BJP, Congress finalise list of star campaigners for Tripura

first_imgThe Bhratiya Janata Party and the Congress have finalised their lists of star campaigners to woo voters in the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. The lists include top leaders of the parties and celebrities who will throw their weight behind the candidates during campaigning.BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to arrive in the State tomorrow (Thursday) to campaign for his party candidates. He is expected to host a road show in Agartala.“We are finalising the programme for the road show which will be joined by party supporters,” said a local BJP leader.Preparations are also in full swing for the election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6 at Udaipur, headquarters of Gomati district in south Tripura. Mr. Modi might tag a few other northeastern States during the visit.The Congress announced a list of 18 star campaigners for Tripura. The list includes names like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mukul Sangma and cinestar-turned-politician Nagma.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already held a public rally at Khumulwng, near Agartala, on March 18. The schedule for the visit of star campaigners will be announced soon, PCC general secretary Baptu Chakraborty said on Wednesday. Tripura will have two-phased Lok Sabha election. The West Tripura constituency will go to the poll on April 11 and East Tripura (ST) constituency on April 18.Both the constituencies are witnessing multi-cornered contest. All major parties are in the fray.last_img read more

India Today @ the Olympics: Welcome to London, but keep your wallets handy!

first_imgHaving heard horror stories about the preparedness of the Heathrow airport to handle huge passenger traffic, I moved towards the immigration officer with trepidation.No doubt, the lady officer behind the immigration counter was curt and wanted to clear me quickly, but she had to fully satisfy herself that the finger-print matching was done properly. These days, with the clock ticking away fast for the opening ceremony on July 27, nothing can be left to chance if you are entering London.Past immigration, getting the media accreditation card was also not a problem at all. It really came as a surprise how all this was happening so smoothly as athletes had complained they had to face long waits.But the bigger surprise was how the transportation by tube, or the Heathrow Express, into Paddington in central London was even more efficient. The fear of getting lost by official cabs was not there and in less than half an hour, five Indian mediapersons were in central London. The surprise did not end there as shared cabs were there for onward travel from central London to Stratford, where the Olympic Park is situated.Cabbies the world over like to talk. Mike, as the 64-year-old wanted to be called, was no different. Once he got talking, it was hard to stop him.He spoke of everything — recession, high prices of tickets for the London Olympics, how Stratford was a dirty area and now had been transformed.But his anger was aimed towards the London organisers (LOCOG) as he felt the tickets were overpriced. “It’s just too much paying 150 pounds per ticket for athletics and I have been told I will be allowed inside the arena for just three hours. Imagine, I spend 1,000 pounds for the family and it seems like a waste,” Mike thundered.advertisementThe mood all over London, where the pound sterling is such a strong currency, is similar. The commoner does feel tickets have been overpriced and of the million tickets up for sale, many have disappeared!That’s a story very similar to our own Commonwealth Games, where the organising committee first printed lesser number of tickets, which resulted in empty stands.Our cabbie Mike then went on to thank us for bringing sunny weather to London. After heavy showers for weeks, bright sunshine saw Londoners strip their woolens and dress lightly. He was again cautious when he said, “Don’t be fooled, one can never say when it will again start raining.”Finally, when I reached Stratford, the virtual Olympic hub in east London, I got a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium. Security was tight and like the Delhi cops, they were shooing us away from vantage points, minus the abuses.Stratford in itself is a sleepy suburb. A new shopping complex and plenty of commercial malls have come up in a big way, but the crowds aren’t huge really. Locals who live closer to the Olympic venues aren’t the ones who will be filling in the arenas as tickets are priced high and had to be booked in advance.Inside the high security Olympic Stadium complex, which also houses the international broadcast centre and the main press centre, the final coat of paint is being applied. There is a busy look and security is very tight. From wallets to cell phones, cameras and even wrist watches, everything is put through the scanner.Yes, the security personnel are courteous, but they do look worried as the crowds have started trooping in. Food outlets are getting ready and junk food stalls are bound to do good business.However, the worrying factor is a high price one has to pay for communication. Unlike New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games, where the data cards were free, here there’s a 180 pound sterling charge, which comes to almost Rs 16,000 for the entire fortnight.If you want to extend your stay for the Paralympics, it costs a bigger bomb. Welcome to London!last_img read more

We feel pretty confident when Virat Kohli bats: Ishant Sharma

first_imgIndia paceman Ishant Sharma was all praise for captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane for their batting show on the second day of the second Test in Perth on Saturday.Kohli, who had scored 3 and 34 in the first Test in Adelaide, started confidently smashing four drives to the boundary in his first 10 deliveries faced, before playing watchfully against some tight Australian bowling.The India talisman was 82 not out off 181 balls while Rahane was batting on 51 as the visitors reached 172 for 3 at the close of play in reply to Australia’s 326.”Whenever he [Virat Kohli] is batting, we feel pretty confident. We felt good obviously as we finished the day on a strong position. Hopefully, they both will continue tomorrow and we win the first session and turn the game in our favour. Right now I can say it’s even-steven,” Ishant said at the press conference at the end of day’s play.Kohli and Pujara initially rebuilt India’s innings with a 74-run partnership after a shaky start saw them lose openers Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul cheaply either side of lunch.Pujara fell tamely for a hard-fought 24 off 103 deliveries when he was caught behind feathering a Mitchell Starc delivery down the leg side.An aggressive Rahane counter-attacked to break the shackles as he played shots all over the park and went on to complete his 17th half-century.”I think Ajinkya Rahane’s counter-attacking innings in that period was very important for the team. It also made Australia change their plans,” Ishant said.advertisementIshant was found guilty of bowling no balls a few times in the first Test, whereas on two instances India were denied wickets.”I have been playing cricket for so long now. So, [whenever the no ball situation arises] it doesn’t affect me. All these things happen because you are human and are bound to make mistakes. I was not at all worried about the no ball,” he said.Ishant, who was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with 4 for 41, will start Australia’s second innings on a hat-trick after running through the tail as the home side lost their last four wickets for 16 runs.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Baffled with Virat Kohli’s captaincy, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Jacqueline RH Williams

first_imgIn Remembrance: Jacqueline R. H. Williams was born on 12/15/27 in Buffalo New York.   She was the oldest child of Frederick B. Hull Sr. and Mabel Marie Hull.  Jackie, as she was affectionately called, had four brothers (now deceased) and two sisters.  She transitioned from this life on Saturday, December 3, 2016.Jacqueline R. H. WilliamsEducation was extremely important to Jackie as she graduated from high school at the age of 15.  Jackie attended and graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. While attending Ohio State University, she became a member of Alpha kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.  She was a member of the sorority for 69 years.   Years later she moved to Maryland and married Captain William A. Williams.  From their union they had four children, Karen Regina, William Arthur, Anna Marie and Ruth Victoria.   She is the grandmother of three –Michelle, Jamel and Keya and the great grandmother of six beautiful children.  Upon moving to Baltimore she joined St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church where she worshiped for over 60 years.  For many years she was an active member of the Ladies of Charity, St Cecilia Soup Kitchen, and Ladies of Peter Claver Auxiliary.  In addition, Jackie taught CCD classes at St. Cecilia’s for over fifteen yearsJackie’s professional career spanned more than a fifty year period in the following areas:  A toxicologist for the U.S Government in Edgewood Maryland, a recreation leader for the City of Baltimore, and a disability adjudicatory for the State of Maryland, where she served for seventeen years upon which she concluded her professional career. Jackie was loved by everyone and leaves behind many family members and friends.last_img read more