Will uproot Modi govt. before it completes term, says Lalu

first_imgStung by a series of scam charges and Income Tax raids against his family members, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday declared that he would uproot the Narendra Modi government at the Centre “before it completes its five-year term.” He also accused the BJP of conspiring to tarnish his image through I-T raids and making “frivolous allegations” against his sons and daughter.“Listen, BJP/RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation… Get this straight… don’t you dare threaten me,” tweeted Lalu Prasad. ‘Where’s the proof?’ On the recent Income Tax raids against his family members and others in connection with several “dubious” land deals, Mr. Prasad’s second tweet asked: “Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…Chapa…kiska Chapa? Kisko Chapa? Chapa to hum marenge 2019 mein…Main dusron ka hausla digata hun, mera kaun digayega (Raid…Raid… Raid… whose raid? Who is being raided? … I’ll do a raid in 2019…I make others nervous, who will make me nervous?). Mr. Prasad asked the media to name the 22 places where Income Tax officials had conducted raids. “How did they [the media] report without any verification or evidence,” he asked. Speaking to a select group of journalists in Patna, the RJD chief said the Modi government had completed three years. “But it’s not going to complete its full five-year term… The BJP has been conspiring to tarnish Lalu’s reputation… How can my family and I become super rich and others remain paupers .. It’s all part of a political conspiracy.” Mr. Prasad said he, his wife and two sons had been filing I-T returns and had also submitted affidavits on their assets to the Election Commission. “It’s all in the public domain.” Mr. Prasad said Mr. Modi was trying to divide the country. “But we won’t let him divide the country … I’m standing rock solid in their path.” Pan-India campaignThe RJD chief said he had called a “BJP bhagao, Desh bachao” rally in Patna on August 27. “I have invited top leaders of all non-BJP parties to my grand rally…leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi, H.D. Deve Gowda, Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee and Karunanidhi will attend the rally from where we will launch a pan-India campaign to uproot them [BJP] from the Centre,” Mr. Prasad said.He also raised the issues of beef ban and the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “Modi talks about beef ban, but in the last three years India has been the largest exporter of beef… In Kashmir, bodies of soldiers are being mutilated every day…Are these the real achievements of the Modi government?”last_img read more

Operation CricketGate: Big controversies that hit Indian cricket in the past

first_imgOperation CricketGate is only the latest in the last two decades of a slew of dirty episodes in Indian cricket.In a major expose, India Today TV caught Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar on camera, promising a 340-run surface for the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team.Here’s a look back at all the controversies of the last two decades.1999: MATCH-FIXING SCANDALWhen South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, admitted to fixing international matches it rocked the world of cricket. It’s shock waves were felt here in India as well with Manoj Prabhakar blamed a lot of cricketers. An inquiry zeroed in on Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Dinesh Mongia, Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar himself.2013: SPOT-FIXING SCANDALIndian international Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, along with domestic cricketers Ajit Chadilia and Aneeket Chavan were detained and questioned by the Delhi Police on allegations of spot fixing during an Indian Premier League match. The controversy also saw two team owners Raj Kundra of Rajasthan Royals and Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings, getting banned for life for betting. While, the three cricketers were also banned for life by the BCCI, legal charges were dropped by the Bombay High Court.2008: SLAPGATEadvertisementThe very first season of the Indian Premier League saw one it’s most talked-about incidents as Sreeshanth acqused Harbhajan Singh of slapping him on the field after the Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians. The Preity Zinta owned Punjab franchise submitted an official complain and even though both players subsequently tried to play down the incident, Harbhajan was banned for the remainder of the season.2010: LALITGATEIndian Premier League Chairman, Lalit Modi was sacked by the BCCI on charges of corruption. The flamboyant BCCI official subsequently left the country and has been living in the UK facing an ED probe. he has since left cricket management altogether.And here is a run-down of everything that transpired after India Today’s sting operation on the Pune pitch curator:MCA president promises strict action after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorWho is Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar? No stranger to accusations of pitch doctoringBCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary ‘shocked’ after India Today expose on Pune pitch curatorJust to fire BCCI for what Pune pitch curator has done is not correct: Ganguly to India TodayCoA reacts to India Today’s Operation CricketGate: ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’Ban Pune pitch curator, demands Mohammad Azharuddin after India Today sting operationIndia Today Impact: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar barred from entering stadiumIndia-New Zealand 2nd ODI will not be called off, sources confirm India Today2017: TOP BCCI OFFICIALS SACKED Earlier this year, the Supreme Court sacked Anurag Thakur as the President of the BCCI and ordered to issue an unconditional apology for trying to undermine the authority of the apex court in the country. He was accused of failing to implement the Lodha reforms and also for obstructing the implementation of the Supreme Court order.last_img read more

Wales 16-19 South Africa: Rugby World Cup player ratings

first_img Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Faf de Klerk celebrates his side winning a penalty to end the match. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images South AfricaWillie le Roux A bit of a scratchy display from a great talent and looked a bit vulnerable. 5Sbu Nkosi Exposed for the Adams try and never asked any questions of Welsh defence. 5Lukhanyo Am Good in defence but unable to display many of his attacking skills. 6Damian de Allende England will be wary of the centre’s power. Easily the pick of the Bok backs. 8Makazole Mapimpi Cut through the Japanese defence but unable to get any ball out wide this time. 6Handré Pollard The match-winner with his place-kicking and break for the try. Very influential. 8Faf de Klerk Made a couple of errors but always a livewire threat around the fringes. 7Tendai Mtawarira Decision to replace front row early on was odd given his strong display. 6Bongi Mbonambi Will come under pressure for starting spot from Malcolm Marx but tidy. 6Frans Malherbe Scrummaged powerfully and very solid in the setpiece. 6Lood de Jager Has had an impressive tournament and very strong in the setpiece. 7Eben Etzebeth Good in the lineout as usual but not one of the lock’s best displays. 6Siya Kolisi South Africa’s captain led by example with a powerful and unflashy 68 minutes. 7Pieter-Steph du Toit The flanker got through a monumental amount of work. Their best forward. 9Duane Vermeulen The No 8 made more carries than any South African forward. Very strong. 7Replacements Malcolm Marx (for Mbonambi, 47) 6, Steven Kitshoff (for Mtawarira, 47) 6, Vincent Koch (for Malherbe, 47) 6, R G Snyman (for Etzebeth, 52), 7, Franco Mostert (for De Jager, 58) 6, Frans Steyn (for Le Roux, 68) 5, Francois Louw (for Kolisi, 68) 7. Share on Twitter Wales rugby union team Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup Topics Share on Facebook South Africa rugby teamcenter_img Twitter Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. WalesLeigh Halfpenny Showed no sign of rust after stepping in for Liam Williams. Very sound. 7George North His departure just before the break was a huge blow. Had looked a real threat. 5Jonathan Davies Wales missed his attacking nous against France. Good defensive organiser. 6Hadleigh Parkes Had work cut out with De Allende and made numerous tackles. 6Josh Adams His sixth try in the World Cup was a gem. Always a danger in attack. 7Dan Biggar Tackled bravely and kicked astutely before being replaced by Patchell. 8Gareth Davies Failed to win duel with Faf de Klerk and replaced early on by Williams. 6Wyn Jones A couple of significant turnovers and powerful at the breakdown. 6Ken Owens Another powerful display against the strong Bok scrum. Unyielding. 7Tomas Francis His loss was another massive blow to the power of the scrum. 5Jake Ball Made few carries but tackled hard before being replaced by Beard. 5Alun Wyn Jones His brave decision to go for a scrum rather than penalty deserved more. 7Aaron Wainwright Not as influential as last week but good defensive shift. 6Justin Tipuric Unobtrusive but hard-working display. Has been outstanding in back row. 6Ross Moriarty Recovered from horrible mid-air collision and carried with intent. 7Replacements Dillon Lewis (for Francis, 35) 5, Owen Watkin (for North, 39) 5, Tomos Williams (for G Davies, 47) 7, Rhys Carré (for Wyn Jones, 56) 6, Rhys Patchell (for Biggar, 58) 6, Adam Beard (for Ball, 59) 6, Aaron Shingler (for Wainwright, 68) 6, Elliot Dee (for Owens, 72) 5. Since you’re here… features Rugby union Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this content Facebook last_img read more

Damen Shiprepair Curaçaos Floating Docks Up and Running

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu) commissioned its floating D-dock on November 22, making both of its floating docks operational.Following the mooring of D-dock to its moorings on November 16th, final tests were carried out and D-dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed, ready for the first visiting vessel the Jara. The vessel is a Damen ASD Tug 3110 (L 30.82m x W 9.40m x D 4.08m) owned by Citgo Aruba.The commissioning of the D-dock comes weeks after the company put into operations its Panamax C-dock, measuring 230 x 45 metres.Both C and D docks arrived jointly at the Caribbean island of Curaçao on 30th April, 2018 and are part of a USD 40 million investment program at DSCu, following its takeover by Damen in 2017.The yard now has four drydocks, two graving and two floating docks.                                                               Image Courtesy: DamenImage and Video Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more