Delhi Police allowed to open mails of over 300 organisations and individuals

first_imgKhurana: Tight spotSome scandals refuse to go away. Last year, when the murky goings in the post offices of the capital from where intelligence sleuths had been intercepting citizens’ mail, leaked out these were followed by a tempest in Parliament and a lot of hand-wringing by politicians. But in the,Khurana: Tight spotSome scandals refuse to go away. Last year, when the murky goings in the post offices of the capital from where intelligence sleuths had been intercepting citizens’ mail, leaked out these were followed by a tempest in Parliament and a lot of hand-wringing by politicians. But in the intervening months, the police have only expanded the scale of snooping and more and more people and organisations have been brought under its voyeurist gaze.Mail interception, when it began in November 1980 under the benign former Delhi Lt-Governor Jagmohan, covered 172 persons including 12 MPs. His successor, S.L. Khurana expanded the list to 312 – now including 26 MPs – in May 1981. Now it has been pruned to 300, but the bureaucrats are in a quandary over its legal implications and do not know how to cover their trails.In a spacious room at 5, Alipur Road, Delhi, a scholarly bureaucrat sits surrounded by files and letters. He is Surat Das Srivastava, chief secretary to the Delhi Administration, and the room is out of bounds to even his brother officials these days.The Delhi Police has been allowed to open the mail of over 300 organisations and individuals, including that of the Ananda Margis, and literature sent from two foreign countries. The reason: Srivastava is conducting a  secret probe into the why and the wherefore of the mail censorship in the capital last August. To this effect he has worked his way through more than 100 files, as well as 150-odd between the Delhi Administration a Delhi Police. In addition, the bespectacled investigator has a dozen letters to officials seeking explanations. In an effort to prevent any leakage he has even delivered the letters personally.advertisementFollowing a report in India Today that the Delhi Police was intercepting and reading the mail of over 300 people many questions were asked. Moreover, when Atal Behari Vajpayee raised a point of privilege in the Lok Sabha, the Home Ministry asked the Delhi Administration for comments. In its detailed note the administration stated that Vajpayee’s mail was being opened since 1972, barring the period when he was foreign minister. It also quoted various orders passed in this connection.The notification issued by the police first week of May was hastily with the bureaucracy, however, was in considerable turmoil, and the Home Ministry decided to get to the bottom of the matter. Delhi Lt-Governor S.L. Khurana was directed in August last year to find out how and under what circumstances had MPs been included in the list without the prior approval of the Central Government and how the list was leaked to the press.Sordid Tangle: Although the Government is empowered to intercept mail under the law the tangle that Srivastava must resolve revolves around Khurana’s role in the sordid episode. He must find out if Khurana knew what he was doing, for in the intervening months the administration has found convenient scapegoats in two officials involved in the interception who were abruptly transferred. D.K. Das was shunted from the post of home secretary to his original charge as financial commissioner, and Kuldip Singh Wahi, deputy secretary (home) was demoted as under-secretary to the Development Department. Oddly enough, neither of the two police officials concerned – K.S. Bajwa, additional commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department), and Y.S. Jafa, deputy commissioner of police (Special Branch) – was touched, because former police commissioner P.S. Bhinder argued that they had not erred.Jagmohan: Explosive legacyNone of the officials concerned, including Khurana, is available for comment, but Home Department sources reveal that the brief given lo Srivastava includes two points: whether Khurana’s approval dated May 17, 1981 was merely an extension of Jagmohan’s earlier order or a new order encompassing 312 persons: and whether junior officials misled Khurana by not giving him full details of the mail to be censored.New Names: Khurana maintains that he did not agree to the addition of new names and that some junior officials committed an error in bringing new names within the scope of the order. The facts do not, however, support Khurana’s contention. The proposal sent to him for approval on May 17, 1981 did contain all the names.The note written by Wahi on file No F5/4/81-Home(G) says: “DCP(SB) has sent appendices A to F disclosing names of organisations and individuals whose activities are considered to be objectionable inasmuch as these institutions and individuals have anti-government or agitational approach in solving various problems.” The earlier order had only five annexures from A to E, while the new annexure F containing 140 names – including those of the MPs – was added on May 15 by Jafa.advertisementJafa pleaded for early action on his request at a meeting in the home secretary’s office on May 16. Das sent the file to Khurana on May 17, 1981. with a note saying: “May be approved for an extension.” Khurana affixed his signature to the file. However, the relevant laws – Section 26(1) of the Indian Postal Act, 1893, and Section 5(2) of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 – do not provide for a mail interception order to be extended to cover new names, as was pointed out by the Law Department. The Home Department was thus obliged to issue new orders on May 28, 1981.Srivastava: ProbingKhurana can thus scarcely disclaim responsibility. Not that the experience of shouldering unpalatable decisions can be new to the pince nez sporting bureaucrat. Khurana’s finest hour was his induction as home secretary two days before. Mrs Gandhi’s infamous Emergency during which he was party to a whole range of controversial decisions.Now, he has the use of a somewhat dubious crutch to hobble out of the firing line: the contention that his juniors misled him. After he was transferred, Das wrote a letter to Srivastava in which he said the list sent in by Wahi and Jafa was “almost the same” as the original list approved by Jagmohan, implying that he was responsible for not spotting any discrepancies.Wrote Das, “I ought to have myself compared the list name by name. I also realise it would have been better for me not to have been taken away by the assertions of the officers as warranting personal scrutiny. I therefore sincerely feel very unhappy and sorry for the muddle created in the matter and for the embarrassment caused to LG and the administration government.”Charges: As for the second part of the brief, charges and counter-charges were flying back and forth between the Home Department and the Delhi Police, with each pleading innocence as regards the leakage. Home Department officials allege that the list and the orders were leaked by the police, who had been given the stencil for duplicating the lists.Das: eased outThe police point the finger at the dozen officials in the Delhi Administration who handled the files. However, the police have not been able to account for all copies of the censorship order –  22 different authorities in Delhi receive 85 copies of any order. When the censorship issue hit the headlines, the Home Department demanded from the police the remaining copies of the order. The police asserted that all the copies had been burnt in the presence of a gazetted officer.Despite all this bureaucratic hubbub, the interception continues. Khurana has allowed the Delhi Police to open the mail of over 300 organisations and individuals, including that of the Ananda Margis and literature sent from two foreign countries. The list includes over 50 people on the national suspects list who are now living in Delhi. The order regarding the publicity material also implies that the Delhi Police can intercept any communication addressed to even ministers and MPs.advertisementWhat is interesting is that Khurana has ignored the pleas of the Home Department in some cases, as in those of 12 Ananda Margis and some Akalis. The deputy secretary, in his note dated October 26, 1981, said: “Perusal of the request would reveal that no reasons in support of the request have been given. Perusal of the extract of the provisions of the law will indicate that before the administrator uses his discretionary power he ought to satisfy that a public emergency has arisen or public safety or tranquillity renecessitates the issuance of orders. From the request we are unable to see the occurrence of such a need. We shall have to ask the DCP(SB) to disclose the reasons for interception and have it examined through Law Department before a proposal is sent to the administration.”Pointed Note: The home secretary, instead of acceding to the deputy secretary’s request, sent the file to the Lt Governor with a pointed note: “After the recent alarm about ‘scrutiny’ of such requests (in the Home Department), the dealing officers have naturally become ‘twice shy’. Anyway, since the request has been made in the name of the CBI and since the persons concerned are alleged to be Ananda Margis, we may probably have to authorise the interception of mail/telegrams requested for.” Khurana concurred in the case of the Ananda Margis, but deferred the decision in the case of the Akalis, whose mail was to be intercepted in the wake of the murder of local pro-Congress(I) Akali leader Santokh Singh.The bureaucrats’ passion for private mail goes further than was first believed. According to sources, Jagmohan not only allowed the police to intercept mail but also to destroy any which might cause “public disorder”. It is reported that over 2,000 letters and telegrams addressed to the offices of the Rashtriya Swayam-sewak Sangh, the Ananda Marg, the Jamait-e-Islami, the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh were never delivered. The police appear to have shelved such zeal at present, but that is small consolation for the people whose mail is being secretly steamed open in a dingy post Office.last_img read more

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Union Budget 2014: Jaitley gives tax gains, promises growth

first_imgFinance Minister Arun JaitleyEvery taxpayer will get tax relief of Rs 5,000 in the Union Budget 2014-15 which was tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday.Among the big announcements was the increase of personal income tax limit from Rs 2 lakh per annum to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum. Similarly, the limit for senior citizens was increased from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.The limit for investments under Section 80C has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh per annum. The deduction for housing loan interest was also revised from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per annum. Full text of Union Budget 2014 | Opposition slams Union Budget “I do not propose to make any change in the rate of surcharge either for the corporates or the individuals, HUFs, firms etc,” Jaitley said in his speech.Jaitley presented the budget with concerns over economic slowdown while promising bold corrective measures to unburden the poor from rising prices, revive investor confidence and cut excessive expenditure.  “People of India have voted decisively for change,” Jaitley said in what was the maiden budget for himself and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. “Steps I unveil in the budget aim at 7-8 per cent growth over the next three-four years, lower inflation, less fiscal deficit and a manageable current account deficit.” The minister said given the state of the economy today, high inflation, low growth and moderate rise in tax collections, the fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent of India’s gross domestic product set by his predecessor P. Chidambaram was a “daunting” task.advertisementBudget a ray of hope for poor and downtrodden: PM “But I have decided to accept this target as a challenge,” he said, adding he will seek to further bring down the fiscal deficit to 3.6 percent for the next fiscal and to 3 percent in the year after.He said the country cannot be made to suffer due to indecisiveness and populism and there was an urgent need to revive growth in manufacturing and infrastructure. “We will also examine proposals for more autonomy to banks.”The finance minister said the possibility of a poor monsoon and the Iraq crisis were key challenges with a bearing on both government finances and inflation. But he said the situation will be monitored closely to initiate immediate corrective steps.  “Financial stability is the foundation of our recovery.”Jaitley also promised early introduction of the pan-India goods and services tax, while assuring the domestic and global investment community of predictability in the tax regime to restore confidence about the country’s prospects.The Budget for current fiscal comes against the backdrop of the Economic Survey 2013-14, the annual report card on the state of the nation, which has termed inflation-control, job creation and pushing growth as the three main challenges, while calling for a fresh dose of reforms.Expectations have been high from the budget after Modi came to power with a landslide victory in the general elections, mainly on the promise of ushering in happy days for India’s 1.2 billion people by creating more jobs, providing relief from price rise and reviving growth. Budget 2014: Jaitley says it’s time to implement GSTAmong the various measures, Jaitley announced a national multi-scale programme called Skill India for providing training to youth and their employment, a national irrigation scheme and a smart city with an investment of over $1 billion as part of the larger plan for 100 such projects.He also announced many other schemes, such as one to help farmers realise right prices for their produce, at least four more institutions modelled on the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), more money for people’s welfare, many new airports on public-private partnership mode, a target of total sanitation in five years, greater autonomy for banks and higher investments by state-run enterprises.Tax payers could save on their salaries and consumer goods like TVs, soap, footwear, processed food and computers will cost less as the Rs.18-lakh crore (300-billion dollar) maiden budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government promised to arrest price rise, boost investor mood, cut expenditure and restore India’s growth to 7-8 percent in three years.During a 128-minute speech in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, with a five-minute break allowed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan upon his request due to momentary discomfort, a host of other proposals, both welfare schemes and reformist policy measures, were also unveiled that were aimed at a wide range of stakeholders — from the girl child to senior citizens and overseas investors to the defence forces.advertisementAt the same time, he acccepted as a challenge — given the state of the flagging economy and rising prices — the task to cut fiscal deficit, which indicates the extent to which the government overspends, to 4.1 percent of GDP for this fiscal, and further to 3.6 percent and 3 percent over the next two years.As high expectations ran high from the first budget of the Modi government, after having been voted to power with a landslide victory mainly on promises of “happy days” for India’s 1.2 billion people, Jaitley also made it clear that putting the Indian economy back on rails remained a daunting task needing more than one dose of corrective action.”The steps that I will announce in this budget are only the beginning of a journey towards a sustained growth of 7-8 percent or above within the next 3-4 years along with macro-economic stabilisation,” the finance minister said.”Therefore, it would not be wise to expect everything that can be done or must be done to be in the first budget presented within 45 days of the formation of this government,” he added, setting the agenda for his speech.”We are going in the right direction to overcome challenges faced in the last decade,” echoed Modi while congratulating Jaitley for the budget in which he provided a “new ray of hope for the poor and downtrodden sections of society.”It was also in line with the “government’s vision to create a skilled and digital India,” the prime minister said.We did not want to burden the common man: Jaitley One of the most appealing proposals for the average tax payer was the hike in the exemption limit for individuals below 60 years to Rs.250,000, and Rs.300,000 for senior citizens. Deductions under various heads such as investments in insurance, pension and house rent were also proposed to be raised by Rs.50,000 to Rs.150,000. Interest on housing loans will also get a higher exemption. This apart, the duty-free baggage allowance for Indians returning from abroad is also sought to be raised to Rs.45,000 from Rs.35,000.Farmers will also stand to gain largely with Jaitley’s proposal for an integrated national market for agro-produce that will enable them to sell their crops directly to consumers and earn better prices. The subsidies to them, notably for soil nutrients, have also been enhanced.For industry, he assured that the pan-India goods and services tax will be introduced by the year-end and a fresh view taken on the direct tax code. Retrospective tax, which creates liabilities not planned for and has been a matter of much concern for both domestic and overseas investors, will not be imposed at random. Customs duties and excise rates were also rationalised for a host of sectors.Union Budget 2014-2015: Smart cities and 24×7 power supply, says FMHe also sought to remove the perception of policy inaction and a freeze on economic reforms by hiking foreign equity in insurance and defence equipment to 49 percent from 26 percent, but left for later the much-promised overhaul of the subsidy regime after constituting an expenditure management commission and getting its recommendations.advertisementIn his speech, Jaitley also touched upon areas which few finance ministers in the past have done. Such proposals included new schemes for conservation of sacred rivers, a sports university in Manipur, welfare fund for migrants from Kashmir, conservation of the Himalayas, support for organic farming and a 24X7 channel for northeast and protecting the heritage of the Andaman and Nicobar islands.Budget 2014-15: More IITs, IIMs and AIIMSHe also promised at least four institutions modelled on the premier All India Institute for Medical Sciences and Indian Institutes of Management, and said the union government will look positively at every similar proposal forwarded by states.For the defence forces, he said the allocation was being raised by about 12 percent to Rs.229,000 crore (nearly $40 billion), besides Rs.5,000 crore ($830 million) for the modernisation of the 1.2 million-strong armed forces.Other proposals, with enhanced monetary allocations, covered areas like education, urban renewal, transportation, malnutrition, minorities, infrastructure, food security, capital markets, banking, insurance, state-run enterprises, tourism, war and police memorials, interlinking of rivers, space, sports and bio-tech.As Jaitley was unveiling his proposals, the stock markets swung both ways with a key index gaining more than 300 points at one point, then falling by some 250 points, before closing with an overall loss of around 70 points or 0.25 percent.Industry, nevertheless, welcomed the proposals and said it laid down the requisite ground for a medium-term course correction to revive the Indian economy.The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) complimented the finance minister “on a pragmatic and extensive Budget that lays out a medium term vision for the economy and meets industry expectations on growth and employment creation.”The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) also reacted in a similar vein and said the budget laid the ground for rejuvenating the economy. “There has been a mix of both short-term and long-term measures, geared towards boosting the confidence of all key constituents.”last_img read more

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Petron in for tough title-retention bid sans Lindsay Stalzer in PSL Grand Prix

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ Painters take top spot, deal Fuel Masters first loss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img “Well of course we’re happy that she’s back in the PSL and we know how hard she plays so we’ll be getting ready for her because she’s really a tough fighter,” said Delos Santos. “She’s always giving her 100 percent so we’d be extra ready when we face F2.”Petron, however, has a couple of familiar faces in the import spots with Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer returning to the team for another conference.“I just want to thank you guys for welcoming me back and I know I can adjust to any team so I can’t wait to start,” said Bell, who first played with the Blaze Spikers in the 2018 Grand Prix.Niemer, on the other hand, last played with the Blaze Spikers back in 2016 when she was named the 1st Best Outside Spiker to go with the team’s bronze medal.“The competition has gotten stronger and I’m excited to for the season to get started,” said Niemer.ADVERTISEMENT “I always tell the team that the last one was over so this new season is essentially another fight,” said Delos Santos in Filipino during the PSL’s opening ceremonies for the 2019 season Sunday at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.“And actually we really don’t talk about taking another title, what we do discuss, however, is that we would push each other to the absolute limit. We can’t be complacent because every team here is preparing and has also improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Blaze Spikers aslo have a compounding predicament ahead of the Grand Prix after the talismanic Lindsay Stalzer left for F2 Logistics.Stalzer is a two-time Grand Prix MVP, one of which she won with Petron, and she would leave an undoubted huge hole in Petron’s schemes. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Another asset Delos Santos has in his roster is national team libero Denden Lazaro, who joined the team in free agency from United Volleyball Club.“I can’t say anything but good things about the attitude of the two imports and Denden,” said Delos Santos, who’s also the Philippines’ women’s volleyball head coach.“Denden has been teammates with some of my players in the national team and the two imports are really open-minded so their adjustment wasn’t that hard. The two imports are both experienced players and I’m glad we got those two.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Petron has already won two straight titles in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference, the next thing on its bucket list is a title repeat in the Grand Prix.Head coach Shaq Delos Santos, however, said that winning two straight titles is easier said than done.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

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Columbian boosts playoff bid, beats Rain or Shine again

first_imgMOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian was the only team Rain or Shine did not beat last season.The Dyip on Wednesday reasserted their mastery over the Elasto Painters after an 85-82 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jackson Corpuz scored six of his 12 points in the fourth period and also had eight rebounds and three blocks while rookie CJ Perez had 11 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Rashawn McCarthy finished with 22 points to lead Columbian.The Dyip boosted their quarterfinals chances with their fourth win in nine games while also dealing the Painters their second straight loss.Mark Borboran had 21 points while rookie Javee Mocon just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds for Rain or Shine (7-3). James Yap also shot 12 points but missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just had to bounce back after losing to Blackwater. I told my players that loss to Blackwater should be enough,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel in Filipino.Columbian looked like it was on its way to another setback after falling behind by 16 early and blowing a nine-point lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFortunately for the Dyip, the Painters couldn’t capitalize on their chances down the stretch when they went scoreless in the last two minutes and six seconds after Gabe Norwood cut the deficit to one, 82-83.“We had a bad start and I told the boys we have to regroup. We started on the defensive end,” Cardel said. “Jack Corpuz had a good game, the rookies responded and they teamed up with the veterans.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Confident’ Rene Catalan vows to beat Yoshitaka Naito P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more

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Jalen Green, David Carlos share NBTC slam dunk crown

first_imgTrump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Jalen Green put it behind his back and yammed it. | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/DuRdbYUU9p— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 23, 2019 Kai Balungay of FilAm Sports and Darwin Cantong were also part of the dunk-off.John Erolon of St. Louis Don-Bosco Dumaguete scored 16 points to take the crown in the Three-Point Shooutout.FilAm Sports’ Ethan Galang came in second with 13.Also in the Three-Point Shootout were Jerric Palma of Top Flight Hoops-Vancouver, Jordan Perez of Camp David-New Zealand, Jason Diaz of Durham Crossover-Canada, Luigi Cuevas of Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy, Jarred Lao of La Salle Green Hils, and Angelo Cacho of University of Baguio.ADVERTISEMENT Team Dedication downs Team Passion in NBTC Division II All-Star Game Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Both dunkers got a score of 50 on their finals dunks much to the delight of the crowd.Carlos went for a left-handed tomahawk while jumping over four people and Green did a behind-the-back jam and those coupe of jams forced the judges Metta World Peace, Dylan Ababou, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, Joshua Munzon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte AusPinoy’s Jasper Rentoy won the Skills Challenge brushing off Carl Tamayo of Nazareth School of Naitonal University in the title match.RJ Abarrientos of Far Eastern University-Diliman and Kai Sotto of Ateneo made it to the finals of the skills exhibition while Ateneo’s Geo Chiu, LSGH’s Ladis Lepalam, Camp David-New Zealand’s Reimar Cruz, and Dolores National HS-Eastern Samar’s Robert Norombaba were eliminated after the first round. View comments MANILA, Philippines—Jalen Green and David Carlos put on a show that left the judges stunned and shared the championship trophy of the Dunk Contest of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Joel Embiid listed as doubtful for 76ers’ Game 4 vs Nets

first_imgEx-La Salle mentor Louie Gonzales appointed new JRU head coach Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Embiid worked out Friday at the 76ers’ practice in New York but coach Brett Brown said he didn’t know and didn’t have a gut feeling about whether his All-Star center would be able to go Saturday afternoon.The 76ers rolled to a 131-115 victory without Embiid and lead the series 2-1. Greg Monroe started at center and had nine points and 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid watches during the first half in Game 3 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The Philadelphia 76ers are listing Joel Embiid as doubtful for Game 4 of their first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets.Embiid has been bothered by a sore left knee, but was able to play in the first two games of the series. He warmed up before Game 3 on Thursday night before it was decided that he couldn’t play.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Lumbar vertebrae

first_imgThere are five lumbar vertebrae located in the lower back. These vertebrae receive the most stress and are the weight-bearing portion of the back. The lumbar vertebrae allow movements such as flexion and extension, and some lateral flexion.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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Vidya Balan: An honour to be playing the effervescent Geeta Bali

first_imgAfter impressing the Bengali audience with her debut in Bhalo Theko (2003) and making a special appearance in Santosh Sivan’s Malayalam venture Urumi, National Award winner Vidya Balan is set to make her mark in Marathi cinema now. The actor is going to be seen in the biopic titled Albela, based on Bhagwan Dada’s life, in which she plays the role of the iconic star Geeta Bali.IN PICTURES: Vidya Balan on movies and marriageThe biopic traces the late actor-director’s life and the difficulties he faced while making his 1951 musical Albela. The film featured Geeta Bali, who was considered a popular star at the time.”It’s an honour to be playing the effervescent Geeta Bali even if it is just a special appearance, and to be recreating Albela for a Marathi biopic on Bhagwan Dada,” Vidya said in a statement.Vidya’s name was suggested by senior make-up artist Vidyadhar Bhatte, who had worked with the star in the past, to director Shekhar Sartandel. Sartandel was intent on casting someone with a truly Indian face for Geeta Bali’s role. Vidya immediately agreed to play the cameo when she heard the script. For the role, Vidya will sport Geeta Bali’s look from the original film, but she wouldn’t be required to speak Marathi as Geeta was from Bollywood. Vidya’s role will be credited as a special appearance.Check out one of the most popular songs of Bollywood featuring Bhagwan Dada and Geeta Bali from the film: The biopic, Albela, traces the journey of Bhagwan Dada’s film career as an actor and director, and the making of the film, during which he faced several difficulties.advertisementlast_img read more

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Davis Cup: India have mountain to climb against top seeds Czech Republic

first_imgIndia will challenge Davis Cup powerhouse and top seeds Czech Republic for a place in the elite World Group, hoping that their players will capitalise on home conditions and absence of world number six Tomas Berdych in the Play-off tie, beginning here tomorrow.The fact that Berdych is missing from the rival line-up has prevented it from becoming a one-sided contest but the patchy form of Somdev Devvarman is still a cause of concern for the hosts.The results in the last few months for one of the most hard-working Indian players are far from encouraging. There were 11 instances when Somdev failed to clear the first round and four times he did not go beyond second round in the main draw matches, including the Challengers.Lack of hard work has never been a problem for Somdev but his defensive style of play, which he has stubbornly refused to change, is perhaps the bane of his game.That puts Yuki Bhambri, who is in decent touch and has acquired the status of country’s numero uno singles player, under a lot of pressure.Yuki had emerged India’s hero in the tie against New Zealand where he won both his matches, including the deciding fifth rubber. Here too, a lot would depend on how the 23-year-old handles pressure of playing against superior players.He is in red-hot form and is coming into the tie after winning the Shanghai Challenger title, which has seen his world ranking rise to 125.Yuki will open the tie for India by playing against Lukas Rosol before Somdev takes on Jiri Vesley.advertisement”I would prefer playing in cooler conditions but I can play freely at 0-0,” Yuki said after the draw.But Somdev enjoys an unbeaten record on the slow DLTA courts. He has not lost a single match here since 2010, winning a Commonwealth Games gold and two Delhi Open titles.If he can continue his love-affair with the venue, he will do great service to the nation.The venue too has been chosen by the players themselves, keeping in mind the slow nature of the conditions that suit the Indians. The ball comes slow and bounces on the centre court, which would mean that points won’t finish fast. This is exactly what Somdev loves.But at the same time searing heat may trouble the Indians too and keeping themselves cramps-free would be crucial. The temperature is likely to be around 35-36 and the fitness of the players of both the sides will be tested.last_img read more

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PV Sindhu bows out as Ajay Jayaram enters Korea Open quarters

first_imgIndian shuttler Ajay Jayaram earned an impressive win to enter the men’s singles quarterfinals of the $600,000 Korea Open Superseries at the SK Handball Stadium on Thursday.However, it was the end of the road for double-World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu, who suffered a straight games exit, losing to Japanese Sayaka Takahashi.Also read: Saina, Jwala to skip Korea Open The 20-year-old Indian, who defeated former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in the first round, lost her women’s singles second round 16-21, 13-21 in 32 minutes to Sayaka. This was Sayaka’s second win over the Hyderabadi in three meetings.Jayaram, on the other hand, had a contrasting victory over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in 53 minutes.The Mumbaikar won 17-21, 21-15, 21-15 in 53 minutes and will play against the winner of the match between Japan’s Sho Sasaki and Indonesia’s Christie Jonatan on Friday.This was also Jayaram’s second win in three outings against Wong.last_img read more

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Rio 2016: Sprinter Dharambir under dope cloud

first_imgIndia at Rio: Biggest contingent eyes richest medal haul File Photo of sprinter Dharambir Singh.   –  The Hindu File Photo of sprinter Dharambir Singh.   –  The Hindu NADA slaps eight-year ban on sprinter Dharambir Singh RELATED COMMENTS Narsingh Yadav cleared of doping charges × null After wrestler Narsingh, shot putter Inderjeet fails dope testcenter_img Published on India’s dope shame in the Rio Olympics build-up continued with indications that 200m runner Dharambir Singh has returned positive for a banned substance in an in-competition test conducted last month.Dharambir, who became the first Indian male sprinter to qualify for the Olympics after 36 years, missed his flight to Rio last night, amid speculation that he had tested positive for an anabolic steroid in his A sample taken by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) during the Indian Grand Prix Meet in Bangalore on July 11.However, neither NADA nor the Athletics Federation of India confirmed whether the athlete had flunked a dope test. The 27-year-old Haryana-lad was to leave for Rio yesterday but was told to stay back, according to sources.Sample B testSources said NADA has asked Dharambir whether he wants to get his B sample tested and he has seven days to get the procedure completed.If his B sample also tests positive, he is certain to miss the Olympics besides facing the prospect of an eight-year ban since this was his second dope offence. He was earlier stripped of his gold medal won in 100m race during the National Inter-State Championships in 2012 for evading a mandatory dope test and a lengthy ban may bring an end to his career.According to sports medicine experts, there is no provision of a life ban under the new WADA Code of 2015 and maximum punishment is eight years.Dharambir had breached the 200m Olympics entry standard of 20.50secs by clocking 20.45secs in the fourth Indian GP in Bengaluru on July 11, the last day of qualification, which was hastily arranged by the Athletics Federation of India to give the athletes a chance to make it to the Rio Games.His impressive timing had, however, raised suspicions in some quarters as he has been erratic in his performance for some time and has been training outside the national camp in Rohtak with his personal coach.Earlier, shot putter Inderjeet Singh and wrestler Narsingh Yadav had also flunked dope tests but the latter was cleared by the NADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel which ruled that he had been victim of sabotage. SHARE COMMENT Dharambir was the first Indian male sprinter to qualify for the Olympics August 03, 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL sportlast_img read more

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Vietnam Register Commanding Win Over Indian Women’s Football Team in First Friendly

first_imgNew Delhi: Hosts Vietnam outplayed the Indian women’s football team 3-0 in the first of the two FIFA international friendly matches at the VYFTC Ground in Hanoi, Vietnam on Sunday.Thi Nhung (8′), Thi Van (82′) and Thi Thuy Hang (89′) scored a goal each for the hosts to secure the comfortable win. After Nhung opener in just the eighth minute of the match, India’s custodian Aditi Chauhan pulled off a terrific save in the 12th minute to prevent Vietnam from doubling the lead.At the stroke of the half-hour mark, Bala Devi went for goal from the centre of the circle, only to see it missing the target by a whisker.Coach Maymol Rocky opted to make an early substitution in the form of Daya Devi, who replaced Sumitra Kamraj in the 32nd minute.Aditi at the goalpost was a massive presence and kept India in the match till the 80th minute. But with two goals in a space of eight minutes sealed the tie for Vietnam.Thi Van tucked in the hosts’ second goal in the 82nd minute before Hang converted from a set piece play with a minute of regulation time left on the clock.The two sides will face-off once again in their second friendly on Wednesday, November 6. aditi chauhanBala Devifootballindian football First Published: November 3, 2019, 6:05 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Football: Manchester United’s best defender on the outs?

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementPhoto Credits: Getty ImagesEric Bailly’s future at Manchester United looks bleak considering the fact that he has been sidelined on the bench ever since his lamentable performance in mid-August.Rumours are that Eric Bailly is looking forward to a January exit from Old Trafford. The Mirror says that both Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing him.The 24-year-old Ivorian who joined United from Spanish Club Villareal in 2016 has been one of the best defenders for the Red Devils and was voted their Player of the Month for August 2016.He has been lauded by football pundits and fans of the club alike for his ability to intercept and dribble the ball but has been criticized for his tendency to commit fouls often.With a little under 2 years left on his contract, it remains to be seen what decision Jose Mourinho might make regarding Bailly’s future.Read also: Wayne Rooney’s next stop? ManagementFootball: Zlatan’s 500th career goal will take your breath away!Romelu Lukaku reveals the ‘real’ Jose Mourinholast_img read more

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Photos – The Kassidy Cook Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementKassidy Leigh Cook (born May 9, 1995) is an American diver.Cook was a member of the United States national diving team in 2012.She missed out on competing in the Olympics by 0.4 points on June 23, 2012.In 2016 she qualified for and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics, placing 13th in the women’s 3 metre springboard event.Cook is the 5th child of Kevin and Laura Cook and lives in The Woodlands, Texas.She has five siblings: Kevin, Kara, Kelsey, Kylie and Kendall.Cook started diving at the age of four; her sister, Kara, was a diver at Purdue University.Cook trains five hours a day, six days a week.She was a child model before she started diving.The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) named her the 2010 high school girls national champion in its diving All-American program.She graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2013.Cook is currently a junior at Stanford University.Picture courtesy – Kassidy Cook (Instagram)last_img read more

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Chhetri joins forces with talent hunt programme

first_imgMumbai, Feb 17 (PTI) Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has joined as the mentor and brand ambassador of a nation-wide talent hunt programme to pick 15 youngsters in the 8-14 age group for a comprehensive five-year residential schooling in Kolhapur, western Maharashtra. Under the programme titled DreamChasers and started by three retired army personnel, youngsters would be provided top-class coaching and technical expertise by Sporting Clube de Portugal, for whose reserve side Chhetri had played for a while in 2012-13. The talent hunt will be held in 15 venues and 10 cities, after kicking off here in April, to cover Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur (all in Maharashtra), Baroda, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Kerala, Delhi, Kolkatta and Guwahati, it was announced at a media conference here today. The selected lot would be nurtured and would undergo professional training until the age of 18 at the residential training centre of Proforce — housed at the Dr Cyrus Poonawala International School in Kolhapur.They would be entitled “to a 14-days sponsored training camp at SCP (Sporting Clube de Portugal). They will also be inducted into the special training programme, which is a commitment for five years,” it was announced.Besides football training, their education as well as lodging and boarding will also be looked after. The programme will include 10 months of football training in Kolhapur and one month of free training every year at SCP.Chhetri, present at the announcement, said that he will be actively involved in the initiative.”I am going to be part of all major decisions taken. They will be provided the best possible training. Everything will be provided for. The most important thing is coaching,” said the 31-year-old national captain.advertisement”When I went to Sporting Lisbon I was 26 and had a four year deal, I was there for seven months and I just played six games. I was improving and enjoying my time over there with the training and the kids I was playing with,” said Chhetri. (More) PTI SSR NRB AH AHlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League: Yuvraj Singh ruled out for two weeks

first_imgStar India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of action in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at least for two weeks, according to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) coach Tom Moody. Yuvraj had to miss the semi-final of the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 owing to ankle injury. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)The World Cup winning all-rounder landed awkwardly on his left ankle during the game against Australia in India’s final league match of the World T20 in Mohali last month. He struggled to run between the wickets but managed to stitch a crucial 72-run partnership with Man of the Tournament Virat Kohli against Australia. (Also read: Ponting backs Rohit to rediscover golden touch) “Sadly, Yuvraj will be out for a couple of weeks but we don’t know how long that is going to be,” Moody was quoted as saying by iplt20.com. (Also read: Fitness not captaincy the major challenge for Zaheer, Daredevils)”A player like Yuvraj Singh is important to any team. He is not only a match-winner with the bat, but he is a very useful bowler in those middle overs,” he said. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2016: No Chennai flavour this summer) Moody also said his team were particular about enriching their squad with quality all-rounders. SRH bagged Yuvraj and former Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Deepak Hooda at the IPL auction earlier this year. (Clash of the captains: It’s MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli)”Going into the auction, we were aware that we needed to strengthen our middle order. Hence, we targeted players like Yuvraj and Hooda to give us that depth in our middle order and they complement what we already have in our squad.advertisement”What we are aware of this year is building a great depth and strength in our squad and by securing people like Aditya Tare, Tirumalasetti Suman who has had a lot of IPL experience in the past, we feel that we have got that depth of talent to be able to cover for any circumstance and Yuvraj’s absence is one of them. With Yuvraj being injured at this stage, you don’t know what is around the corner – you need that depth in the squad,” he said.last_img read more

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EPL: Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick gives Man City 3-0 win at Chelsea

first_imgSergio Aguero scored a hat trick to cap Manchester City’s best week of the season, a 3-0 victory against a toothless Chelsea fortifying his team’s grip on England’s Champions League places on Saturday.City might still win European football’s top prize after advancing this week to the semifinals where the team will play Real Madrid. (Also read: United close in on fourth spot, Villa relegated) City’s domestic form is far healthier. For the first time this season, manager Manuel Pellegrini’s team is celebrating three consecutive league wins and is up to provisional third.For Chelsea, this was the 11th loss of a woeful defense of the Premier League title.Aguero’s first two goals completed counterattacks launched by Kevin De Bruyne. The third came from a penalty after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was dismissed for clipping Fernandinho.last_img read more

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Rodriguez is important for Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said although forward James Rodriguez was a substitute in key matches during the final stretch of the season, he thinks ‘he’s OK’, stressing the importance of the Colombian footballer.”I think he’s OK, he’s an important player. When you have 23 players, you have to make a decision about the starting 11 and then make changes. James is important and he scored in the games he played and did very well. I’m aware he wants to play more, but so does everyone who plays less often,” he said on Friday.Rodriguez will start against Rayo Vallecano in a La Liga match on Saturday. Zidane expects a tough match, adding his players will have to think not only about La Liga but also the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.”It’s a difficult game, on a small pitch. We’re up against a team who know how to play, who like to play, and put you under a lot of pressure at home. We know what it’s like and it’s going to be another very difficult game, especially early on,” said the Frenchman.He added Madrid still has a chance to win La Liga, despite being in the third place but just a point behind toppers FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who both have the same number of points. Barcelona are on top on superior goal difference.”There are four games and we know what we have to do to have any chance. We will try and win our four remaining games to give ourselves that hope.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Kieron Pollard lights up Wankhede in his 100th IPL game

first_imgMumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard hit back at his critics with a brutal batting display against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.The home side Mumbai, which was playing its final game at the Wankhede Stadium, rode on Pollard’s 17-ball 51 to thump Gautam Gambhir’s side by six wickets. Pollard also equalled Delhi Daredevils all-rounder Chris Morris’ record of the fastest half-century this season. (Photos)There were questions raised over Pollard’s place in the star-studded Mumbai line-up after the his poor showing in the first six games of the season. Pollard managed to score only three runs in his first three outings of this season. The West Indies all-rounder, who came back after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of action since November 2015, showed glimpses of form smashing an unbeaten 39 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 20. (Points Table||Full Coverage)However, in his 100th IPL game, Pollard treated the Wankhede fans with some monstrous sixes in chase of 175 against KKR. The 17-ball knock that had six big ones and two boundaries overshadowed Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 68. (Also read: This is how Pollard entertained the Wankhede fans for one last time this season)Pollard, who came in at No. 5 after the dismissal of Jos Buttler, thrashed Kolkata’s hopes of making a comeback in the game. Pollard smoked three huge ones off consecutive deliveries to take Mumbai Indians past the line with two overs to spare.Mumbai skipper Rohit heaped praise on Pollard saying the big-hitting Caribbean was peaking at the right time. “Pollard’s form was crucial and he is peaking at the right time.”advertisementRohit also thanked the Mumbai crowd for supporting them in this season and said he was not sure about their new home venue. “Thee support has been superb here. I want to thank the crowd. Mumbai always enjoy perfect cricket,” Rohit added.Rohit added that the Wankhede crowd were expecting a big show from Pollard. “They have been wanting to see Pollard fire.”Pollard has scored 1873 runs in the 100 IPL games at an average of 29.26. He has maintained a staggering strike rate of 149.36.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza pens autobiography, to hit stands in July

first_imgNew Delhi, May 4 (PTI) Ace tennis star Sania Mirza has documented her journey to become the World No. 1 in the womens doubles rankings in an autobiography set for release this July, according to publishers Harper Collins.Titled, Ace Against Odds, the book has been penned by Mirza with her father Imran Mirza and sports journalist Shivani Gupta.”Sanias is an extraordinary achievement and her autobiography is as compelling as it is inspirational. We are privileged to be able to work with her on the book,” says Karthika V K, Publisher and Chief Editor, Harper Collins.The 29-year-old sportswoman, who shot to fame at the age of 16 after winning the Wimbledons Championships Girls Doubles title, was ranked as Indias No. 1 player by the Womens Tennis Association, both in singles and doubles circuits.”I hope the book is a useful roadmap to guide the next generation of tennis players from India. If my story can inspire even one youngster to the heights of winning a Grand Slam in the future, I will feel blessed,” says Mirza.The autobiography chronicles her rise to the top, and is peppered with anecdotes where she talks about the difficulties and hardships as well as the joys and triumphs that came her way.Mirza, who announced her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012 underwent a remarkable transformation between August 2015 and March 2016, during which she pocketed 41 consecutive wins with her doubles partner Martina Hingis, and went on to become the World No. 1 in the Womens Doubles rankings.The book also contains some memorable encounters of the player on and off the court and the people and relationships that have contributed to her growth as a person and a sportsperson.advertisementThe tennis star who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik is among the highest paid and high profile athletes in the country. PTI TRS ANS ANSlast_img read more

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