AIIMS-Bhubaneswar to provide free treatment to patients under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana

first_imgThe AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will provide free treatment to patients under the Odisha government’s healthcare system, State Health Minister Naba Kishore Das said on Tuesday. It signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Health and Family Welfare Department of Odisha government.As per the MoU agreement, AIIMS-Bhubaneswar will provide free treatment to needy patients under the State government’s Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), Mr. Das said.The Health Minister also held a meeting with the management of private hospitals and discussed about the BSKY. Mr. Das urged the management to be sensitive while catering to the needs of economically-backward patients.So far the State government has signed agreement with 196 private hospitals both in the State and outside to ensure that poor patients from Odisha get health service under the BSKY.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on August 15, 2018 had launched the Biju Swastya Kalyan Yojana scheme that covers around 70 lakh families in the State.The provisions of the BSKY provides annual health coverage of ₹5 lakh per family and ₹7 lakh per women member of the family.last_img read more

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A. Shankar Rao is new DGP of Sikkim

first_imgSenior IPS officer A. Shankar Rao has been appointed as Sikkim’s new Director General of Police, a government notification has said.Mr. Rao, a 1987-batch IPS officer of the Sikkim cadre, replaced S.D. Negi, who has been transferred to the Labour Department as Principal Secretary, it said.Mr. Rao is at present posted as the Officer on Special Duty at the State Tourism and Civil Aviation Department office in New Delhi. A. Shankar Rao will be the new DGP of Sikkim with immediate effect, the notification issued by Tenzing Gelek, Principal Secretary to the State government, said.last_img read more

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Police probe Pulwama boy’s death as family blames forces

first_imgThe police have started an inquiry into the death of a minor boy from Pulwama, who allegedly committed suicide hours after his “brief detention and beating” by the Army in the wake of a grenade blast in the area.“It’s a case of suicide; we have started an inquest proceeding,” said Superintendent of Police, Pulwama, Chandan Kohli. “The matter was taken up with the Army after the family’s allegations. However, the Army has denied any such incident,” he added.The victim, Yawar Ahmad Bhat, who the family said was just 15 and a Class 10 student, “apparently consumed rat poison” on the evening of September 17 at his home in Chandgam area.“Yawar was picked up by the Army during the day when he was on the way to Pulwama town,” said the victim’s uncle Gulzar Ahmad Bhat. “His identity card was also snatched. The previous night there was a grenade attack on the security forces in Pulwama’s Tahab area. Yawar consumed poison on Tuesday evening and breathed his last on September 19,” he added.“He was weak at heart,” said the victim’s cousin Rayees Ahmad Bhat. “He was fearful that he would have to visit the Army camp again for his identity card,” Mr. Bhat claimed. “In fact, when we shifted him to the District Police Hospital, Pulwama, the doctors enquired if he has any history of physical trauma, as his kidneys were also damaged,” he added.An Army spokesman asserted that the family’s allegations were “completely baseless”. “The boy was neither detained nor tortured in any manner.”last_img read more

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‘Guru Purab celebrations turned into a political drama by Akalis’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday hit out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for politicising the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and accused it of obstructing the joint celebrations of the event.Capt. Amarinder, who reviewed the arrangements for the commemorative events at Sultanpur Lodhi and Dera Baba Nanak, said: “The occasion is one of pride, which my government wanted to celebrate collectively, rising above petty political considerations. However, the Shiromani Akali Dal scuttled all attempts of the State government to ensure joint celebrations. It’s sheer pettiness on the part of the Akalis, particularly Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.”Pointing out that his government had spent ₹550 crore to celebrate the event, the Chief Minister said the entire occasion had been transformed into a political drama by the Akalis, backed by their ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party.On the denial of visa to his Cabinet colleagues and other Punjab representatives to visit Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the Chief Minister termed it extremely unfortunate. Capt. Amarinder also reiterated his protest against Islamabad’s refusal to withdraw the $20 fee on pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara via the corridor.‘Be large-hearted’ He urged the Imran Khan-led government to be large-hearted, keeping in view the Sikh sentiments. Asked if the State government was ready to pay the amount on behalf of the pilgrims, the Chief Minister said he was, in principle, against giving anything to Pakistan on this count.last_img read more

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Mob goes on rampage after murder of man in Bihar

first_imgViolence erupted on Tuesday at Bettiah town in West Champaran district of Bihar where a mob went on the rampage in protest against the murder of a 26-year-old man, vandalising property and setting fire to a police jeep and some other vehicles, police said. According to Superintendent of Police, Bettiah, Jayant Kant, Munna Sah who sold fish to eke out a living was a resident of Bairiyahat area and was shot dead in the morning while he was on his way to a private hospital where an acquaintance was admitted.last_img read more

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PM inaugurates Himachal global investors’ meet

first_imgStates are now competing with each other to provide enabling ecosystems for investors, rather than a competition of concessions and discounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday while inaugurating the two-day Rising Himachal Global Investors Meet in Dharamshala.“Prime Minister said that in the last few years States have realised that this competition of offering discounts or concessions to industrialists were of no benefit to anyone – either to the State or to the Industrialists. He said it is essential that there is an enabling ecosystem for investors to invest in the States, where it is free of the Inspector Raj and the need of permits at every stage,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.He added that unwanted laws and government interventions helped in slowing down progress. Citing the changes made by his government, the Prime Minister said India had improved 79 places in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings from 2014 till 2019.“Every year we are improving in each parameter. Improvement in these rankings means that our Government is making decisions after a thorough understanding of the needs at the grass roots level for the industry,” he said.Speaking about the Himachal Pradesh government’s steps, including single-window clearance, he said the State has a huge potential for conference tourism.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the State government had a target of attracting investment of ₹85,000 crore and had been able to sign 603 MoUs worth ₹92,439 crore, a Himachal Pradesh government statement said.Pharma research hubMr. Thakur added that the government was interested in developing the State as a research and development hub for pharmaceuticals. He also said that the State government would soon set up an investment promotion authority to facilitate investments.last_img read more

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Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgFilipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.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 shutoutBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathon Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Liverpool loses at last-place Swansea 1-0 in big EPL shock

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron’s numbers sliding while Cavaliers slip in standings Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next LATEST STORIES Liverpool nearly grabbed an equalizer in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, when Roberto Firmino headed against the post and substitute Adam Lallana’s shot on the rebound was deflected over by the lunging Mawson.“Last weekend feels like it was half a year ago,” Klopp said. “It’s not what I’m interested in. I’m frustrated and angry.”Swansea stayed in last place but was tied on 20 points with West Bromwich Albion, three off safety.Fourth-place Liverpool was only two points ahead of Tottenham in the race to secure one of four qualification spots for next season’s Champions League.Liverpool hadn’t lost in the league since Oct. 22, a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool’s Sadio Mane reacts on the pitch, during the English Premier League soccer match between Swansea City and Liverpool, at the Liberty Stadium, in Swansea, Wales, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)SWANSEA, Wales — A week after inflicting Manchester City’s first loss in the English Premier League, Liverpool lost at last-place Swansea 1-0 on Monday and ended its 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Alfie Mawson’s 40th-minute strike secured one of the most surprising results of the season on a night Liverpool’s usually lethal attack toiled at Liberty Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “If you put a Formula One (car) in London at 4 o’clock in the traffic, the Formula One (car) will not run very fast like it should,” Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal said. “It was exactly what we should do to play Liverpool — put them to play the way they don’t like.”It was a far cry from Liverpool’s devastating display in its 4-3 win over runaway leader City eight days earlier when Juergen Klopp’s team didn’t seem to miss the departed Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona for 160 million euros ($192 million) this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLiverpool could have done with Coutinho’s creativity against a Swansea side that defended stoutly, stifling Mohamed Salah for the most part, and took its only real chance.From a Swansea corner from the right, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk could head the ball only back into the danger area where it hit the shins of Federico Fernandez. His central defensive partner, Mawson, shot on the turn from eight meters and it flew into the corner past goalkeeper Loris Karius. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Batang Gilas splits opening day matches, eyes top-two berth

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippine youth team vies for a top two spot in Pool A Friday night after splitting its first two assignments in the Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.Led by Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu, Batang Gilas looks to win over Poland and Turkmenistan to advance to the next round.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 The young Filipinos kicked off their campaign with a 19-17 triumph over Israel before falling short against the favored Netherlands, 13-10, Wednesday night.Edu and Juan Gomez di Liano fueled the Philippines’ comeback against Israel that turned an 11-14 deficit into an 18-15 lead.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 starsBatang Gilas also rallied to tie the Netherlands at 10, but Maik Bouwer sealed the win for the top seed.The Netherlands topped Pool A at 2-0 in Day 1, while the Philippines—with Encho Serrano and Rhayyan Amsali also in the lineup—wound up tied at 1-1 with Israel and Poland. Turkmenistan remained winless in two outings. Bradley: Pacquiao still can fight vs young guys Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the next round.Last week, the Philippine men’s 3×3 squad bowed out in the first round with a 2-2 record in France. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Younghusband brothers set for Davao move on 5-year deal

first_imgIn a stunning move, national team stars Phil and James Younghusband are leaving FC Meralco Manila to sign a five year deal with the Davao Aguilas after playing for the Sparks the last six years.Meralco made the announcement on its official Facebook account last Saturday just a few hours before the Sparks were to play the Aguilas in the Philippines Football League in what will turn out to be the last match of the Younghusband brothers for the club. ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls PLAY LIST 01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 SEA Games is not worth saving DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Financial terms of the transfer as well as the brothers’ contract were not disclosed.“This is a great and exciting opportunity for the brothers to help a new club like Davao grow,” the source added.In its statement, Meralco also expressed gratitude to the Younghusband brothers for their contributions to the club. “Their leadership, work ethic, and professionalism never failed to inspire their teammates,” said FC Meralco Manila vice chairman Randy Roxas.“Off the pitch the Younghusband brothers embodied our club’s values in every way and tirelessly worked to promote the game and serve as ambassadors for Meralco. We can never thank them enough for all they have given to us,”  Roxas added.“The Meralco family wishes James and Phil the best in their new adventure. We will continue to support them when they play for the national team,” Viboy Genuino, head of the Meralco Corporate Business Group, who is also a director of the club.The club added that it has the utmost confidence in the remaining players. “This is a fantastic opportunity for them to prove their worth to the team and pick up the slack both on the field and in the dressing room,” it said. “We have a tremendous amount of faith in our squad as we look to challenge for the inaugural PFL crown.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It is with great sadness that FC Meralco Manila announces today (Saturday) that James Younghusband and Phil Younghusband will be leaving the club and transferring to Davao Aguilas FC during the current PFL transfer window,” the club said in a statement. “The match today against the Aguilas in Tagum will be their final game in Meralco colors.”The club said it “made an earnest attempt to keep James and Phil in Manila with an offer of a contract extension.” Phil and James’ three year deals were set to expire at the end of the August which meant they were allowed to talk to other clubs for a possble move.“But the brothers elected to pursue this opportunity with Davao. They asked for a release from their current contract and we have granted it, allowing them to sign with the Aguila.”A source close to the brothers said Meralco offered a two year deal. “In the end, the decision boiled down to the length of the contract,” said the source. “Davao really showed  that they wanted the brothers in the club.”ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Davao Aguilas owner Jefferson Cheng told the Inquirer he was actually surprised with Meralco’s announcement since the transfer has yet to be finalized.But the businessman confirmed that talks between Davao and Meralco over the Younghusbands’ transfer were making headway and could be completed by next week.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 starsWhile Meralco is in second with 24 points, Davao has yet to win in its first 11 matches in the PFL, drawing five times and losing six matches to be at seventh in the table.aThe brothers have been the face of the Meralco franchise since signing in 2011 when the club was still playing in the United Football League. With the Younghusbands leading the way, the Sparks became a force in Philippine club football, winning the UFL Cup in 2013. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentslast_img read more

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Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’

first_imgHamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Once we get fully healthy, we’ll be a different team and right now, we’re still finding our way, but I’m proud of the team that we gave our full effort. We just need to focus on certain areas that we want and don’t fall on the same stuff in the next one.”But for the Fil-Am sniper, he doesn’t want San Miguel to fall on the trap of playing the waiting game, saying that his team must find a way to rectify its miscues this early than feel sorry in the future.“We just got to get better at the things that we make mistakes on and learn from them,” he said, highlighting the poor start that saw the Beermen trail by 15 early, 25-10.“Of course, you want to play the full 48 minutes and that’s the key. If we could play the full 48 minutes, we could set the tone and play our style of brand. We can’t play two quarters, two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, we got to play four quarters. That’s the key of beating any team. We can’t to come out and be down. We got to play the full four quarters.”And it starts in practice as San Miguel eyes to bounce back against Alaska on Saturday in Angeles City in Pampanga. ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img “I can’t think about the last five games we played. I’m thinking about the sixth game that’s coming up. That’s all I can think about. One game at a time. This loss hurts, but it is what it is and we got to bounce back,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter will be the first to admit that right now, San Miguel is not the same team that won the first two championships this season.“It’s just different for us right now. We’re not used to playing this type of lineup all the time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.But with Fajardo out, San Miguel suffered another close shave, this time losing to surprise contender NLEX, 103-100, on Sunday.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 openingLassiter, though, remains upbeat knowing that the Beermen have enough talent to win.“We got enough talent to beat teams, and every one from the bench can compete with anybody. We know we can compete at a high level so we just got to continue playing San Miguel ball and make sure that whoever’s out there, we’ll come out and play hard,” he said. View commentslast_img read more

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Saurav qualifies British Super Series quarter-finals

first_imgSaurav Ghosal is on a high. The country’s leading squash player is going through the best phase of his international career. The 24-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the British Super Series this month, in the process becoming the first Indian to do. Not only that, he stretched reigning world champion Amr Shabana to five games in the Hong Kong Open in July.Saurav Ghosal is going through best phase of his career.Speaking to Mail Today, after his first practice session at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in the Capital, Ghoshal said he was happy with the conditions.”It is the first time that I have stepped on to these courts. It was a very good feeling. In terms of lighting and other factors, these courts are comparable to the best in the world. The ASB courts, which are used on the Professional Squash Association ( PSA) circuit are also being used in this competition,” he said.At the same time, Saurav cautioned that there were minor things that needed to be done.”Well they are some minor glitches which can be sorted out. These glitches occur in most tournaments so it is nothing surprising,” he said.About the level of competition at the Games, Saurav said it was going to be a tough one. “We have the likes of Nick Mathews ( world No. 3), James Willtstrop (No. 6) and Peter Barker (No. 7). It is going to be a very formidable one,” he said.Speaking about his performance this year, Saurav, who’s ranked 26th – his best ever so far – said that his good showing was due to his self- belief and conviction.advertisement”When you have the belief that you can beat the top players then it becomes that much easier for you to win against the leading players,” he said.He came up with a couple of sterling performances this year. In May, he stretched former world champion and current world No. 3 Amr Shabana to five games at the Hong Kong Open. “That was one of the best matches I have played this year. Initially, I had some blues playing against Amr. He is my idol and here I was up against him,” he conceded.But once he got over the blues, Saurav matched the Egyptian shot for shot. ” In the end, what separated him from me was just a couple of crucial points which he won,” he said.Thereafter, Saurav came up with his terrific performance at the British Super Series event – one of the top ranked events on the PSA circuit in September. The Indian made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to Englishman James Willstrop.”I was extremely satisfied with my performance at this event in Manchester. It was the first time I made such a progress in a tournament of such a magnitude,” he said.Saurav feels his decision to base abroad – in Leeds, England – has got him the desired results.”Initially, I had some hesitation.But then five years down the line, I am convinced that I made the right decision. The competition in England is very tough. In fact, I am practicing with Willstrop almost on a daily basis,” he said.SAVOURS ASIAD BRONZESaurav has very vivid memories of the bronze medal won at the Asian Games in 2006. ” I have very fond memories of Doha. The most unfortunate part was that my opponent in the quarter- finals happened to be my good friend Ritwik ( Bhattacharya). It ( the bronze) was my first major medal at the international level and I will treasure it for the rest of my career,” he said.Meanwhile, national coach Cyrus Poncha was satisfied with the way his wards shaped up during the two practice sessions.”They arrived from Chennai only on Saturday afternoon and got a feel of the courts today. I am happy with the way they were hitting the ball,” he said.last_img read more

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The Long-playing singles

first_imgSingle is the new sexy. Gone are the days to flaunt that chunky solitaire announcing you’re hitched, now it’s the free birds attracting envious glances when they walk in with the flavour of the month. However, everything said and done, it’s quite difficult to avoid one question when you sport,Single is the new sexy. Gone are the days to flaunt that chunky solitaire announcing you’re hitched, now it’s the free birds attracting envious glances when they walk in with the flavour of the month. However, everything said and done, it’s quite difficult to avoid one question when you sport the ‘single’ tag after hitting 30. By choice or compulsion, the debate will continue forever. For some it is the wait for the perfect partner that shelved marriage plans and others have taken a deliberate decision. Whatever it is, they seem to be happy and content.Sunder RamuSunder Ramu, 36, Fashion photographerSunder is perhaps the nicest guy you can hope to meet. Of course when you are the city’s foremost fashion photographer (he has shot the gorgeous cover picture so you can judge for yourself!) working with hot models throughout the year you can afford to share some of that cheer. Considering the sexy models, it’s hard to believe he’s single. Does he like playing the field? Sunder says “Chennai is a very small town; you honestly can’t afford to mess around. It’s the same people in the social circles and you do not want to get things that complicated for yourself.” He steers clear of flings for the same reason and to fill the gap he travels with gorgeous women to the most exotic locales. “It’s impulsive I know, but last year barely after a couple of calls and emails I ended up meeting a friend at the Milan station and we toured the whole of Europe together.” A through-and-through romantic who actually likes candlelight dinners he muses “I don’t believe in the whole “You complete me” concept. You need to be complete and at peace with yourself only then can you let someone into your life. I’m waiting for that girl who will bowl me over or quietly sneak into my life”. We sigh along with him.Kaveri LalchandKaveri Lalchand, 37 Director, Blaft publicationsKaveri, director of Blaft publications, is undoubtedly the smartest single woman in the city. Where are all the men who keep insisting they want a beauty with brains we wonder? “I’m single because I am” she shrugs. “It’s not a conscious choice and when I meet a nice guy I am not averse to considering getting into a relationship.” Walking into a party alone, family pressure and lonely nights can be dispelled with the right companion we agree. Kaveri is a bit exasperated that we’re making being single cut out to be a boring affair and goes on to explain, “I have a chocolate ice-cream theory that I follow: Chocolate ice-cream makes me happy. When the chocolate icecream is all gone, I am still happy. All the time! Ice-cream or no ice-cream.” We ask her if settling down in the near future is on the cards. “Settle down”? Nope! Will never settle and never settle down. I want to fly, explore, taste new things, go on wild adventures, and sure, with a partner in crime-would make it twice the fun!” We couldn’t have said it better.Poongkothai ChandrahasanPoongkothai Chandrahasan, 30, Model and documentary filmmakerWith her beatific smile, flawless face and desirable figure it is difficult to imagine men who wouldn’t want to date her. A friend of hers rightly interrupts to say, “There are no lack of suitors; it’s a case of plenty!” Poongkothai explains, “I am just back from travelling all across the world for the NGO (Offer) I work with. Tomorrow if I need to do that again and I’m married I don’t think it would go down too well. I wear too many hats, I am juggling too many balls in the air and I don’t have the time to invest in a relationship.” Even though she’s not a party animal who is out about town every night, men still get insecure and are intimidated by the fact that she’s independent and doesn’t need them.”Once you’re in a relationship questions are bound to creep. Honestly that is not a box I want to enter”, she smiles.Milind RauMilind Rau, 31, Film directorMilind, after assisting Mani Ratnam in films like Guru, has come on his own as a director with Kaadhal to Kalyanam. He refused to believe this was an actual interview and expected someone to jump out from behind him and say it?fs a prank. Warily looking around he says “I’m still in the process of finishing my film and I haven’t found the right person yet. Though if I did find one I’d have no problems committing.” Kaadhal to Kalyanam is one of the most awaited flicks set to release early 2011 and we can see that for now work is his lady love. “See, when you’re single you can work at your priorities. Yes you do feel a bit lonely because you’re 30 plus and see your friends getting married and settling down. You wish you had someone to fill as your ‘plus one’.” Loneliness must be a tough rope to walk we say to which Milind laughs ‘I’m single, not a saint!” Amen. Other singlesTishani Doshi, 34, AuthorReema Sen, 29, ActressShobhana, 40, ActressArya, 31, ActorVishal, 33 Actoradvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup presented to Team India original, says ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday denied handing out a replica of the World Cup to Team India.The cricket governing body was reacting to reports that it gave away a fake world cup to the winners instead of the original one.”The trophy presented to India was the original ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy. The trophy was always intended to be presented to the winner of the event. There is no question that this was a replica,” the ICC said in a statement.”The trophy seized by Mumbai customs is the promotional, perpetual trophy which remains with ICC. That trophy will be reclaimed today and will travel back to Dubai as was always intended,” the statement added.The real trophy, valued at about $130,000 in monetary terms but priceless for the cricketers and their fans across the country, was not even brought to Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium during the finals as it was seized by the customs department on its arrival from Colombo after the Sri Lanka-New Zealand semi-final match on March 29. The trophy, according to customs rules, was not eligible for exemption from import duty.last_img read more

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IPL 4: Ganguly may replace Jayawardene as Kochi captain

first_imgFormer India and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly may replace Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene as Kochi Tuskers Kerala skipper in Indian Premier League’s season 4, sources said on Tuesday.No IPL franchisee had bid for Ganguly, who is tipped to make his debut against his former club on April 20.It is believed Jayawardene will leave for Sri Lanka in the first week of May. Sri Lankan cricketers participating in the ongoing IPL have been asked to return home early to prepare for the national team’s tour of England that gets underway on May 14.last_img read more

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Jahlil Okafor helps Pelicans stun Rockets in 1st game since Anthony Davis’ trade demand

first_img“Everything was hard tonight because we weren’t stopping them, and when that happens obviously we paid the price,” D’Antoni said.The Pelicans snapped a three-game skid amid the Davis drama. Davis’ agent also said the star big man won’t sign an extension with the team, a move that earned Davis a $50,000 fine because the league office said he violated a collectively bargained rule prohibiting players or their representatives from making public trade demands. Davis chatted with teammates while watching the game from the end of the bench.“That’s going to play out the way it plays out,” Gentry said. “I don’t talk about it very much. I think it’s out in the public now, and I think everything that needed to be said has been said.”The Rockets led by as many as 15 early, but the Pelicans used a 13-5 run in the third quarter to get within 83-81 with about four minutes left in the quarter. Okafor had four points in that stretch and Holiday added a 3-pointer.TIP-INSPelicans: Julius Randle missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Darius Miller had 14 points. … Frazier added 15 points off the bench.Rockets: Holiday is the first guard in NBA history with at least 17 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six blocks in a game. … Chris Paul had 10 points and nine assists in his second game back after missing 17 with a hamstring injury. … Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds. … Eric Gordon scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers.THEY SAID ITHoliday on his career-high six blocks: “It’s my inner Anthony (Davis), man.”HARDEN’S SCORING PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Holiday had 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks for New Orleans.“Obviously beating a team of this caliber and doing it on their home floor is rewarding,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I just think that the guys that we put out there they play extremely hard.”New Orleans used an 8-2 run to make it 114-102 with 3 1/2 minutes left. Holiday had six points for the Pelicans in that span, and Houston missed seven straight shots.The Rockets got going after that, using a 12-4 spurt — with 10 points from Harden — to get within 118-114 with 22.4 seconds left. Kenrich Williams missed two free throws after that, but Harden turned the ball over, and Houston opted to foul Tim Frazier.He made one of two free throws to extend the lead to five with 12.1 seconds remaining. Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer and made two of three to cut the lead to three with 6.3 seconds left, but Holiday made two free throws to secure the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “It wasn’t no drama to us,” Okafor said. “A.D.’s here. He took us all to dinner last night. There’s not really any drama for us. I know there’s a lot of noise on the outside, but in the locker room we’re still all together. We still love A.D. He still loves us. … So we’re all great.”New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis watches from the bench during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Harden extended his streak of 30-point games to 24, but he had a tough shooting night, making 11 of 32 overall and going 6 for 18 from 3-point range. He had 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHouston coach Mike D’Antoni credited Holiday for making things tough on Harden.“Jrue Holiday is probably one of the best defenders in the league, if not the best,” he said. “Obviously he did a heck of a job on him.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Dennis Schroder scores 18 in 4th to rally Thunder past Magic Tuesday was Harden’s 11th straight game with at least 35 points, which is the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. He averaged 43.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists this month. In 14 games in January he scored 610 points, to become the first player to have 600 or more points in a month since Michael Jordan did it in March of 1987.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Denver on Wednesday night.Rockets: Start a four-game road trip at Denver on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) dribbles as Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Houston. New Orleans won 121-116. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON— If the drama between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans is frustrating his teammates, it didn’t show in their return to the court Tuesday night.Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points and the short-handed Pelicans overcame a big early deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 121-116 in their first game since Davis’ agent said the five-time All-Star wants to be traded. Davis sat out his fifth straight game with a sprained left index finger, but Okafor and Jrue Holiday rallied New Orleans despite 37 points from Houston’s James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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