Tearing into the ruling Trinamool Congress government, BJP national president Amit Shah on Wednesday said the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation was worse than the previous Left rule. Now they want another change,” Shah said while addressing a public rally at Bhawanipur constituency from where Chief Minister
Zaheer Khan may not have been very effective in Delhi Daredevils' IPL campaign so far but assistant coach Praveen Amre on Friday said the Indian paceman was leading the side well and takes responsibility of bowling in pressure situations. Zaheer, 37, has struggled to provide early breakthroughs in five outings and has managed to take only three wickets. Against Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore he conceded 48 and 50 runs respectively in his four over quota. "Amit Mishra, who is another senior player in the side, also bowls when it is needed (most).
Five months after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley filed a civil defamation suit against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly making defamatory statements regarding his role in the “financial mismanagement” of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the court is yet to frame issues and start trial of the suit. Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family members in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA when he was its president.
Mumbai, Apr. 28 (ANI): The Mumbai Police detained Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai and other women activists to stop their march to the residence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis this evening. After they were denied entry to Haji Ali Dargah here, the women activists led by Desai started a march to the CM's bungalow 'Varsha' to meet him, but police stopped them saying "they need an appointment with the Chief Minister for a meeting".
Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut's battle makes for a unique case study. Kangana and Hrithik have worked together twice, first in Kites (2010) and then in Krrish 3 (2013). During Kites, Hrithik was rumoured to be involved with his co-star Barbara Mori.
Synopsis: In a dull, dreary game highlighted by unimaginative bowling from both teams, barring Sunil Narine and Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma drops anchor and Kieron Pollard indulges in some beefy hitting to help Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time this season. The TRP ratings had indicated that this was one of the dullest IPLs, and going by the quality of cricket on Thursday night at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, it was easy to understand why. Twelve bowlers rotated the arm and barring Sunil Narine and Harbhajan Singh there wasn’t much imagination or skill from the rest as the game meandered away to an unsurprising finish.
IT’S A good thing Chris Morris was out in the middle rather than the sidelines as Delhi Daredevils almost pulled off a Houdini act at the Ferozshah Kotla. By his own admission, a nervous Morris can be quite a pest. On Wednesday though it was the Gujarat Lions who were feeling his wrath.
Kolkata, Apr. 28 (ANI): Campaign for the fifth phase of polling for the West Bengal assembly elections for 53 seats in 24 Parganas Dakshin, Hooghly and Kolkata Dakshin districts came to end on Thursday evening. In last ditch attempts to woo voters, leaders of various political parties brought out road shows, street processions and held rallies. Addressing rallies in 24-Parganas Dakshin, senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told voters to exercise their franchise without fear and complain to the Election Commission if the opponents try to unleash violence.
Cricket Australia has bolstered its campaign to host a day-night test against South Africa later this year by publishing an interview with captain Steve Smith in which he backed the proposed fixture. South Africa's players balked at an invitation to play a day-night match in Adelaide in November after discussions with Australian players including Smith, Proteas skipper AB de Villiers said this week. Smith, however, said his team would be happy to play a day-nighter against South Africa at the famous South Australian venue, as well as the fixture already scheduled to be played under lights at the Gabba against Pakistan in December.
Two top Indian sprinters missed their second chance to book an Olympic berth Thursday when they failed to meet the qualifying time, only three days after their first attempt was thwarted by a blackout. Amiya Kumar Mallick and Srabani Nandaware suffered their first disappointment when a power cut at a New Delhi Grand Prix on Sunday meant their timings -- which met the Rio qualification time -- went unrecognised due to the use of hand-held clocks. The duo then faltered in the Federation Cup at the same venue, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in the 100m men's and women's dash respectively to keep their Olympic qualification hopes hanging by a thread.
India's government said Thursday it has asked Britain to extradite British consultant Christian Michel James over a scandal-hit deal the previous government agreed with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland to supply helicopters to Delhi. India suspended the deal in 2013 after Italian investigators began looking into accusations AgustaWestland paid bribes to win the 556-million-euro ($753 million) contract for 12 helicopters intended for use by the prime minister and other VIPs. The Central Bureau of Investigation has been seeking the custody of James -- one of 13 main accused in the case -- as a key intermediary who managed political parties and players in Italy and India.
Under-pressure Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores confirmed the presence of a break clause in his two-year contract after a run of poor results was capped by Sunday's FA Cup semi-final loss to Crystal Palace. A streak of just two wins from their last 11 Premier League games has raised questions over whether Flores is the right man to lead Watford to a sustained period of success in the top-flight. "I never plan long for anything as I know how life moves and because life is full of surprises... I cannot lose time thinking about the future in football," Flores told reporters on Thursday.
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By Brian Homewood ZURICH(Reuters) - After last year's UEFA Congress, president Michel Platini declared, "We're transparent, we're democratic and we're the best." That triumphant air will be gone from this year's event after a spate of scandals that led to Platini's banishment from soccer. A year ago, Platini had just been re-elected to a new four-year term as UEFA chief and was basking in the financial success of UEFA's showcase Champions League competition. Within weeks, global soccer body FIFA was engulfed by corruption scandals and its ethics committee banned Platini from football for eight years, later reduced to six on appeal, over a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.02 million) payment he received from FIFA in 2011 for work done for its disgraced ex-president Sepp Blatter a decade earlier.
Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor stepped down as Aston Villa captain on Thursday and was handed a heavy fine by the relegated Premier League club following his recent behaviour. The 29-year-old was suspended by Villa after allegedly going on an alcohol-fuelled laughing-gas binge on the day their relegation was confirmed two weeks ago. "I do not deserve to carry out such a role anymore," Agbonlahor said on Instagram.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8 during the leader's visit to Washington, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday. The address will be the fifth to a joint meeting of Congress by an Indian premier, and the first since 2005. "This address presents a special opportunity to hear from the elected leader of the world's most populous democracy on how our two nations can work together to promote our shared values and to increase prosperity," Ryan said.
Synopsis: Ex-CSKians Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum hurt former skipper MS Dhoni, whose underwhelming bowlers, especially the listless Ravichandran Ashwin, render Steve Smith’s maiden T20 ton futile. The end though is frantic, but like against Delhi, Gujarat keep their nerves. Among the first set of players Gujarat Lions aggressively haggled for in the IPL auction was Dwayne Smith.
Pune: On paper, it’s going to be a toss-up between IPL’s two new franchises. Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions have so far enjoyed contrasting fortunes. After an emphatic win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener, MS Dhoni’s side suffered four losses on a trot, before finally running into some good form with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match.