With supplies drying up and the indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills entering its 27th day today, all eyes are set on the all-party meeting scheduled to be held today in Mirik area of the hills.The all-party meeting, convened by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), will be attended by all political parties of the hills. The meeting was scheduled to be held on July 18 but was advanced to July 11 following the violence in the hills on Saturday.Many hill parties are in favour of relaxing the shutdown for few days as the supplies of food and essentials have dried up due to the indefinite strike, Jan Andolan Party (JAP) sources said. A section of hill parties want the GJM to sit for the tripartite talks.This is the fourth such meeting in 27 days. The first, second and the third all-party meetings were held on June 20, June 29, and July 6 respectively. The GJM took out huge rally in Mirik demanding Gorkhaland. Incidentally, GJM had lost Mirik municipality to TMC in the last municipal polls held in May. Police and security forces patrolled the streets and kept a vigil on the entry and exit routes.While Internet services remained snapped for the last 24 days, all shops barring pharmacies, schools and colleges remained closed. An Army column, comprising of around 50 personnel, was deployed in Kalimpong last night, defence sources said.Two columns of the Army have already been positioned in Darjeeling and Sonada on Saturday due to extensive arson and violence.
Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “We will require dedication, discipline in training and we will see who has what it takes to stay in the team,” said Vicente upon coming back from Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.The Asian Women’s Club Championship, where 13 of the 18 pool members competed and finished eighth, served as the first litmus test for the national squad which will endeavor to get medal in the SEA Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe added that he already has several players with strong chances of making the final 12 based on the AWCC experience.The daily practice will be capped by training camp in Japan in July where the team is expected to strengthen the bond they have made during their two weeks stint in Kazakhstan. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast The long, hard grind beckons the 18 members of the Philippine national women’s volleyball pool and their performances in the practices will determine who will stay to form the 12-player roster.National head coach Francis Vicente said starting Monday, they will have practice twice a day, six days a week as they prepare for the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors in August.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I will require at least four days a week attendance,” said Vicente. “Failure to comply will be grounds to be cut from the final lineup.”Players who will have games or practices with their respective clubs on training days with the national pool may be excused, according to Vicente.Aby Maraño, Denden Lazaro, Jaja Santiago, Rachel Anne Daquis, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Mika Reyes, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculanga, Kim Fajardo, Aiza Pontillas, Gen Casugod, Lourdes Clemente and Ces Molina saw action in the AWCC.Joining them in the pool are Alyssa Valdez, Roselle Baliton, Ria Meneses, Kath Aradao and Dawn Macandili.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ginebra-SMB showdown looms anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 read more
Jwala Gutta and Velliavetil Diju are aiming to make it to the top five in the mixed doubles world rankings ahead of the Japan Super Series badminton championships in Tokyo.The duo made it to the semi-finals of the China Masters last week, their best result at the Super Series events. The pair will start their campaign in Tokyo on Wednesday.Diju said he believes that he and Jwala belonged among the top combinations in the game.”The way we are playing now it is quite clear that we belong at the elite level. In the China Masters, we beat the world’s second and fifth-ranked pairs. That in itself is an achievement for us,” Diju told MAIL TODAY from the Japanese capital.”Right now our aim is to break into the top five. We are confident that if we can maintain this form, it is a matter of time that we can achieve that. It is more a case of us believing in ourselves more than anything else,” he said.Diju also felt that but for some unforced errors, they could have beaten the Korean pair of Yeong Yong San and Yan Jan in the semi-finals in China.”After winning the opening game 21-6, we relaxed. I am not trying to take any credit away from the Korean pair but the fact is that we were unable to capitalise on the chances which came our way. We will not make the same mistakes when we play them the next time,” he said. Jwala felt that after a long time, the two were at their best.advertisement”Our understanding was excellent and Diju was smashing at his best.”Saina seeded 4thSaina Nehwal is the fourth seed in the women’s section at the Japan Super Series. The Hyderabadi is drawn to play Thailand’s Incheonton Raparkal. Saina, who lost in the quarter-finals at the China Masters, will in all likelihood face another Thai Salakjit Polsana in the second round.In the men’s draw, Ajay Jayaram has been handed a tough draw as he is pitted against Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen in the opener. The Indian has regained fitness after an abdominal muscle tear at the China Masters.Periappali Kashyap has been drawn to play against Victor Axelsen of Denmark in the opener. read more
An upset Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Sunday admitted that his side was completely outplayed by India in the second Test, primarily due to their “disappointing” batting effort in the first innings.India on Sunday secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after having thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test.Sri Lanka were sub-standard with the bat in the first innings as they were bowled out for a paltry 183 in reply to India’s mammoth 622 for nine declared.”We were completely outplayed. The first innings effort was disappointing and it cost us heavily. They (Indians) batted well too. Scoring 622 is huge. That put us under lot of pressure,” Chandimal said after India wrapped up the second Test inside four days.”They got 600, but we didn’t think we would get out so cheaply. We were surprised as well because the pitch started turning more than we thought more than it was in the first one and a half days. The reason we lost the game is because we got out for 183 in the first innings,” he added.Sri Lanka recovered in the second innings thanks to a 191-run stand between Dimuth Karunaratne (141) and Kusal Mendis (110), who both scored centuries.”We fought hard in the second innings. It was a fine effort by both Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne. After yesterday we had some discussion and we planned how to go about things today. I still feel that everyone fought very hard but we kept losing wickets,” said the skipper.advertisement”It was a special innings that Dimuth played. As an opener we expect that kind of innings from him, so we’re very happy he played that innings on a very tough deck like this one.”Of the innings that I’ve seen over the last three or four years, this innings was one of the best, both from our team and oppositions. It was an excellent innings. He always goes to the crease looking to score runs. I think that must have helped him get these 140 runs,” he added.The Lankan batsmen excessively used the sweep shot to frustrate the Indian bowlers. However, it could only buy the hosts some time as Ravindra Jadeja took five for 152 to win the match for India.”After the second day’s play we felt it was tough to bat on it. We tried to play straight but we couldn’t score well.Before the second innings we had a discussion and had a chat about what was the best way to score runs. Everyone agreed that the best way moving forward was by using the sweep and reverse sweep shots heavily. We executed that really well in the second innings. We fought hard, said Chandimal.”Jadeja is a very special bowler. That is the reason why he is ranked number one in world ranking. Credit to him for sticking to his plans. He bowled really well,” Chandimal said praising the Indian leg-spinner.Having already surrendered the Test series, Sri Lanka will now have to play for pride and would look to avoid a whitewash in the third Test in Pallekele.However, the Lankans will miss two key players — pacers Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal — in the third Test as both are ruled out due to injuries.”Yes it’s a bit disadvantage not to have Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. We haven’t made any decisions on selection because it was only in this match Nuwan got injured. We haven’t spoken to the selectors. We will make a plan in the future and try to execute that,” Chandimal said.”We have four days now. We come out and try to win every match. Even over the next few days we are hoping to spend a lot of time and energy in training. If we can win even one match against a team like India, it will be a boost to the mental state of the team. They (India) are the No. 1 team,” he signed off. read more