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As the suspense continues over Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu taking charge of his new Ministry amid the ongoing tussle with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the rift between the two leaders seems to be growing wider with the former cricketer visiting New Delhi to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi.As part of the post-poll Cabinet reshuffle last week, Capt. Amarinder divested Mr. Sidhu of the key Local Government portfolio and allocated him Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.Mr. Sidhu, who met Mr. Gandhi, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and veteran leader Ahmed Patel on Monday, is learnt to have apprised the “high command” of being “singled out unfairly” in the Cabinet rejig on the pretext of the party’s “poor performance” in urban areas of the State in the general election.Mr. Gandhi’s meeting with Mr. Sidhu has drawn criticism from political analysts. “Mr. Sidhu’s audience with the high command hints that Congress’s culture of keeping alive dissidence at the State level against the State leadership is not dead,” said Ashutosh Kumar, professor of political science at Panjab University. “Capt. Amarinder, after the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, has emerged as a strong leader and, on the other hand, the Congress high command looks weak after its performance in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said. “Any effort to push for reinstatement of Mr. Sidhu as the Local Government Minister in an attempt to resolve the ongoing tussle in the State unit risks undermining the Chief Minister’s authority and further worsening the rift within the party in Punjab,” he added.Cong. downplays riftThe State Congress, however, downplayed the significance of Mr. Sidhu’s meeting, with Asha Kumari, the AICC in-charge of Punjab affairs, asserting that every Congressman was “entitled” to meet the party president. “As far as his [Mr. Sidhu’s] taking charge of the new portfolio is concerned, if Mr. Sidhu does not desire, it’s entirely his wish. He [Mr. Sidhu] is a Minister of Capt. Amarinder’s Cabinet and it’s for the Chief Minister to decide who will hold which portfolio,” she said.Ronki Ram, Dean at the Department of Social Science at Panjab University, said Mr. Sidhu’s meeting with the party’s central leadership appeared like an attempt at capturing a “power stronghold”. “If the CM has to take decision on the dictation of the party high command, it’s not in good taste. This shows the party is highly centralised,” he said.The two Punjab leaders have been at loggerheads in recent months with Mr. Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha candidacy from Chandigarh. Later, the Chief Minister had claimed that “Sidhu’s remarks ahead of polling” had affected the party’s performance. He had also blamed Mr. Sidhu’s “poor handling” of the key local bodies portfolio as a factor for the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas. Mr. Sidhu had retorted by asserting that he was being “singled out publicly” even though the urban areas had played a critical role in the party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress won eight of the 13 seats it contested, improving on its 2014 tally of just three.
She is one of the best archers India has produced and the current Indian team looks up to her, and Dola Banerjee is also doing her bit to help the country win its first Olympic medal in the sport.Dola, who was part of the gold medal winning team at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, and the archers training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Eastern Centre waste no opportunity in benefiting from the expertise and experience of the two-time Olympian.She is not part of the team going to London, but one would never know that by the way she interacts with the other archers at the camp.It helps that Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi have been on the same team with her, while the men’s team going to the London Olympics includes her brother, Rahul Banerjee.”Both the teams are very good and capable of winning medals, though one cannot put a number. I could not get an Olympic medal, but if the current lot can be successful I will be very proud,” Dola told Mail Today. “I also train here and try to help them in whatever way I can.”Bombayla and Tarundeep (Rai) have prior Olympic experience, but also the others are very confident. If they score like the way they are doing now, they will definitely be in the medal contention, though in archery a lot depends on one’s performance on the day.”One aspect in which Dola can help the first-time Olympians, such as Deepika Kumari, is in dealing with the pressure they will face in London.advertisement”They have competed at various world cups, world championships, Asiad and Commonwealth Games. But the huge crowds, noise and pressure are at a different level,” she said.
Touch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Youth squads who will be vying for positions in the Australian Youth teams to take on New Zealand in January, 2015. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman Trophy in the Under 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls’ divisions from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. The Australian Youth teams will be hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. TFA also wishes to congratulate the following coaches on their appointments for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series:18’s Boys – Dave Nolan 18’s Girls – Craig Morrow 20’s Boys – Phil Gyemore 20’s Girls – Justin Creighton TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian squads in the lead up to the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series. Australian 18’s Girls squad Rae BarkerLucy BottenChloe CheneyShenae CiesiolkaTayla CliffordMadison CroweRachelle DavisNakia Davis-WelshKasey DragisicDominique du ToitLaura GleesonLily GoodchildMia JohnstoneStephanie MaioloTaylor MasonJemma Mi MiZara NicholasAbbey PapenhuyzenGeorgina RackemannStephanie ReidShannon RoseMackenzie SadlerEmma SykesBailey ToleafoaLaura WaldieAustralian 18’s Boys squadTjadyn AshbyTristan BroadbridgeJustin CridlandJarrod CrookMatthew EganCoen FieldingJake GrechCampbell LovellIvan LynchJackson MillsFelix MoliDamon MooreJayden NgamanuRyan PapenhuyzenKalyn PongaCallum PurdonDavid RichardsCorey RussellJordan SarmentoAndrew SearleKai SimbolonRegan WalshChristopher WilliamsMatthew WilsonThomas WongAustralian 20’s Girls SquadDanielle DavisHannah DyballMaddison FisherStephanie JamesAshleigh KearneyJordan LovejoyYasmin MeakesCaitlin MoranPaige ParkerLaura PeattieAshleigh QuinlanSamantha RodgersTayla RosinBrea SingmanTanisha StantonKatherine StevensMaddison StuddonKimberley Sue SeeTamika UptonAustralian 20’s BoysJames BaartzMichael BeattyCameron BogaSam CarmodyMatthew ClunePaddy CoelhoMichael FallonCormac HochLachlan HochJonathon HuskinsJed IbbotsonJeremy KingTom KronkJayden LoveTheo MajidLewis McAlisterRob McCarthyGrant McDonaldRohan MesserJosh RozairoCiaran TonerJames Western Related Filesaustralian_youth_squads_announcement-pdfRelated Links2015 YTT Squads
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd target Pochettino’s Levy loyalty won’t keep him at Spursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s relationship with chairman Daniel Levy won’t prevent him from leaving for Manchester United.The Daily Mail says Pochettino will not let his relationship with Levy stop him walking away from Tottenham.Pochettino is Manchester United’s first choice to become their next permanent boss, while the Argentine is also a long-term target for Real Madrid.The highly-rated manager has established a substantial power base at the north London club in recent seasons, working closely with supremo Levy to reshape the Tottenham squad since his arrival in 2014.But sources close to Pochettino insist the coach will have no qualms about walking away this summer should he decide his future lies elsewhere.
Fenerbahce chasing Watford defender Sebastian Prodlby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford face a battle to keep hold of defender Sebastian Prodl. The Watford Observer says Prodl is a target for Fenerbahce during the January transfer window.The Turkish side are said to be in the market for a new central defender and reports from Turkey claim the Istanbul club are set to offer €1.5million to sign the Austrian defender.Although the 32-year-old has been sidelined with injury, he has struggled for game time under Javi Gracia this season and has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Categories: Cox News,Cox Photos 18Jun Rep. Cox joins Gov. Snyder and House colleagues for budget signing PHOTO CUTLINE: State Rep. Laura Cox (fifth from left), R-Livonia, joins fellow House Appropriations Committee members, other House colleagues, and Gov. Rick Snyder in a ceremony to commemorate the signing of the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 state budget. This marks the fifth consecutive year that a balanced budget has been delivered months before the deadline.###
YOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll try and include in the next blog… It’s good to be back…It’s good to be back with my blog for Galway week and I’ll update you on my rides each day. Plenty has happened since I last updated you including getting over a chest infection. Anyway, I had a nice trip over for Royal Ascot and also have had a nice little family break in Spain. Things are back to normal now and I’m really looking forward to the seven days of the Galway Festival. It’s such a great meeting and there’s a great carnival-like atmosphere. I’ve got a couple of rides on the opening day…MONDAYGALWAY FESTIVALCOUNT SIMON (5.20pm)The application of cheekpieces made the difference for this fella when he won at Downpatrick for me back in June. He’s very consistent and I’m hoping he can go well and the addition of blinkers for the first time might help him a a bit too. He ran well enough the last day, but will need to step up if he is to beat the Mullins pair who look pretty strong opposition. It’s good to see Ruby (Walsh) back in the saddle and he looks to have a leading chance on Easy Game who was seriously impressive on his stable debut at Killarney two weeks ago. I finished a fair way behind him that day and that was a smart performance.ANGE D’OR JAVILEX (5.55pm)Another ride for Gordon (Elliott) who has his team in good order now after a bit of a quiet spell. Ange D’Or Javilex has his first start for his new yard here after 581 days so it would be some training performance if he could hit the ground running. I haven’t sat on him at home and the form book says he has a fair bit to do. I did ride him a couple of times in his younger days and he is on a workable mark if returning to his best, but that’s a big ask. Charles Byrnes’ Viking Hoard was really impressive the last day and looks the one to beat if the handicapper hasn’t been too tough on him.DAVY