Anti-Kashmiri hoardings in U.P.

first_imgA day after some Kashmiri students were thrashed in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, hoardings appeared in different parts of the city here on Thursday, asking Kashmiris living in Uttar Pradesh to leave the State or face the consequences.“Boycott the Kashmiris who throw stones at Indian Army. Kashmiris leave Uttar Pradesh or face consequences,” said the hoardings, purportedly put up by the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena, a fringe group.The hoardings came up after videos of clashes between security forces and protesters in the Kashmir Valley went viral on social media. The district administration removed the hoardings while the police said they would “file a case under relevant sections.”The head of the outfit, Amit Jani, said: “We want to boycott Kashmiris socially and financially so that they can tell their brothers in Kashmir not to trouble the Army. This is an important thing which must be done in order to ensure the safety of the Army in Kashmir.”Mr. Jani was arrested last year for threatening to kill JNU students Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar. Many students from Kashmir study in educational institutions in and around Meerut. Vice-Chancellor N.K. Ahuja said they were feeling safe.last_img read more

Haryana’s law officer terminated for accompanying Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

first_imgThe Haryana government on Friday removed Haryana’s deputy advocate general for “accompanying” Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh after the Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s conviction in a rape case.The Atate government terminated the services of DAG Gurdas Salwara on the recommendations of Haryana’s Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan. “It is found that yesterday the DAG accompanied the baba,” Mr. Mahajan said.He said the DAG was a government servant and was not allowed to practice such things. “The DAG has relations with the Dera,” he claimed.The action from the AG office came in the wake of a video clip purportedly showing the DAG in lawyer’s robes carrying a suitcase of the Dera head after his conviction by a CBI court in Panchkula yesterday.last_img

Mehbooba’s brother set for bigger role in J&K

first_imgTasaduq Mufti, 46, younger brother of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, on Friday resigned as the coordinator of the CM’s grievance cell, dropping broad hints at assuming a bigger role in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).In a letter addressed to J&K Chief Secretary B. B. Vyas, Mr. Mufti submitted his resignation from the post “with immediate effect”.Mr. Mufti had come under severe criticism from the National Conference for “functioning extra-constitutionally by calling meetings of several departments.”He was appointed as the grievance cell coordinator in May this year by the Chief Minister. Known as “a reluctant politician”, Mr. Mufti formally joined the PDP in January in the wake of his father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s demise.PDP sources said Mr. Mufti is likely to be elected as a Member of Legislative Council “to pave way for his induction into the Cabinet.”His name for a Cabinet berth was proposed by a second-rung PDP leader during a meeting in Jammu recently, and had evoked support from a majority of party legislators and office-bearers. In an interview to The Hindu recently, Mr. Mufti had identified tourism, urban planning and waste management as “his key focus areas.”The PDP had fielded the cinematographer-turned-politician as its candidate for the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat earlier this year. Due to civilian unrest, the polls were deferred.last_img read more

Woman gang-raped after son elopes with lover in U.P.

first_imgThe mother of a youth belonging to Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh, who eloped with a girl, was abducted and gang-raped allegedly by the girl’s relatives, the police said on Saturday. Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said the alleged gang rape victim is a resident of Bhopura village. The victim and her family were kidnapped and taken to Nojal, a nearby village, where she was gang-raped. The police have registered a case against the accused. Mr. Sharma said the 26-year-old man, the son of the rape victim, studied in Ghaziabad and fell in love with his classmate. They eloped on November 20. “The accused and his accomplices came to Shamli and abducted the family members of the man, including his mother, father, brother and brother-in-law. They beat them up and kept them in their custody for almost a week and traumatised them,” he said. “We have registered a case of gang rape and abduction against the family of the girl,” Mr. Sharma said. “We got a tip-off about the abduction, after which we freed them. Later, the victim narrated her ordeal and we registered a case of gang rape against the girl’s father, and her two uncles. One of the accused has been arrested, and the rest are at large.”last_img read more

Four elephants killed by train in Odisha

first_imgFour elephants — a tusker, two females and a calf — were killed when they were run over by the Howrah-Mumbai Mail in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district in the early hours of Monday.“The accident occurred around 3.30 a.m. on Monday, when the elephant herd was crossing the railway line near the Teldihi railway level crossing,” said Sushant Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Jharsuguda Territorial Division.“Although there had been no elephant movements in the area over the past 3 to 4 months, Railway authorities were issued advisories to slow down the speed of trains to 25 km in this section. Besides, they were also requested to follow guidelines, including continuous hooting, along the stretch,” said Mr. Kumar.Same locationIt was at the same location in the Teldihi level crossing that an elephant calf died on September 28 and 29, 2017, inside a trench dug by the Railway authorities for laying cables.Twenty days later, two more elephants died after falling into the trench in the same stretch.Monday’s accident was a grim reminder of the accident that had left five elephants dead on the railway track near Rambha in the Ganjam district in 2012. Since April 2011-12, as many as 22 elephants have been killed on railway tracks in the State.A committee headed by the Chief Wildlife Warden of Odisha was constituted to enquire into the Rambha train deaths. “Implementation of our recommendations, such as regular coordination meetings, restriction of train speed at vulnerable tracks, warning signboards for train drivers, and regular monitoring of elephant movements with the information to be shared with railway authorities, had yielded result. Deaths of elephants by trains could be minimised in the subsequent years,” said Biswajit Mohanty, environmentalist and member of the committee.Stating that Monday’s elephant deaths on the railway track were a result of a lack of coordination between the Railways and the State Forest Department, Mr. Mohanty demanded a high-level inquiry to fix responsibility.According to an analysis by NGO Wildlife Society of Odisha, the number of trains, especially goods trains in mining and industrial areas, have gone up sharply in the State.In the stretch between Meramandali and Sadashivpur stations in Dhenkanal district, which is an elephant movement path, on average nearly 100 trains ply every day.last_img read more

‘Humiliated’ inter-faith couple get passports after narrating their ordeal on Twitter

first_imgA Noida-based couple on Thursday were issued passports, a day after they narrated on Twitter how they were subjected to humiliation by an official at the Regional Passport Office in Lucknow.The passport official who allegedly shamed and humiliated the inter-faith couple asking the woman to adopt a Muslim surname and her husband to convert to Hinduism while rejecting their passports, has been transferred from his post, after the issue took social media by storm.A show cause notice was also issued against the official identified as Vikas Mishra, said regional passport officer Peeyush Verma, promising action against him.The issue came to light when Tanvi Seth reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday through Twitter, complaining that she has faced harassment at the passport office for having a Muslim husband and was chided for not changing her surname after marriage.While Ms. Seth had gone there for a new passport, her husband Anas Siddiqui wanted to renew his.“I type this tweet with immense faith in justice and in you and ironically with a lot of anger / hurt and agony in my heart because of the way I was treated at the Lucknow passport office at Ratan Square by Mr. Vikas Mishra the reason because I married a Muslim and not changed my name ever. He spoke to me very rudely and was loud enough for others to hear while discussing my case,” Ms. Seth’s Twitter post read.Mr. Siddiqui said the passport official asked him to change his name into a Hindu one and also take “pheras.”“It is my personal choice to choose a name I want to after marriage. This is our family matter and last thing I expected to hear at the passport office was it is your duty to change your name after marriage,” Ms. Seth wrote tagging Ms. Swaraj.The couple have been married for 12 years and they have a six-year old daughter. Lucknow regional passport officer Peeyush Verma gives Anas Siddiqui his passport.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  According to Ms. Seth, the official not only rejected her application but also put her husband’s application on hold. “He spoke very loudly. I did not have that big a problem that my passport was being rejected, the way he spoke to me, his hand gestures were very attacking,” she said. She also claimed another official told her husband that her papers were complete.After the matter escalated, the couple’s applications were processed and passports were issued on Thursday. “They looked at our documents and issued passports to us in no time,” Ms. Seth said adding that the official who handled her papers on Thursday apologised for Wednesday’s episode.“The way we have been treated today has been reflective of the impression we had about the Ministry of External Affairs. They have been absolutely empathetic and caring about the way we felt and our issues from yesterday. Thank you for the timely action and understanding towards our feelings and issue. I am extremely satisfied with what has happened,” Ms. Seth said.last_img read more

Tripura govt. flayed for dress code notice

first_imgA government memorandum advising bureaucrats to avoid ‘casual attires’ such as denim wears while being on official duty has triggered criticism from the Opposition parties here, who termed it ‘feudal’. The memorandum issued by Principal Secretary for Revenue, Education and Information and Cultural Affairs Sushil Kumar advised officials to give due regard to dress code during the State-level official meetings. “District Magistrates, ADMs being the district head need to ensure that in/at the State-level official meetings which are chaired by the Chief Minister, Dy. CM, Ministers, Chief Secretary or other high level officials, due regard needs to be given to the dress code,” the memorandum said. It said: “Certain casual attires like jeans and cargo pants should be avoided.” In the memorandum, Mr. Kumar said that he has three decades of experience in the government service and he was yet to see an officer from the IAS or central services come to office wearing casual attires like denims.last_img read more

Mamata dares BJP to implement NRC in Bengal

first_imgRaising her pitch against the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre to start the process in the State.‘We’re all tigers here’“They are making tall claims that they will start [NRC] here as well. Who will start this? We are all tigers here; it is not that easy… Before you start NRC here, by 2019 you will be gone,” Ms. Banerjee said while addressing a a rally organised by the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad at Red Road here.Ms. Banerjee said her party and the people of West Bengal will not allow any genuine citizen of India to be pushed out of the country. “Fortunately or unfortunately, I was born here, otherwise they would have said that I am not an Indian,” she said. The Chief Minister was reacting to a comment made by a section of State BJP leaders that the party would implement the NRC if voted to power in West Bengal.Ms. Banerjee also accused of the BJP of indulging in politics over the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “We respect Atalji, but what are they doing with his ashes? Instead of paying their tribute, they are disrespecting the man,” she said. Her comments come a day after the Bengal BJP unit formally invited her to attend a memorial service for the former Prime Minister to be held in Kolkata on August 29.Ideological differences She said despite ideological differences there were leaders from the BJP and the RSS whom she respected. “What kind of BJP is this? What kind of RSS is this? Earlier we used to see how khakhi-clad RSS workers used to struggle, but now they are used to shopping malls, star hotels,” she claimed.In her efforts to bring all regional parties together, she said all the leaders opposing the present government are being hounded by the central investigation agencies. “TMC must be disturbed, Congress must be disturbed, Kumaraswamy, Chandrababu Naidu, Mayawati, Akhilesh, Stalin, Laluji everyone must be disturbed or else how will the BJP remain in power,” she said, accusing the BJP-led government of destroying institutions in the country.last_img read more

West Bengal govt moves appeal on BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’ programme

first_imgThe West Bengal government on Friday moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court challenging a single bench order that allowed BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’ programme in the state.Moving the appeal before the division bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar, the state government expressed urgency and sought an immediate hearing.The court granted leave to the state government to move the appeal and asked it to serve copies of its appeal to respondent, the BJP, following which the hearing would commence.A single bench presided by Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty Thursday allowed the BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’ programme, setting aside the denial of permission for the yatra by a panel of three senior most officers of the state government.On December 6, a single judge bench of the HC had refused permission to the BJP to hold the ‘Rath Yatra’, which was scheduled to be flagged off by BJP chief Amit Shah from Cooch Behar in North Bengal on December 7. The party had then approached the division bench.The division bench had on December 7 asked the state chief secretary, the home secretary and the director general of police to hold a meeting with three representatives of the BJP and take a decision on the ‘yatra’ by December 14.After parleys with the BJP team, the three officers refused permission for the rallies on December 15 on the grounds that it might lead to communal tension. The state BJP had moved the court again challenging the government’s denial of permission to its programme.last_img read more

JU scuffle to be probed, V-C in a state of shock: Minister

first_imgWest Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday said that Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das, who was hospitalised after some students allegedly manhandled him, is in a state of “shock”.Mr. Chatterjee, who visited Mr. Das at the hospital earlier in the day, said that the incident will be probed. “We have asked for a video footage of the incident. We want to find out who all are behind (the alleged assault). Mr. Das is still in a state of shock,” he said.‘Verbal abuse’ Stating that Mr. Das was subjected to “verbal abuse”, the Minister added, “I have heard about the entire incident from the pro-V-C and Registrar. I will report the matter to the Chief Minister. This can’t go on.” A scuffle had broken out on Tuesday between two groups of students, who wanted to approach the V-C with their demands as soon as he stepped out of his office. A private hospital, where the Vice-Chancellor has been admitted, said in a statement that Mr. Das had to undergo X-ray for injuries he might have sustained and has been kept under observation. His blood pressure had shot up on Tuesday night, but now he is stable, the hospital said. While the Arts Faculty Students’ Union claimed it wanted to find out if the JU executive council had taken up the issue of “inordinate delay” in facilitating elections, the members of the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad said they sought to know about the status of a molestation case. The AFSU and TMCP members have accused each other of starting the scuffle.After the Tuesday’s incident, Mr. Das had said that he felt insulted and humiliated. “This had never happened to me in the past. The students blocked my path and turned aggressive even as I was trying to say that I am ready to speak to them.”last_img read more

Mumbai-born Ashley Tellis, Tipped to be Next US Envoy to India

first_imgTellis, a former White House official and renowned India expert, completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the St Xavier’s College in South Mumbai before going to the US for further studies. Related Itemslast_img

India Activist Kailash Satyarthi’s Stolen Nobel Medal Recovered

first_imgA replica of a Nobel medal, which was stolen from the home of Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi, has been recovered, police say. Related Itemslast_img

Canadian Firms Showcase Smart City Solutions in Bengaluru

first_imgTen Canadian firms on Monday showcased smart city solutions here for Indian stakeholders.“Based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the solutions in the form of products and services are for Indian industry leaders, accelerators and technology providers,” said the Consulate General of Canada, which organised the event.Read it at Voice Online Related Itemslast_img

Looking In, Seeing Out

first_imgIn 1983, when dapper spy James Bond 007 landed in sandy Rajasthan in pursuit of a thrilling murder case involving an Indian prince, the Indian sets and locales won high marks at the box office. Roger Moore as James Bond and Maud as Octopussy in Octopussy. The Metro Goldwin-Mayers (MGM) production, Octopussy, starring Roger Moore, Kabir Bedi, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan, proved a resounding success.Over the years, over one dozen international film icons, including Gregory Peck and Richard Dreyfuss, have acted in films shot in India and several leading directors, such as Jean Renoir and Sir Richard Attenborough, have turned to India in their productions. Virtually all the major Hollywood production houses, such as 20th Century Fox, Lippert Pictures, Oriental International, Columbia Pictures, Channel4, Colombia Tri-Star, HBO/ Columbia, Kaleidoscope Entertainment, Miramax Films, Touchstone Pictures and Universal / Canal Plus, have filmed in India. In 1994, Walt Disney Pictures shot Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book in India. Directed by Stephan Summers, the film featured Jason Scott Leed, Sam Neil and John Cleese as lead stars.Starting in 1938, with the shooting of the film, The Drum, at least 45 major foreign films have been shot predominantly in India, the most recent of which was Bourne Supremacy in 2004, starring Matt Damon and Franke Potente. Directed by Paul Greengrass, this film was shot in Goa, and captures stunning scenes of deserts, sea, jungles, overcrowded Indian cities, ancient Portuguese villas, old churches and everyday scenes of Goans nestling under the cool sheds of coconut trees. Matt Darmon in The Bourne Supremacy The 1938 movie The Drum, about an Indian prince Sabu, directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Raymond Massey and Roger Livesay first introduced foreign film audiences to India. After a lapse of 12 years, four internationally acclaimed films were shot in India in the 1950s: Kim (1950), The River (1951), The Jungle (1952) and Rogue’s March (1953).The pace of foreign films in India picked up markedly between 2001-2004, during which as many as 15 foreign films were shot in the country, including Monsoon Wedding, The Warrior, Bride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair and Bourne Supremacy. Some of these films, which are produced by overseas Indians, did not merely feature India as a backdrop, but rather the story line revolved around Indian culture and mores.Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding portrays an arranged marriage in India. The Warrior involves a Rajasthani fighter (Irfan Khan) who moves to the Himalayas in search of peace. Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice, starring Martin Henderson and Aisharya Rai, extends Bollywood treatment to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Mira Nair also brought a peculiarly Indian touch to the opus Vanity Fair, which featured Reese Witherspoon and Gabriel Byme.Earlier movies shot in India, which have enjoyed international acclaim, include Columbus Tri-Star’s City of Joy, based on Dominique Lapierre’s book on Calcutta. Starring Patrick Sawyze, the film relates an American doctor’s journey in search of peace in the overcrowded streets of Calcutta.Other successful foreign films shot in India include: Last Dance, starring Sharon Stone, Rob Marrow and Randy Quaid and produced by Bruce Beresford; Kamasutra by Mira Nair; Fire by Deepa Mehta; Fire in Paradise, starring Brett Stimely and Christopher Neame; Jane Campion’s Holy Smoke, with Kate Winslet and Harvey Kettel and Ismail Merchant’s Cotton Mary, starring Greta Stacchi. Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair But by far the film that is most linked to India is Columbia Pictures and Sir Richard Attenborough’s 1982 classic Gandhi, with Ben Kingsley playing Gandhi.The 1980s were a rich decade for Indian locales in foreign films. The decade opened with Sea Wolves (1980), and included such blocbusters as Heat and Dust, Salaam Bombay and Octopussy. The HBO/Columbia production by David Lean, A Passage to India became a film classic with stellar performances by Judy Davis, Alec Guinness and Victor Banerjee, with a storyline revolving around the alleged rape of British girl by an Indian doctor.The 1983 Merchant-Ivory production Heat and Dust, based on the novel by Ruth Prawar Jhavala, with Greta Stacchi and Julian Giover cast in lead roles, presented dramatic Indian imagery to an international audience.Merchant-Ivory have long had a fascination with Indian sets, beginning with Shakespearewallah in 1965. The film, which showcased three Indians performers, Sashi Kapoor, Madhur Jaffrey and Utpal Dutt, centers around a handful of British actors traveling across India staging William Shakespeare plays to raise money to finance their journey back to England.Merchant-Ivory also shot Bombay Talkie in 1970, with Sashi Kapoor and Jeniffer Kendal and Hullabaloo in 1978 with Peggy Ashcroft and Larry Pine. Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and PrejudiceMany of the foreign films offered panoramic views of Indian life to an overseas audience for the first time. Sea Wolves, featuring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven, vividly captures the ancient Portuguese colony of Goa. Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay (1998) captures the life of Mumbai’s street children and of course City of Joy will forever remain an ode to Calcutta.Calcutta was also the setting of Jean Renoir’s first celluloid venture in color, titled The River (1951). The film’s story revolved round three adolescent girls in Calcutta, soon after the end of Second World War in 1945. The doyen of Indian cinema, Satyajit Ray, collaborated with Renoir on the film.Among the most dramatic movies shot in India is the 1997 film Close Encounters of The Third Kind, starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Stephen Spielberg, which is set in India, Alabama and Wyoming.But then, few movies can beat the images from 35 years earlier in MGM’s and John Guillermin’s Tarzan Goes to India (1962), starring Jock Mahoney and Leo GordonFilmYearDirector Production CompanyThe DrumKimThe RiverThe JungleRogue’s MarchTarzan Goes to IndiaMan in the MiddleShakespearewallahBombay TalkieClose Encounters of the Third KindHullabalooSea WolvesGandhiOctopussy Heat and DustPassage to India Jewel In the CrownFar PavilionsThe Razor’s Edge Queenie BloodstoneThe Deceivers City of Joy Jungle BookLast Dance Kamasutra Fire Fire In ParadiseHoly Smoke Cotton Mary The Warrior Monsoon WeddingMaya The Samsara Being Light QuicksandCrocodile 2CentipedeBeeperAmerican DelightCode 46Bride and PrejudiceVanity FairBourne SupremacyIn the Shadow of Cobra19381950195119521953196219641965197019771978198019821983 1983 1984 1984 19841984 1987 1988 1988 1992 1994 1996 1996 1996 1997 1999 19992001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2002 2002 20022002 200320032004200420042004Zoltan KordaVictor SavilleJean RenoirWilliam A. BerkAllen Davis John Guillermin Guy HamiltonJames Ivory James Ivory Stephen Spielberg James Ivory JamesAndrew V. McLaglens Sir Richard Attenborough John Glen James Ivory David Lean Christopher Morahan Peter Duffel John Byram Larry PierceDwight H. Little Nicholar Meyers Ronald Joffe Stephen Summers Bruce Beresford Mira Nair Deepa Mehta Dwight D. LittleJane Campion Ismail Merchant Asif KapadiaMira Nair Digvijay Singh Pan Nalin Pascal Arnold Sam Firstenber Gary Jones Gregory Giera Jack Sholder Roger Christian Michael Winterbottom Gurinder Chadha Mira Nair Paul Greengras Ted NicolaouMGMMotion Pictures FilmsOriental InternationalLippert PicturesMGMMGM20th Century FoxMerchant-Ivory Merchant-Ivory Columbia PicturesJames Ivory ProdWarner StudiosColumbia PicturesMGMIsmail MerchantHBO / ColumbiaGranada TelevisionHBO / Goldcrest Columbia PicturesVon Zernech / Sterner TransvideoMerchant-Ivory Columbia Tri-StarWalt Disney PicturesTouchstone PicturesTrimark PicturesKaleidoscope EntTouchstone PicturesMiramax FilmsMerchant-IvoryMiramax FilmsMirabai FilmsKundalini PicturesMiramax FilmsTF1 FranceQuantum EntNu ImageShoreline EntShoreline EntKaleidoscope EntRevolution Films Miramax Films /Pathe Mirabai FilmsUniversal Pictures.Showcase Ent  Related Itemslast_img read more

Naveen launches schemes for welfare of urban population

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a number of schemes for the welfare of the State’s urban population on the occasion of local self-government day on Saturday.Addressing the officials and people gathered at Bhubaneswar, Puri and Berhampur through video-conferencing from the Lok Seva Bhavan here, Mr. Patnaik said that his government was taking all possible measures to make urban areas in the State garbage-free within a year.Ward officesMr. Patnaik opened offices in all the wards of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation. He said that the process has started for opening of similar offices in all the 2,035 wards in the urban areas.The Chief Minister also laid foundation for establishment of 342 micro composite centres for production of organic manure in 114 urban local bodies and 40 solid waste treatment plants in 20 ULBs in the State.Mr. Patnaik also launched a scheme to give approval to building plans within 48 hours in Bhubaneswar. Such facilities will be extended to other cities in the State.Stating that the building plan approval scheme was implemented as per the 5T initiative of the State government to achieve transformation goals through teamwork, transparency and technology enablers in a time-bound manner, Mr. Patnaik thanked the officials for making this possible within a month.Financial assistanceThe Chief Minister also launched the online distribution of financial assistance of ₹10,000 each among the small businessmen affected by Cyclone Fani in Puri district in May this year.last_img read more

School land leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram: CBSE seeks report from Gujarat

first_imgThe Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has sought a report from Gujarat Education department on how land of a school was leased out to self-styled godman Nithyanand’s ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission, according to officials.“The board has written to the State Education Department to inquire into the matter of leasing out land of DPS Maninagar, Ahmedabad to Swami Nityananda ashram without permission of the board,” a senior CBSE official said.“It has been asked to conduct the enquiry expeditiously and convey the outcome of the report and status of No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the State department to the school for seeking CBSE affiliation,” the official added.last_img

Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set

first_imgSol Mercado of Ginebra (right) boxes out Moala Tautuaa of TNT for the rebound during Game 4 of their Final Four series on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBarangay Ginebra hardly capitalized on the early ejection of Glen Rice Jr.Luckily for the Gin Kings, Justin Brownlee was there to bail them out.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments The KaTropa tried to make do with the handicap as they worked hard to protect a double-digit advantage that even went as high as 18 at one point.But Rice’s shoes were too big to fill and his absence was eventually felt by TNT.The Bolts are practically the same team as last year except for one significant piece in the puzzle: former national team standout Ranidel De Ocampo.“Getting a player of his caliber was a big lift for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of the 13-year veteran De Ocampo, who was traded by TNT in a multiplayer, three-team deal in early September.GINEBRA 115 – TNT 105GINEBRA 115—Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105—Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, FEU dispute finals slot LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brownlee fired on all cylinders and scored a career-high 46 points as the Kings ended their semifinal showdown with the TNT KaTropa, 115-105, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champion Gin Kings forged a championship rematch with the Meralco Bolts, who booked a finals spot on Friday with a sweep of the Star Hotshots.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 shutoutFinishing off the KaTropa in four games of their best-of-five series (3-1) wasn’t an easy task though after they had to spring back from an 18-point hole to carve out the win.But something happened at the halftime dugout that motivated the Gin Kings. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “It was (Robert) Jaworski,” said Brownlee. “He gave us a lot of motivation and reminded us of that never-say-die attitude.”With Ginebra’s “Living Legend” cheering at ringside, Brownlee banged in 28 of his points in the second half and LA Tenorio bombed TNT with threes and finished with 25 points.“It’s gonna be a fight,” said Brownlee in anticipation of his duel with Meralco’s Allen Durham, the reigning best import. “They’ll be ready, we’ll be ready and I can’t wait to play them.”Rice was sent to the dugout late in the first quarter with the KaTropa ahead by 10, to the delight of the Ginebra faithful.Kevin Ferrer’s physicality apparently got into Rice, who pushed Ferrer and threw the ball at the Ginebra wingman’s face in a dead-ball situation, 1:41 left in the opening quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Keep on shooting: James Yap regains touch in Rain or Shine win

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “I think everybody expects James to play well but he’s just human,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “But what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots.”Yap, who turns 36 next month, hopes his efficient outing is the start of a string of good shooting games.“I hope we can carry this performance over into our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may have been in a shooting slump in his first three games of the season, but it never affected his confidence heading into Rain or Shine’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Yap kept shooting and finally regained his touch to help the Elasto Painters cruise to a 120-99 win over the Fuel Masters and avoid his team from slipping further into the standings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “I just kept working hard. I never got discouraged despite how bad my last three games were,” said Yap in Filipino.“Of course, we thought if we lose we’ll be closer to the bottom of the standings and coach reminded us that we need to win for us to at least be in the middle of the pack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe star swingman shot a combined 4-of-26 from the field in his first three games, averaging just 3.3 points during the stretch.But his bad days are over after exploding for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from deep in 20 minutes. View commentslast_img read more

San Sebastian victorious over CDSL to earn a spot in the Elite Eight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR01:29Police 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 Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t forget to catch the latest league news and updates by visiting the official website at collegiatechampionsleague.netYou may also follow us on social media via Facebook and on Twitter @PCCLeague.ADVTADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq As expected, the two undefeated schools in the group stages went toe to toe all throughout, with neither team leading by more than eight. The action remained intense with less than two minutes remaining in the ball game, as Stags star Michael Calisaan, who has struggled shooting from the field, made the most from the free throw line, sinking both of his charities to give SSC-R an 83-79 lead with 1:24 to play.With so much on the line, CDSL refused to go away lightly. Jan Dominic Formento nailed a three-point shot in the ensuing possession to pull within one, but in the end, San Sebastian executed when it mattered the most by making crucial plays and hitting from the charity stripe that enabled them to seal the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSSC-R’s starters, save for Calisaan, were all in double digits scoring wise for a combined 60 points, as total team effort managed to cover for their usually dependent forward’s struggles in the game.As a result of their win in the NCR Qualifiers, San Sebastian has earned a spot to play in the PCCL Elite Eight where other top-ranked squads will compete in a single elimination tournament format to determine the country’s one true National Champion! The NCR Qualifiers of the 2017-18 Philippine Collegiate Champions League ended with a bang as the San Sebastian Stags triumphed over the Colegio de San Lorenzo Griffins, 90-85, in a highly entertaining game at the Jose Rizal University Gymnasium in Mandaluyong City Thursday afternoon, January 18.ADVERTISEMENT Afflalo suspended 2 games for fighting with Bjelicalast_img read more