History has a way of repeating itself. The adage gains special significance in case of Punjab, which, thanks to the seeds sown over the time, is reaping rich dividends today. With Punjab emerging as the best overall state since 2003, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal attributes its repeated success,History has a way of repeating itself. The adage gains special significance in case of Punjab, which, thanks to the seeds sown over the time, is reaping rich dividends today. With Punjab emerging as the best overall state since 2003, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal attributes its repeated success to Punjabis being “aggressive and progressive by nature”. The sentiment is echoed by Industries and Commerce Minister Manoranjan Kalia. “I marvel at the entrepreneurship of our people. We have no iron ore but have a successful steel industry in Mandi Gobindgarh, no wool but a booming hosiery industry in Ludhiana, no willow but a renowned sports industry in Ludhiana.”An evenly irrigated Punjab is the leader in farm productionThe strong foundation for Punjab’s success was laid decades back. The headstart in agriculture apart, a vast network of roads built in the state has kept villages connected to cities and mandis. The state, however, is cashstrapped, with debts mounting to Rs 40,000 crore, a falling standard of education and a poor power situation. Badal, though, refuses to take the blame. “What could not be achieved in six decades we have done in just two. We are working to add capacity with four thermal power plants in Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura, Gidderbaha and Goindwal Sahib,” he says.Kalia touts the passing of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act, approval to 16 SEZs and 49 mega projects sanctioned since March 2007, adding that these will bring in an investment of Rs 36,574 crore. “From No. 23, we have climbed to No. 3 in VAT collection,” says Badal. “When we came to power, we were 30,000 teachers short. We’ve filled half of the vacancies and are catering to 11,000 more in the next three months,” adds Badal. Unfazed about the criticism on the scrapping of the MOU with Reliance Industries for setting up agricultural projects in the state, Kalia says, “They did nothing for two years. So they had to go.”advertisementThe Government’s moves evoke a mixed reaction.” They are providing the right infrastructure and things are beginning to happen. With IIT and ISB, Punjab will get a different feel,” says NASSCOM Chairman Pramod Bhasin. Pointing to depleting water levels and overuse of chemicals and fertilisers, agriculturist Davinder Sharma says, “Punjab is surviving on artificial respiration. The way things are, the most productive land will soon turn into a desert.”The Congress too has its reservations. “Every other day, explosives are found somewhere, indicating an attempt by terrorists to regroup. Law and order is pathetic and standard of education is falling. The Government can only think of how it can crown Badal as chief minister,” says Congress MP Vijay Inder Singla from Sangrur. While the debate rages, the paradox that is Punjab continues to make headlines.
India’s star sportsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra were on Tuesday conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel by the Territorial Army for their contributions in the field of cricket and shooting respectively.Both, the Indian cricket captain and the Olympic gold medallist shooter, sported army’s olive green uniform at the function held in their honour at the Territorial Army headquarters in the national capital on Tuesday evening.Dhoni had led India to the ICC World Cup victory earlier this year. He was also instrumental in taking the team to the number one spot in the ICC rankings earlier.Ace shooter Bindra won the first ever individual gold for India in the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He is also an Arjuna Award winner and has been given the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.With this honour, Dhoni and Bindra have joined the club of other sportspersons, including Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, who too hold honorary ranks in the armed forces. While Kapil Dev is an honorary Lt Col in the Territorial Army, Tendulkar is an honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force, which is equivalent of a full colonel in the army.
It was a rare moment when five elite sportspersons shared the stage and expressed their hopes and aspirations about the upcoming Olympics.Shooters Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Ronjan Sodhi, archer Deepika Kumari and boxer Vikas Krishan will be some of the individuals on whom India will pin hopes for adding a glorious chapter in the country’s sporting history.The five sportspersons were in the Capital for the announcement of Samsung’s sponsorship of the Indian contingent for the London Olympics.The five athletes, as well as boxer Laishram Devendro Singh, have been designated Samsung Olympic Ratnas and all their training expenses till the Games will be borne by the multinational.Bindra, India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, is preparing for his fourth Olympics and knows what it takes to succeed under the most intense pressure.”The trick is to detach oneself from the hype and focus on performance,” the rifle shooter said. “Concentration is of utmost importance as what you do on the big day counts.”Narang will be in action in three events – 10m air rifle, 50m three position and 50m prone – at the London Games and wants every possible shot at Olympic glory.”I am a pretty good multi- event shooter and am looking to put my best foot forward. I still need to work on the kneeling position, which is my weakest area. However, I am confident of sorting it out in next few months,” he said.It will be Narang’s third Olympics and he hopes to be third time lucky, like Bindra.advertisementSodhi has had a dream 12 months in his career and the double trap shooter hopes to crown his achievements with an Olympic gold.”Rankings are momentary. It is medals that will remain with me. I just aim to give my 100 per cent each time, regardless of the stature of the tournament,” the world number two said.”It will be my first Olympics and means a lot. I am ready for the challenge,” Sodhi promised.Deepika, still a teenager, already has two Commonwealth Games gold medals in her kitty and is ranked among the top three in the world.”Concentration is vital in our sport. I do a lot of physical training, yoga and visualisation,” she said. “We also do target practice for eight to nine hours a day.”Each archery contest lasts 20 minutes which seem to go in a jiffy. We have to work for years to be at our best during those 20 minutes. The Koreans are our biggest threat due to their strength and confidence. We need to be at our best to get the better of them,” Deepika said.Vikas has recently stepped out of the shadows of the likes of Vijender Kumar and Akhil Kumar. But he does not hide the fact that Bindra is his sporting idol for ending India’s long gold medal drought at the Olympics.”I don’t want to run down anybody, but in my opinion, he is the best sportsperson of the country,” the bronze medallist at the recent boxing world championships said.Vikas has recently changed his weight category from 60kg to 69 kg and the boy from Bhiwani believes the move up will help his chances.”In the 69kg class, boxers have more power but are lacking in speed, which is my strength. I want to capitalise on it,” he said.The youngster had the guests in splits when he added in a lighter vein: “In boxing, one has to take blows regardless of the weight category in which one competes. I would rather do so without sacrificing on my favourite delicacies.
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Thomas at gher home in Hyderabad.She comes rushing out of the rickety lift in the defence quarters, clad in her typical zari-bordered sari, a woman who totally fits the Indian description of ‘homely’. Apologising profusely for keeping me waiting with her guard, for 20 minutes, on the landing outside her,Thomas at gher home in Hyderabad.She comes rushing out of the rickety lift in the defence quarters, clad in her typical zari-bordered sari, a woman who totally fits the Indian description of ‘homely’. Apologising profusely for keeping me waiting with her guard, for 20 minutes, on the landing outside her locked flat door, she asks, “You look so tired, did you manage to have breakfast?” I am startled, but she doesn’t wait for a response. “I can give you cheese and bread, and make an omelette. Will that be okay?”I demur and blink as she bustles around her house and disappears into a functional kitchen. Her house is welcoming, with a creeper plant, Jesus portraits on walls, various artistic tchotchkes glittering around the room, and the typical Kerala elephant-that she got as a memento from her engineering college in Thrissur-placed carefully on a stool just inside the front door. Her showcase is full of sports medals won by her son Tejas Patel, president of the students’ union at his engineering college in Vellore. But then there are also models of two missiles, Agni I and II, which have a place of pride in her house.Tessy Thomas, 49, is as far a cry from a missile scientist as is possible for one to imagine. I expect a prissy, science-sprouting, bespectacled professor, and find a warm, down-to-earth woman who rues the state of her house as she has been away for some days at the Agni V launch. She worries about her “fitness” and regrets not using the exercise machine. She makes sure I eat a freshly-made omelette of onions, tomatoes and potatoes before sitting down for a formal interview on the success of Agni V.advertisementShe makes no fuss as photographers take their time to set up the hot lights they use that make the already sweltering heat of Hyderabad unbearable. She wipes the sweat away each time the photographers allow her to, and deals with all questions without turning a hair.”It is an honour to be called Missile Woman and Agni Putri,” she says, beaming. She loves the moniker, more so because her role model, APJ Abdul Kalam, is called the Missile Man. She could have been an IAS officer; she even wrote the exam. But the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) interview happened the same day, and she got through. Kalam placed her in the Agni missile programme once she finished her MTech from the Defence Institute of Armament Technology, Pune, and that is where she has been ever since. “He created a great forum for the exchange of ideas and all of us have benefited from that,” she says.Thomas, project director (mission), Agni V, is unique. She is equally comfortable discussing the 5,000 km of cables inside the missile and the shenanigans of saas and bahu in TV soaps. “That is how I unwind,” she says, casually. “I like the way the actors are all so well-dressed and neatly turned out.” I raise my brow. This is a missile scientist? She laughs. “Yes, my husband says the same thing, how do you watch these serials? But I like them.”She has had no time to read anything but science journals of late, but Enid Blyton and Archie were childhood friends. Betty or Veronica? “I like Veronica!” she says with a disarming grin. No time for her other love, badminton, either. She was the champion at school and college and used to play with her son or neighbours. But the last three years have been Agni IV and V, nothing else. “I am in charge of the mission and guidance of Agni V,” she says. After completing over 10,000 computer simulations, her focus among 2,000-strong team was to get the missile going along the right path to its target, which Agni V achieved with great precision on April 19. “It was thrilling. I am happy and content that the mission is a success,” she says.Former scientific adviser to the defence minister and senior missile scientist V.S. Arunachalam puts into context the role she played in the success of the Agni programme. “In projects such as these, a consensus needs to be built up. A woman does not easily give up her point of view, she can be persuasive and irritatingly persistent. It must have helped to have a woman in charge,” he says. Arunachalam points out that it is extremely difficult to be a scientist and a woman in the Indian society. “Women have more responsibilities. It is very difficult to be staring at a electron microscope when your child is down with flu. Being a mother, wife and scientist involves sacrifices and lots of compromises. It is a remarkable feat to manage both well,” he adds.advertisementThomas’s husband, CMDR Saroj Kumar Patel, 55, who was her classmate at Pune, spends long stretches of his career as naval officer posted away from Hyderabad. She has had to juggle work with bringing up her son. But she has only praise for the way her husband and son, as well as her in-laws, parents and four siblings have supported her, be it in her inter-religious marriage or her missile work.”What she has achieved gives me a great feeling,” says her son Tejas, 21. His name is an anagram of his mother and father’s names and not the Light Combat Aircraft. He is looking at a corporate job after studies but does not rule out following his mother’s footsteps into defence technology. “In fact, both my parents are involved in defence work. I have seen their workload and its disadvantages. But whenever I need them, they are there,” he adds.Thomas shrugs off the 16-hour schedules she had to put in for years to manage her son’s studies and her work. And there is no end to work. Agni V has succeeded, but she barely has a moment to exult, as she works a full 12-hour day, even on Sunday. Two more tests have to be conducted before the 5,000-km intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can be given to the defence forces, while work has to start on the multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV), the indigenous warhead that has to be fitted onto the missile.Thomas’s IFS officer father and mother, devout Syrian Christians from Alappuzha in Kerala, named her after Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa. But she doesn’t find it odd that she is working on missiles or that she has a gunman on 24×7 duty. “I have built a vehicle that can also carry flowers,” she says, with a grin. And adds, “I am building it for a country that only wants it as a deterrent. So I am building it to actually ensure peace in this region.”She declines to answer questions on China and its missile programme, and explains that she is speaking to me only because DRDO has permitted her to do so, on Agni. She escorts me out of her house with simplicity and charm, leaving me without any opportunity or reason to ask uncomfortable questions like whether a woman has to deal with ego clashes in the scientific world.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the first to admit that no one deserved the NCAA Coach of the Year award more than Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson.“Coach Topex deserves this one. He went 18-0 and I just want to share it to coach Topex,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Fernandez also said that these criticisms fueled San Beda to work as hard, if not harder, than anyone to show that it is still the defending champion.“We thank the haters and the doubters because they pushed me to work harder and really looked at that point why we’re losing against LPU. They gave us fire and we strived hard to win. They counted us out, they counted me out right away, but in the end, we came back and won a championship,” he said.Fernandez is also hopeful that the NCAA Season 93 trophy will be enough to merit a return ticket for him in Mendiola next year.“I wish I’ll continue to coach San Beda. I know it will be up to the bosses what their decision will be, but if I will be asked if I’ll stay with San Beda, can it be lifetime?,” he asked.At this moment, with a championship to boot, there’s no reason why Fernandez shouldn’t. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES It was one of the most challenging tasks the outspoken mentor has ever faced in his decorated career in the collegiate scene.Through the course of San Beda’s stronghold of the NCAA throne, it has never been regarded as an underdog. That was until Season 93, when surprise top seed Lyceum rampaged through the field and completed the 18-game sweep of the eliminations.Fernandez knew the odds were stacked against him, and it didn’t help that criticisms were hurled his way when the Red Lions failed to finish on top for the first time in 12 years.Fortunately for him, his players showed their worth and proved that this batch is truly one of the best this decade has ever seen, shunning doubts with a championship to brag.“This championship will not be a reality if not for my players. They deserve to win this championship because they worked hard really well. They sacrificed for around 11 months, and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us. But the circle of this team never doubted each other,” he said.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 View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ But the Red Lions threw the Pirates’ undefeated record down the drain when they swept the best-of-three Finals with a 92-82 victory on Thursday.Fernandez added another hardware to his already gaudy trophy case with his third championship with San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBut more than the citation, what meant more to for Fernandez was his triumphant return to the collegiate scene after two years in the pros with NLEX.“A door closes and a big gate of San Beda opened up for me. San Beda welcomed me with open arms, and they really, really tried to adjust to my system,” he said. “It’s tough for me with all the situation that I had in the past. It brought back the trust I had in myself, because what happened to me was so bad that I thought I’d never coach again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Malditas save PH from shutout Toronto led most of the first half and DeRozan’s layup with a second left put the Raptors up by 11 at halftime.Hardaway and Lee each had game highs of seven assists.The Knicks are 10-2 when scoring at least 100 points this season. They are 4-0 when holding opponents to less than 100.DeRozan had scored at least 20 points in 10 straight games before falling two points short on Wednesday.Joakim Noah has not dressed in all five games the Knicks have played since he was activated following his 20-game suspension. He is currently in the second year of a four-year, $72 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 for the Raptors, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.The Knicks trailed 59-48 at halftime and were down 62-52 after Lowry’s two free throws with 10:47 left in the third quarter. Enes Kanter’s layup with 10:28 left began the eight-minute surge, which didn’t end until CJ Miles hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining. Kanter added five more points during the run, while Courtney Lee contributed seven of his 15 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNew York took its biggest lead at 89-69 on Doug McDermott’s jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.The Knicks still led by 18 when the Raptors went on a 12-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 94-88. But Porzingis converted a three-point play with 5:25 left to end the run and also hit the next bucket, and the Knicks put it away soon after when Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer. MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 Heat beat Celtics to end 16-game winning streak Toronto Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) tries to strip the ball from New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK—Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a career-high 38 points, including 12 during a 28-0 run in the third quarter that sent the New York Knicks to a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who outscored the Raptors 41-10 in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments
The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Wayne Rooney scored Everton’s goal in a 1-0 win at Newcastle as the Merseyside club continued its resurgence under new manager Sam Allardyce, with the team winning three of his four matches in charge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims NO CITY HANGOVERThree days after beating Manchester United, there was no derby hangover from City.This was one of City’s most dominant displays yet, highlighting the gulf between the league’s first and last teams.“At times it was horrible, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods,” Swansea manager Paul Clement said. “It was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me, one of the best sides I’ve ever come across.”ADVERTISEMENT Aurier appeared to be aiming for a teammate in the area when he sent the ball over from the right wing. It ended up finding the top corner of the net.Son’s 87th-minute goal came when his header from Christian Eriksen’s cross flew in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.BLANKS FOR LIVERPOOL, ARSENALLiverpool and Arsenal were held to draws for the second time in four days to drop further behind the Premier League’s pace-setters.Liverpool had a late goal disallowed against West Brom, with Dominic Solanke ruled to have touched the ball with his hand after chesting down a cross from fellow substitute Joe Gomez.The Reds were fourth heading into the midweek round of games but have dropped to fifth place, a point clear of an Arsenal team that is now winless in three games.Arsene Wenger’s side dominated for long spells against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium but nearly ended up losing after Javier Hernandez hit the crossbar with a shot in the last minute.Arsenal is seventh in the standings.WINS FOR LEICESTER, EVERTONLeicester manager Claude Puel enjoyed his return to Southampton, where he was fired in the offseason, as his new team won 4-1 thanks to goals by Shinji Okazaki (2), Riyad Mahrez and Andy King. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads 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 David Silva ran the game from midfield and scored a goal in each half at Liberty Stadium, with City manager Pep Guardiola describing the Spain playmaker as an “animal.”“We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals,” Guardiola said. “He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”Silva’s second goal — City’s third — was the highlight after he swapped passes with Raheem Sterling before chipping the goalkeeper.UNITED BOUNCES BACKRomelu Lukaku ended a four-game run without scoring in the league to help United bounce back from the damaging loss to City on Sunday.It was timely for the striker, who was at fault for both of City’s goals in the derby before squandering a close-range chance late on.Lukaku headed in the only goal after 25 minutes on a night of heavy rain and sleet at Old Trafford. Substitute Marcus Rashford later hit the bar but United needed goalkeeper David de Gea to make a string of fine saves to preserve the lead.LUCKY GOALTottenham will be the next team to try to end Man City’s unbeaten start to the season, and heads into Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium on the back of two straight wins.After thrashing Stoke 5-1, Spurs got past Brighton thanks to a lucky 40th-minute goal by Serge Aurier and Son Heung-min’s sixth goal in seven starts. MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Manchester City’s David Silva, centre, scores his side’s first goal of the game against Swansea City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Another win, another record for rampant Premier League leader Manchester City.And this one might be the most impressive of the lot.ADVERTISEMENT By beating Swansea 4-0 on Wednesday, City racked up its 15th straight victory — a feat never achieved in the 129-year history of England’s top division.Second-place Manchester United also won, beating Bournemouth 1-0 through Romelu Lukaku’s goal to keep the gap at the top to 11 points, but chasing down its cross-town rival looks to be a forlorn hope at this rate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCity is unbeaten after 17 games and has now scored 52 goals, the latest coming at Liberty Stadium through David Silva (2), Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero against last-place Swansea.With Liverpool held 0-0 at home by West Bromwich Albion for a second straight draw at Anfield, Tottenham climbed back into fourth place — the final Champions League qualifying spot — thanks to a 2-0 win over Brighton. 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