2010, Dharam Singh Saini, RJD vice- president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said: “We have to keep fighting communal forces with more vigour than ever before. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. ‘Why should we bear with this? The law graduate.

main accused in the case, Amit Agarwal, was all Roger Federer needed to win his opening match at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday.The 19-time Grand Slam champion broke Jack Sock at the start of his 6-4 7-6 (4) victory at the O2 Arena Both then held serve the rest of the way with Federer losing only three points on his serve in the second set “Sure I had a tactical plan with my team” Federer said “But very often in a first match like this it gets thrown overboard because at the end you’re just happy to be serving well Focus on that first and then on the return game sort of try your best try to keep the ball in play and go from there” The 36-year-old Federer who is ranked No 2 in the world and won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this season is the oldest player ever to qualify for the season-ending tournament which started in 1970 In the late match Alexander Zverev will face Marin Cilic Federer broke Sock who was making his debut at the tournament in the very first game hitting a backhand winner to take the 1-0 lead “I missed one first serve in the first game” Sock said “I had my chances He put me in some awkward positions on some of those forehands” That was the only break point for either player in the first set But Federer had plenty more in the second set – five to be exact He just couldn’t convert them In the tiebreaker Federer went ahead 3-2 with a mini-break but Sock got it back After another to make it 5-4 however it was nearly over Federer won the final two points on his serve to go to 1-0 in the round robin Sock had his moments though including a tweener in the second set when he was leading 40-15 Federer got to it and hit a backhand winner “When he hit it it wasn’t very clean I figured it was going to go out It landed just inside both lines” said Sock who still won the game “But I don’t know It’s Roger I guess He can do no wrong Everything goes in” Another light-hearted moment came when Sock hit a shot that should have set up an easy winner for Federer Instead of taking a defensive stance Sock turned his back to Federer as if to protect himself from a shot to body Federer surprisingly put his easy chance into the net “It was a big distraction I’ll tell you that” Federer joked about Sock’s backside “because it was very big That’s what I should have aimed for” Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals including two in Houston two in Shanghai and two in London His last one came in 2011 In 2017 he has won a tour-best seven titles the most he has won since taking eight in 2007 Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time Zverev Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew Rafael Nadal was presented with the trophy for finishing the year as World no 1 (Source: Reuters) After the Federer match Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No 1 player in the rankings The Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin In the early match Dimitrov will face Dominic Thiem For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Abantika Ghosh | Updated: May 24 2016 5:59 pm The day after the architects of the BJP’s win in Assam — (from left) Himanta Biswa Sarma Sarbananda Sonowal and national general secretary Ram Madhav (Express photo/Dasarath Deka) Top News After the drubbing Tarun Gogoi got at the hands of the BJP the three-term octogenarian chief minister was compared in the local press to Dhritarashtra the king of Hastinapur who blind to his son’s failings triggered the Mahabharata It may perhaps sound like poetic justice then that Gogoi who has had to battle charges of nepotism for promoting his son Gaurav should be replaced by a bachelor the BJP’s Sarbananda Sonowal It is also a sign of how far Assam politics has travelled that the BJP which not too long ago was seen in these parts as a North Indian Hindi-speaking party of outsiders should emerge as the biggest gainer — from five seats in 2011 to 60 In an election fought on the issue of identity the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) the original proponent of identity politics in Assam has also come back in the reckoning winning 14 seats Which is why this was an election unlike any other this state has witnessed WATCH VIDEO | Elections 2016: Three Reasons For Each State Victory Share This Article Related Article Precision planning by BJP The saffron party changed colours in Assam — and got its allies to change theirs The BJP repackaged its core Hindutva agenda in the Assamese context till it became an unbending stance on illegal immigration from Bangladesh The party also freely chose its leaders from other parties without quibbling about ideologies Its CM face Sarbananda Sonowal is the man who had once been anointed “jatiyo nayak (national hero)” after his PIL forced the quashing of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act of 1983 The law dates back to the era of Indira Gandhi and was widely believed to have been a Congress ruse to protect Bangladeshi immigrants who largely voted for the party No stranger therefore to the Assamese brand of identity politics Sonowal cut his political teeth in the AGP of which he had been both MLA and MP He joined the BJP only in 2011 The party also welcomed with open arms Himanta Biswa Sarma one-time Gogoi lieutenant who quit the Congress in frustration over the rise of Gogoi’s son in the party While doing so the BJP changed its over-centralised model of electioneering to make the state unit the most important cog in the wheel Assam is a complex state and the high command went with the state leadership’s assessments on alliances rather than foisting decisions and candidates as it had done in recent elections in Bihar and Delhi “The entire election was managed by the state leadership — Sarbananda Himanta and the MPs — who all worked very hard The Prime Minister and the party president came only thrice each Rajnathji came twice and Sushmaji and Jaitleyji only once each We did not let any national issue hijack our agenda of keeping local issues at the top It was a very controlled campaign” says BJP general secretary Ram Madhav who was part of the BJP’s core strategy team for Assam The BJP has always had voters in Assam what it did not have are leaders and that is what changed this time says journalist Haider Hossein “It is the entry of leaders from the Congress (Sarma) and AGP (Sonowal) that filled the leadership void in the BJP and helped it sharpen its strategy From the beginning they positioned themselves as the protectors of the Khilonjia (indigenous Assamese) identity and thus appealed to both Hindus and Muslims The BJP also made astute use of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) by whipping up the scare of its leader Badruddin Ajmal They spoke about how he could become a powerful player in the state and insinuated that the Congress would be a willing collaborator with him That had an effect in Barak Valley where Hindus voted en masse for the BJP” says Hossein The split in the Muslim vote in constituencies where the community has a substantial presence too worked for the BJP For example in Bilasipara east while the Congress and AIUDF cut into each other’s Muslim base the BJP’s Ashok Kumar Singhi won comfortably However much after the euphoria of its momentous win subsides the BJP will have to grapple with a question that is already being asked in hushed tones Can two swords remain in one sheath How will the BJP accommodate the aspirations of Sarma and Sonowal Political observers say Sarma who has been number two in the Gogoi cabinet for years certainly did not walk out of the party to play second fiddle once again One solution is already being talked about There is speculation about who will replace Sonowal in Parliament That could be Sarma Also Read: ‘We started working on Assam even before 2014 polls’ Price of nepotism What cost the Congress this election Was it a “wave” in favour of change or was it CM Tarun Gogoi’s over-reliance on his son that did the party in These are questions that will linger for some time now What is clear from the election results is that the Congress found it hard to shrug off charges of nepotism Assam PCC president Anjan Dutta’s daughter Angkita lost Amguri by 1620 votes; Diganta Barman minister Bhumidhar Barman’s son lost in Barkhetry by 8613 votes; Bharat Narah husband of Rajya Sabha MP Ranee Narah bit the dust in Dhakuakhana by 24542 votes; Lok Sabha MP Sushmita Dev’s mother Bithika lost Silchar by 39920 votes; and former central minister Paban Singh Ghatowar lost Moran by 16231 votes His wife Jibantara was the sitting MLA from the constituency The Congress’s Pranab Gogoi the speaker in the outgoing state Assembly who managed a win from Sivasagar says “There were many acts of omission and commission by the government that the people did not approve of There were grievances of the people that were not addressed That is what the BJP took advantage of It is too early to start analysing what really went wrong and it would not be appropriate to do so right away” Pranab Gogoi will feel vindicated He had to fight it out for his ticket given his less than congenial equation with Chief Minister Gogoi and considering that PCC president Anjan Dutta had hoped to keep the Sivasagar constituency for himself “There were many things that went wrong The large numbers of relatives who were accommodated right from the top… In fact had it not been for the CM’s insistence on accommodating his son in the party this may have been a respectable result for us because then Himanta would not have quit the party and the workers’ morale would not have been hit I believe many Congress workers actually voted for the BJP” says a Congress insider not willing to be named WATCH VIDEO | Elections 2016: Big Winners & Losers Some within the party talk of Gogoi’s Koinadhora hilltop residence as a metaphor for his disconnect with the real world His unwillingness to heed advice they say not only hit the party hard but was also the reason for his misplaced confidence about a fourth term on election eve when all indicators were that Congress was going down a very slippery slope Assam Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Anil Raja is not willing to count Sarma as one of the factors that cost the Congress this election “The arrogance cost us the syndicate raj and corruption cost us… How can one say that his (Sarma’s) being around would have changed everything Even now his contribution to the BJP’s win is not more than 20 per cent” There is no dearth of Congressmen here or in Delhi who disagree among them general secretary Digvijaya Singh “That single action of driving (Sarma) out took away 10-15 seats from the Congress’s kitty” Digvijaya has said Why Ajmal failed to fire It is not good publicity for a peer (holy man) who claims to turn water into panacea by spitting on it to lose his own Assembly constituency by 16723 votes On Thursday evening as news of his loss trickled in AIUDF chief Ajmal invited all and sundry to his quarters in the MLA hostel — B6 allotted to his son — as his aides distributed sweets “Sweets do not necessarily come with a win Come and eat sweets for my loss” he said It was perhaps this flamboyance that misled many to believe that the perfume baron an MP from Dhubri would be the most important factor this election As the BJP positioned itself as the guardian of the Assamese identity Ajmal came to symbolise the “other” — people from across the border who are “infiltrating” the state That he made several tall claims of being the kingmaker — “nobody will be able to form a government in Assam without me” he had said — worked in the BJP’s favour pushing those suspicious of him to the BJP Even on the eve of the results he had maintained that his AIUDF would be the single largest party in the 126-member Assembly with 46 seats The party won 13 seats five down from its earlier tally with a vote share of 13 per cent “The explosion in the number of illegal immigrants was an important issue this election and Ajmal was the face of that Of the 65 seats in Upper Assam the Congress got only six because it was a mandate against illegal migration There was that panic factor that Ajmal would emerge kingmaker if the mandate was not decisive enough That is why neither the AIUDF nor the Congress benefited” says Nanigopal Mahanta head of the Department of Political Science in Gauhati University The Congress’s dogged refusal to ally with the AIUDF was perhaps a recognition of this fact It was not for nothing that Gogoi made his famous “Who is Badruddin” remark in 2011 He tried the same line on Thursday during his brief press conference but this time the zing was gone For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sushant Kulkarni | Pune | Published: February 28 2017 2:38 am Thane police unearthed the statewide leak of the question papers for the Army Recruitment Board’s written exam on Sunday and arrested 18 people (Source: Express Photo) Top News Maharashtra Police Monday arrested three persons with military links in the Army Recruitment Board exam scam which was partially scrapped following news of a question paper leak One of the suspects is Lance Naik Mahendra Sonavane posted in Pune who was forwarded one of the question papers on his cellphone and had forwarded it to other people The second person with military links is Ranjeet Jadhav (27) of the BSF He was posted in Meghalaya but had taken leave to go to Goa where he was suspected to have aided in the question paper leak Thane police said The third arrest was of former Armyman Ramappa Patole (48) The arrests on Monday are the first from within the defence forces The total number of arrests stands at 21 The Army has started its own inquiry in the case An officer privy to the investigation said: “The investigation shows it was Sonavane who received the leaked exam paper on his cellphone from the main suspects in the case and he forwarded it to the other suspects arrested in Pune These suspects forwarded the question papers to candidates and gave them printouts for the answers to be memorised” The officer added: “The task now is to find out from whom Sonavane got the question paper There are some clues which the investigators are working on They are also trying to find out how so many people came in contact with each other in the racket” Thane police said the trio in collusion with some coaching classes which prepared aspirants for Army exams were running the scam The police said the 21 persons arrested were those operating at the lower rungs of the racket The main accused were still to identified the police said The police said they found out that while some owners of coaching classes have been arrested for their direct role in the scam others were known to have played the role of intermediaries for a commission and “recommend” students to the accused The accused mostly comprising agents would promise aspirants the leaked question papers hours before the exams for Rs 2 lakh each or more The police said hours before the exams were held the aspirants would be given the question paper for three hours The accused would keep the SSC and HSC marksheets of the aspirants with them till they were paid the entire amount An officer probing the case said that the 21 accused were produced in the local court that remanded them in police custody till March 4 For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: September 25 2017 6:41 pm Tamannaah Bhatia to play the female lead in Telugu remake of Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Queen’ Related News Actor Tamannaah Bhatia who has been roped in for the Telugu remake of the Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Queen’ says roles that put the spotlight on women empowerment motivate her “‘Queen’ is an interesting film and I have always been motivated by roles that help alleviate women empowerment in some form I am very excited to be helming the Telugu version and can’t wait to start shooting next month This is the first time I’m working with Neelakanta Reddy and I’m sure together we will create magic on the 70 mm screen” Tamannaah said in a statement The Hindi movie which also starred Rajkummar Rao was directed by Vikas Bahl and is being remade in Tamil Kannada and Malayalam apart from Telugu Actor Kajal Aggarwal has been roped in for the Tamil remake of ‘Queen’ The Telugu film will be produced by Manu Kumaran under the banner of Mediente Films with the National award winning G Neelakanta Reddy in the director’s chair Tamannaah Bhatia has been a part of some blockbuster Telugu films like ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ Baahubali: The Conclusion Rebel Devi and others She has several Bollywood films as well In fact she started her film career with a 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