Former Donegal TD Niall Blaney has not selected by Fianna Fáil to contest European elections for Midlands North West. The party have chosen Brendan Smith, TD for Cavan–Monaghan, for the upcoming election to the European Parliament.Mr Blaney ran along with nine candidates at a convention in the Longford Arms Hotel in Longford Town on Friday. The next elections to the European Parliament are expected to be held between 23 and 26 May.Former Donegal TD loses Fianna Fail contest for European election was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:European electionsNiall Blaney
Three people were killed as Maoists blew up an oil truck at a construction site using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kanker district of the Bastar region on Tuesday, said the police.“At 10 a.m., Maoists struck at an oil tanker at a site where railway tracks are being laid, 2 km away from Tumapal village under the Tadoki police station limits. Three civilians were killed in the attack,” said P. Sundarraj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations).Those killed in the attack, a day after the byelection to the Dantewada Assembly seat in the Bastar region, were identified as Rakesh Kodopi, Duneshwar Singh and Ajay Kumar, he added.
A total of 88 matches, Rs 2 crore winners’ prize money besides up to lakhs of rupees to be earned as match fees alone, and lots and lots of hopes for many players. These are some of the salient features of the 77th edition of the Ranji Trophy beginning on Monday.Defending champions Mumbai will start their Ranji Trophy campaign against Saurashtra in Mumbai on Monday.And by the time the huge silver trophy, named after legendary KS Ranjitsinhji, is presented to the winners in January, some new heroes would have emerged.Thirteen matches in the Elite and Plate Divisions of the Super League will be played in the opening round, with defending champions Mumbai playing Saurashtra at home. Last year’s runners-up Karnataka will meet Punjab in the second round beginning on November 10.The difference between Mumbai, the undisputed kings, and the rest is starkly evident from the numbers: they have won it 39 times and Delhi, the second most successful side, has clinched it only seven times! Last year’s winning captain Wasim Jaffer is hoping that Mumbai make it a hat-trick of titles.Had Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi, who eventually emerged winners, and the Mohammed Kaif-led Uttar Pradesh not kept Mumbai away from the final in 2007-08, they would have completed the hat- trick in 2008-09. Uttar Pradesh has been the second most consistent team in recent years. The team with limited resources has reached three finals in the last five years and won the title in 2005-06.”For the last few seasons, the pressure is on us to finish among the first three or four positions. We’ll try to improve on our previous performances. Since we have a limited batting line-up, we’ll have to get solid opening partnerships to compete,” Uttar Pradesh coach and ex- captain Gyanendra Pandey told M AIL T ODAY . On the other hand, Delhi coach Manoj Prabhakar has already set high goals in a season in which a day’s work gets a player Rs 10,000.advertisementAssam and Haryana, both promoted from Plate Division to the Elite on the basis of good performances, have set different goals. “We have nothing to lose, so we are really not worried. But we will play good, fearless and positive cricket and try to express ourselves. We are not setting neither too high goals nor too low,” Assam captain Amol Muzumdar, who led Mumbai to the title in 2006-07 and is playing as one of the 23 guest players this season, said.Hyderabad and Maharashtra have been demoted from the Elite to the Plate Division.There’ll be players who would exceed the expectations. “Mark my words, you will have five to seven new heroes at the end of the season,” said Punjab bowling coach and former India pacer Bhupinder Singh (senior).Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun, who had a fairytale Ranji and India debut last season, is aiming to remain in contention in the season of the World Cup. “The new season is a new challenge as all teams now know how I bowl. I have been bowling in right areas and my outswinger is also going well. My goal will be to play hard cricket,” Mithun, who was the top wicket-taker with 47 scalps in the last season, told Mail Today. Gujarat wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel’s case is just the opposite.”It’ll be the same scenario for me as last year. I will and will try to score lots of runs,” said the man who tallied 727 runs — the third highest tally — last season but never got the India call. “Selection is not in my hands. I’ll have to remain focussed.”