Government makes DMK pay for its greed

first_imgWith the landgrab tsunami gaining momentum, DMK leaders are being sent to jail one after the other. No wonder, when party chief M Karunanidhi cries foul, he finds no takers.Jayalalithaa’s anti-landgrab drive is forcing the DMK leadership to run for cover.Among those put behind the bar include four former ministers. In fact, the quartet – Veerapandi Arumugham of Salem, Ponmudy of Villupuram, K N Nehru of Trichy and N K K P Raja of Erode – were no ordinary cabinet ministers. They were the face of the party in their respective region. Each one was presiding over a fiefdom.The landgrab tsunami has rattled the party’s southern satrap M K Alagiri so much that he isn’t frequenting Madurai as much as he used to. The Union minister’s trusted lieutenants – henchmen in public parlance – were the first to face the music. The indications are clear that the noose is tightening around him. As the czarina continues to keep the heat on the DMK, the patriarch wants everyone to believe that an ‘undeclared emergency’ is prevailing in the state. With the second line leadership either in prison or waiting for their turn, the party apparatus remains crippled. More than anything, this has helped the diva to reinforce the image of the DMK as a party of the land mafia. But for a fortunate few, the who’s who of the party are behind the bars.Already, the gargantuan 2G spectrum scam has robbed the sheen off the DMK and the Karunanidhi clan. The political discourse of the octogenarian has changed into that of an apologist of nepotism and corruption.advertisementHerein lies the victory of Jayalalithaa, who has been consciously denying any political space for the old fox lest he bounces back.True, there are charges that only cases against the DMK functionaries are being pursued by the police. With the DMK leadership suffering from a huge credibility gap, there is none to shed a tear for the present plight of the party and its leaders.Rather surprisingly, there is a sense of relief among the people.”There is no selective targeting of DMK functionaries. We go by the law. It is not as though we are on a witch hunt. Only cases involving the DMK leaders get wider publicity and we can’t help it. The special cells constituted to deal with landgrab cases have restored the faith in the system. The number of complaints that have poured in proves this,” says N K Mayilvahanan, Salem Police Superintendent. To his credit, he was the first one to restore a prime property usurped by a DMK leader to the original owners – two women. Citing this, he shut the mouths of doubting Thomases about the efficacy of the anti- landgrab drive in getting justice.However, there are contrarian views on the political fallout of the Czarina’s drive. Whether the cases would be taken to their logical end remains a question as it demands the necessary political will. Moreover, whether these cases could stand the test of law is also hotly debated.However, it is undoubtedly a setback for the DMK. But, observers feel that this could give it a fresh lease of life by helping it to regroup. Somewhere down the line, it can play the victim card.These cases will be fast tracked and tried by special courts.Now, the landgrab charge has come to haunt the patriarch himself. The imposing party headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, and his Gopalapuram residence have come under cloud. The AIADMK government has made it clear in the Assembly that legal steps would be initiated to recover the public land occupied in these two places. Though Karunanidhi maintains that the issue has been settled, the controversy refuses to die. Yet, there is a lurking suspicion as to whether Jayalalthaa is indulging in vendetta politics. For, while it was in power the DMK too had created irritants for her.The first 100 days of her rule have been marked by a determination to attack the DMK. The extent to which she goes in her onslaught will be under scrutiny.===Cornered in his own bastion Summons have been served on DMK strongman and Union Minister M K Alagiri! He has to present himself before the Madurai District Collector on September 16 in connection with the violations in the construction of the Daya Engineering College, a dream project of the satrap through his ‘M K Alagiri Educational Trust’. Sounds incredible! Well, this could be the first such case of a District Collector issuing summons to a Union Minister. The Collector is none other than U Sagayam, a no- nonsense IAS officer, who is proving to be the nemesis of the DMK leader.advertisementThe summons has been issued as per section 1 of The Madras Revenue Summons Act, 1869.Prior to that, he had inspected the site and ascertained the facts following a complaint from a farmers’ association.Apart from Alagiri, his wife Kanthi and son Durai Dayanithi have also been directed to appear before the Collector. The charge against them is that they have committed offences under the TN Irrigation Works Act 1959 by constructing the college on an agricultural wetland, affecting poor farmers, besides destroying irrigation channels from a local tank serving cultivation in Sivarakottai near Madurai.The summons has Alagiri in serious trouble.Ever since Sagayam assumed office shortly before the Assembly poll, at the intervention of the Election Commission, he has been giving sleepless nights to the DMK patriarch’s elder son. Part of the New Triumvirate of Madurai along with Asra Garg, the SP and City Police Commissioner Kannappan, he contained cash flow during the election. As a Sub- Collector he is known for sealing the manufacturing unit of a cola giant near Kancheepuram. Will Alagiri appear or attempt to circumvent it? ===She dares to be bold yet again Shruti Hassan has set tongues wagging in Kollywood once again. If it was her daring bikini act in her debut movie ‘Luck ‘ that had earlier grabbed the public’s attention , this time the buzz is about her reported lip- lock scene with national award winning actor Dhanush – the son- in- law of matinee icon Rajnikant.Though she is yet to make her mark as an actress, Shruti, born to Kamal Hassan and Sarika, has always been in the limelight. Her popularity on the celebrity circuit too has never been on the wane. Well, she is no different from any other glam girl. The buzz in Kollywood, however, is whether fans would get to see the lip- lock in the upcoming movie ‘3’. So far there has been no denial of the kissing scene.Even for sporting the bikini, she had remained nonchalant saying it was like yet any other scene.None need to teach her the art of being in the news. ===AS usual the Congress has chosen to swim against the tide in Tamil Nadu. When popular opinion is ranged against capital punishment, the Youth Congress organised a protest fast on Friday to oppose leniency to the three convicts in the Rajiv assassination case. To sound credible, they brought a few people from the families of those who died along with Rajiv in the blast on that fateful day.Sadly the Congress finds itself isolated as even its ally, the DMK, has called for clemency. In the face of the clamour for commutation, the Congress’ voice has found no resonance. Ironically, a party legislator remained silent when the Assembly passed a unanimous resolution seeking pardon for the trio.last_img read more

London Olympics: Hope floats for Gutta and Ponappa after 8 badminton players are thrown out for underperforming

first_imgContrary to widespread belief that their appeal has been rejected, India’s ace doubles shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa hopes she and Jwala Gutta would make it to the quarterfinals of the women’s badminton event after four pairs were disqualified from the London Olympics on Wednesday for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match”.”We are not sure what the scenario is right now. We are waiting for the decision and we hope to make it to the quarters. As far as I know, the officials are discussing the issue and we will get to know in some time,” Ashwini said.”We have given our best and that is all we could do,” she added.The meeting of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is currently underway at the Wembley Arena, the venue for the badminton event.The suspended pairs are: Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China; Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari of Indonesia; Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na of South Korea; and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung, also of South Korea.However, they are not from Group B, of which the Jwala and Ashwini were a part of. The Indians finished third in their group.Ashwini said they had won more matches than the other teams who are in contention for moving to the quarters.London Olympics chief organiser Sebastian Coe described the incidents as “depressing”, saying “who wants to sit through something like that”.International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said that such incidents were “not acceptable”.advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi’s night of celebrity chefs

first_imgEat, Drink and Stay Svelte. That was the headline an NRI magazine gave to its story on Anjum Anand, who with her pouty lips, expressive eyes and sculpted figure is the only celebrity chef and cookbook writer who can give Nigella Lawson a run for her money.Raised in London and educated in cities around the world, the business administration major is back in the city where she waited tables at the hotel that was then named the Parkroyal. She’s here to launch her new book, Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast, which I would recommend to all those chefs who tear their hair out whenever they have to think beyond the aloo-gobhi-paneer hell for the green half of the population.Anjum will also cook one of the nine courses – paired with nine wines and music (this one’s a first) presented by B.L.O.T. and the world’s top piano maker, Steinway & Sons – that will be served at the first charity dinner in the city to raise funds for children who wish to become chefs but can’t afford the education. The dinner will also see five other celebrity chefs – four of them Michelin-starred.One of them is Vineet Bhatia, an ex-Oberoi hand, a familiar figure in Delhi and the presiding deity of the London restaurant Rasoi, whose love for squid ink matches his passion for Indian cuisine nouvelle. I remember having his take on the squid ink risotto – a seafood khichdi spiked with squid ink – at a time when Nobu was the only foreign restaurant that Delhi knew about.advertisementBhatia had then opened a restaurant at The Manor, a boutique hotel at Friends Colony West in Delhi, but the venture bombed. Ironically, at the very same spot, media-shy serial restaurant developer Rohit Khattar and his brilliant star chef Manish Mehrotra run Indian Accent with far greater success despite the initial lukewarm response.It’s been a long time since Delhi has seen so many Michelin-star chefs (the Taj hotels had flown in one such group aeons ago, when Paul Bocuse was the god of all things edible) and this remarkable showcase has been put together by Anand Kapoor, who grew up in London, lived in San Francisco, Manhattan and Lyon, practised as a sports lawyer, and now heads the Indian operations of Image Foundry, an Emmy and Bafta award-winning animation studio started in Manchester.Kapoor, who moved to India in 2006, has founded an NGO named Creative Services Support Group (CSSG) with the stated objective of spotting Indian talent for the global market. His idea of a charity, though, is very different from that of a jholawallah. “We don’t work on people’s guilt,” he says. “Charity needs to be fun and all-inclusive.”But in all the wining and dining, Kapoor doesn’t also want people to miss out on the message behind his gastronomic extravaganza. “Food and poverty go hand in hand,” he says. “There’s sex discrimination in the food industry, there are globalisation issues, but that hasn’t stopped us from creating excitement around the event.” The money raised at the dinner will help CSSG get jobs in the hospitality business for talented young people from poor families and eventually set up a training school.L’Opera, the French patisserie in the city, is partnering the NGO and Kapoor is confident that more will join to give shape to his vision of “giving opportunities to young people to stand on their feet”. You can’t divorce good food from the reality around you. Sometimes, it takes a ninecourse dinner and four Michelinstarred chefs to make the point.Making way for Cavalli CafeThe stylist door of one of the Cavalli Cafe outlets in Italy.If there’s a mall that believes in snapping up every square foot of its Italian marble floors for a new revenue-generating opportunity, it’s DLF Emporio at Vasant Kunj. Its ground floor has not only some of the top luxury brands, but also two dining options that give it an addictive permanent buzz.Cafe E opened even before the mall could sell all the stores and is now the favourite panini-andcoffee spot for fashionable ladies and families who either come to take a break from breathless shopping, or just gawk at the shoppers to keep themselves amused – there’s always an expectant queue outside the caf and invariably a scramble for chairs.Cha Shi, the south-east Asian street food cafe, was the next to follow and if it has been edged forward into the only sliver of the floor that was left unoccupied, it is because the mall is awaiting the arrival of the country’s first Cavalli Cafe, which will coincide with the opening of the Roberto Cavalli store.advertisementA Cavalli Cafe is as much a destination as any store of the high fashion brand. And if the one in Delhi is anything like the Just Cavalli Cafe at the base of the Torre Branca (Branca Tower) in Milan’s main park, Parco Sempione, imagine the kind of social tremors it will cause!As the World’s Best Bars website inform us, the floors of this “classy, glassy temple … with outlandish flourishes” are covered by “lush Oriental fabrics”, its chairs are draped by antelope fur, and gold fish swim in the finger-shaped bowls on each table. Can’t wait to see the ladies who lunch take it over!The myth of glycerin in Indian beerThe Nainital Boat House Club was one of the last pucca institutions to allow “Indians and dogs” into its hallowed premises, where even Jim Corbett was regarded with derision. And it was here that the myth of glycerin in beer was born.It all started with the entry, in the face of much opposition, of the late Col. V.R. Mohan, who presided over the transition of the then Dyer Meakin from its British management to his family. The young new entrant, who later became famous as a Rajya Sabha MP and associate of Indira Gandhi, attracted the ire of the club’s English members, who loved to needle him. One of them insisted that Indian beer was heavier than the English ones because they had glycerin and the loose bar talk became a ‘fact’.The Army contributed to the myth by teaching new officers the trick of removing the ‘glycerin’ by tipping over every bottle of beer into a bowl of water. But what comes out is hop oil, a leftover of the brewing process, and the beer becomes lighter to drink. Hops lend a hint of bitterness and flavour to beer.Another glycerin myth is that it insulates beer against bacterial activity. Pasteurisation takes care of it – each batch of beer is pasteurised at 65 degrees C for 20 minutes, which is enough to kill all bacteria.– Which is Delhi’s best smoking zone? It is has got to be the terrace that the bbar’s largest private dining room leads into. Not that I want people to smoke away their lungs, but then I’ve seen how my smoker friends suffer when they have a drink and pine for a drag. What sets the bbar terrace apart from any other smoking zone in the city is that it is not in some shady corner, but on an airy Select Citywalk rooftop that gives you a dazzling panoramic view of the lights in the malls all around you. If you choose not to smoke, you can always break away from the group with someone special (the rooftop has its fair share of intimate corners) or just bitch about those inside if you have escaped with friends.advertisementlast_img read more

World T20: Stuart Broad’s bizarre excuse for England’s flop show

first_imgWhen England blasted their way past Afghanistan in their tournament opener, captain Stuart Broad was all praise for personnel, who had put in a complete performance.Then on Sunday, though it was a dead rubber, the manner their capitulation at the hands of India should’ve been worrisome, not because of the direct consequences to their title defence which wasn’t affected but because crumbling in front of quality spin is nothing new for England. And amount of new faces seems be able to cure that malaise.And yet, Broad hid behind the excuse that it was a dead game, less than 48 hours after saying that any match played for the Three Lions logo of England could never be meaningless.”It doesn’t change our destiny a huge amount –we still hop on a bus to Kandy in the morning. It is not like tomorrow is going to be a different day. It is not as if we have to go home or anything,” Broad said.”We could afford to lose this game. I suppose it can be a bit frustrating that some days we play spin really nicely and other days we just turn up and everyone seems to play it badly together. It’s just one of those things. As a captain, I’m pleased it happened here and not in a game that could knock us out.” But Broad seemed to forget that England are part of the Super Eight group based in Pallekele that includes Sri Lanka from Group C, New Zealand or Bangladesh from Group D and the West Indies from Group B. It means they will come across the quality of Ajantha Mendis, Sunil Narine, and possibly Daniel Vettori or the bevy of left-arm spinners Bangladesh possess. And India have shown each of them a way to push the defending champions out of the tournament by bowling arm-balls, carrom balls and googlies at them.advertisementlast_img read more

CWG 2014: Navjot Chana, Sushila Likmabam assure India of medals

first_imgNavjot Chana defeated South Africa’s Daniel le Grange to seal his finals berth in the 60kg categoryIn what appears to be a incredible start by the Indian judokas in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Sushila Likmabam and Navjot Chana have stormed into the finals of the event.Likmabam pinned her Australian counterpart Chloe Rayner during the semifinals in the women’s 48kg category to assure India of its first medal in the CWG.On the other hand, Navjot Chana also assured a medal for India after he edged past South Africa’s Daniel le Grange to seal his finals berth in the 60kg category.The 30-year-old Chana, who is employed with Punjab Police, had defeated 23-year-old Tom Pappas of Australia in the quarterfinals. Chana had three shidos, minor violations, but managed two yukos to finish off in style.last_img read more

Island unto yourself

first_imgThere’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked,There’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked to visit Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island for a few days, I was beaming with excitement. After all, staying in a luxury property on a remote island in Langkawi, Malaysia is the perfect recipe for all things fun. Did I get what I expected? Pretty much, aside from getting naked.Rebak is a 390-acre island, one of the 99 that form Langkawi and the resort is the only property here. I got here on a speed boat (one of my favorite parts of the trip thanks to the vast expanse of the Andaman Sea) from port Langkasuka, and once on the island, it was love at first sight. The resort wins you over with its sheer simplicity; say good-bye to overthe-top designs and say hello to elegance, true Malaysian style. Tons of shimmering green cover coupled with a cobalt blue sea, the property has a lazy vibe that’ll make you want to lie down even before you reach your room.Speaking of rooms, they are divided into two blocks: old and new. While the old block has rooms reminiscent of a typical Malaysian house, the new block has those with a more contemporary look. The interiors are in shades of green and timber with wooden flooring and Malay artwork on the walls. Though it doesn’t matter wherever you stay as long as you can wake up to the sight of the Andaman Sea. Not every room has the view and I missed out on it so make sure you book one much in advance.advertisementSenari is the resort’s all-day dining restaurant and serves Malaysian, Indian and continental fare. Overlooking the sea, it is the only restaurant on the island leaving you with no option unless you’re somewhere outside. The restaurant serves quite an expansive buffet for both breakfast and dinner so there is no dearth of options. The food however is quite disappointing; while it is great for breakfast, for dinner expect unimaginative cooking and bland flavors. Seriously, what happened chef? Serious foodies, however, shouldn’t miss their once-a-week evening beach party–there’s a wide range of Malaysian delicacies served here, from street food to full-fledged recipes, and most of it is fantastic.One of the best parts about the resort is definitely their Lepak bar. Again, the only option here to grab a drink, the bar thankfully gets it right. The cocktails are delightful and you must try their Vivanta Signature cocktail–it’s a sure shot winner.The spa here is basic but the group plans to amp it up. There’s also a pool with an adjacent bar and a sports complex where you can sweat it out. And if you’re looking for something light, a walk along the pathway covering the entire property isn’t such a bad idea! There’s also an adjoining Marina which is apparently the only fully-equipped marina in Malaysia. Try talking to some of those people staying on their boats; you’ll get to hear a range of rather interesting stories. Going local goes far here. For those looking for a romantic evening with their partner, the resort has a Moon Decka truly beautiful spot somewhere in the sea that you can access through a pathway from the beach where you can book a table. You can even head there for free, I did, with a drink, late in the night for some peace and quiet, if the place is vacant.Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island is certainly a great place to unwind, and you can definitely head there with your entire family or for a romantic getaway. One size fits all it would seem.Island factsRebak island is 4km away from the main island of Langkawi. It takes 15 minutes on a ferry to reach the resort from Langkawi airport.The resort has a total of 94 rooms (including suites)Room rates:Superior Charm: Rs 22800 Nirvana Senari Suite: Rs 42500Reservations:https://www.yourreservation. net/tb3/index.cfm?bf=Taj_ Vivanta&plprun= 1&_=1404109771667last_img read more

Yap to the rescue

first_imgThat more or less meant a seat in the quarterfinals for the Painters, who have played the most games before the tournament goes on a much-needed break.The loss was the third straight for the reigning Governors’ Cup champion Hotshots, who couldn’t hold on to a 74-72 lead that former Rain or Shine franchise player Paul Lee gave them the play before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Basically, we expected Magnolia’s going to come out defensively like they usually do,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said. “But at the end of the day, we just hit the big shots.”“I think the story of the game is simple: James Yap,” Garcia added. BLACKWATER 101—Maliksi 25, Sumang 18, Digregorio 14, Jose 9, Tratter 7, Belo 7, Sena 6, Cortez 6, Desiderio 4, Alolino 3, Eriobu 2, Javier 0, Banal 0.Quarters: 29-28, 49-48, 75-72, 103-101.Second GameRAIN OR SHINE 75 – Yap 18, Ahanmisi 13, Torres 11, Rosales 7, Norwood 6, Almazan 5, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Ponferada 3, Mocon 3, Onwubere 2, Daquioag 0.MAGNOLIA 74 – Sangalang 16, Barroca 16, Herndon 11, Lee 10, Reavis 9, Brondial 7, Dela Rosa 2, Jalalon 2, Pascual 1, Melton 0.Quarters: 24-14, 40-33, 55-49, 75-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, shorthanded Alaska got a lot of players stepping up that resulted in the Aces second straight win, a 103-101 nipping of Blackwater in the first game.Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz scored 18 each for Alaska.The scores:First GameALASKA 103—Cruz 18, Teng 18, Thoss 16, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Ayaay 9, Pascual 8, Galliguez 7, Potts 2, Baclao 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap hit the big shots during the biggest moments on Wednesday night, lifting Rain or Shine to a nail-biting 75-74 over Magnolia to remain in the lead in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Mall of Asia Arena.The former two-time MVP while playing, interestingly, for the Purefoods franchise, hit 11 points in the fourth, including the game-winning three-point play with 2.5 seconds left that lifted the Elasto Painters to their fifth straight win in a 7-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Teener lords it over clark speedway MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FEU escapes Adamson for share of 3rd spot

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Far Eastern University sneaked its way to the top four after surviving Adamson University in five sets, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Tamaraws have now won four of their last five games and improved to a 5-3 record tying University of Santo Tomas for the third spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I told the players if someone is down, they should play to help each other.”Ebon still finished with 19 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Heather Guino-o added 14 points.Eli Soyud led the Lady Falcons with 17 points while Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla added 15 points apiece.Adamson dropped its fourth straight game and languished at the bottom of the standings with a 1-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag FEU played through the emotional burden of losing two of its stars to injury during the game itself with Jeanette Villareal suffering a right ankle sprain in the first set and rookie star Lycha Ebon to a right knee sprain or strain in the fifth.Ebon managed to give FEU the 3-1 lead in the fifth but her knee found got in contact with Bernadette Flora and this led her to land awkwardly forcing her to be stretchered out of the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s good that we won but it’s unfortunate what happened to my players,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino. “I hope that their injury isn’t that severe and I hope that they can return soon.”With the scores tied at 13, captain Jerrili Malabanan calmly found the baseline to give FEU the 14-13 match point right before Celine Domingo punched through the finishing blow. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Where’s Cinderella? Favorites dominating in NCAA 2nd roundlast_img read more

New Motorola Moto G review: Pure Android for less than Rs 15,000

first_imgMotorola launched the original Moto G in India in February this year. With its unbeatable price and performance ratio, it proved to be an instant hit. Flipkart, the only retailer authorised to sell Moto phones in India, had trouble keeping it in stock.And then the phone market changed. Newer devices like Asus ZenFone appeared. Xiaomi entered India in July with the Mi 3, which had a price similar to that of the Moto G. Result was that the Moto G lost some of its appeal.Motorola is now back with the new version of the Moto G. It is also called Moto G though the product box does specify that it is a 2nd gen device. To keep it simple, we will call it the Moto G (2nd gen).  The idea behind the Moto G (2nd gen) is to fix some of the shortcomings that the original one had. It is supposed to be faster, bigger and better Moto G. But is it enough to help Motorola win back some of the mojo it has lost to Xiaomi and Asus in the Indian market? We find it out.Look and feelIf you have seen the original Moto G, you will instantly recognise the new one as a classic Moto phone. The Moto G (2nd gen) shares the design and style with the original one. The big difference, literally, is the size. The Moto G (2nd gen) has a 5-inch screen compared to 4.5-inch in the original phone. But Motorola has been careful while putting the big screen in the device. The newer one is slimmer – to be precise by 0.6mm – and has much thinner bezels. The weight has gone up but by just 6 grams.The original Moto G had a very compact form factor. And even though the new one is bigger, we get the same feel with it when we hold it. The design, as we said, is the same, which is a good thing because ergonomically the rounded edges and gently curved back work really well. The Moto G (2nd gen) fits well in the hand. Even the single hand use is possible unless you have very small hands.advertisementThe build quality, we feel, has gone up compared to the original Moto G. The Moto G (2nd gen) has better finishing. The screen fits the plastic shell seamlessly, the metal buttons feel snug and the back cover, which can be popped out to access slots for SIM cards and SD cards (but not battery), fits the device impeccably. Overall, the device has been put together well. On the back cover, Motorola has used a rubber coating that makes it smooth to touch and impervious to oily fingerprints.Screen qualityAs we noted earlier, the Moto G (2nd gen) has a bigger screen. Although the 720P resolution remains the same in both the device, yet the pixel density has gone down in the newer version. But in day-to-day use, this is something that doesn’t make much difference. The text looks adequately sharp on the Moto G (2nd gen) screen.In terms of showing colours, the Moto G (2nd gen) screen is the best you can get in a phone that costs less than Rs 15,000. The colours look punchy and vibrant on it. There is no colour banding. The viewing angles too are good and if you move the phone or tilt your head while watching a movie on it, the colours don’t change all that much.Unfortunately, there is one thing that holds back the screen — level of brightness. For indoor use the brightness is adequate, especially if you turn off the auto brightness settings. But during outdoor use the lack of brightness makes the screen reflective. This makes it difficult to read something like a news article on the Moto G (2nd gen) when you are outside in sunlight.Overall, despite the brightness issues, we like the screen on the Moto G (2nd gen). It shows much better colours than what other phones in this price range can manage and that makes a big difference to the user experience.SoftwareLike other Moto phones, the Moto G (2nd gen) runs the stock version of Android. To be precise, it runs the Android 4.4.4, which is the latest and greatest version of Android.The user interface is completely stock, which is good because that is how we like our Moto phones. The stock Android looks good and has user interface elements that keep everything simple. There are no flashy animations here similar to what you get with user interface like MiUI found in Xiaomi phones. And there are no unwanted features, similar to what found in TouchWiz user interface that is a part of Samsung Galaxy phones.advertisementIn terms of software customisation, it has added a few apps created by Motorola. For example, Assist helps you while you go through your day by automatically muting your phone when you are in (or supposed to be in) a meeting. Alert can contact your family or friends in case you need assistance. Migrate can help you move data from your old phone to the Moto G (2nd gen).CameraOther than the screen, camera is another component in the Moto G (2nd gen) that has been given a significant update compared to the original Moto G phone. At least on paper. The rear camera now shoots images in 8-megapixel, though the video recording is still limited to 720P.Seeing in the context of current standards, the camera performance is average. The Moto G (2nd gen) shoots images that have good and punchy colours but the details are missing. Even bigger problem is the presence of noise. Even images shot in good light show some noise. Images taken in low lights, not surprisingly, has a lot of noise or grain.The videos are shot at 720P. They have good enough resolution and clarity to be used on social media sites but the issues that affect images – lack of details, noise – affect the videos too.That said, see it in the context. The Moto G (2nd gen) has a rear camera that matches the camera performance of 2013 phones like the Galaxy Grand 2 that would cost over Rs 20,000. So it can definitely capture images that you will love to share on websites like Facebook. But we are no longer in 2013. We are in the middle of 2014 and Xolo 8X-1000, which costs around Rs 1,000 more than the Moto G (2nd gen), has much better camera performance.The 2-megapixel front camera is good for video chats and occasional selfies.Talking of camera performance, it is time we say some words about the camera app in the Moto G (2nd gen). Unlike most other camera apps, in this app you click photos not by tapping an onscreen shutter button but by tapping anywhere on the camera screen. Now if that is how you click photos, how do you change the focus point? That is done by gently holding the square around the focus point and dragging it to the new focus point. But it is a hit and miss. Half of the time when we tried moving the square, we ended up clicking the out-of-focus picture.The only good bit about this whole ‘square method’ is that once you change the focus point, the camera app also changes the metering depending on the light at the new focus point. This gives you more usable images, that is if you can successfully change the focus point in the first place.Hardware and performanceThe Moto G (2nd gen) has exactly the same core hardware that was inside the original Moto G phone. This means it uses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz and 1GB RAM. The graphics chip is Adreno 305.advertisementIn India, only the 16GB version of the Moto G is available. Unlike the previous version, this time Motorola has given users freedom to expand their memory by adding an external microSD card slot to add up to 32GB memory.The similar hardware means it clocks similar scores in benchmarks. In GFXBench, a benchmark by Kishonti that measures graphics performance, the Moto G (2nd gen) scores 319 points in T-Rex (offscreen) compared to 323 points that the original one gets. In Basemark OS, the score is 503 points compared to 508 scored by the original Moto G.The performance too is almost the same, though due to some more software optimisation, the Moto G (2nd gen) feels just a little bit faster than the Moto G.In day-to-day use, the Moto G (2nd gen) feels like a capable phone, which won’t slow you down. It is snappy and as you use it, there is no lag. Apps open in seconds, web browsing is smooth and GPS locks fast and maintains the lock while a user navigates to his or her destination. The phone can play 1080P movies in most of the common formats, including MP4.When it comes to gaming, the Moto G (2nd gen) handles casual games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds with ease. The more demanding games like Dead Trigger, however, have to be run at reduced graphics settings.The Moto G (2nd gen) also sports stereo speakers compared to the single speaker on the original Moto G. These speakers sound full although they are not very loud. But if you are not in a noisy room, they would do the job if you want to watch a Youtube video. When used with a headphone, the Moto G (2nd gen) delivers impressively rich and clean audio output considering its low price.The quality of sound during calls is very good. The voice sounds full and distortion free. The signal performance too is impressive and we did not see dropped calls while using the device.Battery life is above average but not as good as the battery life of the original Moto G. When used with 3G, the Moto G (2nd gen) lasts around 14 hours with medium to heavy use. If you don’t have too many emails and social media accounts connected to the phone, you will get even better battery life.   Should you buy it?Yes, absolutely. That is if you are looking to buy a smartphone with a budget of less than Rs 15,000. We know the Xiaomi Mi 3 is a better phone than the new Moto G. But that is no longer available.Among the phones that are available in the Indian market, the Moto G (2nd gen) is a safe and reliable bet if you are looking to spend less than Rs 15,000 on your new phone. It doesn’t have a flashy design or a gazillion features. It uses hardware that is rather old now. But overall it still offers an Android experience that is smooth and polished. And experience is what matters.Look and Feel – 7.5/10Screen – 7.5/10Camera – 7/10Software 8/10Hardware – 7/10Battery – 7/10Call quality – 8/10Value – 8/ rating – 8/10last_img read more

BWF World Championships: Sai Praneeth Finishes With Bronze After Semi-final Loss to Momota

first_imgBasel: B Sai Praneeth’s impressive run at the BWF World Championships ended as he succumbed to defending champion Kento Momota in a lop-sided semifinal to settle for bronze here on Saturday.Praneeth’s attacking game couldn’t dent the defence of an in-form Momota as he went down to the Japanese World No. 1 13-21, 8-21 in 41 minutes. Notwithstanding the loss, Praneeth still achieved the rare distinction of becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a medal in the prestigious tournament.Prakash Padukone was the first to win a men’s singles World Championships medal — a bronze — in the 1983 edition.Tough luck!After a couple of top-10 wins, a brilliant @saiprneeth92’s dream run at the #BWFWorldChampionships2019 ends with a 13-21, 8-21 SF loss to #1 seed #KentoMomota. Sai’s bronze thus brings India’s first MS medal in 36 years. Keep it up! 👏 #IndiaontheRise #badminton— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2019 Praneeth made a good start to his semifinal clash, opening up a slender 5-3 lead. However, Momota slowly found his rhythm and turned the tables by entering the interval with a small 11-10 advantage.The left-handed Japanese stepped up after the break, reeling off four points to surge to 15-10. Praneeth couldn’t find the winners regularly and committed too many unforced errors to allow Momota widen the gap between them.At 12-18, the Indian found the net thrice to hand over the opening game to the Japanese.Praneeth was more competitive initially in the second game as he was tied 2-2 with his opponent but the Indian failed to lift the hard-hitting returns of Momota, sending the shuttle wide or at the net.While Praneeth was erroneous, Momota was consistent and it reflected in the scoreline, as the Japanese quickly jumped to 9-2.A precise smash from Praneeth helped him to take a point but he misjudged a shuttle at the backline and then hit the nets as Momota grabbed a 11-3 advantage in the mid-game interval.Praneeth’s struggle continued after the break as he couldn’t put pressure on his fancied rival, who rode on his resolute defence to dominate the rallies.At 15-5, Momota made a rare error when he sent the shuttle long but his quick backhand reflex near the net earned him the serve again.A cross-court smash at Praneeth’s backhand took Momota to 19-8 and he grabbed 12 match points when the Indian hit the nets again.Praneeth then went wide as Momota raised his fist in celebration. Badminton World Championshipsbwf world championshipskento momotaSai Praneeth First Published: August 24, 2019, 6:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Day 4 results: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance forward for the next…

first_imgAdvertisement MEN’S RESULTS(2)R. Nadal d. M.KukushkinG. Pella d. (3) M. Cilic(5) J. del Potro d. F. Lopez(8) K. Anderson d. A. Seppi(12) N. Djokovic d. H. ZeballosJ. Vesely d. (14) D. Schwartzman(15) N. Kyrgios d. R. Haase(19) F. Fognini d. S. Bolelli(21) K. Edmund d. B. Klahn(24) K. Nishikori d. B. TomicB. Paire d. (26) D. ShapovalovE. Gulbis d. (27) D. Dzumhur(28) P. Kohlschreiber d. G. Muller(31) S. Tsitsipas d. J. DonaldsonF. Tiafoe d. J. BenneteauG. Simon d. M. BerrettiniT. Fabbiano d. Stan WawrinkaA. de Minaur d. P-H. HerbertM. Ebden d. Stephane RobertK. Khachanov d. M. BaghdatisWOMEN’S RESULTS(1) S. Halep d. Z. SaisaiAV. Uytvanck d. (3) G. Muguruza(11) A. Kerber d. C. Lue(12) J. Ostapenko d. K. Flipkins(14) D. Kasatkina d. Y. Putintseva(15) E. Mertens d. S. Vickery(17) A. Barty d. E. Bouchard(18) N. Osaka d. K. BoulterD. Sibultkova d. (22) J . Konta(23) B. Strykova d. L. Tsurenko(26) D. Gavrilova d. S. Stosur(27) CS. Navarro d. SS. Tormo(28) A. Kontaveit d. J. BradyK. Siniakova d. O. JabeurH. Su-wei d. L. ArruebarrenaB.  Bencic d. A. RiskeV. Diatchenko d. S. KeninA. Sasnovich d. T. TownsendRead Also:-Wimbledon 2018: Day 3 results: Roger Federer increases his Wimbledon winning streak to 26FIFA World Cup 2018: Previewing the Quarterfinal match-ups and beyond (Part 1) AdvertisementRafael Nadal and Simona Halep had a good day at Wimbledon 2018 when they decimated their opponents to move in the next round.Last year’s French Open winner, Simona Halep beat opponent Zheng Saisai with two swift sets of 7-5 and 6-0.center_img Into the men’s matches, Mikhail Kukushkin lost to Rafael Nadal with five break points in a match.last_img read more

Photos: The Anna Prugova Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementAnna Aleksandrovna Prugova  born 20 November 1993 is a ice hockey player who competes for Russia women’s national ice hockey team.   She represented Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics in women’s ice hockey.During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Prugova was the youngest woman competing in ice hockey. Her age was 16 years and 86 days.She was on the bronze medal winning team at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Championship.She plays for Tornado Moscow Region.last_img read more

Cricket: Ajinkya Rahane says the team made mistakes under challenging conditions

first_imgJames Anderson, star-performer of the first innings had a mesmerizing inning as he took 5/20 in which only two Indian batsmen crossed the 20 run mark. Talking about Anderson, the Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane quoted that the pacer was exceptional and delivered in the right areas. Bowling 13-14 overs and having an economy of 5/20 is something very exuberant for him and his entire nation.Despite a very low total, Rahane put a brave face for his side as he said that the team cannot make excuses for another poor batting effort overall. He added that the team will continue fighting in this game with three days still left to play.Also Read :England vs. India- 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Men In Blue have a horror day at Lord’s Advertisement AdvertisementThe Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on an interview agreed that the batsmen made a lot of mistakes which cost them to fall apart easily by a very low total of 107 runs in the first innings of the rain-affected second test against England at Lord’s. He believes that the conditions can’t any more be difficult especially with Duke ball in these situations. But as a batsman, they are required to back their abilities as it is all about the intent out there.last_img read more


first_imgAbout AIF:About AIF:The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women to achieve gender equity. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 2.5 million of Indias poor and aims to reach 5 million by 2018-19. Learn more at http://www.AIF.orgAbout Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation:Being Human – The Salman Khan Foundation is a registered charitable trust set up in 2007. It works in the areas of education and healthcare for the underprivileged. Media Contact: Amit Jamwal: +91-9873927172 Lisha Jain +91-9819727719 MSLGROUP Photo: Source: Coca-Cola India.PRNewsWire AKGlast_img read more

Team India to sport new kit during World T20

first_imgNew Delhi, March 3 (PTI) The Indian mens and womens cricket teams will take the field in the upcoming World Twenty20 Championships wearing brand new kits unveiled by Nike today. The design features a new collar which has a clear Asian influence, while four-way stretch pants includes articulated patterning on the knee to withstand aggressive play.”Bold with a contemporary stripped motif, the kits express the excitement and responsibility the players feel when representing their country,” says Mithali Raj, captain, Women cricket team.While commenting upon the new jersey Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane said that donning the signature blue is a proud moment for a player representing the country.”Wearing the kit and playing for the country is an overwhelming feeling, which is impossible to express in words. Whenever I put on the blue, the feeling is altogether different,” he said. Both men and women, will be officially using the jersey from March 15. PTI AQS PM PMlast_img read more

BCCI gives us more support than WICB, says Bravo

first_imgKolkata, Apr 4 (PTI) Dashing all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has joined skipper Darren Sammy in criticising the West Indies Cricket Board, saying “even BCCI does more” for them compared to the WICB. “The countrys cricket is not in right hands. We have not got a telephone call from any of the WICB officials or directors. Thats not a good thing,” Bravo told the Star Sports in a post-final interview last night. “We know that they did not want or believe that we could win this tournament. It was basically us against them. Even the BCCI does more for us,” he added. He also questioned as to how players like him, Gayle and Russell are being kept out of the West Indies ODI side. “If we look at the calender, we dont have anymore T20 matches this year. We are not picked for the ODIs. Theres a series thats going to happen with South Africa but we will be playing in England (Natwest Blast) whereas we should have been playing for the West Indies. “Look at the love we get over here. Even the BCCI does more for us than our board. “But its nice that the CARICOM people are coming together. Cricket is a way that unites people in the Caribbean,” concluded Bravo. PTI KHS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Delhi thump Mumbai by 10 runs to grab second spot in IPL table

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Delhi University opens the admissions door today

first_imgThe online registration for admissions to post-graduate courses in Delhi University will kick off from Thursday.The university, for the first time, will be holding the entrance exams at six centres across the country – Bengaluru, Nagpur, Delhi Jammu, Varanasi and Kolkata. The registration process will end on May 24.”The registration for admission to PG courses will start from tomorrow evening (Thursday) and end on May 24. For the first time, provisions have been made to conduct entrance examinations based on multiple choice questions at six centres,” the university said in its official statement.Till now, the exams were only conducted in Delhi and the outstation students had to visit the national capital to write the exam. The university has also done away with subjective question papers except for the foreign language courses.The changes in the admission policy have been made on basis of recommendations of an 18-member standing committee, comprising deans of various faculties. Around 8,000 students are to be enrolled for the 2016-17 academic session.Also read:Delhi University colleges to pick and choose under sports quotaDU textbook calls Bhagat Singh a terrorist, Smriti Irani says it’s ‘academic murder’last_img read more


first_img(Reopens SPB2) (Reopens SPB2)In a Pool B match, Western Railway rode on Vinod Singhs double strikes to overcome Punjab National Bank by a 3-1 margin and record a deserving win.Vinod scored in the 16th and 53rd minutes and Ayappa got the third in the 61st minute.The Punjab outfit managed to reduce the deficit through Gagandeep Singhs goal on the stroke of the half-time hooter. Pool A: RCF, Kapurthala 8 (Poonacha M G 14th, 18th, 52nd minutes, Gurjinder Singh 25th, Sanjay Bir 29th, Gavravjeet Singh 45th, Ajmer Singh 54th, Sandeep Singh 65th) beat FCI 1 (Aniket Muthaiya 6th). Air India 7 (Sameer Dad 12th, Janma Majhi 15th, Shivendra Singh 53rd, 56th, 70th, Birendra Lakra 58th, Arjun Halappa 69th) beat Mumbai Customs 2 (Dhananjay Singh 11th, Jayesh Jadhav 32nd). Pool B: Western Railway 3 (Vinod Singh 16th, 53rd, Ayappa 61st) beat Punjab National Bank 1 (Gagandeep Singh 35th). PTI SSR RSY AH AH RDSlast_img read more

Mumbai City rope in Argentinian striker Defederico for ISL

first_imgMumbai City FC on Wednesday signed Argentine striker Matias Defederico for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) football extravaganza. ALSO READ:Known for his pace and his dribbling ability, the 26-year-old Defederico made his professional debut for Argentinian club, Club Atltico Huracn, and shortly after plied his trade for Brazilian powerhouse Corinthians.In his international career for Argentina, Defederico scored a goal on his debut and has had overseas turnouts in the UAE, Turkey and Chile. This will be his first outing in India.On being signed by the Mumbai franchise, Defederico said, “I am really happy to have signed with Mumbai City FC. I have heard a lot about the club and the ISL and I am eager to start training with the team and give my all for my teammates and the fans of the club. Mumbai is a great city and I can’t wait for this new challenge in my career”.Mumbai City’s head coach Alexandre Guimaraes said, “Defederico possesses immense skill and talent, and has played at some of the most challenging leagues in the world. He brings a lot to the team, and we are confident that he will be a huge asset for Mumbai City FC in the upcoming season.”last_img read more