Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea remains the bane of the Philippines in continental basketball.The hot-shooting Koreans broke the Filipinos’ hearts anew with a 118-86 rout in their knockout quarterfinal duel in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The loss ended Gilas Pilipinas’ impressive run, where they went undefeated in the group stages despite an undermanned line-up, and relegated the Filipinos to the battle for fifth place.READ: Gilas Pilipinas, Korea resume bitter basketball rivalryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNot only did the Koreans take the Filipinos out of the running for the title, they also assured them of their worst finish since 2011 when Gilas Pilipinas placed fourth.Defense was the biggest issue for the Nationals as they allowed the disciplined Korean crew to shoot 73-percent from the field in the first half to grab a 16-point lead, 49-33. SEA Games Gallery: August 16 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: Korea spoils Gilas bidThe country’s last win over its fierce rival was back in the 2013 edition of the Asian tilt, where the Jimmy Alapag-led Gilas Pilipinas advanced to the final.Oh Se Keun topped Korea with 22 points and five rebounds, while Kim Sun Hyung went 9-of-11 from the field to wound up with 21 markers, four assists, and three boards as the Koreans advance to the semifinals.Kim Jong Kyu also chimed in 15 points, four dimes, and, two rebounds.The Scores:KOREA 118 – Oh 22, Kim S H 21, Kim J K 15, Lee S H 14, Lee Ju H 11, Choi 9, Heo 9, Park 9, Yang 5, Jeon 3, Lim 0.GILAS PILIPINAS 86 – Romeo 22, Standhardinger 17, Pogoy 12, Castro William 11, Aguilar 7, Wright 6, Jalalon 5, Abueva 2, Almazan 2, Fajardo 2, Cruz 0, Norwood 0.Quarters: 26-18, 57-49, 86-62, 118-86. Terrence Romeo waxed hot in the second quarter as he linked up with Jayson Castro to pull Gilas within six, 56-49, but Korea proved it was simply a superior team.READ: Gilas five needs pluckThe Koreans shot a mercurial 16-of-21 clip from beyond the arc and dished out 34 assists, leading by as high as 34, 112-78, courtesy of a long bomb from Yang Hong Seok with 1:57 to play.Romeo uncorked all of his 22 points in that blazing second frame, but was held scoreless in the second half by the tenacious Korean defense.Christian Standhardinger added 17 markers and four boards, Roger Pogoy had 12 points in the Philippines’ late spurt, and Castro William got 11 markers, four assists, and three rebounds as the ghost of the Korea continued to haunt the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR
Kolkata: Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen cried foul on Wednesday after the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) hinted that there would no trial between her and Mary Kom in the 51kg category for participating in the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in Wuhan from February 3 to 14.BFI president Ajay Singh told reporters that Mary Kom, could possibly be their automatic choice for the China event. And that hasn’t pleased the youngster looking to make a mark. “Today morning I got to know that the President had told the media that there would be no trials,” Nikhat told IANS.”Anyone can win any day. It’s boxing. I am not saying send me, but give me a fair chance. I will try to talk to them (BFI). They said before that only gold and silver medallist at the Worlds will automatically be selected for the Olympic qualifiers but now they are changing that rule for even women,” she said.Six-time champion Mary Kom settled for the bronze in the Women’s World Boxing Championships after losing her semi-final bout of the 51-kg flyweight category to second-seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey in a split 1:4 verdict.Ahead of the Worlds, BFI had a selection policy for both the men and women boxers which said all the medal winners (gold, silver and bronze) in the men’s section at the Worlds will automatically be picked for the Olympic qualifiers, without having to undergo trials.However, for the eves, the criteria was only applicable for gold and silver medallist winners at the Worlds.”Now in December we have Nationals, again I have to go through the grind. Then if there are no trials, what is the use of all these competitions. No use right?” questioned the 23-year old boxer.Asked about her next course of action, Nikhar said she will approach sports minister Kiren Rijiju after trying to contact BFI President Singh several times.”Everything is in President’s (Ajay Singh) hands. I am trying to contact him but he is not responding. I tried so many times. I will try to contact our Sports Minister and ministry also, then let’s see what happens. If all this happens I cannot focus on my game,” she said.The BFI did not let Nikhat participate against Mary Kom at the trials for the Worlds, back in August also. Chairman of selectors Rajesh Bhandari had said that her bout wouldn’t take place just to ensure that she is protected for the future and not exposed at a young age in the World Championships.The move had come as a rude shock for both the boxer and her father who had travelled from Hyderabad to the national capital for the trials for the championship to be held in Russia in October.”My father will do everything. Last time he came to Hyderabad to watch my trials and then we were told there would be no trials. He felt so bad. Now, again the same thing is happening after Mary Kom won bronze. I am feeling bad for my father,” said Nikhat. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicsboxingmary komnikhat zareen First Published: October 16, 2019, 5:18 PM IST
Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history, believes Gilas is fully equipped with the pieces to make a great defensive team.“Like I said before, we have great offensive players and they’re also great athletes. The great defensive players are also athletes so if we can get them thinking defense and using their athleticism on defense I think we can put a really good product together out there,” he said.“I’m not concerned about their offense but we’re gonna give them something that they can experiment with and discover how can they use it but defensively is where I think I as a coach can help them get on the same page and do something a little different,” he added. “Exciting because it seems like everybody is buying in.”ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Tiger Woods returning after fifth surgical procedure on left knee MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone speaks with reporters after wrapping up national team pool practice at Meralco Gym. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Scoring doesn’t worry national team coach Tim Cone at all.It’s on the other side of the floor where Cone puts premium on as the Philippine team gears up to keep its throne as the region’s undisputed king in men’s basketball.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “Today, basically all we did was some simple defensive drills just to try and get everybody on the same page,” Cone told reporters after national team pool practice at Meralco Gym.“I really want our guys to be thinking defense, I want our guys to be thinking defense, I want our guys to be talking about defense and I want them to take great pride in defense and hopefully, that’s going to be part of what we do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceWith the likes of reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and explosive guards Stanley Pringle and Jayson Castro to name a few, Gilas will have plenty of firepower—enough to overwhelm the opposition just by the squad’s sheer offensive talent.But Cone would rather want his players to be capable of lighting up the scoreboard while also play lockdown defense. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’
West Bromwich Albion have signed former England midfielder GarethBarry on a one-year deal from Premier League rivals Everton, theMidlands club announced on Tuesday.The 36-year-old, who has alsoplayed for Aston Villa and Manchester City, moved for an undisclosed fee having turned down the chance to extend his four-year stay at Everton.He is five games from breaking ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs’ record 632 Premier League appearances.”I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality,”Barry, who has 53 England caps, told the club’s website (www.wba.co.uk).West Brom coach Tony Pulis believes Barry, who played 154 times for Evertonhaving arrived from Manchester City on loan, is the ideal replacementfor former captain Darren Fletcher who has joined fellow Midlandstop-flight club Stoke City.”There was a big void when we lost’Fletch’ and Gareth will fill that void,” said Pulis. “He’s a fantasticplayer and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by thefact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there.Barry is West Brom’s fourth signing of the transfer window following JayRodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi and China international Yuning Zhang, who hasjoined Werder Bremen on loan.?? Our new No.18!#WBA pic.twitter.com/MxGt7tRiyV- West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 15, 2017SIGURDDSON DEAL NEARS COMPLETION?Reuters PhotoEverton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City’s Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee of about 45 million pounds ($57.89 million), British media reported on Tuesday.advertisementSigurdsson, 27, played a key part in Swansea avoiding relegation last season, scoring nine goals while his 13 assists was the third best total in the Premier League. (Everton close to Gylfi Sigurdsson deal, says Ronald Koeman)The BBC reported that Sigurdsson would have a medical at Swansea’s fellow top-flight club Everton on Wednesday.British media reported that Everton had two bids rejected for Sigurdsson, with Swansea wanting 50 million pounds. (Premier League: Wayne Rooney is still ‘one of the best’, says Ronald Koeman)Sigurdsson, who spent two years at Tottenham Hotspur before joining Swansea, where he had a spell on loan from Hoffenheim in 2012, would be Everton’s record signing, beating the 31.8 million pounds they paid Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku in 2014.Belgium striker Lukaku joined Manchester United in July for a fee of 75 million pounds according to British media.
Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal vomitted on the field before walking off as Delhi’s notorious smog, which may rob the Indian capital of future winter Tests, continued to plague the third and final match on Tuesday.India’s second innings was into its sixth over when Lakmal was seen bending over and throwing up. The Sri Lankan physio rushed in and eventually walked off with the player.Lakmal, who returned to bowl the 11th over, and pace colleague Lahiru Gamage had also walked off on Sunday with discomforts.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) said it would factor in Delhi’s pollution before scheduling a match in the city at this time of the year.”This point about scheduling matches in Delhi in this particular period can be considered in view of the situation encountered in the last two-three days,” acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters late on Monday.”This pollution issue has been spoken about for years … It can’t be seen affecting just one walk of life. The agencies which need to be dealing with it, I’m sure are dealing with it.”Delhi’s government last month ordered schools to shut temporarily after pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index that measures poisonous particles.The pollution prompted the board to cancel two Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi last year.”As you are aware, the BCCI is sensitive about this fog and smog over the years when they scheduled domestic games out of Delhi…” Choudhary said.advertisementSeveral Sri Lankan players had their facemasks on even on Tuesday.Their coach Nic Pothas has called Delhi’s air pollution a “unique” and “well-documented” problem but Choudhary said Sri Lanka Cricket did not raise the issue when the tour was being finalised.”If they had any (objection), they didn’t express it to me,” the BCCI official said.
7 Stuani Sergio Ramos and his 25 Real Madrid red cards: a retrospective Share on Messenger Goal attempts Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media 17 Roberts Lineups Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels 23 Garcia Was this helpful? Substitutes Match stats 14 Casemiro Real Madrid 9 Benzema Real Madrid’s resurgent La Liga run skidded to a halt as they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Girona on Sunday in which Sergio Ramos was sent off in added time, leaving them nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona.Real looked on course for a sixth consecutive league win when Casemiro leapt highest to meet a Toni Kroos cross and head them in front midway through the first half. GIR50RMD50% 14 Raul Garcia European club football 6 Granell 24 Porro Share on Twitter 11 Bale Real Madrid Show 25 Courtois Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe 5 Varane Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Possession 7 Mariano 34 Fernandez (s 66′) But Girona, who had not won in the league since November, came out with a vengeance in the second half, levelling in the 65th minute with a Cristhian Stuani penalty after a handball by Ramos, the Real captain.Portu then gave Girona an unlikely lead 10 minutes later, nipping in front of Madrid’s lacklustre defender Marcelo to nod in on the rebound after Thibaut Courtois could only parry a shot from Anthony Lozano.The Madrid substitutes Gareth Bale and Vinícius Júnior each squandered opportunities to level for the European champions and things got worse when Ramos earned a second yellow card in added time and was sent off for the 25th time in club football. 8 Kroos 12 Douglas Luiz 15 Valverde Girona Read more 9 Portu 35 Paik (s 74′) Courtois left his goal in search of an equaliser and came close to salvaging a point but headed wide deep in stoppage time, leaving Real third in the standings on 45 points, nine behind Barcelona and two behind second-placed Atlético Madrid, who both won 1-0 on Saturday.Meanwhile, top scorer Mauro Icardi watched from the stands as Internazionale strengthened their grip on third place in Serie A with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sampdoria at San Siro. Icardi was stripped of the captaincy and refused to travel for the midweek Europa League game in Vienna amid ongoing contractual issues. Inter were forced to battle in his absence, with all three goals coming in a five-minute spell deep into the second half. Danilo D’Ambrosio opened the scoring for the hosts after 73 minutes but Sampdoria substitute Manolo Gabbiadini equalised almost immediately. Radja Nainggolan came to Inter’s rescue three minutes later when he scored the winner with a low shot from the edge of the box.Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain extended their advantage at the top of the Ligue 1 table to 12 points after recording a narrow 1-0 victory over St Etienne on Sunday evening. After second-placed Lille had only managed to pick up a single point earlier in the day, PSG took full advantage in the late kick-off, earning all three points courtesy of Kylian Mbappé’s second-half strike. Corners 8 Pere Pons Share on Facebook 4 Ramalho Fouls Topics (s 58′) 12 Marcelo (s 46′) Share on WhatsApp match reports (s 84′) 24 Ceballos Girona 0 Real Madrid Off target 0 Girona 1 Real Madrid On target 1 Girona 50 50 Thank you for your feedback. 20 Asensio 19 Lozano 13 Bounou 0 0 1 Navas 6 Nacho 5 Alcala 19 Odriozola 4 Sergio Ramos 15 Juanpe La Liga Substitutes GIR RMD 1 Iraizoz Hide 2 Carvajal 21 Planas Share via Email 7 0 28 Vinicius Junior 17 Lucas (s 46′) Reuse this content
The Government will be spending some $35 million this fiscal year on a number of initiatives aimed at improving the economic welfare and delivery of services to the disabled community.The provision comes under the Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project, which is slated to get underway this month. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with funding support from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.As stated in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the allotment for this fiscal year, will go towards improving the delivery of special education services to poor children with disabilities, between the ages of zero to six.It will also provide for organising and implementing a disability forum and Labour Inclusion Conference for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs); conducting Labour Market Study with a view to improve job access for PWDs; and conducting skills training activities for PWDs, with placement opportunities for 50 persons.The project, slated to run until June 2016, seeks to increase the employability and skills development of poor persons with disabilities, ages 18 to 36 years, as well as improve special education services to poor children with disabilities.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter
London: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion PNB fraud and money laundering case, was on Thursday further remanded to judicial custody until October 17 by a UK court which said it was working towards his extradition trial hearing in May next year.The 48-year-old appeared via videolink before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London from his prison for a routine “call-over” hearing. Judge David Robinson told Modi, who is fighting extradition to India, that there was nothing “substantial” to deal with and that the court was working towards a five-day extradition trial hearing for May 11-15, 2020. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A team of officials from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were present in court for the brief hearing, required under UK law every 28 days pending an extradition trial. There is also likely to be a case management hearing in the case ahead of the trial in February next year. Modi has been lodged at Wandsworth prison in south-west London, one of England’s most overcrowded jails, since his arrest in March on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard on charges brought by the Indian government, being represented by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in court. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSince his arrest, his legal team, led by solicitor Anand Doobay and barrister Clare Montgomery, have made four bail applications, which have been rejected each time due to Modi being deemed a flight risk. In her judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on his last bail appeal in June, Justice Ingrid Simler had concluded there were substantial grounds to believe that Modi would fail to surrender as he does possess the means to abscond . Reiterating similar concerns as those previously raised by Westminster Magistrates’ Court during earlier bail attempts, Judge Simler ruled that after considering all the material carefully , she had found strong evidence to suggest there had been interference with witnesses and destruction of evidence in the case and concluded it can still occur. “The applicant has access to considerable financial resources, supported by an increased [bail bond security] offer of GBP 2 million,” the judge noted. PTI
New Delhi: In the midst of disruption in global oil supply following the biggest-ever attacks on its oil installations, Saudi Arabia has said it is committed to meet India’s energy security needs and will work constructively with other oil producers to maintain market stability. Saudi Ambassador Dr. Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, in an exclusive interview to PTI, also said his country will invite the United Nations and international experts to view the situation on the ground and to participate in the investigation into the attacks. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraHe said Saudi Arabia has the capability and resolve to defend itself and to forcefully respond to “these aggressions”, and appreciated India’s support and solidarity to Riyadh following the strikes which, he asserted, were “against the international community as a whole”. A series of drone and missile attacks on oil facilities of Saudi Aramco, the country’s national petroleum company, in Abqaiq and Khurais on September 14 knocked out half of its daily oil production, severely impacting the global oil market and triggering fresh tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysSaudi Arabia is a key pillar of India’s energy security, being a source of 17 per cent or more of crude oil and 32 per cent of LPG requirements of India. The attacks on Aramco’s Abqaiq and Khurais facilities resulted in up to 15 per cent increase in global oil prices last week due to disruption in supply by the top oil exporter. Al Sati said the “unprecedented act of aggression and sabotage” on Saudi petroleum facilities, which were vital for global energy supplies, resulted in the suspension of approximately 50 per cent of Saudi Aramco’s production. “As the investigations are ongoing, the Kingdom will invite UN and international experts to view the situation on ground and to participate in the investigations,” the ambassador said. “The Kingdom will take appropriate measures to ensure its security and stability. The Kingdom affirms that it has the capability and resolve to defend its land and people, and to forcefully respond to these aggressions,” he said. Yemen’s Houthi terror group has taken responsibility for the biggest-ever attacks on Saudi oil facilities which severely impacted global oil supply. Saudi Arabia and its ally, the US, have blamed Iran for the attacks but Tehran has strongly denied the allegations. “The recent attack against Saudi Aramco was not only against the Kingdom, but against the international community as a whole, and was a deliberate attempt to disrupt the global economy. Therefore, the perpetrators should be held accountable,” the envoy said. Asked whether Saudi Arabia will increase oil supply to India to address the shortfall due to curb on import of oil from Iran, the envoy said his country is committed to India’s energy security and will meet any shortfall that may arise due to disruptions from other sources. “Saudi Aramco’s proposed investments in India’s energy sector such as the $44 billion West Coast refinery and petrochemical project in Maharashtra and long term partnership with Reliance represent strategic milestones in our bilateral relationship,” he said.
New Delhi: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Realme is going to offer discounts worth Rs 300 crore during the upcoming festive season sale on Flipkart.com and Realme.com. The annual festival sale for Flipkart, the Big Billion Day (BBD) starting September 30, will see offers with the lowest prices for Realme devices like Realme C2, Realme 3, Realme 5, Realme 3 Pro and Realme 5 Pro. These devices will also be available on discount offers on realme.com. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year During the the Big Billion Day sale, the company will offer discounts worth Rs 1,000 on Realme C2, Realme 5 and Realme 3 Pro. There is also an offer of Rs 1,000 off on all prepaid booking for Realme 5 Pro. The manufacturer will also be offering heavy discounts on its own website, realme.com. All discount offers available on Flipkart will also be available on realme.com. The brand will also offer discounts on Realme U1 of Rs 1,000 on Amazon as part of their Great Indian Festival sale and Realme.com. The Realme buyers on Amazon can also avail instant 10 per cent discount on SBI cards.
New Delhi: Over 41 lakh railway passengers have so far used ‘Utsonmobile’ app to book unreserved tickets, railways officials said on Tuesday. This android based compatible app was launched by Indian railways last year in order to provide convenience of booking or cancelling of unreserved tickets. The app, called ‘UTS on Mobile’, will be available free on the Android and Windows platforms. While expressing satisfaction over the gaining popularity of the app, TP Singh, General Manager, Northern Railway, said due to the intensive campaign undertaken to sensitize the rail users in the past several months, the passenger engagement on the App has gone up as 41.14 Lakh. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe also said the passenger earning by tickets bought through the App was 6.80 crore in past less than six months. As the awareness about the App will increase though the promotional drives and word of mouth, ticketing will become more and more convenient, paperless and digital. Northern Railway had already launched several promotional drives to create awareness about the App. Helpdesks were set up at many prominent stations manned by the personnel of Commercial Department of NR, who not only educated the passengers but also helped them download the App and use it.
Shahjahanpur (UP): A local court Tuesday admitted the anticipatory bail plea of the law student who has accused Swami Chinmayanand of rape and was herself booked for allegedly trying to extort money from him.The sessions court has summoned all records related to the case on September 26, the student’s counsel Anoop Trivedi told reporters. Meanwhile, the former Union minister’s counsel, Om Singh, said on Tuesday that Shahjahanpur chief judicial magistrate has rejected the bail application of Chinmayanand on Monday, saying it should be moved in the sessions court. The court has also rejected on the same grounds the bail application of three men — Sanjay, Sachin, and Vikram — who were arrested on extortion charges filed by the BJP leader. A special investigation team (SIT) on Tuesday took Sachin and Vikram on remand for 95 hours for taking them to the site for recovery of a mobile phone allegedly used in making the extortion demand, sources in the probe team said.
Kolkata: State Sports and Youth Services and Public Works Department (PWD) minister Aroop Biswas on Wednesday said that state government is keen to provide infrastructure for the talented youths in sports.On Wednesday, he inaugurated the newly-constructed youth hostel named as Navaprajanma State Youth Hostel, on the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan premises. According to Biswas, people who come to Kolkata from outside stay in hotels and pay a lot of money as rent. People can stay here at a low rate. There are dormitories, and single rooms will be available. Also, sportspersons will get benefits. In the past few years, Sports and Youth Development department renovated the existing youth hostel besides constructing the new one. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter inauguration of the youth hostel, Biswas went to unveil a table tennis academy beside the youth hostel. After inauguration, Biswas played a few rounds with a junior table tennis player. Later, he had a look at the ‘robo machine’, which is an automatic table tennis ball pitcher. “This machine will help the players to improve their skills through their practice. Earlier, one machine was imported for table tennis player Poulomi Ghatak for his practice. However, at present only one such machine has been installed here. If needed more such machines will be bought,” said Biswas. He informed that in the academy there is a facility of recording the practice sessions and later the player can see the footage and coach can mark the flaws which would help the players to improve. Apart from tennis coaching players representing Bengal and players from across the country can practice here.
Gurugram: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to release its list of candidates on September 29, the first day of Navratra, party source said here on Thursday.At a time when there are predictions that the party will give its best shot in the Haryana assembly elections till date, various top leaders including sitting MPs are now seeking tickets for their kin. The negotiations are going on even though the saffron party already had set a strict guideline that no ticket will be given to a member that promotes dynastic politics. Sources said party’s sitting MP from Gurugram, Rao Inderjit Singh has taken a tough stance, demanding a ticket for his daughter Aarti Rao. Sources further indicated that Inderjit has made it known to the party high command that if necessary he was also willing to compromise certain posts which were given to him by the party. The importance of Rao Inderjit can be gauged from the fact that his recent win in the Lok Sabha polls was his fifth win as an MP. Moreover, he has won as an MLA from Rewari area. Singh is a son of Rao Birender Singh, who was the former Chief Minister of Haryana and also an MP from Gurgaon at a time when it used to come under the Lok Sabha seat of Mahendargarh. After the creation of the Haryana state in 1966, Mahendargarh Lok Sabha seat first voted for Rao Birendra Singh, father of present MP Rao Inderjit Singh in 1971. He won the Lok Sabha seat couple of times and eventually retired when he was defeated in the 1996 general elections. Sources also indicated that Kishan Pal Gurja is also demanding a ticket for his son. The significance of 62-year-old Gurjar in BJP dates back much longer than the two Lok Sabha elections he has fought and won convincingly for BJP in Faridabad. In 1990, Gurjar took a major risk when he shifted from Indian National Lok Dal which at that time was at its peak in Haryana to BJP, a party which virtually had no presence in the region. In 2009, when BJP was in the midst of one of its toughest phases in Haryana politics Gurjar was made the Haryana BJP president. In 2014 he fought his first Lok Sabha elections and won convincingly. A feat that he carried on with a much greater margin in 2019 elections.
New Delhi: A strengthened law against abuse and abandoning of elderly parents may take more time to see the light of the day as the Prime Minister’s Office has asked the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry to get the effectiveness of the existing law on the issue reviewed by a third party, according to sources.The ministry, as part of amending the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, has proposed to increase the jail term for those who abandon or abuse their elderly parents to six months from the existing three months, said a senior official. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghStrengthening the existing legislation has been among the topmost priorities of the Ministry in the second tenure of the Modi government. The Act in its current form makes it a legal obligation for children and heirs to provide maintenance to senior citizens and parents. According to sources, the ministry had drafted an amended legislation and sent it to the PMO. “A meeting was held recently at the PMO which then asked the ministry to get the effectiveness of the implementation of the existing legislation assessed by a third party,” a source said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe ministry is in the process of tendering for the exercise, the sources said. In the draft law, the ministry also proposed widening the definition of children to include adopted children or stepchildren, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and minors represented by their legal guardians. Currently, the term includes only sons, daughters and grandchildren. The draft act also proposes doing away with an upper limit of Rs 10,000 per month as maintenance amount, thus making it variable. “Those children who have good jobs and earn well should pay a higher amount for the upkeep of their parents,” an official had said.
Moscow: Russians might have a reputation as a nation of hard drinkers, but a report by the World Health Organization published Tuesday showed their alcohol consumption has dropped by more than 40 percent from its peak in the early 2000s. The WHO put the decrease down to a raft of measures brought in since sport-loving President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, including restrictions on alcohol sales and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. “The Russian Federation has long been considered one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world,” the report said, adding that alcohol was a major contributor to a spike in deaths in the 1990s. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”However, in recent years these trends have been reversed.” The study showed a 43 per cent drop in alcohol consumption per capita from 2003 to 2016, driven by a steep decline in the consumption of bootleg booze. The authors said this trend was a factor in increased life expectancies, which reached a historic peak in 2018, at 78 years for women and 68 years for men. In the turbulent early 1990s, male life expectancy was just 57. Under Putin, Russia has introduced measures including a ban on shops selling any alcohol after 11:00 pm, increases in the minimum retail price of spirits and an advertising blackout. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsIn a central Moscow bar that specialises in beer, drinkers said they thought people were cutting down partly because of the restrictions, particularly on late-night alcohol sales in shops, but also due to changing lifestyles. “We drink less, at least some of us,” said Alexander Sukhontsov, a 28-year-old bank employee, adding that people’s busy schedules mean they “just don’t have the time”. “People have changed their approach to drinking,” said Roman Pechnikov, a 38-year-old computer scientist.
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