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NRI Executive at Uber Told to Quit

first_imgAn India-born top executive at Uber was asked to resign after the ride-hailing titan found that he did not disclose that he had left his previous job at Google after a sexual harassment complaint. Related Itemslast_img

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India echoes – but faintly –at Oscars 2018

first_imgSridevi “actress” smiled gently from the giant screens and so did “actor-producer” Shashi Kapoor as the Academy Awards 2018 remembered those who passed away in the year gone by, taking the fragile India-Oscar connect a step further.Indian films have never won at the Oscars but that seemed to matter little today as millions of Indian fans woke up at the crack of dawn to watch the awards ceremony live from the Dolby Theatre — and sighed wistfully at the honourable mentions of two of Indian cinema’s greatest in the “In Memoriam” section.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

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The Final Journey

first_imgHe lost his father when he was 5, his family was rendered penniless and homeless by the ravages of partition, and yet Sunil Dutt roughed through life with passion and grace. A successful radio career led to a foray into films. Mother India catapulted him to fame and brought the luminous Nargis into his life. The charismatic couple were renowned for their generosity, patriotism, and charitable efforts. They reaped the love of fans on screen for their formidable talent and off screen for their philanthropy. Life threw many curve balls at Sunil Dutt. He lost Nargis and a daughter in law to cancer, stood by his son Sanjay, who first battled drug addiction and later was arrested on charges of involvement in terrorism. Sunil Dutt survived close encounters with death, but never lost his zest for life. The public adulation he commanded is attested by the five parliamentary elections he won and in the thousands of mourners who took to the street, delaying his final yatra to the crematorium by over two hours.In an exclusive interview with Little India’s Kavita Chhibber, a few months before his sudden death on May 25, Sunil Dutt reminisced about his life, his transition from films to politics, and why the bend in the road was never the end of the road for him.I have grown up hearing about you and Nargisji, because my aunt was married to your cousin. Those times were the golden ones and as a young kid, I was always awestruck by the aura that surrounded both of you. And yet the beginnings were not as golden.My father died when I was 5 and my brother Som was an infant. My mother was only 22. We are originally from Khurd, in Punjab, and when partition happened, my family left in an army truck that carried them to a refugee camp. My mother did not even have time to bring any jewelry. My uncle was the only Hindu among his Muslim brethren. They had been our friends, tilled our land, and been like family, and yet he had to leave to save his life. It is never people who are good or bad. Circumstances make us what we are. It was my mother who encouraged me to look forward. With her permission I later moved to Bombay to study and find a good job.Bombay must have been very different in those days.Life was simple and so were the people. We could do with little money and still have fun. No five star hotel cuisine can compare to the food we had at the little dhabas and road side places. It was in Bombay that I was offered a job to host a radio program. I had to interview film stars and the program was very successful. While working on another program I came into contact with many film directors and was offered my first film Railway Platform. I made it a point to finish college, because it was my mother’s dream, and then accepted the role.It was Mother India that catapulted you to fame.I came from a family of non actors, so the entire credit for my performance goes to director Mehboob Khan, who was truly an actors’ director.And you fell in love! Your story seemed straight out of story books. Is that where you first met Nargisji? Your cousin Tilak Raj Dutt used to tell me that he always knew you had a crush on Nargisji because he asked you if there were any actresses worth writing home about and you said there were none except Nargis! Actually I saw her first at a premiere. She had a luminous aura, a rare beauty of goodness that shone through. It was as if she was from another world and beyond reach. Her generosity and kindness was something I discovered later when she took my ailing sister and had her operated upon quietly even though I didn’t know her very well. I always knew that the woman who would become my wife had to be someone who would be able to take care of my younger brother and sister and keep my mother happy. I realized soon after that she was the woman for me. One day I finally decided that the time had come to tell Nargisji how I felt about her and finally gathered enough courage to tell her on a drive back home how I felt. She didn’t say anything, but a couple of days later she told my sister to tell me her answer was yes. We were always supportive of each other. We formed the Ajanta Arts Cultural Troupe and were able to get leading actors and singers from the film industry, and held stage shows at border areas. Though we often roughed it out, sleeping in tents and shivering in sub-zero temperatures, it was worth it when we saw the joy in the eyes of our Jawans who fought to protect our borders and our people.I know that Nargisji was the only one for me. If she had said no to me, I don’t think I would have ever gotten married. I miss her to this day. Each time my life hits a new milestone, or there is a family celebration or even the hard times, my thoughts always go back to her. She would be so proud of her kids especially Sunjay.You also took up direction at a relatively early age. How much does an actor really learn while being in front of a camera?Well, a lot of actors just prefer to do their bit and go home. On the other hand I was always concerned with total Cinema. I spent a lot of time with Mehboob Khan during the making of Mother India, participating in story sessions, watching him compose shots, edit films.Shortly after, I produced two films, Mujhe Jeene Do and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyar Ke and even though I was only the producer, I remained deeply involved in every aspect of the film. After that I started planning a film revolving around just one actor, but the director did not turn up and at the last minute, I decided to direct the film myself. It was a challenge, but I went ahead, and today I feel very happy that I directed that film, Yaadein, because it was the World’s first feature film with one actor. I should be in the Guinness Book of World Records for that!You have acted in all kinds of films, both of value and the regular masala ones, but the pictures you made yourself always had a social theme. I think films are such a strong medium, they must be used to portray themes of value and issues that matter. Unfortunately, the majority of today’s films lack that substance, though technically, we have improved a lot. I became a producer and director at a very early stage of my career, and made films that underlined the social values of our times, but very often they were not commercially viable. In fact I was totally wiped out financially after the making of Reshma Aur Shera. It took me 10 years to pay back my debts, and revive my acting career as well. I did act in masala movies as you say, but I knew that I had to remain in the mainstream of Indian Cinema, to make the money I needed for my own films.Your film Yeh Aag Kab Bujhegi on the evils of dowry, was yet another feather in your cap, as was Dard Ka Rishta about a young child suffering from leukemia, and the agony her two parents who are both surgeons go through made soon after Nargisji’s death.Well, I had been very keen to make a film on the evils of dowry. I recall that in 1989, for example, about 600 brides were either burnt or killed or committed suicide, because of the dowry problem. So I was very keen to bring the evils of this practice to the masses, and I’m very glad I made the film. I’m a great admirer of women. They have been a great source of inspiration and I feel that whatever I’m today, is because of the women in my life, whether it was my mother, my sister, sweetheart or wife, or my daughters. My father died when I was five. I still remember my mother’s unflagging energy and her dedication towards her children. In fact I think I have inherited her ability to work non- stop. I had lost my wife to cancer and later my daughter in law. I don’t think people can even begin to imagine what the family goes through and not just the patient. Pain is universal and we are usually bound to each other through pain and the empathy it brings.The Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation was founded in 1981, and has received so much support throughout the world, thanks to your efforts. There couldn’t be any better way of honoring your late wife’s memory.One morning in New York, my wife who had been battling cancer for ten months and had finally come out of a 2 1/2 month coma after 5 surgeries, sat pensively watching the snow flakes. I thought she was missing her family – she had this great desire to see her son as a bridegroom on a horse. When I asked her she said “I’m not missing my family or worrying about them or myself. I was only thinking that by bringing me here for treatment, you have turned me into a privileged person instead of the commoner I always thought myself to be. How many people can bring their loved ones to this country for treatment? If I ever recover, I’ll see to it that we have similar facilities in our country so that the poorest of the poor can be treated the way I was.” She died before her dream could be fulfilled. It was after her passing away, that I realized, how much love and affection she evoked in people, for it was not just I or the Dutt family, but millions of people who came forward, joined hands, and made her dream come true. Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan and I joined hands many years ago and in one evening raised 100,000 pounds from the Pakistani community in Birmingham, England, for a cancer hospital that he was constructing in Lahore, in his mother’s memory. She died of the same disease. Since then we have raised funds, given medical equipment and buses, and supported India’s first bone marrow transplant. Cancer is on the rise in India. The work is never ending but if you can help one person, if you can share each other’s pain you will always be able to get close to people, and it is one step towards self elevation. Today we see an explosion in drug use and the spread of AIDS in India and what we have done so far as a country is merely a drop in the ocean.You have always been so scrupulously honest and won each time you stood for elections. I recall how your statement that Punjab be renamed Khalistan being widely criticized in Parliament. Do you regret making that statement? How have these political years been over all? An honest politician is an oxymoron, and Congress is not the Congress of the old political stalwarts of our time, who were honorable and had integrity.When one speaks in Parliament, one thinks many times before one utters a word, and I am no exception, so I have never regretted anything that I have said to date. What I had said was if these people remain one of us and Punjab, a land of only 13 districts and 2 rivers is renamed Khalistan, there is no harm in that. After all we have changed the names of so many States- – there was no Maharastra, Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland or Tamilnadu for instance.Yes the Congress, the leaders I looked up to, are no longer there, and things have been disheartening and disappointing from time to time, but I believe that one of the greatest qualities any one can possess is loyalty. There are times I have been deeply hurt by what went on around me, but I have never minced my words when I see something that doesn’t seem right and the consequences are a small price to pay for having the courage of one’s conviction. I have a lot of respect for Sonia Gandhi. She has come through a lot. On one hand we call ourselves secular and on the other hand we make an issue of her Italian origins, when she gave so much of herself and let her husband enter politics to serve the country even though she didn’t want it. Her gesture to make Manmohan Singh Prime Minister, even when the tide rose her way, is an example of her compassion and sensitivity, and understanding of what works for India.The arrest of your son under TADA must have been a shocker…What happened with Sunjay was the biggest heartbreak in my life after my wife’s death. I knew they were trying to hit where it hurt the most. Every one knew he was framed and yet no one helped. My political opponents accused me of being a traitor forgetting all that my family and I had done for our people.Only Bal Thackeray openly supported me. I will always be grateful to Balasaheb for that. Our political views are different, but I respect and admire him in personal life. I think however it has made Sunjay a stronger person and I believe that God never gives you what you cannot handle. He went through a lot when his mother died. After he over came his addiction no one gave him any work. Again when he was arrested people shunned him, but he has bounced back with courage, and what life has put him through has resulted in tremendous growth for him both as an actor and a human being. I’m very proud of him today.Where do you see India and yourself in the near future?It is very exciting to see India emerging from the shadows in an economy that is impacting the world. However we are also bogged down by ignorance, racism and bigotry. I think the youth should be the pride and joy of our nation. We have to guide them and nurture them so they fulfill their true potential, and remain healthy in mind, body and spirit. We have to educate the masses about AIDS and how devastating drugs can be. The NRIs abroad are doing so much. They are so knowledgeable about world politics and are working so hard towards preserving our cultural heritage here. They are giving back both to their local community and to India, and it gives me tremendous hope that things will only get better. I am getting a little tired of politics, but each time I think I have had enough, I realize there is so much left to be done. The love that people have showered on me as an actor, as a politician and as a human being, binds me to them and I realize that as long as the people need me, I will be there for them. I survived a plane crash and paralysis, so I believe God spared me for a higher purpose and what could be greater than serving humanity.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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‘Indian Tourists Rank Sixth in Terms of Spending in U.S.’

first_imgIndian tourists have been ranked sixth when it comes to spending time and money in the United States. They tend to spend more time during their stay in America as compared to U.S. citizens visiting India.“India ranks 11th in U.S. in terms of number of visitors but in terms of tourism export market, it ranks 6th because there is a trend of Indian visitors staying much longer duration there,” Jonathan Ward, the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, said at the 6th edition of Travel East conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Nov. 23. “So an average Indian tourist tends to spend more during his or her trip to the U.S.,” Ward added, according to IANS.He pointed out that the number of Indian tourists visiting the United States has only increased in the recent years. This has encouraged the U.S. authorities to design a plethora of new initiatives to attract more Indian vacationers. The U.S. government wants to get in touch with tour operators to expand their knowledge about the tastes of Indian tourists and to attract more numbers in the future.Tourism data analysis reveals that while 38 per cent Indians visit America with the sole objective of business, 28 per cent of them do so to meet friends and family who live there, Ward said. Also, 18 per cent Indians plan a trip to America to spend holidays while another 16 per cent have miscellaneous causes for the journey.“The U.S. government has introduced a public private partnership named Brand USA in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce that conducts tour operator briefings about different U.S. destinations once a year in India,” he added. “It also provides a certification program for the Indian tour operators that wishes to specialize in U.S. tourism and takes them to USA in familiarization trips to the U.S.”Despite the fact that Indian tourists spend more time and money in the United States, numerous challenges exist in the tourism sector between the two countries. Distance, travel time and cost are the main hurdles, that can be addressed by introduction of more flights, and increase in the number of direct flights.In a bid to attract more Indian tourists to the country, the U.S., government has opened many more visa offices in India.There are 600 private sector organizations, state level governments, cities, several airlines and hotel chains together working towards the enhancement of tourism. Cities like New York, (and states like) California and Florida have their own office in India that works in this regard, Ward added. Related ItemsTourismUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Sensex Ends Below 16,000; Nifty Below 4,800

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Barauli MLA’s grandson alleges ragging at AMU

first_imgIn an alleged case of ragging, Vijay Kumar Singh, grandson of Barauli MLA Dalveer Singh, has complained of being verbally assaulted by seniors during introduction at Aligarh Muslim University. A student of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages, Mr. Vijay said on Wednesday when he went to attend the classes for the first time, a group of seniors asked him his name and forced him to stand up and move in and out of the class. When he refused, he was abused. He said a proctorial team reached the spot and addressed the matter. “However, when I went to attend another class in the afternoon, I was again stopped and a group of senior students misbehaved with me. It led to a heated argument,” said Mr. Vijay. He has given a written complaint to the proctor.He is the younger brother of Ajay Singh who contested the Students’ Union elections last year and was later suspended for indiscipline. University spokesperson Shafey Kidwai said, “The university administration has taken note of the charges and the complaint against 4-5 students has been forwarded to the anti-ragging committee of the department. Strict action will be taken against those found guilty.”last_img read more

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Prosecutor: Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The attorney for Woods says the golfer will not attend his arraignment on a driving under the influence charge. Under court rules, Woods’ attorney can enter a not guilty plea on his behalf Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Any other plea would require Woods’ attendance.(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday.Woods, 41, was charged with driving under the influence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and sleeping medication. No alcohol was found in his system.ADVERTISEMENT Woods did not appear at the Palm Beach County courthouse for his arraignment. Prosecutor Adrienne Ellis said the golf superstar agreed to plead guilty at an Oct. 25 hearing and enter the county’s program for first-time DUI offenders.“He is not being treated any different than anyone else,” Ellis said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods’ attorney, Douglas Duncan, entered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge on Woods’ behalf and declined comment as he left the courthouse.Under the plea deal, prosecutors would drop the DUI charge, which is a more severe charge than reckless driving. If he completes the program, he can ask a judge to expunge the reckless driving conviction. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Woods announced last month he had completed treatment at an out-of-state clinic to deal with his use of prescription medications.His 79 PGA Tour victories and 14 major titles both rank No. 2 all-time. He has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Mexico soccer star Marquez among 22 sanctioned for drug ties WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs, attend DUI school and perform 50 hours of community service. He would also have to attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged and face other conditions. Since the program began four years ago, almost 2,400 defendants have enrolled, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office.If convicted of DUI, Woods would have faced a fine of between $500 and $1,000, had his car impounded for 10 days and other conditions. He also could have been jailed for up to six months, although that was unlikely, received probation and lost his driver’s license for six months to a year.The DUI arrest was the first time Woods had been in trouble since Thanksgiving weekend 2009, when he plowed his SUV into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his then-Windermere, Florida, home. That led to revelations that he had multiple extramarital affairs and a divorce from his wife Elin Nordegren, the mother of his two children. He spent 45 days in a Mississippi clinic where he was treated for sex addiction.Woods was arrested at 2 a.m. May 29 about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the side of the road and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything.Woods didn’t know where he was when asked by officers, and he stumbled and swayed through a field sobriety test, police dashboard camera video showed. Woods told officers he was taking the painkiller Vicodin and Xanax, which treats anxiety and insomnia, to cope with his fourth back surgery in April.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore card

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next “I am expecting a tough duel with her again on 24 November in Singapore. I have lofty goals in ONE Championship, and I must win this match to achieve them.”The 34-year-old Yamaguchi praised Iniong for agreeing to the fight despite having only little time to prepare.“I commend Gina Iniong for taking this match on a short notice. She is a good martial arts artist with promising potential in the division,” said Yamaguchi, who stopped Jennu Huang last June.READ: ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs“Gina is in good hands, training with no less than the best at Team Lakay. I have faced her before, and she is always in good condition. As always, I am in tiptop shape for every bout. Brace yourselves for fireworks.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img MOST READ READ: MMA star Angela Lee survives car crash, out of ONE Singapore cardIniong and Yamaguchi are familiar with each other having fought three years ago in the Pacific Xtreme Combat and both are expecting a stiff challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Facing Mei Yamaguchi three years ago was like going through the eye of a needle. That bout opened doors of great opportunity for me in this sport,” said Iniong, who is coming off a second-round victory over Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol last Friday in ONE: Legends of World at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Iniong wins debut in ONE undercard Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino fighter Gina Iniong has been tapped as substitute opponent for Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit card set on Nov. 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium, just two weeks after her last bout.Iniong was announced as a late replacement for Angela Lee, who had to withdraw from her scheduled title defense after figuring in a car crash in Hawaii last week.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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UAAP football: Ateneo ekes out 2-1 win vs La Salle

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mauro Acot chalked one for the Green Archers at the 83rd minute, but the Taft side’s comeback bid fell short in the end.With the victory, Ateneo has leveled itself with La Salle at six points apiece as they sit tied at third place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the other matches, University of the Philippines conceded its first goal of the season, but that didn’t rain on its 4-1 victory over Adamson to take the top spot with nine points.King Miyagi and JB Borlongan both had braces to tow the Fighting Maroons to their third victory, but had to deal with Falcons’ Jusue Pilarca scoring at the 12th minute, much to the dismay of coach Anto Gonzales. View comments AFP official booed out of forum “We weren’t sharp. We were lazy. We weren’t thinking,” he said.University of Santo Tomas and National University, meanwhile, engaged in a scoreless draw as the Growling Tigers fell to second place with their seven points. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jarvey Gayoso scored a brace as defending champion Ateneo downed La Salle, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The reigning MVP picked up the scoring in the second half, first putting the Blue Eagles ahead at the 50th minute before doubling the lead at the 66th minute where he eluded two defenders before sending the ball to the back of the net.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Racal smothers Gamboa in 2nd half to halt 3-game slide

first_imgRian Ayonayon. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors locked down Gamboa Coffee Mix in the second half to win, 107-60, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After a tightly contested first half, the Alibaba limited the Coffee Lovers to just three points, the least points scored in a quarter in league history, that turned a close 47-45 deficit to a decisive 71-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racal continued to choke the air out of Gamboa as the latter’s 13-point windup in the second half also registered as the worst scoring half in PBA D-League history.Rian Ayonayon scattered 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to lead the Racal Motors assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Gamboa continued its downward spiral as it incurred its sixth straight loss to fall to 1-6.Mark Montuano got 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, while Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards.The scores:RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMac Tallo came off the bench and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 16 markers, on top of his two boards and two dimes, while Jam Cortes got 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.Racal finally ended its three-game losing skid and evened its record to 3-3. View commentslast_img read more

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Alas, Road Warriors know they have a long way to go after opening win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX had the kind of start it was looking for after a big victory over Alaska to open the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night.Import Aaron Fuller made quite a first impression in his PBA debut, but it wasn’t just him who delivered for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Alas stood out with 20 points and eight rebounds off the bench, acting as the spark plug for NLEX, which won only two games out of the possible 11 in the Commissioner’s Cup. “We’re happy we got the win but it’s just one game and we need to be consistent,” said Alas, who played inspired basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Road Warriors also started the Philippine Cup with a victory but went on to drop 9 of their next 10 games.“We shouldn’t be confident that we won tonight. We need to continue to improve.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lady Maroons out to prove they can compete even sans Bersola, Tiamzon Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments NLEX was the first team to get eliminated from playoff contention and the Road Warriors used their early exit to their advantage as they were able to prepare early for the season-ending conference.“It’s important for us that we’re able to prepare as early as June 7. The other teams were going on vacation but we were already practicing and building our chemistry.”The locals were able to familiarize themselves with Fuller, who, at the same time, had an early grasp of his role and coach Yeng Guiao’s system.The result was a 112-104 win with Fuller dropping 30 points and 20 rebounds. “We just really need to be consistent. It’s okay to be happy with one win but we cannot enjoy ourselves too much. It’s just the start,” Alas stressed.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo

first_imgPingris aims to return next month Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 22-year-old finished the 2016-2017 season with 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.6 steals and was just the fifth player in league history to lead his team in all five categories.He was also the first player in the NBA to finish in the top 20 of the five statistical categories. Antetokounmpo said he’s received compliments from other NBA players including LeBron James and Stephen Curry, but getting better starts with putting in the work and not just mere praise. “I got compliments from LeBron, KD, and Steph when I was a rookie and nobody knew me back then,” said Antetokounmpo. “But if you put in work every year, and get better every year you will achieve it.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet And on Sunday, Antetokoumpo thanked Durant for the kind gesture.“That was a great compliment,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability at Fairmont Makati for “Greek Freak Invades Manila” event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAntetokoumpo, though, knows he still has a lot of work to do if he ever hopes to win the most prized individual award in the NBA.“I just try to listen and be like ‘yeah but I still got to work’ because if I worked hard enough everybody can say ‘you can be great, you can do great things,’ but most of the time when people say that it puts pressure on you,” said Antetokounmpo. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Giannis Antetokoumpo won the 2017 NBA Most Improved Player award, 2014 Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant congratulated the Milwaukee Bucks star and predicted an even bigger future for the 22-year-old.“It’s guaranteed that he will be an MVP,” said Durant in a video on YouTube. ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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Shoaib awaits his duel with Sachin

first_imgPakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lot of reasons to look forward to the upcoming World Cup, having missed the previous edition due to a doping ban, and one of them is the possibility of a duel with batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.”We all know he is a great player. Every bowler gets hit. Even Brett Lee gets hit a long way, so I am not worried about being hit for sixes by Tendulkar. I have got him off the first ball too,” Akhtar told reporters.”Not only Sachin, we will try to get other key players early because they can single-handedly win matches. Put them under pressure, and get them out early – that’s what I will like to do,” he added.Speaking of Pakistan’s chances, Akhtar said the team has to win the mega event to reclaim the fan base that has been hit due to the scandalous one year in which three of the team’s top players were handed bans for involvement in spot-fixing.”Obviously we are very hurt inside by whatever has happened to us. Pakistan needs to win this World Cup at any cost. It will bring the charm back for people in Pakistan,” said Akhtar.”We have the bowlers who can bowl at the death and we can restrict the sides. The main thing is that the ball is going to reverse swing as the match progresses. That is where I think Pakistan’s strength lies,” he added.The 35-year-old said despite his age, he can still bowl fast. “I still bowl 150 kph. Obviously when you are 26 and 36, it’s a bit different. I will try to do as well as I can with whatever ability I have. I am going to push my limits and give it all to the team.”advertisementlast_img read more

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SL vs Eng: Dilshan, Tharanga score tons as SL drub England by 10 wickets

first_imgEngland bowlers looked like kindergarten kids as Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan thrashed them across the park. ScoreThe two scored unbeaten tons helping their team win by a massive 10-wicket margin and enter the semi-finals majestically, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.In the process the duo completed their second 200-plus opening partnership in this World Cup. The two had achieved the milestone during the league match against Zimbabwe on March 10, when Tharanga had scored 133 and Dilshan had put 144. Today, Dilshan put 108 not out on board while his partner Tharanga scored an unbeaten 102. Speaking in terms of records, the duo chased down the highest total (230) for the opening stand in the World Cup surpassing 221 by West Indies against Pakistan in 1992.Sri Lanka now play New Zealand in the semi-final in Colombo on Tuesday.  The way the two batsmen were batting, it seemed like both were having a race for a century. But, it was Dilshan who reached the milestone first hitting a four off offie Graeme Swann on the fifth ball of the 37th over.Tharanga too hit a four off paceman Chris Tremlett on the third ball of the 40th over to complete his century when Sri Lanka needed three runs for victory.It seemed Tharanga and Dilshan knew that that a 230-run target was gettable and unless they commit blunders things won’t be to tough for them. The two started with ease and then built up the pace scoring in boundaries. After 10 overs they duo had helped Sri Lanka post a fine 57 for no loss.advertisementThe two batted on to frustrate the England bowlers. Pacers, spinners and the part-timers employed to break their concentration — all found themselves up against the Sri Lanka wall.In fact it wasn’t just the bowlers who were a troubled lot even the fielders were at odds as the left-hand-right-hand combo ensured that the field had to be changed every time a single run was taken.Graeme Swann was proved to be the most expensive among the England bowlers as his nine over produced 61 runs.England inningsEarlier, Jonathan Trott scored 86 to help England score 229/6 – a partly total keeping in mind the drubbing they had to endure later in the match.England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat. But, it wasn’t the kind of start that England would have asked for with skipper Andrew Strauss falling on a partly score of five. He attempted a pull off Tillakaratne Dilshan but the ball crashed into his stumps and England lost their opener on 29/1. Another wicket and England were 31/2 with Ian Bell falling to Angelo Mathews on 25.Post those to early assaults England batsmen Jonathan Trott and Ravi Bopara got on with the partnership to provide stability to the innings. The duo had put 64 runs for the third wicket when Bopara departed to a Muttiah Muralitharan ball that got him trapped leg-before. He fell for 31 and England fell to 95/3 on the last ball of the 27th over.Then Trott and new man Eoin Morgan took up the onus to increasing the England run rate. Their effort was further boosted by some sloppy fielding by Sri Lanka.In fact Morgan couldn’t have asked for a better treatment to his rush-of-blood shots. And Muralitharan must be cursing his luck for twice during his over Morgan was dropped. First Angelo Mathews dropped him on the first ball of the 38th over then Rangana Herath dropped him on the third ball of the same over.Finally, the Sri Lankan managed to scalp Morgan and this time Mathews made no mistake while catching him in the deep. Batting on 50, he played a lofted shot off Lasith Malinga that went down to Mathews and England lost their fourth wicket on 186/4 in 43 overs.No sooner had Morgan departed that another wicket fell with Graeme Swann walking back on a ‘golden duck’ and England were reduced to 186/5 in 43.1 overs.At death Muralitharan claimed the man that the Lankans wanted. Jonathan Trott wanted to sweep Muralitharan across the fence but failed as Mahela Jayawarene took a good catch in the deep to see him off on 86. England fell to 121/6 in 49.3 overs.Finally, Matt Prior and Luke Wright helped England to a not so impressive 229/6 in their stipulated 50 overs.last_img read more

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Bavarian ticket

first_imgIt might cost the same as a Honda, and nearly the same as a Toyota and even a Chevrolet for that matter, but there’s no denying that it still commands higher snob value. That’s because the vehicle in contention is a BMW. It’s called the X1 and is the younger sibling of the X5 and X3 range of SAVs from the Bavarian carmaker. It comes at a price tag of Rs. 22 lakh, but is still an entry ticket into the luxury circle.BMW has launched the X1 in three versions; the cheapest is powered by a 2-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine and there’s a 2-litre diesel to be had as well. But, the one we are reviewing costs over Rs. 33 lakh on the road.It is the X1 Exclusive, powered by the aforementioned diesel engine, but packed with more features. There’s the new generation iDrive, a sunroof, better headlamps (projector-type xenon lamps to be precise), headlamp washer and the complete communication package. It includes, among other things, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod and USB compatibility, sat-nav and a 6 CD-changer stereo system. This info, however, is easily available on the company website. The moot question then is–does it feel and drive like a BMW? It surely looks like one with its kidney grille, the corona rings for headlamps and its pronounced belt line and flame surfacing. But, it’s not good looking. There’s something odd about the X1’s long hood and low stance; it looks mismatched. It looks nice from the rear quarters, and the interior design is different (and refreshing, thankfully!) from what we have seen on other BMWs on Indian roads, though the X1 still mostly uses the same buttons, dials and knobs that underscore its Bavarian roots.The X1 is a BMW in the way it drives too. It brakes phenomenally well and is stable in a straight line, no matter what speed. It turns in with alertness and gives the driver feedback about what the wheels and the chassis are up to around bends. When you indulge the X1 by stepping on the gas mid-corner, the throttle and the steering work beautifully. Even with the stability programme switched off, you are always in good hands. The moment you get off the throttle completely in a slide, the stability programme kicks in with alacrity. Ride quality, however, continues to be a BMW India problem. Constantly facing the stick for its stiff ride, BMW has made some changes here. The suspension has been modified in a way as to make it less stiff and more pliant on Indian roads. Dampers have been softened up and the runflat tyres also add to the improved ride quality. To sum up, X1 is a well put-together automobile with fairly good looks and interiors, and impressive driving dynamics. Don’t mistake it as replacement for a full-sized SUV. This BMW is surely a style statement, and a good one at that.Price: Rs. 33.7 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi Hero Honda hunk 150 ccThe Hero Honda Hunk is back in a new avatar, with that sports blacked-out cycle parts and silencer guard. Also new are the front fender and visor, LED tail lamps, which lend more character to the rear end, and a new set of clocks–the latter being a combination of analogue (fuel gauge and tachometer) and digital counters (speedo, odo and tripmeter). Get astride the new Hunk and you will find the riding position comfortable, despite the slightly rearset footpegs. All switches are within easy reach of the thumbs but the switchgear itself does not feel crisp, even though the switches are light and therefore easy to operate. And, an engine kill switch is still missing. To ride, the Hunk is a quick motorcycle that gets up to speed quite quickly, courtesy a torquey engine. What mars it somewhat are engine vibrations that can be felt even at revs as low as 3,000 rpm and a gearbox that is clunky. The addition of a rear disc helps a little when it comes to stopping but the Hunk’s brakes feel mushy.The new Hero Honda Hunk is a good motorcycle; it is comfortable yet reasonably sporty with a punchy engine. The makers have given its looks the right tweaks. All it needs now are a slicker gearbox, better quality switches and of course, an engine kill switch. Price: Rs. 69,000 ex-showroom Delhi.–Aninda SardarColumn courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Bangalore have task cut out against Mumbai

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore will not just have to address Sachin Tendulkar’s hunger for runs and Kieron Pollard’s blistering power, but will also have to be wary of Lasith Malinga’s yorkers when they take on Mumbai Indians in an IPL match in Bangalore on Tuesday.Mumbai have a destructive bowler in Malinga who decimated Delhi Daredevil’s batting on Sunday at the Ferozeshah Kotla.The Lankan pace-bowling spearhead returned with inspiring figures of 5 for 13, which was instrumental in bowling out Virender Sehwag’s outfit for 95.Malinga’s fiery, toe-crushing yorkers would be something that the Royal Challengers (RCB) think-tank would have discussed in detail.RCB would look to score their second successive win in the fourth edition of the tournament at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.They had defeated Kochi Tuskers Kerala by six wickets last weekend in their opening match of the fourth edition of the IPL.And it is expected to be a keen battle between Sachin Tendulkar and pacer Zaheer Khan.It will interesting to see how Zaheer, who has the uncanny ability to produce wickets when his team desperately needs a breakthrough, braces up against Tendulkar’s batting prowess.Compared to Mumbai Indians, RCB have a balanced side with Zaheer, skipper Daniel Vettori and Dirk Nannes providing teeth and experience to the bowling.AB de Villiers, who has been in sublime form since the World Cup, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary and young Mayank Agarwal lend depth to RCB’s batting.Tendulkar’s wicket is one which RCB would want to get early in the innings. If the batting maestro drops anchor, they could well expect a late innings blitz from Kieron Pollard.advertisementlast_img read more

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Connections with 10 Janpath, leading criteria for for appointment of cabinet secretary

first_imgWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay. “The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is,While merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay.”The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is left unsaid is that the BJP can support the Congress if they discard the Left.” Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Politburo member”Dawood is involved in the Mumbai blasts, Quattrochi siphoned off the country’s money. The Congress president owes moral and political explanations.” L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition”The Congress has earmarked quotas for Muslims in jobs and education to get their votes.” Rajnath Singh, BJP president”The whole social sector is skewed in favour of the urban elite. That is responsible for our poor performance in the Commonwealth Games.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, sports minister”At 33, if I am forced to come out and play a (Davis Cup) singles match, that is something we definitely have got to look into.” Leander Paes, tennis playerlast_img read more

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Half-baked science and hype pushing sports drinks

first_imgThose sports drinks aren’t great after all. An investigation by a British medical journal has revealed that some of the claims made by leading sports drink brands are baseless, with meagre research, and are mere marketing hype.The multimillion dollar industry has used unethical marketing tricks to promote questionable health benefits of sports drinks, the investigative report published on Thursday said.It has revealed a nexus between healthcare professionals, researchers and manufacturers of sports drinks.Sports drink makers have developed their own “science of hydration” to boost sales. They are also collaborating with some of the world’s most influential sports bodies to persuade ordinary people.These companies have appointed key opinion leaders to influence doctor’s prescriptions and they work with gyms and instructors too. Endorsements by elite athletes and claims of hydration benefits have also meant that sports drinks have been able to shrug off any unhealthy associations.An Oxford University team tested the evidence behind 431 performance-enhancing claims in adverts for 104 different sports products, including drinks, protein shakes and trainers. The results were worrying as the report found that there was a complete absence of high-quality evidence.The misleading messages filter down to everyday health advice by company-sponsored scientists who advise sports bodies, the investigation found.While sports drinks may be helpful for athletes, the drinks companies rarely study ordinary gym-goers, Professor Tim Noakes said. Studies show they are made up of artificial sweeteners and loaded with sodium to give a person a sense of thirst making them drink more than they would usually do.advertisementTheir huge popularity among children is also raising concerns of increasing incidence of obesity and dental erosion. These companies are marketing their product among schoolkids too.GlaxoSmithKline runs a school science programme, aimed at 11-14 year olds, looking at things like the advantages of sports drinks over water, as part of its involvement in the Olympic anti-doping operations.In India, too, health concerns over energy drinks have forced the Food Safety and Standards Authority to come up with new regulations. It has decided to strip the drinks of “energy” tag over the high caffeine content.last_img read more

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Maruti workers’ union officials arrested for violence at Manesar plant, says Haryana DGP

first_imgThe Haryana Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested 10 more accused in the case of violence at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant which had claimed the company’s human resources department’s general manager Awanish Kumar Dev’s life. The police also assured better security at the plant on the outskirts of Gurgaon city with a dedicated battalion of industrial force. Haryana director general of police (DGP) Ranjeev Singh Dalal said that the main accused of the July 18 incident was among the 10 arrested union officials. Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union’s president Ram Meher and general secretary Sarabjit Singh were among those arrested. So far 114 workers of the plant have been arrested in the case. Earlier in the day, Dalal spoke to the top brass of the country’s largest car manufacturer and assured them of foolproof security at the plant and to individual officials. He told them that the state police have raised an industrial police force battalion exclusively for Manesar. The DGP assured the company management that the police would provide security and protection to the witnesses of the incident. He requested the company to resume operations at the Manesar plant, which has been locked out since the incident.last_img read more

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Guts ‘N’ glory: Gagan makes nation proud, fetches first medal for India

first_imgManisha Malhotra, CEO, Mittal Champions TrustThe monkey is finally off our back. At least the critics can rest for a few days since Gagan has silenced the entire nation?for now! His stellar performance under immense pressure does alleviate a little bit of the pressure that was building up around the Indian contingent.Since we don’t come from a contingent that wins too many medals, every medal provides a huge boost in momentum for the other athletes and makes them relax a little that they don’t have to win the nation its first medal. There is a new sense of purpose around the athletes and seeing Gagan Narang deliver has made them believe they can, too. This is something that has been imperative for successful games for the Indian contingent. The interesting fact is that the Air Rifle–the 10m kind–has won us our biggest medals in the last two Olympics. So what is the secret to our success?It is not a main stream sport that people would have probably heard of before Abhinav Bindra, so how come we are managing to beat world results? While there are several interesting scenarios out there, that the sport doesn’t require that much physical prowess (which is not true), or that it is a precision sport and we are very good at precision sports (so why didn’t we ever win before?), and other off-the-wall ones like our athletes practise this sport full time and everywhere else (except China) they have to supplement it with a day job. The truth, however, is that we actually have depth. Not only do the 10m nationals attract more than 200 entries, we now have a healthy rivalry among the competitors. There is nothing that can motivate an athlete more than competition and this is the precise scenario with both Gagan and Abhinav who have been pushing each other to higher limits.advertisementThey now set their sights on bigger and loftier goals that in turn raise the level of their games. That is the reason we are have been able to get a steady stream of results over the last 7 years in the Air Rifle event. Maybe the other sports need to take a page out of this book and start creating more players who can challenge the game. It is only then that we will have a sustainable and steady cycle of results.Well done, Gagan?you have made a nation proud.last_img read more

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