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.
An expert team comprising members of the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Institute of India on Friday began a probe into a three-year-old tiger’s death at Satkosia reserve in Odisha’s Angul district, a Forest Department official said. The NTCA and the WII will carry out a “thorough investigation” to ascertain the cause behind the death of Royal Bengal Tiger ‘Mahavir’ at Satkosia, he said. “Both the organisations have taken Mahavir’s death very seriously. They will find out if the animal died of natural causes or there were other reasons,” the official said.Mahavir, translocated from Kanha National Park in M.P., was found dead in the core area of the Satkosia Tiger Reserve on Wednesday. Two of the six tigers — ‘Mahavir’ and ‘Sundari’ — were translocated to the sanctuary earlier this year. Earlier this month, ‘Sundari’ was tranquillised and shifted to an enclosure, after people alleged that it had mauled two persons to death. read more
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “All he (Pacquiao) needs to do now is eat and rest,” said assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez in Filipino. “At this point nothing could be done that would matter in the ring.”Chief trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune want Pacquiao to bulk up to 146.5 pounds for the weigh-in by eating in intervals.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 starsPacquiao’s Australian challenger, though, faces the grim prospect of not making weight.According to local reports, Horn woke up at a heavy 69.9 kilos (153.8 lb) on Friday, still 6.8 lb away from the 147-lb limit. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? The Inquirer had earlier reported that Horn weighed 70.3 kg (154.7 lb) Thursday, which means that the 29-year-old was only able to shed less than a pound overnight.It’s for this reason that Horn is now being forced to starve himself. He has only taken sips of water since Thursday and will only eat salad Friday night.To compound matters, Horn will have to spend some more rounds at the gym in sweat suits in a frantic effort to meet the welterweight cutoff.While acknowledging Horn’s built-in edge in height (three inches) and walking weight (around eight lb), Pacquiao said he isn’t worried about Horn’s power.Horn has been rehearsing the overhead right counter Juan Manuel Marquez unleashed to knock a charging Pacquiao out cold in the sixth round in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Glenn Rushton, Horn’s millionaire trainer, believes the impact of that brutal knockout remains in Pacquiao’s memory, thus his seeming reluctance to pour it all even when an opponent is in serious trouble.That’s why, apart from an elaborate 10-point plan specifically drafted for Pacquiao, they’ve made the right counter one of the focal points of Horn’s offensive arsenal for the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Meralco eyes lead Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Famed boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines speaks to the media during a press conference with Jeff Horn of Australia in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE—No one in Team Pacquiao is buying fully into Jeff Horn’s weight problems. But even with the possibility that the weight issue is a ploy to lull Manny Pacquiao into complacency, there’s no need for the eight-division champion to push himself any harder.While Horn reportedly still has some scrambling to do before Saturday’s official weigh-in for their “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium Sunday, Pacquiao can now rest and take things easy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES read more