first_imgSituated about 10 kilometres from the main market in Kairana, village Kaserwa Kalaan is Jat-dominated. Villagers put the population of Jats – a dominant caste in western Uttar Pradesh – in the village at about 50%.As one walks around the narrow lanes, with large houses on either side, one sees the title Chaudhari – typical of Jats in the region – prefixed to nameplates in many houses.It is this powerful, agrarian caste that may in some ways hold the key to the May 28 Lok Sabha bypoll in which the BJP locks horns with a combined opposition that has backed the candidature of Tabassum Begum, now with the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a party traditionally associated with Jats in western U.P.Kaserwa Kalaan seems to be veering around to the RLD this time, with Jat villagers strongly backing the RLD.If Jats vote for the RLD in large numbers, the combined strength of Muslims, a numerically powerful community here, Jats and Dalits can make the contest a tough one for the BJP.Playing cards with his friends just outside his house, Bhopal Masterji, an ageing teacher belonging to the Jat caste, says the village is heavily tilted towards the RLD this time.He faults the BJP for the recent Karnataka crisis, and points to rising fuel prices to claim that the party has been unable to fulfil its promises.Communal overtones to the election apart, caste alignments are key to the poll outcome here, with the opposition combine banking on Jats deserting the BJP to vote for the RLD candidate.This is what seems to be happening, if Kaserwa Kalaan is any indicator.However, community stereotypes regarding Muslims remain, despite the shift.Asked if Jats would vote for a Muslim candidate of the RLD – given that Muzaffarnagar had seen Jat-Muslim riots in 2013 – Sanjeev Singh, a resident of the village, says that Jats would vote for any RLD candidate this time.“But if the RLD were to field a Jat candidate, not one Muslim would vote for him,” he adds with a wry smile.‘Muslim votes crucial’“Muslims are large in number here, and their votes are going to be crucial. Add Jats, and the RLD is on a strong wicket,” he says. “The day Muslims cross the 50% population mark in western U.P., only candidates they prefer will be elected.”The BJP also has a caste card in Kairana. They are banking on the Gujjars, with their candidate Mriganka Singh being late Gujjar leader Hukum Singh’s daughter.Apart from Gujjars – an influential caste here – the BJP is counting on upper caste Hindus, particularly Baniyas, to see it through.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual High School Certificate Examination-2019, to be conducted by the State Board of Secondary Examination, will begin from February 22 next year. Board president Jahan Ara Begum on Friday said that the Matriculation examinations for all the streams will continue till March 8. Practical examinations will be held between February 11 and February 16, Ms. Begum said.She added that examinations equivalent to Matriculation in the State such as Madhyama Exams for Sanskrit students and State Open School Certificate Examinations (for drop-outs) will be held during the same period. Over six lakh students will appear for the HSC exams next year, sources said, adding that examinations would be held on the scheduled dates between 9 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Werner opens transfer door to Man Utd, Barcelona, Real Madrid & Man City Chris Burton 18:19 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timo Werner RB Leipzig Getty Transfers Real Madrid RB Leipzig Barcelona Manchester United Manchester City Primera División Bundesliga Premier League The RB Leipzig striker has emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after talents and admits that he would welcome a future move to an elite side RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has offered transfer hope to the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City.The 21-year-old has shot to prominence over the last 18 months, with a move in the summer of 2016 having offered him the perfect stage on which to thrive.AdChoices广告Having never been prolific after breaking through at Stuttgart, Werner has netted 37 times in just 61 appearances for Leipzig. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That return, coupled with his obvious future potential, has attracted admiring glances from afar and the Germany international has now left the door open for a high-profile switch to be made.Werner told Sport 1 on the mounting interest being shown in from leading sides across Europe: “If you take Germany, it would be a lie to say that you would not like to play for Bayern.”It would be a lie to say in England you’d not like to play for Manchester United or Manchester City.”Spain – Barca or Real. There are great clubs in every league. Italy or France would not be my leagues, but the other three.”There are so many clubs you’d like to play for. I don’t want to tie myself down. I’ll see what happens.”While Werner is allowing himself to think about the future, his present is tied to Leipzig on a contract through to 2020.His current club care understandably reluctant to part with such talent and have opened discussions regarding fresh terms.Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick has told Kicker of the speculation surrounding Werner: “Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season.”We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.”Timo Werner RB LeipzigWerner has also suggested that he will stick around for at least one more year, with his focus currently locked on the 2017-18 campaign and a possible World Cup challenge.He added: “The new season is still far away.”We have big goals with RB, want to qualify for Champions League. Hopefully, I’ll go the World Cup after that, and only then I will think about the future.”Right now, I feel good here at Leipzig. My contract says that I should, must, can, will play here for another two years. That’s why there are no other thoughts.”last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec woman is taking legal action against her doctors after she delivered her 13-pound baby naturally in what court documents describe as a “traumatic and chaotic” childbirth.Documents filed in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of Anik Bourbeau and Pascal Lessard allege the baby was born with a permanently paralyzed arm and the mother was left with significant tearing and other damage following the 2010 birth.The documents allege the couple’s doctors failed to evaluate the size of the baby and recommend a caesarean section before Bourbeau gave birth, despite signs that pointed to the possibility of a large baby.They asking for $1.4 million in damages from the defendants, who include five of Bourbeau’s doctors and a hospital in Shawinigan, Que.The baby’s birth “took place in the context of a traumatic and chaotic birth that caused numerous damages to the plaintiffs, notably a permanent paralysis to the [baby’s] right arm,” the document reads.The amount claimed includes general damages, loss of income for both parents as well as future medical costs for the child.None of the claims have been tested in court. The law firm representing the defendants declined to comment, citing confidentiality.The documents allege the medical professionals did not do an ultrasound on Bourbeau to check the size of the baby despite her medical history, which included a difficult pregnancy in the past.“The defendants omitted to proceed to an evaluation of the child’s size, while the clinical evolution of Madame Bourbeau demanded it,” it reads.Doctors “did not obtain free and informed consent” from Bourbeau regarding the method of delivery and did not recommend a C-section despite the fact she had clearly expressed her willingness to have one, the document claims.According to the documents, the baby wasn’t breathing and weighed more than 13 pounds when he was delivered in December 2010.The case will be heard in Superior Court in May 2018.last_img read more