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Ram Vilas Paswan tries to come out of Lalu’s shadow

first_imgThe Opposition parties in Bihar appear to be in introspection mode after their crushing defeat in the assembly polls. Reduced to a minuscule presence in the legislature, their leaders are already looking into their political future.In a significant development, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leaders recently announced that the party would project its national president Ram Vilas Paswan as the future chief ministerial candidate of the state.Their announcement came only a day after Paswan visited a slum area in the state capital last week, where he promised to build concrete houses for all the Dalit families if he became the chief minister “with their blessings”. This is the first time his partymen have tried to project him as the CM candidate.In the last assembly election, the LJP and its pre-poll ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had projected Lalu Prasad for the top job. The LJP had presented Paswan’s younger brother Pashupati Kumar Paras as its deputy chief minister candidate. It was obvious that Paswan would steer clear of state-level politics and concentrate on national politics.Even though his party remains an ally of Lalu’s RJD, his supporters have started saying that the projection of a leader of Paswan’s stature could turn the tide in their favour in the next polls.The next assembly elections are a good four years away but the LJP’s stand is politically significant.After its poll debacle, the majority of LJP workers believed that the projection of Lalu as the chief ministerial candidate of their alliance did not go down well with the voters. The LJP won only three seats out of the 75 that it contested. Citing the performance of the party in the previous assembly elections, its supporters had also advocated going solo in the polls.advertisementPolitical pundits had expected the RJD and the LJP to go their separate ways after the poll rout but Paswan and Lalu had put up a united front.One of the immediate reasons for it was Paswan’s election to the Rajya Sabha. It was because of Lalu’s support that Paswan was able to return to Parliament after his defeat in the Lok Sabha election in 2009. Therefore, he had a personal reason to swear by their alliance.However, the cracks have been visible in the past few months.Both the leaders chose to launch separate agitations against the Nitish government. Paswan took the lead in spearheading the agitation against the government on various issues, ranging from the firing in Forbesganj on Muslims to Nitish Kumar’s demand for special status to Bihar.He was also the first to reach the Bhajanpura village near Forbesganj where the police firing had taken the lives of five persons last June. But Lalu decided to undertake a march to the same village three months later.There has been no apparent coordination between the RJD and the LJP at the grassroots level over the years. In fact, they have been blaming each other for the defeat of their respective parties in the polls.Against this background, the LJP leaders’ announcement to project Paswan as their CM candidate assumes political significance.But will Lalu be ready to make way for Paswan? He is unlikely to give up his claim also because his party has had a bigger presence in the state over the years.The RJD appears to be in no hurry to respond to the LJP’s announcement but it may well be the beginning of the end of their honeymoon that did not provide any sweet memory to either partner in the past three years of collaboration. ===Honey where did you hide the money? The Bihar government has launched a massive drive against corruption with vigilance bureau officials arresting more than 400 public servants.But the campaign seems to have spurred some people to devise new methods for seeking bribes. The Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) recently arrested a bank manager at Dulhin Bazar near Patna who had demanded Rs 20,000 from a villager for issuing a Kisan Credit Card.The banker, however, never accepted bribes at his office. He used to tell people to hand over the money to his wife at home in Patna.The CBI sleuths had to work hard to find out where the bribe money was kept during a raid at his home recently. They finally recovered it from a mixer- grinder hidden by the manager’s wife in the kitchen. ===THE Bihar government is doing all it can to promote sports in the state.Not only has it started honouring players who excel in different sports, but is also providing government jobs to those who play at the national and international level. Chief minister Nitish Kumar said the government would give jobs this year to 150 players – five each in each discipline.advertisementLast year, the government had provided employment to 32 sportspersons. On the occasion of Sports Day on August 29, the government felicitated a total of 229 players, including Squadron Leader Nirupama Pandey, the first woman to scale Mount Everest, Rajesh Choudhary, Arjuna awardee in yachting and Chandrashekhar Choudhary, who had won a silver medal in shooting in the Commonwealth Games.===Good samaritan at Patna zoo Baidyanath Paswan, an animal-keeper at the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Garden in Patna, was doing his routine job when he heard a baby cry.He found an abandoned newborn baby girl wrapped in a white cloth thrown in a nearby bush. He immediately took the child to senior zoo officials. But before they could decide anything, Paswan sought their permission to keep her. The officials subsequently took the baby to the police station to inform them that Paswan was keen to adopt the abandoned baby.Much to Paswan’s joy, the police officials allowed him to keep the baby and asked him to follow the legal adoption process if no relative turned up to claim her.Paswan said his son did not have any child even after 12 years of marriage and the baby was a godsend for his family.His wife and daughter-in-law were ecstatic when he brought the baby home. Paswan said the girl had brought immense joy to his family.Meanwhile, the news about the abandoned child spread like wildfire in the town and at least four well-to-do families approached the Patna zoo administration to adopt the child. But Paswan had already become her doting granddad by then. ===PATNA’S Mahavir Mandir has now set up its own website to enable devotees to worship the deity online.They can have Lord Hanuman’s darshan and watch all the rituals. The website was inaugurated by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who said the online viewing of the deity would be of great help to the devotees residing in places far away. The temple earns very high revenue and much of its wealth goes towards charitable causes.last_img read more


first_imgA month of art, travel, food and much more.Art September 23-October 1: Photography festivalCAMERAunLIMITED is holding its first photo exhibition. Started by Ravi Dhingra, this group encourages upcoming photographers. Two other artists will also display their photographs-Anwita Sarin who is a textile designer and Anubhav Das, a photographer. While Dhingra’s,A month of art, travel, food and much more.ArtSeptember 23-October 1: Photography festivalCAMERAunLIMITED is holding its first photo exhibition. Started by Ravi Dhingra, this group encourages upcoming photographers. Two other artists will also display their photographs-Anwita Sarin who is a textile designer and Anubhav Das, a photographer. While Dhingra’s and Das’s work primarily highlight monks and monastries, Sarin has focused on textiles. At Creativity Art Gallery 29, Hauz Khas Village Timing 11am to 7:30 pmSeptember 5 – 30: Tribal artCatch a glimpse of tribal art at Dots and Dashes-The Best of Jangarh Kalam, an exhibition of Gond tribal paintings. Works of various Gond painters who have different styles- some draw circles, while some draw lines, some use myriad colours, while others prefer black and white-will be on display. At Must Art Gallery, F-213 B, first floor, Lado Sarai. Tel 9650477072 Timing 10 am to 7 pmAugust 28 – October 26Home Spun takes off from the idea that home is both a place and state of mind, locational and emotional. Some of the artists whose works are being showcased as part of this exhibition are Subodh Gupta, Sakshi Gupta, and Zarina Hashm. At Sirpur House, Plot 39, Sector-44, behind Epicentre (Apparel House),Gurgaon Tel 0124 48881111Timing 11 am to 8 pmOctober 1 – 7: Holy connectionExhibition of a series of paintings in both traditional and contemporary art by Payal Bahl. She has captured Ganesha in various moods-playing guitar, flute, tabla, dancing during sunset, and riding an elephant. At Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre Tel 2468 2001August 27 – September 17: (A)Morning Show, a first-of-its-kind exhibition of ‘adult’ Hindi movie posters. At W+K Exp, Triveni Complex, Sheikh Sarai Phase I. Tel 4600959.TraveladvertisementOctober 1 – 8: Girly tripTrip on the archaelogical miracles, countless monastries and churches, plenty of sports and beaches and vivid nightlife of Greece with Women on Clouds, a travel network for women. WOC is working a trip to Greece for seven nights. It will include a day tour of Athens, Delos excursion, Mykonos and Santorini. For more details log on to their website www.womenonclouds.comTheatreSeptember 28-October 24: Myths, etceteraShriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presents its 54th year of Ramlila. The Kendra’s Ramayana is billed as ‘education through entertainment’ where tradition presents mythology in a contemporary context. Tickets are priced at Rs 500, Rs 300, Rs 200 and Rs 100 At Kamani Auditorium Tel 43503333 /23386428/ 29 Timing 6:30 pm to 9:15pmFood Till September 27: World on a platterGet a sampler of tapas, mezze, izakaya, and mezedes cuisine on your plates. Feast on sheesh tauq, crab otak otak, sugarcane prawns sweet chilli and basil reduction, tossed artichokes and bell peppers in honey pepper, Vietnamese rice paper rolls and more with your chilled beer bucket. At Tapas World, 22, Defence Colony Market Tel 46108595September 17-October 3: Ja, ji!Enjoy a decidedly un-German Oktoberfest with mouth watering treats like pizza di pollo (pizza with grilled chicken and herbs) and even kali mirch mutton skewers. There is a wide range of beer, red and white wines to help wash down your food. At Urban Pind, N-4, N Block Market, Greater Kailash I Tel 9818805909September 17 – October 10Savour Oktoberfest staples- sauerkraut burger, sauerkraut lamb burger, German hot potato salad, German fried chicken with fried eggs, beer bread and sausages cooked in beer, steckerlfisch- grilled fish on a stick, black forest home fries-and Bauernfrhstck, the Farmer’s breakfast. At Cocoa by Belgique, Select CITYWALK, Saket andPacific Mall, Rajouri Garden. Tel 42658279Till September 11: Family timeCelebrate Grandparents Day with Ek sham dada dadi, nana nani ke naam. At Hang out, 3rd floor, Select CITYWALK, Saket Tel 9560700811Till September 18: Kebab-e-KhasTry delicacies of the North West Frontier Province at Khyber se Karachi Tak. Pick from chappli kebab, seekh kebab, shashleek, baluchi sajji chicken, and Khyber karhai chicken. At Caraway, The Grand Hotel, Vasant Kunj. Tel 26771234last_img read more

Carvajal: Champions League the only thing left

first_imgReal Madrid Champions League all that’s left for Real Madrid, concedes Carvajal Tom Webber 20:20 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) DaniCarvajal - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Leganés Leganés Copa del Rey The Blancos have been dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes and are well off the pace in La Liga, with Europe now their only chance of salvation After a shock Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Leganes, Dani Carvajal believes Real Madrid’s only hope for further glory this season is the Champions League.Madrid crashed out of Spain’s domestic cup competition in the quarter-finals on away goals on Wednesday, as they went down 2-1 to Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu, prompting an angry response from the supporters.Despite having won the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this season, the pressure on head coach Zinedine Zidane was already mounting, with Los Blancos sitting 19 points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Carvajal insisted Madrid will not throw in the towel and will try their hardest to retain the league title, but thinks a third straight European triumph is more likely.”La Liga is complicated, but we are going to fight,” he told beIN SPORTS.”The leaders are many points ahead and we are going to try. The only competition we are still alive in is the Champions League and we are going to fight for it.”We know the fans are angry with us. We do not deserve to be cheered. We are not up to what the badge demands. It doesn’t feel good. Now we have to reverse the situation.”We are in a difficult moment, we must work more than ever and we must get back to winning ways.”last_img read more