Parties plan big for Gujarat

first_imgCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will launch the party campaign for the Assembly elecions in Gujarat on September 4. Subsequently, he will start a two-day yatra from Dwarka in Saurashtra to north, central and south Gujarat from September 22.“We are launching the campaign with the theme Congress Aave Chhe (‘Congress is coming’) with Rahulji’s dialogues with party workers, businessmen, traders and NGO representatives,” State party president Bharatsinh Solanki told presspersons here on Saturday.The party would focus on issues concerning farmers, unemployment, expensive education due to privatisation, and the collapse of the health sector, he said.Mr. Solanki added that his party was engaging with traders and businessmen on their issues because demonetisation and high GST rates have severely impacted businesses in the State.The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also set to launch its high-profile campaign from September 10 with national president Amit Shah’s town hall event in which one lakh youth workers will participate.Banking on social mediaMr. Shah will address them and take their questions using social media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. “Our national president will hold the event with the theme Adikham Gujarat (‘Resolute Gujarat’). After that, the campaign will formally be rolled out across the State,” said Bhupendra Yadav, BJP general secretary in charge of Gujarat.last_img read more

Four held in Odisha’s Berhampur on charges of torture of students

first_imgFour personnel of a residential higher secondary institution, including a lecturer and three hostel staff, were arrested in Odisha’s Berhampur on charges of torture of students. According to Santosini Oram, Inspector in-charge of the Berhampur Sadar police station, the misdeeds of the arrested persons came to light on Saturday. As part of an investigation into a case related to disappearance of a plus 2 student of the same institution, a police team had reached its hostel. According to police sources, the student went missing from the hostel on September 26. The institution is located in the Bhabinipur area of Berhampur and around 200 students reside in its hostel..Deep wounds During interrogation of hostel inmates, four students complained that they had been ruthlessly beaten up by a lecturer and three staff of the hostel. The students also had deep wounds. The lecturer and the hostel staff had resorted to physical torture of the students alleging that they had information about their missing classmate.Later, parents of one of the injured students filed an FIR that led to arrest of the lecturer and the three hostel staff of the institution.last_img read more

Islanders Hang On, Beat Sabres, 3-2

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — This time, the New York Islanders made a 3-0 lead stick in Buffalo. Barely.Mikhail Grabovski’s snap shot from the slot midway through the second period stood up as the difference for the Islanders, who built a three-goal edge and then hung on for a 3-2 victory Feb. 8.That was a switch from New York’s previous visit on Dec. 27, when the Sabres won 4-3 in a shootout by overcoming a 3-0 third-period deficit.The stinging memories of that last outcome briefly started filtering back after Buffalo rallied for two goals in a 2:24 span late in the second period.“We’ve got a clear-cut 3-on-2 and (Casey) Cizikas walks right down the gut and could’ve made it 4-1, and at that time you’re thinking, ‘Can you bury that one?’” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We know what happened here last time, but we didn’t give them that much in that period.”Nor all game, for that matter.Playing their third game in four nights and after losing three regulars to injuries in a 2-1 loss at Boston on Feb. 7, the Islanders regrouped by relying on their defense. They limited the Sabres to two shots over the final 25 minutes in a game New York outshot Buffalo 31-10.“I don’t think there was any panic,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “When you’re faced with a little adversity, you’ve just got to find a way to overcome it.”Rookie Anders Lee and Colin McDonald also scored. Travis Hamonic had two assists in helping New York (34-18-1) earn its second win in six games and vault into first place in the Metropolitan Division.McDonald scored after he and Harry Zolnierczyk were called up from AHL Bridgeport. They filled in after forwards Michael Grabner and Cal Clutterbuck (both upper-body injuries) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (cut to the forehead) were hurt against Boston.Marcus Foligno had a goal and assist in his first game after missing 19 with a hand injury. Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo (16-35-3), which was also playing its third game in three days. Buffalo was coming off a 3-2 win over Dallas on Feb. 7, and dropped to 2-16 in its past 18.The inability to generate any offensive momentum cost a team that’s averaging a league-worst 1.7 goals per game.“A 2-0 lead would’ve been something that we could’ve battled back from,” Foligno said. “When it gets to three goals, it’s a little bit tougher.”And yet the Sabres were in the game after Foligno scored at the 12:33 mark of the second period by crashing the net after goalie Jaroslav Halak was unable to control a rebound off Nikita Zadorov’s shot from the left wing.Foligno then set up Stafford by chipping the puck at the Islanders blue line to send in Stafford on a breakaway.The Sabres squandered an opportunity to tie the game in the opening minute of the third period, when they failed to get a shot on net during a 33-second two-man advantage.Defenseman Thomas Hickey played a key role on the penalty kill by blocking Tyler Ennis’ one-timer from the right circle, and then breaking up a pass through the middle.The Islanders appeared in full control when Hamonic set up Grabovski alone in the slot 11:22 into the second period.He scored 62 seconds after Lee stuffed in a loose puck into the left side — and after Hamonic missed just wide on tap-in attempt at the right post.McDonald opened the scoring 16:19 into the game by converting Cizikas’ pass through the middle.“I was waiting for my opportunity, and you just never really know when you’re going to get it,” said McDonald, who appeared in just his third NHL game this season after having eight goals and 10 assists in 70 games last year.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more