A SUMMER sunshine beamed its rays down on Sean MacCumhaill Park this afternoon for the 2019 Donegal SFC semi-finals.Champions Gaoth Dobhair overcame Kilcar 3-8 to 0-12 to return to the final, where they will defend Dr Maguire and also put their Ulster SFC title on the line.Standing between the Gaoth Dobhair men and retention of their silverware will be Naomh Conaill, who edged St Eunan’s 0-15 to 1-11 in the first semi-final. After losing the last two finals, Naomh Conaill will be aiming for a case of third time lucky. A healthy attendance of 5,400 saw the action unfold.Pictures by Evan Logan …A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Hugh, Geraldine, Francie, Eddie and Tommy enjoying the occasion.Eddie Crawford and Malachy McCann.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Glenfin men Hugh, Seamus, John and Seamus enjoying a half time cuppa.Gaoth Dobhair supporters Aoibhin, Emma and Roisin before Sunday’s big game.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Kilcar supporters Saoirse, Cliodhna and Laina.A section of the large crowd at Sunday’s game.Kilcar supporters Ciara, Katie, Mollie and Kelsey.Naomh Conaill supporters Jade, Cathy, Andrea, Lara and Abbi celebrate their big win.Picture special from Donegal senior championship semi-finals was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCGaoth DobhairkilcarNaomh ConaillSt Eunans
The latest transfer speculation involving QPR as the January window approaches….QPR are looking to sign Tom Huddlestone from Hull City, it is claimed.The Daily Mirror and the Daily Star both run a story claiming that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to buy former Tottenham midfielder Huddlestone, 28, for £4.25m.Hasselbaink, who took over as Rangers manager earlier this month, is said to have made bringing in a creative midfielder his top priority.Huddlestone would apparently be interested in a return to London, having spent eight years at Spurs. Aston Villa are also reported to be keen to sign him.His Hull contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the Tigers are said to be looking to sell him when the transfer window reopens in January.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The 19-and-under Humboldt Eagles broke open a tight game with five runs in the fifth at the Arcata Ball park on Thursday, on the way to a comfortable 9-2 victory over the visiting WBSC Colts.The visiting international all-stars, made up of players mostly from Australia but from several other countries as well, matched the Eagles early on, before the home bats came alive late in the game, ending it as a contest well before the final out.The Eagles got help from throughout their lineup, with …
17 April 2008The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Library are to reprint out-of-print indigenous language books in an bid to reduce literacy and promote the culture of reading and writing, and is calling on the public to help identify worthwhile books.“We humbly call upon all teachers, lecturers, librarians, publishers, authors and all people interested in our indigenous literature to assist us in identify these books,” said National Library spokesperson Rhulani Bila.“The government is committed to the vision of reducing illiteracy and promoting the culture of reading and writing in the country.”The books should have been published between the years 1900-1990 in languages including isiXhosa, isiZulu, isiNdebele, siSwati, seSotho, seTswana, sePedi, tshiVenda and Xitsonga.The department, as the custodian of the nation’s heritage, has a mandate of contributing to this national agenda through development, promotion and preservation of languages and literature.The National Library, for its part, is mandated by the National Library of South Africa Act to be the custodian and provider of the nation’s key knowledge resources and to collect and preserve published documents and make them accessible to the public.“We ensure that knowledge is not lost to posterity and that information is available for research,” the National Library website states.“The National Library’s collections contain a wealth of information, and include rare manuscripts, books published in South Africa, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports, Africana and newspapers.”Many of the above are available on CD or microfilm, in digital format or accessible online.Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in nominating books for the project and send in a brief synopsis of an indigenous language book that might be considered as a classic.Nominations can be made before 30 April by visiting the National Library website, emailing Rhulani Bila or phoning (012)401 9753.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ben Klick, Stark CountyAs long as everything goes as planned, today will be our last day of harvest. I have 55 acres of beans to cut and we are done. We are beyond ready for it to be done. It has been a roller coaster of a year and a downhill roller coaster of a fall. We are not that upset with how the yields turned out after the weather we had but there have been little issues with things going wrong along the way and we are definitely ready to be done.Planting date was very crucial this year. The later crops were not nearly as dry and that was a lot more money in drying costs. There was quite a bit of re-adjusting the machine from the early corn to the late-planted corn and it slowed down the harvest.The double-crop beans needed August and September rains that they didn’t get. The yields were all over the place. They got planted later than they should have been and it got dry for them at the wrong time. This year they weren’t really worth cutting.The corn yields really varied by farm and soil type. We planted some fields that we should have waited a day or two longer last spring but we had to plant when we could. As a young farmer I see things I get stressed about but then my dad tells me that he has been seeing these kinds of things for years.The ground is not as favorable as I thought it would be but we are getting the weather so we can start the fall jobs that we should have been doing a month ago. We have chicken litter to spread, lime to spread and barns to clean out.We usually shoot to be done two weeks before Thanksgiving, and here we are still working at harvest the week after Thanksgiving, but we were still blessed with a pretty good harvest and nothing disastrous went wrong. It is what it is.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.
“Bruning” in PortugalPride is one word I would use to describe Portuguese geocachers. Several times throughout the five days, I had conversations with individuals or geocaching teams about the incredible efforts they’ve put into their own geocaches. In a couple of cases, the teams had spent over a year perfecting one geocache. These are the types of geocaches that would inspire me to plan a return trip to Portugal.Love (center) and Geocaching FriendsIf you are in search of a place where the people are friendly, the views are amazing, the culture is rich and the geocaching is pretty ‘darn’ good, Portugal has got you covered.Love and Geo-pupPicnic Geocaching SharePrint Related13 Years Lisboa — Bryan Roth’s Trip to a Portugal Mega-EventJuly 23, 2013In “Community”Lackey trip report: Hoorn Mega – Game OverApril 16, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Terezin Games Mega-EventJune 6, 2014In “Community” 14 Years Geocaching – Sintra | PortugalMega-Event in PortugalEditor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are attending dozens of Mega-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching. Each person at Geocaching HQ brings their own unique talent to advancing the adventure. Some write code for the website, others design images for the apps, and some shoot videos explaining it all. Annie or Love works as the Partners Program Manager, supporting all international distributors. This is her Mega-Event experience.In early June, I had the pleasure to travel back to Portugal to attend 14 Years Geocaching – Sintra | Portugal. After the very warm welcome I received at Geocoinfest in Portugal two years ago, I was excited to spend some more time with the geocachers from one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Even better, this Mega-Event would be taking place in the one of the most magical places. Sintra, a community hidden in the Sintra Mountains of the Lisbon region, is filled with unreal sites including a Moorish castle, architecturally stunning palaces and endless tiled sidewalks.Mega-Event AttendeesThe festivities spanned over five days in the Sintra region, and included a variety of geocaching walks, CITO events, a geocache lab adventure and lots of smiling faces. We walked, we cached and we blew bubbles. If you’ve ever wanted to use geocaching as your form of tourism, this Mega-Event would have been for you.Bubble-Blowing EventSome might think it’s weird to start a 14km hike at 10:30pm. Not geocachers. We thrive on adventures like that. If you can find about 35 caches on that 14km hike, even better. On the second night of the event, that’s just what we did. When I finally returned to my hotel around 3am, I was able to reflect on a fun adventure through the mountains of Sintra with nearly 100 geocaching friends. Those are the memories that will stick with me forever.Geocaching Night Hike Share with your Friends:More
We’re excited to announce the launch of the new geocache search tool!We’re excited to announce the launch of the new geocache search tool. It’s faster, easier to use and helps you find the exact adventure you want—and it’s all thanks to the geocaching community. If you have questions not answered here, find us on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the Geocaching Help Center.Be sure to test drive some of our favorite searches:Find events near you.Find the oldest geocaches near you.Find the Mystery Caches you have solved, but not yet found.Plan a geocache outing with your geocaching buddies.Find the most Favorited geocaches in your area.Find geocaches with the D/T combination that you need to complete your Fizzy Grid.Continue the discussion on the forum. See FAQ below:Why are some sorting and filtering options only available to Geocaching Premium members?Geocaching Premium member subscriptions help provide the resources to develop new tools like Search that create a more personalized geocaching experience. We recognize the contributions of our Premium members by allowing them exclusive access to tools that take geocaching beyond the everyday. Learn more about Geocaching Premium.I want to export these awesome results to my phone and/or GPS! How do I do that?We’re with you there! This first few releases are about providing the best tool we can to help players find exactly the geocaches they want to find. Of course, we know that players will want to do cool things with the lists of geocaches the tool returns (like download them to a GPS, sync to the app, add to a list, etc). Our next releases will focus on those kind of actions.How do I save my search results for easy access at a later time?At this time, the best way to do this is to bookmark the URL in your browser. Each search result contains a query string specific to your search filters. In other words, that URL will always bring you back to the results you’d like to save. And keep in mind, we are working on a saved search feature which should be available in the future.Where is the filter for ____?Great question! Based on Pocket Query usage data and years of requests from the community, the filters in this first release of Search are our best attempt to satisfy the needs of most players. We will continue to listen to feedback and explore adding ways to filter the results as this page continues to evolve.How do I search for geocaches in a region?As of our March 7th, 2016 release, you can now search for all geocaches in a region by typing the location into the main search box and selecting “All geocaches in [location name]”.I heard a rumor that I can now search for the Mystery Caches that I have solved, but not yet found. How do I do this?When performing your search, check ‘Mystery Cache’, click ‘I Haven’t Found’ and toggle ‘Has Corrected Coordinates’ to ‘Yes’. This will then list the Mystery Caches you have solved. This feature is available to Geocaching Premium members.Use Search to find Mystery Caches you’ve solved but have not yet earned a smiley for.How has Search made planning geocache outings with my buddies easier?No need to repeat adventures! With the new Search tool, you can return only geocaches that you and all of your friends have not yet found. Geocaching Premium members have access to the ‘Not Found By’ filter which allows you to enter up to five usernames and will return a search of geocaches not found by all of the usernames listed.Plan geocache outings with your friends!How do I search for the most favorited geocaches in my area?Easy! Enter the city name and country name (or an address), the difficulty/terrain (D/T) rating, and the minimum number of Favorite Points of the geocaches you want to find.Search for only the best geocaches.How can I find the geocaches located in my state that I need to complete a challenge like the Fizzy Grid?First, search for all of the geocaches in your state using the main search box (e.g. “all geocaches in Washington”). After the results are returned, select “Add Filters” to add in the criteria of the geocaches you want to find.How do I find the newest caches in a state?First, search for all of the geocaches in your state using the main search box (e.g. “all geocaches in Washington”). After the results are returned, click on “Placed On” to sort by dates places. If you click once, the list will show you the most recently published caches first (almost all will be event caches).How do I search for caches “Found By” another geocacher?1. Visit the Profile page of the other player (you can use the Find a User page here)2. Click on the “Geocaches” tab on their profile3. Under “Geocaches Found”, click on “All Geocache Finds”. The resulting list will show all geocaches found by that user.Why can I no longer search using the ‘Cache starts with’ feature?We have replaced ‘Cache Starts With’ with ‘Geocache Name Contains…’ because it allows you to search the entire name of the geocache rather than just the beginning. Geocaching Premium members can also sort the search results by geocache name alphabetically which is a great for when you want to find a geocache that starts with a certain word(s).I want to search by a geocache name, but it’s not working. Help! To search by a geocache name, first enter a location in the main search box. You can either enter a location to center your search (e.g. “Seattle”) or you can choose to do an “origin-less” search by not entering a specific location. Once you’ve entered a location, click “Add Filters” and add a keyword to the “Geocache Name Contains…:” filter.I’d like to use the old searchNo problem! We’re keeping it around a bit longer.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedIntroducing the Powerful New Geocaching SearchMarch 11, 2015In “Geocaching Info”So Long “Intro” — Meet the Geocaching® AppMarch 9, 2016In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 27, 2011October 28, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office is bulging at the bottom or so it appears from a proposal the PMO has sent to the Ministry of External Affairs to vacate some rooms on the first floor of South Block because of a lack of office space. And that does stand to,Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office is bulging at the bottom or so it appears from a proposal the PMO has sent to the Ministry of External Affairs to vacate some rooms on the first floor of South Block because of a lack of office space. And that does stand to reason because Modi has appointed four OSDs (Officer on Special Duty) and a public relations officer, all from Gujarat, and most of whom have occupied single office rooms, which means that other junior officers are literally crowded out.Besides, there are nine directors and the word out is that more senior officials may be inducted in the days ahead. For a government centred on the Prime Minister and his office, the size may be par for the course except that these are probably the only appointments taking place in a hurry. After all, this is a government still running without a dedicated defence minister, who has yet to take a call on appointing an official to deal with international cooperation, a post that fell vacant in July.Not just that, for over a month there was no defence production secretary, so vital to take forward the government’s own stated objective of revamping the defence industry complex. G. Mohan Kumar, who was moved to this post recently from the steel ministry, has only nine months to go unless the plan is to elevate him to the post of defence secretary, which has a fixed tenure, after the incumbent demits office. That still means there will be no settled hand on the production side.advertisementSimilarly, take the case of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, which does not have a dedicated officer to look after oil exploration for over three months. Or for that matter, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), an independent body that suggests minimum support prices (MSP) for farmers, continues to be headless.Same is the case with Coal India, a priority public sector undertaking (PSU) for the Government to ramp up power production. It is without a CMD for over three months. The National Optical Fibre Network project, central to the Digital India plan of Modi, also went headless in August. The Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation too is without a head. The managing director of this ambitious project is holding ‘additional charge’ from Kolkata, well after his transfer six months ago. The Railway Board is yet to replace him.There are as many as 10 key PSUs without heads and rather than focusing on filling the posts, the Government is looking to replace independent directors on their boards, which is essentially an exercise in granting political favours (see box on Appointments).At the heart of the issue is a centralised system where the PMO decides on almost all appointments above the joint secretary-level with individual ministries having a limited say. Government insiders say the PMO is keen to pick the right person for the right job, which is why the delay. However, at times, that comes down to micro-management like dealing with private secretaries of ministers. As a result, most ministers have left it to the PMO to take a call on appointments rather than push for one themselves.Beyond appointments, the larger question this also raises is about policy inputs and coordination. The Government sought to cut decision time by doing away with Groups of Ministers (GoMs) and Empowered Groups of Ministers (EGoMs), but has not yet devised an alternative way to reconcile differences between departments-the process of creating a department of skill development and entrepreneurship is one such example. Similarly, it has decided to abolish the Planning Commission but has still not found an advisory resource to fill in until a new body takes over (see page 52).The appointment of the chief economic adviser is under process, but already quite delayed. As a result, many decisions are not moving forward as officials continue to grapple with technical details such as framing of new FDI rules or dealing with issues of funding infrastructure projects.On some matters, the consequences have been far more serious. The knot that India has got into in the World Trade Organization (WTO) is one such pointer, where a populist position has limited the Government’s options, with policymakers now struggling to create some manoeuvring space to recalibrate the Indian line. And more recently, the decision to call off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan on a Hurriyat invitation has not just delivered a blow to the peace process, but has also breathed life back into a spent force in the Valley, one that is pregnant with dangerous possibilities.Keeping up expectationsadvertisementJust after Modi had addressed the Bhutan Parliament during his first foreign visit as PM, a senior Bhutanese politician walked up to him, praised his speech and said even though clapping is considered a bad omen in Bhutan (people usually clap to ward off evil), the sort of applause the Indian PM had received showed the extent to which he had moved the audience, so much so that they even forgot their tradition. Modi, it’s learnt, immediately turned to one of his aides and asked him to ensure this comment makes it on Twitter.Be it such a small incident or a big policy initiative, Modi is perception-sensitive and that’s among the most dramatic changes from the previous government. Of the four OSDs he has brought into the PMO, two essentially look at timely and regular information dissemination through the social media. One of them, Pratik Doshi, was a student in Singapore when he joined the Modi team in Gujarat as an intern a few years ago.It’s believed Modi took an instant liking to him because he often picked the right points to highlight from his speech. Though very much like a young techie, insiders say, Doshi is the one who enjoys the trust to pick out the lines to be tweeted from a Modi speech or a policy statement. The PMO channel is designed as a one-way information highway that ensures there is no obfuscation of the message.This, in a way, is the biggest achievement of the Modi Government, allowing his office to project a Prime Minister in control. This alone has had a positive impact on the India perception story, particularly on the business side. He has followed it up with specific policy decisions like showing intent to liberalise FDI regimes in insurance, defence and railways, amending labour laws to make them more business-friendly, doing away with the Planning Commission, improving the concept of industrial corridors, and at times, something small but significant like recognising self-certification of documents instead of an affidavit. In one stroke, the entire business of what’s now come to be called the ‘notary racket’ was hit (see box).Yet, despite showing intent through decisions, execution is where the Government appears to be losing steam.An incomplete template The Government may have been responding to a popular construct by reopening the gas pricing issue in its first few weeks, but three months down the line, it’s still struggling to settle on a price. With consumer ministries such as power and fertiliser at loggerheads with the petroleum ministry and, to quite an extent, the finance ministry, which would want to reduce its subsidy burden, the Government did what earlier governments used to do-form a Committee of Secretaries (CoS) with all the stakeholders. The aside to that story is that the petroleum secretary nominated an additional secretary instead of himself, creating yet another layer between the committee’s suggestion and the final decision.advertisementThe political intent is to bring the price below what the Rangarajan panel’s formula was suggesting (around $8 per mmBtu), which may suit the consumer ministries but for the economic health of the gas sector and the larger question of not increasing the subsidy burden, a higher price may be preferred. So did the Rangarajan panel find the right mean? The challenge is to find a politically palatable answer to this question without appearing to agree with the previous government; the rest is form and delay.Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is a key figure in the Modi Cabinet, one who is expected to deliver on Modi’s vision of skilling India’s youth and sowing an entrepreneurship wave in the country. The PM showed intent by bringing the whole subject under Sonowal’s ministry. But even after 100 days, this is a half-complete exercise. The minister himself is quite clear that he has to focus on Assam politics where the BJP has its first real chance in the next Assembly polls and he may just be the chief ministerial candidate. On the other hand, right under his nose, a turf war started among ministries looking after various aspects of this subject. For the first couple of months, Sonowal was oblivious to the fact that the allocation of business rules had not clearly spelled out his ministry’s new role.Finally, Modi had to himself chair a meeting where instructions were given to a reticent finance ministry to transfer the reins of the National Skill Development Corporation under the new arrangement. Still, on the entrepreneurship side, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is fighting on, making the point that entrepreneurship is a broad theme which must be promoted as a industry-specific strategy for which their offices are the best suited. Now, the Government has sanctioned the creation of a special venture capital fund for start-ups but turf issues have slowed the pace. Not to forget, the labour ministry has raised its own set of red flags, voicing concerns about how labour issues will be protected in these start-ups. By the looks of it, Modi may have to call another meeting to settle this.The National Industrial Corridor Authority, a budget announcement that bears a Modi stamp, too has got embroiled in one such tug of war where the industries ministry wants the finance ministry to cede control over the funds corpus. The fight, according to sources, has not entered its worst phase but those at the margins are betting for more action. Similarly, the agriculture ministry is miffed at the water resources ministry for not taking it aboard on the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchai Yojana. “They may have been given the funds but how can you plan an irrigation scheme without involving the agriculture ministry?” remarked an official at Krishi Bhavan.Turf wars and coordination issues are not new to any government. The issue at hand is the governance tools deployed to resolve them. Will it be the CoS route like in the gas pricing issue, which is much like the past? Or will Modi intervene personally each time? While the power centre is clearly defined in this Government, there is still a lack of clarity on how this authority will be expressed in daily governance issues, leading to second guessing by ministers and bureaucrats.Channelling authorityThis was during the first month when Modi was taking turn-by-turn briefings from various secretaries. At one such briefing, a secretary of an important social sector ministry seemed to have got a bit elaborate and technical in a bid to impress the new PM. It’s learnt that Modi intervened at one point and asked the secretary if he was delivering an address at a seminar. The incident is now the most cited example among bureaucrats on how not to overstep the boundary with Modi and more importantly, stick as close as possible to the rulebook, unless overruled. For a PM who was expected to run the Government through bureaucrats, the caution and the fear that flows from it could prove to be counterproductive unless his office manages to turn this into creative tension.A good example is the HRD ministry, where the Government steamrolled the FYUP decision (see story, ‘To Meddle and to Muddle’) on Delhi University as a political agenda but least did it realise that there could be a blowback from the University Grants Commission, which simply went by the rulebook and extended the orders to IITs and the Indian Institute of Science. Result: The ministry is now staring at a first-rate crisis, trying to cope with resistance from institutions that are counted as the best brands of India.The decision to take on Pakistan on the Hurriyat issue sailed through without any major intervention. The fact that it was the Modi Government’s decision to first agree to the talks was overlooked and the top leadership went with a decision that stoked nationalist passions. In the bargain, India ended up delivering a serious blow to the credibility of Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, who was in the middle of a political crisis, which was more like a shadow battle with the Pakistani Army.Similarly, the decision to hold up the WTO deal over agriculture subsidies was taken without doing the necessary diplomatic spadework. Consequently, India found itself alone with Cuba and Venezuela, a throwback to the days of the Non-Aligned Movement and far removed from Modi’s own image. It’s now learnt that the Government is consulting experts on preparing a plan on how to implement the WTO plan, a course correction that may have not been needed in the first place.If bureaucrats are cautious, ministers appear to be far more uncertain. In one case, it is learnt that a minister from the heartland asked his secretary to first determine the PMO’s mind before sending any proposal; else it may be rejected on file. The secretary concerned could not get a clear answer from the PMO and so the file, which is a routine policy matter, continues to remain pending. The Ministry of External Affairs is, for instance, still sitting on a detailed plan to open state-level trade bureaus and set up trade promotion offices in various embassies even though Modi has championed this idea from his days as Gujarat chief minister. The unstated instruction is to wait until asked for.Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, for instance, was rarely seen in Paryavaran Bhawan for the first couple of months until clear directions came from the Prime Minister and suddenly, a host of decisions are in the offing. Meanwhile, in the information & broadcasting ministry, he is still struggling to launch the PM’s idea of a 24/7 Krishi Channel for which money has been allocated but there is no workable plan on sustained generation of content or revamping the decrepit Doordarshan. Staying focusedYet, the intent to keep the perception positive continues to drive the Government and while it still has gaps to fill on the governance front, new ideas are keeping audiences interested. One such move is the effort to create a single-stop investment portal where companies can apply for licences and clearances rather than go from department to department for approval. Until now, 13 departments have agreed to come online by the year-end. These include crucial services of the corporate affairs ministry as well as the Reserve Bank of India.The problem arises when a bright idea like this goes hand in hand with a decision to not raise the MSP for maize this year, which was part of a plan to encourage crop diversification. The Punjab government, for instance, is giving seeds at cheaper rates so that farmers diversify from paddy. Instead, the Government raised MSP for paddy, disincentivising those who had dared to change and diversify. CACP, which does not have a permanent head, kept quiet and the decision went through, yet again highlighting the perils of a job half-done.Ultimately, it all boils down to governance tact and here, the inexperience of the new cabinet coupled with a fear of misreading the Prime Minister’s cue is causing unanticipated problems. This showed up right at the start too when this full-majority Government began its innings with an ordinance to legalise the appointment of the Prime Minister’s principal secretary. The same was the case in Parliament when it could not find a way to get past the numbers wall in the Rajya Sabha, where the Opposition stood united on issues such as the bill to raise FDI limits in insurance.In many ways, the Budget session of Parliament was a reality check for the Government. First came the realisation that there were limits to its majority, a fact that tested the Government’s floor management skills in the Rajya Sabha. And then, the one success in the form of the unanimous passage of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, also landed the Government into a confrontation with the judiciary. So, here’s the bigger picture-the Rajya Sabha obstacle in Parliament that is unlikely to ease up soon, a visibly annoyed judiciary, and a diplomatic challenge with Pakistan. Clearly, the Government has already opened up many fronts in its first 100 days and in doing so, set itself up for a challenge that will test its edifice. And that’s where the missing pieces are yet to fall in place.With Sandeep Unnithan, Ravish Tiwari, Manu Pubby, Kaushik Deka, Anubhuti Vishnoi and Rahul Tripathi To read more, get your copy of India Today here.