Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement made before the 2014 Lok Sabha poll in Varanasi that he had come there on the invitation of (river) Ganga mata, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said “Ganga maiya” now has been asking where was her son.Mr Kumar also said the condition of the river had become so deplorable that “he gets emotional over it.”“When I visited Varanasi recently people there were saying river Ganga has been asking for her son who earlier had declared that he had come there only on the invitation of Ganga mata…why he (PM Modi) has stopped saying so…the condition of river Ganga has become so deplorable that I get emotional seeing it,” the Chief Minister said while addressing an international conference on “Incessant Ganga” here.“Close Farraka”Mr Kumar said he had demanded the closure of the Farakka barrage in West Bengal “as it has been the root cause of siltation causing floods every year in Bihar.”“Several river experts have expressed a similar opinion but nothing has been done yet,” he said.“It is because of the Farakka barrage that Bihar gets flooded every year…there is a danger to Bihar due to the barrage,” Magsaysay award winner and water conservationist Rajendra Singh said.He said the Central government project of Namami Gange has been benefiting only contractors.Another river expert and economist, Bharat Jhunjhunwala, said the Central government raises the issue of cows but not of Ganga.Problem of silt depositBihar Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh said the conference would discuss in detail the problem of siltation in the river bed.The experts and delegates would look into all aspects of human intervention, including the proposed construction of barrage for inland waterways, which have resulted in the deterioration of the Ganga, an official of the state Water Resource Department said.
Kolkata Knight Riders are back to winning ways in the Indian Premier League thanks to the brute power of Andre Russell, who single-handedly took the team over the line against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.Andre Russell led a brutal assault on the RCB bowlers as he smashed 48 not out off 13 balls to help the Knight Riders complete their 206-run chase at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru and clinch the second spot in the points table with their third win in four games.Russell’s victory lifted the mood in the KKR camp as they bounced back from the Super Over defeat in their previous match against the Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla.KKR have a special victory chant which they recite after every game they win in the IPL. They got a chance to celebrate again on Friday night with Chris Lynn leading the way.Lynn, who roared back to form himself with his 31-ball 43 vs RCB, always leads the victory chant which is followed up by the rest of his teammates and support.”Playing for KKR means everything”Scenes from the dressing room after #RCBvKKR #VIVOIPL #IPL2019 #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/uTKDH3HpABKolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 6, 2019Kolkata Knight Riders had needed 67 runs from 26 balls when Andre Russell walked into the crease. The visitors were losing a bit of momentum as captain Dinesh Karthik was struggling to get the big ones after Nitish Rana departed for a quickfire 37.However, Russell tore into the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack, smashing three sixes in the 18th over and four more in the 19th over. Tim Southee conceded 29 runs in the penultimate over and KKR gunned down the total with five balls to spare after one of the most brutal onslaughts T20 cricket has ever witnessed.advertisementTalking up his power-hitting abilities, Russell said he no longer believes any cricket ground across the globe is big enough for him. The KKR all-rounder revealed he had thought Australian grounds were too big but that he had surprised himself when he hit a few Down Under.It was all about hitting only SIXES – Dre Russ@Russell12A speaks to @TridentSportsX about his six fest and moments like these which he trains for in the nets. Interview by @RajalArora. @KKRiders #VIVOIPL #RCBvKKRFull Interview – https://t.co/YAhS497sax pic.twitter.com/oQxx9BxRoEIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019″A few grounds in Australia and then I surprised myself there by hitting a few into the stands. No ground is big enough for me I guess, I just trust my strength and trust my power. I have good bat speed. I trust that as well,” Russell said after claiming his third man-of-the-match award this season.Also Read | Andre Russell’s mantra for success is simple: Hit as many sixes as possibleAlso Read | Andre Russell is a billion dollar man for KKR: Chris Lynn after KKR stun RCBAlso Read | Andre Russell after destroying RCB with 7 sixes: No ground big enough for me