Windies fall short in ODI thriller against Sri Lanka

first_img Triumphant end Extras (lb3, w9) 12 TOTAL (8 wkts, 26 overs) 159 Did not bat: J Taylor, S Narine. Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Charles, 1.3 overs), 2-13 (Fletcher, 3.3), 3-24 (Samuels, 7.5), 4-42 (Carter, 15.1), 5-100 (Russell, 21.2), 6-113 (Bravo, 22.4), 7-130 (Brathwaite, 24.1), 8-159 (Holder, 26) Bowling: Malinga 6-1-20-0 (w1), Lakmal 5-0-15-3 (w2), Senanayake 5-0-25-0, Jayasuriya 3-0-15-1, Mendis 4-0-46-2 (w1), Mathews 3-0-35-1 (w1). SRI LANKA (target: 163 runs from 26 overs) +K Perera run out 14 T Dilshan c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 59 L Thirimanne c wkp Ramdin b Brathwaite 17 *A Mathews c Carter b Taylor 13 D Gunathilaka b Narine 12 M Siriwardana c Brathwaite b Narine 7 S Jayasuriya b Narine 0 S Senanayake b Carter 7 A Mendis not out 21 L Malinga lbw b Carter 0 S Lakmal not out 1 Extras (lb3, w8, nb2) 13 TOTAL (9 wkts, 24.5 overs) 164 Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Perera, 4.5 overs), 2-89 (Thirimanne, 10.2), 3-104 (Dilshan, 12.5), 4-120 (Mathews, 15.4), 5-132 (Siriwardana, 18.1), 6-132 (Jayasuriya, 18.3), 7- 133 (Gunathilaka, 19), 8-152 (Senanayake, 23.3), 9-152 (Malinga, 23.4). Result: Sri Lanka won by one wicket. Series: Sri Lanka lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Tillakaratne Dilshan. Toss: Sri Lanka. Umpires: M Gough, R Palliyaguruge; TV – R Tucker. Off the resulting free hit, Mendis ended the game emphatically shortly before to midnight, lifting Charles over the ropes to spare Sri Lanka blushes and hand them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier, West Indies recovered from a dire position of 42 for four in the 16th over to rally to 159 for eight, after they were sent in. Russell starred with a shot-filled 41, left-hander Darren Bravo got 38, while Holder gave the innings momentum late on with a cameo 36 off just 13 balls. Following a delayed start because of rain, seamer Lakmal wrecked the Windies top order to give Sri Lanka the early advantage, removing Charles (1), Andre Fletcher (3) and Marlon Samuels (2) in quick succession. Charles was trapped lbw on the crease to the ninth ball of the game, Fletcher steered an innocuous delivery to Dilshan at point in the fourth over before the out-of-form Samuels was also lbw, deceived by one that came back in the eighth over. The rains returned, resulting in a lengthy delay, with West Indies rebuilding at 40 for three after 14.2 overs with Bravo unbeaten on 19 and Carter on eight. On resumption and with the game now reduced to 26 overs, the Windies stepped on the accelerator. Carter went early without adding, but Bravo and Russell added 58 off 37 balls in a frenetic fifth wicket partnership to breathe renewed life into the innings. As he did in Thursday’s warm-up game, Russell struck the ball cleanly to count three fours and three sixes off 24 balls, while Bravo faced 58 deliveries and hit three fours and a six. Both batsmen, along with Carlos Brathwaite (9) fell in the space of 17 balls as West Indies stumbled to 130 for seven in the 25th over. But Holder ended the innings with a flourish, blasting two fours and three sixes in a rollicking knock. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES (26 overs) A Fletcher c Dilshan b Lakmal 3 J Charles lbw b Lakmal 1 DM Bravo b Mendis 38 M Samuels lbw b Lakmal 2 J Carter b Jayasuriya 8 A Russell c Gunathilaka b Mathews 41 C Brathwaite b Mendis 9 *J Holder run out 36 +D Ramdin not out 9 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC): Tail-ender Ajantha Mendis swatted part-time medium pacer Johnson Charles over long on for six to break West Indies’ hearts and hand Sri Lanka a dramatic one-wicket victory with seven balls remaining, in the rain-shortened opening one-day international here yesterday. Chasing 163 in a contest reduced to 26 overs per side because of the adverse weather at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka were cruising at 132 for four in the 19th over and seemingly well on their way to an uncomplicated victory. However, off-spinner Sunil Narine turned the game on its head when he snatched three wickets in the 19th over and part-time seamer Jonathan Carter (2-14) followed suit, capturing two wickets in the 24th, as the hosts lost five wickets for 20 runs in the space of 33 balls. With Sri Lanka tottering on 152 for nine, West Indies seemed to have the upper hand, but with seamer Andre Russell earlier restricted to just five balls because of injury, captain Jason Holder was forced to turn to Charles’ unpractised medium pace for the penultimate over and the visitors paid the price. With Sri Lanka needing 11 runs from 12 deliveries, Charles started with a wide, conceded two singles off the next four deliveries before committing the cardinal sin of bowling a front-foot no-ball off the fifth ball, from which Mendis and Suranga Lakmal (one not out) sprinted a couple.last_img read more

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LFA Honors 2014 Champions Friday

first_imgSeven football clubs from the three divisions of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) are expected to receive 11 crowns on Friday, March 20, at the Blue Field in the PHP Community, Central Monrovia at about 2:30pm.The emerging champions in the 2014 LFA National League are expected to be honored with trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes.According to statistics, defending 1st division title holder, FC BYC, will be showered with laurels, including a gigantic golden trophy, while runners-up LPRC Oilers will be medaled.For the 2nd division, FC Fassell will also be bathed with honors as the winner, while runners-up Nimba United will be medaled. Both teams have automatically qualified for Division One.The 2nd division champions FC Fassell, pseudonym, Soccer Ambassadors, will further be awarded as Knockout Champions as well as runners-up NPA Anchors.For the female division, all-time winners Earth Angel will receive a circlet as the female giants, and runners-up Senior Pro will be medaled.FC Blanco will be covered with flowers and receive a trophy as the female Knockout Champions and runners-up Earth Angel will be medaled.Also, over 10 players are expected to receive individual awards ranging from the Washington Blay’s Best Defender Award to the George M. Weah’s Most Valuable Player title.The Liberia’s football boss, Musa Bility, in his re-launched monthly press conference on Tuesday, said Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Sirleaf, Speaker J. Alex Tyler, President Pro Tempore Armah Jallah, some members of the Supreme Court Bench, the diplomatic corps, headships of political parties and some senior Liberians are expected to grace Friday’s ceremony.The official closing program of the 2014 LFA League should have been last year, but the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease deferred the ceremony to Friday, March 20, evidence of the drastically low infection rate.Meanwhile, the 11th coronet would be awarded to the winner after the game between 1st division and knockout champion, which will be played immediately after the honoring program.FC BYC is inarguably the host of the Super Cup since the Blue Field is theirs, which is unprecedented owing to the ongoing renovation of the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).The match that traditionally births the official opening of the national championship league, the LFA Super Cup, also proves who owns the land. Both sides are highly eager to prove supremacy having bowed out of the CAF competitions in a rather frustrating manner.BYC last weekend fell to their Gambian counterparts 1-0 to be eliminated from the CAF Champions league on a 2-1 aggregate, while Fassell earlier left the CAF affairs on a 3-4 aggregate to their Guinean opponents. The Liberian clubs were compared by CAF to play both legs away from home due to “Ebola.”In spite of the many months of non football activities in Liberia due the Ebola outbreak, our two clubs performed exceptionally in their outing in the CAF competitions to the delight and amazement of thousands. No doubts, similar superb and brilliant artistry of contemporary football will be seen on Friday at the Blue field.The Super Cup match will mark the official opening of the 2015 LFA National League.The league was delayed due to the outbreak of Ebola which constraint the LFA to halt all football activities in Liberia.But some football pundits say the league has also delayed because of the cooperation of the clubs on the CAF’s Club Licensing System.The minimum requirement of the CAF’s Club Licensing System include: legal documentation of the club, bank accounts, administrative structure, players’ pay structure, practice pitch, qualified coaches and a youth development program.Howbeit, Mr. Bility told newsmen on Tuesday that only FC Fassell and BYC have been cleared 100% and certified to participate in the 2015 LFA League.He added that most of the clubs are unable to meet up with the requirement and would be given provision license for a protracted period based on mutual understanding to meet up with the completion of the CAF’s Club Licensing System.The LFA boss indicated that he takes seriously the Club Licensing’s bare minimum requirements before a club is licensed to participate in the league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Breaking: High Court blocks Magistrate from hearing Singh, Brassington case

first_imgJustice Franklin Holder this morning blocked the Magistrates’ Court from hearing the charges of misconduct in public office against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington.More details in Tuesday May 22nd edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

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Mourinho slams managers turned pundits over United criticism

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho, who was cheered up by the mascots and Juan Mata at Selhurst Park, was happy with Manchester United’s victory over Crystal Palace but not criticism from pundits © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 9 – Jose Mourinho has hit out again at media pundits — including Gary Neville — for their criticism of Manchester United and star players such as Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.And the United manager suggested that their own failures in management make them unqualified to offer such views. Neville has been a repeated critic of his former club’s manager and, during United’s dramatic victory at Crystal Palace on Monday, in which they trailed 2-0 before recovering to win 3-2, did not hold back in his comments.“I’ve never seen a Jose Mourinho team as inefficient as this,” said Sky Sports television analyst Neville.“They are always efficient teams, they always do things really calmly, they are usually solid in defence.”But Mourinho responded with criticism of his own, especially in the case of Neville who had a brief, unhappy spell in charge of Spanish side Valencia.“Some of the guys with an opinion couldn’t resolve their own problems when they were managers,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday. “So they are giving opinions like they have solutions for everything but is not like that.”The former Chelsea manager added: “But they are in a position where they can give opinions about everything, sometimes I read and listen, sometimes I don’t.“This week I was more focused on enjoying Champions League and Europa League and preparing my match than focusing on opinions,” the Portuguese boss insisted.Mourinho was speaking ahead of the Premier League meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday in which he will be looking for star striker Romelu Lukaku to improve on a goalscoring record which has seen him score just one of his 23 goals against a team currently in the top 10 of the division.The United manager remains firmly impressed by the striker, however, and Lukaku revealed earlier in the week that he considers himself a “sergeant” for his manager on the field.– ‘Lukaku trust’ –“I had a laugh with him, that’s fine, he’s an important guy for me, one of the guys that I trust, I love the character,” said Mourinho.“Against Crystal Palace there was nothing that happened after our third goal but I told him ‘central defender’. So he was playing central defender in a back five with (Chris) Smalling and (Victor) Lindelof because I couldn’t make any more changes.“So when I say to the striker go there and job for me he is a sergeant. I always thought and told you many times for me it’s not just about the goals he scored but what he brings to the team and it’s that spirit.”Mourinho tried to downplay the importance of the Liverpool meeting, ahead of a vital week for his team in which they also face Sevilla in a Champions League knock-out tie and have an FA Cup quarter-final with Brighton.But he believes the atmosphere of a packed Old Trafford could be a big factor in the game.“It helps,” he said of playing at home. “At Crystal Palace, I can imagine if we are losing 2-0 and our away fans, how many? 2000? We could feel disapproval, criticism or support.“Yet 2-0 down and we only felt support and at 2-1 we felt more belief and at 2-2 we felt they want us to go for it. They can help. Old Trafford is a huge majority of Man United fans, so they can help.”Mourinho confirmed Ivory Coast Eric Bailly is fully fit and in contention to start against Liverpool, while Marouane Fellaini is back in United’s matchday squad after recovering from a knee injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GARDAI TO DIG UP SHALLOW GRAVE AS SEARCH FOR MARY BOYLE INCREASES

first_imgGardai are to excavate a shallow grave in their search for missing Donegal girl Mary Boyle.Mary was just six when she went missing at Cashelard outside Ballyshannon in 1977.Gardai have visited the lands in recent weeks where Mary was last seen as they reviewed the case. Despite being reported to Gardai on three different occasions, the area of land has yet to be dug up.Mary’s twin sister Ann said she also wants the area examined as she said she has always believed Mary was never moved from the mountain where she disappeared.In recent weeks a team of officers under Assistant Garda Commissioner Kieran Kenny have taken fresh statements into Ireland’s longest running missing person case.The Sunday World newspaper has today published a special supplement on the case. They interview the last person to see Mary alive – her uncle Gerry Gallagher.Ann said she never believed child killer Robert Black, long claimed to be linked with the case, was ever involved in Mary’s disappearance.Ann said “I believe she is on the mountain. And I am sure the truth is closer to home.”Ann said she had never heard claims about a shallow grave and the fact that it had not been searched.However, she said if there is such a location then it should be searched immediately. GARDAI TO DIG UP SHALLOW GRAVE AS SEARCH FOR MARY BOYLE INCREASES was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CashelardGardaiMARY BOYLEsearchshallow gravelast_img read more

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SEAMUS COLEMAN – “I HOPE TO GO BACK HOME AND PLAY GAELIC FOOTBALL WHEN I RETIRE”

first_imgSPORT: Seamus Coleman has yet again reiterated his love of the GAA by stating that he’d love to return to play the game when he retires from professional football. Coleman is only 26, so retirement is a long, long way off but he says he still harbours ambitions to play GAA when he finishes with football.Coleman has revealed his admiration for the sport in the past and credits the game for helping him when he first moved to Sligo Rovers from local club St Catherine’s. However, it was the lure of being able to play the game professionally which prompted Coleman to focus his concentrations on soccer and he decided to move away from the GAA at 17.Despite that decision he has never lost his love or respect for the sport and says he hopes to return home when he retires and play Gaelic for his local GAA club Killybegs.Coleman said, “‘I was a far better Gaelic player than I was a soccer player, but you are not going to make a career in Gaelic football.‘The players train like professionals but they aren’t getting paid. At 17, I decided to take soccer more seriously.’ Coleman famously moved to Everton for just €60,000 in one of the best pieces of transfer business ever done by the club.He has gone on to establish himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premiership and has earned 28 international caps.Coleman will hope he can continue to perform at the highest level for the next decade or so.Then he hopes to return home and start playing GAA again with Killybegs.‘I have a massive respect for Gaelic football and I hope I can go back and play it again. “You can play at 36 or 37 if you look after yourself.SEAMUS COLEMAN – “I HOPE TO GO BACK HOME AND PLAY GAELIC FOOTBALL WHEN I RETIRE” was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

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SA to act on workplace gender equity

first_img10 August 2010 President Jacob Zuma has called for action to address transformation in South Africa’s workplace, saying the country is not achieving the kind of gender parity required by its democratic rule. Addressing a packed Women’s Day event at East London’s Absa Stadium on Monday, Zuma pointed to a recent employment equity report, compiled by the Department of Labour, which found that transformation in the workplace, particularly in the private sector, was slow. Unless something was done urgently, he said, South Africa would struggle to achieve its set targets of workforce gender balance. “Some urgent action is required in the private sector to improve gender and race diversity at top management level,” he said, referring to the report’s finding that 63 percent of top management positions in South African companies were occupied by white men. He told the more than 5 000 people gathered to commemorate the women’s struggle in the country that legislative reforms would be put in place to deal with slow transformation. South Africa marks 9 August as national Women’s Day to honour the women who marched to the Union Buildings in protest against the apartheid government’s oppressive pass laws in 1956. Zuma heaped praise on the 20 000 women who, under the leadership of Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Sophie Williams, Amina Cachalia and Rahima Moosa, took on the might of the apartheid regime to say “enough was enough”. “They stated their resolve that they would never give up the fight until the dawn of freedom,” Zuma said. He singled out former president Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who had “kept hope alive inside the country, in the face of endless persecution by the apartheid security apparatus. Through her, we salute all women who lived in fear and persecution for years … because their husbands or family members were activists.”Women in the public sector While South Africa’s authorities admit that much that needs to be done to increase women’s representation in top management positions in the country, there has been progress made on legislative reforms since 1994 to facilitate gender equality and improved representation of women in decision-making positions. Women’s representation in Parliament jumped to 45 percent following the country’s recent elections, moving South Africa up to third place in the global women in parliament rankings behind Rwanda and Sweden, who have 56% and 47% women’s representation in their respective parliaments. The number of women ministers and deputy ministers increased from 18 percent in 1994 to 40 percent after last year’s poll. Women are also in charge of powerful portfolios in Defence, International Relations and Cooperation, Energy, Correctional Services and Home Affairs. Zuma said the country had also done well at provincial government level, with five women having emerged as Premiers, pushing the representation of women at this sphere of government to 55 percent. At the same time, he said, “a lot of work needs to be done to increase the representation of women at senior levels of the public service. At the moment, women make up an average 36 percent of senior management’. As the Labour Department survey shows, there is still under-representation of women as paid employees in general, and the challenge worsens at top management level of the private sector.Gender Equity Bill Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya wants to change these statistics with a new Gender Equity Bill which will enforce gender parity measures across all sectors. “Sixteen years into our democracy, we still have men holding 63 percent of top management positions in the private sector while African women are at less than three percent,” she said. “These are women who are faced with daily struggles of caring for their families while at the same time they compete in the labour market. They need to be competent workers while carrying the burden of unpaid, and mostly unrecognised, work within their household. “In most cases these are the women who constitute the majority of the unemployed, the poor and underdeveloped section of our society,” Mayende-Sibiya said. The minister said that if the current pace of transformation continued, it could take the country almost 40 years to attain 50-50 gender parity. “We cannot allow that,” she said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials had higher than expected yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite the heavy rains that hit the region early during the growing season this year, soybeans in the majority of test plots planted by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University still managed to beat expectations.In fact, in four of the six test sites for the 2015 Ohio Soybean Performance Test, soybeans averaged over 70 bushels per acre, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“Although this year was very unusual in the amount of rainfall that fell in June, our yields were very high — much higher than expected,” she said. “We averaged over 70 bushels per acre on some sites, with two sites averaging over 60 bushels per acre.“This shows that soybeans can overcome stress very well since they were impacted by the historic rainfall earlier in the season. It also shows that beneficial August rainfall helped to fill the seed out.”Statewide, Ohio soybean production is expected to total 239.5 million bushels this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, Great Lakes Region. In its Nov. 10 crop production report, the agency said Ohio soybean yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre.“Ohio soybean producers expect to see fairly good corn and soybean yields despite setbacks caused by excessive rains for the first half of the season,” the agency said in a statement.The results of the 2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials provide growers with the latest information on how well some conventional, Liberty Link, and Roundup Ready soybean varieties grown at six Ohio locations in Henry, Sandusky, Mercer, Marion, Preble and Clinton counties have performed this year.The test is designed to evaluate soybean varieties that were grouped, tested and analyzed by maturity both early and late, and that were sprayed with conventional herbicides, to allow for head-to-head comparisons, Lindsey said.“These performance tests provide soybean producers with comparative information to help them make informed decisions when selecting varieties best suited for their production and market,” she said. “Because soybean varieties differ in disease and insect resistance, yield potential, standability and maturity, information on how they performed can be extremely helpful for growers.“We generally recommend that farmers pick high-yielding varieties when planning their soybean crops. So we have test sites at six locations across Ohio to see how the varieties perform on a variety of soil types and growing conditions to help farmers determine the best soybean varieties for their farm.”The results show that the 2015 growing season likely turned out to be better than expected for soybean growers with well-drained fields in Ohio, Lindsey said, although she noted that yields vary across the state.last_img read more

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Congratulations! What’s Next?

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This is one post/chapter in a serialized book called Startup 101. For the introduction and table of contents, please click here.You did it all: you built a valuable venture and sold it. The contract was signed… finally! The wire transfer came through. You are wealthy. Congratulations! So, what’s next?Why even think about that ahead of time? Two reasons. First, if you think about it clearly now, you will be better positioned to know what you want when you negotiate your exit. Secondly, many people go a bit “off the rails” when they finally get to relax after years of hard venture-building. This post assumes you had a big payday; if the exit was just enough for you to pay off some debts, you’ll probably be back at work on Monday — not much else to consider.5 Tips for the Recently Cashed-InTake at least three months fully and completely off. Really switch off all electronic devices. Reconnect with friends and family. Do whatever you love doing. Recover some of the health and fitness that your years of stress and overwork undid. Only after this sabbatical will you be able to think clearly about anything.Don’t make any high-risk investments for at least a year. You may become an angel, and that’s a great thing to be: it can be fun, you can give back to the entrepreneurial community, and you may even make some money. But recently cashed-in entrepreneurs have a habit of jumping into bad deals quickly. Keep track of the deals you want, but don’t hit the “Send cash” button until you are clearer about how you want to operate as an investor. Tell all the great entrepreneurs whom you want to maintain relationships with what your game plan is, so that expectations are clear.Avoid the “Coulda, woulda, shoulda” return act. You probably had to make trade-offs in your venture because of capital constraints and/or investor pressure. Now with money and fame, you could jump back in (if the non-compete terms from your last venture permit) and show them all how it really should have been done. These often turn out to be disasters, because the motivation is unclear.Take time to evaluate the bees in your honeypot. You are suddenly on the wealth management industry’s map. A lot of folks want to help you manage that loot. Many of them are real professionals, and you will need some help. But there are also scammers and people who simply don’t add any real value. Take your time.Re-connect with a long-lost passion. This may take you completely away from business. Or it may point you to your next venture.(Photo credit: danesparza.)center_img bernard lunn Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Gritty Entrepreneurs#NYT#start#StartUp 101 last_img read more

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Dalit MLA crosses over to Cong. in Rajasthan

first_imgIn a surprise move, National Unionist Zamindara Party MLA Sona Devi joined the Congress here on Friday, while accusing the ruling BJP of working against the interests of Dalits.Ms. Devi represents the Raisinghnagar Assembly constituency which is reserved for Scheduled Castes. The NUZP, having a strength of two members in the State Assembly, had extended support to the BJP during the 2016 Rajya Sabha elections and the 2017 Presidential election.The State BJP had got its legal cell office-bearer Yogendra Tanwar inducted into NUZP to prevent cross-voting by the two MLAs, Ms. Devi and Kamini Jindal, in the Rajya Sabha polls.Ms. Devi joined the Congress in the presence of State party unit president Sachin Pilot and other leaders at the party’s State headquarters here. Mr. Pilot said the Congress would be strengthened in the Sriganganagar-Hanumangarh region of northern Rajasthan with Ms. Devi joining the party. “In fact, the BJP is now a sinking ship and many of its members are willing to leave it,” he said.Ms. Devi, who has been a member of the Assembly’s committee on welfare of Scheduled Castes since her election in 2014, said the BJP, being an “anti-Dalit” party, had adopted a “use and throw policy” towards the Dalit communities. “The State government has been targeting Dalits since the April 2 bandh organised against dilution of SC atrocity laws,” she said.Ms. Devi said the Congress was working for the welfare of all weaker sections of society and she would sincerely perform the duties assigned to her by the party leadership. She had earlier accused the officers of her district of not letting her spend the MLA’s local area development fund in her constituency because of her Dalit identity.The NUZP, led by B.D. Agarwal, was founded in 2013 by a group of guar farmers of northern Rajasthan to represent their interests. The party honours the legacy of Sir Chhotu Ram, a prominent politician of Punjab who was an ideologue of peasants in pre-Independence India and a co-founder of National Unionist Party.last_img read more

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