Congress to protest ‘corrupt’ Rafale deal

first_imgThe Maharashtra unit of the Congress will organise a protest march against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government over the alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal, in Mumbai on July 30.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have lied to the country by keeping it in the dark over the Rafale deal. The agreement has no clause requiring the government to keep the price of the deal hidden, but only the technicalities of the fighter jets. The government is trying to hide a scam worth ₹41,000 crore,” said Ashok Chavan, president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.Mr. Chavan said the agreement signed during the United Progressive Alliance regime in December 2012 stated that the cost of one Rafale jet is ₹526 crore and the total cost of 36 jets works out to ₹18,940 crore. The cost of one jet under the Modi government, though, is ₹1670.70 crore, which is almost 300% higher than the earlier deal. “The current deal does not share the technology with India, whereas the deal made by the Congress emphasised that,” he said.Mumbai Congress Unit Chief Sanjay Nirupam said, “What forced the BJP government to allot this contract to Reliance Defence, a newly-formed company with no experience whatsoever in making defence planes, over a firm like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, which has been in this industry for years? According to the law, the Standing Committee on Defence and the Comptroller and Auditor General should be informed about any such deal being signed by the government. The fact that Mr. Modi and the Defence Minister have decided to keep the price under wraps reeks of corruption.”last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly gave aggressive dimension to India-Australia rivalry: John Hastings

first_imgAustralian pace bowler John Hastings on Saturday credited former India skipper Sourav Ganguly for giving an aggressive dimension to the India-Australia rivalry on the cricket field.Between 2000 and 2005, Ganguly was a captain who would give back to the rival team at the first instance. He moulded an outfit which would fight till the very last ball of an innings. He also used intimidating tactics like he once had made the then Australian captain Steve Waugh wait at the toss.”The Ganguly period probably would have been it (playing aggressively against Australia). He was the first one to take the game to Australia. He might have started that,” Hastings said. (Snatched the ball from MS Dhoni to bowl final over in 2007, says Joginder Sharma) Hastings said India and Australia both play their cricket with passion and confidence and therefore when the two sides lock horns sparks are bound to fly.”I think now in the Indian side there is a lot of belief and confidence. I think it just comes out with the natural flair and with our side it is the same, we have a lot of belief, a lot of confidence and so there are clashes. I don’t think it’s about getting angry, these guys are just passionate about cricket. However, they are friends in the IPL, a lot of them play together,” he said. (ICC World T20: Rahul Dravid expects all-round India to reach semis)The 30-year-old believes in order to succeed as a fast bowler in Indian conditions one needs to have a variety of deliveries up his sleeve and should know when to use them.advertisement”It is difficult to bowl in Indian conditions — the slow flat surfaces. As a bowler you need to have all varieties. Two or three varieties like the slower balls and also the yorker. Lot of factors come in to play if you are on slow tracks. No margin of error,” he said. (Stump-hoarding MS Dhoni eyes more memorabilia at World Twenty20)The burly fast bowler also said the key here in India would be to bowl full and not get predictable.”We will try and be fuller here. In South Africa, Australia you can bowl at a back of a length, but here it about bowling more at the stumps. For me it will be a little bit difficult since it’s not my natural length. Key is not getting predictable. See what the conditions are and then bowl accordingly,” he said.Hastings also praised the likes of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who have been in great form of late.”All of them are in good form. The batsmen are oozing with confidence. Kohli and Dhoni are fantastic players, they have a lot of good skills while batting, they can hit the ball anywhere they want. As a bowler it is difficult to eliminate the shots, try and not give them ball on the leg side. For me it will be to not get predictable,” he said.Hastings added they haven’t had much success in the tournament as they did not have a settled T20 outfit.”I think we haven’t had much success in the T20 World Cup is because we haven’t had a settled team. Some players get injured (at the wrong time). But now we are coming here at the back of a few good performances in South Africa so hopefully we will do good,” he said.”Also (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner have a lot of experience in Indian conditions. We are expected to do better than what we had done in the past.”last_img read more

Messi boosts iconic status at Barcelona with 10th La Liga crown

first_imgAfter scoring the only goal against Levante which clinched Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday, Lionel Messi wrote another page in the history books by becoming the club’s first player to win 10 league titles.Messi’s first Barca title came in 2005 when he was 17 years old and he was also a fringe player when he collected his second La Liga medal a year later.But he has been the talisman behind their last eight triumphs, which Barca’s players celebrated by wearing T-shirts with the slogan ‘Eight out of 11, the extraordinary seems normal’.Before Messi came of age and inspired a side coached by Pep Guardiola to the 2009 crown, Real Madrid had 31 titles while Barca had 18.Thanks to Messi, who scored his 597th La Liga goal to secure the title against Levante, Barca have swelled their league trophy count to 26, closing to within seven of Real Madrid’s record 33.@LaLiga CHAMPIONS 2018-2019!8 leagues in 11 years.Making the extraordinary seem normal.#WeColorLaLiga pic.twitter.com/8GF2paM493FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 27, 2019Messi’s competitive drive pushes everyone forward: Valverde”Messi is the centre of all our successes,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.”It’s obvious that while he has been at Barca the club have won a glut of trophies and league titles. If I had to give a name above anyone else it has to be his. He marks our style and his competitive drive pushes everyone else forward.”Messi, who became club captain at the start of this season, overtook predecessor Andres Iniesta’s nine league crowns with the club and joined a select group of players to have lifted 10 titles with one club in Europe’s top five leagues.advertisementFormer Real Madrid winger Paco Gento holds a Spanish record of 12 league titles and his old team mate Pirri lifted the La Liga trophy 10 times.Manchester United great Ryan Giggs holds the most league titles in Europe’s top five leagues with 13 Premier League triumphs, while his former team mate Paul Scholes collected 11.Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon won 11 Serie A titles with Juventus although two of those triumphs were later stripped from the Turin club due to the Calciopoli corruption scandal.”Messi is the best in the world,” Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said.”Today he came on late but when he comes on things always happen. He is the leader and he is magic.”Also Read | West Ham United inflict first defeat on Tottenham Hotspur at new stadiumAlso Read | Southampton stay alive after thrilling draw with BournemouthAlso See:last_img read more