Buoyed by the return of Niranjan Patnaik as president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee along with three working presidents, the party has started gearing up for the next year’s simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State.The Congress leaders are working overtime not only to retain their party’s number two position in the State by blocking the Bharatiya Janata Party but also to take on the ruling Biju Janata Dal in a big way. The saffron party had emerged number two in the Zilla Parishad elections in 2017.The new team of leaders has already initiated a series of measures to strengthen the party organisation at the grassroots level. In a recent meeting of district presidents, the party decided to dismantle block level committees and strengthen Zilla Parishad zones as new organisational blocks.At the end of the two-day deliberations, Mr. Patnaik has made it clear that those leaders who are working with the people in rural areas will be given tickets to contest the next elections. Indiscipline will not be tolerated in the party and leaders having grievances should raise the issue in party forum instead of going to the media, he has said.Mr. Patnaik, who has already appointed presidents and working presidents in as many as 28 of the 33 organisational districts, is now planning to organise massive rallies in all districts to galvanise the party workers up to the booth level. He along with the party in-charge of Odisha has also visited all districts to activate the district units.
Voting for the bypoll to the Naxal-affected Dantewada Assembly constituency began on Monday morning amid tight security. The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in a Naxal attack in April. Polling began at 7 am and it will go on till 3 pm, an election official said here. A total of 1,88,263 voters, including 89,747 men and 98,876 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency, which has 273 polling stations. A massive security blanket of around 18,000 personnel, including those from paramilitary forces, and drones have been thrown around the Dantewada Assembly segment, which is part of the insurgency-hit Bastar region, for conducting peaceful polling, a police official said. The counting of votes will be taken up on September 27. Nine candidates are in the fray for the seat, the only one in Bastar division that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win in last year’s Assembly election. Both the ruling Congress and the BJP have fielded candidates who have been victims of Naxal violence, with the former pitting Devti Karma, wife of senior party leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in the Jhiram Valley attack in 2013, against the latter’s Ojaswi Mandavi, wife of slain MLA Bhima Mandavi. The other candidates are Hemant Poyam (Bahujan Samaj Party), Sujit Karma (Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J)), Bhimsen Mandavi (Communist Party of India), Ajay Nag (Nationalist Congress Party), Ballu Ram Bhawani (Aam Aadmi Party), Yogesh Markam (Gondwana Gantantra Party) and Independent Sudru Ram Kunjam. Stakes are high for the main opposition BJP as it is fighting to retain the seat. In the 2018 Assembly polls, Devti Karma had lost to Bhima Mandavi by a thin margin of 2,172 votes in the Dantewada seat. In the 90-member state Assembly, the Congress won 68 seats last year and the BJP 15. The Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and the BSP had bagged five and two seats respectively.
Atletico Madrid celebrated like they had won the trophy after reaching the Champions League quarterfinals by edging past PSV Eindhoven 8-7 on penalties on Tuesday following 210 goalless minutes in their last-16 tie.Juanfran converted the winning spotkick at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, before ripping off his shirt and charging to celebrate wildly with the home fans after the two sides became the first to end a Champions League knockout match 0-0 on aggregate.It took 16 kicks to finally produce a winner with Luciano Narsingh hitting the crossbar with PSV’s eighth effort before Juanfran coolly delivered for his side. Atletico are into the last eight for third successive year, having also needed penalties to beat Bayer Leverkusen last season.The Spanish side, runners-up in 2014, had home advantage in Tuesdays second leg after drawing in the Netherlands but were kept in check by a disciplined defensive display from the Dutch champions.Atletico should have gone ahead after 15 minutes when Koke set up Antoine Griezmann, but PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet blocked his low shot with a fine reflex save from 10 metres.Zoet denied Griezmann again when he beat away the Atletico forward’s goal-bound header from point-blank range in a first half of few chances.PSV looked for opportunities on the counter-attack and Luuk de Jong missed a chance for the Dutch champions just before the break.PSV were more adventurous in the second half, however, and came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 58th minute when Jurgen Locadias shot from the left was pushed onto the post by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.advertisementAtletico defender Filipe Luis then reacted quickly to prevent De Jong from scoring on the rebound.Just after the hour mark, Zoet blocked an effort from Filipe Luis and the rebound fell for Yannick Carrasco, who shot wildly over the bar.Substitute Fernando Torres led Atleticos attacking efforts in the second half spurning two half-chances before he had a firm left-footed shot from an acute angle palmed onto the crossbar by Zoet in the 87th minute.Lucas Hernandez headed over in extra time after finding himself unmarked from a corner and Atletico captain Gabi wasted a free kick on the edge of the PSV penalty area, but the hosts could not find a way through.
Dele Alli condemned Champions League holders Real Madrid to a horrendous Wembley debut with two goals as Tottenham Hotspur reached the last 16 with a stunning 3-1 victory on Wednesday.The 21-year-old England midfielder, making his first appearance in this year’s competition after serving a three-game ban, scored either side of halftime on a memorable night for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.Christian Eriksen was also on target for Tottenham as they proved far superior to end Madrid’s 30-match unbeaten run in Champions League group play.Cristiano Ronaldo replied for Zinedine Zidane’s side but it was in vain as Tottenham sealed a first win in six attempts against the Spanish champions who will face more criticism after falling eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga.Tottenham lead Group H with 10 points with Real on seven, followed by Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia who have two each after a draw in Germany.”We are starting to believe in our potential and quality,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side failed to negotiate the group phase last year, told reporters.”This win makes us more visible and is something that everyone around Europe will have noticed.”Twelve-times champions Real should still qualify but manager Zidane admitted his side were in a rut after the weekend’s defeat at Girona and now a chastening night at Wembley.”It’s a hard defeat to take but it was against a team who played very well and deserved to win,” he said. “We were not able to come up with a response and we are not happy about it.”advertisementBuoyed by their impressive 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu two weeks ago Tottenham began at a high tempo and dominated the opening 20 minutes against a pensive Madrid.Harry Kane, declared fit after missing his side’s weekend loss at Manchester United with a hamstring strain, should have done better with an attempted chip over Real keeper Kiko Casilla who was deputising for injured Keylor Navas.Tottenham right back Kieran Trippier was a constant menace down the right and his first-time volleyed cross caused panic in the Real defence – a portent of things to come for Real.FORAY FORWARDThe hosts suffered a blow when central defender Toby Alderweireld’s evening was cut short as he pulled up with a hamstring injury after a foray forward.Moussa Sissoko replaced him with Eric Dier dropping into defence but it did not slow Tottenham’s momentum as they deservedly went ahead five minutes later.Harry Winks picked out Trippier racing down the right and his volleyed cross found Alli to prod home.Real responded with Casemiro and Ronaldo testing Hugo Lloris but Tottenham should have increased their lead before halftime when Sissoko mis-kicked in front of goal from another Trippier cut back and Kane’s goalbound shot was blocked by Sergio Ramos.A single-goal lead looked vulnerable against the defending champions but Tottenham doubled it nine minutes after the break with Alli sending the Wembley crowd into raptures.The England midfielder was allowed to advance goalwards and his shot deflected off Ramos’s back to completely wrong-foot Casilla.Real, who had lost only one of their last 22 European fixtures, swarmed forward trying to salvage something but their night took a turn for the worse when Tottenham counter-attacked in devastating fashion in the 65th minute, Alli finding Kane who picked out Eriksen to calmly slot home.Ronaldo fired home his sixth goal in this year’s competition to set up a frantic last 10 minutes but Tottenham held firm to avenge their quarter-final defeat by Real in 2011.
England v Costa Rica England vs Costa Rica: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:05 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images England v Costa Rica England Costa Rica Friendlies The Three Lions will hope to arrive in Russia clutching a convincing victory under their belts as they prepare for a send-off in Leeds England conclude their World Cup warm-up schedule when they face off against fellow World Cup-bound side Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds.Gareth Southgate’s side come into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Nigeria and they will be looking for a similar result as they look to arrive in Russia on a high.The win over Nigeria stretched the Three Lions’ unbeaten run to nine games, a streak that also includes draws against Brazil, Germany and Italy, as well as a win over the Netherlands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Los Ticos also come into the game full of confidence, having defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 in San Jose over the weekend, and they have one final friendly to go – against Belgium – before embarking on their own World Cup odyssey. Game England vs Costa Rica Date Thursday, June 7 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Squads & Team News Position England players Goalkeepers Pickford, Pope, Butland Defenders Walker, Rose, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Cahill, Jones, Delph, Young, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Dier, Lingard, Henderson, Alli, Loftus-Cheek Forwards Kane, Sterling, Vardy, Welbeck, Rashford Having played Jordan Pickford for the entirety of the game against Nigeria, Southgate has indicated that Jack Butland will play against Costa Rica.With a fully fit squad to choose from, there is likely to be experimentation elsewhere on the pitch as the Three Lions boss figures out the best approach for Russia.Potential England XI: Butland; Walker, Stones, Maguire; Rose, Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Henderson, Alli; Sterling, Kane. Position Costa Rica players Goalkeepers Navas, Pemberton, Moreira Defenders Acosta, Gonzalez, Smith, Duarte, Oviedo, Calvo, Gamboa, Waston, Matarrita Midfielders Borges, Bolanos, Colindres, Wallace, Azofeifa, Tejeda, Guzman Forwards Campbell, Ruiz, Venegas, Urena Costa Rica’s squad for the World Cup was confirmed on June 4 and there are plenty of talented figures within Oscar Ramirez’s 23-man panel, including Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.Navas was taken off after just 35 minutes in the win over Northern Ireland, but should be fit to feature against England. Otherwise, Leonel Moreira could get the nod.In attack, Arsenal winger Joel Campbell offers a potent threat alongside captain Bryan Ruiz.Potential Costa Rica XI: Navas; Acosta, Gonzalez, Duarte; Oviedo, Gamboa, Guzman, Borges, Campbell, Colindres; Ruiz. Betting & Match Odds England are 4/11 favourites to win the match according to dabblebet, with Costa Rica commanding odds of 15/2. A draw between the teams is a 10/3 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview England’s clash against Costa Rica is the last chance for Southgate to run the rule over his squad ahead of their opening World Cup game against Tunisia, which takes place 11 days later.Naturally enough, the strutiny has begun to intensify on his panel, with the controversy over Raheem Sterling’s tattoo and Danny Rose’s concerns over racism already taking the focus away from what’s happening on the pitch, so the Three Lions boss will have to work hard to ensure the players keep their eyes on the prize.And, with places in the starting XI still ostensibly up for grabs they will have to remain tuned in for the visit of Costa Rica, who are sure to provide a suitably stern test before things get serious.Los Ticos made light work of Michael O’Neill’s workmanlike Northern Ireland in their last outing and also claimed victory over Scotland back in March, so they appear to be well matched with England, but their form has been erratic, with defeats to Spain, Hungary and Tunisia also blotting their recent record.The result of the game will ultimately pale into insigificance come June 18 in Volgograd and the chief concern for Southgate will be for his players to come through the exercise unscathed, but primed for battle.