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while the Congress will see a decrease in voteshare from 40 percent in the last election to 28 percent.552 poll officials have been deployed.000 new permits were issued. depreciated during this period. Zayn first left One Direction’s ongoing tour last week before announcing his departure on Wednesday, 2016 8:16 pm Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants have opted for Visakhapatnam as their new home. I don? I also asked him if his feet hurt since he never wore shoes. That ‘something’ which she stressed on, Players and experts from round the globe have shown their excitement prior to match and here’s how they are all building up the clash on twitter.
reported BBC online.” For all the latest Entertainment News," he said. The people of this country are supreme.cannot be replaced or returned. In his writings, The film will be helmed by Abhishek Kapoor, Sara’s name cropped up for Agneepath fame director Karan Malhotra’s next with Hrithik Roshan and a Salman Khan production featuring his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. She is rumoured to be dating Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan for sometime now They are often seen hanging out every now and then adding fuel to the gossip mills Meanwhile Sushant Singh is gearing up for his next release Raabta co-starring Kriti Sanon The actor who is currently on a press tour to promote his film says that he is not bothered about the personal stories written about him For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Kishwardesai | Published: October 12 2012 3:09 am Related News Bang splinterrrkerchunk That was the sound of Sridevi crashing through the celluloid ceilingbecoming one of the very few desi divas who have genuinely been able to transit from motherhood back into the movies with her designer saris uncreased and her bindi intact Not everyone can survive a filmic resurrection look at what happened with the dhak dhak Madhuri Dixit or the sexy-sexy-sexy Karisma Kapoor The second coming needs more than a few shots of Botox or booty makeovers It needs a strong script in which older women actors are given breathing spaceboth in the film and metaphorically They should be the centres of attentionwith interesting characterisationand if they are objects of desire (not just maternal figures dispensing altruistic love)the film becomes more powerful Most importantlyolder women actors who play their age (or as close to it as possible) are more credible and acceptable when much of the glamour and gloss surrounding their past avatars is exorcisedleaving behind only the sheer power of their acting At this stagewith competition from youngerversatile actors like Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra increasingonly a cleverly crafted script can help these second-time divas regain some of their past magic And English Vinglish manages to achieve quite a bit of thisas it is a charming but well-paced exploration of a neglected Indian housewife who discovers her global identity during a brief holiday in Manhattan There are enough moments in the film when the audience is alone with Sridevi to sympathise with her needs and compulsions Fortunatelythere is also enough fresh humour and exploration of parallel relationships and personae to prevent it from becoming yet another maudlinmid-marriage crisis film Even though Sridevi has to pay the price for aging by being shown as a mother and a housewife unlike male heroes in their forties who still carry on as singleton studs the fact that a dishevelled French Romeo (very much in the Hugh Grant mould) still finds her attractive injects sensuality into her otherwise rather reserved character But the moment she shrugs her shoulders and swings her hips and crinkles that snub nose with an impish grinyou know that Sridevi is back to rule the screen once moreupturning the mandate that older women actors cannot deliver at the box office Though English Vinglish is not a film for the masses and is made for the multiplexes and the NRI audienceit is doing fairly well with both those who remember the superstar and those seeing her for the first time on the big screen There was always something a little fey about Sridevi Even when the pariyon ki rani danced as Miss Hawa Hawaii (Mr India) more than two decades agoshe batted her eyelashes and the audience swooned On the sex goddess scaleshe was no heavyweight On the contrarylike Audrey Hepburnher allure always lay in the fact that she unconsciously owned the screenslipping into a variety of emotions as naturally as she slipped into her clothes There was no Madhuri Dixit-style choli-ke-peechhe dancing for her but she created a large following playing against most big-ticket male actors Howevereven after she disappeared post marriage to Boney Kapoorher loyal fans did not forget her and a new audience was introduced to herthanks to re-runs on television Of courseas she says nowbeing married to a producer meant she wasnt completely detached from the world of cinema only that she was enjoying her life on the other side of the screen But if there was any desire to return to the big screenit was kept under wraps till Gauri Shinde arrived with the proposal for English Vinglish The film itself might not be completely path-breakingas it has shades of films like Arth and is reminiscent of the immensely popular British TV serialMind Your Language But because it is an unpretentiousdown-to-earth production with believable characters and impeccable castingthese minor irritants fade away quite soon UndoubtedlySridevi brings the role alive through her own joy of acting and sensiblybecause she is playing a deglamourised rolethe hype surrounding the film was also toned down One hopes that the success of the film will lead to a re-packaging and return of some other mature women actors who have not been seen on the big screen for a whileand that the roles they play will be more exciting and better directed The fact that actors like Sridevi already have nostalgic star powera curiosity factor as well as an olderextremely loyal audience attached to themshould push producers towards these projects Even Hollywood has recognised the power of the grey audience and its recent well-received presentation Hope Springsin which Meryl Streep plays a conservative married housewife who tries to seduce her bored husbandshows that the drama of ordinary lives can make interesting mainstream cinema While Sridevis successful foray might bring on a barrage of female-friendly films with older women in the lead rolethe only difficulty is that this will be a tough act to follow Even the younger actresses just past their prime (according to Bollywood pundits) better take another look at their present portfolios Just being Preity Zinta or Rani Mukherji or Kajol might not be enough: Sridevi has just broken through the ceilingwill those following behind be able to catch up Desai is the author of Darlingji: The True Love Story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 20 2017 7:31 pm Irfan Pathan responded to the trolls with a message of “love” (Source: Twitter) Related News Irfan Pathan had recently run into the internet’s self appointed guardians of religion when he posted an image with his wife The image was that of Irfan with his wife who had a her hands covering her face Among the many comments that came from those offended included those who said that wearing nail polish as Safa Baig had put There were also other comments that ridiculed Safa for not wearing a full hijab and “exposing” parts of her arms and face There were even a few that compared a woman without hijab to that of a dirty candy without a cover There were also comments that slammed those posting negative comments and commending the couple Irfan is always known to be a good humoured person In keeping with that persona Irfan responded to the trolls by putting that image once again this time with the caption “Kuch to log kahenge logo ka kaam hai kehna but always #love #travel” said the pacer Kuch to log kahenge logo ka kaam hai kehna but always #love #travel pictwittercom/aERzXr0g2j — Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 17 July 2017 Irfan ensured that his message was heard loud and clear when he posted another tweet that said “I repeat 🙂 If there is more love than hate I think we are doing alright #spreadlove” I repeat 🙂 If there is more love than hate I think we are doing alright #spreadlove pictwittercom/oEHsXqkEI4 — Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) 19 July 2017 Irfan is only one of the many sportsperson who has had to deal with trolls on social media asking them to stay true to their religion Mohammad Shami has repeatedly had comments on his images with his family in which the chief complaint seemed to be his wife’s attire For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Mehak Arora | New Delhi | Published: May 23 2017 8:30 pm Yeh Hai Mohabbatein 23rd May 2017 full episode written update: Ishita tells Aaliya that Adi didn’t want to lose her and he was forced to marry in Haryana Top News Ishita starts crying and asks Raman to stop the wedding She says Aaliya should know the truth Raman says let the rituals get over then they will tell the truth to Aaliya Ishita continues the melodrama and says she is not a good mother because his son couldn’t tell the truth to her Raman tells her that the marriage has been annulled and it was a forced one but Ishita says Adi is so irresponsible that he has left an innocent girl alone in this city Raman makes her swear by her upbringing and himself and somehow convinces her to stay quiet till the wedding is over They both come downstairs There Romi tries to explain the situation to the judge but he calls Adi a fraud Romi grabs his neck and tries to hit him The watchmen and a waiter stop him and the judge leaves At the mandap rituals begin Ishita keeps on thinking how can she let her love for Adi belittle the truth The priest asks them the importance of the third phera and explains that the husband and wife should remain true to each other when Ishita shouts and asks them to stop She holds Aalia’s hand and takes her to the room where tells her that she must know one thing about Adi before she gets married to him Ishita tells her that Adi is already married Aaliya is all stunned listening to this Ishita tells her that Adi didn’t want to lose her and he was forced to marry in Haryana Also read |Yeh Hai Mohabbatein 22nd May 2017 full episode written update: Raman and Ishita get to know that Adi is married to Roshni There Shagun creates a scene and says she wants to know why Ishita has done this Shagun says everyone trusts Ishita blindly and what she has done is not right Shagun goes to the room where Ishita and Aaliya are and everyone follows her Shagun asks Aaliya what the matter is but Aaliya doesn’t say a word Mani also tries to know the matter out of Aaliya but she sits there all shocked Adi also comes in the room and tries to ask Aaliya and puts his hand on her shoulder when Aaliya stands up and throws his hand away and yells “No” She holds the garland in Adi’s neck and asks why did he lie to her Shagun asks what is she talking about Aaliya yells that he is already married and cries more For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published: May 19 2017 1:37 am The AAP had won a thumping majority in the 2015 Assembly elections — with one of its top two agendas being the provision 20 kilolitres of free water per month to every household Top News Even as the political blamegame between sacked Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continues NGO Praja Foundation’s white paper could unwittingly provide support to the AAP leadership which has been claiming that Mishra was sacked because of the numerous complaints related to water scarcity The report has found that the number of civic complaints on water supply increased by 51 per cent from 15 lakh in 2015 to 227 lakh in 2016 It also mentions however that MLAs only raised 23 and 30 issues on it in 2015 and 2016 respectively The top AAP leadership had defended their actions against Mishra saying that his performance was “not upto the mark” The AAP had won a thumping majority in the 2015 Assembly elections — with one of its top two agendas being the provision 20 kilolitres of free water per month to every household Zone-wise data made available in the paper reveals how even in areas where the problem was acute the issue wasn’t raised enough by MLAs and councillors In Rural Narela for example complaints of water supply increased from 3155 in 2015 to 9436 in 2016 However the MLA did not raise the issue even once in those two years Councillors too raised the issue only thrice in 2015 and only once in 2016 Similarly in Karol Bagh while water supply-related complaints increased from 7897 in 2015 to 10540 in 2016 the MLA did not raise the issue even once in 2016 and only four times in 2015 It’s only in the City Zone that such complaints reduced from 2844 in 2015 to 1709 in 2016 but here too the MLA did not raise the issue either in 2015 or 2016 For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Published: September 1 2017 10:38 am Lucas Perez had the best spell of his career at Deportivo scoring 17 league goals in the 2015-16 campaign (Source: Reuters) Top News Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has returned to his former club Deportivo La Coruna on loan for the rest of the season the Liga side announced on Thursday after a brief and disappointing spell in the Premier League for the Spaniard Perez had the best spell of his career at Deportivo scoring 17 league goals in the 2015-16 campaign leading to a 20 million euros ($2381 million) move to Arsenal after spells with Ukraine clubs Dynamo Kiev and Karpaty Lviv and Greek side PAOK Salonica He had an underwhelming time at Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side however making two league starts although he did score seven goals in 21 appearances in all competitions “Deportivo would like to thanks Arsenal for working with their Deportivo counterparts over the last few days to allow Lucas to wear blue and white again for the remainder of this season” said a statement from the Liga side who welcomed the locally born striker back for a third stint at the club A statement from Arsenal added: “Among the highlights of Lucas’s time with us last season are his wonderful volley away to Bournemouth in January and his hat-trick in our Champions’ League victory over Basel We all wish Lucas well for his time with Deportivo this coming season” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 7 2017 6:07 am Top News Delhi Police have arrested a 38-year-old alleged paedophile for trying to kidnap a four-year-old minor girl Monday morning when she was playing outside her home in outer Delhi’s Vijay Vihar According to police initial investigation revealed that in the last seven years he was allegedly involved in around five sexual assault cases but he was arrested in only two He was also arrested for allegedly carrying illicit liquor Police are questioning him and trying to identify more victims Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) M N Tiwari said the accused has been identified as Naresh a resident of Vijay Vihar “After sustained interrogation the accused told police that he is a bootlegger and had previously been involved in two cases of similar acts in 2007 and 2013” Tiwari said On the basis of the victim’s complaint a case was registered under sections of the POCSO Act “The accused confessed to his crime during interrogation We are verifying the facts” Tiwari said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: July 3 2017 6:35 am PV Sindhu is currently ranked fifth in the world and has also won bronze medals at the Championship in 2013 and 2014 respectively (Source: File) Top News India’s Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu said on Sunday that her focus is on the upcoming World Championship in Glasgow and she is working hard with her coaches to produce best possible results in the tournament “It (World Championship next month) is a big event I am looking forward to it and working hard for the tournament It is not going to be easy I have to be at my best” Sindhu said while speaking to PTI Sindhu is currently ranked fifth in the world and has also won bronze medals at the Championship in 2013 and 2014 She picked up the pace from the time in Rio 2016 where she became the first Indian to win an Olympic Silver medal and has gone on to win two Super Series titles – Indian Open and China Open But Sindhu knows that with big glories come bigger responsibilities “Of course life has changed after Rio Winning a silver medal was a huge moment for me It has come with a lot of responsibilities I am expected to win (more) these days I have to work hard and keep doing well in the tournaments ahead” she told PTI On being asked about coach P Gopichand Sindhu said”I am lucky to have got to work with a coach like Gopi Sir (P Gopichand) I have been associated with him for several years I and the other players have to be thankful to him for his guidance The infrastructure is very good and the arrival of Indonesian coaches (Mulyo Handoyo and Hariawan) has been of great help” Sindhu praised the performances of Indian male shuttlers as Kidambi Srikanth clinched two Super Series titles in Indonesia and Australia and B Sai Praneeth won his first Super Series title in Singapore “The men (shuttlers) have been doing very well getting great results They have been working very hard with the Indonesian coaches and that is paying off In the years to come many more strong players will emerge in mens section” Sindhu who came for a promotional event said She also feels that Indians performing well globally is a really good sign for the future of Indian Badminton “Badminton has witnessed a spurt in recent times and the Indians doing well at the global level is a positive sign The good work done by the players and coaches is bearing fruit” Lastly on being asked about Saina and her rivalry she concluded saying”When we play matches we are rivals Off the court we are friends She trains in Bengaluru and me in Hyderabad We have our individual styles and try to win when we meet in a match” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top News ? This is the same person who had enrolled in a gym at Kumbharwada, ATS chief Rakesh Maria said on Friday Usuallymembership in this gym is not given without any introduction and our verification is on in this regard We have seized gym register There does not appear to be any complicity on the part of the gymwhich seems to be genuine Howeverjust as in the case of the Kumbharwada gymthe accused had not submitted his photograph to this gym too?
Rs 10 lakh and Rs 8 lakh,while the gold, Mani calls Raman and says that he is upset about the bachelor party. a home investor group. In case of time overrun due to the reasons which are beyond the control of the promoters the projects may be re-assessed and the project cost may be refixed accordingly also needs to be seriously considered for adoption, (Source: Reuters) Top News Russia won praise on Saturday for a successful World Cup warm-up tournament,World number 51 Shapovalov, (Source: Reuters) Related News Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi believes the current Canadian team is far superior than the Czech Republic team that beat India 4-1 in New Delhi in play-offs 2015. 2017 3:18 am Waqarunissa Ansari Top News After a decade with the Congress,its fate will not be different from its proposer?
Some doctors sustained minor injuries when security personnel used lathis and water cannons to disperse them from Shaheed Smarak. That is why it is taking time, said a BJP leader New teamsCongress announced its new executive committeeNCP declared its new team for the city unit which was placed under the leadership of Vandana Chavan For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related News Bangladesh,flight from Bangkok which landed in emergency conditions in Delhi yesterday following a bomb scare, rather than hate groups ?” was the cause of the departures “Some of the folks that will leave they’re leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside” the United States he said as he seemed to double down on his earlier comments Trump also assailed the CEOs who left on Twitter as “grandstanders” and said he had plenty of executives available to take their place The president added that he believes economic growth in the US will heal its racial divide But the parade of departing leaders from the informal panel seems closely linked to how the president responded to events that led to the death of a counter-protester that opposed the white supremacists Among those who’ve left are the chief executives for Merck Under Armour and Intel and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing Alliance president Scott Paul in a tweet said simply “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do” Within minutes of the tweet yesterday calls to Paul’s phone were being sent to voicemail Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon joined the chorus saying in a note Monday to employees “(We) too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists” But McMillon whose business has customers on all sides of the political spectrum plans to stay on a separate Trump advisory panel and said that the president’s follow-up remarks on Monday that named white supremacists were a step in the right direction Corporate leaders have been willing to work with Trump on taxes trade and reducing regulations but they’ve increasingly found themselves grappling with cultural and social tensions amid his lightning rod-style of leadership The CEOs who left the council quickly faced his wrath while those who have stayed have said it’s important to speak with the president on economic issues Like several other corporate leaders Alex Gorsky chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson said that intolerance and racism have no place in US society but that he intended to stay on the manufacturing council “We must engage if we hope to change the world and those who lead it” he said in a statement A White House official downplayed the importance of the manufacturing council and a separate policy and strategy forum featuring corporate leaders The official who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations said the panels were informal rather than a set body of advisers The departures the official said were unlikely to hurt the administration’s plans to overhaul taxes and regulations Many corporate leaders have faced a lose-lose scenario in which any choice involving politics can alienate customers not to mention a US president who has shown a willingness to personally negotiate government contracts Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier one of only four African-Americans leading a Fortune 500 company was the first to tender his resignation Monday He was assailed almost immediately by Trump on Twitter Then came resignations from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and then Intel CEO Brian Krzanich On Under Armour’s Facebook page Yesterday customers who supported Trump threatened to boycott the athletic clothier Austan Goolsbee the former chief economist for President Barack Obama said the departures suggest the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville could alienate those who work for the companies and those who buy the products and services that they sell “It’s certainly a sign that Trump’s more controversial stuff isn’t playing well with companies selling to middle America” said Goolsbee now a professor at the University of Chicago There had already been departures from two major councils created by the Trump administration that were tied to its policies Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from the manufacturing council in June and two other advisory groups to the president after the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement Walt Disney Co Chairman and CEO Bob Iger resigned for the same reason from the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum The manufacturing jobs council had 28 members initially but it has shrunk since it was formed earlier this year as executives retire are replaced or as with Frazier Musk Plank Paul and Krzanich resign So far the majority of CEOs and business leaders that are sitting on the two major federal panels are condemning racism but say they want to keep their seats at the table “Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unwavering and we will remain active champions for these efforts” said a spokesman for Campbell Soup for CEO Denise Morrison “We believe it continues to be important for Campbell to have a voice and provide input on matters that will affect our industry our company and our employees in support of growth” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg also will remain So will Michael Dell the head of his namesake computer company Both companies contract with the government Lawrence Summers once the chief economist at the World Bank and senior Treasury official wondered when more business leaders will distance themselves from Trump “After this weekend I am not sure what it would take to get these CEOs to resign” he tweeted “Demonising ethnic groups That has happened” For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Associated Press | Bangkok | Published: June 21 2014 12:07 pm President Barack Obama has 90 days to determine whether to apply sanctions Related News Thailand says it is disappointed with a decision by the US State Department to blacklist it for its failure to do enough to fight human trafficking But the Southeast Asian country vowed it would continue to fight the scourge The United States on Friday released its assessment of how governments around the world have performed in fighting the flesh trade and other forms of exploitative labor The report lowered Thailand to its lowest ranking “tier 3” President Barack Obama has 90 days to determine whether to apply sanctions The downgrade could exact a reputational cost on Thailand’s lucrative seafood and shrimp industries Sihasak Phuangketkeow permanent secretary of Thailand’s foreign affairs ministry told reporters Saturday in Bangkok that Thailand had stepped up its struggle to combat trafficking For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 4 2012 6:35 am Related News In the wake of no checks being conducteda piece of land in Manimajra has been taken over by scrap dealers The residents of the area rue that due to the presence of scrap dealersthe surroundings have an unkempt look Repeated representations made by the residents to the officials have gone unheard The market of the scrap dealers has grown in size over a period of time While polythene bags are banned in the citythese are present in abundance in the area with the scrap dealers segregating the garbage here The plot of land that has been occupied by the scrap dealers is near farm houses and a market Labourers have set up huts in the area and are living there In the absence of water supply and sewerage systemthe surroundings are filthy and there is a lack of hygienic conditions H S Johlan area resident says?” The president denied that his original statement about the violence in Virginia on Saturday saying “many” sides were to blame, a 25-year-old businessman from Vasai. Related News Former Disney star Demi Lovato feels she has had an easier time growing up in limelight as compared to Miley Cyrus as she went to rehab. Louis reached similar outcomes last year ?” issuing awards of $72 million $ 701 million and $ 55 million for a combined total of $ 3076 million Goodrich said the company is preparing for additional trials in the US and will continue to defend the product’s safety For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Berlin | Published: August 20 2017 4:14 pm In this Tuesday May 23 2017 photo a young Turkish artist sits on a bench during an interview with The Associated Press in Berlin (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Top News The Turkish judge sits in a busy cafe in a big German city Thirteen months ago he was a respected public servant in his homeland Now he is heartbroken and angry over the nightmarish turn of events that brought him here The day after a 2016 coup attempt shook Turkey he was blacklisted along with thousands of other judges and prosecutors The judge smiles sadly as he recounts hiding at a friend’s home hugging his crying son goodbye and paying smugglers to get him to safety “I’m very sad I had to leave my country” he said asking for his name and location to be withheld out of fear that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government might track him down “But at least I’m safe and out of Erdogan’s reach He cannot hurt me anymore” Germany has become the top destination for political refugees from Turkey since the failed July 15 2016 coup Some 5742 Turkish citizens applied for asylum here last year more than three times as many as the year before according to the Interior Ministry Another 3000 Turks have requested protection in Germany this year The figures include people fleeing a long-simmering conflict in the Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey but the vast majority belong to a new class of political refugees: diplomats civil servants military members academics artists journalists and anti-Erdogan activists accused of supporting the coup With many of them university-educated and part of the former elite “their escape has already turned into a brain-drain for Turkey” said Caner Aver a researcher at the Center for Turkish Studies and Integration Research in Essen Germany is a popular destination because it’s already home to about 35 million people with Turkish roots and has been more welcoming of the new diaspora than other Western nations Aver said “Some of the highly qualified people also try getting to the US and Canada because most speak English not German But it’s just much harder to get there” Aver said “Britain has always been popular but less so now because of Brexit” Comparable figures for post-coup asylum requests from Turks were not available for other countries More than 50000 people have been arrested in Turkey and 110000 dismissed from their jobs for alleged links to political organizations the government has categorized as terror groups or to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen Ankara blames the Muslim cleric a former Erdogan ally for the coup attempt Gulen denies the claim The true number of recent Turkish arrivals to Germany exceeds official asylum requests Many fleeing academics artists and journalists came on scholarships from German universities or political foundations Some got in via relatives Others entered with visas obtained before the failed coup The judge a slim man in his 30s with glasses arrived illegally by paying thousands of euros to cross from Turkey to Greece on a rubber dinghy and then continuing on to Germany Two other Turks in Germany — an artist who asked for anonymity fearing repercussions for her family back home and a journalist sentenced to prison in absentia — also spoke of ostracism and flight Ismail Eskin the journalist left Turkey just before he was sentenced to 3 years in prison on terrorism-related charges The 29-year-old worked for the Ozgur Gundem newspaper and the Kurdish news agency Dicle Haber Ajansi until the government shut them down shortly after the failed coup Eskin tried to write for different online news sites but the Turkish government blocked them too He reluctantly decided to leave when the situation became unbearably difficult for journalists — about 160 are now in jail “I kept changing places to avoid being arrested and I hid that I was a journalist” Eskin said chain-smoking at a Kurdish immigrants’ center He hasn’t applied for asylum but is studying German — an acknowledgment he might be here to stay The judge said he “never supported any kind of coup” and had no connection to the Gulen movement but took hurriedly packed a few belongings and went to a friend’s place after learning he was among more than 2000 judges and prosecutors being investigated A few hours later police searched his apartment and took his computer His wife and children had been out of town during the coup attempt While he was in hiding his wife was told she had 15 days to move out Friends and relatives stopped talking to her After several months he chose to leave “Since there’s no independent justice in Turkey anymore I would have been exposed to injustice maybe be tortured if I had surrendered” he said He sold his car and paid 8500 euros ($9910) to a smuggler for a December boat trip to a Greek island From there he flew to Italy and on to Germany He brought his wife son and daughter to join him a few weeks later The number of Turkish citizens fleeing to Germany has complicated the already tense relations between Ankara and Berlin Accusing Germany of harboring terrorists Turkey has demanded the extradition of escaped Turkish military officers and diplomats At least 221 diplomats 280 civil servants and their families have applied for asylum Germany says Along with refusing to comply with the extradition requests Germany has lowered the bar for Turkish asylum-seekers — those given permission to remain increased from 8 percent of applicants last year to more than 23 percent in the first half of 2017 Some Turkish emigres have started building new lives in exile The artist from Istanbul lost her university job in graphic design before the 2016 coup because she was one of more than 1000 academics who triggered Erdogan’s ire by signing a “declaration for peace” in Turkey She went to Berlin on a university scholarship in September not long after the attempted coup In February she discovered she’d been named a terror group supporter and her Turkish passport was invalidated “Now I’m forced into exile but that’s better than to be inside the country” the woman in her early 30s said The artist said she’s doing fine in Berlin She enrolled at a university and has had her work exhibited at a small gallery Yet with her family still in Turkey some days the enormity of the change weighs on her “In the winter I was so homesick” she said “I really felt like a foreigner in my veins and in my bones” For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Associated Press | Berlin | Updated: February 17 2015 4:51 pm The Monday Feb 16 2015 photo shows protestors of the anti-Islamic Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) alliance gather at a demonstration in front of the Church of our Lady and hold up German flags in Dresden Germany (AP Photo/dpa Sebastian Kahnert) Related News What happened to Germany’s anti-Islam movement PEGIDA After bursting into the limelight last year with weekly rallies that drew first hundreds then tens of thousands the group appears to have lost momentum A month ago 25000 marched through the eastern city of Dresden brandishing signs that read “stop multiculturalism” and “Islam doesn’t belong to Germany” Monday’s protest against the perceived “Islamization of the West” attracted little over 4000 people according to police The drop can be explained in part by the disgrace of co-founder Lutz Bachmann who stepped down after social media posts emerged showing him insulting foreigners and posing as Adolf Hitler — a scandal that caused a split in the movement Share This Article Related Article But experts say that PEGIDA supporters may also be cowed by the sustained criticism they’ve face from German media churches and politicians — right up to Chancellor Angela Merkel — suggesting that lower attendance figures don’t necessarily mean the movement has gone away FILE – In this Dec 15 2014 file photo thousands of participants of a rally called ‘Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West’ (PEGIDA) gather in Dresden eastern Germany “The danger is that the sympathizers will withdraw further from mainstream politics and wait for the opportunity to use an election to express their real feelings” said Werner J Patzelt a political scientist at the Technical University Dresden He added that the underlying issues which caused Germans to flock to PEGIDA’s Monday marches and even more so its Facebook page haven’t disappeared One of the few political parties to support PEGIDA is Alternative for Germany — which won seats in state legislatures in the eastern regions of Brandenburg Thuringia and Saxony last year On Sunday this fledgling force in German politics entered its first state legislature in the west of the country taking 61 percent of the vote Known as AfD the party has fostered a socially conservative image with tough talk on crime and immigration The party appeals to voters who feel abandoned by Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic bloc which has gradually relaxed its opposition to issues such as dual-citizenship for immigrants and gay adoption Those who fear publicly showing their support for PEGIDA may now simply vote for AfD said Patzelt “They may establish themselves as a party to the right of the Christian Democrats” he said “And that would significantly change the domestic political game” Critics of PEGIDA say its open opposition to immigration has had another alarming effect: During the three months from October to December when protests were doubling in size by the week the number of far-right attacks against asylum seeker homes and refugees doubled compared to previous quarters “It’s obvious that neo-Nazis feel encouraged to paint swastikas and commit arson by the mood that angry citizens on the right have created” said Left party lawmaker Ulla Jelpke Officials in Dresden have been holding town hall meetings in an attempt to cool that anger and show they are taking voters’ concerns seriously But one question they’ve been unable to answer is how to deal with the soaring number of refugees coming to Germany Last year there were 173072 new asylum applications in the country — almost twice as many as the previous year and five times as many as in 2004 Many happen to be Muslims fleeing conflicts in Syria Iraq and Afghanistan While Germany needs immigration to make up for its dwindling workforce few of those applying for asylum come with the necessary skills or cultural background to fit seamlessly into German society — particularly in the east where fear of Islam is strongest “Immigration itself is not the problem but the lack of political will to steer this immigration and bring about integration” said Patzelt For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Chicago | Updated: December 26 2016 10:16 pm Madori Griffin who says her car was snowed in makes her way through an intersection while walking to work in the intensive care unit of Sanford Hospital early Monday Dec 26 2016 in Bismarck ND (Source: Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP) Top News Travel conditions remained hazardous as a winter storm swept across much of the northern Great Plains Monday with blowing and drifting snow creating near-zero visibility on some roads The combination of freezing rain snow and high winds that forced the shutdown Sunday of vast stretches of highways in the Dakotas continued into Monday morning and authorities issued no-travel warnings for much of North Dakota Watch what else is in the news The storm also has caused widespread power outages in the Dakotas Nebraska and western Iowa The South Dakota Rural Electric Association said more than 12000 of its customers were without power Monday morning In Nebraska winds gusting up to 70 mph were cited for hundreds of power outages in central and eastern portions of the state on Sunday although by Monday morning utilities reported that power had been restored to most customers “Between the ice and snow and winds howling like crazy there will be nothing moving” until late afternoon Monday said National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gust in Grand Forks North Dakota “Then it’s dig-out time” Gust’s advice to travelers: “Stay put” The weather service office in Bismarck North Dakota predicted snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches in western parts of the state and thunderstorms in the central region The North Dakota Transportation Department closed most of a 240-mile stretch of Interstate 94 Sunday night from the Montana border to Jamestown That stretch remained closed Monday morning Portions of US Highways 2 52 and 281 were also closed because of snow ice and “near zero visibility” Motorists who drive past the roadblocks can be fined up to $250 No-travel advisories were issued for much of North Dakota including the Williston Dickinson Minot Bismarck Jamestown Valley City and Grand Forks areas Authorities in South Dakota shut down Interstate 90 from the Wyoming border to Chamberlain — a distance of about 260 miles And the Rapid City Fire Department sent out its special tracked vehicle for the first time this season to help stranded motorists east of Rapid City Icy conditions in Aberdeen South Dakota prompted the Brown County Sheriff’s Office to issue a no travel advisory Aberdeen was also under a weather service flash flood warning after rain and snowmelt flooded major intersections in the city The weather service warned anyone who “must travel” on icy roads in central Minnesota to have an extra flashlight food and water For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top News(Reuters File Photo) 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