A table-topping Kiwi derby featured no shortage of highlights as the hosts ran out three tries-to-one winners tonight in Wellington, led by more scintillating attack from Ben Lam, Ngani Laumape and Beauden Barrett.The trio shared the tries, although Chiefs five-eighth Damian McKenzie and winger Solomon Alaimalo also continued their brilliant campaigns.Both teams were out to add to five-match winning streaks after losing their respective opening matches.The 2015 champion Hurricanes had too much class, allowing them to leapfrog the Lions and Crusaders, who had byes this week. They can’t be overtaken during the remainder of round nine.The Hurricanes continued to mix brutal defence with ambitious attack, which was on show in all three tries.Powerhouse winger Lam snapped up a Laumape offload and left three defenders in his wake on a 40m charge to the line.The clamour for Lam to be considered by All Blacks selectors only grew louder as the 26-year-old beat nine defenders for the match and ran for 120m.Those figures were bettered by opposite No 11 Alaimalo, who made five breaks and tallied 190m running metres.Up 10-6 at halftime, the Hurricanes snatched control with tries to inside backs Barrett and Laumape within five minutes of the restart.Barrett’s try was a trademark effort, scooping up a loose ball and using his pace to cover 50m faster than the cover defence.The All Blacks’ five-eighth followed up with a cross-kick which Laumape leapt over Anton Lienert-Brown to collect and score.The Chiefs threatened a comeback when flanker Lachlan Boshier scored but the final quarter was scoreless aside from a penalty after the siren from Hurricanes fullback Jordie Barrett.Both teams were stung by early injuries.Hurricanes flanker Sam Henwood departed after a head knock, while Chiefs prop Aidan Ross followed him soon after with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.Impressive No 8 Taleni Seu was also forced off as the Chiefs’ injury-ravaged campaign rolled on.
New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Parliament tonight completed the first stage of the budgetary exercise as Rajya Sabha returned the relevant bills which Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha termed as the budget for upliftment of India. Winding up the debate on the Budget in the Upper House, Sinha countered opposition charge about inflation, saying the government has done a “good job” in managing inflation and the prices of most of the commodities with the exception of pulses has either come down or has remain stable. The Appropriation Bill and Vote on Account Bills were passed on the last day of first part of the Budget session after a discussion during which the opposition said the Budget lacks “direction and purpose”. Sinha insisted that the government policies were dedicated to the poor and uplifting the last man in the row. “Ye desh ki udaan ka Budget hai (this Budget is for the upliftment of the country),” he said, adding the proposals have focused on poor and he farm sector. The Minister further said that the decision to keep the fiscal deficit under check at 3.5 per cent of the GDP for 2016-17 was highly appreciated by the Economist magazine and has also evoked good response from the bond market. Brushing aside the opposition criticism that the government has curtailed allocations for sociakl sector schemes, Sinha said “we have earmarked substantial funds for healthcare and irrigation and plans for SC and ST. (MORE) PTI NKD/RR/CS/AMR/SKC AKK AKK