Why Venture Capital in India Is Seeing a Mindset Shift

first_imgApu Gupta, CEO of Curalate, a leading visual marketing and content monetization platform, recalls that some years ago he launched a pharmacy chain in India on the premise that with growing disposal income and increasing mobility, “the need for a branded chain in India was finally taking hold.”Gupta’s team built what became the second-largest pharmacy chain in India, known as MedPlus. Within just three years they put up 650 physical stores and raised about $32 million. Although the business did well, Gupta left India in 2009 and returned to the U.S. In 2011, he started a business-to-business (B2B) company for parking and storage services. Today, at the helm of Curalate, Gupta is working with about 830 of the world’s largest retailers to “help them drive traffic and revenue from the content that they already own.”However, not everything has gone according to plan, even at MedPlus, where Gupta learned about the challenges of localizing a foreign business model to the needs of the Indian market. “When we were building MedPlus, we quickly realized that you can’t import business models, but you can import best practices. We were seeing that folks who were trying to come into India and build pharmacy chains — who were trying to mimic (popular U.S. pharmaceutical chains such as) Walgreens or Duane Reade or CVS — fell on their face.”He went on to explain the reason for this: Given the enormous congestion that characterizes Indian cities, not many people would trade the convenience of shopping around the corner for visiting a modern drug store that provides a much wider range of products. “In India, you have 800,000 pharmacies; one on every corner in every single neighborhood. You never have to go far to buy your medicine. So if you told a consumer that you now have to go a kilometer to get your medicines, who would be willing to do that?”A Change in Focus“I’ve seen the focus of the India team morph from technical services that targeted the old economy to what we’re doing now — much more early stage IT and IT-enabled services in a broad range of business-to-business areas,” said Krishna “Kittu” Kolluri.A partner at the venture capital firm NEA, focusing on investments in information technology and energy technology, Kolluri told the panel that over the past seven years, NEA has invested close to $300 million in India. Pointing out that there is “currently a lot of hype around the consumer internet” in India, Kolluri added: “What is interesting is that you can have a phenomenal business model, great technology, a great team and all of that but probably the number-one factor that contributes to the success of a startup is (the existence of) a trend.” According to Kolluri, in order to succeed “you have to have some kind of a macro-trend that helps you achieve that escape velocity. If you catch the consumer in ‘that space’ there is a much greater chance of success.”Fortunately for entrepreneurs, technology makes it easier to take advantage of new trends by identifying and targeting people who are most likely to buy into the latest craze. Kolluri added that in India, as elsewhere around the world, the explosion in mobile internet has enabled and democratized access; it has helped not only small businesses, but also consumers to reach one another. “What we are seeing (in India) in the consumer space is more vertical solutions — whether it be in food or furniture or various other verticals.” Kolluri also noted that some of the latest trends in India mirror developments in the early days of the emergence of dot coms in the U.S. “We were investors in diapers.com and are (now) investors in a company that makes diapers for the Indian market.”Eager to keep abreast of latest developments in India, Kolluri has been visiting the country about two to three times a year. “I don’t lead projects there, but I help our team do (due) diligence. I have seen the (movie) play out,” he said. For a long period of time, he noted, the “me-too thing” was not bad, especially as entrepreneurs tried to take an idea that had worked in the U.S. and localized it to a particular geography. However, “there are certain things about India that are very unique. For example, it is (primarily) a cash economy; and there are (few) credit cards. Those kinds of things call for a differentiated solution. But what I am encouraged by is that over the past couple of years, the quality of projects that I’ve seen has been very encouraging. The kinds of technology solutions (that have emerged) have been very good; they are applying data science to all sorts of fields.”Probably as a result of strong data analysis, many venture funds are changing their approach to investing in India, Kolluri said. “Most of the big venture funds, when they first moved into India, were afraid to go in very early. And when they did go in early, they got burned. And so they were gun shy (about making subsequent investments in early-stage venture projects.) But now, early stage investment is back in fashion again. More and more capital is going into early stage, which is fantastic.”Funding ChallengesSuresh Shanmugham, co-founder and managing partner of Saama Capital India Advisors, noted that the volume of activity and the capital that has been raised for Series A (a company’s first significant round of venture capital financing) have made the Series B funding process much tougher. “The challenges that people hear about the funding market are mostly focused on later-stage high-value consumer internet mobile companies. There is a trickle-down effect that has softened the market, at least from an entrepreneur’s perspective for raising capital. The Series B rounds are certainly more at risk.”Shanmugham added that there has now been a period of rationalization where the entrepreneurs’ expectations have come closer to where the investors are. A lot of this, he said, stems from the slowdown that happened in China, starting last August. “You can identify that as the period when the equation between the entrepreneurs and the investors started to change. There was a time when the investors said that the market had changed and their expectations were reset whereas the optimistic entrepreneur said: ‘No, no, it’s a minor blip.’ We went (through) a period of three to four months, during which we couldn’t get bids and asks to match because of the expectation among entrepreneurs that things were going to come back to pretty much where they were.”This year, Shanmugham’s firm has made several B2B investments in India that benefited from the fact that his firm had invested in the U.S. during the dot com boom. He noted: “We had kind of seen the same playbook before, 15 years ago, and it didn’t end well.” More optimistically, he added: “I don’t think it will end the same way in India. But the same dynamics about the funding environment clearly are at play.”According to Shanmugham, investors last year had little interest in the B2B space. But now perceptions have changed and investors appreciate the fact that B2B customers are sticky customers and that they actually have money to pay with. “It’s a shift in mindset.” He adds that venture fund investors in India are concerned about the fact that B2C (business to consumer) investments involve branding, which involves huge spends and subsidizing purchases. “Investors are saying that B2C is not exactly a great business model.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Price Waterhouse To Challenge Audit Ban in India

first_imgPrice Waterhouse (PW) is set to challenge the two-year auditing ban imposed on it by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Jan. 10, Reuters reported. The Corporate Affairs Ministry (MCA) will examine SEBI’s order, Union Minister PP Chaudhary said on Jan. 11.As per SEBI’s 108-page order, Price Waterhouse was complicit with the main accused in the nine-year-old Rs 7,136 crore Satyam Computer Service Ltd. scam and did not comply with auditing standards. The firm told the news agency that it was “disappointed” with the order.“We are disappointed with the findings of the SEBI investigations and the adjudication order. The SEBI order relates to a fraud that took place nearly a decade ago in which we played no part and had no knowledge of,” a spokesperson at the accounting firm said, Reuters reported.The ban stipulates that PW and the firms in its network (PWC India) cannot audit listed companies and intermediaries for two years. However, the audits undertaken for financial year 2017-18 would not be affected.The Price Waterhouse network is made up of 11 chartered accountancy firms with about 3,000 employees, and has around 75 listed companies as clients.There was no “intentional wrongdoing by PW firms in the unprecedented management perpetrated fraud,” Price Waterhouse said in a statement. The firm added that it had “learnt the lessons of Satyam” and brought in high-quality audit practice.“As we have said since 2009, there has been no intentional wrong doing by PW firms in the unprecedented management perpetrated fraud at Satyam, nor have we seen any material evidence to the contrary. We believe that the order is also not in line with the directions of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court order of 2010 and so we are confident of getting a stay before this order becomes effective,” the spokesperson added, referring to the August 2010 High Court order that ruled that no direction can be issued against PW if there is only some omission without proof of connivance and intent to fraud.The order was passed under the Prevention of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices (PFUTP) regulations and Section 11 of SEBI Act, which empowers the market regulator to pass directives in the interest of investors.SEBI ordered Price Waterhouse, Bengaluru, and two of its former partners to jointly forfeit “wrongful gains” of about Rs 131 million plus interest within 45 days.The fraud surfaced in January 2009 when B. Ramalinga Raju, the then chairman of Satyam Computer Services Ltd., admitted in a letter to the company’s board and stock exchanges to have inflated revenue and profit over several years. The Rs 7,136 crore fraud remains one of India’s biggest scams.PW was the auditor of the company between 2000 and 2008. As per SEBI, it showed total disregard for stipulated auditing practice, which showed its complicity in the manipulation. Related ItemsPrice WaterhouseSEBIlast_img read more

A Tight Embrace

first_imgPres. Barack Obama’s state visit to India in November 2010 bookends a 50-year historical chapter in the six U.S. presidential visits to India that began with Pres. Dwight Eisenhower in 1959. Signaling a transformation in the relationship from that of benefactor-beneficiary to one of peers, Pres. Obama said in a rousing speech to the joint session of the Indian Parliament: “It is my firm belief that the relationship between the United States and India — bound by our shared interests and our shared values — will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. This is the partnership I’ve come here to build. This is the vision that our nations can realize together.”   U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama being received by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Smt. Gursharan Kaur, on their arrival ,at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi.He exhorted Indians to recognize what even after a decade of super-charged economic growth eludes them: “India is not simply emerging; India has emerged.” In symbolic recognition of that reality — and it was symbolic — Obama sprung a dramatic surprise, one that Indians most craved, but which was so tightly hidden until his speech to the Indian Parliament that it uncorked wild jubilation — U.S. support for Indian aspirations for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat, “I look forward to a reformed United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.”First Lady Michelle Obama’s dance moves with Indian children may have tantalized and endeared, but Obama’s endorsement of India’s demand for a permanent seat at the U.N. Security Council had virtually every Indian whooping, no matter that it was a mostly empty commitment — a good applause line. Not only do the other five current permanent members have to agree on expanding the Council (and support from China for India’s bid is a long shot by any measure), so must a majority of the U.N. General Assembly, where any reform of its aging international architecture is bound to run up against competing regional demands. At the very least, any prospect of India securing a permanent Security Council seat is years, even decades, away — if it is ever realized.Indeed, it is unclear just how far the United States itself is prepared to go. At a briefing for U.S. journalists in New Delhi, hours before Pres. Obama’s speech to the Indian Parliament, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes were noticeably vague on how many other countries the U.S. would support for permanent membership and whether it envisages giving them veto powers, which the current five permanent members enjoy. Said Rhodes: “We’re not getting into the — right now, what we’re doing today, is, again, expressing our support for a permanent membership within a reformed Security Council. But the details of that, again, has to take place and has to be hashed out through the process in New York.”The elusiveness of the permanent Security Council seat notwithstanding, the elevation of the U.S.-Indian partnership during the Obama visit jumpstarts a new chapter for India on the global stage. Undersecretary Burns exulted, “I think in many respects this visit is about cementing one of the most important bilateral partnerships that the United States has in the world today.”   U.S.President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama playing floral tributes, at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, Delhi on Nov. 8, 2010.USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah captured the immediate practical implications of the dramatic shift in the relationship: “Our development relationship has already evolved and will continue to evolve tremendously from a traditional partnership where a donor provides resources and technical expertise to really a peer-to-peer partnership where we explore real technical cooperations and look for those opportunities where Indian innovators and scientists and entrepreneurs can create solutions that apply all around the world….. So the first thing is this shift to real technical cooperation and instead of thinking of it as a traditional development partnership, looking at how we can work together to solve global problems.”On the security side, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake said: “One of the criticisms in the past of this has been that the United States sometimes regarded India more as a target than a partner in nonproliferation, and I think that the steps the President announced in the course of this visit show definitively that we now see India as a partner in the global nonproliferation space.”   U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama interacting with the school children of traditional artisans who  carried out renovation works at Humayun Tomb during their visit at Humayun Tomb, in New Delhi on Nov. 7, 2010.Among the benefits for India during the visit was a loosening in restrictions on dual-use technologies and support for India’s membership in multilateral nuclear regimes.The evolving U.S.-Indian partnership is driven by converging global realities. The economic ascendancy of India and China is occurring just as the United States is entering what is likely to be a prolonged period of economic decline. The global economic crisis has accelerated the diffusion of global power away from the U.S.-European axis to the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, Russia, etc. In the immediate term, China has emerged as the most powerful economic driver and because it, unlike India, harbors global and regional power ambitions, it poses the greatest challenge to the existing order dominated by the United States.Pres. Obama’s embrace of an “indispensable” and “truly global partnership” with India, for all his platitudes about Mahatma Gandhi, Indian democracy and its free market economy, is driven by the crass political imperative of checking China’s global ascendancy, especially diluting its growing clout in Asia. That impetus drives what Burns identified as “Our deep strategic interest in India’s rise” and Pres. Obama’s Indian calculus. As he told the U.S.-India Business Council: “We don’t simply welcome your rise as a nation and people, we ardently support it. We want to invest in it.”   President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance with children at the Diwali candle lighting and performance at Holy Name High School in Mumbai, India, Nov. 7, 2010.U.S. investment in India’s rising global stature comes at a price, of course, and Pres. Obama candidly outlined the United States expectations in return, couched again in the lofty rhetoric that “with increased power comes increased responsibility.” The United States wants a more activist and supportive Indian role in international affairs, something the country has traditionally eschewed. Specifically, the United States wants Indian support in implementing U.N. sanctions against Iran, promoting nuclear non-proliferation and condemning human rights abuses in Mynamar, for example.As a rising power, India may have no option but to become a more active and decisive player in world affairs. But it is not likely to want to walk quite in lockstep with the United States, however tightly Prime Minister Singh wrapped his arms around Obama’s waist at their joint press conference.    Unafraid of the K-WordAt the joint press conference by Pres. Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi at which just four questions were permitted, Indian journalists protested after a Washington Post reporter fired off two questions. But when Obama avoided responding to the second question directed to Prime Minister Singh on whether the United States should refer to Pakistan as a terrorist state, a subject Pres. Obama had studiously avoided during his visit (prompting one Indian cartoonist to quip — “Hear No K, See No K, Speak No K), the Indian journalists heckled Obama to answer the question.Obama joked: “Oh, well, I was instructed to only take one question. It looks like the Indian and the American press are collaborating. That’s not the kind of partnership we were looking for.” He promised to address the issue in his speech in Parliament later in the day. And he did, to rousing applause: “We’ll continue to insist to Pakistan’s leaders that terrorist safe havens within their borders are unacceptable, and that terrorists behind the Mumbai attacks must be brought to justice.”Surprisingly, the normally staid Singh played on the Indian media’s criticism of Pres. Obama’s failure to take on Pakistan publicly during the India visit, “including the word ‘K’ — we’re not afraid of that.”  The $2 Billion Right-Wing Lie U.S. President Barack Obama and The First Lady Michelle Obama arrive, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, in MumbaiThe right wing attack machine went into high gear in denouncing Pres. Barack Obama’s “Asian junket,” peddling a wild rumor that it was costing taxpayers $200 million a day or $2 billion for the 10-day trip. The rumor was fanned by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News host Glenn Beck, who added “We have 34 warships — have you seen this?” The notion that 10 percent of the U.S. Navy had been deployed for the trip was dismissed as “absurd” and “comical” by a Pentagon spokesman. Factcheck.org noted that the $200 million figure was higher than the daily costs of the Afghan war, which are estimated at $190 million a day. The White House dismissed the rumor as “a long trip from reality,” which is “not even close to being true.”The costs of presidential visits are not publicly disclosed and a major component of the costs covering security are classified. However, a General Accounting Office report on former Pres. Bill Clinton’s 12-day trip to Africa in 1998 calculated the costs for aircrafts, hotels, travel expenses, etc — but excluding security — at $42.8 million or $3.8 million daily. The costs for Obama’s trip are believed to be in line with other recent presidential overseas trips.But the right wing never lets facts cloud its aim at a good target.  Dancing Queen RocksUntil Pres. Barack Obama’s dramatic announcement    PHOTO:PETE SOUZA/WHITE HOUSEendorsing India’s aspirations for a United Nations Security Council permanent seat swept Indians off their feet, it was Michelle Obama who won over Indian hearts. In an article titled “Dancing Queen Rocks India,” The Times of India gushed, “Twice in two days the First Lady demonstrated in Mumbai that she could swing to desi beats with the best of them, pulling off matkas and jhatkas like a seasoned performer.”  U.S. Presidential Visits to India  Just six U.S. Presidents have visited India in the past half-century, half of them in the last decade. Non-aligned India was viewed through the prism of the Cold War by the United States and perceived as closer to the Soviet Union until its collapse. Pres. Bill Clinton’s was the first post-Cold War era visit and he charmed his hosts. Pres. George W Bush endeared himself by striking a nuclear deal with India and he remains hugely popular in the country.Time magazine was wary of the prospects for Pres. Obama’s visit, noting: “With two diverging agendas, it is unlikely that this visit will end with a dramatic announcement, as President George W. Bush’s did in 2006 with the civilian nuclear-energy deal. Without something to show for this trip, the U.S. may lose ground with India, its largest ally in dealing with Pakistan and China. Still, the White House has the advantage of low expectations. There is a widespread perception within the Indian foreign policy establishment that Obama is not as friendly toward India as Bush was.”The surprise endorsement of India’s Security Council ambitions, however, has many analysts rating Obama’s visit as the most substantive and successful of U.S. presidential visits. But then the last visit always is.1959    Pres Dwight Eisenhower1969    Richard Nixon1978    Jimmy Carter2000    Bill Clinton2006    George Bush2010    Barack Obama  Fastest Growing MarketU.S. companies are salivating at the opportunities awaiting them in India’s dynamic markets. The Economic Times editorialized: “For five decades after Independence, Indians looked up to the rest of the world for aid, technology and capital. Now, the world looks upon India as a dynamic creator of jobs and income opportunities.”  In a speech to the U.S.-India Business Council, Pres. Obama said: “As we look to India today, the United States sees the opportunity to sell our exports in one of the fastest growing markets in the world. For America, this is a jobs strategy. There is no reason this nation can’t be one of our top trading partners.”Trade between the two countries stood at $60 billion in 2009, one-seventh of the $434 billion annual trade between the United States and China. But it is growing rapidly, rising nearly fives times during this decade. India is also a growing investor in the U.S., with $26 billion in foreign direct investment during the past five years.During Pres. Obama’s visit, Indian corporations signed $14.9 billion in deals with U.S. companies, leading to the creation of 53,000 U.S. jobs, according to the White House. Related Itemslast_img read more

Govind Pansare murder: accused Sharad Kalaskar sent to judicial custody till July 8

first_imgA court in Kolhapur on Monday remanded Sanatan Sanstha sympathiser Sharad Kalaskar, named by the investigating agencies to be one of the shooters of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, in judicial custody till July 8 in connection with the 2015 murder of senior Communist leader and writer Govind Pansare.Earlier in the day, Kalaskar was produced by the Maharashtra police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the crime in the court of Judge S.S. Raul on expiry of his police custody.The judge immediately directed that he be remanded in magisterial custody, following which the accused was shifted to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.Sources in the SIT said that Kalaskar, during interrogation, confessed to the involvement of two other persons in the case, both of whom are believed to be Kolhapur men. The SIT has hinted that it would soon arrest them.The investigation team first secured Kalaskar’s custody on June 11 from the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in order to probe his precise role in the conspiracy hatched in Belagavi in Karnataka and Kolhapur to murder Pansare.On June 18, the police secured a further seven-day extension of his custody from the court on the grounds that the SIT had uncovered “vital information regarding Kalaskar’s involvement in the crime”.During this 14-day period, the SIT conducted searches at Kalaskar’s home in Kesapuri village in Aurangabad district and retrieved a mobile phone and a diary.The SIT has alleged that he was tasked with destroying the weapon used to kill Pansare and that he, along with other suspects, obtained instructions in firearms in Belagavi.The ATS first arrested Kalaskar along with fringe right-wing activist Vaibhav Raut from Nallasopara in Mumbai, and Sudhanwa Gondhalekar from Pune on August 10 last for allegedly planning disruptive activities in several parts of the State.The probe agencies have alleged that Kalaskar was an expert in arms manufacturing and he was a part of the wider conspiracy that links the murders of Pansare, and journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.Pansare, along with his wife Uma, was repeatedly shot at close range by motorcycle-borne assailants while he was returning from a morning stroll in Kolhapur’s Sagar Mal locality in February 2015. While his wife survived the attack with serious injuries, Pansare died of his wounds in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on February 20 that year.last_img read more

JD(U)’s new slogan ‘inspires’ RJD’s poster attack

first_imgBihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) has released a new poster in which Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has been projected as “okay”, a perceptible change from the “honest and good” leader that he was described as in posters publicised in March.The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal released a counter poster on Tuesday, taking a dig at the JD(U)’s publicity material. “Kyun karen vichaar… thike to hai Nitish Kumar (why should we think… Nitish Kumar is doing okay),” reads the JD(U)’s latest poster with a large image of Mr. Kumar sporting a smile. The word “thike” loosely translates in English as “okay or all right”. The poster has been put up outside the JD(U) office at Beerchand Patel Marg in Patna. Earlier in March, the JD(U) had released a poster with the slogan “sachha hai, achha hai… chalo Nitish Kumar ke saath (he is honest and good… let’s go with Nitish Kumar)”. The RJD’s counter poster reads, “Kyon na karen vichaar, Bihar jo hai beemar (why shouldn’t we think things over, since Bihar is ill).” Featuring the State’s map, the poster points to what the Opposition party claims ails Bihar currently — deaths of children due to encephalitis, floods, drought, dacoity, kidnappings and murder. The poster is displayed outside the local RJD office, a few yards away from the JD(U) headquarters. Another poster which has gone viral on social media reads, “Ho chuka hai vichaar, denge ukhaar… kahin ke nahi rahenge Nitish Kumar (it’s resolved now, we will uproot him… nowhere will Nitish Kumar be left relevant).” ‘Not okay with just okay’Taking a potshot at the new JD(U) poster, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said: “Being just okay won’t work Nitish ji.” Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari asserted that Mr. Kumar’s profile had been “downgraded from being honest and good to just okay” by some of his own party leaders who are closer to the BJP. Dismissing the criticism, JD(U) spokesperson and party leader Sanjay Singh said: “The slogan represents the voice of 12 crore residents of Bihar… the poster means there is no vacancy for the post of Chief Minister in Bihar.” Local BJP leaders declined to comment on the poster. “Each party is free to come out with its slogan and face of the leader,” said a senior BJP leader. “But, whoever has coined the slogan in the new JD(U) poster has damaged Nitish Kumar more than projecting him as a leader,” he added, with a smile.last_img read more

Mizoram rejects proposed Forest Act amendment

first_imgThe Mizoram government has rejected the Centre’s proposal to amend the “anti-indigenous people” Indian Forest Act, 1927, as its provisions are in conflict with the special provisions the State enjoys under Article 371G of the Constitution.Forest rights activists and tribal welfare organisations are against this amendment bill that seeks to give higher management powers beyond what is provided in the Forest Rights Act of 2006, threatens to evict forest dwellers and promotes forest produce through private firms.“The proposal to amend the Indian Forest Act was rejected after a consultative meeting of all stakeholders, including representatives of political parties, civil society organisations and officials,” Mizoram’s Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change T.J. Lalnuntluanga said on Friday.He also holds the Law and Judicial Department portfolio in the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by Chief Minister Zoramthanga. The MNF is a member of the BJP-fronted North East Democratic Alliance.Officials in his department said there was a consensus in Thursday’s meeting that the proposed amendment, if made a law, would directly encroach upon the provisions of Article 371G. “A reframed Indian Forest Act as per the proposals would challenge Mizo customary laws and practices, ownership and transfer of land as well as the powers conferred upon the autonomous district councils,” a senior officer said declining to be quoted.The State’s Forest officials said that the Indian Forest Act of 1927 had not been enforced in Mizoram. The State’s areas under forest have been governed by the Mizoram Forest Act of 1955 “in accordance with the customary laws and needs of the local people”.The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had on March 14 invited feedback on the proposed amendment from the States after consultation with stakeholders.The Opposition Congress and regional political parties have been rallying against the proposals. An ethnicity-based organisation called Zo Indigenous Forum had submitted a memorandum to the United Nations saying the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was anti-indigenous communities and against the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.Mizoram is among the 15 States and Union Territories with more than 33% of the geographical area under forest cover. The State is among India’s “tribal districts” with a total forest cover of 421,000 sq km.last_img read more

BSP candidate from Ambala Cantt attacked, injured

first_imgBSP candidate from Ambala Cantt. constituency Rajesh Chanalia was injured after being attacked with a sharp-edged weapon by two unidentified youths on Tuesday evening, police said. He was rushed to the civil hospital. BSP workers gathered at the hospital and demanded immediate arrest of the assailants. They demanded that sufficient security be provided to their leader. Senior police officers also visited the leader at the hospital. The matter is being investigated, the police said. The assailants managed to flee after the incident. The police have launched a search in the area to trace the assailants, the police said. Assembly elections in Haryana will be held on October 21.last_img read more

Congress wants a ‘grand temple’ to be built in Ayodhya: Sachin Pilot

first_imgThe Congress wants a “grand temple” to be built in Ayodhya, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said on Friday, days after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of the shrine in the Hindu holy town. He also said the court’s decision was acceptable to all and people should now stop doing politics on the issue. In its verdict announced on November 9, the Supreme Court backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot be allotted for building a mosque in the town. “Everyone has welcomed the decision and the Congress Party wants a grand temple be built there [Ayodhya],” Mr. Pilot told reporters in Dausa district. “We have to happily respect and maintain that decision. Now, we have to stop doing politics on this issue; the world is moving forward,” he said. People who had been doing politics over the case for the past 30 years understand now that no one will benefit politically by raising the issue again and again, he added, without naming anyone. Speaking about the Congress’ performance in the recent civic body polls in Rajasthan and Assembly elections in some States, Mr. Pilot said there is a change in the country’s atmosphere. “[Congress’] performance in the recent civic body elections reflects that the organisation and workers have worked hard and people have liked the government’s work. State Assembly results in Haryana and the alliance government taking shape in Maharashtra reflect that the atmosphere in the country is changing,” he said. “The way we have worked in Rajasthan, I am happy to say that the Congress organisation worked as hard and with as much preparedness as it did when it was in the Opposition,” the Deputy Chief Minister said. The Congress registered an impressive victory in the civic body elections held in the State earlier this month to elect 2,000 councillors. The Party got a clear majority in 20 of the 49 municipal areas that went to polls. Mr. Pliot said the BJP had always believed urban areas to be its stronghold, but the Party could only manage a majority in six areas. He said while the BJP won all 25 Lok Sabha Seats in Rajasthan six months ago, people had given the mandate to the Congress now.last_img read more

Baguio to NLEX in three-team shakeup

first_imgKaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The 36-year-old Baguio will rekindle his partnership with former teammates JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier in NLEX as Guiao slowly bolsters his roster with tested veterans.Baguio has been averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists this conference.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 shutoutBaracael, meanwhile, will bring his toughness to the Batang Pier after toiling the bench in NLEX.Ababou, on the other hand, hopes to reboot his career plagued with injuries as he joins an upstart Phoenix crew. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRebuilding NLEX from the ground up, coach Yeng Guiao has secured another familiar face as he reunites with 6-foot-2 guard Cyrus Baguio in a three-team trade set to be approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office  Tuesday afternoon.Sources close to the situation disclosed that the deal will send the former UST star to the Road Warriors, Mac Baracael to GlobalPort, and Dylan Ababou along with NLEX’s 2020 second round pick to Phoenix as the three teams swapped veteran swingmen.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Onwubere also has high hopes ahead of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying he’s confident that he can fit to whatever team picks him.“I know that I’ll go back on being a role player. The effort, the hustle, the defense, I can promise that I can do my best there,” he said. “If I’ll be given the chance, I just promise that I’ll continue developing my game and do my best on defense.” Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0 “I’ve already filed for the draft. My coaches told me that I’m ready for the PBA and I can’t waste my time anymore,” he said.Onwubere has been averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks so far this season, impressing in his final year as he emerged as the undisputed leader of EAC.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 23-year-old is also looking to pounce on the opportunity after memorable stints with Racal in the PBA D-League.“Now, my name is in the discussion so I’m really making the most of this opportunity,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College may have failed to reach its target of making it to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93, but the fight is still not over for Sidney Onwubere.With only two games left in his collegiate career, the Fil-Nigerian forward is seeking to leave a lasting impression in his final days as a General before he makes the jump to the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Swing and a miss: Yankees in another 0-2 playoff hole

first_imgHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve scores the game-winning run past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)HOUSTON — Swing and a miss.After striking out 27 times in Houston, the New York Yankees are down 0-2 in the playoffs again.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Undefeated NU sweeps FEU for PVL Collegiate title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president But Severino didn’t come out for the fifth, after the Yankees tied the game on back-to-back doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier in the top of the inning. Severino threw only 62 pitches.“I think it is my responsibility to protect this kid,” Girardi said. “I couldn’t take a chance.”Girardi said Severino checked out fine with team doctors. The pitcher certainly didn’t agree with getting pulled so early.“I told him I was good. They told me they saw something,” Severino said. “I told them that I was good and I wanted to go pitch. … I feel great. My arm feels great. I can go 20 or 30 innings more.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Maybe they just need to get to the potential elimination games — the Yankees don’t seem to lose those.“We’ve been facing some tough pitchers and some tough games,” rookie slugger Aaron Judge said. “We’re just going to keep going out there and keep fighting.”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 shutoutNew York catcher Gary Sanchez was unable to come up with a short-hop relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius with Jose Altuve charging toward the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Astros won 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Sanchez said he simply dropped the ball on a play he’s used to making. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Game 3 is Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with CC Sabathia scheduled to pitch for New York against Charlie Morton.The Yankees have lost seven straight ALCS games dating to 2010.Verlander was done by the time hard-throwing Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth with a scoreless streak of 18 2/3 innings dating to the last time he gave up a run, on Aug. 25 against Seattle. But then Altuve hit a one-out single and scored when Carlos Correa lined a double into the right-center gap.Judge cut off the ball at the edge of the warning track, but his throw went over the head of second baseman Starlin Castro to Gregorius on one hop at second base. Gregorius wheeled and, perhaps impeded a bit by Correa’s popup slide at second, short-hopped his throw to Sanchez.The ball arrived in plenty of time to get Altuve, who raced all the way around from first, but Sanchez couldn’t make a clean pick and the ball squirted away as Altuve slid in safely with the winning run.“If he comes up with it, it’s an out,” said Girardi, who quickly inquired with umpires as the Astros and their fans were starting a frenzied celebration. “I just wanted to make sure there was no interference. I didn’t see any interference at second. … It was a popup slide, that’s legal. You’re kind of hoping.”Correa homered in the fourth for the Astros — a play that evoked memories of Jeffery Maier in the 1996 ALCS at Yankee Stadium — when a 12-year-old Houston fan reached for the liner just over the right-field wall. The ball appeared to already be beyond the reach of Judge, who was still moving toward the fence when the ball ricocheted off the boy’s glove on top of the wall and into the seats.“I got back there a little late. He took a good swing on a ball off the plate,” Judge said. “I just wasn’t able to get back and get a good read to the wall and get up there and make a play.”The 6-foot-7 Judge had a homer-robbing grab in Game 3 of the ALDS, when the Yankees won 1-0 to stay alive in that series.A few pitches after Correa’s homer, Girardi and a trainer went out to check on starter Luis Severino when he uncharacteristically wound his pitching arm a few times. The 23-year-old right-hander stayed in the game then, and got the inning-ending out on a comebacker that appeared to strike the wrist of his non-pitching hand. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters 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 “The bottom line is if I catch that ball he’s going to be out,” Sanchez said through a translator.New York has lost the first two games by the same tight score to Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, both former Cy Young Award winners. So just like in the Division Series, the Yankees are down 0-2 and headed back home.“It’s not like we haven’t been here before,” said manager Joe Girardi, who turned 53 on Saturday. “But these are two tough losses.”In their best-of-five set against the 102-win Cleveland Indians, the Yankees won three straight games when facing elimination to get to their first ALCS since 2012. And that was after winning a win-or-go-home wild-card game against Minnesota.But after striking out 14 times in the ALCS opener, including 10 against Keuchel in his seven innings, the Yankees whiffed another 13 times Saturday against Verlander, who threw 124 pitches in a complete game.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Cousins, Davis help Pelicans beat Clippers

first_imgPelicans: Guard/forward Tony Allen did not play, leaving the Pelicans without the services of six players. Gentry said Allen was pulled for rest. … Though he leads the league in charges taken with five, Cousins had two offensive fouls in the first quarter. … Forward Cheick Diallo, who has shuffled between the Pelicans and the G-League since being drafted last season, looked sharp off the bench with nine points and six rebounds. And impressive they were. Cousins had 35 points and 15 rebounds and Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Pelicans beat the Clippers 111-103 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Jrue Holiday had eight assists for New Orleans, half of the total assists generated by the entire Clippers team. The Pelicans also overcame 23 turnovers. Cousins lost the ball eight times — two on offensive fouls — and Holiday had seven turnovers.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 shutoutBlake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, but it came on 9-of-27 shooting. DeAndre Jordan has 12 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers were held to 41 percent from the floor, while the Pelicans shot 54 percent.“We tried to keep DeAndre off the board and keep Blake Griffin off the paint,” Davis. By and large, the Pelicans succeeded.The game would likely have been a blowout were it not for the Pelicans turnovers, which kept the Clippers within striking distance until the final minutes.“What’s that stuff? Stickum,” said Cousins when asked what he wanted to do to curb his turnovers. “”I am the main culprit of the turnovers right now. I had eight of them. I have to do a better job of taking care of the ball, make better decisions. Luckily the turnovers didn’t affect us tonight because we got the win. It shows what kind of team we can be if we would take care of the ball”Cousins and Davis were too much for the Clippers, particularly an artful fadeaway jumper by Cousins from 15 feet with 8 minutes left that put the Pelicans up by 10. Almost 2 minutes later, Cousins ripped down a rebound and launched a coast-to-coast pass to Davis for a dunk.“We the amigos,” cracked Cousins after the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) tries to get past New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23). APNEW ORLEANS — Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers summed up DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis before the New Orleans big men overpowered his Clippers.“Their versatility, their size, their skill level. Two bigs that are that skilled, who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, pass the ball, dribble the ball, you know, block shots,” Rivers before the game. “Other than that, there’s not much that’s impressive.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Austin Rivers managed to keep the Clippers in the game with 11 fourth-quarter points.“It was in reach. We didn’t execute down the stretch,” Doc Rivers said. “We came out of a timeout and had horrible execution.”RONDO’S RETURNPoint guard Rajon Rondo, the Pelicans’ major offseason free-agent acquisition, is a week to 10 days from making his regular season debut.“He’s close to doing it and everything seems to be going along fine,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We’re not trying to push the issue at all.”DOC’S DIAGNOSISClippers coach Doc Rivers said his view that too many fouls are being called this year is, in essence, a structural issue with the league.“This day and time, they look at each other wrong, it’s a foul. I don’t know how they even play against each other anymore. It’s so difficult,” he said. “I don’t even blame the officials. There’s so much to call.”TIP-INSClippers: Griffin had his 2,000th career assist with a pass to Sindarious Thrornwell early in the first quarter. … Guard Patrick Beverley missed his second game in a row due to a sore right knee. … Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell were hit with technical fouls in the fourth. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Aldridge’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Russia facing ban from Paralympics for 2018 Games

first_imgPanelo 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 MOST READ Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LONDON — Russia faces the strong possibility of being excluded from a second Paralympics over its state-sponsored doping scheme.The International Paralympic Committee said on Monday it remains unconvinced Russia has adopted a new anti-doping culture and implemented the changes required to prove it is cleaning up in time for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT The Russian Paralympic Committee claims it has fulfilled 62 of 67 criteria on the IPC reinstatement plan. But the IPC said if Russia “does not meet its obligations in full by early September then there is a strong chance” of the team missing out on South Korea.READ: Russia banned from Paralympics over dopingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“This is not quite a final warning, but it is saying we are running out of time fast,” IPC President Philip Craven said. “With each day that passes there’s time to sort this one out.”The IPC remains concerned about Russia’s “closed” cities where many athletes train but that limit access to drug testers, a matter in the control of the government rather than the Paralympic organization in Russia. “Ultimately, Russia has to restore confidence in the wider sporting world,” Craven said. “The RPC and Russian authorities need to build trust in their actions and prove to us all that from now on sport really is about morals over medals and not the other way round.”READ: Report: Russian doping involved over 1,000 athletesRussia remains critical of the IPC’s demands that it must demonstrate a change of culture and mentality in a country that denies there was a state-orchestrated doping operation.“Such statements are of an extremely subjective and vague nature,” the Russian Paralympic Committee said, “and make it extremely hard to discuss the road map in terms of concrete dates and measures.”International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven, right, listens to Andrew Parkinson, an independent chairperson of the IPC taskforce, during a press conference, in London, Monday, May 22, 2017. The International Paralympic Committee says there is a “strong chance” that Russia will be banned from the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang because of the country’s doping scandal. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)ADVERTISEMENT 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essaycenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder View comments LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time

first_imgScreengrab from UFC.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Weidman and Dennis Bermudez acknowledged the obvious.This is not a traditional fight week for either man. This is different. This is exciting.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For both Weidman and Bermudez, the card also presents opportunities to reset careers that have hit speed bumps.Weidman (13-3) headlines the card against Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) in a middleweight bout, despite coming off three straight losses, although the possibility exists that the No. 5 ranked middleweight could move up in title contention with a win. The current champion, Michael Bisping, is likely to meet interim champion Robert Whittaker in a title unification fight.Weidman, 33, wrestled collegiately at Hofstra University. He was asked this week if he wanted to avenge his Dec. 12, 2005, technical knockout loss to Luke Rockhold.“I need to win this fight” against Gastelum, he said. “Then I’ll let the people decide who they want me to fight.”In Bermudez’s case, the 30-year old has lost three of his last five fights and has dropped to 10th in the featherweight division rankings.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress This is the first chance to fight at home.“It’s Long Island, man,” Weidman said during a media availability this week, ahead of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox show originating from the Nassau Coliseum. The nationally televised card has 13 fights on it, with the four main card fights carried on Fox in the United States.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe event is the first professional mixed martial arts card that UFC has held at the onetime home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.“I love fighting and being from here. Getting to put on a show in front of my home crowd I take a lot of pride in that, so I’m excited to fill the place up,” Weidman said. “There (are) a lot of people who live (on) Long Island. To be in the main even at the first Nassau Coliseum UFC event, it’s amazing.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG 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 “My last fight didn’t go as planned,” Bermudez (17-6) said about his Feb. 4 knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung. “I want to go in there Saturday and show that wasn’t the real Dennis Bermudez, that I just had a little slip up.”To that end, Bermudez shared a bit of the philosophy he is planning on implementing against No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (23-5) in the semi-main event.“Hard work and no quit. That’s the way I’ve always trained,” Bermudez said. “I get in there and give it my all. In my practices I’m always trying to win. As I get older in my career I’m not only trying to win (but) I’m trying to learn as well. So I’ll go in there with a mind and technique that will work and I’ll get better at it and become a better overall fighter.”Both Bermudez and Weidman noted this fight week was unusual because neither had to leave their stomping grounds. While Weidman said his wife ordered him to stay at a local hotel, Bermudez is preparing at home.“The normal feel of a fight week is looking for something to do and where to go, or where I’m going to eat,” he said. “Having this fight in (my) own backyard gives me the ability to do the same things I’ve been doing throughout this entire fight camp. Nothing has changed. I sleep in my own bed. I drive my own car. I cook on my grill and it’s awesome.”Saturday’s event will be the fifth held in New York since the state legalized professional MMA on Mar. 22, 2016. UFC will run one more event in New York in 2017, the UFC 217 pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino sails to playoffs, caps comeback by sinking AMA

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. No SEA Games hosting, PSC’s Ramirez insists Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters’ balanced attack with 13 points, while James Martinez added 12 markers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “This is a good win for us going to the playoffs, but I always remind the players that the playoffs is a different animal and it’s a good thing that we have veterans who’ve been there before,” said coach Koy Banal.Mark Isip fired 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter pull-away as Marinerong Pilipino erected a decisive 64-39 halftime lead. The veteran forward also added three rebounds and three assists, all coming in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJulian Sargent dropped 10 of his 20 markers in the third quarter as the Skippers widened the lead to as high as 56, 121-65, late in the game.Tanduay, meanwhile, continued to gain steam and tripped Racal Motors, 81-72, for an 8-2 slate. Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino completed its dream voyage to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with an emphatic 125-71 sinking of AMA Online Education Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Not even the torrential rains could derail the Skippers from cruising to their fifth straight win as they ended their maiden eliminations campaign with a 6-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Afridi urges teammates to give their best in World Cup

first_imgPakistan captain Shahid Afridi has urged his players to stand up and perform in the World Cup after a disappointing defeat against England in their warm-up match.”This is not the first time we are saying sorry for our performance. All of us as a team now have to perform and give our best in the World Cup,” Afridi told Geo News channel in Mirpur, Dhaka.Afridi, who did not play in the Pakistan-England warm-up tie on Friday, said it was imperative for the senior players to perform so that the youngsters could also seek inspiration from them.”The senior players including myself have a very important role to play in this World Cup. We must show the way to the youngsters who are playing in the tournament for the first time,” he said.”What is clear is that everyone has to now perform and play responsibly if the team is to do well in this World Cup.There is no time now to experiment.”Afridi informed that the team management had more or less decided upon their first playing combination for the World Cup.”The combination is set and now we are just paying a lot of attention to the fitness levels of the players. Which is going to play a crucial role in this World Cup because of the weather conditions and the pitches.”Stating that the players were completely focussed, the experienced allrounder said that the team was ready for all the challenges.”It is a good sign that the players are concentrating hard on the tournament and everyone wants to do well. It is important for us to make an early impact in this competition and get the momentum going.”advertisementMeanwhile, Pakistan cricket team manager Intikhab Alam played down the fines imposed on pacers — Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Akhtar — for returning late from a private dinner.”There is good discipline in the team and we have made ourselves clear to the players. Discipline is a must. I am happy that the players themselves realise this,” he said.Intikhab also played down the selection of Pakistani players for dope tests, insisting this was the prerogative of the ICC anti-doping committee.”It is a routine matter and not too much should be read into it. The ICC can pick any player randomly from any team for the dope tests,” he said.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Cook’s recipe leaves India speechless

first_imgAlastair Cook scored an unbeaten 182 as England put on a massive 456/3 against India, who as Sunil Gavaskar said looked like a “bunch of school boys” in front of the hosts’ batting line-up. Score | PhotosEngland started the second day’s campaign of the Edgbaston Test with an overnight score of 84/0. By the end of it they had not only wiped out India’s scanty 224-run lead, but had put on a good 232-run lead.The match started half-an-hour late on account of early morning rains and wet outfield, but once it did, the England openers got busy piling runs in Birmingham.Cook, who hasn’t been in good form in the series regained his confidence and started frustrating the India bowlers, who failed to derive the swing and bounce from the wicket, which on Day One was helping the English pacers.The first day of the Test between India vs England saw MS Dhoni, who scored 77, help India to 224, after they were reduced to 92/4.In a matter of time, Cook went on to complete his half-century and was still looking strong in the face of an Indian attack that seemed tooth-less in the absence of Zaheer Khan. At lunch the two openers were going steady and the score was a fine 157/0.The second session was no better for India as the two openers continued to pile runs. Skipper MS Dhoni’s ploy of using paceman Praveen Kumar and spinner Ashish Mishra at opposite ends too didn’t help and the two left-handed batsmen made a mockery of the Indian bowling attack.advertisementHalf-an-hour into the second session, India got the breakthrough that their bowlers had been trying to get. An Amit Mishra delivery crept into the bat-pad gate of the England captain and Strauss was seen walking back on 87 after putting 186 runs for the first wicket with his opening partner Cook. Strauss’ 87 was decorated with 13 boundaries.Soon Cook and Ian Bell got going and India’s 224-run lead of effectively erased in the second session of Day Two.India’s sloppy fielding too helped their cause. Rahul Dravid dropped a sitter off Bell’s bat in Sreesanth’s over.Cook went on to score his first ton of the series – making a remarkable comeback to form. But, on the very next ball Praveen Kumar clean bowled Ian Bell, providing some cheer to India. However, by that time the England score was a good 252/2.At tea, Kevin Pietersen and centurion Cook were at the crease and England were cruising on 319/2 – a lead of 95 runs.England escalated their lead in the third session as India’s bowling took a nosedive. Cook and Pietersen continued to whack the bowlers across the park and completed their 100-run stand at ease. Pietersen completed his half-century even as Cook continued his march on scoring past the 150-run mark.Deep into the third session, Praveen Kumar managed to add another wicket in India’s kitty by trapping Pietersen leg before on 63. England lost their third wicket on 374 runs.Pietersen went back and in came Eoin Morgan to blunt the Indian attack. Not to speak of the poor fielding by the visitors, which only helped the English cause. Dravid dropped two sitters in two sessions and Sreesanth slipped an easy one off Morgan in Ishant’s over in the last session.At close England were 456/3 looking set for a mammoth first innings lead with Cook (182 n.o.) and Bell (44 n.o.) in the middle.last_img read more

CURE YOUR PAIN WITH EXERCISE

first_imgHave ave you noticed how an injurya muscle sprain or pullleft untended to for a long time, comes back to haunt you in another part of your body? Its no surprise since our bones and muscles are linked to one another. An injury in one muscle changes the biomechanics of the surrounding muscles, forcing them to function in a way they are not designed to. So dont ignore that twinge. Learn how to tackle common exercise injuries that often come hand in hand.PAIN IN YOUR KNEES COULD BE CAUSED BY WEAK HIP MUSCLES WHY: Your legs, particularly at the hip and knee joints, need to be stabilised during walking or running. Weak hip muscles can lead to poor hip stability, which in turn can result in a change in the mechanics of the kneecap while the knee bends and straightens,?? explains Delhi-based physiotherapist Bela Sethi. This leads to pain in your knees. The hamstrings, glutes and abdominals are the major muscle groups that work on the hip and knee. So any abnormality in the functioning of these muscles can affect both these joints.STRENGTHEN YOUR HIPS: For a strong hip, strengthen the hip stabiliser muscles, which include the abductors, extensors (glutes) and the external rotators. Start Thera-Band exercises to strengthen these muscles,?? says Sethi. Avoid fast walking, running and jumping until your hip musculature gains back strength. PROTECT YOUR KNEE: You need to be extra cautious about your knees if you have a weak hip. Apart from strengthening the muscles around the hip, you need to go for customised orthotics to maintain proper gait,?? says Anand Gangwal, director, Prime Physio Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic, Pune. Ask your trainer to include knee-strengthening workouts in your regime and make sure you restrict your movement within the pain-free range,?? says Mumbai-based Reebok master trainer Vinata Shetty. Squats, lunges and step-ups should also be avoided depending on the severity of the pain,?? says Gangwal.SHIN SPLINTS COULD BE CAUSED BY TIGHT ACHILLES TENDON WHY: Tendo achilles (TA), the tendon at the posterior of the heel, is one of the muscles that takes a lot of load while you work out. So when this muscle gets tight, the range of motion of your ankles gets limited increasing the impact pressure on the shin bone. If left unattended, the chronic tension in the TA might lead to shin splints,?? says Harmeet Bawa, a sports physiotherapist with Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi. RELAX YOUR TA: Light stretches will help. Perform exercises on unstable surfaces or focus on Pilates-based exercises to strengthen them. Flexion, extension, and inversion of the foot along with adequate warm-up and stretching of calf muscles will also be good,?? says Mumbai-based sports medicine expert Dr Mahesh Jukar. PROTECT YOUR SHIN BONE: Keep your shin bones strong by strengthening the muscles in front of the lower limb. Also, make sure you replace your shoes after walking 500 to 600 km. Look for footwear with the correct shape, cushioning and shock absorption. Also, avoid uphill activities,?? says Jukar.LOWER BACK PAIN COULD BE CAUSED BY WEAK ABDOMINAL MUSCLESWHY: Abdominal workouts form the core of most exercise regimens. So weak abs may be a recipe for disaster, especially for your lower back. Weak ab muscles are unable to support your spine increasing the compressive stress on the inter-vertebral joints. This pushes the inter-vertebral disc posteriorly, resulting in backache,?? explains Jukar. STRENGTHEN YOUR AB MUSCLES: Focus on ab-strengthening exercises such as crunches, side raises, side holds and prone holds,?? says Shetty. Avoid heavy lifting if you have weak abs. If you must, always bend at the knees and keep the spine in a neutral position, keeping the load close to the body while lifting it,?? suggests Jukar. Dont do sit-ups, back bends and unsupported forward flexion with weak abs. PROTECT YOUR LOWER BACK: Strengthen your spine with exercises such as the bridge, cobra pose and back extension to keep pain at bay. Complement these with tucks, crunches, obliques and planks. Once you feel pain, take adequate rest and proper medication. Go slow when you restart,?? advises Jukar.ACHY SOLES COULD BE CAUSED BY STIFF CALF MUSCLESWHY: Stiffness in your calf muscles can be a result of overuse due to excessive working out, weak glutes or hamstrings. Tight calves may result in plantar fasciitis inflammation of plantar fascia, the connective tissues originating from your sole. Since plantar fascia and calf muscles are attached to your sole, tight calf muscles put a strain on the latter, leading to pain in the region,?? explains Bawa. RELAX YOUR CALF MUSCLES: Stretching will relax them. Avoid wearing heels all the time. Alternate them with flats,?? says Bawa. Avoid running with injured calf muscles. As running requires you to be on your toes for long, your calf muscles remain tense,?? explains Prachi Agarwal, fitness expert and co-founder of Fitho, a fitness and wellness centre in New Delhi. P R O T E C T YO U R SOLE : Always use arch support. An injured plantar fascia can be cured by a combination of antiinflammatory and pain medication and physiotherapy. Self massage with a ball will also help. In extreme cases, plantar fasciotomy may be suggested. It is a minimally invasive outpatient surgical procedure done with an endoscope,?? explains Bawa. Avoid running on hard surfaces,?? says Agarwal.SHOULDER INJURIES COULD BE CAUSED BY STIFF GLUTESWHY: You may feel stiffness of the glutes if there is an improper counter-hip rotation during your workouts or a dysfunction of your sacroiliac jointthe joint between the sacrum and the ilium of the pelvis. Left untreated, it may lead to rotator cuff (shoulder muscles) injury. When glutes tighten up, the lower back muscles get stiff too, limiting the counter rotation of hip and shoulders. To compensate for this, the lat, rhomboid and trapezius muscles start overworking which makes them stiff as well. This in turn makes certain rotator cuff muscles stiff, leading to injuries,?? explains Mumbai-based sports scientist Shayamal Vallabhjee.RELAX YOUR GLUTES: Glute stretches will prevent the muscles from tightening. Always avoid lunges and high-intensity workouts if you have stiff glutes,?? says Vallabhjee. In case of severe pain, your physiotherapist may advise hip mobilisation techniques or a myofascial release (a soft tissue therapy) and acupuncture,?? he adds.PROTECT YOUR SHOULDER: Proper treatment of the glutes will automatically guard your rotator cuffs. But you should also practise some strengthening exercises such as external and internal rotation of the shoulder to prevent any injuries. Rest is the only treatment. But in case of severe pain your doctor may prescribe antiinflammatory drugs and suggest infrared radiation,?? says Jukar. As part of rehabilitation, you must include Thera-Band exercises and stretching of chest, upper back and deltoid (shoulder) muscles. Also, avoid overhead exercises until your rotator cuff injury is cured.TENNIS ELBOW COULD BE CAUSED BY SHOULDER PAINWHY: Repetitive a rm movements during your workouts lead to shoulder injuries. If you continue working out with a weak shoulder, you tend to generate excessive force from the elbow to protect your shoulders,?? explains Gangwal. This leads to the overuse of elbow muscles, leading to soreness of the outer elbow, a condition commonly known as tennis elbowSTRENGTHEN YOUR SHOULDER MUSCLES:Include seated row, prone shrugs and Thera-Band exercises in your routine,?? says Gangwal. Rotator cuff workouts (for example, a side lying external shoulder rotation with dumb-bells) will also help. Avoid all overhead exercises if you have injured shoulders,?? advises Delhi-based or thopaedic surgeon Dr Pushpinder Bajaj. PROTECT YOUR ELBOWS: Keep your elbow muscles strong with clockwise and anti-clockwise dumb-bell curls,?? says Bajaj. There are a range of physiotherapies including electrotherapy and interferential therapy to treat a sore elbow. Avoid bench presses, dumb-bell presses and extended row exercises.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

UK government releases Hillsborough disaster papers after 23 years

first_imgThe relatives of 96 soccer fans crushed to death in Britain’s worst sports disaster were finally granted access Wednesday to secret documents they have long believed will prove how mistakes by British police and others compounded the 1989 tragedy.After battling for more than 20 years, the families were reviewing 400,000 pages of previously undisclosed papers detailing the actions of British police, paramedics and officials who initially investigated the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans.Advocates have long insisted that mistakes by police directly contributed to the stadium deaths and that other errors by emergency workers meant some of the injured were denied medical treatment.”This is what the families and the fans have been fighting for 23 years. Without the truth, you cannot grieve and where there is deceit, you get no justice,” said Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James was killed.The 96 fans died when they were crushed and suffocated in a standing-room-only section of the Hillsborough football stadium during a major soccer match, an FA Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.An inquest jury ruled in 1991 that the deaths at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium in central England were accidental, but the local South Yorkshire Police were strongly criticized for their actions. Officers herded around 2,000 Liverpool fans into caged-in enclosures that were already full, resulting in the crush.The response to the disaster transformed the British sports world, bringing the introduction of all-seated soccer stadiums. That also helped clubs drive out the remnants of hooliganism that had long tainted British soccer and heralded a shift in the demographics of sports fans, as improved stadium safety meant more families and women attended matches.After an era in which English football clubs were banned from participating in pan-European competitions as a result of fan violence, the changes to stadiums instilled a new confidence in British sport. That sense of pride was reflected this summer in London’s hugely successful and trouble-free hosting of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.No individual or organization has ever faced charges in connection with the Hillsborough disaster, but the families believe the newly disclosed papers could help them hold accountable those who were culpable.The relatives were reviewing the documents at Liverpool Cathedral and plan to meet in the coming days to discuss whether any legal action should be taken. British Attorney-General Dominic Grieve has said he would review the evidence to determine whether a new inquest should be held in light of the disclosures.Prime Minister David Cameron is to address Parliament once the papers have been publicly released later Wednesday. He is expected to offer an apology for the government’s handling of the tragedy.FIFA, the governing body for world football, says between 1971 and 2011, at least 1,500 people died and about 6,000 were injured in 60 major incidents at sports events.advertisementlast_img read more