34 years on, compensation for Blue Star detainees

first_imgThe detainees who were arrested and kept in a Jodhpur prison following the Army operation to flush out militants from the Golden Temple in 1984 will finally get some relief with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh scheduled to hand over compensation money to them today, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday.The Chief Minister will distribute cheques totalling ₹4.5 crore to 40 of the detainees here at a programme in the presence of all members of his Cabinet, the spokesperson said.Capt. Singh had recently written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and also spoken to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on the matter. He had said if the Centre failed to pay its share of the compensation, then the State government will take over that liability too.300 people arrested Around 300 people were arrested and detained in the Jodhpur jail in June 1984 in the wake of Operation Blue Star, and were later released in three batches, between March 1989 and July 1991.Of these, 224 had appealed for compensation in the lower court, alleging wrongful detention and torture but they failed to get any relief from the court in 2011.However, 40 of the them went in appeal to the District and Sessions Court, Amritsar, and were awarded ₹4 lakh each as compensation with 6% interest (from the date of filing of the appeal to payment of compensation) in April last year.Appeal by CentreThe court had held the Union and the State governments jointly liable for payment of the compensation, and although the Punjab government had given an undertaking to the court to pay half the amount, the Centre had moved an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the order, the spokesperson said.Earlier, the Chief Minister had also met the Jodhpur detainees and assured them of his government’s full support.Strong reaction The detainees had been suffering for the past several years for no fault of theirs, the Capt. Singh had said, while pointing out that the Centre’s decision to go in appeal against the compensation award had evoked a strong reaction among the Sikh community and was further likely to lead to a sense of alienation and perceived injustice among the community.last_img read more


Pumaren: Ahanmisi ‘too nice’ and ‘needs to be selfish like Ritualo’

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Barkley, Griffin shone but Brown didn’t at NFL combine But it’s not just in this game against the Titans that Ahanmisi has been able to show his mettle. He has been a consistent force for Akari-Adamson, netting 16.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steal for the conference.Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine guard Maverick in the PBA, knows that the spotlight will be a little brighter in this buildup as he will be counted on to carry the mantle for the Falcons, whether he’s ready or not.“I just got to adjust to it. Rob (Manalang) is gone but I’ll try to lead the team to the right direction and help the young guys adjust to coach Franz’ system,” he said. “Our team is young. We got some new guys coming in, but we got some vets also. We just got to mold and learn from each other. And personally, whatever coach Franz needs me to do, I’ll do it as best as I can.” Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus center_img MOST READ “He needs to be selfish like Renren,” he said, referring to former La Salle star and now Adamson assistant coach Renren Ritualo. “He needs to watch videos of how selfish Renren was.”Though Pumaren’s comments could be seen as a little comical, Ahanmisi heard his coach’s message loud and clear as he slowly accepts the responsibilities of being Akari-Adamson’s undisputed leader.“I just got to embrace it,” he said. “I just got to listen to what he says. Coach knows what’s better for me and I just got to take what he says and do it on and off the court.”Ahanmisi channeled his inner Ritualo and gave Pumaren a glimpse of what he can do as the first option.He caught fire from downtown, hitting 7-of-8 from three to finish with 26 points on top of four assists, and three rebounds in the Falcons’ 100-89 victory over AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Akari-Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, a little more selfishness from Jerrick Ahanmisi won’t hurt, especially that the Fil-Nigerian guard will now be given the keys to lead the Falcons from this point on.“That’s what I’m trying to say to him, that he needs to be more assertive. He’s too nice,” the veteran bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT Pumaren believes Ahanmisi could be something more and not just be limited to being knock-down shooter, the moment he assumes the role of being the team’s go-to guy.Ahanmisi has the numbers to back him up, averaging 12.7 points on a 35 percent shooting from three, to go with 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists, emerging as one of the Falcons’ top guys this past UAAP Season 80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Pumaren wants more.“He needs to be aggressive. He needs to be a little more selfish. He can drive to the basket and ask for ball, but he’s too nice that he wants to share the ball to his teammates,” said Pumaren, going to as far as giving Ahanmisi someone to emulate. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more


Steph or Seth Curry? Coin flip to decide who mom, dad represent

first_imgSteph Curry has been to the NBA Finals four times, winning three with the Warriors. This is his brother’s first playoff run.“It would be great for Seth to get a (championship) ring, but we can’t root for one son over the other,” 54-year-old Dell Curry said. “We’re just going to let it play out and have fun watching them both play.”Big brother is proud.“He’s had a very interesting journey to get to where he’s at, dealing with some significant injuries and surgeries as well where he missed two entire years basically coming out of college and this past year,” Stephen said. “For him to just grind and understand that he belongs on this level, it’s just we’re going to take a different path. His confidence in himself never wavered.”Dell said it’s been fun, and exhausting.The Currys have been jetting around the country for the last month on commercial flights, back and forth between Oakland, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver and Houston to see their sons play. They’ve attended 21 of their sons’ combined 24 playoff games, only missing two Blazers’ first-round games in Oklahoma City and one second-round game in Denver.Sometimes, Dell and Sonya wake up in a hotel unsure of what city they’re in.“Everybody says to us, ‘You guys have to be tired,’” Dell said. “I’m like, ‘Well, we’ll probably sleep for a week when it’s over.’” Literally.With sons Stephen and Seth Curry becoming the first siblings to face each other in an NBA conference final, it’s a dilemma most any parent would love.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, logisticsDell and his wife, Sonya, decided wearing a split jersey with the Warriors and Blazers would be “too easy.” Instead, they’ll flip a coin before each game in the best-of-seven series to determine which team they’ll represent.Stephen Curry can’t imagine how this might feel for his folks. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates the team’s win over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Houston. Golden State won 118-113, winning the series. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Dell Curry was standing near the loading dock at the Pepsi Center in Denver when Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum approached, gave him a big hug and asked, “Which shirt are you wearing?” for the Western Conference final.“Got to flip a coin,” Curry responded.ADVERTISEMENT And a lot of traveling.Dell and Sonya Curry plan to attend every game, sitting with Stephen’s wife Ayesha at Warriors home games and with Seth’s fiancée Callie Rogers when the Blazers host.“They’re like the Royal Family of the NBA,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday. “It’s incredible. There they are, Steph and Seth, both having all this success. As parents, they must be having the time of their lives. Actually I know they are because I’ve talked to them about it. What a beautiful scene. I’m sure it will be conflicting for them this next couple of weeks but what a great story.”Dell, who played 16 seasons in the NBA and is currently a TV analyst for the Charlotte Hornets, said the entire situation is just a bit unnerving for him.“I normally don’t get nervous for games when either one of them play,” he said. “But I got a little nervous knowing how they’re going to play against each other.”As hard as this will be on the parents, Dell knows it will be even more difficult for his sons.“It’s going to be tough to put everything aside and battle each other because as siblings they want each other to do well,” Dell said. “They watch each other’s games and cheer for each other.”Earlier this year, the Curry boys competed against each other in the 3-point shootout at the All-Star Game in their hometown of Charlotte, with 31-year-old Steph getting the best of his younger brother.Seth, 28, said it’s hard to believe they’ll now meet in the playoffs.“So many years I’ve watched Steph play in the Western Conference final, the NBA Finals, being in the crowd,” Seth Curry said. “It’s going to be fun to be out there on the court, competing, to get to that final. It’s a dream come true for us, but our families are going to have a lot of fun as well.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew 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 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Vergel Meneses wins mayor, Dondon Hontiveros tops councilor race; Yeng Guiao loses congressional bid “I just know watching Seth play I get nervous watching him like on TV and stuff,” Stephen said after practice Monday. “For them, it’s family and parents who supported us all the way through the ranks.”The parents’ routine will go something like this: If Sonya flips heads, she will wear Blazers attire to support Seth, while Dell wears Stephen’s Warriors colors. If the coin lands on tails, she’ll dress in Warriors clothing while Dell dons Blazers gear.Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, left, looks on as Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry reacts as time runs down in the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. The Trail Blazers won 100-96. (AP Photo/John Leyba)The next game Dell gets to flip the coin, and so on — until the series is decided.So who gets to flip the coin for Game 1 on Tuesday night?“Well, we have to flip to see who flips first,” Dell said with a laugh. “There’s going to be a lot of coin flipping going on.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more


New NSR Transit Record for Christophe de Margerie

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: President of Russia/CC 4.0 license Christophe de Margerie, the icebreaking LNG carrier owned and operated by Russian shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has crossed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in a new record time.The vessel covered the distance of 2,360 nautical miles eastward, from the port of Sabetta (Yamal Peninsula) to Cape Dezhnev (the Bering Strait), in just seven days and 17 hours during the month of July. The vessel navigated independently without any icebreaker support, sailing at an average speed of 12.8 knots.The LNG carrier was transporting a cargo of liquefied natural gas from the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta to the port of Tangshan, China, where it arrived on July 31.The completed voyage also represents the beginning of regular shipments of LNG along the NSR from Russia’s Arctic gas fields to the countries of Asia Pacific.“This remarkable, safe passage across the NSR has required the crew’s utmost attention and concentration. Ice conditions along the route were severe, especially in the East Siberian Sea, and the vessel experienced navigation in extended periods of limited visibility. The navigational and hydrographic situation within Arctic regions remains as challenging as ever,” Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and COO/CTO of SCF Group, said.“The crew of Christophe de Margerie was able to maintain a rapid yet safe speed for the tanker through effective organisation of bridge watch-keeping, highly skilled navigation, slowing the ship when approaching challenging ice fields and passing them at a safe speed, and moving reasonably quicker in areas of reduced ice cover.”The 172,600 cbm Christophe de Margerie is the first in a series of 15 icebreaking LNG carriers ordered for the Yamal LNG, to transport LNG year-round in the challenging ice conditions of the Kara Sea and Gulf of Ob.The vessel can sail independently through ice of up to 2.1 metres thick. Its propulsion system has a power capacity of 45 MW, which is comparable to that of a nuclear-powered icebreaker.The icebreaking LNG carrier can sail unassisted along the NSR westward from Yamal all year-round, and eastward for six months of the year (from July to December).The ships is membered by all-Russian crew numbers 29, including 13 officers, each with significant Arctic shipping experience, according to SCF.last_img read more