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The play on the first day commences at 5 PM as against the traditional afternoon start to give plenty of Indian supporters to throng the stadium and come out and make noise for India – as it is a surety that the hosts need it against a much experienced Spanish squad who have filled up the ranks in order to retain their place in the esteemed World Group for next year.The doubles on Saturday begins at 7 PM Anand Amritraj the non-playing captain also has the services of Sumit Nagal at his disposal if need be And it looks possible that Amritraj will field the 2015 junior Wimbledon champion on the final day in case India find themselves 3-0 down at the close of play on Saturday It would be a good opportunity for the young-gun to get some experience under his belt while representing his country in front of the home fans For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Meghnad Desai | Published: December 20 2015 12:35 am A view of the Rajya Sabha uring winter session 2015 in New Delhi (PTI Photo) Related News India has a remarkable electoral democracy which with its 800 million voters is an envy of the world The executive is functioning well; note the amazing breakthrough in the India-Pakistan negotiations India did well at Paris and Shinzo Abe was generous with the deals The judiciary is active across the board on green issues and social issues holding the powerful to account as in the National Herald case The problem is with the legislature The Winter Session has proved to be worse than the Monsoon Session There are daily disruptions Parliament during the day has come to resemble the TV news channels at night Not much work seems to be done and the GST Bill looks like it may miss another deadline This is bad but not news In the Budget Session in 2010 the Lok Sabha functioned only for two-thirds of its time and the Rajya Sabha three-quarters That was much better than the Winter Session of 2013 where the wastage rate was 94% for the Lok Sabha and 81% for the Rajya Sabha But the anger and the bitterness are the most disturbing aspects of the present scene Indeed there is an escalation of language and imagery which is remarkable Even outside Parliament the language has reached hyperbolic proportion Thus the alumni of St Stephen’s no doubt the cream of the liberal tolerant elite have accused the principal of being like ISIS Professor Irfan Habib also used ISIS as an analogy for the RSS ISIS kills and beheads people abducts enslaves and subjects women to appalling violence and has been killing their fellow Muslims with impunity How does one lightly use such a label to describe what can be a difference of opinion even of ideology Then the Chief Minister of Delhi calls the Prime Minister a psychopath Why such language In the parliamentary arena the week before the Winter Session seemed promising The Prime Minister had tea with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi The Finance Minister was consulting the Opposition about GST But as soon as the session opened one thing after another with little relevance to the business at hand has provided the excuse for rushing to the well The breaking news of previous night is used to break up Parliament The root cause is unparliamentary behaviour In my 24 years as a British parliamentarian I have never once seen members shouting leaving their place rushing to the Speaker (we have no well) let alone waving banners Members enter and leave the chamber bowing towards the throne They shout in the House of Commons but the Speaker can always scold the members into submission They enter and leave bowing to the Speaker This contrasts with the weak position of the presiding officers in the two houses Why do MPs disobey the presiding officers and thereby humiliate them The whips of the many parties have become cheerleaders in the disruption and not constraining elements as they should be In this they have the approval of their leaders who aspire one day to be in power themselves no doubt to face the same music Then they will blame the Opposition and the cycle will resume Parliament has been turned into a general purpose complaint akhada This prevents it from being a forum for serious debate India deserves better For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 23 2017 3:08 pm Saif Ali Khan seriously considered to change son Taimur’s name because he didn’t want him to be unpopular in school Related News Saif Ali Khan and wife Kareena Kapoor Khan became the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy Taimur Ali Khan on December 20 But before the parents could even celebrate the new phase of parenthood they had to deal with Twitteratti’s distasteful comments about the name of the newborn Initially both Saif and Kareena chose to stay mum on the issue but opened up eventually ‘I might still change Taimur’s name’ While Kareena earlier said that she loves the name and its meaning Saif in an interview with Delhi Times revealed that he wants to change Taimur Ali Khan’s name The Rangoon actor felt pressurised after his son was trolled for his unique name to such an extent that he ended up writing a letter to change it “I thought for a second about changing his name For a couple of weeks And Kareena was a little against it She said ‘People respect you for your opinion and you can’t’… So I said yeah but it’s not about people I don’t want him to get unpopular And I still might maybe when he’s one or two I might change his name in a while it’s still sinking in what to do” said Saif More from the world of Entertainment: ‘The letter I drafted to change Taimur’s name was pathetic’ Saif had the support of his PR machinery but he himself felt disgusted with the decision later “Someone in my PR agreed with me and we drafted a small letter And when I read it it was so pathetic that I cancelled the idea Because it was really like uhh ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I didn’t want to offend’ and ‘I’m an idiot’ (laughs) and you know I’ve given in to pressure It just sounded awful However you write it it just wasn’t sounding right It was like I didn’t realise where I live or what I’m doing So I did think about it I thought about it but it was for the wrong reason” Also read |Kareena Kapoor Khan’s son Taimur Ali Khan’s first close-up is out and it just set internet on fire He is indeed beautiful ‘I don’t want universal approval’ I have realised that if a select few are happy with you universal acceptance is not required because this kind of populist approval means something scary I would rather have a handful of people whose opinion I respect agree with me that’s enough I don’t want universal approval if it’s going to require me to pretend ‘My son’s name predates Timur Lang’ Saif Ali Khan’s daughter convinced him to clear all the confusion about junior Nawab’s name being similar to the Mongol invader “Yes even today My daughter told me why don’t you say that you have not named him after Timur Lang say that’s Timur and this is Taimur I said it still sounds similar She says just say they have same roots The name is nice and it sounds good and it means something nice but it is not named after that guy Well yes the name is the same but the name also predates the person called Timur Lang” said Saif ‘Shah Rukh Khan was the one who said let’s invade Delhi’ Interestingly Saif also mentioned that how superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s name too has a historic connection to Timur but he is still loved by people worldwide Saif said “Incidentally Timur Lang’s son was Shah Rukh who is the guy who supposedly said we should actually plunder India A lot of fighting was done by his sons but nobody has a problem with the name Shah Rukh (laughs)” Also read |Kareena Kapoor Khan: Saif is a pro even changes Taimur’s diapers Having said that Saif sounded much confused about his own thoughts He said “If I feel that he’s going to get in trouble in school I might change it still It’s a bit late now though Or not I don’t know You wouldn’t want him to be known as the boy who was originally called Taimur would you Even if you now call him Akbar he’ll have to carry this with him anyway Why make him be apologetic about this forever” Taimur Ali Khan’s latest pic ‘Taimur is already living up to his name’ But for little Taimur it doesn’t matter what the world has to say about his name he is living up to his name already Talking about the infant’s mannerisms Said says”He’s quite a fiery guy though I must say I hope he doesn’t already understand that it’s a strong name He makes his feelings felt very strongly Yells not cries Stop doing what you’re doing and he’s fine (laughs)” Also read |Taimur Ali Khan is never alone at home one parent is always there with him: Kareena Kapoor Khan ‘When I was a kid I thought my ayah was my mother’ So is Taimur a reflection of Saif’s childhood “I was quite a difficult kid I believe As a young kid I think I spent a lot of time on my own My parents were quite busy and I thought my ayah had given me birthday presents It was really sad… I remember I said ‘Amma see what Margaret gave me for my birthday’ And my mother’s like ‘I have given you that’ I thought the maid was my mother I think for a while” said Saif Now we understand why Saif and Kareena make sure that either of the parents is at home with Taimur For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Headingley | Published: August 30 2017 1:15 am Shai Hope scored centuries in both innings of the Headingley Test (Source: AP) Related News As West Indies got closer to their first Test win in England since 2000 captain Jason Holder urged everyone in the dressing room to not move from their seats and called the five-wicket win over England nerve-wracking West Indies completed a brilliant turnaround after losing their first Test by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston before levelling the series 1-1 with this win in Leeds “I always believe in this group we’ve done some outstanding things I sent a text in our team chat this morning ‘just believe’ I urged no-one to move from their seats and it was nervewracking in the end Credit to Shai and Kraigg Brathwaite I’m extremely proud of these guys We’ve come up playing a lot of cricket together for Barbados It’s about delivering on the big stage” he said Holder did not boost too much on the win and said that they have a lot to improve on and also hold on to the catches that come their way an area in which they performed disastrously at Headingley “There’ve been some hard times but we’ve felt the support here We have a number of areas to improve we need to hold our chances and need some consistent scores and partnerships But it sets it up nicely for Lord’s” he added Man-of-the-match Shai Hope who became the first cricketer to hit centuries in both innings of a first-class game at Headingley said that he is elated with the win and they were pleased to get over the line in the tense chase “I feel elated We’ve worked hard as a team and we’re pleased to get over the line I am professional cricketer for a reason so I always believe in myself We fought hard throughout the game so we needed to do well with the bat” England captain Joe Root praised the West Indies for a great Test match He said that his team was great in the fight and declare but it did not feel to end on the losing side “It was a great Test match for everyone watching but it wasn’t great to be on the losing day Fifth day on a used wicket against high-quality bowling great knock [from Shai Hope] I’m pleased with the character and fight that we showed to get into position to declare but it wasn’t to be” Root took the blame and said that England batsmen weren’t good enough in the Test and it was disappointing to not even get 300 in the first innings However he praised debutants Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan for their batting “If we are brutally honest we weren’t good enough with the bat Anytime you bat first and don’t get 300 you’re disappointed” he said “They stood up and showed their class The way we approached that second innings was good We wanted a positive declaration when you get an opportunity to win games you’ve got to take it” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: December 11 2016 5:36 pm Related News Lisa Haydon who recently tied the knot with her long-time beau Dino Lalwani says her life is more or less the same after marriage “Life has not changed much after marriage I went straight back to work But I guess changes come after having a baby not after marriage especially if you are married to the right person who understands your lifestyle and profession” Lisa said She added: “I think I was married to my husband in mind before it happened officially When you fall in love you make a commitment to each other It’s all about that” Lisa who started her career as a model has featured on the cover for popular lifestyle magazines In 2010 she made her debut with the Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol-starrer “Aisha” Along with actress Kangana Ranaut Lisa was also praised for her act in the 2014 hit film Queen She even garnered Filmfare Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the comedy-drama Most recently she was seen in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which released in October this year Since she is at the peak of her career did she ever have a fear of being in a committed relationship Lisa said: “Oh no Not at all For me life is nothing without love… and family is the most important thing for me Everything else is a bonus Yes I am passionate about my work but my success is meaningless without my loved ones my family and my husband They are my priority” Also read |Lisa Haydon admits she was body-shamed for being tooskinny Lisa who has stayed in Australia and the US has no Bollywood background So is it the right time for newcomers to enter Bollywood “Yes people are now more open to accepting those who are expressing themselves in a more honest way… and the audience is receiving that It took me a while to find my niche but now I know what kind of films are good for me So I explore them People always appreciate such honesty Since so many films are happening actors can explore and experiment to find their place in the business It’ great” she said Look at Lisa Haydon’s perfect wedding pictures: The actress will now appear in a web series titled The Trip which will premiere on December 15 The Bindaas series also starring Mallika Dua Shweta Tripathi and Sapna Pabbi is about four girls who go on a bachelorette road trip from Delhi to Thailand More from the world of Entertainment: Talking about the series Lisa said “There are lot of consumers and a market for internet TV in America Australia the UK and other parts of the world It was only a matter of time before it got a hold on the Indian audience… which is happening 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