M.P. CM’s letter sparks controversy

first_imgAt a time when the Lok Sabha election is under way, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, who also heads the State Congress unit, has written to the party office-bearers asking them to prepare lists of those government employees who they feel are “not unbiased”.‘Model code violation’ Reacting angrily, the opposition BJP said that it amounted to violation of the model code of conduct. The party also said it would file a complaint with the Election Commission.In the letter, written in his capacity as the State president of the Congress, Mr. Nath has sought details about those government officials and employees who according to Congress leaders are “biased”. The letter, dated April 29 and signed by the Chief Minister, is addressed to the Congress candidates, who are contesting the Lok Sabha election, and the district presidents of the party. “ …You are being asked to submit details like names, posts and departments of those officials and employees who are careless and not unbiased during the poll duty, to the MPCC.” While six LS seats in M.P. went to the polls on April 29, the remaining 23 constituencies will vote on May 6, 12 and 19.last_img read more

Scotland’s independence vote rocks science

first_imgOn 18 September, the people of Scotland will vote on whether their nation should separate from the United Kingdom and become independent. With the margin of victory now expected to be razor-thin, the debate among researchers is growing more strident over whether independence will ring in a golden era for Scottish science—or cripple it for years to come. Researchers opposed to independence say a split will harm science, depriving it of funds and talent. “Yes” campaigners counter that the Scottish government has vowed to protect science during the transition and to maintain funding at least at current levels. A strong science record is at stake.For more, see the full story in this week’s issue of Science.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

The New Right-hand Men

first_imgWomen have always been powerful forces in Indian politics. Indira Gandhi was probably the most dominating prime minister the country has ever had. Today, her daughter-in-law, Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, is the most powerful person in New Delhi, though she has no official role in the government.When it comes to business, however, women have had little opportunity — expected to move from the parental hearth to the husband’s home, rather than play any role in the company.Today, that is changing. Globalization, liberalization, the decay of the institution of marriage and a growing emphasis on education have helped to raise the status of women in family businesses. Roshni Nadar, 27, daughter of HCL Technologies founder Shiv Nadar, was appointed CEO of the group’s holding company in April. She has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and has worked with CNN in the United States and Sky News in the United Kingdom. Ashni Biyani, 24, daughter of Future Group (formerly Pantaloon) chief Kishore Biyani, has already joined the business. She won her academic spurs at Stanford. “Savvy girls in their twenties are new scions,” says The Economic Times, adding, “They are their fathers’ new right-hand men.” Among the others making headlines for winning senior positions in their groups are 26-year-old Lakshmi Venu (Yale and Warwick), daughter of TVS Motor supremo Venu Srinivasan; Divya Modi (Brunel University; University of Southern California), the 25-year-old daughter of B.K. Modi of the Spice Group; and the 28-year-old Devita Saraf (University of Southern California) of Zenith Computers, started by her father Raj Saraf.Having studied abroad is almost universally common. Many have also worked abroad before returning home to take up jobs with the family business. “Education and exposure have led to greater societal acceptance of women participating in various walks of life, including business,” says Pradeep Mukerjee, founder-director of Confluence Coaching & Consulting (CC&C), who earlier headed human resources for Citigroup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.“Perhaps the biggest change in the past couple of decades has been the increasing importance of educational qualifications,” says Sona Rajesh, practice head, organization effectiveness, at Tata Strategic Management Group. “The distinction between female and male members of a family is also going. More women are inheriting now than before.”Education was an escape route. In India, daughters of business families are still regarded as marriageable assets, useful for tying up business alliances. This is truer of smaller groups than large industrial houses. Young women are guarded all the way to the school or college gate by drivers and security personnel, and are picked up the same way. Once, it was simply tradition; today the excuse is kidnapping and terror threats.Breaking Through the Periphery“Women who go abroad to study develop a mind of their own,” says Mukerjee of CC&C. “Work broadens this further. In India, they would only be permitted in peripheral roles such as CSR [corporate social responsibility] in the family business. What happened in the West as an economic necessity post-World War — that is, greater economic participation of women in society due to sheer lack of manpower — is happening here because of education and greater exposure to the West.” India is not a unique case, but some factors are peculiar to the country. The law on the Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) is one. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act of 2005 removed gender discrimination with regard to inheritance in Hindu joint families. Previously, only the male line, to great-grandson, had inheritance rights. “The trend of daughters inheriting family businesses picked up steam after 2005 when the HUF succession norms were amended and girls were allowed to inherit equal shares in family businesses,” says B.K. Modi of Spice Group. Modi has kept a 51% stake in the Spice Group, giving 24% to his daughter Divya and 25% to his son Dilip, who is the elder of the two. “I have always been a vocal proponent for equal rights for daughters,” Modi says. The one-percentage-point difference in holdings can be attributed to a difference in age. Dilip is 35 and Divya 25. Divya has just stepped in, while Dilip has helped run group companies for several years. (Eldest daughter Ritika is managing her own business with her husband, Nikhil Rungta.)“It was only in 2006 that I decided to join the group full-time, at which time I went back to school to professionally train myself and get further educated in order to take on greater responsibilities within the group,” Divya Modi told The Economic Times. “We aspire to be a $10 billion group in the future and I would like to play my part in making that happen by creating value in the areas of business that I’m focusing on — innovative technologies and finance.”While culture often keeps equity holdings in the male line, daughters aren’t sent to their husband’s home empty-handed. In poor rural households, a tree is planted when a daughter is born. By the time she is of marriageable age, the tree is cut down to sell. In business households, they plant a subsidiary that is often handed over as a “dowry.”Globalization and liberalization have also played a role in the emancipation of women in business families. So has the decay in the institution of marriage and the acceptance of divorce — which means a son-in-law isn’t necessarily for life. Many women now keep their own names, so the family doesn’t lose its identity after marriage. “All these explanations find merit in different contexts,” says K. Ramachandran, associate dean and Thomas Schmidheiny chair professor of family business and wealth management at the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB). “The entry of women is recognition of a social change from two angles: one, acceptance of the potential of women, and two, ensuring that ownership and control do not go away even if there are in-law problems.“Besides, there is greater recognition that women are equally capable of managing the ‘rough’ world of business,” Ramachandran continues. “There is also a huge change in attitude toward girls, with the number of children in any family coming down. Families sometimes have only one or two girls. I do not say that it is newfound love for daughters but realization of an opportunity to share parental wealth among all children independent of gender.”“Family businesses in India have been changing,” says Harsh Mariwala, chairman of fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer Marico Ltd. “New generations bring discontinuity, often altering the direction of the business; the open environment and increased competition have also helped create this change. There is no one model of managing succession.” Mariwala’s children — Rajvi, 29, and Rishabh, 28 — joined the business a few years ago. The Marico chairman is unequivocal that his is a professionally managed company with a clear separation between ownership and management.At the Avantha Group, chairman Gautam Thapar — who has two daughters — is installing a structure that will allow his children to manage their wealth without interfering with the day-to-day running of the company. “The best that I can do for them is to leave them with a structure and people that allow them to do that,” he says. “If they’re interested in running a business day-to-day, then they will have to go through the grind.”Thrust into the Spotlight For some business families, the process of turning to women started because they had no choice. Sushma Berlia, president of the Apeejay Stya Group, says, “My father wanted to retire and there was nobody else. Being the only child, I had no option but to take over the reins.” Berlia, who has run the show for nearly 20 years, says she “accompanied my father to work from a very early age. I am doing the same with my children.” Her eldest son is already in the business. Her daughter and younger son are studying management in the United States. Will her daughter inherit? “Yes, as far as the family wealth is concerned,” Berlia responds. “But it is up to her to decide how much she wants to be part of the family business.”At Thermax, the Pune-based boiler manufacturer, Arnavaz “Anu” Aga was thrust into leadership when her husband and then her brother died. The company was originally floated by A.S. Bathena, Anu Aga’s father. Anu married Rohinton Aga. (Today, Rohinton Aga — not Bathena — is considered the founder of the company.) Anu Aga was not involved in running the business until Rohinton suffered a heart attack in 1982. “My father had brought her into the company after his first heart attack in 1982, but in human resources,” says Anu and Rohinton Aga’s daughter Meher Pudumjee. Rohinton died of another heart attack in 1996. Within a year, Pudumjee’s brother and Thermax heir apparent Kurush died in a road accident. Anu Aga landed in the hot seat. “There was no succession plan in place then,” Pudumjee says. “My mother had to take over in circumstances that were not so good, and had a rough time.”While Anu Aga, despite being the owner’s daughter, had never been trained to take over, it’s been different for Pudumjee. A post-graduate in chemical engineering at the Imperial College in London, she’s been given a proper education. She’s also been given proper training; Pudumjee joined Thermax as a trainee engineer in August 1990. She managed Thermax’s U.K. subsidiary before joining the board of directors in 1996. She’s had stints in treasury and working capital management. In October 2004, she took over as chairperson on the retirement of Anu Aga. “My mother didn’t want me to go through the same difficulties, which is why she decided to bring me in properly,” Pudumjee says. “We were all prepared for me to become chairperson. Most important, I was prepared. My mother did a lot of hand-holding before she handed over the reins. That’s very necessary. Every business family must have proper succession planning, just as in professional management.”In more recent times, daughters have not just inherited the business, they’ve been deeply involved in running it. At Apollo Hospitals, founder Prathap C. Reddy recently appointed his eldest daughter Preetha Reddy, 53, as his successor. She is managing director of the group. Her three sisters — Suneeta Reddy, 51, Shobana Kamineni, 48, and Sangita Reddy, 47 — are also directors and very much hands-on.Earlier this year, Jayanti Chauhan, 24, joined her father’s business Parle Bisleri. Dad Ramesh Chauhan is best known for building cola brand Thums Up, which he later sold to Coca-Cola. (Thums Up remains the leading cola brand in India, despite all-out efforts to establish Coke.)At Parle Agro, meanwhile, the daughters of Ramesh Chauhan’s brother Prakash are running the business. Eldest daughter Schauna, 33, is CEO. Her sisters Alisha, 31, and Nadia, 23, are directors. Alisha had wanted to run a chain of health and fitness centers on her own. But that has been brought into the Parle fold.For Sminu Jindal, 34, managing director of tubular pipe company Jindal SAW (her father, Prithvi Jindal, is vice chairman), joining the firm was a matter of choice. “Neither of my two sisters have followed suit,” she says. “They have opted to become homemakers instead.” Though married, Jindal still goes by her maiden name and corrects you if you refer to her as “Mrs.”A Question of First Roles The arrival of the woman inheritor has raised issues including the question of the entry point. In an earlier generation, the scions in most business families came in right at the top. “There was very little training for family members,” says Adi Godrej, chairman of the multi-product Godrej Group. Today it is considered necessary for a son to do a tour of the shop floor or its equivalent. But in most companies this is a male-dominated area. Whether a daughter, qualified engineer though she may be, should operate a lathe is a delicate question. Women often, however, are placed in areas such as marketing and finance. Godrej’s daughter Tanya, the oldest in the fourth generation, is responsible for marketing, media and running the Godrej brand. “Looking after the brand is a job well suited to a family member,” Adi Godrej says. This group has managed succession successfully for several generations so it knows the pitfalls. But some critics see women being placed in marketing and finance as just another form of discrimination.The initial training ground is another matter of debate. “In many foreign family companies, family members work outside the firm,” Godrej says. “That was quite uncommon in India until five or 10 years ago. I never worked outside the Godrej group, and when my three children were ready to start working, I thought they would learn more here than in any other company. Today my views have changed. Some experience of working in a company where you are not associated with the owners — especially in the period between undergraduate and MBA study — is good. The feedback I receive from friends whose children have worked this way has also been very positive.”N.R. Narayana Murthy, cofounder and chief mentor of Infosys Technologies, has changed his views on a related issue. He once believed that no family member of an Infosys founder should join the company. “Over the past five years, after discussions with many people whose wisdom I respect, I have realized that this is not a fair stand to take. I realize that it is not correct to prevent any individual from adding value to any organization. As long as there is merit in the individual and the due process is followed and as long as the person whose children are being considered is not part of the decision-making, I am okay with it.” So is his venture-capitalist daughter Akshata, who recently married a former Stanford classmate, about to join Infosys? “I am not talking with respect to my children but generally as a matter of principle,” Murthy responds. It will be up to Akshata herself — and the people at Infosys in charge of hiring. The environment has changed, but it will always be up to the woman herself to make the choice. Mukerjee of CC&C says due credit must be given. “Women are today more determined to make a mark for themselves,” he says. “They are a lot more career-oriented than in the past and more assertive about their rights and status.”Ramachandran of ISB says that business families must change with the times. “In any case, it is important for families to discuss and arrive at norms that are in tune with the realities of the day. Traditions should be adapted according to the times.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Cow vigilantes beat up three in M.P. for possession of beef; police arrest victims first

first_imgFive people were detained in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly assaulting three people, including a women, on suspicion that they were transporting beef, the police said on Saturday.The district police said Dilip Malviya, Taufik and Anjum Shama of Seoni were stopped by the accused when they were travelling in an autorickshaw near a restaurant on Mandla Road in the Kanhiwada area on May 22.On being informed about the incident, the police came to the spot and arrested the three victims on suspicion that they were carrying beef. They were produced before a court and sent to jail, an official at the police station, who declined to be identified, said over telephone.The police said they had seized 140 kg of red meat, adding that samples of had been sent for forensic analysis in Hyderabad.It was only after the video of the incident was uploaded on social media by the head of the Shri Ram Sena that a sister of one of the victims saw the video, a day later, and lodged an FIR (First Information Report) with the police against the attackers. Based on her complaint, the Seoni police arrested five persons, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, who had uploaded the video of the incident on his social media account. “Five persons, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, have been arrested,” Superintendent of Police Lalit Shakyawar said. “Animal meat was found in the vehicle that the victims were using and it has been sent to laboratory for test,” he added.An FIR had been registered against the five people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Dunda Seoni police station, Mr. Shakyawar said. The other four accused have been identified as local residents Yogesh Uikey, Deepesh Namdev, Rohit Yadav and Shyam Dehriya.The accused were produced before the court, which remanded them to judicial custody till June 6. Though the video was later deleted by the accused, it had already been widely circulated on social media, evoking strong reactions and comment.Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident. “Horrified to see cow vigilantes thrash an innocent Muslim with such impunity in MP. Hope Kamal Nath takes swift action against these goons,” she tweeted.President of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, also cited the video and tweeted: “This is how Muslims are treated by vigilantes created by Modi voters. Welcome to a New India which will [be] inclusive and as @PMOIndia said secularism ka niqaab”.last_img read more

Assam will provide legal support to Indian citizens left out of NRC list, says Minister

first_imgThe Assam government Saturday claimed many genuine Indian citizens have been left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), but said they do not need to panic as they have option to appeal in the Foreigners Tribunal (FT). Speaking to PTI, Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, said the government will provide legal support to the Indian citizens not finding place in the NRC list. “One thing is sure that many genuine Indians were left out of the NRC. However, they don’t need to panic and worry. They can appeal in the FTs,” Mr. Patowary said. If the genuine Indians, who were not included in the NRC, require assistance in appealing in the Tribunal, the government will assist them, he added. “We have increased the number of FTs to 300 from 100 earlier. The additional FTs will start functioning from Monday. So people can result approach the FTs,” said Mr. Patowary, who is also the spokesperson of the Assam government. When pointed out to the allegation of the AASU that less number of exclusions was due to government’s inaction, the senior minister said that the entire exercise was carried out under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court. “In the entire process, we provided the logistic support. We had no other role. Even the NRC State Coordinator was directly reporting to the SC and did not share any information with us,” he added.Mr. Patowary said that from the 41 lakh excluded in the complete draft of the NRC, those who applied with proper documents were verified and included. “Because of the less number of exclusions and wrongful inclusions, we had filed an affidavit in the SC seeking sample re-verification of 20 per cent of the names. But the SC did not agree to our request,” he added. The State and the central governments had appealed the top court twice for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh, and exclusions in the NRC. The apex court in strong words earlier this month said the entire NRC exercise cannot be ordered to be re-opened on the basis of certain parameters. The final NRC was published on Saturday by excluding 19,06,657 persons. A total of 3,11,21,004 names were included out of 3,30,27,661 applicants.last_img read more

Vidarbha, western Maharashtra dent BJP’s tally

first_imgVidarbha and western Maharashtra proved to be the spoilsports for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stopping it short of clinching the scale of victory predicted by exit polls. Sidelining senior leaders like Union minister Nitin Gadkari, denying a ticket to former power minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule — a prominent face of the Teli community — and the alleged neglect of the farm crisis, are said to be the reasons for the ruling party losing at least 10 seats in Vidarbha. In addition, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis relied more on imported leaders like Parinay Fuke and Amil Bonde, who both lost. In western Maharashtra, meanwhile, a largely well-coordinated campaign by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress that hammered home local problems as opposed to the BJP’s national focus put a check on the saffron party.This, coupled with intra-party rebellion and resentment against the BJP’s alleged apathy in times of crises, notably the Kolhapur-Sangli floods, helped the NCP-Congress win a combined 39 of the 70-odd segments in the sugar heartland comprising Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Solapur and Ahmednagar districts.In contrast, the BJP-Sena alliance managed only 21 seats, with the BJP individually winning only 17 as opposed to the 24 it won in 2014.In Vidarbha, as of late on Thursday, the BJP had won 27 compared to 44 seats it won in 2014. While the Sena maintained its 2014 tally of four, the Congress and NCP surged ahead by winning 17 and six respectively. Others secured eight seats. The Congress snatched two seats from the BJP in Nagpur city, with Vikas Thakre winning Nagpur West and Nitin Raut securing Nagpur North. Mr. Fadnavis retained the Nagpur South West constituency, defeating Ashish Deshmukh of the Congress. Farmer leader Nana Patole who resigned as BJP MP prior to the Lok Sabha polls, defeated State minister Parinay Fuke from Sakoli in Bhandara district. In Katol, the NCP’s Anil Deshmukh defeated BJP’s Charansingh Thakur, while in Savner the Congress’s Sunil Kedar retained his seat in a hard-fought victory. The Congress made gains in Chandrapur, Yavatmal as well as Amravati, where the BJP won only the Dhamangaon Railway seat. In western Maharashtra the electorate largely rejected turncoats who joined the BJP-Sena ahead of the polls, such as Dilip Sopal in Barshi, Vaibhav Pichad in Akole and Harshavardhan Patil in Indapur.The NCP effected a stunning reversal of fortunes by bagging two of the eight Assembly segments in Pune, after Chetan Tupe trounced BJP MLA Yogesh Tilekar in Hadapsar while Sunil Tingre bested the BJP’s Jagdish Mulik in Vadgaonsheri. The BJP had swept all eight segments in 2014.The NCP-Congress effected a renaissance of sorts in Pune district, winning 12 of the 21 seats and reducing the BJP only to the urban pockets of Pune city. The Congress did well in Ahmednagar and Kolhapur districts as well.The party’s most stunning victory came in the form of Rohit Pawar’s win over BJP minister Ram Shinde in Karjat-Jamkhed.Apart from the loss of NCP MLA Shashikant Shinde in Koregaon, all top leaders from the Congress-NCP alliance retained their seats. Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar defeated the BJP’s Gopichand Padalkar by a staggering margin of 1.65 lakh votes, while State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat won handsomely from his stronghold of Sangamner in Ahmednagar district.Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan won a hard-fought battle in Karad South, despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister holding rallies in the area, while Congress ‘young turk’ Ruturaj Patil made a stunning debut in Kolhapur South, beating the BJP’s Amal Mahadik by 42,709 votes.In a thrilling battle in Solapur City Central, the Congress’s Praniti Shinde, the daughter of former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde trailed in the early rounds but rallied to beat Haji Farooq Shabdi of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen by 12,719 votes. Ms. Shinde, seeking re-election for a third time, was also facing the Shiv Sena’s Dilip Mane and CPI (Marxist)’s Narasayya Adam. Young turk: Congress supporters celebrate with Ruturaj Patil in Kolhapur.center_img | Photo Credit: PTIlast_img read more

Soumyadeep keeps table tennis medal hopes alive

first_imgSoumyadeep Roy quelled some stiff challenge before overcoming Singapore’s Xiaoli Cai 4-1 to storm into the semifinals of the Commonwealth Games’ table tennis men’s singles competition here today. The Bengal paddler started on a positive note in the quarterfinal and clinched the first set 11-7, but Cai clawed his way back into the match by winning the second set 11-5.However, Roy did not lose his heart and bagged the next three sets 12-10, 11-5, 13-11 in the best-of-seven contest and secured the final-four berth.In the semifinal, Roy will take on world number 17, Gao Ning, who beat another Indian A Amalraj 4-1 in other match.Amalraj proved no match to Gao, who is considered to be the best Singapore paddler, and except in the second set he could not build up much resistance.After losing the first set 1-11, he bagged the second 11-4, but went down 5-11, 5-11, 7-11 in the next three sets to crash out of the competition.Meanwhile, India’s experienced women pair of Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das came out with some determined performance to overcome Australian duo of M Miao and J F Lay 3-2 and entered the doubles semifinal.But it was curtains for another Indian pair — Kumaresan Shamini and Madhurika Patkar, who lost 1-3 to T Feng and Y Wang of Singapore.In men’s doubles, Olympian Achanta Sharath Kamal and former national champion Subhajit Saha also got the ticket to last-four stage after beating Nigeria’s Aruna Akinade and A seun 3-1.advertisementAnother Indian pair of Amalraj and Roy, however, could not cross the quarterfinal hurdle and went down 0-3 to Singaporean duo of Gao and Zi Yang at the Yamuna Sports Complex.India’s challenge in women’s singles and mixed doubles categories have already ended.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Prabhu Chawla, Editor, Languages, India Today, writes on CWG

first_imgConnect with the Editor Thanks God, it’s over. And thank God it went off without a glitch, or nearly. Remember, as late as three weeks ago, the doomsayers were attaching too many firsts to the first-ever Commonwealth Games in India, including that it would be first-ever Games to be called off.  Top athletes pulled out in droves. Even a month before the opening, the stadia and the village were far from ready and a footbridge collapse with just a week left was seen as a signal of the fate that awaited the Games. The Australians, in particular, moaned about everything from dengue fever to impending terror attacks to dirty toilets to hatch a conspiracy for a last-minute shifting of the Games to Down Under. But Jugadu Indians have done it.The Games ended as wonderfully as they began with a closing ceremony that showcased the best of India. Nobody, except perhaps Mr. Kalmadi, is as yet claiming that it was better than Beijing. But ordinary Indians who feared that the Games will shame us all are now proud, not just because the stadiums and the villages were ready and but also because more than a 100 Indians are sporting winners medals around their necks. Hard work and training has given us athletes who were competing and winning instead of just taking part. Most of them earned their medals not because of the state but despite it.Nothing is ever perfect, particularly in this country, but Delhi 2010 was as close as we could get. The jostling for credit began even before the Games ended and Delhi’s LG was first off the block, shooting off a letter to the Prime Minister to protest Sheila Dikshit’s attempts to hog all the credit. More will follow. The Games have ended, the fun is about to begin.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Zaheer being ruled out a big blow, says Ganguly

first_imgThe ruling out of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan from the remaining two Tests against England due to injury is a huge blow but India can still bounce back and the draw the series, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.Ganguly said he expects the other Indian bowlers to stand up and help India draw the four-match Test series 2-2. England had taken a 2-0 lead in the series after winning at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. The third (August 10-14) and fourth (August 18-22) Tests will be played at Edgbaston and the Oval.”Of course, Zaheer ruling out is a huge blow. He will need surgery and will be out of action for a few months. But at the same time it’s the big opportunity for the other players to make a mark in his absence,” Ganguly told reporters here.”Two Test matches are yet to be played and I expect India to bounce back and draw the series 2-2. It is a big challenge for the team which now will not have the services of Zaheer.But they still can do it,” said Ganguly at a function here.Zaheer was on Sunday ruled out of remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury. He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover. He had walked off the pitch following a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Lord’s on July 21.Ganguly patted Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for recalling England batsman Ian Bell who had been run out in bizarre circumstances in the second Test at Trent Bridge. “Dhoni is a good captain and a good human being as well,” Ganguly said.advertisementThe limited overs series starts on August 31 with the one off Twenty20 International match.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Haryana’s Olympic greetings

first_imgHaryana, which brought laurels to the country during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, has launched a campaign to motivate and cheer the Indian contingent to the London Olympics. The campaign, named Bol India (Best of Luck India) is set to go on until July 27.The campaign is part of the state’s efforts to promote sports. It will feature two road shows touring every district of Haryana, exhibitions at district sports complexes and an SMS component allowing people to wish good luck to their favourite Olympic athletes.Haryana has only two per cent of the country’s population, but the state’s representation in the Olympics is an impressive 21 per cent. Bol India will also promote sports in Haryana and encourage students to take up physical activities.last_img

New Year eve bash for Pakistan in Chennai

first_imgThe original itinerary of Pakistani team’s visit to India in December-January was changed apparently to have the visitors enjoy the New Year’s eve in Chennai, instead of Delhi. A function would most probably be organised for the two teams on December 31.The change in the itinerary was effected on the behest of N Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), who is based in Chennai, and he wanted to host the two teams in his city, according to sources.According to the original itinerary, the Pakistani team was supposed to play the first One-day International in Delhi and also enjoy the New Years eve here.This is the first time the Pakistani team will be touring India in five years, though they will play only ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. On their previous visit in late 2007, Pakistan had played a three- Test series and five ODIs The BCCI had initially informed the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) that Delhi would host the first ODI, after Bangalore and Ahmedabad had hosted the Twenty20 Internationals.The two T20 Internationals and three ODIs were to be played between Dec 24 and Jan 6. Now, theyll be played between Dec 25 and Jan 6, with the venues being inter- changed,?? the source told M AIL T ODAY . Then, at a DDCA executive committee meeting, our president Arun Jaitley told the gathering that the Ferozeshah Kotla would now host the third ODI on December 30. He also dropped enough hints that there would be a special New Year function for the Pakistani and Indian teams in Chennai,?? he said.After the day match in Delhi, the teams would fly off to Chennai on December 31 and would enjoy the New Years eve. On January 1 and 2, they would have practice sessions and play the fourth ODI on January 3 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. They would finish off their short tour with an ODI in Kolkata on January 6 and leave for Pakistan the next day.Meanwhile, it is learnt that Delhi, Mohali, Kanpur, and Chennai, will host the four Tests against Australian between February 22 and March 26, after the five- match ODI series against England.The first five- day Test will be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla from February 22. The second match starts on March 2 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, and the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur will host the third Test from March 14. The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will stage the fourth and final Test from March 22.And just a week after the Australia series, the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League will start, thus providing no respite to Indian players. The 54- day long tournament will start on April 3 and the final will be played on May 26.advertisementlast_img read more

Nightclubs: Addas of fun and food, music and art

first_img“Where do they go, the lovelies, where do they go? ” Once upon a time, they began their evenings at single-cuisine restaurants, moved on to strobe flashes and claustrophobic bars of discotheques in megastar hotels, and wrapped up at dawn in sleepy hotel coffee shops. Not anymore. Now, if you,”Where do they go, the lovelies, where do they go? ” Once upon a time, they began their evenings at single-cuisine restaurants, moved on to strobe flashes and claustrophobic bars of discotheques in megastar hotels, and wrapped up at dawn in sleepy hotel coffee shops. Not anymore.Now, if you wish to karaoke or have your own birthday rock show at a night spot, listen to Dom Moraes spout poetry at a lounge or feast on an art exhibition at a restaurant, you actually can. A range of neoteric hotspots combining a rash of activities has taken over the one-dimensional disco domain: stand-alone, niche restaurants with bars and lounges like Mumbai’s Indigo and Athena, quaint joints like Chennai’s Korea House and Akasaka, spacious cafes like Delhi’s Turtle and Fab, theme pubs like Bangalore’s Urban Edge and Sparks, even sports bars like Kolkata’s Winning Streak.Gayatri Kachru Aspiring actress and studentIt’s Latino night at Twisters, a two-month-old south Delhi pub, and salsa lessons are on. The buzz is palpable; standing room, only just. And if you are wondering about the yellow ceiling, blue walls and traditional paintings, you can go and down another drink.Here, you can afford to, unlike at the five-star hotels. At Rs 350 for a beer, it’s much easier on the purse than the Rs 550 at star bars. Traditionally, five stars have always been identified with prices that tax the wallet: Oberoi Mumbai’s Frangipani is 20-25 per cent more expensive than south Asian wok speciality restaurant, Sidewok.Luxury hotels blame it on tax. The tax on food in hotels is 33 per cent while in independent restaurants it’s only 15.3 per cent; the tax on alcohol is 36-37 per cent against 23 per cent in restaurants. “We are popular because we offer five-star facilities at cheaper prices,” says Twisters’ S.S. Gill. Leaning back in a leather chair, NRI engineer Navesh Khandelwal voices the preferred partying flavour of the 20 and 30-somethings who have outgrown head-banging: “It’s more chilled here, more relaxed.”advertisementMumbai: music and art find new breeding grounds with karaokeChilled translates into happening, as in organising innovative events, and the megapolises are competing with a vengeance. The usp for the multicuisine restaurant Stop At Sam’s is “Chennai’s most surprising restaurant”. It is. There are talk sessions and workshops with city celebrities, and walls often double up as art gallery. Says Gunit Singla who owns the RA Puram cafe with husband Samir: “Last year, we held 14 special nights, including a Friday the 13th spooky night, and a Thanksgiving night with tandoori turkey on the menu.” Another new Chennai joint, Artz, has jumped onto the art bandwagon and welcomes amateur and professional artists to display their works. Mumbai’s Olive Bar & Kitchen took to the event trend when it opened its Mediterranean doors nearly a year ago. “We are trying to push the boundaries of who we are, moving beyond being restaurants to becoming neighbourhood addas,” says A.D. Singh, one of the five owners of this restaurant-cum-bar. Music and art are among the creative founts that spout fun at The Art Club vents organised by Art Works with support from Olive. This, when blindfolded restaurant regulars aren’t soiling their hands at pottery dos. Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan, who live in the neighbourhood, are known to drop by occasionally, though they haven’t taken up painting. Yet.Mumbai: poetry reading at Athena and wine appreciation at OliveBut does this brouhaha translate into better sales? Not directly, explains Singh. “Most of our events are during off hours, during afternoons or early evenings. We hope these cultural events will help cultivate long-term customers.” So wine appreciation workshops and poetry readings do a good job of keeping the culturally inclined entertained at Chateau Indage’s Athena, another new destination in south Mumbai. Managed by Moshe Shek and Vikrant Chougule, Athena isn’t about the gentle buzz of a restaurant, the vibrancy of a bar or the serenity of a lounge. It’s all three coming together in10.000sqft.Delhi’s DV8 pub – the legendary Cellars redone – with its old-fashioned interiors hosts fashion shows, media nights, live music – retro, jazz – and even Formula 2 race days. Plush leather chairs, bookcases with yellowing books, subtle lighting all add up to cosy comfort. At Fab Cafe, also in Delhi, theme nights like the Roopa Gulati show, book readings and jazz nights are standard fare. “The concept of ‘cool’ is changing. We fit into the new concept,” says Manager Ruchi Tandon. The new concept? “Calm, stimulating atmosphere”, rather than the “rock till you drop” partying ‘n’ boozing earlier.Vidhi Bhartia, Kate Bharucha Students”The number of people at discos has definitely dropped in the past few years,” says Rajiv Joshi, marketing manager, Razz berry Rhinoceros, one of Mumbai’s oldest suburban discos best known for introducing the afternoon disco concept. “One of the main Reasons for this is the many new forms of entertainment, besides new places like theme restaurants and lounge bars-cum-restaurants like Athena. The saving grace is teenagers who still love partying here.”The idea is that after dinner you don’t have to go hunting for a nightclub or pay high cover charges to sup on music and ambience. So Mumbai restaurants like the Sidewok and European Asian Indigo are fashioning themselves as “party destinations” and providing “lifestyle experiences”, not simply being places to eat out. Indigo, with a tea-garden bungalow feel, has candle-lit lounges, a bar and an eating space spread over two floors. Athena’s strategy is to lure sports and filmstars, besides socialites and industrialists, the staple fare at any popular Mumbai nightspot. Its club fees seems to have been fixed with the caviar circuit in mind. At Rs 65,000 per annum for the most exclusive membership, it might seem steep, but the 50 memberships on offer sold out even before the official opening, claims the management. Members paid for conveniences difficult to come by: guaranteed bookings, free entry for guests and access to exclusive lounges.advertisementCuisinista Rashmi Uday Singh views this nocturnal shift from dingy discos to more eclectic options as the beginning of a new trend. The success of these modern rendezvous owes itself to the insatiable “new Indian who wants Manhattan, Paris and London experiences in his own land”. Higher disposable incomes, exposure to TV, the Internet and increased travelling have created this new genre of Indian-born international desis.In fact, restaurateurs like the Mumbai-based Doshi family have even sought inspiration from the joints they visit during foreign sojourns. And after their New York eatery shut down, an Indian equivalent was dreamt of. Now, there are three. Karma, a casual Italian eating place and watering hole, opened three months ago. Above it is Bellisima, a fine dining restaurant with new world cuisine. Next to it is the Polynesian flavoured Liquid Lounge with a 30-ft bar serving cocktails, and a live band playing four to five times a week.This burgeoning of modernistic hangouts like lounge bars, restau-rant-cum-bars, coffee joints, karaoke nightspots, bowling alleys-cum-bars, event-centric pubs and offbeat cafes has completely altered the nightlife profile in cities. Take Delhi. Once thought to be dull and dorky, it is fast metamorphosing into a city of pubs, corner cafes and restobars. Panache replaces Punj, and five-star discos are becoming passe, while the existing hangouts are reinventing in a bid to survive.Surprise is of essence at restaurants like Stop At Sams (top) which holds talk sessions, even as coffee bars like Qwikys hold live band performancesWhen Club Zeros in GK-II opened in 1999, it was an uninspiring restaurant serving Indian and Chinese food. In December 2000, it was redesigned into a restobar. Manager Ka-mal Sud claims it is the first such club in GK-II. “We had to redefine ourselves in the face of fresh competition,” he says. “We realised that people come in not just for food, but large helpings of fun too.” Further down the same block, Snob, a four-year-old restaurant, shed its penchant for grub to transform into a pub a year ago. Says Delhi student Priya: “The service might not compare with the best hotels but, hey, it’s different, it’s fun.”Despite bouncers at the entrance in most such pubs, there’s no entrance fee. We2 at GK-I, a pub with a central bar area and big glass panes, has a definite international touch. Goan musician Nelson Furta-don, his flowing moustache twitching, prefers playing at the new trendy places because he finds them livelier. “Hotels are for people like my parents,” he says. Variety is the bon mot. Buzz, a new restobar at Saket in Delhi, with a mul-ticuisine menu and a brimming cocktail list, is part of a gastronomic subculture spawned by the PVR cineplex that also includes a branch of Qwikys, McDonald’s, Pizza Express and Barista in the same compound.Harish SamthaniFormer rally driver and party animalBig-city nightlife seems to have reached the second stage of evolution. This stage is spelt out succinctly by Nikhil Chaturvedi, managing director, Provogue: it is the plane at which the ultimate party dream progresses from shouting above the din of a cramped disco to a craving to hear and be heard in a more innovative partyscape. So, moving from the regular disco option of Gatsby at Park Sheraton in Chen-nai, you have beach discos like teenage haunt EC41 on the East Coast Road, mushrooming on the road to Maha-balipuram and flying in DJs from Delhi, Mumbai, even Goa.”Music is one thing,” says Harish Samthani, socialite and a theme-party organiser, “but more than that it’s the ambience … the open sky and beach which a closed disco cannot offer.” Add “beach” to “parties” and “discos” and you have the hottest Chennai partying trend. Throw in speciality restaurants like the Thai Benjurong, Japanese and Korean joints, discos like the two-year-old Hell Freezes Over – which has about 300 visitors every night and is the first night club in Chennai to introduce an all-woman disco – coffee bars like Qwiky’s that have live bands performing on weekends, and you have the new Chennai outing scene.Chennai party animals, however, claim the city could raise its cool quotient further were it not for stringent liquor laws. Neigbouring Bangalore too nurses this grievance. Bars and pubs here are supposed to close by 11 p.m. but it hasn’t stopped India’s Silicon Valley from being a pub-crawler’s haven: there are 125 pubs and 1,353 bars and restaurants here. The city’s latest attraction is 180 Proof. Once a Gothic confection of high ceiling, arches and tiled roof, it is now a five-level pub with a DJ and Thai dinner. Its old-world charm combines a hi-tech flavour symbolic of the neoteric spirit – laidback ease and 21st century modernism.Six years ago in Kolkata, nightlife meant private parties or a choice of three discos – Incognito, Someplace Else and the Anticlock, all in hotels – but the discos now are wisening up to change. Winning Streak, the city’s first sports bar, is Anticlock in a new avatar.A bar-cum-hangout joint for the 30-35-year-old set, it has sports memorabilia as decor, a mini putting z one, a video arcade and plans for mini basketball and football courts. “Business was stagnating at the Anticlock,” admits proprietor Bunty Sethi. “You need a whole new set of changes if you want to bring in a new crowd.” The managers at The Park Hotel agree. Its two-year-old disco Tantra has introduced global flavors – quieter cigar and malt bars within discos.advertisementVikram Bawa, Maushumi UdeshiPhotographer/ModelThe new options aren’t just for Page 3 socialites; the world cuisine fad and oodles of “we are more than just about food” attitude is seeping into smaller restaurants too. Rewind, a small eatery in Mumbai, is jazzed up often with live music performances. Starters & More that started out as a restaurant is now set to bring in live music, karaoke on two nights, telecast of Formula 1 racing on a big screen, live performances by Sony Music artists and even panja (fist) fights.Notwithstanding the newfangled party temples and their drumbeating about being different, there are people like Prakash Khubchandani of Popcorn Entertainment, Mumbai, who says, “Everyone likes change, but these are passing fads.”Achala Sachdev, choreographer, thinks Indian nightlife could do with further evolution. “It is true we have gone beyond pubs and dingy discos,” she says, “but the third stage has not been reached where you have speciality bars like reggae or jazz bars abroad or stand-up comedy acts at both restaurants and bars.”Bangalore: A pub-crawler’s haven, the Silicon city’s joints are veering towards variety by holding fashion shows at pubs like the Urban EdgeFood critics and entertainment industry experts, meanwhile, believe that the staying power of such joints will not depend on the “fluff” – snazzy events or Page 3 appearances – but the quality of food and beverages, and consistent output.Another development that could heat up competition among the new watering holes is the five-star hotels restaurants and lounges waking up to the poaching of their clientele. So they are focusing on innovation in services, cuisine and dcor.The President, Mumbai, has recently opened Kaleidoscope restaurant, that promises to be easy on the pocket and offers comfort food, even as five-star discos are becoming more spacious or reinventing completely. After 23 years, Delhi’s oldest surviving cult discotheque, Ghungroo at the Maurya Sheraton, has decided to close down. “The new Ghungroo,” according to Sheraton General Manager Gautam Anand, “will be spacious and versatile, literally and metaphorically, and ready by December 2001.” It will be open for lunch, dinner and snacks, not just evening events.”And the lovelies, he knows, will come.”- with Supriya Bezbaruah, Methil Renuka, Anshul Avijit, Arun Ram, Kavitha Muralidharan, Stephen David and Labonita Ghoshlast_img read more

Chiragh Kumar starts BILT Open golf title defence on home course

first_imgChiragh Kumar will start his title defence at the Rs 1 crore BILT Open golf, starting on his home course, the Delhi Golf Club, on Wednesday.The tournament will also have the likes of Jyoti Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, stalwarts Mukesh Kumar and Ashok Kumar, as well as Harendra P Gupta, Rashid Khan and Shamim Khan, the top three players on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), in a field of 125 players.Chiragh has a special connection with the DGC as other than being his home course, it’s the venue where he won the Rs 1crore LG Masters event in 2010 and shot into limelight after finishing second at the Asian Tour’s Indian Open last year.He clinched the BILT title last year at the Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida, but wants to cash in on the home advantage this time.”It’s my home course and I want to make the most of it. But at the same time, I don’t want to be complacent because it’s such a tough course that even a single error can cost you the title. My aim will be to remain error-free in order to finish on a high,” he said at the launch of the tournament here on Tuesday.”It’s good to be a defending champion in any tournament but it is not putting any pressure on me. I want to play good game and finish on a high,” he said.Also in the field is Sri Lankan Mithun Parera, who won the first PGTI tournament in Sri Lanka – the Standard Chartered Open in August. As one with experience of playing in India since his amateur days, Parera is known for his accurate hitting off the tee, which is useful due to the tight fairways at the DGC.”The course suits my style as I hit straight. I find fairways more often than on the other courses. If I play to potential, I could be in the mix in the money rounds,” said Parera, who was tied 15th at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open at the DGC in March-April.About the course conditions, Chiragh says, “It is playing well. The speed of the greens is good which could make scoring easier.”But Parera added that wind could be a factor.”I played a practice round today and there is a lot of wind on the course. If it stays during the tournament, it could be the deciding factor. I am guessing anyone who scores 10-under will take the trophy,” he said.Meanwhile, Yogesh Aggarwal, MD and CEO of BILT group, said that the company has renewed its contract with the PGTI to run the tournament for three years.”We are renewing our contract with the PGTI for the tournament for three more years (2013-2015). However, there will be no increase in prize money in those years,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Toe injury costs Sachin Tendulkar a Test series in 12 years

first_imgNAILED: Sachin Tendulkar’s rare injury can also affect ballet dancers and high jumpersIf there’s a body part more obsessed over than the prime minister’s knee, it must be Sachin Tendulkar’s toe.Already foreheads are furrowed as India’s most popular athlete has gone missing from action, a fractured toe taking him out,NAILED: Sachin Tendulkar’s rare injury can also affect ballet dancers and high jumpersIf there’s a body part more obsessed over than the prime minister’s knee, it must be Sachin Tendulkar’s toe.Already foreheads are furrowed as India’s most popular athlete has gone missing from action, a fractured toe taking him out of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka. Injuries to athletes are part of their job profile but every time Tendulkar winces, it would seem all of India feels the pain.As the team began its first Test tour in 12 years without the 28-year-old Mumbai batsman, he appeared on television asking for all Indians to “pray” for him, little knowing that cricket-crazy citizens are already halfway through their Hail Marys.It has been a worrying few weeks for Tendulkar and his doctor Anant Joshi, with the clamour for information growing: what exactly is the injury, how long will it take to heal, will he be the same player again? “Sachin is just another human being. Your fracture and mine take six weeks to heal. So will his,” Joshi wearily says.But Tendulkar’s injury is not any routine fracture, not only because it has affected the cricketer. The problem began on July 4, during the last league match of the triseries in Zimbabwe. When Tendulkar struck the ball and set off for a run, he heard a “click” in his right toe and felt a pain. It was forgotten quickly and he scored an unbeaten 122, leading India to a six-wicket victory.Later that day Tendulkar had the foot X-rayed, but the results showed nothing. He was then cleared to play the final, which India lost. On his return to Mumbai, when the pain persisted, Tendulkar went to sports medicine specialist Joshi. On July 17, Joshi took the player for an isotope bone scan of his foot at Hinduja Hospital. The scan detects fractured bones by showing them as “hot spots”.Tendulkar’s bone scan lit up an area the size of a 25 paise coin on his toe – and a CT scan of the foot revealed a horizontal crack in the medial sesamoid bone, a tiny structure around the size of the nail of the little finger. The bone, embedded inside the muscle tendons at the base of the great toe, acts like a lever arm for the tendons to flex the toe.The fracture took place when Tendulkar heard the “click” – the sound, most likely, was the tiny bone snapping. Tendulkar himself suspects there could have been more pressure on the area due to the spike-studded sole of his custom-made Adidas shoes.advertisementOne of the seven spikes in the shoe is located directly below the sesamoid bone of the great toe. The pressure from the take-off for the run, which experts reckon puts between three to five times the body weight on one foot, could have been centered on the tiny bone and fractured it.The sesamoid bones, strictly speaking, are not even bones. Made up of thick cartilaginous tissue, sesamoid bones are mostly found in the lower limbs and are not included among the 206 bones of the human body. Injuries to these bones are rare and given only a passing mention in medical tomes – even the best podiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons come across only four or five cases.Injuries usually occur after an activity where tremendous pressure is placed on the feet and toes –  ballet dancers and athletes like high jumpers and basketballers are more prone. What has puzzled many people is the time taken between the first sign of trouble and the first scan – nearly two weeks. Says Dr P.S.M. Chandran, director of sports medicine, Sports Authority of India: “A negative X-ray is not an indication that all is well. You shouldn’t leave anything to chance with a top-class sportsman.”Click here to EnlargeTendulkar’s doctors, suspecting sesamoiditis (the inflammation of the sesamoid), decided to give the injury three more weeks to heal before delivering a verdict. The hope was that the foot would have healed enough to give Tendulkar the chance to play the Test series. “I don’t mind missing the one-dayers, but please ensure I can make it for the Test series,” he told Dr B.A. Krishna, chief of nuclear medicine at Hinduja Hospital.The second round of scans, however, showed an inflammation around the affected area with little sign of healing. Moreover, Tendulkar winced in pain when Joshi probed the area near the toe. The verdict was out.”Sachin could have played the Test series only at the risk of further injury. And even then he wouldn’t have been able to give a hundred per cent,” says Joshi. For India’s most prolific run-getter in both forms of the game, the injury now means completely resting the toe for between six to eight weeks, to allow the bone to heal completely. “He won’t be playing cricket at least until the end of September,” says Joshi. Surgery, the final option, isn’t being thought of just yet.Tendulkar now has to wear cushioned sandals and can walk and drive his Mercedes without pain. Experts in the US are being consulted for designing rigid-soled orthotic footwear. All his footwear – from sneakers to ordinary slippers – will be retrofitted with these devices, most of them fitted internally to lift the injured area off the floor.advertisementHe will have to wear this special footwear for at least six months after he resumes playing. Joshi has also devised an an “active rest” exercise regimen, for every part of his body, excluding the lower limbs. “Sportsmen like him cannot afford to rest completely for so long,” Joshi says. The good news, he says, is that once the fracture heals, chances of a recurrence are slim.In recent weeks, Tendulkar was surrounded by plenty of conspiracy theories about a difficult relationship with current captain Sourav Ganguly and his wish to regain the captaincy. They have all been driven underground and rendered unimportant for the time being as the only current cricketer in Sir Donald Bradman’s all-time World XI begins his fight for fitness and the chance to return to the field to do what he did best: go out and bat for India.last_img read more

Carl Bryan Cruz comes to the rescue of ailing Aces

first_imgAlaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 1 PLAY LIST 00:59Alaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 135:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201630:42PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – March 09, 201602:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Coach Alex told us that this was our opportunity to correct our mistakes from the first game,” said Cruz. “It just showed here in the second game how much we’ve improved. We did not just improve individually but we were able to adjust.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—With Alaska playing without most of its starting five in the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, Carl Bran Cruz picked the perfect time  to put on a show.Cruz had a game-high 20 points with nine rebounds to lead the Aces to a 94-72 walloping of Columbian Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena in a game Alaska badly needed to win. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong determined to get back into ONE title contention PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Aces were coming off a sorry 85-72 loss against Rain or Shine and they were obviously missing the help of Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, Simon Enciso, and Kevin Racal.“All I could think of was this was my opportunity because we didn’t have our main guys like Vic,” said Cruz in Filipino. “Simply put, this was my chance so I had to step up and just give it my all.”Cruz was dormant for all of the third quarter but turned it up a notch in the fourth, scoring 12 points with the Aces already well in the lead, 68-50, to start the period.“It’s hard playing without the main guys especially without our guards but it was our system that really brought us to the win,” said Cruz. “Whoever coach Alex [Compton] called, even though we didn’t have a star player inside the court, played within the system.”The bounce back victory, which hiked the Aces’ record to 1-1, was proof of how they learned from their mistakes from the last loss, said Cruz.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Yogeshwar Dutt back with a golden bang

first_imgEncouraged by his winning return to the mat, Yogeshwar Dutt is targeting nothing less than gold at the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.Yogeshwar was out of action for a year and a half after winning bronze at the London Olympics, recovering from a knee injury. There were new challenges staring him and Sushil Kumar in the face as the weight categories and rules were changed. But they overcame the hurdles in style.Yogeshwar had to move to a 65 kg from 60kg while two-time Olympic medallist Sushil shifted to 74 kg category from 66kg. Last week at the Senior [FS & FW] Memorial Peelicone event in Sassari, Italy, Yogeshwar bagged gold while Sushil got silver.Yogeshwar admitted there were doubts when they entered the tournament. “We were facing competition after a long time. We were competing in new weight categories and under new rules. So there was pressure as we didn’t know how we will perform. But it turned out well for us,” Yogeshwar told MAIL TODAY. “We felt comfortable while competing in new weight categories. To be able to win gold in a quality field on return and under such circumstances has given me the belief that I will be able to fight in 65kg and win medals for India. In the semi-finals, I beat the 2013 world champion in 66kg from Armenia (David Safaryan). In the new weight category I will face wrestlers like him and it has given me confidence that I can beat the best in the world,” he said. The gritty wrestler said adapting to the rule changes was crucial. “The points system has changed and one has to use his mind and you can’t afford to relax. One has to attack and can’t defend for too long because one can lose points with a warning. Overall, it has been a good test for us.”advertisementLooking ahead to the Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3, Glasgow) and Asian Games (Incheon, September 19-October 4), Yogeshwar said competing before the big events would be helpful. “Moving to a higher weight category is not an issue but generating power corresponding to the weight is important. I have to work in that area. There is enough time left for the London Olympics and I am confident that by then I will be in a better shape.” “We are looking to compete in another event in Germany before the CWG. Or else we will focus on practice and trials. The team may also go to Belarus for training but it is yet to be finalised. Since there is no Greco-Roman wrestling in CWG, it will affect the medal count of wrestling. We have to make sure we win the medals on offer in freestyle. Winning gold in both the CWG and the Asian Games is the aim.”In between the CWG and the Asian Games, there is the World Championships in Taskhent, but Yogeshwar is yet to take a call on that. “It will be difficult to fight in back-to-back events and if I see that maintaining weight will be difficult, I may skip the Worlds,” he added. Yogeshwar was all praise for the Olympic Gold Quest which he joined last month. “I was earlier with the Mittal Champions Trust and they were of big help when I was injured. The OGQ is also an organisation which has come forward to help Indian athletes to achieve their dreams. When you have such support, it takes care of a lot of things and you can freely concentrate on training.”last_img read more