Letter From the Publisher

first_imgThe print edition of Little India this month has undergone a major facelift. You noticed, right? We have switched to an all-glossy format from newsprint and added color, graphics, visuals and section heads to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the magazine. Coast to Coast ReachOne Nation Under Little IndiaPublished from California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, D.C.But we have undergone more than just cosmetic surgery. We have also bolstered our editorial, added more of our signature indepth stories, created new sections and columns, as well as revamped some of our earlier content.Since its founding 14 years ago as one of the first general interest Indian American feature magazine, Little India has sought to reflect the lives and experiences of Indian Americans as they navigate their new terrain. Little India was the first Indian publication to begin exploring issues of individual and community identity, both within its pages and with its path-breaking conferences at Montclair State University and Rutgers University in 1995 and 1997, which featured, among others, Harvard economist Amartya Sen, well before he won the Nobel Prize. He returns this month in the magazine with an exclusive excerpt of his provocative new book The Argumentative Indian, scheduled for U.S. release this month.We will continue the tradition of penetrating reporting and trenchant commentaries that capture the fullness and diversity of Indian American life. We report India through the prism of an overseas Indian and we serve as a bridge between the Indian community and the mainstream in arts and entertainment, business, politics, education, the professions, etc.Little India Penetration Little India: 21% (Indian households) Reader’s Digest: 9% (U.S.households) Time: 4% (U.S. Households) Ebony: 11% (Black households) Latina: 3% (Hispanic Households)Little India is the most prominent media voice of overseas Indians. In the past two years alone, it won four Ippie Awards from the Independent Press Association of New York and garnered nominations for the Utne IPA Award for Ethnic Issues Coverage as well as the GLAAD Media Award, with such publications as the New York Times Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Teen People and Nation.From its beginnings as a regional publication in New Jersey in 1991, Little India has taken giant strides, especially in the past three years during which has tripled its circulation and quadrupled its advertising. It is now the largest circulated Indian publication in the United States, published in 9 editions from coast to coast from California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, D.C., making it the only genuinely national Indian print publication in the United States.Little India’s single copy circulation of 143,000 in June 2005* is more than three times the circulation of the next largest Indian publication. Indeed, Little India is now the largest circulated Asian publication in the United States and among the largest minority publications in the country. We are arguably the largest circulated Indian publication outside India. Not bad, hey, for an upstart? Well it’s kind of like the community.Largest Circulated Indian Publication in USA Largest Circulated Indian Publication Outside India Largest Circulated Asian Publication in USA Among Largest 15 Minority Publications in USA Three Times Larger Than Next Largest Circulated Indian PublicationDefying industry trends at the time, Little India decided during its initial launch 14 years ago, to be a free, controlled distribution publication to ensure the widest possible dissemination within the community. We have established an enviable distribution network for the magazine from coast to coast and we often hear from readers on the efficiency of being able to procure the magazine locally.Little India penetrates a remarkable 21% of the 700,000 Indian households in the United States. In our major circulation areas, such as New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, our reach is even higher. To comprehend the significance of Little India’s circulation penetration, consider this: even a magazine like Time is received in fewer than 4 percent of U.S. households; Ebony reaches some 11 percent of African American households and Latina just 3 percent of Hispanic households.Two years ago, Little India took steps to enhance its circulation model by getting itself audited by BPA Worldwide, the premier magazine audit agency. The independent and rigorous annual audits by BPA not only validate our claimed circulation figures, the process has also served to significantly improve the quality of our distribution model.In recent months, Little India initiated a process to shift its circulation model to mail. The magazine will continue to remain free, but we encourage you to sign up for your free mail subscription by completing forms in the magazine or available online at www.littleindia.com.Award Winning Editorial Four Ippie Awards 2004 (Independent Press Association, New York) Nominee GLAAD Magazine Award 2002 (with New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Teen People) Nominee Utne-IPA Award 2002 Ethnic Issues CoverageWe hope that our glossy conversion and circulation and editorial enhancements make us worthy ambassadors of the community we seek to represent. We count on you, our readers, to aid us in that effort.We often hear from some of you, touched frequently, miffed occasionally, by a story or a commentary we have published. Several of you ask how you can support the publication. You help us most with your comments, criticisms and advice. So please keep those coming. We view ourselves as an unending work in progress and even as we are proud of where we have arrived on our boat, the other bank is still quite far. We will consider ourselves as having “arrived” when we are at the half way mark! So keep us rowing!There are tangible ways you can help. Spread the word about the magazine both within the community and in the mainstream. Prod those friends and colleagues borrowing your copy to take out their own free subscriptions.The resources for our growth and improvements come from advertising in the magazine. Encourage potential advertisers to try out Little India; hundreds of our current advertisers are testament to its marketing merits already. If you are a consumer of the products or services advertised in the magazine, make it a point to let the businesses know that you saw their ad in Little India. Your word of mouth support means a lot.But above all, celebrate with us the success of the Indian community, which is economically the most successful ethnic group in the United States with a household income that is nearly 1.5 times the national average. As we have reported over the years, Indians are among the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the United States, increasing almost 8 percent annually. India is now the second largest immigration source after Mexico. This year, Indians became the second largest Asian group, and they could potentially become the largest Asian group by 2010.Indians own 45 percent of all hotels and motels in the country and constitute 15 percent of all foreign medical graduates in the United States. Indeed, 5 percent of all U.S. physicians are of Indian origin. They constitute almost 20 percent of the high tech workforce and in recent years almost 50 percent of all H1 visas have been issued to Indians. Indians are the largest and fastest growing foreign student group in the country, overtaking the Chinese, who have traditionally held that spot. Indians also have the highest educational attainment of any group: 67 percent hold a bachelor’s degree (against 28 percent nationally) and almost 40 percent have a masters or other professional degree, which is five times the national average of 8 percent. There are an estimated 8,000 Indian faculty members in U.S. universities.Asian Indians Fastest Growing Ethnic Group: 133% in Decade; 8% Annual Second Largest Immigration Source after Mexico Second Largest Asian Group Potentially Largest Asian Group by 2010During the past 14 years, Little India has celebrated and reported these glittering individual and community accomplishments. But we recognize also that we have a journalistic responsibility to reveal the community’s warts. The community has its share of rascals and scoundrels and they will not get a free pass here.Whatever the community median might say, not every Indian is affluent. New immigrants are not quite as well heeled as long time Indian American residents. Nine percent of the community subsists below the poverty line. There is a marked absence of shared community responsibilities. Take just one illustrative example, and it’s only an example, because the criticism could just as easily be applicable to other successful Indian professional groups. Even though there are 10 times as many Indian American physicians proportionally nationwide, they have not made any collective effort to address the health cares needs of the almost 40 percent of Indians without health insurance. That is both shameful and unforgivable. We propose to keep the community leadership accountable for failures.Most of the time though, Little India is revealing the community to itself. This month we break the extraordinary story of a small community in Millbourne, Penn., which has the unique distinction this year of becoming the only majority Indian place in the United States. Who else but Little India could have ferreted out that information? We might have had to wait until 2012, when the 2010 U.S. Census data is compiled, to know. We hope we can always stay that far ahead.Indian Americans, both first generation immigrants and the U.S. born new generation, are navigating unchartered territory without the aid of a compass – all right, GPS. That makes it simultaneously exciting and nerve racking. Thank you for taking us onboard, fellow traveler riding the rapids.Achal Mehra Publisher Most Affluent Group Median Household Income: $69,000 (1.5 Times National) Own 45% of all hotels/motels in country 15% of Foreign Medical Graduates 5% of Physicians in USA 20% of High Tech Workforce 50% of All H1 Visas Largest & Fastest Growth of Foreign Students — Ahead of China 67% Bachelors (28% National) 40% Masters+ (8% National) 50% Managerial / Professional 33% Technical / Sales 8,000 Indian Faculty Members*Little India total circulation June 2005, 143,206. Publisher’s Statement, subject to audit. BPA audited circulation Dec 2004 was 136,541. BPA Worldwide is referenced here only for the circulation of Little India and for no other information.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian Real Estate

first_imgCommercial high rises, residential townships,industrial parks and shopping malls are exploding all over India, fueled by both long-term andspeculative investors. But astute industry watcherscaution that actual investments are relatively small and expectations of returns are sharplyreduced.   A Little India Knowledge@Wharton SpecialDrive through any of India’s major cities and it will be impossible to go a mile without running into brightly colored cranes, construction rubble and men in yellow helmets scurrying up and down skyscrapers. Commercial high rises, residential townships, industrial parks and shopping malls are exploding into existence, encouraged by both long-term and speculative investors. Oversized private equity commitments by a growing number of foreign investors and home-grown financial institutions are helping to feed the frenzy.But several astute industry watchers have begun poking big holes in that picture. For one, they say that many foreign investors have actually brought in only a small portion of their promised investments. Second, soaring land prices and price resistance from buyers are narrowing investors’ margins significantly. Finally, they note that concerns continue to run high about the regulatory opaqueness for real estate ventures, bureaucratic red tape and the absence of title insurance, in addition to a host of other issues. All of these factors are tempering investors’ appetites for Indian real estate.With yields between 30% and 40% during the past two years, India’s real estate industry has been the toast of global investment funds. But expectations for future returns have been sharply reduced to between 12% and 20% over the next few years. For many foreign investors, this means having to weigh Indian real estate opportunities against deals that offer comparable returns in other emerging markets like Eastern Europe or Latin America.Fears of a real estate bubble and an overheated economy have led India’s central bank to require a lender cutback on real estate loans. That move has pushed up interest rates, lowering consumers’ appetites for home financing and simultaneously raising rents for apartments and offices. Most Indian real estate companies are privately held and their financial information is not readily available. The absence of comprehensive market data across product types like office, retail, industrial and residential properties further hurts the ability of investors to read the right signals, and the occasional rumor of a large deal going bust or a property developer resorting to a distress sale can damage investment sentiments far more than warranted. More Hype than Actual InvestmentsClearly, local investors understand the terrain far better than foreign investors. Much of the foreign capital committed to Indian real estate ventures has yet to be invested, says Aashish Kalra, co-founder and managing director of Trikona Capital, a private equity firm with offices in New York City, London and Mumbai. “Last year, less than $1 billion [was actually invested in] Indian real estate. That’s less than the value of half a building in Times Square,” he says. That compares with market estimates of between $15 billion and $20 billion in foreign capital headed for Indian real estate.Kalra cited these figures during a panel discussion on real estate investing at a recent New York City event organized by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a network of entrepreneurs founded 15 years ago in Silicon Valley. “A negligible amount of foreign capital will get invested in Indian real estate in the next 24 months,” he told the panel.Sameer Nayar, managing director and head of real estate finance-Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse, offers a similar assessment. “There is a lot of hype about capital going into Indian real estate … [but] not a lot of money is actually going in,” he says. Extracting good returns from those investments calls for significant local market expertise in dealing with regulatory and other obstacles. “You make money because you can deal with the problems, and that’s why your returns could be 50%,” he adds. “If it were an easy market to work in, you would make only 15%.”Short-term DisenchantmentIn April 2006, Trikona Capital group firm Trinity Capital raised 250 million pounds ($500 million) for Indian real estate investment in a public offering through London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Kalra says his company has deployed about $400 million in Indian real estate projects over the past year.Including Trinity, about a dozen real estate funds targeting India have raised a combined $2 billion in the past year through listings on the AIM. Most of them are currently trading at levels significantly below their offer prices, revealing investor disenchantment. Trinity’s share made its debut in April 2006 at one pound; it now trades at about 86 pence. Hirco, an Isle of Man-domiciled company promoted by the Mumbai-based Hiranandani Constructions group, raised about 382 million pounds ($755 million) from its IPO last December; since then, its shares have lost considerable sheen, down from 5 pounds to about 390 pence in the second week of May. Exceptions include Unitech Corporate Parks, which listed on the AIM last December at 93 pence and now trades at 96.25 pence.“We see the opportunity [in Indian real estate], but we also see the risks and challenges involved,” says Chanakya Chakravarti, managing director of real estate at Actis, a London-based private equity fund that manages assets of about $3.4 billion. Actis plans to set up a $300 million India real estate fund. It already has two other existing funds with an estimated equity of $475 million that have invested in Indian real estate, auto ancillaries and other industries. “Each fund has a unique risk-return profile, and we work with these. For us, India is a long-term story,” he adds.Chakravarti lists three main risks or challenges that real estate investors in India will be up against in the short term. The first, he says, is an oversupply of office space in the major and second-tier cities. A hazy regulatory framework fostering indecision and delayed investments is another concern. Finally, he notes, opaque deal-making processes that narrow the exit routes will deter serious investors.“The property market today is rife with uncertainties. Prices as well as interest rates have been rising,” says Anuj Puri, managing director of real estate services firm Trammell Crow Meghraj, the Indian joint venture of Dallas, Tex.-based real estate services firm Trammell Crow and the Meghraj Group, a financial services firm in London. “It is not advisable to expect any short-term gains; but of course, for long-term investors, India’s strong fundamentals are still intact. A long-term investor can expect average returns of 15% to 20% per year.” Vikas Oberoi, managing director of Oberoi Constructions in Mumbai, says the risk-return profile for real estate investments is far brighter for those who have accumulated land inventory at prices much lower than prevailing levels. “The average net margin in today’s market is 20% to 25%; we can easily do 15% better than the market,” he says. Oberoi claims his company can achieve those higher returns because, among other reasons, “most of the land has been bought earlier.” Oberoi Constructions has an inventory of 15 million square feet of mostly prime land in Mumbai. At today’s prices, Oberoi expects it to generate gross revenues of $2.2 billion. The company is focused mostly on for-sale residential apartments, although it dabbles in shopping malls, hotels and other commercial property lines. Oberoi expects his company to post $200 million in revenue this year, rising to $300 million in 2008.This past January, Morgan Stanley’s Special Situations Fund invested $152 million for a 10.75% stake in Oberoi Constructions, effectively valuing the company at about $1.4 billion. Oberoi says the untapped upside in his company’s land bank was a major attraction for the institutional suitors it attracted. For instance, five years ago it bought a land lot with 8 million square feet in Mumbai’s northwestern suburb of Goregaon for Rs. 100 crore ($24 million). Oberoi says the property would be worth 20 times more today.“Where is the supply? There is only demand,” says Oberoi. “In fact, I want the market to stabilize or [prices to] come down because then we would get land at cheaper prices. It is absolutely a seller’s market.”Second-tier MigrationThe most visible changes in the Indian real estate sector include the emergence of well defined product categories, the division of the market into tiered cities and a widening of financing options.In the past, real estate was sold either as residential or as commercial property. With the maturing of the market and globalization of the investor base, the categories have been sharpened and new ones established. “Investors in the residential market are very different from the office and retail space investor,” says Sanjeev Dasgupta, CFO and head of investments at Kshitij Investment Advisory Services, part of the Future Group, a large Mumbai-based owner of shopping malls across the country. In the residential sector, investors are in for high returns and are willing to take high risks, he says. This also allows for easy exit, although the risk of a mismatch between potential and real returns is high, he adds.According to Poonam Mahtani, a national director of retail services firm Colliers International in India, “The investment risk is lower in the metros, but prices there are much higher than those in tier II cities.” Several equity funds have consciously focused on tier II cities, because they believe that this offers the most potential. “Land prices are skyrocketing. Buying to sell is a very risky strategy. Land prices are way beyond levels that will generate a decent return. It doesn’t make sense to invest any more unless you go to second- or third-tier markets.”Kalra, too, sees the markets outside of India’s major cities as the most attractive, simply because they are not the low-hanging fruit sought by the early crop of investors with relatively lower risk appetites. “There are lots of opportunities outside the main metros. India has 30 cities with a population of a million people each,” he says. Adds Dasgupta, “The returns are huge in tier II cities, where there is a large untapped potential.” He believes that this sector will see a rental yield of 12% to 14% in the next few years. In office space, experts see a migration towards second-tier cities. A recent report by Deutsche Bank on real estate trends notes, “As the demand for modern space has continually increased, new office locations have had to be developed in the south and east of the urban area (Mumbai and Delhi).” In Mumbai, secondary business districts have emerged in recent years, including the Bandra-Kurla complex in the central suburbs, 25 miles from the old commercial hubs in the southern end of the city.Much-needed TransparencyFor foreign investors, one troubling fact is a pan-India phenomenon: inadequate transparency in land valuations they use to price their investments. In an interview last month, M. Damodaran, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India, discussed the lack of clarity in real estate companies’ disclosures, especially with respect to their land banks. “We sought clarity … on matters like, ‘What does your land bank comprise, [and] what are the valuation aspects you have indicated?’” he told an Indian news wire service. “Where there is only an agreement to develop land, there must be complete disclosure. All such agreements are to be made available for inspection,” he said, adding that he preferred land valuations to be made at current prices and not on the basis of future projections.Trammell Crow Meghraj’s Puri agrees. “There is a marked lack of transparency, corporate governance and accountability among India’s real estate developers. There also continues to be a serious lack of quality infrastructure. In addition, India scores low in terms of congenial political environment in terms of the real estate sector. This means that there is a lack of clarity in pertinent policies.”But Puri also believes those issues will soon fade away as India’s real estate markets mature. “Although real estate is a regional and highly location-specific industry, India will replicate the events that occurred in emerging markets like Mexico and Central Eastern Europe [including Russia, Bulgaria and Poland],” he says. “In these countries, too, foreign investments were the primary drivers for transparency, accountability and higher capital appreciation in the real estate sector.”knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu  Related Itemslast_img read more

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India Beats UK, China, Japan in Having Most Evolved Digital Payments System: Report

first_imgIndia beat countries like the United Kingdom, China and Japan to gain the tag of having the most evolved digital payments system. India’s immediate payment service (IMPS) has been rated 5 by a United States-based financial services technology and outsourcing services company Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) in its global report.The report, titled Flavors of Fast, 2017, gives India the highest rating on a scale of 1 to 5 on its faster payment innovation index (FPII). While 1 reflects “meets base required features only,” 5 indicates that most features are met, maximizing customer value.This is the fourth edition of the Flavors of Fast report, according to which the higher the FPII score, the stronger the possibilities for innovation. A total of 25 countries were assessed for FPII, including Bahrain, Turkey, Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden and South Africa.“Out of the countries assessed, India’s IMPS was the only system across the world performing at level 5. Taiwan was at level 1, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, Iceland, China, Korea & Sri Lanka were assessed at level 2,” Ramaswamy Venkatachalam, regional managing director — India and South Asia, FIS, said, reported livemint.com.Level 3 was occupied by Chile, Sweden, South Africa, Bahrain, Japan. Level 4 countries were Spain, Kenya, Poland, Finland, UK, Singapore, Denmark Switzerland and Thailand.The Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) in India is an instant interbank electronic fund transfer service available through mobile phones and internet banking applications that was launched in 2010.Originally designed as an instant “mobileonly” remittance solution, IMPS now offers an instant payment service for online and mobile devices, available 24/7, that provides a safe and economical service for consumers and merchants to make and request (pull as well as push) payments.The report also highlighted the popularity of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). It added that India has made great steps by offering innovative solutions on top of IMPS with the use of the UPI. Launched by the National Payments corporation India (NPCI), UPI is an overlay on IMPS, giving an API interface to enable applications to initiate and collect payments from smartphones.“Real-time payments are not only about speed. They’re about creating frictionless trade, and a financial world in which the entire payment process occurs easily and immediately,” Venkatachalam added.The FIS report further said that a primary example of the importance of innovation is the impressive rollout of India’s Universal Payments Interface UPI. It opens up access to real-time by allowing payments to be directly integrated into external business applications.“UPI is proving that open access central to innovation and is also a strong driver of adoption. The introduction of UPI in August 2016 led to the creation of a wealth of new innovative payment solutions,” the report elaborated.It also highlighted that the adoption rates of UPI payments are “truly spectacular: Transactions using UPI increased 100 times from a modest 92,000 to 9.2 million transactions in the first nine months of operation.” Related ItemsBankingEconomylast_img read more

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9 Countries Seek CBI Help to Apprehend 21 Indians Accused of Crimes

first_imgLaw enforcement agencies of at least nine countries have approached the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) through the Interpol to seek help in apprehending 21 Indians wanted for different crimes. All of them carry red notices issued by the Interpol against them.Meanwhile, India seeks to apprehend 630 Indian and foreign nationals, including Dawood Ibrahim, who live abroad. India has approached Interpol to issue red corner notices against the people.“We would not like to comment on the status of any of these cases as the Interpol Red Notices have been issued on the request of foreign agencies. The CBI being nodal agency for Interpol in India, coordinates efforts to nab these accused with other law enforcement agencies in the country,” said a CBI spokesperson, according to Hindustan Times.On the list are Krishnan Ambi and Akshat Bhatnagar, who are wanted in Afghanistan for fraud. Krishnan Ambi has been wanted since 2015. Bhatnagar belongs to Parmanandpur village in India, according to Interpol.Six people — Chetanbhai Patel, Harinarin Vijayampa, Jasbir Riar, Dipesh Kumar S Shah, Prakashandand Saraswati and Akbar Rana — are wanted in the United States while five — Somasundram Kathamuthu, Jasrath Singh Mogia, Rajapandi Ramalingam, Sharmeela Shahjahan, Rajeswari Thiyagrajan — are wanted by Malaysia for theft.Patel is wanted for murdering his wife in 2015; Harinarin is accused of possessing child pornography; Riar faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, disobeying domestic relations court order, possession of smoking device, corporal injury to spouse and cruelty to a child; and Saraswati is wanted for indecency with a child by sexual contact (10 counts).Malawi, Singapore, Russia and South Africa are looking for one person each. Malawi seeks custody of 20-year-old Sadiq Adam Patel, who is wanted there on the charge of murder.Canada and Cyprus are seeking two Indians each. Canada is looking for Sawaran Singh Sekhon, on charges of second degree murder, and Parthasarthie Kapoor, on charges of sexual contact, inciting to sexual contact, sex abuse and child pornography with regard to four children.Cyprus seeks Sarbjit Singh and Sandeep on the charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, premeditated murder, attempt to commit murder and possession of aggressive instruments. Related ItemsCBIInterpollast_img read more

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WikiCables: Modi Vying for National Role

first_imgGujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is eying a bigger national leadership role and is positioning himself for a power struggle in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), say US diplomatic cables made public by online whistleblower Wikileaks.‘Modi is using his strong base in Gujarat to position himself for the BJP power struggle and to crow about Gujarat’s investment-friendly (but certainly not minority-friendly) record,? says one of the cables which were uploaded earlier this week by Wikileaks.The cables sent by US diplomats in New Delhi focus on Modi’s rising stature in the BJP and claim that ‘Modi has his eyes on bigger things’.In an assessment going back to 2005, the cables suggest Modi could be the most popular BJP leader and a potential PM candidate. ‘Anecdotal evidence suggests Modi could be the most popular leader in the BJP and there is increasing momentum to make him the party figurehead and next choice of PM,? says a cable sent after Modi was denied a US visa in 2005.The cable also claims that the BJP’s move to make Modi the prime ministerial candidate would unite the secular parties.‘In a BJP beset by internal struggle, Modi’s revival sets him up nicely to influence the kingmaking when the time comes. Having recovered from the crisis invoked by our visa revocation and his tyrannical management style, Modi is positioning himself as a national leader by reminding people that Gujarat has done a fine job of economic governance, notwithstanding the black stain the (2002) riots left,’ a cable says.‘At present, Modi appears stronger than at any time,’ a cable says.Modi was a star campaigner for the BJP in the 2009 elections which the Congress and its allies won.Alluding to the cancellation of the visa application, the cables say Modi bears permanent resentment against the US for the ‘humiliation’. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Farmers get major chunk in Madhya Pradesh budget

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot on Monday increased the budgetary allocation for farmers by 145% over the previous year to ₹22,736 crore. Presenting his maiden budget in the Vidhan Sabha here, he said, “Under the loan waiver scheme, the State government has waived loans to the tune of ₹7,000 crore of 20 lakh farmers in two months. For the remaining farmers, ₹8,000 crore will be set aside.”To resolve farmers’ issues and implement schemes successfully, Mr. Bhanot said the government has decided to set up a farmers’ advisory council, comprising farmers’ representatives. Moreover, under the Krishi Bandhu Yojana, farmers will be trained in farming techniques. Horticulture schemeTo improve the income of those involved in horticulture and food processing, the State government has decided to launch a horticulture and food processing scheme, for which ₹100 crore has been earmarked. The government has decided to cover fishermen and shepherds under the Kisan Credit Card scheme.For panchayat and rural development, ₹25, 015 crore has been set aside, which was 26 % more than the previous year’s allocation, he said Quoting scriptures to stress the importance of cows, Mr. Bhanot proposed to earmark ₹132 crore for cow welfare and three models to develop gaushalas in the State.The government has also decided to hike grant to the State Waqf Board and Haj committee as well, he saidThe social security pension for elderly, widows and disabled has been raised to ₹600 per month from ₹300. This may benefit more than 42 lakh people, he said.Stating the government has decided to reserve 70% of vacancies for locals in new private firms, Mr. Bhanot said, “Immediately after assuming office, the Chief Minister had directed that changes be made in the industrial policy to this effect.”Industrial policyAs for industrial investment, he said, the government has approved a pilot project for a land pooling scheme and formulated a new industrial promotion policy. Mr. Bhanot said a new startup and a micro, small & medium enterprises policy has also been drafted.last_img read more

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Irregularities in labour schemes in Rajasthan

first_imgA social audit of labour welfare schemes in Rajasthan, conducted on the Supreme Court’s direction, has revealed several irregularities, including registration of a large number of those who were not entitled to the benefits of the schemes. The State government has planned a crackdown to check irregularities and promised action against the guilty officials.‘Panel to take action’Minister of State for Labour Tika Ram Jully said in the Assembly that a committee comprising the Labour Secretary, Labour Commissioner and senior officers would examine the complaints and take suitable action. The department has already blocked 24 E-Mitra Centres after receiving reports about labourers’ registration on the basis of forged documents.Mr. Jully said the social audit had revealed that 33% of beneficiaries of the schemes meant for construction workers were those who were not employed in this sector, while the construction labourers were identified in a five-month-long campaign in the State. Besides, the cess from owners of buildings was not collected in the correct proportion of the buildings actually constructed.The Minister said a labour inspector was suspended on charges of accepting bribe.last_img read more

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UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.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 shutoutCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Hontiveros wants NBP doctor stripped of license for giving hospital passes PLAY LIST 01:19Hontiveros wants NBP doctor stripped of license for giving hospital passes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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SMC still supports Gilas five

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe national basketball program can heave a sigh of relief. The current impasse in the PBA won’t affect Gilas Pilipinas’ preparation for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier.The five-team half of the two factions split over the stint of Chito Narvasa as league commissioner issued a statement saying the bloc will “continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 League’s interest in mindThe board needs a three-fourths majority to oust Narvasa, putting the seven-team bloc a governor short of replacing the commissioner. But Narvasa needs the same number of votes to stay on as commissioner when the board meets in Los Angeles next week—thus the stalemate, which had the MVP group appointing long-time manager of operations and current deputy commissioner Rickie Santos as officer-in-charge.“They (both parties) agreed that it is the PBA that is being hurt,” Marcial went on.The board flies to Los Angeles in the United States on Nov. 10.“With the best interest of the league in mind, we have come to an agreement to reach out to the other members of the board to resolve this impasse as a collegial body, not as individuals, to maintain the integrity of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) and protect the interest of fans nationwide,” the five-team group’s statement said. Read Next The five teams also moved to broker a truce between the two factions, imploring members of the board of governors to refrain from making statements until a settlement has been reached.The five-team group assigned PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial to open talks with the seven-team faction headed by Manny V. Pangilinan squads TNT, Meralco and NLEX.“They all agreed to resolve this as quietly as possible,” Marcial told the Inquirer after talking to members of the seven-team group, which also includes Phoenix Petroleum, Blackwater, Rain or Shine and Alaska.A major fissure cracked the board after the MVP-led bloc sought to terminate the services of Narvasa in a meeting early Thursday morning. Governors of the five-team faction—San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort and Kia—weren’t present during the meeting presided upon by incoming league chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX.The group issued a statement backing Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ceres rips Davao; Global triumphs John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“I’m happy; I am relieved,” said national coach Chot Reyes early Friday morning.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 shutoutSeveral players from the SMC bloc have been part of the Gilas program, including Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra and reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, and national team officials were worried the current stalemate would disrupt preparations for the World Cup qualifiers this month.Brokering a truce MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

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Tallo heats up as Racal cruises past AMA

first_imgRobredo: 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 Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mario Bonleon topscored for AMA Online Education with 31 points and 12 rebounds, but shot 8-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-8 from three.Daniel Salonga also had 20 markers and four boards, while Renzo Subido got 11 in the loss.The Scores:RACAL MOTORS 118 – Tallo 20, Lozada 17, Cortez 15, Salado 13, Ayonayon 12, Faundo 9, Capacio 9, Dela Cruz 7, Apreku 6, Mangahas 4, Grimaldo 2, Bulawan 2, Abrigo 2, Cabrera 0.AMA 100 – Bonleon 31, Salonga 20, Subido 11, Teodoro 9, Pontejos 8, Villanueva 7, Jordan 4, Bragais 4, Celso 4, Grospe 2, Carpio 0, Calma 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 36-16, 66-43, 94-73, 118-100.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “Mac is very impressive for his first game for us,” noted coach Jerry Codiñera. “I hope he continues to play the way he did.”Tallo’s hot-shooting was the perfect encapsulation of Racal Motors’ blazing start, where it went on a 13-of-17 clip from the field in the first quarter to grab a 36-16 lead, which further extended to 31, 106-75, with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Of course, we’re happy because we got our first win, which is very crucial for a team that has went on an overhaul. We’ll just make our adjustments along the way,” said Codiñera.Janus Lozada added 17 markers, while Jam Cortez chimed in 15 points and five boards for the Alibaba. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Mac Tallo. PBA IMAGESMac Tallo scorched from beyond the arc in his debut as Racal Motors zoomed past AMA Online Education, 118-100, Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Cebuano guard fired 15 of his 20 points in the first half and shot 4-of-9 from three to help the Alibaba cruise to their first win of the conference. He also had four assists and three rebounds in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NBA: Wall believes Kentucky prospect Fox better than Ball, Fultz BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

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Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “With the current format, we will play two games in November. How are you going to approach that? It’s a very difficult situation,” stressed the mentor.Another challenge is convincing prospects to stay in the country and not entertain offers elsewhere if  SBP decides to naturalize another player.“It’s another way, to hire a full-time naturalized player who will be with us day-in and day-out, but that’s going to be very costly. We are talking to several prospects, but that’s not easy. You have to convince them to stay here and not think about the other leagues. Also, we have to go through the Congress and their contracts. It’s really a tedious process,” he said. “That’s why we are very happy that we have a reliable big man in Christian (Standhardinger), but he will also leave for the ABL in November.”Despite all the problems, Reyes shared that SBP is still in constant communication with Blatche’s camp.“We’re in constantly in touch with his agents. That’s just the way it is and that’s how difficult the situation we’re in with,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “The situation with Andray is very fluid situation, a constant work in progress for us,” the mentor said Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-go at Marco Polo in Ortigas. “By November, he will be playing in his Chinese team so we don’t know if his Chinese team is going to allow him to play.”Gilas’ woes with its naturalized player coincides with the problem  of adjusting  to the new competition schedule, which  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been working on for the better part of the year.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 openingThe home-and-away qualifiers begin on November, right in the middle of the various national professional tournaments in Asia.That will leave Blatche, who is playing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as majority of the PBA players out for the games, unless the SBP comes up with a plan amenable to all the parties involved. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche’s status with the national team is still up in the air.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he’s still uncertain about the status of the Syracuse native, especially in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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CWG: Indian wrestlers Ravinder, Sanjay, Anil bag 3 gold medals

first_imgIndian wrestlers on Tuesday did the nation proud by winning three gold medals in the Greco-Roman category at the Commonwealth Games. India’s Ravinder Singh makes a victory run after beating Terence Christopher Bosson of England (Red) to win gold in 60kg Greco Roman wrestling event at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Tuesday.While Ravinder Singh won the gold in the 60 kg Greco-Roman category, Sanjay Singh and Anil Kumar clinched the gold in the 74 kg and 96 kg segments respectively.ALSO SEE: India opens Games with a bang | Indian shooters win 2 gold medals Ravinder defeated UK’s Terence Christopher 2-0, 7-0 while Sanjay beat Richard Brian Addinall of South Africa 1-0, 1-0. Anil defeated Australia’s Hassene Fkiri to win the gold.last_img read more

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CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets

first_imgThe lacklustre public response to most of the events in the Commonwealth Games prompted Organising Committee (OC) vice chairman Randhir Singh to call for giving free entry to at least 30 per cent of the spectators.Crowds outside a ticket counter on Thursday.”I feel that 30 per cent of all stadiums should be thrown open for the public. Tickets may be distributed at the gates on a first come first serve basis. People should be encouraged to come and watch the events,” he said.”There have been some great performances, but unfortunately not many spectators are around to see them. It is such a pity,” he added.This came on a day when the government asked the OC to get its act together so that tickets were made available to the people.”There have been reports that some stadiums were wanting in audience, while in others, tickets were not available,” urban development minister Jaipal Reddy said after the group of ministers (GoM) on the Games held a meeting. Sports minister M. S. Gill, tourism minister Kumari Selja, chief minister Sheila Dikshit and OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi were also present at the meeting.However, four days into the Games, the tickets still remained elusive. Mismanagement and poor technology didn’t help matters either.With the holiday season setting in, the paying public is starved of tickets. Even the sarkari babus are aghast that tickets are not coming their way. Sports minister M. S. Gill’s office was reportedly upset that tickets were not available at all.advertisementEmpty stands at Delhi’s Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium.While OC officials said tickets sales were picking up, there was no clue where the complimentary tickets, which comprise almost 20 per cent for each venue, were.Sources said the number of free tickets, reportedly distributed by the OC to the ministry and the Sports Authority of India, was shocking.”Worse, there are no tickets for India-Australia or India-Pakistan hockey matches. We do not have swimming or boxing tickets either,” a source added.Angad, a Class XI student at Guru Harkishan Public school, called up the call centre and found out that tickets were available for the swimming event. But he had to wait for an hour at the counter as the server had crashed. And when his turn came, he was told the tickets had been sold. “I called up the call centre again and they said the tickets were available. I don’t know whom to believe,” he said.Shilpa Singhal, who had gone to buy tickets with her daughter Prachika, had an equally annoying experience.”The people at the counters can’t tell you the Games schedules. You can’t either get through the call centre line or it gets disconnected before you finish talking. I had to call up 50 times before I could get the information I wanted,” she said.B. Subramaniam, a part of the Malaysian Boxing Federation, had a suggestion. He said: “It makes sense to have separate stalls for more popular events like boxing and swimming.” At the Talkatora Stadium, Philip Masonda, an official attached with the Zambian squash team, had a worse experience.He had gone to the stadium to watch some of the aquatics events. He was not allowed to enter because his pass limited entry only to the squash events. Moreover, the volunteers failed to arrange a transport for him back to the Games Village until a journalist intervened and sought the help of the authorities.A Rajouri garden couple also experienced the volunteers’ apathy at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Wednesday.Deepak Bassi, who had an accident some time ago that left his leg severely damaged, went to the complex to watch some events. But he and his wife were made to walk a 3-km stretch from the parking lot, with no help from the volunteers.However, all he commented was that “we have channels through which we can route our complaints in the Village. And I would prefer those channels”.(With inputs from Amandeep Shukla and Agencies)last_img read more

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Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals scrapped from IPL IV

first_imgIn a drastic step, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) on Sunday unanimously decided to “terminate” the franchise agreements of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, while sparing the newly-inducted Kochi team.The Kochi franchisee has been issued a notice, asking them to resolve all their disputes.The decision means that the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League will feature eight teams for the time being despite the addition of two new teams in Kochi and Pune.The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the IPL Governing council at MCA Recreation Centre here.”It was unanimously decided that the franchise agreements with K P H Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd (Kings XI) and Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd (Rajasthan Royals) be terminated forthwith based on the legal opinions obtained by BCCI in the matters,” the BCCI said in a release.”It was further unanimously decided to issue a notice to the unincorporated joint venture holding the Kochi franchise calling upon them to resolve all their disputes and form a company which will hold the IPL franchise rights.””Accordingly, P R Raman, advocate for BCCI has been given instructions to issue all the three notices,” BCCI said.The three franchise teams — Rajasthan Royals, Kings Eleven Punjab and newly-bought Kochi — were given show cause notices by BCCI on September 29 as they had not complied with the rules governing the franchisers.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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OBAMA VISIT: One-on-one meet precedes dinner

first_imgUS President Barack Obama greets Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s (right) dinner on Sunday.A day before the elaborate banquet by President Pratibha Patil, on the lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted a lavish dinner for US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at his 7, Race Course residence. Attended by as many as 80 guests – they included India’s who’s who – the dinner was preceded by a 40-minute one-on-one meeting between Singh and Obama.They reportedly discussed key bilateral issues, including economic cooperation, outsourcing, terror and the Af-Pak situation. The exercise was aimed at ironing out differences before the restricted and delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.The Obamas drove down to the Prime Minister’s residence from ITC Maurya where they are staying. They were welcomed by Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur. On their arrival, the Obamas were welcomed by a band of Indian Navy and 30 camelmounted BSF personnel playing bugles and trumpets. The tunes played included Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav jan to and all-time Bollywood hit O meri zohra jabeen, tujhe maloom nahin.Though earlier expected to be a ‘private dinner’ for a select group, the guest list at Sunday’s do included key personalities from the area of politics, business, sports and cinema.The high-powered group included Congress president Sonia Gandhi – she was dressed in a dark blue silk sari – finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister A.K. Antony, foreign minister S.M. Krishna, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, commerce minister Anand Sharma, HRD minister Kapil Sibal MoS in PMO Prithviraj Chauhan, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, Indian Envoy to US Meera Shankar, Jamia Milia University vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung and Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations.advertisementBJP leaders L.K. Advani and Arun Jaitley were also present on the occasion. Business honchos gracing the event included Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Swati Piramal and N.R. Narayanamurthy. Bollywood personalities Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar added more glamour to the occasion. Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and environment activist Sunita Narain were also among the guests.FINE DININGIt was Awadhi platter for the Obamas at the private dinner hosted by the PM. Following are some of the items that were served:SOUPS: Shorba & mulligatawnyMAIN COURSE: Fish, lamb with green chillies, kakori kabab, mughlai chicken, gobi, dal dampukht, rice pulao, variety of Indian breadsDESSERT: Kesar phirni, mava potilast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Sourav breaks his silence over snub

first_imgBreaking his silence after being ignored in the IPL auction, Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said he was always transparent in whatever he did as a cricketer.Sourav Ganguly”I never did politics. I would not have been here if I did politics. With my practical experiences I say whatever you do, you will not be at the top all the time,” said the former India skipper during a programme in Kolkata.”So when you are at the top, be transparent. The rule is same for all, be it in politics or sport. As a leader you must tell the truth. They might not like it but it’s important to be clear with your colleagues,” Ganguly said.Having retired from international cricket, Ganguly continued playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the IPL Kolkata team for the first three seasons. However, none of the 10 franchises showed any interest in him in the IPL auction for the fourth season of the League.But, the 38-year-old former captain insisted that there was no age for retirement. “As long as you perform, age is not a bar for retirement,” he said. Referring to Indian cricket’s Big Three – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – who are at the fag-end of their career, Ganguly said the selectors should be careful to avoid an Australia-like crisis.”Look at the Australians. In one series it was Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. That’s too much of a void to fill so quickly,” Ganguly said. Ganguly said the magnificent trio should retire in phases. “I don’t see them retiring very soon as long as they keep performing. But the selectors have to remember one thing that they make sure that they don’t finish together, so there will be a lot of void.” “So the selectors have to be careful to make sure that they go one at a time and not all together so that you get in the replacements and get them ready. “Also it’s important to get in the replacements in a home series so that they go to an overseas tour with runs and confidence behind them.” “You saw Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series in South Africa. He struggled a bit but it was difficult condition to bat in there as well. So it’s important that they go in phases.”advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab- KXIP win by 8 wkts

first_imgPunjab all-rounder Paul Valthaty claimed four wickets and scored a fine 75 as Punjab beat Hyderabad by eight wickets in their IPL match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Saturday. Score | PhotosA 166-run target wasn’t a tough one for Punjab considering the fine form their openers Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty have been in this edition of the IPL. The two went on charge from the word go and walloped the opposition bowlers. In fact their required run rate was under control from the begenning as the two were scoring more than 10 runs an over to start with.The hosts tried hard to break their stand but failed as the two openers batted on and within minutes Punjab has crossed the 100-run mark. At last there was some cheer amongst the Hyderabad players when leggi Amit Mishra break their stand.On the last ball of the 14th over, Gilchrist played a pull shot off Mishra that was pouched by D Ravi Taje in the deep. He fell for 61, but not before doing the damage. Gilchrist and Valthaty had put 136 runs for the first wicket.With the Punjab captain back in the dugout, Valthaty too walked back a few minutes later with a fine 75 against his name. And this time too is was Mishra who took the wicket. Valthaty went for a big hit but failed to clear Ishant Sharma at long on. His quick-fire 75 that came of just 47 balls was decorated with 8 fours and five over the fence shots.advertisementFinally, Abhishek Nayar and Dinesh Dinesh Karthik scored the home run for their team in the 18th over.Hyderabad innings Earlier, Punjab all-rounder Paul Valthaty finished with fine figures of 4-0-29-4 to restrict Hyderabad to 165/8.Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bowl and got the result of his decision early with opener Sunny Sohal falling to Ryan Harris in the first over when the score was 13.However post that wicket, Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan got on with a partnership putting on 75 runs for th second wicket before the former fell to Piyush Chawal’s turn in the 11th over. After his dismissal Dhawan too lost his rhythm and played a sweep shot to Sunny Singh at short fine leg off Paul Valthaty. Dhawan fell on 46 and Hyderabad fell to 92/3 in the 12th over.Valthaty came around to scalps Bharat Chipli to reduce the hosts to 112/4 in the 15th over. A straight one from Valthaty was played down the long on by Chipli, where Shaun Marsh took a clean catch to dismiss him on 14.JP Duminy, who was still at the crease and was looking dangerous went was an aerial shot, but mistimed it and the ball after taking a long loop fell in the safe hands of the bowler Ryan McLaren on 18. Hyderabad fell to 129/5. Two balls later, Marsh clean bowled Manpreet Gony on a duck and Hyderabad were 137/6 17.3 overs.In the last game, Valthaty had impressed everyone with his batting performance. Today, he was impressive with the ball. In the 19th over he claimed Daniel Christian and Amit Mishra on consecutive balls to complete his four-wicket haul. Hyderabad managed to score 165/8 in 20 overs.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers- CSK win by 19 runs

first_imgChennai batsman Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 and Albie Morkel scalped three as their team beat Hyderabad by 19 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday. Score | PhotosHyderabad players were aware that a target of 166 would prove to be a tough one to reach so their openers Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan started off on a high note scoring close to 12 runs an over. But it was Sohal, who was doing the bulk of scoring and Dhawan providing him with the much-needed support.Sunny Sohal raced to his half-century in no time. But in the 7th over of the innings he was forced to take a walk after putting a 30-ball 56. The reason Shadab Jakati’s ball crashed into his stumps when the score was 71.Jakati struck again on the last ball of the 11th over scalping the other opener Dhawan on 19. Jakati kept the ball low and an inside edge of Dhawan’s bat crashed into his stumps and Hyderabad were 90/2.Bharat Chipli fell in the 14th over off Albie Morkel and Chennai were down to 110/3.  Then Doug Bollinger clean bowled Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara in the 16th over to reduce the visitors to 121/4.Cameron White ended up getting caught by substitute Faf du Plessis off Morkel on the first ball of the 18th over when the score was 137. The last ball of the same over saw JP Duminy walk back on 17 and Hyderabad were down to 143/6.More wickets fell in the last over as Daniel Christian ended up getting run out in Doug Bollinger’s over.advertisementFinally Hyderabad could only manage to score 146/8.Chennai inningsEarlier, Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 as Chennai posted an impressive 165/5 against Hyderabad in the 39th IPL match of IPL-4.Chennai suffered early setback in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja scalped opener Murali Vijay with a ball that kept low and skid on to crash against his stumps when the team total was 18. This was after Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.Post that wicket Suresh Raina and opener Michael Hussey got on with a partnership. And by the 10th over the Chennai score was 58/1.Finally in the 13th over Hussey walked back after posting a good 46 runs on board and putting 60 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina. Hussey went for a pull off Harmeet Singh but failed to cross the boundary and ended up getting caught by Ishant Sharma when the team total was 78.But Suresh Raina was still at the crease and he went on to score a fine 59 off just 35 balls decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes. Finally, Ojha got the better of him in the 18th over. Raina played took the aerial route but his shot was cut short by Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. Chennai were 136/3 post his wicket.Next man Albie Morkel charged away at the opposition bowlers and he picked Ishant Sharma for his batting blitz. He hit a massive six off him in the 19th over and then followed it with another big one measuring 109m and then upped the scale to 114m with the next aerial shot – recording the longest six of the IPL-4 so far.But, Morkel ended up getting run out on the first ball of the 20th over.Captain MS Dhoni, who scored 21, was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. Chennai completed their innings on 165/5 with Subramaniam Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha at the crease.last_img read more

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Raza claims innocence of illegal betting on IPL, PCB asks for inquiry

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said that Akram Raza’s case warranted a full-scale inquiry even as the former Pakistan off-spinner pleaded innocence in the illegal IPL betting case, saying that his arrest was a “set-up”.A senior official said that the board will have to review whether to appoint Raza to the umpires’ panel for the forthcoming Pakistan ‘A’ and Afghanistan series in view of the betting case against him.Raza, a former off-break bowler who played nine Tests and 49 One-day Internationals, was arrested on Saturday with six others after a police raid on a plaza in Gulberg area for running a betting racket.Police have charged seven people, including Raza for taking illegal bets on the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.Raza, who is now a first-class umpire, got bail on Monday, but will have to appear before a court next week in connection with the case.Sultan Rana, who heads the domestic cricket section in the PCB, said that it was too early to say whether Raza was innocent or not.”Certainly the case warrants an inquiry and we will decide on that soon. It is a serious thing because of the sensitivities involved in fixing issues,” he said.”The board will like to hear both sides of the story and we will give Raza a fair hearing when the inquiry is conducted,” he said.Rana conceded that because of the case the board will have to see if Raza can be given an assignment in the upcoming Pakistan ‘A’ and Afghanistan series, scheduled to be held in the country.advertisementBut Raza said he was innocent and would fight his case.”I will prove my innocence because I don’t want my umpiring career derailed now. I have already gone through enough in the past as well and I will fight my case through my lawyer,” he said.Raza said that he was called to the plaza by a friend and then the police raided the place.”I really don’t know why I have been trapped in this case but I have nothing to do with any betting racket on the IPL matches. I will also be writing to the Pakistan Cricket Board to inform them of my innocence,” he said.The off-spinner was one of six players fined by the Justice Malik Qayyum judicial commission after a match-fixing inquiry against Pakistani players between 1998 and 2000.last_img read more

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