India, Singapore Amend Tax Treaty

first_imgIndia and Singapore amended a decade-old double tax avoidance agreement (DTAA) that will allow the tax department to impose capital gains (tax) on investments routed through the island nation and plug a possible misuse of benefits. Related Itemslast_img

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In apparent threat against India, Trump reiterates that US will soon levy reciprocal taxes

first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump on Friday reiterated his threat to levy “reciprocal taxes” on countries that impose high tariffs on imports from his country.“When a country taxes our products coming in at, say, 50%, and we tax the same product coming into our country at ZERO, not fair or smart,” he tweeted on Friday, in apparent reference to India.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img

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7 die while cleaning septic tank in hotel near Vadodara

first_imgSeven people died late on Friday night while cleaning a sewer line and a septic tank in a hotel near Vadodara. The deceased comprised sanitary workers and hotel employees. The police have lodged a case of culpable homicide against Darshan Hotel owner Hassan Abbas Bhoraniya. He was arrested on Saturday morning and charged under the offence of causing death due to negligence.In the FIR, the deceased were identified as Mahesh Patanwadiya (47), Ashok Harijan (45), Brijesh Harijan (25), Mahesh Harijan (25), Vijay Chaudhary (22), Sahdev Vasava (22) and Ajay Vasava (22). Vadodara’s officiating District Collector Kiran Zaveri said, “They died of asphyxiation inside the tank as revealed in their post mortem conducted at Vadodara hospital.” Gujarat Chief Minster Vijay Rupani has expressed sorrow over the incident of deaths and announced an assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to the dependants of the deceased.last_img read more

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NCP’s Mumbai chief Sachin Ahir joins Sena

first_imgIn a major setback to the Nationalist Congress party (NCP), its Mumbai unit chief Sachin Ahir on Thursday joined the Shiv Sena, in the presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray.Later in the day, Mr. Ahir announced that he will contest the Assembly polls from Byculla, at present held by All India Majlis-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Waris Pathan. His new party Sena is yet to make an official announcement in this regard. “I have been in touch with Sachinji, and our vision towards development of cities was matched to the extent that I asked him to do good for the State by joining the Sena. I arranged a meeting between him and Uddhavji after which his decision to join the Sena was finalised,” said Aaditya.Mr. Ahir, former Minister of State for Housing, said inspired by Aaditya’s spirit to do good for the city and orientation towards development of the State, he joined the Sena. “I have joined the Sena but I am not here to break the NCP. I will work to ensure growth of the Sena,” he said, adding several party workers and leaders have been in touch with him since his decision to quit the NCP.The NCP reacted sharply, saying the party is pained by the backstabbing. “The party survives on workers and not leaders. We will not back down by such techniques and will continue to work to grow the party,” party spokesperson Nawab Malik said.Throughout the day, names of several NCP leaders were making rounds over the possibility of quitting the party. Senior leader Chhagan Bhujbal was rumoured to join the Sena on July 27. “I have no intention to join the Sena. I am with the NCP and will continue to be so. I had no knowledge of Mr. Ahir quitting the party,” he clarified. Another NCP MLA from Akole, Vaibhav Pichad, also held a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis a day ago and is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Two weeks ago, Pandurang Varora, NCP MLA from Shahapur, resigned from the post and joined the Sena. The Sena chief said his party wins people over trust and not by any other means. “Our strength is growing and that means the strength of Marathi and Hindu population is also growing.” Mr. Thackeray, when asked whether more NCP leaders are to join the party, said he will not disclose anything as of now. “There will be more who will join.” Mr. Ahir was appointed the Mumbai head of the NCP in 2002 and held the position till 2009, when he won the Assembly election from Worli and became the minister. From 2009 to 2014, Narendra Varma and Sanjay Dina Patil were the presidents of the Mumbai unit. In 2014, Mr. Ahir lost to Sena’s Sunil Shinde, and was again appointed the Mumbai unit chief, which he held till Wednesday.last_img read more

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Odisha has checked Maoist activities

first_imgOdisha has achieved remarkable success in controlling Maoist activities. The Left Wing Extremism-affected districts have been reduced to five from 15 in the State.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will highlight this at a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the Maoist-affected States in New Delhi on August 26. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will review the status of security and development in these States.The decline in Maoist activities and the need for expeditious implementation of developmental programmes in the areas affected by LWE in Odisha was discussed at a meeting in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, who chaired the meeting, said that the government will now give emphasis to development of road connectivity, telecommunication and extension of banking services in these areas.He said developmental activities had been expedited in the Malkangiri district after construction of the Gurupriya Bridge.last_img read more

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Bengal govt. to table Bill against mob assault, lynching

first_imgThe Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal is planning to introduce a Bill in the Assembly to check incidents of mob assault and lynching, sources said. The West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 is likely to be tabled in the House on August 30, they said.“The Bill aims to protect the constitutional rights of vulnerable persons and prevent incidents of lynching. It also proposes action against those involved in perpetrating the crime,” a senior Trinamool Congress Minister said on Tuesday. The legislation will pitch for a jail term, which may vary from three years to life, for those involved in assaulting and injuring a victim. In case of death, those responsible for the incident would be punished with rigorous life imprisonment and fine up to ₹5 lakh, he said.“As per the Bill, the State Director-General of Police will appoint a coordinator, who will act as a nodal officer to monitor and take measures to prevent incidents of lynching,” the Minister added.last_img read more

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Takahashi finally gets to be No. 1

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Takahashi honed her skills in Hyogo, a district in Japan which has a very strong women’s judo team.Her father played judo for Aichi district and he helped his only child Mariya learn the ropes.But back in the district level, Takahashi said her best achievement was only second place.In this SEA Games, however, she’s the No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Biado credits pool legends Bata, Django for gold medal win Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi may have learned judo from her father, but it was her mother, who introduced her to Filipino delicacies such as pancit and lechon.The 16-year-old Takahashi went to her mother’s home province of Davao when she was 10 and that’s when she developed her love for Filipino food.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ“My favorite is steak. But I also love pancit and lechon,” said the senior high school student at Shukugawa Gakuin High School.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 shutoutShe was the youngest gold winner for Team Philippines after winning the women’s -70-kilogram gold Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games here.“My strength is in-born. My father influenced me,” she said through judo officials Lorna and Takeshi Nakano. The Nakanos are parents of bronze winners Shugen and Keisei. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READlast_img read more

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Tenorio, Ginebra out to stop Meralco from silencing crowd again in Game 7

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nambatac has high hopes for Letran after his departure Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img LA Tenorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — The crowd has always been one of the main advantages for Ginebra whenever it took the court, and in Game 6, 53,642 fans trooped to the Philippine Arena here expecting a celebration.Unfortunately, Meralco rained on the Gin Kings parade and scored the 98-91 victory on Wednesday to extend the series to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We started out flat. I think that’s the game. From the start, they were on point on everything against us. Looking back, it’s really the first half, the first minutes of the basketball game that did us,” he said.Tenorio said that Game 6 exposed a lot of pressing matters for the Gin Kings, who cannot afford another dismal start in the clincher.“We cannot do that on a do-or-die game. We have to be prepared again to be the more aggressive team going to Game 7,” he said.Tenorio is also looking forward to the better performance that could trigger the necessary lift Ginebra needs from what is expected to be another massive audience inside the world’s largest indoor arena.“We have to involve the crowd because they’re a part of us and we have to take advantage of them giving us a boost. We just have to bounce back and prepare for the game on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “We disappointed 50,000 fans tonight,” said Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio, who struggled to hide his frustrations over the lackluster play of his side in what could have been the title clincher.The seasoned point guard acknowledged that the Bolts did everything they wanted for the night—including taking away what felt like the Gin Kings’ home court advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“From the start, Meralco wanted to silence the crowd. I’ve been to other teams also playing against Ginebra and the key for them is to silence the crowd. (Meralco) did it from start to finish. They silenced the crowd with the way they played in the first half,” he said.It’s indisputable that Ginebra didn’t show much effort in Game 6, losing ground in the first half and trailing by as much as 20, 24-44, as Meralco beat them on looseballs and 50-50 possessions with the latter winning the rebounding battle, 51-41. MOST READlast_img read more

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Scuttled plans? Annual board meeting reduced to sightseeing tour

first_imgThose who made the trip have started scheduling trips around this Southern Californian city starting Saturday as meetings have been shelved and planning for the calendar of the coming season put on hold.A 30-strong delegation made up of representatives of San Miguel Beer, Star, Blackwater and Meralco and the Office of the Commissioner checked in at posh Hotel Sofitel along Beverly Boulevard late Friday night.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 shutoutREAD: PBA board to resolve Narvasa issue in USThis is the leanest such party recorded ever since the planning sessions abroad was first held more than a decade back, as board members have looked forward to this gathering for camaraderie and time to be with members of their respective families. 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 Trouble within the board started two weeks ago when a disgruntled group of seven teams headed by the three squads owned by tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan openly asked for the resignation of Narvasa.The board was split—for the first time in the league’s 42-year history—when the San Miguel Corporation teams, together with GlobalPort and Kia, threw their full support behind Narvasa.An impasse happened as both sides don’t have the required number of votes—eight—needed to unseat or name a new commissioner.The 43rd Season opens on Dec. 17, and usually by this time, formats for the three conferences have already been determined, with schedules already released and height limits of imports already set. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOS ANGELES—With three members—and possibly a fourth in the chair himself—absent, what was supposed to be a critical annual planning session of the PBA’s board of governors has now become a sightseeing tour.ADVERTISEMENT Barangay Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua arrived hours before aboard a Cathay Pacific flight, while Erick Arejola of GlobalPort and Dickie Bachmann of Alaska flew in two days ago.Former chairs Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa and Mamerto Mondragon of Rain or Shine and Phoenix Patroleum’s Raymund Zorilla begged off from joining the bulk of the delegation aboard a Philippine Airlines 777 jet on Friday night.READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resignRamoncito Fernandez of NLEX, the incoming chair who will take over from Mikee Romero of GlobalPort, is supposed to come in on Nov. 14, but because of what has developed, will reportedly not be coming anymore.Representatives belonging to two warring board factions have refused to give comment on the issue plaguing Asia’s first play-for-pay league: Will commissioner Chito Narvasa get a fresh term or not?ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tabuena delivers vow, shares Resorts World golf lead Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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Rodman’s N. Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key start

first_imgThree other Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Rodman watched a women’s basketball team practice at a gym Wednesday and visited the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current leader. He refused to answer questions about his trip, saying only, “A little hot, baby, it’s a little hot. But it’s cool, it’s cool.”READ: North Korea expecting visit from Dennis RodmanFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat, if anything, substantive Rodman is doing in North Korea remains unclear. He has said he is just going to have a good time but has also hinted he is “trying to open a door” for better relations between Washington and Pyongyang.He is scheduled to meet the sports minister, visit a newly built high-tech science complex and the Pyongyang Zoo, and go bowling before he leaves Saturday. Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, center right, talks to North Korea’s Pothonggang womens basketball team during his visit to Chongjong Street basketball gymnasium on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Rodman began sightseeing in Pyongyang on Wednesday during a trip he said he hoped would “open a door” for his former “Celebrity Apprentice” boss, President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)PYONGYANG, North Korea — Dennis Rodman’s visit to North Korea has been uncharacteristically low-key so far. On the agenda? Bowling and a visit to the zoo.There is no clear sign that the former NBA bad boy will meet leader Kim Jong Un, as he did on previous visits to the isolated country. Such a meeting, though, typically wouldn’t be announced in advance.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Dodgers’ Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 LATEST STORIES His four past trips in 2013 and 2014 generated a storm of publicity, most of it unfavorable, and did little in terms of diplomacy. Critics of engagement with North Korea say Rodman’s visits legitimize the country’s ruling regime.READ: Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to open the door In 2014, Rodman arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea because the two countries never signed a peace treaty at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Thousands of U.S. troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world.U.S and North Korean officials say Rodman had nothing to do with the release of American student Otto Warmbier, who had been serving a 15-year sentence in a North Korean prison for alleged anti-state acts. A plane carrying Warmbier arrived late Tuesday at an airport in Cincinnati.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Retirement an option but seems to be not a priority for Pacquiao

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ He also apologized to his fans waiting along the road leading to the city proper, saying he would need to rest because he had not been able to sleep well since the fight in Brisbane.Unlike in previous homecomings, Pacquiao this time simply waved to the crowd and went directly to a waiting vehicle after the arrival honors.In an earlier TV interview, the dethroned Pacman said that a rematch clause was clearly in his contract with Horn.He said that, if he should decide to agree to a rematch, he would be the one to choose the referee and three judges. /atmADVERTISEMENT 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 French Open champ Ostapenko on the rise again in WTA rankings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)KORONADAL CITY – It seems that retirement from boxing is an option but not a priority for Sen. Manny Pacquiao, who has just come home after losing his WBO World Welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.Pacquiao chartered Air Asia jet landed at 2 p.m. on Monday at the General Santos City International Airport, where he was welcomed with police-military honors.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Asked by reporters if he would consider retiring, Pacquiao merely smiled.The visibly tired boxer kept smiling while talking briefly to member of the welcoming delegation, led by Gen. Santos acting Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles and Sarangani Vice Gov. Elmer Peralta.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“I’m so happy,” Pacquiao, wearing dark glasses and a black jacket over his blue shirt, said. “Thank you for your warm welcome my kababayan.”A motorcade around the city was prepared for him and his Team Pacquiao, but the senator begged off. He did thank the city government for the preparation. What ‘missteps’?center_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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PSL Finals: Petron sweeps F2

first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERPetron proved Thursday night that it deserves to be called a super team.Holding off a hard-fighting F2 Logistics squad, Petron hacked out a 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 victory to capture the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference championship via a two-game sweep at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ It was Petron’s first title in two years, completed after a three-hour Game 2 battle.The Blaze Spikers, who swept all 13 games in the 2015 edition, also reaped the rewards of a multimillion-peso build up that snagged for them A-list players like Mika Reyes and Rhea Dimaculangan and young chargers Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma.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 starsBut at crunch time, it was team captain Ces Molina who delivered the goods, unleashing an ace for 14-11 after breaking free from an 11-all deadlock in the fifth.F2 Logistics was then slapped a net foul that had Petron’s bench storming the court in jubilation. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Blaze Spikers opened the best-of-three series with a 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 victory on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Malacañang gave full backing to the country’s hosting of the 19th Asian Senior Women’s Championships on Aug. 9 to 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Saso pads lead to four; Malixi moves into contention MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

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NBA: Spurs legend David Robinson says it would be ‘crazy’ not to trade for Irving

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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “The Admiral” was even adamant that Irving heading to Texas would be a perfect fit not just on the hardwood but even outside of basketball.“It’s just an enjoyable atmosphere where your teammates encourage one another, love one another,” he said. “I can only see positive things. … We can only dream about good stuff like that.”Meanwhile, Irving would certainly be godsend to the perennial contenders Spurs, especially with their 35-year-old facilitator Tony Parker entering the twilight of his career and coming off a major surgery.However, earlier reports have indicated that the Cavs are looking for “young assets” in possible trade scenarios, which the Spurs presumably lack at the moment.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – LeBron Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)The San Antonio Spurs remains high on the list of possible trade destinations for supposedly disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.If only retired Spurs legend David Robinson were in charge, he would pull out all the stops to make it happen.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave CavsRetired NBA star Tim Duncan training in MMA, coach says he could fight professionallySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Although far removed form his playing days, the 52-year-old one-time NBA MVP still looks out for the best interest of the only franchise he has ever known.In an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Robinson made it clear that the Spurs should be going all out in pursuing the talented 25-year-old out of Duke.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We’d be crazy not to want a talented guy like that. He’s been a force for (the Cavaliers),” he spoke highly of Irving.“I certainly think you add a talent like that to a system that can … enhance his impact in the game and make him more efficient,” he added. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more

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Mallya’s advertisement leaves Harbhajan’s mom fuming

first_imgAce off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, aka The Turbanator, is not in high spirits. This time around, he is the one facing the doosra – a commercial from Vijay Mallya’s UB group which is a spoof on Harbhajan’s ad for a rival liquor brand. Worse, Team India captain and close friend Mahendra Singh Dhoni features in the latest UB ad.Harbhajan Singh’s mother Avtar Kaur claims the UB group advertisement insults the spinner.As the liquor wars spill over into the cricket field, one person who is not amused by the commercial ridiculing her son is Harbhajan’s mother, Avtar Kaur. She has sent a legal notice to Mallya, claiming that the commercial not only makes fun of the spinner, but also his family and the Sikh community as a whole.The advertisement features Dhoni and a Harbhajan look-alike and pokes fun at the off-spinner. It takes off on a commercial for Royal Stag soda, which was a surrogate ad for its liquor brand.In the original commercial Harbhajan talks about the struggles in his life and coming to his late father’s ball bearing factory and is shown contemplating: ‘Have I made it large?’ – the punchline of the spirit.However, in the spoof, a Bhajji lookalike is depicted sitting in a factory of ball bearings, asking the same question – ‘Have I made it large?’ After which, another person slaps the lookalike, cursing and deploring him for making the ball bearings of gargantuan size. Dhoni then takes over and announces, ‘Large chhoro, kuch alag karo (Forget large, do something different)’.advertisementEfforts are being made to ensure that the relations between the two heroes of India’s World Cup win do not sour.Off-Spin Sports and Entertainment Director Sangeet Shirodkar told PTI that Harbhajan is not involved in the issue personally. “Bhajji has been totally kept out of this… and his friendship with M. S. Dhoni has not been impacted in any way… they are still very good friends,” Shirodkar said.In the legal notice, the off-spinner’s mother claims the advertisements can bring ‘disunity’ in the Indian team and should be labelled ‘anti-national’. One of Harbhajan’s lawyers, advocate Shyam Dewani, explained that more than the cricketer, it was his family which was upset at the entire episode.The suit also demands that Mallya’s company first remove the advertisement from the public domain within three days of receiving the notice and also issue a public apology in major newspapers as well as television channels.The McDowell’s ad spoofs Harbhajan Singh where his look-alike (top) claims to have made it large, only to be slapped by his father and later lampooned by India skipper MS Dhoni.”My client is serving you with the instant notice to give you an opportunity to accept your mistake and make amends. Failing this, we will have no other alternative than to take appropriate legal action including that of filing proceedings for defamation, damages and all such civil as well as criminal actions,” the notice, signed by Dewani, said.Those who have been sent notices are UB executive vice chairman S. R. Gupte, president & CFO Ravi Nedungadi, deputy president Harish Bhat and executive VP (corporate affairs) Nandini Verma. The suit also seeks a compensation of ` 1 lakh towards the cost of the notice.While, Bhajji’s family is upset that members of the Sikh community were offended by the ad, the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) did not take exception to it. “This is a personal matter between two individuals.I don’t look at it as more than a joke,” Paramjit Sarna, president of the DSGMC, said. However, not many are sure whether two sporting icons should endorse liquor brands.Surrogate advertising is one way in which companies can promote their spirits. This is done through other products like club soda and music CDs, using the same branding.The information and broadcasting ministry had amended the Cable Television Networks Rules in 2006, laying down stringent guidelines for advertising products using the very same logos as those used for alcohol and tobacco products. However, the change does not seem to have effectively stopped surrogate advertising.Though it is difficult to stop the companies from using such surrogate ads, the cricketers can themselves take a moral stand and not feature in them, as it is obvious what they promote can influence millions of their fans.Earlier this year, there were protests in Chennai where Pasumai Thayagam, an NGO, asked Dhoni not to promote alcohol. Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar had refused to sign a mega deal with a liquor brand on moral grounds.advertisementThis isn’t the first time that Harbhajan has been involved in a controversy surrounding liquor commercials. In 2006, Harbhajan had to apologise to the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for wearing his hair open in an advertisement for a liquor brand.Dhoni and Harbhajan are integral to the team and the latest incident might not be the best thing to happen while the team is about to face England in a four-match series where India’s No. 1 Test ranking is on the line. Dhoni might plead ignorance in the case, but the fact remains that the joke is on Bhajji.last_img
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From mud to mat- wrestling Indian style

first_imgThe sun was blazing down from above. On the ground people had gathered, braving the heat, to catch a spectacle which was quite removed from sundry life.Shortly, two heavyset men arrived amid cheers from the onlookers. They entered an arena where a man presented them to the crowd. The man in question was the referee of the show. Known as a ‘khalifa’, he raised the arm of each man and announced him to the crowd – ‘Krishan pehelwan Chandgi akhade se’, ‘Kapil pehelwan Guru Jasram akhade se’. The wrestlers exchanged a handful of mud, patted their thighs and launched into attack.The Bamheta dangal is an annual event held in the honour of a local deity   This is wrestling Indian style. Popularly called kushti, these are bouts fought in local wrestling events called ‘dangal’. The dangals are where wrestlers from various akhadas compete and are the breeding grounds for state, national and international level wrestlers. This particular dangal happened at Shahpur Bamheta, a village near Mehrauli in Ghaziabad, located nearly 30 kilometres from the Capital.The Bamheta dangal is an annual event held in the honour of a local deity. Organisers claimed the event is nearly half-a-century old, though regular participants dated the real fame of the event to the last five-six years, perhaps from the time when Sushil Kumar first won a bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics and popularised the sport. Around 600 wrestlers come from various parts of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and many claim to have been inspired after watching Sushil wrestle in such dangals in his heydays.advertisementOlympian Sushil Kumar was a regular at this dangal  The whole affair starts by collection of funds. From the tents and public address systems to the prize money, every penny comes in the form of charity from the locals. Wrestlers from one locality and akhada challenge their counterparts from other akhadas for the prize money.Bouts start from a two-minute, Rs 50 limit and increases gradually by a minute each, as better wrestlers take to the pit. Money in this case touched a maximum of Rs 51,000 with the 15-minute final bout between ‘Vicky pehelwan’ and ‘Birju pehelwan’.Money has always been scarce in this sport and one way to generate it is to place bets on one’s favourite wrestler. A fighter sponsored by one person or his akhada declares a challenge of a particular amount open to anyone from the audience. Fighters, sponsored by other camps, awaiting this opportunity run towards him and the first person to grab the challenger’s hand gets to fight him. Bouts ranging from Rs 2,100 to Rs 21,000 are fought, which essentially can be described as gambling.Spectators watch a dangal at Shahpur Bamheta, a village near Mehrauli in Ghaziabad  “I was a four-year-old when I saw Sushil for the first time in a bout at Badarpur. He was a champion in those times as well and would win the highest cash prize bouts, which at that time was around Rs 3,000. Sushil and Yogeshwar Dutt were regulars at dangals,” Kapil, a youth who trains at KD Jadhav stadium daily and once in a while participates in local wrestling events, reminisced.last_img read more

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Newly-appointed as chairman of ICC Kumble to try out fresh ideas

first_imgNew chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee Anil Kumble says he would bring fresh and modern ideas to the table to help take the game forward at the global level, besides meeting the various challenges it faces currently.The former India captain realises that his newest job is a big responsibility, but at the same time he is happy that he has an opportunity to give cricketers’ perspective to the policy making at the top.”It’s a great honour to be part of the ICC Cricket Committee. It’s a great responsibility. The people who have chaired the meetings [of this committee] have been the legends of the game,” Kumble told Mail Today.The former ace leg-spinner was referring to his predecessors and ex-captains Sunil Gavaskar and West Indies’ Clive Lloyd who had previously chaired the committee. “It’s a recommendatory committee and people listen to what this committee says. I am aware of the responsibilities and I am sure we will be able to bring in cricketers’ perspective into this whole thing. We will look at various challenges that cricket faces,” he said. “And also try and bring in some fresh ideas as well. That’s the whole objective – the game moving forward. That’s the most important thing.”Kumble said he will work in tandem with his co-members on the panel.”Hopefully, I will be able to bring in new and contemporary ideas to the cricket committee. I have just seen the current list of members and I see some colleagues of mine,” said Kumble who turns 42 on Wednesday.He was pointing to Andrew Strauss, Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Tim May, Gary Kirsten, and Ravi Shastri.”I would like to interact with them and understand their views and challenges that a particular country face. It will be nice to interact with them on a global platform,” he said.Before being appointed head of the BCCI technical committee 10 days ago, the Bangalore-based Kumble also chaired a six-member high profile special committee that approved some suggestions and made some of its own in the Ranji Trophy for the upcoming season.Since announcing his retirement from international cricket in November 2008 at his favourite Ferozeshah Kotla, Kumble has worn many hats. He is president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association and co-vice chairman of the Karnataka State Board for Wildlife, besides being the chairman of the National Cricket Academy till some time ago.He says he has made crucial contributions to all the responsibilities that he has undertaken. And on devoting time to the various tasks, he has a clear cut demarcation. “Priorities are there and, obviously, you need to manage all of that,” he said.”I certainly have contributed to all the various hats that I have worn. It entails certain commitment, certain responsibility and contributions that people expect. And all the hats that I have worn are in honourary capacity. The only commercial interest is my business,” he clarified. Kumble doesn’t travel as much as he used to. But he points out that his commitment to his responsibilities has remained the same.”I think the most important factor is whether you are actually contributing, not necessarily whether you are spending 24×7 on one particular aspect,” he said. “There are certain contributions that I believe personally SHOULD happen. As long as I am satisfied that I am contributing rightly in all these positions I am extremely happy,” said the world’s third highest Test wicket taker (619).advertisementlast_img read more

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South Indian cinema is creatively rich, says Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha, who will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Rajinikanth in her debut Tamil film Lingaa, says she decided to make a foray into Southern cinema as it is creatively very rich.”Ever since Dabangg released I was getting lot of offers from down South but I was not able to take it up as I had films keeping me busy here. This time I wanted to make that foray into South Indian films as creatively they are rich and they make such wonderful films… I wanted to experience this whole new world,” Sonakshi told PTI.”I couldn’t have asked for a better debut in Tamil cinema. Here in Bollywood I made my debut with superstar Salman Khan in Dabangg and in South with superstar Rajinikanth. I am very happy,” Sonakshi said.Talking about the South legend and co-star, Sonakshi said, “The popularity of Rajini sir is so much that there were several fans while we were shooting. He is an amazing person and actor. He is a huge superstar but he is very humble man. He talks to everybody nicely.”Sonakshi will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Rajinikanth in her debut Tamil film LingaaAsk her if she also is a big Rajini fan, the 26-year-old actress said, “I have not grown up watching too many films of him. I had seen Hum and I used to watch it over and over again I just loved him a lot in that film.”Sonkashi’s actor-politician father, Shatrughan Sinha and Rajinikanth share a friendly equation.”I did not feel intimidated. When we were on sets, I went upto him and said ‘it is an honour to be working with you but I am nervous’. He said ‘why you should be nervous I should be nervous as you are my friend’s daughter’. That broke the ice and it was nice of him to keep the conversation humorous,” Sonakshi said.”The role is not that he would or I would feel uncomfortable with each other. It is a very well written role. I am glad to be part of the film,” she said.Directed by K S Ravikumar, the film spans generations and goes from current times to the flashback.”Lingaa is based in two eras, one in present and other in 1940s… I wanted to be part of this magical world,” she said without revealing any other details of her role.Since Sonakshi has worked with south directors like Prabhu Deva and A R Murugadoss, she says she is comfortable with the language.”Luckily language was not the barrier for me as I am good with it (languages) and accent. I have worked with lot of south Indian directors I know the basic tone of the language. I had somebody prompting the dialogue from behind so I would repeat that or somebody would hold a card so I would read it out,” she added.The shooting of Lingaa, also starring Anushka Shetty and Jagapathy Babu is currently underway in Mysore. The film will have music by A R Rahman.Sonakshi says she is open to doing more south Indian films.”I am open to working in good films, in good content films. Among the South actors I would like to work with Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja and Surya,” she added.On the differences between the two film industries – South and Bollywood, the actress says, “I think work happens much quicker there (South) in terms of speed. The film unit there is much concise… Here there are too many people on the sets.”In Bollywood, Sonakshi will be seen next opposite Akshay Kumar in Holiday. Then she has Prabhu Deva’s next Action Jackson and Tevar with Arjun Kapoor.last_img read more

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LOOK: Sisters play 3×3 basketball

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Photo from Chooks to Go Pilipinas Facebook pageThe sisters at Mary School Girlstown in Talisay showed that they too can play 3-on-3 basketball.The sisters took time to play a fun pickup game against Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas officials while the Manok ng Bayan-SBP U18 tournament was on break.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Jayson Castro upbeat despite TNT loss to Ginebra in opener LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It just goes to show how much Filipinos love the sport of basketball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

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Bulls waive Carmelo Anthony, pave way for free agency

first_imgLuwawu-Cabarrot has played in 142 regular-season games, 27 of them as a starter, with the Thunder and 76ers and has career averages of 5.5 points and 1.7 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former New York Knick Carmelo Anthony acknowledges the crowd during the first half of the NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony was released Friday by the Chicago Bulls, setting the stage for him to become a free agent after leaving his fourth NBA club in seven months.The 34-year-old former NBA All-Star forward is expected to clear waivers and gain a better sense of where he might play next after Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Anthony spent his first 14 seasons with Denver and New York before being traded to Oklahoma City ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. He was traded last July to Atlanta, which promptly bought out his contract.Anthony then signed with Houston but played only 10 games for the Rockets before being benched until a trade to Chicago last week in a salary cap money-saving move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnthony boasts career averages of 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds a game but has struggled to find a role on contending teams.The Bulls also acquired French swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and cash from Oklahoma City Thunder for a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Boston star Kyrie Irving softens stance on Celtics stay: ‘Ask me July 1’ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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