Farmers’ issues more pressing than Chief Minister post: Uddhav Thackeray

first_imgStating that the plight of the farmer was a much more critical issue than the question of the future chief ministerial post, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday cautioned that the ruling government would be in a serious spot if the farmer’s issues boiled over.“I am not bothered who will be the next Chief Minister and from which party. Unfortunately, this question has assumed significance for some people who think it is greater than the burning question of farmers. I am only concerned about the farmers of Maharashtra securing justice and their woes being redressed. Until this happens, I will continue to regard politicos as unworthy,” Mr. Thackeray said, addressing farmers in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar district.The Sena chief, who was taking stock of a help centre set-up by his party workers in the tehsil, said that the ruling government [BJP-Sena] must not be complacent following its Lok Sabha win and must strive to place the farmers’ woes high on its agenda.“The farmer is not a slave. There is a limit to his sacrifice and patience. Once they are exceeded, it could prove severely detrimental to those in power. I assure that the Sena will not rest till farmers are given their due,” said Mr. Thackeray.At the same time, the Sena president quashed suggestions of any schisms in his party’s alliance with the BJP, stating that the saffron coalition was strong and that detractors needn’t be concerned about the possibility of any rift.“I do not speak against the BJP-led government. Having said that, I want to state that one of the conditions of our alliance with the BJP was the issue of completely writing off loans for the farmers, and not a mere loan waivee. The Sena will ensure that every farmer avails of this benefit,” Mr. Thackeray said.He reiterated his warning that the Shiv Sena would take action against insurance companies and banks denying financial aid to farmers.“It is the responsibility of these companies to give them insurance money. But I have information that many are refusing to do so. I only want to warn them that they cannot escape justice like a Nirav Modi or a Vijay Mallya,” said the Sena chief.last_img read more

Out of sync so far in playoffs, Thunder’s Paul George looking to find rhythm

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES In Game 1 against Portland, he went 8 for 24 from the field and made 4 of 15 3-pointers. In Game 2, George focused more on drives and shorter jumpers and was a more efficient 11 for 20 from the floor.The Thunder desperately need George’s long-range production. He led the team and ranked fourth in the NBA with 3.8 makes per game in the regular season. Oklahoma City has made just 10 of 61 3-pointers in the series. George has made six of 22, meaning his teammates have missed 35 of their 39 tries.George averaged a career-best 28.0 points per game this season — second in the league behind James Harden.When George is on, he takes point guard Russell Westbrook out of do-everything mode. Westbrook shot 5 for 20 while trying to pick up for his team’s struggles in Game 2.Despite their struggles, George said neither his approach nor the team’s approach will change.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)OKLAHOMA CITY — When Paul George has been rolling this season, so has Oklahoma City.The Thunder’s All-Star forward has been off his game against Portland, and OKC has struggled against the Trail Blazers. Yes, George is averaging 26.5 points in their first-round playoff series, but he’s making just 27 percent of his 3-pointers — down from 39 percent during the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT China bans Boston Marathon trio in latest cheating scandalcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “We have to keep shooting,” he said. “We’re going to make shots. Keep shooting. We miss shots, so what. Keep shooting.”Portland was concerned with the 3-point opportunities George had in Game 1 and adjusted. George responded by making 9 of 13 shots inside the 3-point line in Game 2. He only took seven threes though— down from his season average of 9.8 attempts.“I thought by far, in the first game, he had a lot of really, really good open 3-point shots,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “I think in the second game, they tried to take a lot of those away. I think he played down low a little bit more, played at the rim. When he could get into some space where he could kind of use his dribbling to create some gaps for himself, he drove or he stepped back and shot it from mid-range.”George said the shoulder problems have not affected him defensively. The league leader in steals during the regular season often matches up with an opponent’s best wing player, but he hasn’t been matched up with Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum much in the series. He said that’s by design because he’s supporting Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson by clogging the lane.Still, the Thunder’s biggest problems in the series have been on offense. George said getting back to Oklahoma City could help — but just being in OKC isn’t enough.“We’ll get back on stride being at home,” he said. “I’m not going to say that just to say that just because we’re going to be at home, it’s going to be all fine and dandy. We’ve got to come out and play, execute, do the things that we do to win this game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Much has been made of his shoulder issues, which he has been dealing with the past few months. George even missed the regular-season finale against Milwaukee after not being able to lift his arm.But George said Thursday his shoulder is not the issue, noting that he is pain-free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The first game it was just out of rhythm, trying to find shots,” George said. “The second game, it was just knowing where shots were going to come from, knowing the space that I could get playing at the basket and taking advantage of where I can get to the rim. It’ll be a great mix Game 3.”The Thunder hope it is a great mix. They’re down 0-2 as the series shifts to Oklahoma City Friday night. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe minister pointed out that one-third of people in Delhi stay in slums while over half of the citys population resides in unauthorised colonies but the development plans are always exclusive and not inclusive.Asserting that there is no clarity in peoples thoughts about development, Sisodia said, “No economics theory says development means widened roads, big buildings and flyovers. Unless the youth is assured that there are adequate and affordable arrangements for education there can only be development of the city but not individuals”.”I have not be an educationist but I know that changes in design of education system can only bring inclusiveness. Whenever it comes to government schools, people ask if mid-day meals are being served on time, uniforms being distributed or washrooms are in proper shape or not.”But no body focuses on why the standard of learning is low in schools which have all the facilities. I went to a government school recently in Dwarka and I was shocked to see that Class X students were not able to read and write even small and common words properly,” he said.He also said that human development and human resource development are different paradigms. PTI GJS DV 04281451 DVlast_img read more

India Blue inch closer to seal Duleep Trophy final berth

first_imgIndia Blue established their dominance against India Green by taking a mammoth 555-run lead on the penultimate day of the four-day Duleep Trophy match on Tuesday.After a brilliant first innings where they piled on 707 runs, the Gautam Gambhir-led India Blue decided to carry on batting after bundling out Indian Green for a paltry 237 in their first essay.The third day ended with India Blue reaching 85/0 in the second innings with Gambhir and Mayank Agarwal unbeaten on 36 and 49 respectively at the Greater Noida Sports Complex here.Facing a mammoth 707, India Green started off on a poor note as opener Murali Vijay (6) threw away his wicket by stepping down the track but missed the ball altogether in the fourth over.This brought in Jalaj Saxena, who also could not add much to the scorecard and was sent back to the pavilion with just 37 runs on the board.After this, India Green never managed to get a big partnership though middle order’s Parthiv Patel (55) and Shreyas Gpoal (26) tried to steady the ship but too perished in the process.India Blue came up with a double strike sending both the set batsmen back off consecutive deliveries. Skipper Suresh Raina came in late and entertained the crowd with a breezy 52, but his knock could not take the team out of troubled waters and as a result only managed to score 237 runs, and trail by 470.Legspinner Karn Sharma and pacer Abhimanyu Mithun got three wickets each while Pankaj Singh managed two scalps. Despite a huge lead, Gambhir decided to bat again and he along with his opening partner Agarwal remained unbeaten at stumps. They forged an 85-run unbeaten partnership with Gambhir going on to make 1000 runs in the Duleep Trophy.advertisementBrief Scores: India Blue: 707, 85/0 (Gautam Gambhir 36 not out, Mayank Agarwal 49 not out) vs India Green (Parthiv Patel 55, Suresh Raina 52, Abhimanyu Mithun 3/16, Karn Sharma 3/74)last_img read more