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telling him to “stop pretending we’re friends”. who was seemingly upset after a brief snippet of his new music video “No Type” mysteriously appeared online,the biggest issue corroding the fabric of our nation is corruption. Their alarm seems justified Just look at the growing number of scandals in our recent past Apart from the HDW scandal and Bofors in the mid-80sthere were no major corruption cases exposed till 1992when Harshad Mehtas market manipulation hit the headlines In 1993we had the Jain hawala scandal; Sukh Rams ill-gotten wealth was uncovered in 1996 Between 2003 and 2005the big issues were the oil-for-food scandal that cost Natwar Singh his ministrythe Taj Corridor controversyand the PDS scam involving Arunachal CM Gegong Apang The number of corruption scandals took a sharp upward turn in 2006 the year India recorded a 996 GDP growth rate when the Barak missile scandal and the Scorpene submarine deal were exposedalong with convictions in the Telgi stamp paper case In 2007-8we had another corruption cluster with cash-for-votesSatyamthe Sukna land scam involving a serving lieutenant generaland a former chief ministerMadhu Kodaarrested for a mining scam 2010-2011 has been unprecedentedthoughfrom the Adarsh housing society to CWGthe Radia tapesthe Bellary mines caseBS Yeddurappa losing his chief ministershipthe arrest of Amar Singh in the cash-for-votes scandaland now the Goa mining scam Greed and opportunity have joined in unholy matrimony even as projects telecominfrastructureland acquisitionreal estate reach a whole new scale of sizeexpenditure and revenue potential There is a discernible sense of a loss of moral authority worldwide but greed involving Wall Streets financial managers is hardly comparable to what is happening in Indiawhere loss of faith in governmentbureaucrats and official institutions clearly point to a new low in moral and ethical standards The upside is that the rise in number of corruption cases is because of greater transparency through instruments like the RTI There are also other positivespending legislations aimed at checking excessive discretion Stillit is also like looking at the mirrordarklyand seeing a countrys moral GPS start to point in a direction we desperately need to avoid [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAfter a nail-biting start to the battle for the 2017 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship it seems we might need to brace ourselves for an anti-climax as we near its conclusion Lewis Hamilton who was trailing Sebastian Vettel in the championship till six weeks ago now finds himself comfortable on the top with an unexpected 59-point lead He added 25 points to his lead on Sunday by winning the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull Racing drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo Vettel scored his second ‘Did Not Finish’ in three races due to Ferrari’s recurring reliability issues The result at Suzuka has often been pivotal in the World Championship and the 2017 edition was no different Lewis Hamilton gestures with his trophy at the podium following his win at the Japanese Grand Prix AFP By scoring his 71st pole position on Saturday also (strangely) his first in Suzuka Hamilton now has held pole position across all the 20 circuits on the calendar His pole time of 1:27:319 is now the fastest lap record at Suzuka breaking Michael Schumacher’s time from 2006; proving that the 2017 cars are much quicker than their predecessors On race day Hamilton converted his pole position to a rather straightforward victory barring a few half-challenges from Verstappen With Vettel out of the equation Hamilton’s straightforward win almost made for a boring race until the last few laps in which vibrations from Hamilton’s car slowed him down and allowed Verstappen to get within half-a-second and half-a-chance to overtake for the lead However Hamilton held on till the end with some unexpected help from former adversaries and old boys Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa – who ignored the waving blue flags much to Verstappen’s disadvantage We had bet on Verstappen making at least one valid attempt to overtake Hamilton had the older boys played fair Hamilton found unlikely support in his former adversaries Alonso & Massa to win this race Verstappen & Red Bull Racing will be furious #F1 — Kunal Shah (@kunalashah) October 8 2017 The two-three finish was Red Bull Racing’s second double podium finish of the season the first being in Malaysia last weekend In fact this was their first back-to-back double podium finish in the hybrid turbo era Red Bull Racing are now 92 points behind Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship and if Ferrari’s reliability woes continue their second place could be under threat Verstappen was voted the ‘Driver of the Day’ while Ricciardo’s podium exploits (Ricciardo’s eighth podium his highest ever in a season) proved that there was no other driver in the paddock with a cooler attitude than his While Hamilton was interacting with Takuma Sato (former Japanese Formula 1 driver current Indy 500 Champion and podium interviewer) Ricciardo took Hamilton’s unlocked phone opened Instagram and uploaded funny-faced selfies of himself The other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas could at best manage a fourth place finish despite starting in second Bottas’s form post the summer break has been questionable with the Finn agreeing that his confidence is running low He has been beaten by at least one Red Bull Racing driver four times in the last five races However given the might of his performance in the first part of the season and his Mercedes car Bottas who is currently third in the Drivers’ Championship is aiming to beat Vettel in second 13 points ahead It would be strange if Bottas finished second in the Drivers’ Championship because his season-long performance is certainly not worthy of such a high finish but such is how the championship system is devised Finally Ferrari has been in form and has set the pace at all the Asian circuits in the past month However it is luck that has eluded their championship attack in Singapore Malaysia and now Suzuka While fingers could be pointed at Vettel for their misfortune in Singapore Ferrari’s suppliers seem to have let the team down in Malaysia and Suzuka Vettel’s car suffered a spark plug issue minutes before the start of the race one that his engineers tried to fix on the starting grid without much luck Ironically the spark plug supplier is Japanese Wonder what sort of engine mode does Ferrari have on Sundays It’s always got an issue I could understand if it were a Monday though #F1 — Kunal Shah (@kunalashah) October 8 2017 After the summer break Vettel did well to limit championship damage at Spa and Monza – classified as ‘Mercedes’ circuits – with the aim to capitalise at the ‘Ferrari’ classified circuits of Singapore and Malaysia The implications of Ferrari’s reliability woes mean that Hamilton will head to the 2017 United States Grand Prix with a mathematical chance of winning the 2017 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship which would be his fourth Should Hamilton be able to extend his lead to 76 points (Hamilton needs to score 17 points more than Vettel) in Austin Vettel’s hopes would officially be over and both title rivals will start the 2018 Formula 1 season as ‘four time world champions’ Given Hamilton’s love for the US he would love to clinch his fourth title in that country and statistically he is well placed to do so Since the revival at the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) Hamilton has won the race four times out of five and even clinched his third Drivers’ Championship title (in 2015) at this venue Would his fourth title be won on the land of the ‘great satirist’ Donald Trump The nature of Ferrari’s reliability woes and Vettel’s method of dealing with them do offer a flashback to Schumacher’s similar woes back at Ferrari in the 1990s when he was battling title rivals such as Damon Hill Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Hakkinen The other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen finished in a distant fifth place after a penalty-marred qualifying session (thanks to Ferrari’s gearbox this time) saw him start in a lowly 10th place However the biggest loser of Ferrari’s reliability woes has been the sport and its fans After three seasons of Mercedes’ domination Ferrari’s challenge for the titles added a breath of fresh air to our Grand Prix weekends Despite Hamilton and Vettel sharing the Formula 1 grid for nearly a decade this was the first proper season where we have had the chance to see the two greats go wheel-to-wheel for top honours Let’s hope that Ferrari get their quality controls in check to make sure that they still make the most of the remaining four races of the season Not how we wanted today’s fight to end. Here’s to a proper scrap in the USA * #JapaneseGP https://tco/95q5U8XpZ2 — Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 8 2017 Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished sixth or in the ‘best of the rest’ position after a stupendous start that saw him run in P3 ahead of Ricciardo and Bottas Sergio Perez’s seventh position meant that Force India have now scored double points in 13 out of the 16 races contested this season which is also their highest ever and second only to Mercedes (who have a score of 15/16) Ocon’s impressive show with Force India will definitely put him on the radar for a switch to Mercedes (he is already a Mercedes junior driver) in 2019 Ocon also equalled Max Chilton’s record of most number of consecutive race finishes with 25 The other team that scored double points was the Haas F1 Team Kevin Magnussen (eighth) and Romain Grosjean (ninth) finished ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa (10th) Their double-point finish helped them jump ahead of the Renault F1 Team in seventh place and this will be an interesting battle to follow as the season nears an end given the millions at stake Lastly the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix was also Jolyon Palmer’s last race with Renault and most probably in Formula 1 Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr will replace Palmer and partner Nico Hulkenberg from the United States Grand Prix Meanwhile in the Toro Rosso there’s no clarity on whether Pierre Gasly will skip his Super Formula weekend in Japan and attempt to win the title or head to the US Grand Prix and partner the returning Daniil Kvyat For the first time the Red Bull Junior Programme seems to be out of young drivers capable of jumping into a Formula 1 car So will Red Bull recall Sebastian Buemi Jaime Alguersuari or offer Anthony Felix da Costa his break in Formula 1 By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: September 10 2015 10:57 am Hollywood star Tom Hanks is caught in between two nations on the brink of war in the latest teaser for “Bridge of Spies” Related News Hollywood star Tom Hanks is caught in between two nations on the brink of war in the latest teaser for “Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg’s latest thriller tells the true story of James B Donovan (Hanks) a lawyer tasked by the US in 1960 with negotiating with the Russians for the release of a downed pilot reported The movie sets its legal drama against the background of simmering tensions between the world’s two super-powers at the height of the Cold War Share This Article Related Article “Bridge of Spies” has an all-star pedigree having been adapted for the screen by Matt Charman (Suite Franaise) and the Oscar-winning Coen brothers Hanks’s supporting cast includes Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall) as a suspected Russian spy Austin Stowell (Whiplash) as downed pilot Francis Gary Powers and Amy Ryan (The Office) as Donovan’s wife Mary McKenna Watch the teaser of ‘Bridge of Spies’ here: For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sonal Gera | New Delhi | Updated: June 9 2015 3:58 pm Though suicides are common in the non-showbiz world too the issue becomes graver when it comes to the big bad world of cinema Related News Earlier this year Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone spoke about battling depression for months and then coming out as a winner after help from family members and friends The actress is now actively involved in spreading awareness about mental illnesses and especially depression through her foundation ‘Live Laugh Love’ Varun Dhawan also admitted to the fact during ‘Badlapur’ promotions that he sought medical help in order to calm his depressed mind down In Hollywood many stars like John Hamm have talked about depression One would wonder why Deepika Varun and others stars invest energy and efforts into dealing and talking about a tabboo subject But little do they know that more than 15 per cent of the people who suffer from depression resort to the extreme step of committing suicide The recent example of this is Punjabi singer Dharampreet Reports say that the talented singer who had around 26 albums to his credit hadn’t had much of work in the past year and a half and hence was under severe depression He succumbed to his mental illness and committed suicide on the night of June 7 The case also in a way brings to light the darker side of name and fame Share This Article Related Article You rise you make name – the upward spiral The world seems rosy and you’re happy The moment the sinusoidal wave of life falls and life becomes thorny depression sets in Though it is common in the non-showbiz world too the issue becomes graver when it comes to the big bad world of cinema It took Dharampreet no time to make his name in the Punjabi film industry with sad songs that touched the insides of heart But success apart from being a bad master is addictive too The disappointment of not having to work as much as he would have wanted took his life away In a similar case in the month of May a 40-year-old model-turned-actress Shikha Joshi committed suicide at her home in Andheri West Mumbai on May 16 evening after slashing her neck open with a knife The police said that a continued lack of employment led her to take her own life The actress had worked in the critically acclaimed movie ‘B A Pass’ Bengali television actor Disha Ganguly was found hanging at her home in Behala’s Parnashree area on April 9 evening The police were alerted of her death after a friend of Disha who had called-on her in the afternoon but did not get any response When the police broke in they found Disha’s body hanging from the ceiling fan Her dupatta was found tied around her neck And it was again suspected to be a case of suicide Even Telugu actress Aarthi Agarwal who died on June 6 just after her 26th movie released a day before is said to have tried to commit suicide in the year 2005 She died due to sudden cardiac arrest Top model Viveka Babajee was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her Mumbai apartment on 25 June 2010 due to depression MTV VJ Nafisa Joseph committed suicide in the year 2004 after finding that her fiance was already married TV model Kuljeet Randhawa reportedly committed suicide as she couldn’t cope up with the pressures of life Not only the lesser known stars even Guru Dutt who can be unanimously called one amongst the most legendary filmmaker-actors of the Indian cinema was found dead on 10 October 1964 in the bed of his rented apartment at Pedder Road in Mumbai He is said to have been mixing alcohol and sleeping pills His death may have been suicide or just an accidental overdose It would have been his third suicide attempt Yesteryear actress Parveen Babi bid the world adieu in 2005 all alone in her apartment in Mumbai She was said to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia due to which she used to insist that the whole film industry and press were conspiring against her She would even claim that the governments of US and UK and stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Robert Redford were involved in the grand conspiracy against her Actress Jiah Khan who made her Bollywood career debut with Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Nishabd’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan allegedly committed suicide in February 2014 Sooraj Pancholi actor Aditya Pancholi’s son and Jiah then boyfriend was charged of abetting Jiah’s suicide The notes in which Jiah referred to her tumultuous relationship and frustration over her career had been taken as her suicide note Silk Smitha known for her bold and erotic roles in south Indian films was found dead in the year 1996 in Chennai The police found a suicide note that described depression as the reason of the extreme step The actress inspired Ekta Kapoor’s movie ‘The Dirty Picture’ which got Vidya Balan to win a National Award for her portrayal of the actress Last year famous comedian Robin Williams who made the world laugh with his antics onscreen killed himself after having battled depression for years Marilyn Monroe who redefined sexuality on screen with her persona also died young At the age of 36 she was found dead of a drug overdose This is the tip of the iceberg – the examples and the reason as Deepika described that there was no major reason for her depression It’s a mental condition which like other ailments if not taken care of sensitively and sensibly can lead to extreme steps And as actress Taapsee Pannu in her recent interview advised against the ‘leap of faith’ in the showbiz “Don’t take examples of people like Shah Rukh Khan because he is just one person and now there are thousands of people who try everyday Many just ruin half of their lives in struggling and don’t get anything out of it Be very practical and have a backup option” This truly describes what one should do Like every other business Entertainment is also an industry where you might fail or succeed or both but alternatively The only thing required is patience and faith along with the talent The industry can’t afford to lose more talents like Dharampreet or Silk Smitha For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsOttawa:Canadians who do not identify as male or female will from 31 August be able to mark "X" on their passports instead of "M" or "F" the government has announced File Image Getty Images In a statement on Thursday immigration minister Ahmed Hussen said the Canadian government was working to implement an unspecified gender designation for Canadian passports and other documents issued by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada "Until documents with an ‘x’ option can be printed the government will allow people to add an observation to their passports indicating it is unspecified" the National Post reported The initiative stems from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to better reflect the gender diversity of Canadians Hussen said "By introducing the ‘x’ gender designation in our government-issued documents we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression" the minister said He said his department will be the first to introduce the interim measure part of a government-wide initiative to make all government-issued documents gender neutral Earlier this summer Parliament passed a bill which amended the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination Last year the Canadian government began allowing would-be visitors to Canada to designate their gender as "other" on their electronic travel authorisation forms Serena Williams continues to dominate the discourse in women’s tennis The great American has been playing a limited schedule focusing on her quest for a 22nd grand slam title She is eager to emulate Steffi Graf on that count and has made four finals in the five events she has entered this season After losing to Angelique Kerber in Melbourne and Garbine Muguruza in Paris Serena will be eager to make amends with victory in London two weeks from now It isn’t an easy task though Ever since Roberta Vinci prevented a calendar grand slam by upending Serena in the semifinals of the US Open last year the weight of history has been dragging down the undisputed queen of millennial tennis File picture of Serena Williams AFP Women’s tennis is also in great health – even as Garbie Muguruza and Angelique Kerber represent a generation that is mature and ready for top flight tennis there is also a rich collection of young stars unafraid of firing at will on their day It is a healthy phase of transition for women’s tennis which is clearly heading into an interesting new era Here is a quick breakdown of the women’s draw to feed your sense of anticipation before the defending champions do the traditional honour of playing first on the pristine green meadows at SW19 Top Half – Serena Williams (1) Roberta Vinci (6) Agnieszka Radwanska (3) and Belinda Bencic (7) First Quarter The top half is loaded with contenders – Serena Radwanska and Bencic will all start their journey with a realistic hope of making it to first weekend of July Serena Williams may not consider her task difficult but it is going to be tricky ride for sure The top ranked American will need to be at her very best from the moment go as teasing hurdles riddle her path to glory An early hurdle comes in the form of her potential third round opponent – either Kristina Mladenovic or Heather Watson Mladenovic was hard to put away at the same stage in Paris before Serena came through 6-4 7-6 (12-10) in the third round of the French Open Watson will have vocal support in England The Brit dragged Serena the distance (6-2 4-6 7-5) at the same stage of Wimbledon last year posing a likely threat to her yet again Either Sloane Stephens or Svetlana Kuznetsova could be her R16 opponent Serena has a 1-5 record against Stephens that lone loss coming in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 2013 Since then Stephens has stretched her senior but hasn’t been able to get the job done On the other hand Kuznetsova took Serena down in three sets in the R16 of Miami this year Williams avenged that defeat though with a 6-2 6-0 demolition of the Russian in Rome Serena faces a potential quarterfinal against Timea Bacsinszky or Coco Vandeweghe both rising stars of women’s tennis with an appetite for the big fish But one of the young women will have to get past US Open finalist Roberta Vinci to earn the right to battle with Serena Second Quarter Radwanska can play some delightful tennis on the grass and can be expected to coast through the second quarter without too much of a hiccup provided she is a 100 per cent physically Caroline Garcia or Ana Konjuh could fancy an opportunity but expect the Pole to come through those tests A potential third round match between Johanna Konta and Dominika Cibulkova – energized by the first grass court title of her career – promises to be a mouth-watering clash Konta’s power serve could be a potent weapon on the Wimbledon grass The winner of that encounter is likely to pose the first real challenge to Radwanska next week in the R16 The bottom section of this quarter seems wide open Petra Kvitova the two time winner at SW19 has been off her game recently Her confidence will have taken a further knock from her defeat to Konta in Eastbourne Bencic also suffered an early defeat in Eastbourne Her injury worries have been worsened with thigh injury in Birmingham following the lower back troubles It remains to be seen if she can use the extra time at her disposal to sharpen her game All of this should leave the door open for Radwanska to plot her way through to an exciting semifinals against Serena Bottom Half – Garbine Muguruza (2) Angelique Kerber (4) Simona Halep (5) Madison Keys (9) The two grand slam champions of the season are pitted against each other in this section of the draw First Quarter Halep is at the head of the third quarter but her recent form has been less than impressive A first round exit in Melbourne and a fourth round defeat in Paris have set her back The only saving grace has been her victory in the Mutua Madrid Open but it isn’t something that will enthuse either the player or her coach Darren Cahill Simona needs a deep run this fortnight to get out the relative slump in her fortunes Francesca Schiavone and Kiki Bertens will test her even before she settles into the tournament If the world No 5 finds the answers during the first few matches she could set up a thrilling fourth round encounter against Madison Keys Angelique Kerber will be keen to resurrect her flagging season after suffering a series of disappointments in recent months including a first round exit in the French Open She could face a formidable R16 challenge in the form of Karolina Pliskova who is upbeat after winning the Aegon Open This is a quarter that could eventually throw up new faces into the second week – perhaps Pliskova and Madison Keys The latter has won the Birmingham Classic sounding out the bugle with her form on grass The young American was already in the quarters of Wimbledon last year so will fancy her chances again It will be an interesting space to watch with plenty of surprises in store Second Quarter Venus Williams is in the fourth quarter seeded eighth It is a testimony of her great champion qualities that she is still contending at the top level despite dealing with persistent health issues But it is Garbine Muguruza that is the big draw in this section She was a finalist at Wimbledon last year and her recent victory in the French Open marks her out as one of the strongest and consistent players on the tour right now Sabine Lisicki has dropped down the order but Wimbledon might just provide her an opportunity to work her talent into order If she can down Samantha Stosur in the second round a door might open for her to battle with Muguruza in the fourth round Venus will have a difficult start playing Donna Vekic in the first round If she gets through that test she could be up against another formidable player in Zheng Saisai the Chinese pushed Andre Petkovic to the limit in the Aegon International Carla Suarez-Navarro might have a good opportunity in this section to try and emulate her best result at Wimbledon The fourth round in 2013 has been her best showing on grass The Spaniard showed glimpses of good form in Eastbourne Wimbledon fans though will hope that Venus who is clearly running out of time makes another good run at a tournament where she has enjoyed the greatest success in her career It will be an emotionally gripping narrative which will appeal to tennis fans But a match between Keys and Muguruza in the semifinals on Thursday will prove to be an ideal conclusion to this section of the draw Written by Kamaal Saiyed | Surat | Published: July 25 2013 3:34 am Related News Following the midday meal tragedy in BiharSurat Municipal Corporation (SMC) had decided to start a laboratory to put the food 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