Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mayawati re-allots railway land

Mayawati, WHO is known for taking U-turns, did the same again as her government decided to return the land in Rae Bareli for construction of a rail coach factory on Saturday, an issue on which she had a high-pitched spat with Congress President Sonia Gandhi during the week.

"The Cabinet has decided to give 189.25 hectares of land, which was with the state government, to the Centre for the Rail Coach Factory. This was done, so that they don’t blame us later and the dirty political game Congress is playing over this land gets buried in this land in Rae Bareli," she told a press conference on Saturday.

Last Saturday, the state government had cancelled the allotment of the land for the coach factory for which Gandhi and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad had planned to go to Rae Bareli on Tuesday and lay the foundation stone.

While the function was cancelled, Gandhi went to Lalganj, where the factory is to be located in her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli, and charged the Mayawati government with putting hurdles in the way of development programmes.

She made the visit defying prohibitory orders and declared she was ready to go to jail for the sake of development. The next day, Mayawati hit back at Gandhi saying she created a drama of going to jail without any reason and accused the Congress of placing roadblocks in development.

This came with a demand of Rs 5000 crores from the Central government for reviving the "decaying" industrial units in Rae Bareli and Sultanpur districts. It is important as Congress president Sonia Gandhi represents Rae Bareli in the Lok Sabha while her son Rahul is the Congress MP from Amethi, which is part of Sultanpur district. "After carrying out a detailed survey, we found a long list of industrial units which have shut shop or were decaying in these two districts represented in the Lok Sabha by these two top Congress leaders," Mayawati told media persons here on Saturday evening.

"I have, therefore, made a formal request to the Central government to clear a special package for revival of these units and a copy of the letter has also been sent to UPA (United Progressive Alliance) chairperson Sonia Gandhi," she said.

To a query on why she was hopeful of a favourable decision when the Central government had been sitting over her demand for Rs 800 billion package for the development of the backward regions, she said: "Well, now it is a question of the constituencies of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi."

According to a state government survey, 11 of the 20 industrial units mostly set up during different Congress regimes were lying abandoned in Rae Bareli, while seven of the 19 units are shut in Sultanpur.

Claiming the UP government’s decision was a result of pressure from the people of the state, the Congress accused Mayawati of wasting central funds on building her statues and parks.

"The revocation of the earlier order took place due to public pressure. The matter is in court and we would have won from there also," Congress spokesman Mohan Prakash told reporters here. He termed it "the victory of truth".

On Mayawati’s demand for a package of Rs 5000 crore for reviving sick industries in Rae Bareli and Amethi, Lok Sabha constituencies of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Prakash said the money which the Centre gives to the state is wasted on building statues and parks.

"First, the money which the Centre has given to UP should be accounted for. She is spending money on erecting her statues and building parks rather than development," Prakash alleged.

The Congress’s media department chief M Veerappa Moily, said the Congress-led Central government did not want a confrontation with the UP government.

"We do not want confrontation but a healthy Centre - state relation," he said.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar: Highest run-getter in Test cricket

WORLD RECORD of highest aggregate run in Test cricket is back home again. Sachin Tendulkar added another, long due world record in his book of records by surpassing Brian Lara’s 11,953 runs in Test cricket today (October 17). His record-breaking run came of Siddle’s over in first innings of second Test of ongoing India-Australia Test series on the very first delivery, after tea break. Before the start of the second Test, Tendulkar needed just 15 runs to create this history.

Brian Lara scored 11,953 runs in 232 innings of 131 Tests with an average of 52.89. He scored 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries, remaining not out 6 times.

Lara holds the world record of highest individual score of 400 not out. Sachin took 247 innings of 152 Tests to break Lara’s record. Sachin made 11,939 runs in 246 innings of 151 Tests with an awesome average of 54.02, before the ongoing test. He remained not out 25 times. Sachin holds world record of 39 centuries in Test cricket. He made 49 half centuries and his highest score is 248 not out.

Referred to as the ’little master’ or the ’master blaster’, Sachin is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time next to Sir Donald Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time next to Sir Viv Richards.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Excerpts from Lincoln's letter to his son's teacher

He will have to learn, 
I know, that all men are not just, 
all men are not true. 
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero; 
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader... 
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick... 
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books... 
But also give him quiet time to ponder 
the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, 
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail than to cheat... 
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong... Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd 
when everyone is getting on the band wagon...

Teach him to listen to all men... 
but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, 
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad... 
Teach him there is no shame in tears, 
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness... 
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders 
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob 
and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right. 
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him, 
because only the test of fire makes fine steel. 
Let him have the courage to be impatient... 
let him have the patience to be brave. 
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself, 
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order, but see what you can do... He is such a fine fellow, my son!