DeGale backs O’Meara to win title

first_imgJames DeGale is backing his friend Steve O’Meara to become Commonwealth light-middleweight champion this weekend.Both men are products of Dale Youth boxing club in Notting Hill and as professionals have worked under trainer Jim McDonnell.McDonnell has nurtured O’Meara.And European super-middleweight champion DeGale believes O’Meara has what it takes to beat unbeaten Liverpudlian Liam Smith at the ExCel London on Saturday and win the vacant title.DeGale told West London Sport: “I’ve seen myself how much he wants it and how much work he’s put in.“I hope all that work pays off and I believe it will. I think he’s going to do it and no-one deserves it more.”O’Meara, who has won his last three fights with early knockouts, will be appearing on the undercard of fellow West Londoner George Groves’ Commonwealth super-middleweight title defence against former world champion Glen Johnson.And McDonnell, who has long been keen for O’Meara to fight for a major title, is confident his man will prevail.“With Steve we’re talking about a quality boxer who’s now also showing he’s got power to match.” said McDonnell.“The improvement in the guy has been phenomenal. When he first came he was probably the weakest guy in the gym. Not anymore.“He’s so strong these days and is ready to take his chance, no doubt about it.”West London Sport will have live updates from ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.See also:O’Meara stuns Toms in west London clashTrainer eyes title shot for O’MearaO’Meara aiming for title gloryO’Meara tipped for title glory in 2012Victory moves O’Meara closer to title shotSteve O’Meara v Tony Randell in picturesO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsO’Meara ready to seize title chanceSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashWatch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fightDuo weigh in ahead of title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mamata bats for Darjeeling peace

first_imgDuring an all-party meeting in Darjeeling on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said an industry meet would be held in March.Ms. Banerjee said Darjeeling has the potential for industry in software, tourism and horticulture and she would ask industrialists to attend the meet. “Let us forget what happened [in the past]. The political parties and their ideology will remain but let us come together for the development of the hills,” Ms. Banerjee said. The Chief Minister’s visit to Darjeeling hills, which comes after eight months and the first since the hills braved a 104-day shutdown, assumes a lot of political significance.On her first day, Ms. Banerjee inaugurated a road in the name of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) founder Subhas Ghising. Ghising, who spearheaded the movement for a separate State of Gorkhaland for decades, was sent into political oblivion by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung in 2007.last_img read more

Gennady Golovkin to return in June after signing deal with DAZN

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end US women’s national soccer team players sue for equitable pay FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Gennady Golovkin reacts following a middleweight title against Canelo Alvarez, in Las Vegas. Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multiyear deal Friday, March 8, 2019, with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Alvarez. No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which will be Golovkin’s first since being edged by Alvarez last September in their second bout after they fought to a draw in the first one. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Gennady Golovkin will return to the ring in June after signing a multiyear deal Friday with DAZN, which gives him the possibility of a third fight with Canelo Alvarez.No date or opponent was announced for the fight, which will be Golovkin’s first since being edged by Alvarez last September in their second bout after they fought to a draw in the first one.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Alvarez already has an exclusive deal with the sports streaming service and is set to meet Daniel Jacobs in a middleweight title unification match on May 4 in Las Vegas.The deal calls for Golovkin to fight twice a year on DAZN for the next three years, giving the longtime middleweight champion from Kazakhstan plenty of opportunities to regain titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe biggest one would be through another bout with Alvarez after their two close contests, which were both pay-per-view fights. When Alvarez signed his contract last year, which his promotional company said would pay him a minimum of $365 million, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper said he hoped it would help attract other top fighters.He finally got Golovkin, whom he called “a generational talent with international appeal.” P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed DAZN has all the middleweight champions, with WBO champion Demetrius Andrade also fighting on DAZN. He called out Golovkin after defending his title in January, saying he would “destroy” Triple G.GGG Promotions will do two cards per year on DAZN beginning in 2020. Golovkin and Skipper plan to discuss the deal next week at a press conference in the Los Angeles area.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more

Social Media Reaction of Emmanuel Ogbah Being Drafted by the Browns

first_imgE MAN!— Trey Johnson (@TJbackitupnStop) April 29, 2016 God is good congrats to my boy!!’ He’s about to take over the league! https://t.co/WJ7qhCcj0W— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) April 29, 2016 Congrats Eman!!!! Just the beginning!!!! https://t.co/4z7ufJcfuJ— Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) April 29, 2016 Pistols firing for the good guys! CONGRATS @EmanOgbah!https://t.co/PMQoWuVBkd— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) April 29, 2016 Congrats @EmanOgbah! We are extremely proud @Browns got a blue collar player who takes care of business & works hard pic.twitter.com/FyX2O63VQU— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) April 29, 2016 Let’s go to work @EmanOgbah !! #gopokes #big12 #dawgpound— Bigshot Bowie (@BigshotBowie) April 29, 2016 @EmanOgbah congrats big dawg! Go get that bag ?? pic.twitter.com/mSexTPP7ka— Jordan Burton™ (@bighit20) April 29, 2016 Ogbah’s bicep veins alone make him a great pick pic.twitter.com/3KY0OUCYYi— Bottlegate (@Bottlegate) April 30, 2016https://twitter.com/JMElias47/status/726210012570247168 Congrats bro Now Go turn up big dawg. #ClevelandBrowns ??? https://t.co/JyArMK8pLC— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) April 29, 2016 @EmanOgbah congrats bro— Jhajuan Seales (@Jseales_OSU81) April 29, 2016 Congrats @eman_osu38! So excited for you! #nfldraft @ Boone Pickens Stadium https://t.co/QBA28DZ0fL— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) April 29, 2016 Congrats @EmanOgbah ! #NFLDraft— Kyle Crutchmer (@KyleCrutchmer) April 29, 2016 Social media was straight fire after Emmanuel Ogbah had his name called on Friday. With the first pick of the second round of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns put Ogbah’s dreams to life. Here’s the social media aftermath:@EmanOgbah congratulations. #oklahomastate #gopokes— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) April 29, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Go get the money E Man ??@EmanOgbah pic.twitter.com/WxuAAoaAfx— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) April 29, 2016last_img read more

Supreme Court hearing on union dues

first_img February 27, 2018 Posted: February 27, 2018 Steve Bosh 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA decision from the Supreme Court is expected by June on whether requiring workers to pay union fees is unconstitutional.If that happens, it will be a major threat to labor’s membership, financing and political power.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the story. Supreme Court hearing on union dues Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Local nonprofit Passion 4 KIDS helps kids in desperate situations

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Passion 4 K.I.D.S  is a local non-profit charity that helps handicapped, neglected, abandoned, abused and underprivileged children.The founders of the organization, Charles and Linda Van Kessler, were recently guests of Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia at the royal palace. They assisted the royal couple as they visited children in orphanages and children’s hospitals.Charles and Linda Van Kessler stopped by KUSI to discuss their organization and their trip.For more information or ways to get involved visit passion4kids.org or email info@passion4kids.org. Local nonprofit Passion 4 K.I.D.S helps kids in desperate situations Posted: August 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NASA has a ball with Super Bowl tieins

first_img The big game is this weekend! Have you started your grocery list? Don’t worry — we’ve got your queso ingredients right here, just like astronauts might enjoy on the International @Space_Station! #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/Edoj1RjB3q— Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) January 31, 2019 Go Deep! 🏈 The @Space_Station measures 357 feet end-to-end, which is about the same size as the football field that the @Patriots & @RamsNFL are playing on today during the #Superbowl. Discover more about our orbiting laboratory: https://t.co/mj1TGNBeai #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/2IXyo664r7— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019 Share your voice Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Retired NASA astronaut twins Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly appeared in an Amazon Alexa Super Bowl ad. NASA jumped on the opportunity to direct interested NFL fans to more information about the ISS. Sports One of NASA’s most creative Super Bowl tie-ins happened when it posted Hubble Space Telescope images featuring the rival teams’ colors.The Patriots got a supernova, while the Rams got a nebula.  May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Some #NASA trivia to ponder as you watch the #Superbowl today… The James Webb Space Telescope is so big, a total of 17 of #Webb’s mirrors could fit across a football field, endzone to endzone! #SB53 #JWST pic.twitter.com/d9GOq7d0Ns— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) February 4, 2019 • Super Bowl 2019 reading • NASA has a ball with Super Bowl tie-ins The crew living and working aboard the @Space_Station will see the day begin and end TWICE during today’s #SBLIII. Discover even more space and football facts: https://t.co/YXP3zY2bfl pic.twitter.com/sLW23I7vor— NASA (@NASA) February 3, 2019 Super Bowl 2019 Tags Post a comment 0 15 Photos NASA’s Johnson Space Center recruited astronauts Reid Wiseman and Megan McArthur to show us how to make “space queso” using cheese spread, black beans, corn and rehydrated vegetarian chili, just like the International Space Station crew would prepare it. A football floats on the International Space Station. NASA The folks at NASA enjoy football just as much as anyone. They just look at it a little differently. NASA found ways to meld sports and science for Sunday’s Super Bowl 53 game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.For example, NASA shared an eye-opening visualization of the immensity of the International Space Station: It’s roughly the size a football field.  Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar See All The answer is 4,625 footballs! Did you guess right? pic.twitter.com/zWLIlZIM22— NASA Ames (@NASAAmes) February 4, 2019 Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer We also learned you can fit 4,625 footballs into the NASA Orion crew module, the space agency’s next-gen transportation capsule for astronauts. Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space NASA Space It would take 17 of the under-construction James Webb Space Telescope mirrors to reach across that same field. One aspect of the game that NASA didn’t comment on was the Patriots’ victory. We’ll leave that job up to the Twitter memesters. Any @Patriots fans in the house? Show your @SuperBowl spirit and share this supernova with your teams colors, seen by @NASAHubble. #EverythingWeGot #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/2ZDO2CPpHp— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019 While many of us were watching only a TV screen during the game, the ISS crew also witnessed multiple sunrises and sunsets. Think the @RamsNFL will take home the title this #SBLIII?@NASAHubble found a nebula just for you 💫 Share this electrifying image of your teams colors to show some #LARams love! pic.twitter.com/2dx2NUjcTX— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019 Just saw the @Space_Station appear during the #SuperBowl? It orbits Earth with a crew living and conducting science in microgravity. Learn more about the @ISS_Research & more underway now: https://t.co/74cLLK9Mk0 pic.twitter.com/fYOr9YpDAP— NASA (@NASA) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Trump Unveils Hard Power Budget That Boosts Military Spending

first_img Share Win McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident Trump is releasing his budget blueprint on Thursday, calling for a boost in military spending and deep cuts in the Environmental Protection Agency and other programs.Updated: 9:50 a.m. ETThe Trump administration’s new budget blueprint aims to quantify the president’s nationalistic agenda in dollars and cents. The plan, released Thursday morning, calls for significant increases in military and border-security spending, along with corresponding cuts in many other parts of the government.The blueprint was designed to “send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong-power administration,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney explained on Wednesday as he previewed the document in a briefing with reporters.It also sends a clear message domestically: this administration is willing to make drastic, controversial cuts to fund that “strong-power” message. That includes slashing spending on foreign aid and the environment, as well as long-standing programs aimed at boosting the arts and humanities, as well as the fortunes of the most vulnerable Americans. The question now is how much the Republican-controlled Congress will go along with that vision.Like any White House budget, Trump’s blueprint is more of a political document than an accurate predictor of government spending. Congress controls the purse strings and lawmakers may have very different priorities. As a statement of presidential intention, though, the blueprint is crystal clear.“This is the America First budget,” said Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, in a briefing with reporters before the document’s release. “In fact, we wrote it using the president’s own words. We went through his speeches. We went through articles that have been written about his policies … and we turned those policies into numbers.”“There’s no question this is a hard-power budget,” Mulvaney said. “It is not a soft-power budget. This is a hard-power budget. And that was done intentionally. The president very clearly wants to send a message to our allies and our potential adversaries that this is a strong-power administration.”Trump wants lawmakers to boost military spending in the coming fiscal year by 10 percent, or $54 billion. Rather than raise taxes or increase the deficit, the president is calling for equivalent cuts in other areas. Foreign aid would be especially hard hit, with the State Department’s budget cut by about 28 percent.Alongside Defense, the agencies for which the White House proposes spending increases are almost entirely military- and national security-related. The Department of Homeland Security would see a hike in funding of 6.8 percent, as would the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (5.9 percent) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (11.3 percent).“The president ran [his campaign] saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home,” Mulvaney said. “When you go to implement that policy, you go to things like foreign aid, and those get reduced.”Critics argue the administration’s single-minded focus on hard power is short-sighted, and could ultimately be detrimental to national security. They point to past comments from Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired Marine general, who once told lawmakers, “If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition, ultimately.”The White House blueprint does not address major safety net programs such as Social Security and Medicare, which the president has promised to protect. But Trump is calling for sharp cuts in discretionary spending, including the Environmental Protection Agency.The administration is proposing cutting the EPA’s budget by 31 percent, from $8.3 billion in fiscal year 2017 to $5.7 billion in fiscal yar 2018. That’s the largest cut among all Cabinet departments and major agencies.The budget says that slash in funding is necessary “to ease the burden of unnecessary Federal regulations that impose significant costs for workers and consumers without justifiable environmental benefits.”Instead of carrying out many of its current functions, the agency would “primarily support States and Tribes in their important role protecting air, land, and water in the 21st Century,” the document adds.The EPA’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, is a longtime critic of what he sees as the agency’s activist agenda. He and the president have both promised to scale back environmental regulation, including efforts to curb carbon pollution and promote alternative energy. Last week, Pruitt reiterated his doubts that carbon emissions are a primary contributor to climate change. That puts him at odds with the overwhelming scientific consensus.Climate research at NASA could also take a hit under Trump’s budget. The plan would reduce overall spending at NASA by around 1 percent, Mulvaney said, but would increase spending on space exploration, which Trump supports.In a speech to a joint session of Congress last month, Trump promised to bring renewed hope and opportunity to what he called “our neglected inner cities.” The Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be the vehicle for that effort, though.“We’ve spent a lot of money on housing and urban development over the last decades without a lot to show for it,” Mulvaney said. He added that Trump prefers to invest in cities’ infrastructure and school choice.The president’s plan calls for a 6 percent increase in spending by the Department of Homeland Security, including $2.6 billion to begin work on a planned border wall. The White House is also asking Congress to devote $1.5 billion to the wall in the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.Among all the proposed spending hikes and cuts, some areas would see spending cuts of 100 percent. The administration wants to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Together, the two groups receive around $300 million annually.Trump also wants to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps to finance public radio and television stations. CPB received $445 million in the current fiscal year.Several of these eliminated programs aim to help the poorest Americans. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps people pay utility bills and weatherize their homes. And the Community Development Block Grant, a part of the Housing and Urban Development Department, helps support affordable housing and infrastructure (among many other things).The budget also proposes eliminating the Appalachian Regional Commission, which promotes economic development in the region stretching from northern Mississippi to western New York. Many counties in that swath heavily supported Trump in November.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed April 19

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIn the wake of the recent murder murder captured on Facebook live and the accidental suicide on Instagram, how do we protect our children from the burgeoning horrors of social media? We’ll talk to Kaye Wise Whitehead, author, public intellectual and professor at Loyola University of Maryland. Also, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on the death of Freddie Gray, two years ago today.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Developing a smarter framework

first_imgWith the simultaneous launch of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Housing for All and the coveted Smart Cities Mission (SCM) on June 25, 2015, it was a landmark day in the evolution of India’s urban agenda. The message of convergence emerging from the common launch of all three programmes will hopefully be sustained in the future while implementing them.The Smart City guidelines seek the convergence of different schemes like AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Digital India, Skill Development, Housing for All, construction of Museums funded by the culture department and other programmes connected with social infrastructure such as health, education and culture. SCM, with an outlay of Rs.48,000 crore ($7.5 billion), is expected to enhance the quality of life in 100 cities, which will be identified over the next few months. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceSince the initial declaration of building Smart Cities in the BJP’s election manifesto in early 2014, the Modi government’s plans on this front have been taking shape slowly, and will need time to evolve. The SCM guidelines highlight the need for a holistic approach to urban development. This will require an integration of physical, institutional, social and economic infrastructure. Thus emerges the need for a strategically articulated framework to address a city’s urban challenges, which will greatly aid this process of integration. This framework should focus on a more process-oriented path than a  Also Read – Turning a blind eyesimple project-oriented path.The guidelines provided by the government do not mention a specific definition of Smart City. There are, however, four key imperatives that emerge from the guidelines along with various other perspectives on smart cities obtained from both academic literature and deliberations in India over the last 15 months. The first imperative is that a city needs to be sustainable in order to be smart. This will mean that the interventions under the Smart Cities Mission need to align their goals, objectives and processes to the overarching principle of sustainability. The Draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released by the United Nations can be a useful and handy reference. The key principles emerging from SDGs include ensuring well-being, equity, efficiency, and embedding foresight in all plans and actions. Adhering to these principles at all stages of all programmes will ensure consistency in the outcomes achieved and thus enable the much-intended convergence of programmes sought by the Smart Cities Mission Guidelines.The second imperative that emerges is the importance of imbibing the characteristics of good governance for achieving sustainability. For example, transparency, accountability, participation and consensus-building are some of the key characteristics of good governance, which form the foundation for ensuring equity.The third imperative is to understand the role and use of technology in urban development. There needs to be a departure in the way technology is being portrayed as the panacea of all urban ills. It is, in fact, an important enabler, which can yield the desired results only when applied in a context-specific manner. Collective vision, supportive policy instruments and domestic stability are equally important in achieving smartness in a city through technology.The fourth and a frequently discussed imperative is that urban institutions, especially the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) need the capacity to work towards the three imperatives mentioned so far. This gains additional significance as the prime minister himself has said that ULBs will be key instruments in implementing the Smart Cities Mission.The four imperatives mentioned above suggest that India needs to formulate concrete Terms of Reference (ToR) to realise the Mission’s objectives, drawing from the initial ideas proposed in the Guideline. A reference framework based on a set of guiding principles is needed to enable state and city governments to implement different schemes, understand the complementarity of schemes and maintain consistency. This Smart City Reference Framework (SCRF) for India can be envisaged to be the point of departure from other urban development initiatives. The Smart Cities Mission needs to initiate this to gain both short-term (such as meaningful utilisation of investments under various schemes) and long-term benefits (such as initiating important structural reforms in urban planning and management processes, empowered by technology). The Reference Framework should be the overarching and all-encompassing umbrella that will guide all urban development and related schemes to achieve sustainable urban development in India. Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), a Bengaluru-based Think Tank, has been working on reconceptualising various notions associated with smart cities in India. The culmination of this study is a set of ToR, which is also being referred to as the Smart City Reference Framework(SCRF). The final report of this study will be released in mid-July, under the aegis of NITI Aayog.The positioning of SCM can be seized as an opportunity to address the challenges discussed in this article and achieve the larger goals of urbanisation featured in the national development agenda. The complementarity of the schemes presents the biggest opportunity in this trajectory of urban development. It could also be the biggest challenge! Streamlining the efforts of various organisations by ensuring that various aspects of sustainable urban development are addressed will be a critical factor in taking this Mission forward “smartly”.last_img read more