Zakir Musa was working to merge Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad into mega group The police said the body of Musa, who was trapped inside a three-storey house in Tral’s Dadsara area on Thursday afternoon, was found near the encounter site on Friday morning. The firing had stopped on Thursday night and the combing operation was suspended in the first light of the dawn, an official said.Describing it “a major success”, the police said one AK-47 and one grenade launcher were recovered from the encounter site.The house where Musa was holed up was completely destroyed in the fire-fight. Police sources said Musa refused to surrender and lobbed grenades when encircled by security forces on Thursday.Curfew defiedHundreds of local youth defied curfew and reached Tral’s Noorpora, Musa’s home town.Hailing from a well-off middle class family, Musa’s father is a senior government official, his brother is a doctor, and his sister is a banker. The news of his killing fuelled nocturnal protests in many parts of the Valley, with youth burning tyres and raising pro-Musa slogans.The authorities on Friday set up barricades on all major roads in Pulwama, capital Srinagar and Anantnag to contain protests. No vehicles were allowed on many stretches. Concertina wires were set up to seal all volatile pockets in the Valley. Educational institutions were closed for the day and all examinations in the Kashmir valley were postponed. Mobile internet was also slowed down as a precautionary measure.Differences with HurriyatMusa replaced slain militant ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in 2016 but quit the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) on May 13 in 2017 after developing differences over the modus operandi adopted by the latter. He later threatened to punish Hurriyat leaders for “being soft” and “un-Islamic in their approach”, driving a wedge between his Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK)-based United Jehad Council, headed by Syed Salahuddin.In 2017, Musa’s name first appeared in an Arabic publication close to the Al-Qaeda. Later, the Al-Qaeda formally announced establishment of a new Kashmir-based terror group Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, headed by Musa. In between, Musa was also seen as being close to the Islamic State by the security agencies, and the brain behind unfurling of black IS flags in Srinagar. The Global Islamic Media Front, the online propaganda distribution arm of Al-Qaeda, has also mentioned Musa’s name. The body of Al-Qaeda-affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Musa, 25, was buried in Pulwama’s Tral on Friday. The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in vast parts of the Valley, especially south Kashmir and capital Srinagar.Also Read
A 19-year-old girl, currently in hospital, has alleged she was gangraped by four men in Chunabhatti while on her way home from a birthday party last month. Her father initially registered an FIR on Wednesday with the Begumpura police station in Aurangabad, which on Friday was transferred to Chunabhatti police station for further investigation. “The victim, who is HIV positive, suffered a paralytic attack on July 14 this year, after which her father took her from Mumbai to Aurangabad, where the family hails from. During medical examination, doctors detected injuries to her private parts and asked her about it. She disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted in the intervening night of July 7 and July 8,” police inspector Deepak Surve, Chunabhatti police station said. According to a statement given by the victim’s father, The girl was staying in Mumbai with her brother and had gone for a friend’s birthday party. When she was returning home, she was allegedly accosted by four persons. The victim has not been able to identify the accused, the police said. “An FIR of rape and gangrape has been registered under the Indian Penal Code against the four unidentified men and further inquiries are underway,” Mr. Surve sad. The police are now obtaining footage of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at and around the rough location that the victim has mentioned, to scan it for any clues regarding the identity of the accused. Inquiries are also being made with local informants and a team will be going to Aurangabad for further inquiries with the victim’s father, sources said.
An expedition by the Dogra Scouts has recovered parts of an Indian Air Force AN-12 transport aircraft that crashed in the icy mountains of Himachal Pradesh 51 years ago, killing all 102 people on board, the Army said on Sunday.The Western Command launched an operation on July 26 to recover the mortal remains of over 90 missing soldiers, who were on board the AN-12 BL-534 aircraft which went missing over the Rohtang Pass in Kullu district on February 7, 1968.After 13 days of rigorous search and recovery operation in the Dhaka Glacier at an altitude of 5,240 m, the team recovered parts of the aircraft like the aero engine, fuselage, electric circuits, propeller, fuel tank unit, air brake assembly and a cockpit door, it said in a statement. Personal belongings of the passengers were also recovered.The search area, including the location of recoveries, has been mapped for future reference, the Army said. The expedition was joined by a team of the Indian Air Force on August 6 to augment the operation.The glacier had high levels of snow accumulation due to old avalanches, precipitous gradients, avalanche-prone slopes and open crevasses along the course which made movement of the team extremely difficult and energy sapping.The aircraft went missing on its way back to the Chandigarh Air Force base.Since the crash, there were rumours that the aircraft might have strayed into the enemy territory and might have been forced to land in the enemy territory with all passengers being taken as prisoners of war.However, the mystery of the missing airplane was finally solved as a mountaineering expedition in 2003 stumbled on the debris of the plane near the Dhaka Glacier, and found the identity card of a soldier who was on board the missing aircraft.Fresh hopeThis discovery gave a fresh ray of hope to the families of the missing passengers that the bodies would be recovered for performing the last rites.Since then, numerous search missions have been launched to recover the bodies of the missing soldiers. However, only five bodies have been found till date.
Two youths were arrested in the early hours of Monday for allegedly throwing stones at a truck in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, killing the driver of the vehicle. Police said that six others have been detained for questioning in connection with the incident in which some stones had hit the truck at Zradipora in Uranhall locality of Bijbehara area in Anantnag. The driver, Noor Mohammed Dar, 42, was rushed to a nearby district hospital, from where he was referred to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences at Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar where he was declared brought dead. The arrested youths were being questioned to ascertain their motive behind the crime, police said, adding that the duo had no past criminal history. It is alleged that the miscreants mistook his truck for a security force vehicle and hurled stones at it, police said, adding that a stone hit the windscreen and injured Dar in the head. A few days ago, a girl was seriously injured in a stone-pelting incident in downtown city of Srinagar.
The J&K government on Thursday re-opened all higher secondary schools across the Valley, after 60 days of closure, only to a very negligible attendance by students, while teachers complained of several structures being occupied by the security forces. Srinagar’s prominent government-run Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School at Lal Chowk wore a deserted look, with no student presence on its sprawling campus. Just two students without uniform appeared from the nearby Barbar Shah area to know the status of the school.“I was shocked to see a security bullet-proof picket come up at the gate. I was stopped by the security personnel and questioned. I immediately left the premises,” the students said, on the condition of anonymity.Top officials of the school told The Hindu that no attendance of students was recorded. “We have around 1,500 students in the school. A very negligible number turned up. We decided not to hold any classes. However, teachers met to chalk out the future course of action,” school authorities said.The teachers said around 500 security personnel had been stationed at the main building of the school after the August 5 decision to revoke J&K’s special status. “Security personnel need to be vacated so that students feel safe in the school,” said a teacher. There was a similar scene at the all-girls Government Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary school, another prominent educational institution. “We are hopeful that attendance will improve in coming days,” said an official.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRising star Kristine Cayabyab echoed Ravena’s sentiments.“It’s really a big help to young basketball players. The drills will really help you become a better player,” said Cayabyab, who watches her favorite player LeBron James’ highlights on YouTube.Here are the rest of the photos from the media trial:Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Access to basketball has never been this easy for aspiring basketball players and professional ballers alike.Nike on Saturday officially launched the Hyper Court app that gives exclusive basketball content to Filipino hoopers.ADVERTISEMENT Manalang bids goodbye to Adamson after ‘heartbreaking’ loss QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC During the event, selected members of the media experienced what the interactive training is all about.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBasketball stars Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro and Jeff Chan helped conduct shooting and dribbling drills. The training routines are part of the Hyper Court app, which allows Filipino ballers free access to videos.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“It’s very convenient knowing it’s in our hands and everybody is into technology nowadays,” Ravena, a two-time UAAP champion and MVP out of Ateneo told INQUIRER.net. “It makes it accessible to everybody to have your own workouts, to figure out a way on how to improve their skill set and the app made everything possible for everybody.”Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“With my experience before, you have to do it the manual way. Go to a coach, training centers. but nowadays, we can maximize the technology that we have. it just made everybody feel like they can be a professional athlete and they can improve their game through the app.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:37Protesters 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 View comments
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast It was a game where it boiled down to the final minute and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said his team was just fortunate enough to have one more shot than Meralco.“It came down to one or two shots, we had one more shot than they did,” said Cone. “There wasn’t much that separated us, Meralco’s a good team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGinebra’s march to victory came when Japeth Aguilar tied the game at 86-86 with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter with a short-range jumper.Then it was Joe Devance’s turn to step on the clutch pedal when he got the ball off a scramble and floated it in to give Ginebra an 88-86 lead with 38.9 seconds left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Barangay Ginebra gained a share of the top seed after clipping Meralco, 90-89, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Gin Kings improved to 8-2 and tied the Star Hotshots at the helm while the Bolts ended their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 card. ADVERTISEMENT After sorry loss to TNT, ROS focuses on positives heading into playoffs View comments LA Tenorio gave Ginebra a 90-86 cushion with 30 seconds remaining with two free throws before Cliff Hodge cut it to one, 90-89, with seven seconds left.Justin Brownlee missed his two free throws at the 6-second mark but Chris Newsome’s full-court heave went long as time ran out and Ginebra escaped with a crucial win.“We played them in the Finals two conferences ago, it was a battle then, and it was a battle tonight,” said Cone who faced Meralco in the Governors’ Cup Finals back in 2016.Brownlee led Ginebra with 22 points and nine boards while Tenorio also finished with 22 markers.Baser Amer had 21 points for Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP
A follow-up video showed Kobe’s “mambacita” hitting another shot from deep, followed by a strong drive to basket over her legendary father. EAC, Letran triumph 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’ Fans may no longer see Kobe Bryant suit up in the hardwood, but it looks like he has found a worthy successor—his 11-year-old daughter, Gianna.After admitting that the WNBA Finals rematch between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx has got them all hyped up, the father-daughter duo went on to work and put on shots of their own.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Bryant posted a couple of videos of their 1-on-1 workout on his personal Instagram account, which has accumulated a combined 3 million views as of this writing.“@wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby,” Bryant captioned the first video, which showed Gianna clearing some space and draining a jump shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans In a previous interview with Andrew McNicol of the South China Media Post, Bryant shared an adorable story of how Gianna was irked by fans who kept calling him the “G.O.A.T.”“It’s me, my wife [Vanessa], my eldest daughter Natalia and our middle child Gianna,” he shared. “And fans throughout the park keep walking by me saying ‘you’re the GOAT, you’re the GOAT!’“Finally, Gianna turns to one of them and shouts ‘how rude.’ I asked her what was wrong, and she says, ‘they keep calling you a goat, that is so rude!’Kobe clarified that it meant “The Greatest Of All Time” and Gianna went on to thank the fan.Shortly after his retirement in 2016, Bryant shared that he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife and three daughters.By the looks of it, he is certainly cherishing every moment. /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Kobe’s 11-year-old daughter drains jumpshot a la ‘Black Mamba’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Union ministers and civil society representatives in the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee will meet on Monday in a last ditch effort to resolve contentious issues in the proposed anti-corruption legislation.The meeting comes amidst the persisting deadlock between the two sides and will be the eighth since April 16.If the discussions are not concluded on Monday, another round of talks is likely on Tuesday.Ahead of the meeting, senior ministers held discussions for nearly three hours on Sunday to finetune the government’s strategy.The meeting was chaired by Finance Minister and drafting committee chairman Pranab Mukherjee and attended by members Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid and Veerappa Moily.N. Narayanaswamy, Minister of State in PMO, also attended the meeting. Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who is another committee member, was not present.Key issuesSeveral issues have kept the government and civil society camps divided. Both are at loggerheads on whether to bring the prime minister and judiciary under the purview of the proposed Lokpal Bill.While the government has virtually ruled out bringing the post of prime minister under the Lokpal, Anna Hazare’s camp remains adamant on it. The Congress Core Group has favoured convening an all-party meet on the issue.Another bone of contention is the conduct of MPs inside Parliament. The government has maintained that this is not possible in the proposed legislation as it would amount to amending the Constitution.Hegde backs HazareMeanwhile, Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, a member of the drafting committee, denied any split in the Hazare camp and said he will attend the meeting.advertisementHegde also backed Hazare’s planned fast from August 16. Hegde’s earlier comments on Hazare’s fast and absence from meetings had fuelled speculation of differences among the civil society representatives.- With PTI 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.
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Monday slapped a legal notice on Vijay Mallya’s United Breweries for allegedly making a spoof on him in a commercial for McDowell’s No. 1 Platinum soda.The commercial is allegedly a spoof on an advertisement for Seagram’s Royal Stag soda that features Harbhajan.The Royal Stag advertisement shows Harbhajan opting to not work in his father’s ball-bearing factory and instead focusing on cricket. In the end, he asks the viewer if he has “Made it large” in life.Taking a dig at the commercial and Royal Stag’s ‘Make it large’ tagline, the McDowell’s commercial shows a Bhajji lookalike making ball bearings the size of gym balls at his father’s factory and asking if he has “made it large”. He gets slapped by his father for being incompetent.The advertisement then shows India skippper MS Dhoni saying, “Zindagi main kuch karna hai to large chodo, kuch alag karo yaar.”
New hat: M. Venkaiah Naidu, seen above with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, represents a generational shift in the BJPFor most days, the BJP’s 11 Ashoka Road office wears a somnolent look. The trickle of visitors has grown thinner in recent years and the damp, humid rooms at the back of the,New hat: M. Venkaiah Naidu, seen above with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, represents a generational shift in the BJPFor most days, the BJP’s 11 Ashoka Road office wears a somnolent look. The trickle of visitors has grown thinner in recent years and the damp, humid rooms at the back of the building are occupied by anonymous figures who spend time gossiping or reading newspapers. On July 1, the atmosphere was transformed. There were surging crowds and the string of BJP leaders and ministers seemed endless. After a protracted and bitter struggle, 72-year-old Jana Krishnamurthy grudgingly allowed a change he had long resisted and stepped down. The new president, 53-year-old former rural development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, represents a generational shift. He is one of the younger leaders who were handpicked by L.K. Advani during the Ram temple movement. The installation of Naidu as party president saw Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visiting the party headquarters after a long time. Immediately after, Naidu got down to business. He has announced that there will be “live contact” between the party and the Government. He is trying to address a problem that has dogged party-Government relations almost from the day the NDA Government was formed. Under Kushabhau Thakre, the party became a passive appendage of the Vajpayee Government; and under Krishnamurthy, it retreated into irrelevance, its office-bearers being people of no political standing. New hat: Arun Jaitley with mentor L.K. AdvaniThat a change of style is imminent became clear last week when the newly appointed spokesman, former law minister Arun Jaitley, endeared himself to the faithful by hitting out at the National Human Rights Commission’s interference in Gujarat politics. Jaitley’s robust defence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was in sharp contrast to the PMO’s squeamishness on the issue. The party, it was clear, would maintain an identity distinct from the Government, though not in conflict with it. The new look BJP team is certain to bear the stamp of Advani. Apart from Jaitley, it is likely to include former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh, RSS veteran and Rajya Sabha member Bal Apte and former minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. RSS appointee Sanjay Joshi will, of course, continue. With the deputy prime minister agreeing to devote more time for party work, the countdown to the general elections in 2004 has well and truly begun. Naidu told INDIA TODAY that there would be “quick changes” in the organisation and said he was looking for leaders with “ability and mobility”. This means that the BJP president’s effort will be aimed at weeding out greying, anonymous people who hold key organisational posts in Delhi and in the states. Ever since the tenure of Thakre, an old-time pracharak, organisational appointments in the BJP have been ruled by a strange doctrine of seniority that bore no relation to performance. OTHER CHANGES IN THE OFFINGHer backward caste appeal and populism could see her being projected as the BJP’s choice in Madhya Pradesh. UMA BHARATI Sports ministerHaving barely escaped being dropped from the Cabinet, he may be packed off as chief of the Karnataka unit shortly. ANANTH KUMAR Urban development ministerIf Bhairon Singh Shekhawat becomes vicepresident of India, she will be designated his successor in Rajasthan. VASUNDHA RARAJE Minister of state for small industriesNow the emphasis will be on drive and energy. Among the early casualties of this shift may be Delhi BJP chief Mange Ram Garg and Chhattisgarh state chief Lakhi Ram Agarwal. In addition, Union ministers Uma Bharti and Vasundhara Raje may be shifted to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, in time for next year’s assembly polls. In time, Urban Development Minister Ananth Kumar may head back to Karnataka. What is planned is a grand overhaul, much more radical than the one Vajpayee attempted but failed to execute in the Government. The BJP can now be expected to aggressively target the Congress. Till now, BJP office bearers took umbrage at any minister making a political statement. Naidu’s statement that he intends to carry “the BJP flag in one hand and the NDA agenda in the other” seems to reflect the new priorities that have been set out. Advani’s rising profile has led opposition parties to predict that the BJP is bound to veer more sharply towards right of centre politics. Advani categorically points out that “there is no question of returning to the BJP agenda”, but does make the point that no partner in the NDA should be expected to be diffident or apologetic about its identity. This, however, does not amount to any endorsement of the VHP line, he stresses. Indeed, the idea is to isolate the VHP by allowing the BJP to reclaim some of its political aggression and anti-Congress thunder. At the same time, efforts are on to steer yesterday’s Hindutva hardliners into more politically acceptable directions. A case in point is the appointment of Bajrang Dal founder and Faizabad MP Vinay Katiyar as the party chief in Uttar Pradesh. Katiyar was not chosen for his pro-temple stand but because he combined a political approach with the right caste label – he is a Kurmi.Yet the Hindutva issue is bound to be raked up when Gujarat goes to polls later in the year. This will need skilful handling on the part of the BJP. In recent years, the task of incorporating elements of Hindutva which are central to the party’s identity had taken a backseat. This was partly because BJP office bearers, including party spokespersons, simply did not connect with the cadre. To restore the links, Naidu is expected to tour the various units of the party across the country. This is not an unusual routine for the frequent flyer. He and his team have to produce a feelgood factor about the Government. Now that the Vajpayee regime has completed roughly half its term, this is not going to be an easy job.advertisementadvertisementDespite the danger of the current euphoria dying down, the new BJP team may succeed in reducing the odds stacked against the party. Yet, in the final analysis, the party can succeed if its own Government is seen to be effective. That is something which is beyond Naidu’s control.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands blazed to gold in the women’s 100m freestyle swimming on Thursday, setting a new Olympic record. Kromowidjojo, who led the time sheets this year, posted 53.00 for gold but was not happy with her performance.”I thought it was a great race but it wasn’t my best time ever this season. So, I’m not really satisfied about the time,” she said.”A gold medal is a gold medal, so I’m really happy about my performance and being Olympic champion.”Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus sneaked in for silver in 53.38 ahead of Chinese Tang Yi, who clocked 53.44.America’s Missy Franklin, who held much promise, finished a disappointing fifth.
China’s Dong Dong won the gold in the men’s trampoline at the Olympics on Friday, beating Russia’s Dmitry Ushakov. In a reversal of the results from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China’s reigning champion Lu Chunlong took the bronze, while Dong upgraded to gold from the bronze he won four years ago.Dong set himself the most difficult programme and it paid off, giving him a score of 62.990, more than a point higher than Ushakov.
A sea of people, a bright red pheta and a flower bedecked chariot welcomed India’s Olympic hero Gagan Narang who kickstarted the medal rush for India at the London Olympics with a bronze. The ace shooter won a bronze on July 30 when he finished third in the 10m air rifle event at the Royal Artillery Barracks.Yesterday, he crashed out of the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions qualifying round and returned to Pune, the city where he had trained for the past four years.The champion went directly to the Balewadi Sports Complex where he runs an academy called Gun for Glory that trains aspiring shooters. Dressed in a dark suit, he frequently flashed his medal as he beamed at the rousing welcome that the gathered crowds gave him.At Gun For Glory, where his students and supporters had gathered, Maharashtra state sports minister Padmakar Valvi felicitated Narang for winning his first ever medal at the Olympics.”The Maharashtra government congratulates him and we will soon organise a public function for his felicitation. The government will extend the lease of the academy for another five years in recognition of the good work that Narang has done,” he said.The minister further announced that the government would provide financial grant for ammunition and rifles for training aspiring shooters at the Academy that Narang founded a year ago.”We are sure that in the 2016 Olympics, he will succeed in winning and continue to keep the Indian flag flying high,” said Valvi, adding that 25 shooters of national and international standards had trained here with Narang.advertisementThe sports hero’s parents were also felicitated at the event. “It is a very proud moment for the country that he brought the medal and having trained at the Balewadi stadium range, he wanted to first come here and light a lamp.The country and Pune, in particular, are very proud of him,” said his father B S Narang. The crowd applauded as the Olympic hero flashed his bronze once again, saying, “This medal belongs to all of you; it belongs to the country.”Cradling it in his hand, the winner at several prestigious sports events across the world thanked all who had been a part of his journey-his family, coach, students at the Academy, fans on FaceBook who he “hadn’t been able to reply to” and friends who he “hadn’t been able to communicate with” over the last few busy weeks.”Thank you for your appreciation of my efforts. It has not been easy; in fact, it’s been tough. Looking at your support, it’s now sinking in that I’ve won something big,” he said.Narang appealed to parents to encourage children to pursue their interest in sports and urged the state government to include sports in the study curriculum. “A sport teaches you a lot; I have learnt lot from people who didn’t believe in me, that’s where the motivation came from,” he said.Recalling his first visit to Balewadi in 2008, he said, “I first came here in 2008 and today, I am extremely happy to be here for my felicitation.”Stating that he was “surprised” to see the facilities that the Maharashtra government had provided at the Balewadi Sports Complex, he urged the state, along with Haryana, to be the “torchbearers for sports.”Ending his brief speech, Narang said, “I trained here for four years and winning an Olympic medal was very difficult. I came back here because this is where I had trained and this is where I want to train you all.”
Despite its continuous efforts to improve the standard of domestic cricket, the Indian cricket Board doesn’t seem to be getting the right personnel for the job. This is evident from a large number of aspirants who failed the examination for online scores.As many as 16 of the 42 candidates flunked the examination held recently. In terms of percentage, it translates into a scary 38.09 failed candidates. The online scorers were required to score at least 80 per cent marks, or 120 out of a maximum of 150, were declared successful.This news comes on the heels of a similar disappointing outcome of the curators’ certification examination held in July in Mohali. In that examination, 14 out of 31 participants – or 45.16 per cent – had flunked, causing concern, if not alarm, for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).A scorer who was declared successful, interestingly, said that the examination was not too tough. “Any exam, as such, is tough, for that matter. All the candidates who were invited by the BCCI for the examination were imparted proper coaching in Nagpur before the test. A top scorer from Mumbai took the classes,” the scorer told Mail Today.The BCCI wants at least three good online scorers in each of its 30 associations so that they could meet the requirement at all home matches of the various Board’s tournaments, seniors as well as juniors. Some associations, particularly in the east zone, don’t have many scorers who fit the bill.”The main purpose of the BCCI to conduct the examination was to fill the vacancies in the east zone, where there has been a dearth of online scorers. Several states in that zone don’t have either good online scorers or have too few,” the scorer pointed.advertisementBCCI has increased the remuneration of manual and online scorers as well as video analysts.But the BCCI would be disappointed that the end result was not to what it would have liked to see.For some reason, only 12 scorers from east zone turned up. All three candidates from Jharkhand passed the examination while Tripura had a mixed bag, as two of its candidates were successful and two failed. Assam was the worst affected as three of the four candidates failed (all names are being withheld to protect identities) and the only from Orissa flunked.A source, however, said that the failed candidates would get another opportunity to take the examination.Mumbai was the most successful association as four of its candidates – including three women – passed while three failed.The BCCI might not have got the desired results, but it is doing its bit to encourage both manual and online scorers, besides the video analysts, by increasing their remuneration from this season. This hike is for both domestic as well as international matches.The manual and online scorers till last year used to receive Rs 3,000 per day for a domestic match and now they are getting Rs 5,000. Their dearness allowance too has been increased from Rs 500 to Rs 750. Video analysts are now receiving Rs 7,500 instead of Rs 5,000.For outstation matches, manual and online scorers as well as the video analyst will get Rs 1,000 extra. And for internationals matches that will be played at home, a scorer will now get Rs 10,000 per day instead of Rs 7,500. There is no dearness allowance for international matches.
Alexander Kerzhakov and Roman Shirokov will play a key role for Russia at the World CupAlthough Russia is a team with plenty of veterans, only one of them has seen World Cup action.Alexander Kerzhakov came on as a substitute the last time Russia qualified for the World Cup in 2002, and he’ll be in Brazil this year looking for more.With Kerzhakov up front, Roman Shirokov will likely be the one to control the tempo of the game. And behind them they have Igor Akinfeev, a goalkeeper who has been a mainstay in the team for a decade.Here are five players to watch:IGOR AKINFEEVCSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made his debut for Russia when he was only 18 years old – the youngest newcomer to the national squad. He has been Russia’s top goalkeeper since 2005.Akinfeev’s father brought him to the CSKA football school when he was 4 and he has never switched to another club after making his professional debut in 2003.SERGEI IGNASHEVICHA stalwart of the Russia and CSKA Moscow defense, Sergei Ignashevich made his national team debut in 2002 against Sweden.Ignashevich missed the 2004 European Championship because of injury but played in four of the five matches at Euro 2008, when Russia made the semifinals.He played in all 10 qualifying matches for the World Cup in Brazil.VASILIY BEREZUTSKIYVasiliy Berezutskiy joined CKSA Moscow from Torpedo-ZIL in 2002 and made his debut for Russia in 2003. His twin brother Alexei is also a CSKA Moscow and Russia defender.ROMAN SHIROKOVadvertisementFabio Capello’s key playmaker, Roman Shirokov was called up by former Russia coach Guus Hiddink in 2008 but then dropped during qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.Shirokov was back in the national team under Dick Advocaat and played in all 10 World Cup qualifying match under Capello, scoring three goals.ALEXANDER KERZHAKOVAlexander Kerzhakov is the only player on the current national team who played at the World Cup in 2002, coming on as a late substitute for Valery Karpin.After joining Zenit St. Petersburg in 2001, Kerzhakov signed with Spanish club Sevilla in 2006 and won the Copa del Rey and UEFA Cup. But he was back in Russia in 2008 with Dynamo Moscow and then with Zenit in January 2010.Kerzakov scored six goals in qualifying for Euro 2008, but former coach Guus Hiddink dropped him from the final squad because of poor form.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James finished with 29 points for the Lakers, who had won their previous two games.Houston’s lead was three after Kyle Kuzma’s soaring dunk, but Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to make it 112-106.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefHarden then made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to push the lead to 12 and cause Lakers coach Luke Walton to call a timeout. James was in Harden’s face on the second one and Harden fell to the court as the ball rolled around the rim for a couple of seconds before dropping in.James added a dunk before Clint Capela and Harden made consecutive baskets to compete the 13-2 run and make it 122-108 to put the game out of reach. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Kuzma was called for a foul after that and Walton got a technical for arguing about that call.Harden made the technical shot and Paul added two more free throws to leave Houston up 90-88 after three.TIP-INSLakers: Kuzma received a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing about a foul call. … Brandon Ingram missed his fourth straight game with a sprained left ankle. … Kuzma had 24 points to give him 20 or more points in a career-best six straight games.Rockets: Brandon Knight played in his first game since Feb. 15, 2017, after recovering from surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. He came in with about four minutes left in the first quarter and played about four minutes with one assist and one rebound. … James Ennis sat out with a strained right hamstring.UP NEXTLakers: Visit Charlotte on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Memphis on Saturday night. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) screams after making a basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Lance Stephenson, right, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 126-111. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON— James Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, scoring 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with less than 90 seconds left to give him his second triple-double this season and the 37th of his career.ADVERTISEMENT It was the first meeting between these teams since Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo got into a fight on Oct. 20 that led to suspensions for both players and Brandon Ingram. There wasn’t an altercation this time around in a game where Rondo sat out as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken right hand. But there was a spate of technical fouls late in the third quarter that led to the ejection of Nene.The Lakers scored six straight points, highlighted by a dunk from James, to get within 74-72 midway through the third quarter. Los Angeles ran off six in a row later in the period to tie it up before Harden ended the run with a jump shot. Nene then received a foul after being knocked to the ground trying to defend Kuzma as he drove to the lane. He yelled at officials and received a technical foul.Kuzma made his free throws but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the technical shot.Nene made a hook shot before fouling Kuzma again on the next possession. He continued to scream at officials and was hit with a second technical foul and was ejected. Harden attempted to calm him down, but Nene continued to be agitated until he was escorted to the locker room.Kuzma made all three foul shots and added a 3-pointer with Harden in his face after a 3 by Harden to leave the Lakers up 88-87 with 9.9 seconds left in the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki set to make 21st season debut vs Suns TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The IWF said all world championship competitors’ tests initially came back clean, but the Thai cases followed extra analysis of certain “target” athletes “using the most sophisticated available technique” at a German lab.“The IWF remains committed to implement the most advanced testing techniques to ensure that the very small minority who cheat are identified and sanctioned,” the federation said.The IWF has previously tried to fight doping by banning countries with the most cases and reducing their Olympic qualification spots. Russia and China were among nine countries banned from international weightlifting for a year from 2017, but have since returned to competition.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FILE – In this Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 file photo, Sopita Tanasan of Thailand, competes in the women’s 48kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tanasan won the gold medal. Olympic gold medalist Sopita Tanasan with two world champion weightlifters are among four Thai weightlifters to test positive for banned steroids, the International Weightlifting Federation announced on Tuesday Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)BUDAPEST, Hungary — An Olympic champion was among four Thai weightlifters to test positive for doping, the International Weightlifting Federation said Tuesday.Sopita Tanasan, who won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, tested positive for steroids and artificial testosterone after finishing fourth at the world championships in November.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LA Revilla draws inspiration from fiancée Den Lazaro, helps Phoenix win Two others, Thunya Sukcharoen and Sukanya Srisurat, won world titles at the competition and risk being stripped of their medals after also testing positive for at least one anabolic steroid and artificial testosterone. If found guilty, Srisurat faces a potential eight-year ban for a second offense.Chitchanok Pulsabsakul also failed a doping test after finishing sixth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWeightlifting is under pressure from the International Olympic Committee to crack down on drug use after dozens of doping cases. In one event from the 2012 Olympics, six of the top seven finishers were later disqualified for doping.Weightlifting is still on the Olympic program for next year’s Tokyo Games, but only provisionally for 2024. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments
Victorious Qatar returns to Doha to a “rapturous” welcome US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sergey Kovalev, left, hits Eleider Alvarez during a WBO light heavyweight title boxing match, early Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)FRISCO, Texas — Sergey Kovalev took back the WBO light heavyweight championship from Eleider Alvarez early Sunday, winning the rematch in a unanimous decision six months after losing his belt.The Russian controlled the pace throughout the fight, pushing through a couple of moments of fatigue like those that seemed to affect him in the loss that cost him the title in the 175-pound division.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Before Valdez’s win, Richard Commey (28-2, 25 KOs) took the vacant IBF lightweight title with a second-round technical knockout of Isa Chaniev (13-2). The fight was called 39 seconds into the second round after the second knockdown of Chaniev in that round and the third overall. In that defeat to Alvarez in Atlantic City, New Jersey, last summer, Kovalev was ahead on all three scorecards when he was dropped three times in the seventh round.Kovalev (33-3-1) made it through the seventh just fine in a fight that started two minutes before midnight. The 35-year-old put on the finishing touches by landing several blows in an impressive 12th round to leave little doubt that Alvarez (24-1) was headed for his first loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTwo judges had Kovalev ahead 116-112. The third judge didn’t give Alvarez a single round, scoring it 120-108.The dominant win reversed a recent slide by Kovalev, who had all three of his losses in the previous five fights. He was the aggressor from the beginning, and eventually landed 213 of 860 punches compared to 111 out of 369 for Alvarez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss According to the television broadcast, Alvarez’s corner told him going into the 10th round that he would need a knockout to keep the belt. He never got close. Kovalev even had an exclamation point, landing a punishing right hand just before the final bell.In what amounted to co-main event on Saturday night, Oscar Valdez defended his WBO featherweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout of Carmine Tommasone.The two-time Mexican Olympian caught Tommasone with a right uppercut to the jaw. The blow dropped the Italian and the fight was called nine seconds into the seventh round in Valdez’s first bout since sustaining a broken jaw in a successful title defense against Scott Quigg last March.Valdez (25-0, 20 KOs) controlled the 28-year-old’s fifth title defense in the 126-pound division almost from the start at the 12,000-seat indoor football stadium that’s part of team headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys.Tommasone (19-1) went down twice in the fourth round, and his right eye swelled badly late in the sixth. The 34-year-old proposed to his girlfriend in the ring despite his first loss in Tommasone’s first professional fight outside the 2016 Olympian’s home country.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ