Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games San Miguel’s jovial center raised his fourth MVP trophy during the Leo Awards on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, basically cementing his reputation as the greatest player of his era.Fajardo also did what neither Fernandez nor Patrimonio was able to achieve, and that was to win his fourth MVP in four straight years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m thankful to my parents because I’ve achieved so much in life because of them, they are my inspiration,” said Fajardo in Filipino.The 27-year-old edged out San Miguel teammates Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos, TNT’s Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar, and Meralco’s Cliff Hodge. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next LATEST STORIES Fajardo accumulated a total of 2,886 points  that include statistics and votes from other players, the media, and PBA officials.And even though he just achieved a feat nobody in the history of the PBA did, Fajardo said he doesn’t want to be remembered for the hardware he collected in his career.“I want to be remembered not just for the championships or awards I won, I want to be remembered for the person I am in the PBA,” said Fajardo. “I want to be remembered as someone who was a good example to the youth. That’s the legacy I want to leave behind.”The Beermen, meanwhile, made history with four players making it to the First Mythical team. Teammates Ross, Cabagnot, Fajardo and Santos was included in the the prestigious selection along with the Kings’ Aguilar .Fajaro had the most points in the First Mythical Team with 753 with Aguilar at far second with 474.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took the legendary Ramon Fernandez 16 years to claim his fourth PBA MVP, while Alvin Patrimonio played nine years to earn his fourth.June Mar Fajardo needed just five.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Beermen Ross, Santos, and Cabagnot had 441, 437, and 423 points, respectively.Castro and Williams, Tenorio and teammate Joe DeVance, Cliff Hodge made up the second Mythical team.TNT’s point guard had 371 points to lead the second team with Tenorio close behind at 348 while Devance had 330.Williams amassed 287 points while Hodge had 262. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA: Pogoy is Rookie of the Year, Ross the Most Improved player View commentslast_img read more

Chung’s upset over Djokovic raises tennis profile at home

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Tennis has struggled to take off in South Korea, partly because of the expense and a relative lack of facilities and coaches.Also missing has been a role model with success on the international stage to inspire a new generation of players. Until Monday, the best performances by Korean players came from Lee Hyun-taik, who reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, and Lee Duk-hee, who made the women’s fourth round at the 1981 U.S. Open.Chung’s success could be a game-changer.“If we have all the right support then there is the potential for Korea to produce enough good players,” Son Sung-ri, a coach who works with Chung, told Seoul’s CBS Radio. “It is good if Chung can have success and if people start to have more interest in the Australian Open and tennis in general.”“Of course, our target is always to try and win,” Son added. “We shouldn’t count our chickens however as there is still a lot of hard work to be done.”ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic was full of praise for Chung, who turned professional in 2014 and climbed 122 places in the rankings in 2015. Injures in 2017 limited Chung’s appearances but gave time to make changes to his grip and other technical adjustments.“He definitely has the game to be a top 10 player, without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “How far he can go? That depends on him. I’m sure that he’s going to get some really good results in the future.”The 12-time Grand Slam champion was impressed by the improvement of the bespectacled, softly-spoken Chung, who took up tennis as a boy in an attempt to improve his eyesight.“There’s a big difference. Obviously, he’s physically stronger. I think he got some big matches in the past 15 months on the big stage.”Chung’s previous Grand Slam best was the third round of the 2017 French Open, but he made headlines last November for winning the inaugural edition of the Next Generation ATP finals.As well as having a great opportunity to reach the last four, Chung is making waves at home.“Today, victory is for my country, I think tennis is coming up,” he said. Read Next South Korea’s Chung Hyeon, left, is congratulated by Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)SEOUL, South Korea — It took something unique to make tennis the center of sports attention in South Korea, where the Winter Olympics are only weeks away from opening.Hyeon Chung’s win over six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic did the trick. The headlines ran “Sensation” after Chung became the first Korean to reach the quarterfinals of a major.ADVERTISEMENT The No. 58-ranked Chung beat his childhood hero on Rod Laver Arena to secure a spot in a quarterfinal against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, who had never won a match at a major until last week. So expectations are growing.“For the Korean fans watching me live in Korea right now, I sincerely thank you for cheering me on and for watching me this late.” Chung, speaking in Korean, said in an on-court interview broadcast live. As he spoke, he looked the direction of his parents and brother who were in the crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am still not finished in this tournament and I will show you a better performance on Wednesday.”The mainstream media was full of praise, and social media was buzzing — former President Lee Myung-bak issued a post saying “I am supporting the ongoing challenge of the beautiful young man Chung Hyeon.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Belangel jumps to top 3 in second week of NBTC 24 View commentslast_img read more

‘Real’ Beermen show up, tie series

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Dy replaces Daquis; Branislav joining team? MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ And was San Miguel, because of the one-sided nature of the win, successful in dealing a blow on the Texters’ confidence?“I think so,” Austria went on, though admitting that he would have wanted a narrow win. “I wanted to win by one point, because when you are beaten that way, you tend to bounce back hard. And we don’t want that to happen so we must be ready.”Game 3 is set Sunday also at the fabled Big Dome and TNT coach Nash Racela will have the benefit of a fresh nucleus—in a way—after practically playing the final quarter with his aces on the bench.Down 0-17, the Beermen were able to score just five points in the first six minutes but worked hard to make a game out of it, trailing, 24-32 at the end of the opening canto.The Beermen then defended with impunity, holding the Texters scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second frame to scoot away.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 San Miguel didn’t cool down a bit after the break, closing out the third period sitting on a 90-62 bubble TNT’s stars couldn’t come close to overhauling.“I think we lost our focus and composure, especially in the second quarter,” Racela said resignedly. “This is the PBA, and the team that loses composure, normally, is the team that loses.“We have to control our emotions, because things will not change,” he added.Rookie RR Pogoy couldn’t control his and was ejected early in the third period for hitting Arwind Santos in the groin during a fastbreak play that highlighted the San Miguel breakaway.He will surely be fined and could even be suspended for the critical third game, though Racela said that they would be ready.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games It took quite a while, but when the real San Miguel Beer team showed up on Friday night, all pre-series hype surrounding the formidable Beermen proved true.ADVERTISEMENT All of it.After yielding Game 2’s first 17 points, the Beermen buckled down to work and went on to pound TNT KaTropa to smithereens, with a 102-88 victory not only knotting the best-of-seven series for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at 1-all, but also putting a giant dent on the Texters’ previously high morale.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe final score is not at all reflective of how dominant the Beermen were in the last 42 minutes as unrelenting effort on both ends put the outcome of this one beyond doubt with still a full quarter left at Smart Araneta Coluseum in Cubao.“After a bad start, the pride of my players was pricked,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said with a mixture of Filipino as he acknowledged finally taking momentum in the series they were expected to dominate right from the very beginning. View commentslast_img read more

PBA Finals ‘far from over,’ says Beermen’s Austria

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTaking a day off from their heated 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Monday, San Miguel and TNT buckled down to work on Tuesday as both teams prepared for Game 4.For Beermen coach Leo Austria, he knows his team should guard against complacency with their 2-1 series lead and must keep on pounding to further put the pressure on the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s far from over. We don’t want to celebrate because this win is nothing yet. We need to prepare for our fourth game so we can have a commanding lead,” Austria said.Austria acknowledges that winning the last two games of a best-of-seven series are the hardest games to win knowing that San Miguel is up against a TNT side playing with a sense of urgency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s really hard to get win number three. You can see that teams are now showing their emotions and the players’ intensities are already coming out that things are starting to get heated,” he said.But Austria reminded his players to focus on the task at hand as the Beermen seek to get to the hill and snag a commanding 3-1 series edge. “I told the players that we have to be focused and we don’t want to engage in any untoward incident against them. We know our goal and we should do our part to get it,” he said.On the other hand, TNT coach Nash Racela downplayed the situation as he continues to exude optimism going into Wednesday’s game.“We’ve identified our problem, which is definitely our turnovers, so that’s something we’re trying to address,” he said. “We told the team to make sure we do our homework, watch the game, and study. I told everybody to pitch in if they have suggestions, be ready to throw it, and prepare for Wednesday.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Federer poised for record Wimbledon triumph LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’?center_img 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img read more

Round 6: Pacquiao gets cut on his head after headbutt

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Horn keeping the pressure and Pacquiao brushes it off.And Pacquiao connects on the lunging Horn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHorn lands a solid right straight, and Pacquiao gets pinned on Horn’s corner. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Round 5: Horn still connecting MOST READ View comments Jeff Horn, right, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn comes to the round nursing a cut on his forehead but his aggressive style hasn’t stopped.An accidental headbutt cuts Manny Pacquiao just at the hairline.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

After shock win over Pacquiao, Horn ignoring the criticism

first_imgTop Rank promotor Bob Arum said it was a “close fight. It could have gone either way.”“A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result,” he said after the fight. “I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle. The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it’s 7-5.”The 38-year-old Pacquiao had a chance to knock Horn out in the 9th, with the Aussie on the ropes and in big trouble in front of the 51,052 fans at Suncorp Stadium, but couldn’t complete the job. His own handlers agreed that had a bearing on the fight — saying Pacquiao shouldn’t have left it up to the judges.As he mingled with fans on Monday, his right eye still closed, Horn said he hadn’t paid a lot of attention to the criticism “but I’ve seen my Facebook and that’s gone gangbusters at the moment.”“Manny Pacquiao is an absolute warrior, a legend of the sport. He might have come underdone in this fight, I don’t know,” Horn said. “I guess if we have a rematch and he put his all in, he might come in better, I don’t know.”One thing the fight has done is ensure Horn will have a bigger profile before his next fight, whether that be a rematch with Pacquiao — now 59-7-2 and with three losses in his last eight fights — or not.Pacquiao was back in the Philippines later Monday, and had a military guard of honor to welcome him back to General Santos. A unanimous points decision wasn’t what anyone had been expecting.“It was, I guess, the Manny Show. I can remember watching programs saying the Manny Pacquiao fight in Brisbane — my name wasn’t normally mentioned,” Horn said. “But now hopefully I’m a bit more recognized and I’ve established myself in the boxing community a bit more.” LATEST STORIES “There will always be a backlash where people say I got lucky, or whatever. There will always be the naysayers saying I didn’t win the fight, but I felt like I won the fight,” Horn, now unbeaten in his 18 fights since turning professional in 2013, said as he basked in the victory on Monday. “Everyone has a right to their opinion. I’m sure I’ve (gained) a lot more fans over there than I’ve lost.”Pacquiao skipped the formal post-fight news conference, his camp saying he needed to get seven stitches in each of the cuts on the top of his head, and also declined other interviews in the dressing room.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSome critics described the result as a robbery and questioned the integrity of the sport.Immediately after the fight, Pacquiao said he had to respect the decision and noted that he had a clause for a rematch, but he later told a Philippines news channel that he’d been confident he’d won the fight. 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments His trainers were critical of the referee for not doing more to stop or penalize head clashes and neck holds. And they highlighted statistics that showed Pacquiao threw twice as many punches.In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, Pacquiao thanked some high-profile supporters for letting their feelings be known.“Thank you for the support and for also believing that I won the fight,” he said in the TV interview. “I’m praying that it will not affect or ruin the boxing industry.”Reports emerged that a government department in the Philippines wanted the WBO to launch an inquiry into the outcome. The WBO had released the judge’s scores on Sunday night.All three judges awarded it to Horn, with American Waleska Roldan’s 117-111 score attracting most of the criticism. U.S. judge Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina each scored it much closer at 115-113.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao had already left town without saying much, even as criticism of the referee in the WBO welterweight world title fight and the judges who awarded a unanimous points decision to a previously almost anonymous Jeff Horn was still pouring in on social media.The 29-year-old Horn, a former schoolteacher who was given almost no hope of beating the 11-time world champion, was feted by fans and politicians in his hometown on Monday and didn’t care too much about criticism — which started in a TV interview as soon as he left the ring on Sunday after the Battle of Brisbane.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? 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Karnataka CM cracks the whip, finally

first_imgKarnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa (centre) watching Karnataka lone woman minister Shobha Karandlaje being sworn in on September 22 in Bangalore.When Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa stood alongside state governor H.R. Bhardwaj to usher in six new ministers to make up the 34-member ministry earlier Wednesday morning at the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore, it was a super confident mannina maga (son of the soil) that many saw.Last year around November the 67-year-old former rice mill clerk was at the verge of losing his seat of power thanks to rebellion within the party — largely led by the mining lords of Bellary (brothers Gali Reddy, two of whom are in the Cabinet) — and it cost him a few of his trusted lieutenants. Among them his most trusted aide Shobha Karandlaje, who handled rural development and panchayat raj portfolio with aplomb. That Shobha was just 43 and a first time MLA rankled other senior BJP lady legislators who have been hoping to make it into the Cabinet.So when Karandlaje was yanked out under pressure from the internal rebellion it was expected that Yeddyurappa will fill in a women’s quota from the available kitty. He waited almost a year to unleash his attack on his detractors. Not only did Yeddyurappa pull off a major global investors conference in June 2010 in Bangalore attracting big industry titans – ranging from steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal to Bhoruka Agarwals and the Birlas — he also ensured that top class bureacrats like chief secretary S.V. Ranganath and top industries secretary V.P. Baligar [Infosys founder and unique ID project chief Nandan Nilekani’s IIT Bombay classmate] were adequately empowered to translate projects into realities. Atleast seriously attempt to do so…advertisementWorld’s fifth richest man Mittal, who had flown in his private jet straight from London to the Karnataka capital, heaped words of praise for Yeddyurappa and co for fast-tracking his steel project in Karnataka — while Jharkhand and Orissa who had been approached earlier were dragging their feet.From western suits to Nehru type bandhgala, Yeddyurappa beamed with pride at the presence of top industrialists at the June 3-4 global investors meet — the first time in ten years in the state — to herald as he claimed “a new era of industrialisation in Karnataka…”A new era or not, steel projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore accounted for a little more than half of the Rs 4,69,664 crore worth MoUs signed at this meet. He had some of these top honchos to peddle the `good work’ done by him…And earlier this month, he happened to be India’s only state chief minister to go across the great wall of China for a prestigious global meet: Yeddyurappa spoke at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of new champions in north China port town Tianjin. The Forum’s Sept 11-15 Summer Davos was inaugurated by Chinese premier Wen Jiaboa in the coastal city, at the northern end of the Grand Canal of China which connects with the Yellow and Yangtze rivers.Interspersing his talk with lines from Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, he showcased his state Karnataka to a select gathering of business, global and intellecutal leaders. This meet is pegged as a key global business gathering in Asia attracting over 1,500 business, government and civil society leaders from 85 countries including a sizable delegation from India led by HRD minister Kapil Sibal and members like Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan and trade body CII president Hari Bhartia.The highly charged CM personally invited WEF founder Klaus Martin Schwab, the 71-year-old German economist who founded the Geneva-based forum of business, political and intellectual leaders in 1971, to plan a Davos-type meet in Bangalore while assuring him of Karnataka government’s support.Even as detractors grew within the party, Yeddyurappa’s stock grew outside it. And when time came to effect a surgery of the government — dropping a few and adding his supporters — he decided to take the bull by the horns. Fresh from the victory of the industrial road shows here and abroad, he decided that the 28-member ministry will require his close confidants to be by his side.And this was crucial especially after major embarassment to him and his government by a slew of ministers — ranging from food and civil supplies minister Hartal Halappa who was slapped with a rape charge by a friend’s wife to medical education minister Ramachandra Gowda who had to resign following a recruitment scam in state run medical colleges. More than half a dozen ministers, over the past two and half years south India’s first ever BJP government has been in power, had to be ejected out of the Cabinet lest they brought disgrace to the ruling party. Some of them he felt had betrayed his party during the assembly bypolls and had to be shown the door..advertisementWhile sports minister Goolihatti Shekhar allegedly threatened to kill himself if he was forced to resign, adult education minister Shivanagouda Nayak threw himself on the Reddy brothers seeking their help to keep his job and higher education minister Aravind Limbavalli also decided to unleash his supporters to put pressure on the CM to retain him in the Cabinet: his fans mobbed the CM at the latter’s Race Course Road and even blocked his car from going to Vidhana Soudha. When the CMO asked these three men to resign by the CMO and they did not oblige, Yeddyurappa was forced to request the Governor to suspend them to make way for the new ministers. The governor readily agreed. And Yeddyurappa won his first round Tuesday itself.Infact, this time he has decided to throw caution to the winds and act tough: giving Power portfolio to his muse Shobha, a Vokkaliga from Puttur in Mangalore district who made her assembly debut from Yeshwantapura in Bangalore in May 2008, was not only symbolic of `power’ being restored to her but it was also to demonstrate that his detractors did not have the powers now to stop the Yeddyurappa juggernaut from rolling across the state. The six ministers who were sworn in Sept 22 Wednesday morning represent the state’s largest caste bloc Lingayats, second largest Vokkaligas and also include a Brahmin and a Dalit.Shobha herself had told India Today that she was not hankering for power “but the only thing was that I wanted to know why I was asked to go the last time”. As Shobha told this writer: “I had at that time itself called on several senior leaders including Madam Sushma Swaraj [whom Bellary Reddy brothers call `amma’ or mother] and BJP party president Nitin Gadkari seeking some answers from them. They had ensured that justice will be done to me.” When Yeddyurappa ran the list with senior leaders like LK Advani and Gadkari, battle two was won. There was nothing that his political enemies could do to prevent his plans from unfolding…The biggest surprise for Yeddyurappa was seeing most of his detractors — some of whom who had skipped the Sept 21 Cabinet in protest –marking their presence at the swearing in ceremony which was also graced by central BJP leader Shantha Kumar. Tourism minister G. Janardhana Reddy had earlier noted that the CM plan of dropping Independents turned BJP ministers like Shekhar and Nayak would amount to breaking their promise at the time of enlisting their much needed support to prop up the first ever BJP government in May 2008. On Wednesday morning by being present at the Raj Bhavan he simply communicated that they were duty bound to abide by the party’s diktat.advertisementFlexing his muscle further, Yeddyurappa has announced that he will spruce up the Cabinet again after the Budget session: chopping a few and adding some fresh faces. He has realised the folly of empty threats from his own men: the man who threatened to commit suicide ended up eating his words. Another legislator who boomed that he and a dozen others will resign has vamoosed from the political scene. Another ministerial aspirant had his supporters vent their frustration stoning government buses. Another four-time MLA from Mysore who was hoping to be roped in this time hurled choice abuse when Yeddyurappa expressed his inability to make him a minister.But because he has come unscathed in his test of fire, agni pariksha, the state chief minister has emerged strong. Yeddyurappa had told India Today earlier: “Development of the state is key and I am not going to rest content unless that happens. Whatever the political upheavals I am going to face it head on.. I dont care even if it means losing my job. God has blessed me with renewed energy and I will do everything I can for the state.”With the presence of his very close supporters like Shobha and Somanna, a Lingayat leaders with close ties to the most powerful community pontiff in Tumkur, Yeddyurappa simply does not want to look back. Moments after the Raj Bhavan ceremony on Wednesday he was busy meeting all political and religious leaders from various communities to seek their help in maintaining law and order in the light of the Sept 24 high court verdict on the Ayodhya issue.With the Opposition Congress almost in a comatose with successive losses in the byelections — it lost both in Gulbarga south and Kadur last week — Yeddyurappa also enjoys the advantages of a TINA [there is no alternative] factor. JD-S which plucked the Gulbarga seat from the BJP continues to be only a marginal player. As ever, his biggest challenge to stay in power will come from his own rank and file.And that’s something he has no choice but to worry about. And as for his wounded detractors, well, they are just like the wounded tigers waiting for the right opportunity to mount an attack. Indeed, it is a political jungle out there.last_img

CWG Village improving, says Fennell

first_imgThe massive last-minute clean-up launched by hundreds of workers at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village appears to have given Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell some confidence. Fennell inspected a few towers at the Village on Friday and said that “some improvements were visible”. He said the Delhi government had put in “considerable resources” at the Village.  Fennell said he would be giving a final report about the Village by Saturday. Fennell flew into India on Thursday to take stock of the situation in the face of mounting criticism from advance teams of countries about the conditions in the Village.  Fennell took a round of the Village on Friday, visited 7-8 residential towers and held a meeting with the chef-de-missions of the participating countries.  Work at the village was also inspected by CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and vice-president Randhir Singh. Fennell will be meeting Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar to voice his concerns. He will also visit other CWG venues.last_img read more

Yuvraj to lead India Blue, Karthik India Red in Challengers

first_imgYuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik will lead India Blue and India Red respectively, while India Green will be captained by Subramanium Badrinath when Airtel Challenger Series for NKP Salve Trophy commences in Indore from October 8-11.Senior national selection committee led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth today decided to give some of the tried and tested faces another lifeline as the senior national team will embark on a long international season with the focus on next year’s World Cup to be staged in the sub-continent.Some of the youngsters will also get a chance to showcase their talent which could catapult them to the big league.Dashing Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa, Uttar Pradesh left-arm seamer Rudra Pratap Singh, all-rounder Irfan Pathan are some of the players who would be eager to make a mark and get back into the national fold.Irfan’s elder brother Yusuf, who last played an ODI against Sri Lanka at Harare, will also get a chance to show his big-hitting prowess.Similarly, former India U-19 wicketkeeper Srivats Goswami, Karnataka batsman Ganesh Sathish, Punjab leg-spinners Sarabjit Ladda and Rahul Sharma have been rewarded for some good performance at the domestic level.Talented Hyderabad batsman Ambati Rayudu, who went into oblivion after his two-season stint with the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL), is also back in the mix in the wake of some strong performance for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Champions League Twenty20.Rayudu’s former ICL colleague, Madhya Pradesh opener Mohnish Mishra has also been rewarded with a call-up in the India ‘Red’ side.advertisementSquads:India Blue: Yuvraj Singh (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Srivats Goswami, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, R P Singh, Yo Mahesh, Ganesh Satish, Tanmay Srivastava.India Red: Dinesh Kartik (capt), Abhinav Mukund, Parthiv Patel, Manish Pandey, Virat Kohli, Saurabh Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla, R Vinay Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Sudeep Tyagi, Mohnish Mishra, Abu Nachim Ahmed, Rahul Sharma.India Green: S Badrinath (capt), Naman Ojha, Srikkanth Aniruddha, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav, R Ashwin, Jaskaran Singh, Abhimanyu Mithun, Jaydev Unadkat, Sarabjit Ladda, T Suman, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ambati Rayudu.last_img read more

Talks with Pakistan won’t change stand on 26/11: Govt

first_imgTaj hotel after the 26/11 attack.The foreign ministry is hardpressed to explain that the Indian government is not putting the 26/11 issue behind it while reviving talks as well as sports ties with Pakistan.A day after foreign minister S.M. Krishna pointed to the infamous 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh statement to stress that action against the 26/11 perpetrators and talks with Pakistan were different issues, the external affairs ministry on Thursday issued a statement saying India’s concerns on 26/11 would definitely figure in the talks with Pakistan.A government source said this implied that India now wanted a dialogue to deliver what dozen-odd dossiers to Pakistan on 26/11 have not been able to do in two years.Earlier this month, Home Minister P. Chidambaram clearly said Pakistan hadn’t delivered on our demands. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry’s statement said: “The government has embarked on a dialogue with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations.This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai attack. This issue figured in the recent home secretary-level talks as also in interactions with the Pakistan government. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard.”The international community, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed in the attack, wanted the 26/11 perpetrators brought to justice expeditiously, the ministry said.Retired diplomats, such as the former high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy, however, believe that although dialogue is understandable, India’s overtures to Pakistan undermine the point of terrorism which India made a cornerstone issue post-26/11.advertisement”We have allowed Pakistan to get away from its responsibility which involves seeking out, trying and punishing those responsible for 26/11,” Parthasarathy said.Former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh also questioned the utility of the dialogue at the highest levels when Pakistan hadn’t delivered on India’s demands.”I agree with the PM’s (Manmohan Singh) strategic vision. His logic is impeccable – that we have to look at our growth prospects and for that, India needs to come to terms with Pakistan and normalise ties. But our primary concern is terrorism and 26/11. We have made demands on Pakistan and the answers have not been forthcoming. Time and again, we have said that continuation of dialogue depends on how well Pakistan delivers on our terror concerns. So if that has not happened, there is a question mark on the utility of these high-level meetings,” Mansingh said on Thursday.Some government sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not be rolled back unless there was another Pakistan-sponsored terror attack on India.They added that Krishna’s remark pointing to the Sharm-el-Sheikh statement was significant in this regard.Parthasarathy pointed out that PM Singh had to backtrack from the statement later in Parliament. The PM had said: “I wish to reiterate that the President and PM of Pakistan know, after our meetings, that we can have a meaningful dialogue only if they fulfil their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for terrorist activities against India.”last_img read more