Mehdi Hasan

first_imgThe first I heard about Mehdi Hassan, who I call an amazing ghazal traash (sculptor of ghazals), was in 1966 when a friend brought me a reel-to-reel tape of a Pakistani Radio recording of something he said would spellbind me. He insisted that he had never heard such a voice, such meticulous Urdu pronunciation and articulation of ghazals by famous Urdu poets.Knowing our shared taste for ghazals, I didn’t doubt him. But the problem was that as student I did not have a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Once I found one, I was enthralled to discover the recording of an upcoming Pakistani ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan singing his famous ghazal, “Gulon mein rang bhare.” I loved it. Thus far the only ghazals I had heard were all sung by Begum Akhtar, such as “Aye muhabbat tere anjaam pe rona aya.”It so happened, the next time I heard Mehdi Hassan was after I had arrived in Washington as a student in the 1970s. I think, it was his first live concert in the U.S. and I was excited that I would get to see him sing live on stage, almost roobaroo (face to face).And for more than two hours he showed us how a ghazal should be sung, how it can be composed in an Indian raga to make it immortal, and how and when, which part of the verse should be highlighted. Basically, what I felt was that only Mehdi Hassan could bring the real meaning and spirit of ghazals alive and convey to you with great ease what the shayar (the poet) really wants to say. It could be “Yeh dhuan kahan se uthta hai” or “Yeh rakh akhir dil na banjaye” or “Ranjish hi sahi.”And much later after another concert in the US capital, when I interviewed him on behalf of Voice of America, he confirmed everything I had thought about him and his magic. He said he chose to compose them into ragas because a raga, be it Bhairavi or Darbari, always sounds fresh and once a ghazal is composed in that raga, the ghazal will always remain popular and never die. And he said he always tries to find out the bhava or the emotional premise of a particular ghazal and then chooses a raga that can pry the poet’s feelings out so it touches the hearts of audiences. All his ghazals were composed in a way that even today magically highlight the poet’s feelings.That is why, unlike others, I don’t call him the King of Ghazals, as people have often described the late Jagjit Singh, another stalwart. I love Jagjit’s gayaki also, but for me with his heavy voice and subtle nuances, Jagjit was a well-trained horse racing on a well defined track, while Mehdi Hassan was like a wild deer running freely, hither and thither, in green pastures sometimes, in dense jungles at others, but always coming back to the basic raga and or as they say in Hindi, the sum. I find Mehdi Hassan even two notches above Ghulam Ali, whom I also admire fondly.So instead of King of Ghazals, I like to call Mehdi Hassan a ghazal traash, who with his gayaki and purely magical voice chisels an imaginary and abstract statue of sounds — the ghazal. The notes are so entrancing that it is difficult sometimes to separate his lower notes from those of the harmonium.I always feel he is like a sang traash, who first chooses, say a sad romantic ghazal by Ahmed Faraz, and then selects a raga to accompany its mood, and then with his skillful husky voice and true notes, he gives the ghazal its real shape, sculpting it in some places and chiseling it in others, to bring to us the real emotional premise of the poet, the true spirit in which it was written.He established a new era in the ghazal gayaki. The styles of the ghazal gayaki will be always known as “the pre-Mehdi Hassan era” and “the post Mehdi Hassan era.” And little wonder that in this “post Mehdi Hassan era,” we see so many male ghazal singers trying to follow his style.I can never forget how my little son and daughter, sitting in my lap in my family room in Virginia, used to listen to Mehdi Hassan, even though they did not understand the language. But the result is heartwarming. My son Brittan often questions me about the different ragas and their moods and wants me to leave for him my huge collection of Mehdi Hassan ghazals once I depart this world. And my daughter Samiha loves Indian classical music, and the other day, called from Durham to ask me what the Urdu word suroor means.My last roobaroo mulakat (face to face meeting) with the maestro was in Washington on a beautiful summer evening at a live concert arranged by the Smithsonian Institute on the lawns of one of their museums. I can never forget when my ghazal god, limped from his chair, and with great difficulty and with the help of his sons, slowly climbed the 10 or so stairs to reach the podium. I was sitting on the lawns below among some 150 fans. We were concerned that the maestro was physically faltering and wondered whether he would be able to sing as usual. But when he began singing in his even deeper and huskier voice, we were reassured that the shola (fire) is still not extinct after all.And now that he is gone and his voice fills the stillness of my small living room in New Delhi, I wonder if ever there will be another Mehdi Hassan. As his voice consumes the silence of the room around me, singing “Shola tha jal bujha hoon, hawaein mujhe na do, mein kab ka ja chuka hoon, sadayeien mujhe na do,” (The fire is extinguished; don’t try to reignite me. I am long gone; beckon not now for my return) I feel tears quietly rolling down my cheeks.For ghazal lovers everywhere, Mehdi Hazan’s embers will never die. Related Itemslast_img read more

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India Targets Double Digit Growth

first_imgIndia expects to register a 8.5 percent growth in the current 2010-2011 year and is aiming to touch double digits in 2010, according to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The country officially anticipates a growth rate of 9 percent in 2011-2012, but Mukherjee told a Washington, D.C. audience, “My target is to make it a year of double digit growth.”“Confidence in the Indian economy and its potential is well recognized and our private sector is very vibrant and dynamic.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Man Sentenced to Jail for Forging Mother’s Will in UK

first_imgA man of Indian origin found guilty of forging his dead mother’s will has been sentenced to a prison term of one year in the United Kingdom.Girish Dahyabhai Patel, a 65-year-old accountant based in London, was found guilty of lying under oath on Dec. 8. Patel had earlier this year used a blank sheet of paper, which had the signatures of his deceased mother, and printed a document around it that claimed that she had left him a stake in the family’s business. He said that the will left him a £40 million stake in the £160 million palm oil plantation business in Malaysia.Patel, who sits as an arbitrator in disputes, was left facing legal costs estimated at £1.3 million.Justice Marcus Smith held him in contempt of court and sent him to Pentonville Prison in London for 12 months on Dec.8, The Times reported. “Girish is a chartered accountant and sits as an arbitrator. I would, in the normal course of events, expect such a witness to be reliable and trustworthy,” the judge said.He added: “However, Girish is a self-confessed liar and even when accepting that he had lied to the court, there was a certain insouciance in his responses which increased rather than allayed my concerns as to his reliability generally.”The judge said that Patel had confessed that the “detailed factual account” of his mother signing the will that he gave under oath “was false.”Patel’s claim was challenged in court by his brother Yashwant, a New York-based doctor. Detailed forensic analysis revealed that the document was forged. Earlier, at the High Court in London in February, Judge Andrew Simmonds found the will to be a forgery. He had instead upheld a previous will, made in 1986, which left everything to Yashwant.The judge said that Patel had “exercised influence” over important witnesses in the trial, and had supported a lying case with affidavits, witness statements and oral evidence.Patel has agreed to pay £450,000 of his brother’s legal costs, while his own are estimated at up to £750,000.Yashwant has inherited everything from Prabhavati Dahyabhai Patel, their mother, who died at the age of 88 in 2011.The brothers had fallen out in 2009 over the family’s Malaysian business. After their mother’s death, Yashwant produced the will. But Patel produced another will that he claimed was signed by his mother in 2005, on a visit to London from her home in Singapore, in a bid to overturn the will produced by his brother.However, Patel’s account was dismissed by the court after it emerged that the signature came before the rest of the text in the document. Related ItemsFraudLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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Shiv Sena sets ultimatum for insurance firms to clear farmers’ claims

first_imgShiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked crop insurance companies to clear farmers’ claims within 15 days.He was addressing protesters who marched to the office of a crop insurance company in Bandra-Kurla Complex over non- payment of farmers’ claims. Mr. Thackeray demanded that farmers’ loan waiver applications and crop damage claims pending with insurers be cleared within a fortnight.“We eat food grown by these farmers. The rally is to support their cause and find a solution to it,” he said. The Sena is an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Maharashtra and at the Centre. A Sena delegation met officials of Bharti Axa General Insurance company and submitted a memorandum of demands. “I am committed to every voter of this State. Big fraudsters have left the country and run away, but our farmers are left to die. We want no more fake promises. All banks should paste the list of farmers whose loans were waived within 15 days on their offices. Don’t force us to be aggressive,” he said.Hitting out at the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, he said, “Some criticised this rally as a farce. They are the one who are useless as they did not resolve farmers’ issues.” Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Wadettiwar last Saturday termed the Sena’s announcement of holding a protest march against crop insurance companies as “nautanki” (farce) ahead of the State Assembly polls, due later this year. On Wednesday, Mr. Vadettiwar said, “The Sena should show the courage to protest in front of the Chief Minister’s residence. How can the Sena protest when they are part of the government?” he asked.The opposition parties criticised the Sena for pulling up this ‘stunt’. “The people of the State and farmers know that the Sena pulls up stunts before the elections. It has done nothing but perform such stunts ever since it joined the government,” said former chief minister Ashok Chavan, reminding Mr. Thackeray that he had promised to farmers he would ensure every one of them would get loan waiver benefits.last_img read more

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Heavy rain in Agartala city in Tripura

first_imgTwo people died as incessant heavy rain triggered floods in Tripura on Monday. At least 10,000 people have taken shelter in makeshift camps in the two most affected districts of the State.Heavy rain submerged most parts of Agartala city including the posh Dr Shyma Prasad Mukherjee Marg where official residences of the Chief Minister and other Ministers are located. Floods and water logging severely affected traffic and businesses.Train schedules were hit while trains on the move were reaching their destination late. Plying of vehicles on the national highway was also affected due to water logging at several points.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb assured all assistance to the flood-hit people. He directed departments to speed up rescue and relief operations.Water was flowing above the danger level in Howrah river in Agartala, while water level was rising in other major rivers. Two deaths were reported from South and Khowai districts; 38 relief camps have been set up in school and government office buildings in West and Khowai districts. Some 10,000 people have taken shelter in makeshift camps, official sources said.last_img read more

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Outlawed Manipur insurgent group claims responsibility for killing rape accused

first_imgThe outlawed insurgent group, the United National Liberation Front, has formally claimed responsibility for gunning down Dhanachandra Heisnam of Thanga Heisnam Mayai Leikai in Manipur’s Bishnupur district on Sunday.A statement said that Dhanachandra along with his four relatives had allegedly gang-raped a girl of the same village on February 13, 2018. They left the unconscious girl believing that she was dead.Meanwhile, womenfolk of the village staged a protest on Monday against the killing of Dhanachandra and said that the body would not be claimed until the killers were nabbed.last_img read more

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Orquina shakes off flu, sizzles en route to Three-Point crown

first_imgAlso joining in the contest were San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan, EAC’s Sidney Onwubere, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Lyceum’s Spencer Pretta, JRU’s Karl Bordon, Arellano’s Brylle Meca, and St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlmel Orquina shrugged off flu and came out of nowhere to win the Three-Point Shootout Friday in the 2017 NCAA All-Star at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Mapua sophomore shot 15 points in the final round, with the title-clinching basket coming from the moneyball of the fourth rack to fend off Perpetual’s Jack Hao, who had 10 points, in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t really expect this. I still feel weak, but I was able to recover,” shared Orquina. “In my mind, I just wanted to enjoy this because this is my first time.”The sniper said that wins like these are big for the cellar-dweling Cardinals as they look for a silverlining in preparation for the second round.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“For me, this is really important. We’re already playing bad, so at least, awards like these allows us to redeem ourselves a bit,” he said.Orquina dethroned defending champion AC Soberano of San Beda, who only had 14 in the first round. Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4 MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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LeBron’s 3rd visit speaks of his love for hoops-crazy Philippines, says Alapag

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES View comments “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.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 shutoutAlapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony

first_imgADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Gilas taps Austin, Akhuetie for Fiba Asia Champions Cup Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU tennis ace Tin Patrimonio during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSen. Pia Cayetano during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer FEU Tamaraws RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU volleybelles Rachel An Daquis and Bernadeth Pons during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU’s Bobby Ray Parks and FEU’s Terrence Romeo exchange high-fives during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU crowd during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer La Salle star Renren Ritualo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle legends during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTisha Dominguez-Abundo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST legends during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Perasol, UP ready for risk of possible forfeitures

first_imgView comments READ: Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La SalleBut there’s a chance that golden victory—and other possible wins where Ricafort would play in —could be forfeited in case Ricafort’s 20-day restraining order, which will lapse on October 11, is declared invalid.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 shutoutBut that’s a risk UP head coach Bo Perasol is willing to take.“Those sort of things have been dealt with by the lawyers at UP,” said Perasol in Filipino. “For them it’s a bigger evil if you don’t follow a court order than abide by the rules of a league.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The UAAP eligibility board initially denied Ricafort the chance to play in Season 80 as the Fightin Maroon will exceed the age limit of 25-years-old in January of 2018, smack in the middle of the sporting calendar.READ: UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’Perasol, however, is confident the TRO’s clauses will stand and that Ricafort is an eligible Maroon.“The lawyers can take care of it, I’m not a lawyer so this kind of stuff is beyond me,” said Perasol. “If our wins are forfeited then that’s too bad but I’m sure the lawyers know where they’re coming from and they’ll have this straightened out.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt had been a whirlwind of a Saturday for University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Rob Ricafort was finally able to suit up for the Fighting Maroons and in his first game, they silenced defending champion De La Salle 98-87 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UST refuses to give in despite 0-4 start For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Nextlast_img read more

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Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa keeper) Mattia Perin.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From left : Italy’s defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Italy’s midfielder Giorgio Chiellini and Italy’s midfielder Marco Parolo react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.”Andrea Barzagli and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two members of Italy’s squad on Monday who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retired from internationals in the aftermath of the shock defeat. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s the biggest disappointment of my life from a sporting point of view… I can’t find my words,” said 36-year-old defender Barzagli.Midfielder De Rossi, who won 117 caps, said: “To think that I took off this jersey for the last time, it hurts. After the match, there was a funeral-like atmosphere.” Buffon made his debut for the Azzurri as a 19-year-old in a 1998 World Cup play-off victory over Russia, but his last match saw him fail in his bid to become the first man to play in six World Cups.The Juventus captain, who has already said he will likely retire from all football at the end of this season, said Italy fans still have plenty to look forward to, with AC Milan’s 18-year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma set to take the international number one shirt.“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Cignal HD dedicates game vs Sta. Lucia to injured leader

first_imgFILE PHOTOMore than improving its standings, Cignal HD will be looking to cheer up injured leader Jovelyn Gonzaga when it battles Sta. Lucia Realty on Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Cignal coach George Pascua reported that no fracture had been found on Gonzaga’s right knee which she injured last Tuesday in losing to runaway leader F2 Logistics.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Winless Victoria Sports-UST is hoping to hop off the basement when it takes on Iriga City in the other match.A win by the Tigresses would revive their chances of making the quarterfinals as only one squad will get eliminated.Rachel Anne Daquis suited up for Cignal HD after missing two games but her presence hardly mattered after F2 Logistics scored a 25-22, 25-13, 25-12 rout to occupy solo top spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicecenter_img “This is a major challenge for us,” said Pascua, “This is the perfect time for us to step up together and play as a team. We know Jovelyn really wants to win. She’s a fighter. We have to help her emotionally by winning this match for her.”Underrated opposite hitter Mylene Paat is expected to fill in Gonzaga’s shoes as they take on the struggling Lady Realtors.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 shutoutOne more thing going against the HD Spikers is the fact that they have lost three of their last four matches, while the Lady Realtors are bent on scoring a win that would put them up the elimination ladder.But Sta. Lucia is likely to also miss a key player as import Marisa Field is out due to knee injury for two games. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oiling machine fuels success of PH bowlers Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Ravena vows no letup for playoff-bound NLEX

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Pacres redeems self in UST win over Adamson “It’s nice that anyone from the team can play well. Now, it’s Kevin and with that performance, it’s the right time for him to regain his confidence, the Kevin Alas of last year. For us, it’s always a good sign when other players step up. It’s huge when everybody’s contributing,” he said.The job, however, isn’t over as the Road Warriors still have one last game scheduled on February 28 against TNT before the quarterfinals.Despite NLEX already clinching a playoff berth, Ravena promised to have no letups as the team aims for a better seeding.“We have TNT last game and you know they’re gonna fight for that spot. They’re not out yet, the odds are against them but for now, it’s all about positioning for us,” he said. “Even though we’re secured of the quarterfinals, we want to continue the momentum and finish as high as we can.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — NLEX may not acknowledge the Philippine Arena as its home court, but that won’t stop Kiefer Ravena from making it his house.Playing for the second time inside the world’s largest indoor arena, the super rookie was sensational once again, going for 23 points, three rebounds, and three steals in the Road Warriors’ 93-90 victory over Blackwater on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH It’s just the kind of performance one could ask from Ravena, who had 22 points and five assists in NLEX’s 115-104 Christmas Day win against GlobalPort.“It’s not so often that you play in this kind of atmosphere. It’s not everyday that the PBA plays here, so I’m making the most of the opportunity here and again, we’re just doing our job to make it to the next round,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena’s explosive outing, which coincided with Kevin Alas catching fire from downtown in the payoff period, is just the kind of showing the Road Warriors need as they proceed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.And with NLEX winning its last four games, the 24-year-old guard is hopeful that the team would be able to sustain its momentum going to the playoffs. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

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La Salle clings on after dispatching Letran in Filoil

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 LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle got another gasp of air in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup after dealing Letran a 93-77 beating Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Green Archers capped off the eliminations with a 5-3 record in Group A but an Ateneo win later in the day would eliminate the defending UAAP champions.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Green trolls Cavs with ‘Quickie’ shirt, LeBron reacts For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jerrick Balanza led the 1-7 Knights with 22 points while Bong Quinto added 14 points, nine boards, and five assists. Ben Mbala powered La Salle with 45 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks while Ricci Rivero added 17 points, five assists, five rebounds, five steals and two blocks.La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo said whatever they do in the pre-season tournament is all in preparation for their title defense in the UAAP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everything we do right now are all just in preparation for the UAAP and one good thing that happened today was we had a high number in assists,” said Ayo. “We’re moving the ball well.”“And I’m not conscious with our outcome here in the preseason because we’re in the process of rebuilding our team and what’s important is the UAAP.” Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Skeletons keep tumbling out of Indian hockey’s closet

first_imgThe anonymous hockey “well wisher” who has been ‘feeding’ the media with inside information from key meetings has taken a back seat for the moment.But another anonymous e-mail sender has raised some really pertinent points ahead of the annual general body meeting and elections of the supposedly ‘merged’ Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) scheduled for October 3 in New Delhi.The KPS Gill-headed IHF, which claims that the Indian Women’s Hockey Association has merged with it, has sent notices to its affiliated units to nominate one male and one female as “authorised representatives” to vote with the exception of the Services and Air India, who have been asked to nominate one representative each.But the anonymous e- mail, sent this week from ‘chakdeindia’ ID, raised questions about the sports ministry’s role in the IHF elections, making people think seriously about the issues involved.It is, however, advised that people should take the contents of this mail with caution. The email sender alleges that the ministry’s real reason for keeping quiet on the IHF elections, unlike that of Hockey India’s in the recent past, is to clear the path for former India captain Pargat Singh to be elected as an office bearer (he had lost to Vidya Stokes in the recent election for the presidentship of Hockey India).The writer points out in his e-mail: “(1) No election guidelines are being insisted upon by the ministry sports; (2) No insistence by the ministry on a retired high court judge to conduct elections; (3) No nominations/ withdrawal/ final list of candidates.advertisementWhat is the ministry doing now?, (4) All nominations will be on the floor of the house and elections will take place after that. This fraud is only to get Pargat elected; (5) What more can the ministry do to get Pargat elected as president after his loss in the Hockey India elections.”The writer, who is clearly someone associated with one of the several camps in the big, bad politics of Indian hockey, has made a few more harsher points, but they can’t be reproduced here.last_img read more

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India and Britain spar over who will open CWG

first_imgThe Indian government and the office of Britain’s Prince Charles are reportedly sparring over New Delhi’s plans for a “joint inauguration” of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) which will not give the prince a solo role at the October 3 ceremony.The government has reportedly drawn up plans for President Pratibha Patil to declare the sporting event open. Charles, representing Queen Elizabeth who is skipping the event because of the ” sheer volume” of her engagements, will have a similarly important but not singular duty at the ceremony.This has resulted in diplomatic differences between India and Charles’s office even though there is no formal word on the matter yet.Traditionally, the British monarch who heads the Commonwealth of former British colonies, declares these Games open. The role can also be given to her representative.Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales in London, insisted that Charles will fulfill the duties originally intended for the queen.A spokesperson for Clarence House said, ” The queen has asked the prince to represent her in Delhi, and carry out the same duties she would perform if she was there. He will officially declare the Games open.”Sources in Rashtrapati Bhawan, meanwhile, said that so far they had no intimation about the President inaugurating the Games.New Delhi believes that with the queen not attending the Games, there is a qualitative change in the situation. Sources in the government, who confirmed the development over the ” joint inauguration” issue, said had Elizabeth attended the event, she alone would have received the Queen’s Relay Baton, read out the message to the athletes and declared the Games open. But, it is different now that she will not be in Delhi for the October 3 opening.advertisementDuring the discussions in the government on the opening ceremony, the possibility of a ” joint inauguration” was put on the table. It was reportedly suggested that Patil could be handed over the Queen’s Baton, followed by Charles reading out the Queen’s message and then the President declaring the Games open, the sources said.Another possibility of a “joint inauguration” by the President and Charles was also reportedly discussed.The Queen’s Relay Baton – which is now on its way to Delhi after being carried through Commonwealth countries across the world – also carries the monarch’s message to participating athletes.Speculation among senior government sources is that the last line of the message is ” I declare the Games open”. While Charles is expected to read the message, including this line, President Patil could also declare the Games open, said the sources who did not want to be named. The details of this option are being worked out.Well- placed sources said that the matter is still being negotiated at the highest levels of the two governments to find a way out of the impasse. The discussions have reportedly also included the Commonwealth Games Federation and the CWG Organising Committee. A final decision is expected early this week.This is not the first time that a member of Britain’s royal family – the monarch or her representative – will not inaugurate the Games. There is already a precedent.The 1998 Games at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia were inaugurated by the Malaysian King. On that occasion Edward, the Queen’s third son represented her at the opening ceremony.Diplomats have supported the move for an inauguration of the Games by the President.Former foreign secretary Salman Haider said, “It would be gratifying if the President inaugurates the Commonwealth Games. It will be a matter of pride for the entire country.Prince Charles’s presence on the occasion will be an added dimension.” According to him, Charles has often visited India and his position will not be downgraded in any way if Patil inaugurates the Games.Another top diplomat, former foreign secretary Shashank said the President in her capacity as head of state in the queen’s absence should ” ideally inaugurate” the event.” This will be an honour for India. It is most likely that both governments will work out a formula for a role for Charles that will be acceptable to the British royalty.” The British High Commission in the Capital had earlier said that it was ” delighted” that Charles would represent the queen at the opening ceremony.The implication was that he would take on her full role.Charles will be accompanied by his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. The Prince of Wales is expected to arrive on October 1. He is likely to visit Rajasthan and Punjab during his India visit.advertisementWith input from agencieslast_img read more

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Lack of technical knowhow brought CWG bridge down

first_imgLack of knowledge of a new construction technique and self devised ways to implement the project led to the recent collapse of the foot overbridge at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.The Delhi government said this after a two-member fact-finding committee submitted its report on the collapse. The September 21 incident – less than a fortnight before the start of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) – had injured at least 27 labourers.According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, the committee blamed UK-based Macalloy that had supplied the bridge without “sufficiently” cautioning about its design constraints.The government also came down heavily upon the constructor implementing the project as well as the Public Works Department (PWD) which was responsible for supervisory failure.”The methodology of the construction was not given by the design consultant. The contractor M/s P and R Infrastructure Private Limited devised its own procedure without any approval,” it said.PWD had given the contract to P and R Infraprojects Ltd for a little over `5 crore. The company was blacklisted by the Delhi government after the mishap.The panel, comprising former CPWD director general H. S. Dogra and IIT professor Ashok Gupta, said the government gave itself (PWD department) and its design consultants a clean chit on the matter. “The enquiry had found no substandard material in the bridge,” it said.The government came down the hardest on the foreign company.”The collapse happened because of the failure of joint of Macalloy suspender bars which had been prescribed as part of design of suspension of deck of the overbridge with the main arch,” it said.advertisementThe committee members recommended the government not to use Macalloy bars in similar projects till there is clearer understanding of how it is to be used.The panel questioned the UK firm’s “change in stand” over certain aspects of the initial drawings of the overbridge.”After the collapse, the UK-based company said it feels that the orientation of the gusset plate were in wrong plane. But no such observations were made by them when the drawings were forwarded to them in April 2010 by M/ s P and R Infra.” Delhi government officials said the PWD will seek a clarification on the issue from Macalloy.The government said the main fault originated in the bars and joints the overbridge was to be suspended from.A thicker gusset plate was used because the recommended size was not available. It reduced the margin of rotation in the joint, contributing to the failure.Rainbow Of Gloom:PWD had sold the footbridge’s ‘rainbow’ design as a first of its kind in DelhiIt was to use a prefabricated steel walking slab hung from 26 steel wire suspendersThe overbridge was being constructed for visitors to walk to the stadiumIts collapse less than a fortnight before the Games started drew global attractionAn engineering division of the Indian Army constructed its replacement in less than a weekThe Delhi CM announced a `50,000 as compensation for the injured. Four labourers with serious injuries were to get Rs 1 lakhlast_img
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Asian Games open amid fireworks, water show

first_imgThe flame is lit to signify the official beginning of the 16th Asian Games during the opening ceremony in Guangzhou, China, Friday, November 12, 2010.Light beams, fireworks and water jets exploded from the banks of the Pearl River as China marked the opening of the Asian Games, two years after dazzling the world with a gala opener to the Beijing Olympics.Unlike the land-bound festivities at the Bird’s Nest stadium that featured thousands of performers moving in coordination in 2008, Asian Games directors paid tribute to coastal Guangdong province’s seafaring heritage on Friday. The provincial capital Guangzhou, in particular, is a key Chinese port that has served as a hub for international trade since the days of imperial rule.The venue on tiny Haixinsha island was configured like a sailboat for the 4 1/2-hour opening festivities designed by Chen Weiya – famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s deputy when he crafted the Beijing ceremony. The 27,000-capacity stadium stood as the cabin; four towering pillars in front of it unfurled eight video screens that doubled as sails.The ceremony kicked off with a small boy floating down from the sky on a leaf-like carriage lit in green. He poured water from a bottle, setting off giant fountains which sprayed in arcs across the stage. Four dozen water goddesses seemed to walk across the water, followed by a dozen fairies rising out of pools in the stage floor.Performers flapping large pieces of red cloth scrambled across the stage to create the image of petals dropping on water. Other actors entered in a large sampan-like vessel, recreating a journey in rough seas, with the would-be sailors swaying on ropes and ladders amid waters represented by large flags waved by hundreds of dancers.advertisementStar classical pianist Lang Lang performed on a white grand and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Zhang Ziyi sang as synchronized swimmers danced and water sprouted before them.Performers on jet skis zoomed into the stadium and performed tricks.In a playful segment, dozens of dancers attached to wires seemed to run across cityscapes flashed across the video screens, climbed mountains and formed formations to look like eagles flying through the sky.In a nod to Chinese hurdling superstar Liu Xiang, who is recovering from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to withdraw from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the dancers formed hurdles across a track while one jumped smoothly over them.In keeping with the night’s nautical theme, instead of walking into the stadium, the athletes arrived on boats which ferried them down the Pearl River. Brightly illuminated in bulbs of different colors, the 45 boats were decorated with Asian landmarks – including Japan’s Mount Fuji, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, Jordan’s Petra and India’s Taj Mahal. China was represented by the Temple of Heaven, the Bird’s Nest and the country’s pavilion from the recently concluded Shanghai World Expo.Director Chen had the tough task of matching the jaw-dropping lighting of the cauldron in Beijing, where retired gymnast Li Ning performed the honors while suspended in mid-air. He got creative instead. When the final torch bearer, Olympic champion diver He Chong, approached the Guangzhou cauldron – which emerged from the stage supported by four giant arches – he lit a big firecracker with two children who then muffled their ears. The sparks that followed set the cauldron aflame.Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao declared the games open. He was joined in the dignitaries box by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, as well as International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.As the athletes marched into the stadium, one closely watched entrance was the Japanese. Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have deteriorated recently after Japanese officials arrested a Chinese captain near islands claimed by both sides, a move that sparked protests across the country. The Japanese delegation were cheered – but less boisterously than other teams such as North Korea and Pakistan and the semiautonomous Chinese territory Hong Kong, with whom Guangzhou shares a common Cantonese culture. Taiwan, the self-ruled island that split with the mainland amid civil war in 1949, was also welcomed warmly.A round-robin football match between Japan and China earlier in the week also ended without violence, even with the Japanese winning 3-0.The huge scale of the event has posed a logistical dilemma for the Chinese organizers.Except for members of the public who won a lottery for tickets to the show, most residents of this wealthy city of 10 million will be left with TV coverage – even though many could have enjoyed a picturesque view of the proceedings from either side of the river. Officials locked down areas near the stadium, ordering residents within a half-mile radius to leave their homes for the night – apparently to eliminate the threat of sniper fire. They were, however, asked to leave their lights on to help maintain a glittering skyline backdrop.advertisementTickets to the ceremony went for as much as 6,800 Chinese yuan ($1,025).- With inputs from Associated Presslast_img read more

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Centre to distribute 600 CWG Village flats to govt depts

first_imgThe Centre has decided to distribute around 600 flats in the Commonwealth Games Village among various government departments and PSUs while 100 flats will be sold off to the general public at market rates.Replying to a written question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Urban Development today said that out of the DDA’s share of 711 flats, around 100 flats will be auctioned while the remaining flats will be given to Government departments and PSU.A total of 1,168 flats were constructed at the Village under PPP mode by Emmar MGF and DDA’s share of 711 flats include 333 flats which were bought from the private developer by the government agency under a buy back arrangement.DDA had paid Rs 760 crore to Emaar-MGF under the buy back arrangement.Roy said DDA, at a meeting last month, had decided to allot over 600 flats to government departments and PSUs by issuing a circular.On auctioning the flats to the general public, he said a committee will be set up to ascertain the reserve price for the flats.Last month, the government had decided to confiscate Rs 183 crore bank guarantee furnished by the builder after DDA found “irregularities” and deficiencies in the Games Village.last_img read more

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