Sajad Lone’s party to contest J&K polls

first_imgSajad Lone’s Peoples Conference on Friday became the first regional party to announce its participation in the coming urban local bodies and panchayat polls in J&K. “The Peoples Conference will take part in the upcoming elections. But given the rules, we won’t have a common symbol,” he tweeted.BJP allyMr. Lone became an ally of the BJP after the 2014 polls and served as a Minister with portfolios of Animal Husbandry, Social Welfare and Renewable Energy.Unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference, Mr. Lone, son of assassinated Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone, maintained a studied silence on the issues of Article 35A, which defines State-subject laws, and the special status of J&K. The PDP and the NC boycotted the polls accusing the Centre of linking Article 35A with upcoming polls before the Supreme Court, which is hearing a number of petitions challenging the Article.The CPI(M), the JD(U), the BSP, the Awami National Party and the Democratic Party Nationalist also decided to stay away from these elections. So far, the Congress and the BJP have decided to field candidates in the polls, which will start from October 8 for urban local bodies.last_img read more

Englishman Stephen Constantine prepares Indian football team for Busan Asian Games

first_imgKick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would,Kick off: Stephen Constantine is Indian soccer’s hopeIs he a guus hiddink come to rescue Indian football from obscurity? Englishman Stephen Constantine, the new coach of the national football team, is preparing the country’s Under-23s for the Busan Asian Games in September.Those familiar with the soccer scene in India would call it a thankless task. But the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which gave Constantine the top football job, is expecting the 39-year-old to up India’s rank from 23 out of 40 soccer-playing nations in Asia, and get a team sitting idle since the pre-World Cup qualifiers up and running for a string of major matches.Next month, Constantine’s boys will be in a six-nation tournament in Vietnam; then Busan, the 2003 Asian Cup and the Olympics the year after. “The team hasn’t played for a long time, so fitness is a concern,” says the new coach. “I will also be giving our players new ideas.”One of only two FIFA instructors in England, Constantine has coached teams in England, Cyprus, US and, more recently, Nepal.”He doesn’t have an exceptional CV,” says AIFF Honorary Secretary Alberto Colaco. “But he has an amazing will to succeed.”Just what the team needs.last_img read more

Hanover Farmers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Agri-Linkage Exchange

first_imgStory Highlights “I am concerned about you finding markets for your produce, and this is one of the biggest drawbacks that farmers have. You will produce, but some of you do not know where the markets are,” Mr. Hutchinson told the farmers. The Minister was speaking at the Hanover Agricultural Show, which was held at the Jockey Factory in Lucea, Hanover, on Saturday (May 25). Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, is encouraging Hanover farmers to take advantage of the Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX) to market and sell their produce to organisations in the tourism industry. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, is encouraging Hanover farmers to take advantage of the Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX) to market and sell their produce to organisations in the tourism industry.The Minister was speaking at the Hanover Agricultural Show, which was held at the Jockey Factory in Lucea, Hanover, on Saturday (May 25).“I am concerned about you finding markets for your produce, and this is one of the biggest drawbacks that farmers have. You will produce, but some of you do not know where the markets are,” Mr. Hutchinson told the farmers.“At the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) you can now partner with the Agri-Linkage Exchange (ALEX) to market your produce to the tourism industry,” he noted.Established in August 2018, ALEX bridges the gap between agriculture and tourism by facilitating trade between farmers, hoteliers and the gastronomy economy. To date, 549 farmers have benefited from marketing through ALEX.Meanwhile, Mr. Hutchinson also told the farmers that they should take advantage of idle government lands in the parish.“Hanover farmers, the opportunities for agricultural expansion are numerous. You are blessed with 2,000 hectares of arable lands, and a large demand for your products in close proximity. I urge you to use up the idle lands to plant more Irish potatoes, because they are in great demand,” the Minister said.“Just in case any of you know of idle lands belonging to government, I want you to get in touch with RADA. We are prepared to put all government-owned idle lands into production right away, and we intend to ensure that small farmers who need the land can get it,” he added.The Hanover Agricultural Show was held in collaboration with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the Hanover Association of Branch Societies.last_img read more