Campaign for first phase of polls ends in Odisha

first_imgCampaign for the first phase of polls in Odisha ended on Tuesday with Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik seeking people’s blessings for his party nominees in Kalahandi and meeting the Chief Electoral Officer to express disappointment over stoppage of the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation scheme in the city.After leading a party delegation to the CEO, Mr. Patnaik also released the BJD manifesto at the party headquarters here, making a series of assurances to farmers, women, youth, and overall development of the State.Polling is scheduled to be held simultaneously in four Lok Sabha seats – Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Berhampur – and 28 Assembly constituencies in the first phase on Thursday.The candidates belonging to the BJD, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party are the major contenders for all the Lok Sabha and Assembly seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also addressed rallies in support of their party nominees in the region.Addressing a rally in Kalahandi district earlier in the day, Mr. Patnaik promised that if voted to power the government will provide work worth ₹5,000 crore to women self-help groups running under Mission Shakti, a programme under which more than 70 lakh women are its members in the State.The BJD chief also promised to hike the assistance for medical treatment of women under the existing Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana from ₹7 lakh to ₹10 lakh.Mr. Patnaik assured people to make girls’ education from “kindergarten to college”, including professional courses such as medical and engineering, free, and financial assistance of ₹ 25,000 for marriage of girls belonging to poor families. The BJD reiterated its allegation that successive governments at the Centre have always neglected the rights of Odisha.Stating that the neglect has led to Odisha being at the bottom of all Central subjects like telecom, railways, banking and national highways, the party said that special category status is the only way to rectify the “historic neglect” that the State has suffered.Observing that no national party will get majority on its own to form government at the Centre in the current polls, the party announced that the BJD will support a government that supports the legitimate rights of Odisha.last_img read more

Video: Spiderman, Eat Your Heart Out

first_imgIn the midst of a hunt, a salticid spider catapults itself across an opening in the forest canopy and drops onto an adjacent tree leaf to chase after its prey. It’s not a blind leap of faith. Previous studies have shown that these jumping spiders attach a silk thread to their launch pad as a safety line if they unexpectedly fall. Scientists wanted to understand how these silk lines change the motion of the arachnids’ jumps, so they collected 27 Hasarius adansoni salticids from Taiwan; 22 did use silk lines and five did not. The team built a jumping platform 18 cm in height and a 3.5-cm-shorter destination platform about 7.5 cm away. They filmed each spider jump three times using a high-speed video camera. During the jump, the spiders with the silk lines stayed airborne longer, decelerated more, and completed a smoother landing than those without silk lines, researchers report online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The results suggest that silk threads can function as more than just a safety line; they can stabilize a spider’s body during a jump and prepare them to stick the landing. The less time the animals need to finish their landing, the more quickly they can scurry along and successfully capture their prey.last_img read more

Voter Shortsightedness May Skew Elections

first_img“Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” Ronald Reagan’s famous question in the U.S. presidential election of 1980 is generally a good yardstick for picking a candidate, or at least for judging a leader’s economic policies. But few voters follow it. Instead, they are swayed by economic swings in the months leading up to the election, often ignoring the larger trends. Why are we so shortsighted? A psychological study of voting behavior suggests an answer and points to a simple fix.Politicians are all too familiar with voter fickleness. As a consequence, says Gabriel Lenz, a political scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, “governments increase spending and reduce taxes irresponsibly just before elections to boost their reelection chances, leading to long-term inflation and other problems.” To Lenz, voters’ obsession with recent events sounded similar to “peak-end” theory, a bias long known to psychologists in which people tend to judge an experience by its extremes and its ending. Do individuals judge politicians in a similar way? To find out, Lenz teamed up with Andrew Healy, a political scientist at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and tested the simulated voting behaviors of 7000 people with a series of 29 surveys and experiments. The data gathering alone, which involved online and lab studies, took 2 years.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The first thing the duo explored was voters’ intentions. Are people aware of how much they are influenced by recent economic trends? The answer was surprising. “Voters don’t realize what they are doing,” Lenz says. Even for U.S. presidential elections, where voters are clearly influenced by the election-year economy, U.S. voters in a representative survey sample were adamant that they give no extra weight to trends in an election year.Healy and Lenz then created hypothetical governments with various economic trends and asked people in the lab to judge the hypothetical leaders’ policies. For example, one hypothetical governor was up for reelection after 16 years in office. Overall, the governor increased income, but with a dip at the end of his current term. “Given that participants had 16 years of economic data to evaluate, we thought they would focus less on the end,” Lenz says. And yet the subjects showed the same overemphasis on the most recent years.The bias was clearly real. But could it be corrected? Healy and Lenz challenged their subjects to evaluate hypothetical governments based on slightly varying information. For example, some received information expressed as yearly income while others received the same information expressed as a yearly growth rate. The same information in a plot of steadily increasing average personal income over 3 years—$32,400, $33,100, $33,800—can also be expressed as a steadily decreasing rate of growth—3%, 2.3%, 2.1%.That did the trick. Just changing the units of the data was enough to cure voter fickleness. When economic trends were expressed as yearly income rather than rates of change, the subjects made accurate judgments. But if the same information was expressed as a change over time—the bias reappeared, the team reports in the January issue of the American Journal of Political Science.Aside from clarifying why the end of a politician’s term has such a powerful effect on elections, the study offers a simple corrective, Lenz says. “People find growth rates confusing,” he says. “Journalists could help voters by reporting yearly average family earnings rather than the percent change in yearly earnings.” Or even better, “stories could place long-term growth in historical perspective, telling voters whether it was better or worse than average.”“I find the conclusions very convincing,” says Adam Berinsky, a political scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. And unlike most studies of voter behavior, which “only diagnose problems in democratic competence,” Healy and Lenz have found a cure, Berinsky says. “If you present economic growth information in a way that voters can understand … [they] can properly use that information to make informed decisions.”last_img read more

U.K. Scientists Welcome New Policy on Animal Research

first_imgLONDON—The number of live animals used in the United Kingdom for scientific research will not be capped, the British government announced today. Instead, a policy document unveiled this morning says the government will only “encourage” researchers to use alternatives whenever possible. The number of animal experiments has been on the rise in recent years in the United Kingdom, as it has in many other countries.The policy document, presented at a press conference by David Willetts, the U.K. minister for universities and science, has reassured scientists. But animal rights lobbyists are critical. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) called it “a missed opportunity for the Government to make meaningful and lasting change for the millions of animals suffering in UK laboratories.”“Britain is a world leader in science and it has also got a great tradition of concern about the welfare of animals,” Willetts said at today’s briefing. “What we do in this document is bring these two great traditions together in our delivery plan.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties agreed to tackle the issue of animal studies in their 2010 deal to form a coalition government. Despite the stated ambition to reduce the number of animal experiments, their numbers have been steadily rising—a trend that started in the early 2000s.The most recent data available show that in 2012, researchers conducted more than 4.11 million experiments on animals—well over 11,000 procedures a day and a rise of 8% over 2011, according to Home Office figures. The rapid growth is caused primarily by the massive use of genetically modified animals.Most animals used in scientific research in the United Kingdom are bred specifically for this purpose, in line with the 1988 Protection of Animals Act. However, wild-caught primates are also used at times, if the scientists can provide exceptional and specific justification.The government says that the policy paper, Working to reduce the use of animals in scientific research, is designed to balance the desire for reducing the number of animal experiments with the need to protect U.K. science and innovation. It relies on the long-established international principle of “the 3Rs”: replace animal tests with other studies wherever possible, reduce the number of animals involved, and refine procedures to minimize suffering.But Willetts refused to discuss what kind of reduction the government is aiming for; the approach isn’t “about a numerical target,” he said, but about encouraging more ethical research methods. “The commitment is to ‘work to reduce the use of animals.’ Ultimately the final figure will depend on patterns of scientific advance,” he said.The government’s plan outlines the need for more transparency and openness. The public should be better informed about what is actually going on in animal research labs, says Dominic Wells, chair of the Animal Science Group, a special interest group within the U.K.-based Society of Biology. Scientists should be reporting what happens to the animals “rather than just giving the numbers.”Wendy Jarrett, chief executive of Understanding Animal Research in London, a group that tries to promote understanding about advances stemming from animal experiments, welcomes the openness initiative. More than 40 U.K. organizations involved in bioscience are now drawing up the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, a document that will set out ways for biomedical researchers to explain what they are doing with animals and why, she said in a statement today. “We support all efforts to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in research and we are delighted by today’s announcement that the Government will be giving the [National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research] even more funding,” she added.But BUAV CEO Michelle Thew calls the plan “a whitewash” that “shows that the Government has in reality given up on what it promised to do and that is to reduce the number of animal experiments.” The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) called for much stricter measures including a ban on monkey experiments. “Animal experiments have risen year on year […] whilst the Government has twiddled its thumbs,” NAVS Chief Executive Jan Creamer said in a statement. “Such crude and outdated animal research methods can be replaced with quicker, cheaper and scientifically superior methods—the cutting edge of modern science.”Willetts said the government hoped its policy would also set animal research standards elsewhere. Animal testing of cosmetics, for example, is not carried out in the United Kingdom, but still exists in some other countries. “We … try and persuade them that they don’t need to use animal testing in cosmetics,” Willetts said.last_img read more

Video, Secretely Filmed, At a US Park

first_imgAn anti-immigration website has caused alarm among the community after featuring a video showing a man secretly filming Indian families at an Ohio park and commenting that the “Indian crowd” has “ravished the Mid-west”. Related Itemslast_img

Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas Marry In India

first_imgThe Bollywood superstar and the Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, wed before family and friends in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhavan Palace.People magazine said the ceremony was officiated by Jonas’s father Paul Kevin Jonas. The couple will have a traditional Hindu ceremony on Sunday.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

Rehabilitate families of slain members: ULFA

first_imgThe pro-talks faction of the extremist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has resented the State government’s indifference to the families of its slain members. Seeking due recognition and rehabilitation of such families, the outfit’s general secretary Anup Chetia wondered if the ULFA has to form a government on its own to ensure that the families of its members get their due after almost four decades of “struggle”.‘Govt. disinterested’Addressing the group’s Martyrs’ Day at Dipila in north-central Assam’s Darrang district on Saturday, Mr. Chetia said the government appeared disinterested in keeping its promise of providing assistance to the families of the slain members. These families, he said, were going through a tough time.“We have almost 1,900 families of our martyrs, including those of 50 members who have been missing from Bhutan for years now,” Mr. Chetia said.The armed forces of India and Bhutan had in December 2003 coordinated an operation to destroy camps of the ULFA, National Democratic Front of Boroland, and Kamatapur Liberation Organisation, in southern Bhutan, and flush out the extremists. Several extremists were killed, some surrendered while a few have remained untraced. Martyrs’ Day Mr. Chetia said the outfit observed Martyrs’ Day for the first time after 28 years at Dipila, where paramilitary personnel had killed five of its members on July 28, 1991. The five were Keshab Deka, Ganesh Deka, Chandra Baruah, Pratap Kalita and Karun Kalita.The pro-talks ULFA faction, headed by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, has been holding peace talks with the Centre for more than five years. Most of its leaders were arrested in Bangladesh and have been handed over to India since 2009. The other faction, ULFA-Independent headed by its military chief Paresh Baruah, continues to wage war against what it calls ‘occupational India’. This group operates out of the camps of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Myanmar.last_img read more

Nadal returns to No. 1 with heavy heart over Barcelona

first_imgMOST READ Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short Spanish rival Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Wimbledon women’s champion Garbine Muguruza also wore black ribbons.“All my support to Barcelona and especially to the people that are suffering a lot, for all the families of the victims,” Nadal said. “Just keep going and sorry for everything.”Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, won his 10th French Open title in June and enters the year’s final Grand Slam event, which starts August 28 in New York, thrilled at being back atop the rankings after knee injuries and setbacks since he was last number one back in July 2014.“Amazing, positive news,” Nadal said. “Being number one after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so for me it’s an amazing achievement to be back to that position.“I’m very happy for that and in the last most important event of the season, I need to show why I am in that position now.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief He wore black ribbons during an earlier match in tribute to the victims of twin vehicle ramming attacks in Spain that left 14 dead. A driver plowed his van through crowds on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas boulevard on Thursday, and early Friday a car struck pedestrians in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils.“What happened is terrible. Everybody is destroyed in Spain, including, of course, me,” Nadal said Friday. “Yeah, it’s a tragedy, the feeling that you are not safe in nowhere. That’s terrible. So just very sad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m very, very sorry about what happened to all the victims, all the families, friends. Yeah, all my support. It’s the moment to be together like a country and all the being together, we go for these kind of things.”READ: Terror hits Spain; 14 dead LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding AUGUST 18: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during Day 7 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2017 in Mason, Ohio.AFP/GETTY IMAGESCINCINNATI—Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who returns to the world number one ranking on Monday for the first time in three years, remains “destroyed” by the terror attacks that rocked his homeland.Nadal was upset by Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in a Friday quarter-final at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters, the last major tune-up for the US Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “So I’m going to work hard to show myself why I’m there. I’m going to try my best to play at the highest level possible in New York.”Nadal plans to rest through the weekend, then resume workouts for the final week before the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins.“I think I am practicing well. I’m going to give my best during this week of practice,” Nadal said. “I hope to be ready for New York.“I believe that I did things well enough during the whole year to be ready to compete at the highest level of New York, so I’m looking forward to it.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View commentslast_img read more

St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles

first_imgAlso joining Jacolo in the St. Benilde paddlers squad are Serknight Benoy, Joshua Padilla, and James Sy with coach Rudolph Palermo calling the shots.Meanwhile, the Lady Red Paddlers cruised to their fifth straight women’s division championship led by coach Kurt de Guzman.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 shutoutTournament MVP Abrianne Dominique Nuevao anchored the San Beda crew, alongside Angelica Sanchez, Kryslyn Manez, and Rismae Bernal, in the 11-game winning streak.San Beda also conquered the juniors’ tournament, with MVP Ryan Daniel Jurado leading the Junior Red Paddlers to their seventh straight crown. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:27NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH St. Benilde and San Beda stamped their class in the NCAA Season 93 table tennis  competition, ruling their respective divisions Tuesday at Harrison Plaza Activity Center in Manila.Tournament MVP Ryan Rodney Jacolo led the Blazers to their fourth straight crown in the men’s division in the 11-game sweep including the last win over Letran.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Also-ran Mapua snaps 11-game skid, eliminates St. Benilde Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Jaja, Lady Bulldogs go back to coach Castillo’s mantra in win over UE

first_imgAnd those basics were head coach Babes Castillo’s three points, “respect, whistle to whistle, and communication.”UE managed to get the second set, but the Lady Bulldogs proved their class and took the match in four, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantiago said the key to their victory was just following Castillo’s simple reminders.“After the second set, coach told us to play with the ‘respect, whistle to whistle, and communication’ code,” said Santiago in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Jeron-Kiefer rivalry continues in PBA: ‘It brings back the good old days’ After taking a 23-13 lead down the stretch of the fourth frame, NU committed four straight errors allowing UE to cut the lead to 23-17.Santiago momentarily stopped the futility with kill before Aiko Urdas finished things off for the Lady Bulldogs.“We needed to bring our tempo back, and don’t let UE get its way,” said Santiago who finished with 23 points. “We have to give our 100 percent.” LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Santiago said the “whistle to whistle” part is the effort they should put in every point and that they lacked the drive against the Lady Warriors in the second set.Castillo said his players might have exhausted themselves after training beyond their three-hour sessions, but the former Lady Bullpups head coach said that if the body lags behind the mind should make up for it.“I have to give credit to the players because for the past week they’re really pushing it, so maybe one factor is fatigue,” said Castillo in Flipino.“But that’s part of being an athlete, you will be tired whether you like it or not. And if you’re an athlete, and you’re tired, you switch to your mental toughness.”And it wasn’t just in the second set that Santiago and the Lady Bulldogs had to dig into their coach’s teachings as UE once again showed its fight in the fourth set.ADVERTISEMENT When University of the East threatened to cut short National University’s early dominance in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Jaja Santiago knew they had to go back to basics.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Big3 begins: 3-on-3 league has close games, not much Iverson

first_imgHe can’t be blamed, given the risk of injury for players way past their primes. Jason Williams, the flashy point guard nicknamed “White Chocolate,” went down with a right leg injury late in the opener, and Corey Maggette had to come out of the second game. Both were expected to be OK.And that might not stop more players from wanting to play. Recently retired Paul Pierce was in the crowd and Andre Owens, the star of Iverson’s 3′s Company, said Kevin Garnett might want to play.“Sky’s the limit. Obviously you see the debut,” Iverson said. “I didn’t even expect it to be like this, and then obviously guys that’s retired now, to see the outcome of this situation right here, probably are going to get that itch.”Games are played to 60 points but teams have to win by two, and getting to 60 wasn’t enough in either of the first two games.In the opener, Rashard Lewis made a three-point play with his team facing game point as 3 Headed Monsters edged Ghost Ballers 62-60.The game has gimmicks — Lewis made the first 4-point shot and teams had 14 seconds to shoot. Team names included 3′s Company and Killer 3s and some players wore nicknames on their jerseys, with Jerome Williams going with “Junk Yard Dog” on his.Cube vowed the games would be competitive — players are vying for a revenue share based on final league standings. There was pushing and shoving in the post and a few hard fouls, and the physicality and trash talk appeared to heat up as the games went on. With hand checking allowed, the games looked nothing like today’s NBA game.“Some people like that style, some people don’t,” Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin said. “So we’re here to fill that void for the people that appreciate the way the game has been played forever, you know what I’m saying? Basketball is a contact sport.”The eight-team league will play on 10 weekends, culminating with the Aug. 26 championship in Las Vegas. Games are shown on Monday nights on Fox Sports 1.3 HEADED MONSTERS 62, GHOST BALLERS 60 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire The 3 Headed Monsters blew a late lead after Williams went down and the Ghost Ballers went ahead 60-59 before Lewis scored and drew a foul, making the free throw to finish the game.Lewis finished with 27 points and former No. 1 pick Kwame Brown had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the 3 Headed Monsters. Ricky Davis led the Ghost Ballers with 23 points.POWER 62, TRI STATE 58Stevenson finished with 20 points for the Power, making five 3-pointers. Maggette scored 15 and Cuttino Mobley had 14.Jermaine O’Neal scored 18 points for Tri State, coached by Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Mike James had 13 points and 12 rebounds.3′S COMPANY 61, BALL HOGS 51Andre Owens had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Iverson’s team. DerMarr Johnson added 14 points and Al Thornton scored 13.Iverson finished 1 for 6 with two assists.Rasual Butler made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Ball Hogs. Derrick Byars chipped in 19.TRILOGY 60, KILLER 3′s 45 The rapper-actor’s league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with the first two games both decided on winning shots in front of 15,177 fans.Iverson’s team won the third game, though as player-coach he only put himself in for 9 minutes. At 42 years old, the former NBA MVP said he doesn’t expect to be playing heavy minutes in the 10-game season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But I think the best part about this game here tonight and all the other games, it was exciting all throughout,” Iverson said. “It didn’t need Allen Iverson the player, per se.”The quality of play was spotty, as players had to shake off sometimes years of rust. But it was certainly competitive. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Once-homeless sisters mingle with track stars at nationals LATEST STORIES 3′s Company player/captain and coach Allen Iverson, center, kneels on the sideline during the first half of Game 3 in the BIG3 Basketball League debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3.The Iverson of old might be the only thing Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 basketball venture can’t deliver.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img “I think it’s going to be incredibly good. The games are exciting, the players are still talented and they’re fun to watch,” said Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who coached Power to a 62-58 victory over Tri State in the second game on DeShawn Stevenson’s 3-pointer.Entertainers such as LL Cool J and NBA All-Star James Harden were in the crowd for the first two games before Iverson, the main attraction among players, took the court following a concert.He may be the biggest name in the league, but his role on the court will be minor.“I signed up to be a coach, player and captain. Coach part is going to go on throughout the game,” Iverson said. “Playing part is not going to be what you expect.“You’re not going to see the Allen Iverson of old out there.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Al Harrington scored 25 points as Trilogy cruised in the final game of the day. James White added 16.Reggie Evans scored 18 and Stephen Jackson 17 for the losers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Pacio leaves frustrations from title match loss behind

first_imgAnd although his last fight was for the belt, Pacio said he’s not in a hurry to get back into the title picture as he awaits the right opportunity to fight for the strap once more.“I am willing to wait for the right time, timing is everything and every moment has its purpose,” said Pacio. “I don’t race to be in line for the belt, but I’m racing perfection in this sport.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino strawweight contender Joshua Pacio said he’s eager to leave his frustrations behind after losing in his first championship fight in ONE Championship to title-holder Yoshitaka Naito back in October of 2016.Pacio, who had control of Naito in terms of strikes, downplayed the loss and instead treated it as a learning experience to improve.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Backyard fights: UFC coming to Long Island for 1st time Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments “It’s not a defeat, I viewed it as an important lesson,” said Pacio (9-1-0) in a statement. “It also served as an inspiration to push myself to the limit.”It was an eye-opening experience. And here I am as a more matured competitor inside the cage.”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 starsPacio, who is 12 years the junior of Naito, lost after the Japanese champion locked him in a rear-naked choke with 1:33 elapsed in the third round of the fight.The Team Lakay fighter has a chance to avenge his loss come August 5 when he faes Naito’s compatriot Hayato Suzuki in ONE Championship Kings & Conquerors in Macau. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PH spikers doing well in Japan training despite injuries

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “There are still more to improve on, but the talent is there,” Kawamoto told PH coach Francis Vicente.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Mocon quietly making big impact for Red Lions National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The team completed its final day of training in Okayama where top club mentor Akiyoshi Kawamoto singled out reserve libero Dawn Macandili.Kawamoto said the La Salle ace played beyond his expectations and is a big asset to the national team.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 starsMaraño hurt her ankle in the first few days of training but has rejoined the team.Lazaro may resume playing in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games that succeeds the Asians. Good news and bad news from the national women’s team currently training in Japan.Middle blocker and assistant team captain Aby Maraño’s ankle is almost healed, but top libero Denden Lazaro’s hamstring injury might sideline her for next month’s Asians Senior Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

PH triathletes dominate SEA Games tilt in impressive showing

first_imgBelga keeps his emotions in check, helps Rain or Shine win over TNT It was dominating performance by the Philippine team, surpassing its showing Singapore two years ago when Huelgas and Adorna won the gold and Mangrobang silver.READ: Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We came here confident that we can win, because all of this is part of our long-term program that will culminate in the Tokyo 2020,” said Triathlon Association of the Philippines secretary general Tom Carrasco.“If you look at the split times, you will see that they beat the third places by a big margin,” he added. Huelgas, the 2015 edition champion, trailed for a few seconds Clement Cheng Ren of Singapore who was first out of water. Chicano was full minute behind them.But by the cycling and running phase, the two Filipino male runners were all by themselves around Water Sports Center in Presint 6 in Putrajaya.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonHuelgas finished in one hour, 59 minutes and two seconds, while Chicano turned in a time of 2:01:27. Ren checked in one full minute after Chicano did.The same story in women’s when Mangrobang even overlapped the fourth placer in the running phase which went through four loops.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ “I think in running I really pulled away,” said the 25-year-old Mangrobang, a former fashion design student who is now full-time triathlete.She clocked 2:11:14, while Adorna, the 2015 champion, finished in 2:18:58. Adorna is reportedly nursing a injury but her time was enough to beat out Irene Chong of Malaysia who timed 2:25:44.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ overwhelming, propulsive force toward triathlon glory came from a long, painstaking program.Nikko Huelgas and Marion Kim Mangrobang copped the golds in Southeast Asian Games men’s and women’s event Monday while teammates John Leerams Chicano and Ma. Claire Adorna took the silver medals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

It’s geek to me

first_imgWifi Detector t-shirtForget turning heads, this T-shirt will also break them. The Wifi detector shirt is… a wifi detector shirt! The interactive front will display the strength of a Wifi signal nearby. Running on AAA batteries, this is one garment that will get you a high geek-cred score. (A tee of Don Corleone eating a Mario mushroom also helps.) Head over to www.thinkgeek.com and check out this US$ 20 shirt that saves you the exercise of opening your portable. Yes, it’s cotton; yes, it can be washed; yes, the glow-lights can be detached. Oh just go buy it, will you?WikireaderYou know those annoying know-it-all travellers who end up playing the banjo with the tour guide’s nerves? Here’s your chance to be one. It’s called the Wikireader and it’s essentially an offline repository of, but of course, Wikipedia articles. Runs perfectly fine with two batteries and is also capable of being updated with Wikipedia updates (replete with vandalised articles?) through an SD card. Fairly inexpensive, it’s a worthwhile investment at US$ 99. The downside is that it isn’t capable of rendering images, but again Wikipedia images aren’t exactly a loss, are they? Oh and parents can lock stuff away from the children. Wikireader ships worldwide and you can order yours at www.thewikireader.comCasio EX-10HGHere’s a tip up front: Don’t lose this camera. Having a bunch of images from your backyard with GPS co-ords on them is a potential security threat, after all! But then, you’ll be careful not to lose a delicious device like this, I’m sure. Casio’s EX-10HG camera sports a 12.1MP capability and 720p video recording, which means your images will be cleaner than the clearest crystals. Top this with some special technology love, coming its way from indoor-geotagging, and you have a venerable device. Your plastic will be lighter by about US$ 400. And, yes, this Casio also tells you the time. Check casio.com for availability and more information.advertisementToshiba H30Since we’re all a bit shallow when it comes to goodlooking stuff, might as well indulge in Toshiba’s camcorder finery that is bound to make heads turn. Take one gander at this gadget and we’ll rest our case. At a very affordable US$ 250, this little Toshiba H30 packs in full HD recording, a 3-inch screen and the ability to tag videos for Youtube. For good measure, it also captures 10MP pictures, effectively retiring your digi-cam. Let the image-stabilisation feature not tempt you to shoot videos and upload them indiscriminately. At just 230g, it’s worth checking out if you’re travelling States-side. For India release check www.toshiba-india.comFree WifiThere may be no free lunches but there is always free Wifi. (Unsolicited advice: Secure your net.) If you’ve got an iPhone and are gallivanting around the blue marble, get hold of this app from the AppStore in iTunes. Click http://bit.ly/wififorfree and install it. It’s free and gives you a list of 270,000 free Wifi spots around the world. If your idea of a vacation is checking mail from exotic locations, this is your fix.last_img read more

Home Ministry willing to give inputs for CWG probe: PC

first_imgUnion Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said his Ministry was ready to give inputs to the appropriate authorities looking into allegations of corruption relating to the Commonwealth Games.”If we are asked about what went wrong (in the Games) by the appropriate inquiring authorities, certainly Delhi Police and the MHA will provide inputs,” he told reporters in New Delhi.He was replying to a question on whether the Home Ministry will provide any inputs on issues relating to problems in ticketing and accreditation for the Games.Asked what would be scope of the probe, he said, “I don”t know. I have nothing to do with it.”Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Friday appointed a high-level committee headed by a former CAG to go into allegations of corruption relating to the sporting extravaganza.The committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu, will submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months.last_img read more

Out of the Box

first_imgTAKE US HOMEHambantota, where Pakistan played Kenya on February 23, is a gruelling six hours drive from Colombo on treacherous roads with haphazard traffic. While the commentators had to take the road, the Sri Lankan and Pakistani teams were flown in by special helicopters. No one knew about Kenya. They may have been looking for a ride back to Nairobi after losing to Pakistan by 205 runs.Walk on the wild sideWasim Akram, instead of getting bored in the hotel room in Hambantota, went for a run along the countryside but had to cut short his exercise because of an wild encounter. He went off the beaten track and was confronted by an inquisitive crocodile. Since Akram wasn’t keen on making friends with this long-jawed reptile, he broke his own career-best one-mile record with a hasty sprint back to the hotel.Cycle rickshaw-pullers in Dhaka were unhappy that only a handful were lucky enough to ferry the 14 captains around the Bangabandhu National Stadium during the World Cup opening ceremony. They threatened to clog the entrance by dumping their vehicles. The riot police cleared the mess with a mild cane charge.Were Zimbabwe’s first two matches deliberately held in Ahmedabad? The connection, joked some in Dhaka, was apparent. Gujarat’s diamond merchants are keen to take over the Marange mines and get diamonds for the big, fat Indian wedding market.That’s why local fans cheered for the boys from Harare.At the opening ceremony in Dhaka, Christy Simpson, the ESPN reporter,was interviewing cricketers before the fireworks display when suddenly,someone jumped at him throwing him to the ground.Simpson was angry, until five seconds later, when a rocket went off from the spot where he had been standing.advertisementlast_img read more

Lovers kill woman to put family off the trail

first_imgThe innocent-looking Shikha Dubey (23) and Deepu Yadav (24), both post-graduate students at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University in the nondescript eastern UP district of Gorakhpur, just wanted to live together. But their macabre act to achieve this end has sent shock waves across the state.Shikha’s father, Ram Prakash Dubey, reported to the police on June 16 that his daughter had gone missing. The following day, the body of a girl was discovered near the Saryu Canal Colony, which was identified as the missing Shikha’s.Ram Prakash then told the police that only Deepu, her university friend, could be behind the murder.”The face of the body, the policemen showed me had been crushed by a heavy object and the other parts were burnt with cigarettes. There were stab injuries too and one of the eyes had been gouged out. The dead girl, wearing the same salwarkurta in which Shikha had gone missing, appeared to be my daughter,” Ram Prakash said.Interestingly, the postmortem report confirmed that ” Shikha was sexually assaulted and then killed”. The police then launched a manhunt for Deepu.On June 18, however, the father realised that something was amiss. ” I was somehow not convinced with the way the incidents had played out. So I went to the police and requested them for a second postmortem examination, but it led nowhere,” he said.Gorakhpur DIG Mukesh Shukla said: ” Shikha and Deepu got married secretly in Gorakhpur’s Budhiya Mai temple on April 18 and wanted to live together. But Shikha didn’t want her parents to hunt for her while she lived with Deepu. So, Deepu spent two months searching for a girl whose figure resembled that of Shikha. His friend Sugreev helped him meet Pooja Kumari, a resident of Sonbhadra, who bit the bill.advertisementThey paid Pooja Rs 3000 and brought her to Gorakhpur on some pretext for two days. On June 17, they killed and defaced her, put her in Shikha’s salwarkurta and Sugreev dumped the body near the Saryu Canal Colony. Then the couple left for Varanasi.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more