‘Spurt in dengue cases cause for concern’

first_imgIn the past 10 years the incidence of dengue has increased 20 times, Dr. Ashwini Kumar, entomologist and Deputy Director at the National Institute of Malaria Research said in Goa on Friday.He was speaking on the sidelines of a malaria awareness programme organised for schoolchildren by the Goa Science Centre. Dr. Kumar said the spread of dengue and chikungunya was worrying as there is no specific treatment other than maintaining platelet count, infusing platelet plasma to avoid internal bleeding. He said the spread of the virus can be controlled by removing containers, tyres and coconut shells in and around houses and schools. Dr. Kumar said, “The dengue virus does not have a long site range and bites the nearest host. It strikes only during the day.”He recalled that in February 2016 the Indian government had declared that malaria would be eliminated by 2010. The country was divided into three zones based on the incidence of malaria. While in the first zone with States like Goa with incidence as low as less than 1\1000 cases in population, the target is to eliminate the malaria by 2020. For the States in the second zone where the malaria cases are 1-2\1000 of population, the target fixed is 2022, for elimination. It is the third zone States where the incidence is very high with more than 2\1000 of population, the aim is to accomplish elimination of malaria by 2027. And then the country can go to WHO for certification in 2030 if for the three intervening years country produces only negligible number of cases and nil local cases, says Dr. Kumar.The third zone comprises States such as Odisha, some North Eastern States, Jharkhand, Bihar, some districts of Madhya Pradesh and States like Tamil Nadu where the incidence is very high. He said 4% of the country’s population resided in Odisha, but the State accounted for 30% to 40% of the country’s malaria cases. States such as Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand have poor access to healthcare. In Goa 90% of malaria cases are of vivax malaria, while in Odisha 90% are cases of falciparum, considered a killer malaria.Dr. Kumar, who also serves as adviser to the WHO Global Malaria Programme, said after the Rural Health Mission was turned into the National Health Mission, accredited social health activists have used kits to detect and treat malaria and reduce its incidence.In Goa, he said the incidence was confined to coastal areas and construction sites. Dr. Kumar said if the State took precautions such as screening migrant labour coming from States such as Odisha and Jharkhand, malaria cases in Panaji, Mapusa, Calangute-Candolim and Margao can be reduced.last_img read more

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Ahead of Kumbh, Ganga gets an ‘army’

first_imgIn January 2019, when the Uttar Pradesh government organises the Kumbh Mela, it will have a special unit to help: a volunteer force of ex-servicemen. The Ganga Task Force (GTF), specially trained by the Ministry of Defence will help with crowd management, spread awareness on keeping the river clean and stop people and industry from polluting the river.Currently, a “battalion” of 300 personnel has already been trained and stationed in Allahabad. Plans are afoot to expand it to 500 and post them in Kanpur and Varanasi, said Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director-General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).“The GTF is a unit of the Territorial Army deployed in the services of the Ganga with the approval of Ministry of Defence for four years till December 2020. It consists of three companies of over 100 men each to be stationed at Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi, with the Battalion headquarters at Allahabad. The full strength would be 532, including 9 officers and 29 Junior Commanding Officers (JCOs). Big mandate Their functions will include: Planting trees to check soil erosion, patrolling sensitive river areas for biodiversity protection, patrolling ghats, monitoring river pollution, and assisting during floods/natural calamity in the region,” says a note by the NMCG viewed by The Hindu.The jawans have also been trained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to measure the health of the river.In 2015, the government, had cleared the creation of such a force. However, a defined mandate — such as to punish or imprison those found polluting the river — is being fleshed out in a forthcoming ‘Ganga Act,’ which is yet to be ironed out as a Bill and is under discussion. “They may have the right to bear arms, but we wouldn’t want them to be involved in imprisoning offenders, as that could conflict with the State police,” said Mr. Mishra.The jawans will have boats to keep a watch on activities, the note added.The NMCG runs the ‘Namami Gange’ mission to clean the Ganga river. It has a ₹20,000-crore, Centrally-funded, non-lapsable corpus and consists of nearly 288 projects.last_img read more

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BSF seizes abandoned Pakistani boat off Gujarat

first_imgAn abandoned Pakistani boat was seized by the Border Security Force (BSF) near Sir Creek area off Gujarat in the Arabian sea, an official said Tuesday. The fishing boat was found abandoned in the Sir Creek estuary along the Indo-Pakistan border near Kutch off the Gujarat coast Monday night by a BSF patrolling team, he said. No fisherman was found in the boat. A search operation was launched in the area but no one was found, the official said, adding that some fishing equipment were seized from the boat. Pakistani fishermen have several times crossed over to the Indian waters on boats during fishing. In October, the BSF had caught five Pakistani nationals from Indian territorial waters from creek area in the Arabian Sea near border pillar number G-33 close to the Indo-Pakistan border.last_img read more

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Member of wildlife crime syndicate arrested

first_imgThe STF of the Odisha Crime Branch on Friday arrested one more member of an international wildlife crime syndicate for his involvement in smuggling of pangolin scales. Mohammed Jamshed (42) was arrested from Khaja Street, Berhampur.On June 19 last year, a person named Samsuddin Khan was arrested from Begunia area of Khordha district and 5 kg of pangolin scales was seized from him. During interrogation, Samsuddin had revealed how wildlife articles were being smuggled from remote parts of Odisha and transported beyond country’s boundary.last_img read more

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Amid threat perception, Maharashtra Budget session may be curtailed

first_imgThe ongoing Budget session of the Maharahstra legislature may be cut short after Mumbai was put on high alert following air strikes across the border in Jammu & Kashmir.Following a police briefing, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis convened a meeting on Wednesday of leaders from across the parties where the issue was discussed. The week-long session is scheduled to end on March 2, with a debate on the drought situation slated for March 1.According to police intelligence sources, “Mumbai is on high alert since morning following the air strikes. Instructions have been passed on to unit commanders to increase checking across State borders and be observant to signs of tension.” When legislature is in session, some 5,000 policemen are deployed on bandobast duty. Another 1,500 personnel are on field to handle various protest marches during the session. In case of any tense situations, the force can be deployed to other parts of the city.An opposition leader who attended the meeting said, “It was felt that the Vidhan Bhavan premises, where key state political figures are gathered for the session, could be an easy target.” Those who attended the meeting included Maharashtra DGP Datta Padsalgikar and Mumbai police commissioner Subodh Jaiswal.A formal decision on whether or not to curtail the session may be taken on Thursday morning at an all-party meeting, the leader said. The interim Budget will be passed on Thursday if the session is curtailed.last_img read more

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Video: The sound of an iceberg being born

first_imgGlaciers around the world are melting and contributing to sea level rise, but scientists still don’t quite understand how exactly glaciers give birth to icebergs as they flow into the ocean and lose ice. That’s because the ice breakup patterns vary across different environments and can be difficult to observe directly. Now, researchers have found a way to study these patterns in detail—by listening to the sounds of ice splitting off, they report online this month in Geophysical Research Letters. The researchers used underwater microphones aboard buoys to record the ambient noises of a variety of ice breakups at the Hans Glacier in Norway and synchronized the recordings with time-lapse photos of the glacier (as shown in the video above). They observed three types of ice losses, each with a distinctive and detailed sound signature: the splash of an ice block falling off into the water; the crack of a fragment sliding down the glacier’s rough surface; and the soft thud of an underwater ice chunk breaking away and floating up, followed by a secondary impact as it surfaces. The scientists hope that these sound patterns would help them understand the mechanisms of glacier ice breakups and predict the mass loss more reliably.last_img read more

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Tourist Police Asked to Learn Hindi, Chinese in Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lanka’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) has instructed the police personnel deployed at tourist spots to learn Hindi, Chinese and other foreign languages, which are widely spoken by visitors coming to the country. India and China are the top two source countries for international tourists to the island nation.“The officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language training.  In addition to English, they should also learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” IGP Pujith Jayasundara said, according to a report in the Sri Lankan daily, The Island.Jayasundara gave the directions at a meeting with senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and officers of the Tourist Police Division, which was organized at the Police Headquarters in Colombo last week.“We have to understand the important role played by the tourism sector in the country’s economy. In a few years, it is expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the police force,” the Sri Lankan publication quoted Jayasundara as saying in the meeting.Jayasundara also said that 25 new Tourist Police stations would be set up across the country to ensure the safety of tourists, and asked the Tourist Police Division to position itself as a brand, adding value to Sri Lanka’s reputation as a safe destination.Sri Lanka recorded a 15.3 percent growth in the number of tourist arrivals during the first half of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017. India topped the list of countries sending tourists to the island, with 206,337 Indians visiting Sri Lanka in the first half of this year. Chinese tourists stood at the second place, with the number of tourist arrivals from the country marked at 136,294 persons, according to PTI.It was also reported earlier this month that Indian tourists may soon be entitled to get a visa-free entry in Sri Lanka, with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appointing a task force to look into the possibilities of extending the facility to tourists from India and China.The proposal was aimed at encouraging more people to visit Sri Lanka and curbing “chaos” during the immigration process, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said, the news agency Xinhua had reported earlier. Following recommendations from the task force, the proposal may be implemented in the off-peak months of October, November, March and April, the minister had added.Tourism in Sri Lanka suffered over the last three decades due to volatile situations arising from civil war in the country. However, the sector has now become one of the leading industries in the nation, attracting tourists from all over the world. Related ItemsHindiSri LankaTourismlast_img read more

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U.S. Investors Bullish on Indian Real Estate

first_imgAnoop Dave, a real estate consultant in Philadelphia, recalls a dinner conversation he had two years ago with a senior Goldman Sachs executive involved in the firm’s global real estate investments. This executive swore he would never invest in India, adding that his determination had been cemented by impressions formed after a recent visit to the country.Times change. For about a year now, Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds have been exploring the Indian market and checking out potential investment partners. In March 2005, the firm announced it planned to invest up to $1 billion over the next two years in Indian private equity, real estate, private wealth management, and other businesses in India for its institutional clients. A month later, California Public Employees’ Retirement System invested $100 million in a $400 million real estate fund promoted by India’s Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services.At last count, international funds had reportedly invested some $2.5 billion in Indian real estate. Nearly two dozen domestic funds have raised another $3.5 billion for similar investments, including Wall Street powerhouses such as J. P. Morgan, Warburg Pincus, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the Blackstone Group, Colony Capital, Starwood Capital, etc.Rising ReturnsAll these companies are encouraged by Indian policy changes in February 2005 that allow foreign investment of up to 100% in construction development projects with fast-track approvals. The real attraction is investment returns of potentially 25% and more in Indian projects that might be hard to come by today in the U.S. and Western Europe. India’s urban office space market is tiny at about 60 million sq. ft., compared with New York City’s 400 million sq. ft. or New Jersey’s 175 million sq. ft. (Bangalore, in southern India, has 25 million sq. ft. of office and high-tech space, of which 9 million sq. ft. was built last year.) Investors could view that as a glass half-full or half-empty.Investors from Asia have been among the earliest to jump into India’s construction development industry, firming up a presence established before the latest hreforms. Large Singaporean development companies that already have projects underway in India are Ascendas, CapitaLand and Keppel Land. In June 2005, Ascendas launched its $350 million “Ascendas India IT Parks Fund,” with investments in two IT parks – the International Tech Park in Bangalore and the Vanenburg IT Park in Hyderabad. Keppel Land has stakes in several IT parks across the country. Indonesia’s biggest conglomerate, the Salim Group, has proposed four investment projects in West Bengal – a “health city,” a “knowledge city,” a special economic zone and an express highway that will account for 1,500 acres.Enter the DeveloperTishman Speyer is among the first U.S. developers to invest in India. In April 2005, the New York City-based firm formed a joint development company with ICICI Venture Funds of Mumbai that will have a war chest including leverage of up to $2.5 billion. Tishman Speyer and ICICI Venture Funds are bringing in $300 million each in equity and will invest equally in projects. Kishore Gotety, ICICI Venture Funds’ director of investments, says the internal rate of return net of developer margins and fees could be between 25% and 28%. He says returns were “in excess of 100%” in some markets such as Devanahalli in Bangalore, where a new international airport is being planned. He believes returns could be equally high in other locations earmarked for large infrastructure projects.So far, the Tishman Speyer-ICICI Venture Funds company has signed memorandums of understanding for two ventures in India. One is a $200-million project for residential and commercial development on 42 acres in Bangalore’s prime Whitefield suburb. The project is in the final stages of due diligence, and the Tishman Speyer-ICICI Venture Funds company has struck a deal to buy the land. Gotety expects to have the residential component ready for occupancy within two years. The commercial space is expected to be ready in five years. While it will initially be leased to tenants, plans are to sell it eventually. The second project is in Devanahalli, where Tishman Speyer and ICICI Venture Funds are buying a 25-acre lot whose final use has not yet been decided, says Gotety. An earlier plan for a development project in Pune, 100 miles south of Mumbai, has been shelved for now.“This is a long-term partnership,” says Gotety about ICICI Venture Funds’ venture with Tishman Speyer. He explains that the U.S. developer has “relationships with large tenants that we find very valuable. We are able to contribute with our access to institutional land owners and banks and our local influence.” He believes that once the current fund with Tishman Speyer kicks off, “very shortly we will need more capital.”Gotety has no complaints about the government’s revised construction development policy, though he worries that too much money could inflate short-term property prices to unjustifiable levels that will hurt later investors. He says it is important to ensure that price spikes are not driven by speculators. But that is not an immediate worry; he adds that most of the market is driven by users, and that about 70% of the bookings in residential projects “are made by the people who want to live in those houses.”Gotety believes that Indian real estate is unlikely to face speculative bubbles like those in other Asian markets in the mid-to-late 1990s. He points to India’s conservative ratios for “floor space indices” (FAR or “floor area ratio” in the U.S.), which measure the relationship between the size of a lot and the total space that can be built on it. That index is between 1 and 2 in most Indian markets, while in land-constrained Hong Kong, it went up to more than 10.New York City-based developer Vornado Realty Trust has teamed up with the Chatterjee Group, a venture capital firm also located in New York City. The Chatterjee Group has more than $1.5 billion in investments, including some in Indian real estate development projects and business process outsourcing operations. Vornado’s investments through this partnership are primarily in the booming market for information technology parks in cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Navi Mumbai.Vornado’s president Michael Fascitelli declines to detail the company’s investments in India, but says that it plans to create a fund that will co-invest with its Indian partner. Initially, Vornado will be a minority partner in the fund. “It will buy and develop corporate properties all over India,” says Fascitelli. “We are encouraged by the growth of India and the opportunistic play in that market.” He adds that while his company has targeted China and India as the top destinations among emerging markets for real estate investments, India scores higher marks. “We feel more comfortable about India than we feel about China,” he says.The lay of land for development in India has improved in several other areas over the years, according to Marja Hoek-Smit, director of the International Housing Finance Program at Wharton’s Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center. “You have to lower the transaction costs,” she says. “India has had a problem with high stamp duties, and they are addressing it state by state.”She says land assembly procedures have been simplified with the removal of India’s land ceiling act. “The land ceiling act made it difficult for private investors to accumulate land for development, and governments in different states have eliminated the law.” Hoek-Smit says zoning and permitting regulations, while having been simplified, “are still major constraints for development both because of the rules themselves but also because so many different agencies have overlapping jurisdictions. Simplifying the process is as important as improving the zoning, planning and subdivision rules.”Wharton real estate professor Peter Linneman discussed some of these challenges in a 2001 paper titled, “International Real Estate Investing.” According to the paper, “One of the most difficult questions faced when deciding to enter a local real estate market is whether to use a local partner.” Linneman acknowledges that local partners bring knowledge and expertise, but they also play by a different set of rules.“All too often foreign investors find that their local partners use their powers to re-strike their partnership, and that there is little that can be done to stop them.” Linneman says an alternative is for foreign investors to build their own “deep local infrastructure,” but that requires a much greater commitment of capital and managerial effort.Choosing the right investment vehicle is also difficult. U.S. investors who weigh buying equity in an existing Indian developer worry about control and their downside exposure if the company defaults. Another option is to set up special purpose vehicles, but here the Indian developer could cherry-pick the more lucrative projects for its own firm, and leave the riskier ones for the joint venture. Dave says U.S. private equity funds are trying to deal with such situations with an array of contractual restrictions.Brokerage DealsWhile many U.S. investors are still testing the waters, real estate services firms with existing operations in India are on a roll. Anshuman Magazine, managing director of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) South Asia based in New Delhi, joined CBRE in 1994 to launch its Indian operations – the first by a foreign brokerage firm. Today, he runs operations in 66 cities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal from his New Delhi base, with 600 employees in seven cities. It has property management contracts totaling 25 million sq. ft. in 14 cities, and has advised on construction projects of more than 10 million sq. ft. in just the last two years.Cushman & Wakefield of New York City entered India in 1997, and the firm has since grown to offices in four cities with 350 employees. Many of its global clients have significant operations in India, including HSBC, Verizon, IBM, Lucent Technologies and Boeing. Arshpreet Chaudhry, managing director of client solutions at Cushman & Wakefield in New York City, who oversees his firm’s India strategy sees big gains around the corner. “Real estate and construction development in India will have availability of cheaper, long-term capital from international lenders,” he says. “Foreign developers will encourage implementation of international best practices, and prices will get competitive for better quality.”The $5-Billion QuestionDepending on whom you ask, the total equity capital headed for Indian real estate is between $3 billion and $5 billion – and that could be just the beginning.What lessons can India learn from similar hreforms in other emerging markets? Wharton’s Hoek-Smit believes there are many. She points to Thailand as an example of well-executed real estate policy hreforms. Thailand adjusted its regulations and approval procedures related to urban development to facilitate moderate income housing development. The second measure it took was to make housing finance more widely available. Hoek-Smit says Thailand started that process withreforms at its state housing bank, which before the mid-1980s “was hindering the creation of a competitive playing field for mortgage lending.” The Thai government revamped the bank’s management in the late 1980s, which pegged its rates just below the rest of the market. “They gradually teased the market down into serving a lower income clientele as spreads came down,” she says.Soon, the resulting competition lowered the average mortgage lending rate from 15% to between 7% and 8%. The newly energized state housing bank works on other fronts as well such as improving borrowers’ credit information and setting up a credit bureau. Hoek-Smit says Thailand carried its hreforms across the system, making it easier to get development rights and smaller plot sizes to build affordable housing.When Hoek-Smit revisited Thailand in 2000 after the real estate crisis had blown over, she saw the net positive effect. “If you were at the 20th percentile of income distribution, you could buy a small new apartment and receive mortgage finance to pay for it, and that is unique,” she says. “In most emerging economies, the lowest priced new construction is affordable only for the 60th and 70th percentile of the income distribution.”Vornado’s Fascitelli says he expects high returns from investments in India “because of the risks.” He admits that he has “tons of concerns” about investing in India. “It is a developing market, and global business practices are being established slowly,” he says. “It’s a high-growth, developing economy, like a child becoming an adult.”Whatever the temptations, there are some who won’t allow themselves to be swayed. Wharton’s Linneman says there’s certainly money to be made from investing in Indian real estate, but he is convinced that “developing is for locals.” “India is a place where Indians will make money but I am not sure Americans will; it’s the same thing with China,” he says. “I don’t even want to develop in St. Louis, much less in Bangalore.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Man Convicted of Killing Indian American Student in 2014

first_imgFour years after the death of Pravin Varughese, a jury convicted a man in the United States of first-degree murder. Gaege Bethune of Eldorado, Illinois, was convicted on June 14, and faces 20 to 60 years in prison when sentenced.The Indian-origin student, 19, was killed in February 2014, following a fight with Bethune in an inebriated state. Bethune was accused of beating up Varughese, robbing him and driving off, leading to his death from hypothermia in the single-digit temperatures, the Associated Press reported.The body of Varughese, who was a student at the Southern Illinois University, was found after being missing for five days, PTI reported. Authorities in Carbondale had initially called it a tragic accident, and the cause of death at that time was reported as environmental hypothermia, Chicago Tribune reported.However, the Varughese family was not convinced with the findings. They raised questions about the last tweet that he posted late that night: “Bloody knuckles … guess I was in a fight #backdown.”The family got an independent autopsy performed, the results of which differed from the local coroner’s report. The family then filed suit against Carbondale and its police chief, who was fired soon after, according to the Chicago Tribune.The jury found Bethune, who was also 19 years old at the time of the incident, guilty of one count of murder after the state argued that he battered Varughese and that his death was “a direct and foreseeable consequence,” the Southern Illinosian reported.Bethune told the police during investigations that he gave Varughese a ride on the night of Feb. 12, 2014 after a party, PTI reported. Both of them drove around to look for cocaine, and got into a fight.Bethune’s defense attorney, Michael Wepsiec said that he would seek a new trial, since the injuries found on Varughese’s body shouldn’t have led to a murder conviction for his client, according to the Chicago Tribune. He pointed out in his arguments that only superficial bruises were found on Varughese’s body and $24 was in his wallet.“We’re certainly going to file a motion for a new trial and see what we can do with that,” he was quoted as saying by the publication. “Right now I think we’re all in shock at the verdict of guilty on the felony murder based on the aggravated battery. The evidence does not support that.” Related ItemsIllinoisIndian Americanlast_img read more

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Day after Diwali, Muzaffarnagar among the most polluted cities

first_imgWith an average Air Quality Index of 424, Muzaffarnagar remained among the most polluted cities in the country on Monday. Marked in the ‘severe’ category by the Central Pollution Control Board, the prominent pollutant here was PM2.5. With Moradabad, Meerut and Hapur not far behind on the pollution index, it seemed as if the stocks of crackers that were shunned in Delhi-NCR found their way into the region.District officials said they tried to enforce the Supreme Court directions on using green crackers but its result could not be felt in the green belt. Additional District Magistrate (City) Atul Kumar held the meteorological conditions responsible for the sudden spike in the AQI. “We enforced the ban on crackers by putting up hoardings, promoting green crackers and organising local melas. The practice of gifting crackers on Diwali has come down considerably in the region. Sunday was the first day when we felt a nip in the air. It seems the smog has settled down.” He said there was no stubble burning as it was the sugarcane hub. “Winds from Punjab and Haryana could have a played role,” he mused.‘Cracker busting still on’However, Rakesh Singh, a farmer from Beda Sadat village, who is known for practising organic farming, said ban on crackers proved ineffective in the region. “It was rampant both in the urban and rural areas. The bursting of crackers started two days before the festival and is expected to continue for two more days,” said Mr. Singh, adding the ‘kolhus’ that crystallise jaggery also adds to the pollution as they run on diesel. More than the administration, Mr. Singh held the people responsible for the problem. “Even the educated indulge in the practice which affects not only humans but also animals and microorganisms which are useful for farming,” he added.last_img read more

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No casualty in Kashmir after withdrawal of special status: ex-J&K governor

first_imgFormer Jammu & Kashmir Governor and newly-appointed Governor of Goa Satya Pal Malik said here on Thursday there hadn’t been a single casualty in Kashmir since the withdrawal of the special powers and there was a change in the people’s attitude in the Valley.Mr. Malik, who was the chief guest at the 50th International Film Festival of India closing ceremony, said he came to Goa only three weeks ago and was in Kashmir before that, where he would remember a ghazal from Pakeezah (1972) every night before sleeping. “There’s a line in it, which was particularly relevant during my time in Kashmir, ‘Aaj ki raat bachenge to sahar dekhenge [If we survive this night then we will see the morning]’,” said Mr. Malik.After the withdrawal of the special status, he said, there was is peace in the Valley. “Earlier, if there was any little activity in Kashmir, 50 people used to die in one go because they used to be instigated and the police used to shoot them but today after Article 370 was removed, not one bullet has been fired,” said Mr. Malik.“When I used to discuss with bureaucrats that we may have to revoke Article 370, they would scare us that we will have to shoot a thousand people and even the local police might revolt. But just a week after revoking 370, I went to the markets and public places and there was peace so much so that a boy walked up to me and said ‘Come I will make you tea’,” he said. J&K Governor from August 2018 to October 2019, Mr. Malik said during his tenure, he made a public offer to the youth of the Valley to drop guns. “Some used to tell them that they neither love India, Pakistan, Hurriyat or the two parties in Kashmir. But they were taught if you shoot, you will get jannat [heaven]. That is why I said I don’t know if you will attain jannat by killing but if you develop Kashmir, then you will die as a good Muslim and maybe you will get a second wife after you die,” said Mr. Malik.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH team stuns host Malaysia in women’s football

first_imgFlags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Letran Knights pull through for injured Ambohot View comments Read Next The Malditas will next face Vietnam on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at University of Malaya. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The squad, which even lost striker Eva Madarang to injury, thus boosted its chances for a medal as the tournament uses a single-round points system format. LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Football – Women’s Team: #MAS 1-2 #PHI #KL2017 #RisingTogether pic.twitter.com/XXladDeP14— Kuala Lumpur 2017 (@KL2017) August 15, 2017KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine women’s football team hacked out a 2-1 triumph over host Malaysia to start its Southeast Asian Games campaign late Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPatricia Impenido and Camille Rodriguez scored for the Malditas to sandwich a Malaysia goal at UiTM Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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Coach clamps down on volleyball team’s celebrity status

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ “We are here as athletes, not as celebrities,” said Vicente of his wards, who are sought-after celebrities back home.For one, Vicente collects smartphones of the players to force them to focus on the tournament. He also prohibited players from giving ambush interviews.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“We need the discipline and hard work,” said Vicente.The Nationals showed both and much more as they demolished host Malaysia, 25-18, 25-11, 25-16 Thursday. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Skipper Mika Reyes warns volleyball team against complacency LATEST STORIEScenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next National team head coach Francis Vicente. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—The big-name stars of women’s volleyball are just part of the entire Team Philippines here in the Southeast Asian Games.Or at least that’s what coach Francis Vicente wants to make sure of his star-studded squad, which features the likes of team captain Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Aby Marano and Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Right now our morale is high but we also need consistency and the heart to win no matter what,” said Vicente.A win by the Philippines over Vietnam would put it on top spot in the group and avoid Thailand in the crossover semifinals. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Trump says protesting players in NFL should be fired

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Activists raise their fists as they rally in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick outside the offices of the National Football League on Park Avenue, August 23, 2017 in New York City. During the NFL season last year, Kaepernick caused controversy by kneeling during the National Anthem at games to protest racial oppression and police brutality. Kaepernick is currently a free agent and some critics and analysts claim NFL teams don’t want to sign him due to his public display of his political beliefs. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILEHUNTSVILLE, Alabama — President Donald Trump has a suggestion for National Football League owners whose players decide to take a knee during the national anthem: fire them.And the president has a similar suggestion for fans of the sport: walk out of the stadium in protest.ADVERTISEMENT Delarmino, Chua settle for silvers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He hasn’t been signed by an NFL team this season.READ: NFL: Kaepernick’s controversial protest puts QB on cover of TimeFEATURED 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 shutoutTrump’s hard-nosed reaction to protests by several athletes over treatment of blacks by police came Friday night during a freewheeling rally in Alabama. He says such players are disrespecting the flag and deserve to lose their jobs.Trump also bemoaned that football has become less violent. That view comes amid growing concerns over repeated head blows and a brain disease. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters 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: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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