NEW DELHI; 28th February 2017: The Indian Senior National Team will be camping inMumbai prior to their crucial Group A match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019. India are slated to play Myanmar in their first Group match in Yangon on March 28, 2017.
Even as National Coach Stephen Constantine announced his list of probables for the Camp, he said that he chose Mumbai over other venues because the “weather conditions in Mumbai will be closest to Yangon.”
“Mumbai will be hot and humid much like what we will experience in Yangon when we play Myanmar in our first match,” he said. “The last time we camped and played in Mumbai, the Western India Football Association headed by AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel and Mr. Aditya Thackeray were so supportive and helpful, arranging and providing all what the National Team needed and asked for. I appreciate their passion and feeling for the National Team.”
The boys would be assembling in Mumbai from March 12 onwards as per their Club commitments in
the Hero I-League and the AFC Cup.
Constantine’s list of 31 probables has four new faces – Nishu Kumar, Subhashish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Milan Singh – all of whom who would reporting to any of his National Camps for the first-time ever.
“We have recruited players on basis of their consistent performances both from the Hero I-League and the Hero Indian Super League. I reiterate that the door is open for anyone who is eligible to play for India. But for that he must be prepared to do the work we need. We have selected the players from what we have seen over the last few months,” he stated.
India are slated to play Cambodia in an International Friendly in Phnom Penh on March 22 as part of their preparation for the crucial against Myanmar.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India has potential to grow faster and plans are underway to reduce poverty and create jobs in rural areas. Mr Jaitley, who is meeting top government officials and business leaders in London, told reporters in London that India still has the potential to grow at a higher rate than today. A series of action is needed to reduce poverty in the rural areas. The Minister said he does not see India becoming a cashless system immediately but he anticipates India becoming less-cash economy. Mr Jaitley hoped that the Goods and Services Tax would be implemented by 1st of July this year.
The Finance Minister said the Indian government takes the issue of defaulters very seriously. In response to a question, Mr. Jaitley said he may raise the issue of defaulters based in Britain with the UK government, in an apparent reference to liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Because of the strong steps taken by the government, the Finance Minister said, some defaulters are on the run. Being on the run, they find refuge in certain other jurisdictions, exploiting the systems in other parts of the world.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II yesterday hosted a reception at the Buckingham Palace to launch the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 with Mr Jaitley representing the Indian government at the historic event. The 90-year-old Queen was joined by her husband, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, and grandson Prince William and his wife Kate. It showcased the cultural diversity of India in the form of dance.
Hungary has begun building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia, a government spokesman said on Monday, a move likely to exacerbate criticism from some of the country’s EU partners. A barbed-wire fence is already in place, erected in 2015, when Hungary was part of the main overland route for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees, many fleeing the war in Syria. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing government considers migration to be one of the largest threats to the status quo in the EU. But officials in Brussels and some other EU centers are distressed by some of his go-it-alone policies. A European Parliament committee was due on Monday to discuss the state of fundamental rights in Hungary.
Japanese airline company ANA say they will take on a majority stake in budget carrier Peach Aviation.
ANA to inject spend 270 million dollars to raise its holding to 67 percent to make Peach a subsidiary.
ANA Holdings currently has a 39 percent stake. Two other Peach Aviation stockholders have stakes of about 30 percent each. They are a Hong Kong-based investment firm and a state-backed fund, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.
ANA executives say they plan to buy about half of the shares held by these companies.
Peach Aviation was launched with ANA’s backing in 2012 as Japan’s first low-cost carrier.
Executives say the 2 airlines will be able to cut costs by combining aircraft purchases and pilot training.NHK
South Korea’s impeached President Park Geun-hye was named a bribery suspect on Tuesday as special prosecutors wrap up their four-month probe into an influence-peddling scandal centered on her.
The probe team, led by Independent Counsel Park Young-soo, claimed the president colluded with her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil to receive bribes from the country’s largest conglomerate Samsung Group in return for business favors, its spokesman Lee Kyu-chul told a regular press briefing.
President Park, now awaiting the Constitutional Court’s decision on her impeachment, will not immediately face charges as an incumbent president is immune from prosecution.
Prosecutors will indict Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung, later in the day on charges of giving or promising some 43 billion won (US$36.3 million) worth of bribes to the president’s jailed friend Choi in return for the government’s backing of a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015.
The business merger was seen as critical to the smooth management succession of the group from ailing Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee to his only son Jae-yong.
The investigation team was given 70 days with another 20 days for preparations to look into the allegations that President Park let her friend Choi meddle in state affairs and amass profits using her ties to the president..yonhapnews.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Diet committee that his wife has received no payment from an elementary school that is scheduled to open in April in Osaka.
Akie Abe resigned as honorary principal of the school after it was revealed that the land for the school was purchased at a price much lower than its appraised value.
Opposition lawmakers raised questions about the sale of the state-owned plot of land last year to the school’s operator, Moritomo Gakuen.
Responding to questions from an opposition party lawmaker on Monday, the prime minister said neither he nor his wife Akie had anything to do with the deletion of her speech from the operator’s website. He told the Lower House budget committee that suggesting he was behind the deletion amounts to “branding.” He criticized those using loaded terms to make it appear as though he was being manipulative.
Abe said his wife did not receive any fee from the school’s operator for delivering a speech or for becoming its honorary principal.
The opposition lawmaker also indicated that education policy at a kindergarten run by the same operator is too political and could pose legal problems.
The prime minister said he knows nothing about education at the kindergarten. He said Osaka Prefecture is in charge of the issue and that the Education Ministry should be in full control of what’s going on.
Abe said he believes it is inappropriate that children at the kindergarten were made to say “Stay strong, Prime Minister Abe!” in an oath of fair play at an athletic meet.
He said he absolutely does not want to hear such words from preschoolers.NHK
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