U.P. to get survey done on welfare schemes

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday decided to get a survey conducted by the Gram Sabhas in the State in the next three months to ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes reach maximum people. The benefits of different welfare schemes were presently being extended on the basis of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) and the new survey will help extending the benefits to more people, spokesperson of the government and senior Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said. He said those who till now have been deprived of benefits under welfare schemes of the Central and State governments will now be able to avail those after the new survey. Clean drinking water The Cabinet, at the meeting which was presided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave its nod to “CM Arogya Peyjal Yojna’ in 14 districts of Basti and Gorakhpur divisions and Bundelkhad region in the State to provide clean drinking water that would prevent Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). During a drive launched recently for prevention of the diseases, it was realised that safe drinking water could go a long way in checking the dreaded disease. For this, clean drinking water will be provided in 28,041 government schools at the cost of ₹71.05 crore, Mr. Singh said. A new power sub-station of 400 MW will be set up in Shamli area at the cost of ₹738.61 crore to meet power shortage, he said.last_img read more

‘Lalu offered to pull down RJD-JD(U) govt.’

first_imgBihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi alleged on Wednesday that RJD chief Lalu Prasad had met Union Minister Arun Jaitley with the offer to help bring down the Grand Alliance government if fodder scam cases against him were watered down. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Modi claimed that Mr. Jaitley, however, snubbed Lalu, who approached him through his emissary — former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta — and also met him in person. Slamming Lalu for “always spewing venom against the BJP-RSS combine but never shying away from seeking our help whenever it serves his purpose”, the BJP leader said Mr. Jaitley curtly told them that the CBI is an autonomous agency in whose functioning the government does not interfere. Lalu’s son and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, rejected the allegation, and said it reflected the BJP’s worry of an impending electoral defeat. “His allegations that we sought help from the BJP at any point of time show his mental bankruptcy and worry of an impending defeat in the elections. The entire country knows that it was Lalu who had stopped (LK) Advani’s Ayodhya Rath Yatra and has always valiantly fought their communal agenda,” he tweeted. After their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when a Narendra Modi wave swept the country, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), RJD and the Congress had formed a grand alliance and stopped the BJP’s juggernaut in Bihar in the 2015 Assembly polls. The three-party alliance was in power till July 2017 when Mr. Kumar returned to the NDA following sharp differences with the RJD over allegations of corruption against Tejashwi, who was then the Deputy Chief Minister.“We think the Chief Minister too must have got a whiff of these shenanigans. Moreover, after they together won the Assembly polls in 2015 and RJD emerged as the largest party, Lalu and his cohorts never lost an opportunity to remind the JD(U) leader that he owed his position to them,” he said.last_img read more

Gujarat court convicts Asaram Bapu’s son Narayan Sai in rape case

first_imgA Gujarat court on Friday convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, in a rape case.The Sessions Court in Surat, which convicted Narayan Sai, will pronounce the sentence on April 30.In 2013, two Surat-based sisters approached police alleging they were raped by Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. One of them had accused Narayan Sai of repeatedly raping her between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his ashram.Asaram has been convicted in a rape case in Jodhpur and is serving a life term.last_img read more

Science Panel Says EPA Stiffed Its Request for Air Pollution Data

first_imgNot happy. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is resisting his request for health data underlying some air pollution regulations. The acrimony between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a senior Republican lawmaker has gotten worse. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chairman of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, today said that the agency has failed to comply with a controversial subpoena to give the panel health data related to air pollution regulations. He said he expects EPA to give him all the material by 30 September.“You did not provide the Committee with anything new,” Smith wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Instead, Smith wrote, the agency responded to his 1 August subpoena by providing “a file of already public information along with a letter outlining excuses for why EPA did not comply.”The data dispute stretches back 2 years and involves data that is, in some cases, decades old. Smith has said he wants raw data from several major studies of air pollution and disease that underpin some of EPA’s air pollution regulations so that independent researchers can review them. The agency and researchers involved in the studies, however, say that the studies have already undergone extensive scrutiny and that releasing the data could violate confidentiality agreements made with thousands of subjects. The issue came to a head on 1 August, when the House science panel approved a subpoena for the data over the opposition of every Democrat.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)EPA barely met a 19 August deadline for responding to the survey and didn’t publicly disclose what it had given the committee. It wasn’t enough, in Smith’s view. “[N]either your steps thus far nor the excuses offered … fulfill your obligations under the subpoena,” Smith wrote. His 5-page letter then lays out a number of complaints about how EPA has responded to his request and rebuts some of the agency’s explanations for not providing information.Smith wants McCarthy to reply by 16 September with a letter “detailing the specific steps” the agency will take to comply.“I remain hopeful that the subpoena will be complied with in the spirit of cooperation appropriate to relations between Congress and the Executive [Branch],” Smith said in a statement. “If EPA continues to default on its subpoena obligations, I will not hesitate to pursue all other means available to compel production of the relevant data.” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology last_img read more

Britain to Build $340 Million Polar Research Ship

first_imgIn another headline-grabbing announcement of new research infrastructure spending, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today that Britain would build a new £200 million ($340 million) polar research ship by 2019. The new ship, as yet unnamed, will allow researchers to travel deeper into the Arctic and Antarctic, deploy robotic submarines and underwater gliders, and have extensive onboard laboratories. It will also service bases in the British Antarctic Territory.“Our new £200 million polar flagship will be the most advanced oceanographic research vessel in the world. It will be carrying the latest cutting edge technologies. And will mean scientists can do research for more of the year, can reach areas they’ve never been able to penetrate before, and will be able to bring back huge amounts of data on the ocean and marine biology,” Osborne said during a speech in Cambridge.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)This is “an exciting time for UK polar science and I am delighted with this announcement,” Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement. “The last 15-20 years has seen remarkable developments in science and technology. Incorporating these new technologies in a new ice-strengthened research ship will offer a step-change in Britain’s capability to deliver bigger and better science.”This is one of several new projects announced since last autumn when Osborne boosted annual spending on capital projects for research by £500 million to £1.1 billion for 2015 to 2016 and said budgets will then grow in line with inflation until 2020 to 2021. The government originally slashed capital expenditures by 40% in the first spending review following its election in 2010. But since then Osborne has lobbed in several one-off bundles of new money followed by last December’s more permanent hike.To identify priorities for this spending, Osborne today also announced a consultation that will produce a science capital road map by autumn. “We have some tough and exciting decisions to make over the coming months—and I’m relying on the help of you in this room and the rest of the scientific community to make sure we get it right,” Osborne told his audience.Despite the improving situation for capital spending, the overall science budget, which covers grants, journal subscriptions, and overhead costs, has remained nearly flat since 2010. Inflation has eroded the value of that £5.9 billion budget by more than £1.1 billion over the 5-year spending review period, according to the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Overall, the United Kingdom’s research spending—at 1.72% of the gross domestic product—lags behind most of its competitors in the G8 and is below the average of the 28 European Union nations. “New investments welcome but gear shift needed to win global race,” the campaign said last month.last_img read more

Crowdfunding underway for victims of Jan. 2 tragic accident

first_imgA crowdfunding campaign has been launched in the wake of a traffic accident that killed two Squamish men and injured five other locals near Alice Lake on Jan. 2.The ” Fund for Squamish Accident Victims” aims to raise $25,000 for the men’s families.“The accident has left the family members and close-knit community shaken, and we are asking for you to wholeheartedly support the families,” said Amandeep Kaur Mann on the campaign website. Read it at Squamish Chief Related Itemslast_img read more

Lessons for London dream

first_img“You must, you must and you must be able to show what you are capable of…. Do not hide your achievements,” Bucknell told students during an interactive session on Employability and Skill Development at Guru Nanak Institute of Technology.Read it at The Telegraph Related Itemslast_img

Singapore reports growth of 25% in Indian cruise tourists: Report

first_imgSingapore-based cruise companies are reporting strong growth in footfall of Indian tourists, with some 127,000 of them having sailed on luxury liners last year, up 25 per cent from 2016.Industry players have also noted a jump in fly-cruise tourists from India, according to a Straits Times report today.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

Almost Single, But Most Eligible

first_imgMy name is Aisha Bhatia, I am 29 years old and single…. I tolerate my job, hate my boss, and bond big time with my friends, while routinely suffering from umbilical cord whiplash.”Aisha is the modern Indian woman. She is in her late 20s, desperate for a life partner and anxious about her weight (which only goes up). But, she is in “denial” and would never disclose to anyone her real weight. Remind you of someone? Well, the modern Indian woman should definitely feel at home with Aisha. She will remind you of any protagonist of the chick-lit genre that is so popular in the U.S. and Europe. Her priorities, her angst, her attitude — thus far restricted to Western women (at least in literature) — are now distinctly Indian, a bold reminder that the Indian woman has come of age.With Aisha, the chick-lit genre has made its debut in India. And what a fitting debut too — funny, tongue-in-the-cheek, irreverent, compact, neat. Almost Single has sold 40,000 copies since it was released in August 2007, catapulting its author Advaita Kala as the reigning queen of Indian chick-lit.Kala comes across as easy going, comfortable in her casual hoodie top and black salwar kameez. Her eyes light up when she laughs, often uproariously; she is quick with her repartees and exudes confidence from every pore. She is the quintessential modern Indian woman, who can hold her own anywhere. There us a bit of her in Aisha or maybe a bit of Aisha in her.First novels are often slightly autobiographical. In her early 30 years, Kala is still single … is she almost single? She laughs, before replying, “I’m almost single because I am always in love with something and I don’t mean a person necessarily.”Kala insists that Aisha is not her (in fact she is tired of clarifying that), but her experiences have found a way into the novel. She feels overwhelmed with the reaction, but hold on, it’s not reaction, as Kala says, it’s “affirmation” that the Indian woman has come of age.Does she identify with the angst that Aisha goes through in the novel? “Not so much my immediate family, but rather friends and so-called well wishers were always hinting that while my career was going well, I was incomplete without a man by my side. And they would have these conversations right while I am sitting there and I am like, ‘Hello, I am here too!’ I think such experiences acted as a trigger for the book as I have a habit of mocking something through writing when I feel angry or hurt. I just felt it so unfair that the life of an Indian woman at the end of the day boils down to marriage. No matter how successful she is as a career woman, unless and until she is married, she is looked upon with pity by all and sundry.”  Advaita Kala on the book publicity circuit.The ex-hotelier started writing the book in October 2005 after she returned from a stint abroad. Her parents were relocating from Mumbai to New Delhi and she decided to take a break from work and do some writing. In her novel, she wanted to show the change India was going through, especially among its women. “I think when women change there is a cultural shift. My generation of women are busy redefining themselves and what it means to be happy, what it means to put yourself ahead, if not necessarily first. We are choosing to live lives that are very different from those our mother’s led and there is great freedom in that. But then there are also insecurities and challenges that we never anticipated or were prepared for. Being single for longer than it is ordained is most certainly one aspect,” she says.Kala completed her undergraduate degree from Berry College, Mount Berry, Ga. She admits that her U.S. experiences shaped her attitude towards life considerably: “You leave home for the first time and especially in my case, travel half way around the world. It was a big opportunity for me to discover myself and enjoy the relative freedom that a country like America provides, especially back when I was there in the mid nineties.”Almost Single was recently released in the U.S. and Europe and Kala is hopeful for its success abroad, as she feels that Aisha transcends all countries, struggling against the outdated norms of a traditional society, trying to break free and yet stay rooted, being continuously judged on a scale that is unfairly and unfortunately tilted toward men. “Aisha straddles the world of modernity and tradition, and that I think is a common theme for women around the world. Even in western societies, we are still confined to certain patriarchal definitions in different measures, so in that sense there is a thread of commonality. In India the issues are different, in Saudi Arabia, where I believe the book is being photocopied, the situation is very different. But one thing is true, women, no matter where they belong, are challenged by the same issues in different measures and we all feel this constant need to prove ourselves, be it personally or professionally.” Kala’s book has been hailed as the Asian Bridget Jones, although she feels that she is more attuned to American fiction and literature than British and hence, she feels she was inspired more by Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City than Bridget Jones. “It certainly inspired me to tell a story that was more about friendship than anything else. Also we are a society where family is very important, if not paramount. What is happening today is that since more and more young people are leaving home for work and study, we are turning to friends more than ever before. They are truly becoming the family you choose. It’s a new phenomenon and Aisha and her friends are each others family in the big city. Having said that, I am aware of how tremendous the impact of Bridget Jones was in its time, and to be referred to the Asian Bridget Jones is nothing short of a wonderful compliment.”Kala is a big fan of the chick-lit genre and likes the works of writers like Sophie Kinsella and Candace Bushnell for their candor and wit. She says she loves the mystery genre too. “Interestingly a lot of mystery writers are women who were romance novelists. So who knows that may be the next step. My next book is a sequel. I just wasn’t ready to say good bye to these characters.” The book is expected next year.So, when will her singledom end? The spark of her witty humor reveals itself when she says tongue-in-cheek, “Well I’m a Hindu and aren’t our partners supposed to be predestined for us? I will be attached to him for many lives, right? I have a feeling that we have already spent a few janams (lives) together. So, this janam (life) we need a break and so he’s taking his time.”Till then, she stays “Almost Single.”    Related Itemslast_img read more

Watermelon, You Don’t

first_imgBeen shy about testing Viagra. Try watermelon instead. A Texas scientist says the fruit contains bioactive compounds that relax blood vessels, much like Viagra. “The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” says Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station. “We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.”Longer indeed!According to scientists, the phyto-nutrient, citrulline, in watermelon is converted to arginine in the body. “The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”“Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra,” Patil said, “but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Furniture: All clear, says tribal department

first_imgA day after Leader of the Opposition Vijay Vadettiwar leveled allegations of irregularities in the purchase of furniture worth ₹325 crore, the Tribal Development Department on Thursday clarified that the entire process was conducted in a transparent manner, and that the Bombay High Court has approved proceeding with the supplies by dismissing objections to the buying procedure.“We have followed the State’s policy on purchase announced in December 2016. Legit tenders were issued and only the lowest bidder who would supply required furniture with the necessary specifications was given the tender. The entire process was run by issuing four different tenders on the Central government’s GeM (Government e-Marketplace) portal, without human interference,” said Dr. Kiran Kulkarni, Commissioner, Tribal Development Department.The clarification said the government was in receipt of directions from the National Human Rights Commission as well as the courts regarding lack of basic infrastructure such as desks, benches and tables in tribal ashram schools in the State.The department formed 125 squads comprising 400 officials and surveyed the requirements. A pre-tender meeting of suppliers was called in Pune in December 2018, following which four tenders for four tribal divisions were issued. “The suppliers will be sending furniture to 502 government tribal ashram schools and 491 government hostels. Many of these are in remote areas. The tender conditions included supply as well as maintenance for the next few years, because of which prices varied, and every decision was taken with consultation and approval from the Law and Judiciary Ddepartment,” said Dr. Kulkarni. The process is likely to be completed in the next three to four days, he said.last_img read more

Bhima Koregaon case: Gautam Navlakha moves Supreme Court

first_imgActivist Gautam Navlakha has moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court decision to reject his plea to quash the FIR against him in the Bhima Koregaon case. On September 13, the High Court had granted him protection from arrest for two weeks to approach the Supreme Court in appeal.A Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear the appeal on September 30.The FIR filed by the Pune Police accuses Mr. Navlakha of links with the Naxal groups.Poet Vara Vara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj, activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Mr. Navlakha were arrested by the police as part of a pan-India crackdown and raids.In September 2018, a majority judgment of the Supreme Court had held the arrests were not an attempt to silence dissenting voices in the country. It had given the go-ahead to the Maharashtra Police to pursue the case against the five activists under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, but allowed the house arrests of the five to continue for four weeks. In October, the apex court had dismissed a review petition.last_img read more

Path set for Kings’ reign

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua also likewise thanked the fans who trooped to the games and endlessly supported the crowd favorites.“This celebration is for all of you, for the ka-barangay,” the Ginebra team governor said as he led the ceremonial toast. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC president Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua hold the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title during Ginebra’s victory party. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netCoach Tim Cone said Barangay Ginebra isn’t done yet collecting championship trophies. The man on top had something to say about how the pursuit for more glory should be done.“I hope with this win, we’ll be humble and nice to everybody,” said San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon S. Ang in Filipino during the celebration of the team’s successful defense of the PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at the SMC head office in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Ginebra waited for a championship for eight years. [Then] we won last year. And this year, even up to the final minute, we didn’t know if we could repeat. But we’re thankful that we were able to win back-to-back,” he said.In the basketball sense, Cone also has ideas as to how the Kings plan to add to their trophy case.On top of his list: Maximize the strengths of Greg Slaughter and minimize the negative impact brought about by teams running small lineups against the 7-footer.“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone explained.Barangay Ginebra also managed to snare a promising talent in the draft by tabbing former UP gunner Jett Manuel with the 12th pick overall. The Kings hope Manuel can be groomed into a replacement for Jayjay Helterbrand, who announced his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach The Kings captured the season-ending crown in dramatic fashion, holding off a tough-fighting Meralco Bolts in an epic Game 7 at Philippine Arena—a coronation witnessed by a record 54,086-strong audience.Moments after that thrilling 101-96 victory that capped a 4-3 series win, Cone made a promise to the fans of the country’s most popular basketball team.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’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win,” he said.San Miguel’s top honcho reminded the Kings to make sure they pursue their goal the right way. Ang is also thankful that after nearly a decade of drought, Cone was able to lead Ginebra to back-to-back titles against a worthy adversary in Meralco. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more