Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, under observation at the VVIP ward of the state-run Goa Medical College (GMC) hospital since Sunday evening, has shown improvement in his health, said a senior official of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Tuesday. He said Mr. Parrikar may be discharged on Wednesday morning. Mr. Parrikar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai on February 15 and was being treated for “mild pancreatitis”, the CMO had said earlier.
As the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections draw closer in Odisha, the fate of four prominent politicians of the State — Baijayant Panda, Srikant Jena, Bijoy Mohapatra and Dilip Ray — continues to hang in the balance. Their being not affiliated to any political party at present gives rise to speculation in the Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies where they contested in 2014. Questions such as will they join any party, or contest the upcoming elections as independents, or maybe not enter the fray at all continue to be raised in public sphere.Mr. Panda, who quit the ruling BJD in May last year — four months after he was suspended from the primary membership of the party for “anti-party” activities — continues to visit Kendrapara from where he was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014 elections.Criticism continuesAlthough Mr. Panda continues to be critical of the State government on social media, he has not been able to make up his mind about joining any other party till date. No one knows whether he will join the BJP or the Congress or contest from Kendrapara or any other constituency as an independent candidate with the support of either of the two national parties.Political analysts are keeping their fingers crossed when it comes to predicting the next move of former Union Minister Srikant Jena. He has been critical of both the BJD and the Congress since he was expelled from the latter on January 19 on charges of anti-party activities.Similar confusion persists about the political future of former Minister Bijoy Mohapatra and former Rourkela legislator Dilip Ray. Both of them quit the BJP on November 29 last year after they were sidelined by the party. “We can’t be treated as furniture in the party while the rootless talk big and project a larger-than-life image,” they had said in their joint letter to BJP’s national president Amit Shah.Speculation is rife that both Mr. Mohapatra and Mr. Ray, who played a key role in the formation of the BJD in 1997, may join the ruling party. But there is little sign of their making a return to the party so far.Since hectic lobbying has already begun in the BJD, the Congress and the BJP by those aspiring for Lok Sabha and Assembly tickets, the fate of these four leaders may be decided when the nomination paper filing process begins. read more
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rochdale in talks for Man Utd pair Hamilton, Pooleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is in talks with Rochdale.The Daily Mail says Hamilton is in talks over a loan move to League One Rochdale.The 20-year-old Scot has been a regular in Ricky Sbragia’s U23 side and has had interest from Scottish Premiership clubs.However, United see a spell at League One Rochdale, under manager Keith Hill, as being good for his football education.Rochdale had also expressed interest in United defender Regan Poole, as have Newport County.
Liverpool boss Klopp wants to keep hold of Milnerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to keep hold of James Milner.The veteran is out of contract next June but his future has been put into sharper perspective as he will be free to speak in January.Klopp said, “He is incredibly important for us and that is how it is.”It should not be a surprise he is like, this.”It is an important time for him of course and we will see how we deal with that. Nobody is nervous. We are in talks constantly but there is nothing for the public at the moment.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ex-Man Utd boss Mourinho shuts down Serie A talkby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Italy.Mourinho has not had a job in football since he was sacked as Manchester United’s chief last December.The three-time Premier League winner enjoyed one of the most impressive two seasons of his career at Inter Milan.”My future? I don’t think it will be in Italy,” he said on Italian TV show Tiki Taka.”Inter is my home, my family. [Massimo] Moratti is a friend, my president. The story of the treble was fantastic.”After [the final in] Madrid, if I returned to San Siro to celebrate, I would never leave Inter. When you say goodbye to a family it’s a hard thing to deal with. “That night I already knew I was leaving, I couldn’t say no to Real Madrid for the third time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid striker Morata disappointed with Spain snubby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has admitted some disappointment at being ignored by Spain coach Robert Moreno.Morata was speaking after their 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid.He said, “I was hoping to see myself there. “If he thinks I shouldn’t be there, it will be for something. I must work to do well with my team and reach the National Team.” On Atleti’s season so far, Morata added: “We are fine, it is not easy, LaLiga is more difficult than a few years ago. If we continue along this line we will be go up.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City attacker Sterling: Don’t mention me with Ronaldo, Messiby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City attacker Raheem Sterling admits he’s nowhere near the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.The England winger, 24, has been nominated for the Ballon d’Or along with the two footballing icons, who have won the golden trophy five times EACH.Sterling told FourFourTwo: “Messi’s one of a kind.”Bro, if I’m scoring 50 or 60 goals a year for the next 15 years, then you can talk to me about that – right now, don’t talk to me about Ronaldo or Messi!”I don’t want to hear that connection.”I’m not saying I don’t value myself, but those are two guys who have been doing it for 15 years.”That’s not heard of: 40, 50, 60 goals for 15 years.” read more
Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has hailed Jamaica’s relationship with the European Union (EU) as a “vibrant partnership” for solid development and collaboration in key sectors. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has hailed Jamaica’s relationship with the European Union (EU) as a “vibrant partnership” for solid development and collaboration in key sectors.Mr. Chuck, who was speaking at a special celebration of Europe Day, held on May 9 at the residence of the EU Ambassador to Jamaica in Jack’s Hill, St. Andrew, said that for over 40 years Jamaica has received “reliable” support for “our national economic growth and social development objectives”.He also highlighted that the EU development partnership continues to be relevant in relation to national priorities, and evident in ongoing projects, such as agriculture, justice reform, maternal health and climate change.“Although these projects are at various stages of implementation, they are all designed to buttress our national efforts towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” the Minister said.Mr. Chuck added that the EU is playing a “critical role” in the Government’s Justice Sector Reform, and the support will “greatly” assist in Jamaica achieving its objective of building a secure, cohesive and just society.Emphasising that the EU-Jamaica partnership extends beyond national borders, the Minister said “we share common positions on many critical issues”, noting that the EU’s commitment, as well as its leadership and contribution to achieving global peace and unity, “lies at the heart of every Europe Day celebration”.Meanwhile, Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, told the gathering that there is a commitment to partnering with the Government to create an enabling environment for all Jamaicans.“There are new markets on both sides. Tourism creates great opportunities, knowledge sharing, cultural exchanges and academic exchanges, so there is richness on both sides,” she said.Europe Day is observed in all EU Delegations and offices across the world. This year marks the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties, which signalled the beginning of a united Europe. He also highlighted that the EU development partnership continues to be relevant in relation to national priorities, and evident in ongoing projects, such as agriculture, justice reform, maternal health and climate change. Mr. Chuck, who was speaking at a special celebration of Europe Day, held on May 9 at the residence of the EU Ambassador to Jamaica in Jack’s Hill, St. Andrew, said that for over 40 years Jamaica has received “reliable” support for “our national economic growth and social development objectives”. read more