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SPBSP alliance a trial Akhilesh

first_imgLUCKNOW: As the SP-BSP alliance unravelled in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday described the tie-up as a “trial” and said it may not always be successful, but helps in knowing the shortcomings.BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday declared that her party will fight the assembly bypolls alone, prompting Akhilesh Yadav to say his SP too is ready to go solo. “Yes, there are trials, and sometimes you are not successful, but at least you can know your shortcomings,” Yadav told reporters here on Wednesday. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe also said that he respected Mayawati irrespective of the political equation between the parties. “I stand by my earlier statement that respecting Mayawati ji is same as respecting me,” the SP president said. He had made the statement earlier this year when the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced tie-up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “As far as going solo in the bypolls is concerned, I will consult with party leaders and devise a strategy to work in this direction,” Yadav said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe BJP won 62 of 80 seats in the state while the opposition alliance bagged just 15, with the BSP winning 10 and the SP five. The Congress got one seat and the BJP ally Apna Dal (S) two. Eleven assembly bypolls are due in UP after the respective MLAs won the Lok Sabha polls. Nine of them are from the BJP, and one each from the BSP and the SP. “The bypolls can be announced any moment now. Under the current conditions in Uttar Pradesh, we have decided to fight the bypolls, which will happen on some seats, all alone,” Mayawati said on Tuesday. “If I feel that the SP president is able to fulfil his duties and convert his people into missionaries, then we can still walk together in future. There has been no permanent break as of now,” she said. If he is unable to succeed in his task, it will be better for the party to walk alone, she added. The BSP chief had called a review meeting in New Delhi on Monday to analyse the Lok Sabha results. “I have to say with much sadness that the SP’s base vote – meaning ‘Yadav samaj’ – has not stood along with the SP even in areas where they are in high numbers,” she had said.last_img read more


Mahinda accuses Government of betraying the country

He said all six experts wrote well reasoned analyses declaring unequivocally that no violations of the law of armed conflict had taken place in Sri Lanka.“My government wanted to table these six reports before the UNHRC but we were voted out of power in January 2015. The new government deliberately suppressed all these documents. After suppressing these written opinions of international experts which were all in Sri Lanka’s favour, the yahapalana Government accepted without a murmur, the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka which accused us of committing every war crime imaginable. Now they have through two co-sponsored resolutions in the UNHRC, agreed to implement the recommendations in that biased and tainted report. This is the extent of the outright treachery practiced by the yahapalana Government against its own armed forces and people,” he added. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today accused the Government of betraying the country at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.He said that at the recently concluded session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the yahapalana Government pledged to implement in full the resolution they co-sponsored in October 2015 and thereby they renewed their earlier undertaking to establish a war crimes tribunal with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators; to remove through an administrative process members of the armed forces suspected of war crimes even if there isn’t enough evidence to take them before a judicial inquiry;  to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and to replace it with a law acceptable to the Western powers; and to allow the war crimes tribunal and other mechanisms set up in Sri Lanka to obtain funding from overseas. He said the most dangerous aspect of the UNHRC resolutions of 2015 and 2017 is that the Sri Lankan Government has accepted without any reservations the report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) of September 2015 which had accused the Sri Lankan Government of a whole range of war crimes including indiscriminate killings of non-combatants, torture, rape, illegal detention, abduction and deprivation of humanitarian assistance. “There was no compelling reason for the yahapalana Government to have accepted the OHCHR report other than their own inherent anti-national attitude. In 2010, the UN Secretary General commenced an inquiry against Sri Lanka and its report was published in April 2011. My Government resolutely refused to accept that report and today, nobody even remembers that such a document existed,” he said.Rajapaksa said that in order to meet the allegations being made against the armed forces by various interested parties, his Government commissioned six of the world’s foremost experts in the law of armed conflict, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Desmond de Silva QC, Rodney Dixon QC, Professor David M. Crane, Prof. Michael Newton and Maj. Gen. John Holmes to provide written opinions about the allegations and purported evidence against Sri Lanka. “Though the President and Prime Minister repeatedly say that no foreign judges will be brought to try our armed forces, the pledge given in Geneva last week is exactly the opposite,” Rajapaksa said. read more


Bahamas Bowl sponsorship pays off again for Illinois village

CHICAGO — Chad Bruner is a huge football fan. One day last December, he was sitting in a big leather chair in his Oklahoma City home when the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl caught his attention.It wasn’t anything about the play on the field. Looking back, Bruner couldn’t even remember which schools were in the game. But a mention of the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village sent the real estate project manager to the internet to learn more.“You’re always looking for places that are business friendly,” said Bruner, who works for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. “The sponsorship opens the door into reading the article and you get more information as far as what they were trying to do. That really kind of just showed us that’s a place that you can probably go and get some business done.”Love’s wanted to build a store and fueling station near O’Hare International Airport, and Elk Grove offered a prime location. Months of talks led to Tuesday night’s announcement of plans for a 7,600 square-foot facility that the village says could generate millions of dollars in sales tax revenue in the next few years.While the concept still needs to work its way through the permit process, it’s quite the return on one of the most creative investments in a sports property in recent years. Elk Grove Village generated headlines across the country when it became the first non-tourist municipality to sponsor a bowl, but the agreement with Love’s was beyond even the considerable imagination of Mayor Craig Johnson.“I never thought we’d get a Point A to Point B like we did with Love’s. Never thought that would happen,” Johnson told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Johnson came up with the idea of bowl sponsorship while he was in Wisconsin a couple winters ago. Elk Village had been advertising on Chicago Cubs broadcasts, but it stepped back because of pricing and was looking for something new.Johnson was watching a bowl game on TV when it came to him. He brought the idea up to his wife, Lorrie, who asked if he was crazy. Then he broached the possibility with his staff at a January 2018 meeting, and the group delicately echoed his wife’s assessment.Johnson was ready to drop the idea altogether if a meeting with David Knickerbocker and the village’s marketing people went the same way, but it went in a different direction.“They come in, they sit down, I start floating the idea by them and their head guy Dave goes ‘Mayor, can I talk to you in the hallway for a second?’” Johnson recalled. “I said ‘Sure.’ So I get up, I go out in the hallway and he goes ‘Mayor, this is gold.’”With some help from 4FRONT, a sports marketing company, Johnson and Elk Grove settled on a $300,000 deal with the ESPN-owned Bahamas Bowl in Nassau. The village also considered the Hawaii Bowl and New Mexico Bowl. They used “Makers Wanted” in the bowl title as part of a campaign to promote a local industrial park.Long before FIU beat Toledo 35-32 in the Dec. 21 game, Elk Grove had already won. The July 31 announcement of the deal alone generated tons of free publicity for the village.Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough, a longtime family friend of the Johnsons, called the mayor the day after they went public with the sponsorship.“‘Unbelievable,’ he goes. ‘I got to win the Stanley Cup to get anywhere near the coverage you’re getting right now. Congratulations,’” Johnson said of the conversation. “It just took off like wildfire.”When Johnson went to the game, a Bahamas tourism official and ESPN thanked him for the free publicity. Elk Village decided to pick its option for sponsoring the bowl again this year.While Johnson faced some initial criticism about the deal, he said he doesn’t feel vindicated by its success.“I had faith in what we were doing,” he said, “and I’m kind of known for doing kind of different things. You’ve got to think outside of the box, because if you do everything cookie cutter, no one ever notices.”___Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJay Cohen, The Associated Press read more