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first_imgNow that Nomination Day has come and gone, after all the buzz about the need for a “third force” to deny both the PPP and PNC a majority and use their strategic few seats like jujitsu in the National Assembly to steer development in a non-partisan direction, the opportunity was allowed to slip away. There will now be eleven small parties to contest the elections of March 2 against the PPP/C and APNU/AFC.Frankly, I was not surprised at this outcome. Early in 2005, we had written: “ROAR believes it is time for a “centre force” to be created and nurtured. What is this centre force? For one, it’s not a “third force” that feels it can wish away the PPP and PNC. It’s a force that should seek to occupy the political, social, and cultural ground between the PPP and PNC – hence “centre”. Today, in Guyana, there are a number of political parties outside the ambit of the PPP and the PNC – GAP, WPA, ROAR, UP, JFAP, etc that can begin the process of creating this centre force. These could be joined by the parties now in formation by other committed Guyanese. What would be some of the incentives for these parties to work together?“There’s the experience of The United Force with the PNC that demonstrates the inadvisability of the smaller parties seeking a coalition arrangement with the behemoths. There’s the matter of “the disequilibrium of size” when it comes to coalitions between parties of vastly different strengths. It matters not the good intentions of the parties to the coalitions. If a mosquito joins forces with an elephant it should not be surprised when it is taken for granted or even ignored during crucial decisions. Then there’s the “iron law of oligarchy” – in all organisations power will accrete in the hands of a few – and we can be sure the few won’t come from the ranks of the mosquitoes.“What would be the ground rules for a centre force? Firstly, they should not get together simply to deny the PPP or PNC the Government. And secondly, their success would depend on whether the principals in the abovementioned groupings can rise to the need of the moment and work on a common program for Guyana. The issue would then be not whether the PPP or PNC forms the Government but that either of them would have to negotiate with the third/centre force on the basis of what’s good for all of Guyana.”The above-mentioned groups – plus several others – did come together but decided to call themselves the “third force”. We agreed on five “Core Principles” that would guide our relationship with each other and the Guyanese people and proceeded to work on a common programme. The Chairmanship was rotated among the leadership of the parties and there were regularly scheduled meetings. But the initiative was aborted and I believe the reasons for that failure might have played a role in the present dispensation.First, there was the question of leadership and egos. One group – the newcomer that was to become the AFC – insisted that they should lead whatever endeavour that ensued. It was not clear to others then as to why this should be so and the long-established WPA was quite scathing about their insistence. Secondly, there was the question of strategy: whether the group should be open to joining with the PNC, which had launched its “big tent” initiative. This was pushed by the WPA and as a matter of fact, ROAR and GAP pulled out of the group after the WPA and several others met with the PNC.Eventually, ROAR, which had been taken aback by what they considered to be racist reasons for denying leadership to the Amerindian party, GAP, coalesced with the latter, conceded them the “presidential” spot but they managed to only secure one seat which by common consent was given to GAP. The AFC was formed after the breakup of the Third Force and went on to significant success because of their foreign assistance. But ironically, they have now destroyed themselves because they ignored the rationale for a “third or centre force”.We suspect efforts to craft coalitions among the present new partiers might have foundered on the same rocks of leadership, egos and strategy and will prove fatal to their chances in March. They refused to hang together and will hang separately.last_img read more

Sunderland target Serie A defender as Patrick van Aanholt’s replacement

first_imgSunderland are lining up a summer swoop for Bologna left-back Adam Masina.According to reports in Italy, the Black Cats have identified the 23-year-old as a potential long-term replacement for Patrick van Aanholt, who left for Crystal Palace in January.Masina is out of contract in 2019 and, with no extension currently in the offing, the Premier League club have been alerted to his potential availability.Bologna are desperate to keep hold of him given his importance to the team – he has racked up 80 league appearances over the past three seasons.However, the Morocco-born defender may decide he wants to try his hand in English football and could be given the chance by Sunderland if they manage to stay in the top-flight. 1 Adam Masina in action for Bologna last_img

Top ten partnerships in Premier League history, including Ronaldo, Henry, and Drogba

first_img BEST OF Upcoming Live Football on talkSPORT 8= Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – 20 goalsTottenham have been without talisman Harry Kane since January, so it will come as welcoming news to Spurs fans to know his return is imminent.It will also mean one of the Premier League’s deadliest duos will reunite.Eriksen has now directly assisted Kane for 18 League goals during his time at the club and they are sure to add to that tally for many seasons to come. no dice LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Spurs fans are desperate to see these two reunite ADVICE RANKED Cantona (L) and Giggs (trophy) combined to help United dominate the Premier League Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED 2. Thierry Henry and Robert Pires (Arsenal) – 29 goalsHenry features for a second time and it is with his fellow countryman he enjoyed the most profitable connection.Penalty fiasco against Manchester City aside, the French duo set up 29 goals for each other, as Henry scored 17 and Pires got 12. 5= Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal) – 24 goalsWhen Ljungberg left Arsenal for West Ham in 2007, he cited Henry’s move to Barcelona as reason to make a decision on his own future.At their peak, the pair were unplayable – Henry setting up 15 goals while getting nine in return – and their form in the 2001/02 season took the Gunners to a second Premier League trophy under Arsene Wenger. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 11 Lampard and Drogba are the highest in Premier League history 3. Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton (Tottenham) – 27 goalsThese two were part of the cult 94/95 side that also included the likes of Jurgen Kilnsmann.Sheringham, Anderton once said, ‘could do anything with a football’.And while the latter was troubled by injuries throughout his career, he and his England team-mate linked for the third highest partnership in the league’s history with Anderton largely the provider, with 20 assists to Sheringham. 8= Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 20 goalsAlthough the pair had been team-mates at United since 2004, the blossoming partnership truly came to fruition at the start of the 2006/07 season.The two men had returned from World Cup 2006 to persistent talk of ill-feeling between them following that infamous Ronaldo wink after Rooney was shown red against Portugal.Instead the pair combined for a number of important goals, including memorable strikes such as the counter attack finish against Bolton, as United won the league title for three consecutive years. Henry and Pires were Arsenal’s best combination Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY 4. David Silva and Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 25 goalsIt could very well be suggested the best piece of business City have done in their decade of wealth, was to sign Aguero and Silva.The two men have combined on so many occasions and led City to much success; it remains surprising they have not been handed more individual honours. shining 11 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Henry and Ljungberg won two league titles together at Arsenal 11 Shearer said Solano made his goals easy Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton both scored plenty of goals for Blackburn but did they combine enough to be considered a great partnership? Two of City’s best ever buys 11 11 11 5= Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler (Liverpool) – 24 goalsA gangly, nimble midfielder, McManaman, along with Giggs, was one of the most exciting wide men in the early era of the Premier League and his combination with striker Fowler, (McManaman assisted for Fowler to finish 20 times) made Liverpool one of the most exciting teams to watch.The pair became synonymous with the Reds attractive brand of football under then manager Roy Evans. Saturday 23rd FebruaryBurnley vs Tottenham – 12:30pm – talkSPORTBournemouth vs Wolves – 3:00pm – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Crystal Palace – 5:30pm – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Sheffield United – 5:30pm – talkSPORT 2Sunday 24th FebruaryManchester United vs Liverpool – 2:05pm – talkSPORTManchester City vs Chelsea (Carabao Cup final) – 4:30pm – talkSPORT 7. Nolberto Solano and Alan Shearer (Newcastle United) – 22 goalsShearer often mentioned how Solano’s delivery made a lot of his goals easy and when the Peru midfielder was not curling in a trademark free-kick, he could usually be found setting up the Premier League’s record goal scorer, providing 16 to Shearer in total. Over the years, the Premier League has played host to a number of formidable partnerships that have contributed greatly to the success of their team.Seeing two players on the same wavelength is truly joyous but terrifying for those given the task of defending against them. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Anderton (L) was the provider for a number of Sheringham goals We had Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole in the early days of the Premier League, while recently we’ve seen the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.However, some of these duos just scored a high volume of goals in the same team rather than assisting each other directly.So, which players have combined with each other the most times in Premier League history? Find out below. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The duo were part of an exciting Liverpool team in the 90’s Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 11 Rooney and Ronaldo helped United win three titles in a row 11 8= Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona (Manchester United) – 20 goalsOld Trafford has witnessed many great players and in Giggs and Cantona they had two of the very best.The flying Welsh winger proved to be the perfect foil for the charismatic Frenchman and together they were integral to United’s success in the mid 90s, until Cantona abruptly called it a day in 1997. REVEALED 1. Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 36 goalsThe two players leading the way helped lead the Blues to the greatest period of success in the club’s history.The 2009/10 season was when the pair were both at their lethal best, as Chelsea won the league and Drogba took home a second Golden Boot.Lampard set up the Ivorian on 24 occasions and he repaid the favour 12 times to help Lampard become the fourth-highest scorer in Premier League history. huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 11 11 11last_img read more

Rodgers expects repeat of ‘tight’ tie against Rosenborg

first_imgHe said his side would need to be patient against a side they defeated 1-0 over two games in the third qualifying round last season. “They were two tight games the last time we played and we got a goal late on to get through,” he said. “They will come here and be nice and compact, like they were last year and we will need to be patient in that game and obviously it will be a tough game for us out there.“But it is a tie we look forward to. At this stage of the season whoever, you get, you have to respect who you play.” Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to being reunited with Rosenborg in Champions League qualifying but says the Norwegian side will be a test for his side.Rodgers saw his side brush off Alashkert to win 3-0 on the night and 6-0 on aggregate but the win came at a cost with Jozo Simunovic sent off early on and now suspended for the next challenge.With Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig not yet back with the club after their World Cup matches, and Marvin Compper currently injured, the Celtic boss could have a defensive headache ahead of next week’s game.He laughed off the problem, saying “every pre-season brings a problem with centre-halves” but admitted he’ll consider his options in the next few days. Aside from Simunovic’s dismissal, which Rodgers felt was unfortunate, the only other worry for Celtic on a night when they were largely untroubled by their opposition was an injury to Moussa Dembele after he had scored twice. The manager was hopeful there would be no lasting effects.“He was tight at the back of his legs so we will need to assess that tomorrow and in the next couple of days,” he said.“He is as fit as he has been since I’ve been here at this stage of the season so hope it was just a tightness and he will be okay.”last_img read more

New York Times Puts Reader Comments on Main Page – Good Idea?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Silicon Alley Insider spotted the New York Times web site displaying reader comments prominently under the top story on their front page today. The comments in-and-of themselves are not newsworthy — they came from a post on the site’s news blog and the Times has linked to comment threads on the main page before. But this is, to anyone’s recollection, the first time the site has actually displayed the actual comments themselves on the site.Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider thought the move was a good one, writing, “Hats off to the company’s web team for this smart move!” Other bloggers weren’t so upbeat. While it seems that the NYT times took pains to make sure that comments from both ends of the political spectrum were represented for their main page selections — often to one extreme or the other — and comments were edited to fit the space, I do question the wisdom of giving reader commentary such prominence on the site’s index page.Image from Silicon Alley Insider.We’ve praised news sites for adding reader commenting as a feature to their web sites in the past, and we recently had kind words about the New York Times Facebook app. However, giving reader comments such a prominent position is dangerous. Readers of news sites (and blogs) go to those specific destinations to read news in the voice they expect — not to see a public argument from commenters.I would applaud an expansion of New York Times comments beyond blogs to general news stories — I think commenting is great; it gives readers an outlet for instant response and keeps writers honest. But publishing comments on the main page, especially so prominently under the main story, seems like a bad idea. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below (we won’t publish them on the main page, though!). josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: October 10, 2018

first_imgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGroup of six snatch $11,000 in designer purses The following information comes from the Northbrook, Illinois, Police Department as a record of incidents reported to the police and those arrested on criminal charges, which represent accusations that are often dropped or reduced. Updated information may be available from the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Everyone arrested is presumed to be innocent unless found guilty in court beyond a reasonable doubt.Staff at the Northbrook Court Louis Vuitton reported around 3:30 p.m. on October 3 that five men and one woman described as in their early 20’s stole three purses from a display worth about $11,000 before fleeing the area in one foreign type vehicle and another sedan. Police are continuing to investigate. (Last week, four women or girls stole about a dozen purses from another Northbrook store.)     [Source: Northbrook Patch]Apple contracts police to deter thefts at retail storesApple is expanding its efforts to deter thieves from their retail stores in California, as well as beefing up security to prevent further loss. The tech giant has moved to contract local police to provide “tighter security” at its stores. These officers are paid by Apple and are privately contracted, meaning that no tax dollars are at use.- Sponsor – Apple already has security and police guarding its stores across the country, but this new contact is an extension of those efforts in response to safety concerns at California stores. While many malls offer their own security, their power is greatly limited, and once robbers escape the mall, there’s nothing the mall security can do.Thus far, the Sacramento police officers contracted by Apple have helped to put customers at ease, and stores have been robbery free for several weeks, according to CBS Sacramento.   [Source: Security Today]New tech uses product ‘fingerprints’ to detect counterfeitsEntrupy has launched a fingerprinting solution to counteract the growth of counterfeit products, according to a press release. The company’s company’s tech uses computer vision techniques, artificial intelligence and machine learning to verify the authenticity of designer and luxury goods through a fingerprint-like match stored in the cloud.The Entrupy Fingerprinting system, which relies on a mobile app, has been tested by an upscale retail chain in the United Kingdom. The retailer, which Entrupy did not identify, used the system on high-value goods to prevent returns fraud. Verify returns instantly at the point of intake expedites returns and detects if a replica product has been substituted, according to Entrupy.The company said the system has been tested in diverse categories, including apparel, cosmetics, luxury goods, electronics and industrial parts. Brands currently authenticated include Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Chloé, Coach, Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Saint Laurent, according to Entrupy’s website.  [Source: RetailDIVE]Men in bonnets shoplift thousands from lingerie storePolice in Spartanburg, South Carolina, say two men wearing bonnets shoplifted thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Victoria’s Secret store. The incident happened Monday evening at WestGate Mall in Spartanburg, according to a Spartanburg Police Department incident report.The manager of Victoria’s Secret/PINK told officers she was alerted by the machine at the store’s entrance that detects when merchandise is being shoplifted, according to the report. n employee told officers that when she was cleaning up, she saw a man wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a bonnet on his head, the report states. Another customer saw two men with bonnets on their heads “grab several thousand dollars worth” of merchandise and clothes from the front table in the store and clothing that was hanging up beside the table, police said.There was surveillance footage of the theft; however, the manager told officers it would not be available from corporate until later. The two bonnet-clad suspects were seen running toward and then through Bed, Bath & Beyond, then getting into an SUV outside the store. The police department redacted the total dollar amount of the stolen items in the report.   [Source: The State]Consumers getting refunds from record fraud judgmentThe government has obtained a record $1.3 billion civil court judgment against AMG Services, Inc. and Scott Tucker on charges they operated a massive payday lending scheme. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) say $505 million of that amount is being returned to consumers the government says were victims of deception. The defendants were charged with violating both the FTC Act and the Truth in Lending Act.The case goes back to 2012 when the FTC charged the company told borrowers they would only pay a one-time fee plus the loan amount. Instead, the government said AMG made multiple withdrawals from consumers’ bank accounts, charging a new finance fee with each withdrawal. Because of that, consumers who borrowed from AMG paid far more for the loans than they had originally agreed to pay.Last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York concluded prosecution of Tucker and his attorney by securing convictions on criminal charges. Tucker was sentenced to 16 years in prison. U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, was fined $528 million for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Prosecutors said it failed to alert law enforcement to Tucker’s suspicious banking activities.The FTC and DOJ say they are using the money obtained through the civil and criminal cases to make refunds to consumers who took out loans before January 2013 from any AMG company. Recipients should deposit or cash checks within 60 days, as indicated on the check. Consumers should also guard against telephone calls from people claiming to be from the government, seeking information or funds to facilitate payment. That’s an old scam trick.The FTC says it has the companies’ business records and will use them to identify consumers eligible for a refund and will send the check. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information to cash refund checks.While it is not necessary to contact the FTC, consumers who have questions may call the agency at 866.730.8147.   [Source: Consumer Affairs] Two men shoplift with 3 children, baby carrier in towTwo Illinois men were seen leading three children, a baby carrier and carts of stolen merchandise out of a Walmart. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities reports two black men in their mid to late 30s were walking out of a Walmart on Sept. 29 when store security confronted them. The men had three children, all of whom appeared to be younger than four years old. One of the men also had a covered baby carrier on his cart.The men refused to cooperate with store loss prevention, according to the report. One men pulled the children into a 2018 Toyota Camry rental car by the arms. The other “tossed the carrier in the back seat.” None of the children were secured. They then left the store. The baby carrier was covered, but LP said they think baby clothes were stashed under the cover. The report says anyone with information can submit a tip anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 309.762.9500 or submitting a Web Tip. Tippers could receive up to $1,000 in rewards.   [Source: WQAD8 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

BJP, Congress turn party backrooms into digital election war rooms

first_img7 Safdarjung Road In this privileged part of the Capital, you can actually hear the birds chirping. The daisies are out in riotous colours and a man in the garden is sweeping the dead leaves with rhythmic artistry. Inside BJP General Secretary Pramod Mahajan’s white picket-fenced home are two sheds,,7 Safdarjung RoadIn this privileged part of the Capital, you can actually hear the birds chirping. The daisies are out in riotous colours and a man in the garden is sweeping the dead leaves with rhythmic artistry. Inside BJP General Secretary Pramod Mahajan’s white picket-fenced home are two sheds, where the smell of wood is still fresh, the marble floor still unstained and posters urging people not to smoke and not to litter are still politely attached to the softboards.Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the PMO Sudheendra Kulkarni sits in one room, Ajay Singh, former adviser in Mahajan’s IT ministry, sits in another. Mukul Agarwal is the floor manager. He mans the room from where emails and SMSes are sent out-the party has a database of 25 lakh and 15,000 respectively for this. Having designed the “look” for L.K. Advani’s Bharat Uday Yatra, Anil Rawat and Sandeep Babbar are finalising the slogan for ads in papers in Uttar Pradesh: “Desh sambhala, pradesh savarenge(We have handled the country, now we’ll do the same for the state).”BACKROOM BUOYS: Pramod Mahajan with his think tankIn an adjoining shed, five people sit, monitoring news channels for 14 hours every day, painstakingly filling out forms, mentioning the date and time of every “negative” story. It is clear that the BJP, once a party that symbolised the bucolic, has leapfrogged into the digital age, with its backroom boys, in their kurtis and Italian shoes, as far removed from Rajiv Gandhi’s old-chums gang as bhailog are from babalog.But they can use the accoutrements of power equally well. The Samsung monitor by Singh’s new leather armchair beams a remix of A.B. Vajpayee’s poem set to Bharat Bala’s stirring Vande Mataram. Another touch of the keyboard reveals the Mission 2004 website, a product of the BJP media centre, run by Rawat and Babbar-both professionals who have worked with ad agencies. Mahajan is in Lucknow, conducting a meeting with the Uttar Pradesh BJP unit, but the giant martial machine works well into the night. Most of the “boys” have been camping here for almost two days, taking a break only to tuck into the meals, served in plastic trays, and to sip coffee at the dispenser outside. Representatives from various ad agencies are lounging about: there are two people from Percept, one from Crayons, an agency which handles much of BJP advertising, and others are expected from Grey Worldwide, Euro RSCG, Ascent and TBWA Anthem.Singh, an IITian and Cornell University graduate, strides into the conference room where the competing artworks are on display. “Make sure it’s ready when Pramodji comes,” is his terse instruction. Which one will win: Waqt hamara hai or Congress ko saaf karo, mauka hai insaaf karo? When Mahajan breezes in, it is clear who the decision-maker is. Mahajan is the ultimate spinmeister: he had planned an ad with all the party’s women politicians for International Women’s Day. He dropped the idea when he realised most newspapers would be closed on Holi. He had booked spots even on Ten Sports during the cricket series before the Election Commission code was enforced. Nothing unsettles him-perhaps it is the old Hindi film songs he watches every morning on TV while on his treadmill. Or perhaps it is the baby’s laughter which announces a call on his cell phone.Team Mahajan, many of them veterans of the much smaller Campaign 1999, may well have the last laugh. But much needs to be done. Singh is in a meeting with Arun Jain, who commandeered 10,000 phone lines for the Kaun Banega Crorepati phone-ins. They are discussing how to make the prime minister’s one-minute phone call interactive. They have worked out an SMS which will download the BJP logo, ringtone, and even a Vajpayee wallpaper onto the mobile phone screen. Singh beams proudly: “See, this is a new, technology-savvy voter. We have to reach out to him but Atalji is there,” he says, gesturing with both hands in the air. “His job is not to ask for votes. His role is to lead the nation to a better tomorrow.” And Singh’s job is to make sure he gets there.99 South AvenueThere is nothing to announce the frenetic activity inside this nondescript flat, which till the election hurly burly began, was better known as party spokesman Salman Khurshid’s office. Now it is War Room I. Here work is on at a hectic pace. Jairam Ramesh, who many Congressmen grumble has staged a one-man coup, has opened his Fujitsu Lifebook, plugged in his travel speaker which is playing a Simon and Garfunkel song. Three other volunteers, all of them professionals who are on leave from their organisations and want to remain anonymous, are working on computers-one of them is building the aiccwarroom.net, which will connect party workers in 600 districts, while another is working on the nationbetrayed.com website to “expose” the India Shining fraud.In another room, longtime Congress worker M. Shamim Akhtar is playing a video which has married footage of Rajiv Gandhi with the tearful song from Shaheed, “Ab tumhare hawale watan saathiyon”. Another video urges voters not to cast “ek galat vote jo desh ko apahij bana dega (a wrong vote which will disable the nation)”. “We have a history. The BJP has only hype. We have a heart, they don’t,” says Akhtar. Jairam Ramesh inside one of the Congress war roomsRamesh, in between attending a call on the cell which is connected only to the closed user group (the election management group) and directing Akhtar to handle a crisis at the AICC office, is even more vocal. In an ironic role reversal, having been the first to discover gizmos in 1986, the Congress is keen to show its common touch and its swadeshi moorings.Khurshid, Ramesh’s whirlwind comrade-in-arms, completes the nerve centre. It’s where ideas are generated, strategies mapped out, slogans discussed with the ad agency Leo Burnett, and posters stored. Right now, Khurshid is away at a debate in a studio of the 24X7 news channel which the Congress treats as its own. Every evening, War Room I goes to meet War Room II, where the election management group meets. That’s 80 Lodi Estate, the unoccupied home of Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. It also serves as an office for the Perfect Relations staff. They too monitor TV channels-the only difference is, there is one notebook for five people-and prepare press clippings.At 99 South Avenue, there is no super slickness-the tea is milky sweet and comes in chipped cups. Biscuits are bought on the spot with loose change. Cigarettes are smoked freely. Whether it is the London School of Economics-educated Yusuf Ansari or Aijaz Ilmi, owner of the Urdu paper Siyasat Jadeed, young politicians keep dropping in, with reports from the field. Ansari is just back from Aurangabad where 400 Shiv Sena workers joined the Congress, while Ilmi has moved with his son from Bangalore for the next three months. For them, the battle is just beginning.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more