Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.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 shutoutBelgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays closelast_img read more

Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream

first_imgBSP 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 The Gin Kings debunked that in a big way Wednesday night.Playing strong out of the gates, Ginebra thrashed San Miguel Beer, 104-84, crushing the Beermen’s dreams of scoring another Grand Slam while securing a slot in the Governors Cup semifinals.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“We kinda hammered it down tonight,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We are great rivals, San Miguel and us.”And as rivals, the Beermen weren’t going to get help from Cone, who has authored two of the five Grand Slam feats in the league—with Alaska in 1996 and San Mig Coffee in 2014. Giving its shooters a long leash, the Elasto Painters bested the Texters, 106-102, earlier in the day. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Before a big crowd at Mall of Asia Arena expecting action and drama, Ginebra proved that it would not hold its punches to help San Miguel achieve their own double triple-crown dream.In case anyone forgot, the Kings are the defending champions of the tournament and want to keep their crown.“I’ve said before that you can’t win a championship without facing San Miguel,” said Cone. “And the best way to beat them is when you have a twice to beat advantage.”“You can’t imagine how relieved I am right now,” added the classy, eloquent mentor. “It would be very hard to face San Miguel in a do-or-die playoff.”Ginebra will now await the winner of the Rain or Shine-TNT quarterfinal showdown, which went into sudden death.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team PH caps Aimag stint with 2 silvers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES There is an age-old, hardly-discussed urban myth going around the PBA that whenever sister teams San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra clash, one would give way to serve the need of the other.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 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 Gameslast_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CONTRIBUTED PHOTOZark’s Burger-Lyceum weathered a late flurry by Wangs Basketball-Letran to win, 95-93, for its fourth straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket, nailing a floater off of a MJ Ayaay dish to push his side up by two with 1:03 left before the Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the end, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT “I made the mistake. It’s my responsibility because I wanted to give the others a chance to play. It almost turned into a loss and it’s my responsibility.”Robinson lauded how his boys’ composure in the endgame as the Jawbreakers climbed to 4-1 card.“I know that now, we know how to finish games. These close games, we learn from our mistakes and it makes us sharper,” he said.Bong Quinto led the Couriers, who absorbed their first loss with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, while JP Calvo got 16 markers, three rebounds and five assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next LATEST STORIES Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery PLAY LIST 01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 95 — Nzeusseu 27, Perez 18, Tansingco 16, Ayaay 11, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 6, Jc. Marcelino 4, Baltazar 3, Santos 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Marata 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 22, Calvo 16, Fajarito 13, Ambohot 11, Batiller 7, Muyang 6, Publico 6, Mandreza 5, Trinidad 3, Balanza 2, Taladua 2, Balagasay 0.Quarters: 18-20, 46-45, 77-67, 95-93. AFP official booed out of forum Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks, while CJ Perez got 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and two steals.Ralph Tansingco stepped up big for the Jawbreakers, going 4-of-6 from downtown as he poured in 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter, where his side slowly built a 10-point cushion, 77-67, and even extended it to 14, 81-67, early in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWangs-Letran made a huge rally to tie the game at 93 after a Batiller undergoal stab with 1:25 left.“We have to give credit to Wangs. They really wanted to win it badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright

first_imgMMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While the poses in Nike and Rentmeester’s photos are similar — Jordan in a leaping motion inspired by a ballet move — Rentmeester’s copyright does not give him a monopoly on that concept, Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, said.Among the significant differences in the two photos are the position of Jordan’s legs, the background and lighting, Watford said.“Just as Rentmeester made a series of creative choices in the selection and arrangement of the elements in his photograph, so too Nike’s photographer made his own distinct choices in that regard,” Watford wrote.The ruling affirmed a lower court decision dismissing Rentmeester’s 2015 lawsuit against Nike.  /mufADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Both show Jordan leaping with his legs extended outward toward a basketball hoop with a ball above his head.Nike used its photo for the “Jumpman” logo — a silhouetted image of Jordan in the leaping pose in its photograph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRentmeester photographed Jordan while he played at the University of North Carolina. His photograph appeared in Life Magazine in a photo essay featuring U.S. athletes competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics.An email to a law firm representing Rentmeester wasn’t immediately returned. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum File – In this Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C. A federal appeals court says an iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan did not violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that the logo was based on a photograph of Jordan by Nike that was inspired by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn’t violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.The logo was based on a photograph taken by someone Nike hired. That photo was “obviously inspired” by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. But the court in a 2-1 decision said the photos are unmistakably different in key elements.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Gunning for Guns

first_imgLast month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged,Last month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged his kidnapping to obtain an arms licence. Recent executive orders from the Union Home Ministry specify gun licences can be handed out only to “persons who may face or perceive grave and imminent threat to their lives”. You could be a coffee planter in Coorg trying to protect your estate from marauding wild boars or a trader in Kanpur worried about the spurt in kidnappings, but you will get a new arms licence only if you can prove an imminent threat to your life, which has to be verified by the police.Chidambaram feels that proliferation of arms is disturbing law and order.The new directives follow a proposal by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to undertake the most radical modification of the Indian Arms Act since it was enacted in 1959. From an obligation to give out an arms licence, it has now become entirely discretionary. If it was earlier only difficult to obtain an arms licence, it will now be virtually impossible for the aam admi to own a gun. The proposed Arms (Amendment) Bill 2010 which has been circulated in Parliament only talks about making police verification mandatory. But the executive orders issued by the Home Ministry to state home secretaries on March 31 push for far stringent restrictions like arms applications only for those able to prove an imminent threat to their lives. This modification in the arms policy has incensed a small but influential group of pro-gun lobbyists, the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI), which has coalesced around senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, and is pushing for a status quo. They are in favour of police verification but argue that the stealthy executive orders are an infringement of personal liberty and creates a new caste system of elite gun owners. A view that is not shared by NGOs like the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) who support stricter gun laws. Digvijay, who recently took on the home minister for treating the Naxal problem as a law and order issue, has once again crossed swords with him as the chief patron of a lobby that espouses the right to bear arms. The reason may not be too far to see.Gun ownership is an emotive issue, especially in north India where these are flaunted as status symbols and fired at weddings. Districts in Madhya Pradesh have promised to fast-track gun licences as an incentive for vasectomy. Guns are a substitute for a non-existent rule of law: armed villagers in Bihar’s Kaimur district used their licenced rifles to rout a group of Naxals after a 26-hour firefight.advertisement”We are not a healthy democracy. Rules are bent with impunity and politicians twist the law to hand out arms licence to their stooges,” says Prakash Singh, former DGP, Uttar Pradesh, welcoming the modifications. “It is a draconian law which seeks to dilute constitutional privileges of right to life and property. Why should only MPs and Government officials be eligible for licences, why not the common man?” asks BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia.”The changes are essential. Existing rules are bent with impunity by politicians to hand out arms licences to their stooges.”Prakash Singh, Former DGP, Uttar Pradesh”It is a draconian Bill. Why are only MPs and Government officials eligible for licences, why not the common man?”S.S. Ahluwalia, BJP MP The debate has begun reverberating within the corridors of Parliament. At least a dozen MPs from the Congress and the BJP, including Digvijay, Jaswant Singh, Naveen Jindal and S.S. Ahluwalia, recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the Bill. Manmohan is believed to have shrugged and said that the Home Minister had some persuasive arguments to limit gun licences. The gun lobby says that the tightening of the provisions of the Arms Act of 1959, which made it obligatory for the Government to provide arms licences if the citizens met all the requisite criteria, comes at a time when the home minister has admitted to India having among the lowest police-to-population ratios in the world. The Bill is silent on sports shooters who have brought international fame to the country. “There has to be a different set of rules for sportspersons otherwise the sport will die,” says former Indian shooting ace Moraad Ali Khan and now government observer (shooting).advertisementChidambaram has trained his guns on the Arms Act ostensibly because he believes State Governments may be issuing arms licences liberally. “Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has just 500 gun licences whereas Gurgaon, which is the size of just one of its tehsils, has over 10,000 arms licences,” says a district magistrate in Haryana, welcoming the modifications. The Bill mentions the proliferation of arms and ammunition disrupting social order and “proliferation of arms, whether licenced or illegal, vitiating the law and order situation, and holding of sophisticated arms by the conflicting parties directly contributes towards lethality of violent acts”.The arms lobby says the Bill is fundamentally flawed and the Home Ministry has not conducted any research to prove any of these conclusions. “The new Act violates the basic principle of the citizen’s right to self-defence. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures say that licenced firearms are used in less than 2 per cent of all murders,” says Rahoul Rai, president, NAGRI. The grouping also takes exception to licenced owners being lumped with those holding illicit arms. There are no estimates as to the total number of licenced and unlicenced firearms in the country (the executive orders seek to establish a central database of legal arms) but then India is a haven for illicit arms, particularly the North and North-east. CAFI estimates say that since 1990, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states have seized over 40,000 illicit firearms.The Bill is among a series of Government moves since the introduction of the Arms Act that makes it progressively difficult for citizens to obtain arms. This, when you can still purchase an AK-47 in Kashmir for Rs 10,000. Gun owners say the new law will only encourage corruption. “A majority of crimes are committed using illegal arms. Criminals and anti-national elements do not bother to apply for arms licences,” says Abhijeet Singh of NAGRI. “Instead of cracking down on the underground arms market, the Home Ministry is going after soft targets-the licenced owners,” he adds. The last round has not been fired yet.CONCEALED ARMSThe Home Ministry’s executive orders are far stricter than the BillARMS ACT 1959ARMS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2010MORE POWER TO LICENSING AUTHORITYPolice verification optional. Section 13 (2A) says that the licensing authority can grant a licence if the police does not submit its verification on time.TIGHTENING OF POLICE VERIFICATIONSection 13 (2A) being deleted. Police verification mandatory.ARMS LICENCES FOR NON-PROHIBITED BORE (NPB) WEAPONS CAN BE GIVENProhibited Bores are used only by police and military. The Government shall give arms licenses for NPB under Section 13 for protection, sport or bonafide crop protection.EXECUTIVE ORDERS, MARCH 31, 2010ARMS LICENCES ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES LIKE THREATTO LIFEApplications only from persons who may face or perceive grave or imminent threat to their lives, for which the licensing authorities will obtain from the police an assessment of the threat faced by the personQUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONDifferent numbers of cartridges issued by various states.QUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONOnly 50 cartridges per year. Licencees have to prove where they used ammo.ALL-INDIA LICENCECurrently handled by local licensing authority and state home departmentsALL-INDIA LICENCEAIL only for sitting Union Ministers/MPs, military, paramilitary, officers of all-India services, sports persons. All others to be directly approved by the Union Home Ministry.advertisementlast_img read more

Mine wars being fought in Assembly

first_imgIt will not be wrong to surmise that Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was taking an extended nap when Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and local Congress were plotting to bring down his government.When Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya took 13 MLAs with him to Chennai and threatened to bring down the government, Yeddyurappa didn’t take him seriously. For, Renukacharya was repeating the act for the fourth time in the last three years.On all the three occasions, he was handsomely rewarded and dropped his rebellions. Yeddyurappa was hoping that Renukacharya would end the fourth rebellion in two days.But this time, he did not know that Renukacharya was being backed by Kumaraswamy, who reportedly plotted the government’s downfall with the Congress’ help. Worse, on the second day of their stay in Chennai, Renukacharya and his team submitted a letter to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj announcing withdrawal of support to Yeddyurappa.What prompted Kumaraswamy to hatch such a conspiracy when Yeddyurappa was under the impression that all was well with the party after the Cabinet reshuffle? If highlyplaced sources are to be believed, it was the Bellary mine lords, who wanted the Yeddyurappa government to collapse and pumped in more than Rs 200 crore to stage this coup.For a change, it was not the Bellary Reddy brothers but another set of miners, who had been hounded by the Reddys, against whom Yeddyurappa could not take any action fearing rebellion. These miners, traditional business rivals of the Reddys, were harassed by all possible government agencies.advertisementThese miners were not given ore transportation permits, fresh leases, no objection certificates from the Forest and Mines & Geology department. Even court orders favoring themwere being neglected.”It is well known that Yeddyurappa is ineffective in Bellary, which is ruled by the Reddys. Some firms even stopped mining because of the Reddys’ harassment. They approached Yeddyurappa to rein in the Reddys, but he was helpless,” a top source, who mediated between the miners and the JD(S), disclosed.Then, the disgruntled miners reportedly approached Kumaraswamy seeking a way out. If the sources are to be believed, it was then that the JD(S) plotted the The uproar in Karnataka is the result of the government’s support to the mining barons Children at an art workshop in Bangalore government’s downfall.Renukacharya’s rebellion was preceded by a series of disclosures of land scams, in which various ministers, the chief minister and his relatives were reportedly involved. The aim was to defame the government before landing the final blow. The MLAs, who participated in the rebellion, were carefully selected.Five were Independents, who were ministers. Apart from Renukacharya, there were two other ministers, who are known party-hoppers. The rest were disgruntled MLAs with ministerial ambitions. For the first time, MLAs openly announced that they were being offered crores of rupees to abandon their parties, an indication of the money flow.The Congress, though a co-conspirator, remained a spectator while Kumaraswamy came out in the open hobnobbing with the rebels. His involvement in the crisis was evident from day one when he followed the rebels wherever they went. It was clear that that he did not want the rebellion to end even as their ring leader Renukacharya did a U-turn as expected.The Reddy brothers threw their hat in the ring when they came to know that their mining rivals were behind the coup. Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy flew to Goa to woo the rebels, but it was too late for the BJP.The government has been mired in controversies, land scams and nepotism ever since it came to power in 2008. It even started a new political trend to increase its number in the Assembly by wooing opposition MLAs through its ‘Operation Kamala’.But the BJP couldn’t predict its own downfall. The rival miners of Reddys are in no mood to relent. “They have even agreed to hire the best lawyers to defend the 16 expelled MLAs in the High Court,” the source pointed out.With the governor asking Yeddyurappa to prove his majority once again on the Floor of the House on October 14, it is to be seen what happens over the next two days.Scams galore amidst chaosThe last 10 days have been the worst for the Yeddyurappa government as a series of disclosures by the Opposition has dented the BJP’s image in Karnataka. The names of several ministers and their children figured in land scams.Even Yeddyurappa was not spared. First, an aide of Yeddyurappa, IT/BT Minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, was caught in a land acquisition compensation scam.advertisementHis son, who allegedly received Rs 1.15 crore compensation for land, which did not belong to him, was caught by the anti-corruption unit Lok Ayukta while bribing a witness.Worse, his son Katta Jagadish was a BJP councilor in the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. Another minister Ramachandra Gowda landed in the soup when the High Court found large-scale irregularities in appointments to medical colleges.He resigned to ‘save the party’s image’. Then, Yeddyurappa found himself in the middle of a scam. He de-notified government land worth crores of rupees to favour his son and son-in-law. He also allotted a plum property in Bangalore to his son BY Raghavendra, a MP.Next, Industries Minister Murugesh Niraani’s personal staff was caught on tape receiving cash to allot industrial area land to an entrepreneur for a project.Neither the minister nor his staff has addressed the issue so far. Interestingly, Yeddyurappa, instead of taking action, hit back with disclosures of scams allegedly involving opposition leaders!Festival takes a back seatThe turbulent political developments in Karnataka have claimed an unexpected victim – the world famous Mysore Dasara celebrations, which took off on October 8. Patronised by the state government and the Mysore royal family, the celebrations attract lakhs of tourists, both domestic and foreign.But this time, the Dasara celebrations have remained a low-key affair as the government is trying to save itself from collapse. Interestingly, the year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of one of the oldest traditional festivals, started in 1610 by Raja Wadiyar.Large scale Dasara celebration originated in the Vijaynagar Empire in the 15th century. The same was replicated by the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty.The 10-day celebration is officially declared as a ‘state festival’, featuring religious and traditional ceremonies, procession of tableaux and decked-up elephants, exhibition of arts and handicrafts, performances by folk artistes, musicians and film personalities, various cultural and sports competitions.This time the grandeur and splendor is missing in the celebrations. To make matters worse, the attendance by foreign tourists has been minimal. According to the organisers, poor marketing and security concerns are the prime reasons for poor attendance of foreign tourists at the Dasara celebrations.Giving kids the right to have funAn IT professional Reena Chowdhury has launched a series of “Art Camps” called “Dream a Little Dream” touching the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children in Bangalore.The first art camp was held at APSA Dream School in Bangalore in which over 200 children took part The project aims at providing an opportunity for the lesser privileged child to unleash his/her creativity through art.”People are willing to provide basic necessities for these children but what about some fun? I always wanted to do something but deadlines take over your life in the IT field,” she lamented.The volunteers are mainly techies who were keen on breaking out of their hum drum existence and reach out to others in society. The project is backed by ILP – a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with local NGOs to promote literacy.advertisement—After trading blows with the marshals in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and approaching the governor H.R. Bhardwaj over the Trust Vote, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah did the unbelievable.He dashed to the nearby Chinnaswamy cricket stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat on Monday evening.An avid cricket fan, Siddaramaiah, unmindful of the political developments in the state, spent more than two hours at the stadium watching the India-Australia match, hoping to watch Tendulkar score the double century.Unfortunately, the leader’s wish remained unfulfilled as the match was called off for the day even before Tendulkar reached 200.last_img read more

‘Delhi Police threatened me with the death penalty’

first_imgThe controversy surrounding South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs’s autobiography – To the Point – continues to reveal new facets regarding his chequered career, including the infamous match fixing episode when he was interrogated by the Delhi Police in 2006.In the book, Gibbs reveals that during the interrogation, one of the commissioners, described as ‘a tough-looking old Sikh gentleman’, tried to intimidate him by mentioning ‘death penalty’.After refusing to be part of South African squads for the India tour on a few occasions fearing arrest, Gibbs, with his lawyer Peter Whelan, finally travelled to the country in 2006 to face grilling by a four-member panel. The South African wrote in his book – To the Point – about his trip to India to face questioning after telephonic conversations of the then captain Hansie Cronje with an Indian bookmaker were intercepted by Delhi Police in 2000, sparking off a global match-fixing controversy.In one of the chapters, Gibbs writes that one of the interrogating the officer said: “Sir, you had better come clean. We still have the death penalty here [in India]. Needless to say, Peter jumped right in with both feet and threatened to end the meeting right there if they tried this kind of intimidating tactic,” Gibbs wrote.Gibbs also reveals he had to apologise to the then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ranjit Narayan, who is currently the Special Commissioner of the Crime Branch, for having publicly called him ‘hard-a**ed’ some time before.When contacted, Narayan said that he had not read the book yet but had come to know about it from the internet. “I came to know about it today and read about it on the internet. Yes he did apologise for making such statements during the interrogation. What can I say if he has mentioned that episode today. He apologised and it was over that time,” Narayan told MAIL TODAY.advertisementNarayan, however, refuted Gibbs claims on the death penalty. The ‘tough looking gentleman’ has been referred to AS Cheema, who was Deputy Commissioner of the Crime branch in 2006.”That is false. No officer told Gibbs what he has referred in the book. The interrogation went on for four hours but I don’t remember any officer telling him anything of that sort,” said Narayan.In the book that was released in Johannesburg on Monday, Gibbs also disclosed that he had indulged in ‘tonsil hockey’ (deep kissing) with a German girl at the Taj Hotel the night before being questioned by the Delhi Police. Gibbs admitted he was drunk and he could not even remember anything the next morning. “Our flight to India was via Dubai and Peter spent about eight of those hours coaching me on the upcoming grilling I was sure to get,” Gibbs wrote. “Remember that the King Commission (in South Africa) had been five years earlier and we knew the Indians would be looking for any discrepancies between my testimony back then and what I would have to say to them now.”I think the Indians were pretty taken aback when I turned up with both my lawyer and the High Commissioner [in New Delhi]. I was hustled inside to see (Commissioner) KK Paul, who had been my Indian nemesis for the past six years. ‘Hello, Mr Gibbs,” he said. ‘I’m a big fan of yours.’ Not exactly the reception I had been expecting from him!”A four-man panel, headed by the joint commissioner of the Delhi Police Crime Branch, Ranjit Narayan, bombarded me with questions for about three hours. It was a hostile situation, make no mistake, and it wasn’t helped either by the fact that I’d publicly said Narayan was hard-a**ed. The Commissioner wasn’t happy about that at all, and he even brought it up during the questioning. I had to apologise. His a**e was not so hard after all,” Gibbs says in the book.Narayan also denied the reports released by media houses then that he along with Gibbs and police Commissioner KK Paul had met for a lunch a few days after the interrogation was over. Recalling the interrogation, Narayan said: “The interrogation session went on for four hours and we treated him like any other chap we call for questioning. It happened a long time back but I still remember he answered all our queries and the interrogation went peacefully.”- With agency inputslast_img read more

Bangalore ODI: India in no mood to show mercy to New Zealand

first_imgYuvraj Singh (left) and Virat Kohli during a practice session in Bangalore on Monday.An unassailable lead in hand, the rampaging Indian team will now push for a series whitewash when it takes on a grossly mismatched New Zealand in the fourth ODI of the five-match rubber in Bangalore on Tuesday.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir has led from the front with back-to-back centuries to inflict one of the worst series defeats on the visitors in the two countries’ bilateral ODI history which dates back to 1975-76.The Indian team’s exemplary performance in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh has also given a boost to the side’s World Cup aspirations. Young players such as Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay have made an impact and would have impressed regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just a couple of months ahead of the World Cup being hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.As for Tuesday’s match, the Indian players are an upbeat lot.Despite not being at full strength, the Indians have proved themselves better on all counts against a short-of-confidence New Zealand, who came here after being hammered 0-4 by minnows Bangladesh.The Indian line-up has not exactly missed dashing Virender Sehwag or the reliable Sachin Tendulkar as the likes Virat Kohli have stepped up effortlessly against a rather ineffective Kiwi attack.Kohli, who has been in good nick on the domestic circuit, has been solid so far along with Murali Vijay. The Indian bowling has been spearheaded well by senior pacer Zaheer Khan along with the tweakers.advertisementYoung off-spinner R Ashwin has, in fact, managed to make quite an impact but he has to be more economical in the middle overs.The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling and skipper Daniel Vettori has to do a lot of head-scratching to find a way out of the slump.The key to it is a solid batting performance and the visitors will look towards Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to give them a cracking start. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris can capitalise from there on.Kiwi new ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Andy McKay and onechange pacer James Franklin have the ability to disturb any combination along with Vettori, but the quartet has so far struggled on pitches which have always been a batsman’s delight.- With PTI inputslast_img read more