A day after senior Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal made a controversial statement about Hindu gods in Parliament and later apologised, BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh filed several complaints, demanding his arrest and registration of an FIR against him for hurting their sentiments.The convenor of the BJP’s State traders’ cell, Vineet Sharda, announced a reward of ₹1.25 lakh for anyone who blackens Mr. Agrawal’s face and shaves his head. Mr. Sharda along with Mayor of Meerut Municipal Corporation Harikant Ahluwalia and other BJP workers demanded Mr. Agrawal’s arrest. Also Read Uproar over MP’s remark on Hindu gods Later, they went to the Partapur police station in Meerut and registered a complaint demanding police action against the Samajwadi Party MP.
Five-time champion Viswanathan Anand had to be content with a second place finish following a draw with Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in the 13th and final round of 73rd Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, The Netherlands.Viswanathan AnandThe World Champion could draw a big consolation from the fact that he would be the number one ranked player all over again as the results here proved that he will be overtaking world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the next rating list.Hikaru Nakamura of United States won the title after drawing his final round game with Wang Hao of China.Nakamura tallied 9 points in all, a half point more than Anand in this category-20 super tournament between 14-players.The American not only performed way beyond his rating of 2751 but also finished ahead of the world’s top four ranked players.Anand got the better position with his black pieces but could not find a breakthrough AS Nepomniachtchi simply got an impregnable position in the endgame arising out of a Sicilian defense game.The Indian ace settled for a draw in 37 moves.”Disappointing,” Anand said after the final results were out.”When I reached a plus-four score (Four wins and rest draws), I felt I was well on my way to a final victory but Hikaru just kept winning, picking up six points in a row, which was quite amazing.”But I’m not unhappy; it’s difficult to be unhappy with a plus-four score. It’s a pity I didn’t manage to win the tournament but I think I performed above my rating, which isn’t bad at all,” the World Champion said.advertisementThe third place was shared by Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian of Armenia who both scored 8 points apiece. The last round of the tournament turned out to be a damp with all the games ending in draws for the first time in the event this year.- With PTI inputs
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,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.