Khandu unveils unique hydropower project

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday inaugurated the State’s first community-managed mini-hydroelectric project at Dikshi village in West Kameng district. The project is also the first independent power project of its kind in the Northeast.Developed by a Hyderabad-based firm, the 24 kW Dikshi Hydroelectric Project on the Phudungto river is expected to produce 112.40 gigawatt hours of electricity for meeting the power needs of East and West Kameng districts besides major defence establishments.“Arunachal Pradesh has the potential to be a major generator of hydroelectric power. Smaller, sustainable projects that address ecological concerns are the way forward. Dikshi is such an example as well as proof that the government need not be involved in such projects,” Mr. Khandu said.Social entrepreneur D.K. Thongdok, also a builder mini and micro hydro-power projects, said Dikshi has been envisaged as a sustainable community-based project to be managed and maintained by the local people. “The project has been completed in four years since commencement in 2016,” he said.Arunachal Pradesh has been in the news for mega hydroelectric projects that have been facing opposition from locals and green groups. One such project is the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower project straddling Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, lying incomplete since 2011 because of protests from people living in downstream areas.last_img read more

Arunachal BJP MLA’s son arrested in drug-peddling case

first_imgThe son of a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA in Arunachal Pradesh has been arrested in a drug-peddling case.Tumme Amo, the Superintendent of Police of Capital Complex said, four people caught on suspicion of consuming drugs led to the arrest of Lokam Lulu at Naharlagun on Sunday. The man turned out to be the son of Lokam Tassar, a BJP legislator from Koloriang Assembly constituency.Naharlagun and Itanagar, about 15 km apart, are together called Capital Complex.Mr. Amo said a police team in Naharlagun led by sub-divisional police officer Rike Kamsi caught four people in an inebriated condition while patrolling. One of them identified as Manu Barman said he bought heroin from Mr. Lulu.The police raided Mr. Lulu’s house but did not find him or any contraband items. He was later caught from his wife’s house with 10g of heroin, some cash and several empty vials.“Lulu admitted that the recovered heroin belonged to him and the seizure was made in the presence of an executive magistrate,” a member of the raiding team said.The Naharlagun police said a case was registered against Mr. Lulu under a relevant Section of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. An investigation was on to find the source of the recovered drugs, they added.last_img read more

Nothing wrong with shastra puja on Rafale jet: Sitharaman

first_imgStating that worship on Vijayadashami was an integral part of Indian culture, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday hit out at those who criticised Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s shashtra puja (worship of weapons) while receiving the first Rafale jet, and said there was nothing superstitious about it. “It was something that was done on Vijayadashami. He marked it [the Rafale jet] with the ‘Om’ symbol. So what is wrong? Everyone worships in some form or the other in this country based on whichever faith they belong to,” she said.Ms. Sitharaman was speaking to reporters in Pune as part of BJP’s election campaign. The Union Finance Minister said that following the criticism over the puja, many social media users had come up with videos showing how an earlier Defence Minister while taking charge of a naval ship, had marked it with a symbol of his religion.She was referring to A.K. Antony’s drawing a ‘cross’ on INS Vikrant during its launch ceremony. “At that time, how many of us were concerned with superstition or blind faith… Similar things [pujas] have happened during earlier regimes in India and also take place across the world,” Ms. Sitharaman said, adding, “Those who have faith, perform worship and that a puja is accorded importance in Indian culture.”“I, too, keep my books and my veena on Saraswati puja,” she added. Auto sectorIn response to questions on the slowdown in the automobile sector, the Finance Minister said she had been regularly interacting with representatives from the automobile sector all over the country and was ready to hold talks with members of other industries as well to accommodate their demands“They [auto sector representatives] have already met me twice in Delhi… While it is true that consumer demand has not revived yet for the automobile sector, they can always talk to me if they want anything particular,” she said.While acknowledging that more steps needed to be taken to revive consumer demand, Ms. Sitharaman said that the Central government was responsive and that changes would be effected as needed.While the Finance Minister praised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ government in the State, she conceded that more efforts needed to be made to resolve the issue of water scarcity.“Mr. Fadnavis has comprehensively addressed the issue of water shortage in Maharashtra,” Ms. Sitharaman said, adding at the same time that the issue of water shortage needed more time and effort.When asked as to how the matter of the withdrawal of Article 370 from Kashmir was relevant in a State election, she replied that it the abrogation of Article 370 was matter of pride for every Indian and claimed that “not a single bullet had been fired in Kashmir” since then.last_img read more

All about the mega Maharashtra ‘coup’

first_imgAaditya Thackeray, Yuva Sena president with his father, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar at a news conference in Mumbai on November 23, 2019.  | Photo Credit: REUTERS  What led to the sudden formation of government by the BJP?​​Ajit Pawar of the NCP and other MLAs joined hands with the BJP. With the support of Independents and smaller parties, the BJP decided to stake claim to form the government.​​​Who is Ajit Pawar?​Ajit Pawar is an MLA from Baramati in Maharashtra. He has previously been the Deputy Chief Minister of the State in the Congress-NCP government and is a nephew of Sharad Pawar. He is also the leader of the NCP Legislature Party and has the power to issue orders to his party’s legislators.​Did Ajit Pawar act on his own?​​The NCP has said it was Ajit Pawar’s personal decision to join hands with the BJP and that the party did not support or endorse the decision.​​Also Read We are together and we will remain together, say Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray at joint press meet In a dramatic development on November 23, Devendra Fadnavis of the BJP took oath as Maharashtra Chief Minister and Ajit Pawar of the NCP as the Deputy Chief Minister. Here is an overview of the developments in the State.​​​​Wasn’t Uddhav Thackeray supposed to become the Chief Minister?​​Yes, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on November 22 announced that the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress had unanimously agreed that Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray would be the Chief Minister of the new government. ​​  ​​Wasn’t Maharashtra under President’s Rule?​​Yes, it was — until November 22. President Ram Nath Kovind revoked President’s Rule with effect from November 23 through an early-morning notification.​​​​How have the Congress, NCP and Shiv Sena reacted?​​​Ahmed Patel of the Congress said, “This illegitimate formation will self-destruct.”​​Sharad Pawar of the NCP said: “I am sure the Governor has given them (the BJP) time to prove majority but they won’t be able to prove it. After that, our three parties will form the government as we had decided earlier.”​​Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said: “This is a surgical strike on Maharashtra. We will not tolerate. We are together and we will remain together.”​​​What’s next for the Fadnavis government?​The newly formed government has to prove its majority on the floor of the State Assembly. According to reports, the Governor has set a deadline of November 30.last_img read more

Be accountable for every penny spent, CM tells bureaucrats

first_imgChief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed bureaucrats in the State to be humble towards citizens and transparent in their spending.Mr. Thackeray on Friday held his first review meeting with senior government secretaries and bureaucrats and directed them to be accountable for every penny that was spent on development work. He said, “This should work like a government of the people, for the people.” Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister’s Office Bhushan Gagarani and secretaries of various departments were present at the meeting.Mr. Thackeray said his priorities would be the development of Mumbai and the welfare of farmers in the rural hinterland. “The funds for development work are made available from the tax paid by people. It is necessary to give an impetus to development through optimum utilisation of the funds allocated. We can earn the faith of the public by working with an attitude of service. It is our responsibility to make sure the people have an allegiance to the government. People have entrusted this responsibility of the Chief Minister to me with great faith.” Later, addressing journalists, Mr. Thackeray said the government would look towards increasing taxpayers’ income and making funds available for development work. He said priority should be given to development work to bring “better days in the life of farmers and workers”. Mr. Thackeray said, “The officers should concentrate on providing transparent and clean administration as this is necessary to earn the respect of people and make sure they have an attachment to the government.” Mr. Thackeray said senior officers have to play an important role in ensuring that the government achieves these targets.‘Suspicious files’Senior secretaries said Mr. Thackeray instructed them not to escalate ‘suspicious’ files to the CMO. A senior secretary said, “Mr. Thackeray told us to bring any file that raises suspicion of officers to him. He also encouraged us to make notes on files, instilling faith in decision making and accountability.”last_img read more

Belo, Cruz laugh off scuffle after double technical

first_imgCruz, who got the last laugh after his team won, said what happened was just “tough love” between them, although he was disappointed that they were called with the technical foul.“It was just tough love between the two of us and we’re just very competitive people,” said Cruz in Filipino. “Outside the court we’re really buddies. It’s just disappointing that we were called with the technical foul.”Belo, who got called with his first technical foul, couldn’t help but poke fun at the situation posting on his Facebook account that Cruz should pay for the fine.“First tech ko sa PBA yun Carl Bryan Cruz, bayaran mo yun (That was my first technical in the PBA, pay for it Carl Bryan Cruz),” Belo posted on his Facebook account.ADVERTISEMENT And during the scrum, the two former Tamaraws were both called with technical fouls.After Alaska won the game 88-84, the two knew they would just share a laugh if ever it gets brought up between them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s nothing, that’s just how we express our love for each other, of course we both want to win and I think we got overboard with out aggressiveness,” said Belo in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I just wanted to get the ball and I was surprised that there was a technical foul. There’s nothing personal on that play, we’ll just laugh at it.” Mac Belo goes up for a shot. PBA IMAGESCarl Bryan Cruz and Mac Belo go way back, and even a heated scuffle during the match between Alaska and Blackwater won’t dampen that friendship between the former Far Eastern University teammates.The two got entangled with 5:18 left in the game and Alaska nursing a 74-72 lead, after Belo tried to snatch the ball away from Cruz who rebounded the former’s miss.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Banchero, Aces step up in Abueva’s absencecenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Calisaan-less Che’Lu-San Sebastian holds off Gamboa-St. Clare

first_imgDe Leon wound up with nine points and nine rebounds, while Alfred Batino got 10 markers and six boards in the victory.The Revellers missed the services of lead forward Michael Calisaan, who is nursing a fractured left elbow after their last game against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum last week.“We talked about in practice that anybody can step up for us. Che’Lu isn’t just Michael Calisaan, but it’s the team,” said Tiu.Jackson caught fire late for the Coffee Lovers, unfurling 11 of his 19 points in the final frame, alongside five rebounds and three assists.Dionisio chipped in 14 markers and 12 boards, while Junjie Hallare had 16 points and six rebounds in the defeat for Gamboa-St. Clare (3-3).ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian survived a late rally from Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare to take the 79-73 victory and stretch its winning run to four in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.RK Ilagan scattered 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds to lead the Revellers, while Jeepy Faundo added a double-double of 11 markers and 11 boards in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 79 — Ilagan 17, Faundo 11, Batino 10, De Leon 9, Bulanadi 7, Collado 6, Jeruta 5, Siruma 5, Santos 4, Capobres 3, Costelo 2, David 0, Lao 0.GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 73 — Jackson 19, Hallare 16m Dionisio 14, Pare 8, Ambuludto 4, Rubio 4, Bitoon 3, Rebugio 3, Fontanilla 2, Acuno 0, Alcober 0.Quarters: 18-16, 31-31, 55-46, 79-73. MOST READ Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 5 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Thank God, we were able to survive again,” quipped coach Stevenson Tiu as his side rose to 6-3. “These games are crucial if we want to get a good placing in the playoffs.”Che’Lu-San Sebastian built a 11-point lead, 55-44, late in the third quarter and seemed poised to cruise to an easy victory after leading, 71-57 with 3:30 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Trevis Jackson and Aris Dionisio teamed up for Gamboa-St. Clare’s huge 16-4 blast to get within two, 75-73, in the last 23.4 seconds.Samboy De Leon blew his chances to ice the game after missing a pair of freebies with 17.1 ticks left, but quickly atoned for his miscue as he grabbed the offensive board and canned his foul shots in his second go-round, 77-73, with 15.2 seconds left. Read Nextlast_img read more

Kings try to keep top 2 in sight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Blackwater, which needs to win this one to stay in the hunt, will continue to miss the services of sophomore Art dela Cruz and rookie Mac Belo.Victories by the Beermen and Gin Kings in their last three games and a win by Star over Alaska next week would put the three teams under the San Miguel umbrella in a logjam at the top, necessitating the quotient system, which the Hotshots would lose.Losses in one game for all three SMC teams would, incidentally, allow the Bolts and the Texters back in the hunt for a top two finish, granting that Meralco and TNT hurdle their respective final assignments.And while the race for top honors has been a frenetic one, staying out of the dreaded seventh and eighth spots has also been heated, with defending champion Rain or Shine clashing with GlobalPort in the 4:15 p.m. contest and seeking a win that would seal a middle-of-the-pack finish.Alaska, which is on a five-game losing streak, is occupying seventh spot right now, but the Aces have two chances to better their position. They could also help determine the top-two chase as they end their elimination round schedule with matches against the Beermen and the Hotshots this Saturday and Wednesday, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lessons learned as Hisamitsu cruises past Rebisco-PSL spikers Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Phoenix Petroleum holds the eighth spot, with the Fuel Masters closing out against rejuvenated NLEX on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ As things stand, Star put a hand on a top two spot Wednesday night after a 108-90 destruction of Meralco, and the only teams that can topple the Hotshots out of that are sister teams San Miguel and Ginebra, which both beat Star in the eliminations.“We have a good shot at it,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after that win over the Beermen, referring to a top two finish that seemed out of the picture just a few days back, after an unexpected loss to Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We bounced back from that,” he said. “We felt that it was a very winnable game. But the important thing is that we persevered this time [against San Miguel]. We were pretty motivated [to bounce back from that].”Justin Brownlee will be ranged against beefy and agile Greg Smith, but the Kings are listed as the favorites because of a local roster that has been performing so well of late. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Biñan, Laguna—Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the frenzied race for a top two berth in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup when, five days removed from bringing down the most feared side of all, the Gin Kings slug it out with sputtering Blackwater at Alonte Sports Center here.Taking the momentum of a 107-99 decision of San Miguel Beer last Sunday, the Gin Kings are the solid picks in their 7 p.m. clash with the Elite as they try to keep two other teams—Meralco and TNT KaTropa—out of the twice-to-beat race.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points

first_imgCindy Resultay of Perlas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas needed only the first few minutes of the game to put Myanmar away en route to a 123-33 win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament Tuesday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos, who raced to a 33-8 lead at the end of the opening period, had six players in double-digit scoring with Clare Castro leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The 6-foot-4 Castro out of Far Eastern University posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks to boot.Cindy Resultay and Raiza Palmera-Dy added 16 points each for the Philippines, which got back on track after bowing to Indonesia, 78-68, Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPerlas padded on to its lead as the game progressed as it widened the gap to 50, 64-14, by halftime.The Philippines, which is eyeing its first-ever gold medal in women’s hoops after finishing fourth in the 2015 SEA Games, improved to 2-1. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Tough routine wins Capellan another gymnastics gold Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

#KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe

first_imgView comments Orquina shakes off flu, sizzles en route to Three-Point crown Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA spokeswoman Emily James said in an email to The Associated Press that she could not speak specifically about LaMelo Ball but that his eligibility could be at risk if he directly profits from shoe sales.“Generally speaking, a college athlete or prospect paid for use of their athletics reputation or ability risks their future eligibility in that sport,” James said. “This includes profiting from the sale of items bearing the young person’s name. NCAA rules, however, do allow prospects to promote commercial products prior to enrollment provided it is not for pay.”LaVar Ball told ESPN on Thursday that his son’s amateur status is not a concern at the moment.“Who cares? If he can’t play, then he can’t play. It doesn’t mean he’ll stop working out and getting better,” he said. “Maybe in two years they’ll change the rule and he’ll be able to the NBA straight out of high school.”LaMelo Ball, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 26.7 points and 10 assists as a sophomore last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img LaMelo Ball, who plays for Chino Hills High School, would still be eligible under California Interscholastic Federation rules as long as he’s not wearing his team’s uniform or logo while appearing in any advertisements or promotions for the shoe.The bigger concern is with the NCAA. LaMelo Ball has committed to UCLA, where he would start playing in 2019.Melo Ball 1, youngest in the game.👉🏽 👈🏽— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The MB1, which costs $395, is available for pre-order and will ship in December. In May, Big Baller introduced its first signature shoe for Lonzo Ball, the former UCLA star was drafted second overall by the Lakers. Those go for $495. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Today, LaMelo Ball becomes the 1st high school player ever to have his own signature shoe. The “Melo Ball 1”— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 31, 2017LOS ANGELES — Two of LaVar Ball’s sons now have their own signature shoe. The latest one has led to plenty of questions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBig Baller Brand shoes announced Thursday that it is coming out with a shoe for LaMelo Ball, who is a junior in high school. It is the first signature shoe for a player still in high school.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Dhoni all praise for Badri, bowlers

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for Subramaniam Badrinath for his superb unbeaten 52 which set up his side’s victory over Central Districts in Champions League Twenty20 match here tonight.”We lost early wickets and that put us under pressure.But Badrinath and Anirudha batted really well. These are the conditions where technique does matter. If those who have good technique perform up the order it is easier for those who have lesser technique to slog later,” Dhoni said.”Badri has a good technique and so good to see him perform,” said Dhoni after CSK’s 57-run win over Central Districts.Dhoni also have words of praise for the bowlers. “All the bowlers bowled well. Balaji bowled well to pick up three wickets. The two spinners were superb as conditions here were not that well assisting them,” he said.”Muttiah Muralitharan is a great bowler and it is great to have him in the team. He just varied his deliveries and the same was in case of R Ashwin also,” he added.He said CSK will have to win two more matches out of remaining three to make sure they qualify for the semifinals.”Well of course it is really good to start such a tournament with a big win. It is important to get momentum when you start off with a win. We want to win all the remaining three matches but at least we have to win two,” he added.Central Districts captain Jamie How rued his side’s batting failure.advertisement”To restrict Chennai to 150, I thought the boys bowled really well. The bowling and fielding were the positives, but we didn’t really turn up with the bat. We will be looking to bounce back against Victoria,” How said.Man of the Match Badrinath, whose counterattacking 52 from 42 balls was mainly responsible for taking CSK to 151 for four after being 48 for three at halfway mark, was happy that he could come out good in difficult condition.”I am really happy with the innings. To be able to see the team through to the end. It wasn’t easy to start off with, but once I got in I made sure I made it count. Totally different conditions to what we get in India, so really happy that I could do well here.last_img read more

Noria gets chance to break into the big league

first_imgAt first glance, you may be forgiven for thinking he is too young to be a shooter. But 18-year-old Asher Noria certainly knows how to handle a shotgun, for he is the world champion and joint world record- holder in junior double trap. Having arrived in the Capital to train with teammate and mentor Ronjan Singh Sodhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Noria knows this will be one of the biggest chances he will have at stardom, and is ready for it.”After winning at the Commonwealth Youth Games, it was always a dream to come and shoot in the main competition. I knew I had to shoot very high scores to get here but I managed to win most of the competitions I took part in. It wasn’t easy, but I earned my spot in the team. I’m here to make my country proud again,” Noria told MAIL TODAY after practice at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.The Hyderabad lad credits Sodhi as being one of the major reasons behind his success and, like his senior colleague, believes the mental aspects of the sport are the most important to success.”In a competition, each bird matters because one bird can mean the difference between victory and defeat. I’m working with our coach, Marcello Dradi, on fine-tuning my game and neither he nor I want to make any major changes in the time we have till the competition. A coach always helps you strengthen your mind.In that sense, it is great to have a man who has spent years coaching some of the biggest names in the game,” Noria said.advertisement”In 10 days, nothing can happen – it is what you have been doing for the last few years that will be useful in a competition of this magnitude. I’ve built up this mental strength, built up experience over the last eight years that I’ve been shooting and that’s what will help me.” According to Noria, winning the world championship by equalling the junior world record of 146 was the biggest moment of his life.Understandably, he took a break after the success and is now getting back into the groove.”My scores are picking up again and, in any case, I’ve been in good form this season – what with the world championship and the world record to my name. I just want to give my best and probably better my score here,” he said.This is Noria’s second time at the range since it was reconstructed – the previous occasion being the selection trials last month – and he is happy with the way it has shaped up.”During the camp, first of all, the temperature was 46 degrees Celsius, so it’s much more manageable now.”Secondly, the construction work was in full swing and everything was in shambles. But now it has improved tremendously and everything has been finetuned and polished. I’ve shot on the Delhi range a lot of times but I’m still getting used to it since the reconstruction. Another week of practice and I can safely call it my home range,” he joked.”I’ve been shooting in international competitions for a few years now and have travelled to many ranges and shot in many different conditions, so one learns to get used to the visibility for our outdoor event very quickly. Currently, the light is just perfect, but even if it rains or the sky gets dark, it won’t be too difficult to deal with it.”Noria knows that he is stepping into the giant shoes left behind by Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, but has taught himself to handle the pressure that comes with it.”Pressure’s always there but sometimes it pushes you to do even better. I’m learning to handle it better. When I’m on the station, all that is on my mind is the two birds. Outside the range, yes there is pressure, but once I’m inside, I shut it out,” he said.Noria expects to move into the Games Village with the rest of the shotgun team in a couple of days, but an advance visit to the facility got rid of his apprehensions. “I just felt after seeing the Village that somehow we always manage to do something at the last minute and make things work. I believe while these Games may not be as successful as Games elsewhere, I’m confident we’ll be able to do it and not bring a bad name to ourselves.”last_img read more

Tax sleuths begin hunt for Games loot

first_imgBeginning the hunt for the alleged loot in Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, tax sleuths on Tuesday raided 23 premises and surveyed seven others in the National Capital Region, Chandigarh and Ludhiana.The raids – aimed at unearthing corruption in overlay contracts worth `630 crore awarded by the organising committee (OC) – were carried out on a company linked to BJP member Sudhanshu Mittal and three other consortiums. Income-tax officials disclosed that the transfer of money using the Mauritius route in certain contracts was also being probed. The investigation includes tax evasion, over-invoicing of goods and services supplied and real or benami ownership of the entities concerned.Sources in the income-tax department said businessman and politician Mittal’s home in New Delhi and the premises of Deepali Designs and Exhibits Pvt Ltd were raided by tax sleuths who arrived early on Tuesday to collect tender agreements and other documents crucial to the probe. Deepali Designs had tied up with Hong Kong-based PICO to successfully bid for an overlay contract worth Rs 230 crore.Tax officials confirmed that Mittal, a close associate of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan, and his relatives were stakeholders in PICO-Deepali Designs. Mittal was on the board of directors, said the officials. Formed by Dinesh Mittal and Rakesh Mittal in 1992, Deepali initially took contracts to provide tents and decorations for marriages and government functions.This explains the company’s initial name, Deepali Tents & Decorators. The company later grew and added a sister concern – Deepali Designs & Exhibits Pvt Ltd – to bag big-ticket event contracts for outdoor hanger structures and other facilities. It boasts of high-profile clients like Wizcraft International, which too had got a CWG contract. The sleuths surveyed Gurgaonbased real estate company IREO in which one of the partner is Sudhanshu Mittal’s relative Lalit Goel.advertisementThe tax sleuths suspect that the money earned from Games contracts was rerouted through tax havens into IREO’s real estate projects. IREO released a statement acknowledging that the incometax department had sought information and clarifications from them. IREO did not get any contract for CWG 2010, but the company will fully cooperate with the authorities, like always, the statement read.Income-tax sleuths also raided three other consortiums, each having foreign partners – GL Litmus-Meroform, Comfort Net-Nussli India and ESG Arena-DArt furniture. Interestingly, Nussli India was registered in December 2009 and had got contracts for providing tents, porta cabins, containers and other electronic items for six venues. The contract is estimated at Rs 141 crore.Nussli India had signed a memorandum of understanding with a Canadian company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Minaean Habitat India Pvt Ltd, for supplying modular construction technologies using light-gauge steel at Games venues. D Art Furniture Systems-ESG Arena of UK had contracts for providing overlays for temporary infrastructure worth Rs 93 crore.And Meroform, who had partnered with French firm GL Services, is said to have bagged a contract worth Rs 165 crore. A senior income-tax official said only the works allotted by the CWG organising committee had been covered. The next round of searches would focus on Games contractors engaged by government departments.Large volumes of documents and tender agreements have been seized and the searches will continue, he said. The income-tax department had recently gathered information on the award of contracts for the just-concluded Games from the Organising Committee, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). According to official sources, the government departments were served notice, seeking information under section 131 of the Income Tax Act. Sources said Parliament’s Estimates Committee which probed the CWG scam has prepared an interim report.The panel is likely to have another round of meetings with the stakeholders. Sources said they would summon the BJP-controlled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) too before finalising the report. The committee is expected to meet on Thursday. Efforts are on to place the report in Parliament during the winter session, scheduled to begin from November 6.Other than the income-tax department, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) are also probing the alleged CWG loot. It is learnt that the CBI, which has so far got more than 20 complaints, is looking into possible irregularities in the Indian leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay. CBI officials have sought documents from the OC.The ED is expected to summon suspended OC officials – including T.S. Darbari – in a case registered under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to probe irregularities in payments to overseas companies for a London event on handing over the Queen’s baton. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appointed a high-level committee to probe the charges of corruption and other irregularities that cast a shadow over the sporting spectacle.advertisementThe committee, to be headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu, has been asked to submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months. Earlier, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had indicated financial irregularities in various projects relating to the Games stadiums. Who is probing whatIncome tax (I-T) I-T department on Tuesday searched 23 premises of companies which were awarded overlays contracts amounting to `630 crore. The I-T department is probing tax evasion angle/over invoicing and real beneficiaries of CWG contracts. Companies and their linkages with entities in tax havens is also under the scannerEnforcement directorate (ED) The ED has already registered a case for violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It had summoned and questioned joint DG T.S. Darbari and a few others regarding their role in alleged irregularities during the Queen’s Baton Relay in the UKCentral vigilance commission (CVC) The CVC has initiated a probe and is looking into Gamesrelated construction and procurement works carried out by various government agencies, including the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Public Works Department (PWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and others for alleged financial irregularities. The CVC had inspected the files at OC headquarters and offices of other stakeholders. It had already raised questions regarding the process of awarding contracts and on infrastructure projects.Comptroller & auditor general (CAG) The Prime Minister has ordered a probe by former CAG V.K. Shunglu. The CAG will audit contracts, civic construction projects, infrastructure projects related to the Games and will file its report within three months. The agencies to be audited include CPWD, DDA, NDMC, PWD, OC, Delhi government and others.Central bureau of investigation (CBI) The CBI is verifying 20 complaints of alleged misappropriation of funds by the OC. The CBI is working in close coordination with the ED and is awaiting reports from the CVC, CAG and the I-T department before lodging any FIRs. CBI has so far not conducted any raids.Under The I-T ScannerDeepali Designs & Pico international Formed by Dinesh & Rakesh Mittal in 1992, Deepali Tents & Decorators used to provide tents and decorations during weddings. It later branched into Deepali Designs & Exhibits Pvt Ltd. It boasts of high profile clients including Wizcraft International. Deepali had tied up with Hong Kong-based PICO to bid for overlays contracts. Sudhanshu Mittal and his relatives were stakeholders in PICO. Contracts worth: Rs 230 crComfort net-nussli IndiaRegistered in 2009, Nussli India was awarded contracts for providing tents, portacabins, containers and electronic items at six venues. It had signed an MoU with a Canadian company’s subsidiary Minaean Habitat India Pvt Ltd for supplying of modular construction technologies. Contracts worth: Rs 141 crIREO GroupThe real estate firm has Lalit Goel as one of its partner. He is a relative of Sudhanshu.advertisementD Art Furniture Systems-Esg Arena (UK)Contracts worth: Rs 93 crMeroform-GL Litmus (France)Contracts worth: Rs 165 crlast_img

SAI officials bear the brunt of dope fallout

first_imgAs many as seven officials have either been suspended or transferred in the aftermath of the positive dope cases that rocked the Indian athletics in the last one week while the sports ministry on Thursday appointed retired Justice Mukul Mudgal for a probe into the fiasco.Double gold-medallist Ashwini AkkunjiEven as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) took action against its officials, including coaches, the ministry appointed Mudgal to examine the reasons for the large scale doping and the modus operandi involved. Mudgal has been asked to submit the report within six weeks.On Monday, the sports ministry had ordered the SAI to submit a report on the doping scandal, which saw eight Indian athletes testing positive for banned substances, and as per the recommendations in the SAI report, submitted on Thursday, a number of officials including coaches have been shown the door.Weightlifting coach Naveen Kumar, who was posted in Bangalore at the SAI’s centre of excellence, has been removed after syringes and drugs were recovered from his room.”Based on the report from G Kishore, the SAI director in Bangalore, we have removed Naveen Kumar from his post and also Praveen Kumar, who was the coach for the gymnastics team there, has been transferred,” SAI secretary Gopal Krishna told Mail Today . After Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik, the SAI has issued a show cause notice to Ramesh Nagapuri, who is in Kobe, Japan, with the Indian relay team for the Asian Athletics Championships.After the reports of athletes failing dope tests surfaced, PC Kashyap, executive director of the Teams wing of the SAI, and director Satish Rana were rushed to National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where they interacted with the athletes and officials.advertisementOgorodnik, whose termination was announced by sports minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday, was officially relieved from his services on Thursday after the director of NIS, Patiala, recorded his statement. “We have got the report from our officials and after it was submitted, the SAI has officially terminated Ogorodnik’s contract,” Krishan said. He said that Ogorodnik hasn’t been asked by the SAI to stay back until a final report is submitted on the issue. “His statement was recorded by the NIS director and sent his relieving letter today,” he said.Two female NIS employees have been removed as they were not aware of their duties despite the fact that a number of athletes tested positive from the camp. Sunita Bedi was the caretaker of the girls’ hostel while Kalpana Debnath was the warden of one of the hostels in Patiala.In the last one week, eight athletes, including the famed Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, who won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Asian Games last year, have tested positive.The sports ministry had sought a report from the SAI and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on urgent basis so as to reach to a conclusion on the spate of positive doping cases that have occurred in the recent past.Since 1992, there have been no recruitments of coaches, nutritionists, dieticians among others within the SAI, but Krishan said the recruitment process will start soon and the body have invited specialised personnel.”Yes, there hasn’t been any recruitment in SAI since 1992, but we have already begun the process of recruitment and in fact we have carried advertisements in that regard as well,” he said.”We have invited coaches and scientific personnel and in next couple months we will have a specialised staff. On August 27, we will examinations for lower division clerks and accountants.”last_img read more

The question in Bihar: Why are Rudy, Shahnawaz and Ram Kripal not in Modi ministry?

first_imgIt’s been a fortnight since the Lok Sabha election results pronounced him a winner against Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi but Rajiv Pratap Rudy’s Twitter handle still describes him as a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.Rajiv Pratap RudyRudy has already quit the Upper House after his victory from the Saran Lok Sabha seat. But, of the several truisms set in motion after the formation of Union Cabinet, the one doing most number of rounds in Patna’s saffron circle is – has Rudy too forgotten his Lok Sabha victory after Prime Minister Narendra Modi apparently did the same while announcing his Cabinet?The exclusion of Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a former union minister who manned civil aviation portfolio in the Atal Bihari Vajpeyee cabinet, from Modi’s Cabinet has surely raised eyebrows in Bihar.Saran indeed was a difficult battle for Rudy, a trained pilot who worked for a commercial airline for gratis. He was pitted against Rabri Devi, wife of formidable Lalu Prasad, who then appeared on a comeback trail in Bihar.Prior to his current victory, though Rudy had won the seat twice before in 1996 and 1999; his earlier successes were secured against lesser known candidates.When Lalu Prasad contested from the seat in 2004 and 2009, he defeated Rudy by over 50,000 votes on both occasions. Though Lalu was not contesting in 2014, he led the campaign for his wife Rabri, which is why Rudy’s victory is even more significant.But if Rudy’s victory over Rabri Devi appeared a surprise to some, his exclusion from Modi’s cabinet was a bigger shock.advertisementRudy was tipped as a favourite for the new cabinet. A Rajput by caste, Rudy is also considered close to party president Rajnath Singh, which seemed a bigger advantage at the outset. Everyone thought he would walk in effortlessly, but Rudy has now been told to continue as party’s general secretary and concentrate on Bihar where he has ironically never been found involved in running the organisation.Though Rudy has offered his best wishes to the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, announcing on Twitter that he will continue to look after party work, it appears an anomaly – a politician who was seldom much involved in party work assigned the same job – leaving him in danger of becoming his own worst cliche.Rudy also runs the risk of becoming just a sideshow, appealing and graced with a gift for sound bites, but not a player with influence on party politics in his home state where senior leader such as Sushil Modi call the shots.Instead of Rudy, Modi has picked lesser known Radha Mohan Singh, a fellow Rajput leader and five-term Lok Sabha MP, as Cabinet minister.Radha Mohan Singh, the MP from East Champaran, is said to be the RSS’ choice, which has helped him gain a major portfolio such as agriculture. Of the 31 newly elected NDA MPs from the state, Modi has picked five, which has largely been welcomed in Bihar which was unrepresented in the Union Cabinet in the UPA-II regime.Bihar, along with Maharashtra, has got the most number of members in Modi’s council after Uttar Pradesh, which has eight representatives.But Rudy’s exclusion is not the only reason that has caused heartburns in Bihar.Ram Kripal Yadav, who had revolted against Lalu Prasad and switched to the BJP before the polls, has also been ignored, although he successfully eroded Lalu Prasad’s core Yadav votes in Pataliputra where he defeated the RJD’s chief’s daughter, Misa Bharti.”Ram Kirpal’s inclusion in the ministry would have sent a strong message to the Yadavs – a caste the BJP has been desperately trying to wean away from Lalu,” said a senior BJP leader from Bihar.If Lalu failed to ensure the victory of wife Rabri Devi and daughter, it was only because the NDA managed to make inroads into core votes of both the RJD and the JD-U.It sounds queer that the two leaders – Rudy and Ram Kirpal Yadav – who defeated Lalu Prasad’s wife and daughter are out of Modi’s ministry.Beyond the feel good, Narendra Modi’s minimalist government has also caused heartburns in Bihar with questions being raised about the absence of certain sections of the socio-economic structure in the new ministry.Some BJP leaders in private express surprise that if Jaitley and Smriti Irani can be inducted despite losing Lok Sabha polls, the Prime Minister could have also taken in Shahnawaz Hussain, who lost from Bhagalpur by just about 9,000 votes, says a BJP leader in Bihar.advertisementlast_img read more

Genie Bouchard gives herself pass mark after comeback win

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments LATEST STORIES “It was the first match of the year, so you never know what to expect from your level, so I’m happy I managed to handle my nerves.“I liked that when things didn’t go so well I managed to turn it around relatively quickly, maybe a game or two went by, but then that was it and I managed to get back to playing my game.”Puig was untroubled in her 6-3, 6-2 win over American wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands while 2017 champion Lauren Davis advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena.Davis will face the winner of the blockbuster clash on day two between former world number ones Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Former world number five Bouchard has earmarked 2019 as her comeback year after sliding down rankings following a standout 2014 when she made the Wimbledon final and was a semi-finalist in Melbourne and Paris.Now ranked 87th, the Canadian proved too strong for the 88th ranked Madison Brengle, taking just over an hour to beat the American 6-3, 6-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe 24-year-old mixed glimpses of her previous best with some unforced errors but overall gave herself a pass mark.“I think it was OK,” Bouchard said.center_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard launched her comeback year in winning form as she cruised through her first round match in the WTA Auckland Classic on Monday.Olympic champion Monica Puig also sailed through to the second round on a day in which none of the seeded players appeared.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ INQUIRER Sports Top 7 Stories of the Year: ‘Golden Girls’ bring pride to Philippineslast_img read more