An elephant, taken on lease from Assam in 2009, died in Mizoram a few days ago and villagers nearby reportedly cut its body and ate its meat. The office of the conservator of forests in southern Assam’s Silchar had issued the certificate for leasing the 47-year-old female elephant to one Khualhina of Mizoram from her owner in Cachar district’s Sonai. The validity of the ownership certificate had expired in 2014 but the elephant continued to work in the Kanhmun Forest Range. Reports citing locals said the Mizoram Forest Department officials were not present when the elephant died and its meat was consumed. “There are several elephants on lease in the northeastern States besides Bhutan that are overworked. They meet a similar fate,” an Assam forest officer said.
The Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, which proposes to transfer excess waters from the Chambal river basin to 13 districts facing water scarcity, was once again highlighted at the national level with the State Water Resources Minister B.D. Kalla seeking a special Central assistance for it. He also sought preference for the desert State because of its difficult geography.₹43,000 crore sought Addressing a conference of State Ministers on Jal Jeevan Mission in New Delhi on Monday, Mr. Kalla sought an assistance of ₹43,000 crore for the ERCP and the Chambal-Brahmani-Bisalpur link project for permanent solution to the drinking water problem. He said development of water resources and linking of surface water bodies were the key areas of work in the State.The ERCP has come to the centre stage of demands raised by the State after the formation of the Congress government, which has been reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the promises made in his election rallies for declaring it a national project.The previous BJP government in the State had also lobbied for the Centre’s approval for the ambitious project with an estimated budget of ₹40,000 crore as a major initiative for interlinking of rivers. The Central Water Commission has already given in-principle approval to the project’s feasibility report.Cabinet note Besides supplying drinking water in 13 districts, the mega project will also provide irrigation water to an additional 2 lakh hectares of land. The Union Ministry of Water Resources had reportedly finalised a Cabinet note on the ERCP as an intra-basin water transfer scheme last year.The project, linking Parvati, Kalisindh and Chambal rivers, is expected to benefit 40% of the State’s population with the supply of drinking and irrigation water. It will also supply water to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and take care of the flood and drought situation in the area.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had affirmed at the 5th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog earlier this year that the ERCP would facilitate solution of the water scarcity issue in eastern and south-eastern districts of the State at least till 2051.The ERCP will ensure availability of water in Jhalawar, Baran, Kota, Bundi, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Tonk, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli, Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts and create an additional command area of 2 lakh hectares for irrigation. It will facilitate restoration of dependable yield of the existing 26 major and medium irrigation projects en route — reduced to 30% — to their original status.Jal Jeevan Mission Mr. Kalla also raised the issue of availability of water under the Jal Jeevan Mission and said the target for Rajasthan should be enhanced from the supply of 55 litres of water per person per day to 70 litres. He said the Centre should also pay ₹5,073 crore of its share in the implementation of various rural water supply schemes in the State.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday asked the Chief Secretary to carry out assessment of crops damaged due to untimely rains at the earliest so that immediate relief can be provided to farmers. Heavy post monsoon showers in some parts of the State in last few days damaged crops and inundated low-lying areas. Taking serious note of it, Mr. Fadnavis ordered completion of crop damage assessment at the earliest.“CM @Dev_Fadnavis instructed Chief Secretary to provide immediate relief to farmers who were affected by the heavy rains in some parts of Maharashtra by completing survey at the earliest,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) tweeted. Heavy rains lashed parts of Hingoli, Parbhani, Aurangabad and Jalgaon districts in last few days. A man and his son were killed when a wall of their house collapsed on them in Parbhani on Sunday, an official said. Besides, a person drowned in a canal while trying to cross it in Hingoli, he added.
Veteran CPI(M) leader Asim Dasgupta, who served as West Bengal’s Finance Minister for nearly quarter of a century, has said that the Centre should work together with the States in combating the economic slowdown.“The current economic slowdown has resulted from the fall in the purchasing power of the common people,” said Mr. Dasgupta, who served as the State’s Finance Minister from 1987 to 2011.“What the government needs to work on is improving the demand and not supply. The measures taken by it in the recent times, such as announcing a corporate tax relief of ₹1.45 lakh crore, are aimed at improving supply. How will more supply help when there is no demand?” he said.Mr. Dasgupta, who was instrumental in initiating land reforms in Bengal, suggested a series of measures the Centre could undertake to increase demand. One of them is land reforms (fixing a ceiling on the amount of land that can be held by an individual and distributing the excess land to the landless) because smaller lands, according to him, are better utilised. He also called for a hike in the fair price charged by farmers.Irrigation sectorAmong the things that are immediately “doable”, he said, is an allocation of an additional ₹10,000 crore to the irrigation sector (to the current ₹9,900 crore); a 10% hike on the food subsidy of ₹1.7 lakh crore; pumping in another ₹40,000 crore to MNREGA (current budget ₹60,000 crore), and spending ₹15,000 crore on an MNREGA-type programme for the urban population.“These measures, if you do the maths, will cost about ₹1 lakh crore. Where will this money come from? It can come from the ₹1.45 lakh crore that has been set aside as corporate tax relief,” Mr. Dasgupta said.
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Pelicans add free agent Tony AllenThe 6-foot-8 Cunningham spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where he averaged 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in about 25 minutes per game last season.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 shutoutThe 30-year-old Cunningham has spent eight seasons in the NBA, beginning with Portland, which selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft out of Villanova.Cunningham could start for New Orleans at small forward in a lineup that would feature DeMarcus Cousins at center, Anthony Davis at power forward, Rajon Rondo at point guard and Jrue Holiday at shooting guard. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Dante Cunningham. APA person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham have agreed on a one-year contract worth $2.3 million.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo, has not been announced.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 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 View comments Man testifies in trial over NBA players assault
LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But a shakeup in the team’s internal staff eventually resolved the issue, with Bundit set to resume his head coaching duties for another year.“After everything that happened, it made the team stronger,” said Madayag. “We got through that phase. Every team has its problems and it just differs on how people respond to them. We faced our problems and that was made us stronger.”“We just have to trust the process, trust everyone on the team, and trust the coaches,” added Madayag.De Leon, who has been a vocal leader of Ateneo since Season 79, echoed her captain’s statements.“The measure of a good team is how you deal with things when they don’t go your way,” said De Leon. “The one thing that I’m really proud of about is when you look at these individuals they’re very good-hearted people.”ADVERTISEMENT Head coach: Tai BunditLast season: 12-2 (no.1 seed, runner-up finish)Key holdovers: Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, Jho MaraguinotKey losses: Jia Morado, Michelle Morente, Kim GequillanaADVERTISEMENT 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Rivero brothers out of Green Archers Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC When Alyssa Valdez left Ateneo, captain Jia Morado was able to steady the ship amid uncertainties that comes with the departure of the team’s long time star.But now that Morado is gone as well, it’s time for the younger start to step up to the plate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the leadership of captain Maddie Madayag and veteran middle blocker Bea De Leon was immediately put to test a few months before 2017 ended.Back in October, then-Ateneo team manager Tony Boy Liao, who has been replaced by Lorenzo Veracruz, revealed that Bundit was not asked to report anymore to the Katipunan campus. “With that comes very good character that allowed us to overcome everything that passed and that tried to bring us down. I think we handled the situation very well and I think we’re a lot stronger in terms of our morals and character,” added De Leon.And with their offcourt troubles resolved, the Lady Eagles will now look to overcome the departures of Morado, Michelle Morente, and Kim Gequillana who helped lead Ateneo to a 12-2 finish in Season 79.It now falls on the guidance of Madayag and De Leon to help propel a young team to a championship, the hardware Ateneo has searched for the past two years and avenge their two straight Finals losses to La Salle.“The team is so young, and a lot of us don’t have as much experience as the others. It’s going to take a lot of work,” said De Leon whose team lost six players after Season 79.“The team’s going to play its game, the usual happy, heart strong,” said Madayag. “We’ll just give our best in every game and no matter what happens we know that we did our best.”
Read Next The Lady Eagles, after starting 0-2, have now strung together two straight wins with the last one coming in a four-setter against bottom-dwelling University of the East Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Skipper Maddie Madayag, though, still wants to see more from her team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need more confidence especially that we have a new setter and new liberos,” said Madayag in Filipino after their 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14 win over the Lady Warriors.“It’s like we need to have more motivation when we play in the future.” 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Ateneo has finally shrugged off its sluggish start to the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ateneo’s conundrum is losing a plethora of its players with setter Jia Morado sitting out the final year of her collegiate career and libero Gizelle Tan graduating.The Lady Eagles also lost Michelle Morente, who transferred to La Salle, Kim Gequillana, and Ana Gopico.Sophomore Deanna Wong have now taken over the playmaking duties for the Lady Eagles while Dani Ravena and Jenelle Lo take turns as the team’s defensive anchor.“We just have to enjoy and focus on the game,” said Madayag who had 12 points against UE.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Beermen regain top spot, rally past Aces 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Blackwater, meanwhile, only needs GlobalPort to win over Phoenix to advance to the playoffs. If the Fuel Masters do get the victory over the Batang Pier, they have to root for Rain or Shine to triumph over Ginebra to force a five-way tie at sixth and at least get a chance for a playoff. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH So far, San Miguel and Magnolia are locked in on the top two spots, which means the two teams will hold twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals.Alaska, NLEX, and Rain or Shine also clinched their spots in the playoffs, with all three set to figure in best-of-three series against still to be determined foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat leaves Ginebra (5-5), GlobalPort (5-5), Phoenix (4-6), TNT (5-6), and Blackwater (5-6) disputing the last three spots, with three of those fighting for their lives at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Here’s how things would play out: View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For the Gin Kings and the Batang Pier, all they need is to win their duels to advance to the quarterfinals.A loss for the two would put their playoff hopes in peril, but they still has a chance to make it to the next round as they are still secured of at least a playoff.The Fuel Masters also need a win to advance to the next round, but will have to root for a Rain or Shine win against Ginebra to not drop down to a playoff against TNT or GlobalPort.The KaTropa and the Elite sit idle with their identical 5-6 cards, but they don’t have their fate on their hands.For TNT, the only unfavorable situation for them is for a Phoenix and Rain or Shine win, which would put it on a three-way tie at eighth with Ginebra and Blackwater. The KaTropa will drop to 11th due to an inferior quotient en route to an early exit this all-Filipino conference.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum The playoff race couldn’t get any closer than this.With one playdate remaining in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup eliminations, three playoff spots are still yet to be claimed, making the Friday tussle between GlobalPort and Phoenix and the duel between Ginebra and Rain or Shine must-watch.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus 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 D-League: Wangs-Letran escapes Perpetual for back-to-back wins LATEST STORIES Read Next
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View comments Michael Dasmariñas during his open workout at Kerry Sports in Taguig. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.betAll the media attention Michael Dasmariñas got on Wednesday reminded him of the last time he fought for a boxing crown.“It was nothing like this,” a smiling Dasmariñas told INQUIRER.net in Filipino during a press conference at Kerry Sports in Shangri La at the Fort in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Paul Lee doubling efforts on both ends as Magnolia heads to semis Read Next Dasmariñas, the Camarines Sur native, thinks the fight is a tossup, although he believes he has the advantage when it comes to punching power.“We’re both volume punchers and we’re almost equal in speed but he doesn’t hit that hard,” said Dasmariñas, who started boxing when he was nine years old in Bicol and decided to continue his boxing career in Manila at 18 after he graduated high school.His trainer and former Filipino world champion Tacy Macalos also sees Dasmariñas’ power and footwork as his edge.Macalos said Dasmariñas also has to embrace the underdog label and use it to his advantage.“It will serve as a challenge and motivation for him to work much harder and win the title,” Macalos said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Dasmariñas, who is in the second of his four-fight contract with Ringstar Boxing, dropped a close decision to Lwandile Sityatha of South Africa for the same belt in the super flyweight division in 2014. Dasmariñas, who is tipped to become the next Filipino world champion, should get used to the fanfare especially if he beats Karim Guerfi of France for the vacant International Boxing Organization world bantamweight title on April 20 in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 25-year-old Dasmariñas (27-2, 18 KOs) knows Guerfi, who is the No. 4 fighter in the WBC ranking, is a quality opponent.“He’s not a nobody. He’s ahead of me in the WBC ranking and he also has a good record like me,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa
OKC’s Steven Adams and former NBA coach Reggie Theus during the opening of the NBA 3x in the Philippines.Oklahoma City center Steven Adams said there’s no one way to slow down Russell Westbrook’s frantic style of play and what they can do is to make things easier for their prized MVP.“The only way to lessen Russell’s workload is that everyone plays together, but it’s really not draining on Russ, he’s just a freak right,” said Adams during the opening ceremony of the NBA 3X Philippines at Mall of Asia Music Hall on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook is the second player to average a triple-double for a season after Oscar Robertson as he put up 31.6 points, 10.7 points, and 10.4 assists en route to his first MVP award.Those numbers, however, came through Oklahoma relying too much on Westbrook as the 6-foot-3 point guard led the league in usage rate.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 starsAs per basketball-reference.com, Westbrook had a usage rate of 41.7 percent, which was the highest in the league.The next most used player in the OKC roster is Adams whose usage rate is at 16.2%. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet And even though OKC just got four-time All Star Paul George, Adams doesn’t see Westbrook would try to slow his game down.The best the Thunder can do, Adams said, is to make George feel welcome in a franchise that already lost its former cornerstone in Kevin Durant.“All we got to do is make him feel welcome, make sure he’s comfortable and the rest comes down to working hard and getting better,” said Adams. “The team has to do the right things to make everyone’s job easier.”ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Phoenix slips past Alaska on buzzer beater from Phelps Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The trio of Richard Escoto, Barkley Ebona and Arvin Tolentino had 11 points apiece to intensify the Tamaraws’ offensive fire.Clark Derige had a game-high 22 points to lead the Red Warriors in the losing effort. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ateneo beats UP, claims 2nd win in UAAP women’s basketball Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University easily brushed off University of the East, 90-83, to claim its first win in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws, after losing to defending champion La Salle, 95-90, on Sunday, are now at 1-1 while the Red Warriors are yet to win after two matches.ADVERTISEMENT FEU was off to a hot start and mounted a 19-point lead, 30-11, at the start of the second quarter and that early burst was enough for the Tamaraws to hold on until the final buzzer.“That’s what we addressed after our loss to La Salle that we can’t allow ourselves to be down big in the earlier stages of the game,” said Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela in Filipino.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“We did fairly well last game but we were down big at the start and what happened today was the exact opposite of what happened last time.”Ron Dennison paced FEU with 16 points while Prince Orizu put up 15 points and grabbed 16 boards. MOST READ
Two workers were injured when they fell off a foot overbridge in Delhi on Wednesday.The overbridge is located near gate no. 4 of Pragati Maidan. It was being painted as part of the preparations for the Commonwealth Games (CWG).The accident is being blamed on the last-minute rush to finish all CWG-related work.On Tuesday, there had been another mishap when a foot overbridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium collapsed, injuring 26 workers.
South Africa beat Bangladesh by a massive 206 runs in their final group B match of the World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday. ScoreTheir win not only helped the Proteas finish on top of the table with 10 points in six matches, but even helped Group B rivals India, England and West Indies secure a place in the quarter-finals.South Africa’s win means India and England are also assured of quarterfinal places. West Indies can advance if it avoids a heavily lopsided defeat to India at Chennai on Sunday. Bangladesh’s only hope of advancing is for the West Indies to slump to a heavy defeat and fall behind on the net run-rate for the tournament. Both teams are on six points.Chasing a stiff victory target of 285, Bangladesh were shot out for a paltry 78 in 28 overs. This was Bangladesh’s second score of less than 100 after they were bowled out for 58 against West Indies in an earlier group league game.After their 284 for eight in 50 overs was aided by three half-centuries from Hashim Amla (51), Jacques Kallis (69) and Francois du Plessis (52), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3/14) blazed through the top-order, picking up Tamim Iqbal (5), Imrul Kayes (4) and Shahriar Nafees (5) before Smith took a great low catch off Robin Peterson’s first ball to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim (3) as the Tigers plunged to 36 for five in the 16th over.The procession was ongoing and while the crowd sarcastically cheered the team crossing 58 (their score against West Indies), the hopes of a fight ended when skipper Shakib Al Hasan edged one to Morne van Wyk for 30.advertisementShakib’s 30 was the only double-digit score of the innings, Peterson picking up three wickets as the Tigers were crushed out for only 78 all out in 28 overs.Tsotsobe’s first spell ensured that Proteas comfortably topped the group B with 10 points from six games.South Africa’s batting was a proficient routine. Amla, Kallis and Du Plessis picking up solid half-centuries and just as the Bangladesh bowlers almost got the run flow under control, Robin Peterson and Johan Botha snatched away that glimmer of hope with a flurry of boundaries towards the end.But it was the Graeme Smith-Amla opening partnership that laid the foundation for the big score on a slow and low track.The two put on 98 for the first wicket, Smith coming back to some form with his steady 45 off 68 balls. There was hardly a ball that found the edge or beat the bat with Shakib desperately shifting his bowlers in a bid to unsettle the pair early on.Mahmudullah Riyad, the off-spinner, had Smith stumped in the 21st over with Amla following in the next over bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak.The fluent knock by Amla had some attractive cover drives, the right-hander making 51 off 59 balls with the help of six boundaries. .After Jean-Paul Duminy gloved one to wicketkeeper Rahim, Kallis and Du Plessis added 87 for the fifth wicket before both batsmen fell early during the third Powerplay.Kallis was his typical classic self, hammering five boundaries and a six in his 76-ball knock of 69.Du Plessis too played a solid hand, making a run-a-ball 52 with the help of a six and four boundaries, the two making way for Peterson to smash four boundaries in a short time during his 9-ball 22.For Bangladesh, Rubel Hossain took three for 56 while Shakib picked up two wickets and there was one each for Razzak and Riyad.With Agency inputs
Chetan Anand moved into the pre-quarterfinals of the US Open badminton championships with a 21-18, 21-19 win over 13th seed Bruce Leverdez in the Orange, California on Tuesday.Chetan AnandPeriapalli Kashyap also moved into the pre-quarters with a 21-16, 21-12 win over David Oberstenor of England. Chetan who was making his comeback, was quick off the blocks and jumped to a 8-1 lead in the opening game.Thereafter, Bruce fought back but the Indian was always in control as he won the match in 43 minutes. Kashyap, the 12th seed, was at his attacking best against Oberstenor.Kashyap now has a tough battle against third seed Tien Minh Niguen in the pre-quarterfinals.It must be mentioned here that the Indian has defeated Tien twice before. Gurusaidutt, the third Indian in the fray, lost to sixth seed Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-14, 20-22, 21-16.- With inputs from Agencies
Venezuela completed a weekend of Copa America shocks by reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a gutsy 2-1 win over fancied Chile. Oswaldo Vizcarrondo gave Venezuela a 34th-minute lead on Sunday, nodding in after good work by Juan Arango, only for Humberto Suazo to level midway through the second half with his first competitive international goal since November 2009. That gave the Chileans fresh energy and they had the Venezuelans on the rack for the best part of the next quarter-hour. But just as extra-time seemed to be on the way once again for the fourth time in four quarter-finals Gabriel Cichero struck from close range to spark scenes of joy among the travelling Venezuelan fans and leave the Chileans, four-times finalists, stunned. The giant-killers will now go up against a Paraguay side which sent holders Brazil packing after a penalty shootout success at La Plata outside Buenos Aires. But the baseball-loving Venezuelans will have to make do without Tomas Rincon, red-carded in injury-time for some shirt pulling. Chile also finished a man short after having Gary Medel sent off eight minutes from the end. The shockwaves reached as far as Cuba, where joyous Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, preparing for chemotherapy on the Communist island, sent out his customary congratulatory tweet. “Glory to the brave people! Let’s pay supreme tribute to our boys from the Glorious Vinotinto (the team nickname),” Chavez tweeted. “Viva Venezuela! Oh what a goal. Bravo Venezuela,” tweeted an exuberant Chavez at half-time after Vizcarrondo’s opener, indicating his belief that former Cuban leader and long-time friend Fidel Castro had “brought the Vinotinto luck.” Coach Cesar Farias was also delighted – though in typically more restrained fashion. “The happiness we feel gives us the desire to keep on in the same vein,” said Farias. But he added that winning the semi would be a tall order. “Paraguay are a strong team and they will start favourites, insisted Farias. Goalkeeper Renny Vega told Fox Sports that “we are getting stronger all the time. I just hope we can get to the final now.” “It may be a surprise for many people but I saw Venezuela came here with humility yet merit respect. Our dream has always been to win the Copa.” Chile missed the creative Jean Beausejour, sent off against Peru, and although they had a second-half purple patch with Alexis Sanchez always looking as if he could provide a math-winning flash of inspiration they were undone when Cichero reacted quickest in a crowded box to turn home the winner. With inputs from PTIadvertisement