New Zealand Future-proofs Indian Students For Success

first_imgIndian students are increasingly choosing to study in New Zealand, which has the world’s best education system according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ‘Educating for the Future Index’. Education New Zealand has launched a 2018 global campaign to take the ‘Future-Proof Yourself’ message to students, as well as a series of dedicated promotions for Indian students. Read it at IEN Related Itemslast_img

Distribution of Indian Immigrants 2005

first_imgIndia is now the second largest immigrant source to the United States after only Mexico. In 2005, 84,681 Indians immigrated to the U.S. compared to 161,445 Mexicans. California attracted almost 17% of all Indian immigrants followed by New Jersey and Texas. Here is how the Indian immigrants fanned out across the United States. Indian nonimmigrant visitors to America are also on the rise, currently ranking ninth.Distribution of Indian Immigrants 2005 REGIONNUMBERPERCENTCalifornia 14,724 17.4%New Jersey 9,624 11.4%Texas 7,139 8.4%New York 6,693  7.9%Illinois 5,978 7.1%Florida 3,714 4.4%Georgia 3,671 4.3%Michigan 3,595 4.2%Pennsylvania3,3624.0%Massachusetts 3,100 3.7%Virginia 2,776 3.3%Ohio 1,9842.3%Maryland 1,7852.1%North Carolina1,7742.1%Washington 1,747 2.1%Connecticut 1,5711.9%Tennessee 9001.1%Wisconsin 876 1.0%Minnesota 8301.0%Missouri 786 0.9%Arizona 7390.9%Indiana 621 0.7%South Carolina5290.6%Colorado 516 0.6%Kentucky 5110.6%Kansas 460 0.5%New Hampshire4590.5%Delaware 439 0.5%Alabama 4310.5%Oregon 405 0.5%Oklahoma3730.4%Louisiana 318 0.4%Iowa 315 0.4%Nevada2530.3%Mississippi 2240.3%Arkansas 2150.3%Nebraska 1680.2%Rhode Island 1650.2%New Mexico 1500.2%Utah 147 0.2%West Virginia1330.2%Maine 108 0.1%Idaho 75 0.1%Vermont 740.1%District of Columbia600.1%North Dakota 49 0.1%Hawaii 28 0.0%South Dakota230.0%Alaska 15 0.0%Montana140.0%Total 84,681100.0%Nonimmigrant admissions 2005United Kingdom5,087,096Mexico4,774,161Japan 4,400,386Germany1,711,425France 1,309,830South Korea 876,554Italy810,137Australia 702,097India665,202Netherlands 642,256Brazil636,111Spain507,545China505,462Ireland469,869Colombia 412,256Venezuela396,828Sweden345,708Taiwan340,759Israel339,448 Related Itemslast_img read more

Bengaluru May Get 2,000 Wi-fi Spots in Three Months

first_imgPeople in Bengaluru may soon get access to Wi-fi at several public places in the next three months. The city authorities have decided to open 2,000 Wi-fi hotspots at various locations in the state capital.These public Wi-fi hotspots will be set up in various malls, metro stations and bus stations in the city, Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Industries, IT, Biotechnology, and Science and Technology told the Hindu. The 2,000 Wi-fi hotspots will be set up provided there are no hold-ups in regulatory clearances, Gupta added.The new service would prove especially helpful for people who have no data pack on their mobile phones or are facing low speed problem.The specific locations for these Wi-fi hotspots have already been marked. “We have identified 2,000 such spots and concluded the tender for vendors,” Gupta was quoted as saying in the report. Other than using the existing infrastructure, the plan may require further investment from vendors.“The Wi-fi devices can be installed on existing infrastructure and where infrastructure does not exist, vendors need to invest in them and pay the BBMP ground rent,” Gupta told the publication.This project was stuck at the city’s civic authority, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagra Palike (BBMP), because there was no clarity regarding the rentals of different types of telecom infrastructures. Installation of Wifi hotspots requires small poles while telecom towers are needed for providing internet service to a large area.The policy related to the rentals of telecommunication tower was approved by the BBMP council in July this year, and an annual charge of Rs 50,000 for each tower was formalized. The policy is pending approval with the state government, according to the report. However, BMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad said that all the issues are sorted out. “Pending approval of the telecom towers policy, we have decided to go ahead with the project,” he said.Bengaluru emerged as one of the top 25 high-tech cities in the world, according to a ranking released last year by research firm 2thinknow, that specializes in analyzing innovative cities. Bengaluru took the 19th spot, up from the 49th place it occupied last year. The city has a large population that relies on the internet for daily needs like hiring taxis, ordering food, and booking online tickets. Public Wi-fi in India can reach 40 million new users in India by 2019, adding $20 billion to the country’s GDP, according to recent report. Around 100 million people would spend an additional $2-3 billion per year on handsets and a similar amount on cellular mobile broadband services, the report by Analysys Mason, commissioned by Google, said last month. Google, which had earlier launched a partnership with RailTel and Indian Railways, is now planning to expand its public Wi-fi service to areas beyond railway stations in India, such as malls, cafes and universities, the Economic Times had earlier reported.Google currently offers public Wi-fi at 400 railway stations in the country, reaching about 7.6 million monthly active users. Related ItemsBengaluruInternetlast_img read more

Doctor’s suicide: three accused to be in custody till June 24

first_imgThe City Civil and Sessions Court on Monday extended the judicial custody of three senior doctors at BYL Nair Hospital till June 24 in the case for abetting the suicide of 26-year-old, second-year resident doctor Dr. Payal Tadvi. Hema Ahuja, Bhakti Mehare and Ankita Khandelwal, all third-year resident doctors, were booked on May 23, a day after Tadvi killed herself in her hostel room on the hospital’s premises.The trio were sent to judicial custody on May 31 and they subsequently filed their bail pleas. They are currently lodged at Byculla jail. On Monday they broke down in court and told the judge they cannot stay in jail anymore. The doctors claimed that they were subjected to injustice and requested the judge to hear the arguments pertaining to bail soon. Additional sessions judge R.M. Sadrani adjourned the hearing to June 17 for bail arguments and extended judicial custody till June 24. They have been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.The Crime Branch was scheduled to file its reply on Monday, however they sought some time and it will be filed on June 17. Advocate Gunratan Sadavarte, appearing for the doctors, told the court that under the SC/ST Act there is a provision to provide video recording of court proceedings. He filed an application before the court which was allowed by the court.last_img read more

Rain situation might get critical, says Pune collector

first_imgPune received heavy rains on August 4 with district authorities issuing an advisory asking people to be alert as the situation could turn critical, and ordering schools and colleges to be shut on August 5.The India Meteorological Department, in a bulletin issued at 9 p.m. IST on August 4, predicted “moderate to heavy rains” in isolated parts of Pune city for the next five days and “heavy to very heavy rains” for the district’s ghat regions in the same period.Low-lying areas in the district were on alert after water was released into the Mutha river on August 4 following incessant rains in the catchment areas of dams supplying water to the city.Later in the day, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said orders had been issued to keep educational institutions in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad shut on August 5 in view of the rains. He said Mula, Mutha, Pavana, Bhima and Nira rivers were in spate and there was possibility of more water being released from the adjoining dams as catchment areas continued to get heavy rain as on August 4 evening.“We have issued an advisory for citizens asking them not to venture out of their houses unless absolutely necessary as the situation might get critical,” Mr. Ram said. He said between 2000-2500 people had been rescued so far from flooded areas of the district.Seven members of a family stranded in a flooded house in Kamshet area were rescued by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), an official from the agency said. With more water being released from the Khadakwasla dam, water gushed into several low-lying areas in Balewadi, Baner, Aundh, Yerwada, Sinhgad Road and Bopodi.According to the irrigation department, the catchment areas of four dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – have been witnessing continuous rainfall. “All the four dams are filled to their maximum storage capacity. As a result, we have already started releasing water into the Mutha river,” a senior official from the irrigation department said.From 11 a.m. IST on August 4, 35,574 cusecs of water was being released from Khadakwasla dam. Since the catchment areas were still witnessing rainfall, around 41,756 cusecs of water will be released at 3 p.m., he said. “When water will be released at the rate of around 42,000 cusecs, a lot of people will have to be evacuated from the low-lying areas…we have issued an advisory to the Pune Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell.” “Several areas are already inundated and more are likely to be affected as water is released from the dam,” he added. Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather department at the IMD’s Pune office, said, “As far as Pune is concerned, especially the ghat areas, there is a heavy to very heavy rain warning for the next five days. For Pune city, there is moderate to heavy rain warning in isolated areas. Tomorrow onwards, for Pune city, light to moderate rain is expected over next two to three days.”last_img read more

Kerala police to investigate threat message from Pakistan insulting Indian troops in Kashmir

first_imgKollam West police on Wednesday registered an FIR and started investigation into a threatening message received by District Disaster Management Cell, reportedly from a Pakistan-registered mobile number.According to police officials, the WhatsApp message from Pakistan was followed by a video call.“The message, originally in Hindi, was typed in English. It’s a derogatory message insulting Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir and also threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later a video call came from the same number, but the Disaster Management Cell officials didn’t attend it,” said an official.Since the text landed through WhatsApp, the department has sought the help of Cyber Cell and will be contacting WhatsApp for collecting more details.“We have registered the FIR, but we may hand the case over to some other agency. Meanwhile, we have intensified the security of Kollam collectorate after the incident,” he said.last_img read more

PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top kiteboard Boracay leg

first_imgBORACAY—Swedish ace Atte Kappel and Philippines’ top kiteboarder Christian Tio reigned anew in the Twin Tip races during the ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour’s most challenging leg yet here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top Boracay leg00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Competitions in the first two days of PKA’s third stop this year were cancelled due to the lack of wind, but when action resumed on the last day, some events had to be cut short because of gusty winds and heavy rain.Kappel, though, still managed to dominate and repeat as the masters champion of the Twin Tip racing. PKA president Jay Ortiz came in second followed by Carlo Leongson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 16-year-old Tio, meanwhile, bested an elite pool and topped the men’s Twin Tip, which is aimed at gearing him up for the Youth Olympic qualifying tournament in Thailand next march.Atte Kappel and Christian Tio leading the pack. Photo from PKA-Philippine Kiteboarding Association Facebook account.Mariska Wildenberg clinched the women’s crown while Remel Rentillo, also part of the national youth kiteboarding team pool which will compete in Thailand, won the youth category. Read Next Gilas training under wraps 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Bong Fernando and Anastasia Sashchenko ruled the hang-time events.The freestyle competition, Tio’s pet event, was cancelled due to unfavorable conditions. The price money was shared among the top finishers.Boracay is a staple venue for the annual kiteboarding tour because of the usually strong and consistent winds in the island.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Nadal pulls out of Mexican Open as hip injury flares up

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stunner Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving FILE – Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his singles match against Belgium’s David Goffin on day two of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKACAPULCO, Mexico — Rafael Nadal’s comeback from a hip injury is on hold after the second-ranked Spaniard pulled out of the Mexican Open, saying he needs more time to recover.Nadal was forced to retire during the Australian Open quarterfinals and hasn’t played since. He was set to play Feliciano Lopez in his opening match on Wednesday but said he felt pain during his final training session on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Nadal said “I think this is less serious than what happened there (in Australia). But there is a risk to make this problem bigger.”The former No. 1 still hopes to be fit to play in Indian Wells and Miami next month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal won the Acapulco tournament in 2005 and 2013. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole

first_imgLATEST STORIES Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.“They play well at home,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “They won their first two games like they’re supposed to. Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also.”The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland — seven more than this year. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.“They’re going keep to coming, man,” Curry said. “There is a lot of work for us left to do. And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. And we’re going to need to play better to win on the road.”What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn’t really change. They went to a smaller lineup that contributed to Golden State committing 20 turnovers a game after tying a Finals record with four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.“We definitely have a sense of what they’re capable of, and we felt like a lot of times tonight we played better basketball,” Love said. “But they’re a team you cannot — you can’t let them go on runs.”The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.“That’s what they do,” James said. “That’s what Golden State does. If you make a mistake — like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again.”The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson’s record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough help.Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been nearly invisible and the bench has offered little help.The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an NBA record with 14 straight postseason wins.But after being so close last year and falling short, the Warriors know how difficult the next two will be.“It’s human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world ‘It’s over, it’s over,’” Livingston said. “No, it’s not over. We saw what happened last year. We’ve been here. The guys that were here last year understand it’s the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we’ve got two more games to go. We need to take that mentality to Cleveland.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more dangerous this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re a different team,” James said following a 132-113 loss in Game 2 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) that put Cleveland in an 0-2 hole.That’s been quite evident through two games. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games — six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant’s scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven’t trailed after the first quarter in either game.A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year’s Finals. View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite

first_imgLacson: 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES “This is not something that should be looked at like, ‘oh it’s only a tick, a tick is a bit like a flea, its fine!’.“These ticks carry some really quite potent, serious bacteria and they can cause you a lot of problems. Raising awareness of them is imperative,” added Dawson, who has used the experience to join up with the Big Tick Project, which looks to raise awareness about the dangers of ticks and tick-borne disease in the UK.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’ NCAA postpones Tuesday’s games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim England’s Matt Dawson dives over the line to score a try against Wales during the Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham, southwest London 04 February 2006. England won the game 47-13. AFP PHOTO ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISEngland’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson revealed Monday he has undergone heart surgery due to being bitten by a tick in a park in London last year.The 44-year-old — who won 77 caps for his country and played seven times for the British and Irish Lions — said he would never have thought he was running such a risk going for a walk in a London park with his children.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed out,” Dawson, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease which is a bacterial infection caused by infected ticks, told the BBC.“It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery.”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 openingDawson no longer has the disease though it has taken several heart procedures and he still has to take medication. “I’m still on medication and its going to take a lot of time for the heart to fully recover,” he said.last_img read more

Urban development panel joins CWG probe

first_imgSharad Yadav, chief of a parliamentary standing committee, will review CWG decisions taken by urban development.The UPA government is in for another round of headache as a parliamentary committee panel, headed by an Opposition leader, has decided to probe projects executed by the union urban development ministry for hoisting Commonwealth Games 2010.It is learnt that the parliamentary standing committee on urban development, headed by Janta Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav, has convened a meeting on January 18 to look into the projects handled by the ministry for conducting the biggest ever sporting event.Sharad Yadav confirmed to Mail Today that a meeting has been convened and the agenda is CWG. However, he refused to share any other detail of the meeting slotted for next-week.Mohinder Singh Kaypee, a Congress MP from Jalandhar, said the panel is going to review the contracts made and other decisions taken for the Games by the urban development ministry, headed by Jaipal Reddy.Though Reddy was head of the Empowered Group of Ministers for the timely execution of Games projects including the opening and closing ceremonies, he was slammed for the mess in the construction of stadia and the Commonwealth Games Village, situated near Akshardham temple in East Delhi.The ministry, which has been apprised of the meeting to ensure their officials’ presence, had executed projects through the central public works department (CPWD) and Delhi Development Authority.Of the total Rs 11,494 crore (over $ 2 billon) spent by the Centre, the Delhi government had made an expenditure of Rs 600-700 crore (around $ 130 million).advertisementApart from the standing committee, other agencies and panels are probing different aspects of the great games loot. They are the Prime Minister-appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate.Interestingly, the CAG is likely to complete its probe on the CWG by the end of this month and table its report in the budget session. The CAG’s CWG reports will subsequently be looked into by the BJP headed public accounts committee (PAC), which is attracting news these days as it is looking into the 2G spectrum scandal, as well.The findings of the standing committee on urban development will give another ammunition to the Opposition parties which have made their intentions clear by making the CWG loot and 2G spectrum scam as corruption issues to corner the Congress- led coalition government.The government is already red faced as the Opposition stalled the Parliament from functioning, demanding a jointparliamentary committee to look into the spectrum scam.Much of the urban development ministry’s work was done through Delhi Development Authority that will be scrutinised by 31 panel members, most of whom come from Lok Sabha.For instance, the DDA through public-private partnership had built the CWG village, which was criticised by the visiting delegates of the participating nation for being in a shamble prior to the start of the games. After the Games were over, Reddy cracked the whip on private village developer EMAAR MGF by asking the DDA to confiscate the bank guarantee of Rs 183 crore for failing to honour the contract.Similarly, the CPWD is already under attack, owing to a preliminary CAG finding, for allegedly paying contractor, Ahluwalia Constructions, twice for the same job at Talkatora swimming pool complex. Agencies already looking into the Games scandalV.K. Shunglu Committee A high-level committee appointed by the Prime Minister to look into corruption and systemic failures in the conduct of the CWGComptroller and Auditor General The reports of the CAG are taken into consideration by the public accounts committees, which are special committees in the Parliament of India and the state legislatures (Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad)CBI A government agency of India that serves as a criminal investigation body, national security agency and intelligence agencyEnforcement DirectorateIs a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in IndiaIncome Tax DepartmentIs governed by the Central Board for Direct Taxes and is part of the department of revenue under the ministry of financelast_img read more

World Cup: Can India be fifth time lucky against Pakistan?

first_imgAs India take on Pakistan in the World Cup semifinal on Wednesday at Mohali, it will be interesting to watch if Shahid Afridi’s men can shed the losers’ tag asscociated with them this time. Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup match. Both the teams have clashed four times on the World Cup stage with India having an upper hand everytime.India captain Dhoni will look to carry forward the legacy.With Sachin Tendulkar looking ominous, the question on everyone’s lips is if he will slam his 100th international century at Mohali and lead India home. Tendulkar has never failed with the willow against his favourite enemy Pakistan. The last time the two arch-rivals clashed in 2003 at Centurion in South Africa, Tendulkar plundered 18 runs off Shoaib Akhtar’s first over, setting the tone for the match that saw India dumping Pakistan out of the Cup. Tendulkar (98) played one of greatest knocks of One-day cricket against a formidable pace attack that included Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as Saeed Anwar’s century went in vain.With a team that is improving its performance, Afridi is keen on beating India.Talking of India’s batting line-up, Yuvraj Singh, who has a record four MoM so far in the tournament, looks hungrier than ever for runs, while Sehwag, on his day, can decimate the opposition single handedly. As for the youth brigade, which showed lots of courage during the game against Australia, it would be a litmus test to come good at the big stage even as Afridi-led Pakistan are getting better and better with each game.So, ahead of the mega clash, we take a look at how the two teams have fared against each other:advertisement1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup: Pakistan were bundled out for 173 runs in reply to India’s 216 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, thanks to Sachin’s attacking 54 and a 26-ball 34 from Kapil Dev. India’s 43-run win had also some drama attached to it with keeper Kiran More and Javed Miandad lending a touch of colour to the high-octane encounter.The 1996 World Cup match saw Ajay jadeja score 22 runs off a Waqar Younis over.1996 Wills World Cup: Ajay Jadeja, who looted 22 runs off a Waqar Younis over in a pulsating quarterfinal tie at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, will remain a sore point for Pakistan. India’s 57 runs came off the last four overs as they folded for 287. In the high-voltage match, Venkatesh Prasad sent Aamer Sohail to pavilion soon after the latter indulged in sledging. India won by 39 runs as Pakistan crumbled under pressure. An injured Akram withdrew ahead of the match. His effigies were burnt in Karachi and Lahore by fans who saw something else in his pullout.Pak players celebrate the dismissal of Rahul Dravid in the 1999 World Cup.1999 ICC World Cup: The game, fought in the background of Kargil War, at Old Trafford, Manchester ironically did not see any friction. Venkatesh Prasad stole the show with a five wicket haul as Pakistan’s wickets fell at regular intervals chasing India’s modest target of 228 (Tendulkar’s 45, Azhar’s 59 and Dravid’s 61). India won by 47 runs.Sachin Tendulkar helped India beat Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup.2003 ICC Cricket World Cup: Saeed Anwar’s 101 runs helped Pakistan score an imposing total of 273 runs at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. However, it was Sachin’s day all along. By the time Akhtar claimed Tendulkar, who suffered cramps, it was all over. India won by six wickets.last_img read more

Ambala: Army jawan refuses to cut braid citing religious freedom

first_imgA junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army, posted in Ambala, has stirred a hornet’s nest by refusing to cut-off his choti (braid) when ordered recently. Citing right to religious freedom, Subedar S.P. Shukla, who has put in 28 years of service with a spotless record, declined to follow the orders issued to him. The army sees Shukla’s carefully nurtured choti as a violation of rules prohibiting display of religion. He is now pitted against age-old army traditions to honour, what he calls, his religious freedom. “On August 15, Major General Alok Dev saw me with the shikha (braid) and directed that I should be asked to remove it. I cannot do so. This is against my religious freedom and is my constitutional right. I replied back very politely to him in a letter that I request that an advice be taken from experts on this,” Subedar Shukla told Headlines Today. He wrote a detailed letter to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 40 Artillery Division giving out his reasons for sporting the braid. “I am a disciplined soldier and I do not want anything wrong to happen with the army. But I want a decision on this issue so that everyone benefits from it,” he insisted. Despite the stand-off, the army has not initiated any action against Shukla for now even though he has refused to follow a direct order.last_img read more

James Harden, Clint Capela lead Rockets over Nuggets

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Gerald Green had 21 points and made six 3s on a night Houston made 22 3s for its sixth game this season with at least 20.“We’re just a real tough team when we’re knocking down shots like that,” Green said.Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who had a five-game winning streak snapped.“Give them credit,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “You know Harden is going to get his, but when P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green score the amount of 3s that they made, I believe 13 combined, that’s a tough one to overcome.”Harden had 14 assists, six 3-pointers and scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s probably the hardest guy in the NBA to guard,” Malone said.Coach Mike D’Antoni enjoys watching the different things Harden does to help his team win night after night.“Whatever they throw at him, he’ll find the best play,” D’Antoni said. “He’ll also find a way to score. He’ll find his way, but he’ll also get everyone involved.”TIP-INSNuggets: Malone said Will Barton (hip) is making progress and could return in the next couple of weeks. … Morris added 21 points off the bench.Rockets: Houston traded Michael Carter-Williams and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls on Monday for a protected second-round pick in the 2020 draft. The Bulls then waived the guard following the trade. … Chris Paul missed his eighth game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Eric Gordon missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee.WHAT A PLAYThe Rockets led 70-60 at halftime after Harden made two 3-pointers in the last 90 seconds of the second quarter. The first of those shots is sure to show up on highlight reels, as Murray slipped and fell to the court trying to guard him before Harden stepped back for the basket.MAGIC NUMBER?With Monday’s win the Rockets improved to 59-2 when scoring at least 120 points under D’Antoni. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “He did what he was supposed to do,” said Harden, who had 32 points. “He finished. He played extremely well. Played hard.”P.J. Tucker set a career high with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Whenever I’m under the rim and you put a little on me what’s going to happen is that 99 or 100 percent of the time I’m going to dunk the ball,” Capela said. “This is what happened tonight and I did a great job of finishing aggressive under the rim.”Houston was up by 11 after two free throws by Torrey Craig with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Tucker and Harden made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it 117-100 about a minute later. LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket between Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley (25) and forward Torrey Craig, back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — With James Harden getting double-teamed almost every time he had the ball Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, he looked for other Houston Rockets to step up and make plays.Chief among them was Clint Capela, who set a career high with 31 points as the Rockets beat the Nuggets 125-113.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kyrie Irving drops 17 in return as Celtics top sloppy Nets PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss THEY SAID ITJokic on Denver’s struggles against Houston, which has won nine straight in the series: “They beat us at our place and they beat us here. Last year, we didn’t win one time, so that team gives us a problem, but we have to find a way to beat them and play (better) against them.”UP NEXTNuggets: Visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

OKC Thunder to retire Nick Collison’s No. 4

first_imgThe ceremony will take place when the Thunder hosts the Toronto Raptors on March 20. The crowd favorite’s number will be the first the franchise retires since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season.Collison announced his retirement last May after spending all 15 years of his career with the Thunder franchise, which was the Seattle SuperSonics when he was drafted 12th overall in 2003. He appeared in 910 regular season games with 177 starts and posted career averages of 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.4 minutes per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCollison joins Russell Westbrook as the only players to spend the first 10 years of the Thunder era all with the team. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blake Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, addresses the crowd with teammate Nick Collison, right, before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. Collison announced Thursday, May 10, 2018, that is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder will retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 in March.The team made the announcement in a news release on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rude welcome

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “To be honest, I was expecting us to be 4-1 after five games,” Garcia said. “But I really didn’t expect us to beat some of the teams that we beat and lose to Blackwater.”The 99-111 loss to the Elite on Wednesday, admitted Garcia, was a game they took lightly coming in.“Every team is a tough match,” Garcia said. “It’s how you come into the game.”Rey Nambatac had 12 points to lead the Painters, who also have victories over four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer and crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT “Lucky for us that Alaska [had manpower woes]. We allowed them to get back in the game.”The Painters, who didn’t have to contend with at least three of the Aces’ traditional starters, led by as much as 22 points and didn’t need anyone to dominate offensively in the lopsided contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRain or Shine, at 4-1, trails idle Phoenix (4-0).Alaska debuted sans Vic Manuel, JV Casio and Kevin Racal who have different injuries.A fourth Ace, Yutien Andrada, was also injured.In the second game, Roger Pogoy scored five straight points late in overtime to key an 80-75 TNT win over Magnolia, which also played its first game since ruling the Commissioner’s Cup last December.Pogoy scored 26 points and Jayson Castro 24 as the Texters rose to a fourth-best 3-3. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Chicano’s SEA Games preparation off to rousing start MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon (left) and Alaska’s Jeron Teng chase the loose ball. —SHERWIN VARDELEONRain or Shine brought down another perennial PBA Philippine Cup title contender at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night, but coach Caloy Garcia said the Elasto Painters still need to improve on one major aspect.“We have to be consistent,” Garcia said after their 85-72 win over a severely undermanned Alaska crew that allowed the Painters to stay close behind unbeaten leader Phoenix Pulse.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Lifesavers stun HD Spikers; Power Hitters score

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But, as always, PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb was hardly pleased by his charges’ performance.He was furious after the Power Hitters lost four match points in the fourth following a spate of errors.“Good thing they were able to recover. It’s good that they displayed composure and showed that they can recover from an ugly loss in the third set,” added Gorayeb.Foton slumped to its eighth straight defeat despite a new import, Milagros Collar, and the return of Dindin Manabat. Collar had 24 points, while fellow reinforcement Courtney Felinski had 16 for the Tornadoes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEAG caging in small venue? SBP won’t take it sitting down Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kanjana Kuthaisong and Kseniya Kocyigit presided over Generika-Ayala’s steady assault against Cignal, which failed to get its rhythm and slipped to 5-4.Fiola Ceballos also provided support, firing 14 points, matching the output of Kuthaisong. Kocyigit added 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEarlier, PLDT hacked out a 25-16, 27-25, 22-25, 26-24 victory over a Foton team that still cannot catch a break this conference.Grace Lazard exploded with 25 points, while Kendra Dahlke added 18 for the Power Hitters, who improved to 5-4. Sasa Devanadera and Aiko Urdas contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, for PLDT. View commentscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ The Power Hitters celebrate after thwarting the Tornadoes —Sherwin VardeleonGenerika-Ayala scored a morale-boosting win over Cignal while PLDT Home Fibr subdued Foton on Thursday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lifesavers needed just three sets to dispose of the HD Spikers, 25-17, 25-20, 25-22, and register their second victory in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

(Reopens LGD26)

first_imgBhartis wife said “I do not want to get pregnant anymore as my husband is not faithful to me. I do not think anything will work after reconciliation.” The SPP contended that the petitioner, after getting indulgence from this court, had deliberately lodged a media hype and tried to intimidate the complainant. “Showing scant regard to this court, the petitioner has been openly discussing merits of this case and trying to elicit some response from the complainant which could be used to his benefit. “The accused not only tried to intimidate the complainant but also tried to pressurise the officers involved in the investigation of this case by making numerous calls, recording the same and playing it before media,” he said. He said “the accused person walked into police station at 2 am and threatened the officers present there to record his presence. He was evading his presence so far and misused the indulgence granted by this court.” The SPP opposed grant of any interim protection to Bharti saying said he was an influential person due to which no one was coming forward to depose against him. The court then asked the AAP MLAs counsel why did he go to the police station at late night. “Call him to the court tomorrow, and if he loves going to police station, then I will send him from here. … once you (Bharti) got relief, you act like a lion and go here and there,” the judge remarked. In his bail plea, Bharti has claimed that the offence under section 307 (attempt to murder) was not made out, as even the allegations made, did not show he had any intention of committing the offence. “Hence, the invocation of section 307 IPC is merely a ploy to harass the applicant,” the petition said. Countering his claim, the police said the act of strangulation and dragging her when she was pregnant attracts more serious offence than 307 of IPC. Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard. Delhi Police then registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards partner in marriage), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without womans consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. PTI PPS HMP ARClast_img read more