England and India seek improvement in Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table

first_imgTeam India captain M S Dhoni. Reuters The five-Test series between England and India gets underway in Nottingham on Wednesday 9 July, with both sides aiming to improve their rankings in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.As things stand at present, India occupies fourth position with 102 ratings points, while England is one spot behind with 100 ratings points. Depending upon the outcome of the Test series, both teams can go as high as number three or drop to as low as number seven.For India, the equation is straightforward: a series win will be sufficient to help it leapfrog Pakistan into third position.However, a vault up the rankings is a bit trickier for England, which needs to win the series by a difference of no less than two Tests to take on third place. Victory by just one Test will help it swap places with India.Meanwhile, both teams can potentially drop to number seven. If India wins all five Tests, then Alastair Cook’s side will plummet to seventh position, while a 4-1 series result will see England slip to sixth. Conversely, if England wins the series by 4-0 or better, then India will drop to seventh spot.To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.Movement is also expected on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, static in seventh place, will have the opportunity to break into the top five, while Virat Kohli, who currently occupies tenth position, will have the chance to consolidate his place in the top 10.advertisementReliance ICC Test Team Rankings tableRank      Team                Rating     1          Australia             123            2          South Africa       123           3          Pakistan              103  4          India                   102   5          England              100             6          Sri Lanka            96              7          New Zealand         938          West Indies           749          Zimbabwe             4010        Bangladesh           21Pujara trails fifth-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul by 35 ratings points, while Kohli needs 16 ratings points to both move ahead of Ross Taylor of New Zealand and also break the 800-point barrier.Ian Bell, in 18th place, is the only batsman from England to find a place amongst the top 20.Outside the top 20, batsmen likely to be seen in action from both the sides are Alistair Cook (21st), Joe Root (26th), MS Dhoni (29th), Matt Prior (32nd), Rohit Sharma (33rd), Murali Vijay (42nd), Ajinikya Rahane (45th) and Shikhar Dhawan (50th).Gary Ballance and Sam Robson, who did well for England against Sri Lanka, are in 83rd and 94th places, respectively.India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in seventh position is the highest-ranked bowler from either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. James Anderson (12th) and Stuart Broad (14th) are the other bowlers to feature inside the top 20.Other bowlers to watch out for are Ishant Sharma (23rd), Ravindra Jadeja (26th), Mohammed Shami (33rd), Ben Stokes (46th), Liam Plunkett (50th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (73rd) and Chris Woakes (118th).In the All-rounders’ table, Ashwin (second) and Stuart Broad (fifth) feature in the top five.Series schedule:9-13 July –    1st Test, Nottingham17-21 July –  2nd Test, Lord’s27-31 July –  3rd Test, Southampton7-11 August – 4th Test, Manchester15-19 August – 5th Test, The OvalReliance ICC Test Team Rankings tableRank       Team                Rating     1          Australia             123            2          South Africa       123           3          Pakistan             103  4          India                   102   5          England              100             6          Sri Lanka            96              7          New Zealand      938          West Indies         749          Zimbabwe           4010        Bangladesh        21(Developed by David Kendix)Reliance ICC Test Player RankingsBatsmen (top 10) Rank        Player                   Team     Points       Ave         HS Rating   1           AB de Villiers         SA           922        51.94       935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014   2           K Sangakkara       SL           896        58.63        938 v Eng at Kandy 2007   3           Hashim Amla        SA           873        51.35        907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013   4           David Warner       Aus         871!       46.54         871 v SA at Cape Town 2014   5           S.Chanderpaul     WI          854        51.88          901 v NZ at Napier 2008   6           Misbah-ul-Haq     Pak         824!       48.75          824 v SL at Sharjah 2014   7           C Pujara              Ind          819*      58.92            851 v SA at Durban 2013   8           Michael Clarke     Aus         818        51.50          900 v SL at Melbourne 2012   9           Ross Taylor          NZ          795        46.43           871 v WI at Hamilton 2013  10         Virat Kohli             Ind          784!       46.51          784 v NZ at Wellington 2014 In this August 22, 2011 file photo, England’s captain Andrew Strauss (right) holds the Reliance ICC Test Mace and celebrates with his team after they won the test series against India 4-0 at the Oval cricket ground in London. Reuters  Selected Rankings Rank      Player                   Team     Points       Ave         HS  Rating  18         Ian Bell                  Eng         657        45.12       822 v Ind at The Oval 2011  21         Alastair Cook       Eng         633          45.90       874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012  26         Joe Root              Eng      610*           41.86       630 v SL at Lord’s 2014  29         MS Dhoni             Ind          604        38.77         662 v SA at Kolkata 2010  32         Matt Prior                Eng         583        41.00      745 v NZ at Auckland 2013  33         Rohit Sharma         Ind          578*!       56.87      578 v NZ at Wellington 2014  42         Murali Vijay             Ind          530*      35.24       569 v SA at Durban 2013  45         Ajinkya Rahane      Ind          513*!    47.37        513 v NZ at Wellington 2014  50         S Dhawan               Ind          475*!    48.54       475 v NZ at Wellington 2014advertisement  83         Gary Ballance          Eng         334*!    45.20      334 v SL at Headingley 2014  94         Sam Robson            Eng         305*!    42.75      305 v SL at Headingley 2014Bowlers (top 10) Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating   1           Dale Steyn            SA           898        23.01      908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013   2           Ryan Harris          Aus         870!       22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014   3           V Philander           SA           865        20.11      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013   4           M Johnson            Aus         844!       27.42     844 v SA at Cape Town 2014   5           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787        27.46      855 v Zim at Harare 2013   6           Tim Southee         NZ          783        29.83      799 v WI at Kingston 2014   7           R Ashwin               Ind          744        28.50      808 v WI at Mumbai 2013   8           Rangana Herath  SL           739        30.51      838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012   9           Trent Boult           NZ          737*      27.45        767 v Ind at Wellington 2014  10=       Kemar Roach       WI          733!       27.04       733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014                Peter Siddle           Aus         733        29.37      816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013Selected RankingsRank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating  12         (-2)        J Anderson            Eng         731     30.36      813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011  14         (-1)          Stuart Broad         Eng         719     30.43      783 v WI at Lord’s 201223           Ishant Sharma     Ind          548        37.56      671 v WI at Dominica 2011   26        Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          507*      26.30      570 v SA at Durban 2013   33        M Shami               Ind          422*!    29.48      422 v NZ at Wellington 2014   46        Ben Stokes            Eng         305*      32.80      311 v Aus at Sydney 2014   50        Liam Plunkett      Eng         286*!    36.67      286 v SL at Headingley 2014   73        B Kumar               Ind          203*      37.88      211 v WI at Mumbai 2013  118=     Chris Woakes       Eng         7*          96.00     8 v Aus at The Oval 2013 All-roundersRank      Player                    Team     Points         HS Rating   1           Vernon Philander   SA        376*/ !       376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014   2           R Ashwin               Ind      373*/           419 v WI at Mumbai 2013   3           Shakib Al Hasan   Ban        364           404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011   4           Mitchell Johnson    Aus         280        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009   5           Stuart Broad          Eng         274          382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012 ! Indicates career-highest rating* Indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets. – Courtesy: International Cricket Councillast_img read more

23 days agoParker delighted as Fulham thrash Reading

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Parker delighted as Fulham thrash Readingby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott Parker was delighted with Fulham’s ferocious start in the 4-1 win over Reading on Tuesday.Parker’s Cottagers blasted three goals inside the opening half hour, with the hosts down to ten-men thanks to John Swift’s red-card.The win pushes Fulham up to fourth on the Championship table after 10 games.Speaking after the match, Parker said: “I was delighted with the performance.”I’ve been delighted with the performances over the past four or five weeks but the results have been missing a little bit.”That’s what most people usually look at and I understand that. But tonight, I thought that we were first class from start to finish.”In the first 30 minutes, we were devastating – even though they had a man sent off.”But, prior to that, I felt that we had really stamped our authority on the game and showed our quality.”We’re going to be a team very hard to deal with in the first 20 or 30 minutes. Even when Reading had 11 men, it was still difficult for them.”We moved the ball very quickly and with an intensity. And we were really clinical in the final third.”Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked a lot on getting that cutting edge about us.” last_img read more

Photos: Braxton Miller Honored To Have Poster At Ohio Stadium

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Terry Richardson #13 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is a bona fide Ohio State great after his tenure as All-Big Ten quarterback and later a dynamic wide receiver.His status with the program wasn’t in question, but now he is officially in the ranks of the “greats” at Ohio Stadium, where his poster has been added.Miller and defensive end Joey Bosa are the two latest Buckeyes to receive the honor.Bosa and Braxton have been added into the Hall of Greats at Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/7N9gVoNy3a— Not James Vogel (@Not_James_Vogel) August 31, 2016Miller is incredibly grateful to have his posted hanging at “The Horseshoe.”Miller proved to be a threat at every level of offense during his time at Ohio State. As quarterback from 2011-2013, he threw for 5,295 yards, 52 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. He rushed for 3,315 yards and 33 touchdowns, including 1,000 yard seasons on the ground in 2012 and 2013. As a receiver in 2015, Miller caught 25 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns.While his numbers at receiver won’t blow anyone away, it was his first year playing the position, and the team dealt with issues at quarterback, as J.T. Barrett did not win the job back from the up-and-down Cardale Jones until midway through the year. Even so, Miller showed enough to be a third round pick by the Houston Texans, where he now plays alongside superstar DeAndre Hopkins and promising receivers like Jaelen Strong and Will Fuller.last_img read more

Walking trail near Fort St John Hospital closed until further notice

first_imgHe added that at this point it’s not known when the trail will be reopening, but that the City will be notifying residents via its Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City officials say that one of the walking trails located near the Fort St. John Hospital will be closed until further notice.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that work crews were attempting to resolve drainage issues near the walking trail along the south side of the hospital property when some of the equipment caused damage to the trail itself.Harvey said that the City is currently working with engineers to try to get the drainage issues in the area resolved while also determining what repairs need to be performed on the trail itself.last_img

KMC holds meeting to take stock of desiltation work

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) held a meeting with the state Irrigation & Waterways department on Monday, to take stock of desiltation work in the canals to ensure that water drains out through these canals properly during the monsoon and there is no accumulation of water. There are around 16 canals under the KMC area that come under the aegis of the state Irrigation department.”I had sought a report from the Irrigation department on March 13, on the progress in desiltation work of the clogged canals within a month. They have submitted a list of the canals and the projected time in which they will complete the work. They have also mentioned the time when they will take up such work again,” said Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSingh has directed his departmental DG Amit Roy to fix a date so that he can take stock of the desiltation work himself. “We have to ensure that during heavy rainfall, the water is able to pass through the gully pits into the underground drainage system, so that we can use our drainage pumping station to pump the water into the river through these canals,” said a senior official of the Drainage department who attended the meeting. The Kolkata Environment Improvement Investment Programme (KEIIP), with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has integrated a few pumping stations while several pipelines have been cleansed during the dry weather. Pump capacities have also been increased. The meeting in KMC headquarters on Monday was chaired by Singh. State Irrigation minister Saumen Kumar Mahapatra could not attend the meeting because of his preoccupation but senior officials of his department attended the meeting along with officials of KMC’s Drainage department.last_img read more

Big Ten champs Buckeyes knock off Illini on senior night win conference

The night started with tears dripping down the face of senior Mark Titus.It ended with a floor full of Buckeye nuts celebrating Ohio State’s first Big Ten Championship since the 2006-07 season.Behind a barrage of 3-pointers by junior Jon Diebler, the No. 6 Buckeyes raced past Illinois to win 73-57 on senior night at the Schottenstein Center.Diebler drained seven shots from behind the arc, including five in the first half. He paced the Buckeyes with 21 points.With the win, Ohio State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title. Illinois didn’t make it easy, though.The Illini matched Diebler’s first-half onslaught, nailing six 3-pointers of their own to stay within 37-33 after the first frame. Junior Demetri McCamey knocked down four of his five attempts from 3-point range en route to 12 first half points.Still, Illinois never mustered the run it needed to threaten the Buckeye lead down the stretch.OSU turned up its defensive pressure in the second half, forcing turnovers with a full court press and allowing fewer open shots from outside. Illinois managed just 24 points after halftime, shooting a woeful 2-for-10 from 3-point range. McCamey was limited to six points in the half.In perhaps the final home game of his illustrious three-year career, Evan Turner contributed 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Junior David Lighty chipped in 15 points and sophomore William Buford had 17, giving the Buckeyes a well-balanced offensive attack.OSU used a 12-2 run in the second half to grab a 65-51 lead and never looked back.With the lead intact, coach Thad Matta emptied his bench, allowing his seniors one final cameo on their home floor. For Titus, it was an opportunity to achieve one last “trillion,” the term he coined for recording one minute of playing time with no statistical output.The team gathered with its fans on the court following the victory, rejoicing with plastic sharks commemorating “The Shark” Titus and chants of “one more year” directed at Turner, who experts have penciled in near the top of June’s NBA Draft, should he decide to forgo his senior season of eligibility.Michigan State and Purdue can join in on the Big Ten Championship party by winning their last two games, respectively. Even so, by virtue of a plethora of tiebreakers, OSU will earn the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State set to face Morehead State and Notre Dame

Ohio State freshman forward Lexxe Lipsey battles for possession during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team will host Morehead State at 7 p.m. Thursday, then will travel to Indiana to take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Sunday.Ohio State is coming off a win against Florida and a canceled home-opening match against the Duquesne Dukes because of weather, leaving the Buckeyes’ overall record 1-2-0 on the year.Leading the team to a 1-0 victory against No. 5 Florida, freshman forward Kayla Fischer was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as well as co-freshman of the week. Fischer is the first Ohio State player to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Sammy Edwards in Oct. 2017. Fischer shares her first freshman of the week honor with Northwestern goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood.Last week, Fischer scored Ohio State’s first goal of the season against the Gators, becoming the first freshman since Lisa Collison in 2005 to score the first goal of the season for the Buckeyes. Morehead State is coming off three consecutive losses falling to Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Ball State, resulting in a 1-3 overall record.After winning the first three games of the season and falling to Butler in its most recent match, Notre Dame will play Ohio State at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 2. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Leprechauns 2-1, winning in a double-overtime showdown in Columbus. read more

Darijo Srna defends his reputation after doping ban

first_imgFormer Croatia Captain and Shakhtar Donetsk defender Darijo Srna received an extended ban from football after a positive drug test last year.Srna was suspended for 11 months but is eligible to play again from August 22, after his recent move to Italy with Cagliari.The 36 year old veteran has defended his character after the NADC stated recently that there was “no significant guilt or negligence on the part of the athlete”.He spoke in a presentation today in front of the media: ““The situation is simple, I’ve shown to the whole world that I’m not guilty,”“It was part of my life and it was difficult, but I’m a fighter and I’ve shown that by breaking records with Shakhtar and the Croatian national team.”“If I didn’t believe in myself I wouldn’t be sitting here now. I’ll be able to start playing from August 22, and during this period I’ve been training on my own, even in the Ukrainian off-season.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’ve had a personal trainer and an athletic trainer for nine years, and I’m ready to get started.”Srna has joined Cagliari on a one year deal with an option to extend his stay for a further year and he will be hoping to help the side regain their status in the top flight.He appeared in 134 matches for Croatia during his international career and scored an impressive 22 goals despite playing in defence.last_img read more

Study to Resolve Potential Conflicts between MCAS Cherry Point Neighbors

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A joint land use study (JLUS) under way for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on the coast of North Carolina will address a number of potential conflicts between the base’s mission and neighboring land uses, including the construction of tall structures such as windmills, the density of development surrounding the airfield, noise impacts from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the use of surrounding waterways by boaters and commercial fishermen.“The JLUS process is fostering a good working relationship among the military installations and all neighboring communities to act as a team to prevent or curtail encroachment issues associated with the military mission,” Steve Player, project development manager for the Wooten Company, which is preparing the study, told the New Bern Sun Journal.The study is expected to recommend a uniform standard among surrounding counties governing tall structures that could present a danger to flight activities, as Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties have differing rules.“We think that is probably a good step in the right direction as the Department of Defense looks at potential missions for Cherry Point down the road,” Player said.The study also will consider measures to limit development in accident potential zones near the installation’s runways, including recommendations discouraging mobile homes from being located there.“High density development is not a compatible use in association with the runways, the clearways and the accident potential zones that are immediately adjacent to the airfields, so we are looking at recommendations to reduce the density so that if an accident does occur, it would be less impactful,” said Player.The review will try to resolve conflicts between the installation’s bombing ranges and boaters in the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound, according to the story.“We are looking at suggestions and recommendations that would increase communication and decrease the conflict between the commercial and recreational fishermen and the mission that the Marine Corps has for those two air-to-ground bombing ranges,” Player said.The study also will address concerns about local infrastructure, such as the ability of area roads to handle increased military activity. Overall, the review is intended to preserve the ability of the installation to fulfill its military missions without affecting the quality of life for its neighboring communities.“We’ve been told that Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has become a very desirable assignment for the Marines because of the quality of life in the surrounding communities,” Player said. “We want to continue to enhance those activities that make this a very attractive place for the Marines to come,” he said.last_img read more

Budget is a good season for Indias aliens to read the Constitutions

first_imgPassengers wait in front of an income tax billboard at a bus stop in New Delhi, India, September 26, 2016. Picture taken September 26, 2016.Reuters fileThe Budget season is a good time to think over and marvel at the India story. It’s a good time to think about the great Indian loot of the public. The not-so-masqueraded thievery perpetrated on hapless millions by a failed system.No, the aim is not to debunk the great Indian growth story. Not to take the sheen away from the fact that a dirt heap of a nation travelled light years in 70 years of independence to become the sixth largest economy in the world.But the budget is indeed the right time of the year to think about a country that hasn’t yet been claimed by its people. There’s no better season than this to mourn the day light hijacking of the country, hook line and sinker.In this budget too you will see grandiose plans being laid out for the uplift of the poor. That’s a great spectacle. After all we are talking about the biggest bloc of the poor people in the world. More than 300 million by conservative estimates. Has India ever realistically acknowledged the existence of its poor?The Economic Survey 2018, which was unveiled on Tuesday, surprised with practically no mention of the word ‘poverty’. Even the word “poor” found mention only a handful of times, most of the time in an unrelated context.The only time the word “poverty” was mentioned in the humungous document was this, from the State of the Economy chapter: “For all the gloom pervading the world, these are the best of economic times for humanity and especially for those living in poorer countries. The global “bads” – war, violence, deprivation and poverty – are at unprecedentedly low levels (Pinker & Goldstein, 2016; Gates & Gates, 2014).”Skewed understanding of poverty That’s quite a sanguine view of the world. The good times are coming for all, especially for the poor. The multitude of yojanas that offer basic income, employment, toilets, food and education have been up and about for ages but have they helped in reducing the swelling ranks of Indian poor?In India our understanding of poverty is skewed, distorted, prejudiced, and most often it runs counter to basic statistical level-headedness. One of the things that we can expect from this year’s budget is a grand announcement of the Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. A grand idea, but in India you must be an idiot to think it will be anything beyond a mere tokenism. Some great election year lip-servicing of the poverty question.If the government indeed announces UBI, how much will that be in Indian conditions? How much money will be seen as enough to ensure respectable life for the teeming millions of Indian poor? Not a fancy sum by any stretch of imagination. According to an IMF projection, India, if ever it’s going to offer the UBI, the amount will never exceed a paltry Rs 2,600 per year. That works out to around Rs 200 per month to make a poor man help live a respectable life — with enough food for the family, a roof above the head and education for the children.The poverty line shamParadoxically, this is quite consistent with the other official views about Indian poverty. Like the poverty line. A 2014 panel headed by former RBI governor C. Rangarajan concluded that anyone who spends above Rs 47 a day in cities and Rs 32 in villages could not be considered as poor. That’s why the government’s old age pension is still Rs 200 per month for those who opt to queue up for it with hands outstretched. That’s why the farm pension and medical support for the rural poor remain a joke even now. The old, the poor, the small-time farmers, the unorganized labourers and the homeless are the dregs and discards of the system.Compare that with how the government is treating its own. According to the government budget data, as much as 20 percent of the government receipts is spent on salaries and pension of around 90 lakh central government employees. If you bundle the debt servicing costs, then the outgo rises to about 75 percent. That means only a meagre 25 percent of the government income is available for everything else, including uplift of the humanity!In states, this ratio is even more lopsided. In Kerala, for example, salaries and pensions gobbled up as much as 53 percent of the total revenues of the state in FY-18.With the government fast becoming a heartless beast existing and thriving for its own sake, the ‘aliens’ are cast further out of the system. After recent hikes following dire protests, millions of Anganwadi teachers in the country, who live in genteel poverty, now get about Rs 5,000 per month as salary. Compare that with the generous hikes for the MPs, judges and those in the top echelons of the government.More than a million famers committed suicide in the last two decades in the country. They quit life after crop losses made it impossible to repay bank loans worth a few lakhs. On the other side, there are sordid stories about thousands of crores of rupees the banks have had to forgo as non-performing assets lost to ruthless corporate fraud.Double jeopardyThe budget season is a good time to think about these anomalies. Earlier iterations of the budget were a splendid sight to watch; the pain of a wholesale loot diluted with generous duty cuts on safety pins, salt, tooth brush and the like. Now that the GST council has taken on this onerous task, all eyes are on the direct taxes.With real hidden wealth going untaxed, the common Indian will only continue to face double jeopardy for decades to come. A budget day is s stark reminder to that fact. What’s the double jeopardy for Indian tax payer? The first is, he is a minority, he’s poorer than those who evade taxes, and yet he must pay up more taxes year after year — direct and indirect — to cover for the parallel black economy that has thrived because an impotent system has failed to track and tax ill-gotten wealth.Public anger is boiling over the rocketing fuel prices. But is there a solution? Everyone knows that half the cost the consumer pays for fuel is government taxes. The government can’t let go of this easy revenue as it has failed to levy real tax from the thriving underground economy. That’s the double jeopardy for those who pay 20 percent or 30 percent of taxes on average annual income of Rs 10 lakh or thereabouts.The taxpayer misery is further aggravated by the booming asset prices fuelled by the underground economy that acts as a receptacle for wealth generated through corruption. That’s a double jeopardy again. The corrupt don’t pay taxes as their transactions are underground, and the ill-gotten money they funnel into the economy causes an asset price bubble that effectively renders the honest taxpayers aliens and beggars in their own country.The right example is the prices in real estate, the easy destination for the decadent wealth generated through corruption. Housing is merely an investment vehicle in our sovereign ‘socialist’ republic, not a roof over the heads of the citizens.The budget season is a right time to thumb through the pages of the Constitution, tarrying a little on the Preamble and its promises.last_img read more