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Agent: ‘Dalbert loving Fiorentina’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Dalbert’s agent says the left-back “loves” life at Fiorentina after two years at Inter, where “he didn’t get to express himself.” The Brazilian arrived on a season-long loan from the Nerazzurri in August after just 26 appearances at San Siro. With already 11 games under his belt, Emerson Figueroa is delighted with how his client has fared in Florence so far. “At Inter he didn’t get to express himself like he does now,” Figueroa told La Nazione. “Now he’s started to pay everyone back. “I’m constantly in touch with the Viola directors, but it’s more important that he continues to play his part in the campaign, where he so far has been a protagonist. “His performances aren’t surprising me. The fact that he is a starter under [Vincenzo] Montella is a reward for the hard work he has put in. “Dalbert is doing very well, he adapted immediately to his new club and city. He revealed he loves Florence. At Fiorentina he’s earned the faith of the coach and the board.” Dalbert and Fiorentina are back in action against Verona this Sunday, looking to bounce back from a 5-2 defeat to Cagliari before the international break.last_img read more

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Nadal beats Berdych to win second Wimbledon title

first_imgRafael Nadal claimed his second Wimbledon crown, beating 12th seed Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the final on Centre Court.The world No. 1 has thus won his eighth Grand Slam. The Spaniard has won the French Open five times along with one Australian Open.Berdych, the 6’5 tall Czech, had upset Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to make the final. But Nadal proved too strong in this 63 75 64 win.Nadal had first won the Wimbledon in 2008 after an epic final with Federer. An injury forced Nadal out of the 2009 Wimbledon, allowing Federer his sixth Grand Slam on grass.last_img read more

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Ind vs Aus 1st Test: India have the edge on Day 1

first_imgIndia paceman Umesh Yadav went full throttle even as old warhorse Zaheer Khan made a slow start but managed to silence his critics during the India vs Australia Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday. Score | PhotosIt was due to their combined effort during Day 1 of Ind vs Aus Test that the Aussies were reeling on 205/5 before lower-order batsmen Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin made amends to push the Australia total to 277/6 at stumps.Together Yadav (3) and Zaheer (2) scalped five wickets between them with R Ashwin claiming the last wicket of the day in the form of debutant Ed Cowan, who made a fine 68 at the top of the heap.No doubt the Aussie total of 277/6 looks respectable at a glance, but considering that their bowlers are inexperienced and lack the firepower, the visitors very much fancy their chances at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Electing to bat the hosts didn’t get the sort of opening they would have desired as India pacer Umesh Yadav got rid of opener David Warner and an over later sent one-down batsman Shaun Marsh packing on a duck to reduce the Aussies to 46/2.Later former Aus skipper Ricky Ponting and opener Ed Cowan combined to provide the much-needed stability before rains stopped play minutes before lunch when the score was 68/2.An hour later the covers were removed and match resumed with Ponting and Test debutant Cowan batting steadily to negate the effects of the adverse weather conditions. As the weather conditions improved the two started batting at ease even as the Indians continued to bowl a probing line.advertisementSoon the former Aussie skipper Ponting completed his half-century in style off R Ashwin’s turner. No wonder the man wanted to put to rest all voices that demanded his ouster. He was well supported by southpaw Cowan, who too completed his half-century a little later.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni utilised a pacer and a spinner in tandem to break Ponting and Cowan’s stand, but his efforts came a cropper looked at ease and batted with confidence. Interestingly, their 100-plus stand didn’t see a single aerial shot being played.But eventually Dhoni’s did pay off with Yadav increasing his victims tally to three. An edge off Ponting (62) was nicely lapped up by VVS Laxman in the slips cordon and his 113-run stand with Cowan came to a close as Aussies lost their third wicket on 159. At tea, the hosts were batting on 170/3.The third session saw the Aussie score that was once reeling on 46/2 swell to a good 200-plus. But just when things were settling down for the hosts, Zaheer Khan struck to remove Aussies skipper Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey on consecutive balls to reduce the hosts to 205/5. Zaheer got his first wicket, nice and clean, dislodging Clarke’s stumps but the second one was a bit iffy. Television replays showed that Hussey hadn’t nicked the ball to Dhoni. Unfortunately for Hussey there’s no DRS in this series.Two quick wickets and India were back in thick of things and that’s when offie R Ashwin, who was bowling in tandem with Zaheer struck to send dangerman Cowan back to the pavilion. An edge off his turner was cleanly taken by Dhoni and the man was walking back after a fine 68 and Australia were looking in bad shape with 214/6 on board.Finally Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin added 63 runs for the sixth wicket to push Australia’s total to 277/6. The two were unbeaten at close.last_img read more

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Duleep Trophy: Ashok Dinda soars into national contention

first_imgAshok Dinda’s performance in the ongoing domestic season has made him a strong contender to be selected for the national team.The Bengal fast bowler has bagged 52 wickets this season in eight matches, including two 10-wicket hauls. Whenever Bengal needed a wicket, they have thrown the ball to him and the gritty bowler has not disappointed often.The 27-year-old has grown from strength to strength with every outing and played a stellar role in East Zone making it to the final of the Duleep Trophy.He took seven wickets against West Zone and then single-handedly ran through the North Zone batting on the flat Ferozeshah Kotla pitch, with careerbest figures of eight for 123.Dinda is one of those rare pacemen who do not fear bowling on flat wickets. Instead it brings the best out of him, like it did at the Kotla.”If I have to get wickets on these pitches, I have to put in more hard work and sustain the intensity. It is easy to get wickets when conditions are favourable, but it is a challenge to take wickets on flat pitches,” Dinda told Mail Today.”For that, you have to be strong. I have worked on building my strength and fitness. This is the best that I have bowled in my career. The coach of the Bengal team (WV Raman) and my own coach (Atal Dev Burman) have fine-tuned my bowling. As the wickets kept coming my way this season, I bowled with more and more confidence.”advertisementDinda made headlines after playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in 2008. He got selected for the ODIs on the tour of Zimbabwe in 2010, but has played only five matches in his international career so far.”If I get a chance, I will have to maintain my performance. It really motivates me to hear that people are talking about me. It helps me perform better.”Sourav Ganguly has been one of Dinda’s biggest supporters and the paceman duly acknowledges the role played by the former India captain.”I have played lot of my firstclass cricket under him and he has been a guiding force. He always tells me which line to bowl and his suggestions have helped me improve as a bowler.”East and Central in finalEast Zone completed the formalities to enter the final of the Duleep Trophy on the basis of their first innings lead against North Zone here Tuesday.It was East Zone’s first Duleep Trophy final after 2005-06. They will meet Central Zone in the title clash at Indore from Sunday.The contest was all but over when East Zone took a 28- run lead Monday after Ashok Dinda’s burst. Manish Vardhan (125) and Anustup Majumdar (144) helped themselves to centuries as East Zone declared their second innings at 319/ 5 and set North an improbable target of 348. North lost two wickets and finished the day at 126/ 3. Majumdar and Vardhan shared a 251 run stand.Brief Scores : East Zone 315 and 319/ 5 (M Vardhan 125, A Majumdar 144; P Sangwan 3/ 78) North Zone 287 and 126/ 3 ( R Dewan 45, S Dhawan 38; S Nadeem 2/ 51).last_img read more

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‘Supreme Court directive on Sardar Sarovar project is impractical’

first_imgWhat’s Hot and CoolHot or Not? With the Indian economy taking impressive strides, the rich and the affluent are spending like never before (“What’s Hot,” May 1). However, there is a cause for concern. While Mac-Books and MacMinis are flaunted as essential, the much-desired Rs 10,000 PC is hardly seen,What’s Hot and CoolHot or Not?With the Indian economy taking impressive strides, the rich and the affluent are spending like never before (“What’s Hot,” May 1). However, there is a cause for concern. While Mac-Books and MacMinis are flaunted as essential, the much-desired Rs 10,000 PC is hardly seen in the market. Clearly, the marketer is reluctant to push such lowmargin items.-R.K. Sudan, on e-mailWe are what we buy and wear. Brazen displays of gadgets and gizmos have become the order of the day. Today, an individual is revered not for his character or conduct, but for the worth of various accessories he sports. Let’s not endorse distorted values and equate a person’s status with his buying prowess.-K. Chidanand Kumar, BangaloreThe story is a treat to the eyes if not to the pocket. It shows that India is progressing fast and its citizens can aspire to acquire these gadgets. Unfortunately, these expensive things will not add to happiness in people’s lives but fuel jealousy.-Kanaka R. Nambiar, KaraikalMail of the weekTech TrackConvergence of technologies can transform societies in a big way (“The Triple Play”, May 1). One can access information on any subject and in any form- text, audio and video-instantly and even exchange it in real time across thousands of miles. In a developing and vast country like India, this could improve the efficiency of business and government manifold.-Shankar Vaidya, UdaipurDam LiesThe Supreme Court’s directive on the Sardar Sarovar project is impractical (“Dammed Development”, May 1). With so many formalities involved in the rehabilitation procedure, it is impossible for any government to rehabilitate all those displaced in just three months. Undue haste will result in large-scale irregularities and litigation, which may stall the project. The right thing to do is to penalise the governments guilty of neglecting the rehabilitation of the oustees.-Madhu Agrawal, DelhiThe dam controversy is a case of suppression of facts at every stage. The UPA Government has only highlighted the ostensible benefits of the dam and its lies have been exposed on the electricity generation front. Bureaucrats, engineers and politicians have twisted facts to suit their own preconceived notions. It is unfortunate that even sections of the national media have published biased reports to discredit Medha Patkar’s genuine movement.-H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana, MysoreNo one doubts the sincerity of Patkar and her team in fighting for the rights of the displaced people. But I am sceptical about the concern shown by actor Aamir Khan, who has suddenly jumped onto the Narmada Bachao Andolan bandwagon. A majority of celebrities join such agitations for publicity and rarely make committed social workers.-Madhu R.D. Singh, Ambala CanttIndecent ProposalsPolitical parties in Tamil Nadu, eager to outdo each other in promising freebies to people, have reduced the entire election process to a tamasha (“Mounting a Challenge”, May 1). It is a mockery of democracy and an open attempt to buy voters. I wonder why the Election Commission is not taking notice of all this.-Rajesh Kumar, BhopalTwo MuchWhom is BJP President Rajnath Singh trying to fool by saying that both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani are the party’s candidates (“Seedhi Baat”, May 1)? Vajpayee has practically retired but the BJP is still defensive about projecting Advani as his successor.-Poonam Mallick, NoidaDubious DealIn hindsight, the euphoria in India over the nuclear deal clinched with the US appears misplaced (“Nuclear Turbulence”, May 1). By inserting a clause on ending nuclear co-operation with Delhi in case it detonates a nuclear device, the US is forcing India to compromise on its nuclear doctrine. It seems American President George W. Bush made some hasty promises to get India on his side on the Iran issue.-Roshni, ErnakulamChickening OutThe cases of suicide by poultry farmers once again bring into focus the callous attitude of the Government (“Industry in Peril”, May 1). Why didn’t the Government come up with a long-term strategy to provide financial support to small-scale poultry firms? Merely requesting the banks to loosen their purse strings is not enough. The plight of poultry farmers is not very different from that of other farmers all over the country who are being exploited by moneylenders as their incomes have stagnated and the cost of inputs in agriculture has risen.-Tara Bhaumik, PuneMiles to GoIt is true that educated urban women have established themselves in all spheres of the economy, but there is still a long way to go (“Mistress of Choices”, April 24). According to the Human Development Report, 2005, in the year 2003, for every 100 men only 50 women took part in economic activity in India. Many companies are reluctant to recruit women on the grounds that they cannot work the long hours that men can.-Srabani Ghosh, KolkataThe article is about a minuscule of urban women. What about several selfhelp groups of women doing exemplary work?-K.L.R. Prabhu, UdupiWhither Art?There is absolute madness in the art world (“The Great Indian Art Sale”, April 17). It is the signature on the canvas, and not the content, that dictates the price. Then there are galleries, agents, media and auction houses which influence the trends. They are doing in the art world what the likes of Harshad Mehta did in the share market. Tyeb Mehta’s Mahishasura, which looks more like the handiwork of a 10-year-old child, makes one wonder at the astronomical price it commands. I am sure if I do a painting and get it signed by M.F. Husain or Mehta, it will easily sell for at least a couple of crores. WING COMMANDER (RETD)-Ravi Bedi, JodhpurDifferent StrokesThe writer laments the fact that Amrita Sher-Gil was content with her “rather academic” works being accepted at the “long pass salons” of Paris (“Passion Child of Indian Art”, March 27). Maybe Sher-Gil rejected the cubism of Picasso just like Picasso rejected the abstract. Maybe her sensibilities were more Indian than European and she adhered to the academic style that later helped her explore Indian subjects and establish its own identity. In fact, this uniqueness fired the imagination of a whole generation of Indian artists who were struggling to break out of the shackles of the European academic style.-Pronab Kumar Baruah, on e-mailSpare a ThoughtThe world is trying to reduce the use of plastic, which is not environment friendly, whereas you have started packing the magazine in plastic covers. Please use biodegradable paper covers instead.-P.A. Suryawanshi, GoaP.V. Narsimha RaoFact And FictionNo amount of excuses can absolve P.V. Narasimha Rao of the charge of refraining from doing anything to prevent the demolition of the Babri Masjid (“It Was a No-Win Situation”, May 1). The Centre knew about the dangerous design behind the temple agitation, but overlooked it.Shiv Shanker Almal, KolkataRao has unmasked the BJP and other right-wing outfits. For them no price is too high to pay for power.Vikram Rastogi, DelhiRao forgot that the Babri Masjid issue was revived by Rajiv Gandhi by opening the disputed premises.C.M. Pershad, Secunderabadadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Centre sees foreign hand behind Maoist rebels

first_imgAfter blaming the foreign hand to be behind the anti-nuclear protests in India, the government has now blamed the foreign hand for supporting the Maoists in the country.Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha the Home Ministry has claimed, for the first time, that the homegrown Maoist movement was receiving support from abroad.”The so-called ‘People’s war’ being waged by the CPI (Maoist) against the Indian state has also drawn support from several organisations located in Germany, France, Holland, Turkey and Italy. Besides, Left-wing extremist groups have participated in conferences and seminars conducted in Belgium and Germany,” the Minister of State in the Home Ministry, Jitendra Singh, told Parliament.Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement about NGOs in the US and Europe fuelling anti-nuclear protests at Kudankulam atomic plant in Tamil Nadu had raised a furore.In the present case, the Home Ministry has not made it clear whether the organisations in European countries are only lending ideological support to the CPI (Maoist) or providing financial help as well.It has also not been explained how wanted Maoist leaders could have managed to travel to Europe to participate in seminars or conferences without catching the eye of the Indian authorities.A Home Ministry source, however, claimed there was proof of Maoists deriving support from European NGOs and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) was monitoring it. In the reply to Parliament, the home ministry went on to say that the CPI (Maoist) has “close links” with foreign Maoist organisations in the Philippines and Turkey.advertisementlast_img read more

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Government right in taxing Vodafone

first_imgBudgets provoke reactions. The newswallahs look in two directions. Corporate India which is always shining opens its ‘third’ eye at budget time. They also look at politicians who divide into sarcasm or support. No Nani Palkhivala explains the budget at a maidan. The ‘common’ man shrugs and cuts his losses at the ups and downs. On these issues the poor are perpetually kept in the dark. Mamata is au fait. The government is safe. Each magnate thinks differently. More bitumen for increased highways pleases some. But cement manufacturers are down. More on food. Less on MGNREGA. In time, reactions will die out.Principles All budgets are founded on laws yet to be passed. The most controversial legal part of the present budget is the reversal of the Vodafone decision by adding an Explanation as to what the government means, meant and has always meant. The Supreme Court decision in the case meant that although Vodafone acquired the controlling interest in Hutchinson’s joint venture in India, it was absolved from paying Rs 12,000 crores by way of the capital gains tax. This was not because there were no capital gains affected in Indian shareholdings. That there were – whoppingly so. But they were all due to offshore transactions. The Court said we will ‘look at’ what happened in India, not ‘look through’ to see who cheated the revenue. On the face of it, the judgment violates common sense hugely. But, the obvious often evades the Supreme Court!Courts all over the world have always been wary of the disturbing distinction between permissible ‘tax avoidance’ and impermissible ‘tax evasion’. A thorn by any other name does not hurt less. In India, this cap on disguising ‘evasion’ as ‘avoidance’ is called the McDowell (1986) principle; and in England the Ramsay principle (1981). In 2004 Justice Kapadia wrote an article in Volume 6 of the Supreme Court Cases Journal (p. 14 at 16) that he felt Ramsay had been “watered down”. In fact, it is arguable that in Scottish Provident ( 2004), the Ramsay approach was broadened to catch tax evaders – depending on the facts. In Total Network (2008) the House of Lords went further to say that as an option, action lay by way of the tort of conspiracy to retrieve the tax. What seems clear is that Justice Kapadia had a view before he started hearing the case. This does not mean that he couldn’t hear the case. Nor do I believe that his decision was corrupted because some relative not connected with the case worked in a huge company which may have been linked to the case.advertisementPranab Mukherjee’s Budget re-emphasises what seems obvious on a fair reading of Section 9 of the Income Tax Act which speaks of assets or sources of income directly or indirectly in India or which can be deemed to be reasonably attributable to the assessee. The argument that nothing happened in India is also not true. The shareholding of an Indian company in India changed hands without the new shareholders paying tax. Assume there is some ambiguity, the Supreme Court had upset what was understood since 1962 and Pranab Mukherjee now wants it restored.The arguments against the ‘Pranab’ approach is that this will give investors the wrong signal. On the present facts, this is farcical. In 2011, Justice Chandrachud of the Bombay High Court affirmed the settled view. It is the Kapadia judgment which unsettled the law. The ‘Pranab’ amendments only bring back the settled view expounded by the Bombay judges. What the Finance Bill will now do is define ‘property’ to include “any rights in or in relation to a company” and ‘transfer’ as “disposing of or parting with an asset in the property”. This is what parliamentarians have to decide in the Budget debate.Investors The view that investors will stop investing in India, because global hanky-panky with some tax avoidance schemes will not be possible, seems astrological drama. Global investors, even predators, will consider their options. Maybe Vodafone would not have entered into these transactions because the tax bonanza was not available. To go beyond that and argue that the effect of the Budget amendment would horribly depress investability in India is saying what business knows to be wrong. There are many attractive and unattractive reasons for and against investment in India. Corporate India is supposed to make the job easier, not cry out that they are being robbed for not being allowed to rob the revenue.WelfareIndia used to sport a division between pro-socialist and pro-private enterprise judges. In 1988, Justice Mukerjea attacked McDowell : “Unless wastes and ostentations spendings are avoided … no amount of moral sermons will change people’s attitude to tax avoidance”! But is that a reason for avoiding and not paying tax at all? It is losing sight of the responsibilities of India’s welfare state to the half billion people who need food, health, housing, education and work. Who will pay for India’s welfare state? We are well past the stage (if it ever existed) where charity and foreign aid could meet these commitments. India has to find its own resources for all of this; and more.advertisementThere is litigation ahead. Earlier, the onus was on government to seek a review and pay back the money deposited by Vodafone. That was a tall task. Now, the revenue authorities will claim that no refund is to be made due to the change in the law. It is then for Vodafone to challenge the budget amendment and its application to past transactions as well as the Explanation itself, which being declaratory of what was always the law, will be retrospective. The upshot is that, for the moment, Vodafone does not get its money back and must re-litigate by challenging the amendment to get a fresh answer to reclaim its windfall fortune.If Corporate India travels out of looking at just its investment interests, it will find that it can do a lot more for the rest of India.- The writer is a Supreme Court lawyerlast_img read more

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Sachin’s Rajya Sabha nomination is Congress’s dirtiest play: Bal Thackeray

first_imgCommenting on the nomination of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Sunday said it was the “dirtiest play” of Congress.”It is Congress’s dirtiest play…the real Dirty Picture is this”, Thackeray said talking to reporters after he was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Raipur-based magazine ‘Cartoon Watch’ at a function in Mumbai.Asked how would he draw Sachin’s cartoon, Thackeray, who ran a cartoon magazine before founding Shiv Sena, said that in some cases “a mere photograph is enough” and there is no need to draw a cartoon.Saturday, in the editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray had said that Congress must have an ulterior motive in nominating Sachin to the upper house of the Parliament.”Crores of Sachin’s fans would have liked to call him ‘Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar’. Alas, he would now only be Sachin Tendulkar, MP”, the editorial said. The Sena chief, however, added that he was proud of Tendulkar.”I feel proud of Sachin. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, (too), went to the Rajya Sabha. But before going there, one should know whether he has a scope there”, he said.On his stand on the upcoming Presidential election, Thackeray said: “I have not thought about it. Don’t you find one suitable person for the post of President? After every five years this whole thing starts.”Asked if he endorsed Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s recent statement that the next President must be a person without political leanings, Thackeray only reacted, “Don’t tell me about Pawar…he is an unreliable man.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Avril Lavigne’s half-shaved hairdo

first_imgPop star Avril Lavigne showed her wild side by making an appearance with a partly-shaven head.The 27-year-old was in Paris to promote her fashion range Abbey Dawn, and she stunned fans with her new hairstyle, reports dailystar.co.uk.The singer sported a punk style, with one side of her head clipped close to the scalp.Lavigne follows in the footsteps of Rihanna, Kesha and Madonna’s daughter Lourdes, who have all gone for the hairdo in recent months.last_img

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‘Indian politics is invading diasporic politics’

first_imgBhikhu ParekhUnlike Ireland, Israel, China and many other countries, governments in independent India for long took only a limited and furtive interest in overseas Indians. Several factors were responsible. The early migrants, now called Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), had only a limited interest in India. They were neither economically,Bhikhu ParekhUnlike Ireland, Israel, China and many other countries, governments in independent India for long took only a limited and furtive interest in overseas Indians. Several factors were responsible. The early migrants, now called Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), had only a limited interest in India. They were neither economically well off nor politically influential, and had little to offer. Most of their countries of settlement were either fighting for independence or had only recently acquired it and had no international clout. Their project of nation-building demanded total loyalty from Indians. The Indian government was anxious to cultivate their support and was also apprehensive that its concern might expose the PIOS to charges of disloyalty.The depth of this attitude was brought home to Jawaharlal Nehru when Indians in Burma and Sri Lanka were threatened with expulsion. The Sri Lankan prime minister wrote to Nehru in 1948: “I admire the affection they (Indians) still have for their mother country, but note with regret the absence of even the beginning of a similar affection for the country of adoption.” Successive Indian governments thought it wise to adopt a policy of studied indifference to PIOS, doing no more than raising a murmur of concern when they were shabbily treated. Thanks to the second phase migration that began in the early 1960s, the relation between India and overseas Indians has changed dramatically. Indians are now settled in the advanced countries, which are mature, self-confident democracies not particularly worried about dual loyalty. They are used to immigrant communities retaining ties with their countries of origin and acting as pressure groups. This is particularly true of the US and Canada, and is becoming a common practice even in non-immigrant societies like Britain and other European nations. Citizens do worry about the number and impact of immigrants, but seldom about their loyalty. It is striking that no government in the West has raised an eyebrow the various NRI-oriented business schemes floated by the Indian government, or at their political representations on Indian issues. Overseas Indians too have been cautious not to provoke charges of disloyalty. Though much of their philanthropy is directed to India, they have pledged commitment to their countries of settlement. They may cheer the visiting Indian cricket team in the UK, but generally support England in all other cases. As sport becomes the site and emblem of nationalist sentiments, these things do matter. This is not to deny that there have been occasional tensions between overseas Indians and their host societies. Some demand total assimilation and accuse immigrants of retaining native customs of cultural and even political disloyalty. Such voices, however, are generally condemned. On their part, overseas Indians are keen to adapt and keep a low profile. This is as true of Indian Muslims and Sikhs as of Hindus, often described as the most invisible minority because they tend not to make strident demands. In the West today, the concern is about the communal tensions in India spreading to their shores. Indian immigrants are showing disturbing signs of communal polarisation. It even extends to the second and third generations. After last year’s events in Gujarat, Indian Muslims increasingly see themselves more as Muslims than as Indians, and turn to the Islamic ummah for support. Hindus do the same. Both do talk of India but have different attitudes – Hindus claim exclusive ownership and Muslims bemoan their loss of it. I recently wrote what I thought was a balanced article on Gujarat in which I criticised both the Muslim and Hindu leaderships. It provoked a fierce attack from some Hindus – they even called me Maulana Parekh. Such communalisation enables western governments to play off one Indian community against another, and exposes them to charges of supporting militant groups in India and being unable to live in a democratic society. The Indian government needs to appreciate that as the diaspora becomes a significant factor in Indian political life, Indian politics reflects on diasporic politics. Visiting Indian politicians should scrupulously avoid communal partisanship. The Indian diplomatic missions should act as a bridge between India and its diaspora, and might find it helpful to set up advisory councils that act as discussion fora. India can’t cultivate its diaspora without making changes in its attitudes, sensibilities and institutions. Bhikhu Parekh is a member of UK’s House of Lords and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.advertisementlast_img read more

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GALLERY: Ateneo wins UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball crown

first_imgThe Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPHOTO BY Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Thirdy Ravena shares Finals MVP glory with teammates Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Relive Ateneo’s championship moment in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals through photos.The Blue Eagles survived rival La Salle, 88-86, in Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Lack of experience, chemistry doomed GlobalPort in loss to Gins, says Anthony

first_imgDo we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Mixed feelings for Kevin after losing to dad Louie in PBA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re a young team. We’re a new team, and we gotta learn to play with each other still. We have five rookies, four new players, and a new coach, so we’re gonna just look at the positives,” he said.In control for the first three quarters, the Batang Pier lost grip of the game in the fourth frame as the Gin Kings exploded for 36 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We had the lead almost the whole game, up until the end, and we had our spots. We just didn’t close it down the stretch,” he said.“Our lack of team chemistry and our youth showed, but those are things we can improve on, and we will get better on that and we’ll learn to close out games down the stretch. We just got to learn quicker.” LATEST STORIES The defeat spoiled Anthony’s third-highest scoring output in the PBA with 29 points as GlobalPort continued its search for its first win of the new season.Still, the hardworking forward is seeing signs of progress.”We’re growing and we’re getting better as a team.”“I think we went from 20-plus turnovers in the last game to 13 turnovers this game, so we’re cleaning it up, having more assists, shooting better percentages. Now it’s learning to play team defense down the stretch and limiting our mental turnovers,” he said. “Ginebra is such a smart team and a veteran team. They capitalized on our mental mistakes, and that’s something we’ll learn and get better from.”The Batang Pier seek to end their misery on Friday against Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCharge it to experience.Sean Anthony opted to look at the positives rather than dwell on the negatives following GlobalPort’s 97-104 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: Undefeated Arellano far from perfect, says coach

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s the mental part of the game where we need to improve on. The players tend to lose their focus after winning and that’s really our No. 1 problem.”Fortunately for Javier, his Lady Chiefs regained their form en route to a four-set victory.Javier said dropping the second set was also a valuable lesson for his team with still five games left in the elimination round.“It was good what JRU did to us. It reminded us that we can’t be complacent.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid LATEST STORIES NCAA football: St. Benilde forces decider for title MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University may be undefeated so far in NCAA Season 93 but the Lady Chiefs’ impressive start won’t hide the fact that they still have some pressing matters to address.One major concern is their tendency to be complacent which was evident against Jose Rizal University on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaiscenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Arellano looked invincible after dumping JRU, 25-11, in the opening set but the next set saw a different Lady Chiefs, a team that was lethargic and sloppy.READ: NCAA volleyball: Lady Chiefs drop a set, but improve to 4-0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Lady Bombers, an emerging contender, took advantage and dealt the Lady Chiefs their first set loss of the season.“We were again back to our old habit. We dominated the first set but only to relax in the next. We have that tendency to just let our guard down,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier in Filipino. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Out of Adamson, Robbie Manalang tries to make waves with new team

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “I think Akari made a decision that they wanted to play with their rookies,” he shared.It would be understandable if Manalang harbored some kind of anger towards his former team, but the 24-year-old isn’t wired that way as he remained gracious to the Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That’s ok and I totally understand that. I wouldn’t be the same player I am today without them,” he said. “I know coach Franz (Pumaren) wants his team to be ready for the UAAP. I wish them the best.”Manalang did well in his first game outside of the confines of Adamson, lighting up for 28 points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists in his 38 minutes of action for new squad AMA Online Education. Though his debut was spoiled by Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian’s come-from-behind 83-79 win on Thursday, the 5-foot-7 playmaker shared that he couldn’t feel more at home with the Titans.“It’s a good group of guys here. They’re playing really hard, so it was easy for me to come in here and play my game. Coach Mark (Herrera) puts a lot of trust in me, so I just have to go there and play as hard as I can,” he said.Manalang knows that it would take time for him to fully jell with the team and for the AMA to collectively mesh as a unit given its inexperience. But he said that it shouldn’t be used an excuse with the Titans yet to crack in the winning column after three games.“We’re still a new team. I’m new to the team, too, and I just started practicing with them week ago. We’re still trying to learn how to gel with each other. But we still want to get the W. Hopefully by next game, we’ll be a lot better,” he said.As for that imminent clash between AMA and Akari-Adamson on March 1, Manalang said that he’s looking forward to it and would love to gain that victory over his former team.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives D-League: Gamboa-St. Clare burns Mila’s Lechon for back-to-back wins “I wouldn’t say extra motivation but of course, I’m a competitor. Every time I step onto the court, I wanna play. And I’d love to play against those guys. I did it for two years, every day in practice, so I’m excited,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img LATEST STORIES Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto PBA IMAGESFor the longest time, everyone expected Robbie Manalang to have one last run with his fellow Falcons with Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.The Fil-Am guard, however, found himself on the outside looking in.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

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Bajaj Auto introduces new look Pulsars

first_imgBajaj Auto has launched Pulsars with an exciting range of two-tone colours.The new range is all set to re-define the sporty and sought-after design of the Pulsar 150, 180 and 220. This new range will now provide Pulsar enthusiasts choice of three striking colours including Pearl Metallic White, Sapphire Blue and Cocktail Wine Red. The new two tone Pulsars will be available at no additional cost.Commenting on the launch of new range of Pulsars with two-tone colors, Mr. Sumeet Narang, VP (Marketing), Bajaj Auto said: “The Pulsar is India’s No1 Sports bike for more than a decade now. As a market leader in the sports category it’s our endeavor to constantly offer our customers state of the art technology, best in class features and performance and of course great styling. We had earlier introduced vibrant two-tones in the Pulsar 200NS and received an overwhelming response from our customers and hence we have now extended the concept on the entire range of Pulsars. We are confident that the new avatars of Pulsar will appeal to the new age biker, who is seeking a bike that not only offers great technology, but also unparalleled aesthetics.” The success of Pulsar range is an acknowledgement of Bajaj Auto’s commitment to unparalleled design and development.last_img read more

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Samsung’s Tizen-based smartphone for India could launch this month, specifications tipped

first_imgRumour mills have been doing rounds across platforms for quite some time now that Samsung is working on a Tizen OS based smartphone for India. The smartphone has been long rumoured to be launched by the South Korean tech giant sometime in November this year. Only now, there seems to be some firm news regarding the same, courtesy Gizmobic which has spotted a user agent (UA) profile of a handset, that in all probability could be the device in question. The alleged device with a Samsung SM-Z130H UA profile has also tipped some rare specifications of the said device.The Samsung SM-Z130H smartphone reportedly features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 pixels resolution and a 288ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2GHz CPU with 32-bit ARMv7 architecture alongside 512MB of RAM. It runs Tizen 2.3 version and comes with Samsung browser 2.0.34. It is also touted to sport a 3.2MP rear camera.It can be recalled that Samsung launched its first Tizen-powered ‘Z’ smartphone back in June this year, more a failed attempt to cash in on an OS that is relatively new when compared to Android or iOS. The company had to postpone the rollout of the device for a period still unknown. Therefore, the new Tizen-based device for India is somewhat of a challenge for the company to hold on to in the longer run. However, for now there is no definite news from the company regarding the device, therefore we’ll have to wait and watch for more.advertisementlast_img read more