For sometime now, the name, term, insignia, label, epithet, tag, title, moniker Bollywood has been residing vicariously in the eye of a storm. Stars, directors and others in the industry — led by the towering inferno Big B and now followed by Bodyguard and Tiger Salman Khan — have complained that the name is a joke, an insult, demonstrating slavish mimicking of an industry that has clearly overtaken, in terms of movie output, eyeballs, glamor, pull, excitement, color, mass attraction — Hollywood. While no alternative name has quite caught the popular imagination, critics argue that Bollywood reflects imitation, which is degrading and needs to be rectified.A quick flashback on how this name came about is in order. Contrary to popular belief, the term did not emerge out of thin air, the spasmodic working of an underpaid script writer’s over-heated imagination. Rather, it was inspired by Tollywood, which referred to West Bengal cinema way back in — hold your breath guys — 1932! Yup, you heard right! How? Why? Simple. At that time, Kolkata (West Bengal) was the center of Indian cinema with studios booming with activity. This chance juxtaposition of two pairs of rhyming syllables Holly and Tolly (after Tollygunge, where the industry was concentrated) led to the portmanteau Tollywood, which went on to describe cinema of that region, fashionably promoted with verve and style later in the early 1970s by Kolkata’s iconic youth magazine Junior Statesman.The term Bollywood, reportedly, has its origins in the 1970s when the Indian cinema industry zoomed past Hollywood in productions. Credit for the term has been claimed by different people, including Reliance Entertainment head and ex Bollywood lyricist Amit Khanna and journalist Bevinda Collaco.The sudden touchiness about the Bollywood name never ever existed in the 1970s, 1980s, or even the 1990s, with the exception of occasional objections, which no one took with any seriousness. If anything, Mumbai’s masala film professionals were generally comforted by the idea of actually having a “brand name.” Amitabh Bachchan’s was the first big, booming voice to register protest. His criticism then, as now, was that the name mimicked Hollywood and relegated the industry to “secondary status.” Today, as Bollywood goes global as a major force, it stinks of mockery and Hollywoodian-awe.Superstar, Tiger Sallu-bhai has joined in with his growl. Cool with Bolly but-un-cool with Wood, he has proposed an interesting alternative— Hi-Fi, which denotes Hindi Film industry. Like Bachchan, he believes that Bollywood is a corny clone and is both insulting and disrespectful to the world’s largest film factory.Respected film and TV writer Kamlesh Pandey (Kuch Toh Log Kahenge) is equally incensed. He laments that even after 65 years of independence, Indians haven’t lost their slave and colonized mentality, still craving for the white man’s approval. “It is shameful, because Indian cinema today has a persona and character of its own. Shouldn’t we celebrate it with pride and confidence instead of basking in the cheap, derivative, reflected glory in a name clearly mimicking Hollywood and used more as a taunt or mockery than a glorious brand? Shouldn’t we remember that it belongs to a country that scripted the Upanishads and Mahabharat at a time when people in the western world were roaming the jungles searching for an identity? Whatever happened to our sense of values and our national pride?”Director Rakeysh Mehra (Rang De Basanti) joins the chorus with a different refrain. His resentment stems from the “random application” of the B term tag to movies and directors like him, which has led to a loss of identity. His material, he believes, is different from what Bollywood stands for — music, dance, melodrama, glamor, stars, exotic locales, item numbers — and is therefore misleading and confusing.So what gives?Vibha Patil, a 28-year-old Indian-born marketing executive in London and keen follower of Bollywood sides with the Bachchan-Khan-Mehra troika: “These guys are not wrong. We manufacture a kind of product that is deliciously hybrid, totally unique and resonates big time wherever shown. It is also completely different, special, rooted and made-in-India, so it’s high time the patronizing and copycat name Bollywood is slung out and replaced with something that defines the individualistic, colorful dramabazzi stuff we dish out to zonk the world. I am sure Javed Akhtar or Prasoon Joshi, the adman, will be able to coin a term that blends the best masala with the best of mainstream cinema-something unapologetically commercial, escapist and fun.”Film scholar, historian and critic Rauf Ahmed confesses that he is confused by the fuss: “I remember Southern Superstar Kamal Hasan and later Amitabh Bachchan voicing protests years ago; the issue also came up at a film seminar and now, a chorus of people joining this scrap-the-Bollywood-term movement… what can I say? While I agree theoretically with Kamal and Amitabh that it does sound copy-cat and country cousin-ish and therefore, perhaps presents a poor picture of our gigantic film industry, these are occupational hazards and come with the territory. We live in a world of short-cuts, nicknames and slangs. Are Bebo, Kat, Piggy Chops, Dips or Bips fab tags to replace Kareena, Katrina, Priyanka, Deepika and Bipasha? They’ve caught and rocked public imagination so today, across the world, all B-town fans recognize and place these names like a shot. Same with Bollywood. I don’t think value-judgment comes into play or counts. The name Bollywood is far too popular to risk or demand re-christening.”Ad-film maker Pralhad Kakkar also refuses to play footsie: “The name perfectly defines, describes and reflects the industry. It is a greedy, arrogant, pretentious, over-the-top, over-paid, under-talented industry forever ripping off Hollywood material and pretending it’s theirs, They got away with it in earlier times because there was no TV or exposure to global cinema. Also the Hollywood honchos reckoned it would too troublesome to take these bozos to court… so they had a ball. Today, they dare not do that and so are sheepishly buying rights for re-makes, about which the less said the better!”Kakkar laughs off the great righteous indignation expressed by Indian movie stalwarts and invites them to have a long hard look at the mirror. “The good stuff that is coming out like Wasseypur or Shanghai, Kahaani or Pan Singh doesn’t have that label. They belong to parallel/alternative cinema. It’s all typical filmy bullshit and doesn’t deserve any notice. It’s the perfect brand-name… a desperate imitative, pretentious wannabe!!”While Amit Khanna hurriedly dismisses the issue as a “non-issue fronted by bit-players like Mehra,” hi-profile TV producer Siddharth Basu (Kaun Banega Crorepati) is more measured in his response: “Today the name Bollywood, for better or worse, reflects a brand of entertainment — (glossy, star-driven etc.) and resonates being-on with their fans and all interested or curious about Indian cinema. We are stuck with it and I can’t see another name replacing it in a hurry although Salman’s Hi-fi sounds interesting!”Film critic Saibal Chatterjee find the hulabaloo over the term a storm in a tea-cup, much ado about nothing and emerging from a deep-rooted complex involving the issue of respectability. “Even since these guys hit the volume market, global — read diaspora — space and Rs. 100 crore club phenomenon, they’ve been walking on cloud 99. However, in the international scene, they are pygmies with smaller nations racing past them in the quality cinema and prestige slot. Kakkar is right. As you sow, so shall you reap. They still, in their heart-of-hearts, aspire to be like Bollywood, but have neither their focus, discipline, sense of respect and humility for their craft or fellow professionals and keep throwing attitude and churning out stuff that reeks of Tarantino, Coppola, Scorsese and gang!”Chatterjee offers another riveting observation: “Interestingly the guys doing non-Bollywood type movies — Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee — are not concerned or interested with labels and continue to do their own thing. It’s, ironically the superstars who define masala fare, (typical Bollywood stuff) who seem to be most agitated! They should chill and be grateful they have a ready made brand name to hawk their wares in the market.”Film Historian Rafique Baghdadi begs to differ. The veteran Mumbai-ite and chronicler of its commercial cinema believes the tag does the film industry injustice. “Some guy at some point may have tossed out this name and the press, on cue, put it on a trapeze, swung it high and it stuck! For me it’s both lazy and frivolous baptism by whoever the person was and equally lazily accepted and consumed by the who cares and chalta hai public! Just because we are stuck with it, doesn’t make it okay.”Respected brand consultant Anand Halve is uncomfortable with the term as well: “Anything that is derivative reflects an active and conscious denial of identity and a cloying desperation to hit the wannabe button. Be it the B word, the hysterically ludicrous call-center accent, the Indian-born tag to people who have struck gold abroad.… It comes from a deep-rooted complex that demonstrates zero confidence or pride regarding self-worth. Very, very regressive and negative. Both Amit and Salman are spot-on. Time to get rid of this albatross fast, if possible. What better time than now?”Veteran, dazzling hunk and global star Kabir Bedi, however, is unconvinced and dismissive the hand-wringing: “Look Bollywood is a done deal and as a brand is globally known, acknowledged and respected. This secondary-status stuff may have occurred early on, but today even Hollywood recognizes its presence, its enormous mass-appeal and its quirky, colorful, song-dance, melodramatic template that is so uniquely Indian. No wonder so many biggies indicate interest to come on board and associate with it. They are also aware of other streams of cinema coming out of this label, which are different in form and content and story telling.”Bedi believes it’s both silly and dangerous to tinker with an established, strong brand like Bollywood and insists that while everyone is entitled to their opinion (“it’s a free country, buddy!”) it’s hardly an issue that threatens the pride, prestige and solidarity of either the film industry or the nation, that critics make it out to be.But for the eminent veteran father of India’s new wave cinema, Shyam Benegal, the problem lies elsewhere. “I have no quarrels with the name Bollywood per se, because by accident or design, the name has stuck and defines Mumbai’s commercial mainstream cinema quite appropriately,” he says. Benegal’s objection is over the term Bollywood being made out to mean, signify and symbolize Indian cinema to the western world, which, he insists, is totally inaccurate, false and untrue. The problem, he says, is that it lumps Kahani, Vicky Donor, Ishqzade, Shanghai, Wassypur, as well as all regional cinema, under one label.Too bad, says veteran theater and ad guru Alyque Padamsee, arguing that brand-building doesn’t happen over-night, but is created, nurtured and powered into the popular imagination over time and frequency. “It would be a disaster to fool around with it. A classic case in point is the name change from Bombay to Mumbai! Whether the change in brand name has done an iota of good is best left unsaid.”Santosh Desai, chief executive officer Futurebrands India asserts that the Indian film industry is better served by reclaiming the word than burying it: “Brand Bollywood is a reality and reflects brand values that are special, exclusive, different and resonates brilliantly in many parts of the world. The critical point to address is: since it has taken on a distinct life on its own and since a serious viable alternative tag is not yet anywhere around it’s crucial to infuse new nuance and meaning to this term to make it more edgy, exciting and layered.” Related Items
Counting for all the 42 Lok Sabha Seats in West Bengal has started at 8 a.m. amidst tight security in Kolkata and rest of the State.The postal ballots are being counted in the first hour and it indicates that Trinamool Congress (TMC) is ahead in six Seats as the first few hundreds of the ballots are being counted.The BJP and the Congress are ahead in three and two Seats respectively. Most of these Seats showing trends are in north Bengal.Left Front is not ahead in any of the 42 Seats.A total of nearly seven crore electors voted in Bengal of which nearly 12 lakh were first-time voters. Polling took place in seven phase in the State with a population of about 10 crore.Various pre-result polls – which are not always correct – indicated that Left Front’s votes will drop in 2019 Bengal election and BJP will gain in the State.Trinamool Congress bagged 34 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll while the BJP got two. The Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) got two each.A clear trend is expected to emerge around mid day.
With the arrest of two persons, the Punjab police on Thursday claimed to have busted a module of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), an outfit backed by Pakistan’s ISI. Jagdev Singh and Ravinderpal Singh were allegedly arranging funds and weapons for the sleeper cells of the banned group on the directives of Kulwinderjit Singh alias Khanpuriya, currently in Malaysia. Police had received a specific input that Kulwinderjit Singh, along with his associates, had planned to target leaders of a specific community to spread terror and disturb communal harmony in the State. Kulwinderjit Singh was involved in terrorist activities and had shifted to Malaysia in January 2019.
A PWD junior engineer, who was allegedly forced by a newly elected BJD MLA in Odisha to do sit-ups in public, on Friday claimed the legislator had also asked an executive engineer to slap him, even as the police registered a case against the lawmaker. The alleged “rowdyism” of Saroj Kumar Meher, first-time MLA from Patnagarh in Bolangir district, also triggered a row with the Opposition BJP coming down heavily on the BJD government and demanding immediate arrest of the lawmaker and the Congress condemning the incident. Mr. Meher, who drew flak after a video purportedly showed him forcing a PWD junior engineer to do sit-ups in public went viral, on Thursday apologised for his action, claiming he did so to assuage public anger. Later on Thursday, the engineer’s wife lodged a complaint with the police against the MLA, accusing him of publicly humiliating her husband.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday assuring him of what the Delhi government officially termed was its “full cooperation for the further development of Delhi”. Mr. Kejriwal, the State government said in a statement, also “appealed that it is important for Delhi and Central governments to work together”.The 20-minute-odd meeting, which commenced around 11.30 a.m., was the third meeting between the two since the formation of the Aam Aadmi Party government in the Capital in early 2015 and the first after the commencement of the NDA government’s second term in office.In addition to congratulating Mr. Modi for his victory in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Minister also invited him to visit the AAP government’s flagship Mohalla Clinics and schools administered by it.Conciliatory note Mr. Kejriwal, who has on innumerable occasions accused Mr. Modi of attempting to obstruct the functioning of his government indirectly through the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, seemed to strike a conciliatory note in Friday’s meeting. He offered to “examine” if the Centrally-sponsored Ayushman Bharat health scheme “could also be integrated into the Delhi government’s”, after having criticised it on several counts recently.“Ayushman Bharat was briefly discussed. Informed Hon’ble PM that Delhi Govt’s Delhi Health scheme is much bigger and wider in scope. However, assured him to examine if Ayushman Bharat scheme cud also be integrated into our scheme (sic),” the Delhi Chief Minister tweeted.Water storage projectThe Delhi government statement said Mr. Kejriwal also sought the Central government’s cooperation for an “ambitious” project aimed at the natural storage of water in the Yamuna floodplains.“Mr. Kejriwal said that since Delhi faces an acute water shortage, particularly in summer months, this project once implemented will ensure that storage of water during a single monsoon will be sufficient to meet Delhi’s water requirements for two years,” it said.The first official meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Kejriwal, which took place on February 12, 2015, saw the latter inviting the Prime Minister to his oath-taking ceremony at Ramlila Maidan two days later – which the Prime Minister, however, had declined. Their second, on August 25, 2015, was to seek the Prime Minister’s intervention in bridging the “trust deficit” between the Centre and the Delhi government. “Assured full cooperation of Del govt. To develop Delhi, capital city of India, it is imp that Del govt n Centre work together (sic),” Mr. Kejriwal tweeted after their third official meeting on Friday.
It is a love story that can inspire the screenwriters of new-age Bollywood. Payal, a constable with the U.P. police, met dreaded gangster Rahul Tharasana during a court hearing in Greater Noida in May 2014. The two fell in love at the Surajpur court where Tharasana was brought in connection with the murder case of a trader named Manmohan Goyal as the main accused. Payal was allegedly posted there.Romance over datesTheir romance blossomed over several dates in the court, leading to marriage. The world got to know when Tharasana shared photos of the wedding ceremony, which reportedly took place in March at an undisclosed location, with some of his friends via social media.It created an embarrassing situation on Friday for the U.P. police. Tharasana, said to be part of the Anil Dujana gang, is an accused in over a dozen cases of loot and murder.As the news spread during the day, Senior Superintendent of Police (Gautam Buddh Nagar) Vaibhav Krishna tweeted that the claim that the girl is a police constable is unverified. SP (Rural) Kumar Ranvijay Singh told The Hindu that it was yet to be confirmed that the girl worked with the U.P. police.“We have checked. Her name is not there in our office records. What I can confirm is that Rahul is a history-sheeter and is out on bail.”‘Influenced people’On local reports that Payal was using her husband’s notoriety in his absence to influence people in their village in Greater Noida, where the family holds political clout, Mr. Singh said that he was getting it investigated. “We haven’t received any formal complaint so far,” he said.
An independent MLA was on Sunday booked by the Punjab police for allegedly berating Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner publicly at the civil hospital here on the issue of identity of a victim’s body, with the video of the incident having gone viral. In the video, legislator Simranjit Singh Bains is seen shouting at Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujwal even as the officer tries to clear some confusion over the identity of a blast victim’s body. A day after the blast in a firecracker unit here that killed 23 people, Lok Insaaf Party chief and MLA Bains had allegedly berated Ujwal publicly at the civil hospital here. Police have booked Ludhiana MLA and his unidentified 20-odd associates on charges of voluntarily obstructing and assaulting or using criminal force against a public servant from discharging his duty, committing trespass and making criminal intimidation and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. Senior Superintendent of Police Opinderjit Singh said the FIR has been registered on the complaint of Batala Sub-divisional Magistrate Balraj Singh who was also present at the time of incident. Yells at the officer“Eh tere baap da office nahi hai. Eh public da office hai. Te tu public nu hi keh rehan ki bahar jao. (It’s not your father’s office, it’s a public office and you are asking the public to get out),” Mr. Bains is heard yelling at Mr. Ujwal, even as the officer is seen trying to calm the infuriated MLA in the video. “Mera naal gal kar la pehla” (Talk to me first),” the legislator is seen telling the officer earlier in the 45-second video in presence of SSP Mr. Singh, Civil Surgeon Kishan Chand and Deputy SP Balkrishna Singla.Refuses to see reasons With the furious MLA refusing to see reasons, a humiliated Deputy Commissioner is heard merely quipping “I’m not going to talk to you” and seen leaving the place. Reacting to the registration of case against him and his companions, Mr. Bains accused Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of being behind the legal action against him.
Tension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died of torture in police lock-up. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended and a magisterial inquiry has been ordered by the District Magistrate.According to local sources, Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the G.S. Medical College in Pilakhuwa and then the Meerut Medical College, where he died in the early hours of Monday. A video purportedly showing Tomar’s posterior as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms has gone viral.‘Died during treatment’Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. She was the wife of Tomar’s brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the policemen didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Tomar into custody, Mr. Singh added, inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial inquiry have been ordered.” He refused to comment on the viral video and the claim of Tomar’s son and wife that he was beaten in their presence. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murder charges against policemen involved in the case. The Provincial Armed Constabulary has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.
Mounting a blistering attack on the Congress-JMM-RJD alliance in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged that its “self-seeking” past governments were driven by the “lust for power”, and exploited the mineral-rich State’s resources while neglecting the people. He also accused the previous Congress governments at the Centre of procrastinating resolution of the Kashmir issue and the Ayodhya dispute. “This election is a contest between those who serve and those who loot. The Congress has problems, we have the solutions. They have accusations, we have the report of the work we have done. They have empty promises, we have the proof of development,” Mr. Modi said at a rally in Daltonganj.Social justiceMr. Modi asserted the BJP was committed to the five principles of social justice — stability, good governance, prosperity, respect for all and security. Maoism flourished under the non-BJP governments due to political instability, he said. “Governments were made through the back door. There were alliances of self-seekers who were driven by the lust for power (satta bhog) and exploited the resources of the State. They had their eyes on the riches found beneath the surface of the earth and cared little for those living on the earth. How would it then have been possible to give electricity, roads and water to people? Set up industries?” he said.‘Free from Naxalism’At another rally in Gumla, Mr. Modi said when people would vote for the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) once again, “I believe the backbone of Naxalism will break completely.” Raising the issue of forest rights of tribals, he said, “The BJP is committed to protecting your right to Jal, Jungle, Jameen (water, forest and land).”
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really nice to get to see a different culture and try new things here. And we’re really growing not only as players but also as individuals.”Valdez, who suited up for 3BB Nakornnont in the Women’s Volleyball Thailand League earlier this year, practiced with her new team on Thursday.The Filipino volleyball star will also be playing with a familiar face in Thuy as they competed against each other in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Attackline Volleyball Team 💕 pic.twitter.com/v14ZlZKfDk— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) October 6, 2017FEATURED 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PHOTO from Team Alyssa V’s Facebook account.Alyssa Valdez was officially introduced as the newest member of Chinese Taipei volleyball club Attack Line on Friday along with Vietnamese star Tran Thi Thanh Thuy.Valdez, who is playing for second club team outside of the Philippines, will suit up for Attack Line in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League from October to December.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “I’m really thankful to be here for this opportunity and I’m really excited playing with them and learning a lot of things from them,” said Valdez during the presser on Friday as posted on her Facebook account. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending 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 “If it’s just striking, I’ll be able to keep up with him. But I’m sure that if we face off against each other, he will bring the fight to the ground, so it’s really my ground game that I have to improve on,” he said.If a title shot comes his way, he knows that he has to make a huge sacrifice of skipping one semester in his hotel and restaurant management course at the University of the Cordilleras.“Maybe, I’ll stop for one semester so that I can train well. I will really pursue that and prepare well in our trainings.” View comments “I’m not thinking about it yet,” he said. “For me, I want more fights to gain more experience. I want to face the elites and prove myself.”Pacio, who improved to 14-2, name-checked Japanese contenders Yoshitaka Naito and Hayato Suzuki, the only two fighters who have beaten hi, as his next targets to gauge his real progress.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to face them again and see if I’ve already improved,” he said.Joshua Pacio doesn’t want to face ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva just yet as he seeks a rematch against Hayato Suzuki and Yoshitaka Naito — his lone defeats in his 14-2 record. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/TZyHiN7jUB — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018Pacio, though, said he won’t hesitate if ONE decides to pit him against reigning ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva in his next fight.“If ONE decides that I’m worthy of a title shot, I’m still very willing,” said Pacio, who could join the ranks of Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, and Geje Eustaquio as members of Team Lakay to hold a title in the promotion.Pacio is confident that if he does get the nod to challenge Silva, he’s capable of holding his own against the champion.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipCareful not to get ahead of himself in his chase for glory, Joshua Pacio wants to first test his mettle against the weight class’ top contenders before being primed for a title shot.The 22-year-old fighter was victorious over Lan Ming Qiang in their strawweight clash in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, but he admitted a championship shot is the least of his concerns at he moment.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rockets
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting FILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte in action during Copa del Rey, 16 round, against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. 23-year-old Athletic Bilbao says defender Frenchman Aymeric Laporte is reported Monday Jan. 29, 2018, to have paid his buyout clause, looks set to leave the club, opening the way for a transfer to Manchester City. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, FILE)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City signed France under-21 international Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record fee of 65 million euros ($80 million) on Tuesday, taking its spending on center backs since 2014 to about $250 million.The 23-year-old Laporte came close to joining City in 2016 — when Pep Guardiola took charge of the current Premier League leaders — but backed out of the move after feeling the Frenchman wasn’t quite ready.ADVERTISEMENT Vincent Kompany, the club’s other center back, has been at City since 2008 and is the captain. But the Belgium international might be surplus to requirements from next season, especially considering his injury record.City also spent about 120 million pounds (then $155 million) on three fullbacks — Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo — in the last transfer window.“Last summer we had a problem, with six or seven players out of contract and over 30 years old, so we needed to make a change,” Guardiola said. “We decided to sign four or five different players and at this stage, Manchester City, when you want to compete at the highest level, you need to spend.“One day, maybe this club will spend 130-200 million pounds on one player. So far, we haven’t had to do that.”Laporte made his debut in 2012 for Bilbao under Marcelo Bielsa — a coach revered by Guardiola — and quickly became one of the Spanish league’s most promising players. He said he likes to bring the ball out from the back, giving him the pedigree that suits Guardiola’s vision and making him a likely rival for Stones to play alongside Otamendi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Foes first, friends after “Defenders do this more than ever before,” Laporte said in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine. “I spend as much time in training and matches working on starting attacks as I do stopping them.“I’m usually quite calm in possession, so this helps initiate quicker, more fluid attacks from the back. I also like playing long, cross-field passes to change the position of an attack and give us another option. Variety is important.”Barcelona has previously been linked with Laporte, who has similar qualities to Gerard Pique.The size of the fee reflects the shortage of top-quality, left-footed center backs around at the moment — and comes two weeks after City turned down the chance to sign Alexis Sanchez partly because of the Chile forward’s financial demands.Laporte has signed a contract until 2023 and becomes City’s most expensive player, with the fee exceeding the reported 55 million pounds spent on Kevin De Bruyne in August 2015.City has four of the five costliest defenders in Premier League history — Laporte, Stones, Walker, and Mendy.Laporte, who hasn’t played for France’s senior team, will be available for the knockout stage of the Champions League.“All I know,” he said in an Instagram message to Athletic’s fans on Monday, “is that I will never forget the place where I’ve become a better player and a better person. That’s why this is not a ‘goodbye,’ only a ‘see you soon.’” LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Eighteen months later, City clinched the signing of the left-footed, ball-playing defender after meeting his buy-out clause, strengthening the team’s options in what has been a problem position for Guardiola and previous managers.“He’s strong in the air, good quality with the pass. He is experienced, fast and he has the skills we need,” Guardiola said. “He is the perfect age, 23 years old, so hopefully he will have a long career here at Manchester City.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLaporte is the second most expensive defender in soccer history, with only Virgil van Dijk — who joined Liverpool from Southampton for 75 million pounds ($100 million) at the start of January — costing more.Since City won its most recent Premier League title in 2014, Eliaquim Mangala has arrived from FC Porto for a reported 42 million pounds and Nicolas Otamendi joined from Valencia for 32 million pounds in 2015. Another center back, John Stones, cost an initial 47.5 million pounds in 2016. 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Houston Rockets’ James Harden yells after a Oklahoma City Thunder turnover during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden never wants to leave Houston and is intent on bringing another NBA title to the city the Californian now considers home.And the Rockets are doing everything possible to make sure the Beard gets exactly what he wants.ADVERTISEMENT Berchelt retains WBC title against proud Miura Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The contract extension followed the Rockets’ trade for nine-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul late last month, giving Harden another superstar to help chase Houston’s first title since the Rockets won two in a row in 1994-95.There have been questions about how the two will fit together in Houston after Harden had the finest season of his career while playing point guard in first-year coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. But Harden isn’t worried about that.“I don’t think anybody’s ever seen anything like this before,” he said. “Two guys that can create and facilitate and just do things with the ball that nobody’s done from the one position and the shooting guard position. So it’s going to be fun. I’m excited to be a part of it.”Harden finished second in MVP voting last season behind Russell Westbrook after ranking second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.“I’ve coached a lot of people and watched a lot of games and the stuff that he did day in and day out was incredible,” D’Antoni said. “Now I’m just so excited that he’s going to be here for a long time.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden’s brilliant season ended with a thud when the Rockets were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in a 39-point loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.That loss still weighs on Harden, who shouldered the blame for the defeat in the hours after the game.“For sure it motivates me,” he said. “Of course it wasn’t how we wanted it to end … but that’s what life is about. You get tested and you go through certain things where things don’t happen your way … you have to sit back, look at how you can be better and go out there and just be better at it. And if you fail, do it again.”Harden is excited about his new deal and humbled to have signed the richest contract in NBA history. However, he insists that all those zeros in his bank account will be hollow if he doesn’t take the Rockets to the next level.“Money is cool … but it doesn’t really mean anything without holding that championship up,” Harden said. “So that’s what we’re working toward. That’s why I’m in the gym every single day and I won’t stop until I get it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The clearest evidence of that came a week ago when they signed him to the biggest contract in league history: a four-year, “supermax” extension that guarantees $228 million over the next six seasons.“I know where I want to retire ultimately and I know where I want to win a championship,” Harden said Saturday. “Everything is going to happen in Houston and that’s the reason I’m here forever.”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 starsSince orchestrating the trade that brought Harden to Houston from Oklahoma City in 2012, general manager Daryl Morey has known he had a cornerstone player to build a team around. To him, shelling out that much money to keep the 27-year-old off the free agent market until the 2022-23 season was a no-brainer.“Some of our decisions are hard. This one’s easy,” Morey said. “We’d do more if we could. This was the most they allow us to do.”
Antetokounmpo still rushes out of Bucks dugout after bad games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes And it was there where the 2004 Most Valuable Player gave advice to the 2017 Most Improved Player.“He always told me that whatever you do, it’s all about the mentality and that was good advice,” said Antetokounmpo.And though Antetokounmpo faced Garnett in the twilight of the legend’s career, the Greek Freak said he still experienced the verbal competitiveness of the Big Ticket. The two played against each other five times from 2013 until Garnett’s retirement year in 2016.“He didn’t talk trash to me but he was talking trash in general,” said Antetokoumpo.ADVERTISEMENT And back in December Garnett gave Antetokoumpo a bit of advice on how to achieve icon status.“He gave me some few words, he told me it’s all about the mentality,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability Sunday at Fairmont Makati for his charity event with King Bally Entertainment Group.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“The way you approach the game, the way you see the game, it’s all about mentality. If you have the killer instinct, and you think you’re the best at what you’re doing, and you’re going to do it, you will be good.” Garnett, who’s now retired after almost two decades in the NBA, joined the Bucks in practice in December. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RELATED VIDEO View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett have distinct similarities both in appearance and accolades.Both are listed at 6-foot-11, though they sometimes look an inch or two taller than their height, and the two have led their respective teams in all five major statistical categories for one season.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’
Sri Lanka on Wednesday postponed council elections near three ICC cricket World Cup 2011 venues as it seeks to put on a flawless show as co-hosts of the prestigious event.The Colombo Municipal Council will not go to the polls as scheduled in March while four other councils in the central and southern provinces will also be delayed to avoid clashing with the tournament.”There will be no elections in these areas while World Cup matches will be played,” an information department official said.Sri Lanka will host 12 matches in Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota. India and Bangladesh are the other hosts of the World Cup, which starts on February 19.The polls will be the first set of nationwide local elections since the crushing of Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009.New dates of the delayed polls have not been announced.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday rejigged the Union cabinet, without disturbing the ‘big four’ incumbents in Finance, Home, Defence and External Affairs. This was the first cabinet reshuffle in the UPA-II after it retained power in May 2009. Praful Patel, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Salman Khursheed were elevated as cabinet ministers. While Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy has been shifted to Petroleum and Natural Gas, Kapil Sibal retains Telecom and HRD. Cabinet ministers:Praful Patel : Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesShriprakash Jaiswal : CoalSalman Khursheed : Water Resources and additional charge of Minority AffairsMinister of State (Independent charge): Ajay Maken : Youth Affairs and SportsBeni Prasad Verma : SteelProfessor K. V. Thomas : Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionMinisters of State:Ashwani Kumar : Planning and Parliamentary Affairs and Science and Technology and Earth SciencesK.C. Venugopal : PowerThe portfolios of the following Ministers have been changed:Cabinet ministers:Sharad Pawar : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesVirbhadra Singh : Micro, Small and Medium EnterprisesVilasrao Deshmukh : Rural Development and additional charge of Panchayati RajS. Jaipal Reddy : Petroleum and Natural GasKamal Nath : Urban DevelopmentVayalar Ravi : Overseas Indian Affairs and additional charge of Civil AviationMurli Deora : Corporate AffairsKapil Sibal : Human Resource Development and additional charge of Communications and Information TechnologyB.K. Handique : Development of North-Eastern RegionC.P. Joshi : Road Transport and HighwaysKumari Selja : Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and additional charge of CultureSubodh Kant Sahay : TourismDr. M.S. Gill : Statistics and Programme ImplementationPawan Kumar Bansal : Parliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Science and Technology and Earth SciencesMinister of State (Independent charge): advertisementShri Dinsha Patel : MinesMinisters of State: E. Ahamed : External AffairsHarish Rawat : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesV. Narayanasamy : Parliamentary Affairs and Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s OfficeGurudas Kamat : Home AffairsA. Sai Prathap : Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesBharatsinh Solanki : RailwaysJitin Prasada : Road Transport and HighwaysMahadev S Khandela : Tribal AffairsR.P.N. Singh : Petroleum and Natural Gas and Corporate AffairsTusharbhai Chaudhary : Road Transport and HighwaysArun Yadav : Agriculture and Food Processing IndustriesPratik Prakashbapu Patil : Coal
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A personalised map of what to pick, what to drop and what to envy.Restaurant reviewAll in one The new multi-cuisine restaurant, Omnia at Community Center, Saket is worth a try. There is Italian, Thai, Indian and Lebanese cuisine to choose from. But don’t expect an extensive menu. Their menu is a mix of famous dishes from all cuisines. “We wanted to offer as much as possible under one roof,” tells SM Malhotra, Executive Chef. The restaurant’s interior palette consists of black, white, beige and orange and the chairs are comfortable enough to make you sit for long hours. Must try: Garlic Chicken Fettuccinni, Chicken Roulette, Chicken in Green Curry.Meal for two: Rs 1,200 (including taxes)Adrenaline attackThe air of Underdoggs air is contagious. It makes you want to think, drink and eat sports. The latest sports bar and cafe in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj has all the perfect ingredients for a fun-filled evening. With 40 HDTVs and four projection screens, pool table, shuffleboards to dart boards and even table tennis, it is practically a sports complex. You can indulge in some ‘great American pub food’, along with a drinking game menu on custom tables with ping-pong balls or with cups, cards and dice. Must try: Jalepeno and Cheese Dynamites Meal for two: Rs1,550.In and outIf you are looking for a quick lunch, 1440, the 24 hour Lounge & Cafe in Hotel Vikram is your stop. The place offers good options for grub on the go, plus point being their 24X7 service. The menu is simple and uncomplicated with Indian and Oriental food. Their appetizers don’t do their job but the main course compensates for it. With hookah and foot-thumping numbers in the backdrop, their lounge is meant for the nocturnal breed. Drop in at midnight to experience the trance. Must try: Murgh lababdar with garlic naan, chilly chicken in bean sauce. Meal for two: Rs 1,000Things we loveadvertisementPint-sized pizza: Next time you go to Big Chill Cafe make sure you have a pint of beer with your favourite pizza as one of their outlets in Kailash Colony has got a liquor license.Retail therapy: Good news for all you shopaholics, its time to shop till you drop this summer. One of the most popular malls of the city, Select City walk has extended time to 11 p.m.Things we don’tInspiration or copy? It wasn’t too long ago when Delhi-based designer Manav Gangwani’s infamous black dress received flak for copying from an international designer. The latest to join the brigade is designer duo Gauri and Nainika. It’s time for more innovation than inspiration. What say, people?Sun baked: Hot is not hot. Think inflated AC bills, scorching auto rides and road rage. With soaring temperatures, the coming days promise to be difficult. Thinking of heading to Himalayas, already? Make do with ACs meanwhile.New productsSole comfortOzel introduces butterfly twists-clever little soles. They’re lightweight ballet pumps, which can be twisted and slipped into a neat little pouch. You can tuck in your bag to save your soles for a night out. So kick off your heels, and shimmy the night away. Price: Rs 1,250-Rs 1,500. Available at: M-7, G.K.-1 M-Block Market.Cinderella fitThese shoes, from the Indian luxury footwear brand Taramay are handmade with the highest quality fabric.Their first collection focuses on ballet flats with a ten-piece collection ranging from suede to tweed and lace. Price on request Available at: Ensemble.Wrist couture The 70’s inspired La D De Dior is a classic piece. With 227 diamonds, it will fit all wrists but not every wallet. Price: Rs 1,160,000 onwards. Available at: Johnson’s Watch Co.Bagilicious summer Are you looking for an instant boost to complement the season’s look? Fret not. Lavie is here with its brand new spring summer collection. Be it pastel shades or hot reds, your wardrobe is definitely incomplete without them. Price: Rs 1,700 onwards. Available at: Select City Walk.
Stand-in captain Suresh Raina is happy that the new-look Indian team that got very little time to prepare for the West Indies series have produced results.India beat West Indies by three wickets here to clinch the five-match ODI series 3-0.”God has been very kind to all the boys. Credit goes to Duncan Fletcher, Eric Simmons and the other support staff. We have gelled well as a team. We didn’t get much time for preparation after IPL. We came here and had a few quality team meetings and practice sessions. That helped us,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.The Indian captain was all praise for man-of-the-match Andre Russell who scored an unbeaten 64-ball 92. “Russell played some amazing shots. Credit goes to Amit Mishra for bowling well.”Raina believes that Mishra may have role to play in the upcoming Test series. “We have the Tests coming up. These tracks are helpful for leggies and he (Mishra) has been among the wickets in the IPL and against South Africa as well.”The skipper admitted to having a bad shots and some of the shot selections weren’t upto the mark.”I played a bad shot, but Rohit and Harbhajan batted really well. Rohit has been in good form in the series having got his second fifty. I hope that he would do well in the remaining matches also.”Raina indicated that the likes of Manoj Tiwary, Ranganath Vinay Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin are likely to be inducted in the first XI for the remaining few matches.advertisement”We have a couple of guys sitting on the bench. I hope everyone gets a chance in the last two games.” .West Indies captain Darren Sammy blamed the lack of “killer instict” being one of the reasons for the team not being able to win despite reducing India to 92 for six.”It is a game that got away from us. Russell brought us back along with Baugh. Our guys were confident during lunch, but we lacked the killer instinct after taking early wickets,” Sammy stated.He admitted that the batsmen haven’t performing upto the mark. About his team’s bowling, he did say that he expected a bit more from fast bowler Kemar Roach.”We have not been getting runs at the top. We just lacked the finishing touch. About our bowling, Kemar is one of our strike bowlers and we needed a bit extra from him. But I can’t fault anyone, he has been doing a good job over the past months. If you put the ball in the right areas, you could reap rewards on this wicket.”Man of the match Andre Russell stated that he was posituve from the very beginning. “Myself and Carlton Baugh told each other that we should try to just bat as long as possible. I take my batting seriously although I would consider myself as a bowling all-rounder. I am trying to balance both departments as I want to be called a legend once I retire from international cricket.”- With inputs from PTI