9/11 Fraud

first_imgThe former Chief Medical Examiner for New York has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzling $9 million in 9/11 victims funds.Natarajan R Venkataram, 43, was convicted of steering $13 million in lucrative contracts to fictitious computer companies, with the help of a co-worker.The medical examiner’s office was assigned the task of identifying victims through forensic analysis of body parts and other evidence collected at the site of the World Trade Center attacks. Related Itemslast_img read more

Green Light

first_imgRetail behemoths Wal-Mart, Tesco and Carrefour are set to secure approval for setting up majority-owned stores in India. A panel of Ministerial secretaries green-lighted the proposal, which now heads to the union cabinet for approval. Presently, only single brand retailers can hold majority stake in their Indian outlets.In a bid to appease small retailers, who have been opposing the entry of foreign department stores, the stores will only be permitted in cities with a population of over 1 million and will require minimum $100 million in foreign direct investment. In addition, they will be required to source at least 30% of manufactured items from small and medium enterprises Related Itemslast_img read more

Elections over, Maharashtra moves swiftly to acquire land for bullet train project

first_imgThe Maharashtra Government will use an obscure section of the land acquisition act to forcibly takeover land in the tribal district of Palghar for the prestigious bullet train project. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government will invoke the little-known section 96 of The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Act, 2013, to compulsory take over the remaining land for the project stuck after locals objected to price-based ‘private negotiation’ acquisition proceeding for the Mumbai-Ahemdabad High Speed Rail Corridor. With the end of Lok Sabha elections, the government feels the situation is right to take some hard decisions in dealing with the protests, said senior officials present in a meeting with Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta on Saturday. The meeting was called to discuss application of Section 96 under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP). Chapter 8 of the MRTP provides for compulsory acquisition of land required for public purposes in respect of planned development or regional plans by the concerned authority. “We have discussed giving as much as four times the value of land for the bullet train project even when forcibly acquired. The Government feels it is time for the price-based negotiations to end. We need to move fast to finish rest of the acquisition proceedings,” said a senior official present at the meeting. The Government has also decided to put in place a new compensation policy for encroachment on land meant for the bullet train. “The new policy will ensure both the encroacher and the land owner are duly compensated, something the previous law had neglected.”An estimated 312 villages in Gujarat and Maharashtra will have to give up land for the ₹1.08 lakh-crore project. Additionally, 7,974 plots belonging to the forest and railway authorities will have to be acquired in both States. On August 25, 2018, at a meeting with Maharashtra Chief Secretary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a deadline of December 2018 for completing land survey and acquisition. However, a report of the Palghar District Collector last year revealed that the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) did not have a time-bound schedule to meet the deadline. The Collector’s report had said of the 108.059 km land needed for the project, much is yet to be acquired through the government’s ‘private negotiation’ policy. Acquisition of the land — spread over 73 villages in Palghar, Vasai, Talasari, Dahanu, Wada and Shahapur villages — is being held up due to protests from local villagers, the Collector had said. The train, with a capacity of 750 passengers, will travel at speeds between 320 km an hour and 350 km an hour and is expected to reduce travel time between Ahemdabad and Mumbai to three-and-a-half hours or less from the present eight. The project is expected to be completed in seven years.last_img read more

‘SHE Team’ on the patrol in Odisha

first_img‘SHE Team’, the innovative pilot project launched by Odisha’s Gajapati district police in Paralakhemundi started functioning from Friday to ensure safety and security of young girls and women.Justice K.R.Mohapatra of the Orissa High Court formally flagged off the ‘SHE Team’ at a colourful function held at Biju Patnaik Kalyan Mandap of Paralakhemundi. Since June 24, a massive awareness drive about the project had been taken up in Gajapati’s district headquarter town, Paralakhemundi.The theme song of ‘SHE Team’ sung by Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sarah Sharma has already drawn much attention. The young IPS officer used her Hindustani classical skills learnt during her student days in Cuttack. Its lyric was written by female inspector Mamata Nayak. This theme song was launched on June 25 and logo of the project was released the previous day. There were competitions among students and rallies to popularise concept of ‘SHE Team’ in Paralakhemundi.SHE stands for ‘Safety, Health and Environment’. This project is modelled on the lines of Hyderabad ‘SHE Team’, said Ms. Sharma. The ‘SHE Team’ of Paralakhemundi is headed by a lady sub-inspector and includes mobile patrolling teams. Four female and three male police personnel will assist her. They will patrol schools, colleges, other local institutions and public places, where young girls and women are allegedly subjected to eve teasing, stalking and harassment.Website launchedThe website of ‘SHE Team’ has been launched and a mobile app is under construction. At the time of distress, women of Paralakhemundi can contact ‘SHE Team’ through its website ‘sheteamgajapati.com’, landline number 06815-222388 or by WhatsApp number 9438916707. The website and phone numbers are being publicised through social media and other means.‘SHE Team’ will also try to prevent harassment of working women at workplaces and public places where they move for their job. It will teach self defence and cyber space safety to young girls and children.It will visit child care institutions and make children aware about sexual abuse.last_img read more

Assam NRC final list: Rights group terms it largest incident of making people ‘stateless’ in decades

first_imgA New Delhi-based rights group has termed the exclusion of 19,06,657 people from the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) as the largest incident of making people “stateless” in decades.Sri Lanka’s 1948 declaration of about 9,75,000 descendants of Indian-origin Tamils as ‘non-nationals is the next largest purging move’, the Rights and Risk Analysis Group said on Saturday.Myanmar’s decree under the 1982 citizenship law, making some 8,00,00 Rohingya stateless, the declaration of 4,00,000 Bihari Muslims as non-citizens in Bangladesh in 1971, and the expulsion of 3,90,000 Indian-origin people by Myanmar – then Burma – in 1964 are the other major cases of making people stateless in South Asia, the group said.“If the Foreigners Act of 1946 is to be followed, the excluded people await immediate arrest and imprisonment after they are declared as foreigners by the Foreigners’ Tribunals unless the orders of these tribunals are stayed or overturned by the Gauhati High Court or the Supreme Court,” group director Suhas Chakma said.The narrative of the indigenous people being overrun by illegal immigrants was based on the migration from 1901 to 1971 when the State’s average decadal population growth rate of 23.95% was almost double the country’s 12.90%. “But those who came to India before March 24, 1971 have already been accepted as citizens of India as per the Assam Accord of 1985,” he said. 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50  Watch | Assam’s NRC Final List is outcenter_img Punished for lacking papersThe NRC was not about the identification of foreigners but a process to punish those who did not have documents of their own or of their forefathers to establish themselves as residents of Assam prior to March 24, 1971, he said.“Assam had 66% illiterates as per the 1971 Census. This means these 66% did not possess an educational certificate that can be used as a birth certificate,” he said, adding that the poor, illiterate and landless people of 1971 or their descendants found it the toughest to prove their legacy.last_img read more

Kharghar police hunt for conman who targets builders

first_imgA conman who is on bail in a June 2018 case appears to have got back to doing what he is best at: cheating builders.Kharghar police are on the lookout for a Milind Lavate, who cheated a Pune builder of ₹31.5 lakh, promising him a bank loan of Rs. 100 crore for his project.In June 2018, Mumbai police had arrested Mr. Lavate on charges of cheating various builders by promising them hefty loans for their projects. The accused was on bail in that case.According to police, he impersonated as a senior bureaucrat and moved around in high-end cars bearing VIP passes and fake stickers of government departments.Mr. Lavate has finished Class XII and had earlier worked as a loan processing agent for a private bank from where he got the idea of cheating people in the name of offering hefty loans.In the case registered with the Kharghar police, Naresh Agrawal (50), a builder from Hadapsar, Pune, wanted to construct a building on a 250-acre lot in Solapur. In 2017, he had met one Suraj Singh from the construction fraternity, who told him he could help him get a loan and introduced him to Mr. Lavate.Mr. Agarwal met Mr Lavate, who claimed to be the owner of Paryay Finances, at Hotel Three Star wherein Mr. Lavate asked him for ₹10.5 lakh as fees, which he paid. Later, Mr. Lavate demanded ₹15 lakh and then ₹6 lakh as processing fees.Many months later, Mr. Agarwal asked Mr. Lavate to pay back the money, following which he gave him a cheque which bounced.Mr. Agarwal also contacted Mr. Singh, but met with no success. He then registered a case with the Kharghar police. “We are on the lookout for the accused, who was not available at his residence. The Mumbai police has more than 30 cases against him,” said police inspector Mahesh Patil from Kharghar police station.last_img read more

Cavaliers deal two, drop two as roster takes shape

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Richard Jefferson #34 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. AFPNew York, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers trimmed their roster Saturday ahead of the upcoming NBA season, trading forward Richard Jefferson and guard Kay Felder to Atlanta while releasing center Kendrick Perkins and guard Isaac Hamilton.The Hawks, who released Felder and Jefferson to save $3.8 million in combined salary, also received second-round picks in the 2019 and 2020 NBA Draft from Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Welcome, Matt Perkins, 32, helped Boston win the 2008 NBA crown and played in three pre-season contests for the Cavs. Hamilton had only been signed on Wednesday.The Cavaliers open the NBA’s 72nd season at home Tuesday against Boston. /cbb Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Atlanta sent the Cavaliers the draft rights to 22-year-old Greek forward Dimitrios Agravanis, who has played the past four years for Olympiacos of Greece, and Ukrainian guard Sergiy Gladyr, who has played the past two seasons for Monaco.The Cavaliers also sent the Hawks $3 million but will save $12.8 million in luxury tax payments by making the deal, ESPN reported.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“These situations and decisions are some of the toughest to be in and have to make,” said Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman. “Certainly, both RJ and Kay are two guys we also wanted to have with us this season.”Jefferson, 37, averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds last season in his 16th NBA campaign. Felder, 22, averaged 4.0 points and 1.4 assists in his first NBA season.last_img read more

NBA: Clippers want to move out of Staples Center

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ginebra gets its groove back WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The former boss of the internet giant Microsoft bought the California franchise in 2014 for $2 billion and quickly said he wanted the Clippers to play in their own arena. The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ The Los Angeles Clippers see action against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GETTY IMAGES/AFP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers announced Thursday they are considering leaving Staples Center arena which they have shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings since 1999.The Clippers reached an agreement with the city of Inglewood, California to look into building a new stadium in the suburbs, about 12 kilometers (eight miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT “I have said from day one that we need to plan for the future. This agreement helps us do that by expanding our options,” said Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.“The prospect of a new state-of-the-art NBA arena would allow us greater latitude to influence our game schedule, particularly as it relates to weekend games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBallmer said the Clippers hope to build a state of the art facility on 20 acres of land that would include an arena, training center and offices. It would be located across the street from the NFL Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium.But Ballmer said the Clippers would not be able to move before 2024, when their current lease with The Anschutz Corp. expires. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk

first_imgOlynyk thinks he and Miami will be a great fit.“The culture here, I’ve heard so much about it,” Olynyk said. “I’m really excited about it.”Olynyk being added to the mix was the lone surprise.Johnson and Waiters had made clear they wanted to stay in Miami long ago.Johnson was courted by the Utah Jazz after Gordon Hayward left for Boston and said he was still getting used to the idea of being a sought-after commodity.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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 View comments Miami Heat’s Dion Waiters shouts to the fans after shooting a basket in the final seconds of the game to secure the Heat’s victory over the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI— They came to the Miami Heat a year ago almost as afterthoughts, two guys with less-than-stellar reputations who didn’t exactly have an abundance of options.Those days are long gone for James Johnson and Dion Waiters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LATEST STORIES LaVar Ball on Lonzo’s debut: ‘His worst game ever’center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena They’re now cornerstones of Miami’s plan to return to contention.Capping several days of salary-cap maneuvering to make sure all the pieces fit the right way, the Heat announced the signings of Johnson, Waiters and newcomer Kelly Olynyk on Friday to new four-year contracts. All were agreed upon earlier this week, though Miami didn’t start closing those deals until more cap space was created earlier in the day by trading Josh McRoberts to Dallas.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 starsCombined, Johnson, Waiters and Olynyk’s deals have a maximum value of about $165 million. Those three played for $10 million last season.“As soon as Kelly Olynyk became an unrestricted free agent, we pursued him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “He is not only a post player, he can also play away from the basket. What we like the most is that he is a playmaker, tough defender and rugged rebounder. At just 26 years old, he fits in perfect with our young core that will play together in their primes.” 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was my first time ever being in a situation like this,” Johnson said on Friday night. “Everything was mind-boggling and exciting at the same time. I was just riding the rollercoaster.”As intoxicating as it was, he had so many reasons to stay.Johnson could make over $60 million in the next four seasons, a huge bump from the $4 million he played for last season. He dropped 40 pounds, changed his body, changed his outlook and went from someone who bounced around the league — and carried a bit of an underachiever label — to someone Miami trusted to have on the floor at the end of games last season.Waiters transformed as well. He slimmed down at the team request, and his game took off — making him a go-to player in Miami last season.“Dion was so important to us,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “He worked hard and you saw what that did for his game.”Much of the space Miami used this summer was created by the waiving of Chris Bosh, who still gets his $25.3 million salary for this season but doesn’t have it count against the Heat books. The Heat went after Hayward and lost out when he picked Boston, so that meant Miami went to what Riley described as Plan B: keeping its own guys.Waiters was the first big domino to fall Miami’s way in that plan, agreeing to his deal on Wednesday. Johnson and Olynyk agreed on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’

first_imgTNT needs to ‘learn to adjust’ after another foul-laden game, says Racela Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and 2005 world champion before serving a ban between 2006-10, won silvers behind Bolt in Beijing in 2015 and Moscow two years previously, and last year became the oldest man to win a 100m Olympic medal when he took silver in Rio, also behind his Jamaican nemesis.Bolt’s teammate Yohan Blake, world 100m champion in 2011 after the false start, and Gatlin’s compatriot Christian Coleman, who has the season’s fastest time of 9.82sec, should be in the running.And Canadian Andre de Grasse, South African Akani Simbine and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut all have a realistic chance of bagging a medal should they safely negotiate heats and keep enough in reserve from Friday’s heats for Saturday’s semi-final and final.“I love competition, I thrive on competition and I want people to run fast to push me,” warned Bolt, who set the current world record of 9.58sec when he won world gold in Berlin in 2009, his winning times in the last two championships being 9.79 and 9.77 respectively.“I’m the underdog, for some reason,” Bolt said. “That’s what I keep reading. That’s what my team keeps telling me… I’ve got to prove myself once more.“My last race was 9.95, which shows I’m going in the right direction. The two rounds (of heats and semi-finals) always help me. I’m always going forward.“At a championships it’s about who keeps their nerve. I’ve been here before. It’s time to go. It’s ‘go’ time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competes to win the men’s 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships, in Moscow, Russia. The man who reshaped the record book and saved his sport along the way is saying goodbye. His runs through the 100 meters and Jamaica’s 4×100 relay at next week’s world championships are expected to produce golds yet again, along with leaving people to wonder who could possibly take his place. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Usain Bolt is confident he can produce one more magical Midas touch when he seeks to defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships.In eight individual finals at the past four worlds as well as in four 4x100m relay finals, Bolt has only suffered one hiccup: when he false started in the 100m final in Daegu in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Eleven world titles to go along with eight Olympic golds: Bolt has the experience of dealing with multi-round big-event racing.It would be a brave person to bet against the 30-year-old Jamaican, no matter how sluggish, relatively speaking, his season has been so far.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 starsHe has had only three outings, all over 100m, and only once dipped under the 10-second barrier, in Monaco last month (9.95sec).“If I show up at a championships I’m fully confident,” Bolt maintained. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “My coach (Glen Mills) is confident and I’m ready to go. I’m fully confident, 100 percent.”While labelling himself “for some reason, the underdog”, Bolt fired out a warning shot at potential rivals by saying he wanted to bring the curtain down on his individual exploits as a sprinter who was “unbeatable, unstoppable”.Bolt suffered a rare defeat in the 100m by two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin at the Rome Diamond League meet in 2013, losing out by a hundredth of a second.And the multi-medalled American, now 35, will be in the field in the British capital and a nailed-down contender for a podium place.Bolt Gatlin’s nemesisADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Creamline sits star, takes Game 1 anyway

first_imgGinebra flattens NLEX on the road 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Earlier, Mega Builders and Cignal TV toppled their respective rivals to move closer to forging a duel for the men’s crown in the mid-season conference of the country’s premier league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.The Volley Bolt got back at the Air Force Jet Spikers, fighting back from two sets down and hacking out a 19-25, 16-25, 25-20, 26-24, 15-10 decision, while the HD Spikers thwarted the Sta. Elena side, 25-16, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, at the start of their respective best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img But team management later decided to give the former two-time league MVP the rest she deserves following a grueling 17-day training with the national team in the Japan.Creamline officials also released a statement later saying Valdez will sit out the rest of the conference.The Cool Smashers haven’t lost a step since losing Valdez to national team duties, and they showed the ability to handle pressure minus their star player by saving four match points to steal the third set and then rebounding from a lopsided loss in the fourth with a dominant showing in the decider.Vargas stood out in that emphatic stretch, firing away power-packed spikes that bamboozled the Water Defenders.Creamline shoots for the championship berth in Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT “Coming off a fourth set loss, we thought of stepping up in the fifth,” Vargas said. “We were able to communicate and everybody contributed.”In putting a foot inside the Finals, Creamline ran its winning streak to eight games after sweeping the classification phase of the mid-season conference organized by Sports Vision.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 starsAnd the Cool Smashers did it despite the continued absence of Valdez.Valdez, a member of the national team that will see action in two tournaments this month, got the green light from the national volleyball federation to suit up for the Cool Smashers for the playoffs. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After celebrating their Game 1 victory, the Creamline Cool Smashers will walk into Game 2 with a chance to seal a Finals berth. —AUGUST DELA CRUZRosemarie Vargas stepped up when Creamline needed her the most, providing the key points in the decisive set for a 25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 18-25, 15-7 decision over BaliPure Saturday night to inch closer to a maiden finals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Vargas filled in for superstar Alyssa Valdez, who Creamline opted to sit out at the last minute, and pumped seven of her 19 points in the fifth set, including five hits off the block, as the former Far Eastern U standout perplexed the Water Defenders with her power to give the Cool Smashers a 1-0 headstart in their best-of-three semifinal series.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers “It has a new ring to it. It’s really an exciting opportunity and I’m just really thankful for Alab for bringing me on,” said Alapag on Saturday when Alab Pilipinas made his signing official.Bagong laban, bagong #pALABan! ALAB PILIPINAS welcomes new Head Coach JIMMY “The Mighty Mouse” ALAPAG! 🔥🔥🔥 Official signing in a bit! pic.twitter.com/zwGWzxn8DZ— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) August 12, 2017This will be a brand new challenge for Alapag, who previously worked as an assistant coach for Gilas Pilipinas and Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto The 39-year-old legend has taken over the lead mentor job while Mac Cuan slides into the role of assistant for Alab’s second season. LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo .@AlabPilipinas announces the signing ✍️ of @JAlapag3 as Head Coach for the upcoming ABL season.pic.twitter.com/yjMZc1S1nH— ABL (@aseanbasketball) August 12, 2017FEATURED 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 starsWinner in every level he’s been in, Jimmy Alapag will take that champion mentality as the head coach of Alab Pilipinas this upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.ADVERTISEMENT But the 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player is no stranger to being the captain, leading TNT to six championships while also being a key figure in the national team.“We signed Jimmy because we know he can help transform the team. He has been helping lots of young players about good work ethic. That’s what he’ll bring to the team. We’re very happy that he’ll finally be a head coach,” said team owner Charlie Dy.Alapag shared that he’s excited to embark on this new chapter  and he hopes to pass forward the lessons he’s learned from his past mentors.“I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to play for different coaches – coach Chot (Reyes), coach Norman (Black), coach Derrick (Pumaren), even coach Tim (Cone) when he was helping Gilas. We’re talking about some Hall of Fame-level coaches. I’d like to get bits and pieces from those guys. I wanna encourage our guys to come in and get ready to work,” he said.Alapag said the team won’t settle for anything less this coming season after Alab finished third in the ABL last year.“I think going into second season, the goal is to compete for the championship. Last year, they were really close to being in the Finals. Hopefully this season, we’ll get there and bring the first championship for Alab,” he said.Alapag will have Cuan and Paolo Rivero in his coaching staff.As for the players, Dy said that the management is working doubly hard  to bring back 2017 ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and national team guard Kiefer Ravena.“We’re trying to keep Ray and Kiefer, definitely. People will just have to wait for the next two weeks,” the team executive said. 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’

first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Letran has propelled to the third spot at 5-3 behind Lyceum (7-0) and defending champion San Beda (6-1) after opening the season losing three of its first four games.Napa embraced the fact that his team will be the underdog against the menacing Pirates, likening the impending clash to a biblical story.“It’s going to be David and Goliath,” Napa described. “We’re going to go all out.”And we all know how that narrative ends.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light Winners of four straight, the Knights are transforming into a force to reckon with in their own right.Their legitimacy as title contenders can be argued at this point with still a lot of games to be played but one thing’s certain, the Knights are unfazed and unrattled with what lies ahead.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“Humanda ang Lyceum sa amin kasi lahat ng babangga sa amin, gigibain namin. That’s my players’ mindset right now,” warned Letran head coach Jeff Napa, his bold declaration coming on the heels of a gritty win over a game San Sebastian side in overtime.(Lyceum better be ready for us because we we’re going to destroy whoever comes in our way.) Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIEScenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Letran head coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUndefeated and fearsome, Lyceum is looking every bit of a championship contender nearing the halfway mark of the NCAA season.The Pirates have been making statements with a victory on top of another. But Friday’s showdown with the Letran Knights, who are in the middle of a resurgence, promises to be their stiffest challenge yet.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLEumir Marcial pounded Thai Pathomsak Kuttiya for his second straight gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, this time in the middleweight division in the Kuala Lumpur Games Thursday.Now fighting as a middleweight, Marcial was also the top boxer in the welterweight division in the 2015 Singapore Games.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ John Marvin of the Philippines competes against Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the finals of the light heavyweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Tupas won to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLLight heavyweight John Marvin also triumphed for the Philippines earning a stoppage victory to win the gold against Malaysian Adli Hapidz Bin Mohd Fauzi.The ring official stopped the action just 21 seconds into the fight with Marvin dominating the hometown bet on all angles.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 openingMario Fernandez, meanwhile, settled for the silver in the bantamweight division after Chatchai Butdee of Indonesia bagged the gold.  Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul UFC: Rival Cormier responds to Jones’ failed drug test View commentslast_img read more

Far Eastern U, San Beda gain top spots

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES The Red Spikers looked headed for a trouble-free debut after dominating the Lady Engineers in the first two quarters. But they sputtered in the third, enabling the TIP tossers to steal the set on deuce points.Soltones and Kath Villegas have played their last season with the Lady Stags.Soltones actually helped on the bench as part of Roger Gorayeb’s coaching staff but the Lady Tamaraws, responding to new coach George Pascua, proved too strong for the Lady Stags.“The important thing was we were able to maximize everyone’s potential,” said Pascua, who recently took over from Shaq delos Santos.San Sebastian put a gutsy stand in the second set but Pons and Basas stepped up their attack before the Lady Tams reasserted their might in the third with Pons’ last ace wrapping up the one-sided match.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda edges Lyceum, gains NCAA chess Final Four Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celine Domingo and Jeanette Villareal also combined for 17 hits for FEU.The Lady Stags scored 24 attack points but yielded 21 points off miscues.Nikka Dalisay paced San Sebastian with 10 points while Daurene Santos and Joyce Sta. Rita combined for 12 points for the Recto-based squad.Earlier, fancied National University whipped San Beda, 25-15, 25-16, 25-18, to join opening day winners La Salle and University of Santo Tomas in the men’s division of the league backed by Mikasa and Asics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ “We played as a team and that made it a lot easier for us,” said Pons.It was an all-Lady Tamaraws show right from the start as they imposed their will upfront and pounced on the erratic Lady Stags, who sorely missed the services of former ace hitter and many-time NCAA Most Valuable Player Soltones.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 openingIn the second game, San Beda recovered from a third-set defeat and thwarted Technological Institute of the Philippines,25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13, to join Arellano U in the Group B lead. Far Eastern University leaned on its veteran crew and clobbered a Grethcel Soltones-less San Sebastian College side, cruising to a 25-17, 25-21, 25-14 victory to gain a share of the Group A lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.Bernadeth Pons fired 13 hits, including eight attack points and two aces, while Toni Rose Basas added 11 as the Lady Tamaraws matched the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ straight-set romp over the Jose Rizal U Lady Bombers in Saturday’s opener of the season-ending conference of the Sports Vision-organized league.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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’last_img read more

Saina Nehwal slips to World no. 3

first_imgRiding on her Swiss Open triumph, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has regained the number three place in the latest world ranking.Saina, who missed a couple of tournaments early in the year because of a nagging ligament injury and then suffered early exits from the Korean Open and the All England Championships, notched up her first title of the season in Switzerland last week.The 21-year-old now has 69721.2637 points in her kitty and is currently behind Shixian Wang (83506.4) and Yihan Wang (73988.9106) at one and two respectively.The Swiss Open title was her third Grand Prix Gold title win after Chinese Taipei (2008) and the Indian Open (2010).The girl from Hyderabad also won four Super Series finals in Indonesia (twice), Singapore and Hong Kong over the last two years.In men’s singles, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist P Kashyap was at the 21st place with 38415.2559 points, while Ajay Jayaram moved to 28th. Anand Pawar and Arvind Bhat are at 42nd and 45th spot respectively.Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa dropped one place to 19th spot, while Jwala and V Diju slipped two spots to 18th in mixed doubles.In men’s doubles, Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas jumped seven places to be placed just outside the top 20 bracket at 21st place.last_img read more

Live the thrill

first_imgSummer getaways usually involve lush green hill stations, cocktails by the beach or swanky hotels. But how about trekking in the cold desert of Ladakh? Yes, it’s time to move beyond the regular sight-seeing and set off on a real adventure. “You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to,Summer getaways usually involve lush green hill stations, cocktails by the beach or swanky hotels. But how about trekking in the cold desert of Ladakh? Yes, it’s time to move beyond the regular sight-seeing and set off on a real adventure. “You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy adventure sports. Families too, are looking for such exciting holiday options, provided the trip is well organised,” says Keyur Joshi, COO, Makemytrip.Ride the tideFor an eventful vacation, head for whitewater rafting and camping on the shores. “You would feel an ultimate rush while floating through the scenic waterways,” says Suchi Smita of the whitewater action at Mori, which is a small village in Uttarakhand, located on the banks of Tons river. The proximity of Mussorie and Shimla is another attraction for the tourists visiting this side.Camping in surrounding forest and villages of Manali in Himachal is a bonus adventure for rafting enthusiasts who visit the Beas river in the region. While Indus and Zanskar rivers at Ladakh offer best stretches for a challenging raft trip, camping and rafting at Rishikesh are a safer bet. No wonder it’s a popular weekend getaway for families. Rishikesh also offers adventure sports such as rappelling and cliff jumping.Take to the waterRafting at Rishikesh is on till end of May,however, rivers such as Mori, Beas and Indus are accessible till themonth of June. One should carry shorts, t-shirts and floaters forrafting while track suits and sneakers for camping.View from the topIf you’re looking for an elevated experience, literally, and nature’s solitude, then a Himalayan sojourn is the answer. Ladakh (also known as little Tibet), the land of jagged peaks offers some of the most interesting treks. The lunar terrains of Leh and sand dunes of Nubra valley make your trekking efforts worth it and even more.Unlike the surreal beauty of Himalyas, treks in Himachal promises to be a cultural diaspora, with spotlight on popular Dhauladhar and Pirpanjal ranges. The quaint life of locales is charming and simple. The high altitude trek in the Kanchendzonga range (8,586 meters) of Sikkim and the tribal treks in Tawang, Dirang and the Tenga valley of Arunachal Pradesh are also some of the star treks. The trekking program should be organised by a registered travel agency. “We conduct an easy three-day trek to strenuous 20+day trek, offering complete arrangements from travel either by road or rail to all the necessary equipments, a trip leader and porters,” says Mandeep Dhillion, director of Synapses Adventures (www.synapses.in).Take a hikeThe best time to trek in Himalyas is from April to mid June, and then in September and October. One should be able to walk for at least 5-6 kms in the plains. A basic medical check up isadvisable, especially for first timers.Sea, I got you!Yes, it’s your chance to get upclose and personal with the marine species and beautiful, colourful coral reefs. Scuba diving is a treasured adventure sport for marine life enthusiasts. First time divers can also expect a spectacular view, provided the weather is good for visibility underwater. “The clear crystal water and pristine lagoons of Lakshadweep Islands are a safe option for diving newbies,” says a diving expert. Andaman Islands with its large schools of tropical fish, large pelagics, turtles and popular Manta Rays are a diving paradise. The island also boasts of liveboard diving. “The Havelock Islands at Andaman has excellent sites for divers such as Elephanta Beach, Inglis Island, and Buffalo Island,” shares Dhillon.Take the plungeThe diving season begins from mid-Januaryto mid-May with flat seas, excellent visibility and easy accessibilityto all the sites. August to November is also excellent time for diving.advertisementlast_img read more

IT capital Bangalore hides an underbelly of illiteracy

first_imgChildren from impoverished backgrounds remain excluded.During the past 10 years when Bangalore grew as a boomtown of infotech it has also witnessed an increase in the number of people who cannot read and write. Bangalore has a comparatively high literacy rate of 88.48 per cent. But when Bangalore’s population jumped from about 65 lakhs to 96 lakhs the growth included an increased number of illiterates – 8,447 to be precise.T K Anil Kumar, director, census operations (Karnataka), said that literacy is a complex issue to understand. Experts said that though the number appears small, it in effect means more illiterate people are coming into Bangalore. Normally, as had happened elsewhere in the state – except Bangalore and Yadgir – the number of illiterates decrease as educational opportunities increase and a new literate generation enters the population.A population growth of over 45 per cent indicates that migration accounts for about 30 per cent, pointed out Prof K S James, an expert in demography at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore.The natural growth is just about 15 per cent. “Clearly there has been migration of illiterate groups.” There are large scale construction sites which attract migrant labourers.”It is surprising that Bangalore being a hub of knowledge shows pathetic performance on literacy,” said Prof R S Deshpande, director of ISEC. “In Bangalore most of the corporate sector is happy with the cheap migrant labour. But rarely do they think about the children who are brought here.” Children migrating to Bangalore are often busy working or looking after their siblings, Deshpande added.advertisementChild labour is still prevalent in Bangalore despite NGO inter vention and state- sponosored programmes. A nun who started a school in a poorer area of the city many years ago said she made the decision after seeing labourers going to work with their toddlers tied to a tree near the work area. Still there is no good institutional mechanism to look after labourers’ children.There are policy issues too.National Policy on Education 1986 and the Revised version of 1992 laid emphasis on strengthening school education as well as enhancing literacy rate.Accordingly the National Literacy Mission was created and programmes were launched as part of Total Literacy Campaigns (TLCs) across the Nation. “It was literally a social movement,” said Dr Niranjanaradhya V P, fellow at the Centre for Child and the Law at NLSIU. It later got diluted and a project approach replaced this social movement with nontransparent initiatives supported by external agencies, he pointed out. “We need to create reasonably good access to the children coming from marginalised communities to receive reasonably good quality education.” There should be a well- designed literacy programme for all who require it after 18 plus, connecting it to their day to day life. In metros like Bangalore the programme should be in more than one language. ===Everybody loves a good political crisis It is that time of the year when the Karnataka government is in crisis. Everybody knows it by experiencing the traffic jam in front of the Raj Bhavan and the police bandobast that causes further blockages along important roads. Visitors are barred from the Vidhana Soudha.Cars of political leaders are seen parked in rows in front of the Raj Bhavan gate. You get to see politicians, clad in the customary white shirt and white trousers, just like the chief minister. Some look worried. The dhoti-clad leaders normally come from the north of the state; some sport green shawls.Outside broadcast (OB) vans with their dish antennae are also seen parked in front of the Raj Bhavan. The crew sometimes has round the clock duty. Correspondents from small news bureaus have a tough time covering simultaneous press briefings at far-away venues.Many run out of battery in their cell phones and laptops and go incommunicado.The street-side hawkers, however, enjoy the show. They gather at the Raj Bhavan and sell groundnut, bhelpuri and buttermilk – to MLAs and journalists. They do it boldly, right under the noses of policemen who would have beaten them up on normal days for daring to be seen in such a sensitive spot. ===Bangalore to become a biofuel boomtown After IT, BPOs and biotechnology, the next wave in Bangalore could well be alternative energy. Products and processes are in the pipeline. The credit for some of them goes to Dr Rajah Vijay Kumar, a researcher in biophysics, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy.Scalene Energy Research Institute (SERI) that he heads has the technology to produce electricity from waste – food, vegetables, meat, husk, municipal waste, water weeds, spent grain left after brewing beer.advertisementPurely cultured bacteria from SERI’s lab break them all down to produce natural gas. The science is called Microbe Incubated Bioreactor (MIBR).The SERI campus has a gas plant that runs on water hyacinth collected from a nearby lake, called the ‘oil well’. ‘Serigas’ runs a 1.2 megawatt capacity unit that lights up and cools down the campus and keeps the stoves flaming at the campus kitchen for 80 personnel. A tonne of waste a day can produce 300 kg of gas.Scalene has now come out with a micro plant for kitchens that runs on vegetable peels, food waste and old newspapers. Kumar’s logic is that a small home produces 2.5 to 3 kg of waste, including newspapers – enough to produce half a kilo gas a day. That is roughly the consumption in an average home.After developing a Rs 50,000 prototype, Kumar would like sell it for Rs 12,000. The ITI Limited, a public sector firm, is trying to value-engineer it to look more like an appliance. === Chandrayaan a hit with city kids ISRO may have it own share of worries with its giant launcher GSLV failing twice recently, but the space agency is upbeat about its achievements in general.And it makes it a point to reach out to the people, especially students.Senior ISRO scientists travel across the country and abroad to tell people about India’s space programme. They conduct exhibitions in schools and colleges and install satellite and launcher models. The crowdpuller is ISRO’s set of colourful panels that tell the story of India’s first moon mission. In 20 colourful panels it describes the project from its conception to the launch and explains lunar science in simple terms – What are lunar crators? How did Chandrayaan-1 find water on the surface of the moon? Accompanying the exhibition is a booklet meant for students titled ‘Chandrayaan -1 – Indian Giant Leap to Moon ‘. Written by B R Guruprasad, ISRO’s PRO, it describes how ISRO scientist graduated from sending satellites circling the earth at 36,000 km to reaching the moon that is 3,58,000 km away.Cartoons and lucidly written text mark the publication. The readership includes upper primary and high school students, Guruprasad said. Children get to hear about stories of the moon, how ancient Indians viewed it and how scientists have been trying to explore it. It is now running into multiple print orders.last_img read more

Lakhimpur case: HC directs UP govt to submit report on probe

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed the UP government to submit a status report on the CB-CID or any other agency probe into the murder of a 14-year-old girl in a police station in Lakhimpur district.The order was passed by a vacation division bench of justices S N Shukla and D K Arora on a PIL filed by a local lawyer seeking direction for a CBI probe into the case.The petitioner, while seeking a CBI probe into the incident, had also sought a direction for paying compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the victim’s family and deducting the compensation amount from the policemen concerned.He had also sought a direction for dismissal of the police personnel, whose name has come up in light.Appearing on behalf of the government, Advocate General Jyotindra Mishra submitted that the state government had already transferred the investigation into the case to CB-CID and the report was likely to be received in five days.The girl was found hanging from a tree inside the premises of Nighasan Police Station in Lakhimpur district on Friday.The victim’s mother in her complaint had alleged that the girl was raped and murdered after which 11 policemen were placed under suspension.While local police ruled out murder citing post mortem report, the state government has ordered a CB-CID probe into the incident.The second post mortem conducted by a panel of expert from Lucknow confirmed that the girl was strangulated, but ruled out rape.– With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more