Month: November 2019

first_imgShah Rukh KhanIt was to be his grand sporting spectacle before the greatest sport of them all, elections. But it has backfired.Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal got Shah Rukh Khan to dance at the inauguration of the Kabaddi World Cup in Bathinda. But the hefty price tag, a reported,Shah Rukh KhanIt was to be his grand sporting spectacle before the greatest sport of them all, elections. But it has backfired.Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal got Shah Rukh Khan to dance at the inauguration of the Kabaddi World Cup in Bathinda. But the hefty price tag, a reported Rs 2.8 crore including the cost of a chartered flight for the star, has caused widespread anger. Sukhbir’s cousin, Manpreet Singh Badal of the Peoples’ Party of Punjab, attacked the timing of the event, launched on the day the anti-Sikh riots in 1984 began. His chief rival, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh, also called attention to the presence of the sartorially-challenged dancers on stage.last_img read more

Amma’s purge

first_imgBehind the high walls of Poes Garden the politics of Tamil Nadu is decided – at least when Jayalalithaa is in power. But, few have any idea of what happens in that mysterious garden.From being the residence of a popular actor of yesteryears, it has turned into a virtual iron curtain ever since she stepped into the shoes of her mentor MGR and more so after being catapulted as chief minister in 1991.No wonder that it presents itself as a house of intrigues – evoking curiosity but allowing little or no information to find its way to the outside world.Unless summoned, it remains out of bounds even for party leaders and ministers not to speak of the ordinary AIADMK worker.So much so that ‘Garden’ in the political discourse and administrative lexicon of the state evokes awe and fear. Though located in the heart of the city and sporting a modern look, few would disagree that it functions on the lines of a medieval fortress.In the absence of any attempt to reach out and demystify the widely held public perception, the recent purge of V K Sasikala and her cabal has reinforced it further. For, it is no ordinary disciplinary action against errant party functionaries that could be swept under the carpet. At one stroke, the diva has banished her all-weather friend of three decades and 13 of her relatives, known as the ‘Mannargudi Mafia’.Ever since she entered the ‘Garden’ in 1991, Sasikala remains separated from her husband, M Natarajan, and has been living under the same roof with her spinster friend. She even went public on dumping her surname so as to prove that she has no relations with her husband.advertisementAPART from detractors and critics, party leaders who were marginalised attributed their fall from grace to this lady. Sasikala, who came from a modest background, hails from Mannargudi in Triuvarur district of the Cauvery delta region. Interestingly, it is the native district of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi as well. But, there ends the similarity.For the unsuspecting, she is the villain along with her clan fattening parasites, who have spun an evil web around Jayalalithaa. Well, it is always easy to find a scapegoat! Reinforcing this is saffron ideologue Cho S Ramaswamy, for whom the Sasikala clan was an extra- constitutional authority interfering in the party and government.After initial hesitation, the Thuglak editor has acknowledged his role in this ‘course correction’or ‘ethnic cleansing’. But, he considers himself as a friend being looked upon for wise counsel.There are others who share similar views but with a difference. For them, Jayalalithaa has misplaced her trust. “Earlier, she was accessible and used to meet people. There was absolutely no hindrance. Things drastically changed after the arrival of Sasikala into the Garden. Somehow, Jayalalithaa was unable to wriggle out and remained a prisoner of circumstances,” says columnist and writer Solai, who had mentored her during the days of MGR. In his view, the purge was too late but nevertheless a welcome one.Every AIADMK stalwart who was either chased out or forced to leave the party blames the ‘Mannargudi Mafia’. From the Garden only orders would come which have to be complied with without questioning. Any indiscretion either by babus or party satraps would invite wrath.”When I raised this, no one listened. Had my warnings been heeded, things would not have come to such a pass and I would not have quit the party,” was the reaction of N Jothi, the former legal eagle for Jayalalithaa, who had been looking after her court cases.Though the diva told him that Sasikala was a mere household assistant not to be wary of, he had no other option but to leave and take refuge in the DMK.Well everyone has a tale of woes. But, this one is different. Enamoured by the Brahmin leadership of a Dravidian party, popular comedian and film actor S Ve Shekher joined the AIADMK with high hopes only to see them vanish into thin air within months.As a Brahmin having a place in the public domain, he had direct access to the diva. To his shock and surprise, he found himself ostracised within the party and his direct link too getting snapped.”I realised that the Garden has become an iron curtain. None could reach the leader without the knowledge of Sasikala who could not tolerate anyone getting closer to Jayalalithaa. I was loyal to Amma but sadly even my letters have not reached her and this I had found out only very late,” bemoans the comedian.advertisementIn his reasoning the diva has just started cleansing the stables. “Still 300 or more would have to be weeded out. Or else, the virus would sneak in and spread its tentacles,” he says.But, will the purge usher in a new life or simply pave the way for another clique in the Garden? Already murmurs are there that a Mylapore variant is all set to replace the Mannargudi Mafia!  ===Cong faces ‘Stalinist’opposition from ally M K StalinDespite being allies, they are at daggers drawn! In the aftermath of the 2G scam, not only there is trust deficit between the Congress and the DMK but the latter finds it unpalatable to be in the company of the former.The disenchantment finds expression more frequently than ever in the context of the Mullaperiyar dam dispute with Kerala. While DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi is not for upsetting the applecart, his younger son and heir-apparent M K Stalin is least interested in continuing the alliance. Considering the national party as a spent force, he is of the view that carrying a dead wood would only be detrimental to the DMK’s interests.”It is hurting us rather than being a source of help. Moreover, the assembly and civic polls have clearly shown that the Congress has little relevance in state politics. How long should we be palanquin bearers?” was his poser aired in the party fora.In his opinion, in the wake of the Mullaperiyar row the Congress has lost even the little support it had in five southern districts. And he is not wrong. For, though the Congress represents three Lok Sabha seats in this region, it has not sprung to the defence of the farmers whose wrath was directed at J M Haroon, whose office was ransacked during an agitation. Stalin may be correct in his assessment but will Karunanidhi be prepared to give up even the fig leaf of support that the party has at the Centre?  ===Home state offers no solace to beleaguered Chidambaram P ChidambaramAt a time when Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s cup of woes is overflowing, he is finding no vocal support in his home turf.More than his detractors in the Opposition, Congress factions in Tamil Nadu are gleeful at his discomfiture. If the DMK had relished his name being dragged into the 2G scam earlier, now it is the turn of those from the Congress ranks. But, for fear of inviting the wrath of the high command, they guard against going public.With Chidambaram having lost face in his native Sivaganga where the Congress failed to put up a decent show in the civic poll, his isolation is getting accentuated. The lone voice of support comes from his Cabinet colleague G K Vasan, heading the dominant faction in the state. But, nothing much could be read into it apart from mere words of solidarity as no tears are shed for him. ===Nobody wants to be a minister advertisementM K AlagiriIt appears the DMK isn’t concerned about ministerial berths anymore. For, there is no clamour for claiming replacements for A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran and the party too seems to be once bitten twice shy.It is not as though the party has no interest in holding onto power. For, none can forget the party driving a hard bargain with the Congress to retain plum portfolios in the past.With the release of Kanimozhi on bail in the 2G case, there was expectation that DMK president M Karunanidhi would secure his favourite daughter a slot in the Union Cabinet to accord her some prominence. Her supporters even claimed that the patriarch was keeping it only to accommodate her. With a studied silence, the old man of Gopalapuram had scotched all such rumours.As of now, the thinking in the DMK is that getting replacements for the two slots would in no way enhance the party’s image or work towards its interests. Further, it would also open up old wounds within the Karunanidhi clan giving a fresh headache to the octogenarian.No wonder that the patriarch is playing it safe and avoiding unnecessary trouble. Well, this leaves the DMK’s southern strongman M K Alagiri as the lone representative in the Cabinet, though he finds the going tough in the national capital.last_img read more

first_imgBuzz of the WeekWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay. “The RSS has maintained it can do business with the,Buzz of the WeekWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay.”The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is left unsaid is that the BJP can support the Congress if they discard the Left.” Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Politburo member”Dawood is involved in the Mumbai blasts, Quattrochi siphoned off the country’s money. The Congress president owes moral and political explanations.” L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition”The Congress has earmarked quotas for Muslims in jobs and education to get their votes.” Rajnath Singh, BJP president”The whole social sector is skewed in favour of the urban elite. That is responsible for our poor performance in the Commonwealth Games.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, sports minister”At 33, if I am forced to come out and play a (Davis Cup) singles match, that is something we definitely have got to look into.” Leander Paes, tennis playerlast_img read more

first_imgCall it fate or bad omen, but Tillakaratne Dilshan would be hoping that he never ever gets 160 runs on board.For today Sri Lanka lost the Hobart ODI even though the opener and former Sri Lankan captain scored put on an impressive 160 not out on board.Call is bizarre, but the last time he scored the same figure – 160 (scorecard), Sri Lanka ended up losing the match. And the opponents were the same – India.He did that at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot on December 15, 2009, when Sri Lanka were touring India.India scored a massive 414 in the first ODI of the series, thanks to an impressive 146 by Virender Sehwag.In reply Sri Lanka got off to a rollicking start with opener Dilshan scoring a 186-ball 160. But, the end result proved to be a forgettable one for the islanders as they fell short by just three runs in their chase.Eventually, India ended up winning the five-match series 3-1, with the Ferozeshah Kotla match being abandoned on account of unfit pitch.Today history repeated itself at a different venue (Hobart), different continent and at a different time zone. India were playing Sri Lanka. This time the Lankans put on a stiff target of 321 with Dilshan scoring an identical 160 – the end result, whoever, was – India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets.Here’s what the tarot card says about the Number 16:The Tower tarot card sits at number 16.Throughout our lives we all strive to obtain and retain a sense of self and individual identity.  This starts at The Emperor and our feeling of I Am. We draw people, places and things to us that help us to maintain what we believe to be our identity.  Piece by piece, brick by brick, we build this ego personality, which here in the Tower is represented by the Tower itself.advertisementThen something happens that shatters our illusions and the Tower crumbles – That’s what happened to Dilshan today.last_img read more

first_imgThe name plate of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Arun Jaitley was removed from his room at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Thursday following allegations that the room was being misused in his absence.The room, incidentally, has been shared by Jaitley and DDCA vice-president C.K. Khanna for many years and is opened only when the occupants visit the DDCA headquarters.The issue of the misuse of the room came up during a stormy meeting of the DDCA executive committee. The issue led to a heated debate between senior members. “There have been allegations that liquor was being served in the room when Mr Jaitley was not around. Liquor is anyway not allowed to be served outside the bar at the Kotla,” said a source in the DDCA.”The issue became so hot that it led to arguments between some members, and eventually the name plate of Mr Jaitley was removed from Room No. 1 at the Kotla,” he said. “It is, however, not known if it was removed with the consent of Mr Jaitley or not.”Both Jaitley and Khanna could not be reached for comment. Khanna did not pick up his mobile phone while an aide of Jaitley said that since he was packing for a foreign trip, he could not take the call.At the meeting, Jaitley is said to have announced that henceforth no liquor will be served outside the bar, called Inswinger.last_img read more

first_imgFILE  Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSummoning its old, fighting form, the Philippines moved within a whisker of an AFC Asian Cup spot after salvaging a 1-1 draw with Yemen Tuesday night at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.For the second straight game, the Azkals needed a late goal to secure a point against the Yemenis as Mike Ott struck in the 89th minute to keep the Filipinos in pole position in Group F, where the top two sides will qualify for the tournament in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT With four regular starters out due to injuries, Dooley tinkered with his lineup, giving JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane a surprise start at central defense, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans CIMB Classic: Pagunsan assured of P.65 millioncenter_img Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES “We’re going to close the deal in Nepal,” vowed Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We came here to win, but at least we didn’t lose. We’re very happy with the point.”“The team didn’t deserve to go home with a loss. The spirit was great, the preparation was great for this game. I’m actually satisfied overall.”Tawfik Ali put Yemen ahead with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.The Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Phil Younghusband, who took a touch for Mulders.Ott managed to stay onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals found the equalizer right at the death.ADVERTISEMENT The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai second division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.The result increased the Azkals’ tally to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen, which play against each other in November in Dushanbe.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 Azkals can seal qualification in the continent’s showpiece tournament with a victory over Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.With only a point to show from its first four matches, the Nepalese are virtually out of the running for an AFC Cup berth. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Loss to Pirates only motivates Red Lions Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Lonzo Ball, right, reach for a loose ball along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers’ rookie point guard and watched him fall.Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles’ basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.ADVERTISEMENT “We got blown out, so I didn’t play too well,” Ball said. “It was great to start out, but all I care about is winning, and we lost today. We’ve got to regroup.”Ball is expected to revitalize his hometown team this season, but the rookie started out with all the nerves and mistakes that might be expected from any 19-year-old with the weight of a 16-time NBA championfranchise on his slender shoulders.Beverley, who joined the Clippers in Paul’s trade to the Rockets, had 10 points while introducing Ball to high-level NBA defense.“I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said. “I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.”Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, Ball went 1 for 6 from ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The present in this town still belongs to the Clippers, even without Chris Paul.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 24 rebounds in the Clippers’ 108-92rout of the Lakers on Thursday night.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 openingLou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers’ first game since Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an offseason trade to Houston. The Clippers will have a new look this season after adding Beverley’s tenacity and several new scorers, but they were still miles ahead of their Staples Center co-tenants in both teams’ season openers.Beverley and the Clippers got little trouble from Ball, who had three points, four assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes during the first game for the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA. He had about 40 friends and family members in the stands, including his voluble father, LaVar. UP NEXTClippers: Host Suns on Saturday.Lakers: At Suns on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ 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 the field and committed two turnovers.“He’s going to be a great talent, but he has to go through the tough times,” Beverley said. “He’llappreciate this when he looks back on it.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his debut for the Lakers, and Jordan Clarkson added 18.“I wasn’t happy with what we gave our fans tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously I heard the (boos), and we deserved it at those times.”TIP-INSClippers: Danilo Gallinari had 11 points in his LA debut. … Coach Doc Rivers answered back at Paul, who said he didn’t like the Clippers’ team culture in a documentary that will be released this week by ESPN.“Listen, when you leave, you should just leave,” Rivers said. “I don’t think you have to try to burn the house down or justify why you left. That’s what I would say to it. I like our culture.Lakers: New G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed this game while beginning a two-game suspension for getting arrested in March and later pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. … Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ other first-round pick, had eight points in his NBA debut. … Andrew Bogut, the former Golden State center, had three fouls and three turnovers in his Lakers debut.NEW BACKCOURTEven with several new contributors, the Clippers already resemble a hard-nosed, tough-minded veteran team led by Beverley. Milos Teodosic, the other starting guard in Rivers’ revamped lineup, hit two 3-pointers in the 30-year-old Serbian rookie’s NBA debut.MAGIC BALLIt was a busy night for Lakers executive Magic Johnson, also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic watched from the tunnel while Staples Center showed Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on the scoreboard during pregame warmups, and he celebrated behind the scenes when the Dodgers clinched their first World Series berth since 1988 during the first half. “I’m just happy for all the players and all the Dodger fans across the world,” Johnson said. “This is a moment that I’ll never forget. I was torn, because I wanted to be here for Lonzo Ball’s first game as a Laker, but my heart is in Chicago. … I’m so happy with Clayton Kershaw, that he can finally pitch in the World Series. He deserves this moment, and all our players deserve this moment, too.” Staples Center erupted in cheers when the Dodgers recorded the final out in Chicago, and again when the final out appeared on the video board. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargeslast_img read more

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rain or Shine rookie Rey Nambatac. Photo from PBA.phRain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia said he is entrusting rookie Rey Nambatac with a major role to start the new PBA season with the Elasto Painters dealing with injuries to several of their key players.Nambatac is among the players Garcia is expecting to fill the void as the likes of Jericho Cruz, Jireh Ibañes, Jay Washington and Raymond Almazan recover from their respective injuries.ADVERTISEMENT “Basically, he just has to adjust to his teammates and in facing bigger players,” Garcia added.Garcia also knows the caliber of a player the Painters got in Nambatac.“We also know what kind of quality we’re gonna get. He’s a scorer, he’s a good slasher.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img “The only new acquisition that we have is Rey Nambatac. The only thing that we’re worried about right now is we still have five to six players recovering from injuries,” Garcia told INQUIRER.net.“We’re depleted right now and he’s going to get his time at the beginning of the season.”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 openingNambatac was the seventh pick in the 2017 PBA Draft and one of the reasons why the Painters wanted him was his familiarity with Garcia.“He is quick to adjust because he played for me before,” said Garcia, who coached Nambatac during their time with the Letran Knights for two years. “He knows what kind of coach I am and I know what kind of player he is.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Column: Boxing tries to appeal to the masses once again ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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