Mohinder Amarnath pays for being blunt

first_imgAlmost a quarter of a century after he immortalised himself and the Indian selectors with a pithy observation that has stood the test of time, Mohinder Amarnath finds that the joke is still on him.Sidelined as a player in 1989 – which is when he called the selectors “a bunch of jokers” – on Thursday Amarnath found to his chagrin that a change in status was not much improvement: he was now dumped as a selector and left to mull his standing in Indian cricket. By all reckoning, it is still that of an outsider.The precise reasons for Mohinder’s ouster are mired in conjecture. One school of thought says that he ran foul of the BCCI by donating his father’s bat to James Sutherland, chief executive of Cricket Australia, instead of the BCCI. I find this reason batty even if Mohinder, as this story goes, had not-so-kind words to say about his own Board. Fact is, the BCCI has been exceptionally tardy in caring for the legacy of Indian cricket.There is no museum yet, for instance, so what does a player do when he receives a request for this from somewhere else? Mohinder’s father Lala Amarnath, it might be remembered, had toured Australia, captaining independent India’s first-ever team, so there is historical significance attached to his bat.This event – if indeed it is true – only enhanced the friction between Mohinder and the BCCI which arose for the bigger – and more plausible – reason that he was not enamoured of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy: more so after the 0-4 whitewash by Australia on the last tour.From all accounts, Mohinder believed that a change in captaincy – Sehwag reportedly was his choice – is what Indian cricket needed to resurrect itself from the despairing incompetence that had gripped the team after the World Cup triumph.There can be pros and cons to this argument, but none whatsoever that a selector should not have a contrarian view to the rest of the committee.That said, I am not sure of the truth value to the speculation that Dhoni enjoys some kind of immunity because he also captains Chennai Super Kings, the franchise owned by BCCI president N Srinivasan.The BCCI is too large, diverse – and fragmented – a body to accommodate such blatant power-play I would imagine.Perhaps it is the art of negotiation (or lack of it) that cost Mohinder dear. A former selector – and his former colleague in the Indian team – I spoke to after Thursday’s dramatic developments said that Mohinder could be extremely stodgy in his opinions and hence gets easily isolated.It seems that Mohinder also did not quite enjoy the support from his own zone – North, which considerably weakened his position.Suddenly he was fighting on several fronts and without anything to prop him up.When the new selection committee was to be formed, the BCCI could simply use a technicality that selectors are appointed every year up to a maximum period of four years – to eliminate him.So here we are, with a new selection committee. It’s an interesting choice of personnel, though Sandeep Patil as chairman was a rabbit out of the hat.Nevertheless, he has a good track record as coach and selector in domestic cricket. What is significant, however, is the BCCI president’s statement that the Board is now not bound to choosing selectors on a zonal basis. “The best people will be given the job,” he said, though the current committee has still been drawn from the five zones.With the fee for selectors going up from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 60 lakh per annum, the level of expectations and accountability will rise too.The task for the new committee is cut out: find the team that can help India rise to number 1 in the Test rankings again.Else, Mohinder Amarnath might have good reason to raise his old refrain again. And this time the joke won’t be on him.(The writer is a seasoned journalist)advertisementlast_img read more

Former India spinner Anil Kumble replaces Clive Lloyd as chairman of ICC’s cricket committee

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) board unanimously agreed to the appointment of former India captain Anil Kumble as the new chairman of its cricket committee here on Thursday.Kumble, 41, who has 619 Test and 337 One-Day International wickets to his name, succeeds former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd, who led the committee since 2008.”In Anil Kumble, we have a new chairman who has unquestioned experience not only as a player with India but also as an administrator because of his association with the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). I am sure he will carry on Clive’s good work and bring contemporary thinking to the committee and understand clearly the issues facing the modern game,” ICC president Alan Isaac said, commenting on the appointment.Isaac also admired outgoing chairman Lloyd’s work. “I would like to thank Clive Lloyd for his chairmanship of the ICC cricket committee and to his tireless contribution to the game. The ICC board were united in their admiration for his work as chairman.”The ICC media release added that two members of the present panel — former Australia captain Mark Taylor and ICC statistician Davin Kendix — have got a one-year extension while former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop has voluntarily stepped down. On his way out, Bishop nominated the recently-retired England captain Andrew Strauss as his replacement, which was accepted by the ICC board.last_img read more

Sanjeev Bhaskar to appear in Doctor Who

first_imgSanjeev Bhaskar, best known for starring “The Kumars at No. 42”, is set to appear in an upcoming episode of “Doctor Who”.The comedian will play an “important” role in the final episode of the new series, reports Sanjeev had previously lent his voice to “Doctor Who” audio stories, but this marks his first appearance on the show.Sanjeev Bhaskar is best known for starring The Kumars at No. 42″I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to – and now be part of – the ‘Doctor Who’ universe. Another dream box ticked!” he said.The new series of “Doctor Who” will see Peter Capaldi take over the title role and he’ll be joined by a host of famous guest stars including Frank Skinner, “Line of Duty” actress Keeley Hawes and singer Foxes.last_img read more

India’s Sukhen Dey to get Rs 5 lakh reward for CWG gold medal

first_imgSukhen Dey clinched a gold medal in the men’s 56kg category by lifting a total of 248 kg Vehemently denying that he has ever misbehaved with CWG gold medallist Sukhen Dey, West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra today announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the weightlifter, who claimed that he was “hurt” by the attitude of the sports minister.”I came to know from media reports that Sukhen Dey said I had refused to recognize him and misbehaved with him when he called me sometime back. I in my entire life I have never spoken to any athlete or person named Sukhen Dey. I think there has been some miscommunication,” Mitra told PTI here today reacting to some local media reports.”I wish good luck to Sukhen Dey. We will give him Rs five lakh from the sports department so that he can prepare in a much better way for the Asian games. We will provide him all sorts of help,” Mitra said.Dey has also complained about the state’s apathy towards his achievements as he had won a silver medal in last Commonwealth Games too. “I can’t speak of 2010 Commonwealth Games as at that time I was neither the sports minister nor was there a Trinamool Congress government in the state. I think there has been some misunderstanding and miscommunication. I would meet him once he comes back from the Commonwealth Games,” Mitra said.Dey, who hails from Howrah district of the state, won the Gold in the men’s 56kg category by lifting a total of 248 kg (109+139) in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow yesterday.advertisementlast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan should play Dhyan Chand on screen, says Abhishek Bachchan

first_imgActor Abhishek Bachchan feels superstar Shah Khan Khan should make a movie on legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand and also essay his role on-screen as he looks like him.The late Indian hockey player is remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals during an era where India was the most dominant team in the game.Abhishek Bachchan sees a strong resemblance between Shah Rukh Khan and hockey legend Dyhan ChandKnown as “The Wizard” for his superb ball control, Chand played his final international match in 1948.”A sportsman whose life will be fantastic on screen is Major Dhyan Chand. It will be an unbelievable story. These are the stories that need to be told. I told Shah Rukh Khan (during the shoot of Happy New Year) to make a film on it and play the protagonist, because he looks a lot like him.”If you see his photo…just need to change Shah Rukh’s hair a bit. Shah Rukh was a hockey player. I think he will be fantastic, said Abhishek on the sidelines of an event here.Two-three years back, apparently, multiple biopics on Chand were in the pipeline and Shah Rukh was one of the choices to play the sporting hero on big screen.Earlier, SRK had reportedly confirmed that he was approached for a movie based on the legendary sportsman.Hockey, as a sport, isn’t new to SRK. He has been an athlete throughout his school and college life and has played the game. Not many may know that SRK, during his school days captained the football and hockey teams besides playing cricket at the zonal and national levels.advertisementAbhishek, who owns a Kabaddi team Jaipur Pink Panthers, plans to make a film based on it in future.”I would love to do it in the future but not right now. The history of Kabaddi is fantastic. It has his origin in is over 3,000 years old. So you can get a lot of exciting content but let it build, then we will think of making it. If you do it (make the film) right now and if it doesn’t work then it becomes disappointing. So let Kabaddi get that recognition and then I would love to do it (make a film on it),” Abhishek said.last_img read more

Pioneers raise a toast to womanhood

first_imgWoman power was the underlying theme of the India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2014, where Union Minister Smriti Irani recalled her journey from a humble beginning in the Capital to becoming India’s first woman HRD minister.”I did sell cosmetics for Rs. 200 at Janpath. But my message is that a girl selling cosmetics can become a Cabinet minister in this country. You don’t have to do this job with humility, but with pride. Women, whether from a big city or a small town or village, have the potential to outshine everybody,” Irani said at the session ‘A World of Change – Why women need to speak up, be heard’ at the ITC Maurya Hotel on Saturday. The India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2014 was held at the ITC Maurya Hotel on Saturday in New Delhi”It was an overwhelming moment when PM Narendra Modi called me Chhoti Behen. It was very touching,” Irani said, adding that she did not expect Modi to By Mail Today Bureau in New Delhi be emotionally expressive.In her welcome address, India Today Group Synergy and Creative Officer Kalli Purie spoke about the challenges women face in their day-to-day life. “This is an event created by women, for women and featuring many inspirational women. All stars in their defined their stardom on their own terms. Recently, there has been a lot of talk on how women can’t have it all.Role model after role model has confessed that women can’t have it all. The superwoman, the successful corporate honcho at the top of her work and a loving mother, a loving wife by night…thin, blowdried, always waxed, is a myth,” she said. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal spoke about how the society needs to have faith in politicians. “Kids, at a very young age, are exposed to textbooks that show politicians as bad people. We have a generation which does not like politicians. My kids hate politicians. We need to tell them about both kinds; the good and bad,” she said.advertisementActor Manisha Koirala, a cancer survivor, said it is only when people see their mortality that they start questioning the way they have been living. “My coping mechanism was my family’s support and love. Also, the spiritual journey I had taken a few years back helped me,” she said.Actor-politicians Gul Panag and Kirron Kher, and Vedanta Vision founder Jaya Row, acid attack survivor Laxmi,and mountaineer Arunima Sinha were among the other speakers at the event.INDIATODAYAWARDS – THE BESTWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Manisha Koirala, actorWOMAN AS STORYTELLER: Gitanjali Rao, filmmaker and animatorWOMAN IN SCIENCE: J. Manjula, director, Defence Avionics Research EstablishmentWOMAN IN SPORT: P.V. Sindhu, badminton playerCORPORATE WOMAN: Roopa Kudva, MD, CrisilWOMAN INNOVATOR: Anusha Yadav, founder, Indian Memory ProjectINSPIRATIONAL WOMEN: Arunima Sinha, mountaineer; Laxmi, acid attack survivorWOMAN OF SUBSTANCE: Tabu, actorWOMAN OF STYLE: Shilpa Shetty, actorlast_img read more

Rahane reminds me a bit of Tendulkar: Waugh

first_imgBy B D Narayankar Bengaluru, Sep 13 (PTI) Former Australian captain Steve Waugh today said that Ajinkya Rahane reminded him a bit of Sachin Tendulkar and his “compact technique” would fetch him a lot of runs for India. Waugh, who is here for the inauguration of world class sports arena at Brigade Orchards at the outskirts of the city, said Rahane has modelled himself on iconic batsman Tendulkar. “I like Rahane and he is a quality player. He reminds me quite a bit of Tendulkar. He does not have a very big back swing. He obviously has modeled himself a bit on Tendulkar,” Waugh told PTI in an interview at the inauguration of world class sports arena at Brigade Orchards at the outskirts of the city here. “(Virat) Kohli is a world class player, one of the best. But, I also like Rahanes technique. He has a very compact technique, has shots all around the ground and has a good temperament. I like him as a player and is going to score a lot of runs for India,” said Waugh. Asked about Kohlis captaincy, Waugh said the Delhi batsman was on right track as a skipper after he led India to a historic away Test series win in Sri Lanka. “Obviously, to come back from one-nil down and winning a series in Sri Lanka is a major achievement. So definitely he is on the right track,” he said. “He (Kohli) obviously has led the side well, and it is not easy to do that in an away series. So, as a captain he has got all the players going in one direction which is important. They believe in his captaincy,” Waugh added. On South Africa picking three spinners for the upcoming India Test series, Waugh said picking more slow bowlers would not guarantee success as Indians are very good players of spin and its hard to win in India. “They – South Africa – have picked three spinners, but that does not guarantee them success. Indian side have very good players of spin and it is very hard to win in India,” Waught said. South Africa have named three specialist spinners, including Imran Tahir, in their Test squad for the four-match Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series. beginning next month. “South Africa have picked a smart side – perfectly tailor-made for Indian conditions as they believe pitches are going to turn here,” Waugh said. Asked about the chances for South Africa to win the upcoming series, Waugh said, “They have won before in India. They have very good reverse swing bowlers,” he said. PTI BDN PDS SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Rajapaksa asks Sirisena govt to reject UNHRC report on Lanka

first_imgColombo, Sep 22 (PTI) Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today asked the Sri Lankan government to reject a UNHRC report that called for a special “hybrid” court with international judges to probe the alleged war crimes committed towards the final phases of the civil war with LTTE under his command. “My government did not cooperate with this investigation for many reasons. Foremost of which was that it was instituted outside the established procedure of the UN Human Rights Council,” Rajapaksa said. “The usual procedure was for the President of the UNHRC to appoint a three-member independent panel to carry out the investigation after the relevant resolution is passed in the Council. However the investigation on Sri Lanka was not carried out by an independent Commission of Inquiry,” he said. In a blow to Sri Lankas insistence on a purely domestic probe, a UNHRC report last week asked Sri Lankan government to set up “a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators” to probe the horrific war crimes during the civil war that ended in 2009. Sri Lankas Tamil minority say they lack trust in a local inquiry into the war, in which more than 100,000 people died. President Maithripala Sirisenas new government, which in January came to power strongly backed by the Tamils, has vowed to punish war criminals of the conflict fought under the command of his predecessor, Rajapaksa, who ruled Sri Lanka for nearly 10 years. Rajapksa, 69, said the OHCHRs independence is questionable because it is funded for the most part not through the regular budget of the UN but through “voluntary contributions” from the very Western states that sponsored the resolution against Sri Lanka. “Furthermore all the important staff positions in this body are held by Westerners who make up half the cadre of the OHCHR …. Given the composition of the OHCHR, it would not be possible to expect an impartial inquiry from them,” he said. “Neither the OHCHR nor the UNHRC has the authority to set up an international war crimes tribunal. The only body with the authority to do so is the UNSC where the veto power of China and Russia will be a factor to contend with,” he said. Sri Lanka cannot be taken before the International Criminal Court (ICC), because “we are not a signatory to the Rome Statute under which the ICC functions,” Rajapaksa said. Rajapaksas handling of the war has been internationally condemned for rights abuses. The UNHRC has passed three successive resolutions against his administration — the last of which in 2014 recommended an international investigation. PTI CORR ABHadvertisementlast_img read more

US Open 2019: Roger Federer, Karolina Pliskova Through to Last 16

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Five-time champion Roger Federer raced into the last 16 of the US Open on Friday with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of 58th-ranked Briton Dan Evans in just 80 minutes.Karolina Pliskova, who finished as runner-up at 2016 US Open, battled into the last 16 at Flushing Meadows on Friday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. Third seed Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, is looking for a first Flushing Meadows title since 2008. He meets Belgian 15th seed David Goffin or Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain for a spot in the quarter-finals.After taking the first set in 26 minutes, Pliskova broke to open the second. Jabeur, ranked 62nd, had her right knee retaped and battled back to break Pliskova three times in the second set, the last on a forehand winner to force a third set.Pliskova broke to start the third set and seized another in the fifth game on an errant Jabeur forehand before advancing on a backhand winner after two hours and eight minutes.”She improved the game a lot in the second set, she hit a couple unbelievable shots and got into her rhythm,” Pliskova said.”Especially had to serve well. Was able to hit a couple aces in the third set which really helped. Physically it was quite a tough battle. It was important to win so it doesn’t matter how I feel. So pleased to be through.”(With inputs from APF) karolina pliskovalast-16Roger Federerus open First Published: August 30, 2019, 11:27 PM ISTlast_img read more

Cricket : Dale Steyn explains that writing off the Indian Skipper could be the…

first_imgCricket – India v South Africa – Third One Day International – Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa – February 7, 2018. India’s Virat Kohli celebrates his century. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsAdvertisementLater this year, India is scheduled to field against England and Australia to play 9 test matches with the division of 4 against the Aussies and the rest against the Englishmen.The Indian skipper Virat Kohli has made a record of winning 60% of the total 35 test matches he has led after taking over from MS Dhoni. While Test match wins outside the sub-continent against strong opposition don’t come easy, the onus would be on Kohli and his team to prove.South Africa’s leading bowler Dale Steyn, playing for Hampshire in the current county season says that Virat Kohli has been changing his squad quite often as he has recently experimented with an aggressive option of Rohit Sharma at No.3 to Ajinkya Rahane at one down before gifting back Pujara his slot. Steyn believes that Virat will pick up a squad which has the potential to win him games. Steyn further stated, ” As long as Virat is there, he is a master and knows what to get out of his players. He is quite an aggressive captain and he likes to win. So he will pick teams to win Test matches.”“Virat will do fine. He is a determined player. When people write him off, that’s the biggest mistake. When you write Virat off, he will come back and bite you where you don’t want to be bitten. So he will be fine in England,” Steyn says. The South African pacer is very hopeful that Virat will do wonders with the Indian squad as he matures and plays more with them. Advertisement Also Read :England vs. India: Essex prove tough for the Blues in warm-up fixtureCricket: “How Indian batsmen play Anderson will be the key,”says McGrathlast_img read more

Boxer Shiva Thapa hopeful of more Indian boxers in Rio

first_imgMumbai, May 30 (PTI) The lone Indian boxer to have qualified for Olympics so far, Shiva Thapa said he is hopeful that more boxers will make the cut for Rio even though only one qualifying event is left on the calender. “In the London Olympics there were so many boxers and Vijender Singh gave Indian boxing a face (to be proud of). I am hopeful that more boxers will qualify for the Rio Games as some qualifiers are left (to make the grade),” said the 22-year-old boxer today after being felicitated by the NGO Olympic Gold Quest along with eight other Rio-bound sports persons. The 22-year-old pugilist is the lone Indian to have booked a berth for Rio in boxing and it will be the second Olympics for the 56-kg fighter after he became the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics in London in 2012. “This is my second Olympics. I am totally focused and working really hard. The last four years have just flown and I have learnt a lot. I am looking forward to the Rio Games and I am pretty sure that we (Indian contingent) will bring more medals than in the last Olympics,” said the Guwahati-born boxer. Thapa is sad as he had to fight in the Asian qualifiers, where he won a silver, under world body AIBAs flag due to the absence of an elected national boxing federation currently. “It felt sad that we were not fighting under our countrys flag. Its very important to represent the country and fight under its flag. Now AIBA has allowed us to fight under the Indian flag in Rio and I am feeling better,” said Thapa, who aims to follow Vijenders footsteps at some time in the future and turn professional. Meanwhile, pistol shooting hope and Incheon Asian Games champion Jitu Rai sounded quietly confident that he will do well in Rio, though his performance in 2015 and this year has been up and down after a great 2014 when he won both the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) and Asian Games gold medal. (More) PTI SSR KRK ATK KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Akbar, Dave file nominations for RS seats from MP

first_imgBhopal, May 31 (PTI) Noted journalist and BJP national spokesperson M J Akbar and senior party leader Anil Madhav Dave today filed their nomination papers here for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh.While Dave was re-nominated for the Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, Akbar, who represents Jharkhand in the Upper House, was fielded from the state.Both Akbar and Dave filed their nomination papers in the presence of state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MP BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, Cabinet colleagues and several MLAs.”I am grateful to the BJPs central leadership, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, for giving party nomination to not just a political worker but a renowned journalist and thinker (Akbar), and also to a key organiser and noted environmentalist (Dave) from Madhya Pradesh,” Chouhan told reporters after the two leaders filed their nominations before Returning Officer and state Assemblys Principal Secretary Bhagwan Dev Israni.Dave had done a commendable job for the conservation of river Narmada in the state and is a different kind of social-political worker, he said.The state and the BJP will get immensely benefited from his re-nomination, the Chief Minister said.He also said that Akbar needs no introduction as he stands apart among the journalists fraternity because of his original thinking and his patriotism for the country.It is a matter of privilege for the state that a person like him will now serve as the Upper House member from the state, Chouhan said.advertisementRumours were also doing the rounds in political circles that in order to force a contest for the third seat and to make things difficult for Congress, the BJP may ask its senior leader Vinod Gotia to file papers as independent candidate.However, Chouhan refused to comment on the issue.Congress has already fielded senior lawyer Vivek Tankha as its candidate for the RS biennial polls to be held on June 11.Three Rajya Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh are to fall vacant. Out of it, two are with the BJP while one is with the Congress. PTI MAS GK DBSlast_img read more

Roger Federer throws his weight behind Switzerland for Euro 2016

first_imgTennis great Roger Federer has thrown his weight behind the Switzerland national football team for the Euro 2016 competition. The 33-year-old Swiss star expects his team to progress beyond the group stages of this year’s edition, which kicks off in St-Denis on Saturday.Switzerland, who have never made it past the group stages of the tournament, find themselves in Group A along with hosts France, Albania and Romania. (Also read: Focus on England, not transfers, Hodgson tells players) “I really hope they (Switzerland) can play a good tournament – just good soccer. I want to see a few wins and if they get into the position of moving on through the group stages that they really believe – then really anything is possible,” Federer told the Associated Press.’I PLAY KNOCKOUTS EVERY WEEK’ Federer himself has been facing a severe title drought. Winner of 17 Grand Slams, Federer won his last major title at Wimbledon 2012. In the last four years, Federer has reached Grand Slam finals only three times. Last month, the Swiss player was forced to pull out of Roland Garros with a knee injury, thereby ending his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slams. (Also read: Debutants Wales, Iceland aim to take a shot at European glory) Federer shed light on how there were no margins for error in knockout competitions. The tennis great said the situation could get more tricky in football and also had words of advice for the national team. “I play knockout tournaments every single week. They only play them sometimes. Knockout is – everything is possible – on any given day, especially in soccer, with the powers that the referee has with red cards and penalties and so forth,” he said.advertisement’WILL FOLLOW THE TEAM CLOSELY’ Switzerland will bank on their playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri to provide the necessary firepower. The Stoke City player has been in good form after moving from Bayern Munich, where he warmed the benches for most of his stint. FC Basel’s teenage striker Breel Embolo will also be waiting for his chances to make it big. The team managed to finish second in their group with seven wins from 10 matches in the qualifiers.Federer said he was always excited by football World Cups and European Championships and revealed he had enjoyed playing football at a young age. He added that he would be following this year’s tournament ‘very closely’.”I really wish them all the best and, of course, I will be following it (the team) very closely.”I am always excited about World Cups and European Championships in soccer. I used to play when I was younger,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgAsked about construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, TogadiaAsked about construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, Togadia said the issue can be resolved only through enactment of a legislation in Parliament for the purpose.Stating that Rajendra Prasad and Sardar Patel have shown the path, VHP working president said, “Ram temple can be built on the lines of Somnath temple. It cannot be resolved either through talks or court decision.”Stating that he did not make any comment for Ram temple in the first two years of the NDA government, Togadia said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi always keeps his words and I believe he would get the legalisation passed from Parliament to pave the way for construction of Ram temple and would respect the sentiments of Hindus.”Even BJP in its Palampur (in Himachal Pradesh) session had passed a resolution that advocated enactment of legislation for construction of Ram temple, he said.”We do not want any court decision for Ram temple. Though we have full faith and respect for the judiciary but we do not want to fail our 450 years of struggle for the temple,” he said.Asked about the time-frame for enactment of legislation, he said if the government decides it can be passed even in the coming monsoon session of Parliament. And if there is lack of support in Rajya Sabha, it can be passed in the joint sitting of both the Houses, Togadia added. PTI AR NN SMJlast_img read more

This is how you can avoid back pain, even if you have a desk job

first_imgVandana LuthraFounder and Vice-Chairperson, VLCCWhat do Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci have in common? Each of them refused to take life sitting down, literally. Such is not the case with the rest of us; 70 per cent of whom will die from simple inactivity. It is ironic that in today’s so-called fast paced life, prolonged sitting is the fourth leading cause of death, but that’s the harsh reality, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).None of us need to ask how. You’re probably reading this sitting down. Many of us work sedentary jobs that involve little physical activity but are mentally draining. And it’s not doing our health any favours. Emerging research shows that sitting for a longer duration of time contributes to a number of health risks such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke and overall risk of early death, among others. Those who sit a great deal also have lower life expectancies, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, increased blood sugar, excess body fat and slower metabolisms. According to a WHO report, inactivity is the main culprit behind 27 per cent of diabetes cases, 25 per cent of breast and colon cancers, and 30 per cent of heart disease cases.PROLONGED SITTING IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED SERIAL KILLERSWhile it is not always the case, studies have found that women more than men need to be careful of this quiet but deadly health hazard. In urban India, women are more likely than men to hold jobs that are less physically challenging. They’re also less likely to be active through other means such as sports. The effects are even more pronounced among women above 60. Every additional hour a day spent sitting doubles the risk of being disabled, regardless of how much moderate exercise you get. This is a problem that plagues women more than they realise. We often have jobs that require us to sit in places for hours and this is not to be taken lightly. It is important to take our health seriously and become conscious about how much chair time we are logging in each day.IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO STAND UPYou can burn about 30 per cent more calories standing up than sitting down. Over time, it adds up and can contribute to weight control. Reducing sitting time and standing for an hour can easily help burn approximately 50 extra kilocalories. Simply standing for two hours a day for a year can make you lose over 25,000 calories, which is equivalent to running at least six marathons.advertisementIn addition, many of us falsely believe ourselves to be active. For instance, even an hour at the gym every day may not do enough to counteract the detrimental effects of sitting for eight to ten hours. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that while hitting the gym or taking a walk is important, prolonged sitting might actually be nullifying the effects of the workout. This is one of the biggest reasons why several women continue to struggle with weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol woes despite maintaining consistent workout routines.It may not seem like it anymore, but our bodies are made to stand. When one sits, the natural curve of the spine is distorted and the back muscles have to do something to hold the back in shape. This puts a lot of pressure on the spine, leading to body pain, herniated discs, nerve problems and painful joints. On the other hand, standing is beneficial both physically and mentally. According to a 2012 World Mental Health Report, it increases the serotonin available to the brain, which helps one think sharper, and less likely to fall prey to depression, a condition that women are prone to.Studies also point towards the fact that among women the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar shoots up by 26 per cent for every hour per day they spend watching TV. They are also prone to developing colon, breast and endometrial cancers due to inactivity. That said, prolonged sitting is the new smoking. Let’s be mindful of that.last_img read more

Shorthanded Creamline shoots for No. 10

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The first serve is at 4 p.m.But the defending champions remain formidable with Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza, Risa Sato, Celine Domingo and Pau Soriano and libero Kyla Atienza in harness and Kyle Negrito taking over the playmaking chores in their bid to stretch their perfect romp to 10 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Creamline scored a straight-sets decision of BaliPure on Sept. 7, but the Water Defenders seek to pounce on Valdez and Morado’s absences in pursuit of a key victory that would keep them in the race for at least the fourth and last semifinal berth.The Lady Troopers, meanwhile, bounced back strong from a shutout loss to the Cool Smashers on Sept. 4, beating the Chef’s Classics Red Spikers, the Water Defenders and the Air Force Jet Spikers to wheel back into contention with a 5-3 card. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline puts its long unbeaten run on the line sans two key players while PacificTown Army and Motolite likewise try to keep their own streak going against struggling rivals in the second round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference eliminations at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan today.The Cool Smashers will be without injured Alyssa Valdez for the second straight game, while Jia Morado joined the national pool’s campaign in the inaugural Asean Grand Prix in Thailand serving as part of the national team’s buildup for this year’s Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT The veteran-laden Army side remained in fifth spot but its three-game run put the Lady Troopers closer to fourth running PetroGazz (5-2).That also makes PacificTown Army the heavy favorite in its 2 p.m. clash with Chef’s Classics, which remains winless in eight games.Motolite, on the other hand, continues to flourish sans injured top hitter Myla Pablo, scoring back-to-back wins, including a five-set escape over Choco Mucho last weekend. It plays Air Force (2-6), which it also beat in three sets on Aug. 28, at 6 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ UST, still learning, shoots for 4th win; NU eyes first victorycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man View commentslast_img read more

Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Harris said one of his community events, a visit with children at a play area, still went on. So did the team functions planned by new owner Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.Tsai posted a lengthy letter to fans on Facebook following Morey’s tweet, which Harris said the owner encouraged the players to read. He was around the team during the week getting the know players and staff.He made a good impression with his dinners, which Harris indicated were even better than Gregg Popovich’s while playing for the U.S.“I mean Pop had a lot of good dinners and stuff planned when we were out there too,” Harris said, “but I’d say Joe Tsai is probably a little more familiar with some of the dining establishments in Shanghai and Shenzhen.” /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “At the end of the day we’re human and we see those things, so we just tried to stick together as much as we could,” guard Caris LeVert said.The Nets who did speak to reporters — Kyrie Irving wasn’t among them — said they hadn’t seen Morey’s tweet and couldn’t recall when they learned of it. Both teams met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shortly after arriving, where Harris said the commissioner outlined what was happening.“It’s not like he was standing in front of everybody and making some, like, dramatic commentary,” Harris said. “He was basically describing what we already knew was going on.”Irving spoke up in the meeting, but Harris said those remarks were not political but rather related mostly to basketball.“It was more just focusing on trying to get ready for the games,” Harris said.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police PLAY LIST 01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday’s scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)The Nets steered clear of any statements like those of LeBron James that could have further inflamed the situation. Players say they were not rattled by the turbulence they faced during their two exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers last week, which came as the NBA dealt with the fallout from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s now-deleted tweet in support of support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.Joe Harris was just in China last month for the Basketball World Cup and said this trip wasn’t much different.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“To be honest, you know there’s a lot of stuff going on but the atmosphere was really very similar to what it was during the World Cup,” Harris said. “The fans were extremely passionate. They love the game. They still sold out both games, so take out everything that was actually going on it really felt like almost exactly the same.”It was hard to ignore everything, with Chinese and NBA officials canceling events and news conferences, and advertising and local television coverage for the games in Shanghai and Shenzhen removed. LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Unruffled feathers MOST READ NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China.That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying the impact the ongoing international tension between the NBA and China had on them.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PH skateboarding team targets SEA Games golden sweep

first_imgAkhuetie, UP looking to oust UST quickly: ‘We don’t want to take chances’ MOST READ FILE – Asian Games gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine skateboarding team has set a lofty goal of a golden sweep in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Monty Mendigoria, the president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, said he’s confident the country will take all eight gold medals in the skateboarding competition.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments “Yes, we’re looking at sweeping all of our eight events in the SEA Games,” said Mendigoria whose federation is looking to emerge as the most successful national sporting association in the biennial games.Mendigoria added that it was Philippine Olympic Committee president Cong. Bambol Tolentino who personally told him that he should put the best athletes in his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I can say that we are unbeatable in all of the events that we have included.”Margielyn Didal, the reigning champion in the Asian Games, will headline the country in the competition together with Christiana Means, Jericho Francisco. Mendigoria, meanwhile, refused to disclose the full roster of the skateboarding team to prevent the other countries from scouting them.“We are very optimistic,” said Mendigoria. “That’s why we are working hard. We want to repay the trust of the PSC [Philippine Sports Commission] and our private sponsors by coming up with a victorious performance in the upcoming SEA Games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more