All you need to know about Chenani-Nashri: India’s longest tunnel

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the country’s longest road tunnel that links the Kashmir Valley with Jammu. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, will reduce the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar.Here are some interesting facts about the Chenani-Nashri tunnel:Built at Rs 3,720 crore, the tunnel will reduce the distance between Jammu and Srinagar from 41 km to 9.2 km 1,500 engineers, geologists, skilled workers and labourers worked on the project 92.7 FM is mandatory for vehicles where emergency messages will be relayed6,000 LED multiple colour lights will be used to break monotonyGSM phones will work inside the tunnel. 118 SOS boxes have been set up, one every 150 metres on both sidesSmoke and heat dampeners will react quickly in fire incidents118 CCTVs, one every 75 metresAt 5Okm/hr speed, the tunnel is a 12 to 15 minutes driveEach tube has a diameter of 13 metres, while sideway has a diameter of 6 metresRs. 27 Lakh fuel savings a dayComprises two tubes and 29 cross-passages, with special lane for exigenciesAir quality monitors every 12 metres will keep a check on carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, guiding exhaust fans and air purificationAutomated Integrated Traffic Control System will monitor traffic round-the-clock and overheated vehicle will be made to stop for cooling offVehicle distance to be maintained at three metreslast_img read more

Rats expose police role in liquor trade

first_imgIn a crackdown on illicit liquor operations, Bihar police on Saturday raided the diara (riverine) areas of Patna and Hajipur and destroyed several drums of country-made liquor. In similar raids across the State, thousands of litres of seized illegal liquor were destroyed in presence of District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police following court orders.At a meeting of senior police officials of the Tirhut zone in north Bihar on Saturday as many as 52 policemen were identified as “aiding and abetting” the sale of illegal liquor in their areas. The superintendents of police of all 10 districts of the zone — Muzaffarpur, East Champaran, West Champaran, Bagaha, Sitamarhi, Vaishali, Sheohar, Saran, Siwan and Gopalgunj — were present in the meeting. “We’ve identified 244 persons active in liquor trade in north Bihar… as many as 52 police officials too have been found abetting the illegal business…the names of these erring police officials have been sent to the police headquarters for departmental proceedings,” Sunil Kumar, Inspector-General of Tirhut zone told journalists in Muzaffarpur.Mr Kumar also said the property of people involved in the illegal trade and vehicles used in illegal liquor transportation too would be confiscated and impounded. Data on seizuresIn a new directive from the State Police, all officers-in-charge of police stations will have to record every detail of seized illegal liquor like size of the bottle, quantity and brand and share the data with the Superintendents of Police of their respective districts, who in turn are required to inform the police headquarters. Further, the seized liquor at the police stations should be destroyed in 15 to 30 days of seizure, the directive said.The SPs and other officials have been asked to complete investigations in record time in cases in which huge consignments were seized and take stern against the those involved. The action follows Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recent meeting with senior police officials on the illegal trade in the State and reports of rats at police stations destroying bottles of seized liquor apparently having chewed through the stoppers. Mr Kumar asked police officials to crackdown on all those found involved in the illegal trade while attaching their property and impounding vehicles used in transportation.Following the imposition of prohibition in Bihar in April 2016, the police have seized over five lakh litres of smuggled liquor which are kept in police stations. As a result almost all police stations face a space crunch with some renting premises for use as godowns. More than 40,000 people have been arrested under prohibition laws in the last one year.Following random breathalyser tests, three drunken police officials were caught last week and sent to jail.last_img read more

SC raps Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal for statement on NRC

first_imgThe Supreme Court, which is monitoring the updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, today came down heavily on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for saying the draft NRC will be published by December 31.The NRC is meant to identify original residents of Assam to check illegal migration.The top court said when it was monitoring the process of publication of the draft NRC by an apex court appointed committee, no agency or authority can make a statement like this.“We don’t appreciate any other authority intervening in the matter of preparation and publication of the draft NRC when this court has been monitoring the process,” the bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman said.During the hearing the bench was informed that though the deadline for the publication of draft NRC was said to be March 31, 2019, the Chief Minister has stated that this would be done on or before December 2017.“Last time you had told us that you will do it by March 2018. It is good that you are doing it. But we have an on-record statement of Chief Minister of Assam that the draft NRC will be published in December 2017. Let him supervise then. We will wash off our hands.“When the Supreme Court is monitoring it, we don’t see any other agency or authority to say that we will do it like this,” the bench said.It also said that the apex court has already spend its energy, time for almost two years and “it is not fair to the court”.The apex court had earlier asked for preparation of NRC to keep a check on illegal migration from Bangladesh.The apex court was hearing a matter relating to fencing of Indo-Bangla border.last_img read more

Bengal’s burning shame: acid attacks and the State’s persistent apathy

first_imgDipak Rajak and Parul, parents of Deepawali, have nothing much to hold on to, except their daughter’s black diary in which she meticulously recorded details of her life right until that fateful day when acid was forced down her throat.Every moment of Deepawali’s life finds a mention in the diary. One of the last entries, months before the 24-year-old succumbed to her injuries, reads as follows (translated from Bangla):They hit me with a gun and dragged me by my hairHelpless mother was left pleading in despairA bottle came out of the pocket and he poured acid in my mouthFace was burning, neck was burning, they all watched in delightDeepawali died on October 24, 2017, three weeks before the festival of lights after which she was named, of injuries she sustained three-and-a-half years ago.Beside Deepawali’s framed photograph on the wall of the two-room house in Satangapara in the southern fringes of Malda district, the telltale signs of the horrific attack on the evening of February 20, 2014 are still visible. The acid stains on the wall have not been scrubbed and serve as a reminder of the trauma for Parul, who watched her daughter being brutalised. She points to the stains on the wooden door and the floor, and the burns on the shawl she wore that day.It was just after seven. Mother and daughter had settled down in front of the TV, waiting for their favourite programme to start, when they heard a knock at the door. When Parul opened it, Ujjwal Mondal, who had been stalking her daughter for months, barged in and switched off the lights. Seconds later, Parul heard her daughter’s heart-rending scream.Not an isolated caseMonths before Deepawali died, a local court sentenced Mondal to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for attempt to murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code, and for causing grievous hurt by use of acid, under Section 326A. The family wants him to be tried and prosecuted for murder. But their efforts to press murder charges have so far proved unfruitful.Mondal’s house in Bengalipara is about 1.5 km from Deepawali’s house. “There were occasions when he (Mondal) used to follow my daughter on her way to college. He would pass comments. Every time I complained to his parents, they refused to pay heed. Instead they approached us with a marriage proposal,” says Parul. The family did not approach the police in the hope that Mondal would mend his ways.Dibyaloke Rai Chaudhuri, coordinator of the Acid Survivors and Women Welfare Foundation (ASWWF), describes Deepawali’s case as one of the most tragic ones that he has encountered in his work. “The acid poured in her mouth severely damaged her oesophagus. We helped her with many surgeries but she could not be saved,” he says, pointing at two of her photographs, taken before and after the attack.Deepawali’s death certificate, which was issued by the State-run SSKM Hospital, says her death was caused by cardiorespiratory failure due to septicaemia (blood poisoning). In this hospital, between February 2014 and 2017, more than ten surgeries were performed on Deepawali. This included three reconstructive surgeries on her face, and several procedures to save her oesophagus. Unable to eat solid food, she remained on a liquid diet. For Monisha Pailan, what is perhaps more painful than the incident itself is that her attacker Salim is not behind bars yet. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar The latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau (2016) recorded 283 incidents and 307 victims under Section 326A (acid attack) and Section 326B (attempt to carry out an acid attack) of the IPC in India. Of these, 26% (76 incidents) and 27% of the victims were from West Bengal. In comparison, during the same period, Uttar Pradesh, the most populous State with over double the population of West Bengal, recorded 57 incidents and 61 victims.Sections 326A and 326B of the IPC were added after the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act in 2013. Before this, perpetrators were typically charged with causing hurt, which only invited a punishment of three years.Easy availability of acidData compiled by the ASWWF reveals that West Bengal recorded 220 cases of acid attacks between 2010 and 2016, which is about 20% of all cases recorded in the country. While there are no definitive studies explaining this phenomenon, the easy availability of acid is said to be a major reason for the wide prevalence of this ghastly crime.Bapi Dasgupta of the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) has spent years fighting cases on behalf of acid attack victims, extracting information on compensation paid, and campaigning for tighter laws to control over-the-counter sale of acid.“A few months ago, authorities in Hooghly district informed us that they had issued a circular restricting the sale of acid. But when we asked them for a copy of the notification, they could not find one,” he says, rummaging through documents in his house in Chandanagar, Hooghly district.Dasgupta reels off the names of eight victims in Hooghly and Bardhaman district, starting from 2013: Mehroon Khatun, Moumita Chakraborty, Rokeya Biwi, Saheba Khatun, Mira Patra, Saraswati Patra, Basudev Gorai, and a minor girl (name withheld). The minor’s family lives in a remote island, Notundampalchak, which is surrounded by the Ganga. Notundampalchak has not seen electricity yet, but acid seemed easily available to the man who attacked her in 2016. These are victims from remote villages and belong to poor families, most of whom do not have regular jobs or sources of income.While varieties of acid such as muriatic acid and hydrochloric acid are available in hardware shops, the chemical most commonly used in attacks is nitric acid, sourced from local goldsmith shops. In West Bengal, goldsmith shops are a dime a dozen. They can be found anywhere from the Sunderbans in the south to Darjeeling in the north, and even in the impoverished southwestern districts of Purulia and Jhargram.Over the past few years, Murshidabad in particular has seen a spike in acid attacks. Between 2010 and 2016, at least 20 cases of acid attacks were reported in this district alone. In 2014, in the district’s Beldanga area, Angura Biwi’s mother-in-law threw acid on her. In 2016, a class XII girl was attacked by one Raqibur Mondal with acid for spurning his advances.In connection with another attack that took place in August 2016, a fast-track court in Baharampur, Murshidabad, sentenced both the attacker and the man who had sold him the acid to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in December 2017. It had turned out that the shopkeeper, Chandan Pal, from whom Rakesh Mondal had purchased the acid, did not have the licence to sell acid. But his conviction has hardly been a deterrent; the sale and use of acid continues.Pilfering the chemicalSonapatti, a maze of narrow lanes in the Khagra neighbourhood of Baharampur town, is home to 2,000 small and big goldsmith shops. In a 8ft by 5ft shop, a 41-year-old goldsmith (who does not wish to be named) points to a yellowish orange liquid in a glass container.All shopkeepers use nitric acid for refining gold. The chemical gets rid of impurities and other minerals present in the yellow metal. The goldsmith explains how gold cut into small pieces is first put into a container of acid and heated. Once the acid becomes hot, red bubbles emerge, with pure gold settling at the bottom of the container. “We source acid from Murshidabad and also from Kolkata,” he says. The floor of the shop is corroded by the continuous use of acid, and the shopkeeper says that his employees have to be extremely careful as the liquid can even melt bones.It is from shops like these that acid is pilfered. Occasionally, workers sneak out a small quantity for an acquaintance or a friend in exchange for a few hundred rupees.Acid used in garment factories for textile processing is also corrosive, and certain districts that are garment hubs have also reported attacks involving acid sourced from these factories.Animesh Rajak is convinced that the acid that killed his sister Deepawali was sourced from a local goldsmith. “There are two shops close to Mondal’s house of which one is owned by Mondal’s family. We are sure that the acid was sourced from there. The shop was closed for a few months after the incident but then it reopened,” Rajak says.Sanjay Biswas, the officer in charge of Baishnabnagar police station, says the attack on Deepawali is a rare case. No action has been taken against the person who sold the acid, Biswas admits, but claims that the police station has taken measures to prevent acid pilferage.“On the fourth Saturday of every month, a meeting is held at the gram panchayat level, attended by an officer of the level of Sub-Inspector,” he says. “Among the 16 points that are discussed, one is on preventing acid theft.”center_img The long road to compensationA detailed situational analysis of the acid attacks, the reasons for carrying out such attacks, and their impact on survivors was conducted by ASWWF across the country a few years ago. The study underscored that rejection in love and of marriage proposals were the motivating factor in 36% of all these attacks. This is followed by marital discord (13%). About 84% of the victims were known to the perpetrators. The study also revealed that a significant number of victims were male (35%).Mazrul Islam, a 40-year-old farmer in Murshidabad’s Bhagwangola area, was attacked in October 2013 following a dispute with a local goldsmith. Islam, who has undergone four surgeries in five years, says that despite several attempts to shut down the shop, it is still up and running. “I have to endure the humiliation of seeing this man’s shop which is only 800 metres from my home,” he says.Though Islam has received a compensation of ₹3 lakh (paid after ASWWF’s intervention), the medical expenses have been several times greater than the compensation, he says. In Laxmi v. Union of India and Others (2015), the Supreme Court had laid out clear guidelines on compensation to be paid to acid attack victims. But lawyers and activists across West Bengal say that the State government is not proactive in compensating victims. Information obtained by APDR through a number of Right to Information queries earlier this year showed that of 46 cases, only 18 of the victims were compensated.To make matters worse, the state is also seeking to dilute the provisions of the West Bengal Victim Compensation Scheme, 2017 by inserting eligibility clauses for compensation of victims. Two clauses in particular stand out. One stipulates that the injury should have caused substantial loss to the person’s family income. The second is that the victim should not have been compensated before for any loss or injury by the State or Central government, an insurance company, or any other institution. “We are going to challenge the notification before the High Court,” Dasgupta says.Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee, a senior advocate of the Calcutta High Court, has been instrumental in helping a number of victims receive compensation. He believes that compensation should be independent of the status of the case. In other words, it should be paid regardless of whether the accused has been arrested or not. Both Dasgupta and Chatterjee contend that most victims do not know how to approach the court for compensation and redressal.Chatterjee remembers one case vividly. A woman from Malda’s Harischandrapur block was attacked with acid by her husband. In March 2016, she came to the High Court for the hearing of the bail petition of the accused. To everyone’s surprise, she wanted to withdraw the case and return to her husband’s home. When the judges assured her that she would be provided medical and monetary help, she broke down, the lawyer says. Chatterjee had been appointed as amicus curiae to counsel her and assure her that the court would extend all help to her.Learning from BangladeshGiven the rising number of acid attack cases in West Bengal, legal experts and activists working on this issue are increasingly referring to neighbouring Bangladesh as a model for how to tackle the problem.Until a few years ago, Bangladesh recorded the highest incidence of acid attacks in the world. It then passed two laws to curb such attacks: Acid Offence Control Act, 2002, and Suppression of Offense by Acid Attack, 2002. Before 2002, the country saw about 500 acid attacks a year. But with the legislation coming into force, along with other measures, the number of attacks came down to about 100 a year.These laws not only instituted a complete ban on over-the-counter sale of acid but also mandated the setting up of tribunals to deal with acid attacks, and the creation of a National Acid Control Council. Bangladesh has made it mandatory that investigation in these cases should be completed within 30 days.This is in sharp contrast to the present state of affairs in West Bengal where, apart from a shameful track record in compensating victims, there is also an abysmal conviction rate.“The all-India conviction rate in acid attack cases in the past few years was about 40%, but in West Bengal it was just 14%,” says Rai Chaudhuri. In many cases, the victims were poor and did not have the means to take up their cases in court. Moreover, the attacks leave the victims in a state of shock and in hospital for months, which helps the accused to either escape or manipulate the law, he says. Experts say that the biggest challenge for an acid attack victim is meeting the medical expenses, as they need multiple surgeries, and rehabilitation could take years or even decades.For Monisha Pailan, what is as, if not more, agonising than the attack, in which she lost an eye and had to undergo several surgeries, is that Salim, who threw acid on her, is not behind bars. But the 23-year-old from Joynagar in South 24 Parganas is unlike many survivors and has not retreated into a shell. She has a profile on social media where she regularly posts selfies. Following the attack, Pailan’s parents either covered or removed all the mirrors in their house.But Pailan, when speaking to The Hindu, preferred to sit before a mirror. “The first time I saw my face, it was more painful than the acid burning up my face,” she says. Pailan is pursuing a Masters degree in history and works in a café. When she uses public transport, people stare at her. “I don’t need to feel sorry about my face,” she says. “It is just a burn injury.” She is not scared of looking into the mirror any more. “My face mirrors the society we live in.”last_img read more

Farmers’ strike receives poor response on Day 1

first_imgThe 10-day nationwide strike called by the All India Kisan Mahasangh elicited a lukewarm response in most parts of Maharashtra on the first day of the agitation. Barring Ahmednagar, Jalgaon and a few areas in Nashik district, the nerve centre of the agitation, the strike failed to get going in urban centres such as Mumbai and Pune. Supply of milk and vegetables to these areas also remained largely unaffected. While more than 100 farmers’ outfits participated in the strike, major organisations in the State like the Raju Shetti-led Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana refrained from actively participating in the protest.In Khed Shivapur, farmers condemned the apathy of the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government by spilling thousands of litres of milk along Pune-Bengaluru highway.Similar scenes were witnessed near Sinnar-Shirdi highway in Nashik. Farmers demonstrated by spilling milk and demanding a complete loan waiver and immediate implementation of the recommendations put forward by the M.S. Swaminathan Committee on agrarian reform. According to reports, the police detained three protesters in Saikheda in Nashik. At Khamkheda village in the district’s Deola tehsil, tomato farmers protested by throwing their produce on the roads. The strike had an impact on business at the district’s Lasalgaon Agricultural Produce Market Committee. Sources said the agitation would see a rise in onion prices and other vegetables and fruits in the coming days.Business as usualHowever, business remained largely unaffected in major wholesale markets in Mumbai and Pune and dairies in Western Maharashtra. According to Dilip Khaire, chairman of the board of administrators of Pune APMC, the arrival of fruits and vegetables had been normal.last_img read more

‘Kamtapur bandh’ roils Assam

first_imgThe demand for a separate Kamtapur state was revived with a 24-hour Assam bandh that was marked by sporadic incidents of violence.The shutdown that began on Monday morning was called by the All Assam Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union and supported by other organisations. The Koch-Rajbongshi, a community demanding Schedule Tribe status, want Kamtapur state to be carved out of western Assam and the northern half of West Bengal.The map of Kamtapur, however, overlaps that of Bodoland and Gorkhaland, two other major statehood demands east of the narrow Chicken’s Neck that connects the Northeast to the rest of India.Police in western Assam districts said protesters damaged many vehicles by throwing stones besides blocking several roads. The districts affected most were Goalpara, Dhubri, Barpeta, Bongaigaon and Baksa.“Successive State and Central governments have turned a blind eye to the legitimate demands of the Kock-Rajbongshi. We have been compelled to take extreme steps after ages of being deprived,” an AKRSU spokesperson said.New outfit? The shutdown was preceded by the arrest of four people who claimed to be leaders of a new extremist group called Greater Cooch Behar Liberation Organisation (GCLO).West Bengal’s crime investigation department had arrested the quartet – Nirmal Roy and Kandarpa Das from Assam and Ratan Adhikary and Dipi Prasad Roy from West Bengal – from Roy Para in Naxalbari.Nirmal Roy had claimed on Facebook and YouTube that he floated GCLO with the objective of attaining statehood for Kamtapur through armed rebellion.In 1995, some youth from the Koch-Rajbongshi community had formed the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation for a similar goal. The KLO, helped by United Liberation Front of Asom and National Democratic Front of Bodoland, became an irritant for security forces from its hideouts in adjoining Bhutan.last_img read more

Adivasi students to protest move to scrap tribal hostel canteens

first_imgAdivasi students under the banner of All Maharashtra Government Tribal Youth Hostel Association will march from Pune to Nashik over five days beginning July 13, to challenge the decision to scrap canteens in 490-odd tribal hostels across the state.Around 2,000 students will undertake the 210 km-long padayatra to the headquarters of the Tribal Development Commissionerate in Nashik to protest the April 4 decision of the Devendra Fadnavis-led government to scrap canteens following increasing complaints of poor quality food being served, according to Bharat Talpade, a member of the tribal students’ association. “Many more from Aurangabad, Dhule and Nandurbar will be joining us, taking our numbers to 10,000 by the time we reach Nashik,” said Mr. Talpade, adding that a significant number of female students would also be participating. In the place of canteens, the government has decided to provide each student with Rs. 3,500 per month as ‘food allowance’ via the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system. The Association feels this poses a threat to their food concerns and is aimed at doing away with the education of tribal students.“The entire process of issuing the government resolution (GR) has been done in a rushed and peremptory manner without consulting us. This move [‘food allowance’ through DBT] will eventually hamper the education of Adivasi students,” said Mr. Talpade. Mr. Talpade pointed out that in most cities tribal hostels are located outside civic body limits. “Few decent hotels are sited near the hostels. The DBT system is forcing us to go foraging for food after classes, thus wasting valuable study time,” he said.It is virtually impossible to secure a nutritious meal for Rs. 50 a day (the approximate per day allowance from the Rs. 3,500 food stipend), says Praveen Dhande, another student of the association.Students argue that the sum of Rs. 3,500 per month is “woefully inadequate,” especially in cities like Pune, where cost of living is extremely high. “Things are especially harder for female students,” Mr. Dhande said. Mr. Dhande said that repeated petitions to the Chief Minister and the Minister for Tribal Development have been met with indifference.In 2015, nearly 80 students at a government hostel for tribal students in Pune’s Hadapsar area went on a week-long hunger strike protesting the atrocious living and eating conditions.last_img read more

Just 8.3% polling for local bodies in Kashmir Valley

first_imgJammu and Kashmir recorded 56.7% turnout on Monday in the first phase of urban local bodies elections for 321 wards, with just 8.3 % voters turning up in districts in Kashmir. Polling remained peaceful as no major incident of violence was reported in any designated ‘hypersensitive’ wards in the Valley, barring two minor incidents of stone-pelting in Budgam and Bandipora. Officials said only 7,057 voters of the 84,692-strong electorate voted in 83 wards in six districts of Kashmir. “The overall polling percentage was recorded at 56.7 %,” said Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra. The polling percentage in most districts in the Valley remained in single digits. Bandipora saw the lowest turnout at 3.4%.In contrast with the scene in Kashmir, voters queued up outside polling booths in large numbers in Kargil and Leh towns in Ladakh, with 78.2% and 55.2% casting their vote, respectively, in the first phase of the urban local body polls.The Jammu Municipal Corporation in the winter capital of Jammu recorded a 61.92% turnout, with women and young voters outnumbering aged voters in many booths. Poonch in the the Pir Panjal Valley saw a 73.1% turnout and Rajouri 81%. National Conference spokesman Imran Nabi Dar said the whole process had been superimposed on the State “without taking into consideration the ground realities”. “The exercise has turned out to be a crude joke. In most wards, people don’t know who is contesting. The names of candidates were never released by the Election Commission. Is this what their idea of democracy is,” he added.‘Sham elections’Meanwhile, the separatist Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, praised people for “rejecting and boycotting the sham elections”. All the three leaders were detained ahead of the polls.The polls witnessed a significant dip in participation level compared to the 2011 panchayat polls with 81% turnout. The three wards of Srinagar city recorded just 6.2% turnout. South Kashmir’s volatile Anantnag recorded a poll percentage of 7.3 %, Budgam 17% and Baramulla 5.1%. Seventy wards, including volatile Devsar and Kulgam town in south Kashmir and central Kashmir’ Chadoora and Khansahib, have already been won uncontested.“Civic elections provide an opportunity to elect representatives for day-to-day local issues and decentralises governance. I hope elected local representatives help in strengthening the modes of governance,” said Peoples Conference (PC) chief and MLA Handwara, Sajad Gani Lone, who also cast his vote.Referring to the boycott call of the Peoples Democratic Party and the National Conference, Mr. Lone, considered an ally of the BJP, said, “Confining boycott selectively to grassroots democracy is cruel. These parties have different yardsticks for Assembly and Parliament elections. My party has boycotted elections for more than 20 years in the past and the futility and disadvantages of boycott are well-established. Let them boycott now and give up their privileges.” BJP State general secretary Ashok Koul said people had rejected the two regional parties. “The polling percentage today was victory of democracy,” he said.last_img read more

A Men’s Chorus—Of Whales

first_img(If this video is appearing as a shark video, please try viewing it in a browser other than Internet Explorer.)The mournful, curiously repetitious yet ever-changing songs of male humpback whales have long puzzled scientists. The tunes are part of the males’ mating displays, but researchers don’t know their exact function, or which males in a population are doing the singing. Now, scientists who’ve been studying the giant marine mammals in Hawaii for almost 40 years report that even sexually immature males join older males in singing, apparently as a way to learn the music and to amplify the song. The beefed-up, all-male choruses may attract more females to the areas where the songsters hang out.Scientists generally thought that only adult male humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) sing, says Louis Herman, a marine mammal biologist emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the lead author of the new study. “But that’s just because you can’t easily tell which ones are mature and which ones are immature,” he says. “We know that mature males are larger than immature ones, so we had to figure out an unobtrusive way to measure them in the open ocean.”Herman and his team hit on a technique by looking at 20th century whaling records. Biologists with whaling operations in the Southern Ocean had the opportunity to measure many humpbacks killed during the commercial hunts. They determined, based on the weight of males’ testes, that the whales reached sexual maturity at a body length of 11.2 meters. 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The males were recorded as they sang in the waters off the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe during their winter mating season. A swimmer carried the camera in one hand and in the other hand carried a sonar device, which measured the distance from the camera to the whale. The swimmer began filming when the whale assumed a horizontal position (singing whales are typically canted with their heads downward), so that he or she could capture the full body length of the whale while keeping the camera’s axis perpendicular to the whale and close to its midline. The researchers calculated the whales’ body lengths from these images and the distance measurements.The scientists found that the whales varied in length from 10.7 meters to 13.6 meters. Using 11.3 meters as the boundary for sexually mature adults, the researchers counted 74 humpback singers as mature and 13 as immature. The team has been following individual humpbacks (which are identified by the unique markings on their tail flukes) for decades, and its analysis also showed that some individual males have been singing for 17 to 20 years. “It is a lifelong occupation for them,” says Herman, who notes that male calves and probably 1-year-old males don’t join in.During the winter months in Hawaii, the male humpbacks assemble in areas that the researchers call arenas, where the males sing and compete for females. Typically, the singers are widely dispersed around their arenas, which may help amp up the reach of the chorus. Males also sing in other social situations, such as while escorting a female humpback and her calf (see video).When chorusing at the arenas, immature and mature whales are engaged in an unintentional mutual benefits game, Herman and his colleagues argue. By singing with the big boys, the youngsters indirectly learn the songs and the social rules of the mating grounds. The older males, in turn, gain an extra voice in their asynchronous chorus, his team reports in an upcoming issue of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. “We know that the females don’t respond to an individual male’s song,” Herman says. “It’s not like a songbird’s song, designed to attract a female and repel other males. The humpbacks’ songs are meant to attract females to the arena.” That is, they tell the gals where the boys are. And another voice, even one of a young, inexperienced male, may help carry the message, he says.The findings strengthen the still controversial idea that gatherings of male humpback whales may be similar to some birds’ lek mating systems, such as those of the sage grouse, which also feature male assemblages. If proved, humpbacks would be the first whale known to have this type of system.“This is great stuff,” says Phillip Clapham, a cetacean biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. He applauds the idea of the males’ chorus serving to “collectively ‘call in’ the females.” He adds that “we’ve known for many years that only male humpbacks sing, but no one had ever managed to figure out a way to determine the maturational class of the singers, so this is a significant advance.” Now all Herman and his team have to do is determine which of the male singers in the chorus a female actually mates with—an event the researchers have yet to see. Singer in the deep. A male humpback sings while escorting a female and her calf off the coast of Maui. This video was obtained under NOAA Permit #707-1531-00. Credit: The Dolphin Institutelast_img read more

RIKEN announces penalties related to stem cell fiasco

first_imgEven though she has already resigned, RIKEN judged Obokata’s actions worthy of dismissal for cause. TOKYO—RIKEN, the network of nationally supported Japanese labs, today handed out disciplinary measures for those involved in the STAP stem cell scandal who remain under its authority.The actions result from nearly a year’s worth of investigations centered on an article and a letter published online in Nature on 29 January 2014 that described a new and extremely simple way of generating stem cells called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP. Nature retracted the papers last July. Even before the retraction, a RIKEN panel found lead author Haruko Obokata guilty of research misconduct for fabricated and falsified images. Investigators also concluded that several of Obokata’s supervisors bore a heavy responsibility for the mess because of their lax oversight. Obokata resigned in December after failing to reproduce her research results. Also in December, a RIKEN investigative team concluded that STAP cells never existed and that indications of pluripotency reported in experiments likely resulted from contamination of cell lines.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)According to a statement released today (in Japanese here), the following disciplinary measures were taken in accordance with RIKEN regulations:Masatoshi Takeichi, the former head of RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), has received an official reprimand. He will voluntarily return 10% of 3 months’ worth of salary. Takeichi is still an adviser to CDB, which has been reorganized in the wake of the scandal. Hitoshi Niwa, a co-author of the problematic papers and formerly a project leader, is also receiving a written reprimand. He remains on the staff. center_img For his role in the affair, Teruhiko Wakayama, a co-author who left RIKEN for a position at the University of Yamanashi before the papers were published, should have been suspended for cause, according to RIKEN. RIKEN also revoked his ongoing appointment as an associate researcher.Another co-author who oversaw Obokata’s work, Yoshiki Sasai, committed suicide last August.In a written statement also released today, Takeichi said that as head of CDB he bore “a heavy responsibility” for not catching in advance such unsuitable publications. He “solemnly accepted the punishment” and said he would work to promote research integrity. A RIKEN representative told ScienceInsider that there are a few bits of business related to the scandal still under investigation. One is whether RIKEN should return related research funds to the government. Another is whether to withdraw patent applications on the STAP technique filed jointly with Harvard University. Obokata initiated her work on STAP cells while a postdoc in the lab of Charles Vacanti, a tissue engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. RIKEN is also pursuing an action plan to prevent future lapses in research ethics throughout its system.last_img read more

Pune builder D.S. Kulkarni’s brother detained at Mumbai airport

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune Police on Tuesday took into custody Makarand Kulkarni, the brother of fraud accused Pune developer D. S Kulkarni (DSK), after the latter was detained at Mumbai airport.Mr. Kulkarni and DSK, along with other relatives, are named in the charge sheet filed by the police in the alleged ₹2,043 crore scam by the DSK Group.While DSK, his wife, son and other relatives are in jail, the Pune Police had issued a lookout circular against Mr. Kulkarni, a partner and promoter in a number of DSK Group companies.He was finally detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport by the Mumbai Police, who alerted their Pune counterparts on Tuesday morning.“Accordingly, a Pune Police team left for Mumbai to bring Mr. Kulkarni back and initiate the process for his formal arrest. He will be produced before a local court after completion of medical formalities,” a senior official said.The fraudDSK and his wife, Hemanti, are in judicial custody at the Yerwada Central Jail since March last year and are accused of defrauding thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai, and Kolhapur. At least five FIRs have been lodged against the developer and his family in the three cities since October 2017.Since then, EOW officers have been probing two schemes floated by the group: a fixed deposit (FD) scheme promising lucrative gains; and the Aadhi Ghar, Nantar Paise (first get the house, then pay the money) scheme in which deposits were taken from customers and the group promised to pay EMIs on bank loans till the possession was granted.More than 8,000 people, most of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the FD scheme.After local courts and the Bombay High Court repeatedly turned down their bail pleas, the EOW had finally arrested DSK and his wife from a New Delhi hotel in February last year.In the months that followed, the EOW arrested the builder’s sister-in-law Anuradha Purandare, his son Shirish, and his brother’s daughter Sai Vanjape and her husband Kedar. Company officials Dhananjay Pachpor and Vinaykumar Badgandi were also arrested. All are at present lodged under judicial custody in Yerawada Jail.last_img read more

Border Roads Organisation to use plastic to build roads along Sino-India border

first_imgThe Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started a pilot project to build roads using plastic waste and environment-friendly technology, primarily along the Sino-India border, said a senior official on Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, Director General, BRO said here that “six roads in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura have been identified for construction using waste plastic material and work on this pilot project has commenced”.Tripura has a border with Bangladesh while the other five States share border with China.“This (pilot project) will enable environmental friendly disposal of waste plastic which is otherwise a major cause for concern,” he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his last Independence Day speech, had given a call to curb the use of single-use plastic.Lt. Gen. Singh said on Wednesday that directions have issued to adopt “environmental friendly techniques of construction in remote border areas of the country”.The BRO constructs roads in many areas that are in ecologically sensitive zones where restrictions have been imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the use of construction materials like local aggregates and sand, he said.“To overcome this problem, BRO has adopted innovative modern technology involving use of non-toxic chemicals, polymers, enzymes etc for soil stabilisation to construct road pavements without depending on conventional materials like stone aggregates and sand,” Lt. Gen. Singh added.“Geosynthetic and technical textile materials” are also being used for “slope stabilisation on a large scale and for construction of pavements”, he said.last_img read more

They save people from cyclones, but who is saving the Sunderbans mangroves?

first_imgOn November 9, 2019, when the very severe cyclone Bulbul made landfall at Sagar island in the Indian Sunderbans, a group of tourists found themselves stranded near the Kalash island in the violently inclement weather. They got out of their boat and took shelter in mangrove creeks, and escaped unhurt. The cyclone was so powerful that it overturned a large fishing trawler near Sagar; people in that vessel are still missing.‘Could be disastrous’From environmental experts to the State’s Chief Minister, everyone has said that the mangroves had saved the Sunderbans from the gusty winds blowing at between 110 kmph to 135 kmph. “It would have been a disaster if the mangroves had not been there,” said Kalyan Rudra, chairperson of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board and a river expert. In fact, CM Mamata Banerjee, while touring the affected regions of the State, noted that the State will plant more mangroves.Despite this, scientists and wildlife experts and local NGOs have been highlighting the constant degradation of the mangrove forest in the Sunderbans, particularly in areas that are inhabited. The Indian Sunderbans, considered to be an area south of the Dampier Hodges line, is spread over 9,630 sq. km., of which the mangrove forests are spread over 4,263 sq. km.The latest example of an assault on mangrove forests came to light in an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) dated September 23, when it directed a committee to inspect allegations levelled by environmental activist Subhas Datta that the State had allocated houses under the ‘Banglar Abas’ scheme by clearing acres of mangrove forest on Sagar island. Ongoing assault“The committee inspected and found the allegations to be true. For years, the State government has been felling mangrove trees in the name of development,” Mr. Datta said, highlighting how Ms. Banerjee invited industrialists to the Sunderbans a few years ago and urged them to invest in eco-tourism. When Mr. Datta moved the NGT in 2014, a satellite image from the Indian Space Research Organisation pointed to a loss of 3.71% mangrove and non-mangrove forest cover along with massive erosion of the archipelago’s landmass. The analysis, based on satellite data of February 2003 and February 2014, shows that while a 9,990-hectare landmass has been eroded, there has been an accretion (addition) of 216-hectare landmass in the Sunderbans during the period.Tuhin Ghosh, Professor, School of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, said that mangroves have been cut not only for aquaculture, but also for building embankments and for human settlements.He explained that because of dense foliage and the close proximity of trees, the roots hold soil and mangrove vegetation becomes shields from cyclones.Pranabesh Maity, a resident of Sagar who has planted over 30,000 mangrove saplings this year, agreed that there have been numerous instances in which mangroves are being cut for making roads, building embankments, and for fisheries.last_img read more

Congress’ Jitin Prasada focuses on aggrieved Brahmin families in U.P.

first_imgIn a bid to overturn its fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress appears to be once again trying to woo the influential Brahmin community. Former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, who has often been projected as the party’s Brahmin face in the State, is touring U.P. to meet Brahmins who have lost their family members to murders or alleged custodial deaths in recent months.While the party and Mr. Prasada have not overtly projected his visits as being focused on Brahmins, the names of the victims reveal a definite strategy.‘Oppression, neglect’Moreover, Mr. Prasada also attended a meeting of the Brahman Chetna Parishad, a Brahmin outfit, in Lucknow on November 22. The “oppression” and “neglect” [faced by the community] were discussed, Mr. Prasada tweeted.On Sunday, Mr. Prasada met the family of student union leader Aditya Narain Tiwari ‘Kabir’ who was shot dead in Basti, while on Saturday he met the father of Satya Prakash Shukla, who died in police custody recently in Amethi. “He is a broken man, whose son died in police custody in Amethi. He deserves some answers and justice,” Mr. Prasada said, tweeting a picture of the meeting. Similarly, last week, he visited Mainpuri to meet the aggrieved family of Subash Pandey, whose daughter died under mysterious circumstances.No labelTalking to The Hindu, Mr. Prasada said he had identified at least a dozen such families be would visiting across U.P. He, however, was reluctant to label his visits as being focused on the Brahmin community, though he did not distance himself from the perception.“I am not saying it [is Brahmin outreach]. People are saying it. I am no one to stop them. I am going everywhere possible, where I can highlight the voice of people who are not being heard,” Mr. Prasada said. “I am going to people where there has been an incident of [custodial] death or murder. And we can call it a coincidence that most of them are Brahmins.”When asked if he was hinting that a particular community, the Brahmins, was being targeted under the Yogi Adityanath-led State government, Mr. Prasada said, “Certainly, the facts on the ground are.”‘Highlighting cause’“I want to highlight the cause by going there specifically; to ensure they are going to be heard; that the Congress party will take up the cause of those people who want justice, at every forum, be it on the ground or in Vidhan Sabha or Lok Sabha. Wherever possible and whichever avenue, we will not let it go until these people are satisfied,” Mr. Prasada said.One of the families on Mr. Prasada’s list was Anand Swaroop Mishra, a petrol pump manager who was recently shot dead in Gorakhpur. Taking cognisance, Mr. Adityanath met Mr. Mishra’s family on Sunday and ordered an ex gratia compensation of ₹10 lakh to the family, while also directing the police to take harsh action against the culprits.Mr. Prasada said the Adityanath government “has failed on the law and order front”.‘Propaganda’Bharatiya Janata Party U.P. spokesperson Chandramohan, however, dismissed Mr. Prasada’s Brahmin outreach and said “the Congress can only do propaganda”.“Congress has always promoted casteism. It keeps searching for casteist politics. But their attempts won’t deliver any results. Nobody is going to fall in the Congress’ trap now,” Mr. Chandramohan said.last_img read more

After US Open loss, Kyrgios says: ‘Keep letting people down’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded. “You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”When a reporter returned to that topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all.”“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”Asked whether he envisions ever being “that guy,” Kyrgios answered: “I really don’t know. Probably not. Honestly not.”He then referenced his impressive run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues that have hampered him all year “diabolical.” He stated that he doesn’t care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find someone else to work with.And he closed by covering his face while saying, “I keep letting people down.”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 shutoutKyrgios is a supremely talented and temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been, coming from any other professional athlete. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was playing basketball … every day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played (2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal,” he said. “I was … getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting.”Against Millman, Kyrgios’ shoulder was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language.Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.“For obvious reasons,” Ramos said, “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”As for his body, Kyrgios stopped playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match run in which he retired each time.“I have had a diabolical year at these Slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks,” he said. “It’s just a roller-coaster.” Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to John Millman of Australia during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A post-loss news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.There was a lot to unpack afterward.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

De Ocampo goes to Meralco in three-team trade

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Racela on FEU loss to DLSU: ‘We’re far from Final Four contention’ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201703:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Fuel Masters, meanwhile, received Meralco’s 2017 first rounder together with TNT’s 2019 second round pick.The Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Monday.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 shutoutDe Ocampo, 35, has been with the KaTropa since 2008 and helped the franchise win six championships in his tenure there.His entry will be a huge shot in the arm for the Bolts as he reunites with former coach Norman Black.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT beat the trade deadline and sent shockwaves on Monday as it dealt forward Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade.In a drive to get younger, the KaTropa received Norbert Torres, Justin Chua, and San Miguel’s 2017 first round pick from Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City De Ocampo is averaging 9.1 points on 33 percent shooting from three, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists this conference.Torres and Chua, meanwhile, will fortify TNT’s young frontline which also has youngsters Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario and veterans Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey.Torres is averaging 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 12.6 minutes in his sophomore season with Phoenix, while Chua only netted 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds in 9.7 minutes with Meralco in his fourth season.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

MVP remains in full support of Gilas despite Chooks backing

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Even if Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is a club team, we are still one in cheering for the, cheering Laban Pilipinas come tip off,” said SMART sports head Christopher “Epok” Quimpo.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas will kick off its Champions Cup campaign against BC Astana on Friday in the tournament that will run from September 22 to 30. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad “We started the Gilas program back in 2008 to help achieve the Filipino dream of reaching the Olympics and the World Cup,” the executive said. “Years later, we have found a partner that can help expand the program in Chooks-to-Go. This is what sports does to us Filipinos, it brings us together.”Bounty has been bankrolling Gilas Pilipinas since their partnership started in December 2016. It is also the main sponsor for the team for 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, an Asian club competition.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 shutoutChooks-to-Go Pilipinas is looking to make deep run in the 10-club tourney in Chenzhou, China, which is expected to give the players invaluable experience heading into the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in November.Even with the Filipino team carrying another brand for the club championships, SMART is still throwing its support behind Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ 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 Gilas Pilipinas members with SBP head Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTop sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan reaffirmed his full support for the Philippine national basketball team even with Chooks-to-go stepping up to sponsor Gilas Pilipinas.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., the company that operates Chooks-to-Go, has been the main backer for nationals this past year and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus welcomed the company’s undying support for the program.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. All-star Hayward agrees to sign with Celtics China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Manny Pacquiao reacts after his loss to Jeff Horn of Australia, during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Saying he does not want to see the boxing industry “dying,” Senator Manny Pacquiao has urged the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to act on the Games and Amusement Board’s (GAB) request to review the decision of his welterweight match with Australian Jeff Horn.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winADVERTISEMENT On July 3, GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and two GAB commissioners wrote to WBO President Francisco Varcarcel asking for a thorough review of the entire Pacquiao-Horn bout in Brisbane, Australia last July 2.The GAB is the agency tasked to regulate and supervise professional sports in the country.GAB representatives said they are echoing “the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges.”READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’“While we respect the decision, we are constrained to request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity,” the GAB said in its letter.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games GAB added: “We are making this request for a review, which many call for sanctions on the referee and the judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport and even more improving the boxing industry that we all love.”Last Sunday, Horn won the WBO welterweight belt from Pacquiao. The unanimous decision of the judges drew criticisms from boxing fans across the world. JPVSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “WBO should take appropriate action on the letter sent by the Games and Amusement Board so as not to erode the people’s interest in boxing,” Pacquiao said in a statement on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“On my part, I had already accepted the decision but as a leader and, at the same time, fighter I have the moral obligation to uphold sportsmanship, truth and fairness in the eyes of the public,” he said.“I love boxing and I don’t want to see it dying because of unfair decision and officiating,” Pacquiao added.last_img read more