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two teams have left for Sambalpur in Orissa and Samastipur in Bihar. Injured M Ashwin misses out,on Thursday.This series assumes more importance as this will be the first time that 26-year-old Joe Root will be leading the Three Lions Hence it will be interesting to see how England’s premier batsman handles the responsibility While Joe Root leads England for the first time South Africa will be led by Dean Elgar as Faf Du Plessis is out of the first Test due to personal reasons For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsAfter the crushing defeat suffered by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra the NCP appears to be toying with the possibility of going solo at the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra later this year The option of contesting without an alliance partner could let the NCP keep its options open for post-poll arrangements and could also stem some rebellions within both the NCP and the Congress by leaders miffed at not getting tickets to contest as official party candidates Can Pawar gain the upper hand onthe Congress PTI In an editorial in this month’s edition of the NCP’s mouthpiece Rashtravadi a monthly magazine the NCP has said that contesting upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra using the 1999 formula could help the Congress-NCP alliance to return to power in the state The October election will be a life-and-death battle for the NCP which stands to lose much of its identity if it loses this election “Though the saffron alliance under the leadership of Narendra Modi has been able to unfurl the saffron flag atop the Red Fort in Delhi it faces a challenge in Maharashtra which is a worrying factor for BJP and the Shiv Sena” the editorial said It made a pointed reference to the 1999 Assembly election in Maharashtra in which the two parties had contested independently and forged a post-poll alliance “Those who remember the history of 1999 will understand that the Congress-NCP alliance will win around 100 seats together and around 140 seats if they contest elections separately In 1999 too Atal Bihari Vajpayee was popular across the country Yet the Congress-NCP alliance defeated NDA in Maharashtra” it added The editorial further said that the Sena-BJP combine has since then been trying hard to come to power but has failed and has remained the opposition in the state “This history can be repeated if Congress-NCP leaders sit down and take the call carefully on a strategy for contesting the upcoming Assembly elections” the editorial stated In 1999 the Congress and NCP had contested the elections separately and won 75 and 58 assembly seats respectively But both the parties contested the elections together in 2004 and 2009 In the 2009 Assembly elections the Congress and NCP won 82 and 62 seats respectively The NCP leaders are also of the view that it will give the party an opportunity to win more seats and gain an upper hand over the Congress “If we contest elections separately we will be able win more seats than the Congress given our strength in local bodies and councils It will also help us stake claim to the chief minister’s post” said an NCP leader New Delhi: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tueday dubbed Narendra Modi a "megalomaniac" for wearing a suit during his talks with US President Barack Obama that had the Prime Minister’s name embroidered all over it "Totally insane.This reflects megalomania nothing else" Ramesh said after the issue triggered a debate in the social media Jairam Ramesh PTI The debate began after close-up photographs of the Prime Minister’s pinstripe bandhgala suit that he wore on Sunday showed that his full name Narendra Damodardas Modi was embroidered on the fabric vertically down the stripe "While ‘Modi Kurta’ might have been interesting ‘Modi Suit’ feels annoying" was one of the tweets Taking a dig at Modi Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha had yesterday tweeted "If it is true that Modi’s suit has his name embroidered it is a first and shockingly narcissistic the self-proclaimed master of hype" The ‘name suit’ was reported to have been tailored by Jade Blue in Ahmedabad the clothing chain that handles Modi’s wardrobe since his days as Chief Minister in Gujarat Incidentally the clothing chain’s Proprietor Bipin Chauhan designed the now-famous "Modi kurta" Some on Twitter noted that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak used to wear suits with his name embossed on them PTI By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 14 2017 6:28 pm Yuvraj Singh will play his 300th ODI for India on Thursday Related News Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh will make his 300th ODI appearance for India when he would come out to play against Bangladesh on Thursday in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 The left-hander is in decent touch in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament as he has scored 53 7 and 23* so far in his three outings with the bat Yuvraj began his international career for India way back in 2000 in Champions Trophy against Kenya but he didn’t get a chance to showcase his talent with the bat in that match The aggressive left-hander didn’t waste much time to prove his worth and smashed 84 in the very next match against a formidable Australia bowling line-up India ended the campaign as runners-up after losing to New Zealand in the final One of the most crucial performances from the left-hander came in World Cup 2011 when he anchored the hosts India to the title Yuvraj was chosen the man of the tournament in that edition of World Cup India defeated Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai by 6 wickets to lift the trophy While Yuvraj hadplayed a vital role in India’s World Cup 2011 win he had been a part of Champions Trophy final twice (2000 and 2002) In 299 matches that Yuvraj has played so far he has scored over 8000 runs including 14 tons and 52 half-centuries with a best individual score of 150 that he scored against England in a bilateral series at home earlier this year India are presently defending the Champions Trophy that they won in 2013 after defeating England in final by 5 runs Present Indian skipper Virat Kohli in a pre-match press conference congratulated Yuvraj for achieving the feat “His contribution to Indian cricket has been outstanding He has been a total match winner for India and has won us so many big tournaments and big series This is just a kind of testimony to the kind of talent he posses he obviously needs to have all things in place to be able to play 300 games for India I congratulate him and I wish him all the very best and hopefully he can play a lot more for us and get in that match-winning performances all over again I hope tomorrow is a special one for him” Virat said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Published: May 23 2016 12:10 am The fact that it has taken more than a decade for India to begin work on Chabahar reveals the deep-rooted internal constraints on India’s regional economic strategy Related News A rare trilateral engagement with the president of Iran Hassan Rouhani and the Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani in Tehran today underlines the extraordinary strategic opportunities that continue to present themselves for India in the region Arrangements to facilitate India’s participation in the Chabahar port project on the south-eastern coast of Iran and the associated transport and transit agreements will form the centrepiece of Modi’s Iran sojourn Together they raise hopes for reordering India’s geopolitics to the north-west of the subcontinent But the fact that it has taken more than a decade for India to begin work on Chabahar reveals the deep-rooted internal constraints on India’s regional economic strategy Since Delhi embarked on economic reforms 25 years ago the problem was less about the definition of new grand strategic objectives for Indian foreign policy It was largely about the institutional competence to translate them into outcomes After 1991 which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the breakdown of the old economic order in India the general direction of India’s foreign policy was largely set: Focus on mobilising external support for India’s rapid economic development engage all major powers normalise relations with the neighbours raise profile in the extended neighbourhood and improve India’s international standing It has also not been very difficult for India to negotiate productively on long-standing disputes such as nonproliferation with key international partners There were certainly many problems in constructing a new domestic political consensus in the reform era The terms of ending India’s prolonged nuclear isolation for example were strongly contested on the left and right when then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the historic civil nuclear initiative with US President George W Bush in 2005 Even when consensus existed on some key issues and relevant international understandings were hammered out with some diplomatic skill Delhi has struggled to implement them Overcoming Delhi’s internal incoherence has often turned out to be a bigger challenge than the arguments within the political class Nothing illustrates this better than India’s relations with Iran Part of the problem was the framing of a sensible Indian approach to the nuclear tensions between Iran and the US that sharpened just after Delhi and Washington signed off on the nuclear initiative in 2005 As the US sought India’s support in international forums against Iran Delhi got into a funk debating the issue in terms of non-alignment and strategic autonomy In the end the UPA government was pragmatic enough to go along with the majority opinion of the international community rather than line up behind Iran and risk undermining its own nuclear deal with America If Delhi had allowed its instinct to posture prevail over common sense it would have looked foolish when Iran negotiated a nuclear deal of its own with America in 2015 This involved a harsh set of compromises that Tehran was unwilling to make a decade earlier The real challenge in India’s engagement with Iran was not about holding up the high principles of “strategic autonomy” but of effectively navigating the international complexities surrounding economic and energy ties and seizing upon the few opportunities that were available for building a partnership under adverse conditions India’s performance here has been underwhelming Consider the case of Chabahar port The idea of building a port in the south-eastern coast of Iran first came up when the Iranian president Mohammed Khatami came to Delhi in January 2003 While the international circumstances made engagement with Iran hard India’s internal problems contributed to the problem Delhi’s vote against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency on the nuclear issue has done a lot less damage than India’s inability to find practical ways to advance the relationship on the ground The UPA leadership could not muster the necessary political will to direct different ministries and agencies to work in unison to pursue declared strategic objectives towards Iran Nor was it nimble enough to navigate the international financial sanctions that were imposed against Iran The PM and his transport minister Nitin Gadkari deserve credit for developing the necessary institutional mechanisms for India’s participation in the Chabahar project Although India has taken long to get it off the ground the Chabahar project has the potential to alter the hostile regional geography that Delhi had inherited in 1947 The partition of the subcontinent and Pakistan’s control of parts of Kashmir had left India without physical access to Afghanistan Pakistan which resented Kabul’s special relationship with Delhi had no desire to provide overland transit rights to India or facilitate an expansive cooperation between Afghanistan and India Iran came into this bleak picture as Delhi and Tehran discovered a common interest in opposing the Taliban that had captured Kabul in 1996 with the support of the Pakistan army The ouster of the Taliban in 2001 did not reduce the salience of the India-Iran partnership The US on its part tried to promote the natural historic connectivity between India and Central Asia through Pakistan and Afghanistan Rawalpindi however was in no mood to relent That in turn made Iran and Chabahar even more important for India Chabahar’s significance also rose as China began to develop Gwadar and unveiled ambitious plans for linking its far western province of Xinjiang with the Arabian Sea with atransport corridor running through Pakistan The successful launch of the Chabahar project allows India to circumvent the geographic limitations imposed by Partition and the enduring hostility with Pakistan The delay in the execution of the Chabhar project however has exposed the big problem that India had created for itself It is the vast gap between an expansive rhetoric on promoting regional connectivity and the lack of institutional capacity to implement strategic projects across and beyond borders The Chabahar project hopefully is the first step in plugging that gap The writer is director Carnegie India and consulting editor on foreign affairs for ‘The Indian Express’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News rewards himself with medals, Share This Article Related Article All those violators who gave police a slip may still face action as registration numbers of around 6.

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The body was sent for an autopsy and a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the case. The tourist has posted the 2 minute 37 second video under the title ? The focus areas will be restoration of canals, Thackeray is scheduled to meet BJP chief Amit Shah soon to discuss the Presidential elections. Problems arise out of the remarkable mental similarity among officials who man the two foreign offices. 2010 4:05 am Related News The water scarcity that hit the city hard last year had given a major fillip to the private water tankers business in the city with the owners making the most of the opportunity and exploiting the dire situation faced by citizens? To reduce the suffering of citizens,000 from various donors during the 2013-14 financial year. Modi is so spontaneous and strategic in picking on his adversaries. failing to go round a bollard.

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the dean had shielded the accused students,000 reward for tips about him. offering her full support to the investigation. has claimed to have incurred since the introduction of the mandatory 25 per cent quota admission for children of the economically weaker sections (EWS) under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. it has failed to convey that the views expressed by the television channels are not that of the government or the party in power.

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