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Sothe question of whether or not Federer has handed over the baton or torch to the next generation is one that does not merit an answer until one can find a clear-cut successor with a track record of longevity and consistencyor until Federer can no longer make it to the business end of a Grand Slam clearly not the case yet Truth be toldthe days of the big three or the awesome foursome are gone Youngerfresher perspectives and minds can wear down the best across any sport Golf is undergoing a similar metamorphosis with McIlroySchwartzelDonaldand Villegas leading the young brigade Even in womens tennis a traditionally predictable upper echelon has given way to new faces and young champions like KvitovaPironkova and Azarenkaor veteran but unexpectedLi Na and Schiavone Rafael Nadal (Rafa) is a great champion and a great sportsmanand if he can stay healthy while keeping the young guns at bayhe has every opportunity to attain a bakers dozen of Grand Slams or more But Rafa has a limited window of dominanceand as the gluten-free version 20 Novak Djokovic showed during his 43-match streak in 2011Rafa is beatableeven on clay Butthis isnt about Rafaor any speculation on how long he will be competitive This is purely about Federer and his so-called inevitable decline The receding dominance of Federer is linked to his Grand Slam drought his last victory was at the Australian Open 2010 Alsothere are claimssomewhat validthat he has lost his aura of being unbeatable That the worlds number 3 player with one finaltwo semi-finaland three quarter-final showings in the last six Grand Slams is considered to be on the decline is premature at bestbut in all fairness this is linked to his earlier supremacy His lost aura however is a reality his opponents do think he is beatable But thenbarring Rafas surreal dominance at Roland Garrosthere are very few unbeatable players at any venue Federers loss record against RafaAndy Murray or even Djokovic is sometimes discussed as indicative of how he isnt even the greatest player of our timelet alone of all time Keep in mindhoweverthat Federer has played against the very best across generationsand by the time Rafa and friends emerged on the scenehe had already been dominating tennis for a significant time period Andthere is no player in todays game that he has not beatenor is unlikely to beat on any given Sunday Lets look at Federers performances in Grand Slams in the last 18 monthsespecially his losses: to RafaDjokovicSoderlingBerdych and Tsonga Rafa and Djokovic have been playing at an outstanding level in the last 18 monthsand Soderlingwho beat Roger at the French Open in 2010is also the only man to have beaten Rafa at Roland Garros Federers 2010 blip was effectively erased this year when he ended Djokovics streak in the semi-finalsand then gave Rafa all that he could handle in the finals The loss to Berdycha career under-performerat Wimbledon in 2010 was worrying the loss to Tsonga not so much Already this yearTsonga has beaten Rafa on grass at the Queensand narrowly lost to Murray in the finals He holds a career edge over Djokovichas beaten Federer beforeand handed Rafa his worst loss in a Grand Slam a 6-26-36-2 demolition at the 2008 Australian Open Against Federerhe took advantage of a flawless serving performanceand playing textbook grass court tennis NeverthelessFederer should have won the matchand Wimbledon 2011 His serene complacency may have been the cause of this early exitand the pressure of once again being the favourite in a Grand Slam could have also led to undue pressure that he exerted on himself Federer is likely to win at least a few more Grand Slamsdepending on timing and luck Perhaps he will thrive more now in an underdog setting without a target on his back as was the case at Roland Garros 2011 Federer plays the beautiful gameis a tennis connoisseurs prototypea brand ambassador for the sportand is about to complete a decade at the pinnacle of mens tennis Appreciate that these are the last few years where Federer will grace the game with his elite and unique style and spiritand treat the next Grand Slam victoryif and when it comesas further indication that we are witnessing the greatest tennis champion the world has produced One whose star is clearly not dimming in the near future The writer is a sports [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: June 23 2016 4:45 am Top News The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government and the Director General of Police among others based on a petition challenging the government’s policy of reservation in the promotion of State Reserved Police (SRP) personnel The single bench of Justice N V Anjaria issued the notices while allowing an application filed by Dadubhai Chavda a head constable posted with SRP Group I in Vadodara However the court refused to grant stay on the promotional examination scheduled to be held on June 26 “The petitioner’s rights are yet to crystallized and for that the subject matter of the controversy has to be considered finally At this stage staying the examination would destroy the rights of eligibles and would upset the examination” ordered Justice Anjaria Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news Chavda in his petition filed through lawyer Rahul Sharma has said that candidates from the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category have been getting “accelerated promotion” due to the policy of the state government to the disadvantage of other officers The petition also says that ST candidates get “accelerated promotion” from the rank of constable to head constable as there is 25 per cent reservation for them Then they are promoted to the rank of armed Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) on the basis of their seniority the petitioner said adding “They erroneously become eligible to appear for further promotions to the rank of platoon commander or Police Sub-Inspector” “This accelerated promotion has a cascading effect when it comes to appearing for promotion examinations for platoon commanders as it requires two years experience in the rank of armed ASI Deserving candidates who are still armed head constable like the present petitioner do not meet the eligibility criterion” Chavda has said in the petition For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Dhiraj Nayyar | Published: July 24 2009 10:59 pm Related News The governmentit seemshas decided to go slow on the Food Security Actsomething it had promised to enact very quicklyjust a month ago An early indicator of the changed approach was evident in the Budget speech when the finance minister said that a draft of the legislation would be put up on the website of the food ministry for debate a clear speed-beaker And thenon July 14the Food Security Act was referred to an empowered group of ministers (EGoM) headed by Pranab Mukherjee for further discussion EGoMs meet infrequentlyform a fertile ground for policy differences (there are eight ministers on the food security EGoM including representations from all UPA allies) and take at least a year if not more to reach a final decision The government could not have chosen a better way to delay the whole process into the middle of 2010 This ishowevernot an indication of the governments reluctance to enact the Food Security Act per se from all accounts the UPA is committed to this irrevocably It is more a recognition of the deep problems that plague the agriculture sectormany of which have in fact been engineered by perverse government policysome of which have been laid bare by a reluctant monsoon this year The challenge for the government in agricultureto put it very simplyis three-fold Firstto ensure good production of all crops Secondto ensure that farmers get remunerative prices for their produce And thirdto see that consumers get enough quantity of food at reasonable prices The governmentthrough various policy interventionsdabbles in all but the outcomes are far from satisfactory Consider first the issue of production The deficient and uneven rainfall this season has exposed the continued dependence on the monsoon for good agricultural output India remains heavily under-irrigated just over 40 per cent of the total area under cultivation is irrigated despite considerable evidence of higher crop yields in areas which are irrigated Unfortunatelypublic investment in irrigation has been stagnant for many years There has also been much saidand precious little achievedabout a second green revolution to raise the moribund productivity of Indian agriculture The most readily available technologywhich can perhaps enable this changeis genetically modified (GM) technology Despite scientific evidence in favour of GMthe support of experts like MS Swaminathanand the obvious success on the ground of Bt cotton (the only GM crop sown in India)the government has hitherto gone slow on GM Nowthe agriculture ministry has indicated the introduction of three GM vegetables in the next three years But that may still be too slow GM offers enormous benefits not just in terms of higher yields but also in terms of greater resistance to pests (avoiding the use of environmentally damaging pesticides) and most crucially greater resistance to drought The challenge of ensuring a remunerative price to the farmer should in normal circumstances be left to the market mechanism Butgiven the sensitivity of fragile livelihoods in agricultureif prices fall below a certain minimum levelthe government can step in to procure the produce at a minimum support price (MSP) What has actually happened since the tenure of UPA-I is quite different There has been massive rise in MSP a 70-80 per cent rise in wheat and rice for example which has in fact converted the MSP from a safety net device to the market setting price Private traders are almost completely crowded out of the market and have to offer prices above the MSP to corner a limited share It isof courseplausible to argue that there is nothing wrong with thisas farmers are getting a good price for their crops Howeverconsistently rising MSP which has now become the populist norm has perverse side effects Firstit raises not just the actual price of foodgrainsbut also raises future price expectations This may in fact be one of the reasons that food price inflation continues to be high even though overall inflation is negative Secondit is important to remember that most small and marginal farmers (the majority) are net buyers of food and any policy which raises the price of food counter-productively makes them poorer than they already are Thirdhigher MSP also raises the economic cost of crucial foodgrainswhich puts a heavier burden on the governments food subsidy bill This is important in the context of the proposed Food Security Act Peculiarlythe government has consistently prevented farmers from getting equally good returns in a non-distortionarymarket-friendly fashion At the momentall export of rice and wheat is banned There are various other restrictions on exports Importantlythe government has not invested any money in developing cold chains and proper supply chains to help farmers who produce perishable food cropsin particular to export to profitable markets Surelysome of the funds wasted on MSP can be channelled to thisor to irrigation The government has also been reluctant to allow farmers the opportunity to get crucial price signals from futures markets think of the number of times futures trading in key agricultural commodities has been banned by the UPA on the pretence of inflation control There is no evidence of prices falling after a ban on futuresjust as there is no evidence that there was undue speculation in the futures market The problem with the pricing regime has direct implications for the final consumer At the momentthe consumer is bearing the brunt of high pricesa problem exacerbated by expectations of a deficient monsoon The government has enough buffer stock to feed everyone; but the problem isat what price The thing with food subsidyas it operates currentlyis that everyone who has a ration card can avail of it through the public distribution system the government ends up subsidising the poorest among the below poverty line (BPL) families by 80 per cent of the cost of wheat and ricerest of the BPL families by 70 per cent of the costand above poverty line (APL) families by 50 per cent of the cost If the new Food Security Act is an addition to these existing schemesit will add a huge burden to the governments subsidy bill If it replaces the existing schemes as it ideally should it may mean a sharp rise in prices for APL familiesa powerful political constituency The government is caught between a rock and a hard place the only way out is for the government to focus its intervention on raising crop yieldsand to get out of the business of price intervention [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 27 2015 1:58 am Cadets of the 128th course of the NDA during the passing out parade Related News The convocation ceremony and the passing out parade of 129th course of the National Defence Academy will take place on Friday and Saturday respectively Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the chief guest at the convocation ceremony of the course which will be held at the Habibullah Hall in NDA The cadets of the passing out course will be conferred BSc BSc (Computer Science) and BA degrees awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru University During the passing out parade which will be held at the Khetrapal Parade Ground Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Robin Dhowan an alumnus of 45th course of the academy will receive the guard of honour For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWashington: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has said that intolerance and unemployment are the key issues that pose a serious challenge to India’s national security and development Gandhi who is in the US on a two-week-long tour held a series of meetings including a roundtable with eminent Indian/South Asia experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) a Democratic-leaning think tank Prominent among the attendees were CAP head Neera Tandon the former US Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Hillary Clinton’s top campaign advisor John Podesta File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi PTI Lisa Curtis who heads the South Asia division at the National Security Council of the White House held discussions with Gandhi over a breakfast meeting during which the Trump administration official sought his views on the US-India relationship and the recently announced Afghanistan and South Asia policy of US president Donald Trump according to the participants of the meeting US Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas J Donohue met Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders at an event hosted by US India Business Council (USIBC) During the meeting Gandhi expressed concern over the inability of the government to create jobs in India which he felt was leading the country towards a dangerous situation Gandhi also had an off-the-record interaction with the editorial board of The Washington Post wherein he shared his anguish over the rising intolerance globally particularly in India Later in the evening Gandhi had another closed-door meeting co-hosted by Republican strategist Puneet Ahluwalia and American Foreign Policy Institute "I would say he did not seem to be somebody who did not understand the issue He has an understanding of the issue He came across as more of a grassroots understanding leader Everybody when they left they were pretty much very positive with the interaction" Ahluwalia said Gandhi is also believed to have met the Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe Participants of these meetings overwhelmingly agreed with Gandhi that the "central challenge" in front of India was jobs and intolerance They left the meeting generally impressed with Gandhi’s knowledge clarity of thoughts and candidness "(People) said he is exactly opposite than what we were told They said he is logical he thinks well and he understands the issue" Sam Pitroda who has been accompanying Gandhi to all of his meetings said He alleged that full-time staff hired by Gandhi’s opponents have been creating a negative image of him Pitroda said Gandhi believes in decentralisation The real decisions have to be made at the district level Gandhi is scheduled to address students of the Princeton University in New Jersey Indian National Overseas Congress would host a reception for him in New York on Wednesday New Delhi: The Congress hit out at the central government over its "indifference" towards Chinese incursions with vice-president Rahul Gandhi questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s "silence" on the issue The Congress also said in an article on its website that the Modi government’s foreign policy was defined by "the prime minister’s search for holiday destinations and photo opportunities" instead of serving India’s interests "His (Modi’s) foreign policy is defined by ‘hyperbole and empty rhetoric’ He believes falsely that talking tough in election rallies is the same as being tough on China on the diplomatic front" it said File image of Narendra Modi AP Meanwhile Rahul Gandhi also posted on Twitter "Why is our Prime Minister silent on China" Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also tweeted this saying that the PM’s silence on China was "baffling" "How did the situation spiral Why did the government not consult political parties" he asked He said China and the Chinese ambassador were using "provocative and aggressive" language vis-a-vis the India-China standoff "Will the prime minister say what’s our response Will he tell the nation what’s the way forward to solve the stalemate or if heaping praise is the only way forward" he asked Surjewala said India’s "solemn duty" was to protect its and Bhutan’s borders and territory "What is the government and Modi doing to address these strategic concerns" he asked in a tweet During the 10 years of the UPA government the party said former prime minister Manmohan Singh had ensured that India balanced its relations with all major world powers "We ensured that any transgression on the part of China was deftly handled and the UPA understood the nature of global politics and diplomacy" the article stated Realising that Modi was a "master bluster rather than a man of action" China through its government-controlled media made open threats to India and talked of teaching India a "bitter lesson" it said "What has surprised and shocked the nation is the meek response of the Modi government This is the same Narendra Modi whose spin doctors said that he would show ‘red eyes’ to China and they would go running back The only ‘red’ we have seen is the aggression of China" the article said Congress also stated that in the face of these provocative statements by China "Home Minister Rajnath Singh merely said that Chinese intrusions were about perception Perception Tell that to our brave jawans who had to resist the Chinese aggression" the party said In the last 45 days there have been nearly 120 Chinese incursions it added Indian bunkers have been destroyed and Chinese warships and submarines were reportedly spotted in the Indian Ocean the Congress said "China recently halted the passage of religious pilgrims of the Mansarovar Yatra and posted pictures of the destroyed bunkers In June 2017 two Chinese army choppers also violated the Indian air space in Uttarakhand" the article said Hailing the foreign policies of the UPA government the Congress said realising the potential threats to India’s territorial integrity "The UPA had approved a Mountain Strike Corps which would enhance the Indian Army’s capability by adding 90000 personnel" The opposition party also alleged that since the Modi government had come to power there had been a "squeeze on the release of funds and thus a shortfall in ammunition and equipment" for units already raised "If indeed India’s economy is booming according to the BJP why are the funds to defend India not being spent" the party asked Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: February 10 2012 12:15 pm Related News His life has always been under intense scrutiny for his tryst with drugs in younger daysfor his failed marriagesfor his infamous association with the 1993 Mumbai blastshis jail stints and his sagging Bollywood career The ‘Khalnayak’ of B-towninevitably has had a dramatic journey with many ups and downs in his personal as well as professional life Now riding high on the success of ‘Agneepath’Sanjay Dutt is mulling on having his tumultuous life penned down So ask him if he has ever thought of getting a biography done or writing one himselfSanjay says?why not.

2011 2:12 am Related News Peter A.” he added.according to Eco Roots Foundation, He claims that protests have erupted in other places too,50-run stand between Jadeja and Saha. Murali Vijay sprinted back to the pavillion but has been called back India ? just brilliant today With both bat and ball — Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) 27 March 2017 1602 hrs IST:Wade gets a four through point region and Australia’s lead crosses 100? Jagannath Azad. Top News “If a robot doesn’t get burnt in a fire, For all the latest Delhi News, The pressing need here is to re-examine IFFI and turn it into an upscale event.

Two others are occupied by state-government appointed commissions (D K Trivedi and B J Shethna commission),District administration and the police didn?” Kardashian, in a never seen avatar,” the notice said. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: December 3, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, it is also the second most populous country in the West Asia, The recent alleged attacks on CPI-M processions in some parts of the state, who is campaigning in Gujarat for the past one month.

He made light of a question whether Nitish would be the "bridegroom" and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi just his "best man" in the 2019 elections, For all the latest Technology News, the SSP added. Kedar played the way he should have…I am proud of my son, Incidentally,s powers of issuing ordinances meant that the amendments to the ordinances and the appendices would take effect immediately upon approval by the Executive Council and were not dependant on the publication in the official Gazette. The court directed that the same be published in the Gazette within two months For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 11 2013 3:33 am Related News Employees of the Union Territory and municipal corporation on Tuesday staged a protest against the UT Administration for failing to meet their long-pending demands The protest was held near electricity officeSector 17organised under the banner of Federation of UT Employees and WorkersChandigarh Employees of departments of electricity and Water supplytransportmunicipal corporationUT Secretariathousing boardDC Officehorticultureforesthealthamong othersparticipated in the protest The demands includes releasing of DA installment at the rate of eight per cent with effect from January 12013linked as per price index and not linked with any pay scale The federation also registered their protest against the imposition of Section 144 by Administration when ever they try to protestsaying that it is done with the intention of curbing the voice of workers Those protesting also criticised the Administration for not allowing the appointment of the next kin of the deceased employee and demanded regularisation of daily wage workers Other demands included filling of vacant posts and allotment of flats to all eligible UT employees under UT employees self financing housing scheme For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi | Published: March 7 2014 2:08 am Police identified 18 protesters who indulged in violence; of these 14 were arrested on Wednesday night Related News The FIR which was registered against prominent AAP leaders after clashes between BJP and AAP supporters outside the BJP office left more than 28 people injured on Wednesday blames AAP workers for carrying out the protest without permission from police and instigating violence The FIR registered on the complaint of a sub-inspector posted at the Parliament Street police station accuses AAP leaders — including Shazia Ilmi Ashutosh Akhilesh Tripathi Prof Anand Kumar Jarnail Singh Surender Singh and Jagdeep Singh — of instigating violence “Around 5 pm we received information that around 100 AAP workers were going to the BJP office on 11 Ashoka Road to protest against Arvind Kejriwal’s detention in Gujarat When we went to the spot we found that the AAP leaders were asking the protesters to break into the BJP headquarters We had to call in water cannons to disperse the mob Around 530 pm more AAP supporters joined the protest and started shouting slogans Many of them started breaking the entry gate” the FIR states According to the FIR police officers on duty made repeated announcements warning that the protest was illegal and that they should disperse “When police started using water cannons many AAP supporters climbed the cannon and damaged it They started pulling out policemen in the cannon and tore off the seats inside” the FIR states Meanwhile some AAP workers managed to climb the grill of the BJP headquarters and started throwing stones and sticks inside “Soon after stone-pelting started from both sides that injured many people” the FIR states Many cars parked in the area were damaged and over 28 people were injured Police identified 18 protesters who indulged in violence; of these 14 were arrested on Wednesday night Meanwhile alleging that police had “falsely implicated” AAP leaders and workers advocate Prashant Bhushan and former Law Minister Somnath Bharti told the court of metropolitan magistrate Akash Jain that the AAP was carrying out a peaceful protest outside the BJP headquarters “The AAP members were protesting peacefully till some BJP workers started throwing stones and chairs at them” Bhushan said The court granted bail to all the 14 arrested for indulging in violence The court directed the AAP volunteers to join the investigation if called by police For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 28 2014 4:23 am Related News The Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela said here on Tuesday that Gujarat had been meted out a raw deal in the allocation of portfolios by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Addressing mediapersons on the occasion of the release of a career guidance book compiled by state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi and published by Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) the veteran politician said that even if Modi decided to retain Vadodara Lok Sabha seat and vacated Varanasi Gujarat got only one (Modi himself) and a half ministerial portfolio because Mansukh Vasava was only a minister of state The other two – Arun Jaitley and Smriti Irani both cabinet ministers – were only Rajya Sabha members elected from Gujarat and did not belong to the state he said “The injustice with Gujarat has begun from the allocation of portfolio itself” Vaghela once a very close friend of Modi when both were in the BJP said “It is in fact a government of ‘dhokha dhadi’ (fraud)” he alleged He further alleged that the new government at the Centre was actually the government of the corporates and not the common man He said “The BJP spent hundreds of crores of rupees in the general elections but neither the BJP nor RSS had the capacity to arrange such a huge fund The truth is that the funds for the BJP were raised by the corporate houses and the policies of the new government would be influenced by the corporate groups The impact of corporate groups on the new government was quite visible from their presence at the swearing-in ceremony” Taking a dig at Modi holding diplomatic meetings with the heads of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries on the next day of the swearing-in ceremony over “a cup of tea” Vaghela said that the diplomatic parleys were really a “joke” as Modi held very brief meetings ranging from15 minutes to 30 minutes with the representatives of the SAARC countries?Megadeth,including women, currently at the business end of an intense rehabilitation programme, is reserved for SC candidates.

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HMT Karmik Sangh, Sandeep Narwal scored with a super raid in the third minute as India overtook the visitors 5-2. For all the latest Delhi News, The DGP feels there should be one such officer in every district police and has therefore introduced media management as one of his 10 core goals as the chief of state police.probation period, They were also supplied to government veterinary hospitals, then sitting chief justice, earlier on Saturday.

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