The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena are likely to face difficulty in applying the 50:50 seat-sharing formula for the Assembly polls in some regions, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis conceded on Friday. Speaking in Wardha on the second day of his Mahajanadesh Yatra, Mr. Fadnavis cited the examples of Vidarbha, where the BJP has two more seats than the Sena, and Konkan, where the Sena has a bigger share. “Once the partners have decide to contest the elections together, we may have to make compromises on some issues, while they will do so on others. I am confident we can arrive at a mutually acceptable solution in difficult regions. It will not be without some hurdles,” he said. He denied any confusion between the allies, and said the Sena’s tour of the State did not have anything to do with the BJP or the government. “In the past, too, we have taken out different yatras. They have their own party goals to fulfil and we have ours,” he said.
The Odisha government’s much-hyped Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme has gone haywire. The authorities are now facing a gigantic task of removing bogus beneficiaries who have already availed of the benefits.A total of 51 lakh cultivators, loanee and non-loanee farmers, sharecroppers and landless agricultural labourers have been provided with financial assistance under the scheme so far. The authorities have now found out that all beneficiaries were not entitled to the benefits under the scheme and have asked the ineligible people to refund the money.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the scheme ahead of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held in April and May. He had assured that no eligible beneficiary would be left out of the scheme.The State government, which had increased the target of KALIA beneficiaries to 75 lakh families, has stopped disbursement of financial assistance following the revelation about bogus beneficiaries. It is now busy verifying the genuineness of each and every beneficiary and has extended the deadline of the verification process from August 14 to August 27.Verification processAccording to official sources, out of the 51 lakh existing beneficiaries, the verification of 13 lakh of them was completed till Tuesday and 70,000 were found to be ineligible. The number of bogus beneficiaries is likely to increase since more than one member of a family have managed to get assistance.In a majority of blocks, the number of applicants have outnumbered the number of ration card-holding families. A total of 54,000 applications were received for inclusion under KALIA from one block in Jagatsinghpur district while the total number of ration cards issued in the block stood at 23,000 only.An official of the Agriculture Department told The Hindu that the problem with KALIA is that people had applied individually instead of one member from a family seeking assistance under the scheme.Simultaneously, the government is also verifying applications of people who had been left out of the scheme earlier.The total number of applications received under KALIA stands at 1.25 crore against the targeted number of 75 lakh families, a surplus by 50 lakh.
The Centre is gearing up for a tussle with the Gujarat government over the recently amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Amendment Act, 2019, which imposes steeper penalties for road traffic violations. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has sought the Law Ministry’s opinion on whether State governments can tweak the lower limit for fines prescribed in the law after Gujarat slashed some of the fines.In its notification, Gujarat has imposed fines below the lower limit prescribed in the MV Act and has also altered those fines it is not permitted to change under the Act. Road transport falls in the Concurrent List and, therefore, both Centre and States are allowed to legislate on the subject.The Gujarat government has imposed a fine of ₹500 for not wearing a seatbelt but the Centre has laid down ₹1,000 as the penalty, without providing a minimum or maximum limit. Similarly, Gujarat says there is no need to impose a penalty if a pillion rider is not wearing a helmet, and offenders will be required to pay only ₹100 as fine if there is more than one pillion rider, but the Centre requires a fine of ₹1,000 on the person driving the bike along with disqualification of licence for three months for both these violations.Concurrent List“The Constitution is clear on what happens when there is a dispute between a State and the Centre regarding a subject on the Concurrent List,” a senior official of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said.Article 254 of the Constitution States that if there is a dispute between a State and the Centre on a provision of law on a matter that falls in the Concurrent List then the law made by the Centre will overrule the State.Also Read Uttarakhand followsUttarakhand too has slashed fines for compoundable offences by up to 50% and many States like West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka and Maharashtra have threatened to follow suit. Mr. Tewari says that the compounding process often requires consultation and, therefore, the delay by States to notify the changes shouldn’t come as a surprise. “Section 200 of the MV Act gives power to States to decide penalties for 24 Sections and State governments are currently amending those to rationalise what they feel might be relevant to them, but the law does give them power. But Gujarat is violating Article 254 of the Constitution by touching the non-compoundable offences. This entire change made by Gujarat will be thrown out of the court,” says Piyush Tewari of Save Life Foundation.Also readA complete list of new traffic violation fines under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019Mr. Tewari adds that Gujarat has in fact provided penalties which are lower than the 30-year-old MV Act of 1988. While the older law levied a fine of ₹1,000 for not wearing a helmet or seatbelt, using a phone and not carrying a licence, the latest notification by Gujarat provides for a fine of ₹500.Dangerous driving and driving on the wrong side of road fall under non-compoundable offences and carry a punishment of jail between six months to one year or fine of ₹1,000 to ₹5,000. But Gujarat has gone ahead and amended these and provided staggered penalties of ₹1,500 for three wheelers, ₹3,000 for light motor vehicles and ₹5,000 for bigger vehicles.Also Read Nitin Gadkari defends steep fines under Motor Vehicles Act Facing ₹11,000 fine, man sets bike afire
LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.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 shutoutAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village View comments MOST READ “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Amit, Kiamco-Chua advance; bowlers toppled Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next PBA IMAGESMeralco stuns San Miguel; Star on track for semis incentive Meralco overhauled an 18-point third quarter deficit en route to a 104-101 squeaker over San Miguel Beer to seize the solo lead and top seeding in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Allen Durham carried the Bolts down the stretch, finishing with 35 points and 13 rebounds as they climbed to 9-2 and seal a twice-to-beat edge against No. 8 Blackwater in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Lee and Barroca found their groove midway in the fourth quarter to trigger Star’s breakaway, 95-83, with 3:20 left.PJ Simon topscored for Star with 16 points, while Aldrech Ramos had 14 points.Aaron Fuller led the Road Warriors with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Alex Mallari fired 13 points.—RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NET June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 26 points and eight rebounds.The Beermen fell to 7-4 and a share of fifth and sixth spots with the Star Hotshots, who thwarted NLEX, 101-93, in the first game.The Hotshots leaned on the trio of Paul Lee, import Kristofer Acox and Mark Barroca to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four seat and a twice-to-beat incentive.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 shutoutLee poured in seven of his 15 points in the payoff period, Acox tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Barroca had 13 points and four rebounds as the Hotshots overhauled a 36-44 halftime deficit.“We had the proper mindset and it was to win,” said Star coach Chito Victolero. “The only thing we had control of is our game and I’m proud of my players, especially in the second half. They stepped up on defense plus we had a better ball movement.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durant’s new deal earns him approximately $53 million over the next two years and includes a player option for year two. His willingness to be flexible allowed the Warriors to re-sign Curry for $201 million over five years and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to a three-year contract with $48 million guaranteed, among all the other reliable returners.Durant repeatedly curses when he misses during those heated post-practice shootouts with Curry. They rarely keep an official count on made shots or track who wins.“I honestly don’t know exactly what the standings are when it comes to that but we always challenge each other,” Curry said. “I think the best thing about it is we both get mad when we miss a shot because you know in that competition that we have if you miss a shot you’re probably going to end up losing whatever spot or whatever drill you’re doing. Every shot’s important, which for us can transition into the game because you have that certain focus and expectation that you’re going to make every shot. Put a little bitof pressure on yourself while you can in practice in these situations.”For Durant, it’s all about getting better alongside the shooter he considers the world’s most accurate.“I’m just coming into work every day trying to get better and I’m going home afterward,” Durant said. “It’ssimple. Just try to simplify it, so I get my work in and go home. … I don’t even remember last year.”Durant is far more comfortable this preseason.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The NBA Finals MVP wants more from himself. He thinks about it when he’s sitting on his couch at home.Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever.In his second season with the Golden State Warriors, he is challenging himself to do everything better, down to setting great screens to get teammates open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want to keep doing the same things,” Durant said. “If I’m making five out of my 10 shots a night, I can see if I can try to make 5 1/2 or six shots a night. I guess that’s just the next challenge that I have for myself, just continue to do the small things with my game as far as my rhythm, catching and shooting, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, post-ups, all that type of stuff that goes into me being the scorer that I am. I’ve got to work on that every day, make sure that doesn’t fall by the wayside because if I take two or three days off from doing that stuff I’m right behind. I can’t take days off because I’m not physically as big and strong as a lot of guys that can use their bodies. I’ve got to rely on my skill a little bit more.”He sure delivered on basketball’s biggest stage just four months ago, then — as promised — accepted a pay cut so general manager Bob Myers could keep the roster largely intact for repeat run. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Curry to pick Dubs teammates if picked as All Star game captain LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Oakland , Calif. Beginning his 11th NBA season at age 29 and fresh off his first career championship, Durant is as determined as ever. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)OAKLAND, Calif. — Fatigued after a long flight home from China, Kevin Durant knocked down one baseline 3-pointer after another — making 21 of 22 and 19 straight before finally another miss had him hollering in frustration over the blaring music.Stephen Curry wasn’t even pushing him this time in one of their thrilling competitions — just KD and a couple of capable rebounders.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The constant scrutiny about why he left Oklahoma City to join a super team and the questions on how the Warriors could possibly share the ball so many ways have subsided at last. He has settled in beautifully to the Bay Area. The music and low-key vibe at team headquarters are now familiar.Yes, Durant is at ease.“Oh, yeah. Last year he was trying to figure out what the hell we were doing and this year he’s totally dialed in, understands the concepts,” coach Steve Kerr said, “comfortable in his surroundings, not only on the floor but off. He’s a different guy this year. … It took a couple months for him to get comfortable with our style of play more than anything. It’s one thing to memorize a play, it’s another thing to feel comfortable with the concepts of what you’re trying accomplish every time down the floor. Then there’s a lot of little nuances within that. I thought it took him a couple months, then he figured it out and he was off and running.”Teammates can’t wait to see what Durant does next.Iguodala appreciates greats like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady but will put Durant at the top.“In my opinion KD is the most talented I’ve ever seen. There have been some other talented guys though, but he’s gotten the most out of his talent, just like TMac and Vince,” Iguodala said. “There are a lot of guys who are talented and they don’t even make it to the pros. I’m saying KD is most talented because he’s maximized his talent. He’s still got more room to go, so I believe he’s still grinding to get there.”From Day One, Durant showed he’s a difference-maker.“There’s a lot of stuff I’ve been thinking about,” he said, “and I’m just trying to take it all in and get better.” View comments
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion That premise, however, doesn’t deter UE head coach Derrick Pumaren who still foresees a Red Warrior surprise in the semifinals.“We just have to remain positive, we still have a shot, we’re still here,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “But I think we have to do a better effort than what we did today.”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 shutoutUE’s next games are against Final Four teams Ateneo and Far Eastern University with University of Santo Tomas being the lone reprieve.The Blue Eagles are atop the standings with a 10-0 card while the Tamaraws hold the fourth seed with a 5-5 record. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP The Growling Tigers’ 0-10 card had pushed them out of the Final Four picture.“We were walking today and we let La Salle run,” said Pumaren whose team lost control of the game as early as the second quarter when it fell to a 40-24 deficit. “We can’t have that kind of play against Ateneo because that team is more cohesive and passes a lot more compared to La Salle.”All of UE’s remaining games are all must-win contests and the Red Warriors will also rely on teams like FEU and NU to stumble if they hope to barge into the semifinals.And Pumaren knows the first step is scoring a vital victory, potentially, against the Blue Eagles.“We have to focus on Ateneo first,” said Pumaren. “We have to concentrate on Ateneo on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll be able to steal a game from them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s chances for a Final Four spot has slipped to dim levels that it can only be described as “mathematical.”The Red Warriors’ recent 99-78 loss to defending champion De La Salle saw them slip to 3-8 with three games remaining on their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
Photo from ONE ChampionshipJomary Torres continued her sensational ascent to the top of the women’s atomweight division as she knocked out April Osenio in the preliminary matches in ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 21-year-old Zamboangueña wiggled her way out of the Team Lakay bet’s armbar on her right arm, lifted Osenio and slammed her to the mat.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipAlso, Edward Kelly hardly broke a sweat as he scored a three-hit combo knockout of Meas Meul.The Team Lakay featherweight fired a pair of solid punches and immediately nailed the high knee to the Cambodian’s jaw, stunning the challenger and prompting the referee to call for the bell at the 21-second mark of the first round.It was an emotional victory for Kelly, who finally achieved success in front of his home crowd.“Last time, I trained really well and I ended up with a loss. I was really disappointed,” he recounted. “But now, this is what happened. I’m so happy, not just for myself, but for my team and I hope my teammates will also get the win.”Kelly bounced back from his loss to Emilio Urrutia back in August to rise to 10-4, while Meul suffered his first defeat and dropped to 8-1.ADVERTISEMENT Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises In the other preliminary fights, Rajinder Singh Meena (9-7) made quick work of Zhang Ze Hao (2-1), making his Chinese foe tap out to his guillotine at the 42-second mark of the opening round.Indonesian strawweight Adrian Matehis (4-3) submitted Eddey Kallai (0-3) with a rear-naked choke at the 4:15 mark of the first round to keep his Malaysian foe winless in the promotion. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Torres punctuated her emphatic win by pummeling Osenio with strikes to take the knockout victory 40 seconds into the match, the fastest victory in the women’s division of ONE Championship.Triumphant in the clash between the Filipinas, the undefeated Torres (4-0) now looks on to bigger things, saying she’s willing to take on all comers in her continuing journey in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m thankful to God that He gave me this win and I also am grateful for my coaches who put their trust on me,” she said in Filipino. “I’ll just accept whatever ONE gives.”Osenio, meanwhile, remains in search of her first win since returning to the cage as she fell to a 2-4 record. LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APCLEVELAND — The first two games of the NBA Finals are the most-watched since Michael Jordan’s final championship in 1998.Despite two lopsided outcomes, Golden State’s two home wins over Cleveland averaged 19.6 million viewers, according to numbers released Monday by the Nielsen company.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 That’s an increase of 5 percent from the 18.6 million average in 2016.The Warriors’ 132-113 victory on Sunday drew an average of 20.1 million viewers, up 13 percent from Game 2 last year and the most for a Game 2 since Chicago and Utah met in 1998. The telecast peaked with 23.1 million viewers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals. Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
View comments Neymar had kept the guessing game about his future bubbling away after posting a picture of himself looking pensive on Instagram on Friday.But there was little to suggest that the charismatic striker is overwhelmed by the transfer saga as he produced a bewitching performance in front of a sell-out 82,104 crowd at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.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 Brazilian broke clear after only four minutes but saw a tame shot from near the edge of the area drift away from the goal.Barcelona, with Lionel Messi starting, looked by far the more threatening of the two teams with Aleix Vidal and Messi both drawing early blocks from the Juventus defence. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Barcelona rang the changes at half-time, withdrawing all but two of their starting line-up, Neymar exiting for Sergi Roberto and Arda Turan replacing Messi. Juventus also made a raft of substitutions which led to the introduction of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa amongst others.The changes immediately gave Juve a sharper attacking edge and Dybala was quick to test Adria Ortola with a rasping shot on 62 minutes that was turned around for a corner.From the ensuing setpiece, Giorgio Chiellini nodded home Dybala’s cross to make it 2-1.However it was Barcelona who finished the stronger of the two sides, with Luis Suarez repeatedly threatening to extend the Spanish side’s lead.Man of the moment Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters, while Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde could only repeat his desire to keep the Brazilian.“We want Neymar to be with us,” Valverde said. “We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Chris Weidman tops Kelvin Gastelum in UFC college homecoming Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim At the other end Mario Mandzukic might have given Juve the lead on 14 minutes but his header from a Stefano Sturaro cross went wide.The Italians were made to rue Mandzukic’s profligacy a minute later when Neymar fired the Catalans into the lead, playing a clever one-two with Paco Alcacer and drilling his finish past Gianluigi Buffon.Nine minutes later and Neymar grabbed his second, picking his way through a static Juventus defence before burying a low shot beyond Buffon once more.Neymar might have had a hat-trick three minutes from half-time, when Messi floated a delightful pass in behind the Juve defence for the Brazilian.Buffon on this occasion was equal to the challenge however and blocked safely.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) and is teammate Brazilian forward Neymar warmp up before the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNeymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT
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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Despite Game 1 beating, CEU Scorpions ‘won’t quit’ John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men’s -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition Wednesday at the KLCC Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. Bejar lost to settle for the silver medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An aggressive John Paul Bejar stormed to a 3-1 lead over his Indonesian foe but faded when it mattered to settle for the silver medal Wednesday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competitions here.Bejar, who joined the Philippine team in training in Germany, took the action right to Iwan Bidu Sirait, who got the nod of the judges on many close calls to take a 10-4 victory in the -55 kilogram kumite.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim His silver is the best finish so far in karate, although the Filipinos are confident of grabbing a gold when the competitions end Thursday.Earlier, Mae Soriano snagged a bronze in women’s -55kg kumite. Junna Tsukii also took bronze this time in -50kg in the sport played at KLCC Halls right under the Petronas Twin Towers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBejar’s march to the finals was marred with controversy as the PH team filed a protest over his semifinals loss to a Malaysian.The protest was upheld, allowing the 23-year-old Bejar to fight for the gold medal. View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh has expressed bitterness about the treatment meted out to him during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Sunday. Milkha was apparently ignored by the Games organisers when he arrived for the ceremony as a special invitee. The athlete, who is fondly called the ‘Flying Sikh’, was denied a seat in the VIP enclosure where the other special guests were seated. Instead, he was given a place in the ordinary seating area after entry from gate no. 14 of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Milkha told Headlines Today that if sportsmen from the past weren’t respected, the future of young sportsmen was in doubt. Milkha said he did not know if he would be treated the same way during the CWG closing ceremony.
It’s no doubt that Suresh Kalmadi is in for a tough time over allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.Be it Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) is being given the royal snub ever since the Games ended.While the Prime Minister has ordered a probe over alleged financial irregularities, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has gone on record claiming the needle of suspicion is on the Kalmadi-led OC. But in her haste to blame Kalmadi and company, the chief minister perhaps failed to overlook the doings of her own departments.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has pointed out several irregularities in the two showpiece road projects built specially for the Commonwealth Games by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the state government. In documents provided in an RTI reply to Mail Today, the CVC has expressed shock at how the cost of the prestigious elevated road over Barapullah Nullah could increase by over Rs 80 crore.The RTI query found out that while the estimated cost was Rs 352 crore, the tender was awarded for Rs 433 crore and that too within days of drawing up the estimate.”The estimate for the project was approved on July 30, 2008. Approximately 90 per cent items in the estimate were calculated on the prevailing market rate. But the work was awarded by the PWD (in August the same year) on higher rates by 23 per cent,” the CVC said in its reply.advertisementThe CVC has also indicted the PWD’s Ring Road bypass project, which provided dedicated access to the Indira Gandhi Stadium.The tender for this project was awarded by the department for Rs 214 crore to M/ S Simplex Infrastructure Ltd against an estimated cost of Rs 172 crore. The CVC documents say the tender was awarded by the PWD at “very high rates” by jacking up prices of materials and labour by as much as 36 per cent.” The amount was highly inflated by various methods. In labour rates, Rs 3.68 crore was included as transportation cost from labour camp to site of work which was not justified.Surprisingly, labour camps were allowed on site and do not involve any transportation of labour. There was another unjustified amount of Rs 25.84 crore by way of 25 per cent extra charges on labour and machinery cost,” the CVC document pointed out.With inputs from agencies
A marina, a wharf to park boats and yachts in an orderly fashion, is a symbol of economic prosperity. The world’s top seaside cities have one, as a place to display the wealth of their rich and to make water sports easily accessible. Mumbai-projected to be a global financial hub-will not get its marina anytime soon, thanks to forces working at cross purposes.The Port Trust of India, a central government body, owns the land and water around the Mumbai port, while the 164-year-old Royal Bombay Yacht Club (RBYC) currently holds the key to allow individuals to park their million dollar toys across the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba. The Maharashtra Government needs to issue permits to build one at sea and the navy, which has its western naval command in Mumbai, will have put its stamp of approval. “No one is now talking of building a marina as it looks impossible to get the project going,” says Simon Arrol, chief operating officer, Marina India. Honchos such as Adi Godrej, Gautam Singhania and Anand Mahindra are among the 143 owners of private yachts registered in Mumbai as of December 2010.The biggest stumbling block is the Port Trust. The Trust is the biggest land owner in the city. In cities such as London, Singapore and Sydney, the old harbours have tried to monetise their real estate to generate other income streams on the back of increased restrictions for cargo movement. In Mumbai, however, the Port Trust is adding a new container terminal despite the fact that another government-owned port, Jawarharlal Nehru Port Trust, is more suited to take on increased volumes.advertisementVijay Mallyas The Indian EmpressApart from a wharf, a marina usually has accompanying real estate to house restaurants and shops. It is this business that makes it economically viable for a developer to build a marina, which can cost upto Rs 150 crore. In 2008, the Trust had called for expressions of interest to build a marina but it gave a piece of the harbour where the depth was just a metre, too shallow for keeled boats to anchor.The Mumbai Docklands Regeneration Forum, a group of citizens which is working to make the vast docklands more productive, wanted the Trust to convert the old Prince’s and Victoria Docks into a marina. But the trust wanted the two docks buried to build a parking lot. The Trust was close to finalising another proposal to build a marina and cruise terminal close to Radio Club, 150 metres from the Taj hotel. But the navy objected, saying it would come in the flight path of its helicopters from ins Shikra, the navy’s first helicopter base.On the other hand, it is the RBYC which has the permission to allow its members to park their boats in the water. Sensing an opportunity to find more funds to maintain its ageing, iconic building, it has been enrolling rich yacht buyers as members. A senior member of the navy-controlled Yachting Association of India (YAI) says that this vested interest may also be the reason why RBYC is against a privately owned marina in the harbour, which has so far been under its control. Already, yachting associations across the country want the YAI to be nodal body to regulate the sport. Right now, it is done by the Port Trust which applies the same set of rules of other sea going vessels to register a yacht. So, a dredger and a yacht of a certain length will have the same manning and safety requirements. Further, the land for the club premises has been leased from the Trust, which has threatened in the past not to renew it. “They are constantly afraid that even one wrong move could cost them their lease,” says a member requesting anonymity.Ironically, for members of the RBYC club, a marina will also mean a boom in the business. Shakeel Kudroli, the first Indian to win a medal at an international sailing event and a member of the club, says, “A marina would mean more parking place for boats and better prospects for sales.”According to a senior Port Trust official, there are now talks to allow a marina in the western waterfront, opposite the Oberoi Hotel. But the western side is the open ocean. Companies planning to put a marina here will have to construct a breakwater in the sea to stop waves from constantly shaking the boats, which is an expensive affair. For now, big names such as Singhania and Godrej have stayed away from making direct demands for a marina. A senior member of the Docklands Forum had once approached Union Minister Murli Deora to enlist his support. But Deora reportedly declined, saying that associating with an expensive past-time of industrialists will not go down well with his constituency.advertisement
Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds put on an unbeaten 102 runs for the fifth wicket as Mumbai beat Hyderabad by37 runs during their IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Score | PhotoThe win would be special for Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 38 today.Chasing 173, Hyderabad managed to score 135/8 in their allotted 20 overs against Mumbai.Early in the Hyderabad innings, opener Sunny Sohal got run out in Harbhajan Singh’s over when the team total score was 14. And then Lasith Malinga struck like a lightening to send the other opener Shikhar Dhawan packing on 25 in the sixth over. And it was his famous Yorker that killed the batsman when the Hyderabad score was 41.In the 8th over, Hyderabad lost another wicket when Ausie Cameron White got run out in Kieron Pollad’s over when Hyderabad were on 54. Next man Bharat Chipli too could not stay at the crease for long and fell when the team total was 70.Captain Kumar Sangakkara was still at the crease and he wanted to up the tempo. But, just when he tried to do that, his Sri Lankan team-mate Lasith Malinga struck and uprooted his stump with a Yorker. He fell on 34 and Hyderabad were down to 93/5.Then 15th over, Mumbai paceman Munaf Patel got the better of D Ravi Teja with keeper Davy Jacobs stumping the batsman on 99/6.Eventually, hosts Hyderabad fell short by 37 runs. Mumbai paceman Malinga, who ended with a three-wicket haul, walked away with the Man-of-the-Match award.Mumbai inningsRohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds put on an unbeaten 102 runs for the fifth wicket to help Mumbai score a fine 172/4 against Hyderabad in the 27th IPL match.advertisementEarlier, Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and put Mumbai in the middle. Mumbai lost their opener Davy Jacob early despite the fact he and Sachin got off to a good scoring more than 9 runs an over.On the first ball of the fifth over Ishant Sharma scalped Jacobs on 32 with Pragyan Ojha claiming his catch at mid-on. Jacobs and Sachin scored 47 runs for the fist wicket.However, Sachin Tendulkar too could not stay at the crease for long after Jacob’s exit and departed in the 9th over with Hyderabad leggie Amit Mishra claiming his wicket on 28 when the Mumbai total was 70/2. Two balls later, Mishra struck again to dismiss Ambati Rayudu cheaply and Mumbai were down to 70/3.Then it was the left-arm spinner Ojha’s turn to show his prowess with the ball and he did that by scalping West Indian Kieron Pollad on a duck on the first ball of the 10th over. Mumbai were 70 for 4 at the stage.But that was the last wicket to fall from the Mumbai camp as soon Rohit Sharma (56 n.o.) and Aussie Andrew Symonds (44 n.o.) batted on for the rest of the overs to help Mumbai to a fine 172/4 in 20 overs.
Gandhian Anna Hazare has threatened to go on yet another fast-unto-death against the government’s “intransigence” on the contentious Lokpal legislation. He announced his decision to go on an indefinite fast after the failure of the final round of talks on the draft Bill on Tuesday.Stepping up his attack soon after the meeting with the government panel, Anna said he would go on a fast from August 16 as the government had ” no intention” of drafting a strong Lokpal Bill. He said protest was the only option left. (READ GOVT DRAFT OF LOKPAL BILL)”We have been saying the government is not serious on the Lokpal Bill. We are sure the people will teach them a lesson,” Hazare said.Sensing the mood of the activists, the UPA government gathered its flock to muster support on the draft Bill. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh convened a meeting of UPA leaders late in the evening in an apparent bid to show unity of the ruling alliance on the issue. (READ CIVIL SOCIETY DRAFT OF LOKPAL BILL)Sources said finance minister Pranab Mukherjee briefed the leaders on the two drafts and told them that he would hold consultations with all other parties too. The allies backed the government.Besides the PM, present at the meeting were UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, defence minister A. K. Antony, political secretary to Sonia, Ahmed Patel, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, NCP’s Praful Patel, DMK leader T. R. Baalu, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and IUML leader E. Ahmed. Sulking DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi, who was in Delhi to meet his jailed daughter Kanimozhi, stayed away.advertisementThe ninth and last meeting of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee ended with both sides differing on at least six key features. The government made it clear that two drafts of the Bill, one prepared by the government and the other by activists, will be circulated to all political parties.After taking the views of political parties, a single Bill, comprising both the views, will be presented to the Cabinet. The government proposes to call an all-party meeting in July.Just before the meeting, Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced her strong support for the government stand. In fact, Banerjee went a step further to give a certificate of recommendation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the most contested clauses during the discussions on the Lokpal is the inclusion of the prime minister in its ambit. The government is resisting PM’s inclusion, while the civil society is pressing for it.”I know the PM is an honest man,” Banerjee said at the Press Club in the Capital. “Do you think the inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against corruption? Whether the PM or the chief justice is included, it hardly matters. To fight corruption we need a larger systemic change,” she said.The government has also postponed the monsoon session in order to arrive at a political consensus on the legislation. The session is usually held in the third week of July but now it is scheduled to begin on August 1.The civil society members maintained that they were “most disappointed” at the outcome of the drafting committee’s meetings but added that the government did agree to make major changes in their views on the Bill. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the talks could not resolve key differences.One of the key issues, bringing the Prime Minister under the Lokpal’s purview, came up during Tuesday’s discussion as well. While the government opposed the clause, activists maintained that the Bill will be complete only if the PM and his office are also brought under the Bill’s purview. Both the sides also disagreed on issues like the appointment of Lokpal, integrating CBI and vigilance into Lokpal, bringing higher judiciary, lower bureaucracy and MPs in the Lokpal’s ambit.HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the government fears that the Lokpal can be a “parallel authority” if certain views of the activists were accepted. He maintained that the government is committed to table the Bill in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament. “We want to have a strong Lokpal bill but there need to be checks and balances. We can’t afford to have a parallel government,” he said.Sibal said the inclusion of PM in the Bill’s ambit was the major stumbling block. “The PM is the lynchpin of parliamentary democracy. We want to protect prospective PM and the institution of the Prime Minister,” he said. If the Lokpal starts issuing notice to the PM, “given the situation when we are in a neighbourhood which is extremely sensitive, anything can happen anytime,” he said.advertisementStating that the discussions with Team Anna were constructive, Sibal said the government has made changes in the initial draft. He said the government proposes to give Lokpal quasijudicial powers, provision for time-bound trial and police powers to its investigating officers. However, he said the government cannot allow a parallel investigation agency that will be answerable to nobody.After the meeting, Sibal said the Cabinet will take up the Bill after discussions with political parties. “They gave their draft, we gave our draft and there was a short discussion. However, on important issues there was no agreement. The views of political parties have been sought on six issues,” he said.Leaving scope for more discussions, Sibal said activists can comment on the government’s Bill within three days.”We agreed to disagree. But we hope that differences can be resolved. If they wish to give comments on our drafts, they can do so,” Sibal said.The activists, however, were far from impressed. “The government draft which was unveiled at the meeting excludes the Prime Minister,” Arvind Kejriwal, a member of the panel, said. “I am deeply disappointed by the government’s model of Lokpal,” said another member Prashant Bhushan.The drafting committee was formed on April 9. The panel is co-chaired by Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Supreme Court lawyer Shanti Bhushan. Five key ministers, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, M. Veerappa Moily and P Chidambaram, represented the government on the panel. 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The track and field competitions get underway on Friday and this is one of the largest ever Indian contingents that we have seen in athletics at the Olympics.Expecting a medal in track and field would be asking too much as the leading athletes from other nations are far ahead of us in terms of training and level of competition. Indian athletics still has a long way to go before we can actually compete and challenge the top international stars.On Friday, we will have four Indian athletes competing at the Olympics and all the efforts they have put in over the last couple of years will finally be tested.Om Prakash Karhana (shot put), Krishna Poonia and Seema Antil (discus throw) and Mayookha Johny (triple jump) will be seen in action; the discus throwers have the best possible chance of making it to the finals.Amongst the four, Mayookha’s chances are pretty remote as not much has been heard about how she has fared in recent competitions as her focus was more on attaining the qualifying mark in the long jump event.Om Prakash will have to match his personal best to make the cut for the final. He hasn’t participated in enough competitions in his build-up towards the Olympics; moreover, the events in which he competed lacked top level athletes. However, Om Prakash has tremendous potential and we hope for the best.Krishna and Seema should qualify for the finals if they manage to cross the 61m mark, which they have achieved on numerous occasions.advertisementJust like every other sport, technique is quite crucial in athletics as well. That is exactly why I feel the discus throwers are more prepared. Their best efforts have come this year and what goes in favour of Seema is that she seems to have peaked just at the right time.Krishna had her personal best throw of 64.76m in May this year and although she looks prepared, I feel she might have peaked a couple of weeks early.Both Krishna and her husband Virendar Poonia, who is also her coach, are targetting the 65m mark and if they manage that, India could be celebrating its first Olympic medal in athletics.After the bronze medal from Gagan Narang, nothing much has gone India’s way, although Saina Nehwal is on track to win a medal. Indian athletes have been training for long to prepare themselves in the best possible manner for the ultimate challenge.But making tall claims wouldn’t help our athletes and it would be better for them to focus on making the finals, and then put everything on the line.(The writer is an Asian Games gold medallist and finalist at 1964 Tokyo Olympics)