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Angadi’s name as a probable candidate for ministerial berth was doing the rounds in the state BJP circles while Ananth Kumar Dattatreya Hegde who has been appointed Minister of State for Skill Development emerged as a surprise pick Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in-charge of BJP affairs in Karnataka is holding deliberations with state party leaders in Bengaluru on party matters Angadi said there are many MPs from North Karnataka and whoever is capable should be made the cabinet minister "There are many MPs from our region (North Karnataka) not only me Whoever is capable let them be made" he said To a query Angadi said the state BJP leadership should have made a favourable plea before the central leadership for giving representation to North Karnataka "Our state leadership or the team should have pleaded properly before the central leadership Entire team should be united My friend (Hegde) has become a cabinet minister I am very happy for him" he said Angadi said he is a sincere worker of the party from the beginning and rose to be a Parliamentarian from an ordinary post of Belagavi city vice president "My people have elected me thrice irrespective of caste creed or religion The best testimony is that I have won elections from an area which boasts of having more than 50 percent Marathi votes" he added Senior NCP leader Praful Patel reportedly criticised the Congress and blamed it for the downfall of the two parties while addressing a public rally at Akola on Sunday “In the last 5 years it is because of the Congress party that its workers supporters and NCP have suffered” Times Now quoted him as saying He added that the scams involving NCP leaders were not really scams but controversies created by the Congress to defame the NCP “They didn’t see as many enemies in BJP as they saw in the NCP Their focus was to put us down They sank and they took us down” he said File image of NCP leader Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi AFP This is not the first time when the two parties have washed their dirty linen in public Both the parties have played a blame game and back stabbed each other since time immemorial Their alliance was fraught with accusations disloyal members and tensions During his address to party workers on the party’s 17th foundation day NCP leader Sharad Pawar too held the Congress responsible for breaking up the pre-poll alliance in 2014 Assembly elections in Maharashtra The Indian Express reported However in May 2016 Pawar had expressed confidence of Congress bouncing back to power like in the past NCP had also lauded the Arunachal Pradesh Congress’ move to replace Nabam Tuki with Pema Khandu for the face of chief minister The party seems to be confusing itself and others of its loyalty to other parties It had even responded to Congress’ call for forming a grand alliance of like-minded parties for Goa Assembly elections NCP had extended its support to the idea saying such front will prevent division of votes in the BJP’s favour PTI had reported NCP’s loyalty to Congress has always seemed questionable with reports of Pawar holding a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the elections and NCP extending unsought outside support to the Devendra Fadnavis government Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan believes that NCP wants to keep its options of an alliance with BJP open The Indian Expresshad qouted him as saying “The minute Shiv Sena and BJP broke their alliance NCP signalled end of the alliance with Congress ahead of polls” Even in the 2007 elections for the post of mayor and deputy mayor for the Mira-Bhayander municipal corporation NCP joined hands with Sena BJP Janata Dal (Secular) other smaller outfits and independents to support an independent for the post of mayor according to a report in The Financial Express The relations between Congress and NCP who were ruling Maharashtra as an alliance till 2014 have always remained strained Reports of clashes within the alliance were ubiquitous Liveminthad reported that the war between NCP and the Congress had delayed Mumbai infrastructure projects For instance NCP was pushing for a sealink between the western suburbs of Bandra and Versova while Congress wanted a coastal road along the western seafront of Mumbai as a cheaper option Another example is the transfer of Pune Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh in 2010 While Congress had announced that Singh would soon be transferred from his post NCP had denied any such proposal according to IANS However after he quit as Mumbai Police Commissioner in 2014 and joined the BJP the differences between the Congress and NCP delayed the process of finding his replacement NDTV had reported Before the Maharashtra elections in 2014 in which Congress fell from 17 MPs to just 2 both the parties had heated discussions on the seat sharing NCP had repotedly raised the demand for rotational chief minister at the last minute and the alliance broke off In a series of tweets Pawar had declared that "I would like to say that there were significant differences between our party & Congress on various critical issues Due to time constraint & other issues we were compelled to take bold step to end 15 years of alliance with Congress in Maharashtra” Congress and NCP even set up a ten-member committee to resolve differences as and when they crop up “The committee has been tasked with the job of resolving difficulties and differences between the two allies in each of the 48 constituencies A helpline number with office-bearers will be set up soon and if anyone wishes to speak to the Chief Minister or me they will be connected” Ajit Pawar had told PTI Chavan had said that Congress workers considered NCP’s body language to be anti-Congress NCP leader Ajit Pawar had demanded 144 of the state’s 288 Assembly seats NCP had also criticised the Chavan for high cost of Mhada flats and slow pace of MMRDA projects Pawar broke away from the Congress in 1999 protesting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin and launched the NCP With inputs from agencies Written by Anil Sasi | Published: September 27 2013 4:08 am Related News Cross-border trade in electricity has the potential to be a game-changer in bilateral relations Once grid interconnections are in place and power starts flowinga sense of continuity is imparted to the relationship and electricity can transform into the driver for diplomacy There is no better example of electricity being used a successful unifier than the West-African Power Pool (WAPP)a cooperation initiative kicked off over a decade ago linking national electricity companies of nations that includes GhanaLiberiaMaliNigerNigeriaSenegal and Togo What is noteworthy is that during the second half of the last centurya number of these countries were on opposite sides of bloody military conflicts Setting aside the differencesthey have now transformed the WAPP into the most dynamic power pool in Africaspanning 190 km of lines strung across over 15 countries There are other successesincluding the Nord Poolthe Central American Electrical Interconnection and the South American Regional Energy Integration South Asiadespite the SAARChas a long way to go But the rapid progress in Indias electricity diplomacy efforts with Bangladesh is a significant achievement in this context The crucial 71-km Baharampur-Bheramara link between the electricity grids of the two countries is tentatively set for commissioning on October 5 On Fridaythe lines will be switched on for testing The project will transfer up to 500 MW from India to power-starved Bangladesh The capacity of the interconnection can be upped to 1000 MW which means the electricity trade can be ramped up swiftly in the coming years Land at Bheramara has already been bought to create an additional HVDC buffer terminal for doubling the capacity of the line and this can be done over the next three years It is a major milestone to strengthen bilateral relationship when India is desperate to make amends for its inability to deliver on two key pacts with Bangladeshthe one on Teesta waters and the land boundary pact between the two countries With Pakistan toomuch ground had been covered in talks to interconnect the grid at the Amritsar-Lahore junction Things were progressing well till the middle of this yearbut unexpected border incidents have derailed progress Anil is a senior editor based in New Delhi anils@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Parimal Dabhi | Gandhinagar | Published: August 18 2017 5:55 am Kanu Kalsariya is set to contest from Mahuva constituency Related News With AAP unlikely to fight the Gujarat Assembly elections this year the party’s face in the state Kanu Kalsariya is set to contest the poll as an independent candidate from Mahuva constituency under the banner of his Sadbhavna Trust “I had personally met Arvindji (AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal) and he expressed that the party is not likely to contest the Gujarat Assembly polls so that high command can concentrate more on Delhi I asked him if I can fight polls independently and he has readily said ‘yes’ to it” Kalsariya told The Indian Express For the past several months AAP’s presence in Gujarat has been negligible The party was conspicuous by its absence among public following the recent flood in Banaskantha and Patan districts Last year AAP had announced that it would contest all 182 seats of the Gujarat Assembly However it changed the strategy after below expectation performance in Punjab and drawing a blank in the Goa Assembly polls “The party made many efforts in Punjab and Goa but could not get desired results We also lost in the elections of Delhi MCD As the party did not get desired results in a state like Punjab where it could create an atmosphere in its favour before the elections our leadership is not likely to decide to contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat where there is no such atmosphere Currently the party high command wants to concentrate more on Delhi” Kalsariya said He also pointed out that AAP did not manage to develop a state leadership and the party has no Gujarat unit convener “It is also a fact that no (AAP) leadership has been developed in Gujarat After Sukhdevbhai (Sukhdev Patel party’s convener in Gujarat who resigned in 2015) nobody has been appointed to the post” Kalsariya said After Sukhdev Patel’s resignation the party leadership had bifurcated Gujarat unit into seven zones Kalsaria is heading the zones of Saurashtra Kalsariya a former BJP MLA from Mahuva who had came to limelight when he openly opposed Nirma’s proposed cement plant in his constituency much to the displeasure of the state government then led by Chief Minister Narendra Modi had contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Gariyadhar constituency of Bhavnagar district but lost “Due to a mistake or over confidence I contested election from Gariyadhar constituency in 2012 instead of Mahuva But this year I will fight as an independent candidate from Mahuva under the banner of our Sadbhavna Trust” said Kalsariya a surgeon who runs a charitable hospital ‘Sadbhavna Trust Hospital’ in Mahuva AAP’s Gujarat in-charge Gulabsingh Yadav could not be contacted despite repeated attempts After the 2014 Lok Sabha elections AAP has not contested any election the state For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Garima Mishra | Pune | Published: July 20 2017 8:35 am Sachkhand — Saga of a Saint Soldier Strategist was released last week Top News AMONG THE five ‘takhats’ regarded as places of importance to Sikhs is Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazoor Sahib — a shrine at Nanded where the 10th Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singh had set up his camp in 1708 after the departure of emperor Bahadur Shah City-based photographer and maker of short films Sanjay Dongre had visited the shrine three decades ago when he had shifted to Nanded to study engineering at a local college About four months ago Dongre revisited the place with a group of friends and decided to conduct a three-month-long research on Sachkhand Sahib which translated into a short film — Sachkhand – Saga of a Saint Soldier Strategist The movie was released last week “When I visited the shrine with my friends we managed to get rooms in the Hazur Sahib Complex which gave us the advantage of being close to everything right from the Takhat Sahib to the Langar Sahib I had gone with a mission to capture the beautiful story on my camera and narrate it to the world I wanted to clear some misconceptions about the faith and highlight the right things Shamsheer is an important facet of Sikhism but so is seva and samta” said Dongre Sachkhand depicts the story of a young boy (Guru Gobind Singh) who was made the head at the age of nine after his father was brutally eliminated The story follows his journey towards strategic changes that will transform the faith The most important change was his Last Order which institutionalised the faith “The Last Order was issued at Nanded I felt it was time to narrate this aspect to the world” he added “During my college days in Nanded I had made a few Sikh friends and had learnt a lot about Gurdwaras and their culture” said Dongre Since then he’s been to many gurdwaras including Golden Temple Pathar Sahib Tees Ganj and Hollywood Gurdwara Thanking the members of Sachkhand Sahib for their help in terms of arranging interviews with the spiritual leaders and explaining the subtle aspects he said “Although hectic the few days we spent running all over the place were highly educative We met different people interviewed them got an insight into the workings of the faith and what makes it so unique and strong” Dongre’s past works include an exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery which narrated the story of Vijaynagar and showcased some intriguing visuals from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi He has also made a short film on Yeshwant Holkar also known as the Napoleon of India He had also made a short film capturing the tale of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj from the perspective of his forts “The objective is to spread an enhanced awareness of our rich and diverse heritage as there is so much to learn…” he added For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Ruhee Neog | Published: October 16 2014 12:48 am During the period of Kim Hong Un’s disappearance the foreign affairs rumour mills went into overdrive Related News On October 14 North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper Rodong Sinmun released photos of Kim Jong-un walking with a cane and smiling beatifically at the cameras These are the first (undated) photos of Kim to have emerged after his last sighting on September 3 During the period of his disappearance the foreign affairs rumour mills went into overdrive Many theories some rather wild surfaced Indeed “WhereIsKimJong-un” became one of the most trending hashtags on Twitter Everybody had a theory though none could be conclusively verified Because simply put claiming to be an expert on North Korea would be overstating the case — it is doubtful whether such a person actually exists Kim’s disappearance reportedly his longest absence from the public eye since he was officially introduced as Kim Jong-il’s successor in 2010 earned him even more screen/ headline space than when he is physically present “looking at things” More recently the sense of urgency was fuelled by Kim failing to appear at the commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party Every year since he assumed power Kim has marked the occasion by visiting the Kumsusan Temple of the Sun where his father and grandfather are interred One of the more prominent theories involved a coup According to this theory Kim may have been ousted by his second-in-command General Hwang Pyong-so who holds several critical positions in the North Korean regime This theory was vociferously backed by Jang Jin-sung the “poet-defector” and former North Korean propaganda officer who claims that the stirrings of a coup started in 2013 and that the general is effectively in control An actual witness in a matter related to North Korea is rare so this particular theory acquired much clout Establishing reliability became secondary Lending credence to the theory was the fact that Kim in a visible departure from the norm “severely criticised” the military while inspecting an artillery sub-unit as reported by the Korean Central News Agency which was read by many as symptomatic of a more entrenched disillusionment with the military Last year Kim’s uncle Jang Song-thaek a powerful leader in the regime was executed It may have been the result of a falling out between uncle and nephew But it was also emblematic of the internal fractures among the regime’s elite Add to this the high-profile military purges which claimed former chief of the army General Ri Yong-ho The clincher was the fact that the delegation which visited Incheon during the closing ceremony of the Asian Games to discuss the resumption of bilateral talks between North and South Korea was led by General Hwang Pyong-so But the theory was full of holes First a generic template that is applicable to “mainstream” states of the international order is not useful in North Korea’s case Despite reports of possible internal dissensions it must be remembered that North Korean military officers are all members of the Workers’ Party and the top-level officers are also part of the political elite Allegiance to the party and the regime as embodied by the leader is held paramount That rumblings of discontent in the military could have led to an actual coup seems rather far-fetched Second Kim might not have been physically sighted but his presence especially in print remained unchanged The KCNA continued to sing paeans to the glory of the Dear Leader and Kim appeared in several newsworthy references The meaning of these mentions was not lost on commentators: physical absence does not mean the waning of influence Third Kim’s inability to appear at his forebears’ mausoleum this year did not automatically indicate death or a fall from grace Fourth General Hwang Pyong-so is likely to have led the Incheon delegation as Kim’s envoy not as an independent renegade Kim is the headlining act of North Korea His removal from power would be unprecedented in a state that has remained unchanged since its inception and it would certainly not occur with such swiftness and smoothness As has now been apparently demonstrated Kim’s disappearance was rather unexceptional although one cannot of course know for certain the seriousness of his medical condition He was reported to be limping during an inspection in July this year and many had surmised that an injury could be credited for his disappearance This theory held merit: as a veritable god in an idiosyncratic state that professes no religion an injury would have been cause for alarm Imagine the majestic Kim hobbling around looking a little worse for wear It would humanise him for his domestic audience and perhaps going by North Korean logic also make him appear weak to his larger international audience An absence and a little mystery surrounding it would keep everyone on their toes and enable North Korea to play the game according to its own rules Kim has reappeared just as suddenly as he disappeared because this policy of keeping the world guessing led to some rather ominous conclusions Evidence of his well-being was necessary — and it is to his credit that he manages to smile so brilliantly after having overcome such odds The writer is senior research officer and coordinator Nuclear Security Programme Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies Delhi express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Budapest | Published: July 23 2017 6:11 pm Katie Ledecky is hoping to win six gold medals in Budapest with a daunting schedule that would require her to swim a total of 6300 meters (Source: File) Top News Katie Ledecky got started on a very busy week at the World Championships with a dominating performance in the preliminaries of the 400-meter freestyle Sunday The 20-year-old American set a meet record with a time of 3 minutes 5906 seconds nearly 3 seconds ahead of the next-fastest qualifier teammate Leah Smith (4:0200) Barely breathing hard Ledecky eclipsed her winning time of 3:5913 from the world championships in Kazan two years ago She heads into the evening final as an overwhelming favorite to defend her title the only bit of drama being whether she can break her world record of 3:5646 from the Rio Olympics Ledecky is hoping to win six gold medals in Budapest with a daunting schedule that would require her to swim a total of 6300 meters For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News the Bharatiya Janata Party leader from Bihar said the government is focused on farmers’ empowerment and has come up with several beneficial schemes for peasants in three years. 2012 2:45 am Related News The latest controversy surrounding the sedition case against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has left the Mumbai Police with egg on its face. The Act was passed by the state legislature in April 2016 and took effect from July 2017. Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mehedi Hasan, over 35 percent of the faculty positions at central universities across India are lying vacant.

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