The secret web

first_imgThe Government suspects money-laundering, pay-offs and acquisitions of assets through tax havens by some key players, according to internal reports, based on the Niira Radia phone tapes, filed by the investigations wing of the Income Tax Department. These documents are in the exclusive possession of INDIA TODAY.The top secret confidential,The Government suspects money-laundering, pay-offs and acquisitions of assets through tax havens by some key players, according to internal reports, based on the Niira Radia phone tapes, filed by the investigations wing of the Income Tax Department. These documents are in the exclusive possession of INDIA TODAY.The top secret confidential reports were prepared by Director-General Income Tax (Investigations) Milap Jain and joint director Ashish Abrol based the wiretaps. Another set of documents reveals correspondence between Abrol and Vineet Agarwal, DIG, anti-corruption branch of the CBI. Vineet Agarwal writes a letter dated November 16, 2009 to Jain, informing him of an investigation “relating to a criminal conspiracy between certain public servants and private persons in the grant of UAS licences in the year 2007-08”. It requests Jain to make available any information relating to Radia, particularly information obtained through telephonic surveillance. Abrol writes a letter in reply to Agarwal on November 20, 2009 and confirms the existence of taped conversations that suggest that Radia’s firms “not only manage the media but as per conversations, apparently try to influence policy changes and decisions of various government departments to the suit the commercial requirements of their clients”. He goes on to say, “If deemed necessary, you may depute an officer to collect the extract from the undersigned.”The following are excerpts from the letters and the internal reports of the Income Tax Department, lifted verbatim. These excerpts give a sense of where the Government investigation is headed and are likely to form the basis for the drawing up of any formal charges against Radia and her associates.advertisement’Radia is a very close associate of A. Raja and has been instrumental in getting licences and spectrum for Swan Telecom, Aircel, Unitech and Datacom.’Of the above Datacom, set-up by HFCL group along with Dhoot of Videocon, is alleged to be having funding through the Mukesh Ambani group and an employee of Reliance Manoj Modi, who is constantly in touch with Radia.’Swan on paper is backed by a Mumbai real estate company Dynamix Balwas group of companies? Apparently Tata as per conversation, indirectly controls equity in Aircel through Maxis Communication and Apollo.”Tata through Voltas is in touch with Neera and Ratnam, CA of (Rajathi) Ammal, wife of M. Karunanidhi. They are apparently going to construct a building in Chennai on a land controlled by ‘Trill’ with the Karunanidhi family as payoff to DMK for keeping Maran out of Telecom (Ministry)? Radia was very close to Ratnam, Kanimozhi and of course Raja. She was to meet Raja in relation to their common investment in Swan telecom and other matters.”There are also some calls relating to betting in cricket and other sports. These people also appeared to be involved in cross-border transactions such as acquisition of assets through tax havens. Some of the proceeds have apparently come back into defunct Indian companies.”Vitcom (one of Radia’s four companies) has been handling the affairs of NDTV Imagine while Neucomm was set up essentially for the purpose of handling the affairs of Mukesh Ambani Group of Industries. Vaishnavi handles the media affairs as well as ‘environment management’ for the Tata Group, Unitech, Star TV along with the other corporate clients.”There is a suspicion that the group has taken bogus loan entries through entry operators. The entry operator, worried by then recession wanted to reverse the loan entries? Radia had arranged for an ‘advance’ for Unitech group from Tata Realty of which outstanding of Rs 250 crore is spoken of (advance projected as one for a vague purpose though some 500 acre land is talked about)? cheques given by Unitech to Tata Realty have bounced even though press briefings dictated by Radia give out that advance has been cleared? Unitech advised by Radia to bring Telenor funding in tranches and to give impression that the investment is coming in the company and there is no windfall gain for promoters in the valuation of the Telecom licence at over Rs 6,000 crore.”Apart from allegedly managing the telecom licence for Unitech, conversations seem to hint that Radia has either handled and facilitated cross-border transfer of funds or is in the know of the same. Lehman Brothers were supposed to invest three tranches in Unitech’s Mumbai project. The first investment that was done was Rs 740 crore towards 50 per cent of Unitech’s holdings in Shivalik Ventures Pvt Ltd in 50-50 JV SPV between Unitech and Rohan Developers, Mumbai.’The balance was to come in two tranches of around $550 million. Analysis of a series of conversations reveal that of the investments to be routed into India through Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners, investing ‘third party funds in real estate’. At least a part comprised round-tripped funds and when Lehman Brothers collapsed, only one tranche had come and the balance was stuck. Conversations suggest that part of the funds would be re-routed through the deal structured with the international partner in the sale of equity in the Unitech Telecom entity. The initial discussions appeared to be with Telecom Italia as well as Telenor. The deal was finally closed with Telenor of Norway.’advertisement’Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel had been lobbying to prevent Raja from becoming telecom minister essentially for three reasons. (i) GSM lobby aggrieved at the favour shown to cdma lobby on spectrum; (ii) Mittal was lobbying for Dayanidhi Maran; (iii) There appears to be some irregularity in purchase of Vodafone’s investment in Bharti Airtel. Mittal contacted Radia and wanted her to work for him on informal basis. Radia said she would as long as there was no conflict of interest with Tatas. However, she would help him mend fences (for a fee) with telecom minister Raja. There is a third person who apparently met Mittal at Suhel Seth’s house, acting as a link between Mittal and Radia.”With regards to the Tata group telephone conversations, it suggests that the entire media and political environment management for the failed Singur project and the subsequent shifting to Gujarat was handled by Radia and her associates. This included ‘managing’ important CPI(M) leaders (Radia apparently has an independent, very good relationship with certain Left Front and CITU leaders).”Radia and Jehangir Pocha have been in touch with Chhajlani from Nayi Dunia. They wanted Nayi Duniya to front for someone else who wants to control a news channel in India, which later as per conversation turns out to be NewsX taken over from Peter and Indrani Mukherjee.”There appear to have been some cross-border transactions in this acquisition (of NewsX). Radia is also spreading business connections to Africa, including investments in Guinea and Senegal through Global Minerals. There are several conversations in this regard, including reference to a mail from Muthuraman and by (Pradip) Baijal, her associate? Baijal appears to be getting Reliance people on the pipeline regulatory agency.”Radia seems to be instrumental in organising certain institutional land in Rajasthan through her close associate Sunil Arora, an IAS officer, former PS to CM, Rajasthan… A call between Arora and Radia appears to be in relation to some income tax enquiry relating to land allotments in Rajasthan to N.K. Singh and other companies.’FICCI chief (SIC) Tarun Das is chairman of Haldia Petrochem (government nominee). As per a conversation apparently Mukesh Ambani wants to take over Haldia Petro Chemicals and Das through Radia is facilitating the same. Das got them to open the issue with CPI(M). Nirupam Sen of CPI(M) set up a meeting with Prakash Karat. They fear that one Purnendu (Chatterjee) may create a problem and will have to be handled by Mukesh.’advertisement’There is a conversation between Manoj Modi and Radia regarding Radia organising a Delhi-based NGO to file PIL cases and other cases against ADAG group. Earlier Modi claims to have used ngo Ramjibhai Mavani (Rajkot). The NGO, which Radia has organised, had earlier done the high profile DLF case. It is apparently controlled by three people, one of them is a close associate of Radia, other is a sardar from jnu, third being some person with lots of credibility. Daljit, her employee, and Arora have helped in locating this NGO.”She is in the process of interfering in the appointment of Members of Pipeline Regulatory Agencies along with Baijal.’last_img read more

Orissa: Around 300 children lead anti-Posco agitation

first_imgIt is ‘force versus children’ in the battle for land to set up Posco’s proposed mega steel project in Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district where the anti-displacement stir has entered the decisive phase.While a determined state government have accused the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), a body spearheading agitation against the South Korean steel major, of using the children as a “shield”, villagers sought to differ. “We involve children in the agitation to counter the state’s brute force which is trying to forcibly acquire land without consent of farmers,” PPSS President Abhay Sahu said.About 300 children are leading the anti-Posco stir for last 12 days as state government deployed more than 600 armed security personnel to enter into Dhinkia gram panchayat, considered as epicentre of the six-year-old movement.”I believe the children should never be used in agitation. The persons, be it their parents, should be held responsible for using them in this manner,” Orissa’s Women and Child Development (WCD) minister Anjali Behera told PTI. The minister said she would like to initiate action against persons involved in the practice. “It is cruel to make children agitate under scorching sun and heavy downpour,” the minister remarked.Jagatsinghpur Additional District Magistrate (ADM), S K Choudhury also demanded action against those who have ‘dragged’ children into the agitation. “We leave it to the civil society to consider whether anti-Posco brigade’s use of children is legal or otherwise,” Choudhury said. Not buying the logic of the powers-that-be, social activist Swami Agnivesh argued, “I don’t see anything wrong in children taking up the cause of their parents. Above all, they are not left alone to fight with the government.advertisement”The children are accompanied by their parents and seniors of the village,” Agnivesh told PTI. Striking a dissenting note noted child right activist Anuradha Mohanty said children must not be used in any form of agitation. “No one including their parents should be allowed to violate rights of children,” she said. The little ones, however, have their own argument.”Can the state government or Posco provide us a better future. It is our parents who will sustain us. If they are going to lose livelihood, who will give us protection,” said 11-year-old Rosalin Patra, a class-VII student of Gobindpur Upper Primary School.Like Rosalin, many students from Dhinkia High School and Patana Primary School have ‘voluntarily’ joined the ‘do-or-die battle’ against Posco project. Bapina Mandal, whose father was killed three years ago during an anti-Posco agitation says, “having already lost my father in the fight now it is left for me, my mother and elder sister to carry on the agitation on our own.”Admitting that children’s studies were affected due to their involvement in the agitation, PPSS leader Abhay Sahu claimed they have roped in teachers and provided black board and study materials to teach children at the dharna site.”Swami Agnivesh is a witness to facilities provided to children,” said the suspended sarpanch of Dhinkia and PPSS Secretary Sisir Mohapatra. Agnivesh recalled “during my visit to Dhinkia area, I taught children about the environment. They were dumping plastic water pouches here and there. I taught them to collect the plastic pouches and put all in a pit.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Discovery of ‘Film Festival’ in India

first_imgThe top award at the festivalIndians-who first discovered the moving picture show as far back as 1896 with an exhibition of the Lumiere brothers’ films in Bombay’s Watson Hotel-have now discovered the film festival. Film festivals in India now happen practically every few months.In the last two years alone there,The top award at the festivalIndians-who first discovered the moving picture show as far back as 1896 with an exhibition of the Lumiere brothers’ films in Bombay’s Watson Hotel-have now discovered the film festival.Film festivals in India now happen practically every few months.In the last two years alone there have been three international film festivals in the country.Now that the stage is set for the sixth International Film Festival scheduled to open on January 3, it might be worthwhile to ask why.Does a country like India need international extravaganzas? Does it need to hold film festivals every six months on so large a scale? The answers lie buried beneath controversial issues.But what is clear is that by the 1950s, the film festival has become to the art world what the Olympic games are in the world of sports.last_img read more

Places to visit during the Olympics

first_imgTHEATRE & MUSIC 1 – War Horse | The story of a boy and his horse set in World War I (from Rs 4,730, New London Theatre).2 – Chariots of Fire | A must-watch; relive Eric Liddel and Harold Abrahams’ dramatic runs in the 1924 Games (from Rs 2,840, Gielgud Theatre).3 – Henry V | This classic will be featured where Shakespeare originally staged his plays (from Rs 430, The Globe).4 – Matilda the Musical | A little girl takes on nasty powers-that-be at her school (from Rs 1,720, Cambridge Theatre).5 – The BBC Proms | The world’s largest classical music event returns this summer (from Rs 430, Royal Albert Hall).6 – Thriller-Live | This MJ-tribute features the King of Pop’s biggest hits and best dance moves from his early days to his last hurrah (from Rs 3,010, Lyric Theatre).MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS 7 – Mind the Map | A collection of old maps explores London’s evolving public transport (Rs 1,160, Transport Museum).8 – Yoko Ono | John Lennon’s multitalented widow puts on a multimedia art display (Free, Serpentine Gallery).9 – Superhuman | A look at how humans have been enhancing their physical powers from Ancient Egypt to the modern battlefield (Free,Wellcome Collection).10 – Codebreaker: Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy | A celebration of the WWII codebreaker & computing pioneer on his birth centenary (Free, Science Museum).11 – Shakespeare: Staging the World | Interpreting the early 1600s through the Bard’s plays (Rs 1,200, British Museum).12 – Scott’s Last Expedition | Relive the adventure and science of this Antarctic voyage (Rs 770, Natural History Museum).13 – War Story: Serving in Afghanistan | Personal items, videos, photos and war memorabilia from British soldiers serving in Afghanistan (Free, Imperial War Museum).advertisement14 – British Design 1948-2012 | A look at the modern history of British design, from the endearing Mini car to Jonathan Ive’s iMac G3. (Rs 1,160,Victoria & Albert Museum).15 – Another London | An exploration of the capital city through the eyes of some of the biggest names in international photography (Rs 860, Tate Britain).16 – The Nine Eyes of Google Street View | A look at bizzare and unusual photos captured by Google’s roving cameras as they map every street on Earth. (Free, Saatchi Gallery).PARKS & RECREATION 17 – Hyde Park | 4,000 trees, a lake, rose gardens and the Diana Memorial Fountain (Entry Free).18 – Battersea Park | Popular with families and joggers, the park features play areas and the Battersea Children’s Zoo (Entry Free).19 – St James’s Park | Surrounded by three Royal palaces and is home to the Horse Guards Parade and Inn The Park cafe (Entry Free)20 – Regent’s Park | Designed in 1811 by John Nash, it includes stunning rose gardens and the largest outdoor sports area in London, Also find wild birds and the Open Air Theatre (Entry Free).21 – Kensington Gardens | Home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Albert Memorial, the Serpentine Gallery and the Princess Diana memorial playground (Entry Free).PUBS AND BRITISH FOOD1 – Hawksmoor Guildhall | Won Best New Restaurant in 2011 (Rs 11,180).2 – Medlar | Local and seasonal produce with a twist (Rs 3,440).3 – Dog & Duck | Favourite with locals.4 – Ye Olde Mitre | Has been in business since 1546 and oozes charm!FINE DINING5 – Dinner by Heston Blumenthal | Has a creative take on British food (Rs 6,880).6 – Rasoi | This Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is a can’t miss'(Rs 6,450).7 – Hakkasan | It continues to redefine Chinese cuisine (Rs 11,180).8 – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay | One of the UK’s best. Period (Rs 10,750).VEGETARIAN FOOD9 – Vanilla Black | Won a Michelin star for its inventive cuisine (Rs 4,300).10 – Itadaki Zen | Serves pure vegan Japanese fusion food (Rs 2,580).11 – Woodlands Restaurant | Dishes out south and north Indian fare (Rs 3,010).12 – Food For Thought | Has stayed a favourite for 40 years (Rs 2,150)SHOPPING13 – Neal’s Yard Dairy | Stocks specialist cheeses from 70 farms in Britain.14 – The Spice Shop | Has more than 2,500 spices from all over the world.15 – Twinings | This shop has been selling top-quality teas for centuries.16 – Berry Bros & Rudd | Stocks rare, high-quality wines and spirits.17 – Borough Market | Offers high quality meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees and pastries.18 – Alfie’s Antique Market | Stocks silver, furniture, paintings, jewellery, ceramics and vintage clothes.19 – Portobello Road | It’s known for jewellery, art, vintage clothes and more.20 – Grays Antique Markets | Has a reputation for expertise and choice with more than 80 dealers.21 – Debenhams | Stocks affordable ranges from British designers.22 – Fortnum & Mason | Sells quality food, luggage, homeware and clothes and is official grocer to the Queen.23 – Marks & Spencer | Stocks affordable lingerie, clothing, flowers, toiletries, furniture and fabrics.24 – Primark | Popular for its highly affordable, popularstyled clothing.25 – Selfridges | This regular big box stocks everything you’d ever want.advertisement26 – Harrods | Offers food, fashion, furniture and special services like pet care.27 – Sales and Promotions | Look out for bumper discounts that major stores at Oxford Street will have on offer for tourists.THE BEST OF LONDON28 – Best View | Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park is one of the city’s poshest addresses and offers stunning panoramas of central London.29 – Best of Old London | Built in 1066, the Tower of London holds the crown jewels.30 – Best of Tradition | Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, a centuries-old tradition that takes place daily at 11:30 am.31 – Best Fish & Chips | Sea Shell of Lisson Grove has been serving up this most traditional of all British snacks for more than 30 years.32 – Best Afternoon Tea | The Palm Court at the 140-year-old Langham London hotel is where this very British tradition was born.33 – Best Chocolates | Paul A Young mixes odd flavours with classic techniques. Tomato, basil and olive oil chocolate, anyone?34 – Best Martini | Egerton House in Knightsbridge combines a discrete location, theatric barmen and exceptional service.35 – Best Irish Pub | Waxy O’ Connor’s serves up traditional Guinness with good food and a cavernous interior.36 – Best Nightclub | Ministry of Sound attracts 5,000 party-goers every weekend. Dance your shoes off!37 – Best Shopping for Women | Soho has affordable fashion stores like H&M, Mango and Zara galore. Grab that bargain.38 – Best Shopping for Teens | Topshop is a teen shopper’s dream come true with the latest fashion off the runways.39 – Best Ethical Shopping | Alara serves up organic, vegetarian and vegan foods, plus cosmetics and household products.40 – Best Perfume Shop | Les Senteurs stocks products that use natural essences and quality ingredients.last_img read more

Indian cricketer Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman set to retire

first_imgThe sun may soon set on one of the most joyous visuals in world cricket the wristy elegance of Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.The stylish Hyderabadi cricketer is all set to call it a day after the two-Test series against New Zealand, commencing on August 23, in his home town.Laxman is expected to make the announcement on his retirement in a day or two.The man who has earned the moniker ‘Very Very Special’ for his masterful strokeplay has been out of form for the last two seasons, and reportedly told his close friends and a few sports correspondents on Friday that he had decided to retire from international cricket. He also said he would like to make an announcement to this effect before the commencement of the India-New Zealand Test series, for which he has been picked.”I would take a final call after discussing with my parents, wife, well-wishers, coaches and other friends,” he is learnt to have said.Laxman did not respond to calls and text messages when Mail Today tried to contact him to get confirmation about the reports on his retirement. Sources close to him, however, confirmed that he had made up his mind.Laxman made his Test debut in 1996 against South Africa and has so far played 134 Tests, scoring 8,781 runs including 17 centuries and 56 fifties, at an average of 45.97. He also played 86 ODIs, scoring 2,338 runs with six hundreds.The most disappointing aspect of his glorious career would be his failure of not playing in any of the four World Cup editions during his career span.advertisementSources said Laxman had, in fact, decided to announce his retirement much before the selection of team.”The retirement of Rahul Dravid brought a lot of pressure on him to follow suit, as he had not performed well in both the Test series in England and Australia. Since then, he was toying with the idea of quitting the international cricket,” sources said.In fact, Laxman’s average during the four-Test series against Australia was 19.38 and before that, he had just averaged 22.75 in the series against England.In between these two series, however, he had put up a good show against the West Indies in a three-Test home series by scoring 298 runs with a stupendous average of 99.33.Following the pathetic performance in Australia, Laxman was under pressure to quit, as there was criticism against him that he was blocking the way for youngsters. He was apprehensive that he might not be picked for the series against New Zealand, but the selectors have thought otherwise.They picked him in the squad as they apparently thought a senior cricketer like him would form the backbone of the team in the absence of Dravid. Thus, Laxman decided to play for the last time for the country. “Obviously, he wants to retire with grace by putting up a decent performance in the home series,” sources said.last_img read more

Haryana’s Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt bring glory for the state at Olympics 2012

first_imgSushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about,Sushil at his home in Baprola.Kushti mein tukke na laga kare hain (There are no flukes in wrestling)!” Diwan Singh explodes, indignant that anyone could ever insinuate that his son was a “one-win wonder”. Olympic silver-medallist Sushil Kumar’s father, a driver with Delhi’s Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, is thrilled about his son’s unprecedented triumph at the London Games, but also a little wistful: “My boy was his best. He was within grabbing distance of the gold medal.”Sushil, 29, and his India teammate Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the 60 kg freestyle bronze medal in London, are the biggest success stories from the Chaudhary Devi Lal Sports Centre. The 83-acre Sports Authority of India (SAI) facility-a finishing school for wrestlers-in Sonepat’s Bahalgarh village, where India’s best hone their grappling skills in gruelling training schedules, has happily been rechristened the ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ by local residents.”Lajawab uplabdhi hai (It’s an unparalleled achievement),” says chief coach Anil Khokhar, 35, who has seen a distinct change in younger wrestlers at the centre. From simply striving to participate in international events, he says, “our boys have smelt blood. They all want to chase medals now. Sushil and Yogeshwar have shown them it can be done”.Unlike the father, who will just not settle for second spot, the sleepy village of Baprola, on the fringes of Delhi’s northwestern border with Haryana, is euphoric about their new hero, Sushil Kumar, silver medallist in wrestling at the London Olympics in the 66 kg freestyle category and a bronze-winner in Beijing in 2008 in the same event. Says Mukhtiar Singh, a veteran of many a past dangal (wrestling tournament), “This boy has made it all worthwhile. His victory makes me feel truly celebrated for the first time in all my 84 years.”The ‘Haryanvi medal factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government.Every youngster in Baprola wants to follow Sushil into wrestling. Tenyear-old Ritik and his three friends walked 2 km from their homes to touch the feet of their champion, just back home from London, in keeping with the old akhara tradition. “Kushti ladoge kya (Want to wrestle)?” asks Sushil. All four nod vigorously, swelling visibly with pride.Eighty kilometres to the north along the monsoon-damaged road to Gohana in Haryana’s Sonepat district, the residents of Bhainswal Kalan stayed up the night to welcome their own champion. A thousand of them thronged Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to carry the 29-year-old Yogeshwar Dutt home on their shoulders. A large settlement of nearly 20,000 residents, Bhainswal has a long tradition of sending its sons and daughters into teaching. But it’s taken the single-minded devotion and grit of a wrestler to bring home the accolades. Pleasantly tidy despite its large population of water buffaloes, every street in the village is paved with concrete and lined with street lamps that actually work.”All this is thanks to Yogeshwar’s successes,” says Rameshwar Vashishth, 63, a former teacher, recalling how the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government first took note of Bhainswal after the wrestler found a place in the Indian squad for the Beijing Olympics. “Every man, woman and child here owes this young man a debt of gratitude,” he says. So they all thronged his freshly repainted house in the centre of the village just before sunrise on August 14 when he drove in. “The first thing he did was to touch the feet of his biggest fan-our mother,” says his younger brother Mukesh Dutt, 26.”It rained on the day Yogeshwar was born,” says 59-year-old Sushila Devi, fondly hugging her favourite child. “I knew then he was meant for great things. You know how they say sapooton ke paer palaane mein hi pehchaane jaate hain (good sons indicate their path in the crib itself),” she says, quoting an old Haryanvi adage. And breaking a long and worrisome dry spell, there was rain yet again on the morning Yogeshwar returned from London, convincing all in Bhainswal that he is their luckiest charm.Yogeshwar at his home in Bhainswal.But besides luck, India’s Olympic triumphs are rooted in an age-old rural wrestling tradition that extends all the way from the Najafgarh villages in Delhi to Sonepat, Rohtak, Hisar, Bhiwani in Haryana and further across to Baghpat, Shamli and Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. It is like a thriving cottage industry. Every other village here has an akhara where older pehalwans (wrestlers) teach youngsters the finer nuances of grappling, widely misconstrued as a rustic sport involving brute strength.”It’s all in the soil and water that God gifted our people,” says Suresh Malik aka Bhaddal Pehalwan, who trains 100 young boys at the Balraj Akhara, a private wrestling school in Bhainswal Kalan set up over three decades ago by Satbir Singh, a celecelebrated local wrestler. Malik starts them young. His youngest pupils like Harsh, Shivam and Rohit, all between nine and 13 years, fight hard to stay ahead amid the mustard oil and turmeric-infused loam that serves as the mat in their akhara.”Yogeshwar and I were about the same age and just 30 kg each when we first began training under Mahabali Satpal at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium 15 years ago,” Sushil recalls. His guru’s older brother Chaudhary Dara Singh first spotted the champion, when he won the gold medal at the National School Games in Delhi at the age of 12. “I imagine that (the exhilaration of the school-time victory) is how it would have felt had I struck gold in London,” he says a trifle ruefully.For 17-year-old Praveen Kumar, who just rejoined training at the SAI Centre in Bahalgarh after six months of rehab to treat injuries sustained when miscreants pushed him off a speeding train on his way to his village near Shamli in January, Sushil’s silver medal has been inspirational. “Beijing was the beginning but London has shown the world that you cannot mess with Indians,” says the youngster who is back to a punishing workout from 4.30 in the morning until lights out at 10.30 p.m. every day.The results are evident. Fourteen of the 15-man squad of ‘Bahalgarh Boys’ that participated in the November 2011 Inter-SAI Games at Hisar came back with medals. Six of them struck gold at the national sub-junior wrestling tournament in May 2012.The ‘Haryanvi Medal Factory’ is thriving even more with lavish monetary rewards from the state government. Chief Minister Hooda not only announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for Dutt but went on to proclaim similar prizes for every medallist even remotely connected with his state: Sushil because he speaks Haryanvi and trained here; badminton star Saina Nehwal and shooter Gagan Narang because their families are originally from Haryana.Back in Bhainswal and Baprola, both champions say they are not ready to hang up their boots. “I will go for gold in Rio 2016,” says Sushil, who is spending most of his 15-day break before the upcoming SAF Games Camp in September, watching YouTube re-runs of his failed final bout. “I have to spot where I faltered against the Japani (Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu),” he says. Relatively relaxed, Yogeshwar too heads for the computer when he gets the chance.As Diwan Singh reiterates, “There are no flukes in wrestling. It is all about keeping fit, training hard and perfecting tactics to be far superior to anything your opponent can possibly come up with.”advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

ROUND 6: Adrien Broner connects with quick uppercut

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacquiao hits again but this time a jab in the middle of the ring.Broner throws a quick 1-2 combination that Pacquiao easily dodges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao then hits with his own 1-2 and follows it up with a couple of uppercuts.Broner closes the round with a quick uppercut. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ROUND 5: Pacquiao still the aggressor in an uneventful round PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Manny Pacquiao, right, blocks a punch from Adrien Broner during WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. APMANILA, Philippines—The pace of the action remains the same midway through the fight.Adrien Broner lets out a wild left and Paquiao hits him straight in the jaw that put the American to the corner.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather meet again at Lakers courtside

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants In a video posted by Pacquiao, he can be seen going over to Mayweather and shaking his hand before the two exchanged smiles.WATCH: Manny Pacquiao gets visit from Floyd Mayweather in locker ahead of fightThe Filipino boxing champion got a visit from Mayweather at his locker room on Sunday just before his welterweight defense.Earlier this month, the boxing rivals also met at Staples Center for Clippers’ Filipino Heritage Night.These meetings have only fueled the rumors that another megabout between the two rivals is happening soon.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Pacquiao had said that he is willing to fight Mayweather if the American boxer comes out of retirement.READ: Manny Pacquiao willing to fight Floyd Mayweather anew if he comes out of retirementBut when ambushed by Showtime’s Jim Gray from ringside after Pacquiao’s victory, Mayweather did not bat an eyelash when asked if he wanted to square off again against Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Rockets trading Carmelo Anthony to Chicago, but Bulls have no plans to play him Days after Pacquiao’s unanimous decision conquest of Adrien Broner in Las Vegas, where Mayweather was also in attendance, the two legendary fighters met again, this time at courtside at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMANILA, Philippines–The chance encounters between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not yet over.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Did Steven Spielberg kill a dinosaur? Facebook users think so

first_imgAn image of filmmaker Steven Spielberg sitting besides a Triceratops dinosaur that was posted on Facebook as a joke has left many users furious as they thought he has actually hunted a dinosaur!The image, posted by Facebook user Jay Branscomb as a joke, shows the director on the set of 1993-hit “Jurassic Park” with a mechanical dinosaur.The caption reads: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”The image, posted by Facebook user Jay Branscomb as a joke, shows the director on the set of 1993-hit Jurassic Park with a mechanical dinosaur.This has led to a barrage of comments from over 33,000 Facebook users so far – apparently unaware that dinosaurs no longer exist – criticising Spielberg for the cruelty, media reports said.Some branded Spielberg an “animal killer” and decided not to watch his movies again!”I did not know that Steven Spielberg is a dinosaur hunter. I am not only outraged, but disgusted!!” posted Andrea O’Donnell Koran.”This is no sport!!” added Omega McCracken.”Seriously, those poor Triceratops. If we do not stop this, they are gonna become extinct,” one user posted.last_img read more

German football team’s stunt on stage wows the crowd

first_imgGermany’s Thomas Mueller (R) holds the World Cup trophy during celebrations to mark the team’s 2014 Brazil World Cup victory, at a ‘fan mile’ public viewing zone in Berlin.The victorious German team reached capital Berlin on Tuesday, and was welcomed by thousands of supporters who lined up the Fan Mile in the heart of the city. Among several acts, the team decided to do a stunt on a stage that drew huge cheers from the crowd. In the impromptu act, Germany captain Philipp Lahm hid behind Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels, Eric Durm and Christoph Kramer, who suddenly fell to the ground revealing the captain with the Jules Rimet, the FIFA World Cup trophy. The stunt, and other dance acts done by the team, was greeted with huge cheers. In another act, Coach Joachim Low joined the team in a simulated catwalk on the stage. He happily bounced a toy football on the stage as he walked. Later, Hummels, Lahm, Durm, Kramer and Muller were seen air guitaring for the pleasure of the gathered supporters. The players also kicked footballs into the crowd. Watch the complete celebration here. The stunt appears after 6:30 minutes in this video. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday.last_img read more

Minus coach, San Juan trips Davao to near title

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mike Ayonayon finished with 15 points, but it was unheralded forward Johnard Clarito who delivered down the stretch as the Knights grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.Clarito finished with 12 points, including a crucial putback with a minute left. The extra possessions that he gifted his team proved key with 12 of his 18 rebounds coming off the offensive glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess A night that started with plenty of uncertainty ended in triumph for the San Juan Knights, who are now just one win away from the MPBL Datu Cup National title.The Knights survived the absence of head coach Randy Alcantara and the strong start from the Davao Occidental Tigers for a 67-62 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Coup attempts versus Vargas belied Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Asian Games: Jwala Gutta pulls out, Ashwini left without partners

first_imgJwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games with an injury.Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games following a knee injury while Ashwini Ponnappa faces a crisis of partners for the mega event.Ponnappa will be without her regular partners in both events – women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Tarun Kona, who was to partner Ashwini in mixed doubles, has been dropped from the contingent.Four other shuttlers – Aparna Balan, Rituparna Das, Kona and Arun Vishnu – too have been struck down. Ashwini’s new partners are yet to be finalised. Jwala aggravated her injury in right knee during a training session on Monday.”My physio advised me to take two weeks rest. I was playing with a sprained By Avishek Roy in New Delhi knee and on Monday I aggravated it during training. I have been playing with taping all this while,” said Jwala.”It was a tough decision. The Asian Games is very important to me but there are important events lined up in next couple of years and I cannot afford to take any risk. I spoke to Ashwini and she understood the problem. I will be looking to make a comeback with the European circuit.”Ashwini, meanwhile, is not clear with whom she will play in doubles. “We can’t do much when injury happens. It is a setback. I thought I will, at least, have my regular partner Tarun in mixed doubles. But it was so unfortunate to find that Tarun’s name has been dropped from the contingent. I don’t know how to go about it,” she said. Though Ashwini’s former partner Pradnya Gadre is in the squad, the former will prefer combining with P V Sindhu.advertisement”I am just looking at different possibilities at the moment. The final decision has to be in the interest of the team. I will be comfortable with Sindhu. She has a good smash and she played in doubles in Thomas and Uber Cup recently,” she added.The final decision will rest with chief coach Pullela Gopichand. A top Badminton Association of India (BAI) official said the ministry had asked them to cut down on a few players. “They asked us which players have the possibilities of winning medals. There is no mixed doubles in team event. We can do with the current list.”last_img read more

160 people killed since 2011 in clashes between indigenous people and alleged Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in Assam

first_imgClick here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to,Click here to EnlargeIn the first week of September, a video released by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced the launch of a new group called Qaedat al-Jihad to wage jihad in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar and establish a new caliphate in the region. If that was not enough to jolt security agencies in the country, Zawahiri named Kashmir, Gujarat-and surprisingly- Assam, as the focus of future al Qaeda activities.Initially, the mention of Assam created a stir across the state. But as the news was absorbed, analysed and put in perspective, the import of the threat facing the state, that has been roiled by ethnic and insurgent violence for decades, began to dawn.Nearly 160 people have been killed in Assam in the last three years between Muslims alleged to be infiltrators from Bangladesh and non-Muslims or “indigenous people”, as they are referred to. Eighty per cent of the 160 victims were Muslims. Fifty Muslims were killed this year alone, in fact all of them in May by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants for apparently supporting a non-Bodo candidate in the Lok Sabha polls. The violence, observers say, is a manifestation of a deeper realignment of identities in the traditionally troubled state-an ongoing upheaval which is witnessing all fragmented non-Muslim communities coming under a pan-Hindu umbrella seeking strength in numbers.Alarmingly, the realignment is playing into the hands of political forces looking for new openings to push their cause in the state and tensions are getting further stoked in a cycle where the line between cause and effect is getting erased. Zawahiri’s announcement, as a result, fell right into this pattern.advertisementBodies of victims killed in bodo-Muslim violence in Khagrabari,200 km from Guwahati, in MayThe BJP, which hopes to win the 2016 Assembly polls riding on the most communally provocative issue in Assam- the threat to the existence of locals from illegal Muslim Bangladeshi infiltrators-latched on to it and not unexpectedly. “The video proves what every person in Assam has been experiencing for decades. There is a design to turn Assam into an Islamic state and illegal Muslims are their playing fields,” says Bijon Mahajan, a senior Assam BJP spokesperson.The BJP has reason to raise temperatures, observers say. The party won seven Lok Sabha seats this summer, its best tally in the state, and the party’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi thundering in April that all Bangladeshi Muslims would be driven out after the party comes to power is seen as a key contributing factor. And unlike in other parts of the country where polarisation had little impact on the bypolls this month, the BJP performed better than expected in Assam. It snatched the Silchar seat from Congress and significantly increased its votes in Jamunamukh and Lakhipur, both Muslim-dominated areas. In fact, it came second in Jamunamukh, the home turf of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal. Political experts say the BJP did not need to work too hard as there has always been a strong undercurrent of xenophobia against immigrant Muslims in the state.Badruddin Ajmal”The Muslim votes, both in Lakhipur and Jamunamukh, got divided between the Congress and the AIUDF while Hindus stood united behind the BJP. The growth and success of AIUDF, which represents in-your-face minority politics, has brought together non-Muslims in Assam divided along the lines of ethnicity and language,” says Nani Gopal Mahanta, associate professor, Gauhati University. That’s also the reason why Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi could not salvage his party in Silchar even after announcing Bangla as the official language in the Barak Valley ostensibly to woo the Hindu Bengali voters. In 2011, Gogoi won Barak Valley for the Congress by announcing refugee status to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, a plot hijacked by Modi in 2014.This sense of a threat from Islamist aggression coupled with a silent and systematic mission for Hindu resurgence, has turned Assam into a perfect laboratory for communally divisive politics. Assam’s location is strategically significant to Islamist terror groups as it shares a porous border with Bangladesh. “This is not a threat to Assam; it’s a national security issue.Once they cross over to Assam, miscreants can spread across the country,” says a top Special Branch officer. Political observers believe that Assam has turned into a fertile breeding ground for Islamist terror because of the rising Muslim population in certain districts, specially along the Bangladesh border, the economic backwardness of Muslims in lower Assam and violence against alleged illegal immigrants. And with assembly elections 20 months away, the battle lines are drawn.advertisementThe BJP is aiming to bring together Assamese caste Hindus, other non-Muslim communities and tribes under one platform against the common enemy-the “illegal Muslim immigrants”. The action plan for ‘Mission 84′- a three-fourth majority in the 126-seat Assam Assembly-is ready with illegal influx as the fulcrum. The BJP is also working on a strategy to engage tribal groups in the state and the Union Government is planning to give Scheduled Tribe status to six more communities, a move that would take the tribal population in the state to 40 per cent, besides consolidating BJP votes among tribals. The party plans to project Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a tribal, as the next chief minister.Sarbananda Sonowal”This issue affects every indigenous person of Assam because it will change the demography of the state forever. There is no place for illegal Muslims from Bangladesh in the state. We have to finish the unfinished agenda of the Assam agitation. Our Prime Minister has made it crystal clear,” says BJP poll in-charge for Assam, Sudhanshu Mittal. Unlike the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which led the Assam agitation in the 1980s, the BJP’s rhetoric is unambiguously aimed at Muslim infiltrators. Although not included in election speeches yet, the BJP is “softlaunching” its ‘Love Jihad’ campaign in Assam. “It’s a fact. Look at the number of women kidnapped in certain areas of Assam,” says a top Assam BJP leader who did not want to be identified. BJP leaders are also indulging in loose and dangerous talk about sex crimes targeting Hindu women in the state. This year, Assam has also witnessed a spate of incidents of meat being thrown at temples.Rumours of beef being discovered in a Narasimha temple in Silchar created tension, leading to clashes where at least 30 people, including the superintendent of police (SP) and six policemen, were injured. “This was just a rumour fuelled by some anti-social elements. Nothing actually happened in that temple,” says Diganta Bora, SP, Cachar.Similar incidents were reported from Dhubri and Dhing in Nagaon district around the same time. “There was no reaction in Dhubri as the Hindu population is minuscule but in Dhing there was tension. We later arrested some local youth who indiscriminately threw mutton bones after a drunken revelry,” says an IGP of Assam Police.RSS leader Uma Shankar Goswami, based in Hojai in the same district, however, refuses to buy the police theory and claims local madrasas are the hub of all anti-social elements and illegal weapons. More than 70 per cent of Hojai’s population is Muslim and it is also the hometown of perfume-baronturned politician Badruddin Ajmal, who runs several schools, madrasas and hospitals in the region. It also houses one of the biggest centres of RSS which conducts examinations for pracharaks in the Northeast. “It was a well-designed plot and it hasn’t happened for the first time. The local media has started reporting these incidents now,” says Goswami, who claims that the RSS is working silently and at the grassroots level to awaken the sense of religious identity among Hindus.advertisementIn fact, the success of BJP’s ‘Mission 84’ depends on the groundwork of the RSS which was behind the saffron sentiment making inroads into Assam’s tea gardens. The party has already started enrolling new members and training them at district headquarters in the core principles of the BJP.But it is not as if the polarisation is one-sided. On September 9, during an assembly bypoll rally in Jamunamukh, Sirajuddin Ajmal, Barpeta Lok Sabha MP and brother of Badruddin, announced that the AIUDF chief would be the next CM of Assam. Sirajuddin’s statement was prompted by the growing base of AIUDF, which was founded in 2005 by Ajmal and has since projected itself as the saviour of Muslims. The largest opposition party in the Assembly is now expecting at least 35 seats in 2016 and hopes to be the kingmaker. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls it won three seats, the same as Congress, up from one in 2009.Ajmal, however, refuses to directly take on the BJP’s aggressive campaign against Muslim infiltrators, a vote bank that is increasingly shifting from the Congress to the AIUDF. “We support that anyone who entered Assam after March 25, 1971, decided by the 1985 Assam Accord as the cut-off year for detection of illegal immigrants, must be thrown out of India. Many organisations are creating panic among minority communities in Assam raising this issue of illegal influx. Let’s decide once and for all the actual number of Bangladeshis in Assam,” says Ajmal. He even goes a step further to warn al Qaeda’s Zawahiri to stay away from Assam. “They are not jihadis, they are terrorists. Assam’s Muslims are mature enough. We don’t need al Qaeda support to protect ourselves,” says Ajmal.But not all Muslims are assured. Ashiq Zaman, an IRS officer who runs an NGO called Muslim Youths Forum Against Communalism, Terrorism and Sedition recounts an incident during a visit to a relief camp of Muslim victims rendered homeless in 2012 in the Bodoland violence. “We went there to distribute clothes and books. Many youngsters asked if I could provide them with guns. These camps are the most fertile ground for spread of Islamist terrorism,” says Zaman.Some security officials and representatives of public interest NGOs fear a spike in violence before the assembly elections as militants who have signed ceasefire agreements with the government and are living in 22 camps across the state could be used as mercenaries by political groups. The Congress, crippled by the lacklustre performance of CM Gogoi, has joined issue and is further fanning tensions. “On April 1, immediately after Narendra Modi’s rally in Biswanath Chariali, a local BJP leader, Bhavdev Goswami, told a TV channel that BJP had the support of NDFB rebels. I’m sure the party will now use other terror outfits to execute its communal agenda in the state,” Congress MLA from Roha, Piyush Hazarika, told INDIA TODAY.Over the next 20 months, this blame game is expected to run along a track parallel to the tensions and violence. And religious insecurities could become the primary platform to win votes in what is becoming a communal cauldron. But the dread goes far beyond politics and is already spilling over to damage the social fabric of Assam.The fear of being outnumbered has created communal tension in the most cosmopolitan city of the state, Guwahati. IRS officer Ashiq Zaman, who hails from Goalpara, was refused a house on rent in Guwahati because he is a Muslim.TISS student Abul Kalam Azad recounts how he too had a harrowing time renting a house in Guwahati and when he finally found one, the landlord sternly warned him against consuming beef at home. In 2012, a Dhing college lecturer, who is into archaeological research, and his photographer friend from Delhi were held captive by Muslim villagers for three days when they went on a field visit to Vaishnavite saint Shankardev’s birthplace in Bordowa in Nagaon district.Their captors, suspected to be illegal immigrants, thought the duo was collecting evidence against them. They were eventually rescued by the police. Locals say these are not isolated incidents. And therein lies a larger threat to Assam, where religious intolerance could become the new dimension to further divide an already heterogeneous society and spill more blood.Follow the writer on Twitter @KDscribeTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Elbow pain

first_imgDefinition This article describes aching or other discomfort in the elbow that is not related to direct injury.Alternative NamesPain – elbowCommon CausesElbow pain can be caused by a variety of problems. A common cause in adults is tendinitis, an inflammation and injury to the tendons — soft tissues that attach muscle to bone.People who play racquet sports are most likely to injure the tendons on the outside of the elbow. This condition is commonly called tennis elbow. Golfers are more likely to injure the tendons on the inside of the elbow.Other common causes of elbow tendinitis are gardening, playing baseball, using a screwdriver, or overusing your wrist and arm.Young children commonly develop “nursemaids elbow,” usually when someone is pulling on their straightened arm. The bones are stretched apart momentarily and a ligament slips in between, where it becomes trapped when the bones try to snap back into place. Children will usually quietly refuse to use the arm, but often cry out with any attempt to bend or straighten the elbow. This condition is also called an elbow subluxation (a partial dislocation).Other common causes of elbow pain are:Bursitis — inflammation of a fluid-filled cushion beneath the skinArthritis — narrowing of the joint space and loss of cartilage in the elbowElbow strainsInfection of the elbowHome CareGently try to move the elbow and increase your range of motion. If this hurts you, or you cannot move the elbow, call your doctor or nurse.advertisementCall your health care provider ifCall your doctor or nurse if:You have a prolonged case of tendinitis that doesnt improve with home care.The pain is due to a direct elbow injury.There is obvious deformity.You are unable to use the elbow.You have fever or swelling and redness of your elbow.Your elbow is locked.A child has elbow pain.What to expect at your health care providers officeYour doctor or nurse will examine you, and carefully check your elbow. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms,such as:Are both elbows affected?Does the pain shift from the elbow to other joints?Is the pain over the outside bony prominence of the elbow?Did the pain begin suddenly and severely?Did the pain begin slowly and mildly and then get worse?Is the pain resolving spontaneously?Did the pain begin following an injury?What makes the pain better or worse?Treatment depends on the cause, butmay involve:AntibioticsCorticosteroid shotsPain medicinePhysical therapySurgery (last resort)ReferencesRonthal M. Arm and neck pain. In: Bradley WG, Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Neurology in Clinical Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2008:chap 32.Regan WD, Grondin PP, Morrey BF. Elbow and forearm. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 19.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019: UP Yoddha Crush Tamil Thalaivas to Take 4th Spot in League Table

first_imgJaipur: UP Yoddha came back to winning ways as they thrashed Tamil Thalaivas 42-22 in the second match of the Jaipur leg of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday.UP Yoddha made a comeback after trailing in the first half to notch up a 20-point win over Tamil Thalaivas. Shrikant Jadhav and Surender Gill led from the front with 8 and 7 raid points respectively. While, Sumit as usual lived up to his reputation with 5 tackle points. The win took UP Yoddha to the 4th place in the league standings with 53 points from 17 matches. The first half of the match started with Tamil Thalaivas getting the upper hand in the initial minutes as they went into a 4-2 lead. UP tried to make a comeback with a super tackle from Ashu Singh on V Ajith Kumar but the resistance didn’t last long as the Thalaivas inflicted the first all-out on UP Yoddha to rush into an 11-6 lead.UP got two points back with a successful tackle on V Ajith Kumar and a successful raid by Rishank closed the gap to 8-13. With 9-13 on the scoreboard, UP’s star raider Shrikant Jadhav pulled off a mighty super raid as he scored four points with the last raid of the half. With this raid, Shrikant also crossed 100 points in Season 7 of Pro Kabaddi League. At half-time, the score stood at 13-14 with UP just a point a drift of the Tamil Thalaivas.The second half, however, was a completely different story for UP as they came out all guns blazing. With tackles and raid points coming in tandem, UP went into an 8-point lead of 23-15. Soon after, UP Yoddha inflicted the first all-out on Tamil Thalaivas making matters worse for them.Tamil Thalaivas were looking clueless as UP led 28-17. The dismal state continued as with six minutes to go in the half, UP inflicted the second all-out on Tamil, establishing a 17 point lead at 35-18.It was rampage by UP Yoddha in last few minutes of the second half, as they closed the match with a score line of 42-22. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. pklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 First Published: September 22, 2019, 12:00 AM ISTlast_img read more

Christian Pulisic Becomes Youngest Chelsea Player to Score Premier League Hat-trick as They Thrash Burnley

first_imgBurnley: Christian Pulisic hit a hat-trick to inspire Chelsea’s impressive 4-2 win at Burnley as the US winger enjoyed his Premier League breakthrough moment on Saturday.After going nine games without scoring for his new club, Pulisic tore Burnley to shreds at Turf Moor to notch the first treble of his career. Pulisic had endured a slow start following his move from Borussia Dortmund as the heir to former Blues star Eden Hazard, but this virtuoso display suggested he could live up to the hype.The £58 million ($74 million) signing, who spent the second half of last season with Dortmund after agreeing the Chelsea switch in January, had started only one match since the end of August and that was against Grimsby in the League Cup.But Frank Lampard admitted this week the 21-year-old “deserved” a chance to start after he came off the bench to set up Michy Batshuayi’s winner against Ajax in the Champions League.Pulisic replaced Callum Hudson-Odoi as Lampard made one change to the team that won in Amsterdam and he seized his chance, becoming the youngest Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick.Pulisic’s spotlight-stealing contribution was followed by a goal for Willian as Chelsea set a new club top-flight record of four consecutive away victories with three or more goals in each game.A souvenir for the hat-trick hero – @cpulisic_10! ⚽️#BURCHE pic.twitter.com/DCI0modqzu— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 26, 2019 Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil reduced the deficit for Burnley, but Chelsea are fourth in the league after a seventh successive win in all competitions.Pulisic quickly illuminated a dank evening in Lancashire when his incisive run set up Mason Mount’s blocked shot.It was a warning that Burnley failed to heed and Pulisic put Chelsea ahead in the 21st minute.When Matt Lowton dithered in possession near the centre circle, Pulisic pounced to rob the Burnley defender as he stumbled to the turf.EYE-CATCHING PULISICPulisic accelerated into the penalty area and kept James Tarkowski at bay with a step-over before drilling a left-foot shot across Burnley keeper Nick Pope and into the far corner.It was a landmark moment for Pulisic as he became the first American to score for Chelsea in the Premier League.Pulisic was a constant menace and he tested Pope with a snap-shot, but Burnley should have been level moments later.Ben Mee’s header reached Ashley Barnes at the far post, only for the striker to nod wide of the empty net from virtually on the line.Pulisic’s direct, pacy thrusts were proving impossible for Burnley to subdue and Tammy Abraham fired just wide after another eye-catching run from the American.On the stroke of half-time, Pulisic doubled Chelsea’s lead with a fine solo effort.Willian intercepted Tarkowski’s wayward pass and found Pulisic, who raced towards the Burnley area and drilled a low strike that took a deflection off Mee on its way past Pope.Barnes and Rodriguez forced saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga after the interval.But as they did against Ajax in midweek, Lampard’s men kept their composure before Pulisic delivered the knockout blow in the 56th minute.Mount’s cross was cleared back to the midfielder and he curled over a cross that Pulisic met with a well-timed glancing header past Pope.Chelsea were carving through the Burnley defence and Willian made it four in the 58th minute when the Brazilian took Abraham’s pass and slammed a low shot into the far corner.Burnley suddenly came to life in the closing moments and Rodriguez struck with a 25-yard thunderbolt in the 86th minute.McNeil got Burnley’s second with a deflected 89th minute effort, but that failed to take the gloss off Pulisic’s day to remember. BurnleychelseaChristian PulisicEPL First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:31 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

PSA Women’s World Squash Championships: Joshna Chinappa Stretched in Opener

first_imgCairo: India’s Joshna Chinappa had a tough time against unseeded Haley Mendez of US before prevailing in her opening match at the CIB PSA women’s World Squash Championship at the Great Pyramids here.The Indian won 9-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 in a match played late on Thursday. The 12th seeded Joshna admitted she was a touch nervous in the start and with Haley playing well things turned tough. However, the Indian showed her fighting qualities to catch up and dished out a steady game towards the end to make it a comfortable finish.Another Indian, Sunayna Kuruvilla, went down in the first round against Nele Gilis of Belgium. Sunayna started off well, winning the first game but thereafter it was the Belgian all the way. Nele won 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-5.The Egyptian men’s Open is also being held simultaneously and the interest for India here is Vikram Malhotra and Saurav Ghosal. Ghosal has a bye into the second round. Earlier Ramit Tandon went down in the opening round to Leo Au of Hong Kong. Leo won 11-5, 11-7, 11-2. joshna chinappaPSAsquashwomen’s world championships First Published: October 26, 2019, 9:48 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Thierry Henry Back to Management as Coach of Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer

first_imgMontreal: Ex-Arsenal star Thierry Henry has been appointed coach at MLS franchise Montreal Impact on a two-year contract, the Canadian club announced Thursday.”Welcome to Montreal @ThierryHenry!” the Major League Soccer (MLS) club tweeted. Henry, whose baptism of fire as a manager ended in disaster at French club Monaco when he was fired in January, will coach the Canadian club for a minimum of two seasons, Montreal Impact said.”Henry signed a two-year deal, with an option for 2022,” the club said on its website.Henry, 42, who helped France win the World Cup in 1998, is familiar with the MLS, having played from 2010 to 2014 with the New York Red Bulls.He scored 51 goals and had 42 assists in 122 games with the club.”It’s an honour to coach the Montreal Impact and return to MLS,” said Henry. “It’s a league I know well, in which I had some very nice moments.””I’ve always kept an eye on the club and now I’m here.”Henry becomes the seventh coach of the Montreal Impact, succeeding Colombian Wilmer Cabrera, who was acting coach for two months after the dismissal in August of French coach Remi Garde. The former Lyon coach arrived in Montreal in November 2017.The Frenchman made his name as a world-class player at English club Arsenal. In the Premier League alone he scored 175 goals in 258 appearances.He played in four World Cups with the French national team (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010), winning the tournament in 1998 on home soil.He is France’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 123 games, in front of Michel Platini.Henry’s hiring is expected to help revitalize the Montreal Impact, which has struggled over the years to score big, missing the playoffs in 2019 after finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference.The team has long been overshadowed by its stronger Canadian rival, Toronto FC, which lost 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders in the 2019 MLS Cup on Sunday.In Montreal, Henry reunites with his former France teammate Bacary Sagna and former Barcelona team-mate Bojan Krkic.”Henry will bring a new energy to our club,” Impact president Kevin Gilmore said in a statement. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballmajor league soccerMontreal ImpactThierry Henry First Published: November 14, 2019, 8:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

Boxing: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury targeted for December 1st in Los Angeles

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is potentially expected to land at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This news was first reported by Lance Pugmire of LA Times.This is the biggest heavyweight fight in American soil since Wladimir Klitschko took on Bryant Jennings in 2015 at the Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Ukrainian legend won the fight via unanimous decision.Initially, it was expected that the fight will land in either New York or Las Vegas but Barclays Center in New York already has a Michelle Obama speech scheduled for that night, while T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is hosting a Justin Timberlake concert.Deontay Wilder is coming off of an impressive win over Luis Ortiz, where Wilder survived an onslaught from Ortiz but ultimately displayed his uncanny power late in the bout when he knocked out Ortiz in the tenth round.Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is coming off of a dull win over Francesco Pianeta on the undercard of Carl Frampton and Luke Jackson.The fight is scheduled to land on Showtime PPV in US and BT sports PPV in the United Kingdom.Also Read-KSI vs Logan Paul sold almost as many PPVs as Jones vs Cormier 2!last_img read more