Harry Redknapp says QPR plan to attack Manchester City at Loftus Road later today. Rangers adopted defensive tactics at Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea but boss Redknapp has hinted that he is ready to restore Bobby Zamora to the starting line-up and play with two up front against the out-of-form champions.He said: “City play an attacking game. They play with two strikers, play an open game and create lots of chances with the players they’ve got.“But we’re at home and it’s whether you go and fill the midfield and try to be hard to beat, or you have a go. I just feel we’re at home and we’ve got to have a go.“We almost got a point last week at Chelsea. We’ve got to have a go this week and see if we can pull off a big result.”Redknapp has confirmed that Joey Barton, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha have recovered from hamstring injuries and will be in his squad.See also:’Not the worst time’ to play City – RedknappFans ‘can make or break’ team – RedknappRangers trio back for Man City clashHarry denies QPR have sealed Defoe dealDefoe has still got it, insists QPR bossFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants still are scuffling to score runs, but Johnny Cueto delivered another pitching performance that made everyone feel better.Cueto pitched his second straight scoreless start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer, and the Giants closed out their homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.The Giants have scored just seven runs the past four games, but they took two of three from the National League’s worst team as they embark on a trip …
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Lockheed Martin, the U.S. defense giant, has announced plans to build a 10-megawatt generating plant that uses variations in ocean water temperatures to generate electricity. The plant will be built off the coast of southern China.The technology is called ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC. According to report by the Reuters news service, the closed system uses a liquid, such as ammonia, that boils in a heat exchanger in the presence of warm ocean water to create steam and drive a turbine. Cold, deep-sea water is pumped through another heat exchanger to condense the ammonia vapor back into a liquid.Dan Heller, a Lockheed Martin executive, said the plant will be the largest OTEC plant ever built. It will provide electricity for a new luxury resort on Hainan Island and is one of several plants in development by other countries and private companies around the world. Southern China is an “ideal” location for such a plant, the company said in an announcement about the deal.Lockheed said the agreement, which was announced April 16, could lead to the development of plants generating as much as 100 MW of electricity.Reignwood Group, the Thai developer that signed the deal, said the new resort would be a net-zero energy development.Although OTEC sounds exotic, even futuristic, the U.S. Department of Energy says it was first proposed more than 130 years ago by a French physicist named Jacques Arsene d’Arsonval. The first OTEC plant, constructed in Cuba in 1930, was able to produce 22 kW of electricity.
Pune: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday formally announced the candidature of Mukta tilak — a scion of the Bal Gangadhar ‘Lokmanya’ Tilak family — as mayor for the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).BJP Pune unit chief Yogesh Gogawale said the party chose senior Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader Navnath Kamble as it’s deputy mayor candidate. Ms. Tilak won her fourth successive civic election from the city’s Kasba Peth area. She was long touted as a sure-fire contender for the city’s top post.This time, the mayoral post in the PMC has been reserved for a woman candidate elected from the open category seat. The new civic body is to be constituted on March 15, with elections for the post of mayor and deputy mayor to be held and concluded on the same day.The BJP snared 98 of the 162 seats in the PMC, and 77 of the 128 seats in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.Ms. Tilak, with a strong base in the old Pune area, has been a BJP leader in the PMC since 2009.The choice of awarding the deputy mayor’s post to Mr. Kamble has come across as a surprise, given the BJP’s fraught relations with their smaller allies, like Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Paksha and Mahadev Jankar-led Rashtriya Samaj Paksha.However, unlike Mr. Shetti, who broke with the BJP to ally with the Shiv Sena in the Nashik civic polls, RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale allied with the party in the PMC polls. The BJP has also named Shrinath Bhimale as the leader of the party in the new civic body.
With many candidates elected unopposed and a number segments not receiving a single nomination, there will be voting in only 36 of the 132 wards which were scheduled to go for polls on Tuesday in the fourth and final phase of urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir. In the final phase, the electorate will seal the fate of 150 candidates in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts.Arrangements made Officials said arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the polls which are scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. They said the election staff and polling material have reached respective polling stations. Heavy security bandobast has been put in place near the polling stations, while security forces have been carrying out area-domination exercises over the last couple of days, officials said. Eight municipal bodies in six districts — all in Kashmir valley — were scheduled to go for polls on Tuesday. However, out of the eight only two will see voting. There will be no contest in the rest of the six bodies. The Ganderbal Municipal Committee will see voting in 12 wards out of the 17 in total. Polling will be held in 24 out of the total 25 wards in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). Only these 36 wards will go to polls on Tuesday, in which 150 candidates are in the fray — 38 in Ganderbal and 112 in Srinagar. Five candidates from Ganderbal and one from Srinagar have been elected unopposed. The rest of the bodies — Pattan in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, Pampore, Pulwama and Khrew in Pulwama district in south, Shopian Municipal Committee in Shopian district in south and Dooru Verinag in Anantnag district also in south Kashmir — will see no voting. Together these six bodies have 90 wards. While candidates from 11 wards out of the total 13 in the Pattan municipal body have been elected unopposed, two wards received no nomination papers. Not a single nomination paper was submitted in any of the 13 wards of the Khrew municipal body. In the Pampore municipal body, which has 17 wards, five candidates were elected unopposed, while 12 wards received no nomination papers.Out of the 13 wards in Pulwama municipal body, no candidate was in the fray in 11 wards while two candidates were elected unopposed. In the 17 wards of Shopian, 12 were elected without contest, while five wards received no nominations. National Conference, PDP and CPI(M) have boycotted the polls due to the legal challenge to Article 35A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.
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Opinions on Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s Railway Budget 2013 may differ from person to person, but on a closer look, he has presented a good budget considering the current financial situation of the Indian Railways and the forthcoming elections next year.In fact, Bansal has taken a few praiseworthy steps towards narrowing down the deficit gap in the struggling Indian Railways without disappointing the common man and at the same time appeasing the industrial sector.Many may questioned if Bansal’s Railway Budget 2013 was too financial discipline and avoided taking bold steps, including hiking passenger fare, keeping in mind next year’s elections and not to disappoint the public who were irked by rail fare hike last month. He is also been criticized for introducing lesser new rail lines compared to previous years.But on a closer look, Bansal has cleverly hiked the passenger fares, though indirectly, and would do so in the future though he abstained from increasing the figure in his budget. The public will indirectly pay more through ticket cancellation, clerkage and tatkal charges. Supplementary charges for super fast trains have also been marginally raised. The cost of travelling on train too may go up as the railway minister hinted a possible annual hike of 5 percent for various kinds of services.The public may also have to pay more in the future depending on the flatuating fuel price as the government is implementing Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision for freight tariff from 1st April 2013. The railway minister said that the move could increase the cost of commodities by 4-8 paise per kg but additional revenue to the Railways will be around ₹4,200 crore.Bansal’s Railway Budget has many positive things that his predecesors didn’t think of. The announcement that a loan of ₹3,000 cr taken in 2011-12 has been fully repaid along with interest should come as a welcomed move. He also promised that the Railways will make profit by the end of the financial year.He announced the Indian Railways will set up an exclusive Centralized Training Institute at Secunderabad – Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM), indicating his long-term plan for the Railways.Bansal’s Railway Budget will also please investors, as much modernization projects of the railways will be done through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) route. Target of ₹1000 crore each fixed for Rail Land Development Authority and IR Station Development Corporation to be raised through PPP in 2013-14. Of the planned investment of Rs 63,363 crore for the financial year, ₹6000 crore will be under PPP mode.Many may not be happy for not introducing many new rail lines as expected but several measures announced in the budget like – safety, cleanliness and hygiene, special provision for women passengers and differently abled persons, introduction of Train Protection Warning System on Automatic Signalling Systems, elimination of 10797 level crossings to curb accidents, introduction of Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains, introduction of next-gen e-ticketing system that can handle 7200 tickets per minute as against the present 2000, and several others are necessary and will help the Railways in the long run.Bansal’s Railway Budget 2013 should be considered as a clever one.