SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold

first_imgPH Volcanoes off to hot start in SEA Games View comments Kayla, according to her father Jeffrey, has a personal best of 23.60 seconds in 200m but ran 23.45 “with a little tailwind.”Her expected opponent in 200m is Singaporean champion Shanti Perreira, who won it with a time of 23.60 seconds two years ago in her backyard. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I don’t really want to say that I am giving it up, but this is not the event I have been training for,” said Richardson, who snared silver in 200m right after her century dash triumph two years ago.The team is looking at finally clinching the 200m gold this time and save the University of Southern California sophomore for possible golds in 4X100 and 4×400  relays.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 shutoutREAD: With a heart for old people, Richardson twins hope to run to golden finishShe will be running in the relays with twin sister Kyla, Katherine Santos and either Eloisa Luzon or another Fil-American Zion Nelson Corrales. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Kayla Anise Richardson of the Philippines (center) finishes first for the gold medal at the 28th SEA Games Women’s 100m finals held at the National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — In an apparent strategic shift, reigning century dash queen Kayla Richardson won’t defend her Southeast Asian Games crown and instead will concentrate on 200-meter and the relays.The 17-year-old Richardson said she didn’t train for the 100m dash — easily the showcase event of centrepiece sport of athletics.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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D-League: Ebondo’s 28 steers CEU to 2nd win

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTORod Ebondo continued to be a beast down low for Centro Escolar University as it frustrated Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 105-88, to nail its second win Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The Congolese bruiser was excellent from all over the floor, lighting up for 28 points and 23 rebounds. He he was also two blocks shy of a triple-double with eight rejections in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT RK Ilagan led the Revellers (2-2) with 19 points on a 2-of-5 shooting from three, to go with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.Allyn Bulanadi also added 13 markers off the bench, Jeepy Faundo got 12 points and nine boards, and Michael Calisaan was limited to just 11 markers and eight rebounds in the loss.The Scores:CEU 105 — Ebondo 28, Wamar 18, Fuentes 14, Guinitaran 14, Aquino 8, Arim 6, Manlangit 6, Cruz 5, Caballero 2, Intic 2, Saber 2.CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 88 — Ilagan 19, Bulanadi 13, Faundo 12, Calisaan 11, De Leon 8, Batino 5, Capobres 5, Valdez 5, Jeruta 4, Baetiong 2, Costelo 2, David 2, Santos 0.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Aside from Ebondo’s presence down low, the Scorpions also stung the Revellers with their lethal three-point shooting, going 12-of-31 from downtown to remain the lone unbeaten team so far this conference at 2-0.Orlan Wamar drilled 5-of-8 from three to wound up with 18 markers, seven boards, three assists, and two steals off the bench, Rich Guinitaran got 14 markers powered by four treys, while Judel Fuentes pumped 14 built on two treys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Ebondo played his A game, plus he got the support from our locals,” remarked coach Yong Garcia. “We hope we could sustain this kind of game.”CEU didn’t waste time imposing control of the game, establishing a 14-point lead, 49-35, in the second quarter before holding off the numerous rallies fro Che’Lu-San Sebastian in the end game. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Quarters: 25-20, 51-42, 79-67, 105-88. 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Amid MVP talks, JRU star Alvarez told: Focus on team, not statslast_img read more

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Lakers rookie Hart has surgery on broken hand, out 4-6 weeks

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Los Angeles (27-34) has less than six weeks left in its season, and coach Luke Walton has said the Lakers won’t rush Hart back into action.Hart broke his hand during practice in Miami on Wednesday. The first-round pick out of Villanova is averaging 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 55 games as a regular member of the Lakers’ rotation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers have won four straight heading into Saturday’s visit to San Antonio. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next MOST READ Injured Rafael Nadal will miss Indian Wells, Miami events John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Josh Hart #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after missing two free throws in the final second against the Boston Celtics during a 108-107 Laker win at Staples Center on January 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart will be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left hand.The Lakers announced Hart’s prognosis Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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NBA legend Julius Erving defends LeBron James’ NBA Finals record

first_img“Dr. J” Julius Erving (left) with fellow NBA legends Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Despite taking part in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) last six Finals—with eight total appearances overall—LeBron James has drawn flak for his subpar 3-wins-and-5-losses championship record.Although his individual greatness on the court cannot be questioned, the NBA’s premier superstar remains hounded by pundits questioning his presumed lack of success on the league’s grandest stage.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “So, 3-5 doesn’t mean anything. I’m more impressed with eight Finals than I am with the record in the Finals,” he said.“If he was 0-for-8 in Finals, that would still be an amazing achievement. That’s like going to eight Super Bowls.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Letran scrapes past EAC for first win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events02:49Robredo: 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Having won titles in both the NBA and ABA (American Basketball Association), Julius Erving put in his two cents on James’ record and what it means for his legacy.The retired legend, best known as “Dr. J,” who experienced several Finals setbacks of his own as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, said that LeBron’s past shortcomings do not entirely fall on his shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The game is a team sport, so individuals don’t win championships. Teams win championships,” he told FS1’s Undisputed. “You’re only as good as the team can take you. You can only go as far as the team can take you.”Knowing first-hand how hard it is to contend for a championship on a consistent basis, the NBA Hall of Famer also lauded James’ efforts throughout his storied career.last_img read more

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Djokovic becomes father of baby girl

first_imgSerbian tennis player Novak Djokovic smiles as he delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017. FILE PHOTOTwelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl, local media reported on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jelena gave birth on Saturday evening and their second child will be named Tara, Blic newspaper reported on its online edition.The couple have a two-year-old son Stefan.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 openingThe 30-year-old Djokovic announced in July he would miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.The Serb retired from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July because of the problem, from which is suffering for a year-and-a-half. McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Between mid-January 2015 and June 2016, Djokovic won 17 of his 22 finals played in 24 tournaments. It seemed nothing could interrupt his dominance of world tennis.But for months the Serbian national hero — now fourth in the world rankings — has been a shadow of his former self.Since winning the French Open last year to complete the career Grand Slam, he has failed to claim another major title.He crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round and the French Open in the last eight.Djokovic said in July he would need a couple of months without the racket but that surgery was “not an option”.ADVERTISEMENT With Andre Agassi continuing as his coach while he recovers, Djokovic now intends to be ready to start the new season at the beginning of 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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NBA: Damian Lillard would rather not win a title than move to star-studded team

first_imgRobredo: 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “Like I said, I’m not joining nobody. I would not win a Championship before I go and team up and do all that,” he said. “Unless it was like something that I couldn’t control. But I wouldn’tve did that.”With his prime years still ahead of him, Lillard was asked if he’d change his stance once he gets up in age.Still, the Weber State product held his ground and made it known he won’t join any “super team” anytime soon.“I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it,” he explained.“I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Arellano stays in Final 4 hunt, downs EAC Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard acknowledges the crowd during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Portland, Oregon, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points as the Blazers won 101-86.  We in(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)The trend of creating “super teams” or NBA superstars forming an alliance remains to be the fastest way to a championship in today’s game.But as far as Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is concerned, he won’t go to such lengths in pursuit of the Larry O’Brien trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In an appearance on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle” show, the two-time NBA All-Star revealed that he’d rather “not win a championship” than join the other superstar-caliber players from other teams.Lillard first pointed out his former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, who decided to jump ship and join the perennial contenders San Antonio Spurs in 2015, in an attempt to win a ring.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“I mean, like I said about [LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn’t have done it. For me, I’m not joining nobody,” he said.When asked if he would entertain the idea of playing with LeBron James, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the year kept his stance. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Aroon Purie’s welcome address at Youth Summit

first_imgWelcome everyone to India Today’s first ever Youth Summit, being held as the first decade of the 21st century ends. It’s 35 years since the first India Today was published. The world and India have changed enormously since. Two-thirds of India is under 35 like most of you sitting in this hall. The numbers are huge. 459 million Indians are between 13 and 35. Of these, 333 million are literate. All of you will, through how you study, work and play, decide the shape of the new India.It’s a world very different from when I was a young man, or I would like to think just younger. Thirty five years ago, when I started India Today, it was a world of shortages and queues. It was a world of one TV channel and two cars. Of ration cards, not credit cards. Of fixed landline phones and immoveable expectations. Of foreign exchange restrictions abroad and red tape at home. Of big government and small corporates. Of Cold War and heated rhetoric. Of no opportunities and even less hope.It was a time when we depended on the US PL 480 for food. Now we produce so much food we don’t know where to store it. It was a time when we relied on America for financial aid. Now they come to our doorstep to sell us armaments and nuclear reactors.Things have been transformed beyond recognition.There is, ofcourse, the Internet and the mobile phone, Infosys and the Indian Idol, Tata Nano and the Tata owned Jaguar-Land Rover, Vijay Mallya and Abhinav Bindra and countless other symbols of changing India. As the government has retreated, private enterprise has grown. As the markets have expanded, the mindsets have changed.advertisementWhat tomorrow will be is what you, the youth, make of it. By 2020, just a decade from now, the average Indian will be 29, compared to 37 in China and the US, 45 in western Europe and 48 in Japan. Or looked at another way.By 2050, the percentage of people above the age of 65 will be 39 per cent in the U.S, 53 per cent in Germany and 67 per cent in Japan. India, by contrast will have only 19 per cent above age 60. Thankfully, people like me would be a minority.This is not just an enormous market, but it also means many new citizens with emerging civic responsibilities, many new voters with changing political sensibilities, many new professionals with ideas they want to implement, and many many new parents with youngsters of their own.But as much as the numbers are a windfall, they are also a challenge in terms of employment, employability and education. The crucial three Es. What sort of education will the emerging youngsters get? What sort of jobs will the educated youngster get, or indeed will they get jobs at all? Just think of this–100 million Indians, the combined labour forces of Britain, France, Italy, and Spain- are projected to be added to our workforce by 2020, which is an incredible 25 per cent of the global workforce.Economists have pointed to a decrease in the rate of employment generation across both rural and urban areas which suggests that the advantages offered by a young labour force are not being fully exploited. Will India’s youth overcome this by learning to experiment with entrepreneurship or by developing skills in emerging industries?We are already the second largest reservoir of skilled labour in the world. We produce two million English-speaking graduates, 15,000 law graduates, 9,000 PhDs, and the existing pool of over two million engineering graduates increases by nearly 300,000 a year. These are terrific numbers but quality is yet to triumph over quantity.Most importantly, what sort of society will you, the youth, want to build? The general election last year highlighted the potential of the 200 million strong youngsters between 18 and 35, with many voting for the first time since 1989 when legislation lowered the voting age to 18.What sort of nation will you ensure? Will you retain its hard-won pluralist character? Will our politics go beyond issues like Ayodhya? Will you be able to dream with imagination and do with innovation? Will you be able to lead and not follow blindly?That is the biggest battle of all. Not so much of jobs and education. But the battle of minds. What sort of minds will lead us into the future? What sort of worldview will you have? Will it be a worldview that can encompass the aspirations of the youngsters of Jammu and Kashmir and the hopes of the tribals of Chhatisgarh? Will it reconcile the ambitions of a globalised youth in the have-it-all metropolises and the have-nothing villages?advertisementThis generation has the ability to, as our inaugural speaker Nandan Nilekani has said, embrace risk in a fearful world. But will it?So much has altered. With the collapse of the old order, old business families have vanished, dynamic new entrepreneurs emerged, professionals have become millionaires, managerial salaries are very respectable and every day new industries and services are cropping up. India today is a land of great opportunity. And the world is your oyster.You can be whatever you want to be. From an aeronautical engineer to someone working for an NGO, from a professional video gamer to a politician, from a coffee taster to a glass blower.There is no one formula for success. It’s evident in our speakers today who will tell us about their Mantras of Success. Our inaugural speaker, Nandan Nilekani, is an accidental entrepreneur who is now a technocrat grappling with the question of India’s identity, another, Sourav Ganguly, is a cricketer who crafted a world beating team out of a band of unheralded, small town youngsters; one, Katrina Kaif, is an actor who came from abroad with little Hindi but lots of determination to make it to the top of the game in Bollywood, and yet another, Viswanathan Anand, who is a World Champion in one of the world’s most competitive games.We are all privileged that we will be listening to them today.As for my mantra for success, I believe, there is no substitute for hardwork and hardwork never killed anybody. Plus be passionate about what you do and believe in yourself. And pray that you are in the right place at the right time and, most important, you know it.As someone once said, we cannot always build a future for the youth but we can build the Youth for the Future. For us, the first ever youth summit will be a learning experience, just as our soon-to-be-10-year-old India Today Conclave has been and the two-year-old India Today Woman Summit have been.This is our attempt to train our ears to listen to your voices. Just as we hope you will listen to the array of stars we have gathered here for you today, the best in politics, in business, in sports and in entertainment. They are our leaders today. We hope you will be theirs, and ours, tomorrow.last_img read more

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CWG: Cullen inspires England to 4-1 win over Wales

first_imgCrista Cullen smashed a hat-trick as England posted a 4-1 win over Wales in a Pool B women’s hockey match of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Tuesday.The 25-year-old defender put England ahead in the 10th minute before scoring her second goal in the 20th to help her side go into the half-time with a 2-0 lead at the sun-baked Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.Cullen converted her third penalty corner six minutes into the second half to make it 3-0 before Charlotte Craddock scored a goal from open play to increase England’s lead.Wales managed a consolation goal just one minute before the final hooter through Sarah Thomas, who played an integral part in Britain’s Olympic campaign in Beijing in 2008.England, the world number six, lived up to their billing as one of the favourites to lift the gold with their deft passes and neat possession throughout the match.Wales will have their task cut out after suffering their second loss in as many days. They lost 5-1 to New Zealand in their opening match on Monday.last_img read more

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Jharkhand proves to be a lawn bowls seedbed producing eight players

first_imgMost Indians couldn’t have imagined anything in common between lawn bowling and Jharkhand until the Commonwealth Games began in the Capital.But with eight players out of the 12-member national lawn bowling team coming from Ranchi, the state’s capital, at least that situation is set to change. But why have so many players from Jharkhand taken to this little-known sport?National players from Jharkhand Dinesh Kumar (34) and Krishna Xalxo (34) say they were drawn to the sport due to the uncertain future football offered them.”We played football at the national level but our careers did not progress. I was working as a football coach with the Sports Authority of India in 2007 when I first heard about lawn bowling,” Dinesh said.He said he got involved in the sport after watching some of the girls he used to coach practising lawn bowling on their days off from football training. The players from Jharkhand believe the state has become the seedbed of lawn bowling thanks to the lawn bowling green (one of the only two in the country) there.According to team member Prince Kumar (18), he would never have discovered the sport had the RK Anand Bowls Green not come up in Namkun block in Ranchi, about 2km from his house.”I used to play football with friends near the RK Anand Bowls Green and saw several people practising lawn bowling there. I got interested and began playing this sport too,” Prince said.The Jharkhand player said his family did not object to his choice of lawn bowling for a career, as he was not academically inclined. But not everyone got support from their families that easily.advertisementKrishna said his family was hard to convince. “They didn’t know what lawn bowling was and I had trouble convincing them because even I, too, wasn’t familiar with it,” he said. But success at the international level has changed much for the players.Although the team had just two years’ experience, it won the 2009 Asian Lawn Bowls Championship in Shenzen and also came up with a commendable show in the Asia-Pacific Championships. In April the team finished fourth in the women’s triple at the eight-nation meet in Delhi.”With awareness about the sport growing and after witnessing our success the attitude of our families has changed. My family still does not understand the rules of the game but they watched me playing on TV,” said Mahip Tirkey (22), who is from Namkum.Despite their medal hopes being dashed by Sunday’s loss to England in the triples play-off for bronze, the players are upbeat about their achievement.”Had we won a medal at the Games, people would have known better about the sport. We are proud that we did not let our opponents win easily. And these are countries that have been playing the sports for decades,” Krishna said.last_img read more

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Sandeepa Dhar turns bold for a photoshoot

first_imgSandeepa Dhar, the new Bollywood hottie is finding her place in the list of bold and beautiful of Bollywood. Sandeepa, who made her debut with Rajshri Production’s Hindi film, Isi Life Mein recently got a hot photoshoot done.In the shoot, Sandeepa was mostly seen in hot pants and low neck short tops. She also sported flowy high-slit gowns.She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer and Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow.last_img read more

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Viewers criticize Benazir Bhutto’s Indo-Pak speech at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgIndo – Pak relationsDouble SpeakBenazir Bhutto is a hypocrite (“Can Indo-Pak Relations Be Reinvented?”, April 9). She now says that trade, not conflict, must be Pakistan’s top priority in the context of its relations with India. But when she was prime minister, conflict with India on the issue of Kashmir,Indo – Pak relationsDouble SpeakBenazir Bhutto is a hypocrite (“Can Indo-Pak Relations Be Reinvented?”, April 9). She now says that trade, not conflict, must be Pakistan’s top priority in the context of its relations with India. But when she was prime minister, conflict with India on the issue of Kashmir was her top priority. Hope she does not change her colours again if she becomes prime minister of Pakistan. R.J. KHURANA, on e-mailBhutto’s speech at the INDIA TODAY Conclave seems friendly, but when she was in power and had the opportunity to do something concrete in this direction, she proved to be no different from her predecessors. NUTAN THAKUR, LucknowShall the Twain Meet?Mohammad Khatami, former president of Iran, has spoken with empathy (“Can Civilisations Talk?”, April 9). His ideas on freedom and salvation and his emphasis on spirituality are similar to the Indian approach to life and should be understood by the western world, which is neglecting inner peace. VINITA SAHAI, on e-mailKhatami is right in saying that the East has wisdom, but this should not be interpreted to mean that the West lacks it. This is a mindset the East must get rid of. In fact, most of the progress that we see around us today is the result of the West’s endeavours in science, art, literature and economy. AMITABH THAKUR, LucknowPretensions of HarmonyManmohan Singh has spoken at length about India being a successful platform for the “confluence of civilisations” (“Can India Take the Lead?”, April 9). If it was really so, there wouldn’t have been riots in Gujarat, terrorist attacks on Mumbai, or demands for separate states. Is the Government’s policy on reservations really conducive to such a confluence of cultures, civilisations, religions and classes? M. SATYA SARVANI, HyderabadadvertisementExit WoundBy blaming Greg Chappell and Rahul Dravid, the media is missing the woods for the trees (“Now for the Hard Decisions,” April 9). The fault lies in the way the game is administered in the country. Administration is not about being the richest sporting Board in the world, but being an efficient and effective one. DR AMBUJ ROY, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, DelhiIf Indian cricket is down in the dumps today, it is the cumulative effect of years of political patronage, regional bias and gross commercialisation. We now miss our Pataudis, Wadekars and Gavaskars, for whom representing the country was the sole aim. We faced defeats in the past, but never felt as ashamed as we do today because our players would always give their best. JEEVAN BANDHU RATH, BhubaneswarThe media should stop lamenting the abysmal performance of our cricketers and devote more newsprint to deserving sportspersons like Viswanathan Anand. V.S. GANESHAN, BangaloreDespite not performing well for several years now, India is not willing to give up its so-called star players. If Brazil can drop its star football player Ronaldo, can’t India drop Dravid or Sachin Tendulkar? It is time for the old order to yield place to the new. J. JENA, on e-mailLet alone Indians, foreigners too had felt that India had a good team with an exciting crop of players, and yet we lost miserably. So what went wrong? Probably everything: the endless experimentation, the hype, the advertisements, and worst of all, the reluctance of some players to gracefully exit the game. H.R. BAPU SATYANARAYANA, MysoreThings might have been different had a full-time, professional management been in place instead of a part-time president in Sharad Pawar, who could not bring himself to say, the buck stops here. KESHAV AGARWAL, on e-mailThe discontent of the Indians should be within limits. Our players are being harassed and their houses guarded. Doctored photos are being circulated through e-mail, showing them taking up alternative professions-Ganguly as barber, Tendulkar as tea boy, Dravid as priest. People should realise that a team, however brilliant, can lose once in a while. RAJENDRA K. ANEJA, DubaiSunny SideSunil Gavaskar rightly contends that senior players like Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara made their teams shine, but he defends the dismal performance of our seniors (“Time to Change Structure”, April 9). T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatoreQuote MisquoteIn his review of my book (“Bogeyman in Saffron”, April 9), Chandan Mitra claims: ‘Sharma has to admit that Golwalkar believed “Hindu culture has no place for it (Fascism)”‘. The actual quote in the book is as follows: “He (Golwalkar) proceeds to analyse Fascism, but can barely conceal his enthusiasm for it. The basic idea behind Fascism is not so bad, because it is also an attempt at wealth creation and this happens through the primacy and power of society. But Hindu culture has no place for it. Nazism is also a form of socialism. All power and all means of wealth creation are centralised. We do not call it good or bad, concludes Golwalkar, because everything has its uses and can do good in its own place.” Is such deliberate mischief an afterthought, or a forethought? JYOTIRMAYA SHARMAadvertisementCorrection In the Impact Feature (“Assam on the Move”, April 9), we erroneously mentioned that the 2005-06 profit after tax for Oil India Ltd was Rs 16.90 crore instead of Rs 1,690 crore. The error is regretted.Brick Bats for BuddhaBuddhadeb BhattacharyaContrary to the virtue of ahimsa preached by Lord Gautama, whose name he has inherited, the Buddha of West Bengal has butchered his own people, which is unpardonable (“The Struggle of Buddha”, April 2). He should change his name immediately. FIONA WALTAIR, ChennaiSanjiv Goenka, vice-chairman, RPG Enterprises, has hailed Buddhadeb Bhattacharya as the architect of new Bengal. What great achievement has he seen during his tenure? Not a single big industry has come up here yet. Many industries have shut shop. How could Goenka ignore the contribution of Bidhan Roy, who radically changed the face of West Bengal by setting up scores of industries? Roy is the true architect of modern Bengal. ASOKE C. 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Commercial ‘artiste’ Sachin Tendulkar Gets Tax Break

first_imgSachin Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on an income of Rs 5,92,31,211 he earned from ESPN Star Sports, Pepsico and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05.Sachin Tendulkar, super God of cricket, has formally declared that he is an actor and not a cricketer. The,Sachin Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on an income of Rs 5,92,31,211 he earned from ESPN Star Sports, Pepsico and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05.Sachin Tendulkar, super God of cricket, has formally declared that he is an actor and not a cricketer. The excuse: he models for TV advertisements. In order to save tax of around Rs 2 crore on income derived from doing TV commercials, Tendulkar told the Income Tax tribunal that acting, not cricket, is his profession. The tribunal accepted that he is an artist on the grounds that “he has to use his own skills, imagination and creativity in the commercials”.Tendulkar was levied an income tax of Rs 2,08,59,707 on the income of Rs 5,92,31,211 that he earned from ESPN Star Sports, PepsiCo and Visa in foreign currency during 2001-02 and 2004-05. He had challenged the order of the Commissioner of Income Tax-Appeal (CIT-A), to pay up. In an order on May 20, the tribunal ruled that Tendulkar could claim deduction in tax on his income from modelling as he is an artist.Tendulkar had claimed deduction of tax under Section 80RR of the Income Tax Act. The section states that a person can claim tax deduction if he is a playwright, artist, musician, actor or sportsman and the income for which deduction is claimed is derived by him in the exercise of his profession.When the assessing officer asked Tendulkar to explain the nature of his profession, the master blaster submitted that “he is a popular model who acts in various commercials for endorsing products of various companies”. He further stated that the income derived by him from ‘acting’ had been reflected as income from “business and profession” whereas income from playing cricket was reflected as “income from other sources” since he is a non-professional cricketer. Tendulkar explained that the claimed deduction in tax was from the exercise of his profession as an ‘actor’.advertisementThe assessing officer rejected Tendulkar’s claim and looked up the dictionary for the meaning of the term ‘professional’. “It could be correct to say that playing cricket is the source of his livelihood and is therefore his profession,” the officer observed, adding that “if Sachin is not a cricketer, then who is a cricketer?” He noted that Tendulkar had received remuneration for providing a wide variety of services to these companies. The various activities mentioned in the agreement with these companies had nothing to do with his claim of being an actor. Therefore, the officer said, his claim was not justified. Tendulkar has an agreement with these companies for the use of the name, photo, original voice, clothing, footwear, playing product spokesman, personal and media appearances.”It is true that while appearing in ad films Tendulkar would have to dress in a certain way and would have to follow the script suggested by the director. However, that does not make him an actor. In all the advertisements in which he appears, what is highlighted is his personality as a cricketer. It is important to note that the company that wants Tendulkar to endorse its brand uses him because he is Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketing legend,” the officer noted.After his claim was rejected, Tendulkar submitted that he should be considered an ‘artist’ for the purpose of Section 80RR. He submitted that the meaning of ‘artist’ be read along with the several clauses of the endorsement agreements. However, the CIT-A did not buy this argument. He ruled: “Tendulkar is primarily involved in playing cricket and irrespective of whether he is a professional or not, it cannot be disputed that his profession is playing cricket. Tendulkar is not being paid for his activities as an actor or his performance as an artist. The nature and quality of his acting or performance as an artist would never have resulted in the contracts and payments made out to him.”Tendulkar appealed against this ruling to the tribunal. An earlier ruling by the tribunal allowing tax deduction to actor Amitabh Bachchan helped his case. In 2004, the tribunal had ruled that the income derived by Bachchan as a host of TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) was liable for deduction of tax under Section 80RR because he used his skills as an artist in the show.Asha Vijayaraghavan, judicial member of the tribunal, and R.K. Panda, accountant member, ruled: “While appearing in advertisements and commercials Tendulkar has to face the lights and camera. As a model he brings to his work a degree of imagination, creativity and skill to arrange elements in a manner that would affect human senses and emotions and to have an aesthetic value. No doubt, being a successful cricketer has added to his brand value as a model. But the fact remains that he has to use his own skills, imagination and creativity. Every sportsman does not possess that degree of talent or skill or creativity to face the lights and camera. The income received by him from modeling and appearing in TV commercials and similar activities can be termed as income derived from the profession of an artist.”advertisementTendulkar had also claimed deduction of Rs 57,969 towards staff welfare expenses that included expenses incurred on tea and snacks provided to his staff, Rs 50,000 each on account of entertainment expenses and telephone expenses and Rs 1,42,824 on account of car expenses. However, the tribunal dismissed these claims saying that the use of telephone, car and food was for him and his family.This is one act where the man who holds almost all the batting records in cricket has outdone himself.last_img read more

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Imran Khan pulls wool over in this heat

first_imgImran Khan and Avantika MalikWhen actor Imran Khan recently announced to design and launch his own fashion line for the youth, one wouldn’t have questioned the 28- year- old actor’s decision. But now it’s about time he reconsiders his latest passion for fashion.It seems like the roller coaster Delhi Belly ride has muddled Imran Khan’s sense of the weather cycle. While the scorching summer heat demands for smart airy clothing and would’ve expected him to be dressing right for the season, he has been spotted wearing cardigans and pullovers during his recent appearances for the promotion of his recently released flick Delhi Belly. Even though his film Delhi Belly is getting good reviews, Imran’s dressing sense is being highly criticised.Leaving aside his own fashion faux pas, he has found a style match in his wife Avantika whose list of fashion blunders seems to be endless too. Star wives and girlfriends create a place of their own and it’s about time Avantika gets familiar with this. With a five feet something frame like hers, she should ideally swap her over-sized shirts, ill-fitted dresses and floor sweeping anarkalis with something more tasteful and trendy plus something that will also suit her body type.Imran’s talent and chocolateboy charm makes him a part of the A-list bandwagon of B-town but it’s his not so clever fashion choices lately which have caught the eye of the fashion police. He might not score full marks on the fashion score card always, but it’s his monotonous dressing style which makes him a style snob.advertisement”He needs a stylist who understands his personal style and makes him look good in both casuals and formals”, says fashion stylist Dhruv Kapoor. While we can only hope the actor sporting the cardigans every now and then is not for any superstitious reason for his movie, it’s about time the actor ditches his signature casual clothing and his dreary sweaters for something more appealing to his age and the weather, obviously.last_img read more

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Navi Mumbai cricket fan becomes October’s first ESPNStar Super Selector

first_imgWINNER WALINJKAR (RIGHT) WITH NASEERUDDIN SHAHIt took a Navi Mumbai cricket fan to beat Sunil Gavaskar, Geoffrey Boycott and 1,18,000 others and emerge as the first ESPNStar Super Selector for October. How did 28-year-old Amit Walinjkar, with experience of Mumbai school and college cricket behind him, get the better of,WINNER WALINJKAR (RIGHT) WITH NASEERUDDIN SHAHIt took a Navi Mumbai cricket fan to beat Sunil Gavaskar, Geoffrey Boycott and 1,18,000 others and emerge as the first ESPNStar Super Selector for October. How did 28-year-old Amit Walinjkar, with experience of Mumbai school and college cricket behind him, get the better of all the gurus?First, he made clever choices and secondly – thus proving the merits of reading the fine print and our selection tips – he was smart enough to substitute under performers without fear or favour. Take a look at his picks and his drops, read our tips and let your game begin.WALINJKAR’S WINNING XI Gary Kirsten Sachin Tendulkar Nick Knight Virender Sehwag Grant Flower Andrew FlowerJacques Kallis Shaun Pollock Makhaya Ntini Matthew Hoggard Martin Suji Meanwhile, Walinjkar will fly to Centurion near Johannesburg for the third Test between South Africa and India and share the commentary box with Gavaskar and Boycott.That should be incentive enough for you to become an ESPNStar Super Selector. To prove your cricketing knowledge and start on your own selectorial journey, log on to www.espnstar.com. Now!Smart TipsDon’t spend money picking late-middle-order batsmen from top-class sides like Australia or South Africa for one-dayers. With just 50 overs to go, you aren’t going to get too many overs on a consistent basis.In Test matches, a class bowler in an otherwise mediocre attack is always a better pick than a class bowler in a class side. Muttiah Muralitharan takes 38 per cent of the wickets for Sri Lanka in Tests. Neither Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath nor Jason Gillespie average more than 26 per cent.Dogged MythsadvertisementThe myth is that one Test match makes for two ODIs for a batsman. Our analysis shows that an average of 439 runs are scored by both teams in a normal ODI match. Compare that to 997 for a Test match and you have a ratio closer to 1:2.25 rather than 1:2. Go for that Test batsman.Watch current form. It often inflates a player’s value. You should be looking at the opposition and the conditions. Harbhajan Singh could have cleaned out Australia at home, but he was never likely to do the same in Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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Happily Never After

first_imgIn 2003, as larger-than-life reel heroes cowered, actor Preity Zinta, a mere 28 years old, testified against gangster Chhota Shakeel in the Bharat Shah case of Bollywood’s nexus with the Mumbai underworld. Current Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria was then the city’s Crime Branch chief. He put her into,In 2003, as larger-than-life reel heroes cowered, actor Preity Zinta, a mere 28 years old, testified against gangster Chhota Shakeel in the Bharat Shah case of Bollywood’s nexus with the Mumbai underworld. Current Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria was then the city’s Crime Branch chief. He put her into witness protection and kept her out of the public eye for two months. She was the only witness not to turn hostile, testifying to the Mumbai Sessions Court that the gangster had said: “Main bhai ka aadmi Razak bol raha hoon aur mujhe 50 lakh chahiye. Preity claimed, when she finally emerged, that she had aged 10 years in those two months. But she was proud, she was vocal, and she was fearless.This time, as Maria steers the investigations into the now 39-year-old’s charges of verbal and physical abuse against ex-boyfriend and co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab team, Ness Wadia, he deals with a very different Preity. Distraught, emotional, self-admittedly fearful for her life, the actor skipped out of the public eye hurriedly, taking off to her home in Los Angeles after filing a midnight complaint on June 12 at the Marine Lines Police Station in Mumbai under sections 354, 509, 504, 506 of the IPC, two weeks after the incident occurred. Mumbai Police, unsure of whether to add a stalking charge in the absence of CCTV footage to corroborate her claim, and under pressure to be seen as proactive on women’s issues, sent a letter to her via lawyer Hitesh Jain, asking her to record a statement in person by the following weekend.advertisementThe police have also requested access to prior emails that Preity claims she had sent, warning Ness to back off. Quite far removed from the actor who publicly took on the mafia, Preity accuses Ness of pulling her arm and mouthing obscenities at her in full public view at the IPL Qualifier 2 held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 30. Even as gangster Ravi Pujari claims to intervene on her behalf with the Wadias, via a number traceable to Iran, anti-extortion police are investigating if he was acting independently. Preity answered “wrong number when india today called her and didn’t respond to text messages but her lawyer confirmed that the actor is directly in touch with Mumbai Police on the details of the case. She subsequently tweeted from her account to clarify: “A big Thank U 2all the people 4the support. Amazed at how much speculation in the media. No I’m not selling my stake or settling in the US” and SO called sources says anything & its getting reported. Pls No hearsay. There are many IMP Issues in India which are much more news worthy.The Wadias, an old-world reclusive part of Mumbai’s high society, have countered the claims saying the two had a spat caused by her refusal to save reserved seats for his mother, Maureen Wadia, and nephew, as Preity did not want to sit next to them. The Wadias had arrived late as it was Ness’s birthday and found their seats occupied by Preity’s entourage. Angered at seeing his mother standing for 20 minutes, Ness snapped.The case has pulled much of Bollywood and sporting society into its ambit, with many annoyed at having to take sides. Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar, was supposedly in the VIP enclosure and at the receiving end of a few of Ness’s obscenities. IPL COO Sundar Raman confirmed to investigators that Preity had verbally complained to him about the incident but declined information as he did not witness it; he told police that he had asked the actor to “deal with it calmly later. Businessman Danish Kanaujia and two Wankhede employees stationed at the Garware Pavilion have reportedly given eyewitness statements. Celebrity journalists Tavleen Singh and Shobhaa De have publicly debated the merits of women of privilege seeking police help for verbal abuse.Friends of both parties, like model Indrani Dasgupta, who is engaged to the Kings XI Punjab co-owner Karan Paul, of the Apeejay Group, and Lisa Haydon, former girlfriend of one of Ness’s oldest and closest friends Karan Bhojwani, have been pulled into society speculation.Legal sources have also claimed that negotiations are on to buy out Preity’s 23 per cent stake in Kings XI Punjab, which turned profitable in 2014 for the first time and was estimated to have a brand valuation of $32 million by Mumbai-based firm American Appraisal; the franchise was valued at $76 million when it was first bought in 2008. A newspaper report has claimed that Preity is looking to sell and move to the US. A Wadia group spokesperson confirmed that “the option to sell stakes will be on the table in future. However, highly placed legal sources close to the Wadias also claim that Preity got wind of their move to cut their losses and divest their stake in the IPL next season and panicked. All Kings XI Punjab owners-Dabur’s Mohit Burman and the Wadias-barring Preity have attempted to jettison their stake at some point. Without the IPL, Preity has nothing, the legal sources claim.advertisementWith Mumbai’s legal community condemning the application of Section 354, which pertains to assault or criminal force used to outrage the modesty of a woman, Preity’s lawyer has clarified they have not mentioned sexual assault, only physical and verbal abuse. Friends of the Wadias claim Preity is still not over Ness, though their relationship ended five years ago and he is soon to be engaged to a mysterious lady love. “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, a top society lawyer close to the Wadias says. Preity’s friends have countered saying it was she who walked out of an abusive relationship.  How did a one-time fairy-tale romance between a bubbly actor at her peak and a most eligible bachelor reach such divisive and disastrously public proportions? The saga began soon after December 2004, when Preity survived the Indian Ocean tsunami, waking in Thailand to the sound of crashing waves that took the lives of a few of her closest childhood friends; she escaped traumatised. It was a time when she seemed blessed. It had been a good two years; by 2004, Preity was a blockbuster heroine: Koi… Mil Gaya did Rs 80 crore at the box office, Kal Ho Naa Ho raked in Rs 93 crore, while Veer-Zaara wowed both Indian and Pakistani audiences as it collected Rs 88 crore. Preity came off those years on a high, and into the arms of the heir to the Bombay Dyeing estate and great grandson of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Ness Wadia.Ness himself was no rookie to Bollywood or its stars; South Mumbai sources tell of his teenage crush on Ameesha Patel, whom he met at a gym. The two would exchange love notes and he would shower her with presents. His list of alleged dalliances included Manisha Koirala and Lara Dutta. Preity had lived in with Dutch engineer Lars Kjeldson, who is now married to actor Suchitra Pillai, and choreographer Marc Robinson. But when Preity and Ness met in February 2005 at a party, they were beautiful, successful, and seemingly made for each other.Contrary to popular opinion, when the two first started dating, just before Preity’s 30th birthday, bonding over travel and sport, Ness’s mother didn’t disapprove. “He’s an eligible bachelor, she is an eligible star, yes they are dating and as a mother I can only say my son is handsome, and they seem very equal, very well-matched, soon-to-turn-spoilsport Maureen told Zee News at the time. Salaam Namaste had just released and Ness had made a blink-and-you-miss appearance as a man on the bus reading a paper, so lovelorn that he invented business appointments in Australia to be able to spend time with Preity on set. “We are going places all right… Ness is a very special person in my life, he makes me laugh and smile. I am in a very beautiful phase of my life, Preity said in February 2005. Two months later, the couple visited the Vaishno Devi Shrine along with Preity’s mother Neelprabha Zinta, sparking rumours that a wedding was imminent with Ness sitting in on the aarti to make his mother-in-law-to-be happy.advertisementThey were the kind of couple that did things together. That year, on Independence Day, they launched a cleanliness drive, donating 15 dustbins to the suburb of Bandra, only to find them promptly stolen. If Preity went to New York right after to shoot for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, her puppy love followed, with the duo stopping to spend time together on a holiday in Europe on the way back. Even as Ness remained increasingly absent from Mumbai, his brother Jeh, then 32, the original wild child, hung up his party boots and took over the family businesses, launching GoAir that year. Preity was clearly part of the family at the time, with Jeh quipping that he hoped she would be a brand ambassador for the low-cost carrier for free. Maureen’s influence became clear as Preity metamorphosed from a jeans-clad girl into a hat-and-glove-sporting derby socialite.Flaunting it and happy-Preity had always claimed she would shout it from the rooftops if she was in love-trouble soon struck. In July 2005, Hindustan Times launched in Mumbai, printing transcripts between actor Salman Khan and his one-time girlfriend Aishwarya Rai, taped in August 2001, a time when Mumbai Police was monitoring the nexus between film stars and gangsters. In it, Salman made boastful sexual allegations about a person identified as Preity. She was in Italy at the time and made several frantic calls to convince her beau that the allegations weren’t true, including to close friend Aishwarya to find out if the tapes were doctored. Aishwarya reportedly told her that they weren’t. Preity sued the newspaper for defamation and obtained a clean chit from a forensic laboratory.It is telling of Preity’s ability to forgive and forge relationships that she went on to shoot Jaan-E-Mann with Salman, and he remains one of her closest friends, as does Aishwarya, whose wedding to Abhishek Bachchan she attended with Ness in 2007. But in 2006, public appearances declined and rumours began to swirl. The couple got over the incident but it had shaken them. Jeh Wadia had taken over as Bombay Dyeing MD. Ness was focusing on mill lands, a legal battle with the B.K. Birla family over the Century Mills complex and handling the redevelopment of Spring Mills. Both Preity and Maureen, who was coping with spondylitis alongside managing the newly introduced Mrs Gladrags contests, issued interviews in which they stated they “looked up to each other.But other kinds of rumours were swirling around; that the couple was getting sucked into a wilder lifestyle. In 2007, singer-actor Suchitra Krishnamoorthi blamed Preity for her own split with director-husband Shekhar Kapur, claiming the two had had an affair. Krishnamoorthi told Mid-Day in March 2007 that Preity had called her up to clarify she was marrying Ness and that she had asked Kapur to give her away at the wedding. Ness and Preity were spotted having a blast at liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s yacht party ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix and at the Louis Vuitton Cup in Valencia, Spain, in June 2007. Rumours of distancing from the matriarch had set in-Maureen had made the now-infamous remark that she didn’t care if her son “married a Zinta or a zebra.Once Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, her last mainstream film of the year, flopped, Preity began to change her image. She moved away from the Yash Raj label, opted for films like Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear, and launched her own production house, beginning to position herself as a businesswoman fashioned after the family she would now be a part of. She stopped partying with the Khans, and was seen at races like the CN Wadia Cup horse race and charity events intent on leaving her filmi ways behind. She and Ness were planning their IPL venture. Preity took over creatives, handling uniforms, promotions, anthems. Ness handled the business and logistics. Ness dubbed her “the spirit of the team. Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif quickly filled the acting space she was vacating.  When the duo made an appearance hand-in-hand at the Aishwarya-Abhishek wedding in April 2007 and the Elizabeth Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding in June, it again fuelled rumours that they would be next to tie the knot. In October, Jeh Wadia clarified Maureen’s remark saying “Preity is definitely a part of our family. In fact, it is a pleasure to have her in our family. The next month, Preity and Ness were spotted in Shillong in the audience at the concert of her favourite band Mr Big. She was shooting for Jahnu Barua’s Har Pal.It was however during the making of Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, a film on domestic abuse for which Preity met with several Canadian victims of violence, that she experienced a near epiphany and began to let go of what was increasingly becoming an abusive relationship, says a close friend. In April 2008, Bollywood insiders and gossip columnists claimed that Ness slapped Preity at the screening of the film, renamed Videsh in Hindi, apparently angered that she was trying to send him a ‘message’ via the film, which she was rumoured to have taken in order to confront the issue. Their fights and subsequent patch-ups were getting routine now. In 2008, even as Preity and Ness forged an IPL partnership together, she bit the bullet.By 2009, it was done. Preity was to later tell Savvy magazine that she had made the decision to walk. In a depressed state-she told People magazine she was “mentally and physically exhausted-she chose to travel, spending time with her family, her younger brother Manish Zinta, who lived with his then four-year-old daughter Maya in Los Angeles; her childhood friend and classmate from Shimla, Sangrur Congressman Arvind Khanna’s wife Shagun; and also hanging out with star wives such as Malaika Arora Khan and Gauri Khan in London. She spent time with designer Surily Goel in Paris. When the holiday extended into a general absence, she told people she was recovering from a ski accident.By December 2009, determined to take her role as the only woman owner of an IPL team at the time seriously, she enrolled for a short executive course in negotiating and dealmaking at Harvard University. Preity was talking politics, campaigning for the Congress in Kanpur for Sriprakash Jaiswal, and happily single. Ness and she originally signed up to a partnership in which each held 23 per cent, Mohit Burman-owned Windy Investments held 11.5 per cent, Mohit’s brother Gaurav Burman (also IPL chief Lalit Modi’s step son-in-law) owned 23 per cent; Karan Paul held 4 per cent, Shagun Khanna-owned Root Investments held 4 per cent, among others.Had they married unaffected by circumstances, Preity would have gone on to be a trophy wife in the VIP box, while Ness and Mohit would have handled the bulk of the business. Now, things were proving otherwise with the reinvented Preity. She was everywhere, at IPL auctions, in the dugout, at press conferences, with the team and players’ wives. In the 2009 season of IPL, Ness, who was by now dating Thapar Group heiress Ayesha Thapar, was getting into brawls at the VIP box while Preity stuck firmly to the dugout. The private security guards of South African businessman Ajay Gupta of the Sahara Group, a friend of the country’s President Jacob Zuma, thrashed Ness and Mohit Burman in the VIP box, Hindustan Times and The Times of India reported quoting agency reports, after Mohit Burman, it was alleged, had jabbed a woman spectator, Gupta’s daughter, with a Kings XI Punjab flagpole, demanding she get out of his line of vision. Ness and Mohit would have been deported if not for the intervention of Lalit Modi, who set up a meeting and insisted that the two apologise in person and in writing.The professional partnership lumbered on, despite rumours of a split. In 2010, a Chandigarh court issued non-bailable warrants against Ness, Preity and Mohit for failing to appear before it on complaints of not filing balance sheets and income-tax returns since Kings XI Punjab came into existence; Karan Paul had appeared before the court. The franchise was in financial doldrums and a move to make Rs 214.6 crore from a Rs 598 crore private placement of shares from Kolkata-based NVD Solar through a three-year contract came under the government scanner for irregularities. Kings XI Punjab then filed a criminal complaint accusing NVD Solar of reneging on payments to the tune of Rs 14 crore and bounced cheques of Rs 25 crore each via fake accounts.Preity, it was rumoured, meanwhile, struggled even more than Ness financially, having neglected her career during their romance. She sued the family of deceased producer Kamal Amrohi for interest and the return of the Rs 2 crore that she had loaned the family. There were rumours that she had put her decade-long home, Quantum Apartments in Khar, up for rent though she denied it vehemently. She raised Rs 10 crore in loans for her 2013 comeback film Ishqk in Paris from the Central Bank of India but the movie tanked at the box office, raking in only around Rs 3 crore. Preity paid the unit hands first but scriptwriter Abbas Tyrewala slapped her with a lawsuit asking for the payment of Rs 18 lakh. Preity contested the bill and claimed that she had paid everyone she owed money to. The case is still sub-judice.  Finally, after seven years and despite losing in the IPL final this year, Kings XI Punjab showed a profit of Rs 78.01 lakh. The media attributed a part of the success to Preity. On the field she was one of the boys, a back-slapping, hands-on team owner, maintaining a closeness and camaraderie unlike other team owners, who kept their celebrity distance.Off the field, if Preity’s allegations are true, she has remained Ness’s verbal punching bag. An emotional Preity has now asked for restitution under sections 354, 504 and 506 of the IPC. Each deal with outraging the modesty of a woman. Rumours swirl that the one-time couple is now in negotiations for her stake in the team to be bought out. That Preity, now thoroughly defeated, will give up the fight, sell her stake, and fed up of the Indian media and public prying, with the increasing murkiness of the IPL tournament, its alleged links with the underworld and unsavoury elements, move to Los Angeles to live with her brother.Would she who brooked no defeat from the mafia or tsunami or financial loss give up a finally triumphing team over verbal abuse and a seat she denied a co-owner? The answers again are with Police Chief Rakesh Maria as he pulls in witnesses for questioning.Perhaps life does come full circle, after all.Follow the writer on Twitter @SellingVioletslast_img read more

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World Cup: Schurrle breaks Algerian hearts, takes Germany into quarterfinals

first_imgAndre Schurrle celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Germany Substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil scored in extra time Monday to lead Germany over an aggressive Algeria 2-1 and into the World Cup quarterfinals. Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner in the 92nd minute, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.Ozil added the second in the 120th, and Abdelmoumene Djabou pulled one back in injury time for Algeria.Germany will next face France on Friday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Shkodran Mustafi (Sami Khedira, 70th), Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Howedes; Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Christoph Kramer, 109th), Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos; Mario Gotze (Andre Schurrle, 46th), Thomas Muller.Algeria: Rais M’Bolhi; Aissa Mandi, Esseid Belkalem, Rafik Halliche (Madjid Bouguerra, 97th), Faouzi Ghoulam; Mehdi Mostefa, Mehdi Lacen, Saphir Taider (Yacine Brahimi, 78th); Sofiane Feghouli, El Arabi Soudani (Abdelmoumene Djabou, 100th), Islam Slimanilast_img read more

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