Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) chief and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Mahadev Jankar met Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader Raju Shetti in Pune on Tuesday, setting rumour mills buzzing overtime as the election inches closer.According to sources, Mr. Jankar, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Development in the Devendra Fadnavis cabinet, held an hour-long meeting with Mr. Shetti where the duo reportedly discussed possibilities of forming a ‘fourth front’.Mr. Jankar, who offered stiff competition to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule from Baramati in 2014, is reportedly disgruntled with the BJP for sidelining smaller constituents like his RSP. Mr. Jankar, a tall leader from the Dhangar community, was elected MLC in 2015 and inducted into the State cabinet the next year.Mr. Shetti, on his part, has been long frustrated with the slow response from Congress over seat-sharing.“Both leaders have been disaffected with the shoddy treatment meted out by their respective alliance partners [the BJP in Mr. Jankar’s case and the Congress-NCP in Mr. Shetti’s case] and deliberated on the possibility of opening a ‘fourth front’ consisting of smaller parties. However, nothing concrete has been decided as yet,” said a Swabhimani Paksha leader, speaking to The Hindu on condition of anonymity.Mr. Shetti, on his part, said it was “a casual meeting”, and added that there was no real discussion about opening up a ‘fourth front’ as Mr. Jankar would have to pull out of the NDA first.Mr. Shetti also held a meeting of his party’s core committee after which he said he had given the Congress time till March 13 to make up their minds.In addition to the Hatkanangale Lok Sabha constituency in Kolhapur, Mr. Shetti has demanded the Buldhana and Wardha seats from the Congress-NCP alliance.“We have already announced our decision to go it alone in the general election if the talks with the Congress fail. We are resolved to contest 15 Lok Sabha seats and will announce our list of candidates by March 13,” Mr. Shetti said.He said his party was eager to join in a combine to defeat the ruling BJP, but clarified that the Swabhimani Paksha would join in the grand coalition led by the Congress and the NCP only if his party was given its due.“If the Congress does not respond to our ultimatum, we will have no alternative but to go our own way…our candidates have worked for more than two decades at the grassroots and we feel that we ought to be given the seats we have asked for,” said Mr. Shetti, a two-time MP from the Hatkanangale Lok Sabha constituency.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA veteran of numerous international wars, Kiefer Ravena is set to lead Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which starts on Friday in Chenzhou, China.Even coach Chot Reyes admitted he expects a lot from the 23-year-old guard, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Teng brothers team up as part of Chooks Pilipinas LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next The former Ateneo Blue Eagle is no stranger to international competitions but he said that the continental club championship presents a different challenge not just for him but for the whole team.“This is my first time here and not discounting the SEA Games and the SEABA (Championship), in terms of Asian basketball, this is the highest level I’ve been in. Playing in 3-on-3 in the world is still different from the 5-on-5 game,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena also said that the leadership role won’t be solely on his shoulders, as he looks forward to linking up with prospective naturalization candidate Isaiah Austin, granting the lanky 7-foot-1 center gets his Chinese visa.“Isaiah is going to be big for us. Hopefully, his papers will go as smooth as possible. In terms of this tournament, he’s really an asset to the team. It’s not very often you see a 7-1 who can play the wing in Asia. We’re very lucky. Hopefully, he fixes it and helps the team,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We expect to really give our hearts out. You’re already there, so why not go for the win and do everything you can? We’re in a group where we have a chance to advance to the next stage, so hopefully we can win as many games as we can,” he said.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is in Group A along with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.“Again, it’s a test of character, a test of our willingness to win. These are the games where every game will be a grind out game. You have no choice but to find a way to win and we will find it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Munich, Nov 6 (AFP) Bayern Munich are struggling to fill the creative hole left by Thiago Alcantara’s injury as they host AEK in the Champions League on Wednesday trying to secure a last 16 berth with trouble brewing for head coach Niko Kovac. Bayern can reach the knockout stages if they beat the Greek champions AEK at Munich’s Allianz Arena and Benfica lose at Ajax in the other Group E match. However, Bayern have been struggling for creativity since Thiago tore ankle ligaments ten days ago and Joshua Kimmich, usually a right-back, has struggled to replace him in the central midfield role. Kimmich lost 14 of his 16 challenges for the ball and several passes went astray in Saturday’s lethargic 1-1 draw against Freiburg, which left Bayern third in the league table, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Kovac has other central midfield options to replace Thiago against AEK in James Rodriguez, Renato Sanches or Leon Goretzka. However, bigger problems are brewing off the pitch with pundits warning Kovac is in danger of losing his dressing room. “The coach is measured by results and not everyone is behind Niko Kovac,” ex-Bayern and Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaeus told Sky. “That is dangerous.” German magazine Kicker on Monday claim senior players Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are all unhappy with Kovac’s coachings style. The main problem seems to be rotating Bayern’s star-studded squad, leaving Mueller and Hummels discontented with their amount of playing time. Robben was left fuming after being taken off in Saturday’s draw against Freiburg, the eighth time he has been taken off in 13 matches this season.advertisement Bayern’s attack is failing to fire and Kovac seems to be at a loss for words how to fix the problem. “We lack the power to punch forward. We can’t break through at the moment as defences are closing us down,” he lamented. “Things also seem difficult in the middle. “It’s clear to me that from a playing perspective, this is not what we expected. “Everything is now being questioned (by the media) – which I can understand.” League defeats to Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach have seen Bayern take just 20 points from the first 10 league games — their worst haul since the 2010/11 season, when Dortmund won the title. Kovac is clearly not the only senior figure feeling the heat. “Don’t ask me such stupid questions,” fumed director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic, who then stormed off when reporters asked if Kovac’s job will be safe if Bayern lose at Dortmund on Saturday. A win over AEK, with the bonus of a place in the last 16 would ease the pressure on Kovac before heading to Dortmund for Saturday’s showdown. (AFP) AH
Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. The revised NTL and Elite 8 draws have now been released: 2018 Updated NTL DrawThe conditions of the fields and the weather are improving hour by hour so we’re looking forward to games commencing at 8am tomorrow (Thursday 8th March)!Info on game formats:All preliminary-round matches on Thursday and Friday will be played under a 30-minute touchdown turnaround format. Games will revert to 2 x 20-minute halves on Saturday for finals.Touchdown Turnaround Format (Preliminary Rounds): All preliminary-round matches on Thursday and Friday will be 30 minutes in lengthTeams will turnaround after each touchdown scored, i.e. they will defend the score line they just scored onThere is no half-time Saturday Matches (and all Finals):All finals and play-off matches will remain as 2 x 20-minute halves with a 5-minute half-time (unless further weather impacts)The Women’s T-League Quarter Finals on Friday will be played as 2 x 20-minute halves
New Delhi: Realty firm Puravankara on Thursday said it has appointed Abhishek Kapoor as the Chief Operating Officer for its residential business. Kapoor has over 22 years of experience, of which the last eight years have been at C-suite levels with companies like Raymond Real Estate, Radius Developers and Keystone/Rustmojee Group, the Bengaluru based firm said in a statement. With a robust launch pipeline for the financial year, Puravankara said it has focused on strengthening its leadership team further in the last 12 months. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Last November, Vishal Mirchandani was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for its commercial and retail businesses. Puravankara MD Ashish R Puravankara said, “We are currently at the cusp of growth and the renewed leadership will help us in further strengthening our residential portfolio and plan the next wave of growth for Puravankara group.” Puravankara has 40 million square feet of projects which are completed and delivered and around 20 million square feet of projects which are under development. Currently, the total land asset of the company is close to 70 million square feet.
Kolkata: Four labourers were injured and one died after a portion of an under-construction shed in Shalimar rail yard collapsed during construction work on Monday afternoon.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee got the news while inaugurating a Durga Puja in the city and alleged that the incident happened because of negligence on the part of railways. She also stated that railways must help the injured persons and the family of the deceased. According to sources, Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) is upgrading the Shalimar railway station and yard as a development project. As a part of the project, construction of a platform shed was going on outside the passenger area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt 3 pm on Monday, a portion of an under-construction concrete shed collapsed on the labourers working there. As the shed hit an Over Head Equipment (OHE) post, the overhead wire tore and fell on a labourer. As a result, the labourer who was later identified as Dukha Chaupal, was electrocuted, while four other labourers who were working there received serious injuries. It has been alleged that South Eastern Railway (SER) authorities were late in starting rescue operation. However, after a while, all five labourers were rescued and rushed to Howrah State General Hospital, where Chaupal was declared brought dead. The others are undergoing treatment there. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the labourers, no safety measures were adopted by the contractor who was given the work by IRCON. When SER officials reached the spot after nearly 30 minutes, they faced agitation by other labourers. Meanwhile, the ward master of the rail yard was beaten up badly by the agitated labourers, alleging negligence. State Cooperation minister Arup Roy went to the spot at around 4 pm and said: “The state government will help the injured persons as well as the family of the deceased. It is the result of negligence by the SER.” Meanwhile, fire brigade was informed to conduct rescue operation from under the collapsed portion. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also called in. After searching the collapsed portion with sophisticated equipments and scanners, the NDRF team declared that no one else was trapped under the debris. According to an SER spokesperson, General Manager of SER Sanjay Kumar Mohanty has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. “A high-level inquiry committee has been formed by the GM, consisting of multidisciplinary officers,” said the spokesperson.