Though only a few days are left for the general elections to be notified, Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress and the allies have not been able to finalise the seat distribution in Bihar. According to sources, the RJD has made a final offer of 11 Lok Sabha seats to the Congress, which in turn has been demanding 14 seats. The Congress fought on 12 seats during the 2014 election but managed to win only two. Of the 40 seats in Bihar, four are with the RJD.The RJD is driving a hard bargain and senior RJD leaders said they would want to be consulted on the candidates the Congress decides to field. More than the number of seats, the choice of seats offered to the Congress is creating a problem, a senior Congress leader said. ‘Cordial ties’ The RJD claims that the seat distribution is in the final stages and will be finalised in 48 hours. But the Congress is not sounding optimistic. Congress general secretary in-charge Shakti Sinh Gohil told The Hindu that the talks were still on and a decision can be expected only after the Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad to be held on March 12. “We have cordial and good relations and at an appropriate time, we will announce,” Mr. Gohil said.The Congress is keen to give tickets to outsiders, including BJP rebels Kirti Azad and Shatrughan Sinha. It is equally eager to take leaders such as Pappu Yadav and Anant Singh on board, who have been at odds with the RJD for a long time.The RJD is also not keen to concede seats to the CPI(M) or the CPI claiming that in Bihar, the CPI(ML) is the only Left party worth giving space to. Equally, there is the problem of accommodating other allies like Jitan Ram Manjhi of the Hindustan Awam Morcha, former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha and Jan Loktantrik Party chief Sharad Yadav. Sources said Mr. Kushwaha may get three seats but Mr. Manjhi may get only the Gaya Lok Sabha constituency and Sharad Yadav too may get only one seat. The delay in seat allocation in the Opposition camp has given the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) reason to cheer. JD (U) spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said the prolonged negotiations clearly indicated that the “mahagatbandhan” was not driven by principles. “The Congress’s big-brother attitude is creating problems for them and their allies everywhere. They have always had the habit of not accept ground realities. It was Nitish Kumar who gave the Congress 40 seats to contest when they were down to four in the Bihar Assembly. This mahagatbandhan is not based on principles so obviously they will find it tough to come together,” Mr. Tyagi said.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I told everyone before that we will pitch that proposal to the Board and we weren’t denied,” he shared on Thursday as he addressed the media for the first time as the league’s new chief.“It was the Board who said that whoever player coach Chot Reyes wanted, he can get them as long as there won’t be any schedule of games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcial made true on his earlier pronouncements of abolishing the two-per-team clause.RELATED: OIC Marcial reaffirms PBA’s commitment to Gilas program Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe dream of having an unlimited PBA player cap for Gilas Pilipinas is finally a reality with the appointment of new commissioner Willie Marcial.The congenial executive shared that the Board of Governors has already approved his proposal of taking out the limiting clause between the league and the national team program.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kerber positive after narrow semifinal loss to Halep In the previous agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) forged in 2016, all 12 teams were required to lend at least one veteran and a member of the cadet pool drafted in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to the national team pool.Since the start of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, only three teams, namely TNT (Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy), NLEX (Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, and Fonzo Gotladera), and Rain or Shine (Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Mike Tolomia) have exceeded that cap and willingly allowed their players to don the national tri-colors.That, however, is no longer the case as Marcial and the rest of the Board are giving Reyes the free rein to pick the best possible players for the Philippine team for the upcoming international competitions.“On the PBA’s side, that’s what we’ll do,” said Marcial.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES View comments
Sheeja Mathews became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle.Why should men have all the fun with Harley Davidson? Bangalore-based HR professional Sheeja Mathews on Tuesday became the first woman in India to own the iconic cult motorcycle, thus breaking the stereotype of only tattoo sporting muscular hunks riding the bike.The 34-year-old, who has been riding to her office on her husband’s Yamaha RD 350 for the past 10 years, is now looking to cruise the new ‘Iron 883’ to her workplace at least once a week.”I didn’t know that I was the first woman to buy a Harley Davidson in India till the company people told me. I thought of upgrading to a Harley when they opened a showroom here,” Mathews said.When asked what prompted her to go for a Harley Davidson, she said: “Well, I have been riding my husband’s bike for the past 10 years and I thought it was high time I upgraded.”Mother of a 7-year-old son, Mathews said even her son is excited about the new bike, on which the family has spent about Rs 8 lakh in total, although the ex-showroom price of the bike is Rs 6.5 lakh.”Oh, he wants me to drop him to school on the bike so that he could show off his mother’s bike to his friends,” she said, adding, she would be taking the bike on long rides on weekends.A self proclaimed foodie and a shopaholic like any other woman, Mathews said she has been a drag racer as well.advertisement”I do drive a (Tata) Safari and (Chevrolet) Cruze but I love bikes,” she said, adding, her businessman husband chipped in 20 per cent of the amount for her Harley Davidson.The American cult bike maker started selling its bikes in India from last year and announced to set up an assembly plant in India in order to cater to demands here.The Iron 833 model is one of the two models to be assembled at the Bawal facility in Haryana. The other model is the Super Low.The company offers a total of 15 models in India priced between Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 38.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
zoom The increasing number of large marine losses can potentially put severe financial strain and overwhelm insurance companies, Dieter Berg, President of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI), said during the closing of this year’s IUMI 2016 marine insurance conference in Genova, Italy.Berg cited the recent losses connected with the Chilean earthquake in 2010, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 (USD 3.8 billion loss), Thai floods in 2011 (USD 2.5 billion loss), Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (USD 3 billion loss) and the Tianjin explosion in 2015 (USD 3-4 billion loss expected).These marine losses were often coupled with associated major property losses, Berg said.“Our industry is concerned that natural catastrophes, due to climate change, are occurring more often and with greater severity,” Berg said.”Coupled with this, globalisation and the unrelenting growth of global trade is driving an increase in the value of goods being transported by sea and an increase in the quantity of goods being stored on ultra-large container ships, or in port terminals. These have the potential to create extremely large losses. Recent marine losses have been very expensive for insurers and often an accumulation of multiple business lines occur which can include cargo losses, container losses, warehouse damage, destruction of automobiles, damage to pleasure craft and even fine art losses. At Tianjin, for example, around 68,000 cars were affected, i.e. a total loss or damaged, by a single explosion.”Berg explained that when large marine losses were combined with property and other losses, there was a real concern that this might overwhelm insurance companies.He called on the industry to understand, clearly, their aggregate positions and to manage their exposures by carefully modelling their risk positions.