Kasba Peth: civic body stalwarts will slug it out in Old Pune

first_imgSited in the heart of old Pune, the prestigious Kasba Peth Assembly seat a BJP stronghold for three decades, will witness a tussle between two Pune civic body stalwarts — the mayor Mukta Tilak, (BJP-Sena candidate) and Arvind Shinde of the Congress.The constituency, which comprises a significant part of Peshwa-era Pune with its rickety wadas, was until recently senior BJP leader Girish Bapat’s virtual fiefdom with him winning the seat in consecutive elections since 1995 before vacating it to contest – and win – the Pune Lok Sabha seat in the general elections this year.The city, with its legendary Ganesha mandals, also forms the heart of Pune’s old trading community with a significant proportion of small traders from the Gujarati and Jain communities.The Congress has been able to wrest the Kasba Assembly seat only twice from the BJP since 1980 — in 1985 and in the 1991 by-election.The problem of crumbling old wadas (traditional dwellings) and their long-pending redevelopment, traffic congestion in the narrow, bustling lanes and lack of potable water in several places are among the key issues in this segment. While the situation has remained unchanged, two fresh candidates from the major contenders have raised hopes that some of the burning civic problems may be redressed. “The BJP won the Pune Municipal Corporation polls by a thumping majority. Yet, the problems of Kasba Peth, including that of water have not only persisted but have multiplied,” alleged Mr. Shinde, a three-time corporator who was one of the frontrunners for the candidacy of the Pune Lok Sabha constituency.He faces an extremely tough competitor in Ms. Tilak — a scion of the Bal Gangadhar Tilak family — who is also Mayor of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).A veteran party hand, Ms. Tilak has a strong base in the Old Pune area, having been the BJP’s leader in the PMC since 2009.“This constituency which also includes Narayan Peth and Sadashiv Peth has veered towards the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP as it has been the hotbed of Hindu nationalism,” says city-based political analyst Rajendra Pandharpure. He observes that the BJP has always had firm adherents in this part of the city through its network of educational institutes and other think tanks like the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabhodini that propagates the Sangh’s ideology.“The Brahmin voters here have always sided with the BJP. This is an area whose political clime has been charged with its strongly religious fervour favouring radical Hindutva outfits like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). In contrast, the Congress and the NCP party structures here have remained weak,” says Mr. Pandharpure.However, he also said that things could change this time around owing to new areas being added after the delimitation of 2008.Observers say that while the dice may be loaded in Ms. Tilak’s favour, the BJP campaign machinery will be heavily engaged in the Kothrud Assembly seat, where BJP State chief Chandrakant Patil faces a prestige battle.While the BJP had been winning the past elections owing to a divided opposition, observers point out that this time the saffron alliance faces a possible vote fragmentation due to the intense disaffection prevailing among the Shiv Sena in Pune.“Moreover, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have come together in the battle for the Kasba segment. This is bound to favour Mr. Shinde,” opined Mr. Pandharpure.The city’s Sena leaders are disappointed by the fact that their bigger ally has not left even a single seat (out of the eight Assembly seats) for them in the city — the birthplace of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.Sena leader and former corporator Vishal Dhanawade, has already filed his nomination to contest as an Independent.“The Sena’s membership has increased drastically since 2009. The BJP’s decision of not letting us contest on even a single seat is unjust. I am confident of support from my followers,” said Mr. Dhanawade.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reaction

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton fullback Digne delighted with Burnley reactionby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne says the club were grateful to respond quickly after a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur before Christmas. The Toffees responded to the 6-2 defeat on Sunday by demolishing Burnley.Marco Silva’s men embarrassed the Clarets 5-1 at Turf Moor and Digne, who scored twice in the match, was delighted with the character shown by his teammates.”We needed to react and we reacted very well,” said Digne. “Sunday was a bad day and we needed to prove we could react very fast. We had the opportunity today and it was fantastic. “We needed to start very well. After 30 minutes, to be 3-0 up was great. But at 3-1 we can still let them back into the game but we reacted very well and got the fourth and fifth goals.”It was an important victory for the fans and the Club, too. “The last four years [at PSG, Barcelona and Roma] I’ve had five days or one week off [at this time of year] but I prefer to play in front of the fans and in front of my family. It’s perfect for Christmas.” last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club. last_img

Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State knocks off UMass for first home

Ohio State then-junior forward Mason Jobst (26) attempts to evade a Badger defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey scored in the final minutes of the game against UMass to win their first home game of the season by a score of 3-1.Coming off a 6-3 Friday night loss to the Minutemen in their home opener, head coach Steve Rohlik said the Buckeyes were looking to respond to the loss and play like the No. 1 team in the nation to earn their first home win of the season.“I like our group and our room. We’ve got a great culture,” Rohlik said. “It was a good response. You don’t like losing, and certainly don’t want to lose two in a row, so it was a good response for our guys tonight.”The teams traded goals early, with a goal by UMass sophomore forward Mitchell Chaffee being followed up only 13 seconds later by Ohio State junior forward Tanner Laczynski’s first goal of the season. Laczynski’s goal was assisted by junior forward Ronnie Hein and sophomore defenseman Grant Gabriele, his first point of the season.After these goals, however, a scoring drought developed,  as neither team scored for the next 51 minutes of game time. Both teams had two power play opportunities during the game that were killed, and had multiple open shots that went off the post or wide of the net.Ohio State sophomore goalie Tommy Nappier allowed one goal and had 35 saves, tied for a career-high, and has only allowed one goal through two games this season.UMass freshman goaltender Filip Lindberg contributed to the Buckeyes woes on offense for most of the game, only allowing two goals and saving 36 shots for the Minutemen.The tie was finally broken with Lacyznski’s second goal of the game, assisted by redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege with less than two minutes remaining in the game. “Last night we came out, we played hard first couple shifts, but then, you know, we were just flat the rest of the game it felt like,” junior forward Tanner Laczynski said. “It was good today, I thought we came out hard, put the pressure on them, and I thought we were consistent the whole night.”Ohio State outshot the Minutemen 39-36 on the night. Senior forward Mason Jobst added an additional goal in the empty UMass net with less than a minute left to make the final score 3-1.The Buckeyes will remain home for their series-opening game against Bowling Green next Friday at 7:00 p.m. and will travel to Bowling Green for their game Saturday at 7:07 p.m. read more

Mounts Bay nearby ahead of Hurricane Irma

first_img Mounts Bay arrives swiftly to TCI, redeployed to help in illegal Haitian migrant defence Turks and Caicos, September 7th, 2017 – Providenciales- The RFA Mounts Bay today told the BBC that they are feeling the effects of Hurricane Irma, and are about 200 miles away from us … the ship, a part of the Royal Naval Fleet is deployed to the Caribbean to assist, with humanitarian relief in the islands including the British overseas territories.By Deandrea Hamilton Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MountsBaycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

ACLU 911 children split at border since 2018 court order

first_img AP AP, ACLU: 911 children split at border since 2018 court order July 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says more than 900 children have been separated from their families at the border since a judge ordered last year that the practice be sharply curtailed.The group said in a court filing Tuesday in San Diego that 911 children had been separated from their families since the court order. They include 678 whose parents faced allegations of criminal conduct. Other reasons include alleged gang affiliation, unfitness or child safety concerns, “unverified familial relationship,” or parent illness.The ACLU says about one of every five children separated is under 5 years old.In June 2018, the judge ordered that the practice of splitting families at the border be halted except in limited circumstances, like a parent’s criminal history or concerns about a child’s safety. Posted: July 30, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ANWR Fight Starts First Day Of Conference Committee

first_imgCongressman Don Young R-AK: “Most of you never participated at all, because you wouldn’t participate when you (were) asked – House and Senate side. That’s not good legislation, that’s TV legislation.  You are playing to the cameras.”  Congressman Don Young R-AK: “Thank God I’m wearing my cowboy boots today. You know why cowboys wear cowboy boots? To keep their damn pants clean from the horse manure that comes from people who don’t know what the hell they are talking about.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Congressman Don Young opened the House-Senate Conference Committee meeting on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by chiding members who failed to do their homework on the ANWR provision, opting instead to come out against the proposed legislation with canned arguments that are not on point. Young put on his Dean of the House hat and educated his fellow members on how those from both sides of the aisle together framed the tenants of the initial legislation that formed Section 1002, and set it aside for the express purpose of oil and gas development.center_img In iconic Young fashion, the former teacher from Fort Yukon illustrated his point with a traditional Alaskan lesson on footwear adjusted from hip waders to cowboy boots to tailor the message to his audience. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp3VmDorene-on-anwr-fight-starts-first-day-of-conference-committee.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Super Deluxe review Here is the first authentic response about Vijay Sethupathistarrer

first_imgVijay Sethupathi in Super Deluxe.PR HandoutThiagarajan Kumararaja could not have asked for more as his second directorial movie Super Deluxe has earned a lot of positive words even before its theatrical release. The first authentic review about the Tamil film, which has some of the leading names from South India, are out online.Bollywood’s noted author and film critic, Anupama Chopra is raving about Super Deluxe. On her Twitter account, she wrote, “The film to watch this weekend is #Superdeluxe – such a masterful blend of high & low, the sacred & the profane! Thiagarajan Kumararaja (@itisthatis) creates a narrative that encompasses marriage, relationships, religion, politics, porn & life itself! Don’t miss it. [sic]”Her short and crisp review is expected to have a great impact on the movie and lift the spirit of the film team.Writer and filmmaker Sudhish Kamath too has tweeted about Super Deluxe and posted, “My first reaction to #SuperDeluxe was exactly a year ago! The film was still being edited. After this, I have watched the film twice and still plan to catch it in the theatres this week because of how much cinema @itisthatis has packed in three hours. An unpredictable mad ride!: The picture that he shared can be seen below:Indeed, the good words said by the aforementioned people about the Tamil film come as a boost to the makers ahead of the Tamil film’s release on Friday, 29 March. Super Deluxe is a film that you binge watch. So loving shot and the BGM and sound design a glorious reminder of the 80s, Ilayaraja, SPB, Mithun and Bappi Lahiri! And of course love loss betrayal sexuality Universe atoms molecules God Human gender sex and black plastic bags. https://t.co/l2iHmzYoAq— Vasan ??L? (@Vasan_Bala) March 28, 2019Super Deluxe has Vijay Sethupathi, Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil, Samantha, Ramya Krishnan and Mysskin in the key roles. The film has Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music, PS Vinod and Nirvah Shah’s cinematography and Sathyaraj Natarajan’s editing.The movie is about a couple of characters with different backgrounds, landing in unexpected situations on a fateful day. How their lives are connected will be narrated with lots of twists and turns.My first reaction to #SuperDeluxe was exactly a year ago! The film was still being edited. After this, I have watched the film twice and still plan to catch it in the theatres this week because of how much cinema @itisthatis has packed in three hours. An unpredictable mad ride! pic.twitter.com/iZecJ2Oqoa— Sudhish Kamath (@SudhishKamath) March 28, 2019The major attraction of the movie is Vijay Sethupathi plays the role of a transgender named Priya in Super Deluxe.last_img read more

BGB chief seeks international communitys role over Rohingya issue

first_imgBorder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) director general Major General Abul Hossain sought effective role of international community to resolve Rohingya crisis.“Persecution on Rohingya created a humanitarian catastrophe. Myanmar’s inhumane treatment on Rohingya people forced them to enter Bangladesh fleeing their homes in Rakhine state,” he said.The BGB chief was presenting a keynote on “National, Regional and International Cooperation and its Effectiveness to Enhance Border Security and Safety-Past, Present and Future” on the fourth day on Wednesday at a five-day international symposium in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, said a press release on Thursday.Abul Hossain said Bangladesh gave shelter to the persecuted Rohingyas in the humanitarian ground.“Giving shelter to the Rohingya, our prime minister Sheikh Hasina has set a unique example of generosity and humanity. That is why, different international media called her as mother of humanity” he said.He said, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina firmly said Myanmar must bring back their nationals.”Saudi Border Guards organised the “1st International Symposium on Land and Maritime Border Security and Safety: Challenges and Solutions” between 15 and 19 October.Some 45 experts on land and maritime border security from 17 countries joined the five-day symposium.last_img read more

After Mishandling Parkland Shooter Tip FBI To Answer Questions From Congress

first_imgAs students stage a national walkout Wednesday morning over gun violence, senior federal officials will be sitting down for an expected grilling from Congress over law enforcement’s failure to act on tips about the gunman behind last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School touched off yet another round of soul-searching and national debate over guns in the U.S. that has drawn in activists, lawmakers and the White House. One major change this time, however, is that Florida teenagers who survived the violence are spearheading the conversation.The Senate Judiciary Committee officially joins the discussion Wednesday with a three-panel hearing that will likely focus, at least in part, on missteps by both local and federal law enforcement ahead of the shooting. In addition to federal officials, Florida Sens. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson will take questions. Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina died in the shooting, and a teacher at the high school, Katherine Posada, will also participate.“The great tragedy of the Parkland shooting is that it was preventable,” Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said. “The FBI and local law enforcement failed to act on credible tips that should have neutralized the killer and gotten him help.”The FBI has acknowledged that it received a tip in January at its West Virginia Call Center about the alleged Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz. The bureau said the caller provided information about Cruz’s “gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”Questions over the bureau’s actions will fall to acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, who will be testifying alongside the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Thomas Brandon, and the head of the National Threat Assessment Center, Lina Alathari.In February, Bowdich told reporters that protocols were not followed in the Cruz case. The tip was not forwarded to the Miami Field Office for follow-up as it should have been.“Let me be clear: There was a mistake made,” Bowdich said. “We know that. But it is our job to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure that does not happen again.”Bowdich said the FBI is conducting a full-scale review of the tip-line, which he said received some 765,000 calls last year. He estimated that 1 in 10 of those calls turns into a lead.Local law enforcement also reportedly missed red flags. The Broward Sheriff’s Office also received a tip about Cruz potentially being a “school shooter in the making,” according to the Miami Herald. The newspaper says deputies didn’t report the warning. Sharelast_img read more