Gor hope to build on promising CAF Cup start

first_imgMalta-born Gor coach Dylan Kerr says: “We can take advantage of playing at home if a big crowd turns up, and I want my team to score more goals from the many chances they create.”All eight matchday 2 fixtures in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League will be played this Wednesday and AFP Sport puts the spotlight on each group.Group AV Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo host leaders ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in a match between clubs longing for more African glory.The Kinshasa team were crowned African champions in 1973 and the Abidjan side won the 1998 CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup the following year.After surprisingly being held 0-0 at home by V Club, Raja Casablanca of Morocco aim to maintain a 100 percent CAF away record this season by winning at pointless Aduana Stars of Ghana.Group BAl Masry of Egypt and Renaissance Berkane of Morocco boast two of the sharpest strikers in Africa as they try to build on matchday 1 home victories.Ahmed Gomaa of Masry is in the Egypt World Cup preliminary squad after five CAF goals while Ayoub el Kaabi of Berkane scored nine in the 2018 African Nations Championship won by Morocco.Masry make the relatively short trip to Al Hilal of Sudan, but Berkane must fly from the northwest to the southeast of Africa for a showdown with UD Songo of Mozambique.Group CPointless CARA of Congo Brazzaville host pacesetters Enyimba of Nigeria in the second match-up of the round between former African champions.CARA conquered Africa 44 years ago while Enyimba are one of only three clubs to win successive finals in the premier CAF club competition, succeeding in 2003 and 2004.Having started with a 1-0 win over CARA, African rookies Williamsville of the Ivory Coast visit a Djoliba of Mali side desperate for maximum points after a two-goal loss at Enyimba.Group DGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr salutes his players before the penalty shoot out against Hull City on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia must shackle five-goal joint Confederation Cup-leading scorer Oussama Darfalou of USM if they hope to pocket all three points in Nairobi.The Algerian sharpshooter has scored in four of five CAF matches and plays for a team Kerr acknowledges are “strong, tactically shrewd and can play at a fast tempo”.Having being brutally exposed defensively in Algeria, Young Africans need to beat Rayon in Dar es Salaam to get back into contention for a top-two finish and a quarter-finals place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their friendly match against Hull City at Kasarani on May 13, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 15 – Gor Mahia hope home advantage, clinical finishing and crowd power can help them build on an encouraging start to the CAF Confederation Cup group phase when they host USM Alger of Algeria Wednesday at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani.The Nairobi outfit forced a 1-1 matchday 1 draw at Rayon Sports of Rwanda, hours before USM illustrated their strength by whipping Young Africans of Tanzania 4-0 in Algiers.last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball closes strong to fend off upset-minded Oregon Tech in home opener

first_imgARCATA >> The bread and butter of the Humboldt State men’s basketball program has been an up-tempo style of play that is predicated on defense on one end quickly turning into offense on the other.After a first half where the Jacks struggled to play their brand of ball while also struggling to control the glass, the tide turned after the break.And, boy, did they need it.Thanks to a big run to start the second half and a 17-4 flurry to close things out, Humboldt State was able to hold off …last_img

A brief history of the Fifa World Cup

first_imgThe poster for the 1930 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Fifa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524media-sa@fifa.org• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.comA lot happened in the year 1930. Constantinople was renamed Istanbul, the planet Pluto was discovered, and Agatha Christie’s first full-length Miss Marple novel rolled off the presses. And world football as we know it emerged with the inaugural Fifa World Cup in Uruguay.None of the competing teams had to qualify. A total of 13 teams accepted invitations to compete, four from Europe, eight from South America and one from the United States.The draw for the group stage was left until all the teams had safely arrived in Uruguay. Once underway, the tournament produced football at its contemporary best. By the end, the host nation won through and became the first team to lay hands on the coveted trophy, then known as Victory, or simply as the World Cup.By the time of the second edition in Italy four years later, interest in the global showdown had soared. Thirty-two countries took part in a qualifying round to determine the 16 finalists – and again, the hosts carried off the honours.If good things really come in threes, hosts France should have won the third Fifa World Cup in 1938. The French made it to the quarter-finals but were beaten by champions Italy. The Squadra Azzurri duly went on to claim the world crown for the second time in a row, cementing their enduring reputation as formidable exponents of the game.Brazil emergeThe Second World War caused a 12-year gap until the cream of the world game gathered again in 1950. During the war Dr Ottorino Barassi, the Italian vice-president of Fifa, hid the trophy in a shoe-box under his bed to keep it safe from occupying troops. In 1946, the trophy was renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy, in honour of the then Fifa president, who had worked hard to preserve the spirit and structures of the game during the war.The starting field in Brazil for the 1950 World Cup again numbered just 13 nations. Following a league-based preliminary round, Brazil, Sweden, Spain and Uruguay played off for the trophy.To seal the title, A Seleção needed just a point from their meeting with Uruguay at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. But a crowd officially recorded as 199 954 – estimates vary from 174 000 to as many as 205 000 – watched in mounting horror as the Maracanazo, the Maracana Disaster, unfolded. One of the biggest upsets in footballing history ended with the Uruguayans sealing a second triumph.The next World Cup also had a shock outcome. Germans refer to the events of 1954 as The Miracle of Berne, as Sepp Herberger’s West Germany beat the seemingly invincible Hungarians 3-2 in the final. The 1954 tournament, held in Switzerland, was the first time fixed squad numbers were assigned to all players.It was also easily the biggest event of its kind thus far, with a record number of nations competing in the qualifying round. The Asian Confederation was founded that year and entered teams from Japan and Korea, with Egypt representing Africa in the first truly global edition of the event.Sixteen teams earned the right to compete in Switzerland, and this remained the size of the starting field until the 1982 finals in Spain, when it rose to 24.O Rei illuminates Sweden and MexicoIn 1958, the show in Sweden belonged to a 17-year-old by the name of Pele, a major contributor to Brazil’s maiden Fifa World Cup triumph. Just Fontaine of France scored 13 goals at the tournament, a record which still stands today, and the finals between England and Brazil resulted in a first-ever goalless draw. Sweden 1958 was also the first Fifa World Cup to be broadcast around the world on TV.Brazil retained the world crown in Chile in 1962, but 1966 finally saw a host nation triumph once again, as England defeated West Germany 4-2 in a thrilling and controversial final at Wembley.The Brazilians were back at their best for the 1970 finals in Mexico, sweeping aside the competition and taking home the Jules Rimet trophy in perpetuity in honour of their third triumph. For the second and last time since 1950, no player was sent off during the tournament.The finals also saw the first use of substitutes, and the introduction of yellow and red cards. Viewers at home could tell the difference too: the Fifa World Cup was broadcast in colour for the first time.At the 10th edition of the finals in 1974, the honour of receiving the new Fifa World Cup Trophy for the first time fell to the West German hosts. The tournament is also fondly remembered for the startling and revolutionary Total Football practised by beaten finalists the Netherlands, featuring all-time legends Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens.Another of the great footballing nations finally registered a maiden triumph in 1978, as Argentina hosted and won the event. It was to prove the end of the road for a great Dutch generation, runners-up for the second time in a row, and then not present at all for the first 24-team finals in Spain four years later. That tournament was won by a resurgent Italy.Diego and Zizou excelAs Pele is to Brazil, so is Diego Maradona to Argentina. The diminutive midfielder led La Albiceleste to their second world crown at Mexico 1986, and also featured in a re-run of the final against West Germany at Italy 1990.On that second occasion, Franz Beckenbauer’s side exacted revenge and the Germans drew level with Brazil and Italy on three Fifa World Cup triumphs apiece. The Argentinians earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first team not to score in a Fifa World Cup final – and also of losing two players to red cards during the match.Ahead of the 1994 finals in the USA, a record 147 nations started out on the qualifying road. For the first time in history, the final was decided on penalties, with Brazil defeating Italy in the decisive shoot-out to secure a fourth triumph.The records continued to tumble in the years that followed. The 1998 tournament in France was comfortably the biggest-ever event of its type, with a starting field of 32 and a total of 64 matches played. The name of Zinedine Zidane will forever be associated with the hosts’ victory.Brazil’s triumph at the 2002 Fifa World Cup Korea/Japan, the first time the event was held in Asia, meant the South Americans could claim the distinction of winning the famous trophy on every continent that had staged the finals. And in 2006, Italy beat hosts Germany in the semi-finals to settle the clash between two three-time winners in their favour. Fabio Cannavaro and his team went on to beat France on penalties in Berlin and earn a fourth star for the national jersey.And what of 2010? New records and fresh milestones look a formality, as the world’s biggest single sporting event decamps to yet another new continent.Can Brazil pull further clear with a sixth triumph, or will the Italians retain the trophy and draw level on five? Or could an African side open a new chapter in the long and exciting history of the game?(Image: Wikipedia)2010 FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL HISTORY Year Host Final Third Place Match Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place 1930UruguayUruguay4–2 Argentina United States*Yugoslavia1934ItalyItaly 2–1(AET)Czechoslovakia Germany3–2Austria1938FranceItaly4–2 HungaryBrazil4–2Sweden1950BrazilUruguay** Brazil Sweden***Spain1954SwitzerlandWest Germany 3–2 Hungary Austria3–1Uruguay1958SwedenBrazil5–2 SwedenFrance6–3West Germany1962ChileBrazil3–1 Czechoslovakia Chile1–0Yugoslavia1966EnglandEngland 4–2(AET) West Germany Portugal2–1Soviet Union1970MexicoBrazil4–1 ItalyWest Germany1–0Uruguay1974West GermanyWest Germany 2–1 Netherlands Poland1–0Brazil1978ArgentinaArgentina 3–1(AET) NetherlandsBrazil2–1Italy1982SpainItaly3–1 West Germany Poland3–2France1986MexicoArgentina 3–2 West Germany France4–2(AET)Belgium1990ItalyWest Germany 1–0 Argentina Italy2–1England1994United StatesBrazil0–0(AET)(3–2 pens.) ItalySweden4–0Bulgaria1998FranceFrance3–0 Brazil Croatia2–1Netherlands2002Korea Republic& JapanBrazil2–0 Germany Turkey3–2Korea Republic2006GermanyItaly 1–1(AET)(5–3 pens.) France Germany3–1PortugalAET = after extra time* There was no official World Cup third place match in 1930; the United States and Yugoslavia lost in the semi-finals. Fifa now recognises the United States as the third-placed team and Yugoslavia as the fourth-placed team, using the overall records of the teams in the tournament.** There was no official World Cup final match in 1950. The tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). However, Uruguay’s 2–1 victory over Brazil was the decisive match – and also coincidentally one of the last two matches of the tournament – which put them ahead on points and ensured that they finished top of the group as world champions. Therefore, this match is often considered the final of the 1950 World Cup.*** Sweden’s 3–1 victory over Spain, played at the same time as Uruguay vs Brazil, ensured that they finished third in the 950 Fifa World Cup.Source: Fifa and Wikipedialast_img read more

A fine old fox

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a lefty who couldn’t afford a pump or semi-auto southpaw model that wouldn’t eject spent shells across my face, I chose a side-by-side double barrel as my first shotgun. I found a Stevens Model 311 12-gauge new for $149 from the old JC Penney Warehouse store on Columbus far east side and I’ve shot side-by-sides ever since. Cheap ones, known as “beaters,” which I own in 20- and 16-gauge, all entry-level model 311s, as well as that original, hard-recoiling12 gauge.For years I pined for an upgrade, in 16-gauge, for that is my favorite, a size suitable for hunting everything from woodcock to wild pheasants. A year ago this month when I found a Fox model 16- side-by-side on the used gun rack at a local outdoors store at a price I could justify, I bought it.The gun showed enough wear for me to know it had been enjoyed countless days in the field, yet had received enough care to grant it many more. It swung true and felt good in my grip. I often wondered how many birds had been viewed over its single sight-bead.Two weeks ago, on a post-pheasant-season rabbit hunt with my 15-year-old son Ethan, I let him try it, while I used my old Stevens 16-gauge, so that we could share the box of low-brass shells we had. Shooting a side-by-side for the first time, the boy bagged three of our four cottontails that morning. This past Saturday, using “Dad’s new gun” he shot two out of the three rabbits that we jumped.Tuesday, February 16, he’ll wake up on his 16th birthday with a fine old 16-gauge at the foot of his bed as the old gun changes hands once again. I hope he’s still using it 16 years from now, and recalling those winter days spent walking the fencerows with Dad.last_img read more

The More You Treat People Like a Transaction

first_imgThe more you treat people like they’re a transaction, the more they will treat you the same way.There are a lot of things that you might buy or sell that require nothing more than a transaction. You can buy a lot of things for your household where no additional value is necessary. Because what you are buying isn’t risky, complicated, or particularly important, you don’t need anything other than a transaction. That is exactly the level of value you need, and when that is delivered, it’s perfect.But there are other things you buy where the transaction itself is not going to be enough. When you eat at a restaurant, even if the food is good, if the experience is terrible the meal may be ruined. The experience is another level of value that may be necessary, and you notice it when it is missing, when you are treated like a transaction.When you treat human beings, like your clients, as if they are a means to an end and not the end in and of themselves, that lack of caring is felt. So is your self-orientation. When you treat people as if they aren’t important, the fact that you are transactional is the standard you set for the relationship, and it is what you should expect to receive in return. If you don’t care, why should they care?Of all the things that you can do to eliminate a preference to work with you, your company, and to buy your solution in a B2B sale, behaving in a way that is low caring and taking a transactional approach to the relationship may be the most damaging. More still, when a decision comes with a fair bit of risk, is complicated, is relatively expensive, and rises to a level of importance that would benefit from the advice of trusted counsel, a more consultative relationship is what is required—and it is what creates a preference to work with you.If you don’t want people treat you like a commodity, don’t treat them like a transaction.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Iceland face must-win game as knockout berth beckons

first_imgDebutants Iceland face Group D toppers Croatia in a must-win battle on Tuesday as they hope to emulate their Euro 2016 success by making it to the knockout stage of World Cup.The Croatians, who outclassed Argentina with a 3-0 win, are through already and will finish as table toppers with a win or a draw against Iceland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.Having drawn with Argentina in their opener, Iceland then lost 2-0 to Nigeria, meaning they need to beat the Croatians, hope Nigeria fail to beat Argentina, and also earn themselves a better goal difference than Nigeria or Argentina. A Nigeria win would send the Icelanders and Argentinians both home.Iceland and Croatia know each other well, with coach Heimir Hallgrimsson likening the pair to old flames due to the number of times they have met in recent years.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We’ve played Croatia four times in four years, we’ve often said we’re like a married couple – we’re trying to get divorced, but we always meet up again,” the Iceland coach said at a recent media conference.Hallgrimsson is expecting a tough game, but the challenge will be to get more out of a goal-shy attack in a team that has drawn two and lost four of its last six games, while creative spark Gylfi Sigurdsson struggled with a knee injury.The Everton midfielder missed a penalty against Nigeria, and his team will need to do more to share the attacking burden, in particular by being more effective at set pieces.advertisementCroatia have no such issues, coasting to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria before stunning 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina, and their fluid, attacking football has made them one of the most attractive sides in the competition.Playmaker Luka Modric has already netted twice and showed some of his best form as the Croatians, who came third at the 1998 World Cup in France, cruised into the knockout stages.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIceland’s older hands such as centre back Kari Arnasson will be keen to avenge the playoff defeat that saw the islanders miss out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and they will have to call on their famous never-say-die spirit if they hope to advance.”We were ahead of them in our (qualifying) group and we’ve already beaten them once in Iceland, so we at least have that confidence with us when we play them,” Hallgrimsson said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

MLA Dan Davies voices concerns over Peace Valley OSB Plant closure

first_imgStaff were told the shutdown was due to poor market conditions in Western Canada and the US. “It’s certainly a sad day for Fort St. John and area. Anytime there is a large layoff, it not a good thing and my heart goes out to the employees that are affected by this.”According to Davies, one reason for this closure is due to the fact that B.C. is becoming uncompetitive when it comes to doing business. He also puts part of the blame on the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.“B.C. is just becoming far too uncompetitive. It’s hard to get business done in B.C. Bill-22, that was recently passed, was just another slap in the face against forest companies. It’s really hard to find a compelling reason to come to B.C. and do business.”Davies says Premier John Horgan needs to stop talking and needs to focus on stopping the trend of mill closures.“The Premier needs to just stop talking, he needs to put some decisive things in play, and stop this trend of mill closures, not only here but across the Province.”Sources say the staff were told Thursday morning that the plant would close as of August 9, 2019. Approximately 190 people work at the facility. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Peace Valley OSB Plant set to close this summer, the news has many within the community concerned and upset.One of those concerned with this closure is Peace River North MLA Dan Davies.Davies says this news is a sad day for Fort St. John, adding that his heart goes out to those affected by this closure.last_img read more

Volkswagen rolls out 1 millionth car from Pune plant

first_imgMumbai: German auto major Volkswagen, which has been facing headwinds for long and got restructured under its subsidiary Skoda, Friday rolled out the 1-millionth car from its Pune facility, which was commissioned in 2010. The 20,000 cars per annum Pune plant produces four models –the Polo, Ameo and Vento and the Skoda Rapid. Besides meeting the local demand, the facility also exports to some 50 countries across Asia, Africa, North America and South America. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The rollout of the 1-millionth car is an important milestone for us,” said Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Volkswagen India. The German auto giant, which is the world’s largest auto company by volume, has three direct entities in the country-Volkswagen, Volkswagen Group Sales, and Skoda Auto apart from the luxury car unit Audi India. “We would like to build further following this milestone and work towards higher localisation, ramping up production and manufacturing world-class products for this and other target markets around the world,” Boparai said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of its Skoda-led ‘India 2.0’ project, which aims at more India-specific cars, the three entities have been proposed to merge into Skoda. The Volkswagen group will be investing Rs 8,000 crore in the country as part of this revival strategy over the years and has already set up a technology centre at the Pune plant to start local development under this. Volkswagen globally represents by 12 brands –Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, Seat, koda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Man, and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Meanwhile, in another development, Skoda India has offered an assured buyback scheme for its Superb model range. Made available exclusively through its vehicle finance arm, the scheme will allow the owners of these lower range cars to buy a brand new Superb at low EMIs, the company said. Called koda EasyBuy, the program offers an assured introductory buyback value of 57 percent for a new Superb at the end of the three year contract term.last_img read more

Sexual harassment Ali asks Meesha to face the court

first_imgLahore: A year after singer Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, the singer-actor recently urged her to face the court as her case against him was dismissed. He even drew a parallel between her and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Ali wrote on Twitter: “Meesha Shafi’s case against me has been dismissed alongside the appeal made against the dismissal. The case in the court is my case against her to pay for damages that her false statement has caused me, which naturally she is trying to run away from.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I have also filed a case against all the fake and other accounts being used to run a campaign against me on social media. I have been quiet about all this for a year while thousands of disgusting tweets were posted against me, like a campaign every time a big event comes. But it’s time to expose the truth via due process of law for which I urge the FIA to take strict legal action. Meesha had called out the singer last year, accusing him of sexual assault.last_img read more

A bleak future

first_imgAfter four rounds of polling, there is not a single credible voice that confidently argues that Modi wave still prevails. Waves come and go but they go away for definite reasons. Anti-incumbency is no fickle-minded mood change. Once the elections are over, political analysts would split their hair over what made the Modi magic vanish. But the poll observers on the ground are already left with no doubt that the jobs crisis has caused maximum damage to Modi’s prospects in 70 per cent of the seats where polling is over. Also Read – A special kind of bondSome basic problems like poverty and agrarian crises are chronic ones and not all of them turn into poll issues all the time in all elections. While addressing one of her election rallies in UP, when Congress’s charismatic star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi declared that in the five years of Modi’s rule 5 million jobs were lost, tens of thousands who had gathered stood up spontaneously and roared in one voice ‘Modi Hatao!’ The message has obviously sunk well into the popular mind that demonetisation and a ham-handed GST had precipitated a very acute crisis of job losses. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt is not an urban jobs crisis alone, as data reveal the rural jobs crisis is no less severe. The job-crisis for women is acute but it is not a one-sided affair across the gender divide, and men, mostly the main bread-winners in the families, suffer an equally crippling employment crisis as well. The statistics put out even by the official agencies show that the jobs crisis among the youth is mind-boggling. The jobs crisis among the educated might be grave but what is shocking is that the low-skilled millions in informal India are also coming under a creeping employment problem. In short, it is a generalised jobs crisis. When the foremost voice of opposition in a democracy like Priyanka Gandhi comes out with a startling revelation that Modi massacred 5 million jobs in five years, not a single leader of stature in the ruling establishment dares to step out to challenge it. The same finding by the meticulously researched State of the Working India Report 2019 of the eminent Azim Premji University had barely been out a couple of days earlier. Based on CMIE’s large-sample surveys, the report showed that five million people lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, coinciding with the demonetisation of November 2016 and the introduction of GST in July 2017. Naturally, no one could dare to counter Priyanka. Silence and subterfuges cannot check the shifting preferences of the voters over the burning employment question. The writing on the wall on the employment issue was clear to Modi himself. That was why he stooped down too low to the cheap level of withholding NSSO’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017–18 in January 2019, which led to the resignation of two eminent academics from the National Statistical Commission. The PLFS report said that under Modi unemployment had hit a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent. It might look a small number. But going by the 2018 figure of 466 million persons in the Indian labour force, this small figure of 6.1 per cent translates into a big unemployed army of 28.43 million people. Unfortunately, it is a weakness of the otherwise rich English vocabulary that the term unemployment lacks precision and means different categories — those who are part of the labour force and ready for a job but who have never got one as well as those who were already having jobs but have lost them. Or, in other words, it stands for both, a lack of employment and job-losses. To compound the confusion, those who are never part of the labour force are also treated as unemployed in certain contexts. So figures, sometimes, tend to obfuscate the gravity of the problem. Why did Modi lose his popularity among young voters? 30 per cent of young India is neither in jobs nor in education nor training. If 23 million Indian youngsters apply for 89,400 jobs advertised by the Indian Railways, that gives the enormity of the problem of educated youth unemployment. If labour force participation of women in India under Modi had fallen from 16.81 per cent in 2016 to a miserable 10.97 per cent by February 2019, the agony years of demonetisation and GST, the thinking sections of the middle classes disgusted by Modi’s jumlas would naturally start wondering what sort of Shreshth Bharat he and his RSS are trying to build. Even among the 10 per cent women who are coming into the workforce, one in every three women (as against one in every five men) in urban India in the 15–29 age-group were unemployed in 2017–18 as per the NSSO data, and these are mind-boggling figures indeed. Modi flaunts his Mudra, where 40 per cent beneficiaries are supposed to be women and 33 per cent SCs-STs-OBCs. At the end of his term, RBI raises an alarm that 53 per cent of Mudra advances have become NPAs and 75 per cent of the Mudra self-employment ventures have folded up. The figure is 80 per cent for start-ups under Modi’s Start-Up India! Modi’s loyal court statisticians and economists might claim that the overall labour force participation rate in India came down only marginally from 52.9 per cent in 2011–12 to 50.4 per cent in 2015–16. But the starker meaning of these figures is that around half of India still remains out of the workforce. Actually, Priyanka’s and Azim Premji University’s figures do not fully capture the full impact of job losses – manufacturing jobs actually fell in absolute terms from 58.9 million in 2011–12 to 48.3 million in 2015–16, a whopping 10.6 million over a mere four-year period. Statistical jugglery is no answer to a profound livelihood crisis when the future of millions is bleak. A desperate Modi Government could only come up with yet another subterfuge of citing inflated EPFO enrolment, to claim 7–10 million jobs were created in 2017–18. Only later it dawned upon many that these were not new jobs but new enrolment of those already in jobs for the previous 5 years. CMIE’s current survey in 2018, on the other hand, showed that 11 million people with jobs lost them in that very year. BJP’s election manifesto waxes eloquent on 12 major themes and it is no surprise that employment creation is not one of them. It is really astonishing that a party running an incumbent government facing a burning employment question comes out with a poll manifesto that doesn’t offer a single specific promise on job creation. In any case, Modi promised to create 2 crore jobs every year in 2014 and this unmet promise itself has robbed the BJP manifesto of 2019 of any credibility. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more