Tejaswi could be RJD’s next CM candidate: Lalu

first_imgDropping a hint that his younger son Tejaswi Yadav will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the next Bihar Assembly elections, due in 2020, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Friday said “it’s a party issue. Since the elections are far away, the party will mull over it when the time comes.” Mr Prasad also slammed the Nitish Kumar government for “splurging” money on preparations for a two-day conference of Power Ministers which was later cancelled.“He [Tejaswi Yadav] is way ahead of all of us in terms of leadership ability and oratory skills. His being the RJD’s CM candidate in 2020 is a party issue. Since the elections are far away, we’ll take a decision on it when the time comes”, Mr. Prasad told media persons at his residence in Patna. Tejaswi Yadav was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous grand alliance government. He is the Opposition leader in the State Assembly.On Wednesday, the State RJD president, Ram Chandra Purve, proposed the name of Tejaswi Yadav as the party’s next chief ministerial candidate. But senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had expressed his disagreement. “The issue of a chief ministerial candidate is premature and since elections are quite far away we’ll take a decision at an appropriate time,” Mr Singh, who is also the national vice-president of the party, said. “At party meetings, leaders tend to express their sentiments and Mr. Purve has done the same,” he added. Asked for his reaction, Mr. Prasad said: “Please leave this issue as it is… I told you all we’ll take a decision on this at the right time”.The Bharatiya Janata Party said: “Lalu’s statement is an open endorsement of dynasty rule in his party.” State BJP president Nityanand Rai told media persons, “earlier Mr. Prasad was Bihar CM, then his wife became the Chief Minister and now the younger son … it’s a glaring example of dynastic rule which the people of Bihar will not accept.”Slamming the government for “splurging huge money” on a two-day conference which was cancelled later, Mr. Prasad said: “We’ve learnt that about ₹60 crore was spent on elaborate preparations as the Nitish government was viewing the conference as an opportunity to get publicity. We wish to know why after so much of buzz, the event was called off. ”last_img read more

Probe into belly dance at Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered a probe into allegations of liquor distribution and belly dancing at an official event of the Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College on Monday. An alumni association event of the Meerut-based medical college had a performance by Russian belly dancers. However, the organisers said they saw nothing wrong and rejected allegations that an ambulance was used to fetch liquor for the event.Minister for State Medical and Technical Education Ashutish Tandon, announced an official probe. “It is an extremely unfortunate incident. It should not have happened,” he told the press on Tuesday. “I have constituted a probe committee which will be headed by the director general of medical education. Action will certainly be taken once the committee submits its report.”A video footage of the incident, which went viral, shows an ambulance loaded with cartons of liquor parked on the premises of the medical college.The event which was held to mark the golden jubilee of the LLRMC’s 1967 batch, was organised by the doctors of the 1992 batch.Dr. Parvez from the organising committee for the event defended the belly dance. He said that all the required permissions, like obtaining the licence for a one-day bar and applying for permission from the college and local administration, were completed in advance. “There was nothing illegal or wrong in having belly dance, which is a form of art. The event had nothing to do with the medical college,” he said. “We strongly reject the allegation and insinuation that ambulance was used to fetch liquor. I repeat, no ambulance was used to transport liquor,” said Dr. Parvez.last_img read more

Congress welcome to Federal Front but with caveats: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday issued an invitation but with conditions to the Congress to join the recently launched Federal Front. The party could join the Front if it accepted her formula of “one-is-to-one”, Ms. Banerjee said. Speaking on a live video chat on social media on Tuesday, Ms. Banerjee indicated that she was not too keen at this stage to accept Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, arguing that her future actions would be guided by the decision of the people. Targeting Opposition parties, Ms Banerjee said the violence during the filing of nominations for the panchayat polls (which concluded on Monday) was masterminded by the Bharatiya Janata Party and Communist Party of India-Marxist . Seat-sharing formulaSpeaking extensively about the future of the Federal Front, Ms Banerjee said, instead of the TMC joining a Congress-led front in the run up to the 2019 election, the Congress “should” join her Federal Front as there was a precedence of such a front in the past.“Congress can be part of the Federal Front but they will have to accept the one-is-to-one formula [of putting up one candidate of united Opposition against the BJP]. They [Congress] cannot contest in every seat,” said Ms. Banerjee. “Federal Front will work with a Common Minimum Agenda. Even in the past [also] Deve Gowda became the Prime Minister [under] similar arrangement. Whichever party wishes can support later,” she noted.‘Need to coordinate’“We have to remember that in today’s context, Congress cannot do anything alone…on its own…and there many parties like ours, like Mayawati’s, Like Sharad Pawar’s…Congress will have to coordinate,” she said.On the question of accepting Rahul Gandhi’s leadership she gave a nuanced answer. “How can [I] say anything about such demands? I am not a big leader but my point is clear — people will decide their leader. I will be guided by the people,” said Ms Banerjee. Explaining why she opposed the Congress’ move to impeach the Chief Justice of Supreme Court, she said, “I said it is wrong to push it. They do not have majority and thus the move will collapse. It is not reasonable to go against the judiciary in such a manner. Court is pronouncing so many things against us, but have I ever criticised them?”last_img read more

NGT imposes ₹5 crore fine on West Bengal for failing to curb air pollution

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of ₹5 crore on the West Bengal government for failing to take steps to improve the air quality of Kolkata and Howrah. Subhas Datta, the petitioner, said that the cost has been imposed for failing to comply with an earlier order of the NGT in August 2016.In an order on Tuesday, the principal bench of NGT’s Eastern Zone, comprising Judges S.P. Wangdi and non-judicial member Nagin Nanda, directed the State’s Chief Secretary to file an affidavit by January 8, 2019 regarding the payment of compensation and the action taken report in this regard. The NGT directed that the cost should be paid within two weeks to the Central Pollution Control Board. If the government failed to do so, it would have to pay an additional ₹1 crore as fine for every month’s delay. The 2016 order included taking steps like augmentation of air monitoring network, traffic management, streamlining of efficiency auto emission training centres, and phasing out of commercial vehicles more than 15-years-old.last_img read more

Indo-Canadian Held For Crash That Left 16 Dead

first_imgA 29-year-old Indian-origin truck driver in Canada has been arrested in connection with a bus crash that killed 16 people, mostly members of a junior hockey team, one of the worst disasters in the country’s sporting community. The driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was arrested at his home in Calgary city on Friday and remanded into custody, the CBC reported, quoting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the national police force of the country.Read it at Tribune India Related Itemslast_img

In Defence Of Masala Movies

first_imgArt. Realism. Truth. Vision. Commitment. Belief. For years, a section of a “niche” crowd (filmmakers, critics, audience) had been doggedly championing the cause of the other cinema. A cinema that was clean, honest, meaningful artistic, life-enhancing, propagated by a band of people passionately devoted to the noble endeavor of providing the “hoi-polloi” (trapped in a pathetic cul-de-sac), a solid and substantial alternative. A cinema of aesthetic worth and financial viability, sans the tinsel thunder of stars, gaudy elaborate sets, foreign locales or obscenely expensive budgets. A cinema that epitomized the philosophy of “Small is Big” and invested in their matrix that elusive magic of feeling and warmth that touched the soul, not merely dazzled the eyes. A cinema of the here and now that did not sell dreams, but portrayed the power, truth and beauty of the Indian reality — warts and all. Intellectual cinema, personified! Director Gautam Ghosh standing next to a poster of his filmYatra.For around a decade (early 1970s to early 1980s) this cinema came, saw and even conquered the hearts of its select audience, winning admirable loyalty and patronage. Hugely supported by an enthusiastic press, it was projected as “New Cinema” with freshness inscribed on every frame. The filmmakers, hymned and celebrated were the new messiahs on the block, fired by an inspired cause. So far, so good.The problems started when some of these films started drawing special attention, making a name and a modest kill at the box office, but most importantly, going on to win national and international awards. Overnight, these “strugglers” began to strike poses, mouth hi-fallutin’ platitudes, superciliously talk about how they were now a part of international cinema, and of course, trashing the mainstream product, Bollywood.But why this hostility and agro towards a cinema that continues to provide its unimaginably large fan-base across the globe, their much-needed manna from heaven? An industry that has an investment-base of crores of rupees with technology and infrastructure that is mind-boggling? A cinema that for sheer gloss, glitz and hype is probably second only to Hollywood? Most importantly, a cinema that frankly couldn’t give a damn about the existence of a movement that hardly ever posed a threat?  Om Shanti OmLet’s face it. Over the years, Bollywood has shaped and fed the never-ending fantasies of the howling unwashed. They’ve done it without any pretensions, with the least fuss and frippery, focusing all their skills and resources towards fulfilling one single objective: uncomplicated entertainment. Win some, lose some, they’ve endeavored to be honest in this one-point program, never pretending to evoke the spirit of the nouvelle vague, or spouting Bresson and Renais like they were brothers under the skin.Their gods were made-in-India — Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan, Raj Khosla, Vijay Anand, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Ramesh Sippy. They’ve never (consciously) considered themselves to be a part of world cinema. They’ve never had any illusions about winning awards at any of the hot-shot international film fests, although today Lagaan has seduced their appetitem and only when severely provoked have they fired a broadside at the other (Bhookha-Nanga) Cinema. By and large, they have stuck to their basic idea of movies (not ci-ne-ma) as hardcore entertainment for the masses that is committed to rake in the loot or at least break-even on investment. They do not see it as an art form, propaganda vehicle or an artistic form of self-expression. They have no axes to grind and nothing to prove except how successful they are as dream-merchants and going by their uncontested domination over the public imagination and sensibilities (ever noticed how even the corniest film-oriented program on TV scores hugely over the ‘meaningful’ programs) they must be doing something right!  Aamir KhanAnd that is precisely where it hurts the arty brigade! How can this crass, untutored and vulgar cinema, constantly catering to the lowest common denominator, cornering precious resource, spending obscene money on stuff that has an erratic strike-rate at the box-office, continue to thrive while these “geniuses” are overlooked, neglected and ignored? If only some one gave them that one (just-one) chance, they’d show these damn Bollywood bozos what “commercial cinema” should be with their superior knowledge in the art and craft of “ci-ne-ma.” Ironically, whenever they have been provided this chance, their masterpieces have had to be peeled off the ceiling! This simple truth is their idea of “ci-ne-ma,” popular audience taste and the task of hard-core delivery of value are wildly un-made for each other. The reaction of the arrogant stunned maverick? “The film was much ahead of its time” or the other howler “What else can one expect from an audience continuously fed on Bollywood trash?” Any wonder that the Bollywood guys die laughing!The last words must belong to an insider who’s been in the thick of this movement when it exploded in the mid-seventies. “Ideally, there should have been no conflicts between this art and commercial divide. They can happily co-exist. There is an audience for both. Problem starts when people believe they can change the world, but along the way, switch lanes. With a few exceptions, it’s amazing how fake and self-seeking most of these guys are! In the name of good cinema, they had no problem selling their souls to get into the Panorama section of the Indian Film Festival and move on to the International circuit. That was their Big Bang — Cannes, Venice, Berlin, London or any of the smaller versions! To them it signaled arrival and achievement. The producers and the local audience could go to hell, along with the technicians and artistes, all of whom gave their life-blood for the film. Is it any wonder that Naseer Shah (after years of being conned), finally gives it to these fakes whenever and wherever the occasion demands?”In the final analysis, it is important to remember that beyond talent what is needed is a high level of integrity and commitment to traverse this lonely route of the small cinema. Its rewards have to do with accomplishment, prestige and honor rather than glitz, glamor and big bucks. One can’t have both, The Bollywood boys are clear in their funda of drooling over Mammon. Professing undying allegiance to the Muse while secretly lusting for filthy lucre is not very arty, is it? Serious cinema – a close-up!  Saawariya  Tashan  Aakrosh Related Itemslast_img read more

Soros Buys Into Bombay Stock Exchange

first_imgBillionaire George Soros’ Quantum hedge fund has purchased a 4 percent stake in the Bombay Stock Exchange for $32 million. The deal values Asia’s oldest exchange, with 4,990 listed companies with a market capitalization of $1.4 trillion, at $800 million.Last May, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, acquired a 5 percent stake in the competing National Stock Exchange of India for $175 million. Indian law restricts foreign investors from holding more than 5 percent in an exchange.  Related Itemslast_img

Gupta Brothers’ Assets to be Frozen in South Africa Over Corruption Scandal

first_imgThe Opposition in South Africa has made calls to ensure that the under-scrutiny Gupta brothers don’t leave the country before their imminent arrest over charges of corruption and state capture. The whereabouts of the three brothers are unknown, Xinhua reported.The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) made the comments after a news report on Jan. 15 said that warrants of arrest for at least one of the Gupta brothers and a few associates of the family are being prepared by The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).Two companies, multinational consultancy McKinsey and local company Trillian, linked to the Guptas, were summoned on Jan. 16 by the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of NPA. They are also preparing to serve a summon to the Gupta family to freeze their assets worth R1.6-billion under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.The DA said that the Guptas shouldn’t flee the country with the help of the government. The businesses of the Gupta brothers — Ajay, Rajesh and Atul — are also linked to President Jacob Zuma and other senior politicians like Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane.“Our borders should be urgently secured to prevent the Guptas from slipping through the net. It is unlikely that the Gupta family will sit and wait for their arrest,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane said, according to the news agency. “There is a strong possibility that the Guptas will attempt to flee the country, if they have not done so already,” said Maimane.The NPA has applied for three different orders in the high courts in Pretoria and in Bloemfontein to freeze the family’s assets in the country. Their assets that were allegedly acquired through criminal activities will be seized pending the outcome of the legal case. If found guilty, they would have to forfeit the assets.The case against the Guptas has also expedited Zuma’s exit from the party’s presidency. The NPA told the City Press that they were waiting to go ahead with prosecuting the Indian-origin brothers until after the African National Congress (ANC) election, which took place in December. Cyril Ramaphosa took over as the president of the party for the next five years. Related ItemsSouth Africalast_img read more

Gadkari suffers dizziness yet again at Solapur function

first_imgUnion Minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Thursday suffered yet another bout of dizziness during a public function in Solapur district.Mr. Gadkari, who is Minister for Road Transport and Highways, was guest of honour on the occasion of the foundation day of the Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Solapur University.The Minister, who is heavily diabetic and frequently prone to such spells, experienced dizziness towards the end of the hour-long program as he stood up to sing the National Anthem along with other members on the dais, which included State Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh .Mr. Gadkari, who reeled and slumped in his chair, attempted to stand up again till the completion of the Anthem. Following its conclusion, he remained seated in his chair for some time after the event, being tended with medicines and observed by an anxious Mr. Deshmukh as well as Dr. Mrunalini Fadnavis, the Vice-Chancellor of Solapur University along with doctors and members of the Minister’s security detail.According to reports, the Minister experienced the fainting spell following a sudden dip in his sugar level. His condition is stable now.However, he was compelled to cancel further engagements for the day following the advice of his doctors.Mr. Deshmukh said that Mr. Gadkari had headed back to Nagpur after resting for awhile in Solapur city.This is not the first such incident. In December last year, Mr. Gadkari had experienced a similar bout of dizziness during a function in Rahuri in Ahmednagar district.At the time, Mr. Gadkari had fainted and remained slumped on his chair towards the end of the convocation ceremony of the Rahuri Krishi Vidhyapeeth following a sudden dip in his sugar level.Mr. Gadkari, who suffers from diabetic nephropathy, was forced to undergo a gastric bypass surgery in Mumbai in 2011 to combat his weight problem.The BJP leader suffers from Type-2 diabetes, which makes an individual highly susceptible to heart diseases and nerve and kidney damage.last_img read more

Tripura on alert after dengue outbreak in Bangladesh

first_imgThe Tripura government has sounded an alert across the state, following an outbreak of dengue fever in neighbouring Bangladesh, a top official said on August 5. The administration has come up with an advisory for people travelling to Bangladesh from the State.“After we came to know about the outbreak in Bangladesh, we have issued an alert in all the eight districts. We have also launched an awareness campaign and made arrangements to fight the disease,” Secretary of the Health Department, Debasish Basu, told PTI. Bangladesh is facing one of its worst-ever dengue fever outbreaks, with the government confirming 15,369 such cases since January 1. Of those, 9,683 patients were diagnosed between July 1 and July 30.“The government is working to tackle dengue,” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had recently told an emergency meeting of the ruling Awami League party. Custom officials said on an average, around 1,200 Bangladesh nationals travel to and fro the neighbouring country through eight check posts every day.last_img read more

IAS officer apologises over his remarks on attire of BSP leaders

first_imgAn IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh has issued a public apology days after he taunted some Dalit leaders of the BSP for their “expensive” attire and cars when they had gone to a primary school to take stock of a case of alleged caste discrimination in the mid-day meals.Posted as District Magistrate of Ballia, Bhawani Singh Khangorat’s apology came after he was trolled by Dalits and Ambedkarite social media users who posted photos of shoes, cars and wrist watches to highlight what they described was his “casteist” outlook.Stressing that certain reactions on social media had shown “a mirror” to him, Mr. Khangorat admitted to not giving due respect to the BSP activists.”It was my mistake. It was also childish to refer to somebody’s watch, shoes or car. It didn’t occur to me then, but now I feel it,” said Mr. Khangorat in a statement posted on Twitter.The controversy dates to August 29 when the DM visited the Rampur-1 primary school in the Purvanchal district to probe if reports of non-Dalit students shunning their Dalit classmates during mid-day meals and also bringing their own plates from home to avoid contact, were true. While the DM dismissed the reports as prima facie baseless, he courted controversy with his remarks targetting a delegation of BSP workers who had reached the school before his team.Mr. Khangorat had on August 29 said he was “astonished” to find “big cars” parked outside the school when he reached the spot.”I don’t know which party they belonged to. But from their attire they looked like politicians…full-white clothes, expensive shoes and expensive watches. It seemed like they are big, rich-type of people,” the DM told reporters after he asked him to comment on BSP chief Mayawati’s tweet demanding action over the incident.Later, a video showed the DM taking a swipe at BSP zonal coordinator Madan Ram for his attire, further fuelling Dalit ire. In the video, Mr. Khangorat can be seen pointing at the BSP leader and saying ,”₹25 lakh ki gadi (car) mein safed posh,” before following it up by asking him the cost of his shoes and wrist watch.The BSP leader countered the DM by saying that he was “making false allegations.” The DM then accused the BSP delegation of engaging in “only theatrics.”Visibly put off, the BSP leader exclaimed that an official of the rank of a DM didn’t like him wearing shoes costing ₹700. “When the DM’s mentality is such, you can imagine the situation,” said Mr. Ram.In his apology note, the DM says he had no idea about the caste or party of the people who had reached the primary school before him and that he found their presence odd.He also claims he initially did not believe that they were there to actually resolve the issue as they rejected his offer to tag along with him in the probe.”Whatever it was, it was my mistake to humiliate them that way,” the DM said. He also said that since the issue pertained to “innocent children,” he found it hard to remain objective. “From the bottom of my heart, with folded hands and my head bowing, I apologise…,” he said, if his behaviour was thought to be disrespectful towards any community or group.last_img read more

Kolkata metro compensates residents of Bowbazar

first_imgThe Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) on Saturday started the distribution of compensation cheques to residents of Kolkata’s Bowbazar whose houses have either been damaged and those who had to vacate their homes due to tunnelling work for the East West Metro Project.During tunnelling work for the project, an underground water aquifer was pierced on September 1 resulting in ground subsidence (gradual caving or sinking) in Bowbazar, a densely packed neighbourhood. Cheques of ₹5 lakhOver 400 residents from three lanes have been asked to vacate their houses.On Saturday, a compensation cheque of ₹5 lakh was given to 19 families. Some people complained to authorities that they could not move any of their valuables as they were forced to evacuate at short notice. The KMRCL has assured the residents that they will rebuild the houses and take care of their lodging.More than 50 houses on Durga Pituary Lane and Sankrapa Lane have been affected. Over 70 families had to shift to alternative locations. Half-a-dozen houses in the area have already collapsed. Tunnelling work for the East West Metro Project has also been stopped.last_img read more

Two medium-intensity earthquakes jolt Chamba in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgTwo medium intensity earthquakes hit the Chamba region on the Himachal Pradesh-Jammu & Kashmir border on Monday afternoon, the National Centre For Seismology (NCS) said. The first tremor, which had a magnitude of 5.0, was reported at around 12.10 p.m. The second one, having a magnitude of 2.7, occurred at 12.57 p.m., the NCS said. The epicentre for both quakes were located at a depth of 5 km.last_img

RJD announces first list of 5 candidates for Jharkhand polls

first_imgThe Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has announced its first list of five candidates for the Jharkhand Assembly elections.RJD State unit president Abhay Kumar Singh on Monday said as per the list released on Sunday former Jharkhand Minister Satyanand Bhokta will be the party’s candidate for the Chatra seat. He said the other four candidates are – Sanjay Singh Yadav (Hussainabad), Sanjay Prasad Yadav (Godda), Suresh Paswan (Deoghar) and Vijay Ram (Chhatarpur).Mr. Bhokta had been the Minister in the previous NDA governments between 2000 and 2005. He joined the RJD five months ago from the BJP, RJD general secretary Ashutosh Ranjan Yadav said. The JMM, the Congress and the RJD had recently announced a pre-poll alliance in the State. As per the agreement the Congress will contest 31 seats, the JMM 43 and the RJD will put up candidates in seven constituencies. The JMM and the Congress had announced their first list of candidates for the Jharkhand Assembly elections on Sunday. Jharkhand will vote in five phases, with the first one on November 30 and the last on December 20. Results will be declared on December 23. The last date of filing nominations for the first phase of the elections is November 13.last_img read more

Maharashtra government formation | NCP to get Deputy Chief Minister post, Speaker will be from Congress

first_imgMaharashtra politics live | Top developments on November 27, 2019 Maharashtra poltics: Aaditya Thackeray and Rohit Pawar the centre of attraction as MLAs take oath Supporting BJP-led government was no revolt, says Ajit Pawar Mr. Ajit Pawar’s return to the State Cabinet was not confirmed till late in the night after a meeting of top leaders of the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress was held for over four-and-a-half hours. The leaders clarified that the names of the Ministers will be announced only on Thursday morning.Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray, the senior and junior Pawars, along with top NCP leaders and senior leaders of the Congress from Delhi and Maharashtra, participated in the meeting to discuss the distribution of portfolios. NCP leader Praful Patel addressing a press conference after the meeting said one Deputy Chief Minister of the NCP will take oath along with Mr. Thackeray. “The post of Speaker will go to the Congress while the NCP will get the Deputy Speaker’s post,” he said.Also Read Two days after the failed rebellion to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bid to form the government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar returned, addressing party MLAs at a meeting here on Wednesday.“I am with Sharad Pawar. I was always with him and the party. I have no complaint against anyone. Neither have I any ill will against anyone. There are no problems within the Pawar family,” said Mr. Ajit Pawar. On Tuesday night, Mr. Ajit Pawar had visited the house of his uncle and NCP president Sharad Pawar where both reportedly decided to let bygones be bygones. Also Read Mr. Patel clarified that the Cabinet expansion will take place after the government clears the trust vote in the Assembly.According to Mr. Patel, only two ministers of each party will take oath along with the CM and deputy CM. However, he did not announce the name of the deputy CM who will be taking oath along with Mr. Thackeray. Among the top contenders for the deputy CM post include NCP State president Jayant Patil. A group within the NCP is backing Mr. Ajit Pawar’s name for the same.Also Read According to sources, the bone of contention within the parties was the post of Speaker as the NCP was not ready to give the post to the Congress, especially former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The issue has now been sorted out.Late Wednesday night, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray visited Congress president Sonia Gandhi thanking her for the support and also inviting her to the swearing-in ceremony, to be held on Thursday evening.Preparations for the swearing-in ceremony are in full swing. Sena MP Vinayak Raut said the party has invited 400 farmer families for the programme. In addition invitations have been sent to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejariwal. Mr. Thackeray’s estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS chief Raj Thackeray is also likely to get an invite.last_img read more

Cavs coach Lue says friends shot in Las Vegas tragedy

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference introducing Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder & Ante Zizic at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — For Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, the shootings in Las Vegas became personal.Lue said he personally knows three people who were shot Sunday night when a gunman armed with assault rifles smashed open to hotel windows and opened fire on concert-goers, killing 59 and wounding more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Whatever we can do to try to eliminate these types of situations, I’m all for it,” he said. “I’m not really a political guy who says what you should do. Whatever we can do to stop these types of violent acts, I’m all for it.” MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Lue, who has lived in Las Vegas over the past nine summers, said he knew about 15 people who were at the show.“Just a horrible thing to have to go through, especially when I lived there for nine years and knowing all the people I know out there that work at the Mandalay Bay and Aria,” Lue said Wednesday night before the Cavs hosted the Atlanta Hawks in their first exhibition game. “I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt. It’s just not a good thing. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt,” Lue said. “It’s just not a good thing. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.”In his third season as Cleveland’s coach, Lue wouldn’t comment on changing gun laws, but would be in favor of anything to prevent bloodshed. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copa

first_imgView comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ “I liked how we were able to control the game in the final minutes,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We didn’t want to risk conceding like we did in the first leg.”It was a good debut for Coutinho, who came off the bench in the second half to replace Andres Iniesta, playing well in the nearly 25 minutes he was on the field.“There are a lot of expectations about Coutinho,” Valverde said. “He will fit well into our game. He entered in a complicated match, but he did well.”Coutinho arrived from Liverpool earlier this month but had been sidelined by a right leg muscle injury. The Brazilian playmaker was signed in a transfer worth up to 160 million euros (then $192 million), making him Barcelona’s most expensive player ever.Espanyol, seeking its first semifinal appearance in the Copa since 2014-15, appealed for a penalty when Gerard Moreno fell inside the area after contact with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba with about 10 minutes left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — With Philippe Coutinho making his debut and Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez adding to their scoring run, Barcelona advanced to the Copa del Rey semifinals for the eighth straight year on Thursday.First-half goals from Messi and Suarez guided Barcelona to a comfortable 2-0 victory over city rival Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium, keeping alive the team’s hopes of winning its fourth consecutive Copa title.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant fined for ref rant The other teams in the semifinals are Sevilla, Valencia and Leganes, which on Wednesday stunned Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Valencia got past last year’s runner-up Alaves on penalties, while Sevilla eliminated Atletico Madrid. The draw will be held on Friday, with the first leg matches being played next week.Barcelona had lost 1-0 to Espanyol in the first leg last week, but quickly evened the series when Suarez scored with a diving header less than 10 minutes into the match after a cross from the right by Aleix Vidal. Messi scored the goal that secured a 2-1 win on aggregate midway through the first half with a shot that deflected off a defender.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi and Suarez have combined to score at least a goal each in six of the team’s last seven matches.Messi has found the net 10 times in his last 11 games, while Suarez has scored 11 goals in his last nine matches. “We had some chances but didn’t capitalize on them,” Espanyol’s Victor Sanchez said. “We feel like we played a great series. Nobody really believed in us but in the end we were a goal away from advancing.”Argentine international Javier Mascherano was honored by Barcelona before the match. The defender is leaving the club after eight seasons to play in China. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Balkman, Brownlee lead Alab past CLS Knights for 7th straight win

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas leaned on Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee anew to escape CLS Knights, 80-73, Sunday for their 7th straight win in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.Balkman, the Puerto Rican reinforcement, scored seven of the Philippine side’s last nine points, punctuating the victory with a thunderous slam in the last minute as Alab improved its standing to 10-4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 80 — Balkman 26, Parks 17, Brownlee 16, Domingo 8, Urbiztondo 3, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0, Raymundo 0, Sumalinog 0.CLS KNIGHTS 73 — Williams 24, Edwards 17, Wuysang 13, Jensen 12, Lish 5, Enguio 2, Hidayat 0, Kurniawan 0, Nugroho 0.Quarters: 25-19, 47-43, 59-60, 80-73.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel01:29Police 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 MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jaja, Lady Bulldogs go back to coach Castillo’s mantra in win over UE Balkman exploded for 36 points on top of 10 rebounds and three blocks while Brownlee had a near triple-double effort with 16 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to keep Alab in third place.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. provided local support with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists in a game where the Filipinos’ starters did much of the heavy lifting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrian Williams carried CLS with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and three assists, but his efforts weren’t enough to halt the Knights from falling to 3-10.Shane Edwards added 17 markers and five boards, while Mario Wuysang had 13 points, six assists, and three rebounds in the defeat. View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Tanduay has Batangas in mind even after record win

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Chongson, however, argued that the only statistic he was mindful of is the wins, the losses, and especially the championships.“I can’t worry about stuff like that,” he said after the Rhum Masters shattered the record for most points scored and biggest winning margin. “The only record I’m after is the championship.”Batangas coach Eric Gonzales acknowledges that his side is coming in as underdogs in the tiff.“Honestly, we still lack experience compared with the Tanduay players,” he said, as he will bank on his leaders Joseph Sedurifa, Jessie Saitanan, and Cedrick Ablaza.However, the Batangueños are hell-bent on making it to the top six even after their close 70-66 defeat to Cignal HD last week.ADVERTISEMENT Playoff positioning will be the biggest thing going in the minds of Batangas and Tanduay when the two teams part ways on Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ranking tourney With the two squads currently tied at third place carrying their identical 4-2 slates, a victory is surely going to be a boost in the team’s bid to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.And that fact isn’t lost on Rhum Masters coach Lawrence Chongson, as they seek to stay in the running in the playoffs and, hopefully, a top two spot.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 stars“We’re really focused on the game against Batangas because we want to stay on top,” said the outspoken mentor. “One of us will get dropped because we are tied at three and four in the standings.”Tanduay got the necessary momentum builder it needed via a dominant 141-65 decimation of Zark’s Burgers last Monday, where the team also set two league records in the process behind Jerwin Gaco, Lester Alvarez, and James Martinez. MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentscenter_img Tip-off is at 3 p.m., to be followed by the all-important game between Marinerong Pilipino and Racal Motors at 5 p.m.Currently on the outside looking in, Racal (3-3) and Marinero (1-4) are just out for survival as both teams try to stay in the playoff race.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 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. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more