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first_imgThe Congress is united under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Thursday adding that the party’s fight against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not personal, but ideological.“[Congress President] Rahul Gandhi’s message to the people of India is clear: the fight against the BJP is not personal, it is ideological and based on differences in policies. We do not want the BJP to stop existing,” he said. The newly-elected Rajasthan Chief Minister was speaking in Nanded district where he was invited by the State Congress unit led by MP and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan to inaugurate the statues of trail-blazing reformers Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule to mark Savitribai’s 188th birth anniversary.“There is no place in democracy for hatred and violence. Politics based on hate is not permissible,” he said. This was his first public programme since assuming office as Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the Congress victory in the November Assembly elections..“Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule have become immortal through their work and both Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi respected them. The social revolution that they brought about, from ensuring women’s education to working against child marriage, needs to be carried forward by us,” said Mr. Gehlot, adding that the respect towards these legendary reformers was palpable across Maharashtra where there was an educational institute named after them in every town and village.Earlier, Mr. Gehlot was welcomed at Nanded airport by Mr. Chavan. Praising Mr. Chavan’s leadership in Nanded, Mr. Gehlot said that the Congress’ victory, winning 73 of the 81 seats in the Nanded Municipal Corporation in October 2017, was a clear sign of the public’s yearning and acceptance of his leadership.last_img

first_imgIndia will be looking to keep up the momentum they gained in the warm-up win over Australia when they take on New Zealand in their second and final warm-up match in Chennai on Wednesday.The match will provide India, who defeated Australia by 38 runs in their first practice match in Bangalore on Sunday, one last chance to assess the fitness of players and tweak the combination before the mega-event commences with the India-Bangladesh tie in Dhaka on Saturday.The return of Sachin Tendulkar , who is certain to play on Wednesday, would also boost India and allow the iconic batsman a chance to test his own form.”Sachin will be playing tomorrow but we will preserve Zaheer (Khan) for the tournament. There are no worries about Zaheer’s mild groin injury as he is fit to play,” skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.On the other hand, New Zealand, who have had a poor run in the recent past, got a boost to their morale when they overcame a fighting Ireland by 32 runs in their high-scoring warm-up tie in Nagpur, thanks to a solid 130 by Martin Guptill.Looking to put behind their dismal performance of losing 14 of their last 17 ODIs, the Kiwis would be banking on the experience and expertise of their new coach John Wright in sub-continent conditions to keep alive their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage.As for the wicket, which was termed ‘under-prepared’ by captains of both South Africa and Zimbabwe after their warm-up match on Saturday, Dhoni said: “The wicket on which we are to play tomorrow is damp now and I cannot say as to how it will behave.”WRIGHT’S TAKEWright is not yet ready to label India as the firm favourites to win the Cup and said coping with the huge pressure of playing at home would be crucial.”The pressure of playing at home is certainly something that India will have to deal with. There can be a huge advantage when things are going well. But if they are not, it could be a factor. As for the maturity in them, let us see. They are playing very good cricket. We will know in two months,” said Wright.advertisementlast_img

first_imgCroatia defeated Russia on 4-3 penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time in the last World Cup quarter-final at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Saturday and book their place in the semi-final. They will face England in the second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday July 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Croatia with the win became the second side after Argentina in 1990, to progress via penalties in consecutive knockout games in a World Cup tournament. They reached the semi-finals for the first time since in 20 yearsIvan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world.Fyodor Smolov saw Russia’s first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts’ fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.#CROENG on Wednesday for a place in the #WorldCupFinal! #RUSCRO // #WorldCup World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018Domagoj Vida rose high to meet a Luka Mordic corner in the 101st minute of extra time as Croatia took the lead for the first time in the match. But Mario Fernandes had other ideas, when he rose higher and headed Russia back in the match just five minutes from time and to take it to penalties.In the final minutes of the regulation time, Danijel Subasic had sat down clutching his hamstring, but Croatia couldn’t substitute him having used up their quota of substitutes just three minutes prior. But he stayed on for extra-time and that made all the difference in the end.advertisementMATCH HIGHLIGHTSAndrej Kramaric’s header for Croatia cancelled out a stunning strike from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev to leave the teams level at 1-1 at halftime. The second half saw both teams have many attempts, but neither could disturb the other’s net.Cheryshev gave hosts Russia the lead in the 31st minute with a swerving left-footer from the edge of the box after stepping past Vida. The sweet left-footed strike from 25 yards away went flying into the top-left corner, as a shocked Subasic rooted to the spot.But just eight minutes later an unmarked Kramaric brought parity when he headed in a cross from Mario Mandzukic who cut-back from the left flank.In the 60th minute of the match, Croatia came close to taking the lead when Igor Akinfev tried to punch the hanging ball away from danger only to find Ivan Perisic on the edge of the six-yard box, who took a touch that rebounded out the inside of the post.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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