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Sourav Ganguly misses century; Five for Jason Krejza

Ask any purist and he would tell you what a sight it is when Sourav Ganguly dances down the track to loft a spinner over his head. The frequency of those humongous sixes has diminished over time, but in his final Test match, the southpaw put the sublime on display as he moved to 80 not out in perhaps his penultimate innings in Test cricket. Not just did he dance down the pitch but threaded the offside with the timing people now associate him with his retirement.

The Indians had made their intentions clear on the opening day of the final Test itself, and Ganguly kept it going as Jason Krejza was dismissed over long-on for a six, and then repeated the act for a boundary after completing his half-century. India saw off the first session to be 404-5 at lunch on a day when Australia’s bowlers not only looked flat but pedestrian. Along with Dhoni, the sixth wicket stood on an unbeaten 101 runs.

Australia started the second day with Jason Krejza despite operating with the second new ball. Brett Lee took the ball from the other end, but it was more than a tactical error. Mitchell Johnson, the pick of Australian bowlers this series, has been off-colour in the final Test, often spraying wide of off-stump and far too full.

India’s first day total of 311-5 was more or less identical to that of Mohali, where the hosts established a 1-0 series lead with a 320-run victory. The turn of events were also similar, with a mini-collapse followed by a resolute stand before losing Sachin Tendulkar towards the end of day’s play.

Even the start to the second day was similar, with Ganguly and Dhoni putting on 56 in the first hour of play. The only difference was the role reversal between the batsmen, with Ganguly taking the attack to the bowlers while Dhoni’s knock was comparatively reserved to his whirlwind 92 in Mohali.

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tendulkar ton, poor fielding deny Aussies the edge

There couldn’t have been more perfect a beginning to international cricket at the VCA Jamtha Stadium here. Sourav Ganguly’s farewell and VVS Laxman’s 100th Test had already built up the stakes, before Sachin Tendulkar made it consummate with a magnificent 40th Test hundred.

India closed the opening day of the fourth and final Test against Australia on 311-5 with the retiring Sourav Ganguly batting on 27 and captain MS Dhoni four not out, after Dhoni’s decision to bat first on a batting paradise nearly backfired. But Laxman’s calm 64 and Tendulkar’s classy 109 steadied India with their 146-run fifth wicket stand before both fell in the final session of play.

A freak two-wicket burst from debutant Jason Krejza before lunch after being hammered around the park was not enough to slow down Tendulkar, whose latest milestone became his 10th century against the Australians.

The Australians have a reputation of giving it back to their opponents on the field. Michael Clarke was helped on to his century in the previous Test in Delhi by three dropped chances. Australia returned the favour to Tendulkar through Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, who grassed sitters when the batsman was on 85 and 96 respectively.

Australia seemed to have lost the initiative as getting rid of Tendulkar on the back of Laxman’s wicket would have put on added pressure. However, Johnson’s strike towards the end of day’s play still keeps the game intriguingly poised.

It could have been worse for the Australians had a belligerent Virender Sehwag not thrown away his wicket for 66. The opener tore into Lee and Johnson, who went for five runs an over in their respective opening spells, which also gave a significant boost to debutant Murali Vijay at the other end.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gambhir ban upheld by ICC, will miss Nagpur Test

Gautam Gambhir walks back to the pavilion as the Australian team celebrates the fall of his wicket.

WALKING OFF: Gautam Gambhir walks back to the pavilion as the Australian team celebrates the fall of his wicket.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the appeal of Gautam Gambhir and upheld the one-Test match ban imposed by match referee Chis Broad.

Justice Albie Sachs, who was appointed to hear the appeal, upheld the ban, which means Gambhir will miss the fourth and final Test match against Australia starting from November 6.

Justice Sachs, Cricket South Africa’s appointment on the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, was appointed to hear the appeal in accordance with ICC Code of Conduct processes.

Tamil Nadu opener M Vijay has been named as Gambhir’s replacement for Nagpur Test.

Gambhir was charged under Level 2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for pushing out his elbow that hit Australian all-rounder Shane Watson during the first day’s play in the third Test match in New Delhi.

While handing out the one-Test ban on Gambhir, Broad said that he also considered an incident that happened almost a year ago when Gambhir went face to face with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi in during an ODI Kanpur.

“The ICC has repeatedly told the players that deliberate physical contact between players will not be tolerated. I have also taken into account the previous offences of Gambhir and therefore, I am satisfied that the penalty imposed is an appropriate outcome in the circumstances of this matter,” Broad had said.

November 5, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anil Kumble retires from cricket

It was only fitting that Anil Kumble announced his retirement in Delhi, the scene of his greatest bowling effort, at the end of which he was carried off the field by teammates in an emotional farewell © AFP

Anil Kumble has announced his retirement from cricket, saying the finger injury he sustained on the third day of the Test helped him make his decision. The news was made public minutes after the tea break on the final day; Kumble then bowled four overs before the match was called off as a draw.

“The body was asking questions every day,” he said. “It was not easy to keep bowling the way I have been bowling the last 18 years, to keep going. The injury I had on the third day probably helped me make the decision.”

The captaincy now passes on to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who already leads India in the shorter forms of the game.

Kumble made the formal announcement at the post-match press conference, at which he received a standing ovation from the journalists crowded into the room. He doffed his cap and sat down to speak to the media one last time as an India player and captain. He stayed composed throughout the conference, which took place minutes after the emotional farewell he had received on the field.

Kumble had decided to quit last night but took his time in letting his team-mates know, lest it took their focus off the match. “I did inform my team-mates, who I have played with all these years, one by one during the day,” Kumble said. “Then I informed the chairman of the selection committee just after lunch. I did inform the board as well.”

It took a “nasty injury” to finally push Kumble into retirement. He has had a shoulder injury before, and has been troubled by it, but at 38, the “pretty deep” cut proved too much. “You could see the flesh. There are 11 stitches,” Kumble said. “The doctor said I had to undergo the procedure under general anesthesia. I told him, ‘If you give me general anesthesia I’ll lose time, I’d like to go there and bowl.’ He said ‘Look, it’s a medical decision, not a cricketing decision.”

“The stitches will come out only on November 8, which is the third day of the Nagpur Test. I don’t think it was easy for me to bat or field. I wouldn’t have been 100% and I didn’t want to let the team down. Anyway I had more or less decided this would be my last series.”

Kumble has never given the team less than 100% and he said wanted to be remembered most for that. “I definitely put the team above self, right through my career,” Kumble said. “I believe Indian cricket has certainly gone further from the time when I started, in terms of results, not just in India but also abroad.

“And I am confident that with this young team, with a few of the experienced senior players still being a part of the team, we have an opportunity to dominate world cricket and be No. 1 in all forms of the game. In one-day cricket we’re pretty close to the top, in Twenty20 we’re No. 1, I don’t think we are that far behind in Tests as well and it will be great to see that happen.”

Anil Kumble: “I kept getting responses from the body saying that you can’t. I fought that, I took various painkillers and tried all sorts of things, but ultimately one injury to the hand said ‘enough now’.” © Getty Images

An important part of that surge towards Test leadership would be a series win against Australia. Kumble said he will there in Nagpur to see whether the team can do that. “Ideally I would have liked to finish in Nagpur,” Kumble said. “At this moment, I don’t think I will be traveling with the team, but I will certainly go to Nagpur. I want to see Sourav’s last Test match, and also wish Laxman on his 100th. And win the series. That is the ultimate goal for all of us. I would like to be a part of that.”

It has been a long road for Kumble – 18 years – on which he has come across many highs and lows. “I had to go through a lot of things in the early part of my career,” Kumble said. “People questioning my ability, my fitness, my form, my bowling and the effectiveness of my bowling. I had to go through that then, now right at the end of my career, and even in the middle.

In that sense, after the shoulder surgery [in 2001], I’ve done exceptionally well to have played eight years. To have bowled so many overs and to have got so many wickets, the second phase was certainly more satisfying. We had a lot more victories, not just in India but also abroad: especially the Australia series in 2004, the Pakistan series after that, West Indies and England where we won. All of them were a challenge and to come out triumphant was special.”

The retirement decision, in the end, came easy for Kumble. “The body tells you how far you can go,” he said. “I kept challenging – as a cricketer you are always competitive, always saying, ‘I can do it’. Whether you can or not only time will tell. I kept getting responses from the body saying that you can’t. I fought that, I took various painkillers and tried all sorts of things, but ultimately one injury to the hand said ‘enough now’. I was also not bowling at my best and you want to keep performing at a level that you are satisfied with. That was not happening so I thought this was the right time to move on.”

For a moment as emotional as this, Kumble ended on a humorous note. “At this moment I would like to thank my family, my parents, who gave me all the encouragement, supported me and asked me to bowl legspin. Although I am still trying to find out how I can bowl legspin.

“Thank you all for all the support I have received right through my career. I’ve built some great friendships and met some fantastic people along the way. You’ll probably start calling me from tomorrow for quotes about somebody else. Give me a break for a couple of days and I’ll certainly take all your calls.” Like he has unfailingly answered the Indian team’s calls for the last 18 years.

November 4, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chandrayaan-1 beams pictures of earth

The first image taken by Chadrayaan -1 shows the northern coast of Australia

India’s moon mission seems to be on track, now Chandrayaan-1 beams back its first pictures of earth.

The pictures were taken on October 29 by the Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) on board the spacecraft after it was switched on.

The first image taken by the TMC at 8 am on October 29 from a height of 9,000 km shows the northern coast of Australia. The second image, taken at 12.30 pm from a height of 70,000 km, shows Australia’s southern coast.

The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was yesterday shown the first pictures sent by India’s maiden unmanned scientific mission to Moon.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair met Singh in New Delhi yesterday afternoon and briefed him on the lunar mission launched on October 22.

Nair showed Singh the first pictures taken by the TMC, one of the 11 payloads on Chandrayaan,
depicting the northern and southern coasts of Australia.

During the meeting, Singh expressed happiness on the significant milestone in space programme and congratulated Nair and his team for the successful mission.

The TMC was successfully operated on Wednesday through a series of commands issued from the Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bangalore.

The Indian Deep Space Network at Byalalu on the outskirts of Bangalore received the first images which were processed by Indian Space Science Data Centre.

“The images confirm excellent performance of the camera,” a top ISRO official said.

Nair briefed Singh about the launch sequence and subsequent manoeuvering of the spacecraft to reach the final lunar orbit. The health of the spacecraft is good and all operations so far have been implemented as planned, he said.

November 1, 2008 Posted by | General, Science, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gambhir ban takes the focus away from Test series

Brett Lee congratulates Gautam Gambhir after the Indian scored his double century on the second day of the Test in New Delhi.

IN TRUE SPIRIT: Brett Lee congratulates Gautam Gambhir after the Indian scored his double century on the second day of the Test in New Delhi.

Gautam Gambhir will be able to play in the fourth Test against Australia at Nagpur after filing an appeal against the one-match ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

But the big question is: did he need to banned in the fist place?

Gambhir was charged under Level 2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for pushing out his elbow that hit Australian all-rounder Shane Watson during the first day’s play in the third Test match in New Delhi.

The incident spiralled into a controversy that took the focus away from what Gambhir should have really been making the headlines for, his run of form that has seen him make a century and a double hundred in the series

His teammates though believe a match ban was harsh.

“It is difficult to react but Gambhir admitted his guilt. One-match ban is too harsh. He should have been fined,” Virender Sehwag said.

Sources told CNN-IBN that the Australian camp wanted even sterner action against Gambhir.

The Australian media had in fact called the charge under Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct too timid. They wanted him to face a higher charge and as a result a harsher punishment.

“He used his hands. Physical contact is unquestionably not part of the game,” said Matthew Hayden.

Clearly, Gambhir hasn’t helped his case. Match referee Chris Broad said that he also consider an incident that happened almost a year ago when Gambhir went face to face with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi in during an ODI Kanpur.

“The ICC has repeatedly told the players that deliberate physical contact between players will not be tolerated. I have also taken into account the previous offences of Gambhir and therefore, I am satisfied that the penalty imposed is an appropriate outcome in the circumstances of this matter,” Broad said.

Both camps had spoken of playing in the spirit of the game when the series began but with unsporting incidents which led to a fine for Zaheer Khan in Bangalore and now the Gambhir-Watson spat; it is evident that relations between the teams are far from cordial.

November 1, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

India’s Largest Test Victories

By an innings
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India inns & 239 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka (SBNS) 25 May 2007 Test # 1833
India inns & 219 runs v Australia Kolkata 18 Mar 1998 Test # 1409
India inns & 140 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Dec 2004 Test # 1725
India inns & 131 runs v Pakistan Rawalpindi 13 Apr 2004 Test # 1697
India inns & 119 runs v Sri Lanka Lucknow 18 Jan 1994 Test # 1244
India inns & 112 runs v West Indies Mumbai 9 Oct 2002 Test # 1616
India inns & 109 runs v New Zealand Chennai 6 Jan 1956 Test # 420
India inns & 106 runs v Sri Lanka Nagpur 27 Dec 1986 Test # 1063
India inns & 101 runs v Zimbabwe Nagpur 21 Feb 2002 Test # 1589
India inns & 100 runs v Australia Mumbai 3 Nov 1979 Test # 860
India inns & 95 runs v Sri Lanka Bangalore 26 Jan 1994 Test # 1245
India inns & 90 runs v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 13 Sep 2005 Test # 1765
India inns & 83 runs v Bangladesh Chittagong (MAA) 17 Dec 2004 Test # 1727
India inns & 70 runs v Pakistan Delhi 16 Oct 1952 Test # 355
India inns & 67 runs v Sri Lanka Cuttack 4 Jan 1987 Test # 1064
India inns & 52 runs v Pakistan Multan 28 Mar 2004 Test # 1693
India inns & 46 runs v England Leeds 22 Aug 2002 Test # 1613
India inns & 27 runs v New Zealand Mumbai (BS) 2 Dec 1955 Test # 417
India inns & 22 runs v England Chennai 11 Feb 1993 Test # 1213
India inns & 17 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 8 Feb 1994 Test # 1247
India inns & 15 runs v England Mumbai 19 Feb 1993 Test # 1214
India inns & 13 runs v Zimbabwe Delhi 13 Mar 1993 Test # 1218
India inns & 8 runs v England Chennai 6 Feb 1952 Test # 348
India inns & 8 runs v Sri Lanka Chandigarh 23 Nov 1990 Test # 1156
India inns & 2 runs v Australia Sydney 7 Jan 1978 Test # 814
By runs
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 320 runs v Australia Mohali 17 Oct 2008 Test # 1889
India 280 runs v South Africa Kanpur 8 Dec 1996 Test # 1344
India 279 runs v England Leeds 19 Jun 1986 Test # 1047
India 272 runs v New Zealand Auckland 7 Mar 1968 Test # 634
India 259 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 18 Dec 2005 Test # 1778
India 255 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1988 Test # 1089
India 235 runs v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 27 Jul 1993 Test # 1228
India 222 runs v Australia Melbourne 30 Dec 1977 Test # 812
India 216 runs v New Zealand Chennai 26 Nov 1976 Test # 787
India 212 runs v Pakistan Delhi 4 Feb 1999 Test # 1443
India 195 runs v Pakistan Kolkata 16 Mar 2005 Test # 1741
India 188 runs v Sri Lanka Delhi 10 Dec 2005 Test # 1776
India 187 runs v England Kolkata 30 Dec 1961 Test # 518
India 179 runs v Australia Chennai 6 Mar 1998 Test # 1405
India 172 runs v New Zealand Bangalore 12 Nov 1988 Test # 1107
India 171 runs v Australia Kolkata 11 Mar 2001 Test # 1535
India 170 runs v Sri Lanka Galle 31 Jul 2008 Test # 1884
India 162 runs v New Zealand Mumbai 10 Nov 1976 Test # 785
India 153 runs v Australia Kanpur 2 Oct 1979 Test # 857
India 140 runs v England Bangalore 28 Jan 1977 Test # 794
India 138 runs v England Mumbai 27 Nov 1981 Test # 911
India 131 runs v Pakistan Mumbai 16 Dec 1979 Test # 865
India 128 runs v England Chennai 10 Jan 1962 Test # 520
India 123 runs v South Africa Johannesburg 15 Dec 2006 Test # 1823
India 119 runs v Australia Kanpur 19 Dec 1959 Test # 483
India 100 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1975 Test # 752
India 96 runs v West Indies Mumbai 18 Nov 1994 Test # 1274
India 85 runs v West Indies Kolkata 27 Dec 1974 Test # 750
India 72 runs v Australia Perth 16 Jan 2008 Test # 1862
India 64 runs v South Africa Ahmedabad 20 Nov 1996 Test # 1338
By wickets
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Mumbai (BS) 13 Nov 1952 Test # 357
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Chennai 15 Jan 1980 Test # 869
India 10 wickets v New Zealand Hyderabad (Decc) 2 Dec 1988 Test # 1111
India 10 wickets v England Mohali 3 Dec 2001 Test # 1574
India 10 wickets v Zimbabwe Harare 20 Sep 2005 Test # 1767
India 9 wickets v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Nov 2000 Test # 1512
India 9 wickets v England Mohali 9 Mar 2006 Test # 1788
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Wellington 29 Feb 1968 Test # 632
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Auckland 24 Jan 1976 Test # 769
India 8 wickets v England Mumbai 28 Nov 1984 Test # 1001
India 8 wickets v England Kolkata 29 Jan 1993 Test # 1211
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Bangalore 18 Oct 1995 Test # 1308
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Kanpur 22 Oct 1999 Test # 1464
India 8 wickets v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 7 Jun 2001 Test # 1548
India 8 wickets v West Indies Chennai 17 Oct 2002 Test # 1618
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kolkata 28 Nov 2004 Test # 1724
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kanpur 11 Apr 2008 Test # 1873
India 7 wickets v New Zealand Delhi 19 Mar 1965 Test # 583
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 28 Nov 1969 Test # 667
India 7 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 6 Mar 1971 Test # 683
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 10 Oct 1996 Test # 1335
India 7 wickets v Zimbabwe Delhi 18 Nov 2000 Test # 1515
India 7 wickets v Sri Lanka Kandy 22 Aug 2001 Test # 1557
India 7 wickets v England Nottingham 27 Jul 2007 Test # 1841
India 6 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 7 Apr 1976 Test # 775
India 6 wickets v Pakistan Delhi 22 Nov 2007 Test # 1849
India 5 wickets v New Zealand Dunedin 15 Feb 1968 Test # 630
India 5 wickets v England Lord’s 5 Jun 1986 Test # 1046

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

President congratulates Tendulkar

President Pratibha Patil on Friday congratulated Sachin Tendulkar for becoming the highest Test run-getter in the world.

“You have given joy to countless Indians with your batting,” the President said in her congratulatory message to the master batsman.

Tendulkar surpassed former West Indian captain Brian Lara’s record of 11,953 runs on the opening day of the second cricket Test against Australia in Mohali.

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Politics, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sensex falls below 10K, first time in 2 years

Melting stock prices on Friday pulled down the Bombay Stock Exchange benchmark Sensex below the 10,000 point mark for the first time in over two years.

The 30-share index, which opened higher by 205 points, tumbled by 582.76 points to 9,998.73 in pre-close trading, a level last seen in June 2006.

The wide-based National Stock Exchange index Nifty, which gained 66.65 points at the initial stage, plunged by 196.35 points, or 6 per cent at 3,072.95 points at the same time.

All the sectoral indices, led by realty sector were ruling in the red with steep falls, dragging the Sensex down.

Morning trade

Markets have turned volatile after bouncing back in early trade. Buying is seen in technology, capital goods and oil stocks, while selling in banking, few metal, pharma and FMCG stocks.

At 1022 hrs IST, the Sensex rose 5.90 points to 10,587 and the Nifty gained 16 points to 3,285. BSE Midcap and Small Cap indices rose 0.8 per cent each.

Top losers are ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Sterlite Industries, Tata Communication, SBI, DLF, Reliance Communication, HDFC, Tata Power and HUL. However, gainers are Wipro, ONGC, L&T, HCL Tech, Cairn India, TCS, Reliance Industries and ITC.

Breadth is negative; about 1363 shares have advanced while 1583 shares have declined. Nearly 242 shares are unchanged.

Markets @ 0956 hrs IST: Nifty stands above 3300; Cap Goods, IT, Realty stocks up

Markets have bounce back in early trade after sharp cut seen in previous trade, as US markets rebounded sharply in Thursday’s trade. Buying is seen in capital goods, auto, technology, banking, technology and power stocks.

At 0956 hrs IST, the Sensex rose 111 points to 10,692 and the Nifty gained 35 points at 3,304. BSE Midcap and Small cap indices rose over 1 per cent.

Satyam, Tata Motors, Zee Entertainment, Reliance Infrastructure, L&T, BHEL, Siemens, Suzlon, HDFC Bank, TCS and Tata Steel have gained.

Satyam Computer is witnessing volatility after gaining nearly 5 per cent in opening trade, after its Q2 numbers. The company has reported growth of 6.05 per cent in net profit of Rs 580.85 crore as against Rs 547.70 crore, QoQ. Net sales stood at Rs 2819.29 crore versus Rs 2620.83 crore.

Asian markets are trading mixed. The Nikkei and Shanghai rose 2 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively. However, Kospi, Taiwan and Jakarta tumbled 1-3 per cent. Hang Seng and Straits Times fell marginally.

US markets closed firm after a hugely volatile session. A late-day rally gave the Dow a triple-digit boost after a 700 point intra-day swing. Unwinding of hedged options on the S&P 500 ahead of October options expiry was one of the factors for the volatility in the market.

The expiration triggered several big buys at the end of the day. Dow gained 401.35 points, or 4.68 per cent, to 8,979.26. The S&P 500 index advanced 38.59 points, or 4.25 per cent, to 946.43, and the Nasdaq composite index added 89.38 points, or 5.49 per cent, to 1,717.71.

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Business, General | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Parliament session starts, ‘fireworks’ expected

The economic crisis will be the big issue after Parliament reconvenes on Friday even as the session is expected to be a short one.

The session is also expected to be stormy with the United Progressive Alliance Government facing fire from the Opposition on many other issues.

With General Elections next year and five states going to polls starting November 14, there are many issues like the global financial crisis and its impact on the Indian economy, terror attacks, communal riots, price
rise and the Indo-US nuclear deal, which the Opposition will try to raise.

It could also be the last session under the leadership of Manmohan Singh.

But with elections for Assemblies of Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Mizoram already announced, there are many who feel that there is no point of continuing with a month-long session.

So it might well be cut short by at least 10 days to allow leaders to campaign aggressively in a poll that is already been billed as mini General Election.

“Whenever we need to have something, we will discuss it. There is no hard and fast position on that because political exigencies can definitely come,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said.

An estimated Rs 25000 are spent per minute on Parliament’s activity.

October 17, 2008 Posted by | General, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment