in contrast, American diplomatic tradition, The stench was really strong. ???with one member each from Ashok Goyal and G K Chatrath groups. The plea had stated that any such waiver would “encourage unlawful behaviour” and would amount to “rewarding breaking of law”. The plea also said the decision was unfair towards law-abiding citizens who had continued to pay “inflated bills” The PIL also claimed that the decision was “irrational politically motivated and in violation of Article 14 and Directive Principle of State Policy of the Constitution” The court of acting Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Siddharth Mridul asked government standing counsel Zubeda Begum to submit a reply after noting that the documents submitted before the court were not clear on whether the Cabinet had actually held a meeting on the issue “On paper there doesn’t seem to be a Cabinet decision” the court said During arguments Sharma said the L-G had recently stated that all major decisions of the AAP Cabinet will be continued The lawyer said former UD minister Manish Sisodia had announced the 50 per cent waiver at a press conference “Media report is irrelevant Show us the documents as to when the decision was taken Was there a Cabinet meeting on this issue after February 10” the court said Begum informed the court that the file notings indicated that there was a notice for the council of ministers to meet and discuss the matter but she did not know whether the discussion had taken place In a statement on February 12 the AAP government had announced a “50 per cent relief on pending arrears of those electricity consumers in the capital who had opposed their inflated bills and had in protest against these inflated bills refused their payment between October 2012 and May 2013” The statement said the Power department has a list of 24036 people who had resisted payment of their inflated bills The government had also announced that it would consider the closure of theft cases registered against some consumers during the Congress government’s tenure For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBengaluru: The first minute after the kick-off whistle at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru was the most agonising The last time India played at home in a World Cup qualifier at the stadium their opponents Oman scored after 15 seconds So when Iran had possession from the start India were expected to sit deep in the early going Instead they pressed collectively won the ball quickly and got it straight to Sunil Chhetri Then they lost it won it back with a robust tackle and tried to find Robin Singh on the left For the first 45 minutes apart from a soft goal conceded off a freekick this is what transpired: Iran throwing everything at India and the India players throwing their bodies on the line – chasing running pressing tackling intercepting blocking and clearing like there was no tomorrow Iran players Omid Ebrahimi (L) and Andranik Teymourian (R) vie for the ball with India captain Sunil Chhetri AFP "We were surprised and confused with the way India started We didn’t expect them to play with so much determination and they caused some problems in the middle of the park When we saw the starting lineup and three forwards we felt the pressure" Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said after the match Sadly that’s not enough to win a football game For that you need to pass shoot cross dribble and move India didn’t do any of the things required to win It’s been their story in the World Cup qualifiers so far: India show spirit heart and determination – but at the end of 90 minutes have trudged out of three games without a single point The loss to Oman at home was unlucky the loss to Guam away was due to an atrocious performance and the defeat at the hands of Iran was simply because the Blue Tigers were out-played Goals from rising star Sardar Azmoun (29th minute) and quickfire second half strikes from Andrenik Teymourian and Mehdi Taromi finished India’s hopes of advancing in the World Cup qualifiers India coach Stephen Constantine started in what looked like a 4-5-1 formation with captain Sunil Chhetri asked to mark Teymourian and Robin Singh playing on the left wing Where Constantine erred was playing Eugeneson Lyngdoh on the right – a decision which cost the team a passer in midfield and made the Bengaluru FC midfielder look like a square peg in a round hole Lyngdoh usually links midfield and attack But with him shunted out wide the attacking trio of Chhetri Jeje Lalpekhlua and Robin Singh lacked support when they received the ball It was quite shocking to see them win so many duels in the final third but still not make anything of them before Iran reshaped It is in those moments that India lost the match: the clarity and basics of passing and moving was simply not there In fact India reverted to type: lumping the ball forward and hoping for a lucky break or a flick on Even though Constantine doesn’t advocate these tactics he said executing passing football was harder than wishing for it When Firstpost asked Constantine why his team seemed to settle for the plaudits of lionhearted-ness when in fact it was the points that mattered more he chuckled "Imagine what we could do if we had our calendar aligned with the FIFA calendar A lot of good teams in Asia and Africa suffer because of this problem when in fact they can be much better if they followed it These boys played like this without seeing any competitive action for three months — so imagine what we could do if I had them for more days Just imagine" he said shrugging before adding: "We have five days [national camp] before leaving for Turkmenistan so." and then shrug again Constantine has been adamant that India – a team which he believes is “already at death’s door” – need to sort its calendar out as soon as possible to have any sort of international success For that there needs to be a unified league When pressed on the same matter earlier after a meeting in Mumbai AIFF president Praful Patel snapped back saying that “Constantine is not the custodian of Indian football” and that a change in the calendar can’t have such a huge impact on the national team But this is a universal problem Quieroz who benefits from being able to choose players who play in Europe and from a more streamlined football arrangement in Iran also spoke about the same issue: "FIFA allows four days before international fixtures and it’s simply not enough" the former Manchester United assistant manager said when asked why Asian teams were not creating ripples in world football The basic demand is consistency The more often you play the better you get together Even though it was another loss India at least showed they are not going to be out-muscled and beaten in the air Centre back Sandesh Jhingan was fantastic — blocking everything that came his way Gurpreet Singh’s debut is another sign of Constantine’s willingness to give youth a chance and Robin Singh on the left showed why his goal-scoring is secondary to the amount of ground he covers It was almost as if he was manning the whole left flank on his own India need to turn these solid performances into points and fast Finishing fourth in the group will still get them into the Asian Cup But for that they need to win their home games "I thought we worked hard off the ball we are playing in India and I don’t want us to sit back and defend In our house we set the rules and we will do that with anybody who comes here" Constantine said hinting that he will deploy adventurous tactics in the future These rules though need to state that India need to score Not just run not just fight not just get stuck in In the end you get points for winning games not hearts Day two at the Isle of Man Open brought some unpleasant surprises for the top seeds of the tournament Star players on all of the top four boards were seen struggling to win their games against much lower-rated opponents While world champion Magnus Carlsen Hikaru Nakamura and Michael Adams managed to squeeze wins out of drawish or losing positions Fabiano Caruana and Viswanathan Anand ended up conceding draws Another major upset was seen in the game between International Master Harsha Bharathakoti and Grand Master Varuzhan Akobian in which the Indian national junior champion dominated the game from the word go On board one Carlsen was thoroughly outplayed in the opening by Grand Master Eugene Perelshteyn who is rated more than 300 points below the world champion Playing from the black side of the board Carlsen essayed the Modern Defence an opening he does not play very often Perhaps this was an attempt to sidestep preparation; or maybe Carlsen was simply trying something new The opening was a disaster for the world champion Magnus Carlsen (L) against Eugene Perelshteyn John Saunders Whatever the reason might be the decision backfired badly as Perelshteyn lashed out with a pawn sacrifice early in the opening and caught Carlsen’s pieces in a firm bind By as early as move 10 almost all of the world champion’s pieces looked paralysed But Carlsen defended with great patience and precision to free up the traffic jam of pieces on his king side Soon he looked to have wriggled out of his spot of bother While Carlsen improved his position Perelshteyn worsened his On move 35 Perelshteyn exchanged rook-pawns and opened up the king-rook file Carlsen quickly exploited this by doubling his rooks on this newly-opened file and generated a strong attack on the white king Within just a few moves the boot was on the other foot Now Perelshteyn’s pieces were tied down On move 49 Perelshteyn made his final mistake of the game by capturing the b6 pawn allowing Carlsen to catch his king in a mating net Just like Carlsen tournament’s second seed Caruana also faltered in the early phase of his game against International Master Nikolas Lubbe Already by move 23 the German International Master had a rook and two pawns for two pieces Objectively this wouldn’t have been a bad trade for Caruana if Lubbe hadn’t got a passed queen-rook-pawn But with this pawn being on the board Caruana was the one on the back foot Fabiano Caruana (R) also misplayed the opening and got into trouble early in the game against Nikolas Lubbe Screenshot from the live broadcast However despite having the worse position Caruana seemed to be determined to emerge as the victor On move 32 Lubbe made a silent draw offer by repeating the position But Caruana refused to oblige and played on Given the precarious situation he found himself in this was a brave decision He even tried complicating the position and create chances for himself But Lubbe was up for the task and responded well Eventually on move 44 the players thought it was time to call it a day and agreed to split the point On board three Anand went for the rock solid Caro-Kann Defence with black pieces against the 20-year-old German International Master Jonas Lampert By the end of the opening phase the Indian superstar was in a comfortable place It seemed Anand just wanted to have a solid position from the opening and slowly outplay his opponent Viswanathan Anand (R) in his game against Jonas Lampert Screenshot from the live broadcast But while he had successfully equalised there was nothing wrong with his opponent’s position either and it was hard to create chances Soon there was a mass exchange of pieces and with such little material left that Anand decided to force a draw by repetition when the opportunity arose on move 24 It must also be mentioned that had Anand not forced a draw he might have ended up worse as his opponent had a pawn majority on the queen-side Another Indian playing in one of the top-10 boards was the 12-year-old prodigy R Praggnaanandhaa Having won his first round game he was paired against the English No 1 Michael Adams With white pieces in hand Praggnaanandhaa went for the Italian opening Although Adams was able to equalise quite easily Praggnaanandhaa enjoyed a comfortable position out of the opening Things were pretty even until the 12-year-old blundered a pawn and gave his opponent the advantage From there on things just kept going south for the Indian as Adams speedily rolled his pawns down the board By the 42nd move it became impossible to stop both of Adam’s passers and little Praggnaanandhaa was forced to resign Praggnaanandhaa (R) in action against Michael Adams John Saunders The second strongest Indian in the field (by rating) Vidit Gujrathi made a strong comeback after his draw against Rasmus Svane in the last round Playing against International Master Martin Zumsande from the black side of the board in round two Gujrathi was quick to get an edge out of the opening in the Alapin variation of the Sicilian Defence In the middlegame Zumsande went for a knight exchange that shattered Gujrathi’s kingside pawns But at the same time this exchange also opened a file towards his own king and Gujrathi made the most of it by posting his rook there and this just spelled doom Even though Zumsande tried to defend the position was far beyond the realms of defensibility A fine rook sacrifice towards the end sealed the game in the Indian’s favour After his draw in round one Vidit Gujrathi made a strong comeback by winning with black pieces Amruta Mokal Another Indian who completely outplayed his opponent was the 17-year-old national junior champion Bharathakoti Playing from the white side of an English opening Bharathkoti was able to secure an edge early in the game and never let it slip He further damaged Akobian’s position by exchanging his knight for bishop on the 20th move and thereby induced weaknesses on the queenside As play progressed the Indian went into an endgame by trading more pieces and collecting a pawn along the way Akobian tried seeking counterplay by infiltrating with his queen but a few checks was all he could manage On the other hand Bharathakoti had promoted his pawn to a queen Seeing his counterplay burning out Akobian decided to call it quits National junior champion Harsha Bharathakoti stunned his much higher-rated opponent Varuzhan Akobian Amruta Mokal After two rounds 20 players are on a perfect score of 20/2 There are three other Indians in the mix: Harika Dronavalli Swapnil Dhopade and Sunilduth Lyna The catch however is that all of them had played on the lower boards so far and haven’t yet played against a higher-rated player yet It will be interesting to see how they fare in the third round against stronger opposition Round 3 pairings: Aditya Pai is an editor at ChessBase India
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