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  • India’s NCAA Becomes the World’s First Trusted Digital Repository

    first_imgNational Cultural Audiovisual Archives (NCAA) project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, implemented by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has been certified as the world’s first Trusted Digital Repository as per ISO 16363:2012 standard, granted by Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorisation Body Ltd. (PTAB), United Kingdom.Leveraging this historic achievement, the plan for the next phase is to integrate about three lakh hours of audiovisuals materials, a corpus estimated based on a scoping survey conducted in 25 cities across the country, on this platform over the next five years.Read it at League of India Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Why Anil Agarwal is Seen More as an Encroacher Than a Corporate Czar

    first_imgIf oil and gas giant BP spilt oil in the Gulf of Mexico, then-mining companies BHP Billiton and Vale contaminated the bucolic Brazilian countryside in 2015. Look around you. Mining and natural resources corporations have always been vilified for their extractive methods and windfall profits at the expense of communities and carbon footprint. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

  • BJP doing better work in State than at Centre: Hazare

    first_imgThe Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra was doing better work than the [Narendra] Modi government at the Centre, said Anna Hazare at a meeting at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration to discuss the draft of the new State Lokayukta Act.“I had sent several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of issues facing the people, including the appointment of a Lokpal … Yet, his administration never paid any attention to them,” Mr. Hazare said, adding that he would continue to fight for people’s rights.The 81-year-old activist is part of the joint committee headed by Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta tasked with preparing a new Lokayukta Act for the State. “The Chief Minister’s approach towards the Lokayukta has been positive so far,” Mr. Hazare said.“The Lokpal and the Lokayuktas Act came into being [in 2013] with the aim to put the brakes on corruption. It posited that after the appointment of an ombudsman at the Centre, a Lokayukta would be appointed at the State level within a year…the purpose of today’s meeting is to come out with a draft to formulate a strong Lokayukta Act in Maharashtra,” Mr. Hazare said.The law, which will be drafted by a 10-member panel, is to be presented in the upcoming session of the State Legislature which begins June 17.The committee was set up in keeping with Mr. Fadnavis’ assurances to Mr. Hazare in February when the latter had had gone on a week-long hunger strike, demanding the appointment of the Lokpal at the Centre and a strong Lokayukta Act in the State among other things.Mr. Hazare further remarked that he hoped the proposed Lokayukta Act would serve as a model for the Centre akin to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which was first enacted in Maharashtra.At the time of his hunger strike in February, Mr. Hazare had lashed out at Mr. Modi and the BJP, declaring that the party had used him and exploited his Jan Lokpal agitation to come to power in 2014.Targeting the [Narendra] Modi government, he had also said that it did not adhere to constitutional norms and that the Prime Minister was “transforming the Central government into a dictatorship”.It was only after receiving ‘satisfactory assurances’ from the Centre and the State that Mr. Hazare had withdrawn his agitation.last_img read more

  • Haryana protester breathes last

    first_imgA man, who set himself afire in Rathdhana village of Sonipat district last month when Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ was passing through the area, died at a Rohtak hospital on Thursday, said officials. Rajesh succumbed to his injuries at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, they said. After setting himself aflame on August 26, Rajesh had told reporters that he took the extreme step because his son was jobless despite having been “assured” of employment when he had met the Chief Minister earlier. The yatra was nearing a halt in Sonipat district when the man doused himself with some inflammable material nearby and set himself on fire, police had said. Haryana Minister and BJP MLA from Sonipat, Kavita Jain had said that when the yatra reached the village, they saw a man engulfed in flames after which security officials were asked to rush to his help.Referred to PGIMS The seriously injured person was referred to PGIMS hospital, police said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had flagged off the Jan Ashirwad Yatra for the Assembly polls in Haryana, from Kalka on August 18.last_img read more

  • Central Railway recovers ₹7.88 crore fine from ticketless travellers in Pune

    first_imgThe Pune division of the Central Railway has recovered ₹7.88 crore fine from passengers travelling without tickets in last five months, an official said on Thursday. The rail division conducted a drive from April to August to identify ticket-less travellers on Pune-Malawli, Pune-Miraj, Pune-Baramati and Kolhapur-Miraj routes. During the drive, it detected around 1.53 lakh cases of various offences, including not possessing ticket while in train or on railway platform and carrying luggage beyond permissible limit, the Central Railway official said.The authorities subsequently recovered a total fine of ₹7.88 crore from such passengers, he added.last_img read more

  • PH gets first bronze in pencak silat

    first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Rockets donate $4 million to help storm victims PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino 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 Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Princesslyn Enopia took home the bronze medal in tanding – women’s class A event of pencak silat in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 2. The 19-year-old lost in her semifinals match in the 45-50 kilogram category to settle for the bronze medal.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, her achievement can’t be disregarded as Enopia gave the Philippines its first medal in the sport in this games.Pham Thi Tuoi of Vietnam won the gold medal, Atiq Shazwani Roslan of Singapore got the silver, while Nurul Annisa Mohd Sobri of Malaysia got the other bronze.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 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

  • Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts

    first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trailing, 102-101, the Beermen had a chance to take the lead inside the final 10 seconds and they wisely went to the reigning three-time PBA MVP to bail them out.Fajardo shot over Bolts import Allen Durham but his floater came up short as it hit the front rim.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“It was my fault. It was a good look and I missed that final shot. We should have won,” said a frustrated Fajardo in Filipino after the Beermen’s 104-101 defeat.The loss didn’t just cause San Miguel the game, but also a seat in the top four as they wound up in sixth place heading into the quarterfinals. The Cebuano giant went hard on himself despite posting a team-best 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.“I won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m really sorry and I promise to bounce back,” he said.San Miguel will now have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals for its Grand Slam bid to go on. A win by the Gin Kings on Wednesday would send the Beermen into an early exit.“We’re still not out. We still have a chance to win. We just have to stay positive. Our will is still strong and we’ll take this one game at a time even though we have to go through the eye of the needle,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters 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 MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PBA IMAGESNine times out of ten, June Mar Fajardo would easily make a basket from five feet.It just unfortunate for San Miguel Beer that the rarest of times Fajardo would miss from close range came on Sunday night in an all-important game against rival Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

  • Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

    first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters 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 As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENT Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.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 shutoutThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

  • Ricci Rivero participates in Gilas practice

    first_imgRead Next 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero was finally an active participant on Monday’s Gilas Pilipinas evening training session at Meralco Gym as for the second straight week, coach Chot Reyes drew a complete attendance from his current pool.Veterans Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Gabe Norwood spearheaded the 12 members of the current pool.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Also attending the practice were Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.Sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Jio Jalalon were also in attendance, but remained on the sidelines for the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe current Gilas pool members continue their preparations for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, where they face Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne before flying back home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.Aside from Rivero, nine players from the “23-for-23” cadet list also participated in the training namely Paul Desiderio, J-Jay Alejandro, Javee Mocon, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin, Juan Gomez de Liaño, and high school standouts Kai Sotto of Ateneo, Will Gozum of Mapua, and newcomer Carl Tamayo of Nazareth School of National University. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pyeongchang Olympics brings ‘real hope’ to divided Koreas, says Bach Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

  • Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

    first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez dunks against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)NEW YORK— The New York Knicks were scouting Kristaps Porzingis ahead of the 2015 draft when they noticed one of his teammates in Spain.Willy Hernangomez eventually joined Porzingis in New York, and after his promising rookie season both were considered key pieces for the team’s future.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Now Porzingis is headed for surgery and Hernangomez is on his way to Charlotte.The Knicks traded Hernangomez to the Hornets on Wednesday in a deal that brings back second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny O’Bryant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHernangomez was an all-rookie selection last season and had been identified by team management during the summer as a one of the young players to build around. But the Knicks then acquired Enes Kanter from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade and Hernangomez fell to third in the center rotation behind Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn.“He showed last season that he can contribute when given the opportunity and we believe that the added depth he provides will benefit our frontcourt rotation,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. The deal came hours after the Knicks lost Porzingis to a torn ACL. There was thought after the injury that Hernangomez could finally get back into the rotation in his friend’s place, but the Knicks instead decided to deal him.They were teammates in Seville and after the Knicks took Porzingis with the No. 4 pick, they acquired Hernangomez’s rights after Philadelphia drafted him at No. 35.Hernangomez averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds last season and was voted to the All-Rookie first team. But the Spanish national team player couldn’t get on the floor this season, appearing in just 26 games and averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.O’Bryant averaged 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 40 appearances with the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Drummond, Griffin leads Pistons over Nets Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

  • Ronaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New Zealand

    first_imgEthel 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. View comments 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 Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) falls over New Zealand’s defender Andrew Durante after missing a goal during the 2017 Confederations Cup group A football match between New Zealand and Portugal at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVCristiano Ronaldo scored his 75th international goal as Portugal trounced New Zealand 4-0 in Saint Petersburg on Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.The Real Madrid star struck from the penalty spot on 33 minutes to fire the European champions in front before Bernardo Silva turned in a second goal four minutes later.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson felt the final result was harsh on his players.“We started the game really well, and were the stronger of the two teams,” said Hudson.“But we had a period in that first half when we allowed them to come into the game and gave ourselves too much to do to get back into it.” Mexico eliminated hosts Russia with a 2-1 win in Kazan to join Portugal on seven points, with Santos’ side to face the runners-up of Group B on Wednesday for a place in the July 2 final.Copa America holders Chile lead Germany on goal difference ahead of the final round of matches in Group B, although Australia and Cameroon still harbour outside qualification hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo brothers – from migrants to ambassadors Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Andre Silva added a third on 80 minutes before Nani completed the rout in stoppage time to ensure Portugal progressed to last four as winners of Group A, finishing above Mexico on goal difference.“We knew it could be complicated because we had seen New Zealand play Mexico and the problems they caused the Mexicans,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I thought we played well in many parts of the game; in others, not so well. Overall though, it was a fair victory. “But I think the New Zealand team should have scored a goal — they deserved one.”  MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Puskas in Ronaldo’s sightsSantos fielded an attacking line-up packed with experience and resisted the temptation to rest Ronaldo with Portugal still requiring a point to qualify and vying with Mexico and Russia for top spot.Ronaldo twice threatened the New Zealand goal in quick succession, nodding straight at goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic on 24 minutes and then clattering the crossbar shortly after with another header from a Ricardo Quaresma cross.But the Portugal captain made no mistake after Danilo was wrestled to the ground in the area by a combination of Tom Doyle and Tommy Smith following a corner.Ronaldo buried the resultant penalty beyond Stefanovic to draw level with former Hungary great Sandor Kocsis and within nine goals of the legendary Ferenc Puskas’ European record of 84 at international level.Portugal swiftly doubled their lead when Eliseu’s dangerous low cross from the left was forced home by Silva, although there was brief concern for the new Manchester City signing as he landed awkwardly on his ankle. New Zealand skipper Chris Wood nearly grabbed a lifeline for the All Whites on the hour, but his back-post effort was scrambled off the line by a combination of Rui Patricio and Bruno Alves.Ronaldo could have added to his tally when he climbed to meet a Nelson Semedo delivery, his header scooped away by Stefanovic who then stood tall to superbly deny Andre Silva.Santos withdrew Ronaldo on 67 minutes with the semi-finals in mind, and his replacement Nani nearly struck within moments of his introduction only for Stefanovic to brilliantly tip behind his deflected shot.Silva finally provided Portugal with further breathing space 10 minutes from time as the AC Milan-bound striker ran at the Kiwi defence before drilling into the roof of the net. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Former Manchester United winger Nani then drilled in a fourth in injury time, with Portugal now having lost just one of their last 23 competitive fixtures. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

  • Kumble wants strict anti-corruption measures in CLT20

    first_imgWith the shadow of spot-fixing scandal looming large over Champions League Twenty20 beginning in Johannesburg on Friday, former India captain Anil Kumble on Thursday said ICC and CLT20 organisers should ensure strict anti-corruption measures during the 12-day event.The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain termed the recent fixing scandal involving three Pakistani cricketers – captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer – as a “major issue” but said the game has the power and ability to withstand such crisis.”Yes, this is a major issue that has happened but cricket is larger than any individual. Whatever we are today is because of the game. Just because of couple of bad apples you can’t see everyone with suspicious eyes,” Kumble said on the eve of the show-piece event.”But having said that you need to be vigilant as any game is susceptible. I am sure the International Cricket Council and the (CLT20) organisers will be very cautious on this matter and cricket will be played here in a highly competitive atmosphere,” he added.Under the watchful eyes of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the glitzy CLT20 will begin at the Wanderers on Friday with the Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians taking on local team Highveld Lions in the opening encounter.Interestingly, Kumble might have bid adieu to the international cricket nearly two years back but the same zeal and passion still exists in him as the old warhorse said he bowls his best every time.”I am really enjoying playing competitive cricket for a month or one-and-a-half month. So, I devote all my energies and ensure that I compete well because I know when I am enjoying the competition I bowl my best,” the veteran tweaker said.advertisementAsked if he still misses playing for the country, Kumble said, “I think, I have done my bit for India. I am extremely satisfied with what I have achieved playing for India.Kumble, however, hinted at continue playing in the Indian Premier League if his body permits.”I think IPL is another extension of going out there and enjoying yourself and also to keep going the passion of playing cricket. I am really enjoying playing 20-over cricket because it does not take much out of your body.”It (IPL) gives a motivation to remain physically fit so that I can compete against the younger lot. At the moment my body is good and I am enjoying it but it’s still a long way to go,” Kumble said.Keen to end his three-year contract with the RCB on a glorious note, a physically and mentally fit Kumble said, “I have had a decent run getting into the preparation mode for the Champions League.”I have been training for the last one month although I didn’t have too much match practice. But in the couple of practice games we played here, the ball came out well from the hand. I am really looking forward to finish off my three-year association with Royal Challengers on a high.”The RCB skipper, however, said that achieving the target would not be a cake-walk and their opening match against Guyana would be crucial.”All the groups are tough and in T20 you can’t predict anything. So we wanna get into the tournament in a confident mood. We have done well in practice games but if we can pull together in the first couple of games we will be on the track.The start is important,” Kumble insisted.He also agreed with Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who recently said that the tracks in South Africa at this time of year will suit the slow bowlers.”It’s the start of the season here. There is not much water on the field as they are still waiting for the first rain. The wicket is pretty dry and will be on the slower side.”Spinners will definitely come into action. Spinners have always done well in Twenty20 matches,” Kumble said ahead of their opening encounter against Guyana here on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Small step, giant leap

    first_imgThree cheers. Hip hip Hooray!!!! Finally Indians have come to their senses; we as a nation have matured and are keen to put behind the bitterness of the past and march into the future with confidence.Really? On the surface, it would appear so considering the muted response to the Ayodhya verdict. Barring the likes of Maulana Mulayam, the political class has reacted with remarkable restraint.Even the rabble-rousers in the Sangh Parivar seem to have discovered a stroke of common sense. Instead of celebrating the victory of faith, constituents of the Parivar showed grace and in refraining from declaring the verdict a victory for Hindutva.But has the Parivar really shifted stance? Or is it a tactical retreat in preparation for a strategic move? In the coming weeks, all frontal organisations of the Parivar will hold small closed door meetings in various parts of the country.They will raise a quiet toast to celebrate the fact that Lord Ram has finally got a certificate attesting his place of birth, from the judiciary no less. They will then approach other cultural, social and religious leaders from other communities to prevail upon Muslims to see reason in the verdict. Sangh leaders have advised the BJP to desist from turning the verdict into a subject of political discourse.The idea is to retrieve RSS’s image of being a disciplined organisation, which seemed lost forever. During the late 80s and early 90s, the Ram Mandir movement was massively endorsed by both the rural and urban middle and elitist class. Despite the shameful destruction of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, the BJP won 161 seats in the Lok Sabha elections four years later and India got its first swayamsewak prime minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee.advertisementBut 2010 is not 1996 and those who rooted for the BJP then are its most trenchant critics now. Since being voted out of power in 2004, the BJP has been on a rapid downhill slide. The verdict affords the party the chance to claw its way back but nobody is in a hurry to hop on to the nearest parked rath and rabblerouse his way across the country. At least not now.It is BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s firm belief that the issue must be revived but in a manner that is in sync with the Hindu psyche which wants Ram lalla but unaccompanied by death and destruction. Gadkari’s move is strategic. He and his team would mount indirect pressure for the handing over the site to the Hindus but has sent feelers to government emissaries that the party would support any government move which paves for the construction of a Mandir and a Masjid nearby.Nitin Gadkari His expectation is that the government would float the idea of a trust on the pattern of Somnath Temple. PV Narsimha Rao, who fiddled while the Masjid was razed had announced a Rs 100 crore grant for rebuilding the Mosque but didn’t find any takers from the Muslim community.Gadkari feels it’s a win-win situation for his party. His assessment is that even if the Congress takes initiatives to settle the issue, it will be his party that reaps the political dividends.Already, Muslim MPs of Congress cutting across age, gender and region have backed the Court verdict. And Digvijay Singh, the self appointed keeper of minority faith in the Congress has said the Ayodhya verdict should form the basis of a negotiated settlement. All this serves Gadkari well. That’s why he has extended his new “all-in-good time” policy to Bihar where elections begin later this month.When Nitish Kumar said neither Narendra Modi nor Varun Gandhi were welcome to campaign in Bihar, Gadkari shot back that it was the BJP’s prerogative to decide its campaigners.The same Gadkari has had a change of heart and asked the two to stay at home, though to ensure that Modi is not rufled, he may ask other BJP chief ministers to stay away from Bihar.The campaign will thus be spearheaded by central leaders, many of whom are not known for their ideological commitment to the cause and are merely part of the party’s Urban Social Alliance (USA) whose chattering sessions are mostly about corporate battles and the politics of sport.By keeping Modi and Varun out, Gadkari wants to give voters a chance to choose between Laloo and Nitish and not have them get caught in a Mandir- Masjid spat. The mantra, for now is Live and Let Live. We will wait for the results from Bihar to see if they sing a different tune in future.advertisement—————————Save elections from the evil of envelope journalism”News”, Lord Northcliffe once said “is what something somebody somewhere wants to suppress. All the rest is advertisement”. The good Lord had obviously not heard of the phenomenon of “paid news” which rocked the Indian media during the last Lok Sabha elections when it became known that many media organisations, including some of the largest publications and TV channels, had disguised paid advertisements as news and passed them off as objective reports to unsuspecting readers and TV viewers.If the EC has its way, a repeat is unlikely during the keenly watched elections to the Bihar assembly later this month. For the fist time, the EC will be monitoring ” paid news” in the print and electronic media and has already sent to the Bihar chief electoral officer the revised formats in which candidates are expected to file daily reports of their expenditure including money spent on advertising and other forms of marketing.The “paid news” issue cropped up last year when it became clear that many candidates resorted to paying off journalists/ newspapers under the table to circumvent an Election Commission rule that puts a cap on a candidate’s expenditure.A media watcher had authoritatively stated then that newspapers had different rate cards for varying types of coverage – interviews, rallies and a higher tariff to trash opponents.The most blatant of them was the Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. His reported spend on advertsing was a paltry Rs 5000, while stories that hailed him as God’s gift to Maharashtra appeared for days together in newspapers that are otherwise ideologically diametrically opposite.If these had been advertisements and Chavan had to pay for them, it would have cost him a fortune.The EC has taken a close look at the phenomenon of “paid news” and decreed that the cost of such news is included in the expenditure of the candidates. The Election Commission has also taken up the matter with all political parties and is currently collating precise data to ensure that the election process is not undermined by the menace of envelope journalism.last_img read more

  • Paes, Bhupathi, Devvarman to dazzle Chennai

    first_imgRarely would you find billboards of doubles stars welcoming you to an ATP tennis event. But this is the Chennai Open where Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi are still big draws as they will be competing together after a long gap.The seasoned pair got their first practice session under lights on Sunday and will hope things fall in place for them against the scratch pair of Frank Dancevic and Stanislas Wawrinka on Monday.Returning to a city which catapulted them into stardom, Leander and Mahesh are hoping they can whip up the frenzy in an event where the depth in the field in singles is good. But what is missing is a big marquee name.Chennai has been lucky to see big names like Boris Becker, Pat Rafter, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya in action, though the absence of a real big name now is something they have to live with as the ATP tournament structure does not permit it now.In the past, big players like Yevgeny Kafelnikov from Russia came simply for the appearance money and went away without enthralling the crowds. So in that regard, the tennis on view should be good, even though the names of Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic and Stanislas Wawrinka do not ring a bell like Rafter or Becker.At No. 6 on the ATP computer, Chennai should consider itself lucky that Berdych, from Czech Republic, is here. The year gone by was a defining one for him as he made it to the French Open semi- finals and was runner- up at Wimbledon.advertisementAs top seed, he has his task cut out, though naysayers point out in the first week of a New Year, topsy- turvy results are not something to get alarmed about.If in the past Moya had become a household name, one man from Croatia who loves conditions here is Marin Cilic. Having won the title twice here, he is gunning for a hat- trick. But ask anyone who has played in Chennai and he will tell you how underdogs love to come out and play big in front of the knowledgeable crowds. So, the pressure will be on Cilic.It is not an exaggeration that in a very long time, the Chennai Open will see near complete Indian participation in singles and doubles.If Leander and Mahesh are wellknown here, people are equally excited about seeing Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Pakistan’s Aisam – ul- Haq Qureshi.At a time when the neighbouring countries cannot even think of playing a cricket or hockey series, Rohan pairing with Aisam has plenty of significance.They charmed the crowds at the US Open last summer before losing the final.But what’s made them immensely popular is their open show of brotherhood and the message of peace they harped on again and again.Rohan also will be competing in singles, though at 30, he may seem over the hill. The tall and strapping Coorgi runs into Wawrinka in the first round. Yet, knowing Rohan’s ability to play big with crowd support, you could be sure sparks will fly.And then there is Somdev Devvarman who has charmed Chennai in the last three years. After a long time we have an Indian player in men’s singles ranked in the top 100. But what marks him out as even more special is the way he won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.He is indeed the most fascinating Indian men’s player to watch as he comes up with the big stuff even against the best. As one who teamed up with Sanam Singh to win gold in Guangzhou, these two will add to the spice in doubles as well.What about the last Indian wild card answering to the name of Yuki Bhambri? The young man from Delhi has promised a lot but is yet to realise his potential.As the Australian Open junior champion in 2009, he knows he has to now deliver in men’s singles.Yet, at a time when most of the Indian players love playing for the country, Yuki has been a bit of a maverick.Overall, the Indian presence this time is not just about making up the numbers, though it does rankle that not one could make it to the final round in the qualifying phase.last_img read more

  • Krishna: Within & Without

    first_imgTHE CRUSADE FOR CONSCIOUSNESSFebruary 29, 1976You see them amidst traffic in New York, in processions on Paris streets, conducting business in San Francisco,and even flying Air-India in large groups. They are a curious lot. Most of them are not Indian, yet they sport Indian clothes, eat Indian food and some even have an Indian lilt to their language. Draped in saffron, with shaven heads except for the little tuft at the top, the bodhi, they clutch on to their beads fervently.Prancing barefoot through city streets, their eyes are glazed with conviction as they chant,”Hare Rama Hare Krishna”.From where do these young people come? Rumours abound as contradictions in their life style become apparent. A million dollar multi-storied building is owned by the Hare Krishna movement in New York and a majestic temple dominates Vrindavan. There is even more curiosity surrounding the man behind the movement, Swami Prabhupada. Known to be sensitive, knowledgeable and well-versed in Indian scriptures, he often makes confusing statements. It was he who founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1966.- By Mandira Purielast_img read more

  • Match moments in Australia vs Canada tie

    first_imgCanada couldn’t have asked for the better start against the Australians when their teenage opener Hiral Patel got off a flier and reached his fifty in quick time.Even after his dismissal, Canada were in no mood to give the Aussies an easy go and their skipper Ashish Bagai and Zubin Surkari got on with a good partnership.But no sooner did Bagai depart on 150/3 that the Aussies got busy counting the scalps with Brett Lee becoming the destroyer-in-chief with four wickets on the day. And Canada were all out for 211.But the turning point in the game was the 183-run first wicket stand between Shane Watson (94) and Brad Haddin (88). Their partnership sealed the fate for the Canadians and the Aussies were home in the 35th over winning the match by 7 wickets.Man-of-the-MatchShane Watson earned the Man-of-the-Match award for an impressive 94 runs. His fine innings was decorated with nine fours and four over the fence shots.last_img read more