Elections to the three-tier panchayats in Tripura would be held on July 27, State Election Commissioner G. Kameswara Rao announced on Wednesday. Ballot papers would be used in the polls, the SEC said.The model code of conduct came into effect in the respective panchayat areas from Wednesday itself. “Elections to 6,111 gram panchayat seats, 419 panchayat samiti seats and 116 zila parishad seats will be held on July 27,” Mr. Rao told a press conference here.Altogether, 12,03,070 voters, including 6,16,893 males and 5,86,176 females, would be eligible to exercise their franchise at 2,623 polling stations between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the polling day, he said. The filing of nominations would start from July 1 and will continue till July 8. The last date for withdrawal of nomination is July 11, Mr. Rao said. “Ballot papers in white colour for gram panchayat seats, pink colour for panchayat samities and green colour for zila parishads would be used,” he said. Counting of votes would be held on July 31 at the block headquarters, the SEC said.
After Imran Khan dropped out of the Pakistan tour of India this winter for reasons of health, the Pakistani selectors did not have to look very far for a replacement as captain. The man they chose was, of course, star middle order batsman and vice-captain Zaheer Abbas, that elegant scourge,After Imran Khan dropped out of the Pakistan tour of India this winter for reasons of health, the Pakistani selectors did not have to look very far for a replacement as captain. The man they chose was, of course, star middle order batsman and vice-captain Zaheer Abbas, that elegant scourge of Indian bowlers who seems to grow roots whenever he settles down to bat. Abbas, 36, plays for Gloucestershire in the English county cricket league and it is undoubtedly the experience and expertise gained from this most demanding of cricket set-ups that has made him what he is today, the lynchpin of Pakistan’s batting. He is the first Pakistan batsman to score over 4,000 runs in Tests, with 11 hundreds, four of them double hundreds, two against India. He now has 4,073 runs from 56 Tests at an average of over 45 per innings. A devout Muslim, Abbas is married with two children.” We feel that umpires in India make biased decisions in favour of the Indian team and I hope there won’t be any such problem this time.”Abbas is perhaps the first non-controversial captain the Pakistanis have had for a long time. He commands the respect of all the players and it is likely that in his reign there will be little of the petty feuds that have rocked the Pakistan team in the last few years. Asif Iqbal had to contend with the quite vocal criticism of some of his senior players such as Sarfaraz Nawaz. Imran Khan is given to shooting off his mouth: lately he had commented, rather immaturely, that it was more important to beat Australia in Australia than to beat India in India. Abbas, with his low-profile approach, is unlikely to raise the hackles that Imran apparently relishes doing. In effect, he should face few problems both with the team and with his Indian hosts. advertisementLast fortnight, the Pakistan captain spoke to INDIA TODAY Correspondent BONNY MUKHERJEE in London about his team’s prospects on the forthcoming Indian tour. Excerpts:Q. This is your second official tour of India. Are you looking forward to it ?A. I enjoy playing in India but there is always great pressure on Pakistani players when they play in India. Our people expect us to play really well. It is the same for the Indian team when they play in Pakistan. People take the game so seriously.Q. How much difference will the absence of Imran Khan make ?A. We know that without Imran Khan we will not be a strong team. But I will be looking for strong bowlers to make up the team when I go to Pakistan.Q. People are obviously going to make comparisons between you and Imran Khan, both in style and gamesmanship. How do you feel coming in the shadow of such a superb player? A. I am sure people are going to make comparisons but it doesn’t worry me at all.Q. You have made 100 centuries so far but never managed a century while playing India. Can you explain that?A. I don’t really know. Perhaps the conditions have never been right.Q. Whenever the Indians tour Pakistan or the Pakistani team is in India there is always bad feeling about umpires’ decisions.A. Yes, we always have this problem. We feel that umpires in India make biased decisions in favour of the Indian team and I hope there won’t be any such problem this time.Q. How do you feel about the Indian team that won the World Cup ?A. Whoever can win the World Cup is a strong team. I think India is a world class team. They play with tremendous concentration, with full spirit. For myself I can say that I love watching them play.Q. What kind of team do you hope to lead to India ?A. Well, it will not be the best team we can produce because some of the players want to rest so that they can play in Australia later.Q. Why don’t these players want to play in India ?A. I don’t know. Perhaps they feel it’s a better class of cricket in Australia. For me every match is a good game. I take every match seriously.Q. The British sports commentators were not very impressed with the Indian team despite their winning the World Cup; do you think they had good reason ?A. I don’t agree with the British press about that at all. Regarding Kapil Dev I can say that whoever can win the Prudential is best.Q. How do you rate your chances in India ?A. Like in any match the chances are even. But I can tell you this: the Indian crowds are going to love the show our team will put up.advertisement
Hull coach Marco Silva’s 41-match unbeaten home record as a manager ended when his side lost to last-placed Sunderland 2-0 to intensify its relegation fears in the English Premier League on Saturday.Silva had not lost a home league game since 2014, a period taking in spells in charge of Estoril, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, and now four months at Hull.Billy Jones struck in the 69th minute and Jermain Defoe added a second goal in injury time at the KCOM Stadium for Sunderland, which was relegated last weekend when Hull drew at Southampton thanks to a last-minute penalty save.Hull stayed fourth from bottom and just two points ahead of Swansea, which played Everton late Saturday.The result also was a boost for next-to-last Middlesbrough, which was six points behind Hull with three games left. Middlesbrough visits Chelsea on Monday.LEICESTER 3 – 0 WATFORDLeicester kept up its revival since dismissing title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri by beating Watford 3-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.The soon-to-be-deposed champions have won seven of their 10 league games following the departure of Ranieri, who was fired with Leicester close to the relegation zone. Now, they have moved into ninth place and have the form to secure a top-half finish.The goals came from midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, and Marc Albrighton.Ndidi lashed home from 10 meters in the first half at Kingpower Stadium after the ball fell loose after a corner.Mahrez celebrated making his 100th Premier League appearance by doubling the lead in the 58th, sprinting onto Jamie Vardy’s flick-on and beating Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from a tight angle.advertisementVardy then fed Albrighton to add a third goal in the third minute of injury time.Watford has lost its last three games without scoring.BOURNEMOUTH 2 – 2 STOKEStoke missed out on a first away since January when an own goal allowed Bournemouth to draw 2-2 in their English Premier League match on Saturday.Defender Ryan Shawcross accidentally deflected Josh King’s strike into his own net. Stoke protested, believing King was offside, but the goal stood.Both mid-table teams had already secured positions in the league next season.Stoke benefited from opening with an own goal, thanks to a back-header by Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset. That was Stoke’s first away goal in 629 minutes.Bournemouth came back through Junior Stanislas, Stoke went back in front thanks to Mame Biram Diouf, then Shawcross helped the home side level again.