Erring Belga fined, suspended

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

Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race

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

Aguero involved in clash with Wigan fan after City’s defeat

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

Smith reminds teammates: We have to control the game

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

Phil penalty shot sends Meralco back on top

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

PBA tweaks schedule to give way to 2017 Fiba Asia Cup

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

Mail of the week

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

India vs Sri Lanka final: Mumbai’s crowds vanish from streets to cheer Team India

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

Tarun Gogoi’s acumen helps Congress retain power for 3rd term

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

Pitch row: BCCI summons Shane Warne, RCA secretary

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