Diplomatic Inhumanity

first_imgThe Indian media are in a tizzy over the “humiliation” of Meera Shankar, India’s ambassador to the United States, who was subjected to a “pat-down” by Transportation Security Administration agents at the Jackson-Evers International Airport in Jackson, Miss., in early December.India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna protested that her treatment was “unacceptable” and his ministry lodged a formal protest. Javed Ashraf, joint secretary (Americas) in the Ministry of External Affairs, fulminated, “We understand and respect every country’s security procedure, but we also expect that normal diplomatic privileges and courtesies are extended to the ambassador and diplomats.” He exhorted the U.S. State Department and TSA to “sensitize all its agents at all its airports to cultural and religious sensitivities of foreign diplomats.”Earlier, TSA agents insisted on inspecting the turban of Hardeep Singh Puri, the Indian ambassador to the United Nations. Puri refused, citing the agency’s religious exception, which allows individuals to pat down their turbans and have their hands tested for possible explosives instead.In the face of the diplomatic furor, the TSA has stood its ground, insisting that foreign diplomats in the United States are subject to security screening. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asserted that Shankar’s pat-down search was “appropriate” and TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball said that Shankar’s body search “followed proper procedure.” “United States airport security policies accommodate those individuals with religious, medical or other reasons for which the passenger cannot or wishes not to remove a certain item of clothing,” Kimball said in reference to Puri’s inspection. “For religious headwear, a passenger can pat the item down themselves and then have their hand tested for traces of explosive residue.” Although TSA officials initially resisted Puri’s protestations, he was ultimately allowed to pat down his turban himself.Ashraf hinted at retaliatory action, noting that India respects the privileges of foreign diplomats in the country and extends diplomatic courtesies to them: “Such incidents naturally lead to calls for review of privileges and facilities given in India (to foreign diplomats).” India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which handles airport security, is exceptionally deferential to foreign diplomats and execuses them from security screening once they identify themselves. In the UK, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains a diplomatic list of “very high ranking people” from other countries who are exempt from airport security checks.The increasingly intrusive and often irrational airport security measures in the United States are a public menace and deserve to be thoroughly reviewed and revamped. However, it would be unwise and counter-productive for the public welfare to exempt foreign diplomats from them. The excesses and abuses of the system are best exposed when celebrities and public officials are caught in its crosshairs. The Indian government demonstrated little outrage after scores of its innocent citizens were caught up in the backlash of the post 9/11 whirlwind and indeed these same oppressive TSA practices.Instead, hopefully, this real-life experience might sensitize Indian diplomats to the humiliation and pain experienced by thousands of citizens seeking consular services every year at the hands of inept, indifferent and callous Indian consular officers. And by all means, Ashraf should make good on his threat to revoke the courtesies extended to foreign diplomats in India so that U.S. officials can experience their oppressive security measures first hand.Diplomats and government officials might thus be sensitized to the daily grind and humiliation their policies subject ordinary people on a daily basis. Related Itemslast_img read more

IOC Asks Member Federations Not to Give India Any Sporting Events Involving Kosovo

first_imgAfter the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asked its member federations not to grant India hosting rights to any international sporting event involving Kosovo, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has now decided to look for solutions to come out of this quandary.The IOC’s decision comes after India denied a visa to a Kosovan women boxer to participate in AIBA Women’s World Championship, which India hosted last month.Kosovo could not participate at the boxing event after their sole representative Donjeta Sadiku was refused a visa by the Indian government, which doesn’t recognize the European country, Indian news agency PTI reported.The IOC has asked all the International Federations (IFs) to get a written undertaking from the Indian authorities for equal participation before allotting the country any world event involving Kosovo, PTI wrote.The Indian Olympic Association will have its General Body Meeting on Dec. 22, where it will discuss this issue. One of the items of the agenda of the General Body Meeting reads: “Participation of sporting delegations and athletes in international sports events – the principle of autonomy and non-discrimination – IOC letter 19 November 2018.”“It is a serious matter and the IOA GBM will discuss it threadbare,” PTI reported IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta as telling. “We have already written a letter to the sports ministry on this issue. The GBM will decide what course of action needs to be taken. The IOC can take action against India if this issue is not resolved.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Match Point?

first_imgWhich manufactured consumer product has the deepest market penetration in rural India? Matches, says Richard Woodbridge, of the Institute for Financial Management and Research, in Chennai: “97% of rural households purchase matches on a monthly basis.”Matches, he says, “have probably the most pervasive distribution network of any manufactured consumer product in India; they find their way to every village and nearly every household, regardless of how remote or how poor.” Related Itemslast_img

Estonia Reaches Out to Indian Startups with e-Residency Program

first_imgWith its flagship e-residency program, Estonia is now looking for more budding Indian entrepreneurs to avail its benefits. The Baltic country wants enrollments from 200 Indian startups this year, and is looking to reach out to the Indian startup community with a series of seminars and road shows over the coming year.The plan was announced at a seminar held earlier this month in Mumbai, which was attended by Estonia’s Entrepreneurship and IT Minister Urvi Palo, the Economic Times reported. The program would enable access of Indian entrepreneurs to a government-issued digital ID, and they would have access to the entire European Union while working from India. Currently over 1,200 Indian citizens are e-residents of Estonia. The program means “Make in India and Sell in Europe,” it said in a statement.Estonian officials have been meeting their Indian government counterparts for signing a memorandum of understanding between the local government and Estonia’s IT academy to provide knowledge on e-governance so that services can be paperless and easily available, Palo told YourStory.com.“We are lacking information and communication technology (ICT) people in Estonia, and we would like to get them from outside. So far, we have ICT talent coming in from Turkey, Ukraine, Russia. But we see that India could be a possible country because it has a lot of ICT talent. These people could come to Estonia to work immediately or to study first,” she was quoted as saying by the online publication.It takes 15 minutes to establish a company online and three minutes to do the taxes in Estonia, according to YourStory. The country is often listed as the most entrepreneurial country as per the World Economic Forum.While Palo noted that the country has strict migration policy, she added that there are no limitations to those entering with a startup visa. “We are overall very strict. Just five percent of the population can be made of people from other countries who enter Estonia for work. It is more than 1,000 per year now. But the people who are coming to work in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector or those who come with a startup visa are the not included in this. So, there is no limit at all for the applicants.”The startup visa gives free reign to non-EU entrepreneurs to establish new startups or to relocate their existing startups to Estonia. They can also extend the visa and ask for a temporary residence permit once it is established.The e-residency program was established in December 2014. It has over 30,000 e-residents from 154 countries, with a majority coming from the United States, Russia and Finland. Related Itemse-Residency programestoniaStartuplast_img read more

Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime Against Indian in U.S.

first_imgA car wash employee from Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Burgess, pleaded guilty on Nov. 28 in federal court for committing a hate crime in the United States last year. Burgess beat up an Indian man and made racial slurs under the influence of alcohol at a restaurant after mistaking him for an Arab.Burgess, 55, pleaded guilty to the charge of violating the federal Hate Crime Prevention Act. He beat up Ankur Mehta at the Red Robin restaurant at South Hills Village in Bethel Park, Pittsburgh, on Nov. 22, 2016. The hate crime prevention act states that a person cannot be singled out or harmed based on their actual or perceived race, color or national origin.Mehta had reportedly plugged in earphones and was working on his tablet when he was hit on the face and racially abused by Burgess, who was seated next to him. An eye witness later said that Burgess hit Mehta on the face with his elbow and fist a few times. He muttered a few racial slurs and said, “Things are different now” and “I don’t want you sitting next to me — you people.”He was charged with ethnic intimidation, simple assault, harassment and public drunkenness but was indicted on a charge of violating the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Burgess can face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both.Many supporters of Mehta went to the court in March 2017. “It’s what every day minorities in this country have to deal with,” Earnest Rajakone was reported as saying by Pittsburgh Action News 4.Outside the court, Burgess blamed alcohol for his actions. “I’m not that kind of person,” he said, adding, “It happened and I’m remorseful about it.”The incident took place only a week after the U.S. Presidential elections, which were marked with anti-Muslim rhetoric during the run-up. According to FBI statistics, hate crimes increased for the second consecutive year in 2016, registering a 4.6 per cent rise from 2015. Most incidents were single-bias occurrences.The total number of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121, compared with 5,850 in 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation data revealed on Nov. 13 this year.Those criminal incidents, the report said, were motivated by bias towards race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity. Related Itemshate crimeracismUnited Stateslast_img read more

Unnao gang rape survivor’s uncle seeks CBI probe into road accident

first_imgThe uncle of the Unnao alleged gang rape survivor on Monday requested the Uttar Pradesh government to transfer the case of the Rae Bareli accident, in which two of his relatives died, to the CBI. An FIR was being registered on a complaint of the uncle, who is lodged in the Rae Bareli jail, said ADG Lucknow, Rajeev Krishna. The CBI is already probing the gang rape case and ‘custodial death’ of the survivor’s father. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, now jailed, is the main accused in the entire case.Mr. Krishna told reporters that the police were awaiting the government’s report on the request to transfer the accident case to the CBI. “As soon as that report comes it’ll be recommended to the CBI,” he said.One of the two deceased persons, the aunt of the survivor, was a CBI witness in the Unnao case, he noted.last_img read more

DM inspects library at Darul Uloom campus

first_imgReacting to orders from the Chief Minister’s office, the District Magistrate of Saharanpur inspected the under-construction library in the sprawling Darul Uloom campus in Deoband on Saturday.Vikas Tyagi, zonal coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, had made a complaint to the CM’s office that a helipad was being built on top of the huge structure.District Magistrate Alok Kumar had asked the administration to submit a report. Unsatisfied, he made a detailed inspection of the site with SSP Dinesh Kumar and PWD engineers. After the inspection, Mr Kumar told the media that there was no trace of a helipad on the rooftop but the university administration did not ask for permission for addition to the existing structures and building of new structures from the authorities concerned. “Action will be taken in this regard as per law,” he said. Responding to the action, Maulana Arshad Madani, national president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “This is for the first time that the local administration has undertaken an inspection after a complaint, which seemed to be motivated, was lodged. We will abide by the rules and take necessary permissions in future.”last_img read more

BJD’s Rita Sahu secures impressive victory in Bijepur bypoll

first_imgBiju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu registered an impressive victory in the Bijepur Assembly constituency in western Odisha when results of the bypoll were declared on Thursday. She defeated Sanat Gartia of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a record margin of 97,990 votes.Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had campaigned for two days for the bypoll, congratulated Ms. Sahu for her “huge historic win, breaking all records in Odisha’s electoral history”.While Ms. Sahu polled 1,35,957 votes, Mr. Gartia secured 37,967 votes. Congress nominee Dillip Panda put up a dismal performance by bagging only 5,873 votes.CM vacates seatThe bypoll was necessitated after Mr. Patnaik, who contested from two Assembly seats for the first time in the elections held earlier this year, vacated Bijepur and retained Hinjili seat in his home district Ganjam in south Odisha.In fact, Mr. Patnaik was elected from Bijepur by defeating Mr. Gartia by 57,122 votes. He had bagged 1,10,604 votes, while Mr. Gartia had secured 53,482 votes and Congress nominee Ripunath Seth had got 14,344 votes.In the previous bypoll in Bijepur that was held in February 2018 following death of Ms. Sahu’s husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu, she had won as a BJD candidate by a margin of over 41,000 votes.The Congress, which had won the Bijepur seat in the three elections held before the February 2018 bypoll, has been gradually losing its vote share in the seat in the last three elections, primarily due to its weak leadership at the State level.Vote share upBut what came as a surprise for many this time was the drastic decrease in the BJP’s vote share within a short span of time. The party’s decline from 53,482 votes in the elections held earlier this year to 37,967 votes in the current bypoll has left many leaders of the party dumbfounded. The bonhomie between the party and the BJD in the aftermath of the general election was said to have been the contributing factor.While the Chief Minister led the BJD’s campaign, the BJP’s effort was led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who campaigned for two days. The campaign for the Congress was led by the party’s State unit president Niranjan Patnaik.last_img read more

Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES “Towards the end, my last foul was a guard driving to the basket with nobody guarding him,” Davis said after finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds.It was a sorry defeat for Chinese Taipei, which shot 9-of-24 from downtown.“Gilas is very strong with their guard play, so we knew this was gonna happen. That’s just something we gotta work at,” said Davis.Chinese Taipei are now 0-2 after getting blown out by reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia to begin its campaign but Davis said that his team shouldn’t be discouraged and instead, look at its current situation as a reason to get better.“Gilas played their heart out. But I’m very proud of us because we never did give up. We really kept it close, we gave up some late 3-point shots in the end, but overall, we gotta let this be learning lesson for us, and hopefully, we’ll prepare to get them back when they come to Taipei,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas Pilipinas’ Kiefer Ravena drives and draws Chinese Taipei’s Quincy Davis’ fifth foul. Davis fouled out with still 1:59 remaining in the game. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERChinese Taipei center Quincy Davis III said that one of the keys to Gilas Pilipinas win over the Taiwanese was the performance of its guards.“The Gilas guard play, the way they attack the basket was very tough for us,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Taipei gets another crack at the Philippines sometime in June next year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Davis was instrumental in the visitors jumping to an early 17-3 lead that silenced the crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, He poured in 10 points in the opening frame alone.But Davis got into early foul trouble and he wasn’t as dominating since with Gilas center June Mar Fajardo and guard Jayson Castro playing aggressive throughout the game.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“I got in foul trouble early, just major mistakes that really hurt us. I think my defensive fouls really cost me and the team,” said Davis, who sat on the bench for the majority of the third period after picking up his fourth foul when he tried to spin around Fajardo.Davis was then whistled for his fifth and final foul while trying to stop a driving Kiefer Ravena with still 1:59 left. View commentslast_img read more

NBA reviewing sexual assault allegations against Mark Cuban

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ NBA says 3 calls hurt Heat in overtime loss at Washington The Portland weekly’s report included a transcript of Cuban’s phone conversation with a police detective, with the Dallas owner strongly denying the claim while expressing concern that he would have difficulty defending himself in court.In the SI report, former Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery was accused of making sexually suggestive remarks to several women. Ussery was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, two years before Cuban bought the team. He worked for Cuban for 15 years.Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine’s report, which included claims that superiors were seen as unresponsive to complaints.The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed also was fired.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments “The NBA league office is reviewing the 2011 allegations against Mark Cuban and the subsequent findings from the Portland police investigation,” Bass said.The report Tuesday in the Willamette Week came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. While Cuban wasn’t implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCuban flatly denied the woman’s allegations and provided a prosecutors’ report detailing the decision not to file charges.Prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman didn’t want to proceed with the allegation.center_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stands on stage before a news conference in Dallas. Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn’t pursue, saying they didn’t believe there was evidence to support the claim. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)DALLAS — The NBA is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the investigation that led to a decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter, a day after a weekly alternative newspaper in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman’s claim that Cuban put his hands down her pants and touched her inappropriately while they were taking a photo at a Portland nightclub.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

Fajardo: San Miguel can’t start flat again

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conflict of schedule reason for nat’l team departure, says Daquis 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have won handily in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, 102-88, on Friday, but June Mar Fajardo remains wary against a motivated TNT side ahead of Game 3.“We didn’t expect this. But TNT is a strong team so we have to focus on our game plan for the next game,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though San Miguel equalized the best-of-seven series to one game apiece, Fajardo noted that there are areas of concern for the team.The biggest fault in the Beermen’s game was their lackadaisical start, where they fell to an early 17-0 hole before Arwind Santos came off the bench and spurred the rally.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s one thing. We can’t start flat in the first quarter. If we could go hard, we should go hard immediately. We’re just lucky we still got the win,” he said.Fajardo, though, commended San Miguel’s defense after that forgettable six minute-stretch to open hostilities. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Locking down on defense after that sluggish start, the Beermen reversed the roles in the second frame, holding the KaTropa scoreless for seven minutes as they grabbed the lead and never looked back.“We had a better defense and it’s credit to my teammates,” he said. “They saw that I’m having a hard time defending TNT’s import and they helped me. Our coaching staff had a good adjustment, and kuya JayR (Reyes) and kuya Yancy (de Ocampo) taught me on how to defend the import better.”After two games, Fajardo knows the series is bound to be a chess match and San Miguel is expected to also make adjustments to be in a better position to snag the all-important Game 3 on Sunday.“We were able to adjust from what they did in Game 1, so we expect them to do the same for the next game. We’ll see what we can do more for Game 3,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

ICC plans to start Test, ODI leagues

first_imgIn its bid to promote the traditional version of the game in the age of slam bang Twenty20 cricket, the ICC is contemplating of introducing a Test league from where top four teams would qualify for a quadrennial play-off event to begin in 2013.Apart from the Test play-off, the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC), which assembled here for a two-day meeting that concluded today, also recommended an ODI league from next year.”The Future Tours Programme should consist of a Test league to provide context for all Test matches. The league would determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off. The play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team with a request to hold the first such play-off in 2013,” the ICC said in a statement.”The FTP should also consist of a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 until April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion. This would run separate to the ICC Cricket World Cup,” it said.The CEC also recommended that the game’s governing body should consider a 10-team format for ICC’s flagship event, the Cricket World Cup, from 2015 and 16-team format for the men’s World Twenty20 from 2012.The committee also recommended the introduction of Twenty20 International rankings.”I am really excited by what the CEC has proposed.Restructuring international cricket is a significant strategic challenge and one that must be dealt with. I am grateful to the CEC and its working group for making such far-reaching proposals to tackle this important issue,” ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said.advertisement”Achieving balance and unanimous agreement is not easy but it is a very important piece of work that requires a strategic response,” he said.last_img read more

Prabhakar sets high goals for Delhi in Ranji

first_imgDelhi cricket coach Manoj Prabhkar is absolutely clear in his mind about his goals: guide the team to at least three Ranji Trophy finals in the next four years.Manoj PrabhakarFormer Test all-rounder Prabhakar, known for his fighting qualities and confidence, says that even if he is not with the players in future, he wants to raise a fighting team that will give opponents a run for their money for a long time to come. Prabhakar was Delhi’s bowling coach in the 2007-08 season when he had a limited role.Now, for the first time, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has given him a free hand to execute his plans and Prabhakar is gung ho about his task. “My goal is to prepare a team with a solid combination of seniors and juniors that can’t be pushed for the next five years and who play three Ranji finals in the next four years,” he declared on Saturday.”There was a time when playing for Delhi virtually meant that you have 50 per cent chances of playing in the Indian team. I want to restore that belief among the players.” Some players with whom Prabhakar had worked with two years ago are still around. But apart from them, the former Delhi captain says he would also induct a few young guns who can make a big difference.”I will definitely give chance to youngsters. If I get a few good youngsters, I can polish them. I will tell them to aim higher and try to break into the Ranji team, and not just be content with playing in the under-22 or other lower categories,” Prabhakar told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”They would remember me for what they would learn from me. And I will help them even when I am not around in an official capacity.” Many people believe that apart from coach Vijay Dahiya, Prabhakar too played a prominent role in Delhi winning their seventh Ranji Trophy title in 2007-08. But the DDCA did not give another opportunity to Prabhakar in the next two seasons.They have called him now, after Dahiya excused himself for a year, and also appointed former India pacer Sanjeev Sharma as assistant coach. Prabhakar has, however, begun with a handicap. Due to DDCA’s internal problems, his appointment was delayed even though Dahiya had told the association well in advance about his plans.He comes in only a few days before the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Tournament, which begins here on Wednesday. “Now, I don’t have time to work separately on each individual,” he points out. A master of reverse swing, 47-year-old Prabhakar is expected to back the pacers in the Ranji Trophy that begins on November 1.”Delhi are playing five of their seven matches at home and we can prepare pitches according to our strength. If we have pacers in good shape and form, we might go for green-top pitches, though it remains to be seen how sporting they would be,” he said. Prabhakar’s other goal this season is to establish a solid bench strength, especially in the absence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, permanent members of the national side.”If Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are available, it’ll be good as they will form the core of the team. We also have some bright youngsters like batsman Unmukt Chand, leg-spinner Vikas Mishra, and left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal. Even if they sit out, they would learn something from their seniors,” he pointed out.”During longer durations matches and once the team is set, I can work on the players and only then will we know where Delhi stands.” DDCA has announced only a 15-mmeber squad for the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but those who are expected to replace some of them for the Ranji Trophy, like Mayank Tehlan, Parvinder Awana, are also attending the nets at the Ferozeshah Kotla.”I have got the team I wanted, though I hadn’t seen some of the players as I was away for two seasons. But the youngsters and I have already broken ice, and they can come and ask me anything. The atmosphere at the Kotla is good and people at DDCA are supporting me.”last_img read more

Malaika Arora Khan is miffed over hijacked ‘Munni’ gig

first_imgTwo actresses can clearly not be friends in Bollywood. Never mind that they belong to different age groups. We hear that all is not well between Sonakshi Sinha and Malaika Arora Khan, both of whom worked in the film Dabangg. At the recently held Sahara India Sports Awards, Sonakshi marked her stage debut with a performance of the Munni badnaam hui track from the film, originally picturised on Malaika.Everyone applauded Sonakshi for her first stage act, which she performed with much grace and aplomb. However, sources confirm that Malaika was disturbed that Sonakshi performed on Munni when she could have chosen any other number.”Malaika is using Munni as her big ticket song, to be performed at various stage shows. She doesn’t want anyone else to perform to it,” said a source.While Salman Khan launched Shatrughan Sinha’s daughter, Sonakshi, Malaika is his bhabhi . Malaika is miffed because she wants the song to remain exclusively associated with her.Ever since the movie was released, Malaika has been spotted at various events performing to the popular track. However, she was not approached for the Sahara awards. The show was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan and the Munni number was one of the highlights of the event.last_img read more

Book on skincare

first_imgSkin Deep: An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good Naturally! The opening line ‘What we put as food in our mouth is more important than what we put as creams on our skin,’ sets the tone for this book. It talks about how eating right (healthy carbs, good fats, green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits) can do wonders to the way our skin looks and feels. To make things appealing to an average reader, Santhanam, a well-known dermatologist, has divided the book into four sections. In the first section, Santhanam suggests a simple expect test (X:X factor, P: Pores, E: Evenness, C: Clarity, T:Texture) to identify your skin type and how to make it better. The second section covers the benefits and drawbacks of different food groups such as carbs, proteins and fats. For instance, she explains how incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oils flowing to your skin and how the right amount of anti-oxidants(Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium) can keep wrinkles at bay. The third section on the A-Z of skin foods including flaxseeds, herbs and oats is a delight for anyone looking at sporting beautiful skin, the healthy way. The last section featuring beauty recipes made with common kitchen ingredients is a bonus! In all, a book that does complete justice to its title.last_img read more

IPL Season 4 set to be bigger than ever with booming ad revenues

first_imgShipla Shetty has a stake in Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals, winners of Season 1 didn’t know until four months before Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4 whether they would be playing. They’ve added sponsors this year, their tally swelling to 18. Last year’s runners-up, Mumbai Indians, have similarly added four big-ticket,Shipla Shetty has a stake in Rajasthan RoyalsRajasthan Royals, winners of Season 1 didn’t know until four months before Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 4 whether they would be playing. They’ve added sponsors this year, their tally swelling to 18. Last year’s runners-up, Mumbai Indians, have similarly added four big-ticket sponsors, ensuring their profits outstrip last year’s Rs 7 crore. Even newbie Pune Warriors, owned by Subroto Roy Sahara, the most expensive team in IPL at a cost of $373 million, has managed to put together an A-list of 15 sponsors with TVS as the lead sponsor.Mumbai Indians’ Nita Ambani with son AnantWelcome to the Indian Paisa League. There are more matches (74 compared to 60 last year), higher TRPS (7.14 compared to 5.9 last year for the opening game) and even higher tv revenue (an expected Rs 1,000 crore compared to Rs 700 crore last year.) Everyone is a winner. Even the losers. Despite an average performance, Kings XI Punjab made an operating profit of Rs 29 crore in 2010, while the down-at-heel Kolkata Knight Riders made Rs 5.6 crore in 2010. Shah Rukh Khan co-owns Kolkata Knight RidersBarely a week after a 45-day energy sapping International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, IPL 4 underlines that the cricket economy is alive and well. Almost everything, from the scorecard to the sight screens, is up for sale. If ESPN-Star Sports has made close to Rs 940 crore from the just- concluded ICC World Cup (it spent $2 billion on the 10-year icc broadcasting rights), showing once again that if India wins, advertisers, sponsors, broadcasters and marketers go home with big grins, IPL’s official broadcaster, SET MAX has raised the spot ad rates to a record level. A 10-second ad-spot on the channel during the league stages will cost Rs 8.5 lakh-nearly double what it cost last season. “Ad slot rates have gone up by over 25 per cent. We are yet to decide the packages for the semi-final,” said Rohit Gupta, president, Multi Screen Media, the company that runs SET MAX. According to media buyers, the channel has still kept around 20 per cent of unsold inventory where the rates can cross the Rs 11 lakh mark for 10 seconds in the final.advertisementClick here to EnlargeCelebrities, cheerleaders, cricket. It’s a heady cocktail of sports. New revenue streams opened up by Lalit Modi last year have added ballast to the bottomline-IPL’s two-year deal with Google for live telecast of the event on YouTube for $7 million, a blimp sponsorship with MRF for Rs 15 crore for 24 matches, strategic timeouts sponsored by Maxx Mobile for a year for Rs 17-20 crore and theatrical rights sold for Rs 330 crore-a whole new world of opportunity was unlocked. How many of them come a cropper in the post-Modi dispensation will be known as the new season unfolds.From a purely Return on Investment (RoI) perspective, the enterprise values of each of the original eight IPL teams has more than trebled. The winning bid price for the two new IPL teams, Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers, was $373 million and $333 million respectively. Compare this with $111 million, the winning price for Mumbai Indians, the costliest team in 2007. Now here is how it works to the detriment of the new teams. Rajasthan Royals, which bid the lowest at $67 million, has to pay a franchise fee of $6.7 million per year while Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers have to pay $37.3 million and $33.3 million respectively annually. In order to make profits, the entry cost has to be minimum and revenues maximum.Click here to EnlargeResearch by IIFL, an equity broking and consulting firm, points out that the most profitable franchises will earn Rs 108 crore, spend Rs 65 crore, thus making a profit of Rs 43 crore while the least profitable will earn Rs 114 crore and spend Rs 95 crore, making a profit of Rs 18 crore. For the most profitable franchise, central broadcasting revenues will be Rs 67.5 crore, central sponsorship revenues will be Rs 10.8 crore, team sponsorship will be Rs 15 crore, gate receipts Rs 10 crore, in stadia advertising Rs 2.5 crore, merchandise sales Rs 2 crore, and prize money Rs 1 crore. The costs will vary dramatically as the ones coughing up large franchise fees will take the biggest hit. Ditto for players’ salaries. Other heads like stadium fee (Rs 50 lakh for every match), travel and stay cost, and team promotions are more or less the same for all the franchises.The real big change is the big number-central broadcasting and central sponsorship on the revenue side. The eight original franchises will now have to share this with two new entrants. Will powerful franchise owners such as Mukesh Ambani, Vijay Mallya, Shah Rukh Khan and even N. Srinivasan, who is also secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, let their share of the central pool of Rs 67.5 crore plus Rs 10.8 crore remain the same? The IPL also continues to be a significant contributor to the bottomline for the listed companies-as much as 5 to 10 per cent of profits for GMR, United Spirits, India Cements and Deccan Chronicle.advertisementClick here to EnlargeLast year’s controversies, have, however, eroded the brand value of IPL by $460 million from $4.13 billion in 2010 to $3.67 billion in 2011, according to a Brand Finance report. According to Brand Finance, the brand value of Mumbai Indians is $57.13 million, followed by Chennai Super Kings with $55.37 million. The Vijay Mallya-owned franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, is at third position with a brand value of $47.58 million. Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders’ consistent non-performance on the field for three seasons has seen the value remain unchanged. Kolkata Knight Riders’ brand value is $46.05 million, just a minor increase of $50,000 million over last year. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab-the two most controversy-scarred teams-are valued the lowest. “As costs like players’ wages rise, the early commercial success of IPL will be tested. The honeymoon is well and truly over,” says Brand Finance India Managing Director M. Unni Krishnan. Not surprisingly, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab Mohit Burman says cryptically, “It is looking very bad, we will lose Rs 20 crore this year.” Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers, according to Brand Finance, are in a state of flux and seem to have lost their balance in key areas of cricketing excellence, while Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab have to set their house in order to arrest erosion in their brand values.Click here to EnlargeAt different points in time, franchise owners have contemplated selling out-Delhi Daredevils owned by GMR, Rajasthan Royals owned by Emerging Media have both appointed advisors for a possible stake sale in the past while Kings XI Punjab nearly hawked the franchise to private equity firm ISIS Equity Partners. Will Season 4 bring them luck?last_img read more

2G scam: SC judges recuse from hearing Kanimozhi case

first_imgTwo Supreme Court judges, who were scheduled to hear the bail plea of 2G scam-tainted DMK MP Kanimozhi on Monday, recused themselves from the hearing on Friday.According to sources, justices P. Sathasivam and A. K. Patnaik conveyed their decision to recuse to Chief Justice of India S. H. Kapadia.Instead, Justice G. S. Singhvi, whose bench has been monitoring the case, will hold a special hearing on Monday with Justice B. S. Chauhan to decide the bail applications of Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar.Earlier in the day, the CBI filed an affidavit in the apex court opposing the bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Kumar on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.The CBI contended that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and the Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV were part of a bribe and not a loan as claimed by the accused. It said that since investigation into the 2G spectrum case is at an advanced stage, it will not be proper for the apex court to grant bail to the accused.The apex court had on June 13 asked the CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in the 2G scam, went and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.A bench of justices B. S. Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar had also asked the CBI to come up with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer because of the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court.advertisementKanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10, challenging the Delhi High Court verdict rejecting their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections.Named as accused in the second chargesheet for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 200 crore, the two were arrested on May 20 after the special court dismissed their bail pleas.Both Kanimozhi and Kumar have 20 per cent stake each in Kalaignar TV, which allegedly received Rs 200 crore through a circuitous route from DB Realty.DMK chief Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who has been left out of the list of accused, owns the remaining 60 per cent shares in the channel.- 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.last_img read more