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first_imgAn investment adviser of Indian origin has been charged by U.S. federal authorities for masterminding a fraudulent million dollar investment scheme over several years, PTI reported.Amrit JS Chahal, 30, from Fairfax, Virginia, been charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), even as the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) also announced charges against him.The CFTC on April 12 charged him for allegedly committing commodity futures fraud, commodity pool fraud, and illegally commingling Kane Capital’s funds with his personal fund and is seeking full restitution to defrauded pool participants, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, civil monetary penalties, permanent registration and trading bans, and a permanent injunction against future violations of federal commodities laws.The Department of Justice on April 11 charged him in a nine-count criminal indictment, including four counts of commodities fraud.The complaint filed by the SEC alleges that since February 2015, Chahal used his company, Kane Capital Investment Group, to fraudulently solicit approximately $1.4 million from about 50 individuals, including his friends and family members.As per the complaint, Chahal is the president, chief executive officer, and sole employee of Kane Capital. He has no securities licenses and he has not been associated with a registered broker-dealer or investment adviser other than Kane Capital.The complaint says that he lured investors by falsely claiming to be an experienced and successful trader who could generate above-market returns for clients through a low-risk trading strategy.According to the SEC, Chahal has no substantial experience working in the financial or securities industry or trading securities on behalf of clients and that initially invested client funds were put in a variety of investments, but suffered significant trading losses.The complaint further alleges that instead of disclosing the losses, Chahal gave misleading information to his clients about their investment returns and continued raising funds. He then used the money for his personal benefit, such as payment for his luxury car, rent, travel, dining, and other living expenses, and to make Ponzi-like payments to earlier investors. Related ItemsIndian Americanvirginialast_img read more

first_imgA day after reports of an alleged incident of a Sikh girl being kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take a firm action against the perpetratorsCapt. Amarinder also urged the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to take up the issue with his Pakistani counterpart.Capt. Amarinder Singh on Friday took to Twitter, saying “Shocking incident of a Sikh girl being kidnapped & forced to convert to Islam in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan. Call upon @ImranKhanPTI to take firm and immediate action against the perpetrators. Request @DrS Jaishankar to strongly take up the issue with his counterpart at the earliest,”Mr. Singh tagged a video, which showed the girl’s family claiming that she was kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam in Nankana Sahib.Sukhbir expresses concernShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed serious concern over the safety of minorities in Pakistan in the backdrop of the incident.“Safety of minorities has become a big issue in Pakistan. Minorities are not feeling safe in Pakistan, especially Sikhs. The incident of abducting and forcibly converting a Sikh girl is atrocious. Strict action should be taken against those who are involved,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgHundreds of farmers, led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union, staged a sit-in at the Muzaffarnagar Collectorate alleging that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, has led to increase in transport fee of schools. The protest started after the District Magistrate allegedly refused to take their memorandum and reprimanded the students who came to register their demands on Thursday.Section 144After the police invoked Section 144 in the Collectorate area, farmers scribbled that the BKU had invoked its ‘Section 288’ and that government officials would not be allowed to enter the office. Local sources said that District Magistrate Selva Kumari J had to leave in a private vehicle from the back gate of the Collectorate on Thursday.The farmers stayed overnight on the Collectorate premises and cooked their food there. “The government says that we don’t educate our children. When we raise demands related to education, we are not taken seriously,” said BKU youth wing chief Gaurav Tikait.The protest continued till Friday evening when district officials came out and announced that no change in the transport fee structure would be allowed.According to official sources, following the directions of the Supreme Court, the State government had brought school vans under the legal regulatory framework, which included not only buses run by schools but also vehicles that run under arrangements between parents and private operators.Rakesh Tikait, senior BKU leader, said the new policy might be ideal but not practical. “Public schools that used to charge ₹400-₹500 a month from students commuting from villages are now asking for ₹2,500 a month. A farmer can’t afford this,” Mr. Tikait said.He said the new policy expects schools not to use vehicles that are more than 10 years old. It necessitates putting two guards on each bus and fixes the number of students that could travel in each vehicle according to the number of seats. “We all want GPS and cameras in vehicles but the government should ensure that its cost should not be passed on to parents in the rural areas. Otherwise students will drop out, particularly girls.”On Friday, Ms. Selva Kumari said even in the case of ‘private arrangement’, the increased expenses would not be passed on to parents till the government makes arrangement for the transport of students.Other issuesThe protest has also become a catalyst to raise the existing issues of farmers such as pending dues of sugarcane crops and rise in electricity prices. “The U.P. government had promised that all pending dues would be cleared till August 31, 2019, but now it seems impossible. The rise in electricity tariff in rural areas is also hurting farmer interests,” said Mr. Tikait.last_img read more

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games It was already Belga’s sixth flagrant foul and seventh technical foul for this season.The Sorsogon native will serve his suspension on the Elasto Painters’ game against TNT on Sunday.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Beau Belga has been slapped a P17,500 fine and a one-game suspension following his ejection on Sunday.Already charged with a technical foul early in the game, the burly big man was whistled with a flagrant foul penalty one after a skirmish with Kia center Jason Ballesteros midway through the third quarter which led to his ouster.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES NCAA: Perpetual Help extends Arellano’s slide Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut his candidacy came to a screeching halt owing to the league’s ruling disallowing players from non-Final Four teams from staking their claim for the MVP plum.The last non-Final Four player to win the highest individual award was St. Benilde’s Jay Sagad in Season 81 back in 2005 after the Blazers finished sixth out of eight teams with their 5-9 record. That instance prompted the NCAA to change its rules and give premium to players who led their team to the Final Four to win the MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPrince Eze may be leading the Most Valuable Player race, but he won’t get the award at the end of the season.The Nigerian big man’s hopes of claiming NCAA Season 93 MVP award was dashed after Perpetual’s 55-50 defeat to San Beda on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Eze, though, can still get a consolation as he can still make it to the Mythical Team at the end of the season, granting that his numbers won’t dip or he won’t be ejected for Perpetual’s last four elimination games.He was earlier named as the All-Star MVP during the midseason festivities.With Eze out of the MVP race, that opens the gates for other contenders to win the hardware.Now leading the race is Lyceum’s CJ Perez, who has been averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals through the Pirates’ current 15-0 run.Also in the running are San Beda forward Javee Mocon (12.5 points, and 10.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists), Lyceum big man Mike Nzeusseu (10.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks), and Letran swingman Rey Nambatac (16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists).ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight JRU repulses St. Benilde, tightens grip on 3rd spot Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City That eliminated the Altas out of the playoff race with their 4-10 record, stopping Eze from following the footsteps of Jojo Manalo and Earl Scottie Thompson as the only Alta to win the highest individual award.The 6-foot-11 center has been the pacesetter at the end of the first round after averaging 15.5 points, 17.2 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in the 14 games he played for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run LATEST STORIES View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wigan Athletic fans celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Sergio Aguero was involved in a confrontation with a Wigan fan as ugly scenes marred the end of the third-division side’s shock FA Cup win over Manchester City on Monday.Fans spilled on to the pitch at DW Stadium as the host celebrated its 1-0 fifth-round win against the runaway English Premier League leader.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img MOST READ Supporters from both clubs were involved in disturbances, while television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and striker Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to hit the supporter after the fan said something to the player, and Aguero had to be held back by his City teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdvertising hoardings were also ripped out and thrown as a pitch invasion by Wigan fans got out of hand while the defeated City players were being escorted off the pitch.Footage also appeared to show objects, including an advertising board, being thrown at police officers by fans in the City end. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers City manager Pep Guardiola said he was in the changing room and did not see the Aguero incident.“It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens,” he said.Wigan counterpart Paul Cook was also in his changing room at the time.“It’s not correct (pitch invasions), but I haven’t seen these incidents so I’d rather not give an opinion, but players’ safety is paramount for everyone.”ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? And that just drives him to perform better and help the team come Sunday, as TNT seeks to once again gain advantage in the championship duel.“It’s a seven-game series and we lost one game. It’s funny because we win close games and the games we lose, we get blown out. If that’s an indication right there, we want to come back ready for Game 3,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 25-year-old behemoth downplayed the defensive schemes San Miguel employed on him, noting that though he only had 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists, it was not the double and triple-teams which led to TNT’s downfall.“They played harder and they deserve to win. We’re the more aggressive team in the first game and we won. They were the more aggressive team in this game. It’s a seven-game series, now it’s five,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSmith, though, agreed that frustration may have gotten the better of the KaTropa, and it’s up to them to play through those distractions if they want to snag Game 3 on Sunday.“We can’t control how the referees [handle] the game. Like I said, we all feel different about the refs. We can’t control what they do, and I told the guys that we got to go out here like they’re out there. We got to control the game. They make the calls, whether right or wrong, so we got to keep playing,” he said. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT import Joshua Smith isn’t losing sleep over the way San Miguel defended him in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.“I’ve seen double teams since I came here, since the last game. Nothing can really surprise me,” he said after the KaTropa’s 102-88 defeat to the Beermen on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments NBA: Detroit guard Caldwell-Pope suspended for two games 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

first_imgPhil Younghusband struck from the penalty spot and FC Meralco Manila came away with a gutsy 1-0 victory over Ilocos United as the Sparks regained top spot in the Philippines Football League on Saturday at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.Under a heavy downpour, Younghusband cooly sent his spot kick past Ilocos goalkeeper Baba Sampana in the 54th minute for his fifth goal of the season after a handball infraction on Ilocos inside the box as the Sparks upped their haul to 20 points from eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Sparks also got a superb effort from goalkeeper Jun Badelic, who stopped Josh Reyes’ effort in the 84th minute, preserving the victory for Meralco.The victory puts the Sparks two points clear of JPV Marikina, which can regain top spot with a win over Davao Aguilas in a match scheduled Sunday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.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 starsOver at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros whipped Stallion Laguna, 5-2, for its third straight victory.Flaunting their attacking firepower, the Busmen had five different players scoring in front of the home crowd with Stephan Schrock setting the tone for the rout with his 12th minute strike. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Goals from Jeffrey Christiaens, Iain Ramsay, OJ Porteria and Bienvenido Maranon highlighted a strong performance by coach Risto Vidakovic’s men.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SMB dynasty in the offing Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “You have to understand also that it’s a big sacrifice also for the PBA. We have to play when your superstars are not there, and that affects also the attendance and the interest in the PBA,” said PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.“But as what is said by the teams and the owners themselves, that’s a sacrifice they asked us to make, and that’s a sacrifice we’re willing to give for the success of this program.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ With the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup coming up, the PBA has made slight tweaks to its schedule as it is set to take a week-long break in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.After Sunday, August 6, the league will not hold games on Wednesday (August 9) and Friday (August 11) before returning to action the following Sunday, August 13.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Lyceum cruises to sixth straight win National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA takes another breather on the following Wednesday, August 16, before going back to its normal programming on Friday, August 18.The PBA-backed Gilas Pilipinas squad will fly to Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday for the Asian championship where it will compete from August 8 to 20.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 starsThrough the course of the continental meet, unbeaten Meralco and cellar-dweller Kia will play thrice, NLEX, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, GlobalPort, and Blackwater to see action twice, and TNT once.From the Fiba Asia-bound squad, Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Matthew Wright will miss two games for their respective teams, while Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy will be inactive for the KaTropa’s August 20 game against Rain or Shine. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgFading AwayPranab Mukherjee’s humility and modesty is worth appreciating (“The Last Leg”, October 25), but there is deep sarcasm and agony in his replies. He has always been the second-best option for the top post. Loyal and most trusted, he has been used to safeguard the interests of the Congress,Fading AwayPranab Mukherjee’s humility and modesty is worth appreciating (“The Last Leg”, October 25), but there is deep sarcasm and agony in his replies. He has always been the second-best option for the top post. Loyal and most trusted, he has been used to safeguard the interests of the Congress and the UPA Governments. His endeavours have often gone unnoticed and unrewarded. He will always be remembered for his deftness in handling tricky situations and difficult allies, and to say the least, for the smooth functioning of consecutive Congress governments at the Centre.- G.M. Rama Rao, VisakhapatnamPolitical acumen, sagacity, simplicity, reliability and wisdom have made Pranab Mukherjee different from his contemporaries, both within and outside the party. He can win over his adversaries with ease and this virtue came in handy for the party, making him indispensable and irreplaceable. In a career spanning more than four decades, his selfless service to the party is an example worth emulating by politicians across party lines.- E. Krishnadas, PalakkadDemocracy today is run by diktat. The Grand Old Party of India is a shining example. It has effortlessly managed a facade of democracy while internally, the show is run by one woman. In this form of “benign dictatorship”, competence and ability are redundant and it is one’s unflinching loyalty that counts. This unadulterated sycophancy is adequately rewarded too. Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s selection of Dr Manmohan Singh as a reluctant prime minister was based more on his docility. In Pranab Mukherjee, Sonia would have missed it all. He is not submissive enough to fulfil the eligibility criteria for the top job. – Nalinaksha Mutsuddi, Gautam Budh NagaradvertisementBias of FaithReservations on the Allahabad High Court’s judgment on Ayodhya dispute are understandable (“Quiet Anger on the Muslim Street”, October 18). This verdict is not so much a burden but the bias-ideological, political, electoral-of certain public figures is fuelling disenchantment and anger in the Muslim community. It is better if judicial findings are treated as strategic parameters and shorn of political predilections. – Bishan Sahai, LucknowHard FactsWhat is the best prescription for good health (“India’s Bone Crisis”, October 25)? While orthopaedics suggest a diet rich in protein and the need for maintaining body mass index above 20, cardiologists advocate a frugal diet for a minimum body weight. Dermatologists on the other hand are against over-exposure to sun for it may lead to premature ageing and skin cancer, while osteologists insist this is imperative for the body to produce Vitamin D which is essential for calcium absorption. One has to strike the right balance, with moderation being the key word to be healthy.- Nalini Vijayaraghavan, ThiruvananthapuramTricks of the TradeThe spectre of uncertainty hanging over the Karnataka Government was expected (“A Besieged Bastion”, October 18). The recent ministry shuffle opened a can of worms and it reduced the Yeddyurappa Government to minority. Power makes strange bedfellows. To save the Government, more dirty tactics will be implemented. Uncertainty will end only when a fresh mandate is sought. – DBN Murthy, BangaloreJolly Good ShowWith 71 nations, over 6,000 participants, thousands of foreign visitors, the spectacular show that India put up for the 19th Commonwealth Games was a testimony of our strength as a nation (“The Man With The Golden Run”, October 25). Having finished on a high note does not absolve those guilty of misdeed prior to the Games. These people tarnished India’s image and made us infamously famous across the world. A thorough probe must be conducted and the guilty punished. – Colonel R.D. Singh, AmbalaThe Games were a grand success, notwithstanding the negative publicity, charges of corruption, delays in execution, reports of terror strikes and a host of other hitches and glitches, all of which were laid to rest with our extravagant show. The medal rush at the Games has given a tremendous boost to India’s image as a sporting nation and will help the cause of sports. – R.J. Khurana, Hyderabadlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai’s crowded thoroughfares shed their vast multitudes as cricket fever gripped the city with passionate fans packing themselves into restobars, pubs and multiplexes to watch the titanic tussle for cricket’s most coveted trophy.As afternoon approached, the weekend crowds started vanishing from bustling streets and marketplaces, while city’s lifeline – suburban local trains -stopped gobbling up and disgorging faceless streams of commuters, as everybody – from a humble roadside hawker to corporate honcho headed to watch the captivating contest.Cricket lovers who were not lucky enough to secure a place at the Wankhede Stadium, made frenzied attempts to book the remaining seats in multiplexes and restaurants to watch the India-Sri Lanka grand finale, or chose to enjoy the game in the cozy confines of their homes over house parties.”We will chill out and cheer team India. If they win, we will raise a toast, and if they lose, we will drown our disappointment in the bubbly,” said Ratish, raising his mug of beer at a suburban restobar. According to sources in the hospitality sector, Mumbaikars guzzled over 70,000 litres of aclohol during the Wednesday’s semi-final clash between India and Pakistan.Sources said most of the 7000 restaurants and bars in the city have been reserved already and owners made a last minute rush to replenish their stocks.A number of crazy fans were seen blowing vuvuzelas, popularised during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while getting painted the Indian tricolour on their faces and bodies near Churchgate station. The Team India jerseys were much sought after stuff.advertisement– With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgCredited with bringing insurgent group ULFA to the negotiating table and hauling Assam back from the brink of bankruptcy, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has combined administrative and political acumen with his simple demeanour to help Congress retain power for a record consecutive third term.Behind the genial smile and a straight-forward approach of 75-year-old Gogoi, who has also served as a Union Minister and six terms in Lok Sabha, lies a man who means business when it comes to development of Assam.The highlight of Gogoi’s ten-year rule in the past was bringing several militant outfits of the state, including the ULFA, to the negotiating table and ensuring financial stability of the state government.Gogoi had taken over the reins of power for the first time on May 17, 2001, from the Asom Gana Parishad and was faced with the challenge of bringing the state out of the morass of militant violence and financial instability characterised by a huge debt burden, so much so that even government employees were not receiving their salaries on time.Gogoi’s initiative in this direction paid dividends and Congress returned to power for the second consecutive term, albeit with lesser seats and he formed the government in alliance with its coalition partner Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) in 2006.Gogoi’s second term as Chief Minister was a mix of high and low with the multi-crore North Cachar Hills fund diversion case causing embarrassment to Congress. However, he overcame it by bringing several militant organisations like the ULFA, NDFB (Pro-talk group), DHD, UPDS and others to the negotiating table.advertisementPlagued by ill-health in the last year of his second term, Gogoi underwent three complicated heart surgeries–a bypass, aortic valve replacement and enlargement of the aorta procedure– at Mumbai’s Asian Heart Institute.He again underwent a surgery for replacing his pace maker just a few weeks before election campaign was scheduled to start this year.On both the occasions, he recovered fast and took charge of both office and election campaign with renewed vigour.Enjoying the confidence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Gogoi’s journey to the state’s top post was scripted with patience and perseverance.Born in the sylvan surroundings of Rangajan Tea Estate to a tea garden doctor Kamleswar Gogoi and his wife Usha Gogoi on April one, 1936, in Upper Assam’s Jorhat district, Gogoi, called ‘Punakon’ fondly by his parents, spent his childhood playing in the sprawling lush green of the tea garden with his siblings and children of the garden labourers.Gogoi’s penchant for politics took roots early in life.Though his father had wanted him to study medicine or engineering he had set his heart on politics and even told his teacher that he wanted to become Prime Minister when he grew up.Motivated by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who visited Jorhat in 1952, Gogoi, then studying in Class X, began participating in various political activities and much to the annoyance of his father and teachers failed to clear his High School Leaving examinations that year. He, however, cleared it the next year as a private candidate.Gogoi plunged into politics as a student of Jagannath Barooah (JB) College in Jorhat and after his graduation, joined the Allahabad University to pursue a law degree. He, however, fell ill and returned to Assam getting his law degree from Gauhati University.An active leader of the Assam unit of Bharat Yuvak Samaj, Gogoi joined Congress in 1963 and since then has been a party loyalist ardently supporting both Indira Gandhi, her son Rajiv Gandhi and then Sonia Gandhi.He also served the party as a General Secretary and Joint Secretary in the 1980s, besides heading the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee from 1986-90 and again from 1997 to 2001.His foray into electoral political office began with his election as a member of the Jorhat Municipal Board in 1968 and in 1971 he was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time from the Jorhat Parliamentary constituency.Gogoi was a member of the fifth, sixth, seven, ten, twelve and thirteenth Lok Sabha and was the Union Minister of Food Processing with independent charge from 1991 to 1995.An ardent sports lover, Gogoi played golf regularly till recently and keenly follows cricket, football and tennis.He is also fond of reading, gardening, good food and earlier enjoyed shopping for his own clothes and accessories.Married to Dolly Gogoi, a post graduate in Zoology from Gauhati University, in 1972 in Guwahati, the couple has a daughter, Chandrima, an MBA and a son Gaurav who holds a degree in Public Administration from New York University.advertisementGogoi’s family, with his wife choosing to be a housewife and both his children living abroad, have stayed away from politics though his son campaigned for his father in his constituency Titabor. However, the indulgent father claimed his son had no intention of joining politics but was currently visiting Assam to understand his state and people better.- With PTI inputsFor more log on to: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/specials/assembly-elections-2011/last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has summoned Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit and Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne in Mumbai on Tuesday. The BCCI intervened after the battle between the two parties seemed to be getting out of hand.Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council chairman Chirayu Amin and former cricketer Ravi Shastri were expected to speak to Warne and Dixit over the ugly spat that erupted over pitch issues at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.An official complaint had been lodged by Dixit claiming that Warne publicly abused him. Warne apparently blamed the RCA official for providing them with a pitch that did not suit the home team for the last few matches. A battle erupted on micro-blogging site Twitter, with both saying less than complimentary things about each other. After Dixit lodged an official complaint against Warne, Amin stepped in to sort out the issue.Jones says sorryMeanwhile, former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones has clarified that he had never used any defamatory word against the RCA. Jones found himself dragged into controversy when it was reported that he had stated that the “RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet” while commenting on the feud between the legendary spinner and Dixit. The RCA had decided to file a complaint against Jones for his derogatory comments but the Aussie released a statement on Tuesday in which he defended himself. Jones said: “Please let it be known that I have at no point of time used the phrase ‘licking his feet’. Instead, I said ‘please kiss his feet’, which in simple words mean giving due respect. If I have offended anybody then I am extremely sorry.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOne of the most promising youngsters to have burst on to the domestic scene in 2004-05, Manoj Tiwary’s international debut was cut short by a peach of an in-swinging yorker from Brett Lee in the 2008 triangular series in Australia.The Bengal batsman was banished from international cricket after that one failure, but three years of dedication and determination have finally paid off.With most of the seniors either injured or opting out of India’s ODI series against the West Indies, Tiwary has got another chance to don national colours.In his second coming, Tiwary says enjoying the moment will be his mantra.”Having analysed myself over the last two seasons, I have realised that I used to think a lot about what has happened in the past and what were the reasons that led to me failing to make the Indian team. But I have learnt that isn’t the right approach.”I want to enjoy the moment and live the present. Thinking too much about the past or future doesn’t help,” Tiwary told Mail Today. With several juniors making the cut even as he waited on the sidelines, grit is what kept him going.”Juniors or competitors, as some like to call other players, have never given me a complex. I feel all those who have made the cut are hugely talented and if anything, they instilled in me a sense of belief that even I could make it if I scored consistently.”But the Bengal batting line-up hasn’t been too strong in the last few seasons so scoring heavy runs has been a problem. One needs other players to at least hold one end up as you attack the bowlers. But I have tried to score whenever I could and am glad that the selectors felt I deserve a call,” Tiwary said.advertisementHe feels curbing his aggressive style in order to shoulder the batting responsibilities of Bengal didn’t help matters much.”With most Bengal players opting to play in the Indian Cricket League, the squad suddenly had a dearth of quality batsmen and I tried to curb my aggression to stabilise the line-up. But that ended hurting my form. I have always been an aggressive player and in the last two seasons, I have reverted to my original style and the dividends have come,” he said.”Playing with and against quality international players over the last four editions of the Indian Premier League, I have also realised that none of the top players hesitate in playing their natural game and I intend to do the same. But I will definitely look to restrain myself when the situation demands.”Tiwary feels although the burden of expectations did bog him down as he struggled to make a comeback into the national team, he has revelled as Bengal captain this season.”Having come on to the scene as a prolific scorer, my well-wishers couldn’t take even a single failure and that bogged me down to an extent. But with experience and time, I have realised that it isn’t always about scoring the big centuries. Even little contributions mean a lot and that is all that I will be looking to do when I get a chance to play for India in the upcoming series,” the 25-year-old said.”Captaincy has really helped me express myself. I like leading by example and that is what I have done this season as we lifted the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Captaincy neither burdens me nor affects my batting. I love responsibility.”last_img read more

first_imgAyman al ZawahiriBanned terror outfit Al Qaeda has named Egypt-born Ayman al Zawahiri as its new chief following the killing of its founder leader Osama bin Laden by US commandos on May 2 in a special operation in Pakistan, a website known to be affiliated with the terror network posted on Thursday.”The general command of Al Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al Zawahiri as head of the group,” said the statement, issued in the name of the general command and posted on an Islamist website.Laden was killed in a US commando raid in Pakistan’s garrison town Abbottabad. Zawahiri, who turns 60 next week, was Laden’s second-in-command for quite sometime.Zawahiri’s father was a pharmacology professor at Cairo University’s medical school and his grandfather was the grand imam of Al Azhar University, a premier centre of religious study.- With agency inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgEagerly waiting for the release of her new movie ‘Cocktail’, actor Deepika Padukone says the character of Veronica was challenging and she needed inner confidence to play it.”When I was given the script I was offered both the roles… it was for me to decide which part to take up. I was confused. Then I felt I was ready to play Veronica. But I needed inner confidence to be able to pull it off as the character could go wrong in many ways,” Deepika said.In the Homi Adajania-directed film, Deepika will be seen in a bold ‘avataar’ sporting a bikini.”The Indian body type is somehow not suited for a bikini so I feel we Indians need to work a little extra on our body if we want to carry it off well. I changed my work out slightly,” he said.”I had to sacrifice going out for dinners, every time Dino (Dinesh Vijan) decided to take the entire cast out, I would sit in my hotel and have steamed fish and not have any dessert. All this was not easy,” she said.Talking about her character, Deepika said, “Veronica has grown up in a broken family so she hasn’t got the conventional love from her parents. She is feisty but not a rebel. She is a super confident girl who craves for attention. She is a girl who is out there to have fun and enjoy herself.””She is not apologetic about herself and is looking for stability because she has not had that in her life. At the same time, she is very emotional,” Deepika mentioned.This is for the third time that Deepika is being paired opposite Saif Ali khan and the actress is full praises for her co-star.”In spite of him (Saif Ali Khan) having worked so much, he is still someone who fits into these young love stories and romantic characters,” she said.The film is scheduled to release on July 13.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThough she has represented India at two Asian Games, it will be the first Olympics for archer Chekrovolu Swuro, who is just the second athlete from Nagaland to achieve the distinction.It was T Ao who led the Indian football team at the 1948 London Games, and 64 years later another Naga will make an Olympic journey, coincidentally to the same host city. Chekrovolu is part of a strong women’s recurve team, which also has world number one Deepika Kumari and Laishram Bombayla Devi, who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The trio made the cut for the Olympics when they won the silver medal at the 2011 world championships at Turin, Italy, where they defeated the formidable Koreans in the semi-finals.There will be some nerves, but the 29-year-old, employed with Nagaland Police, is unperturbed. “There is going to be pressure but our recent form has been good and we are relaxed going into the Olympics.””We use yoga as a means of relaxation and have various visualisation techniques to stay in the best frame of mind,” Chekrovolu told Mail Today.She credits her elder sister Vesuzolu, a national level archer who has competed alongside the likes of Limba Ram, for her introduction to the sport.The family’s association with archery continues with their younger brother Thipovoyi also in national reckoning. The Indian women’s team is one of the strongest medal contenders at the Olympics, and Chekrovolu is full of confidence.”There are many strong teams such as Korea, China, Chinese Taipei and Japan. But we are scoring between 225 and 231, and if we repeat that at the Olympics, a medal is a distinct possibility,” she said.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe police are rarely known to be coy when it comes to a big catch. Specially if the case happens to be as sensational as the Shivani Bhatnagar murder mystery. But when the Delhi Police picked up Sri Bhagwan Sharma, a Gurgaon-based farmer, from his residence on the outskirts of,The police are rarely known to be coy when it comes to a big catch. Specially if the case happens to be as sensational as the Shivani Bhatnagar murder mystery. But when the Delhi Police picked up Sri Bhagwan Sharma, a Gurgaon-based farmer, from his residence on the outskirts of the capital on July 23, they kept it under wraps.For seven days they interrogated him, without letting the world know that a key figure in the case was in their custody. On July 29, Sri Bhagwan’s family filed a habeas corpus petition in the Delhi High Court, following which the police were asked to locate the former and produce him in court before August 1.The police did that a day before the deadline and informed the court that Sri Bhagwan was a suspect in the killing of The Indian Express journalist. Shivani was murdered in her east Delhi apartment on the evening of January 23, 1999. Three-and-a-half years later, Sri Bhagwan’s was the first arrest that the police had made in the case. But the prize catch would obviously be a man on the run, a senior police officer.THE ACCUSED: Ravi Kant Sharma, IPS, IG (Prisons), Haryana PoliceSTATUS: Prime suspect Lookout notices posted in several states and all exit points Even before the journalist’s murder, rumours were rife in police and media circles in Delhi of an extramarital relationship between Shivani and Ravi Kant Sharma, a Haryana cadre IPS officer currently posted as inspector-general (prisons) in Chandigarh.The affair is said to have begun when as a correspondent of her publication, Shivani, married to Times of India correspondent Rakesh Bhatnagar, covered the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the I.K. Gujral regime. Sharma was an officer on special duty there. In late 1998, Shivani delivered a baby boy. Police say as Shivani began to put pressure on Sharma to tie the knot, the officer decided to get rid of her.Last Wednesday, police officers raided several places in Himachal Pradesh in search of Sharma. Several teams of the Delhi Police conducted raids at Kasauli, Shimla and Kufri after getting information that Sharma had fled to the hill state.advertisementHe had evaded arrest for the five days since the capture of Sri Bhagwan and though the police had conducted several search operations at his Chandigarh house, they had no clue about his whereabouts. Astonishingly enough, this officer was proving to be so elusive the Delhi Police was forced to announce a Rs 50,000 reward for anyone providing information leading to his arrest.Sharma has had a chequered career in the civil services. The suave IPS officer is said to have bagged the kind of postings that would be the envy of even well-connected IAS officers. Before his stint in the PMO he was posted in France and at the time of Shivani’s death he served as chief vigilance officer at Air-India’s Mumbai headquarters.THE EXECUTIONER: Pradeep Sharma, Contract KillerSTATUS: Arrested Stolen camera and diary evidence point to his involvement The plum postings, it is said, were a result of the political connections of his father-in-law, a senior Chandigarh-based journalist. His fellow  officers, besides envying his postings, had another reason to be jealous of him: his way with women.Before Shivani came into the picture, Sharma is said to have had an affair with a Chandigarh-based journalist who later shifted to London. His problems with Shivani may have something to do with her refusal to take a similar route. Sharma perhaps wished that she too had gone elsewhere, maybe back to her husband, but she would have nothing of it and insisted he married her.According to the police, the conspiracy was so meticulously planned that Shivani’s could have been the perfect murder – but for the numerous cell phone calls between Sharma and Shivani and among Sharma and the other accused. Probing the case was no easy job for them, considering that the two central figures in the case were Shivani’s lover Sharma and her husband Rakesh.As investigations continued the police realised there was much that Sharma was trying to hide, though initially, given his connections, they found their hands tied. But the breakthrough came when the police began to check the phone records of the main players in the mystery. The records showed that in the months before Shivani died, there was a spate of calls between Sharma, who was then posted in Mumbai, and her. CLOSING INJANUARY 23, 1999: Shivani Bhatnagar stabbed to death in her Delhi home. All leads point to Sharma but no evidence.DECEMBER 2001: Police question Sharma’s associates and examine details of his cell phone calls.JULY 2002: Phone records show involvement of Sri Bhagwan. Police interrogate him, then arrest him.AUGUST 2, 2002: Police arrest Pradeep, the alleged killer. Sharma is on the run. Alert sounded for his arrest. Even earlier, while Shivani was in London on a journalism scholarship, Sharma had called her as many as 90 times. Shivani too had called Mumbai from London at least 176 times. Later the calls were mostly one-way – she calling him – though she is said to have got several threatening calls for a few days before her death.advertisementIntriguingly, police also have evidence to show that Rakesh Bhatnagar had spoken to his wife’s lover no less than 40 times between December 1997 and January 1999, though nothing is known about what transpired.The police now believe they have a watertight case against Sharma. “Sharma contacted Sri Bhagwan, who in turn got in touch with Satprakash. The two hatched a conspiracy to murder Shivani. Satprakash even used his cell phone to contact the contract killers,” says a senior police officer.Later, taps on Sharma’s phone and his conversation with Sri Bhagwan provided valuable pieces of evidence for the police. These coupled with the handwriting in the entry register at Navkunj Society where Shivani lived and was killed have made the police confident that they are close to busting the case.Handwriting experts say the writing is similar to that of another suspect, Pradeep, who was also arrested last week. Pradeep, police say, is one of the killers who went inside the flat and stabbed and then strangulated Shivani to death.Adding to their optimism was the recovery of a camera from Pradeep. The camera was the only object that was missing from the Bhatnagar household after the murder of Shivani.Police are currently pursuing leads that Sharma was a frequent visitor to Shivani’s house. They are now trying to get the backdated registers of the apartment complex to see whether Sharma had entered the premises sporting a fake identity.ALL QUIET: Sharma has not been at his Panchkula home since August 1Police have reasons to believe that Sharma had planned the murder well in advance. In December 1998, a full month before Shivani’s murder, he had lodged a complaint at the Greater Kailash police station in south Delhi of a kidnap bid on his younger daughter Komal as well as complaints about threats to his family from unknown sources. Police believe these were nothing more than efforts to hoodwink the authorities.Midway last week, Sharma was still on the run and the ranks of the Delhi Police were out to arrest a man who otherwise in the normal course of duty they would have saluted. The Sharma family, however, dismisses the charges against him. It is a “part of a big political conspiracy to frame him”, says his daughter Komal. “Why doesn’t the police question other suspects, the politicians? Why have they given a clean chit to Rakesh Bhatnagar?”But at the moment, the top police officer who ought to have used his skills to track down criminals is himself on the run – just like a criminal.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNOT OUT: Jagmohan Dalmiya takes on the ICC againIt’s time for the lord of Lord’s to start ducking for cover.Jagmohan Dalmiya, president, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is still raging against the International Cricket Council (ICC) and last week he struck another blow at it by presenting,NOT OUT: Jagmohan Dalmiya takes on the ICC againIt’s time for the lord of Lord’s to start ducking for cover.Jagmohan Dalmiya, president, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is still raging against the International Cricket Council (ICC) and last week he struck another blow at it by presenting a “united Asian” demand that the Mike Denness issue be taken to vote by the ICC executive board.For those who came in late: Dalmiya and the BCCI are protesting against the three-man committee appointed by the ICC to look into the validity of Denness’ rulings against six Indian players during the Port Elizabeth Test of 2001.The heads of the Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi boards, acting under the aegis of the Asian Cricket Council which met in Dubai, went with Dalmiya in demanding that the three-man commission be put on hold until the ICC meeting in Cape Town next month. What’s more, they informed the ICC that South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe were also with the Asian lobby.This show of unity surprised the ICC as it came after India’s Asian brethren maintained a diplomatic silence at the time of the crisis last November.The turnaround came even as Dalmiya rallied to support boycott-hit Pakistan’s cricket schedules, threatening to pull out of India’s year-end tour of New Zealand if the Kiwis did not visit Pakistan earlier.Ehsan Mani, chairman of ICC’s finance committee and a special invitee to the Dubai confabulations, told INDIA TODAY, “This involves the common interest of Asian cricket.”advertisementBut the plot continues to thicken as it is learnt that the England and Wales Cricket Board, which is as close to Dalmiya as Lord’s is to Lonavala, has decided upon its nominee for the elite panel of ICC match referees to be finalised in April. The gentleman in question? Mike Denness.last_img read more