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Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi passes away in Dubai, she was 54

Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi passes away in Dubai, she was 54

first_imgVeteran Bollywood actor and Padma Shri awardee Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away. She was 54.Sridevi, died late in the night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, “Yes it’s true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it’s cardiac arrest.”Read it at Times of india Related Itemslast_img read more

NRIs’ net inflows saw a jump last year

NRIs’ net inflows saw a jump last year

first_imgNon-Resident Indians’ (NRIs) net inflows jumped to USD 5,039 million between April 2017-December 2017 compared to net outflows of -15,065 USD millions in April 2016-December 2016. Looking at the constituents of BSE500 index, there are 32 stocks where non-promoters NRIs have consistently increased their stake in the last five quarters between December 2016 and December 2017. The average returns of these 32 stocks between 30 December 2016 and 1 March 2018 was 40.1 per cent. BSE500 delivered 32.4 per cent in the same period.Read it at Business Today Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian-Origin Family Attacks UK Celebrity For Drink-Driving Crash

Indian-Origin Family Attacks UK Celebrity For Drink-Driving Crash

first_imgAn Indian-origin family, involved in a car accident with a popular British celebrity, said today the TV star who was later arrested for drink-driving never came out of his vehicle and did not apologise for crashing into them.London-based restaurant owner Faheem Vanoo was at the wheel of his car with his wife Shilpa Dandekar and four-year-old daughter Amaira and two colleagues when television personality Ant McPartlin crashed into them.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Indian-Origin Cop, Working Overtime On Christmas, Shot Dead In California

Indian-Origin Cop, Working Overtime On Christmas, Shot Dead In California

first_imgA 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer in the US state of California has been killed after being shot by an “armed” unidentified gunman while he was conducting a traffic stop.Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department was shot and killed during a traffic stop when he was “working overtime on Christmas night to provide the best for his family.”Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

BRiefs: Dakshina

BRiefs: Dakshina

first_imgVikram S. Pandit, who took a token salary of $1 during the last two years, making him Wall Street’s lowest paid chief executive, has been rewarded with a $23 million retention package, catapulting him to the highest paid bank executives in the country.Pandit received $16.5 million in stock and options and a $6.65 million cash payment from the company’s profit-sharing program for top executives.Richard S. Parsons, Citigroup’s chairman, said in a statement: “Vikram has done an outstanding job since coming on board as the financial crisis began. This award is designed to retain Vikram as our C.E.O. and reward him for future performance benefiting the company and our shareholders.”H1B Anyone?The once-coveted H-1B visa program that attracted hundreds of thousands of technology professionals to the United States in the past decade has lost its glitter.The number of petitions field in April, when the process is opened up for the next fiscal year, has fallen to a sixth of the peak in 2009.According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the program received just 8,000 H-1B petitions in April, down from 16,500 petitions in April 2010 and 45,000 in April 2009.The weak economy and increase in H1-B fees to $2,000 from $325 is behind the weak appeal of the visas. The Sound of Music at MITAmar Bose, the 81-year-old founder of Bose Corp., which makes high-end sound systems and headphones, has donated the majority of the company’s stock to MIT, from which he received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and later taught on its faculty.MIT is receiving non-voting shares, which it cannot sell, and the school will not participate in the management or governance of the company, which employs 9,000 people in Framingham, Mass. Forbes estimates Bose’s net worth at $1 billion. Falling Out Of FavorEmerging economies are losing their luster for global fund investors and India is among their least preferred investment destination.A survey of 188 fund managers in February by Merrill Lynch found that India was the least favored market in the Asia Pacific region, as a result of inflation, rising crude prices and corruption scandals.Overall, fund managers are overweight on emerging markets at a plus 29%, but are underweight on India at minus 47%, which ranks just above Chile. Related Itemslast_img read more

India Moves 5 Rungs Up to Rank 58 in WEF’s Competitive Economy Index

India Moves 5 Rungs Up to Rank 58 in WEF’s Competitive Economy Index

first_imgIndia has moved five notches up to rank as the world’s 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global competitiveness index for 2018.Of the 140 economies listed, the U.S. leads the rank followed closely by Singapore at second and Germany at the third position respectively. India was ranked 58th with a score of 62.0. “This is the largest gain among all G20 economies,” the WEF said.The Global Competitiveness Report 2018, which was published Oct. 17, showed India moving up the ranks based on a new methodology. The Nikkei Asian Review said WEF used a new methodology to include elements that determine productivity. Of the 98 indicators, 34 were retained from the previous methodology while the other 64 indicators are new, resulting in new updated list for 2017.India’s giant northern neighbor China was ranked 28th in the list. The WEF said that the top performers in the “upper and lower middle-income brackets,” such as China and India, are catching up with or even outperforming the average among high-income economies, according to PTI.According to the WEF report, “China, is already more advanced when it comes to investing in research and development sub-pillar than the average high-income economy, while India is not far behind and let down only by its less-efficient bureaucracy for business creation and insolvency.”Quoting the report, PTI said India leads the region in all other areas of competitiveness except for health, education and skills, where Sri Lanka boasts the highest healthy life expectancy (67.8 years) and the workforce with the highest amount of schooling (9.8 years). “These two countries are also the ones that can rely on the most efficient infrastructure system. India has invested more heavily on transport infrastructure and services, while Sri Lanka has the most modern utility infrastructure,” the report said.The report also said that India’s greatest competitive advantages are its market size, innovation (particularly the quality of its research establishments and business dynamism (including the number of disruptive businesses). While the areas that India needs to improve are labor market (worker’s rights), product market (trade tariffs) and skills (student-teacher ratio), the news agency said.Other countries in the top 10 are Switzerland (4th), Japan (5th), Netherlands (6th), Hong Kong (7th), United Kingdom (8th), Sweden (9th) and Denmark (10th).According to Nikkei, India was ranked 8th in the “quality of research institutions.” The WEF highly evaluates the country noting “a remarkable example of a country that has been able to accelerate on the pathway to innovation, due, particularly, to the quality of its research institutions, Nikkei said.The ease of doing business in India has also improved. The cost of starting a business has come down and time to start a business has shortened over the year, Nikkei said quoting WEF report. Related Itemslast_img read more

Dangerous Online Challenges Causing Teen Deaths

Dangerous Online Challenges Causing Teen Deaths

first_imgOver the year a number of online challenges have led to teenagers committing suicide across the world. Be it the cutting challenge or the choking challenge, self-harm leading to death has been a dangerous online trend. The recent death of a boy who jumped from a building in Mumbai is being linked to a challenge-based online game- the Blue Whale Challenge.Believed to have originated in Russia, the underground online game has 50 tasks, ranging from watching horror movies to cutting themselves with the last one asking the players to jump off a building. The players have to document all completion of all the tasks and send it to the anonymous admin who calls himself ‘Blue Whale’.The craze of the Blue Whale Challenge  that targets depressed teens has been spreading like wildfire in the last few months. This has been in the newest addition the list of dangerous online games that have haunted parents around the world.Planking ChallengePlanking is a challenge where the player lies down in a rigid manner at an unusual place mimicking a wooden board. He/she then takes a photo of it and posts it online for the world to see. It became hugely popular on the internet in the late 2000s. Some posted a picture lying on a building’s edge, the balcony railings or shopping carts amongst many other.But the craze of finding an ‘unusual place’ led to the death of 20 year-old Australian Acton Beale who fell seven stories while planking on a high-rise balcony, reported CNN.Choking ChallengeThe ‘choking game’ surfaced in 2005. This online ‘game’ was designed to achieve euphoria by depriving the brain of oxygen. People would strangle themselves to feel ‘high’. People, mostly teenagers,  were told to strangle themselves until they almost pass out but stopping just in time so that they can experience the ‘high’.The death of Karnel Haughton, a 12 year-old boy from Birmingham was one of the cases that went viral. The family claimed that the game was responsible for Karnel to die from suffocation.Consultant psychologist Emma Citron said that such online trends heed to the ever-growing ‘dare-devil’ culture among teenagers. “In teenage brains there is a need to take risks. As part of being a teenager, they need to try new things that are potentially very risky and dangerous, like the game, and like drugs and alcohol,” she told The Independent.Fire ChallengeFire challenge is an activity which goads teenagers to set themselves on fire. Literally. They apply flammable liquid on their body and the set it aflame while recording it on video which is then uploaded on social media sites.A 15 year-old boy, James Shores from New York died from his injuries after participating in the Fire Challenge. Another boy from Kentucky who is also 15, poured alcohol on his chest and lit himself on fire. When asked why he did this, he said, “I don’t know. I wasn’t thinking, really.”The Police in their statement about Shores urged people to stop sharing the videos. “The people who participate in this so-called “game” do so for the notoriety and short-lived fame they receive on the internet. Taking away this fame could deter others from making the same mistake,” they said.Cutting challengeThis came to light in 2015 but it was around for some time before that. This dangerous trend made teenagers cut themselves, take pictures and share them online. It is a form of self mutilation which is usually to deal with with emotional issues. It is promoted in social media because of which teenagers participating in it feel like they are a part of a popular group.Speaking to AOL, child psychologist Gregory Jantz. Said, “It also is a symbol of belonging. A cutter usually knows other kids who are cutters and they belong in this group. So there’s a sense of identity with that as well.”These online trends often go unnoticed by parents until they become viral. Once the parents notice, psychologists are consulted and the teenagers are given the help they need. But many a times, the help arrives too late. Deliberations and debates have been going on to make internet safer for adolescents.Police of the country affected often look for the person starting such challenges so that they can eliminate the root cause. For instance, the administrator, of the Blue Whale Challenge, Ilya Sidorov, was arrested in Moscow recently.Many organisations such as Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (G.A.S.P)  which was founded, to stop the Choking game reach out the teenagers and spread awareness about the danger of such games, now exist and try to stop the trend before it spreads like a wild-fire. Related Itemsaccidental deathblue whale challengeGlobal trendIndiaOnline challengesPlankingSuicide challengesweird crazelast_img read more

Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UFC President Dana White said Wednesday that the promotion likely won’t know for several weeks whether the test results will be confirmed after an examination of Jones’ backup sample. Any potential discipline must wait until after the adjudication process afforded to every fighter.But unless some extraordinary reason surfaces for Jones’ latest failed test, the man widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter is facing another lengthy absence during his prime.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“At this point, who (cares) what I think? He’s done enough damage to himself,” White said while promoting Conor McGregor’s boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather this weekend.“His dad said it: Jon is his own worst enemy,” White added. “Boy, is that true. But sitting here today, it’s not over yet. He’s got to go through the process. Maybe there was something crazy that happened for this stuff to get into his system, so I don’t know.” Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA, which administers the UFC’s anti-drug policy. The California State Athletic Commission also has jurisdiction over Jones, who regained his light heavyweight title July 29 with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim. He failed a test conducted on a sample collected one day before the bout.“If this holds up, and he ends up getting (a suspension of) two, three (years), it’s probably the end of his career,” White said.Under its privacy rules, USADA won’t announce the substance for which Jones tested positive unless the fighter divulges it.Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, appeared on “The MMA Hour” podcast later Wednesday and said the fighter was told he had tested positive for turinabol, an anabolic steroid. Kawa said Jones passed two tests earlier in July, and the fighter is wondering whether he took a tainted nutritional supplement in the weeks before the bout.Kawa posted a strident defense of his client on Facebook on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday July, 29, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Jon Jones will need an awfully good explanation for the latest major setback in his checkered mixed martial arts career.Jones could be facing a multiyear suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC light heavyweight champion of a potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mayweather-McGregor winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img 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 SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We’ve got a lot of problems if this turns out to be true, but they aren’t problems compared to what Jon has,” White said. “The list goes on and on of what could have been with Jon Jones.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “I know how hard he worked to get back to where he’s at,” Kawa wrote. “This is definitely heartbreaking. He (definitely) didn’t cheat or use steroids. But I’m with him more now than the night he won the belt.”Jones hasn’t publicly commented on the third failed test of his career.He tested positive for cocaine in 2015, later publicly acknowledging he had used the drug. He then received a yearlong suspension in 2016 for what he claimed was a sexual enhancement pill. His fight against Cormier was his first since that suspension ended.Penalties are compounded for multiple failed tests, and a multiyear suspension would leave the UFC without one of its rising pay-per-view draws. Jones’ bad-boy image actually appears to have made him more marketable for the UFC, which has a current dearth of pay-per-view stars.Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, McGregor and Georges St. Pierre are all in various stages of retirement, comebacks or more lucrative side jobs, with only St. Pierre currently scheduled for an MMA fight.Jones’ mistake also throws two weight classes into upheaval.White said Cormier is likely to regain the UFC light heavyweight title, which he held twice after Jones was stripped of the belt for his first two failed tests. Cormier also reigned atop the division while Jones was sidelined following his arrest over a hit-and-run accident.Cormier has never lost to anyone but Jones, but the good-natured star will be in the same awkward position in which he found himself during Jones’ previous forced absence.And Jones appeared to be ready to make an impact on the UFC heavyweight division. White had been talking to Jones’ camp about matching him with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in Detroit later this year in what would have been a blockbuster pay-per-view matchup.Instead, Miocic must find a new opponent for his belt — and any matchup that the UFC can make will be less intriguing than a showdown with Jones.last_img read more

PCCL launches national competition for collegiate basketball

PCCL launches national competition for collegiate basketball

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 Incentive prizes are awarded to teams that qualify to play in the regional championships, and to teams that advance to compete in the National Championship games usually held in Manila. The team that wins the national title is engraved in the M. V. Pangilinan Perpetual Bronze Sculpture, “Abutin ang Tagumpay”, symbol of collegiate basketball supremacy, and the school keeps the sculpture until the next national champion emerges. The following teams are listed in the perpetual bronze sculpture: Far Eastern University, San Beda College, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, San Sebastian College, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East.This 2017, PCCL is expanding collegiate basketball competitions to include 3 on 3 basketball in addition to the regular National Collegiate (5-man team) championship. This initiative supports the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program to promote and develop 3 on 3 basketball, the newly included game in the Olympics starting 2020.The 3 on 3 national championships will have five regional competitions involving a total of fifty (50) collegiate teams. The five regions are North/Central Luzon, South Luzon/Bicol, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region. The regional champions shall advance to the Grand Finals and compete for the title of 3 on 3 national collegiate champion.Philippine Collegiate Champions League is a non-profit corporate entity and revenues PCCL realize from sponsorships are utilized to cover operational expenses involved in organizing and managing the nationwide tournaments. PCCL also assists deserving school teams by providing prizes in terms of transportation and accommodation subsidies, sports equipment and gift certificates for players and coaches. ADVTADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games The Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) organized the National Collegiate Championship, a nationwide multi-level collegiate basketball competition that recognizes regional champions and the overall national champion that emerge during the games.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program The National Collegiate Championship answers the need for more competitive exposure extending beyond local mother league competitions.The aim of PCCL is to broaden the sports program of schools, particularly collegiate basketball, by providing more competitive activities that would benefit student-player development.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 shutoutFrom the initial six leagues, there are now 35 leagues sending their best team to participate in the PCCL games. PCCL was able to expand its coverage by continuously touching base with active leagues all over the country and assisting them in improving the basketball programs of their respective member schools. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.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 shutoutREAD: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEU

Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEU

first_imgMOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Looking back at former players, even the good foreign players of San Beda, I don’t think they had the privilege to play for their national teams,” Calanog said.“We’re happy that Ben has developed into a player which their country feels can help them in their international competitions. Just like our local players, we hope that because of the UAAP, they are able to develop well enough for them to play for the country.”Mbala averaged 20.6 points, 16.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 assists last season to lead the Green Archers’ championship run.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Mbala. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBen Mbala, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, won’t be with La Salle when the Green Archers open their title defense in UAAP Season 80.Mbala is currently with the Cameroon national team for the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle athletic director Emmanuel Calanog explained that the Cameroonian Basketball Federation personally requested the athletic big man to be a part of its roster for the continental championship from September 8 to 16.“He was requested by his national team to play for them,” he said, sharing that Mbala has left for his native country two weeks ago.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 shutoutCameroon, the 52nd ranked nation in the world, is slotted in Group C, together with Tunisia, Guinea, and Rwanda, as it seeks to improve its ninth place finish back in 2015.Mbala will miss the La Salle’s game against Far Eastern University on Sunday and National University on Sept. 18 if Cameroon makes it to the finals. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Academics name of the game for ISAA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

Kent Salado tears MCL, out for remainder of Aspirants’ Cup

Kent Salado tears MCL, out for remainder of Aspirants’ Cup

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Cousins’ 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists lift Pelicans over Bulls Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESAfter playing just one game, Kent Salado will miss the remainder of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup as he re-injured his MCL on his right knee.Officials from Go for Gold confirmed the news on Tuesday as the 22-year-old will leave a huge hole in the Scratchers’ campaign this first conference of the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT The Cagayan de Oro native suffered a partial MCL tear on the same knee late in the Chiefs’ campaign last NCAA Season 93.Salado, though, is hopeful that he’ll be ready for Arellano’s campaign this upcoming NCAA Season 94.“I will rest and heal up because I want to play in the NCAA,” said Salado, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals for Arellano this past NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT The speedy playmaker went for a layup at the 2:48 mark of the third quarter but could not get the proper lift as he fell hard to the ground and struggled to get up.“(Salado) said that he heard something pop. We’re very worried,” relayed Scratchers coach Charles Tiu after Go for Gold scored the 75-68 victory over Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare on Monday at Pasig City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis injury leaves the bulk of the heavy lifting to J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, and ex-pro Jerwin Gaco.Salado finished with nine markers, five boards, four assists, and three steals in his only game for Go for Gold. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

No love lost between TNT, San Miguel as Cruz, Santos get into spat

No love lost between TNT, San Miguel as Cruz, Santos get into spat

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Santos said the emotions and competitiveness just took over during the incident.He also owned up to his actions and added he’s already forgiven Cruz.“Inside the dugout, we prayed and I already asked for forgiveness for what happened. I admit that I have done wrong and I forgive Jericho because that’s just how it is. Sometimes we struggle to control our emotions during the game because all of us want to win and that’s part of our job.”The 36-year-old Santos, though, had the final say with San Miguel taking a 106-93 win to advance into the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, four steals and four blocks.Cruz, meanwhile, struggled offensively, scoring only three points after averaging 17.0 points in his first two games with the KaTropa. He also had six rebounds and eight assists but committed seven turnovers in 31 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplantcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Cruz was given a flagrant foul penalty 1 for hitting Santos with a forearm while Santos picked up his second technical foul and was thrown out of the court.The two veterans, however, quickly put the incident behind as tempers eventually cooled off moments after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Honestly, we were both hotheaded inside the court but I just really want to forget what happened,” said Santos in Filipino. “There’s a part of me that wanted to get back at him but I’m just thankful that I have this tendency to forget what happened and be professional.”“Whatever happened earlier inside the court doesn’t mean anything to me after the game,” said Cruz. “Unless I get approached then, I got to do something about but after the game, it’s nothing.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Things get testy between TNT, San Miguel in their quarterfinal duel. Pyoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was no love lost between fierce rivals San Miguel Beer and TNT on Tuesday night in their quarterfinals duel at Mall of Asia Arena.With the game already decided, things got testy between the two teams when Beermen forward Arwind Santos and KaTropa guard Jericho Cruz got into a heated exchange at the 1:20 mark of the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Best, brightest make nat’l team

Best, brightest make nat’l team

first_imgAfter a long deliberation, the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas finally came up with the composition of the national squad after what sources said had “five versions of the draft over the past two days.”Also included in the regular roster are Jaja Santiago, Denden Lazaro, Kim Fajardo, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Gen Casugod, Aby Maraño, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Pontillas and Ces Molina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 29-year-old Daquis and La Salle’s top libero Dawn Macandili were named reserves.The team will only have one libero in Lazaro, but two setters in Fajardo and Dimaculangan. Reyes, Ortiz and Casugod will be middle blockers. Maraño will be converted to outside hitter along with Valdez, Molina and Santiago. Gonzaga and Pontillas will be opposite hitters. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Maroons nail quarters berth What ‘missteps’? 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken As expected, superstars Mika Reyes and Alyssa Valdez top-bill the Philippine women’s volleyball team to the Southeast Asian Games and Asian Seniors slated this August.But the big shocker: Rachel Anne Daquis, the long-time face of Philippine volleyball, was relegated to the reserve list.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments “This is the best, strongest team we can have,” said LVPI acting president Pete Cayco. “All these players have big fighting hearts and have the nation’s pride and honor on their minds.”Sources said coach Francis Vicente took several drafts before coming up with the official lineup as the coaching staff appeared “too affected by social media bashing.”The SEA Games is slated Aug. 19 to 31, while the Asian Seniors is set Aug. 9 to 17.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Round 4: Pacquiao trying to retaliate, Horn bloodied

Round 4: Pacquiao trying to retaliate, Horn bloodied

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, left, clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APStraight right by Jeff Horn and that puts Manny Pacquiao on the ropes.But Pacquiao connects with a left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Round 3: Fighters engaging phone book style Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Horn with the takedown.And Horn connects and that wakes up Pacquiao.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 starsHorn lands the uppercut and it seems he still has control of the fight but the Aussie has sustained a cut on the forehead. What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Magsayo stakes spotless slate

Magsayo stakes spotless slate

first_imgCocolife, Sta. Lucia eye 5th place Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Unbeaten Mark Magsayo resumes his march to greatness when he tangles with Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz for the World Boxing Organization international featherweight title in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 41 Saturday night at IEC Convention Center in Cebu City.Owning a 16-0 slate, Magsayo will gun for his 12th knockout victory and, hopefully, earn a crack at the world crown.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Though his 23-7-2 record is unimpressive, Diaz is expected to draw from his vast experience in order to stun Magsayo. They both weighed in at 126 pounds Friday.It will be a showdown of knockout artists when Santisima (13-2) will clash with Tanzanian hero Goodluck Mrema (16-0) in a super bantamweight encounter.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 starsAlbert Pagara (27-1) tackles Thai veteran Patomsuk Pathompothong in a super featherweight encounter. View commentslast_img read more

Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card

Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Record-breaking Neymar says money not motive for joining PSG “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Eric Kelly (12-3) will break his one-year hiatus from MMA as he takes on former ONE World lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku (25-11-2).In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes takes on challenger Andrew Leone to defend his title Bantamweight title.ADVERTISEMENT From L-R: Joshua Pacio, Jomary Torres and Eric Kelly. PHOTOS FROM ONEMACAU–Three Filipino fighters are set to fight in a stacked fight card ONE Championship here on Saturday.Strawweight Joshua Pacio looks to get back to the title picture as he takes on undefeated Japanese Hayato Suzuki (16-0-2) in the second-to-the-last fight in the card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 Pacio (12-1) faced ONE World strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito back in 2016 but bowed to the latter’s choke in the third round.“There are people who’re saying that if I win, there’ll be another title shot,” said Pacio in Filipino Friday at Holiday Inn.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 starsFilipino atomweight Jomary Torres (1-0) will debut in the Asian fighting promotion as she takes on Thai counterpart Rika Ishige (2-0) in the card’s lone women’s fight.Torres, despite being a nervous wreck during the press conference Thursday, said she can take on Ishige inside the ONE cage. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari. James snatched another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute as the Azkals grabbed a share of the points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – It was a bittersweet homecoming for national team veterans Phil and James Younghusband last Tuesday night. Returning to the stadium where they represented the Philippines for the first time as teenagers, the Younghusband brothers scored a goal each to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying here. ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Yemen forces secure Presidential Palace in Aden01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:49Robredo: 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 For all the talk on their struggles of traveling and finding difficulty with the weather conditions here, the Yemenis looked likely to score each time they counter. “We’re satisfied with the result considering the difficult conditions of playing here,” said Yemen coach Abrham Mebratu. “Traveling here was tough and I have to give my players credit for fighting hard until the final whistle. We would have loved to get three points and take top spot in the group, but the Philippines also showed why it is one of the top teams in the group. We’re happy with our position now and we can be proud with the performance because the players have not played in this kind of weather.”The Azkals increased their haul to seven points from three matches for top spot in the group with Yemen two points behind. The two sides face off anew in Doha on Oct 10.Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd atPanaad. But Phil levelled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out – a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The result at Panaad Stadium was enough to keep the Azkals on top of Group F, although the Filipinos feel slightly disappointed not to make the most of home advantage against a team that had a difficult time reaching this football-loving city. “We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”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 opening“I’m happy with the 2-2 and being in first place in the group,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We didn’t get three points but a point is still good. The players gave their all.”Phil equalized with an exquisite free kick in the first half, before James made sure there was no heartbreak for the Azkals with a second half header. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

The crime ministers

The crime ministers

first_imgThe symbolism surrounding the Commonwealth Games never ends. Just five days before the official opening, portions of three key roads in the Capital collapsed, one sinkhole big enough to swallow a bus. The Delhi Government has spent Rs 650 crore on “widening, strengthening and resurfacing of roads” and so far,,The symbolism surrounding the Commonwealth Games never ends. Just five days before the official opening, portions of three key roads in the Capital collapsed, one sinkhole big enough to swallow a bus. The Delhi Government has spent Rs 650 crore on “widening, strengthening and resurfacing of roads” and so far, two dozen cave-ins have been reported from various parts of the city since July. It was yet another ominous portent for an event already mired in scandals and embarrassing failures.The last minute interventions at the highest levels of government seem to have salvaged some pride but it could not compensate for the damage to the country’s image and the growing sense of anger among residents of Delhi and the feeling that the Games were used as a cover-up for large scale loot. The true extent of that will only emerge after the event is over since the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiries and other audits on cost overruns, corruption and deliberate delays have been put on the backburner, again to save national pride.But the contours of what is potentially the biggest collective scam in modern India have already emerged. Such is the cynicism that SMS jokes doing the rounds refer to CWG boss Suresh Kalmadi as Chef de Commission. Kalmadi may not have put his hand in the till, as he declares often, but certainly there is enough evidence to show that the embarrassments and scandals have not ended. They may have just begun.It starts with the showpiece of the CWG, the Village. The basements in the Games Village towers are flooded because the builders, Emaar MGF, in league with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), violated the original norms. Each tower was meant to have two levels of basement parking since the flats were to be sold after the Games. To increase the number of flats, the builders ensured that the final design had just one basement level. That’s not all.advertisementThe massive water seepage in the basement is because the foundation level is lower than that of the Yamuna River, just 150 metre away. The seepage has caused lifts and other electrical fittings to malfunction. Initially, the Games Village was to be built near Bawana, but it was shifted to the current location near the Yamuna at the insistence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It was a violation of the National Capital Region Plan that calls for decongestion of Delhi by focusing on development of satellite towns. The controversial project started on the PPP model with the DDA joining hands with Emaar MGF.A portion of Delhi’s Vikas Marg caves in after rains.Once construction was on in full swing, the latter claimed to have run out of funds and was bailed out by the DDA which bought 333 flats for Rs 766 crore last year. The real situation came to light only when the project was completed in June this year and the extra flats were discovered in areas originally meant for parking. DDA sources now say that Rs 250 crore, a part of the bailout amount, was diverted by Emaar MGF to other projects they were involved in. Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has now ordered an audit and quality report to ascertain how original rules were flouted by the builders and whether the DDA was in the know all along. At the intervention of Khanna, who is also its chairman, the DDA gave Emaar MGF a temporary completion certificate so that the Village could be used for the Games.The Scapegoat?: Suresh Kalmadi takes the flak but the blame extends far beyond his jurisdiction.”The lieutenant governor has ordered to keep the bank guarantee of the developer alive till the enquiry is complete,” says Ranjan Mukherjee, Khanna’s Officer on Special Duty for the CWG.Then there is the scandal surrounding the Rs 5-crore pedestrian overbridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium that collapsed last month and is now the most potent symbol of how most of the CWG projects were marred by huge cost over-runs, poor site management, delays and quality compromises. Remarking that the overbridge “collapsed like a pack of cards”, the Supreme Court slammed the Centre and Delhi government for “rampant corruption” in the Games “where the payments are made without work being done”.The bridge was being constructed under the supervision of Delhi Government’s Public Works Department (PWD). It was designed by Tandon Consultants Private Limited, based in Jangpura, Delhi, who were debarred for two years in July 2009 by the Delhi Metro following an accident where a cantilever arm gave in at Zamrudpur in south Delhi. An enquiry revealed “serious” deficiency in their design. The contractor was Chandigarh-based PR Infrastructures who were involved in another overbridge, construction of which has now been stopped. Another potential scam is the Rs 650-crore contract for upgrading streetlights across Delhi.advertisementAGENCIES THAT GOT YOU CWG 2010Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF): Owner of the Commonwealth GamesOrganising Committee (OC): Responsible for successful conduct of the GamesGovernment of IndiaMinistry of Youth Affairs and Sports: Nodal Ministry responsible for the Games Group of Ministers, chaired by Urban Development Minister: Responsible for top-level policy decisionsCommittee of Secretaries, chaired by Cabinet Secretary: Monitors implementation of policy decisionsGOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI (GNCTD)Lieutenant Governor: Responsible for security, law & order and DDA-related workChief Minister’s Committee: Responsible for infrastructure and other activities within GNCTDEmpowered Committee Chaired by chief secretary: Oversees projects executed by the GNCTD and its agenciesImplementing Agencies (For infrastructure and venue development)PARIMAL RAI, NDMC ChairmanCentral PWD, DDA, NDMC, MCD, GNCTD (PWD), Engineers India Ltd and RITES LtdK.S. MEHRA, MCD CommissionerA.K. NIGAM, DDA Vice-chairman  The project was to replace perfectly functional street lighting systems with a new one. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) floated a tender for the project, with an estimated cost of Rs 62 crore. Phillips Electronics India agreed to execute the project at Rs 34 crore, which indicated that the project budget was outlandish. That a scam was in the making was evidenced by the fact that MLA Karan Singh Tanwar, who is also a member of the NDMC, raised the issue and officially recorded his dissent.There have been allegations that NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai has been sheltering the chief engineer in charge of the project. The vigilance department of the NDMC diverted the issue by putting the blame for delays and cost over-runs on two assistant engineers, one of who has already retired. Later it was concluded that “there was no mala fide intention.”That will be under scrutiny when the Games are over and the full-scale investigation into the delays and sub-standard work begins. The technical wing of the CVC has inspected 16 Games-related projects which came under the Union Sports Ministry, Urban Development Ministry and the Delhi Government and made damaging revelations. Its report says that all the organisations executing works for the Games had used “inadmissible factors” to raise the budgeted costs citing “urgent/emergent circumstances”. Further, certain items, which were not part of the tender, were later incorporated in the contract at higher rates.There’s more. Of all the upgrades that greet Delhi citizens these days, the most common are the swanky new buses ordered to ferry athletes and CWG officials. The Delhi government spent Rs 1,800 crore to augment the existing fleet with 2,276 extra buses and spent another Rs 900 crore to construct bus depots to house them.The combined expenditure is three times the cost of constructing the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. This translates into an average cost of Rs 80 lakh per bus. What has raised eyebrows in official circles is that a state-of-the-art Volvo luxury ac bus is available in India for Rs 40 lakh, exactly half of what the Dikshit Government paid.advertisementThere have been numerous other instances highlighted by the media but nothing illustrates official apathy and lack of priorities more than the fact that even while the scandals and embarrassments were piling up with venues unfinished and shoddy workmanship, the highest official body responsible for the Games, the Group of Ministers under Urban Development Minister, Jaipal Reddy, in their last two meetings on September 6 and 16, discussed just two issues: the opening and closing ceremonies. With that sort of priority, it’s no wonder that the CWG has become a symbol of India’s backwardness rather than a showpiece for India Rising.last_img read more