first_imgThe BJP won the Lohaghat seat in Uttarakhand as the results were announced on Wednesday after a repoll was held over one poll booth. With this BJP’s tally goes up to 57 in the 70-member House.The Election Commission ordered a repoll in the Karnkarayat poll booth of the Lohaghat seat due to an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunction.According to the EC, BJP candidate Puran Singh Fartyal won the seat on Wednesday, defeating his Congress rival by 834 votes.The Congress has 11 seats and independents two in the Assembly.The Congress is yet to decide on its Legislature Party Leader after the outgoing Chief Minister Harish Rawat lost both Hardwar Rural and Kichha seats.In the BJP, however, the current challenge is that of deciding a Chief Minister. According to highly-placed sources in the BJP, three names — Chaubattakhal MLA Satpal Maharaj, Pithoragarh MLA Prakash Pant, and Doiwala Trivendra Singh Rawat — are being considered by the party’s central leadership. A decision would be announced within a day or two, party sources said.last_img read more

first_img* A week and a half until the 2004 State of Origin and Interstate Challenge, we’re certainly looking forward to the games of touch and talent on display, keep an eye on our website for results and stories, they’ll be uploaded during the tournament. The Australian 20 years squads will be looking for Youth World Cup selection on the same weekend, they’ll take part in a final selection camp following the State of Origin/Interstate Challenge series. * The 10th Australian Masters Games are being held in Adelaide from October 7-16. The touch played at last year’s games was great, let’s see what this year brings. * The player profiles of our National Training Squad are finally complete! Head to the links for `Team Profiles’ for an interesting read. * Just so everyone is aware, the Local/State/International touch websites can be accessed through our own ATA website. Use the `Local’, `State’ and `International’ links in the top right hand corner of the home page to find the association and contact details you’re looking for! * A reminder to all accredited coaches, you’re accreditation is only recognised and active for four years! After this time you will need to fulfill the update requirements as detailed by the ATA. The re-registration form can be found on the My Club Touch website, www.myclubtouch.com.au under `Downloads’ then `Data Files’ then `Coach’s Code of Ethics and Agreement form’. Print this form and then return it with payment to the Australian Touch Association, PO Box 9078, Deakin ACT 2600. The cost of re-registration is $16.20, if you believe this is relevant to you, please begin this process immediately, we want all our coaches to be active and accredited! * A new concept is being tried by New South Wales Touch Association this week. The Western Suburbs Magpies will host a home fixture against the Cronulla Sharks. The Magpies and Sharks will fight it out across the Mens, Womens and Mixed Open divisions. A presentation night will be held after the matches, check out NSW touch for more info. * Over 160 junior Touch players participated in the start of the ACT’s first winter junior competition on Monday nights. This is a great response for junior touch in the ACT! * Touch SA is looking for Mens Open and Senior Mens players interested in playing at the Australia Cup from October 7-9. Trials are being held on August 7-8, see the full article on Touch SA’s website for all the details you’ll need to know. * Victoria and ACT touch have both released their July editions of State Newsletters. Both are filled with details of events, information, facts and touch happenings for those states. These newsletters are a great resource for state information, have a look at their website for a good read. * Last week it was congratulations to the Uni of Canberra who dominated the touch competition at the Eastern University Games, this week the honour goes to Monash University…Monash Uni grabbed the Mens and Womens Open titles at the Southern University Games, while Adelaide Uni (led by Touch SA employees Adrian Sim and Jeremy Smith) grabbed the title in the Mixed division. * Congratulations to Kerry Disney who has been appointed as Victoria’s State Director of Referees. The VTA wishes to offer their thanks to Steve Decker who devoted his time and effort to the job in recent years. * A big `nice work’ must go to TouchWest who have added `The Clubhouse’ to their homepage. It is a link listing all local associations, very easy to access and right on their front page! While it is still under construction it is definitely a great tool for touch players throughout WA! By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img