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To come back in power, BJP has to build Ram Mandir: Hindu priest threatens to withdraw support

06 Jun,2018 Politics

NEW DELHI: There seems to be no end to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s troubles. On one hand, the Opposition is gaining footage with every passing poll, on the other hand, some of the party’s supporting organisations are pressing on the issue of Ram Mandir.

“If they (BJP) want to come in power again (in 2019) then they have to build the Ram Temple, else we will start a movement and make sure they are defeated,” Mahant Paramhans Das, a priest in Uttar Pradesh’s Chawani Temple told ANI.

Das’ was reacting to Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi statement.

Naqvi had earlier claimed that development will be the only issue for BJP in 2019 elections, further adding that Hindutva and Ram Mandir are not the primary issues for the saffron party.

“Today our government has made development as the mood of the nation. We have made development, a people’s movement. Prime Minister Modi has become ‘Vikas Nayak’ for the people of the country,” the minister said.

Naqvi further added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the “biggest victim of political intolerance” and from Gujarat to Delhi “political conspiracies” were hatched against him by “frustrated forces” who have been defeated by the people of the country.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth wing formed by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also reportedly threatened to cut off contact with BJP if building the Ram Mandir ceases to be one of the primary issues.

They added that the recent defeat in by-elections is due to the party’s slow move over the construction of Ram Mandir.

Clean India: Government launches sanitary pads at only Rs 2.50

06 Jun,2018 Business

Bringing yet another innovation in spreading cleanliness and hygiene, the government introduced sanitary pads that will be sold at Rs 2.50 on Monday, June 4. This is pad is also environment-friendly. Under the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi project, the pad will be sold all over the country.

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L Mandavia told reporters in New Delhi that these sanitary pads, called Oxo-biodegradable facility, will be available at 3,600 Drug Centers across the country. This center is spread across 33 States and Union Territories.

The minister said that the price of these pads has been kept low for better reach and usage. In the market where the available pads are generally priced at Rs 8 per unit, the cost of the four unit packs is Rs 10.

The minister also added that the pad will help women of poor classes to maintain their basic needs related to cleanliness. He also said that competition from the new cheap pad market will increase and other companies can also reduce their prices.

Bepannah 5 June 2018 Full Episode Written Update: Rajvir Finds Out About Zoya and Aditya’s Whereabouts

06 Jun,2018 Entertainment

In yesterday’s episode of Bepannah, Aditya starts to feel very thirsty while being in the jungle. Zoya finds a pond and helps Aditya drink water. On the other side, the bankers reach Zosh Company and order to seal it. The employees plead for being given some more time but the bankers are reluctant in accepting their requests and further seal the company.
Aditya finds a phone booth and makes a call to Arjun. A police officer happens to stand beside Arjun while he attends the call thinking that it is Aditya who had called. Aditya also, very smartly, talks in Sheikh’s tone, tells his location in code language and easily fools the police officer while Arjun knows that it is Aditya on the line. Arjun cracks the code and comes to know that Aditya was in Badlapur. Rajvir tracks Aditya’s and Arjun’s phone call and is also able to know Aditya’s location. Aditya and Zoya find a tea stall and buy something to eat. Arjun is trying to get out of his house in order to reach Zoya and Aditya but the police don’t allow him to leave.
Zoya and Aditya see a car coming their way. Zoya assumes that it was Arjun’s car but Aditya tells him that it wasn’t Arjun and they both realise it is Rajvir. Zoya and Aditya again start running away and enter the jungle. While trying to find a place to hide Zoya’s foot gets stuck in a trap that is usually placed for animal hunting. Aditya helps Zoya to get out of it and further carries Zoya in his arms and continues to run.
Zoya and Aditya reach a place which looked busy as people could be seen around. They find a house where they could see no one and so they decide to go there to hide. Rajvir reaches the same place and orders the police to look everywhere for Aditya and Zoya.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 team analysis: Can ageing Costa Rica repeat Brazil 2014 run?

FIFA World Cup 2018 team analysis: Can ageing Costa Rica repeat Brazil 2014 run?

06 Jun,2018 Sports

Bengaluru, June 6: The FIFA World Cup 2018 is under ten days away and all the qualified nations have already started their preparations for the biggest event in football, which starts on June 14 in Russia.

In this edition, 32 countries have made the cut to the final stages and all of them have been pooled into eight groups of four each. The top two from each group qualify for the knockouts (Round of 16) until one winner emerges at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

Germany and Brazil head into the World Cup as the favourites but will they be able to ward off other talented squads like Argentina, Spain and Belgium?

In Group A, hosts Russia will take on Asian giants Saudi Arabia in the World Cup opener, also at Luzhniki, on June 14.

And ahead of the World Cup opener, MyKhel breaks down the chances of all the 32 countries playing the World Cup final stages.

 

Country: Costa Rica

Placed in Group E also featuring Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland

Fixtures:

vs Serbia, June 17, at 5.30 PM (Samara)

vs Brazil, June 22, at 5.30 PM (Saint Petersburg)

vs Switzerland, June 27, at 11.30 PM (Nizhny Novgorod)

FIFA ranking: 25

Previous World Cup: Quarter-finals

Last appearance: 2014 (eliminated by Netherlands in quarter-finals)

Best finish: Quarter-finalist (2014)

Star players: Keylor Navas (goalkeeper from Real Madrid), Bryan Ruiz (forward from Sporting CP), Joel Campbell (forward from Arsenal)

Coach: Oscar Ramirez

Costa Rica qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup by finishing second behind Mexico in the CONCACAF qualification tiebreakers. This will be the fifth appearance for the Los Ticos in the grandest stage of football. The draw looks a a little tricky for them as they have been grouped with Serbia, Switzerland and the mighty Brazil.

However, Costa Rica showed in 2014 that they are no push-overs after being drawn alongside three other World Champions in Italy, Uruguay and England. The Los Ticos were the favourites to finish bottom of the group. But, they shocked the world after they managed to top the group beating both Italy and Uruguay. While, they also took 2010 runner-up Netherlands to penalties in the quarter-finals where they finally crashed out.

Can Costa Rica do the repeat or go further?

The way Oscar Ramirez’s team qualified should make Costa Rica one of the teams to beat in the group. With eleven of the twenty three who were part of the 2014 squad set to travel to Russia, Ramirez’s team will possess continuity with a five-man defence which is exactly the same as the last tournament.

The form factor could be key here as all of their stars have struggled at club level except for Real Madrid shot-stopper Keylor Navas. To add to their woes, key attackers like Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz are also making their returns from injury layoffs. Hence, a repeat performance will be tough for Costa Rica.

In addition to the form factor and players returning from injuries, the Los Ticos have an ageing squad. If Campbell has a bad night, they will struggle with their major game plan of hitting teams on the counter, which was also their ingredient to success in 2014.

 

Safe hands Keylor Navas

Navas’ heroics in Brazil 2014, where he conceded just two goals in normal time from five matches, made him one of the world’s best goal-keepers. This also earned him a move European giants Real Madrid.

Since his big transfer, he has won three Champions Leagues and one La Liga title with Real Madrid. The Spanish giant may be on the lookout to replace him, but for Costa Rica he is the star and at home he is valued both as a player and person.

 

Captain Bryan Ruiz will lead from the front

Skipper Bryan Ruiz, who has 109 caps is arguably the most talented player in the squad and the key to Costa Rica in attack. In 2014, the left-footed midfielder was his country’s driving force. Now he is four years wiser but at 32 it is doubtful he has the legs to play in Ramirez’s 5-4-1 formation.

Plus, the past year hasn’t been great for him at Sporting Lisbon where has spent a lot of time on the sidelines due to injuries. But his creativity and touch are unquestionable and there is no grander stage than the World Cup to showcase them again.

Prediction: Costa Rica could finish second in the group, but will have to do very well to advance further and do a repeat of Brazil 2014. The only obstacle for them to progress to the round of 16 will be sixth-ranked Switzerland, who are a young and resilient team and on their day, a team to beat.

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