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Binay Tamang PC Agrawal
Binay Tamang PC Agrawal
Darjeeling: The two identity-based parties in the Darjeeling hills - the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) - are upping the ante against each other in their attempts to emerge as the main political force in the region.
Both the Morcha and the GNLF enjoy the confidence of the Bengal government, which has been trying to keep the two in good humour to ensure peace in the hills. The friction between the Morcha and the GNLF has prompted worries about political stability in the Darjeeling hills.
The latest round of bickering has been sparked by the Morcha picking on a statement by senior GNLF leader P.C. Agrawal who recently said: "(Morcha leaders) Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa should be chased out of Lal Kothi (the office of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, the autonomous body that runs the hill administration)."
Agrawal, a former GNLF chairman of Kurseong municipality, had made the comment during a public speech at Kuresong on Friday while speaking at the 83rd birth anniversary celebrations of Subash Ghisingh.
At the event, GNLF president and Subash's son Mann Ghisingh had announced his decision to quit as chairman of the Hill Area Development Committee, which has been formed by the Bengal government.  Read: Mann Ghising resigns from Hill Area Development Council (HADC) The move had been seen as an attempt by the GNLF to reposition itself as a party for the hill community.
Morcha chief Tamang released a media statement on Sunday demanding an apology from Agrawal. Tamang accused the GNLF of trying to vitiate the political atmosphere in the hills.
"Since 1986 (when the GNLF started the statehood agitation), the political atmosphere has been vitiated. Houses have been torched, people (of Opposition outfits) have been killed, statues have been destroyed. Since I took charge (of the GTA) on September 25, 2017, I have been calling for a change in such political practices," Tamang said.

"P.C. Agrawal has stooped to a new low and we demand an apology from him, or else we will take legal action against him," the Morcha leader added.
The GNLF, however, accused the Morcha of indulging only in lip service.
Party leader Ajoy Edwards said: "It (Agrawal's) was a political statement, which could have been countered politically. They (the Morcha) say one thing and do the opposite."
Edwards alleged that the second-in-command of the Morcha, Thapa, had threatened Agrawal's family with dire consequences over phone.
"Anit Thapa called up the 83-year-old leader's grandson on Saturday evening and son on Sunday morning and threatened the family. We have recordings of the conversations. Is this the political culture that they are talking about?" Edwards said.
The GNLF leader said the party wanted to end the "culture where leaders just pick up the phone and issue threats for a political speech".
"If they (the Morcha) want to take legal measures let them go ahead. We too will take legal steps," Edward said.
Agrawal refused to comment.
Thapa denied threatening the GNLF leader's family.
"I did not call his grandson but yes this morning I spoke to his son as he is a good friend of mine. I told him that his father should not be talking about chasing people out of Lal Kothi," Thapa said.

The Telegraph

Morgan House in Kalimpong
Morgan House in Kalimpong
Siliguri: The Bengal government has decided to upgrade facilities at tourist lodges in north Bengal before the Durga Puja to offer three-star facilities, tourism minister Gautam Deb announced in Siliguri on Sunday.
Facilities such as parks, multi-cuisine restaurants, 24-hour room service and Wi-Fi connectivity will be available at the 25 tourist lodges in north Bengal and the portion of south Bengal between Alipurduar and Behrampore in Murshidabad. These lodges have a total of around 1,000 rooms.
The upgrade and renovation will be done between July and September, during which fresh bookings will not be accepted, Deb said.
Landscaping will be done on the premises of the tourist lodges and kitchen gardens developed. Local folk groups will be hired for live performances in the evenings.

"We have an elaborate plan to revamp our properties across Bengal in the next three months. This will be done to provide better accommodation and proper services to tourists.... The department will spend around Rs 70 crore on the project," Deb said.
On Sunday, the minister held a meeting in Siliguri with officials of the tourism department and some technical experts who will advise those implementing the project.
According to Deb, some of the major work to be taken up in the Darjeeling hills over the next three months include re-building the Darjeeling Tourist Lodge, constructing eco-friendly cottages at the Tiger Hill and renovating Morgan House and Hill Top Tourist Lodge in Kalimpong.
The tourism department has also planned to set up a lodge at Deolo in Kalimpong on a 10-acre plot.
"Work for a multipurpose convention centre with accommodation facilities is in progress at Bagdogra. The budget is Rs 80 crore," Deb said.
"We have identified 89 trekking routes in the hills and plains of north Bengal. These will be highlighted soon to encourage adventure sports, especially trekking. Three trekkers' huts will come up at Sandakphu, Tonglu and Phalut in the Darjeeling hills and two day-care centres at Bhutanghat and Chilapata in the Dooars," Deb said.
The tourism department is also planning to develop infrastructure in consultation with the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration at Lamahatta and Takdah.

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, Siliguri includes in dirtiest cities in India West Bengal

19 of 25 dirtiest cities in India are in West Bengal, Indore Cleanest: Report

It has been revealed that 19 out of the top 25 dirtiest cities in India are located in the state of West Bengal as per a cleanliness survey conducted by the union housing and urban affairs ministry.

The Swachh Survekshan 2018, The list of cities in West Bengal in the top 25 dirtiest cities includes Darjeeling, Siliguri, Serampur, Madhyamgram, North Barrackpore, Bankura etc.

The list of cities in West Bengal in the top 25 dirtiest cities includes Darjeeling, Siliguri, Serampur, Madhyamgram, North Barrackpore, Bankura etc. They fared extremely poorly on the scale of sanitation indicators like waste collection, processing and disposing of solid waste, open defecation etc.

The Swachh Survekshan 2018 surveyed 4203 Urban Local Bodies from municipal corporations to Nagar panchayats and cantonment boards across the country between January 4 and March 10.

As per the state rankings Jharkhand was awarded the cleanest states followed by Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Whereas the 3 dirtiest States were Nagaland, Puducherry and Tripura in that order.

The report was released by PM Narendra Modi in Indore on Saturday.

As per the city rankings, the cleanest were Indore followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh. The dirtiest cities as per the survey are North Barrackpore, Bankura and Bhadreswar.

Colombia hits Poland 3-0 goals to stay in knockout race
Goals from Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado gave Colombia a convincing 3-0 win against Poland, who were eliminated from contention at the World Cup before their last Group H match. Japan and Senegal, who both picked up wins in their first games, drew 2-2 earlier on Sunday and are in a battle with Colombia to qualify for the knockout stage.

90' - Five minutes added as stoppage time

89' - Ospina then punched the ball out of danger from the resultant Poland corner

88' - SAVE! Robert Lewandowski shot from the edge of Colombia box was palmed over the bar by David Ospina. Corner for Poland

85' - Yellow Card! Poland's Jacek Goralski is booked

80' - Substitution! Michal Pazdan is replaced by Kamil Glik for Poland

78' - Substitution! Radamel Falcao is replaced by Carlos Bacca for Colombia

75' - GOAL! Juan Cuadrado scored to make it 3-0 for Colombia

James Rodriguez released a low pass from half-way line and found the charging Cuadrado, who ran into the penalty areawith the ball and shot it past Poland keeper Szczesny.

73' - Substitution! Juan Quintero is replaced by Jefferson Lerma for Colombia

72' - Substitution! Bartosz Bereszynski is replaced by Lukasz Teodorczyk for Poland

70' - GOAL! Falcao doubled the Colombian lead

Juan Quintero with the assist, produced a perfect low pass from the middle of the pitch and found Falcao. The striker controlled it and shot it into the net.

66' - Throw-in for Poland near the Colombia box. It was as expected a long throw-in into Colombia box and found Robert Lewandowski, but his header hit the face of defender Davinson Sanchez.

61' - Yellow Card! First booking of the game to Poland Jan Bednarek, for a foul on Mateus Uribe

58' - Chance for Robert Lewandowski. The striker pulled down the long pass into Colombia box but his shot found the charging goalkeeper David Ospina's full body. Ospina is down with some pain and needed some attention from the physio

57' - Substitution! Change for Poland. Dawid Kownacki is replaced by Kamil Grosicki

56' - Juan Quintero, on a counter-attack, attempted from the edge of the Poland box. The ball deflected out and Colombia won a corner, which was cleared comfortably

52' - Now Falcao got a chance on top of the Polish box, but he shot it high over the crossbar. Chance missed.

51' - Juan Quintero's left-foot long ranger went wide of the Poland goal

49' - The long throw-in found Robert Lewandowski in the Colombia box, but the striker headed it wide of the goal

48' - Bartosz Bereszynski's cross-in from the right flank was cleared out for a throw-in for Poland

Second half is underway...

Players are coming out into the field

HT - Colombia lead Poland 1-0 at the half-time break
Colombia centre back Yerry Mina headed in a pinpoint cross from James Rodriguez in the 40th minute to give his side a 1-0 lead at halftime. With Japan and Senegal, who both picked up wins in their first matches, drawing 2-2 earlier on Sunday, Poland are staring at elimination from the finals before their last group game.

49' - Corner for Poland. Colombia keeper David Ospina punched out the rebound cross-in into the penalty box

47' - Most of the Colombian moves are coming from the right flank with Juan Cuadrado leading the attack

45' - Four minutes added as stoppage time

40' - GOAL! Yerry Mina put Colombia in the lead

James Rodriguez with the assist, he chipped the ball into the Poland goal mouth from the right and Mina jumped high to head it into the net. It all started from the corner, which Colombia took as a short one.

37' - Wojciech Szczesny then punched out the delivery from resultant corner. Colombia becoming more and more threatening as the match progresses

36' - Brilliant run from Juan Cuadrado from the right of the box. He dodged couple of Polish defenders but his shot was palmed out by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

33' - Juan Cuadrado won a corner for Colombia. Cleared out by Poland comfortably

31' - Substitution! Forced change for Colombia. Abel Aguilar is stretchered out and is replaced by Mateus Uribe

28' - The cross-in from the right towards Falcao was headed out by Poland defender. Colombia coming up with regular attack on Poland box

25' - Corner for Colombia after Falcao's cross was cleared out from inside the box by Poland defender. Nothing substantial came out of the set-piece though

23' - Good move from Colombia. Poland somehow cleared the final cross-in from Falcao. And Poland won their fourth corner from the counter attack, which was easily cleared by Colombia again

19' - Third corner for Poland. Comfortably cleared by Colombia

17' - Colombia led the possession stat (52%) from the first quarter

15' - Throw-in for Poland from the left of their goal box. Most of the action now happening in the middle of the pitch, with less and less attacking move into the final third on either ends

12' - Colombia settling down after a frantic attacking start by Poland

6' - Play halted for a while as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina needed medical attention

5' - Poland on the move again, this time from the right flank. Robert Lewandowski's header was easily collected by Colombia keeper David Ospina

3' - Second corner for Poland. Taken a short one, but it ended with a throw-in for Poland. Failed to find a clear chance though

2' - Corner for Poland. Cleared out comfortably by Colombia

Here we go... KICK-OFF TIME

*Time for National Anthems*

Starting line-ups
Poland: Wojciech Szczesny; Lukasz Piszczek, Jan Bednarek, Michal Pazdan; Bartosz Bereszynski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus; Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski (capt), Dawid Kownacki. Coach: Adam Nawalka (POL)

Colombia: David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica; Abel Aguilar, Wilmar Barrios; Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez; Radamel Falcao (capt). Coach: Jose Pekerman (ARG)

Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX) 

Source: TOI

Japan-Senegal keeps World Cup knockout hopes alive with 2-2 draw
Japan have taken their oldest ever World Cup squad to Russia and all that experience counted for something as they summoned the spirit and attacking intuition to twice drag themselves back into a match that challenged them in every way.
There had been many a cliche about the stylistic difference between African and Asian football in the pre-match discourse, but Japan’s determination to compete first and then break with conviction was a great leveller.
Senegal’s manager, Aliou Cissé, never really bought the idea that physical power would be the great advantage it was cracked up to be, and Japan’s efforts, their confidence that they could find a way for their own talents to make a difference, pushed them towards another promising result.
Control of Group H – whose qualifiers will meet England and Belgium from Group G in the knockouts – was at stake, and at the end of this topsy-turvy encounter nobody was any the wiser who progress, even though this draw keeps both teams tied on top of the group for now.
Senegal regretted an opportunity missed from a display where they did not hit full stride.
“Honestly we are all a bit disappointed,” said Sadio Mané, who opened the scoring early but by the end of it all could not hide the feeling that his team took a step back after the positivity of a stylish victory in their opening group game.
Cissé could not quite put his finger on the reasons, but he admitted this was not the performance for which he was hoping. “Of course we have regrets but I must say we didn’t see a great Senegal team,” he said. “What I know is that at this level of competition with the players we have here, players who play at world level, we conceded two avoidable goals and we were not very good. The best team, I must admit, was Japan.”

The best team drew. But if Senegal want to take one consolation from the match it is that Japan created the chances to win late on as they finished in the ascendancy.
“Big and strong doesn’t really mean much in football. When it comes to speed and shots the Japanese were very good. I didn’t see much physical differences, commitment levels were 50/50,” noted Cissé. That said, Japan did look a little overawed at the start, standing off any Senegalese advances, and it took only 11 minutes for Japan’s defence to panic and Mané to be the grateful beneficiary.
Genki Haraguchi tried to clear a cross but could only glance a backward header weakly into Youssouf Sabaly’s path. His shot was parried by Japan’s goalkeeper, Eiji Kawashima, straight to the lurking Mané. Liverpool’s attacker didn’t have to do anything except be in the right place at the right time. The ball simply bounced off him and in.
Japan’s equaliser came with a sudden flash of neat, precise football. Yuto Nagatomo burst into the box and controlled a long pass, dinking on for Takashi Inui to set himself to curl a low shot past Kadim Ndiaye. They really grew into the game and conjured two brilliant opportunities to take the lead around the hour mark. So close, but Yuya Osako could only fresh-air kick when he was through, and Inui cracked a shot against the crossbar.
Senegal pulled themselves together and found a moment to express themselves. Mané instigated it all, delaying and cajoling until he found Sabaly running into space. The Bordeaux man danced into position and drilled the ball across goal for Moussa Wagué to hammer in from an acute angle.
Japan again fought their way back into the game. This time Ndiaye, Senegal’s goalkeeper, had a moment to forget as he flapped at a cross, Inui drove the loose ball back, and Keisuke Honda seized the moment to pick his spot.
“We came back from behind twice and each time after conceding the team was calm,” said Akira Nishino. “We could play in our own rhythm, our own way. After we won the first match we wanted to be aggressive towards the second match. We got a point. The result we had is going to have a very positive impact on the third match.”
Overall, Senegal missed some accuracy in their final ball around the box, and Cissé wants them to refocus ahead of the final group game.
“We need to improve the impact, more aggression on the ball. We need to have more concentration. We were getting the ball then losing it,” said Cissé. “There were lot of technical errors – too many. We didn’t play a great game but we didn’t lose.
“We hope to qualify. We have to be concentrated and believe in it. The last day is going to be hard fought.”

 England enters World Cup knockout stage as Kane hat-trick leads 6-1 against Panama
England have smashed their record for the biggest World Cup win. It was 3-0; it’s now 6-1 against Panama. It could have been more, but they eased up in the second half after leading 5-0 at the break. Harry Kane scored England’s first World Cup hat-trick since 1986. 

  • 86': Well, this is ending on a rather boring note it seems. England are now seem content with the scoreline. Though, Panama are trying hard to reduce the defeat-margin

  • 83': A brief lull in the proceedings

  • 82': Sterling with a curler from the edge of the box. It's wide

  • 80': Panama fans in the stadium are celebrating as if they have won the World Cup. They should. They are all witness to history.

  • 78': GOAL! History made - Felipe Baloy becomes the first ever goal-scorer for Panama in World Cup finals! A brilliant cross from Avila - well outside the box - and Baloy latches onto it to push it past Pickford. Panama fans are delighted. Baloy sheds a tear or two.

  • 76': Corner for Panama. Brilliantly taken and Torres misses out a golden chance to score after sending his attempt wide.

  • 75': What is Pickford doing? He charges forward and inside the circle nearly commits a howler before cutting the ball loose for a teamate

  • 73': CHANCE! Young plays it on to an Maguire on the right who heads it for Henderson in the middle but his volley is just wide of the net.


  • 71': Will England be happy to pass the ball around or are they still looking to pump more goals?

  • 70': England's final substitution: Trippier off, Danny Rose

  • 69': Substitution for Panama: Baloy comes in for Gomez

  • 66': CHANCE for Panama! Barcenas sends a pass to Murillo and his attempt is blocked by Pickford.

  • 63': SUBSTITUTION for PANAMA: Aníbal Godoy off, Ricardo Avila on

  • 63': DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR ENGLAND: Kane off, Vardy on and Delph in for Lingard

  • 62': GOAL! Harry Kane completes his hat-trick! Loftus-Cheel with the assist as the ball lobs over the keeper after taking deflection off the England captain's foot. England 6-0 Panama

  • 59': A foul gives Panama a free kick inside their own half.

  • 56': Unlike the first half which was breathtaking, this one has got off to a quiet start.

  • 54': Now a corner for England. Trippier takes it but Torres is there to see that off.

  • 51': A corner to Panama, Walker heads it clear.

  • 47': Kane feeds Sterling in the middle who in turn lets it loose for Loftus-Cheek but a red shirt gets the better of him


HALF-TIME: England 5-0 Panama

45+2': Now Cooper elbows Maguire. This half has been quite eventful. Referee hasn't noticed the incident. Now, Torress gets involved. Fiery first half this has turned out to be

45+1': GOAL! Harry Kane converts for the second time in the match and England are 5-0 ahead in the first half

45': YELLOW CARD TO Escobar for showing dissent

43': PENALTY no. 2 for ENGLAND! Panama players have been quite physical in this half. Some wrestling bout going on as John Stones is fouled inside the penalty box. Harry Kane will take it.

40': GOAL! John Stones scores for the second time! England are in cruise control! 4-0 to them now. Lovely execution from England. Trippier takes the free kick short to Henderson who guides it to Kane who in turn sets up Sterling for a header. The header is blocked but the rebound falls to Stones who heads that home!

38': Free kick for England. Delay in the set-piece due to some scuffling between the red and white shirts

36': GOAL! Lingard scores to make it 3-0. This is so good from England. A period of possession from England and Raheem Sterling frees up Lingard with a gorgeous pass. Lingard responds with a 30-yard screamer to the top right corner. England 3-0 Panama

34': Henderson frees up Younng on the left with a long ball and the offside flag stays down. He runs and manages to keep the ball in play but not for too long.

32': Maguire receives the cross from Trippier near the goal but his header is over the cross bar.

31': Sterling receives the ball near the midfield but his fouled by Gomez. Trippier will take the free kick.

29': Another good play from Panama as Rodriguez receives a pass from the left but makes a mess of the chance by sending his cross over the cross bar.

28': Perez cuts back from left but a white shirt is there to head the ball clear

26': Raheem Sterling receives a ball near the danger zone but is caught offside

23': YELLOW CARD to Loftus-Cheek after he trips Rodriguez

22': GOAL! Harry Kane with a thunderous strike to the top left corner. A brilliant penalty from the England captain. England 2-0 Panama

20': PENALTY FOR ENGLAND! Loftus-Cheek lobs a ball inside the box and Lingard chests and is reaching out for it but he has been fouled by Escobar. Referee has made the decision. Panama are protesting. But the penalty stays.
17': Even though England have the lead, Panama have looked equally threatening. Or Even more. Barcenas is asking some tough questions of them. Won't be a shock if Panama soon equalise.

16': CHANCE! Barcenas finds some space in the middle and with his left foot, fires a curler. England goalkeeper dives but the ball is wide. CLOSE

14': Kane wins the ball near the edge but the red shirts crowd him out. No chance for the England captain. Now he Kane goes down. No free kick given. Now a free kick to Panama. Their goalie Penedo will take it.

11': Barcenas with a brilliant cross from the right but Kyle Walker intercepts it to clear that right in front of the goalmouth.

10': Another heavy challenge of Jesse Lingard as he goes down. Cooper gets the YELLOW CARD. He'll miss Panama's final game

8': A delay in the set piece due to pushing and shoving going about near the Panama goalpost. GOAL. The delivery is decent and John Stones gets hold of it and heads it inside the net! England 1-0 Panama. This is Stones first ever goal for England!

7': Trippier puts the pressure and wins a corner for England on the right. Trippier to take the corner.

5': HORRIBLE! Godoy with a chance as he receives a pass in middle but his shot is wayward - sends the ball into the orbit miles over the cross bar.

4': A free kick to Panma from the left. Can they make something out of the set piece? Out comes the header from an Englishman. And it's a goal kick for England.

2': England with an early opportunity. Four white shirts inside the Panama box. Lingard has hurt himself while trying to win a header. Hurt his head in a collision with a Panama's Gomez. Medical staff has been pressed into action early on.

1': England, playing from right to left in the first half set the ball rolling

#5,4,3,2,1 - It's kick off!

#England in white and Panama in red

#Time for the national anthems

Lineups are in

England (3-5-2): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones; Harry Maguire; Jordan Henderson, Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Hareem Sterling, Harry Kane (capt)

Coach: Gareth Southgate (Eng)

Panama (4-5-1): Jaime Penedo; Michael Murillo, Roman Torres (capt), Fidel Escobar, Eric Davis; Gabriel Gomez, Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Blas Perez

Coach: Hernan Gomez (COL)

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY) 

Courtesy: TOI

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