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Curbs around Hazratbal disrupt Milad-Un-Nabi prayers

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first_imgFearing protests, authorities on Sunday disallowed gatherings of the faithful at the Hazratbal Mosque in Srinagar on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.All entry points to the mosque, including Habak area on the outskirts of the city and the Rainawari and Sadrabal areas in the old city, were closed for traffic. The security forces started spreading concertina wires on the streets and used mobile bunkers to block several stretches on Saturday. as part of an exercise to impose restrictions.This move stopped the worshippers from assembling for the night-long prayers. “It is first time in my living memory that such a thin attendance of worshippers was observed on the auspicious occasion in Kashmir. Only locals living in nearby areas turned up for the night-long prayers and the daytime customary display of holy relics, which include a strand of hair of the Prophet Muhammad, also saw a thin attendance of the devotees,” said Yaqoob Qureshi, a retired teacher who has been attending the congregational prayers at the shrine since 1990. Around 2,000 worshippers, including women from nearby places, managed to offer noon prayers inside on the mosque on Sunday. According to the local caretaker, the Hazratbal shrine witnesses a gathering of more than 50,000 devotees on the occasion. “We were appraised by the security agencies beforehand and cautioned against any major gatherings”, a caretaker said. The noon prayers on Sunday saw brief sloganeering, including pro-sharia and pro-freedom slogans.The police there were fears of anti-India elements staging protests and the security arrangement was to maintain order. Meanwhile, smaller gatherings were reported from other major mosques in the Valley on the occasion.This is for the second time this month that a traditional and centuries-old congregation was not allowed. Earlier, on the occasion of Khawaja Diger, where men and women hold joint prayers at the Naqshband Sahib shrine, the security forces sealed the shrine and disallowed any prayers.Since the revocation of J&K’s special status on August 5, there is tight security arrangement in Kashmir. Internet and SMS facilities remain barred for nearly 100 days now. The authorities are yet to restore prepaid mobile services for around 35 lakh customers.last_img read more

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Chicago man blinded in one eye by baseball sues the sport

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first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Gins’ mission: Stop Durham Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chicago, United States — A man blinded in the left eye by an errant ball in one of a series of recent baseball stadium injuries is suing Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs.John Loos, 60, was hit in the eye by a foul ball during an August game at the Cubs’ home stadium Wrigley Field, where he was seated close to the game action, according to his attorneys.ADVERTISEMENT Four teams announced in September that they would extend protective netting, joining 10 others, after a young girl was hit by a foul ball at New York’s Yankee Stadium.A Cubs executive announced in September that safety netting would be expanded at Wrigley as well, according to local media.“We’ve studied… where the balls are heading and obviously, we’ve been pulling the nets further and further,” Chicago TV station WBBM reported Cubs’ business operations chief Crane Kenney as saying.But Loos said MLB should do more to protect fans.“There should be nothing more important than (fan) safety. This is a problem that Major League Baseball has known for decades,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cubs did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “My eye took a direct hit. It’s not functioning,” Loos told a news conference Monday, after his lawsuit was filed on Friday in a Chicago court.Loos said the high-speed ball destroyed his eye, which may need to be replaced with a prosthetic, and broke five facial bones.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis injuries have required three surgeries and will require “at least two more,” he said.There have been a series of incidents of fan injuries, leading to calls for more protection for spectators at Major League Baseball (MLB) games. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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#KicksStalker: Irving gifts special Kyrie 3, jersey to military personnel

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first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kia sends disgruntled Revilla to Phoenix for Grimaldo, pick Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img The Kyrie 3 Irving gave away was a special colorway dedicated to his mother Elizabeth and features a rose pattern and a “mom” lettering on the tongue.This wasn’t the first time Irving gave away his shoes to the members of the audience.Irving did it in the preseason when he gave his sneakers and jersey to a fan in Charlotte.He again hamnded his game-worn sneakers to a grade-schooler in the Boston’s season-opener in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa On military appreciation night in Brooklyn, @KyrieIrving wanted to thank some soldiers in attendance himself pic.twitter.com/s7Hk6D9Pog— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2017Kyrie Irving gave away another pair of his Nike Kyrie 3s, and this time both the shoes and the recipients are of utmost importance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe masked Irving, after leading the Boston Celtics to a 109-102 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets, saw two members of the military in the audience for the home teams’ military appreciation night and proceeded to make their days instantly better.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Irving gave one of the ladies his game-worn jersey while giving the other a special makeup of his Kyrie 3.last_img read more

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Japanese squads lined up for friendlies vs national team

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first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ The Philippines is hoping to at least land a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur and make the quarterfinals of the Asian Women’s Senior Championships in Laguna.The Philippines is also hoping to learn the Japanese brand of play, which is anchored on speed and defense.“Our main objective is to polish our floor defense and blocking as well as our mental preparation,” said Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) marketing and development chair Ramon Suzara.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Monster scorer Phelps back as Phoenix kicks off bid vs Kia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ryokoku University, Osaka Superiors, Osaka University of HSS and Kobe Shinwa University are scheduled to face the Nationals in friendlies over the course of their training camp. 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PHILIPPINE team hits the ground running #LabanPilipinas #volleyball #Japan pic.twitter.com/QH0V4iwONr— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) July 18, 2017Several Japanese university teams will test the mettle of the Philippine team which is now on a two-week training camp in Okayama.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 starsWhile training for six hours a day with Japan V-League champion Okayama Seagulls, the Nationals will also battle other noted clubs in order to fine tune their game for two major international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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Renu Bala gives India first gold in weightlifting

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first_imgRenu Bala Chanu gave India its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games weightlifting event after finishing on top in women’s 58-kg category in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium sports complex on Wednesday.Renu Bala outshone all her competitors as she smoothly lifted all the weights before failing in her last attempt of 103 kgs in clean and jerk event, but by then she had already pocketed the No. 1 position.And although Sean Lee of Australia tried to come close to her but she had to be satisfied with a silver medal, while Zoe Smith of England took bronze.Renu Bala looked comfortable from the very beginning. She ended the snatch event with a highest lift of 90 kgs that made her set a new Commonwealth Games record.Ciana Agricole with 87 kgs after the snatch event was placed second but she ultimately finished fourth.Then in the clean and jerk category, Renu Bala lifted 104 kgs in her very first attempt, and followed it up by 107 kgs to make it a total of 197.Lee, who with her successful lift of 106 in her second attempt in clean and jerk plus her 86 kgs lift in snatch event, acquired a total of 192.In her final lift, she opted for 111 kgs to pose some challenge to India but she failed. And that automatically handed Renu Bala the yellow medal.Renu Bala, on her part made an attempt to lift 113 kgs in her third and the final chance but she could not.The bronze medallist Zoe Smith, meanwhile ended with a total of 188 kgs.advertisementlast_img read more

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22 children die of mystery disease in Bihar

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first_imgAt least 22 children below the age of six years have died and 35 others hospitalised due to a mystery disease during the past one week in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, official sources said.While four children died at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), three others died at Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur town, the sources said.SKMCH Paediatrician Dr Braj Mohan confirmed the death of four children at the hospital since yesterday.Twenty other children were still being treated at the hospital till date, Braj Mohan said.Superintendent of Kejriwal hospital Dr Bibi Giri said three children below the age of six years due to suspected encephalitis at the hospital during the past 24 hours.He said 15 others were still admitted for treatment at the Kejriwal hospital.State health department have sent a team of experts from Regional Malaria Research Institute ((RMRI)led by Dr Krishna Pandey from Patna. The team had already collected the blood samples and returned to Patna, Principal secretary (health), Amarjeet sinha said.The blood samples were sent to a specialised laboratory in Pune for examination and obtaining report to diagnose the disease children suffer in Muzaffarpur.Meanwhile, alarmed with the death of 22 patients due to a mysterious disease in Muzaffarpur, state Health minister Ashwini Chaube will visit the North Bihar town tomorrow to review medical facilities for the treatment of the unknown disease, an official release said.Chaube will also visit the Sri Krishna Memorial College-cum-Hospital and Kerjiwal Hospital to meet the patients and their kins, the release said.advertisementThe health minister will also discuss with the doctors about the outbreak of the mysterious disease and hold a meeting with the health and other officials there, it said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Singur farmers hold rally to demand return of land

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first_imgThousands of people on Wednesday took out a rally in Hooghly district’s Singur, demanding the return of their farmland with the slogan: “Tata go back from Singur”. The rally started at the Sahanapara locality and concluded at the main gate of the Tata Motors’ aborted Nano factory site in Singur. Around 7,000 villagers, mostly ‘unwilling’ farmers and their family members, participated in the rally that was spearheaded by Trinamool MLA from Haripal and Singur anti-farmland acquisition committee’s convener Becharam Manna.”We participated in the rally because we want our farmland back. The state government has already taken possession of the acquired land which had been handed over to the Nano factory,” Mahadeb Das, an ‘unwilling’ farmer of Singur, said during the rally.The ‘unwilling’ farmers marched across many villages in and around Singur with placards reading “Tata go back and vacate our farmland”. They also welcomed the state government’s “historic decision” to reclaim the land.”We are very happy. We will now get back our land from the factory,” Das said. According to the records available, over 3,000 ‘unwilling’ farmers never accepted the compensation against their acquired land.Meanwhile, a section of the Singur villagers entered the Nano factory site as the private security guards were withdrawn from the premises on Wednesday morning. They ransacked the abandoned car manufacturing unit and allegedly took away some electric poles, asbestos sheets and iron rods from the Tata Motors unit.”Around 50 villagers, not part of the rally, managed to sneak into the factory and made off with some material,” a Singur villager said.advertisementVisiting Singur on Wednesday, social activist Medha Patkar welcomed the new state government’s move to return the land to the ‘unwilling’ farmers. “Now we can say the farmers of Singur fought bravely and got their due,” Patkar, who also undertook a rally in the area, said.She appealed to the state government to keep in mind the interests of sharecroppers and landless labourers while returning the acquired land.The Forward Bloc, which is among the Left Front constituents, on Wednesday squarely blamed the Tatas for acquiring the “fertile Singur land” for setting up industry. “We all know the land was fertile and the Tata Motors had forcibly acquired the land. The people are watching everything and they will not like this attitude of the Tatas,” party state secretary Ashok Ghosh said.For more News, click here.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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New Zealand PM at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium

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Ind vs WI: India’s top performers

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Jeev Milkha Singh targets Major ambitions at The Open

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first_imgThe last time Jeev Milkha Singh turned up for The Open, he had to leave even before the tournament began in 2009 at Turnberry and two years before that he missed the cut at Carnoustie. So there is some unfinished business at The Open for the Chandigarh golfer.India has a lot of interest in this year’s edition with Anirban Lahiri and Daniel Chopra, the Indo-Swede, also in the field.This is only the second time two Indians are teeing up at The Open. The first time it happened in 2009, Jeev pulled out before the start due to injury, while Gaganjeet Bhullar missed the cut on debut.Jeev comes as almost the last man to get into The Open by winning the Scottish Open to end a four-year title drought.Jeev, whose sole top-10 in a Major has been tied ninth at the PGA Championships in 2008, is hoping to continue his great form in links golf.”I like golf in tough and testing conditions. Wind, cold and even rain makes golf, particularly links Golf a real challenge and I actually love it, even though many find it taxing and even frustrating,” says Jeev.The two-time Asian Tour number one produced a stunning play-off victory in Scotland and now wants to treat his third Open appearance as just another tournament. He did not subject himself to any additional pressure by flying to his London home to relax for a day before coming to Lytham on Monday evening and then playing just six holes on Tuesday.advertisement”The course is looking superb. It is in great shape, just the way an Open course is expected to be. The key is to avoid the bunkers of which there are 206, and the rough is unforgiving. So one has to hit straight, stay in the fairways and not get too ambitious,” said Jeev.”This is just another week for me. I’m not going to treat it differently. I want to treat it like another event. That’s why I’ve just showed up on Tuesday and take it from there.”However, the Indian has yet to pop a bottle of bubbly to celebrate his 14th international victory. “It was great satisfaction winning against a top field and tough conditions. We didn’t celebrate. All plans had to change (as he initially wasn’t in The Open field) and I went back to London, got in at 1.30am after Sunday. We didn’t have a chance to celebrate but we’ll do it next week,” he said. “I take a lot of confidence and want to move back into the top-50 and do well in the Majors.”Jeev is happy not just with his form but the fact that he is injury-free. He won four times in 2006 and four times in 2008, followed by a tough period with injuries.”It was a frustrating period. You just have to hang in there and believe that things will turn around. If you do the right stuff, good things will happen,” he said. “When a player is injury-free, he can work harder. It gives him more confidence. Last few weeks, I was having two or three good rounds. I just needed to put in four good rounds. It happened last week and the win came.”last_img read more

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London Olympics: Zhang Jike wins gold in men’s table tennis

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first_imgWorld No.1 Zhang Jike beat fellow Chinese player Wang Hao for gold in Thursday’s Olympic table tennis singles final. Zhang, the 24-year-old World Champion, closed it out in five games to win four games to one- 18-16, 11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11.”I’m very excited, it’s my first time at the Olympics and it has been my dream to win the gold medal since I started playing,” Zhang said.”I feel like I have completed a mission. In table tennis there can only be one winner.”It is a third-successive Olympic final defeat for Wang, who stalled Zhang’s march to victory by winning game four and putting up considerable resistance in game five.”Everyone wants to win the gold, but I lost to a teammate so it’s not so serious. I’ve done my best,” Wang said.”The first game was quite important. The others followed as a result of that.”Earlier on Wednesday, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov won a captivating bronze medal match against Chuang Chih-Yuan of Chinese Taipei.Ovtcharov, the World No.12, triumphed four games to two in a 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 14-12 victory.In the women’s singles Wednesday, China’s Li Xiaoxia beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial singles final.last_img read more

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Archer Deepika Kumari defeats South Korean Lee Sung Jin at World Cup Stage-II in Antalya

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first_imgAce archer Deepika Kumari added another feather to her cap when she clinched the gold medal at the World Cup Stage-II in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday.The teenager from Jharkhand got the better of South Korean Lee Sung Jin 6-4 in the women’s individual recurve final.With less than three months to go for the London Olympics, this title triumph will boost Deepika’s confidence as she goes for ultimate glory in the British capital.She showed composure to recover from 0-2 and 2-4 down to seal the deal.Lee, 27, is an experienced campaigner and had won the team gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, as well as the silver in the individual event. She was crowned individual and team world champion in 2005 and was ranked No. 1 in the world in June 2006.The Korean won the team event at the World Cup Stage I in Shanghai last month.The Korean started well and hit three perfect 10s. Deepika could respond with just one 10 and lost the first set 30-27.But the Indian hit back with two 10s in the second set and won it 29-27 after Lee managed to hit the bull’s eye just once.The title match swung to and fro and Lee surged ahead again winning the third set 29-27 on the back of two 10s to Deepika’s one.But the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist dug deep and shaded the fourth set 27-26 to force a decider.Deepika kept her cool and opened with a perfect 10. It was nail-biting stuff as the two finalists were level with one arrow left for each.advertisementDeepika hit a nine, which meant that Lee needed a nine of her own to ensure a shoot-off or a 10 to win it outright. She could manage only an eight, which meant that Deepika won the final set 28-27 and with it the gold medal.India is in the line for more glory in the men’s team recurve final when they take on Great Britain in the final on Sunday.The trio of Rahul Banerjee, Tarundeep Rai and Jayanta Talukdar – who are yet to qualify for the London Olympics – will face Laurence Godfrey, Simon Terry and Alan Wills in the gold medal clash. The Indians have already beaten the formidable South Koreans in the semi-finals.Wrestlers disappointIndian wrestlers failed to book any Olympic berth on the second day of the qualifying event in Helsinki. Freestyle wrestler Rajeev Tomar lost to Romania’s Chintoan Daniel (0-2, 0-5) in the quarterfinal. In Greco Roman category, five Indians were out and only Anil Kumar (96kg) was left in fray.last_img read more

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National Institute of Technology (NIT), Uttarakhand invites application for recruitment for various posts

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first_imgThe National Institute of Technology (NIT), Uttarakhand, has invited applications for recruitment for its various non-teaching posts. The NIT, Uttarakhand is one among the ten newly sanctioned NITs in 2009 by government of India under the 11th Five-Year Plan. The institute is fully funded by government of India under the ministry of human resource development. Presently, NIT Uttarakhand is carrying out its activities from its temporary campus at Government Polytechnic, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand.  VacanciesName of the posts:SuperintendentSuperintendent (Accounts)Technical Assistant (Mechanical Engg.)Technical Assistant (Civil Engg.)Technical Assistant (Electrical Engg.)Technical Assistant (Electronics Engg.)Technical Assistant (Computer Science & Engg.)Technical Assistant (Library & Information Assistant)Technical Assistant (Students Activity & Sports Assistant)Junior Engineer (Electrical Engg.)Junior Engineer (Civil Engg.)NurseStenographerJunior AssistantTechnician (Civil Engg.)Technician (Computer Science & Engg.)Technician (Mechanical)Technician (Library)Pay Scale: The salary pay scale offered by NITUK Uttarakhand is Rs 5200 to 20200 with grade pay Rs 2000 per month.Eligibility CriteriaAge Limit: The maximum age of the candidate should be 27 years and minimum should be 18 years. Age relaxation will be applicable for all categories.Educational Qualification: Applicants must possess class I Bachelor’s Degree/Master degree/Class X with 60 per cent or its equivalent.Selection Procedure: An interview, skill test and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: Interested candidates can apply in prescribed application, which may be downloaded along with details of posts, qualifications, experiences and general conditions from official website. Applications complete in all respects including self-attested copies and documents should reach the Director, National Institute of Technology, Uttarakhand.Important Dates: The last date for submission of application is September 17, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

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Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedom

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first_imgOcean cleanup intermissionWhile the windsurf enthusiasts bathe in the sun and watch the games unfurl, chairperson and MC Anna Marco announces that there will be an ocean cleanup orientation held by partner organization Pure Oceans. A few more announcements later, the Pure Oceans booth remains uncrowded.At the booth, founder Pia Ocampo and SEA Institute interns gather to segregate plastic waste from a cleanup they had conducted the morning before the regatta started. A few minutes in and not one regatta-goer attends the orientation. Efforts, however, do not go to waste as they tally and segregate the trash from the shore and the surface of the water, both by category and by brand.“In an hour, we were able to get about six kilos of plastic — not much, but the data will help in helping the community also find out how they can manage their plastic waste, and keep it out of the ocean,” Ocampo points out.Alongside Pure Oceans, SEA Institute president Robert Suntay also makes an appearance at the booth in support to Pure Oceans.SEA Institute had also partnered up with last year’s regatta and conducted activities for kids that aim to promote marine conservation in the Verde Island Passage, which he refers to, alongside many scientists, as the most biodiverse spot in the world.A sense of freedomIn the second day of the regatta, the sailors once again weave through the waters and pump their sails to gather more wind. In the end, open class category sailor Vinna Dolor glides past all the other sailors from other classes, including bemedaled athletes. It is a big accomplishment for the 17-year-old sailor, considering she is one of the few women in the male-dominated sport.Ninna shows off her blistered hands from gripping and pumping the sails, but the pain wears off when she accepts her Open Class Women’s first place award. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From afar, 1980s synthpop music blares from the stereos propped on the shores of Janao Bay, but inside the beach resort, everyone is calm and quiet. Sails lie still on the grounds of the inn as the sailors wait for an announcement — that is, it is time to race again.The first round of races begins with the novices and the class C sailors. As the red flag goes up, the young and aspiring sailors start to go offshore and into the water. In another minute, the yellow flag goes up and they put their sails upright. The countdown to the green flag begins and the sailors become one with their equipment. They look straight into the first buoy as the green flag goes up. The Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019 has officially set sail.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFirst foil race in the PhilippinesThe first two rounds of novice and class C races finish, and the beaming sailors drag their sails back to the shore. A new wave of sailors then prepare for a new round — only this time, they also prepare to make history. Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta PLAY LIST 04:07Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta03:01Winners of the first ever foil windsurfing contest in the Philippines04:23Anilao getaway: Windsurfing and dolphins02:42PH 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 View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIEScenter_img The sailors each carry a different kind of surfboard above their heads — one that has a fin-like rig attached to the bottom of the board. This is called a windfoil board, and for the first time ever, it hovers the waters of Anilao for the first foil race in the Philippines.Windfoiling, just like windsurfing, also uses a sail and a surfboard. What sets it apart from traditional windsurfing is the hydrofoil rig that allows the board to hover about three feet above the water, making it easier to sail faster and without much traction.“Windfoil is the evolution of windsurf,” former national team sailor Harold Madrigal explains.In the first round of the first foil race in the country, Madrigal and Geylord “Evang” Coveta, also a former national team athlete and 2012 RS:One world champion, sail neck-and-neck while “I Ran” plays from the shore where everyone squints to catch a glimpse of the tight race.In the end, Madrigal, despite practicing with the foil board for only two months, places first in the first foil race in the regatta while Coveta, who is also new to the foil board and practiced only three days before the race, places second.ADVERTISEMENT Must-win for Painters The young sailor describes her experience in the water as she sails first to the finish line: “Feeling mo lumilipad ka, tapos ang saya sa feeling ng parang lumulutang ka sa tubig, na nakikisabayan ka sa hangin.” (You feel like you’re flying, and it’s a fun feeling to be floating on the water, being one with the wind.)This is an experience shared by the tightknit windsurf community in Anilao — “a sense of freedom,” as 16-year-old sailor and foil slalom second runner-up Joaquin Jimenez calls it.“It’s you, your equipment, and the wind. It’s up to you where you want to go and how fast you want to go,” he expresses.INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoThe Anilao Windsurf Regatta closes with the awarding ceremony where the sailors gather inside the Janao Bay Inn, laughing and cheering with their purple Propan TLC-sponsored clappers as they share inside jokes.This year’s regatta has proved once again that the community is just getting bigger, as organizer Nicole Alvaro de Arellano says. Next year, she hopes that the event reaches even wider audiences, including the windsurf communities in Boracay and Taal.As chairperson Anna Marco announces the names of the race winners, she reminds the sailors to “keep on sailing.” Windsurfing often goes unnoticed in the Philippines. Many sailors and regatta participants only hope for more recognition as they train to compete internationally.Despite challenges, the Anilao windsurf community continue to support each other as they persist with their passion for the water sport, unwavering. Whenever it gets too hard as windsurfing remains overlooked, what the Anilao Windsurf Regatta does is keep it alive, reminding every participant, guest or sailor, to keep on sailing. JBRELATED STORIES:Anilao: Windsurfing, dolphins, and a 101 on marine conservationAnilao Windsurf Regatta returns for 17th year MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoAt 8 a.m., with sunlight sprawled out along the shores of Anilao beach in Batangas, residents and tourists rise to witness the clear waters glisten and crash against the rocky shores. For many, it is just another weekend to relax by the beach and swim away the pressures of the weekday grind, but for the people of Janao Bay Inn Beach Resort, it is time to set sail.The Anilao Windsurf Regatta has been going on for about 22 years. The small community of Anilao sailors gather every year to celebrate their love for windsurfing. It is a sport known to Filipinos, though not so popular. Being that Anilao is commonly known as a diving attraction, windsurfing often remains unheard of especially here. Thus, whenever it is time for the year’s regatta, the sailors and windsurf enthusiasts make sure they make noise.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policylast_img read more

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Aetas chase OCR national team dream

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first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Only the 19-year-old Yugyug finished without penalty to make it into the top 15 of the race—composed of 20 obstacles that sure will test one’s endurance—that the top three athletes of the Elite male division hurdled in just half an hour.But with other qualifier races scheduled this year and an expected boom in the sport’s popularity in the Philippines in the coming years, the Aetas vowed to work harder to improve their performance.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, logisticsLansang, for his part, said he will intensify his training for OCR, a sport which he has fallen in love with since first trying it out during the Allianz Conquer Challenge last December in Clark.Five Aeta youths from the adopted school of Allianz in Porac, Pampanga competed for the 5K Elite races in the recent Allianz OCR Sunday held at Filinvest, Alabang last March 31. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“Earlier, I was so eager to run and finish the race even though it was hard,” he told INQUIRER.net said in Filipino. “I really want to get the chance to make it to the national team even in the future.” He prepared for the race using unorthodox training methods like carrying piles of gabi leaves and sacks of coal in their community to build his strength.But even those strenuous everyday tasks were not enough to fully condition them for the five-kilometer stretch littered with obstacles like taho carry on an uphill terrain, acrylic climbing wall, and all kinds of rig challenges among others.“I want to train for something harder than the obstacles in the race. In the mountains, we carry gabi and sometimes four sacks of coal, but I need to do something harder. I will try to climb higher rocks in the mountains,” he said.“I was so eager to run today, but we still lack training and  I still had cramps. It was hard, there were times when I thought I couldn’t do the obstacle but I survived.”Gellyann Soria conquering another wall obstacle. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAllianz, which is also supporting the Aeta community in Villa Maria in Pampanga, is backing these athletes’ dream to excel in the sport and maybe one day don the country’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT “We are not putting a timetable, but what’s important as of this point is they get the training they need. We are giving them a chance to excel in the sport and the life skills to discover new opportunities along the way,” said Allianz Philippines chief marketing officer Gae Martinez.After Sunday’s race, Pilipinas Obstalce Sports, the federation for obstacle course racing in the country, has lined up three more qualifiers to determined the roster for the SEA Games, where six medals will be at stake for OCR.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances 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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Gellyann Soria completing the taho carry challenge alongside race participants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Five Aetas had the opportunity to compete for a spot in the national team pool of the obstacle course racing, which is making its debut in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.Gellyann Soria, Ivy Pelayo, Danilo Yugyug, Miracle D. Lansang, and Jacob D. King of Villa Maria Integrated School in Porac, Pampanga all competed in the Elite 5K division of the Allianz OCR, where the podium finishers earned a spot in the training pool, last Sunday at Filinvest Alabang,ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PBA: Hotshots clinch no. 6 in playoffs, rout Road Warriors Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Gregg Popovich negotiating new deal with San Antonio Spurs

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rockets, Bucks seek to avoid falling into 2-0 holes MOST READ 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 Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The Spurs have made the playoffs in each of the last 22 seasons, a streak that ties for the longest in NBA history, and there was some speculation about whether he would return.He has won five NBA championships with San Antonio.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, logisticsHe said Monday that negotiations are under way. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich prepares for Game 5 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)SAN ANTONIO — Coach Gregg Popovich is negotiating a new deal with the San Antonio Spurs.The 70-year-old Popovich just finished his 23rd season with the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

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eXtribe partners with Camarines Sur and Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) for 2019 events

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first_imgeXtribe, a premier organizer of world-class triathlon events, has announced the rest of its lined up races for 2019 to be staged at the world-renowned Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC).After holding the successful CWC Adventure Run last month, eXtribe is set to hold the Rockstar Triathlon on Aug. 25 and the Caramoan SwimRun contest in October, with CWC and Gota Village in Caramoan serving as the key venues for both events.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew In a statement, eXtribe said CWC has regained its stature as a world-class venue and one of the best wake parks in the world after a thorough rebuild and rehabilitation following the onslaught of Typhoon Nina in 2016. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES eXtribe described CWC as the perfect venue to hold its events, with its world-class facilities combined with the province’s experience of hosting top-notch wakeboarding, dragonboat racing, triathlon and marathon events.eXtribe will also soon announce the possibility of the Camarines Sur Bike Fest, Subic International Marathon and the exact dates of the annual Extri Triathlon in San Juan, Batangas.eXtribe’s annual events are part of the company’s effort to boost community engagement, where locals are empowered and eager to host sports events. In Laiya, Batangas, Baranggay Hugom is one the regular beneficiaries of eXtribe’s sports and education programs while community and tourism programs in Camarines Sur are developed through several of its events.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Solon asks: Why not allow provincial buses in Edsa at off-peak hours? PLAY LIST 01:22Solon asks: Why not allow provincial buses in Edsa at off-peak hours?00:50Trending Articles01:31Albayalde questions identities of slain rights defenders02:42PH 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 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP ADVTSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones magnifies NLEX’s import woes 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, logisticslast_img read more

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Analysis: Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

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first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue They have been strangely steeled by this lingering sense of doubt all season. They dealt with injuries; Cousins was out most of the year as he continued recovering from Achilles surgery, Stephen Curry dealt with a groin strain, Draymond Green had toe issues. They dealt with strife; a very popular narrative early in the season was that Durant and Green were warring Warriors. They looked really bored at times.And the postseason hasn’t been a cakewalk. The Los Angeles Clippers tested them in the first round, winning twice on the Warriors’ home floor at Oracle Arena. The second round against Houston was 2-2 after four games. Durant got hurt in Game 5 of that series with the outcome hanging in the balance.Go figure. The Warriors pulled out the win that night and haven’t lost since.For this series against the Toronto Raptors, they’re going to get Cousins back. They’ll probably get Durant back at some point, as well. Thompson tends to play well when he’s angry and he’s got a right to be angry after not being picked for the All-NBA team. And Curry, although individual honors aren’t why he plays the game, will probably be driven on some level to win NBA Finals MVP for the first time.More than anything, they’re playing for something dynastic.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Detroit won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990 and nobody considers that era of Pistons basketball a dynasty. Same goes for the Houston Rockets, champions in 1994 and 1995. San Antonio won five times in the Tim Duncan era, yet none of those came back-to-back even. Miami went to four straight finals from 2011 through 2014, winning in the middle two years, but didn’t get the elusive threepeat.The Warriors are playing for history.A third straight title, that’s the stuff dynasties are made of. And if they get that one, then maybe the band stays together one more year to chase No. 4, something Michael Jordan never got, something no team in history other than Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics got in a run that ended half a century ago.The Raptors won’t be easy.But the Warriors are playing for something that, unlike rosters, will last forever.Warriors in six.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Analysis: Why the Raptors will win the NBA Finals Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “It’s not going to last forever,” Kerr said on Sept. 24, as training camp was beginning.Fast forward to now. There are two or three weeks left in the season and then a most uncertain summer begins. Kevin Durant may leave. DeMarcus Cousins may leave. Klay Thompson may leave. Andre Iguodala may leave. The Warriors know, and have known, that their roster next season may look a whole lot different than it does now.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, logisticsIf this run is going to end, it’ll be on their terms.The Warriors are going to win another NBA championship. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The Golden State Warriors players pose with the Western Conference Championship trophy after Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, May 20, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 119-117 in overtime. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)TORONTO — Golden State coach Steve Kerr dropped the hint eight months ago that this season may be the end of the Warriors, at least as the team is currently configured.He was speaking of the Warriors’ run atop the NBA, with three titles in four years.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Pak to execute paraplegic man

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first_imgLahore, Sept 20 (PTI) Pakistan is set to execute a 43-year-old paraplegic man convicted of murder, drawing condemnation from a prominent rights group. Abdul Basit, who was convicted of murder in 2009, will be hanged on Tuesday. Basit became paralysed from the waist down after contracting tubercular meningitis in prison. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the President to stay the hanging and grant him reprieve. “Human rights activists throughout Pakistan and beyond have been shocked to learn of the orders for the execution of convict Abdul Basit (a paraplegic man)on September 22, despite the fact that the unfortunate man is paralysed from his waist below,” the commission said in a statement. “We are also shocked that the courts summarily dismissed the pleas for taking into consideration the provisions of international human rights instruments for special treatment of physically challenged people.” It further says Basits mercy petition is still pending in the presidency. “In these circumstances the execution of Abdul Basit will offend against all norms of civilised justice, raise awkward questions about the Pakistan justice systems insensitivity to humanitarian imperatives, and indict the Pakistan state and society as brutal entities,” it said. Last month, Pakistan executed Shafqat Hussain convicted of killing a seven-year-old boy when he himself was aged 14, drawing international criticism. Since Pakistan lifted a moratorium on executions in December 2014 in the wake of attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar that left 150 people killed mostly children, the Amnesty International has recorded over 200 executions. PTI Corr NSAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Arunachal Pradesh’s Zealous Crowd Turns Senior Women’s Nationals into ‘2-week Long Festival’

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first_imgPasighat: The overwhelming crowd support in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh for the Senior Women’s National Football Championships has been the “biggest advertisement” for women’s football in India, feels Ajay Kipa, secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.As people from different districts braved the persistent rain to soak in the euphoria of the “two-week-long festival,” Arunachal Pradesh women’s team captain Bamang Ana termed it nothing less than “a joyous occasion.” “We’re very fortunate to have played our part in the joyous occasion in our state. My parents, friends travelled a long way to watch matches. Although we lost in the quarter-finals, it was a great learning experience for us,” Ana expressed.”This was the first-ever senior NFC hosted in our state and we are in awe with the resounding response that we received. Spectators came from every district to watch the national team players in front of their eyes. They went back with these memories and the message will resonate through them,” Kipa added. “It was nothing short of a two-week-long festival in our state.”What you’re seeing is just one section of the fans gathered to watch the final of #SWNFC19 at the CHF stadium. Football lovers of Arunachal Pradesh, take a bow. 📷 @tongamrina #HerGameToo #indianfootball pic.twitter.com/1hEHJIi9Uw— Women’s Football India (@WomensFootieIND) September 24, 2019 ‘WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK RELENTLESSLY’Since Arunachal Pradesh advanced to the final of the sub-junior NFC 2018-19 in Naharlagun, they continued to dish out scintillating performances time and again.”We won two silver medals in the last 12 months which is quite encouraging. After sub-junior NFC in Naharlagun, our girls achieved the same feat in sub-junior girls’ NFC too,” Kipa Bharat, coach of Arunachal Pradesh women’s team explained.APFA have been operating in women’s football for the last two years and they have put in some serious efforts before the NFC. Although their efforts fell short in the quarters, Bharat termed her team as a ‘strong unit’ overall.”We don’t want to give excuses but we could have advanced more with a rigorous preparation. These bunch of girls are nothing less than a strong unit regardless,” Bharat sounded optimistic.’WOMEN’S LEAGUE HAS HELPED US A LOT'”We have started Women’s League two years back and since then women’s football has been growing from strength to strength in our state. We have eight teams and looking forward to increase further.””We have done some scouting across the state for this tournament. APFA constituted a committee comprising of coach, competition director and state-appointed coordinator who did the final selection,” Kipa explained.Manipur leading 1-0 with 4 additional minutes to go. Look at that crowd!#SWNFC #indianfootball #HerGameToo pic.twitter.com/ZLMhyLkTrI— Women’s Football India (@WomensFootieIND) September 24, 2019 “We want to delve into grassroots football further. Northeast has always been a hotbed of talents and we want to explore our state. We are planning to host the first Golden Baby League in our state in October. We’ll continue to work relentlessly alongside AIFF and in five years, we’ll surely scale a newer height,” Ajay voiced.”After the Women’s League started, this senior women’s NFC will surely ignite the zeal amongst the girls to try their luck in football. Girls are coming to play spontaneously. We are looking forward to a promising future when Arunachal Pradesh will have own representation in the India National Team,” Kipa said.This was the second Women’s NFC finals in the state after the north-eastern state hosted the Sub-junior Women’s NFC finals last year.”We hosted ten teams in Naharlagun last year for the Sub-junior NFC finals. But the magnitude of hosting the Hero Senior Women’s NFC is huge. Hosting 30 teams, caring for their accommodation, training schedules, logistical arrangements was our biggest challenge. We tried our best. At the end, everyone was happy and that’s the biggest compliment for us,” Ajay maintained. “We’re thankful to AIFF for trusting us. Hopefully, we have been able to pay it back as well.” 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. Ajay Kipaarunachal pradeshfootballindian football First Published: September 25, 2019, 8:32 PM ISTlast_img read more

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