Sharapova Hangs On at US Open

first_imgNEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on.On Aug. 27, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered by the whipping wind, her own off-target strokes and an opponent who wasn’t backing down.As dusk fell and the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights came on, Sharapova came through the way she so often does in the crucible of a third set, beating 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament she won in 2006 but has missed twice in the past six years.Sharapova won in part because of her big shots, yes, but also because she had more in the tank when it mattered.“Overall I felt like in the end I was in much better shape than she was, and I could have played another few sets,” Sharapova said. “Mentally that helped me a lot.”It helped that Dulgheru had played one set over the past five weeks because of inflammation in her right wrist, which was operated on in May 2013 and flared up recently.Dulgheru, though, pointed to Sharapova’s grit as a key factor, too. “The thing is that she’s smacking the ball and she’s a fighter. … It can seem that she’s down, that she’s tired, but she’s there,” Dulgheru said. “She can get mentally really tough. She hangs in there with you until the end.”Sharapova improved to 17-6 in three-setters this season, including four wins in a row that went the distance en route to the title at the French Open in June, her fifth Grand Slam trophy.“It’s really good to get through,” said Sharapova, who faces 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki next. “Put yourself in a really tough position, but then you’re able to find a way to get back and finish really strong.”She managed to do that on a day that was not easy for some other seeded women in the second round, although No. 19 Venus Williams, the 2000-01 champion in New York, advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over 78th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky at night.That match was followed by Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka’s 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) victory over 91st-ranked Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.As the match stretched past midnight, the third-seeded Wawrinka got into a tiff with a spectator, saying: “Shut up, man! Seriously, shut up.” He’s into the third round in New York for the fourth time in five years. He was a semifinalist a year ago.Williams got to the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2010. “As the tournament goes on it will get tougher,” Williams said.No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, a finalist at Wimbledon two years ago, became the first man or woman seeded in the top 10 to lose, defeated 6-3, 6-4 by 39th-ranked Peng Shuai of China. And No. 21 Sloane Stephens of the United States had her earliest exit at the U.S. Open, eliminated 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 by 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden.Stephens was largely her own undoing, compiling a whopping 63 unforced errors. She was in such a hurry to get out of there that she briskly walked around the net to Larsson’s side of the court for a handshake.Stephens has failed to get past the second round at 11 tournaments in 2014, including the past two Grand Slam events. That follows a streak in which the 21-year-old American made it to the fourth round or better at six consecutive majors.“I haven’t had that great of a season,” Stephens said. “But … I’m not going to dwell on it.”The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament at which Radwanska never has made it to the quarterfinals. That includes another second-round loss to Peng, four years ago.“I really want to know the answer,” Radwanska said. “Then maybe I will find a way to play better here and just try another way to be in the second week.”After three days of action, the men’s tournament has yet to have a significant surprise, and the only seeded players to lose were No. 27 Santiago Giraldo of Colombia and No. 30 Jeremy Chardy of France.The man who beat Chardy, 92nd-ranked Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia, now faces Wawrinka. Otherwise, No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 14 Marin Cilic were among those advancing.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more



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Circulate San Diegos new report on aging in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Circulate San Diego’s new report on aging in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Circulate San Diego and The San Diego Foundation recently released an Age-Friendly Communities Report with La Mesa and Supporters.The report details how San Diego jurisdictions can adapt to the growing senior population by becoming Age-Friendly Communities. The report also includes research on San Diego’s senior population and best practices that San Diego cities can adopt.To read the full report click here. center_img May 15, 2019 Updated: 8:36 AM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more



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Grindrs Chinese ownership a national security risk US government reportedly says

first_img1:54 Share your voice 0 Following its sale to Kunlun last year, Grindr released a public statement preempting user distrust of the app’s new owners. “Nothing changes with how we will protect your personal information,” the company noted.”CNIUS’s action shows a commendable awareness of the fact that big data is not just a matter of privacy, but also a matter of antitrust,” Guido Noto La Diega, senior lecturer in cyber law at Northumbria University, said to CNET in an email. ” I agree that Grindr’s acquisition from a Chinese tech group exposes the LGBTQ dating app’s users to some privacy and security risks, in light of Chinese laws on security, cybersecurity, and audio-visual content.”This said, however, one could argue that the move to force Grindr’s sale is not necessarily motivated by actual security and privacy concerns, since Trump has been pushing to strengthen intelligence programs that allow surveillance of targets abroad.”The reported move follows the US’ systematic blockading of Huawei over similar national security firms. Huawei is known to most for its dazzling phones, but it’s also in the telecommunications business. The US fears that Huawei, if commissioned to build internet infrastructure in the US, could purposefully create security flaws which the Chinese government could at some point take advantage of.Originally published March 27.Update, March 28: Adds comment from Guido Noto La Diega.  Border security: Tech options that could replace a wall Leon Neal/Getty Images LGBTQ dating app Grindr was bought last year by a Chinese gaming company called Beijing Kunlun. The US government considers the deal a national security risk and is pressuring Kunlun to sell, according to a Reuters report.Kunlun fully acquired the California-based Grindr app in January of last year for an estimated $152 million after buying an initial $93 million stake in 2016, reported TechCrunch. However, neither of these transactions was cleared with the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), according to Reuters.CFIUS has told Kunlun that its ownership of Grindr equates to a US national security risk, the report adds. CFIUS did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Grindr declined to comment. The specific manner in which Kunlun’s ownership constitutes a national security threat wasn’t explained in the report. However, Grindr said last year it had 3.8 million daily users from “every country in the world,” presumably excluding countries it’s banned in, and 27 million users in total. Those users’ data could be seen as a honeypot for unsavoury actors.center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Post a comment Mobile Tech Industrylast_img read more



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Star Trek Picard trailer cast plot release date and more

first_img How to watch Star Trek: Picard will debut in early 2020. It’ll stream in the US on CBS All Access and on the Space Channel in Canada. Internationally, Amazon Prime Video will host each episode within 24 hours of the US premiere in over 200 countries and territories. That’s a change from how Discovery is distributed internationally through Netflix. Tags Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con Picard trailer — possible reasons Captain Picard left Starfleet Picard memes: Patrick Stewart’s best viral Star Trek moments The Next Generation finale has me pumped for new Picard series Picard is the hero we need, says Star Trek writer Michael Chabon Back on the floor w this guy ⁦@SirPatStew⁩ ⁦@startrekcbs⁩ pic.twitter.com/zPvHltPUts— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) May 21, 2019 “No Emma, I’m NOT going to give you any plot details…” #startrek #fosteringsaveslives #adoptdontshop #pitbullsarelove #pitbullsarefamily #adoptmissemma pic.twitter.com/Zwbh04Zlkp— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 11, 2019 CBS first revealed the official Star Trek: Picard name on May 15 and posted a look at the show’s shiny new logo. The Starfleet logo takes the place of the “A” in Picard. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.) A pup for Picard Stewart and CBS revealed the key art for the show on July 10, just ahead of the star’s appearance at Comic-Con. The trailer is starting to fill in the blanks. Picard will hook up with a new non-Starfleet crew in a quest to protect a mysterious woman (Isa Briones) who comes to him for help. The Borg, one of the most imposing Star Trek villains ever created, will play a role in the plot.Though they don’t appear in the trailer, Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) have both confirmed they will appear in Picard as their Next Generation characters. We also know Jonathan Del Arco will reprise his role as Hugh the Borg.A teaser trailer beamed in on May 23 shows that Jean-Luc Picard, who was promoted to admiral, led a rescue armada on a mysterious mission 15 years prior to the show’s events. He then left Starfleet, leaving us to wonder what prompted his exit and why he’s reappearing now. We should learn more in a series of comic books and a prequel novel that will arrive before the show airs. The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/GxhwkTIgWQ— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 24, 2018 Share your voice Stewart shared a photo of Emma along with his hidden Picard rehearsal script in April. The dog in the poster sports a Starfleet emblem tag on its collar and his name is now confirmed as “Number One.”  Revisiting Jean-Luc Picard Stewart has a long history with the Star Trek franchise. He first warped into the iconic role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. That means Stewart will be back in Picard’s shoes more than 30 years after originating the role. He last appeared on screen as Picard in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises TV and Movies He’s coming back. CBS video screenshot by CNET Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run. He’ll have a furry companion and old crew mates along for the ride.Star Trek: Picard, a CBS All Access streaming show, will debut in early 2020. The show follows on the heels of Star Trek: Discovery, but the two series take place at very different points in the Trek universe.  A new trailer for Picard came out of San Diego Comic-Con last month, and it was a surprise-packed doozy. The trailer revealed that Star Trek icons Brent Spiner (Data) and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) will appear in the new series.  Hanelle Culpepper will make history as the first woman to launch a new Star Trek television show. Culpepper signed on to direct the first two episodes. She has an extensive TV resume, which includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash and Gotham. Frakes, who will appear as Riker in the show, has a long career as a director that includes multiple Star Trek franchise entries on both the big and small screens. He revealed he would be directing some episodes of the new series. Frakes posted a photo of himself with Stewart to Twitter on May 21 and tagged Star Trek on CBS. More Picard The official #StarTrekPicard key art is here. Will you be joining @SirPatStew at @Comic_Con next week? #SDCC #StarTrekSDCC pic.twitter.com/sf7ZnDmXlL— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) July 10, 2019 The Picard plot CBS and Stewart had kept pretty quiet on the details of the show’s plot until the teaser and full trailer arrived. We already knew it takes place around two decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.  The teaser lays out a big plot point when a voiceover says Admiral Picard commanded a rescue armada that “led us out of the darkness” 15 years before the series picks up. It asks the questions: What did it cost him and why did he leave Starfleet? That’s a huge cliffhanger to contemplate ahead of the show’s debut. Star Trek: PicardEnlarge ImageThe Star Trek: Picard poster shows a Starfleet logo formed from grapevines. James Dimmock/CBS Both the teaser and trailer start in a vineyard, which is a callback to the final TNG television episode in 1994, All Good Things that showed one possible future Picard working in a vineyard in France. That Picard had become an ambassador. We know the Picard in the new show was promoted to admiral at some point. A poster for the series shows a vineyard with the Starfleet logo formed out of grapevines along with the catchphrase “The end is only the beginning.” Picard’s history ties strongly in with the Romulans. “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter.  The 2009 Star Trek reboot movie covered the demise of the planet Romulus at the hands of an exploding star in 2387. Could this event have been the focus of Picard’s rescue armada?  Picard has a complicated history with the Romulans. In Nemesis, he tangled with a Romulan clone of himself.  The trailer features a Borg ship that may be acting as a prison vessel staffed by Romulans. A sign says it has gone 5,843 days without an assimilation.Don’t expect a mere reboot of The Next Generation. “Patrick was very clear to us in the beginning. He didn’t want to repeat what he had already done. And by the way, it’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters in January. The dog is particularly notable. It appears to be a pit bull or bully mix. Zoom in on its ears. They may have been cropped, but they also look a lot like pointy Vulcan ears. Stewart is known for his work fostering rescue dogs. His most recent foster, Emma, is a pit mix with cropped ears. 3:00 Comments Meet the cast We all know the star of the show, and more casting details are emerging. We’re still waiting for several character names to be confirmed.Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc PicardSantiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Chris” RiosMichelle Hurd as Raffi MusikerAlison Pill as Dr. Agnes JuratiHarry Treadaway as NarekIsa Briones as DahjEvan Evagora as ElnorBrent Spiner as Data (or a related android) Jeri Ryan as Seven of NineJonathan Del Arco as Hugh the BorgJonathan Frakes as William RikerMarina Sirtis as Deanna Troi He’s been plenty busy in the meantime, continuing his role as Professor X in the X-Men movies, up through a farewell performance in 2017’s Logan. He has a lot of voice acting credits to his name, including Poop in The Emoji Movie. Fans will be able to catch him in theaters as Bosley in a 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels. Stewart announced the new Picard series in August 2018 at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. He called his return “an unexpected but delightful surprise” and said he hopes “to research and experience what comforting and reforming light [Picard] might shine on these often very dark times.” Who’s making Picard?  Stewart is doubling as an executive producer along with Alex Kurtzman, the creator of Star Trek: Discovery. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon is on board as an executive producer and writer. Chabon described Picard as “the hero we need right now.” Stewart shared a behind-the-scenes photo in September 2018 from a Picard meeting where he’s sitting with Chabon and other members of the show’s production staff. Stewart has been involved with the writing for the show from early on. 22 Originally published May 17 and updated regularly as more information on Star Trek: Picard comes in. 15 famous Star Trek guests who brought their own star power (pictures) 15 Photos 35 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Prequels incomingWe have a lot of questions about what Picard has been up to all those years, and some of them are likely to get answered in a series of prequel books. CBS, Simon & Schuster and comics publisher IDW will release Star Trek: Picard — Countdown, a three-issue comic-book miniseries in November. This will focus on a life-changing mission for Picard.A full novel called The Last Best Hope will arrived in February 2020 and set up the story ahead of the series. We’ll get to know some of the new characters before meeting them on screen. Una McCormack, author of several Star Trek novels, is writing the book. Picard’s place in Trek Stewart’s Picard took on the weight of Star Trek’s future when he stepped up to captain the Enterprise-D. Until then, the Trek universe had revolved around the original crew led by Capt. James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner. Kirk and the gang had re-emerged from the shadow of the original series’ cancellation in the ’60s and were born again through a string of successful movies starting in 1979.  Stewart’s character couldn’t have been more different from the leap-into-action, kiss-the-aliens Kirk. Picard created a new mold for Starfleet captains. His Picard was cerebral, wise and measured, but also passionate. If you need a reminder, watch his defense of android crew member Data as a sentient being in the season 2 episode Measure of a Man. CBS Star Treklast_img read more



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BSE closes points 2767 up on Dec 31

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 27.67 points up to stand at 21,170.68. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 12.90 points up to stand at 6,304.00. Future Retail and Gitanjali Gems were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.10% and 6.03% along with Apollo Tyres and CRISIL with an increase of 5.77% and 5.52% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Prestige Estates and Muthoot Finance Ltd. with a decrease of 3.15% and 2.70% along with RAMCOCEM and Dena Bank with a decrease of 2.06% and 2.02% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 6.51 points at 12,258.83 while the banking sector is up 15.81 points 13,001.94 and the realty sector is up 2.46 points at 1,433.41. The Indian currency is up 0.18% at Rs 61.80 per dollar.last_img read more



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India invites bids for small oil gas fields after 6 years

first_imgAfter a hiatus of six years, the Indian government has sought bids for 67 of its small oil and gas fields for commercial productions, reported the Mint. The companies participating will be offered a liberal and simple revenue sharing agreement as against the prevailing cumbersome profit sharing model.A bouquet of incentives such as freedom on pricing and marketing of oil and gas, waiving off a 20 percent cess on crude oil production and zero customs duty on capital goods imported for developing the fields are on the offer too.Reuters reported that most of these fields were returned back by its earlier owners, the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL), for its small size yet high cost of development. It is to bridge this concern that the new auction terms have been kept liberal.Sixty seven of these fields to be offered in 46 contracts hold in-place reserves of 85 million metric tonnes of oil and the fields are spread across nine sedimentary basins on land, and in shallow water and deep water areas.”These fields have been discovered by India’s national oil companies and are now being offered under exclusive policy which is designed to be investor-friendly and is based on easy-to-administer revenue sharing contract model, in tune with the policy of ‘ease of doing business’ in India,” the Mint reported, citing a government statement.In an effort to attract well-funded companies and individual investors outside the hydrocarbon business, the government has even done away with an earlier mandatory joint venture operation with domestic firms. These companies will also not operate under the obligation to drill specified number of wells. The bidders are also not required to have prior technical experience.Noting the opportunity to enter into India’s upstream market under relaxed terms, Anish De, partner and head of the oil and gas practice at KPMG, told the Mint: “This will provide operational autonomy and flexibility to contractors and incentivise investments in the oil and gas sector.”Successful auctioning of these small blocks will herald India’s new national hydrocarbon policy (HELP). The policy hinges on the hope that India can unlock energy resources worth $40 billion across its landscapes by offering price incentives as well as simplifying rules, said Reuters.The last date for submitting the bids is Oct. 31.last_img read more



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BAE Systems Qinetiq Thales Which companies will benefit from increased UK defence

first_imgIn a recently-leaked memo to the UKs Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, former UK Joint Forces Command chief Sir Richard Barrons issued a dire warning on the state of the UK military.According to him, Britain could not sustain a full-scale conventional attack from Russia, particularly from the air. He also raised serious concerns that Britains Armed Forces are reliant on small numbers of expensive equipment, such as new aircraft carriers, which we cannot afford to use fully, damage or lose.This warning comes in spite of a rising defence budget, with the Government – late last year – committing to increase defence spending by nearly £5bn ($6.5bn, €5.8bn) by 2020/21, and to meet the official NATO target to spend 2% of GDP (economic output) for the rest of this decade.European NATO countries have relied on the US for too longBut it is not just the UK that is to raise defence spending this year and beyond. Fears over Russian aggression (eg. in the Ukraine), homegrown terrorist attacks, the ongoing civil war in Syria and the immigration crisis across Europe are all highlighting the need for Europe as a whole to spend more on defence and security.Of the 28 NATO countries, only 5 spent NATOs objective of 2% of GDP, including the US and UK. But what is clear from NATOs own data is that Europe has increasingly relied on the US as a defence shield, while progressively cutting their own defence spending, by a total of 12% from 2008 to 2014 (Chart 1).Why these European defence cuts are finally to be reversedThe key catalyst is political. We have the US Presidential election to come in November this year, with Republican candidate Donald Trump raising tough questions about what the United States should expect from its allies, many of which are not contributing their fair share financially or militarily to NATOs common defence. This is not even to mention Trumps stated admiration for Vladimir Putin, which is a clear concern to European NATO members.Lets not forget that Russia has been spending more of its economic output on its military might, just as most of NATO has done the opposite (Chart 2).Just as was seen during the Brexit debate, immigration has become a hot topic across Europe in advance of parliamentary elections in France (due in April 2017) and in Germany (Autumn 2017).More importantly, Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel and her CDU/CSU party have been losing ground in a number of local elections in the former East Germany and now in Berlin, forcing her into an about-turn on her liberal immigration policy regarding refugees.As a result, there is huge pressure to see European governments reacting to the electorates concerns over security and immigration with extra spending. Note that France spends only 1.8% of its economic output on defence and Germany an even weaker 1.2%. There is thus scope to increase spending in the next year and beyond.Who will benefit from higher defence and security spending?Now, we should not forget that defence and national security tend to be highly nationalistic topics, with each European country tending to favour their own national defence companies wherever possible.The largest defence industries in Europe reside in France and in the UK. In France, both Thales (French code HO) and Safran (French code SAF) are defence-oriented companies that should benefit from higher French and German military and security-related spending.In the UK, the key company to invest in is BAE Systems (UK code: BA/). BAE is a huge defence supplier to the UK and US in particular, so are well-placed to see a pick-up in orders and sales from this change in trend in NATO defence spending.BAE Systems has the added attraction of offering a good income, at around 5% in dividend yield annually. So you as an investor are paid to wait in this share.Other beneficiaries from increased spending on security and defence include G4S (UK code GFS) who provide much of the private sectors security manpower, including security personnel and infrastructure for the 2012 London Olympics.Increased intelligence and electronic surveillance spending (think MI5, MI6 and GCHQ) should be a boon for Qinetiq (code QQ.), while increased spending on military aircraft should help aerospace companies Rolls-Royce (code RR.), Meggitt (MGGT), Cobham (COB) and Chemring (CHG).All things considered, BAE would be my top pick of UK companies to buy into this defence spending boost.last_img read more



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4 tourists missing in Moinot Ghat Coxs Bazar

first_imgIn separate incidents, four tourists went missing in Moinot Ghat in Dohar of Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar sea beach on Tuesday, reports UNB.At Moinot Ghat, two college students and their university-going friend went missing while swimming in the Padma river around 5:00pm, said officer-in-charge of Dohar police station Sirajuddin.However, the identity of the missing was yet to be known, he said, adding that divers were searching for them.  In Cox’s Bazar, a teenage boy went missing in the bay near the Laboni Point of Cox’s Bazar Sea Beach around 10:00am, said senior assistant police super of Cox’s Bazar Tourism Police Raihan Kazeny.The victim is Sudipta Dey, 17, son of Shital Chandra Dey. He passed this year’s SSC examination from a BGB Pilkhana school in Dhaka.Sudipta along with his family members went to the sea beach in the morning.At one stage of swimming in the sea at the Laboni Point, he was washed away by waves.last_img read more



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AL seeks to make allies parliamentary opposition

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader says it will be a positive development for the government and ruling Awami League’s 14-party allies if the partners play the role as a parliamentary opposition.The policy statement came from the AL leader on Thursday in the wake of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s decision not to join parliament at all after it alleged massive rigging in 30 December elections won by the AL.”Many of the Awami League allies have already decided to stay in the opposition bench in parliament. It’s good for us as well as for them,” said Quader told newsmen after inspecting preparations for the AL’s victory rally to be held at Suhrawardi Udyan on Saturday.After the one-sided election of 2014, the AL’s ally Jatiya Party of HM Ershad that had representation in the cabinet, was made official opposition party in parliament.However, this time around, the AL’s ally Workers Party’s president Rashed Khan Menon said there will be no unity with the AL if they go to the opposition.Menon and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haq Inu, who had been in the previous cabinet, were ignored when prime minister Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third consecutive time.About Menon’s statement, Quader said, “We’ve been discussing about the matter [of seeing the partners as opposition].”Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the government can learn from criticism from the opposition. “If there is an opposition, the government will be able to rectify itself,” he added.The AL leader, according to UNB, claimed that there is neither any conflict nor tension in the AL-led grand alliance.”The grand alliance is a unity forged to participate in elections while the 14-party is a political alliance which will prevail and there’s no chance of collapse,” said the minister.”There is no infighting, tension and disturbance in the alliance, said the senior AL leader adding, “If there’s any misunderstanding, we’ll solve it through discussions.”last_img read more



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