Following his party’s worst-ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradeh, Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday met the party’s State leaders to assess what went wrong in the elections.Mr. Scindia, who was made in-charge of western U.P. and given the responsibility of 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the State, failed to ensure a single victory. A Congress leader who attended the meeting said he spoke to the district and city unit chiefs of the organisation to find out the possible causes behind the rout. Two days ago, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, entrusted with the task of managing polls in the remaining 42 seats in the eastern U.P., carried out a similar exercise in Raebareli, which was the only seat won by the party this time from the State. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was re-elected from Raebareli, while Congress president Rahul Gandhi, her son, lost his Amethi seat. Brainstorming sessionMs. Vadra has asked senior U.P. Congress leaders to attend a brainstorming session in Delhi over the weekend to chart out the strategy to contest the 2022 U.P. Assembly polls.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, in its interim report, has said dubious procedures were followed in awarding the sponsorship deal for the Commonwealth Games to Melbourne-based Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM).Headlines Today has accessed a copy of this confidential report, which nails the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games.In the sponsorship contract awarded to SMAM, the audit watchdog noticed some serious lapses in procedure. It has raised serious questions about the involvement of Commonwealth Games CEO Mike Hooper in the entire negotiation process.The CAG report reveals that it was the CEO, CGF who insisted on the appointment of SMAM, putting question marks over the entire process. It raises serious doubts over the process of inviting tenders saying that the OC did not provide adequate publicity inviting tenders for the sponsorship contract as per its own guidelines.The OC also did not follow the guidelines of the CVC in relating to appointment of consultants. The time prescribed for submission of tender was also not adequate and was not in keeping with CVC guidelines, it says.The OC is also accused of not carrying out enough research to survey other firms giving sports marketing services.The OC also agreed to bear tax liability of SMAM over and above its liability of 10.54 per cent. It did not question the commission paid to PSUs as per SMAM contract even though other firms were offering less, says the report.The OC set an annual performance review bracket as opposed to the half-year term as set for Fast Track, the consultant for international broadcast rights. No penalty clause in case of failure in delivery was set in the contract, the report adds.advertisement
Lahore Qalandars take on Karachi Kings in the fifth match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings start?The match between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings starts at 9:30 PM IST on February 16, Saturday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings Live Streaming on?DSport will telecast the match. Airtel TV will live stream Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings match.Where will the Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings match be played?The T20 match between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 9:30 PM IST.Where can I watch Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings match live?The match will be shown in DSport network and can also be streamed on Airtel TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings T20 match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings?Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, Sohail Akhtar, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez(c), Anton Devcich, Brendan Taylor(w), Carlos Brathwaite, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Rahat Ali, Haris Rauf, Hassan Khan, Gauhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Agha Salman, Haris Sohail, Corey Anderson, Saad Ali, David Wiese, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammad Imran, Umair MasoodadvertisementKarachi Kings: Liam Livingstone, Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza, Imad Wasim(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Sohail Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Umer Khan, Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed, Awais Zia, Usama Mir, Aaron Summers, Iftikhar Ahmed, Aamer Yamin