Indian-Origin Woman Singapore Jailed For Role In US Navy Corruption Cases

first_imgA 57-year-old Indian-origin Singaporean woman was jailed today for up to three years for her role in the largest and most extensive bribery and fraud conspiracy in the history of the United States Navy, according to media reports. Gursharan Kaur Sharon Rachael, a former lead contract specialist with the US Navy and based in Singapore, had the responsibility of managing ship husbanding contracts worth millions of dollars, with duties such as drafting contract requirements, including negotiating and evaluating bids.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

India’s Regulators Seek to Rein In Internet Giants

first_imgIn India, U.S. companies dominate the internet. Facebook’s WhatsApp is the most popular app on phones. Virtually every smartphone runs on Google’s Android system. YouTube is the favorite video platform and Amazon is the No. 2 online retailer.For some Indian political leaders, it is as if their nation — which was ruled by Britain for a century until 1947 — is being conquered by colonial powers all over again.And they are determined to stop it.“As a country, we have to all grow up and say that, you know, enough of this,” Vinit Goenka, a railways official who works on technology policy for India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party, said at a conference last week.In recent months, regulators and ministers across India’s government have declared their intention to impose tough new rules on the technology industry. Collectively, the regulations would end the free rein that U.S. tech giants have long enjoyed in this country of 1.3 billion people, which is the world’s fastest-growing market for new internet users.The proposals include European-style limits on what big internet companies can do with users’ personal data, a requirement that tech firms store certain sensitive data about Indians only within the country, and restrictions on the ability of foreign-owned e-commerce companies to undercut local businesses on price.The policy changes unfolding in India would be the latest to crimp the power — and profits — of U.S. tech companies, and they may well contribute to the fracturing of the global internet.In May, Europe put into effect a sweeping new privacy law that gives Europeans more control over what information is being collected on them. In the United States, California just passed a privacy law that gives state residents more protections than Americans at large.As India sets the new rules of the game, it is seeking inspiration from China. Although India does not want to go as far as China, which has cut off its internet from the global one, officials admire Beijing’s tight control over citizens’ data and how it has nurtured homegrown internet giants like Alibaba and Baidu by limiting foreign competition. At the same time, regulators do not want to push out the U.S. internet services that hundreds of millions of Indians depend on.For Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, India’s moves would curb a lucrative business avenue — especially after so many of them were blocked in China. India had become the companies’ next frontier for growth.Salman Waris, an expert in international technology law at TechLegis in New Delhi, said India was trying to establish strong data protections for its citizens, as Europe did, while giving the government the right to obtain private information as it sees fit, much as China does. Foreign tech companies will have little choice but to go along.“Everyone is going to fall in line and do what is necessary,” Waris said. “These companies have to do it in China and Europe, and they will do it here.”India’s new policies are still a work in progress, with competing government agencies jousting with foreign and domestic lobbyists and policy advocates to shape them.But new restrictions are definitely coming, said officials and industry executives involved in the process. The country’s Supreme Court declared last summer that Indians have a fundamental right to privacy and pushed parliament to pass a data privacy law. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party have embraced an India-first economic nationalism to address weak job growth before elections next year. Law enforcement authorities are also demanding more legal tools to extract private customer data from WhatsApp, Facebook and financial firms.“We don’t want to build walls, but at the same time, we explicitly recognize and appreciate that data is a strategic asset,” said Aruna Sundararajan, the nation’s secretary of telecommunications, who has been deeply involved in the policy discussions. “There is a strong feeling in many quarters that the reason that India has not been able to develop a Tencent or Baidu or Alibaba is because we have not been nuanced in our policies.”The Indian government, which sees data as vital to a whole new generation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, appears particularly determined to reel in Facebook and its WhatsApp messaging service.Officials were furious after the Cambridge Analytica scandal this year revealed that Facebook had shared private information on 87 million users, including 560,000 Indians, with a political consulting firm that had sought to influence Indian elections.More recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has demanded that WhatsApp create a way to track and stop mass messages, such as a series of false items about child kidnappers that led to the murder of two dozen innocent people by angry mobs.WhatsApp has refused, saying that building such technology would break the encryption that keeps messages private. The government, for its part, is holding up a new Indian payments service from WhatsApp until it complies with local laws, including a new rule that requires financial data to be stored only in India.More broadly, the Indian government says it wants to ensure that Indian and foreign companies have to follow the same rules on taxes, data storage, security, pricing and cooperation with law enforcement.For example, Indian travel agencies complain that current tax laws allow foreign services such as Booking.com to avoid collecting hotel taxes, which can run as high as 28 percent of the room price. The disparity, they say, gives foreign firms a price advantage.“It’s not about protectionism. It’s about saying if 10 laws apply to me, the 10 laws should also apply to someone else operating in India,” said Rameesh Kailasam, chief executive of IndiaTech.org, a newly formed lobbying group that represents local investors and startups, including MakeMyTrip and the ride-hailing company Ola.In a statement, Booking.com said it made a “full effort” to comply with Indian tax laws.The big U.S. technology companies are trying to fend off or dilute the regulations behind closed doors. Many consider the topic so sensitive that they refused to discuss it on the record.In private, the companies say that the proposals would raise their costs, dampen their ability to use Indian data to improve services and dissuade investments like Walmart’s recent $16 billion deal to buy control of Flipkart, the country’s leading online retailer.They also warned that India has fewer legal protections than the United States against government searches and data requests, so private data stored in the country could more easily end up in the hands of the police.The issue may become a topic in trade and economic discussions between the United States and Indian governments scheduled for the fall.Mukesh Aghi, the chief executive of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a policy group whose board includes top executives at Cisco, Adobe, and Mastercard, said India risked hurting its own economy by imposing stringent rules on foreign tech companies. Forcing data to be stored in India, for example, could prompt similar rules from the United States, which would hurt India’s big outsourcing companies.India also needs multinational companies to build its tech economy, he said.“It requires deep pockets. It requires world-class technologies. It requires a global supply chain,” said Aghi. “These companies are creating jobs.”Ajay Sawhney, the information technology secretary, who is helping to draft the regulations, said the government was keeping an open mind as it developed the final rules.“Our framework will be fair to all stakeholders,” he said. “We deeply appreciate the value that the tech companies and their platforms bring to our country.”© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

Don’t Worry About the Stench in Victory

first_imgThis is a “historic” convention. That may be true for all the reasons we know so far. A historic candidacy, an energized grass roots of the party and so on. But it may be the most interesting event if it can maintain the aura of new approaches, and new politics, all of which have been drummed into us for months and weeks.It is historic in a different sense as well. Unlike past elections, there is now an “echo” chamber on the left, a rather concerted array of blogs, web sites and even some television shows (and perhaps networks) aligned to chime in at the right time. If all that works, it could well change the dynamic of this convention and indeed this election.In the past several years, the right has succeeded in orchestrating a marvelous coordination between their talking heads, op-ed writers, some web sites and think tanks to raise the level of suspicion of candidates on the other side. We saw John Kerry reduced to his own caricature as they exploited his best assets and made them look like liabilities. You have to give it to the Right. They are champions in creating large dust clouds, coordinating attacks and performing to the beat of talking points. It is a machine with few parallels and is one of the most salient achievements of the media age.The left lacks this coordination, this ability to dance to the same rhythm and the energy or trust to jump on the same things at the same time. May be things are changing. They have been successful and the so called Obamites are very passionate.We will see how all this unfolds. A new book titled Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi, the right wing hack who swift-boated John Kerry in 2004 elections is now out. It is already a best seller. It will take much to repel that attack. For us, spectators, it will be curious to see how the Democrats counter-attack. Forget the politics of reconciliation and all that goofy stuff. This is politics and it is dirty. The one who comes out on top is called victor and no one bothers about the stench around his victory.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Heat, rain delay leave rice growers worried

first_imgWith the advent of the paddy transplantation season in Punjab and Haryana, an expected delay in monsoon and the ongoing heatwave have left farmers worried.Monsoon is likely to hit the two States by the first week of July, five-six days later than its usual onset, according to the India Meteorological Department.Water-guzzling crop “Paddy is a water-guzzling crop and hence a delay in the rains would mean an increase in the cost of cultivation for the farmers. Dependency on the groundwater would also rise,” said Surinder Pal, director, IMD-Chandigarh.“Also, this year the temperatures have been slightly higher than previous year. On an average, between mid-April and mid-June, the region has seen a 0.5 degree Celsius rise in temperature against last year. Besides, the summer has been abrupt. The water levels in the dams are good, which could ease the situation,” he added.Fearing adverse impact of the changes in the climatic conditions on the crops, farmers’ unions in Punjab are now demanding an uninterrupted supply of electricity beyond eight hours that the State government has assured to provide.“The eight-hour power supply to run tube wells for paddy won’t help farmers this year. The government needs to provide electricity beyond that. With temperatures on the rise and a delay in the rains, the cost to sustain the crop is all set to go up for the farmers,” said Harmeet Singh of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kadian).“A minimum of 10 hours of uninterrupted water supply is required, only then would the farmers be able to sustain their crops. In the absence of power supply, the farmers will have to irrigate their fields with diesel-operated generators, which would raise the cost of inputs,” he said.The State government has made arrangements for 14,000 MW, with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited anticipating the demand to be around 13,500 MW. BKU demandBharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh said, “First of all, the government needs to develop a mechanism to provide uninterrupted power supply. There have been instances when as soon as the power demand peaks, the system trips. The government should ensure 10 hours of electricity for the paddy crop otherwise the farmers would suffer losses this season.”last_img read more

Kathua rape and murder case: HC issues notice to accused, J&K govt

first_imgThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice to the accused and the Jammu and Kashmir government on a petition seeking an enhancement of the sentence awarded to the convicts of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu’s Kathua in 2018.A Bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and H.S. Sidhu, while issuing the notice to the respondents, fixed the case for August 7.“The court has issued notice to all the accused and the State of Jammu and Kashmir in the matter,” lawyer of the victim’s family Utsav Bains told reporters.The girl from the nomadic Bakerwal community was kidnapped from Rasana area on January 10 in 2018 and found dead on January 17.The victim’s father had approached the High Court seeking an enhancement of the sentence awarded to six convicts. In his petition, he also challenged the acquittal of one accused.Last month, a special court in Pathankot sentenced three of the six men to life imprisonment and awarded five years in prison to the rest. One of the accused was acquitted.The victim’s father has pleaded that it’s a rarest of the rare cases and as per the standards set by the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Eight children killed as school van falls into gorge in Uttarakhand

first_imgEight children were killed and 10 injured on Tuesday when their school van fell into a deep gorge in the district, officials said.The incident occurred on the Pratap Nagar-Kangsali-Madan Negi motor road when the van was on its way to Madannegi, Tehri District Magistrate V Shanmugam said. Two children escaped with minor injuries and the injured have been brought to the District Hospital Bauradi, he said. Rescue operations are underway, the DM said.last_img

Frog figurines ‘separated’ in Bhopal after heavy rains

first_imgSamiti to organise ‘Chitranna Seve’for ‘balance’ in rainfall in Karnataka  “We got two clay frogs made and married them in order to bring rains to the State. But the rains are incessant now, so we separated them to stop the downpour,” Suresh Agarwal of the mandal told PTI.Madhya Pradesh has been witnessing heavy rains over the past few days, leading to several rivers flowing above the danger mark and low-lying areas getting inundated.A proper “separation ceremony” was conducted at the Turant Mahadev temple in Bhopal, and the two clay frogs were then released into a vessel filled with water amid chanting of mantras.The rainfall in the State so far has been 31 per cent excess of the annual average. Bhopal has received 81 per cent excess rain, an official of the India Meteorological Department said. A couple of months after they were wedded, two frog idols were ‘divorced’ in Bhopal earlier this week in hope that it would ‘reverse the effect’ of their union — the ceaseless rain.As per a long-standing superstition, frogs’ marriage appeases the rain gods and brings showers to parched areas.Members of Om Shiv Shakti Mandal, a local group from Indrapuri area, had two clay frogs married with a ceremony in July as the State awaited rains.Also Readlast_img read more

Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ball

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games McGregor awed by clinical Mayweather View comments Amit blew what could have been a clear victory when she scratched hitting the 6-ball in the 13th game in an open table, sending Centeno back to steal the victory via run-out.“In my mind I said I lost it already,” said Centeno in Filipino referring to the point when she missed the 3-ball in the 12th game that brought Amit back on the table.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“But she scratched. I didn’t expect that. Ate Champ (Amit) is a great player,” said Centeno.Her victory, a repeat of the 2015 Singapore edition, once again stamped the Philippines’ dominance in women’s pool. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES It was duplicated only in triathlon when the country won the gold and silver in both men’s and women’s divisions.Amit, 35, stormed to 5-2 lead in final but Centeno managed to come back and even went on the hill  ahead of her.“I missed the 3 ball that’s why she went on a hill also, from then I thought it’s all lost,” said Centeno whose mother hugged her after the final match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — In a sure-gold match for Team Philippines, Chezka Centeno managed to pull off a heart-stopping victory Sunday.The 18-year-old defending champion battled back from a three-rack deficit to defeat two-time world champion Rubilen Amit, 7-6, in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball singles at KLCC Hall 4.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’

first_imgHe has also been unable to find a steady home ever since, as Charlotte will be his fourth team in six seasons—with brief stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Dwight Howard looks to add 3-pointer to repertoire next seasonADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img MOST READ Although injuries have been a major concern for the 31-year-old center for the past seasons, Jordan believes that Howard’s struggles could also be attributed to his attitude and demeanor on the court.“Why are you so pissed off?” Jordan asked his new prized center in a phone call this off season, according to Sports Illustrated.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“When you’re pissed, you’re out of control, and you’re not focusing on your shots or your free throws or the right type of defense… Why play pissed when you can play determined?” the six-time NBA champion added.Since leaving the Magic in the 2012-2013 NBA season, Howard has regressed statistically and has struggled to develop new skills that will fit in the league’s new uptempo style. Dwight Howard (left). NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDwight Howard may no longer be the athletic specimen he once was, but NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan believes he could still be effective in today’s fast-paced league.The Hornets acquired the services of the eight-time NBA All-Star this off-season, in hopes of rekindling his earlier dominance, where he averaged around 20 points and 14 rebounds per contest.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle blows lead, holds off Adamson in Mbala’s return Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Azkals lose Ott to injury

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Ott, who suffered the injury after a collision with Harry Foll in training, will miss the crucial match against Yemen on Tuesday and will most likely be unavailable for the duel with Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14. Got the news from the doc in Qatar that I’ll be out for 6 weeks with an MCL ⛑ #comebackstronger pic.twitter.com/5LFkgt6HIZ— Manny Ott (@MannyOtt) October 6, 2017FEATURED 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 View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines suffered another blow in its bid for 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification after top midfielder Manny Ott was ruled out for the next two games due to a knee injury.Already missing key players, including Misagh Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo and Javier Patiño, the Azkals saw the injured list grow on Thursday in training camp in Doha, Qatar, where Ott sustained a medial cruciate ligament injury that will sideline the Ceres-Negros star for six weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It’s unfortunate that I can’t be there for the team,” said Ott. “I have to focus on recovery now as there are still important matches ahead.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pacquiao a thundering hit in Chinalast_img read more

Blatche expects Taipei to play zone, says Gilas has to make shots

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES MOST READ “Hopefully, we’ll be focused and hit the shots and play at a much higher level than Japan. If I get the ball and I see they double me, I have to pass the ball to the open man and hope he hits the shot. If I see my teammates struggling, if I have to take over, be aggressive, and try to get to the rim all the time, I will. It always depends,” he said.“The number one thing on my mind is the win, not to go out there and get a bunch of points. It’s about winning and playing the game the right way.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comAndray Blatche knows how important outside shooting is for Gilas Pilipinas if it wants to come out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins.“We had a good job on defense, but we missed a lot of open shots and we got to look on that if we want to get better,” Blatche said on Sunday after wrapping up the team’s afternoon practice at Meralco Gym, on the eve of its clash against Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT The naturalized big man said that this early, the team is anticipating the visitors to test the Filipino shooters with their zone defense.After all, the Philippines struggled to put the ball through the rim as it shot 38-percent from the field and a measly 29-percent clip from downtown, where it also missed its first eight attempts from threes.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“They’re gonna zone us a lot, and that’s from watching us play against Japan,” said Blatche, who finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks in the win. “They’re probably thinking that we’re gonna miss a lot of shots, but hopefully not.”Blatche, however, expressed confidence that the Gilas shooters led by Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Matthew Wright will be able to knock down shots.center_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit

first_imgBacklash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says Duva Warmbier suffered severe brain damage while in custody. Doctors in Ohio described him as being in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” but declined to discuss his outlook for improvement, saying such information would be kept confidential.U.S. and North Korean officials said Rodman played no role in freeing Warmbier and the timing of the release and Rodman’s arrival was a coincidence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree more American citizens remain in North Korean custody.During his visit, Rodman played basketball with men’s and women’s teams, visited the city zoo, met Olympic athletes and presented the country’s sports minister with a copy of President Donald Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.” The unsigned book, and a “Where’s Waldo” travel edition, were to be passed on to leader Kim Jong Un, who Rodman had met on previous visits in 2013 band 2014. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman leaves the Koryo hotel for Sunan International Airport on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYONGYANG, North Korea — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, vowing to come back again soon, on Saturday wrapped up a low-key and incident-free visit to the North Korean capital.On his way to the airport, Rodman vowed to return and said his “thoughts and prayers” are with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was arrested and imprisoned in the North for 17 months, then released just hours before Rodman’s arrival.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodman was on two seasons of Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” reality TV show.Rodman created a stir by arriving in the country with his small entourage all wearing clothing and hats featuring the name of a company specializing in a cybercurrency used to buy and sell marijuana.Marijuana is illegal in North Korea.His earlier trips generated a storm of publicity, especially when he regaled leader Kim with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” at an exhibition game he had arranged that included some other former NBA players. On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.Although U.S. citizens are not banned from visiting North Korea, the U.S. State Department strongly advises against it.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Rodman, who arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, was scheduled to fly to Beijing before returning to the United States.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Fabio Fognini wins fifth ATP title in Gstaad

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ All five of his victories have come on clay.Despite losing, 25-year-old Hanfmann, the world number 170, enjoyed the best result of his career this week in reaching the final, having also knocked out third seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round.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 stars Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Spanish Liga to file complaint vs PSG over Neymar Italy’s Fabio Fognini kisses the sign of Gstadd after winning his final game against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann at the final of the Swiss Open ATP 250 tennis tournament on July 30, 2017 in Gstaad. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIFabio Fognini beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in the Gstaad ATP tournament final on Sunday to win his fifth tour title.The 31-year-old Italian, ranked 31 in the world, was playing in his 13th ATP final.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 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. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Malaysia aims to be top gun of the 2017 SEA Games

first_imgPUTRAJAY—The Malaysian SEA Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30.The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “We hope to finish second in the Para Asean Games with 103 golds. Thailand will be favourite to become overall champion,” said Khairy.In the last Asean Para Games in Singapore in 2015, Malaysia finished overall third with a medal haul of 52-58-37 in 336 events in 15 sports. Thailand was the overall champion with a haul of 95-76-79 followed by Indonesia with 81-74-63. Malaysia’s best ever performance in the Asean Para Games was also in 2001. The hosts then won 143 golds to become overall champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ View comments The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports.The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion.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 starsIn the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in 32 sports.Khairy said that they came up with the figure of 111 after analyzing the performance of athletes and also the targets set by the individual sports associations.center_img Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It is a realistic target, one which we can achieve. It is also the same number of golds we won when we hosted the Games in 2001 to become overall champions,” said Khairy.Khairy, however, did not reveal in detail which sports were expected to contribute to the gold medal tally.“I am not going to reveal it. That will put unnecessary pressure on the athletes. The other reason is that people will start analyzing and criticizing sports associations which do not meet their targets in the Games,” said Khairy.Although Khairy would not reveal the expectations from the sports associations, most of the gold medals are likely to come from athletics, aquatics, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, karate, lawn bowls, sailing, silat, waterskiing and squash.Khairy added that for the Asean Para Games, which will be held from Sept 17-23, a target of 103 gold medals has been set. There will be 16 sports in the Para Games, but with 479 events.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

1300 athletes expected to arrive at CWG Village today

first_imgInternational Athletes and officials will continue to check in at the Commonwealth Games Village here with over 1300 more expected to arrive today for the October 3-14 event.The largest contingents to arrive today will be from Malaysia and Ghana with participants from sporting disciplines like cycling, aquatics, para-sports, shooting, boxing and athletics.The Cyprus team consists of participants from boxing, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, swimming and wrestling, the Organising Committee said in a statement.Among the other major teams arriving today are those of Canada, Scotland, Barbados, Lesotho, Jamaica and Australia.Apart from these, officials and athletes from Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Bahamas, Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Northern Ireland, Lesotho, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, Zambia, and Cayman Islands are also arriving today.The squash and athletics teams from Australia and the badminton, netball teams from Jamaica will also join their counterparts from other countries at the Village.The Chefs-de-Mission of Bangladesh, Montserrat and Dominica will arrive along with an international media contingent.last_img read more

Zaheer ruled out of 3rd Test, Unadkat replaces him

first_imgIndia were dealt a big blow ahead of the third cricket Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.Young left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been drafted in the squad in place of him.Zaheer suffered an groin injury during the second cricket Test, which ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.”Zaheer Khan is injured and is unavailable for the Third Test against New Zealand, to be played at Nagpur from 20th November to 24th November,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a release.”The All India Selection Committee has chosen Jayadev Unadkat to replace Zaheer Khan in the squad,” it said.Zaheer was off the field for a good part of the fourth day. The left-handed pacer bowled just three overs during the fifth day.19-year-old Unadkat was named in India’s Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. The left-arm fast bowler represents Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy and has claimed 26 wickets in six first-class games at an average of 26.34.last_img read more

Points tally for the World Cup

first_imgThe following is the Group Table for the World CupGroup ATeamPldWTLNRNRRPts Pakistan 6 5 0 1 0 +0.75 10 Sri Lanka 6 4 0 1 1 +2.58 9 Australia 6 4 0 1 1 +1.12 9 New Zealand 6 4 0 2 0 +1.13 8 Zimbabwe 6 2 0 4 0 +0.03 4 Canada 6 1 0 5 0 -1.98 2 Kenya 6 0 0 6 0 -3.04 0Group BTeamPldWTLNRNRRPts South Africa 6 5 0 1 0 +2.02 10 India 6 4 1 1 0 +0.90 9 England 6 3 1 2 0 +0.07 7 West Indies 6 3 0 3 0 +1.06 6 Bangladesh 6 3 0 3 0 -1.36 6 Ireland 6 2 0 4 0 -0.69 4 Netherlands 6 0 0 6 0 -2.04 0last_img

10 health concerns prevent & tackle now!

first_imgMinakshi Desai spoke to several experts and came up with a list of the top ailments that affect the Indian family. Read on to know more…Malady 1DiabetesCurrently the diabetes capital of the world, India sees the numbers grow every day. There are two kinds of diabetes – type I and type II. Type I diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas don’t produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. It can happen at any age, but is common among children, adolescents, or young adults. Type II diabetes, or diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterised by high blood glucose triggered by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. Factors that cause hyper insulin can be genetic, poor food habits and lack of physical activity. Symptoms may include excessive passing of urine and thirst, weight loss, exhaustion, and numbness in the arms and legs.Children and DiabetesMore often than not, children are afflicted with type I diabetes, which is a genetic disorder. In India itself, the cases of childhood diabetes have increased three times in the last 30 years. If your child has diabetes, follow the prescribed treatment religiously to avoid serious complications. Teach him how to inject himself with insulin when he is old enough. Tackle your diabetes now, because complications of long-term diabetes include – damage to the retina, kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, ulcers and decreased immunity, to name a few.What steps to take:PreventPeople with a family history of the disease can prevent it only by exercising regularly and following a healthy diet.Avoid foods that are high on sugar and fats; and processed foods.advertisementManageGet enough knowledge on the disease; it will help you tackle it well.If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure you visit the doctor regularly and monitor your sugar levels via blood and urine tests.Go for a brisk walk or do yoga daily.Don’t miss meals and follow your prescribed diet religiously. The same goes for medication.If you are hypoglycaemic (where your blood sugar levels drop suddenly), always carry something sweet.Make sure you include cereals, wholemeal (such as multigrain bread and flour), fresh vegetables and fruits and fibre in your diet.You are at a high risk of contractingDiabetes if…You are overweight or obese.You have high blood pressure.Your cholesterol levels are high.If there has been a family history of the disease.Malady 2ObesityFor most of us, obesity is more of an aesthetic issue rather than an actual health problem. Unfortunately, the underlying threats to one’s health caused by obesity – diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and a shorter life expectancy – are by and large ignored. A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, and eating high-calorie foods can lead to this problem. You know you are obese if your BMI (body mass index) is above normal. BMI is a formula used to estimate how much body fat a person has. The BMI formula uses your height and weight measurements to calculate a number. This number is then plotted on a chart, which tells a person whether he or she is underweight, average weight, overweight, or obese.Obesity in childrenIn recent years, there has been an alarming rise in obesity in Indian children. Around 20 percent of school-going children in our country today are reported to be overweight or obese.More and more tweens and teens today are staying indoors, using high-tech gadgets and watching TV for long hours, with no outdoor activities. Plus, the stress levels caused by studies have also increased and so have bad eating habits. These are the main contributing factors of obesity.’There are many cases of infantile obesity as well. This happens when babies are overfed on commercial baby products.* So try to breast feed as much as possible or choose the best brands in the market to avoid this,’ says Dr MD Shah, paediatrician, pulmonologist and consultant at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.’Don’t stop your child from eating. The trick is to manage the quality of food you offer and not the quantity,’ advises Dr MD Shah. ‘You should have frequent meals (five in a day) instead of three heavy ones, so that you don’t burden your pancreas.’What steps to takePrevent and manage Awareness is the first step – know more about obesity-related health hazards, and read self-help books to get started.Consult a dietician and a doctor for guidance. Remember, a doctor may not be sufficiently qualified or up-to-date on diet and nutrition-related matters.Monitor your weight and cut down on junk food, fried snacks and fatty foods. Opt for wholemeal products, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Eat small but frequent meals.Exercise regularly; no need to necessarily go to the gym; opt for a sport you like such as tennis or badminton. Start with a 30-minute brisk walk daily if you’ve been sedentary so far.Don’t follow fad diets. Although they will help you drop weight quickly, the euphoria will be short-lived, as the kilos will come back on fast, as soon as you resume your normal diet. Follow a long-term, doable weight reduction programme under the guidance of a well-qualified and reputed nutritionist instead.advertisementMalady 4Atherosclerosis (Leading to heart attack and stroke)’The accumulation of plaque (mostly made of cholesterol) on the inside of your arteries causes its narrowing. This restricts blood flow and leads to clotting, which may in turn result in a heart attack or a stroke, depending on the location of the blockage,’ says Dr Umesh Thakker, consulting physician and cardiologist, Parvish Nursing Home, Mumbai. ‘A hectic work schedule, stressful lifestyle and bad eating habits can lead to this life-threatening disease. Stress induces catabolic hormones, such as, cortisones and these increase the level of cholesterol in the blood,’ he adds.What steps to takePrevent and manageDr Thakker explains, ‘High blood pressure speeds up the formation of plaque. You can control it by restricting your intake of salt and junk food. You must also exercise as it improves the heart function by extracting more oxygen from the blood. Include more fibre-rich foods in your diet such as fresh fruits, vegetables and wholegrain products. Avoid fried foods. Cut smoking as it causes arterial spasm, which restricts blood flow; and alcohol too is a killer, literally! Most drugs prescribed for cardiac diseases cause constipation. When you strain while passing stool, it puts undue stress on your heart. Eat bulk fibre foods.’Switch to heart-friendly vegetable oils such as rice bran, corn, soya, peanut or olive oil. Rotate oils to get the best of all. Substitute whole milk with low fat milk. If you like eating red meat, trim the fat before you cook, and include fish in your diet. Fish is low in saturated fats and high in protein. It also contains omega 3 fatty acids; these prevent the accumulation of triglycerides and increase the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood.Malady 5Hypertension’Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated. The causes can be stress, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, or a genetic trigger. Hypertension causes your arteries to harden and clog. This can eventually lead to a stroke, heart failure and coronary disease,’ says Dr Ravi Patel, general surgeon and owner, Parvish Nursing Home, Mumbai.There are no obvious symptoms of hypertension. If you are overweight, you can bring down blood pressure with exercise and diet control. However, this does not mean that if you are slim and exercise regularly, you cannot have hypertension. If your systolic reading is 140 and above, and the diastolic reading 90 or above, you have high blood pressure. The parameters differ, depending on your age, sex and environment.advertisementWhat steps to takePrevent and manageExercise regularly. Brisk walking or swimming (30 minutes daily, to begin with) is the best activity, but you should start it only after getting a thorough health check-up done and on approval of a doctor. Practise meditation and yoga regularly, as they are known to benefit people with hypertension. Asanas such as yashtikasana, matsyasana, savasana, and nispand bhava are good for hypertension.Diet plays an important role in controlling this disease. Reduce your intake of salt, pickles, papad, junk and processed foods.Malady 6Constipation’Irregular bowel movement and hard, dried out faecal matter that is difficult to pass out of the body are the symptoms of constipation. You may be constipated if your diet lacks roughage and fibre or if you are under certain medication (especially for heart disease). Accumulation of faecal matter in your colon can cause gas, bloating and in worse cases, piles or a fissure tear in the anal area,’ says Dr Ravi Patel.What steps to takePrevent and manageEat a diet that is rich in fibrous foods such as fruits and vegetables as it will stimulate peristalsis (wave- like movement) of the colon. And, increase your fluid intake (8-10 glasses a day) – it will help soften your stool. Dr Ravi Patel says, ‘Use laxatives only as a last resort as they can become a habit and hinder the normal functioning of your intestines. Bowel motility drugs taken under a doctor’s supervision can help treat chronic constipation. Exercise regularly and do yoga as it improves digestion. Aim to get close to this: 2 portions of fruits, 3 portions of vegetables and 1 portion of salad every day,’ he adds. Prunes, figs and papaya are beneficial too; include them in your diet.Malady 7DiarrhoeaMore of a symptom than a disease, diarrhoea usually indicates that there is irritation or an infection in the intestines. The lining of the intestines, as a result, is unable to absorb the water and salt from the food you eat, which are therefore passed out of the body. ‘Diarrhoea may or may not be accompanied by cramps and pain in the abdomen. The stool can be semi-formed or watery, with or without blood. In severe cases, you may have to replace the fluid by intravenous drug infusion,’ says Dr Ravi Patel. Diarrhoea causes loss of essential salts and fluids, which can lead to dehydration. In babies and small children, it can prove to be fatal if not treated in time.What steps to takePreventWash your hands before you eat and keep hygiene while cooking.Avoid intake of roadside foods.ManageTake sugar and salt solutions to avoid dehydration. Give your child lots of fluids. If not water, even soda drinks, “flattened” (where the gas is out), is good – it is better than no fluid. Most mothers think only water will do, or the next best thing is fresh fruit juice. That is not true. The important thing is “fluid intake”.Malady 8Insomnia’Difficulty in falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, or waking up too early with trouble going back to sleep again, are the symptoms of insomnia. These could occur all together or individually,’ says Dr BR Agarwal, MD psychiatry, MAPA, USA. Certain health problems, stress, depression and a change in one’s environment can lead to this. If the problem is transitory, then there is nothing to worry about, but when poor sleep becomes a pattern, there is cause for concern, as it can affect your health. He adds, ‘There is no standard span of time that specifies what “normal” sleep is. While some people survive on as less as 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night, others need more. If you’re feeling well in the morning and tired by afternoon, it could be a symptom of depression and insomnia. If you have not been sleeping for a minimum of 6 hours a day over a period of 2 to 3 weeks, you should consult a doctor immediately. Find out the reason why you are unable to sleep well. Your doctor may prescribe sleeping pills for a period of time (it will not make you an addict) to induce the habit, but natural sleep is better for your overall health.’What steps to takePrevent and manageTake a warm bath before you go to bed.Make sure the curtains in your bedroom are drawn properly, so that no outside light disturbs.Keep your room clean and clutter-free.Do not drink tea or coffee in the evenings.Look for alternative methods of treatment such as meditation and yoga. Deep breathing exercises will help relax your mind and body, and may get you to sleep better.’Watching TV when you can’t sleep aggravates the problem, as the flashing lights stimulate the brain and therefore increase insomnia. Instead, try light reading in bed,’ says Dr Agarwal.Malady 9Depression’Depression can be “reactive” – that is when the symptoms arise as a reaction to a situation; or it may be endogenous, where you may be depressed because of certain chemical changes in your body,’ says Dr BR Agarwal. ‘Reactive depression can arise from the loss of a loved one, or problems in one’s relationship, or on the work front. In most cases, depression disappears when the problem gets solved or when the patient takes the help of psychotherapy,’ he explains.Endogenous depression, however, requires medication. The symptoms of which may be a sense of being overwhelmed by the drudgery of day-to-day existence, a feeling of helplessness, dejection, bouts of unexplained crying, and suicidal thoughts. He adds, ‘Depression is fully curable, and should not be equated to mental illness. Consult a psychiatrist if you think you have issues, without worrying about what the society might think or being ashamed of it. When there is a lack of interest in daily activities and you feel sad for more than three weeks, consult a doctor to know what ails you and what you should do to manage this condition.’What steps to takePrevent and manageTake help and support from your friends and family. Talking about your problems helps.Involve yourself in physical activities that would require you to get out of your house and meet people. At first this will be difficult; force yourself to do it in small bouts? reaction is guaranteed. Or participate in mentally stimulating things such as word puzzles or sudoku.Do not miss any dosage of prescribed medication.There is no shame consulting a psychiatric. At worst, she will tell you, that you are in fact, not clinically depressed, but just feeling naturally bad or low about something and it will pass.You need to change your attitude or work harder. The doctor can suggest ways to do this, but you must follow through.Malady 10Vaginal infection’The glands situated in the cervix and the vagina secrete a fluid that keeps the vaginal passage clean and healthy. When there is an infection, the discharge that is generally clear or white, changes colour,’ says Dr Archana Gaonkar, obstetrician and gynaecologist, BSES MG Hospital, Mumbai. ‘The infection can be fungal, bacterial or parasitical. The symptoms of a vaginal infection are itching, burning, redness of the external genitalia and a foul smell. As soon as you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical assistance, as the infection can spread to your internal genital organs if not treated in time,’ she explains.What steps to takePrevent and manageWear cotton panties instead of nylon, lycra or lace, especially at the time of infection. Avoid tight jeans, thongs and other fitted garments.Keep your genital area clean. After using the toilet, always clean yourself from front to back so as not to transfer the anal bacteria to the vagina.Avoid using harsh detergents to wash your undergarments. Gentle liquid soaps are good.Consult the doctor if it is advisable to have intercourse when you’re undergoing the treatment.last_img read more

World Cup: Ex-skipper Hashan Tillekaratne accuses Lanka team of match-fixing, questions selection for final match

first_imgHashan Tillekaratne, who played 83 Tests and 200 ODIs for Sri Lanka, made the sensational claim while appearing in a TV show.India’s triumph in the ICC World Cup earlier this month has come under the match-fixing cloud after a former Sri Lankan captain’s accusation that the unlawful practice has been rampant in the island nation’s team. Appearing on a TV talk show, cricketer-turned-politician Hashan Tillekaratne raised his doubts about the selection of the Sri Lankan team for the World Cup finals. The Lankan team had made as many as four changes for the vital match against India, held on April 2 in Mumbai. Tillekaratne, who played as many as 83 Tests and 200 ODIs in his 16-year international cricket career, questioned the logic behind making extensive changes for such an important match. Maintaining that he did not think that the final match was fixed, Tillekaratne said that it was unfair to have replaced spinner Ajantha Mendis and all-rounder Chamara Silva. Tillekaratne claimed that match-fixing has been a problem in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992. He said he knew all the people responsible for it and would expose them soon. He alleged that every time the matter of match-fixing was brought up, it was quietly swept under the carpet by corrupt administrators. He alleged that money was exchanged to hush up the issue.Earlier, former captain Arjuna Ranatunga had also raised concerns about the manner in which cricket was being run in his country. A day after the visitors lost to India in the finals, Ranatunga told Headlines Today that “mafia” had got into Sri Lankan cricket and that corrupt administrators were running the game.”When we won the World Cup, we had a very honest, very good cricket precedent. But the business mafia got involved in cricket and they knew that the money is there and all unwanted… some of them were involved in bookies, they come from bookie families, some of them ordinary business people who wanted to get into cricket to create a name,” said Ranatunga, who led his side to win the coveted cup in 1996.”Even now what they do is, they appoint wrong people to run cricket. They enjoy the comfort, they enjoy the money that comes from cricket… and I tell you, lot of money has gone under the carpet. I think government has to be blamed,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors- Match abandoned

first_imgThe Delhi and Pune IPL match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi was washed away on account of insistent rains on Saturday. Score | PhotosBoth teams were awarded one point each and as a result Delhi finished last on the points table with nine points from 14 matches. Pune too finished with nine points, but they had a better net run rate compared to Delhi.However, there was little that the two teams could have gained from it, had it continued till the end as the qualifiers for the knock-outs had already been decided. Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai have made it to the next stage while the rest would be hoping for a good show in the next season.Delhi captain James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat in the 68th IPL match of season 4.The match was reduced to that of academic interest, but Pune bowlers got on with the act of stifling the Delhi batsmen from the word go.Pune paceman James Faulkner got rid of opener David Warner with a perfect yorker in the fourth over of the innings when the Delhi total was 24. Then in the sixth over the other opener Naman Ojha departed to a Shrikant Mundhe ball on eight. Delhi were reduced to 32/2.Another yorker and another wicket! On the last ball of the 9th over Mitchell Marsh got rid of Matthew Wade with a yorker and Delhi were down to 47/3. With an average of 5/50 runs per over Delhi score was moving at a rather slow rate and by the 10th over they were 55/3.advertisementDelhi were batting on are 56/3 in 10.1 overs with Venugopal Rao and Colin Ingram at the crease when rain forced the match to be called off.Teams  Pune Warriors: Manish Pandey, James Faulkner, Sourav Ganguly, Callum Ferguson, Yuvraj Singh(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Sachin Rana, Mitchell Marsh, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas, Shrikant MundheDelhi Daredevils: David Warner, Naman Ojha(w), Colin Ingram, James Hopes(c), Venugopal Rao, Matthew Wade, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadavlast_img read more