Cong alleges corruption in Smriti Iranis MPLAD works

first_imgIndian National Congress SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 14, 2019 SHARE COMMENT Citing a CAG report, the Congress alleged on Thursday that there are major bungling, fraud and misuse of public funds allocated under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) scheme to Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani. The party also demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack the Minister from the Cabinet and lodge an FIR against her.Addressing a press conference, Congress leaders Randeep Singh Surjewala and Shaktisinh Gohil said Irani had selected Anand District as her nodal district for implementation of work under the MPLAD scheme in 2011. They said the MPLAD projects were being executed by Gujarat State Rural Development Co-operation and it was wound up in 2015, and Irani’s office instructed that the works should be awarded to Shri Sharda Majdoor Kamdar Sahkari Mandli, Kheda. “This was in complete derogation of MPLAD guidelines, particularly Clause 2.11.,” the leaders claimed. Published on national politics COMMENTSlast_img read more

Golf Dream start drives Diaz to John Deere lead

first_img(Reuters) – Mexico’s Roberto Diaz holed a 100-yard wedge shot for eagle at his first hole and never looked back as he fired a flawless nine-under-par 62 and grabbed a two-stroke lead after the first round at the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Thursday.Americans Russell Henley and Adam Long were in second on 64, while Britain’s Martin Laird, who is missing his home Scottish Open this week, was among a group of six players on 65 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis.The best finisher on Sunday not already exempt for the British Open will earn the final seat on the overnight charter flight to Royal Portrush for next week’s major championship in Northern Ireland.Neither Diaz, Henley nor Long are currently in the Open. Related News Golf 09 Jul 2019 Golf – Women’s British Open prize money up 40% Golf 09 Jul 2019 Golf: American Daly withdraws from British Open – report {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Related News Golf 07 Jul 2019 American Daly not allowed to use golf cart at British Open Diaz, in his second year on tour, posted a career-best tie for eighth at the Travelers Championship three weeks ago, and the 32-year-old stepped up his game even further on Thursday. “Everything clicked today,” he told reporters of his round that included seven birdies.”I’ve been playing pretty solid throughout the year. The driver has been awesome and I’ve been hitting a lot of fairways.”It’s awesome to get it going, and once you get it going, you just feel that you have to put the pedal to the metal and keep going because … tomorrow it might be somebody else shooting 62 or 61.”Henley, meanwhile, lamented a bogey at his final hole, where his drive found a nasty lie in punishing rough, but he otherwise saw some promising signs.”This has been a weird year for me,” said the tour’s 164th-ranked player.”I just haven’t felt myself playing golf. (I’ve been) a little lost but I’ve been putting in a lot of work on my game, and I felt confident going into today.”I don’t think I’ve ever lost the belief that I can have a nice tournament or a nice round. It’s just a matter of a few bumps in the road here and there.”Long was a surprise winner at the Desert Classic in California in January, but has done precious little since.He said there was a lot less stress thanks to the two-year exemption he received, but the game was the same challenge.”It’s still golf, it still drives you crazy, and I still have a bit of a perfectionist in me that I don’t like to settle for mediocre,” he said.”I’m trying to get on my flight to Ireland here. I haven’t qualified yet, so I’d love to be there.” (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)last_img read more