Modi’s American Sweetheart

first_imgFriendship and pageantry often go hand in hand innational destinies. The grand mela that was this year’s Republic Day parade on January 26 at Rajpath in New Delhi saw the “friendship” between United States of America and India warm by several degrees, with President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi acting out the optics of diplomacy to near perfection. That President Obama is the first and only US president to be invited to be the guest of honor at this annual, state-orchestrated carnival in the Indian national capital, a commemoration of the declaration of India as a democratic republic and the unveiling of its Constitution in 1950, is, in itself, a milestone that informed every aspect of this pageantry, which neither began nor stopped with the parade itself. From a pinstriped suit with Modi’s name embossed in gold thread that became the eye of a major sartorial storm, to Obama’s careful but emphatic proclamation that secularism is integral to the idea and reality of India, to the supposed clearing out of the nuclear logjam, the three-day Indo-US bilateral meet on the sidelines of the Republic Day celebrations generated enough strategic meat and circuit gossip to titillate, perplex and inspire us in the coming years.Becoming partners in policy and play, the leaders of the world’s largest and oldest democracies displayed a rare chemistry, taking to first name and first lady diplomacy like fish to water. Scores of agreements, memoranda of understanding, deals, trade treaties were signed as Obama and Modi, Michelle and Indian president Pranab Mukherjee ate and walked together, sharing an odd joke now and then, bonding over Indian food and cheerily braving the January rain that gave little respite. The warmth they felt seemed genuine, even though at times, Modi, in his well-known penchant for the theatrics of power, went a trifle overboard in returning the hospitality he was offered at the White House in September last year. But that didn’t distract from the fact that President Obama became the first US president to visit India twice during his tenure, a matter that was constantly highlighted by the Indian media.Of symbolism and ironyPerhaps India’s changing relation with the wider world is reflected in the guest list of the R-Day invitees. The presidential guest of honor has usually been a representative of the Global South, leaders of countries in South and West Asia, Africa, Latin America, occasionally someone from the erstwhile Soviet Union, or a European power like United Kingdom, France, Ireland, which with India has a shared past rooted in the colonial encounter. United States and India, until the early 2000s, were separated by worldviews so far apart that perhaps it was almost unthinkable to have the US president at a parade meant to showcase the (rather puny in comparison) military strength that was mostly acquired via Soviet largesse. Even though India was officially non-aligned, the Cold War had ensured that New Delhi would pick Moscow over Washington, given the latter’s support for Islamabad always being one of the many significant thorns in the diplomatic throat.Though clean break is not possible, nor perhaps desired, in a multipolar world, the largest democracies have over the last decade come closer for an ensemble of reasons. India is eager to move ahead of the postcolonial coven as the world grapples with new and present dangers impacting the first and third worlds equally. United States, on the other hand, has recognized that without holding the hand of the most prominent democratic republic in South Asia, with its cultural sway and soft power over an enormous region in West and South Asia, it will neither go very far in stabilising the conflicts that have been festering for years, some because of its own miscalculations, nor will it be able to engineer fresh and important commercial collaboration that is the hallmark of the globalized world. As President Obama and PM Modi explained in their joint statements and speeches, it’s now more obvious than ever that a slightly less arrogant Washington and an increasingly self-assertive New Delhi are “natural partners” who must work together as prominent democracies, carefully negotiating the erstwhile differences with the promises of future cooperation.But what is a pageant if it’s not rich in both symbolism as well as irony? President Obama’s acceptance of the R-Day invitation was a diplomatic coup whose seeds were sown in the ramparts of the White House itself, during the presidential dinner that the duo enjoyed, or when PM Modi addressed corporate figureheads of the US business council four months earlier during his US visit.The R-Day invitation was a return gift, as it were. A reciprocal gesture from a confident, high-octane Modi, elected leader of world’s largest democracy, toward the president of the world’s oldest democracy, a leader in his second term, handling his stint as the most powerful man in the world with a philosophical aloofness that can only be read as the pinnacle of his educated sobriety. Therein lies the irony. What Obama had in common with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh — a detachment from the trappings of power — is exactly what sets him apart from Modi. On the other hand, both Modi and Obama are outsiders to entrenched power structures in their respective countries; both led long and successful political campaigns, egged on by clever manipulation of the social media, to reach climactic popularity and resounding election victories. Modi had turned parliamentary elections into a sort of presidential contest of personalities, and even now, the Americanization of Indian politics marches on.   Parade and CharadeIndia’s Republic Day parade is a state-held puppetry of borrowed military might, mostly a Soviet-style grand march past lasting over two hours, happening at a venue that’s a throwback to the Anglo-Indian colonial past (New Delhi’s Rashtrapati Bhavan is the former Viceregal Lodge), and a carnival celebrating the longstanding motto “unity and diversity,” with tableaux from different states (called jhankis in Hindi) presenting the distinctive flavor of that region, as well as its most recent achievement, real or imagined.The military parade has been largely about displaying armaments, such heavy Russian-made tanks and artilleries, missiles and fighter aircraft, as well as various regiments, infantries, security and paramilitary forces, all marching past, in slightly forced unison. Perhaps to the US President, commander-in-chief of the most powerful and sophisticated military in the world, this show of outdated weaponry might have looked straight out of a 1970s James Bond film. The few Indian-made multi-barrel rocket launchers looked gaudy, and Soviet-era tanks seemed too unwieldy for any successful utilization in modern warfare.But, the R-Day parade is less about the chinks in the armory and more about symbolism. Allowing US-made warplanes in this controlled orgy of militarism is therefore a happy crest, meant to both please the guest of honor, as well as indicate the shifting of tides, the incoming “sophistication” of Indian defense imports as well as a nod that the Indian defense market, one of the biggest in the world, is wide open for the Americans to export state-of-the-art artillery and war machinery.Sitting next to PM Modi, who wore a colorful pagri to underscore his distinctive Indianness, the quiet and contemplative President Obama was a lesson in difference. With fewer than two years left in office, he was a trifle disinterested in participating in this power pageantry meant wholly to catapult PM Modi’s domestic and international stature. However, he did receive a series of complimentary gestures from Modi – such as being welcomed by the Prime Minister himself (in a break from protocol) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi when he descended, along with wife Michelle, from the fabulous Air Force One; being addressed as “Barack” by Modi several times, a gesture which went unreciprocated; being gifted a reproduction of the first telegram sent from the US to the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1946; being escorted by the PM personally, at all times, even being the object of the now famous “bear hug” from Modi — a sign of warmth and personal chemistry despite the customary impositions.     Politics of bonhomie and mythologyThere was, of course, also an element of mutual instrumentality behind all the shenanigans of the three-day visit, the centerpiece of which was the Republic Day parade at Rajpath. Underlying the candid camaraderie between Modi and Obama is also the weight of the past and the present. Barack Obama is the culmination of the American dream, via an Ivy League education, overcoming stupendous barriers of race and general entitlement of the super rich, who control and sponsor US politics. Narendra Modi, a former pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the kernel of Hindutva ideology that is eating India from within, is a rags-to-riches story himself, a template of global Indian aspiration. But the ghosts of 2002 Godhra riots still haunt many conscientious Indians, who see Modi’s brand of communal politics splintering the syncretic fabric of Indian society, giving vent to the latent tendencies among majority Hindus to unite against “Muslim appeasement” by previous governments. Obama is the last person to be unaware of such a fractured reality in India and its widely spread diaspora, particularly in the United States.So, if Obama chose to play along this part-scripted, part-spontaneous theatre of bonhomie between him and Modi, there were a number of reasons. There’s certainly a side of him that sees Modi as more than a hyperventilating Hindutva bogeyman who is the blue-eyed boy of Indo-US corporate sector. On the other hand, Obama’s deep and unironic links to anticolonial struggle icons such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, mean that his unease with Modi, whose existence depends partially on hollowing out of historic figures and (mis)appropriating them for political gains, will never entirely disappear. Yet, that is a discomfiture that President Obama has chosen to keep to himself, because of pragmatics mostly, airing only occasionally a subtle opinion that sits in direct contrast with the political project of a Modi-fied India.For PM Modi, on the other hand, the highly spectacular bonhomie with Pres Obama serves a very different purpose. More than anything else, it works to further his own cult as the most powerful man in India, who’s welcome at the highest table of international diplomacy, who’s preparing the next innings at shaping histories, who’s clearing the cobwebs of postcolonial hangover from Indian political memory, who’s helping cast the nets of Indian ambition far and wide. For Modi, being seen hobnobbing with “Barack” boosts his own domestic and global mythology, as both Indians and Indian Americans feel an unaccustomed pride, the pride of politically and historically coming of age. In this panorama of Modi mythology, exuberance and euphoria triumph over cautionary criticisms, self-portraiture beats self-reflexive questioning. Only few ask at what price is the bonhomie coming to the common people of America and India, not the top ten per cent who are a mutually reversible class of global rich, who consume the same items and more or less give back the same precious nothing to the world.Strategic AlignmentsHowever, it goes without saying that Indo-US bilateral ties have been given a shot in the arm. At every point, Pres Obama — who arrived with a massive security contingent of 1,600 (including 40 sniffer dogs, some of them bearing officer ranks!), as well as a huge delegation comprising business heads, officers and representatives from various departments of the US government, prominent members of several nodal agencies, and other top-level functionaries — made his diplomatic weight felt, if not unnecessarily imposed. Besides his Air Force One, he moved around in the Beast, the presidential vehicle famous for its ultra-modern security facilities, including capacity to ward off a terrorist attack, bomb blast in addition to very obviously being 100 percent bullet proof. Naturally, the heart of India’s national capital had been suitably “cleansed” and “sanitized,” clearing it off any possible threats to the President and the First Lady of the United States, with US Secret Service laying prior claim to the entire area weeks before Obama stepped on Indian soil.But this hardly threw the pageantry-loving Indian prime minister off gear. In fact, the complete cooperation between Indian and American security establishments over Obama visit laid the cornerstone of a slew of bilateral security agreements, including real time intelligence sharing. Rounds of talks, some specifically designed to emphasize some of Modi’s pet projects — such as the joint Mann Ki Baat (a radio broadcast lasting over 30 minutes, in which the duo answer questions on the safety of the Indian girl child and sanitation drive); the Walk the Talk and the Chai Pe Charcha (during which, the duo supposedly discussed the nuclear logjam and the rise of China as a mutual problem) — covered economic, strategic and diplomatic areas of cooperation.More than 15 major agreements were subsequently signed, including those on military collaboration, defense purchases, nuclear energy, investment and trade, health and pharmaceuticals, renewable energy and climate change, easier visas for software engineers and others in the information and technology sector, as well as joint projects in space missions between the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Acknowledging role of NRIsDuring his visit to the United States in September last year, Modi had won over Indian Americans in a speech replete with rhetorical flourishes. He had called out to them to invest in India, to make his “Make in India” and “Swachh Bharat” campaigns successful. Playing on nostalgia as well as marketing India as the new global destination for business leaders, Modi had connected with the three-million strong Indian Americans like no one else before. In fact, his vision of a global India sits well with the Diaspora’s reinvention of their once imaginary homeland, now with a renewed power and hyperbole of transnational (often Hindu) patriotism.At that time, Modi gave a series of sops to the NRIs, such as merging the PIO and OCI (Persons of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizenship of India) categories and giving visa-on-arrival to US nationals. This time, as a reciprocal gesture, Obama aired assurances on India’s concerns over the H-1B visa issue, which is the fulcrum of the Indo-US software industry and a lifeline for tens of thousands of Indians working in the United States. The US agreed to address India’s longstanding demand of signing a Totalization Agreement to help Indian workers in the United States obtain refunds of almost $3 billion worth of their social security contributions.Along with the hype and hoopla, the high-voltage dramaturgy of Indo-US bilateral summit during President Obama’s three-day visit, of course, had its fair share of hullabaloos: both owing to PM Modi’s curious indulgences. One was the supposedly Rs 10 lakh specially tailored suit that Modi wore on the first day of the presidential visit that had his full name, Narendra Damodardass Modi, embossed in gold thread as pinstripes. Second was an advertisement issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, in which the Preamble to the Constitution was shown without two of its integral words, “secular” and “socialist.”Sartorial faux pas?For many, the suit that PM Modi wore attested to his utter self-absorption, megalomania and disregard for any ideals of austerity or humility that the erstwhile khadi-sporting prime ministers of India have been known for. Against a somber and sober President Obama, who was dressed in neat black three-piece suit, Modi looked overdressed in his pink shawls, multicolored pagri or the suit with his own name. Several compared him to former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, while many rebuked that Indian domestic and foreign policy was now one massive echo chamber of Modi’s own relationship with himself. That Modi was painting the national destiny in his own image, and it was self-centered, narcissistic, devoid of humanitarian ideals and statesman-like vision. However, advocates of Modi, including few journalists like Shekhar Gupta, thought otherwise. In a lengthy castigation of what he termed the “great elitist hypocrisy” of Indians, Gupta argued that Modi’s name suit was only an extrapolation of the globe-trotting, haute couture-loving upper class Indians and Indian Americans. Gupta wondered why the ideals of austerity were expected of a prime minister when the Indian bourgeoisie hankered for a bigger house, a bigger car, expensive clothes, jewelry, gadgets and electronics. He also launched a scathing account of the Indian liberals’ thinly-veiled scorn at the parvenu in PM Modi, the political upstart with his halting, influent, heavily accented English, who was never supposed to be where he is now.He links Modi’s suit with newfound Indian self-assertion on the world stage and a demolition of the Nehruvian ideal of the austere Indian, high in morals, stoic in material possessions. This was the dream Indian and the Indian dream; in fact, a yuppy, suitably Americanized Indian dream. That the same Nehruvian waistcoat is now called the Modi jacket was further assertion of this obvious shift in sartorial politics of the globalizing India.But, another, and this time even bigger, controversy was waiting to blow up in the face of the very idea of India.Omission and Secular reminderThe reasons that the I&B Ministry offered for omitting the words “secular” and “socialist” from an advertisement issued on the Republic Day showing the (older, pre-1976) Preamble of the Indian Constitution were that, it wanted pay respects to the founding fathers of the Indian Republic, and it wanted to highlight the fact that the words were inserted later, during the height of Indira Gandhi-led Emergency, as a part of the 42nd Amendment to the Constitution. The ministry, and its many formal and informal spokespersons in the media and public sphere drew attention to the undemocratic times when the words were included in the Preamble, when dissenting leaders were jailed, or when fundamental rights, such as freedom of speech, were suspended.The incident has come to be described in global Indian media and public sphere as the latest chapter in a series of orchestrated attempts to shake up India’s secular ideals and more or less syncretic fabric of society. That the Modi government came to power riding a polarizing wave, fanning sectarian sentiments in the garb of selling the dream of development is an accepted fact. Likewise, a number of BJP/RSS-engineered programmes such as “ghar wapsi,” “love jihad,” etc., too, have been deployed to keep the flames of communal fire burning, hogging a chunk of media space and public imagination, while deflecting attention from urgent socio-economic realities, like high inflation, poverty, substandard mid-day meals at government-run schools, rampant corruption, black money, honor killings, caste battles, etc.But the Preamble row also sparked off a debate on the inherent constitutionality of the secular ideal, which espoused religious pluralism and tolerance, as well as the socialist ideal, this only in part, as an indicator of even and fair distribution of resources, and not meaning absolute state control of industry and enterprises. It also exposed how India, under the present regime, is faced with a threat of exterminating this secular ideal, something it shares with the United States of America, and something that is enshrined in the respective constitutions of both the democracies.It is in this light that the final speech by President Barack Obama, that he delivered at New Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium, assumes importance. Before an audience of Indian dignitaries, the US president said: “India will succeed so long as it is not split along the lines of religious faith.”Obama saw a “Hindu Republic,” or at least an India that was mortally in throes of becoming one. The theocratic impulse, welded inseparably to the corporatist, anti-environment, anti-people ideal, that majoritarian sentiment which fans intolerance towards any kind of difference, whether of religion, language, sexual orientation, caste origins, is antithetical to Indian and American constitutionally-sanctioned principles. That it took an American president in Indian soil to remind India of that beautiful cherished origin is both an utter tragedy and deep irony of time.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Pacquiao fight in Dubai looms

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  According to a Team Pacquiao insider, the senator has given the go-signal for representatives of a group based in the United Arab Emirates to proceed with the promotion involving him and a boxer of his choice.The Inquirer source said Pacquiao advisers would be going to Dubai next week to discuss details of the fight card with the UAE organizers.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 shutoutWith his November rematch against Australian conqueror Jeff Horn in Brisbane shelved and a proposed local fight in December unlikely to gain ground, Pacquiao may opt to have a bout in UAE instead.Mentioned as possible opponent for Pacquiao in Dubai is Amir Khan. —ROY LUARCA Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gasping LATEST STORIES View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight There’s a possibility that Manny Pacquiao will fight before the year ends. And, if ever, it’s not going to be in Manila, but in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

After heated finals, things are ‘cool’ between Semerad twins

first_imgAnthony and David Semerad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll is fair in love and war, and being twins is no exception.Semerad twins David and Anthony found themselves on opposing sides when San Miguel battled TNT in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, and even had brushes defending each other in the short minutes they played on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I think it was just in the moment in the game and his elbow came and hit me on the nose. It put me down on the ground. It’s hurting a little bit, a bit crooked.”Though the exchange led to tempers flaring on both sides, the Semerads understand that it’s all just part of the game.“It’s done. During the game, I was a bit irritated, but now, we’re cool, we’re cool,” said David.“Off the court, everything’s normal and everything’s fine. We’re having dinner, we’re going to the gym together. But I guess on the court, he’s the guy initiating it and wanting to go hard. But again, it’s part of the game so it’s ok,” Anthony added.And as the buzzer sounded, it was San Miguel which came out on top, 115-91, to win its fifth championship in three years.ADVERTISEMENT David said the taste of victory someone alleviated his pain and he’s willing to do it all over for another chance at a title, even if it meant him facing his twin brother again.“It’s worth it for the championship,” he said. “It’s all good. Whatever happened on the court, we’re still brothers off the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo shrugs off limited minutes in Finals, proud of Beermen’s efforts Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Things came to a head in Game 6 on Sunday, with the Beermen looking for the kill and the KaTropa desperate to force a Game 7.At the 5:43 mark of the first quarter, the Fil-Aussie brothers battled for a jumpball, which the younger Anthony won, but it came at an expense as David got elbowed on the nose.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I didn’t actually know I broke his nose,” said Anthony, who has emerged as a reliable sniper for TNT after coming from a midseason trade this past conference. “We were just going at it, going hard. Then after the jumpball, I went to sprint and he likes to stick to me like glue. I guess he was just so close to me when I did the run, I accidentally hit him. It was really unlucky and I didn’t even know I hit him.”David, who was seldom used in the San Miguel front but has proven himself as a wide-bodied banger when needed, understood that things like that happen. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Asiad heroes gunning for more success

first_imgAcclaim and recognition continue to pour in for the medal winners, who did India proud at the Guangzhou Asian Games last month.On Thursday, it was the turn of contingent sponsors Samsung to honour and reward several of the Asiad medallists at a function in the Capital, where the elite sportspersons took great delight in reliving their moment of glory.Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Kumar, who defeated two-time world champion Uzbek Abbos Atoev in the middleweight final to win the gold in the Chinese city, said the yellow medal was redemption for the disappointment at the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG).”After missing out on home turf, only a gold was in my mind,” the Bhiwani boxer said. “I did not attend many felicitation functions after the CWG as I was smarting from the defeat.” Vijender had to settle for a bronze at the CWG after losing a contentious semi- final bout against Antony Ogogo of England.But China has always been a happy hunting ground for the star pugilist, who was adjudged the most valuable Indian performer at the Asian Games.”I won the Olympic bronze in Beijing, another one at the Asian championships in Zhuhai last year and now the Asian Games gold. China has been lucky for me,” Vijender said.Looking ahead to the 2012 London Olympics, he said there was still room for improvement in his pursuit for glory in England. “I have to work on my fitness. The national camp will resume in Patiala in January where we will start training again.” Flyweight pugilist Suranjoy Singh, who won gold in Delhi, was disappointed with a bronze medal finish in China. “I was hoping for a gold. Next time, I will ensure that the colour of the medal is different,” the Manipur boxer said.advertisementRifle shooter Gagan Narang, who followed his feat of four gold medals at the CWG with two silver in Guangzhou, was satisfied with his performance ” The standard of competition in shooting at the Asian Games is almost at par with the Olympics. Getting a silver was a good effort, but the colour could have been different. I won three bronze medals at the Doha Asian Games and wanted to do better this time.”The CWG on home turf set the ball rolling. All that we as sportspersons need to do is give our best and hope it is good enough on the given day,” the Hyderabad marksman said.Several other gold medallists were in attendance including the new golden girl of athletics, Ashwini Akkunji, and her relay teammates Manjeet Kaur and Mandeep Kaur.The men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were also present as was pugilist Vikas Krishan and rower Bajrang Lal Takhar. Gold medallist in the 400m hurdles Joseph Abraham also graced the occasion.The Indian Olympic Association was represented by its secretary general Randhir Singh.Samota packs a punchImdia has traditionally excelled in the lighter weight categories in boxing but Paramjeet Samota believes the country can now expect laurels in the heavier sections as well.The Bhiwani boxer, who competes in the + 91 category, won the gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and followed that with a bronze at the Asiad.”The future for India in the heavier weight categories is bright. Apart from myself, there is Ram Singh who competes in my category only. We train together and he has a bright future ahead of him,” Samota said.He does not hesitate in crediting Vijender Kumar for the turnaround in Indian boxing.”The last few years have been great. It all started with Vijender’s bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. He showed us the way and has always been a motivation for us.” Looking ahead, Samota said 2011 will be the year for securing an Olympic berth. “I will concentrate on the nationals and will join the camp in Patiala.”last_img read more

AIBA provisionally suspends Boxing India, says it can’t conduct election and organize events

first_imgThe International Boxing Association (AIBA) on Monday cleared Boxing India’s (BI) status, provisionally suspending it in a mail sent to Kishen Narsi, chairman of the world body-appointed ad hoc committee in India.AIBA legal director Cliodhna Guy, who was also the observer during the BI’s election last September, wrote, “Can you please confirm if Mr. Meren Paul (BI’s interim president) and other individuals involved in boxing have been advised of the AIBA’s instructions regarding organisation of elections? In addition have they been advised that any competition held by them is unsanctioned due to the current status of Boxing India as provisionally suspended?”On Monday evening, Narsi informed about AIBA’s decision to people in the boxing fraternity in India. Narsi wrote in his mail, “This is to inform all the stakeholders of Indian boxing fraternity that AIBA has provisionally suspended Boxing India and it has instructed the ad hoc committee to handle issues related to calling a meeting of all stakeholders, and taking steps ahead, including ?holding fresh elections, to streamline stalled Indian boxing operations asap.”The mail further says, “In this regard, please be informed that AIBA ad hoc committee plans to meet in next two weeks or so and will intimate the Indian boxing family of the way forward on the lines suggested and reco?mmended by AIBA for further handling of governing body operations.”AIBA appointed a five-member ad hoc committee to run boxing in India in June, but the world body didn’t say anything categorically about the status of the then national body – BI. It emboldened BI members to hold meetings. They held an executive council meeting in Guwahati early this month. During the meeting, they announced the dates for the senior men’s and women’s national championships, and appointed Rakesh Thakran as its acting secretary general.advertisementAIBA’s decision to provisionally suspend BI came just two days later after the latter had announced the date for its annual general meeting on October 3. The BI in its mail sent to affiliated units had invited bids for the junior national championships and also announced date for election for posts of president and secretary general which were vacant since May 3 when both were removed in a no-confidence motion. Activities on such large scale by BI left people in fraternity confused as it was not which was the main body of boxing in India. Through its mail on Monday, the world body has cleared that confusion. provisionally suspends Boxing India, says it can’t conduct election and organize eventslast_img read more

Oppo A77 with 4GB RAM, 16MP selfie camera and 3200mAh battery launched

first_imgChinese smartphone maker Oppo has updated its A series by launching new A77 smartphone without much pomp and show in Taiwan. It is a mid-budget smartphone priced at TWD 10,990 which is approximately Rs 23,500. The new Oppo A77 will be up for pre-order starting May 19 and will be available for buy from May 26.In terms of specs, the new Oppo A77 flaunts a metal unibody design with a front-mounted home button which also doubles up as the fingerprint scanner. The device features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080p) display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750T SoC clocked at the speed of 1.5GHz. Oppo A77 houses 4GB RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with ColorOS 3.0 UI skin on top.Also Read: Oppo F3 Plus review: Good selfie photos but they come at a priceOn the camera front, the smartphone sports a 13MP rear-camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF sensor, touch focus, low light mode and dual LED flash technology. A 6MP camera sits at the front with f/2.0 aperture integrated with Beauty 4.0 and Portrait Mode which company touts can give a DSLR-like blur background effect. The hybrid-dual SIM OPPO A77 is backed by non-removable 3200mAh battery and those who pre-order  the phone between May 19 to May 26 will be given an Oppo bag by the company. Oppo A77 will be available in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants.Oppo launched the F3 smartphone in India last month. The smartphone costs Rs 19,990 and is the successor of Oppo F3 Plus. Apart from all these, Oppo is also said to be working on R11 and R11 Plus smartphones. Rumours hints that the upcoming R11 may come with 20 MP front camera and could be launch sometime in June this year. Colour options can be Pink and Gold.advertisementlast_img read more

US lawmakers show unity after shooting of colleague

first_imgBy Lalit K JhaWashington, Jun 14 (PTI) Cutting across party lines, members of the bitterly divided US Congress today showed a rare unity as lawmakers and the nation grappled with the shooting at Congressmen at a baseball practicing session in a Washington suburb.House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip during the practice at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, by a gunman identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, who was shot dead by the police. Scalise was in stable condition.”We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, said on the floor of the House hours after the incident.”We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues, and those who serve and protect this Capitol,” Ryan said, leading Congressmen in showing a bipartisan solidarity rarely seen among the lawmakers now.Other than Scalise, Zachary Barth, Matt Mika, special agent David Bailey, special agent Krystal Griner were also injured in the shooting when they practiced for the more-than- a-century-old annual Congressional Baseball Game scheduled for June 15.Ryan urged lawmakers to show that “we are one big family” and praised the police officers who immediately reached the scene and engaged the shooter.”These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. These were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives. So before this House returns to its business, lets just slow down and reflect, to think about how were all being tested right now. Because we are being tested right now,” Ryan said.advertisementJoining him, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said: “We are not one caucus or the other in this House today, but we speak for each other in saying that we send our thoughts and prayers to our colleague Steve Scalise.”She said sports are a wonderful thing in the US, probably one of the most unified. “People have the biggest differences of opinion on politics, and yet when their team is on the field, people come together. People come together,” she said.”For this person to take this action was so cowardly, so cowardly. We all learned more about motivation and the rest of that. But it seems particularly sad, though any violent death of course is sad, but particularly sad that at a time when people want us to come together, and we were prepared to come together tomorrow night that this assault would be made,” Pelosi said. PTI LKJ ABHlast_img read more

IAR Systems streamlines security development with new product offering

first_imgIAR Systems announces a new product offering targeted for embedded security. The new offering will simplify the development of secure products and enable extended workflows with integrated security configuration. This enables companies to streamline the creation of secure products and incorporate security throughout the development and manufacturing process.According to Machina Research, there will be 27 billion Internet of Things connections in 2025, and according to ABI Research, the total market for secure microcontrollers for IoT can reach 1.2 billion dollars in value in 2022. Delivering completely secure, embedded systems is a major challenge today. This, in combination with the trend of higher complexity and enhanced performance, brings a rapid increase of security demands.Whether it is protecting intellectual property, ensuring critical infrastructure, or managing the product lifecycle, security is a crucial success factor for companies providing embedded technology. IAR Systems is addressing these demands with a new product offering, enabling companies to establish secure workflows and extend the developers’ reach all the way from design to manufacturing. By establishing security as part of the development process, companies can ensure that critical intellectual property is protected against overproduction and counterfeiting, that software releases and updates are robustly managed, and that their customers are protected from malware intrusion and theft or loss of data.The new technology has been developed in collaboration between IAR Systems and Secure Thingz, a leader in the development of advanced security solutions for embedded systems and the IoT. In April 2017, IAR Systems announced that it was taking an initial 10 percent equity stake in Secure Thingz, and the stake subsequently has been expanded to 20 percent. Since several years, IAR Systems offers solutions to ensure functional safety in embedded systems. With the investment in Secure Thingz, IAR Systems extends its offering to also include security.The new technology will be showcased at IAR Systems’ booth at embedded world.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous AAEON to present cutting-edge technology at embedded world 2018Next IBASE: AMD Ryzen and AMD EPYC embedded processor-based solutionslast_img read more

Star Caste

first_imgAndhadhun and Badhai Ho (2018) had already earned Ayushmann Khurrana his spurs in Bollywood. In Article 15 (June 28), the first of his four releases in 2019, he plays a police officer for the first time. But his khaki avatar is nothing like Rohit Shetty’s machismo-high Singham.In the Anubhav Sinha-directed,Andhadhun and Badhai Ho (2018) had already earned Ayushmann Khurrana his spurs in Bollywood. In Article 15 (June 28), the first of his four releases in 2019, he plays a police officer for the first time. But his khaki avatar is nothing like Rohit Shetty’s machismo-high Singham.In the Anubhav Sinha-directed investigative social drama inspired by the 2014 Badaun gang rape case, Khurrana plays Ayan, a higher-caste officer who, while solving the murder case of two girls from marginalised communities, unearths the messy caste politics in the Uttar Pradesh village.”It’s always the subject that attracts me,” says Khurrana. “It’s a realistic cop role, not a film laced with slow-motion shots.”The title of the film draws from Article 15 of the Constitution, which prohibits the state from discriminating against any citizen on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.”I feel very strongly about the issue,” says Khurrana. He has already watched the hard-hitting documentary, India Untouched, on the Brahmin-Dalit power imbalance, and is reading Omprakash Valmiki’s Joothan, in which the author documents his life as a Dalit who grew up on leftovers discarded in garbage.Caste is the elephant in the room that Bollywood rarely acknowledges in commercial film led by a star; Marathi cinema has given us Sairat and Tamil cinema Kabali. Article 15 should change that. It will also help Khurrana shed the man-child hero image he has been typecast into.Sinha had offered him a rom-com to begin with, but the actor was keen on an issue-based drama akin to Sinha’s previous film, Mulk. It was then that Sinha suggested the film.advertisement”It’s my first serious, hard hitting film,” says Khurrana. He drew inspiration from IPS officer Manoj Malviya in Delhi whom he has known for five years. “I have imbibed his mannerisms and look,” says the actor, who sports a moustache in the film.last_img read more

How Yoga changes lives

first_imgYOGA BECAME A MISSIONNAMITA CHANDRA, WELLNESS GUIDE AND FOUNDER OF YOGANAMA.COMIn 2014, when Namita Chandra moved to Mumbai for her new job, it became extremely stressful for her in terms of adjusting to the fast-paced Mumbai life and establishing herself in her new role. It took her months of running around to find a suitable house and commutes to and from work became extremely exhausting. “I had moved to Mumbai because of the higher pay package, but the advantage was lost because the city turned out to be exorbitantly expensive. Also, I was used to a lot more time at hand after work, which allowed me to unwind and pursue my interests but suddenly, I had no time left for anything at all,” she says.Having grown up in a health-conscious family where principles of wellness, meditation, healthy eating, and strict discipline were an integral part of daily life, this new lifestyle left her no time for her health. “I’d also experimented with veganism for many years, done a course in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and even went to Cambridge Summer School to study medieval healing practices. I would avidly pursue the latest research in health and wellness in my spare time but unfortunately I could practice none of it after moving to Mumbai,” recalls Chandra.It was then that she decided to join yoga to help her cope with the pressure. It started with one class and she gradually started noticing how daily yoga practice was not only keeping her physically active but was also helping her cope with everyday stress. This egged her to take on yoga in a more systematic and serious manner. “It almost felt like yoga was helping me evolve into a better, stronger version of myself both physically and mentally,” she says.advertisementAfter a year in the job, Chandra was offered a huge promotion which would have escalated her career exponentially. It was the best thing that could have happened to her professionally and should’ve been exciting for her but it wasn’t because accepting it would have meant committing to growing a business that she had no particular passion for, and that was seriously affecting her mental and physical wellbeing. “It was then that I decided to let go of the security of a monthly paycheck and decided to invest my energy and resources in what I believe the world needs today more than anything else-peace of mind,” says Chandra.She went to Mysore for an elaborate yogic practice that helped her become strong emotionally, mentally and physically. “Stress is one of the biggest factors for a majority of health problems we face today. From depression and chronic fatigue to diabetes and spinal issues, yoga has the ability to heal it all,” says Chandra.BEAUTIFUL IN BODY & MINDVASUDHA RAI, AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHERWhen Delhi-based Vasudha Rai first started practicing yoga more than eight years ago, it began as a way to get fit, to lose weight. She would leave Yoga space sweaty and happy, like she on cloud nine. The lights seemed brighter and people seemed easier to love. Smiling came naturally to her because she would spend 75 minutes synchronising her movements with her breath. It made her the best version of herself.”Yoga helped me go from size 14 to a size 8. It made my skin glow and my body stronger. But these were just outer manifestations of the beautiful changes happening within. I was practicing yoga 5-6 days a week for years and this regularity made me more aware and disciplined,” says Rai. She slowly became cognizant about what she ate, not only in terms of food but even the thoughts in her mind and the friends who were her company. She realised that she didn’t want to invest in anything that wasn’t good for her. She started choosing high-vibrational foods-fresh Indian meals, fruits, plenty of water. Magically, all her friends who weren’t good for her left of their own accord. “I researched ayurveda and herbs, which eventually led me to my debut book Glow.”The next phase of her yoga journey took her on a spiritual path. Yoga nidra, the seven chakras, healing crystals, enlightening mantras, she learnt several different types of meditations and continues to do so. She observed how the body felt different with every technique and how different mantras created different vibrations. “It is a never ending journey, which will continue till my last days. It is also believed that meditative practices such as yoga (done like yoga and not like aerobics) helps nullify your karmas so you can truly follow your life path. So practice, sharpen your mind and your breath, at the very least you will get great skin and a beautiful body; and at the most, well there is no limit,” says Rai.advertisementREINCARNATED WITH YOGANIVEDITA JOSHI, FOUNDER AND TEACHER, IYENGAR YOGAKSHEMABorn and educated in Allahabad, Nivedita Joshi was still in her teens when she was stricken by slip disc-cervical spondylosis, rendering her virtually bedridden and an invalid for eight long and painful years. Joshi lost the ability to move her hands and legs.On International Yoga Day, practitioners recall how this ancient healing science sparked a personal transformation for them She lost all hope in life till met Yogacharya BKS Iyengar (Guruji) at his yoga institute in Pune in 1996. “Doctors had told me that I will never ever live a normal life again and that a spinal surgery was my last option. It was disheartening for someone as young as me to accept it. After trying all modern treatments available in the country without success, my parents took me to meet Guruji in Pune. He diagnosed my problem without even looking at my MRI reports. That’s when I surrendered myself to his knowledge and experience, and there was no looking back thereafter,” says the yoga expert.Yogacharya BKS Iyengar took Joshi under his wings and admitted her into the medical class, with two sessions per week and she slowly started feeling more alive and active. The scientist in her was amazed and enamored by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar’s repertoire of knowledge, experience and wisdom, especially considering his lack of so called “formal modern educa tion”. Slowly her body started responding to the practice and sessions. Seeing potential in her, Joshi’s mentor started simultaneously training her while healing her. One day, after five years of training with him, he asked Joshi to start teaching yoga. “I was planning to pursue a career in microbiology so I refused. But yoga had healed me and I wanted to spread the message of its miraculous powers to people suffering from illness and disease, so I began working on a television series on my mentor’s work. The first episode was based on my life’s story and my cure through him and his knowledge of yoga,” says Joshi. While working on it, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar supported Joshi and stoked her interest and desire to learn yoga. “I think he had probably decided that I was the chosen one to open the first Iyengar Yoga Centre in the Capital and he was grooming me for that role,” says Joshi. And that is how Yogakshema, the first Iyengar Centre in New Delhi, was born.REFOCUSSING ON LIFE WITH YOGANIMISH DAYALU, RETREAT LEADER/ LEADERSHIP & PERFORMANCE COACH/YOGA & MINDFULNESS COACHLife was beautiful for Nimish Dayalu. He had it all-a great job, lovely family and a big house. However, on any given day, his mind would wander constantly, thinking about the future or dwelling in the past. He felt restless, like something wasn’t right. “I was living the life of my dreams, so I didn’t understand what was troubling me. I needed some time to re-evaluate,” says Dayalu.advertisementAlthough he had been practicing yoga for over a decade, in 2016, he decided to take a few weeks off and check into a traditional yoga school in the Himalayas with hope of doing some serious soul searching. And he was not disappointed. After coming back, he continued to practice regularly and the fogginess in his head began to lift.Yoga now became an essential part of his routine. “I felt this surge of new found energy within me. I started living in the ‘here and now’. After about a year’s practice I felt that yoga could be my gateway to living in the moment. I realised that all the strength that you need is within you. This is when I decided to dive deep into yoga and share my learning with people. I left my high-paid corporate job and decided to teach and promote yoga instead,” says Dayalu, who is now a yoga coach based out of Gurgaon.The World Health Organization had recently published a report that attributes stress for a majority of modern-day ailments. This anxiety is caused by thinking about events that are likely to happen or have already happened. Occupational stress, student stress, societal stress, relationship stress, depression, anger, insomnia, the list just goes on. As a lifestyle choice, yoga is also more holistic in comparison to playing a sport or a musical instrument, going dancing or to the gym. “I had tried out most of these activities to deal with my stress and after practicing yoga, I realised the difference. Yoga changes you from the inside-out. With my public speaking experience across industries and geographies, I knew I had the skills and experience to take yoga to the people. So began my journey as a yoga guru, says Dayalu.WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEARRINUL PASHANKAR, CO-FOUNDER, OM STUDIO, PUNE, AND AN AERIAL YOGA EXPERTIn 2009, after Rinul Pashankar finished her bachelor’s in International Business Management, she took to two things she had longed to do, yoga and paragliding and this was when the seed for something bigger in life was sown. She was just 21 when she found her yoga guru, Anandi Jorwekar, an ardent student of BSK Iyengar Guruji for close to three decades.In June 2013, Pashankar’s mother, Nima Pashankar, had to go through a liver transplant and she decided to be the donor. In the following weeks, they successfully underwent the liver transplant. Pashnankar believes that it was her yoga practice that helped her stay strong through the tough time.She couldn’t exercise for close to a year but began practicing easy pranayama.Then, her guru encouraged her and guided her to gently get back to her yoga practice.Slowly and steadily, with regular yoga routine, she was able to build her strength and flexibility.Ten years of making yoga her lifestyle, and six years post a successful liver transplant, Pashankar is healthy, happy and raring to go. She is back to participating in paragliding competitions, and is also running an adventure camp in Kamshet, Pune, called Adventure Battalion, a simulated military base with a team of Ex-Indian Armed Forces officers.In 2016, she also opened Om Studio, which allows her to share her knowledge and experience of yoga with other people.last_img read more

Kyler Murray’s Agent Addressed Rumors Of Quarterback’s Future At Oklahoma

first_imgkyler murray plays at ohio stateOklahoma’s head football coach, Lincoln Riley, made a surprising comment about his quarterback, Kyler Murray, earlier this week.Murray, a top 10 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is believed to be playing his final season of football. He’ll suit up for the Sooners this fall and then head off to the minor leagues.Riley, though, said he wasn’t sure if the 2018 season would be his last one with the Sooners. He was asked how he’s going to handle this being Murray’s final season.“Well, I’m not gonna really … decide how I want to handle that,” Riley said. “We’ll see if it’s his final year. That hasn’t really been determined yet. I’m not worried about it if it is or if it isn’t. That’s gonna have no impact on this year.“My hope through this whole thing is that Kyler is gonna be able to do what he wants to do. If he wants to go play baseball after this year, then we’ll wish him well and be happy for him. But the ball’s gonna be in his court, which is where it should be.”Murray’s agent has since responded to this idea.“Kyler’s baseball career has a very defined path which includes playing football at OU for only the 2018 season,” Boras told The Athletic.Murray was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. If he ends up playing football for more than one season, that would be major news to them.last_img read more

Did Canadian military intelligence use US information on Akwesasne for threat assessment

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military’s counter-intelligence branch is keeping mum on whether intelligence from the U.S. about Akwesasne formed part of several “Threat Information Collection (TIC)” reports that mentioned the Mohawk community between 2012 and 2015.Capt. Travis Smyth, spokesperson for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, said Monday the military’s National Counter Intelligence Unit does not conduct direct surveillance of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border. Smyth said the military relies on intelligence gathered by regional and local police authorities under “sharing agreements.”When APTN National News pressed Smyth on whether any of the intelligence on Akwesasne came from U.S. sources, the public affairs officer said he couldn’t comment on the question.“That, I can’t actually speak to,” said Smyth, in an interview Monday. “It is widely known that Canada is part of the ‘Five-Eyes’ info-sharing community.”Several TIC reports were released to APTN last week under the Access to Information Act.One of the TIC reports from 2012—which discussed Akwesasne as a potential threat source for the planned docking of three warships in Cornwall, Ont.—was shared among the Five-Eyes. The Five-Eyes refers to allies Canada, U.S., Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia which are part of an intelligence sharing arrangement.Akwesasne, which sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal, straddles the Quebec-Ontario-New York State borders.U.S. Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration actively monitor the U.S. side of Akwesasne primarily targeting human smuggling and marijuana shipments heading south.The Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP, Surete du Quebec and the Ontario Provincial Police all keep tabs on Akwesasne, which is viewed as a high-traffic smuggling zone because of its geographical location.While some of the military’s counter-intelligence TIC reports listed Akwesasne under headings like, “Sabotage by Criminals/Terrorists” and “Terrorism,” Smyth said the military has never found links between terrorism and Akwesasne.“The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has not linked any potential terrorist activity with the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve,” said Smyth.Smyth said the repeated mention of Akwesasne in the ITC reports does not mean the military has the community under active surveillance.“Akwesasne is not under surveillance,” said Smyth.Smyth said the TIC reports, which also mentioned last year’s Valentine’s Day murdered and missing Indigenous women’s vigils as a possible source of “extremism,” are compiled in response to specific issues facing the Canadian military.“The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit…is responsible for identifying, investigating and countering threats to the security of the DND/CAF personnel, property, material and information posed by foreign intelligence services, individuals and groups engaged in terrorism, espionage, sabotage subversion or organized criminal activities impacting DND/CAF security,” said Smyth, in an emailed statement sent to APTN. “The Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit routinely exchanges information with local police departments and other agencies to stay abreast of developing issues that may potentially impact military personnel or infrastructure if called upon to provide military support.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Business of Tech Loot crates and laptop gaming

first_imgThe Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S1E15: This week, Jonathan speaks with Mobile Syrup Senior Editor Patrick O’Rourke about the future of ‘loot crates’ in gaming after the fallout from their implementation into Star Wars Battlefront 2. He also talks with Colin Robertson of Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Got Game about the future of laptop gaming.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2017/11/28/business-of-tech-nov-24-s1e15.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

100 years since the double assassination which sparked WWI

first_img Franz Ferdinand and Sophie lying in state in Vienna, 1914. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images“Gavrilo Princip will, just like the past 100 years, remain a hero for some and a terrorist to others,” said the head of the Sarajevo History Institute, Husnija Kamberovic told the AP. “It is a matter of feelings toward what he did, and not a matter of serious historical arguments.”Christian Orthodox Serbs celebrate Princip as someone who saw Bosnia as part of the Serb national territory. The same idea inspired the Serbs in 1992 to fight the decision by Muslim Bosnians and Catholic Croats to declare the former republic of Bosnia independent when Serb-dominated Yugoslavia fell apart.In Serb history books, the “great liberation act” of Princip and his comrades is described for over 20 pages. Gavrilo Princip, the 19-year-old student who killed the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie in 1914. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images“They were heroes who were ready to sacrifice their own lives for freedom and liberation,” said Jovan Medosevic, a primary school history teacher in the Bosnian Serb town of Pale, near Sarajevo.That’s exactly what makes Princip unpopular among Muslim Bosnians and Catholic Croats. In their official textbooks, Princip is mentioned in just one sentence as a member of a secret terrorist organization who “did not assassinate Franz Ferdinand to liberate Bosnia from the occupier, but wanted Bosnia to become a part of Kingdom of Serbia,” high school student Ermin Lazovic said. Today marks the centenary of the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire and his wife, sparking the First World War and leading to the deaths of 14 million people.Tensions among competing European powers were already simmering when the double assassination pushed the situation to a critical point. Austria, backed by Germany, declared war on Serbia a month later in response to the killings, and Serbia was supported by Russia and France. Photo circa 1914 of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his wife Sophie, and their children Maximilian, Ernst and Sophie. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesArchduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were visiting the city shortly after Bosnia became part of the Austro-Hungarian empire when they were targeted by a Yugoslav group seeking separation from Austria.After a failed assassination attempt by a co-conspirator earlier on the day of 28 June, Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip fired the fatal shots into the royals’s open-air carriage. (As this 2011 Smithsonian article shows, the issue of whether or not Princip was grabbing a quick sandwich at a nearby cafe when he saw an unexpected opportunity to strike the archduke is still contended among historians.) Front page of London newspaper The Times on June 29, 1914, Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNineteen-year-old Princip was quickly arrested for the killings, sentenced to a 20-year term, and died in custody from TB in April 1918.In Sarajevo today, public opinion on the assassin’s actions remains divided along ethnic divisions. June 28, 1914 photo depicting the arrest of a man previously identified as Gavrilo Princip. Source: AP/Press Association Images- Additional reporting by the APlast_img read more

Fake antivirus infection rates down as authorities interrupt cash flow

first_imgWhen you think about protecting your computer against trojans, worms, and other malware, you probably think of companies like ESET and Symantec. After all, it’s their hard work and software that prevent the millions of digital threats in the wild from making mincemeat of your computer — right?Turns out that there’s another crew on the case: international law enforcement agencies. In recent years, agencies like the FBI have been getting more and more involved in cybersecurity issues. In fact, the Bureau has been working with folks like Microsoft since 2009 to tackle fake antivirus distribution, which remains one of the largest rackets in the malware world.And it now appears as though their involvement is making a major impact. After busting two malware rings this summer, authorities have now managed to stem the flow of credit card payments that allow cybercriminals to fund fake AV operations. Security researchers Brian Krebs notes two major factors: the shutdown of a multi million-dollar scareware organization and the arrest of ChronoPay co-founder Pavel Vrublevsky by police in Russia. ChronoPay has a well-documented history of supporting malware, including the infamous MacDefender.It’s encouraging to see the sharp drop on the chart above, but no one should think that this in an indication that fake antivirus is on the way out. Assuming the ChronoPay link is a big reason funding has been put on ice, and that Vrublevsky’s arrest is directly related, they could be processing payments again soon. Vrublevsky has plenty of very powerful friends in the Russian government, and it’s unlikely that he’ll remain incarcerated for long.Even if he is, the scareware business has already generated millions in ill-gotten profit for others — so someone, somewhere will step in to get the machine fired up once again. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that hard work by the good guys has made even a temporary impact.More at Krebs on Securitylast_img read more

100000 Investment For TCI Tourism

first_img Related Items:Gary Brough, KPMG, rufus ewing, tci tourism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – A one hundred thousand dollar investment being made by government to chart the course in tourism; and KPMG Turks and Caicos branch won the consultancy job which will deliver a National Strategy on Tourism. Premier and Tourism Minister Rufus Ewing flanked by Gary Brough Managing Director of KPMG and PS for his Office Wesley Clerveaux explained that the process will involve key stakeholders who are expected to weigh in on how tourism can be enhanced and should be developed. The country’s leader, admitting, that while tourism is doing well in many areas, there are pockets which need development; among them eco-tourism. The development of this national strategy will also see a tourism conference for the country in November during Tourism Awareness Week. Brough said while the KPMG office is indeed local, his team will be able to tap into the worldwide resources of his company which has a wealth of experience in the Caribbean. KPMG has for two years hosted an island infrastructure summit in Miami welcoming Caribbean leaders; last year premier Dr Rufus Ewing was among the regional leaders presenting at the two day event held at the JW Mariott Marquis hotel. TCI tourism surges for 2015; March is biggest month Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Recommended for you TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifelinelast_img read more

Diversion of 1B to Border Wall Could Impact Future Budget Flexibility

first_img ADC AUTHOR Lawmakers warned Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan that Congress may limit DOD’s future flexibility in moving its funding between budgets following DOD’s decision to reprogram $1 billion of military personnel funding to spend on a U.S.-Mexico border wall without asking Congress first.The Pentagon notified Congress of the funding shift late Monday. The money comes from the recruitment budget of the Army, which did not use all its appropriated funding after falling short of its recruitment targets. It is being funneled to the Department of Homeland Security through DOD’s counterdrug account.The result of not asking Congress first “is likely that the Appropriations Committee in particular will no longer give the Pentagon reprogramming authority,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) told Shanahan at a hearing Tuesday. “And I think that’s unfortunate, because you need it.”Shanahan said that was weighed as a risk even before the president declared the national emergency directing construction of a border wall.Smith and other Democrats are trying to block the $1 billion move, as Military Times reported.DOD will also be taking money from some military construction projects that have not yet been awarded, “but we don’t know what the next increment of funding will look like,” Shanahan said.Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class TaWanna Starkslast_img read more

Nalgonda Burdened by financial issues couple end life on rail

first_imgNalgonda: In a tragic incident, a couple, burdened by financial issues, committed suicide on rail tracks near Nalgonda railway station on Monday midnight.The deceased were identified as Murarishetty Nagesh (36), an auto driver, and Charitha (31), natives of Old City of Nalgonda town. According to railway SI Achyutham, the committed suicide by falling under intercity express train near Food Corporation of India warehouses in Nalgonda town. He informed that the couple reportedly took the extreme step due to financial crisis. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The two got married six years ago. Upon receiving information from locals on Tuesday morning, the railway police rushed to the spot and informed the same to the family members of the deceased. Based on complaint of Charitha’s parents, the railway police registered a case and shifted the dead bodies to district hospital for post-mortem.last_img read more

Kabir Singh works wonders in Andhra Pradesh Telangana and Tamil Nadu

first_imgKabir Singh stillYouTube ScreenshotShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, which is an adaptation of hit Telugu movie Arjun Reddy, has worked wonders at the box office in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana (AP/TS) and Tamil Nadu in its opening weekend.Made on a budget of Rs 4 crore, Arjun Reddy had fetched Rs 6 crore for its producers from the sale of its global theatrical rights. The movie grossed over Rs 50 crore at the worldwide box office in its lifetime and earned Rs 25.80 crore for its distributors. After seeing the response, Sandeep Reddy Vanga decided to remake it in Hindi as Kabir Singh and thought the universal appeal will help it become a hit too.Its promos had generated a huge amount of curiosity about Kabir Singh. After seeing the hype, many felt that the movie would strike a chord with the audience in north India and become a big hit at the box office. But none expected it to fare well in ticket counters down south, as the filmgoers have already watched the original version.Everyone thought that they may not spend money on its Hindi version as it is a frame to frame copy of the original film and offers nothing new to the viewers. But to their surprise, Kabir Singh registered good advance booking and opened to a fantastic response. The word of mouth drove the mass crazy towards theatres.Kabir Singh has collected Rs 4 crore net at the AP/TS box office in three days and its collection is on par with the first weekend business of its original version Arjun Reddy in the Telugu states. Jalapathy Gudelli‏, a film critic from Hyderabad, tweeted, “Correction: #KabirSingh collects Rs 70 Cr in its first weekend. First Sunday record in 2019. Surprise: Rs 4 Cr came from Nizam+AP region.”Tamil Nadu is not a potential market for Hindi films, but Kabir Singh has collected Rs 1.20 crore net at the TN box office in its opening weekend. Sreedhar Pillai‏, a film critic from Chennai, tweeted, “#KabirSingh 3 day total business in Tamil Nadu,(the smallest market for Hindi films in India)- ₹1.21 Cr gross, nett ₹92 lakhs! Superb @shahidkapoor film breaks into market dominated by #Khans.”The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani starrer also fared a well in the theatres across Karnataka and Kerala, but the distributors are yet to reveal the figures. The south Indian total is likely to be closer to Rs 10 crore.Kabir Singh has collected Rs 70.83 crore net at the Indian box office and its day-wise breakup is Rs 20.21 crore on Friday, Rs 22.71 crore on Saturday and Rs 27.91 crore on Sunday.last_img read more

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket attack

first_imgPalestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 29 December, 2017. Photo: AFPIsraeli tanks and aircraft hit the Gaza Strip on Friday after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community, the army and Palestinian sources said.Clashes also erupted in the West Bank as Palestinians marked another “day of rage” following US president Donald Trump’s controversial 6 December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.There were no immediate reports of casualties in the exchange of fire, the first in more than 10 days.Palestinian militants fired three rockets at southern Israel, two of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system, the army said.Police said the third rocket hit a structure in a community near Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.”In response to the rockets fired towards Israel, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) tanks and IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted two posts belonging to the terrorist organisation Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said in a statement.Witnesses said Israeli tanks shelled a position controlled by Gaza’s Islamist rulers east of Gaza City. A spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry said nobody was injured by the Israeli fire.Both Hamas and fellow militant group Islamic Jihad had labelled Friday a “day of rage”, as in previous weeks.In the West Bank small groups of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, including north of Ramallah and in the Hebron area, where two were wounded by live fire, Palestinian medical and security sources said.The Israeli army said there were “very small clashes” in a number of sites.Militants in Gaza have fired more than a dozen rockets or mortar rounds at southern Israel in the latest wave of violence that erupted after Trump’s decision.Before Friday, the last rockets fired from Gaza were on December 18, one of which hit a home in a border town.Trump’s announcement was followed by protests across the West Bank and on Gaza’s border with Israel, with 12 Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the border or by Israeli strikes following rocket fire.The rockets are often fired by fringe Islamist groups but Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks from the territory.last_img read more