Arvinder Singh Lovely rejoins Congress

first_imgFormer Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely, who had switched over to the BJP in April last year, rejoined the Congress party on Saturday in the presence of the party’s Delhi in-charge P.C. Chacko and the present chief of Delhi Congress Ajay Maken Before the photo opportunity at the 24 Akbar Road headquarters of the Congress party, Mr. Lovely met party president Rahul Gandhi at his residence. He told the media that “he had left the party in pain”. I was an ideological misfitThough he didn’t elaborate, it was well known that he left because of his differences with Mr. Maken, who had replaced him [Mr. Lovely] as the party’s Delhi unit chief. “I was an ideological misfit in the BJP,” said Mr. Lovely during the brief interaction with the media after his re-induction into the Congress. His one time mentor and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that she is happy at Mr. Lovely’s homecoming.The development comes barely a couple of days after Mr. Maken and Ms. Dikshit addressed a joint press conference against the AAP government’s third anniversary in Delhi in an effort to show a picture of unity.The Delhi unit of the Congress has witnessed factionalism with both Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Maken openly blaming each other for the party’s debacle in the 2015 Assembly election where it didn’t win a single seat.last_img read more

Yachting’s America’s Cup- The oldest and the most expensive sport

first_imgWhich is the oldest trophy in sport? Football’s FA Cup, of course. Which is the most expensive sport in the world? Formula One, but naturally. In which sport do big money, big egos and big mouths collide in a constant clamour? Heavyweight boxing, without a doubt. Wrong every time.It is,Which is the oldest trophy in sport? Football’s FA Cup, of course. Which is the most expensive sport in the world? Formula One, but naturally. In which sport do big money, big egos and big mouths collide in a constant clamour? Heavyweight boxing, without a doubt. Wrong every time.It is yachting’s America’s Cup, which began in 1851, 20 years before the FA Cup. It is still going even though no one but the Americans won for 132 years. Right now it is being sailed off the coast of Spain between a yacht from New Zealand, a country of naturally nautical islanders, and another from Switzerland, a country surrounded by land on all sides.Among those who have actually raced in this ultraprestigious event are media magnate Ted Turner and software tycoon Larry Ellison. The leader of the champion Swiss team is a biotech billionaire named Ernesto Bertarelli. The collective budget for teams competing in the America’s Cup crosses $500 million without sneezing.The Cup could have turned into an event meant only for the monstrously rich and the chronically famous. For mad billionaires willing to gamble away their moolah for extra cred at the home yacht club. In any case, the sport is also extremely spectator and TV-unfriendly. But still the lure of America’s Cup is growing. Olympic medallists vie to make it to competing syndicates even though one NBA player’s salary can pay for an entire Cup team. Boats are covered with the logos of big-ticket sponsors and mounted with cameras and mikes that fill TV screen with sea spray and the swearing of sailors.advertisementThe challenger races for the right to meet defending Swiss yacht Alinghi included first-time teams from South Africa and China. The New Zealand Government has put in $26 million in the 2007 challenge, after Bertarelli signed up leading Kiwi yachtsmen and went on to win the Cup for the Swiss in 2003. The venue for the Cup defence was open to bidding, and already the turnstiles at the racing dock in Valencia, Spain, have registered five million entries. The port city has been revitalised. Bertarelli, despised by many for competing with his cheque book, says he wants to make the Cup self-sustaining and not dependant on the deep pockets of a few.Everyone opposing Formula One in India should take a cue from what is happening out at sea in Spain. Behind every extravagant sporting event, lies an opportunity.last_img read more