Chaiwala turns Rafalewala: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday called the Rafale deal a “big scam” and said that she supported the views of the Congress party on this issue.One of the most vocal critics of the BJP-led government at the Centre, Ms. Banerjee has not spoken much about the Rafale deal. Asked about The Hindu’s revelations on the deal, the West Bengal Chief Minister said Mr. Modi is used to taking unilateral decisions and interfering in every issue and referred to demonetisation.“I was not sure how much money was involved but something has happened behind the curtains in the deal. Rafale is a big scam and I support Congress on this,” she said. The Trinamool Congress chairperson said Mr. Modi turns out to be a chaiwala (tea vendor) during the polls and becomes Rafale-wala after it. During his public meeting at Jalpaiguri Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he had a deep bond with north Bengal which produces tea as he had once been a tea vendor. Row over circuit courtMs. Banerjee also took strong exception to the Mr Modi’s inaugurating the Circuit Bench of the Calcutta High Court at Jalpaiguri during the day.Speaking to journalists Ms Banerjee said neither the State government nor the High Court was informed of the inauguration. “The manpower for the Circuit Bench has to be provided by us. The High Court will send judges. It is like the groom and the bride are missing and the band party comes and plays a political tune,” the Chief Minister said.During his rally Mr. Modi had criticised the State government for the delay in opening up the Circuit Bench.last_img read more

Little runner Budhia Singh’s biopic on cards

first_imgBudhia SinghBollywood has taken a shine to the sport biopic. After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom comes a film on Budhia Singh , who ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri in 2006 when he was just four.Filmmaker Soumendra Padhi has roped in Manoj Bajpayee to play Biranchi Das, Budhia’s coach,,Budhia SinghBollywood has taken a shine to the sport biopic. After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Mary Kom comes a film on Budhia Singh , who ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri in 2006 when he was just four.Filmmaker Soumendra Padhi has roped in Manoj Bajpayee to play Biranchi Das, Budhia’s coach, and Tillotama Shome as the marathon boy’s mother.last_img

Yanks Top Sox 6-4

first_imgTAMPA— Jacoby Ellsbury tripled in his spring training debut, Alex Rodriguez had two hits and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Saturday.Ellsbury tripled to right-center on his final at-bat after being retired earlier on an infield liner and grounder. The center fielder didn’t make his first appearance until the Yankees’ fourth game to allow for a few extra days of onfield drills.“All the time you put in, not just the last couple days but the offseason and everything, it’s nice to see results out of the gate,” Ellsbury said.Rodriguez had a pair of singles and walked. In two games, he is 3 for 4 — including a homer Thursday against Philadelphia on the second pitch he saw — with two walks.Top Yankees’ prospects Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge both homered.“I think you see the young players and how close they are getting,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “The talent level, it’s there.”Brennan Boesch and Ryan Lamarre hit home runs for the Red Sox, who didn’t bring David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on the two-hour trip from Boston’s spring training facility in Fort Myers.“We’re a more balanced team,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Our pitching staff is deeper. I think our bench is very complimentary to the projected starting lineup. So when you look at that, there’s an evenness across our roster that might not have been there the last couple years.”STARTING TIMERed Sox: Knuckleballer Steven Wright allowed two runs and five hits in three innings.Yankees: Tyler Cloyd gave up one run and two hits in one inning. The non-roster right-hander went 11-11 with a 5.19 ERA in 28 starts last year with Samsung of the Korean Baseball Organization.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right knee) continues throwing on level ground but is not ready to throw off a mound. … OF Rusney Castillo didn’t make the trip so he could complete his team physical.Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (mild groin tightness) threw 22 of 31 pitches for strikes during a two-inning simulated game and is scheduled to make his first start Thursday. … Reliever Chasen Shreve, hit in the upper back by a ball during batting practice earlier this week, struck out one during a perfect second.CLOSING TIMEYankees closer Aroldis Chapman is scheduled for a simulated game Sunday, which is one of the final steps before making his first game appearance.Acquired from Cincinnati, Chapman joins the backend of a bullpen that also features Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances.“A powerful bullpen got deeper,” Farrell said. “You see a guy averaging nearly two strikeouts an inning, it’s almost unheard of.”Miller and Betances will pitch for the first time Monday against Houston.UP NEXTRed Sox: RHP Clay Buchholz will face Baltimore RHP Mike Wright on Sunday.Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after having a procedure in October to remove a bone spur on his throwing elbow, will make his first start Sunday against Philadelphia. RHP Charlie Morton will be starting for the Phillies.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more