Thiruvananthapuram: Popular film stars Jagdish and Siddiq have found place in the draft list of the Congress candidates which is being finalised for the upcoming assembly elections, Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) said on Wednesday.Sources in the KPCC party told IANS that the draft list was prepared at the grassroots and has already been submitted to the top leadership of the party. The final list is expected to be out on March 10.
Jagdish, a hugely popular comedian and character artiste who has been in the industry for the past three decades, has been drafted to take on his fellow actor and three-time legislator K.B. Ganesh Kumar from the Pathanapauram assembly constituency.Comedian and actor Siddiq is tipped to be fielded from the Aroor constituency in Alappuzha district. Speaking to IANS, Siddiq said that he people are asking about his opinion on the issue. Jagdish, however, is tight lipped and prefers to wait till an official statement comes from the Congress party.Jagdish had campaigned for Congress-led UDF candidates during the 2011 assembly polls and his name has been in the air for a while.
Siddiq has recently interviewed Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for a leading media house and since then tongues have been wagging that he might finally end up as a Congress candidate.
In Wisconsin Trump Looks To Put Rough Week Behind Him
Donald Trump is fighting to put a difficult week behind him and finish strong on Tuesday in Wisconsin, a state whose primary contest may prove to be a turning point in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.The Republican front-runner is at risk of losing the Midwestern state to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, an outcome that would dent the New York billionaire’s aura of inevitability and make it harder for him to win the 1,237 delegates needed for the party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 election.
On the Democratic side, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is trying protect his lead over front-runner Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls in Wisconsin and eke out another victory over the former secretary of state.
Trailing Cruz in the polls in Wisconsin, Trump on Sunday night told supporters in West Allis, Wisconsin, that Cruz was a liar and a “dirty rotten cheater” who is weak on immigration and would cut Social Security benefits.
“Wisconsin is going to be such a big surprise on Tuesday. We are doing so well,” Trump said.A loss would add to Trump’s woes after his campaign was rocked last week by the fallout from his suggestion, which he later dialed back, that women be punished for getting abortions if the procedure is banned.He also drew fire for comments that he would not rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe and that Japan and South Korea might need nuclear weapons to ease the U.S. financial commitment to their security.
“Was this my best week? I guess not,” Trump told “Fox News Sunday” in an interview conducted Friday. But, he added: “I think I’m doing OK.”Cruz, speaking to supporters on Sunday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was eager to capitalize on Trump’s potential missteps.
More Republicans are recognizing, said Cruz, that “nominating Donald Trump would be a train wreck.”Cruz faces difficulty in winning the delegates needed to secure the nomination, given that the next states to vote, including New York on April 19, are Trump-friendly territory.
Clinton is already eyeing New York, holding campaign stops there on Monday even as other candidates make their final pitches in Wisconsin.“I’m absolutely confident I will be the nominee,” Clinton told ABC in an interview that aired Monday as she and Sanders continued to spar over scheduling more debates.
Sanders adviser Tad Devine said the Vermont Senator wanted another prime-time debate with Clinton.“If we can continue to win, if he has a good day tomorrow, we’re going to make his case through New York all the way to California,” he told CNN.Republicans Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, third in the race, want to deny Trump enough delegates so that the nominee is determined at the Republican National Convention in July.
Over the weekend, Trump complained Kasich was an irritant gobbling up some of the delegates Trump needs.“The problem is he’s in the way of me, not Cruz,” Trump said.
Kasich, who has vowed to stay in the race, tweeted: “That’s not how our republic works, Donald. We’ll keep fighting until someone reaches a majority of delegates.”On Monday, RNC strategist Sean Spicer said the party would “never tell any candidate to get in or out of the race.”“The party is simply the arbiter, the people who put on the show to ensure that these delegates have a system to vote,” he told CNN.
Suicide Bomber Hits Field Hospital Near Libya’s Sirte
A suicide bomber killed three people at a field hospital for forces fighting Islamic State in their Libyan coastal stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, a security source said, and medical staff appealed for help in treating the wounded.The bomber also wounded seven others and caused extensive damage to the hospital, about 50 km (30 miles) from the front line, the source said. Two other attempted suicide bombings just outside the center of Sirte did not cause casualties, he said.
Brigades aligned with the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord have made rapid advances over the past month. This week they entered Sirte, engaging Islamic State militants in street battles keeping up air strikes against them.The brigades, made up mainly of fighters from the western city of Misrata, have faced suicide bombings, snipers and mines. At least 120 brigade members have been killed and more than 500 wounded, security and hospital officials say.Islamic State took advantage of lawlessness and political chaos to expand into Libya from late 2014. It has launched attacks at numerous sites along Libya’s Mediterranean coastline but Sirte is the only city where it has taken full control.Officials in Misrata have long cited a lack of medical capacity to treat the wounded as a constraining factor in their efforts to fight the ultra-hardline group.
Medical facilities are overflowing in Misrata, where, for example, the waiting room of the central hospital has been turned into a makeshift ward with room for 12 patients.“The wounded here at Misrata hospital are in a very bad state. The hospital care rooms are at full capacity, the private hospitals are also at full capacity,” a medical official in Misrata, Malek al-Qualaib, said.The hospital is running low on medical supplies and has no emergency back-up stocks, hospital spokesman, Aziz Issa, said.“We have a lack of specialized doctors, and nurses, who left Misrata before the battle due to unpaid salaries, as well as a shortage of anesthesia and X-ray equipment,” he said.“We appeal to the international community and international organizations to help us in providing necessary medical treatment for the wounded.”
More than 150 wounded fighters have been sent abroad for treatment, to Tunisia, Turkey, Italy and Algeria, but the departure of some wounded fighters had been delayed or prevented because they had not received visas, Issa said.Qualaib said there had also been delays because of problems getting permission for flights into European air space and because of lack of funding for evacuating the wounded.
Putin Moves Nuclear Subs Dangerously Close to US
Russian President Vladimir Putin is positioning submarines armed with nuclear weapons \\\"dangerously close\\\" to the United States and countries in Europe, claims one Democrat in the U.S. Senate.Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said Monday the Navy has to put together an effective plan to replace some of its older subs, reports The Washington Examiner.
\\\"No one is suggesting that Putin is contemplating a nuclear launch against a NATO country, but it\\\'s not clear how tethered to reality Putin is,\\\" Murphy said. \\\"And it should make us nervous that many of his submarines are starting to get dangerously close to the U.S. and our allies.\\\"Russian submarines have been pushing out to the very precipice of NATO-ally waters. We have seen Russian boats coming closer to the U.S. and to our European partner ports than ever before, in immensely provocative ways — in ways that were rare even during the days of the Cold War.\\\"
If the Navy is not able to secure the necessary funding to build more Ohio-class subs, which are armed with nuclear missiles, it will have to slow down its production of Virginia-class attack subs. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and other Pentagon officials were on Capitol Hill last we, Town Hall reports, discussing the future of the U.S. submarine program.Special: Melissa McCarthy Stuns Hollywood by Dropping 55 lbs in 40 Days
Murphy said he would like to see both sub programs continue.\\\"We\\\'ve got to find a way to do both,\\\" he said, reports the Examiner. \\\"If you look at the pace of Russian and Chinese building programs, we can\\\'t afford to drop Virginia-class production back to one for more than a year.\\\"
Obama at Highest Approval Rating Since 2013
President Barack Obama has reached a 50 percent job approval rating for the week ending March 6, marking his highest weekly average since May 2013 and topping his yearly and overall averages, a new Gallup poll finds.
The president\\\'s numbers remain highly polarized, with 87 percent of Democrats approving of him, verses 11 percent of Republicans, the poll finds.
The current average:
Exceeds the 46 percent for his seventh year in office, ending Jan. 19
Exceeds the 47 percent average since taking office in 2009
Up among Democrats from 81 percent at the beginning of the year.
Remain stable among Independents and Republicans.
There are many reasons for the rising approval ratings, Gallup explains, including a contentious Republican primary race, led by Donald Trump, that is making the president look more \\\"statesmanlike.\\\"
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The election season may also be activating partisan loyalty with Democrats.
When compared to other presidents at a comparable point:
Bill Clinton: 63 percent, including 89 percent among Democrats; 65 percent of independents and 31 percent of Republicans.
George W. Bush: 32 percent, with 72 percent of Republicans, 9 percent of independents, and 23 percent of Democrats.
Ronald Reagan: 51 percent, with 81 percent among Republicans, 28 percent with Democrats, and 51 percent of independents.
The poll is based on phone interviews conducted from Feb. 29-March 6, using a random sample of 3,563 adults and carrying a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
വായനക്കാരുടെ അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള് താഴെ എഴുതാവുന്നതാണ്.
ദയവായി അവഹേളനപരവും വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ളീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും ഒഴിവാക്കുക.
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