Indian-American lawyer in California suing to expose Google’s bias

first_imgOn a recent night in San Francisco, the woman representing the Google engineer famously fired for arguing women aren’t genetically suited to work in tech doesn’t have it in her to attend a dinner of her peers. Those peers – other San Francisco judges and attorneys-run the spectrum, in her view, from liberal to far lefty. The sort of people she’s surrounded by and specializes in riling up. But it can be exhausting.“If I go today, I’ll be devoured by judges and attorneys asking me how I could represent James,” Harmeet Dhillon says of the annual bar association dinner. This was in January, months after her new client, James Damore, became an inescapable flashpoint in the workplace-gender war. Dhillon had just finished an interview on Fox News, where she makes regular appearances. She ditched the dinner and sat down for another interview instead.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Facebook Starts Fact-checking Fake News in India

first_imgFacebook today announced a partnership with a Mumbai-based fact checking organization called Boom, to help the social network fight the spread of fake news in the Indian state of Karnataka ahead of the elections being held there next month. The social network announced the fact-checking pilot program with Boom in a company blog post, where it briefly explained how the fact-checking process on Facebook currently works. Related Itemslast_img

Letters: August 2008

first_img“Aye Mere Bhichhade Chaman” by Shekhar Deshpande (July 2008) made me so nostalgic. It captured well the inner struggles and tugs we immigrants ever so often experience. But it is easy to forget that the world we left behind 20, 30 years ago is gone, not just because we moved here, but it is gone from India as well. The quote you ran at the end of the magazine from Beryl Pfizer,” People get nostalgic about a lot of things I don’t think they were that crazy about the first time around,” says it well. The fact is that most of us came to America decades ago because everything we are so nostalgic about now didn’t seem all that great then. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the article.Vinay Kumar, Via emailShekhar Deshpande had me humming all those favorite Manna Dey and Mohammed Rafi songs all week with your wonderfully nostalgic piece “Aye Mere Bichhade Chaman,” (July 2008). Many of these I have not thought about in decades, but the floodgates of memory were opened  by your article. As a whole family, we have had such a wonderful time reminiscing about the 1980s, when we left India. And even our teenage daughters, born and brought up in America, are enjoying sharing the experience. Little India truly touches the cords of both first and second generation Indians in America. I hope you will publish more of these reflective pieces in the magazine.V. K Patil, Via emailThe article “How Indian is Indian Writing in English?” by Abhinav Maurya (July 2008) raises some very provocative questions. But I am not sure I got as straight an answer. As Indian writing becomes popular abroad, I think it is losing its Indian character. Its subjects and its audience is so far removed from the lives of Indians that is no longer Indian even if its Indian writing by virtue of the origins of its authors.C Chopra, Via emailRaja Rao was an expatriate writer (“How Indian is Indian Writing in English,” July 2008). He lived in France and then in Austin, Texas, until he passed away in July 2006, although he returned to India frequently. Several of his books were published by foreign book houses.Ashwinee Pendharkar, Via email The article on Indian Writers living abroad “How Indian is Indian Writing in English” (July 2008) wrongly mentions me as sometimes living in India. In fact, I only reside in India and consider it a matter of pride that I don’t own a passport nor do I wish foreign readers to buy my work. Further, I never attend literary events of any kind, don’t do readings or book launches, and not only have I never “lamented” the lack of conventions in India, I hate such events as a prostituting of literary talent and am vehemently opposed to them. I consider the mention in the article in this context to be tantamount to defamation and it grossly offends my personal principles. Clearly, the author of the article has not done his research and checked his facts. Ashok Banker, Mumbai, IndiaEditor: The article made a passing mention to Ashok Banker, implying that he lamented the lack of literary events. We regret the error.“Thatha’s Faith” by Murali Ba-laji was a touching tribute to not just a wonderful man that his grandfather was, but the generation he represented. Vikram Singh, Via eMailMany immigrants who become U. S. citizens are required to recite the pledge of allegiance. To my knowledge, the United States is the only country in the modern world which practices recitation of the pledge of allegiance in schools, sports events and other social gatherings. Most people who recite the pledge hardly understand the meaning of it just like many of us recite prayers routinely without grasping their deeper meaning.Perhaps the pledge of allegiance is a remnant of old British colonialism when subjects were asked to pledge their allegiance to the monarch. Also, in wars soldiers are asked to pledge allegiance to their armies so that they will not defect or act like traitors. It is called “brain conditioning.”But in the modern world pledge of allegiance has no place, since the world is becoming a global village. If the U.S. government wants foreigners to take an oath by reciting the pledge of allegiance, it is discriminatory; also terrorist acts have mostly been carried out by people who are born here.One does not display patriotism by wearing flag pins or waving flags in parades or reciting pledge of allegiance. True patriotism is ingrained in one’s heart and it can only be displayed by compassion and love for fellow citizens.Rani Bhatia, Norcross, GA Related Itemslast_img read more

Double Dealing in Intel’s Duo?

first_imgThe Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is suing Intel for infringing on its patent in the development of its Intel Duo Core chip. A lawsuit filed by the group in federal district court in Wisconsin alleges that four Wisconsin University faculty members, including two Indians, Terani Vijaykumar and Gurindar Sohi, currently head of the Computer Science Department at the university, patented the technology behind the chip in 1998.  Related Itemslast_img

Restaurant Owner Convicted

first_imgThe owner of an Indian restaurant in Topeka, Kan., faces 10 years in jail after being convicted of abusing illegal workers from India.Amarpreet Singh was found guilty of three counts of harboring illegal aliens at his Globe Restaurant.Singh was arrested after a worker died after complaining he was being forced to work and his body was found in an apartment leased by Singh. Related Itemslast_img

NHRC issues notices to Haryana over reported suicide, assault in police stations

first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued notices to the Haryana government and police in two cases — one involving the reported suicide of a rape victim at a police station in Yamunanagar and the other about the alleged detention and beating of a woman at a Gurugram police station. Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports on Wednesday, the NHRC issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of Haryana over the reported suicide by a complainant, alleging inaction in her rape case at the Jathlana police station. Seeking reports within six weeks, the NHRC also asked the DGP to inform it about the action taken against the police personnel involved. According to the reports, the victim had grown tired of repeated visits to the police station in her effort to seek justice. In another case, the NHRC issued a notice to the Gurugram Police Commissioner over reports of a 30-year-old woman who works as a maid, being detained, stripped and beaten up by police personnel at the DLF-I police station after being accused of theft on Tuesday. The police commissioner was asked to submit a detailed report within four weeks.last_img read more

Ahead of polls, AIMIM cuts ties with Ambedkar’s VBA

first_imgThe alliance between the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) and the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was split wide open on Friday after the AIMIM expressed dissatisfaction over the seat-sharing arrangements. In a press release issued by the AIMIM’s State president Imtiaz Jaleel, the lone MP of the alliance, said the parties had failed to arrive at a comfortable seat distribution figure after discussions over two months. “The VBA has conveyed to us that it could allot us only eight of the 288 Assembly seats. This is simply unacceptable and unjustified as it does not include the seat of the sitting AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad Central,” said Mr. Jaleel, who held the Aurangabad Central seat before leaving it to contest the Lok Sabha election.He said Mr. Ambedkar had sent an email regarding this seat-sharing arrangement to Mr. Owaisi. Mr. Jaleel said AIMIM leader Dr. Gaffar Qadri, too, held a series of meetings with Mr. Ambedkar, the last one being in Pune as recently as Thursday.According to sources, the AIMIM had been demanding 100 seats. While open to compromise, the party’s leaders said the VBA’s offer of a paltry eight was “extremely unjust” in view of the fact that the lone MP of the alliance was from the AIMIM.“The MIM had contested 24 seats in the last Assembly polls and two of its candidates had been elected as MLAs from the Aurangabad and Byculla seats. The party had emerged second and third positions on nine seats… today the party has 150 corporators and councillors from different castes and communities with 26 corporators in the Auranagabd Municipal Corporation,” Mr. Jaleel said.While wishing the VBA “good luck”, he said irrespective of the state of the alliance, both parties were committed to taking up issues of the oppressed classes.Following Mr. Jaleel’s statement, VBA leaders said a call on the status of the alliance would be taken only by Mr. Ambedkar and Mr. Owaisi.Ratan Bansode of the VBA said, “Asaduddin Owaisi had sent us a list of 17 seats the AIMIM wished to contest on. Preliminary talks are being held on these seats. We have received no communication or any letter from Mr. Owaisi on his party severing ties with us. Until we do so, the VBA still considers its alliance with the AIMIM as intact.”But AIMIM leader Anjum Inamdar told the The Hindu, “Mr. Jaleel’s statement has made clear that we are going it alone. How can the VBA say that Mr. Jaleel’s remarks lack weight? The elections are going to be held in the State and Mr. Jaleel is our State president.”The alliance between the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh— (Mr. Ambedkar’s original party name) — and the AIMIM was forged 11 months ago amid great fanfare. It queered the pitch for the Congress and NCP in a big way in the Lok Sabha elections by eating into their traditional Dalit-minority vote bank.While winning only one seat (that of Mr. Jaleel), the alliance managed several major upsets in the State by splitting votes that ensured the defeats of Swabhimani Paksha leader Raju Shetti in Hatkanangale, senior Congressmen Sushilkumar Shinde in Solapur and Ashok Chavan in Nanded, among others. Apart from Mr. Jaleel, the party currently has one legislator (Waris Pathan from Byculla in Mumbai) and nearly 140 corporators and councillors in civic bodies across the State, with a strong base in Aurangabad, Solapur, Nanded and Yavatmal districts.The first rumblings of discontent within the alliance came in June, soon after the Lok Sabha polls, with Mr. Ambedkar alleging that the lack of complete support from the Muslim community had proved to be the VBA’s undoing.Meanwhile, Mr. Jaleel said the party will soon release its schedule of interviews of prospective candidates, which would be held in Aurangabad.last_img read more

CPI(M) tackles crisis in Tripura’s tribal council, asserts support of majority

first_imgThe CPI(M) appeared to have successfully defused a crisis in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), a day after dissidents expressed ‘no-confidence’ in the council’s Executive Committee members and sought their resignations or removal. Lashing out at the State’s ruling BJP for trying to “destabilise the council for narrow political gain,” Chief Executive Member (CEM) Radha Charan Debbarma on Tuesday addressed a press conference at the CPI(M) State office here, accompanied by 24 of the council’s 28 elected members.A group of dissident council members had on Monday circulated a letter purportedly signed by 15 members urging the Secretary to convene an urgent session and demanding the removal of the Executive Committee’s members. The group also met Governor Ramesh Bais.At the press conference, some of those whose names appeared as signatories to the letter confirmed that they had indeed signed the letter, but contended that they had done so “assuming a matter related to their perks”. Only one member, Safai Mog, claimed his signature had been faked.Mr. Debbarma alleged that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman had ‘orchestrated a conspiracy’ against the CPI(M) controlled TTAADC. “BJP would carry on its sinister design to make a back door entry into the council, but we are also vigilant to thwart any unethical attempt,” the council’s CEM asserted.Former Lok Sabha Member and senior CPI(M) leader Jitendra Choudhury also slammed the BJP for trying to unseat elected officials of the TTAADC.The CPI(M) had won all the 28 seats in the TTAADC in the last elections.Meanwhile, one of the dissidents, Patiram Tripura, refuted the CEM’s charge and claimed that all 15 members had signed the letter willingly and that no signature was ‘fake’.He asserted that the actual picture would become clear once the council session was convened and it took up discussion on their ‘no confidence’ motion. The Governor would be approached again for his intervention in convening an early session of the TTAADC, the dissident member added.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh Minister takes a jibe at Pragya Thakur on appointment to key defence panel

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Minister Govind Singh on Thursday took potshots at the BJP MP Pragya Thakur over her appointment to the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence, wondering if the controversial politician has been named to the key panel to “finish off Pakistan completely”. Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case of Maharashtra, will be part of the 21-member committee headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, according to a bulletin issued by the Lok Sabha Secretariat. May be the country wants to use her brains to finish off Pakistan completely, Mr. Singh quipped when reporters sought his comment on Pragya Thakur’s nomination to the crucial panel. As scribes burst into peals of laughter over his remark, the Congress Minister said, I did not nominate her to the panel. In their [the BJP-led NDA government] mind, the decision was right so they took it.“This is theirs…Minister and Home Ministers decision. She will work accordingly,” said the Cooperative Minister, the MLA from Lahar, the native place of Thakur in Bhind district. Women are doing well and excelling in every field. They were outshining boys in examinations, he said. I have seen a lot in her. She has become Bhopal MP. What more you want to see in her? he said when scribes asked him to comment on Pragya’s qualities. “I know Pragya Singh since her birth…her schooling days. I know her entire family. Her house is just 100mts away from mine [in Lahar]. Her father was my friend. I know her, you all too know her,” he said. The BJP MP, currently on bail in the blast case, had defeated her Congress rival Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal in her maiden election in May this year. The 49-year-old saffron-robed sadhvi has courted controversy on several occasions in the recent past with her remarks, including calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “patriot”. During her Lok Sabha poll campaign, she said that Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare had died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks due to her curse. In July, she had told a gathering of BJP workers that she had not become a lawmaker to clean drains or toilets, an apparent dig at the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship programme of the Modi government. In August, she had said the Opposition was using ‘marak shakti’ [killing power] to harm BJP leaders. Her comments had come against the backdrop of death of former Union Ministers and BJP stalwarts Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.last_img read more

Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Adam Silver expects NBA players to continue standing for the national anthem.Not only because it’s a league rule, but because they are aware of what it means in what the commissioner believes is a divided America.“Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem,” Silver said Thursday. “And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gervacio mends fences with Suzara as she returns to Foton in PSL Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He spoke following the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings, during which owners passed rules designed to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on purpose to improve their draft position.Under the new draft lottery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 percent odds to land the No. 1 pick when the changes are implemented with the 2019 draft.The team with the worst record previously had 25 percent odds to win the lottery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now that team call tumble all the way to fifth.The lottery changes were to discourage tanking, the practice of losing games on purpose in an effort to improve draft odds. The Philadelphia 76ers relied on the tactic heavily in recent years and the league felt it needed to step in and urge teams to always be competitive.Silver felt teams had even begun feeling pressure to use the strategy of fielding poor squads and building through the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.He wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem — but to do it while standing.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“It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem,” he said.Silver didn’t say what would happen if any players refuse to stand, adding: “If that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I felt it was corrosive to this league,” he said.The second-worst team has a 19.9 percent to win the lottery and the third seed a 15.6 percent chance under the current format that will remain through next June’s draft.The board voted to allow Silver to fine teams who violate the league’s new guidelines about resting players. Teams can’t sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games, and fines for violating that can be for at least $100,000.The rules also say that unless there are unusual circumstances, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players when playing on the road.The league office had long resisted getting involved in coaches’ decisions about resting players. But with its national TV partners paying the league billions, Silver felt he had to act after LeBron James and stars from the Golden State Warriors sat out nationally televised games last season.“It’s not a position we want the league to be in,” Silver said. “It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community.”The board also talked about current events, meeting less than a week after President Donald Trump opted against inviting the Warriors to the White House after All-Star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go.Trump had criticized NFL players for their anthem protests in a speech the night before, and hundreds responded in games Sunday and Monday by kneeling during the anthem.Silver thinks NBA players have other opportunities, either by continuing their community service efforts or through the media, to make their voices heard.“I’m hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role there,” Silver said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READlast_img read more

Cebuano studs rise in fourth week of NBTC 24

first_imgTrending 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 MOST READ The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. Read Next LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img One of the week four’s biggest movers was Chiang Kai Shek guard John Galinato, who steered the Blue Dragons to the MMBL crown over San Beda to propel himself to the 12th spot.CESAFI standouts Beirn Laurente of University of Visayas also moved into the top 20, while Alex Visser of Sacred Heart High School made his debut as this week’s newest entry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere is the list for the fourth week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (2)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (5)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (6)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (9)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (7)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (12)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (15)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (13)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (16)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (14)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (11)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (22)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (18)Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (17)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (23)Alex Visser, forward, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (N/A)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (19)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (20)Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (21)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKai Sotto kept his stronghold of the pole position in this week’s Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings even as the top six kept their places.SJ Belangel of Ateneo was still the top point guard in the country over Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, while UP commit Will Gozum of Mapua, L-Jay Gonzales of FEU, and Rhayyan Amsali of NU maintained their position in the top half of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers D-League: Ebondo’s 28 steers CEU to 2nd win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES He is 19.25 seconds behind leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who had a time of 1:08.27.Only 85 of the 105 competitors were able to finish the course in their first run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiller can improve his total time in Run 2, scheduled at 12:45 p.m. Book it: Devin Booker hits 28 to win 3-point contest Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFAsa Miller finished 81st in his first run in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Entering the course 104th, the Fil-Am alpine skier had a slight slip early in his run in the course but was still able to gather himself and finish the track with a time of 1:27.52.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Sydney Test: Akmal gets ICC notice for fixing allegations

first_imgThe International Cricket Council has sent an official notice to Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal telling him that he is under investigation for allegedly fixing the Sydney Test.”Only months after clearing the Pakistan team of any wrongdoing in relation to the controversial Test, the ICC has written to Kamran to advise him he is now in their crosshairs for the Sydney debacle,” a report in the ‘Courier Mail’ said.Kamran had dropped four catches in the Sydney Test where Australia won the match from a losing position, rasing doubts of match-fixing. The ICC then investigated the matter and gave a clean chit to him.However, the world governing body was left red-faced after Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed reportedly claimed that the SCG Test was rigged and players involved in the corruption had pocketed USD 3 million for the staged loss.”ICC investigators have re-opened the SCG case and fingered Kamran as their primary suspect. But investigations aren’t moving at a fast pace, with the NSW Fraud Squad yesterday revealing they had received no contact from Scotland Yard detectives or the ICC,” the report said.Even as the investigators probe the SCG Test, Australian wicketkeeping great Ian Healy said Kamran could not have dropped those catches deliberately.”You couldn’t drop those on purpose the way he was,” he said.last_img read more

Everyone’s happy with Village, claims Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, who has been under fire for the shoddy preparations for the event, surfaced on Thursday and claimed that all the chef de missions were happy with the Games Village. Speaking to reporters at the Delhi airport, where he had gone to receive Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell, Kalmadi skirted the controversy around delays at the Games Village and the complaints of unhygienic conditions.  He said the Indian contingent would move into the Games Village on Thursday while the international contingents would be arriving on Friday. Kalmadi also informed that Fennell would be visiting the Games Village on Friday.last_img

CWG probe: Group of Ministers to meet today

first_imgThe Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into corruption allegations related to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) is meeting on Monday. The GoM is being headed by Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy. The meeting will be attended among others by CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi. The meeting will seek to fix accountability for the irregularities committed by agencies involved in the CWG projects.  The GoM will also look into the work allocated to various government agencies and find out where they failed. It will recommend extending the deputation of some of the senior officers currently attached to the CWG Organising Committee.  The decision to extend the deputation of the officers has been taken to ensure proper documentation of the purchases and payments made by the Organising Committee.last_img read more

Delhi all set to battle against Kochi

first_imgDelhi Daredevils’ difficulties continue to mount and with just a couple of wins under their belt at the half-way stage of the Indian Premier League, they have their task cut out.After four consecutive matches at home, in which they won just once, the Daredevils will have to find the winning habit away from the Kotla, starting with the match against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.The lively pitch at this venue witnessed a dramatic batting collapse of the home team in its last outing.Batting has been a major cause of concern for both teams but Delhi certainly have more to think about as both their wins have had a lot to do with the opening partnership of captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner firing at the top.Warner has been in decent form and so has Venugopal Rao, but apart from them, none of the other batsmen have done much for the team’s cause.The fact that their bowlers too haven’t been too impressive compounds the misery.After seven matches, Daredevils are yet to find a bowling combination which they can rely on and continue for some time at least.It is for this reason that the Delhi think- tank continues to make changes in their pace attack for every match with their South African recruit Morne Morkel the only one who has consistently looked good so far.The bowling performance in the last match would surely give Irfan Pathan some confidence and he looked good with the movement he extracted from the Kotla track against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.advertisementThe track at the Nehru Stadium will give him more encouragement as it looked like a bowling paradise when Kochi Tuskers were shot out for a mere 74 by Deccan Chargers in their last match.But that could be a double- edged sword as Kochi have a pace attack that boasts of bowlers like RP Singh, Sreesanth and R Vinay Kumar, all of whom are capable enough to exploit the conditions.Delhi’s performance in the first half of the tournament has exposed their weaknesses which outnumber their strengths by a huge margin.Except for Sehwag and Warner, they allowed their other top players to join other franchisees for which the Daredevils have had to pay heavily this season.The fact that they have been playing almost non- stop for the last one week would not have given them much time to iron out their flaws. In fact, Delhi will be playing its fourth match in eight days on Saturday.Against Kochi, however, Delhi can fancy their chances as the Tuskers too haven’t found a strong footing and have three wins from seven games. But the new entrants have shot down three of the most high- profile teams of the tournament.Their three victories have come against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings, three of the more fancied sides in the competition.Both sides have strong opening pairs who are capable of changing the course of the match.While Sehwag and Warner form one of the most feared opening combinations, Kochi have Brendon McCullum and captain Mahela Jayawardene at the top.Delhi certainly need a victory on Saturday or else they will be left far behind in the race for a place in the knock- out stages.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Dhoni slams poor umpiring in first Test

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday flayed poor umpiring in the first Test against the West Indies after beating them by 63 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica.Dhoni said, “The match would have ended even earlier had correct decisions been made and we would have been in the hotel much earlier.”As many as three Indian batsmen — Dhoni (16), Virat Kohli (15) and Suresh Raina (27) — fell to dubious decisions which could have gone the visitors’ way.Kohli was the first one to be declared out following a debatable decision by English umpire Ian Gould in India’s second innings. Then Raina was given out off Devendra Bishoo while attempting a sweep shot. However replays showed there was no glove or bat involved. Dhoni was also unlucky as he fell to a no ball delivery.These umpiring decisions might open the debate over the use of umpire decision review system (UDRS) again, which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed.The BCCI has been opposing the UDRS and has refused its usage in the upcoming Test series in England.last_img read more

New fuel efficiency norms on the anvil, PMO approves but industry disagrees

first_imgThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has approved a new set of standards for the automobile industry and car manufacturers, to ensure that every car delivers more per drop of fuel.If what the proposed standards claim translates into reality, the fuel efficiency of your car would improve by 20 to 25 per cent, particularly in the “lighter weight category”. In a country obsessed with mileage, the norms promise high savings for car buyers.Once they are implemented, fuel saving, both in terms of quantity and money, would be humongous.The proposed standards are expected to help the country save (in cars) about 3 million metric tons of oil equivalent per year by 2015; 11 million metric tons in 2025 and 20 million metric tons by 2030.Convert this fuel saving into money – India can save $ 2.5 billion per year (Rs 13,835 crore) in 2015; $ 9 billion per year (Rs 49,806 crore) in 2025 and $ 16 billion per year (Rs 88,544 crore) in 2030.New guidelines for fuel efficiencyClick here to EnlargeA top government officer said: “It would be mandatory for the automobile industry and manufacturers to ensure stipulated fuel efficiency mark as per the weight and design categories framed under the new standards. The move would push the fuel efficiency of the vehicles by 20- 25 per cent, but that would be made possible in two phases – 2015 and by 2020.”For buyers fuel efficiency would be graded in stars.A senior road and transport ministry official said: “The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (which is authorised to notify the standards) has proposed to do a star- based labelling reflecting the efficiency levels, similar to power- saving electronic gadgets. Under this, car models will be ranked according to one to five stars based on their fuel efficiency. This is expected to influence the consumers’ choice.”advertisementThe top 10 car manufacturers, with combined sales of over 96 per cent of the Indian market, have an average fuel efficiency of 16.42 km per litre at present.This average is calculated on the basis of the mileage claimed by the manufactures for all categories of cars, small and big, rolled out by them annually. By 2015, the average is targeted to go up to 18.15 km per litre. By 2020, this is proposed to improve to 20.79 km per litre.The new standards are being set as Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) standards.This means the fuel targets will be different for different weight categories of cars. In all, eight different weight categories have been proposed.The final target for each manufacturer and the industry as a whole would be calculated on the basis of the average fuel economy of all the cars sold by them.”At present, Indian cars on an average are consuming about 6 litres per 100 km. The current official proposal for the standard is to improve this to 5.1 litres per 100 km by 2020, almost a litre less per 100 km. In smaller weight categories, the margin would be bigger,” Anumita Roychowdhury, associate director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said.But the road ahead is not as smooth. The automobile industry and manufacturers are not too positive about delivering on the proposed standards.They claim “the targets are too unrealistic to achieve and achieving higher fuel efficiency would be a trade- off with cost and safety”.Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an apex body of the industry, is in no mood to oblige. “No way it can be done? the government should not push us to achieve unrealistic targets as we won’t be able to deliver on the proposed standards,” SIAM director general Vishnu Mathur said.Instead of the 20.79 km/ litre, the car industry is aiming to improve to about 18.7 km/ litre by 2020, a target set for 2015.”It would require a lot of investments in research and development (R&D) and in that the Indian companies would not be able to compete with the foreign car manufacturers, say from Europe and Japan. They have huge investment scale for R&D, unlike the Indian market,” said Mathur.The new standards await notification from the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Subsequently, it would be the sole responsibility of the road and transport ministry to execute the notified standards.What it meansIt is learnt that the PMO has sent the standards to BEE, asking it to build a consensus among the stakeholders, including the ministry of heavy industries and the automobile sector, and subsequently forward it to road and transport ministry for final execution.The campaign to bring in the fuel standards in India on a par with the European Union has been hanging fire for three years.advertisementThe CSE has been at the forefront of this campaign, pursuing it with the ministries concerned and the automobile industry to bring in the standards in the research and design sectors of the various car models.”This is needed at a time when fuel prices are soaring, oil imports are increasing and the Indian economy is reeling under crippling prices of oil imports,” Roychowdhury said.But even by these standards, if achieved, India would stand at the bottom of top car manufacturing hubs. The European Union will lead, followed by Japan in achieving higher fuel efficiency levels.Toyota’s Sandeep Singh said: “We are aware of the guidelines and the industry is in talks with SIAM and the government to arrive at the best possible option to improve fuel efficiency.” According to Mathur, targeting too high efficiency levels would also be a trade-off with cost and safety.”The higher you aim to achieve the efficiency, the lighter the vehicle has to be, asking the industry to go in for changes in spares and body shield. It can be changed from aluminum to magnesium? more plastics can be used. But that involves huge cost,” he said.Most importantly, the car cost would escalate, says a senior industry representative. “It would also bring in the pressure for tighter regulations and routine monitoring from the government.Do we have the capacity at a time when we still miss out on facilities for safety and crash tests,” he asked.If proposed norms for fuel efficiency in cars are followed, Indians could save Rs 88,544 crore per year on fuel in 2030.last_img read more