold Calculations suggest it could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year When it adds up year after year scientists said that is enough to melt ice sheets faster raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather "If we lag the noose tightens" said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change One expert group ran a worst-case computer simulation of what would happen if the US does not curb emissions but other nations do meet their targets It found that America would add as much as half a degree of warming (03 degrees Celsius) to the globe by the end of century Scientists are split on how reasonable and likely that scenario is Many said because of cheap natural gas that displaces coal and growing adoption of renewable energy sources it is unlikely that the US would stop reducing its carbon pollution even if it abandoned the accord so the effect would likely be smaller Others say it could be worse because other countries might follow a US exit leading to more emissions from both the US and the rest Another computer simulation team put the effect of the US pulling out somewhere between 01 to 02 degrees Celsius (018 to 036 degrees Fahrenheit) While scientists may disagree on the computer simulations they overwhelmingly agreed that the warming the planet is undergoing now would be faster and more intense The world without US efforts would have a far more difficult time avoiding a dangerous threshold: keeping the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels The world has already warmed by just over half that amount — with about one-fifth of the past heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions coming from the United States usually from the burning of coal oil and gas So the efforts are really about preventing another 16 degrees Fahrenheit (09 degrees Celsius) from now "Developed nations — particularly the US and Europe — are responsible for the lion’s share of past emissions with China now playing a major role" said Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis "This means Americans have caused a large fraction of the warming" Even with the US doing what it promised under the Paris agreement the world is likely to pass that 2 degree mark many scientists said But the fractions of additional degrees that the US would contribute could mean passing the threshold faster which could in turn mean "ecosystems being out of whack with the climate trouble farming current crops and increasing shortages of food and water" said the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Kevin Trenberth Climate Interactive a team of scientists and computer modelers who track global emissions and pledges simulated global emissions if every country but the US reaches their individualized goals to curb carbon pollution Then they calculated what that would mean in global temperature sea level rise and ocean acidification using scientifically-accepted computer models By 2030 it would mean an extra 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide in the air a year according to the Climate Interactive models and by the end of the century 03 degrees Celsius of warming "The US matters a great deal" said Climate Interactive co-director Andrew Jones "That amount could make the difference between meeting the Paris limit of two degrees and missing it" Climate Action Tracker a competing computer simulation team put the effect of the US pulling out somewhere between 01 to 02 degrees Celsius (018 to 036 Fahrenheit) by 2100 It uses a scenario where US emissions flatten through the century while Climate Interactive has them rising One of the few scientists who plays down the harm of the US possibly leaving the agreement is John Schellnhuber the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the scientist credited with coming up with the 2 degree goal "Ten years ago (a US exit) would have shocked the planet" Schellnhuber said "Today if the US really chooses to leave the Paris agreement the world will move on with building a clean and secure future" Not so said Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe: "There will be ripple effects from the United States’ choices across the world" Karachi: Pakistan’s tainted pacer Mohammad Asif has claimed to be the best exponent of the new ball in Test cricket File photo of Mohammad Asif AFP Insisting that none of the current pace bowlers in the national side know the art of using the new ball Asif said his strength had always been causing maximum damage with the shiny red cherry "If you waste the new ball than you are asking for trouble In Test cricket in particular no matter what the opposition or conditions you have to make the new ball count No one knows the art of exploiting the new ball better than me" Asif told reporters here Asif who has served a five-year ban for spot-fixing picked up 4 for 29 including three with the new ball on the first day of the day and night Quaid-Azam Trophy final at the National stadium here yesterday Asif who turns 34 this month said he is ever ready to do national duty He said no issue should be made about his age or fitness "All this talk about fitness and age I don’t believe in that particularly when you have a 40 plus player in the national Test side and some in the late thirties" "People say spinners mature with age and I believe it is the same with pace bowlers they also become better and more lethal with age and experience" he said "You can’t even play in domestic cricket if you are not fit" Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq is 42 while senior batsman Younis Khan is close to 38 By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 6 2017 11:13 am Alex Hales hit a fantastic 95 of 30 balls (Source: AP) Top News Not often do you get to see some serious power-hitting as displayed by Alex Hales on Saturday However while playing for Nottinghamshire against Durham hit a blitzkrieg 95 from just 30 balls but fell agonizingly short of equalling Chris Gayle’s record of the fastest century After hitting nine sixes Hales attempted to hit one more but was dismissed on 95 “I knew there was a chance to go for the quickest T20 century of all-time and you don’t get those opportunities very often” Hales said and added “I love batting at Trent Bridge for me it is utter paradise the wickets are great and there are some short boundaries so I knew there was a chance of doing it” While the record for the fastest century eluded Gayle along with opening partner Riki Wessels he managed to set up a record opening stand The duo eclipsed the 105-run record set by Kolkata’s Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine in the IPL and went one better as they posted 106 “It’s a special feeling to play here and to get so many in the Power Play overs with Riki” Hales said “As a team we’ve got real momentum at the moment and hopefully we can keep it going” In his innings of 95 Hales hit nine fours and nine maximums and also hit 28 runs in one over For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Anjum Rajabali | Updated: April 11 2015 12:03 am The most oft-cited reason for this new cinema doing well is that the audience’s taste has evolved Related News Just five years ago Sharat Katariya the writer-director of Dum Laga Ke Haisha with its plus-size heroine married to a loser struggling with his under-confident masculinity would have been chased out of every producer’s office Films like Udaan Ship of Theseus The Lunchbox Queen Badlapur Vicky Donor or even NH 10 would have had an ice-cube’s chance in a furnace of getting made And yet not only did they see a release their nuanced storytelling set the box office registers jingling Even more surprising most of the writers of these films were first-timers These are but just a few examples of the kind of brave films that we have seen recently They have unusual even disturbing themes conventionally unheroic characters an ambiguous morality and alternative narrative structures and are devoid of big stars song-and-dance routines glitzy production values fancy locations hit music — elements generally considered imperative in the Hindi film industry So are these just one-off flukes that owe their existence to some idiosyncratic stroke of luck or do they signify a trend that will sustain The most oft-cited reason for this new cinema doing well is that the audience’s taste has evolved Apart from the condescension of this deduction the problem is that no producer analyst or decision-maker has ever been able to predict with any consistency which film will be liked or rejected by the viewers In fact conventional wisdom says that second-guessing the audience is the surest way to deliver a flop So have the decision-makers changed The one factor that has always obdurately governed green-lighting decisions and even now resists change doggedly is severe risk-aversion The assertion that risk-taking should be central to a creative industry cuts no ice — producers have to be accountable to their investors and to the bottom line Unsurprisingly given the huge financial investment that films need when in the slightest doubt producers turn to formulaic scripts and big stars since those have traditionally worked in India So what has changed then One clear and incontestable factor it would seem: screenwriting skills and the courage of the writers History has it that for decades in India scriptwriting was never taken seriously as a craft neither by filmmakers nor by the writers themselves While the 1950s and 1960s saw some great cinema with socially relevant themes written by literary stalwarts the number of those writers didn’t even add up to double-digits And after that barring Vijay Tendulkar Gulzar and Salim-Javed most writers were treated as the pen of the director (and of the star and the producer and his brother-in-law and his driver and just about anyone who happened to be in the room when the script was being discussed) Rarely were scripts completed before shooting began Mostly films went into production with a two-page story which used to be further constructed on scattered pieces of paper as the shooting progressed Sometimes scenes were written on the set itself Absurd as it sounds this used to be the dominant reality As a result scriptwriting became an increasingly ill-defined and hazy process No one was quite sure what the writer really did By default directors were regarded as the sole authors of films a title they seemed pleased to accept The Eighties dragged the industry to its nadir Regarded as the dark ages of Hindi cinema the industry was ruled largely by unimaginative unoriginal films and was plagued by empty theatres video piracy and black money to boot The film industry emerged bruised and battered into the Nineties It was clear that if order and accountability weren’t brought in the industry stared at certain doom Then industry-status was acquired clean money began coming in corporates entered the business contracts were drawn up budgets made multiplexes opened making niche films viable A touch of professionalism was evident One would have thought that an inescapable axiom — you cannot make a good film without a good script no matter how many top stars you package your film with — would be central to this new planning But such has been the inexplicably uneasy relationship of this industry with writers and writing that barring a few young ones who single-mindedly concentrated on getting good scripts on board a majority of producers continued to only chase stars — and still do Stars are of course precious since they draw crowds on the opening weekend Unfortunately that is all that the producers wanted — to stir up a pre-release publicity frenzy to fill up the first few days The quality of the film didn’t really matter Well the inevitable happened Star salaries and demands ballooned exponentially So much so that even after a successful film the producer only made paltry profits This is where the recent spate of good and successful films presents a sustainable premise: all you need for a good film is a well-scripted and interesting story and a competent director Period None of the films mentioned above opened big But they stayed in cinema halls longer than almost any recent big film And their ratio of profit is mouth-watering for any investor Do these films then herald a new phase of good cinema Not so fast There are several frustrating stumbling blocks on the road to well-scripted films While a few A-listers have crossed the Rs 1 crore barrier the industry still seems stubbornly reluctant to offer more than subsistence fare to beginners Contracts are patently unfavourable to writers ideas get stolen directors unfairly insist on sharing writing credit It is no surprise then that after a couple of well-received films writers turn to direction where the rewards creative control and respect are incomparably greater As a result today we have very few seniors who are just writers Despite all this there is reason for genuine optimism India abounds with storytellers And given our inestimable diversity there are stories everywhere for every mood and audience This combined with the lure of cinema that is in our DNA has created a tremendous surge of interest in screenwriting from every part of India Every workshop seminar conference and script lab draws hundreds of aspirants bursting with energetic ideas The screenwriting courses at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Whistling Woods see hordes of applicants The Film Writers Association (FWA) has been leading from the front with its vigorous initiatives Many senior and successful screenwriters generously guide and mentor young ones All this has resulted in the floating around of dozens of spec scripts with interesting premises in the mainstream as well as independent space for a wide spectrum of budgets If wonderfully interesting and viable films are to become the norm of Indian cinema the film industry will have to harvest nurture and sustain this large pool of passionate talent and accord more centrality to screenwriting That means forging a constructive partnership with screenwriters and treating them as essential stakeholders in filmmaking The FWA which enjoys the confidence of all screenwriters has been appealing for a standard producer-writer contract with a safety net for minimum fees reasonable protection for writers zero tolerance for plagiarism and credit poaching and mutual accountability Just this act of collective negotiation could resolve writers’ anxieties attract more talent towards screenwriting and prevent successful writers from choosing direction as a more rewarding option Indian cinema could well be on the verge of a new golden age It’s high time for our films to be taken seriously by international audiences The good thing is that there are several potential goodies lying in the many Lunchbox-es out here We shall just have to learn to sniff them out and value them The author is the screenwriter of ‘Rajneeti’ among other films and professor of screenwriting at Whistling Woods and FTII [email protected]iacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: April 16 2017 5:53 am Top News Two persons were killed when a two-wheeler collided with a motorcycle near the Sadhu Vaswani bridge on the Circuit House Road around 830 pm Friday Police have identified the deceased as Yogesh Hiranand Ramchandani (40) resident of Lonavala and Hasim Ali Liayakat Ali Siddiqui (33) of Tadiwala Road Police have lodged an offence of negligent driving against the two wheeler rider Gaurav Thavardas Mohnani (26) of Somwar Peth For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 30 2017 9:40 pm Shraddha Kapoor is currently also busy promoting her next film Half Girlfriend co-starring Arjun Kapoor Related News Shraddha Kapoor who gained immense fame for her role in Aashiqui 2 has now garnered as many as 15 million followers on Instagram This comes as an extremely overwhelming moment for Shraddha who is presently shooting for her upcoming film Haseena based on the life of Haseena Parkar She is currently also busy promoting her next film Half Girlfriend co-starring Arjun Kapoor Shraddha is quite active on social media So when she attained the feat on Instagram she was definitely ecstatic Her teammates got her a cake to mark the occasion and the way this 30-year-old reacted when taken by surprise will surely make your day She shared the video and wrote “They surprised me! 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