As PNC chairmanship race heats up– challenge suggests discontent with Williams’ incumbencyAs the race to the People’s National Congress (PNC) chairmanship heats up and two clear contenders for the post have emerged, political analysts believe it will be a contest old versus new, highlighting factions within the party.With the PNC congress slated for August 17, at least two contenders have emerged for the chairmanship post. Attorney General Basil Williams is the incumbent Chairman of the party. Previously he was unopposed for the position.But fellow Cabinet colleagues Joseph Harmon and Volda Lawrence have thrownPolitical analyst, Dr David Hindstheir hats into the ring this time around. In an interview with this publication, political analyst, Dr David Hinds offered his thoughts on the race, which could be the forerunner to 2020’s General and Regional Elections.Hinds posited that the developments indicate a faction within the traditional party faithful that want Williams ousted from the chairmanship, possibly based on his performance. Harmon’s entrance, he noted, indicates the presence of a newer, more coalition minded faction in the party.“Two challengers to Basil Williams for Chairman, one can assume the general membership of the PNC may be dissatisfied with Williams’s tenure and they may be looking for someone new,” Hinds related.“In the last week, we’ve had Volda Lawrence throwing her hat into the race. I thinkPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrencethat Lawrence and Williams are vying for the same kind of vote amongst PNC members. So it means (her) very entry into the race is an indication that that faction seems to think Williams is unable to win and so they turn to Lawrence.”The political analyst posited that what Lawrence and Williams risked was splitting this traditional factor. Hinds thus expressed the belief that if all three ran, one of them might drop out the race ahead of time to avoid splitting the vote and give the traditional faction a chance of overcoming Harmon’s challenge.“We’re seeing two factions emerging within the PNC. One faction is what I would call; the old PNC. And then I think there is a new faction within the PNC; somepeople refer to it as the ex-soldiers. But I think it’s more than the ex-soldiers.”Incumbent PNC Chairman Basil Williams“I think it’s a faction looking beyond the traditional PNC way of doing things and it’s more the APNU type. And I think Harmon represents that type. I think the APNU faction is less tribalist that the other faction.”Harmon is currently the General Secretary for A Partnership for National Unity, the coalition party the PNC joined. The Minister of State is also an Executive Member of the party. And since he announced his candidature in May, Harmon has taken to social media to forward his cause.“That is the democracy which we practise: so every member of the party can aspire to the highest office in our party. And like many others, I am a member of the party of long standing, and therefore have indicated that it is my desire and my interest in putting myself up as a candidate for the chairmanship of the party,” Harmon said.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, through Director of Sport Christopher Jones, also recently announced her candidacy for the post. Lawrence,Minister of State Joseph Harmona long-time member of the party, had contested for the leadership back in 2012 against now President David Granger.Back in April, Williams had hinted that he may run again for the chairmanship post. “I am servant of the PNC and a servant of my party. They know me. I have been working steadily throughout the years, and me and my comrades… So we don’t think that’s an issue,” he had stated.
What becomes a rivalry most? KINON CRAWFORD III 47 North Hollywood Office clerk AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card All things come to an end. Good and bad. Jessica broke up with Nick. Martin said goodbye to Lewis. And Cain finished off Abel with a mighty thud. For the Lakers’ dynamic duo of Kobe and Shaq, their personal relationship ended two years ago, when Shaq packed his bags and moved to Florida. But their rivalry grew to epic proportions, fanned by the NBA’s P.R. machinery. However, judging from their most recent confrontation Monday night – in which the Lakers beat Miami 100 to 92 – that supposedly once-fiery enmity is no more. They haven’t quite become the politically neutral Switzerland of the hardwood, but they’re approaching it. Even Kobe, speaking on camera, labeled the contest as, “just another game.” No longer was it the War of the Roses. It was merely two good NBA teams battling it out. The rivalry ended with a rapprochement of sorts. On the urging of his coach, The Big Diplomat (aka, Shaq) took the giant step toward peace and normalization. He shook hands with Kobe, while Kobe was stretching during pre-game warm-ups. And then it became a veritable love-fest. The two captains met before tipoff. There was a mighty hug, followed by an exchange of pleasantries that would have made Martin Luther King, Jr. proud on his birthday. But NBA Commissioner David Stern and his marketing machine undoubtedly didn’t want the Kobe-Shaq rivalry to go out with a whimper. They wanted a bang. Because the bigger the bang, the bigger the bucks. You see, competition between two superstars is good for business. It’s a P.R. man’s delight. Easy to promote. Easy to fill seats. Easy to bring eyeballs to the screen. As stellar TV ratings in games between Lakers and the Heat over the last two years can attest. Viewers adore dramas, particularly personal ones, like Magic versus Bird. And the NBA had one, albeit less classy and less about the game, in Kobe and Shaq. Even Monday’s promising undercard between Lamar Odom and mouthy Gary Payton failed to materialize. Now the only hope David Stern and his P.R. suits have for a marketable rivalry is the one between 33-year-old Shaq and 18-year-old Andrew Bynum, who exchanged elbows – not hugs – during the game. Until then, peace and harmony reign between Kobe and Shaq. And TV audiences will instead have to satisfy themselves by watching reality shows, like NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sarah Killfoil knotted up the game and then gave her Huskies their … Girl’s soccer: Fortuna (9-0, 4-0) 5 McKinleyville (2-5-1, 2-3-1) 2Fortuna High erased an early 2-0 deficit to down McKinleyville 5-2 Tuesday evening on the road at the home of Panthers.McKinelyville’s Soffia Reyes struck twice in the early moments of Tuesday’s match, putting the Panthers ahead 2-0 in the 17th minute.From there, it was all Fortuna.Aubrie Hall got Fortuna on the board with a goal in the 19th minute.
Home ministry held a series of consultations with the law ministry on Article 35(A), which has been challenged in the Supreme Court by the way of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) last month.The constitutional validity of Article 35A, which prohibits a non-J&K resident from buying property in the State and ensures job reservation for J&K residents, has been challenged in the Supreme Court by an NGO. J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her political rival Omar Abdullah have strongly objected to any tinkering with it.Ms Mufti met home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday and is learnt to have discussed the subject.Home ministry is learnt to have told Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal that the issue being discussed in the apex court was a matter of interpretation of law for which “no affidavit was required.”Mr. Venugopal had informed the SC on July 17 that the government wanted a “larger debate” on the subject and the matter was transferred to a three-judge bench. While the State government had submitted a counter-affidavit, Centre did not do so, leading to apprehensions that it was in favour of challenging Article 35A.“The AG has been briefed that the validity of Article 35A is a legal issue. Whether it is to be treated as a procedural issue as per the PIL or a substantive issue as per the Constitution has to be decided by the court,” said a senior home ministry official.The official declined to comment whether the Centre will support or oppose the petition.“AG is not appointed to say the Constitution is wrong. The former AG Mukul Rohatgi was also briefed on the subject and it has been a consistent opinion of both the AGs that this is a issue of law and no affidavit is required to state the Constitution,” the official said.Article 35A was added by a Presidential Order in 1954 under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Ms Mufti had said earlier that “any attempts to tinker with Article 35(A) would have repercussions and India will not get a shoulder to carry its national flag in J&K.”Mr. Abdullah had said that those seeking a debate on the special status accorded to J&K are “playing with fire” as the issue is linked to the State’s accession to India and they are “two sides of the same coin.”
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Rob Ricafort can finally play for University of the Philippines after securing a temporary restraining order, the Maroons face the risk of forfeiture.Commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league will abide by the court ruling and won’t stop the wingman from playing if UP decides to field him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ricafort will turn 25 on January 2018, after the basketball season is over. Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But with TRO set to lapse on October 21, Ricafort’s fate this Season 80 is not yet set in stone.“Should the TRO be invalid and void, there will be a possibility that the games [Ricafort played in] will be forfeited,” said Saguisag in a press conference Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“As the commissioner, I will not restrain him from playing. But they assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen. It’s the team’s option.”The UAAP eligibility committee initially ruled Ricafort ineligible to play this season as he will exceed the maximum age limit of 25. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson frustrated by Cardiff stalemate after 15-year shots highby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was left frustrated after their 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.Palace peppered the Cardiff goal with 31 shots, their highest number since 2003-04, with Andros Townsend flicking a shot against the crossbar and Luka Milivojevic hitting the post for the hosts.Hodgson said, “I’m pleased about the number of chances we created but I’m not pleased we didn’t convert one of them,” he said.”It’s something we’ve had to deal with for a large part of the season. If we had more fortune in front of goal then we would be nowhere near where we are, we’d have assembled a lot more points.”Football is about scoring goals and taking those semi opportunities, which good goal scorers find a way of scoring.”
Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar back on Man City agendaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon playmaker Houssem Aouar is back on the agenda of Manchester City.Aouar has emerged as one of the most exciting prospects in football at Lyon.L’Equipe say City showed interest in Aouar once again in the summer window just gone.However, both the player and Lyon decided against a move away but Aouar has since struggled to find his best form during the new Ligue 1 campaign.It is reported that he is one of the players ‘shaken’ by Bruno Genesio’s departure as manager and the recent arrival of Sylvinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell backs a defender down during the Big Ten tournament championship game against Maryland on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves: Assistant Sports DirectorKelsey Mitchell always deserved a standing ovation from an Ohio State crowd when her illustrious career came to a close. The three-time Big Ten Player of the Year entered college a year after the Buckeyes went 17-18 and proceeded to lead them to four straight 24-plus win seasons. The greatest scorer in Ohio State history, Mitchell has made more field goals than anyone in program history and more 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history. She has earned countless ovations for her dozens of accomplishments.So it was no surprise when the crowd at St. John Arena rose to its feet Monday night to send off one of the most accomplished players to ever don a scarlet and gray jersey. However, she wanted anything but the standing ovation St. John Arena gave her with 41 seconds remaining in her team’s game against Central Michigan Monday night. This time, it meant only one thing: Her career was over. When she was asked what passing former Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles and becoming the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history with 3,402 career points, with tears in her eyes, Mitchell only had one thought.“We lost,” she said. “That’s all I can say.”It wasn’t supposed to end like this.The Buckeyes got blitzed from the beginning of the second quarter to the end of the game, eventually falling 95-78. They allowed Central Michigan to bounce back from a six-point first-quarter deficit with a dominant 25-6 second quarter. The Chippewas hit 14-of-27 3-pointers and 25-of-27 free throws during the game. The reverberations of St. John Arena made the several-hundred-person Central Michigan fan section sound like the Chippewas brought the whole university to the stands. The typically lethal offense that usually buoys the Buckeyes was nowhere to be found. Mitchell began the game 4-for-15 and finished with more shot attempts (29) than points (28). In the third quarter, Ohio State finally started to look like it was putting it together offensively, but was no match for the Chippewas’ 7-for-8 third-quarter 3-point performance.Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell waits for an inbound pass in the NCAA tournament game against Central Michigan on Mar. 19 in St. John Arena. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTry as she might, Mitchell could not pull her team back in the game.“We knew that they can shoot the ball, but we didn’t know that they wouldn’t miss,” she said. “You got it within 15, 14, then they said no, we’re going back up 21. And then we missed shots, so it didn’t make it any better.”As Mitchell stood in the corner of the locker room about 50 minutes after subbing out to congratulatory cheers and applause, she began to confront what had happened.“I’m letting it hit me right now,” she said. “We’ve been through so much. It just hurts you. The way you go out and that sensation I had about two weeks ago. So you think you can not only stay on that high horse, but play with the much confidence and play with that much focus.”Just two weeks ago in the locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Mitchell was all smiles. The Buckeyes had just knocked off Maryland in the Big Ten title game. Mitchell was leaning back in a chair with big bags of ice on her knees, resting after playing her third game in three days. In her view, just 10 feet away, sat the conference championship trophy, which her team raised at center court just an hour prior.That is the kind of celebration expected of the second-leading scorer in NCAA history, not one signaling the end of a career after a Round of 32 matchup against a No. 11 seed. Kelsey Plum, Stiles and Brittney Griner, the trio of players who accompany Mitchell in the top-four career scoring ranks, each made the Final Four once.This season was supposed to be Mitchell’s shot.With the Final Four being held in Columbus in a couple weeks, the storybook was sitting on the table, just waiting to be written. Mitchell and the Buckeyes had been bounced in the Sweet 16 the past two seasons, but a veteran-laden squad hoped to march through the Spokane Regional and make the program’s second-ever Final Four with a likely matchup against top-ranked Connecticut.“I think in the back of everybody’s mind, if you’re a part of our program, sees that moment and want to be back here for the Final Four,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think you’re a competitor if you’re not at least thinking about it in the back of your mind.”Instead of the fairy-tale ending, Mitchell’s career abruptly concluded. She quickly had to come to grips with the end of her career, something she always knew would come, but never wanted. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell takes a shot during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThat meant considering how her 139 games, 4,996 minutes, 1,120 made shots, 497 made 3s, 665 made free throws, 545 assists, 463 rebounds, 214 steals and 3,402 points will be viewed for years to come.Rather than as one of the all-time greatest scorers, Mitchell said she hopes people think of her as someone who built Ohio State into a prolific program.“I want to be remembered for making this program for younger kids that want to come here one of the best in the nation,” Mitchell said. “It’s not only South Carolina, it’s not only UConn. Ohio State is a part of that conversation too. I think we’ve showed people that [there’s] value here.”Just as she had earlier in the night when she refused to consider the accomplishment of becoming the second-leading scorer, Mitchell refused to focus on her individual accolades. Instead, all she said she wants to be remembered for is being a program building block. That has defined Mitchell. Unfortunately for her, so too has her team’s NCAA tournament struggles. This year was supposed to be different. It wasn’t.It will take time for Mitchell, who is notoriously hard on herself, to get over the disappointing season-ending loss. But as one of the greatest scorers in college basketball history who helped put Ohio State on the map and helped win two regular-season Big Ten titles and one conference tournament championship, she has much to be proud of.Every time she attends an Ohio State basketball game again, she will get another standing ovation. But those will not be in response to a historic career coming to a surprising end.They will simply be celebrating the greatest scorer — and arguably the greatest player — to ever lace up sneakers and take the court in Columbus.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Caption:Five Bahamians: Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St. Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St. Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during ceremonies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien on Friday, November 18, 2016. They join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who how hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini. Pictured from left to right are Burton Hall, Camille Hall, Monsignor Culmer, Elma Garraway, The Most Reverend Patrick Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G Archbishop of Nassau, Patricia Coakley, Cheryl Albury and Basil Albury, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral on Friday November 26, 2016.(PHOTO/Peter Ramsay) Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City, NY, November 28, 2016 – Five Bahamians were made Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre during ceremonies at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Friday, November 18, 2016.Monsignor Alfred Culmer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Nassau and Pastor of St Joseph’s Parish, Basil and Cheryl Albury of St Anselm’s Parish, Patricia Coakley of St Joseph’s Parish and Elma Garraway of the Church of the Resurrection were invested as Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.The ceremonies took place at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City by the Grand Master of the Order, Edwin Cardinal O’Brien in the presence of Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Grand Prior of the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States.In the Archdiocese of Nassau they join Burton and Camille Hall who were admitted to the Order in 2009 and who now hold the rank of Knight Commander and Lady Commander, respectively, and Deacon Michael Checkley, Administrator of Holy Name Parish in Bimini, who was admitted to the Order in his native Canada and who now holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross.The Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood that traces its roots to circa 1099 under Duke Godfrey of Bouillon, “Defender of the Holy Sepulchre”, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.It is the only order of chivalry, together with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, that is recognised and protected by the Holy See. The Pope is sovereign of the order.The order today is estimated to have some 30,000 members in 56 lieutenancies around the world. As there is not yet a lieutenancy in our region, at the instance of Archbishop of Nassau, Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder, STD, CMG, has been included with those states, which comprise the Order’s Eastern Lieutenancy of the United States, the Catholic Church in The Bahamas having historical ties with the Church in New York.Admission into the Order means taking on a commitment for life to be a witness to the Faith, to lead an exemplary Christian life of continuing charity in support of the Christian communities in the Holy Land, and to maintain the true charitable commitment of a Christian. The purpose of an individual in joining the Order is to serve the Catholic Church and to support the efforts of the Church and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem to maintain the Christian presence in the Holy Land.Within the Catholic Church, members of the Order are entitled to use the courtesy titles “Sir” and “Lady” (or “Dame” with effect from 2017). Recommended for you
Budget 2013 Live Blog:01:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praises Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013. “The Finance Minister has done a commendable job in containing the deficit while simultaneously addressing growth imperatives,” he said in a statement.”We need to create 10 million jobs a year for the duration of the 12th Plan which can be achieved only if we reach 8% GDP growth level. There is plenty for every ministry. It is now up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to turn challenges into opportunities.”01:00 pm: Sensex falls around 50 points after Chidambaram tabled his Budget for the financial year 2013-14.Glimpse of Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013-14Feedback from analysts on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget is encouraging though some will be left disappointed especially automobile industry. Some say that it’s a balanced and good budget while a few are of the opinion that it is a complete on.Many were of the opinion before the the finance minister presented the budget that it would a political one keeping in mind the election next year but he proved everyone wrong. He deserved praises for concentrating on infrastructure, as it can stimulate investment in the country. This move could spark the engines of economic growth.Chidambaram’s announcement to set up a public sector bank exclusively for women has got him praises. He also spoke on providing security to women in the country.Finance Minister P. Chidambaram concluded his speech by quoting a saying by Swami Vivekananda.12:47 pm: Duty-free limit for gold increased to ₹50,000 for men and ₹1 lakh for women.12:45 pm: 6 percent tax hike on mobile phones that costs more than ₹2000.12:42 pm:18 percent hike in excise duty on cigarettes.12:32 pm: No change in education cess, and customs and excise duty rates.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Hike on excise duty of SUV from 27 percent to 30 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:21 pm: People with an annual income of ₹1 crore to pay surcharge of 10% additional surcharges for one year.12:18 pm: No tax exemption slab but tax payers in the range of ₹2 to 5 lakh will get tax credit of ₹2000.12:17 pm: Finance Minister presents tax proposals.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Customs duty on SUVs raised from 75 percent to 100 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:05 pm: 2.03 trillion rupees allocated to defence sector in 2013-14.12:05 pm: SEBI Act to be amended; waste- to-energy projects will be financed by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode; Public sector bank branches to have ATM.12:04 pm: ₹14,000 crore allocated for public sector banks.12:02 pm: ₹1,840 crore for construction of power transmission system from Srinagar to Leh; ₹226 crore to be allocated this financial year.12:00 pm: First housing loan up to ₹25 lakh an additional deduction of interest of up to ₹1 lakh in 2014-15.11:58 am: ₹1,000 crore allocated for eastern states – green revolution.11:57 am: ₹5,387 crore integrated watershed programme for farmers.11:55 am: Indian Institute of Biotechnology to be set up at Ranchi.11:53 am: FM proposes exclusive bank, a public sector bank for women. ₹1,000 crore to be allocated as initial capital. 11:52 am: ₹200 crore to stop harassment on women.11:50 am: ₹7 lakh crore target fixed for agriculture credit for 2013-1411:49 am: ₹1,000 crore for improving agricultural production in Eastern Indian states.11:47 am: ₹500 crore allocated for programme on crop diversification.11:45 am: ₹27,049 crore for agriculture ministry in 2013-1411:44 am: ₹15,260 crore for drinking water and sanitation ministry11:42 am: ₹17,700 crore for Integrated Child Development Scheme.11:40 am: 270.49 billion rupees allocated for agriculture in 2013/14.11:38 am: ₹10,000 crore for Food Security Bill.11:35 am: ₹13,250 crore allocated for mid-day meal scheme11: 35 am: ₹65,867 crore allocated to ministry of HRD11: 30 am: ₹37,330 crore for ministry of health and family welfare. ₹4,727 crore for medical education and research and ₹1,069 crore allocated to Department of Ayush.11: 29 am: ₹80,000 crore allocated for for rural development ministry. ₹41,561 crore for SC sub-plan and ₹24,598 crore for tribal sub plan11:27 am: Scholarships for SC/ST students, girls11:26 am: Plan expenditure for 12th Five-Year-Plan revised to ₹14,30,825 crore11:25 am: Budget expenditure is ₹16,65,297 crore and plan expenditure ₹5,55, 322 crore, says FM.11:22 am: ₹65,000 crore allocation for education sector.11:15 am: Union Budget 2013 aims at youth. Women face discrimination everywhere including work place. 11:12 am: It has become a challenge for India to return to its potential growth rate of 8 percent, saya FM.11:10 am: Finance Minister said supply of food items should be boosted to beat inflation.11:05 am: Women, schedule tribes (ST), schedule castes (SC) have been lagging behind in economic growth in many states.11:09 am: Chidambaram emphasised on the need for foreign investment for economic growth. He said foreign investment is imperative.11:08 am: UPA government believes in inclusive and sustainable development11:05 am: India has been affected by global slowdown. China and Indonesia are growing faster than India but next year India will overtake Indonesia, says Chidambaram 11:00 am: Chidambaram tables Union Budget 2013 in Parliament.10:50 am: Finance Minister Chidambaram reaches Parliament to present Union Budget 2013.10:00 am: Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is scheduled to table Union Budget 2013-14 at 11 am on Thursday. Finance Minister P. ChidambaramGovernment Should Take Concrete Steps to Help Struggling IT-BPO SectorMultinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a release that the government of India should take positive steps to help the growth of IT-BPO sector which is going through a bad phase due to increasing costs had ensuing global uncertainty. IT-BPO sector contribute 7.5% of India’s GDP.Raise In Base Tax Exemption Limit ExpectedWith the government having taken a few bold steps of late to cut down fiscal deficit, including cut in subsidy for LPG gas cylinders and diesel, common man will now expect base tax exemption slab to be raised from the present ₹2 lakh. Raise in the base tax exemption limit will help common man deal with extra spending due to oil price hike.Will Chidambaram Use Union Budget to Attract Investors?People will expect the Finance Minister to present a budget that will help to revive the slowing economy. The government might target a 4.8 percent fiscal deficit for the next financial year. Now, the onus lies on the government to improve the economy and thus boost employment and revenue from tax. Chidambaram is expected to use the Union Budget as a platform to attract investors and please rating agencies.What Insurance Companies Expect!Insurance companies will expect the tax exemption ceiling from investments like provident fund, insurance premiums etc to be raised from the current ₹100,000 limit.What Real Estate Sector Wants!Real estate sector will expect the FM to increase tax exemption limit of interest paid on home loans from the current ₹150,000 to ₹300,000.Common Man’s ExpectationsTax exemption limit on conveyance, reimbursement of medicals expenses, education allowance, home loans and other expenditures of the employers are expected to be raised to help reduce the impact of fuel price hike. Finance Minister of India P. ChidambaramAll Eyes On Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013The market’s skepticism on the upcoming Union Budget 2013 must have increased, as the Railway Budget which was presented by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday, was another budget that went with the popular sentiment and lacked many groundbreaking steps that could revive the struggling Indian Railways.Now, all eyes will be on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013 to be presented on Thursday at 11:00 am.Chidambaram’s Union Budget comes amid India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent, which is the lowest in a decade, ratings downgrade and the general elections coming up next year. However, he is expected to present a balanced budget.