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Saurav Ganguly says no to politics

After getting an offer from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to join the party in West Bengal, former India captain.Sourav Ganguly is being wooed to fight the coming elections from Uttar Pradesh, but he has not taken any decision, his wife, Dona indicated on Tuesday.

But later in Kolkata Ganguly said hat he was not good enough for politics. “It is not true. I am not good enough for politics,” Ganguly said when asked about a report of the possibility of his joining politics. Asked about reports that he planned to join Samajwadi Party, Ganguly quipped, “I have my own state.” “The West Bengal government definitely wants that he (Sourav) should step into politics and when I was in Lucknow for a programme, some minister who was there said that he should come and fight from UP,” Dona earlier said, but she was not sure whether it was the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which made the offer.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama signs a stimulus package

President Barack Obama signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus plan on Tuesday, predicting the package of spending and tax cuts marked “the beginning of the end” of America’s worst economic slide since the 1930s-era Great Depression.

On Wednesday, Obama will outline another big piece of his recovery effort — a $50-billion plan to help stem foreclosures — in Arizona, one of the States hardest hit by the mortgage defaults that are at the centre of the nation’s economic woes.

Speaking in Denver, the city where he won the Democratic Presidential nomination last August, Obama said the stimulus package — one of the most costly pieces of legislation in US history — cleared the way for Americans to begin “laying claim to a destiny of our own making.”

By signing the bill outside of Washington, a highly unusual move, Obama signalled he would continue taking his message directly to the American people as he tries to stay above the partisan tensions still gripping the Capitol. Opposition Republicans in both houses of Congress were nearly unanimous in voting against the plan that Democrats hope will save or create 35 lakh jobs.

Shortly after signing the bill, Obama issued a long-expected order to boost US troop levels in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban has retaken much of the ground it lost early in the seven-year-old war. The additional brigades would add about 17,000 troops to the slightly more than 30,000 US forces currently in Afghanistan.

“This increase is necessary to stabilise a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” Obama said in a statement.

That was a slap at his predecessor, George W. Bush, whom Obama has accused of slighting urgent national security needs in Afghanistan in favour of the war in Iraq.

Obama’s stimulus passage, despite stark opposition, was a major legislative victory for the new President, who was closing out his first month in office under a storm of economic bad news and public pessimism.

Even with the promise of a huge infusion for the economy, the stock market tumbled about 4 more percentage points on Tuesday as investors continued selling off equities in a retreat to safer ground.

At least one State, Missouri, quickly began putting the promised funds to work. Construction crews began work on a replacement for a rural Missouri bridge minutes after the bill was signed. Officials said they believed it would be the first project supported by stimulus funds.

With the stimulus measure in place, Obama now must take vigorous steps to prop up the deeply troubled financial system, ease the pain of Americans facing home mortgage foreclosures and save the teetering auto industry.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

FA cup ManU wins Derby

Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck all the 4 scored goals to lead ManU to a 4-1 victory.But Giggs  was at the centre of all the good work United produced on an eventful afternoon which leaves him just three wins away from becoming the first player since the 19th century to collect five winners’ medals in this most historic of competitions.Six weeks ago, United came to the same ground and were humbled as Derby basked in the glory of Nigel Clough’s appointment.The Red Devils reversed that result to book a Carling Cup final place, since when they have enhanced an unlikely quintuple bid by taking a stranglehold in the Barclays Premier League title race.een to ensure there was no repeat east midlands horror show, Ferguson sent his team – showing seven changes from the one that defeated West Ham last weekend – out with a sense of determination.Stephen Bywater was twice called upon to keep the visitors out, first denying Nani with a low save, then pulling off an amazing reaction effort to repel Park Ji-Sung.But it was already pretty obvious Derby needed an unexpected turn of events to emerge victorious and once referee Alan Wiley had rejected Rob Hulse’s claims for a penalty when he went down under Rio Ferdinand’s challenge, it was always unlikely to come.Nani seems to have lost his way a little in his second season at Old Trafford, yet he remains capable of those moments of genius for which compatriot Ronaldo is so famed.And, when he collected Ryan Giggs’ square pass and raced across the penalty area, the fierce 20-yard shot that followed was nothing out of character as it left Bywater with no chance.One Kris Commons free-kick that tested Ben Foster was about all Derby could manage in response before a bizarre period followed in which United were denied a goal that should have been allowed, and given one that should have been ruled out.Ronaldo’s celebrations were cut short by a very late flag after he raced clear and slotted the ball past Bywater. The officials needed to confer before acknowledging Giggs had flicked Ben Foster’s long throw through to the Portuguese superstar.Ferguson was not happy, making his feelings known to fourth official Rob Styles in no uncertain manner.Fortunately, United’s grumbles did not last too long, although how Rafael was not ruled to be offside as he ran straight in front of Bywater as Gibson volleyed in was a mystery.Any lingering doubt over who would be in the last eight was removed within three minutes of the restart.Giggs was again the provider, this time in routine fashion with a near-post corner which Ronaldo powered home, his elaborate celebration suggesting his 15th goal of the campaign should have come earlier.To all intents and purposes, it was game over, even if Miles Addison guided home a header to pull one back for Derby almost immediately.Ronaldo spurned a couple of chances to add to his tally, with Darren Fletcher failing to profit from a rebound.Enthusiastically Derby pressed forward in reply, Gary Teale bringing an excellent save out of Foster, handed a rare start ahead of record-breaking Edwin van der Sar.

But United were too good, with Giggs in particular truly majestic.At 35, with a barrow-load of trophies already, it could be argued the former Wales skipper is playing more consistently well than at any stage of his career.It still rankles with Ferguson that in the 1999 treble-winning season, Giggs, along with the remainder of United’s squad, was overlooked for all the major individual prizes in favour of David Ginola.

He further enhanced his credentials for this season’s player prizes by playing a role in Danny Welbeck’s late effort.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment