Punjab 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.
Photo 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 Games
SUDBURY, Ont. – A trial is set to begin Thursday for two Ontario Liberals on Election Act bribery charges. The pair, including a former top staffer of Premier Kathleen Wynne, is accused of offering a would-be candidate a job or appointment to step aside for Wynne’s preferred candidate in a February 2015 byelection. Both deny the charges.That would-be candidate, Andrew Olivier, is quadriplegic and records conversations in lieu of taking notes. He posted the audio from his conversations with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s then-deputy chief of staff Pat Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed, a Liberal operative in Sudbury, online. Wynne spoke to him in between those conversations, but he was unable to record that chat.Wynne has said that she had already decided Olivier would not be the byelection candidate and as a result there was no need to offer him anything in exchange for not running.The following are key quotes from Sorbara and Lougheed’s recorded conversations with Olivier:Quotes from a Dec. 12 conversation between Olivier and Sorbara:“So Andrew let me ask you this, I mean, of course you recognize the position that we’re going to find ourselves in here, right, where she’s going to have to make a decision around the appointment, right, versus, allowing this to go ahead.” — Sorbara“I think she’s going to, to move ahead with the appointment, then what, you say, ‘I’m unhappy and I’m not going to help, I’m no longer a Liberal?’ What’s the next step then? It’s not going to – you think because you’re stepping back she’s going to say OK, we’re going to have a race?” — Sorbara“We should have the broader discussion about what is it that you’d be most interested in doing and then decide what shape that could take that would fulfil that, is what I’m getting at, whether it’s a full-time or part-time job at a constituency office, whether it is appointments to boards or commissions, whether it is also going on the exec.” — Sorbara———Quotes from a Dec. 11 conversation between Olivier and Lougheed:“So I come to you on behalf of the premier and on behalf of, I guess, Thibeault more indirectly, to ask you if you would consider stepping down – more than that Andrew, nominating him. In the course of that deliberation the premier wants to talk to you. They would like to present to you options in terms of appointments, jobs, whatever, that you and her and Pat Sorbara can talk about.” — Lougheed“The premier up to now has always said to me she’s in favour of a nomination process, so I want to make that really clear. She’s never said to me, ‘I’m going to appoint him,’ and to be fair to Glenn, Glenn has never said, ‘I want to be appointed.’” — Lougheed“I hate to sound kind of Machiavellian about it, but at the end of the day, if you take the high road on this, what is your, what is your reward?” — Lougheed.“This is the issue. The premier may stay with a nomination, she may go with an appointment. You don’t know. I think you and her need to talk about it.” — Lougheed