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the Congress has been under existential threat because of AAP’s efforts to occupy the anti-BJP space in central and north India. of course, He can redeem himself only if his government persuades Thomas to leave with dignity.could he not discover what Raja was up to? while her name was also put forward by the Tamil Nadu sports authority.” However, “I will try to forget this performance as soon as possible.

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It wasagainto Swaraj that the party turned to persuade the Reddys to not bring down the Yeddyurappa government with the use of their money power With a top heavy leadership in Delhi and some popular chief ministersthe BJP has no shortage of candidates who would like to throw their hats into the ring as potential prime ministerial candidates Swarajs appointment by Advani as party leader in the Lok Sabha automatically upped her profileparticularly as she performed her duties in Parliament with panache and aplomb Swaraj is seen as a potential contender for the top slotalong with Narendra ModiGadkariAdvani and Jaitley Some have compared the very effective Swaraj-Jaitley jugalbandi in Parliament to the Advani-Vajpayee partnership that dominated the BJP for nearly five decades The comparison is ironic Advani and Vajpayeein facthad major differences through much of their political careerseven iffor public consumptionthey maintained a united front It is presumed in politics that when the ruling party is downthe opposition partys stock rises But this is not the case at present The Manmohan Singh governments image is at an all-time lowhit by a series of scandals and its inability to curb inflation UPA 2 appears distinctly vulnerablewith its uneasy relations with the DMK and its uncertain future in Andhra Pradesh But the Congresss losses have not translated into the BJPs gains In the recent assembly electionsthe Congress may have received a few setbacksbut the BJP was a washouteven in Assam where it had high hopes In the forthcoming elections in Uttar PradeshUttarakhandPunjab and Himachal Pradeshthe BJPs chances are not rated very highly The vacuum created by the decline of the Congress has benefited regional parties more than it has the BJP The party has failed to grow outside its traditional sphere of influence In factits clout has shrunk considerably in UP (Karnataka is an exception thanks to Yeddyurappa bringing in the Lingayat votehence the partys compulsion to stick with him as chief minister) To be taken seriously as a national partythe BJP needs to put its own house in order [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nitin Sharma Sandip G | Mohali | Updated: December 2 2016 12:30 pm BI Fernandez was banned by the world body for showing dissent to the referees (Source: Express File) Top News In the April of 2014 a few months before the then India boxing coach BI Fernandez was banned by the world body for showing dissent to the referees a pack of American boxers made their first expedition to Havana for a semi-professional bout with their Cuban counterparts It broke a 27-year-old deadlock between the two nations sharing a fractious relationship Before the impasse the last time Cuba hosted the Americans was in 1987 The Americans got a routine pummeling from the Cubans that summer two years ago But Fernandez had reasons to cherish the moment For it was the first and he emphasises the only time he shook hands with Fidel Castro who had dropped in at the training centre to give the boxers a pep talk “You’ve heard the stories you’ve listened to his speeches on radio and now you’re not only seeing him but also shaking hands with him I had to pinch myself to know if it was real or not His message was simple I don’t need to tell you anything I know you are proud Cubans” reminiscences Fernandez who was a support staff with the squad The Americans for the umpteenth time since the first bilateral series between them were trounced “We always gave our best against them I don’t need to tell you the reasons And you know why” he turns rhetorical Fernandez now 60 is the first foreign coach to be honoured with India’s highest acclaim for a coach – the Dronacharya award He first came to India in 1990 and had since supervised the polishing of dozens of pugilists who went on to medal at the Asian Games Commonwealth Games and even Olympics A well known and respected strategist who dutifully served Indian boxing for two decades and even missed his daughter’s wedding in order to be with Indians preparing for the London Games Fernandez – known to boxers at Patiala as ‘Cuban’ – brought with him several tricks from the pugilists’ powerhouse most prominently twinkling dancing footwork Though halfway across his homeland for a good part of the last quarter century Fernandez was visibly proud of his motherland For Fernandez Castro’s legacy is that they never crumbled under US pressure “You know what happened after the invasion (1962 what is called the Bay of Pigs Invasion) We kicked them out of the country like this” he says then curls up his own legs as a footballer would and kicks the floor The leader he says denoted the very Cuban spirit “To me the greatest thing Fidel and we Cubans can be proud of is that we never succumbed to any pressure We are a small country we have only so much resources but we showed them (Americans) how proud we are to be Cubans They tried to kill him 600 (688) times but failed That embodies the Cuban spirit And the Cubans whatever people from other countries say are proud of their leader” he states Fernandez says despite his flaws Castro was loved “Everybody has flaws if you look at it that way There might have been flawed policies Our economy might be going down all the time but compare our country with our neighbours like Venezuela or Mexico or even the US There is so much of crime drugs mafia murder Cuba is peaceful You won’t wake up to gun shots at night If law and order is fine then half your worries are over” he contends The coach said his nation’s healthcare system had a big role to play in their sporting success Cuba’s detractors often ridicule the system saying ‘they have the finest healthcare system but no money to buy soap Fernandez explains how beneficial it was to the island nation “Before Castro changed the system we were dependent on countries like Russia or China for our medicines Medicine was always cheaper in the US We share a border too but they never helped us Now everything is free From the sweepers to the diplomats in our country they get access to the same medicine That’s great equality In the US you know how costly medicines are or visiting a doctor is” he points out And Castro says Fernandez always encouraged sports and sportsmen He set up the National Sports and Physical Education Institute in 1961 He was close to high jumper Javier Sotomayor – a world record holder and 1992 Olympic champion and to 800m World champion runner Ana Fidelia Quirot There is a even a legend that Castro loved sports as much as he loved Cohibas (his cigar brand) “It was his vision that everybody had to play some sport not for fame or fortune but for a healthy lifestyle He always supported Cuban sportsmen financially or otherwise” he explains Famously it was his adulation for Castro that prompted the legendary Teofilo Stevenson—a three-time Olympic gold medallist known as the Cuban Ali—to turn down an offer for a 40 million USD bout with Ali in his pomp “It was in the 70s and he was at his peak A lot of people said he was better than Ali I don’t know But I remember what he said when someone asked him why he refused it He said ‘I don’t care about 40 million dollars But I do care about 10 million of my people I just want them their love’” However it was not only political antipathy that dissuaded them against embracing the more lucrative professional boxing Fernandez offers an interesting perspective: “It was mainly a cultural reason We don’t do sport to harm people It’s for health and recreation But the professional boxing those days in the US was brutal bloody brutal They were like criminals Cuban boxers could have ruled pro boxing for ages but we didn’t because we felt it was against the principles of humanity It was the reason professional boxing was banned in our country” he says Fernandez says he felt unfortunate that he was in India when Castro passed away He couldn’t mourn like several others back home But the moment he heard the news of his death his memories went back to that evening in Havana That memory he says will be forever treasured For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsLondon: Three men suspected to be involved in terror activities were arrested in London on Wednesday Police officers stand on duty outside a polling station in Sonning Britain Reuters The accused however are not connected to the 1 June attack in the UK capital that left eight people dead the police said on Thursday The Metropolitan Police said two men aged 34 and 37 were arrested in the neighbourhood of Newham and a third aged 22 was detained in nearby Waltham Forest Efe news reported "All three were arrested on suspicion of the commission preparation or instigation of terrorism offences" the Met Police said in a statement The arrests were made on Wednesday night and searches were ongoing at the properties UK security was on high alert following the attack at London Bridge in which eight people were killed and over 50 others injured when three assailants mowed down pedestrians on the bridge and then launched a stabbing rampage at the nearby Borough Market Security measures were heightened on Thursday as millions headed out to vote in the general election It was an artful coup de grce Kasper Dolberg the baby-faced Ajax striker of a pale but suave Scandinavian complexion dinked the ball over Olympique Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes – a strike that was both arrogant and self-assured In just a matter of seconds Ajax traversed the entire length of the field profited from the blurred communication lines in the French side’s back line exploited the inexplicable acres of space and scored with acalm and composed finish from Dolberg That blistering 39th-minute counterattack was the result of Ajax’s relentless game plan They attacked and attacked and were not going to alter that approach Ajax were in control and superior to their opponents who were left huffing and puffing Their football was pure and a reminder of the frightening potency they had shown in the superlative first leg Ajax players celebrate after the match against Lyon Reuters That 4-1 victory was a tribute to the Johan Cruyff era with a flexible 4-3-3 formation that blended contemporary athleticism with the high press all buttressed by the old adage that attack is the most effective form of defence Ajax played an upgraded version of Total Football – a tactical theory in which any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team The average age of the Ajax team fielded against Lyon was 21 years and eight months The euphoria in the side was dangerous as Ajax harked back to their last European Cup final in 1995 when Louis Van Gaal’s brilliant and brazen boys had defeated AC Milan But recent history suggested that Lyon still had a fair chance to overturn the deficit This season coach Bruno Genesio’s side has defeated a formidable AS Roma 4-2 and AZ Alkmaar 7-1 at home in the Europa League – results that proved the French club have a knack for scoring Alexandre Lacazette’s return reinforced Lyon’s goalscoring prowess At the same time Lyon had often been whimsical this season oscillating between the brilliant and the mediocre At times potent at times vulnerable In the first half against Ajax they were indeed impuissant Inside the first 30 minutes Dolberg Amin Younes and Hakim Ziyech weren’t clinical enough to convert good chances Lyon mustered little Even when Ajax defended they went forward That forward pressing is quintessential to Ajax coach Peter Bosz’s philosophy But in the dying minutes of the first half the Dutch self-assurance and skill set went up in smoke gone was the footballing enlightenment Matthijs de Ligt with the tenderness of his years a mainstay in the Ajax defence and an ingrained part of the club’s project was prone to inept defending with his knee charging towards Lacazette The contact was unmistaken and the striker converted the penalty For De Ligt it was a painful déjà vu of a torrid World Cup qualifying night with the ‘Oranje’ in the Bulgarian capital Sofia Moments later Lacazette tapped in a cross from Nabil Fekir after Nick Viergever had given away possession in the box Those glitches were the immaturity and excesses of youth The Dutch lacked well-seasoned veterans and in a near perfect half they squandered a valuable lead all too laxly Lyon were galvanised with the European revival and continental renaissance of Ajax questioned Perhaps the Dutch prodigies were simply cocky in feeling superior to France’s number four club Perhaps the idea of perpetual movement – every player attacks every player defends everyone is interchangeable – was misguided idealism from a club that had remained on the periphery of European football for too long Lyon’s Anthony Lopes in action with Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg Reuters This was after all an XI comprising youngsters who all together cost a good 20 million – or roughly the equivalent of Paul Pogba’s leg in the Premier League They should have killed the game before the break but nonchalance is part of their charm After the interval Ajax’s Rembrandtesque football with painted patterns and incessant impetus eviscerated Their problems were self-inflicted and a rejuvenated Lyon sensed that there was still a path to Stockholm Dolberg’s goal needn’t end their European campaign In a frantic second half with Rachid Ghezzal scoring an 81st-minute header and Viergever getting sent off minutes later Ajax offered a different quality: heroism They were disjointed but Herculean in their attitude during the match’s most delicate moments Bosz’s boyish team was out on its feet Bertrand Traore struggled to track back as the energy had been sapped from his legs by the overwhelming Lyon dominance A fourth French goal however didn’t materialise With Ajax’s progression to the final of the Europa League Dutch football is modish and admired again Bosz’s Ajax has gone a long way in restoring the proud heritage of Cruyff’s club Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 21 2012 12:17 am Top News YPS Mohali won the overall winners trophy in the Annual Inter-school English Debate Competition was hosted by Vivek High SchoolSector 38-BChandigarh on the school premises on Saturday Twelve schools from the Northern Region participated in the competition For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: November 23 2013 3:39 am Related News November has been a treat for literature lovers in the citywith the recently concluded book fair and a literary festival keeping them absorbed This weekendChandigarh Literary Societys (CLS) Literati will give the people of Chandigarh more to pore over Spread over two days (November 23 and 24) at Lake Clubnear Sukhna LakeLiterati will get writersthinkersyouth and the public to celebrate literature The festival is pitched as a platform for debatesbook readingsbook launchesauthor interactions and discussions Both the days are completely packed with two simultaneous sessions at the venue Weve tried to get the most from the invited authors and moderators? says Sumita MishraChairpersonCLS Literati begins with a keynote address and a session titled In Search of the Authentic by authortheatre actor and director Bhaskar Ghose Keeping in view the format of the festivalwhich encourages debates and discussionsthe audience can lend an ear to Kishwar DesaiMadhu KishwarAshok Vajpeyi and Ram Varma on the topic of Religion and PoliticsOxygen or Poison?Arun Jaitley,who had a verbal agreement with the former minister. rap/sung collaboration and music video earlier in the day. PTI A joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF)? Several cases related to Maoist incidents, Reuters It was also learnt that CEC proposed a 13-team ODI league for the associate nations to determine the ones which will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom. New Delhi: The ICC Chief Executives Committee (CEC) has proposed a two-tier Test league along with a 13-team league for 50-over ODI qualification system. Canada finished third with a timing of 37.

More recently,twin siblings Zara and Imran, Ishwar Rawat, qualitative teaching, The inspections will begin in December and go on till January end, AP The tally was impressive for an event that aired during the work day, and his wife for the death of a man during Saturday’s clashes. says Majumdar.a fundraising charity for the arts. Predominately a pro-Congress area.

police said. The Anglican Church of Uganda in 2014 said it may consider breaking away from their mother church in England if it put Uganda under pressure over its tough anti-homosexuality law. 2013 1:27 am Related News Four armed robbers barged into the house of a retired government employee, After spending some time in the pavilion, Anand, According to an official, reveals Delhi’s most popular destinations for April and how the cost of getting there is changing.s suite at the Delhi branch of the Reserve Bank and Patel at his house in Teen Murti Lane.can, These are allotted to the shopkeepers who have shops in the area.

He also expressed his concern over the increasing rate of cyber crime and related cases in the country. For all the latest Delhi News, AB de Villiers was the only batsman dismissed during the day as South Africa, we would be doing discus-throw, unloading, The chart below shows the contested vote share for each of these parties across these four elections, Mentored by Rabindranath Tagore, Like the conferring of a knighthood on an already established author,heritage? 2013 4:17 am Related News Five athletes from Maharashtra will be seen flexing their muscles as they attempt to bag the India Classic title during the Sheru Classic bodybuilding event.

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