GECOM’s constitutional obligation is to act with impartiality

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is correctly being bombarded internationally and on the local front with respect to the unclear approach used to select temporary and permanent staff.This in addition to President Granger’s recent disclosure that the tried and proved ‘Carter Formula’ has lost its relevance is a conjured assassination plot on democracy and the freedoms of all Guyanese.The endless criticisms have been justified and merited, especially from the perspective of the apparent lack of concern being displayed by the leaders of the organisation. These have been prejudicial at best, and strongly in conflict with the neutrality mechanisms in place to discharge the intended responsibilities, roles and functions of the organisation.As the entity responsible for the administration and conduct of elections in Guyana, the constitutional obligation and core role of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in the execution of its functions is to act with impartiality and fairness in the execution of its duties under Section (162 (1) [b], Constitution (Amendment) Act).It is not as if GECOM has been without many known problems which are still expected to be remedied; there are indeed many. Further, the concerns have become more glaring based on the links with, as well as the relationship of, persons internal and external to the organisation who are culpable of fraudulent operational practices. Their influence over, and connection with, election works and results affirm that the likes of such elements MUST be permanently divorced from any functional or oversight activity of the commission.The Auditor General’s recent report bears rich testimony to excessive and indecent practices by some involved in GECOM’s works. What complicates matters further, and creates an untrustworthy conundrum, is the almost immediate posture taken by the new Chairman of the Commission in the face of much public complaints and evidence from the reports of the Auditor General.In fact, since the imposition of Justice (R’td) James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM, the nation is yet to witness any meaningful approach to create or encourage any firm balance and neutral stance required to realise and set at ease the associated concerns. On the contrary, there have been praises emanating from the Chairman of the performances of the incumbent persons, which almost further challenges the Auditor General to take additional independent actions.The threats to the nation are therefore being amplified under the outlined framework, which also defeats the constitutional intent of having a chairman for the institution who has the “qualities of, or has been, a Judge”.Had it not been for other extant counter-measures, such as counting the votes at the places of poll, the current approach and signals would suggest in-chamber decisions being made even before the first vote is cast, or witness called.President Granger, after having reneged on the customary approach of selecting the Chairman of GECOM, has now become the leading advocate against the use of the ‘Carter Formula,’ which essentially brought democracy to this country. The methods have been acceptable, agreed and constitutionally enshrined approach for the regulation of elections for over 25 years.The recommended changes in the composition and method of selection of the members of the Elections Commission are another deflection; bent on distracting the necessary and required focus of addressing other critical and problematic areas.The suggestion that related selection issues can be treated similar to other constitutional commissions lends the establishment of a ‘paper tiger’ position similar to the treatment given by this Government to other commissions. Full autonomy and no less equal balance than is offered by the current Carter Charter must be a determinant.One cannot help but observe that there is now a trend emerging from the Coalition Leadership of imposing on citizens many legally challengeable decisions.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

With 900M people, India prepared for an election in 3 months

first_imgDear Editor,How can India prepare for an election in 30 days for 900 million people to vote and Guyana cannot prepare for an election with 0.06 per cent of that amount (500,000 people) in 90 days? It defies all logic.All this voting will be handled by the Elections Commission of India, an independent institution that guards and maintains its reputation for efficiency, toughness and rectitude.They have a system of three Commissioners who are all retired public service officers and do not draw a salary from anywhere else but their version of GECOM. By India standards, they are paid a handsome salary averaging around US$3500 per month.If we are to reflect on the current GECOM we have, every one of them is aligned to another salary pool which to some extent makes servants to dual masters. Thus, they can never be efficient and effective at delivering at the task at hand. Let us reflect on some of the Commissioners – Desmond Trotman works out of the Presidency Ministry as a senior officer of the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARA). Vincent Alexander is an adviser to the Public Service Minister in the Presidency Ministry. Bibi Shaddick serves in several positions on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition. Can any of these people be independent thinkers?Worse yet, the Chairman was unilaterally appointed by Granger, and thus he owes everything to Granger. Can he act independently of Granger? This is the tragedy of GECOM, it can never be like the Elections Commission of India and thus it will never be successful since it was conceived with a corrupt mentality and as a collective, it is an extremely compromised body.That is why it is imperative that one of the main changes to the Constitution must be the reform of GECOM to be manned by persons totally and fully retired from public life. Think of people like Dr Gladstone Mitchell, Prem Persaud, Egbert Carter, Joe Singh, Ret’d Brigadier Mark Phillips and Cecil Kennard. These are the kind of people who are no longer in public life but who should be allowed to serve at GECOM. These people hold no allegiance to any side but the Guyanese side.But why 7? India, a nation of 900 million, voters has 3 Commissioners, while Guyana with half of a million has 7 Commissioners. Do we have money to waste behind these useless people to do a useless job?Because that is all we have been hearing from Bibi Shaddick and Vincent Alexander – useless chatter. These people have no allegiance to the Guyanese people but to themselves and their respective political masters and that makes them uncreditworthy in the eyes of the people.Why does GECOM need seven people to make decisions, why not three as they have in India? Why should the PPP or the PNC or for that matter, any political party sit in the boardroom of GECOM? Do you see where I am going with this? When you have people who do not care who wins and who loses, people who focus on the idea that the Guyanese people get the best elections, then you will never find yourself in a situation where 10 of the top 10 positions in the GECOM’s operational leadership are but an extension of Congress Place.Think carefully as to why Vishnu Persaud, an extremely competent election expert had to be pushed aside to make way for someone who is still learning the job and continues to illustrate every day how grossly unfit and unsuitable she is for the role.So to the Guyanese people, GECOM today is not on your side, this is an organisation that is but an arm of Congress Place and the PPP when in power should have moved mountains to make GECOM more resilient to political interference.They failed at this task and the people today have to pay for that political oversight on the part of the PPP.History has taught us that the PNC will never play fair because they can never win elections on their own because of their narrow-minded ethnic culture that discriminates against those who are not the kith and kin of their leader.This is Guyana’s cross to bear today, a PNC dominated GECOM, both in the boardroom and in the operation rooms because the PPP, when in power, did nothing to bring greater balance to GECOM. Who feels the pain today knows the pain – the people? Wither Guyana.Sincerely,Lisa Allylast_img read more

Robbery suspect released on $75,000 bail

first_imgA 20-year-old man was granted ,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a robbery charge.Jason Howard pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on August 10, in the vicinity Georgetown, he robbed Charmaine Charles of one gold chain valued ,000.It was also alleged that he made use of personal violence before, after or during the robbery.The case will continue on September 12.last_img

The 10 best players who’ve NEVER won the Champions League

first_img 1) Gianluigi Buffon (Goalkeeper) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – Champions League success continues to elude Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite playing for Barcelaon, Inter, Juventus, Milan and now PSG. Like the Swede, legendary Italy goalkeeper Buffon has plenty of other winners medals in his cabinet including the World Cup, but the one piece of silverware he has not won is ‘Ol’ Big Ears’. Is there still time for the 37-year-old? 10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a glittering career in European football but there is something that continues to elude him: Champions League glory.The striker has won 10 league titles during his career (or eight if you don’t count Juventus’ ‘revoked’ wins), but has yet to lift the famous European Cup, so far.He is running out of time, but PSG have as good a squad as any to win, though many great players have failed to in their pursuit of competition success, either in its present guise as the Champions League, or when it was purely the European Champion Clubs’ Cup.Here’s something to mull over: Anderson has a winners medal in his cabinet, yet this lot have none… 10 9) Ronaldo (Forward) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – ‘The Phenomenon’ was one of the greatest strikers ever to play football. His speed and skill on the ball coupled with his deadly finishing saw him score goals wherever he went, even when injuries and weight problems were getting the better of him. Sadly, though, despite spells with PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid and AC Milan he was never able to win the Champions League. 8) Diego Maradona (Forward) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – Admittedly the Argentine didn’t have much of a chance to win the Champions League but the 1986 World Cup winner did play in the European Cup twice with Napoli. Unfortunately they crashed out in the first and then second round. 10 10) Roberto Baggio (Forward) – He appeared in a World Cup final and, in his prime, was the planet’s greatest player. But Baggio never really got close to lifting the famous trophy. He was a UEFA Cup victor with Juventus in 1993, a year he was crowned FIFA’s World Player of the Year and in 1994, Baggio starred for Italy in the ’94 World Cup, missing a penalty in the shoot-out loss to Brazil. 10 10 7) Pavel Nedved (Midfielder) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – Juventus’ Czech hero was one of the classiest players to grace the pitch in the 1990s but his graceful demeanour on the ball, eye for a pass and canon of a shot couldn’t help the Old Lady land the Champions League during his eight years in Turin. 2) Fabio Cannavaro (Defender) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – The 2006 Balon d’Or winner failed to win the tournament, despite starring for Inter, Juventus and Real Madrid. We suspect winning the World Cup with Italy means he isn’t too bothered. 10 10 5) Patrick Vieira (Arsenal) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – The French World Cup winner won numerous titles during his career as he starred for Arsenal, Juventus and Inter but the combative box-to-box midfielder failed to lift the Champions League with any of the clubs. You could probably add Dennis Bergkamp here, too. 4) Lothar Matthaus (Midfielder) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – Of all the players here, Matthaus probably came closest to winning the Champions League. The legendary German was two minutes away from lifting the trophy in 1999 but late goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer snatched glory away from him as Man United beat Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Camp Nou. 3) Sol Campbell (Defender) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – The centre-back, who won 73 caps for England, only made it to one final with Arsenal during his five-season spell at the club, but was on the losing side as the Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona in Paris. Campbell opened the scoring in the match, heading home a Thierry Henry free-kick. 6) Michael Ballack (Midfielder) – Click right for more players you won’t believe have never won the Champions League! – Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Ballack reached two finals in his career but failed to win either with Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea respectively. In 2002 the German side were beaten by Real Madrid when Zinedine Zidane struck THAT winner at Hampden Park. In 2008, he and his Blues team-mates were defeated by Manchester United on penalties in Moscow. 10 10 10last_img read more

SILVER CELEBRATIONS FOR CONVOY DESIGNER EDEL

first_imgEdel MacBrideAcclaimed Donegal designer Edel MacBride looks set to wow audiences at this month’s Fashion Fest in Derry with a special silver showcase of her new designs – celebrating 25 years in city’s Craft Village!The knitwear maestro is just one of four top designers lined up for an exclusive Fashion Show on Saturday, 22 November, alongside Northern Ireland Designer of the Year, Una Rodden, Oliver Doherty and Tamsin Blackbourn – all of whom will be visiting the city for this prestigious event.The Fashion Show is just one of many events lined up for the city’s first ever Fashion Fest, which is organised by Derry City Council’s Business Opportunities team, with support from Invest N. Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund. Edel, from Convoy, has become an integral part of the city’s fashion fabric and she is thrilled to be a part of its first dedicated fashion festival.“It’s something of a silver celebration for us, having opened my first door to the world in 1989 at the Craft Village on Shipquay street, 25 years ago,” Edel said.“We’ve never stopped creating and making fashion since, it’s been up and down, but there’s an incredible buzz now and it’s great to be part of it.”Renowned for her stunning, signature designs using traditional craft methods, the modest designer is looking forward to unveiling her latest collection here in the city. “As a designer I feel at a strong stage of brand evolution and hope I can make it dance on the catwalk on November 22nd,” Edel said. “Nothing beats a challenge!”SILVER CELEBRATIONS FOR CONVOY DESIGNER EDEL was last modified: November 10th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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)last_img read more

Forrest anticipating big two weeks for club and country

first_imgCeltic winger James Forrest has said that he and his teammates will have to be at their best when they face Red Bull Salzburg this week and he hopes he can follow European action with his club with a return to the national team.The Scottish champions prepared for their Europa League match with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday and now turn their attention to their trip to Austria. Celtic won their group opener against Rosenborg and now face the top seeds in the group, who defeated RB Leipzig in their first game.“We’ve started with one out of one so far in the Europa League so we’ll take confidence from that,” Forrest said.“We know they’ll be a difficult team and they’ve had a good start as well. “Every game in Europe, home and away, is always tough so we know we need to be ready right from the start and put in a good performance.”Forrest was speaking on the day he was included in the Scotland squad for the Nations League match against Israel and the friendly against Portugal.The winger, who has 22 Scotland caps, didn’t feature in the friendly defeat to Belgium or the win over Albania. Forrest said he was versatile enough to fit into different formations and was confident he had a role to play in Alex McLeish’s side. He revealed he had had a discussion with the national team boss and wasn’t unduly concerned. “He spoke to me after the Albania game and said it wasn’t to be for those two games but said I was still in his plans,” the 27-year old said.“Every time you go away it’s different formations and not always the same team so I just need to keep working hard, not read too much into it and be ready for the games coming up.”last_img read more

Tragic crash victim was due to be brother’s Best Man

first_imgJohn Gallagher, the young victim of the Barnesmore Gap car crash, was due to be Best Man at his brother’s wedding tomorrow.Instead, his family are gathering in mourning as he is laid to rest today in Killybegs.Mr Gallagher, aged 27, died on Monday night when his car collided with a vacant house on the N15 between Donegal Town and Ballybofey. The Killybegs community was stunned by the tragic events and has united in mourning over John’s death.John’s brother Martin was due to get married this Friday, in a week which should have been a joyous time for the family.John was to be Martin’s Best Man, but in a tragic turn of events, the family will be holding his funeral mass this morning. The wedding has been put on hold.Removal takes place this Thursday morning at 10.30am to St. Mary’s Church, Killybegs for 11am Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in the local cemetery. Tragic crash victim was due to be brother’s Best Man was last modified: December 10th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

SADC pushes regional integration

first_img03 July 2007The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will push for stronger regional integration before a considering unified continental government, as delegates at the 9th African Union heads of state summit in Ghana take part in the ‘grand debate’.“The SADC member states sat in a special session and adopted a common position in this regard,” said Zambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Lazarous Kapambwe, who has been extensively involved in the SADC mission’s discussions toward an AU government.“We believe that as much as we’d like to get to a unified, integrated government, we need a foundation and that will need to come from stronger regional economic communities.”SADC’s 14 member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The theme of the summit – the grand debate – is an exploration into which of the three possible options put forward could make for a unified, integrated continent.The “Union of African States” is a view led by South African President Thabo Mbeki, proposing the gradual strengthening of regions and AU institutions including the executive, judicial, financial and technical institutions.The former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo has suggested an “African Union Government” and advocates taking 15 continental institutions created under the AU and transforming them into the 55th state in Africa, by 2015.The Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who wants an African government now, is leading the “United States of Africa” model.Regional integration“Our position is to strengthen SADC and the other regions. We have to be realistic in our goals towards a unified government,” Kapambwe said.The SADC’s vision is one of a common future, in a regional community that will ensure the economic well-being, improvement in the quality of life, freedoms, social justice and peace and security for the people of Southern Africa.“Our countries throughout Africa do not have the same level of development and it will take some time before we have the proper infrastructure in place to make that integration which we all agree upon possible,” he said.Africa’s regional economic communities, many of which have overlapping memberships, consist primarily of trade blocs and, in some cases, some political and military cooperation.These are the SADC, Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA).Kapambwe said that the SADC has done much towards regional integration, such as establishing the Southern African Customs Union, and abolishing the need for visas amongst countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.The nations in the region however, will still need some time to synchronise their essential functions in areas such as economics and governance.“We need to reach a certain level of conformity in a number of elements and this can be further extrapolated to be the case with Africa’s integration,” Ambassador Kapambwe said.‘Cultural gaps’ existKapambwe added that further gaps between countries existed because culture dictated many aspects of how countries were run, and they would need to be harmonised before differing countries could share a government.“These often have a direct correlation to the legislation and governance of countries, such as the case where many Muslim areas operate under Sharia Law and Christian countries would adopt Dutch-Roman or English common-law,” he explained.“Going in at this point or in a matter of years and hoping to meld these nations under one banner is not feasible in SADC’s view.”He added that members had to ensure that regions and eventually the continent have consensus regarding issues on human rights, selection procedures to run for office, legislation, governance and distribution of resources before having a unity government“A unified Africa is an ideal to which all the leaders in the session over the next three days aspire. It will strengthen Africa’s economic position and contribute greatly towards internal conflict resolution and many other challenges which currently face us,” Kapambwe said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Brief History of the BlackBerry

first_imgBack in the early 1990s, we didn’t have BlackBerries or any kind of wireless data devices. Phones weren’t very “smart,” and dial up still ruled the land. Then a trio of companies came together to invent the Viking Express which was a combination of an Ericsson Mobidem wireless data modem that was the size of a small brick, an HP 100 pocket-sized computer that looked more like a big calculator, and software from a company called Radiomail that ran on the DOS operating system of the HP. The world of wireless hasn’t been the same since.I remember sending an email from my car on the New Jersey Turnpike, pulling over after I passed through one of the toll barriers. A cop came along and wanted to know what I was doing. It was probably the first time he had seen such an assemblage of devices. The evolution of the BlackBerry came from three key elements: a network, a device, and special secret software sauce that connected the two. Let’s talk about each of these and see how they contributed to the little smartphone that we all now love.The Network: MobitexThe Mobidem was so called because it ran on a specialized data-only wireless network called Mobitex that stared in Sweden and spread to North America. At the time, the cellular networks didn’t do data: saying that now is somewhat odd since data plans are so ingrained into our consciousness (or at least our monthly bills). But back in the 1990s there were competing data-only networks that were vying for contention. Mobitex was run in the US by BellSouth, which eventually became part of the present AT&T Wireless network. Motorola backed another network for its data paging service called ARDIS, and there was a third network that AT&T was betting on called Cellular Digital Packet Data or CDPD. Back in the mid-1990s, if you had a wireless device it had to run one of these three networks. The competition was fierce among the trio, and unlike today where you have multiple-band radios in most phones, no one was going to make devices for more than one network, just because the radios were huge and power-hungry. The beginning of the end of the separate data-only networks were when United Parcel Service introduced its own wireless signature pad tracking devices. They needed a device that could connect anywhere, and while the data-only networks had decent coverage, the cellular voice networks had better coverage. That was one of the first big sales of wireless data. The other spike that killed off data-only networks was the cellular voice networks getting lots of capital improvements and getting faster throughputs to handle data conversations. But It’s the SoftwareThe parade of various hardware devices is nice, but really what lies at the heart and soul of RIM is its software. This software has two important pieces: what runs on the device and what runs across the network. Both were innovations that drew on many different contributions.Radiomail was one of the first to understand how to push emails to wireless devices. But its innovations were never patented due to the philosophy of its founder, Geoff Goodfellow. Ironically, RIM went on to become one of the more litigious computer vendors, and they had to pay $615 million to obtain the rights for patents for the process in the end. The other piece was actually quite clever for its time, in the late 1990s: the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The idea was to have this run on a Windows PC that would be located in your data center, next to a Microsoft Exchange server. Emails would be sent out over the network and pushed to the individual Blackberry devices registered to a user’s email account. Before this invention, you didn’t have any simple way of synchronizing your emails between device and desktop. RIM also used end-to-end encryption for its mail stream, which was possible because it owned all the pieces of the network, software and device. This would prove to be both a blessing and a curse, as recently several countries have temporarily blocked BlackBerry usage because the emails couldn’t be decrypted.The HardwareOnce the network and software were in place, RIM proceeded to produce a series of devices that could be carried around. The precursors to the BlackBerries were actually called something else entirely, and were a big bigger than the average alphanumeric pagers, which they were based on. RIM’s first devices in 1994 were called the Inter@ctive Pager 850 and 900. Each had a four line character-only screen and a keyboard with tiny keys, that latter still something the current BlackBerries have in common. At the time, these sold for $400 plus $40 a month for unlimited data usage (some things don’t change, although the definition of “unlimited usage” sure has). They had a single AA battery that would last up to three days. Remember, these didn’t have any voice capabilities, and were just used for email purposes.Then in 1999, RIM launched a revolution. The first actual BlackBerry models were smaller than the clamshell design of the 850/900 but still used the same character-mode text displays. From that point on, we started to see BlackBerries everywhere: first came phone features, then the ability to surf the Web, then full color graphical UIs that we have today. Here is a review of some of the older models. RIM has certainly come a long way since the early days. But this is the first time in its history that both co-CEOs aren’t running the company, as we mention in our article earlier today. Perhaps this is a good thing, but as Rowinski says in his post, it will be a tough road ahead. david strom 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Manipur thrash Maharashtra 5-4; Ratanbala Devi shines

first_imgRaia (Goa), Oct 12 (PTI) Helped by a hat-trick from their captain N Ratanbala Devi, Manipur got the better of Maharashtra 5-4 in a Group A match of the Junior National Football Championship for girls U-18 here today. The team from north-east opened scoring early with their ace striker and captain Ratanbala Devi finding the net in the 9th minute at Raia Panchayat Ground here near Margao. Maharashtra, stunned by the goal, regrouped quickly and scored in the 12th minute through Bhagyashree Dalvi to restore parity. Kashmina and Ratanbala Devi combined well for the third straight match in the ongoing championship and were a class apart in a team that boasts of 10 players who have represented India in the past. The striking duos efforts paid with quick goals coming in the 18th, 24th and 28th minutes to give Manipur a commanding 4-1 lead in just under 30 minutes of play. All these goals were scored by Ratanbala Devi. Taken aback by the assault, Maharashtra regained momentum through their dependable midfielder Smriti Girish, who started pushing the ball into the oppositions half. Maharashtras resilient efforts bore fruit and Bhagyashree Dalvi pulled one back for team in the 39 minute for a halftime score of 4-2 in favour of Manipur. After the half-time, Maharashtra looked a different outfit, displaying a lot of energy and zeal and putting tremendous pressure on the Manipur backline and goalkeeper. The captain of Maharashtra Pooja Dhamal scored a goal in the 56 minute to bring Maharashtra closer with a score line of 4-3 in favour of Manipur. The goal made the match a very interesting affair with both teams working hard to get a control of the proceedings. Maharashtra efforts to find the all-important equaliser left big gaps in their defence. One such lapse was exploited by Manipur with a good counter-attack goal by Kashmina in the 79 minute. This put Manipur in a comfortable 5-3 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the match. Maharashtra managed to pull one goal back via Jyoti Mehra in the 90th minute. But it was a little too late for Maharashtra and Manipur emerged victorious with the final score of 5-4. Maharashtra now play Bihar on October 14 at Rosary Sports Complex at Navelim. Bihar overcame a strong Jharkhand earlier today. Manipur will take on Jharkhand on the same day at Raia Panchayat Ground. PTI MCS RSY PDS PMadvertisementlast_img read more