Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017, in Carson, California. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, a six-time world champion over four different weight divisions, will fight for the final time on December 2 in New York against hometown foe Sadam Ali, promoters announced Wednesday.Cotto, 41-5 with 33 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization light middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden against Ali, a 2008 US Olympian based in Brooklyn who is 25-1 with 14 knockouts.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Injured LeBron out for pre-season, in doubt for Cavs opener MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa It will be the 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena for Cotto, who has owned world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight.“I’m very excited to be back in the ring for my final fight at The Garden. I’ve worked really hard my entire career to be at this level,” Cotto said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m fully concentrated on getting together with (trainer) Freddie Roach so we can work hard and have a great victory.”Cotto has defeated a host of stars since his 2001 pro debut, including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 After losing to Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in November 2015, Cotto was idle for 21 months before an undisputed decision victory in August at Los Angeles over Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai to win the WBO crown he will defend against Ali.“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to fight a legend,” Ali said. “My time is now.”Cotto’s only loss at the Garden came to American Austin Trout in 2012. His other defeats came at the hands of Mexico’s Margarito, American Floyd Mayweather and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots as Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden knew he’d have to do a little more on Tuesday night with the Houston Rockets missing key players.Even he couldn’t have imagined he’d do this much.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises He set the scoring mark when he stepped back and made a 3-pointer before crashing to the court after being fouled by Mario Hezonja. He then made the free throw to give him 60 points and bringing the crowd to its feet.“Amazing (and) topped it off with a four-point play at the end,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But we had to have every minute from him.”Harden, who also had four steals and a block, grabbed his 10th rebound a few seconds later to give him his third triple double this season. He made 17 of 18 free throws and was 19 of 30 from the floor with five 3 pointers.He said he didn’t realize he was the first player with 60 points in a triple-double.“It’s a good feeling, I guess,” he said. “Just try to go out there and make an impact every single night on the game, however I can. Whether it’s scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, whatever it is. And tonight I guess I was doing everything.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Harden piled up 16 points in the first quarter and had 24 by halftime despite his early 3-point shooting woes. Orlando led 55-54 at halftime.TIP-INSMagic: Aaron Gordon missed the game with an injury to his left hip that he suffered on Saturday night. He will likely sit out Wednesday as well. … Simmons and Mack added 15 points each.Rockets: Ariza injured his left hamstring on Sunday. … Coach Mike D’Antoni said he doesn’t expect Paul to miss much time with his injury. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.THEY SAID ITMagic coach Frank Vogel on Harden’s performance: “That was a heck of a performance when your second, third and fourth options are out. He’s likely the MVP of this year’s season. He did what he had to do to get a win.LOVE FROM LEBRONCleveland star LeBron James gave Harden some love on Twitter after the game , tweeting in part: “That’s insane G! 60 point Triple Dub. Sheesh!!!” The four-time MVP added five fire emojis after his comment to show how impressed he was with Harden’s game.UP NEXTMagic: Host Lakers on Wednesday night.Rockets: Visit San Antonio Thursday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Harden became the first player in NBA history to score 60 points as part of a triple-double and the short-handed Rockets beat the Orlando Magic 114-107.“I just gave it all I had tonight,” Harden said. “We all did. We all fought for 48 minutes, we got key stops when we needed to and we made big shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to eclipse the 57 points Calvin Murphy scored in 1978 to break Houston’s single-game scoring record. After Harden broke the record, cameras in the arena showed a shot of Murphy, who works on the television broadcast team, smiling and clapping for the Beard, who also had 10 rebounds and 11 assists.The game was tied at 107 after a basket by Marreese Speights with just under four minutes to play. Neither team scored for more than two minutes after that before Harden took over, scoring the next six points to make it 113-107 with 45 seconds left. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hezonja and Speights scored 17 points each for the Magic, who dropped their third straight.The Rockets started the game without Chris Paul, who has a sore groin, and Trevor Ariza, who is dealing with a strained hamstring. They lost another player when Eric Gordon, who is second on the team in scoring with 19.5 points a game, left early in the second quarter with lower back stiffness.“I looked at coach and said: ‘Eric can’t go,’” Harden said “He said go get ’em and after that I didn’t come out of the game.”Harden’s big night came as he played 46 minutes and 26 seconds, which was a career-high for a regulation game, with Houston missing so many players.“I was shocked to see that,” Speights said of Harden not getting worn out by playing so many minutes. “He didn’t really get subbed out and that shows the growth in his game and the maturity in his game.”It was his fourth 50-point game this season and Tuesday’s performance bested his previous career-high of 56 points set in November against Utah.“I have never seen a performance like that,” teammate Gerald Green said. “I caught myself just being a true fan throughout the whole game … what he did today was remarkable.”Orlando led by two points with about 9 1/2 minutes left before the Rockets used a 10-4 run to make it 101-97 with about seven minutes to go. Harden made two 3-pointers in that stretch, and wowed the crowd on the second one that he came as the shot clock was about to expire and with Shelvin Mack right in his face.Houston didn’t lead for long though, as Speights was fouled while making a 3-pointer and added the free throw to tie it seconds later.The Magic had a 2-point lead with about 5 1/2 minutes left before Houston used a 6-2 run, with all its points from Harden, to take a 107-105 lead with about four minutes left. Knicks rout Nets again to finish sweep of season series
Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Pelicans extend Okafor through the end of the season View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Young Higa-onon, Manobo and Banwaon players all tried their luck, but only 11 aspirants got the golden ticket to the two-day basketball exposition at the the National Training Camp on May 18 to 20.Selections from the Jr. NBA Philippines Regional Training Camp in Butuan.These 11 are: Richard Carvero III, 13, and Paolo Matthew Kho, 13, of Corpus Christi School; Christian Joi Mesias, 14, of Jose Maria College; Zhan Paolo Moreno, 13, of Xavier University; Michael John Sarmiento, 13, of Father Saturnino Urios University; Klein Tyrone Tagotongan, 13, of St. Mary’s School; and Vince Uchi, 14, of Alabel National Science High School for the boys division and Madelyn Flores, 14, of Bukidnon National High School; Aishe Solis, 13, of Corpus Christi School; Mikylla Taborada, 13, of Kauswagan National High School; and Pauline Angelique Valle, 13, of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School for the girls division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJr. NBA coaches Rob Newson and Jeffrey Cariaso made the selections after two day’s worth of basketball training and scrimmages.“There’s a lot of talent here,” said Newson. “We were really impressed with at least three of the kids who were selected that we really feel have the natural ability to make it until the end. The kids love the game. They worked really hard and I’m excited to see them in Manila.” Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH TIpoff at the Jr. NBA Philippines Regional Selection Camp in Butuan.Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 welcomed a massive 1,505 young crowd in its the Mindanao leg at Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City over the weekend.Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 from Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Davao, Sarangani and other provinces in Mindanao trooped to the first-ever Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camp in the city for the record-setting numbers.ADVERTISEMENT Baguio is set to host the next Regional Selection Camp on March 17 to 18 before it goes to its final stop in Manila on April 21 and 22. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA Season 93 Preview: Stags hope to learn from last year’s woes Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella returns the ball to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 29, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONLuxembourg’s Mandy Minella is playing at Wimbledon while four and a half months pregnant, it was reported Tuesday, as the 31-year-old prepares to join Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a tennis mum.Minella lost 6-1, 6-1 to Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone but she caught the eye with her loose-fitting dress covering a small bump.ADVERTISEMENT “Wimbledon is my last tournament this season,” Minella, whose baby is due at the of the year, told reporters.The world number 82 posted a picture on her Facebook account on Tuesday showing husband and coach Tim Sommer kneeling in front of her on a Wimbledon court, kissing her stomach.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 starsMinella is also due to play women’s doubles with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.Defending champion Serena Williams is expecting her first child in September and is sitting out the tournament this year. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Fellow former world number one Azarenka only returned to the tour in June after giving birth to son Leo in December and reached the second round of Wimbledon on Monday evening.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Bosh parts ways with Miami Heat China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Hayward spurned his now former NBA team as well as the Miami Heat to commit to the Celtics and Stevens, who coached him at Butler University.“And that unfinished business we had together, back in 2010, when I left Butler for the NBA,” Hayward wrote of Stevens, who has been with the Celtics since the 2013-14 season. “As far as I’m concerned, all of these years later, we still have it: And that’s to win a championship.”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 starsHayward averaged 21.9 points per game last season and played in his first all-star game.Hayward said he felt a need to address speculation that he was in fact making a switch to Boston. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Gordon Hayward will be teaming up with Isaiah Thomas in Boston. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOBOSTON—Free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to join the Boston Celtics in a move which will reunite him with his former US college coach Brad Stevens, The Players’ Tribune reported on Tuesday.The all-star swingman Hayward addressed his decision to move from the Utah Jazz to the Celtics in an article he wrote for the website which was titled “Thank You Utah”.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “This has been the toughest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life. This weekend has probably been the longest weekend of my life. And today … well, today has definitely been one of the craziest days of my life,” he wrote.BACKSTORY: Hayward starting his free-agent tour as West gets tougher“What’s crazy is — before I even had a chance to make my decision, before I had a chance to sit down and write this, and before I even had a chance to talk about it with the people I love — I was already reading reports about where I was going.”This the second year in a row the Celtics have landed a big-time free agent. Last year they signed Al Horford.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC 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 “There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.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 starsAnd the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo
“He is a rock star here. We call him our secret weapon,” said team manager Daniella Virata.Virata said Syquia has been competing in the Florida circuit where he is based. He grew up in New York City and began riding in Claremonth Academy.“He is a cool guy. Good personality. He gave us six clear rounds, three in individual and three in team event,” said Virata.Syquia was part of the team that won silver last Saturday along with Chiara Sophia Amor, Joker Arroyo and Marie Antoinette Leviste.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Colonia fifth in weightlifting The horse dealer and professional equestrian rode with his mount Adventure L.He finished tied with five other riders after two rounds and then in the jump-off clocked 37.63 seconds besting local riders Sharimini Cristina Ratnasingham (41.30) and Dato Seri Mahamad Fathil Qabil Ambak (41.66).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRatnasingham on board Arcado, and Ambak on 3Q Qaliya, wound up second and third, respectively.After two rounds, Syquia finished in a bunch of five riders who went to the jump-off along with the Malaysians, Brunei’s Mohd Nasir and Singapore’s Catherine Chew. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — A 46-year-old rider with “rockstar personality” thrilled the Southeast Asian Games equestrian show jump individual competition Monday after capturing the gold medal for Team Philippines in Rawang.John Colin Syquia, riding for the Philippines for the first time, won via jump-off and shocked the field when he upstaged his Malaysian foes, riding four seconds faster than the second placer to rule the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Many of the more dramatic changes we have seen in India in the last 35 years came after the liberalising reforms of the early 1990s, which affected everything from the TV we watch to the shoes we buy. But the changes are far from being wholesale ones or even entirely predictable.,Many of the more dramatic changes we have seen in India in the last 35 years came after the liberalising reforms of the early 1990s, which affected everything from the TV we watch to the shoes we buy. But the changes are far from being wholesale ones or even entirely predictable. Instead, they offer up more arenas in which to debate who we are, what we want and the kind of society we want to live in.We build malls and sometimes visit themFor a time, the Citi Centre mall was just a 15-minute walk from my flat in Mylapore, Chennai. On my way, I would pass old temples, a huge garbage dump and an open-air fish market. I would drink coconut water on the way, saving myself from an expensive carbonated drink once inside. The mall itself-an ugly, faux renaissance construction-towered above this varied landscape and sported a gigantic metal generator to one side. Most people came to the mall in cars or on motorbikes and the roads around it were always jammed. I’m one of those who don’t like malls. But I did like the air-conditioning from April to July and going from one shop to the next without being sideswiped by a motorcycle or lashed by the sun.The rise of the consumer citizenGone are the days of relatives bringing mixies, jeans and lipsticks from abroad. Everything is available here now and there are thousands of billboards to remind you of just what you should aspire to have. On one hand, there is a greater openness to the outside world and more awareness of that world by the common woman and man. On the other, the divides between the “haves” and “have-nots” look more severe and callous. We are told the good life will trickle down, yet, looking around even so-called middle class areas, while professional salaries and purchasing power have risen, the lifestyles continue to be subsidised by the low-wage labour of the service class.advertisementThe way we move aroundCheaper domestic flights have intensified social and business networks as north, south, east, and west are within a few hours of each other. On the road, we are moving faster and in bigger vehicles. But we’re doing so on the same narrow, pot-holed roads as before. So we topple over each other, get stuck in smoke-filled jams, and in our haste, crush into one another, making Indian roads the deadliest in the world. Meanwhile, on the Delhi Metro, one mid-20s commuter told me that now she takes the Metro to work instead of the bus, cutting her commute time to half. Coining a new phrase and sensibility, she called her new way of getting around, “Delhi up-down”.We are being watchedOn the same Metro platform, CCTV cameras watch commuters’ every move, or so they say. At airports, movie theatres, central markets and elsewhere, we are searched. The management of these new technologies has created new industries of surveillance and is directed by a new techno-managerial class. Individuals in this class who are corruption-free are held up as beacons of hope, yet corrupt practices are still the rule rather than the exception.We are on the world stage of literatureLate JNU English professor Meenakshi Mukherjee was ambivalent about the success and hype of Indian English fiction. With a hint of lament, she would speak of her students who all wanted to be the next Arundhati Roy. Novels have become a way to judge a nation’s cultural worth, and hence they are political and cultural emblems, which is why we debate every shortlist, prize and prize refusal, though only when an Indian author is involved.There is more English that is less EnglishLast year while teaching at IIT-Madras, two things became clear to me. One, all of my students were very smart and second, each had a different command over the English language. One of them explained it this way: In school, English was taught to them as a “subject” but never as a “language”. As English has gone from being a colonial language to a global one, more Indians speak it; lower-class and lower-caste Indians rightly demand it, but the question of how and if it will be meaningfully incorporated into the education of Indians remains unclear.We walk and talk and message and blogEnglish has enabled some Indians to gain jobs in it and at call centres, but much more significantly, cellphones and the Internet have enabled Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam and many more languages to flourish in new ways and move across borders like never before. In an average day, we speak at least three languages to different people for different things, often picking words from different languages to produce a melange that says it just right. The genius of Indian life surely resides in the multilingual reality of the day-to-day.advertisementWhat we eat has changed, and so have weFor 30 years, a great-uncle of mine owned two restaurants near his house in Nainital and took great pride in the fact that he never ate at either of them. We are known for being particular about our food. Yet, many have relaxed these restrictions and mark status in other ways. We eat and drink more kinds of things more quickly in more places than ever. But are we satisfied? Now, the middle classes are succumbing to lifestyle diseases like diabetes and obesity, while the rural and urban poor are stuck with an extremely high rate of childhood malnutrition and stunted growth.We like to think we have replaced caste with classIt’s true that we look (and in some ways are) more alike as we sit side-by-side, from north to south, in salwar-kameez or pair of jeans, yet the vast majority of our marriage arrangements are still airtight, and who sits in an office and who in a slum still has everything to do with your father’s name. The post-Mandal Commission era didn’t bring back caste divisions; it just showed they never went away.How we say, “I love you”When it had been decided, in 1961, that my parents would marry, they went on a few outings to Connaught Place. Soon anonymous notes were slipped under the door of my father’s relative’s house, saying their behaviour was not setting a good example. Many years later, on a cool February evening, I was walking near the Delhi University campus with a female friend when three boys on a motorcycle stopped to grab at us. When we complained to a guard standing at a nearby college gate, he explained, “But madam, it is Valentine’s Day.” Earlier in the day, Hindutva activists had overturned chairs at the local Nirula’s to scare away couples and made a mess of an Archie’s card shop in Kamla Nagar market. The style of love is changing, but it still poses a problem.Rashmi Sadana is the writer’s book English Heart, Hindi Heartland: the Political Life of Literature in India is forthcoming from the University of California Press
The President of India has approved the conferment of Padma Awards 2010. Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred inthree categories, namely – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and PadmaShri. The Awards are given in all disciplines/ fields of activities,viz. art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, tradeand industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional anddistinguished service, ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. Theawards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. Theawards are conferred by the President of India at a function held atRashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March or April.This year the President has approved 128 awards including one duo case (counted as one) and 12 in the category of Foreigners/ NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous.These comprise 13 Padma Vibhushan, 31 Padma Bhushan and 84 Padma Shri Awards. There are 31 ladies among the awardees.Here is the complete list:Padma Vibhushan1. Dr. (Smt.) Kapila Vatsyayan – Art – Art Administration and Promotion – Delhi2. Mrs. Homai Vyarawalla – Art – Photography – Gujarat3. Shri A Nageshwara Rao – Art – Cinema – Andhra Pradesh4. Shri Parasaran Kesava Iyengar – Public Affairs – Delhi5. Dr. Akhlaq-ur-Rehman Kidwai – Public Affairs – Delhi6. Shri Vijay Kelkar – Public Affairs – Delhi7. Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia – Public Affairs – Delhi8. Shri Palle Rama Rao – Science and Engineering – Andhra Pradesh9. Shri Azim Premji – Trade and Industry – Karnataka10. Shri Brajesh Mishra – Civil Services – Madhya Pradesh11. Prof. (Dr.) Ottaplakkal Neelakandan Velu Kurup – Literature and Education – Kerala12. Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra – Literature and Education – Orissa13. Late Shri L. C. Jain – Public Affairs – Delhi *Padma Bhushanadvertisement1. Shri Satyadev Dubey – Art – Theatre – Maharashtra2. Shri Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi alias Khayyam – Art – Cinema – Music – Maharashtra3. Shri Shashi Kapoor – Art – Cinema – Maharashtra4. Shri Krishen Khanna – Art – Painting – Haryana5. Shri Madavur Vasudevan Nair – Art – Dance – Kathakali – Kerala6. Ms. Waheeda Rehman – Art – Cinema – Maharashtra7. Shri Rudrapatna Krishna – Shastry Srikantan Art – Music Vocal – Karnataka8. Ms. Arpita Singh – Art – Painting – Delhi9. Dr. Sripathi Panditharadhyula Balasubrahmanyam – Art – Playback Singing, Music Direction & acting – Tamil Nadu10. Shri C.V. Chandrasekhar – Art – Classical Dance-Bharatanatyam – Tamil Nadu11. Shri Dwijen Mukherjee – Art – West Bengal12. Smt. Rajashree Birla – Social work – Maharashtra13. Mrs. Shobhana Ranade Social work – Maharashtra14. Dr. Suryanarayanan Ramachandran – Science and Engineering – Tamil Nadu15. Shri S.(Kris) Gopalakrishnan – Trade and Industry – Karnataka16. Shri Yogesh Chander Deveshwar – Trade and Industry – West Bengal17. Ms. Chanda Kochhar – Trade and Industry – Maharashtra18. Dr. K. Anji Reddy Trade and Industry – Pharmacy – Andhra Pradesh19. Shri Analjit Singh – Trade and Industry – Delhi20. Shri Rajendra Singh Pawar – Trade and Industry – Haryana21. Dr. Gunapati Venkata Krishna Reddy – Trade and Industry – Andhra Pradesh22. Shri Ajai Chowdhary – Trade and Industry – Delhi23. Shri Surendra Singh – Civil Services – Delhi24. Shri M. N .Buch – Civil Services – Madhya Pradesh25. Shri Shyam – Saran Civil Services – Delhi26. Shri Thayil Jacob Sony George – Literature and Education – Karnataka27. Dr. Ramdas Madhava Pai – Literature and Education – Karnataka28. Shri Sankha Ghosh – Literature and Education – West Bengal29. Late Shri K. Raghavan Thirumulpad – Medicine – Ayurveda – Kerala*30. Late Dr. Keki Byramjee Grant – Medicine – Cardiology – Maharashtra *31. Late Shri Dashrath Patel – Art – Gujarat *Padma Shri1. Ms. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry – Art – Theatre – Chandigarh2. Shri Makar Dhwaja Darogha Art- Chhau Dance- Jharkhand3. Shri Shaji Neelakantan Karun – Art – Film Direction – Kerala4. Shri Girish Kasaravalli – Art – Film making – Karnataka5. Ms. Tabassum Hashmi Khan alias Tabu – Art – Cinema – Maharashtra6. Shri Jivya Soma Mase – Art – Warli Painting – Maharashtra7. Guru (Ms.) M.K. Saroja – Art – Dance- Bharatnatyam – Tamil Nadu8. Shri Jayaram Subramaniam – Art – Cinema – Tamil Nadu9. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty – Art – Music-Indian Classical Vocal – West Bengal10. Smt. Mahasundari Devi – Art – Mithilia/ Madhubani Painting – Bihar11. Shri Gajam Govardhana – Art – Handloom Weaving – Andhra Pradesh12. Ms. Sunayana Hazarilal – Art – Dance – Kathak – Maharashtra13. Shri S.R. Janakiraman – Art – Carnatic Vocal Music – Tamil Nadu14. Shri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar – Art – Chenda Melam- Drum concert – Kerala15. Smt. Kalamandalam Kshemavathy Pavithran – Art – Dance – Mohiniattam – Kerala16. Shri Dadi Dorab Pudumjee – Art – Puppetry – Delhi17. Shri Khangembam Mangi Singh – Art – Traditional Music of Manipur (Pena) – Manipur18. Shri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya – Art – Folk Music – Madhya Pradesh19. Smt. Usha Uthup – Art – Music – West Bengal20. Smt. Kajol – Art- Cinema – Maharashtra21. Shri Irfan Khan – Art- Cinema – Maharashtra22. Shri Mamraj Agrawal – Social work – West Bengal23. Shri Jockin Arputham – Social work – Maharashtra24. Ms. Nomita Chandy – Social work – Karnataka25. Ms. Sheela Patel – Social work – Maharashtra26. Ms. Anita Reddy – Social work – Karnataka27. Shri Kanubhai Hasmukhbhai Tailor – Social work – Gujarat28. Shri Anant Darshan Shankar – Public Affairs – Karnataka29. Prof. M. Annamalai – Science and Engineering – Karnataka30. Dr. Mahesh Haribhai Mehta – Science and Engineering – Agricultural Science – Gujarat31. Shri Coimbatore Narayana Rao Raghavendran – Science and Engineering – Tamil Nadu32. Dr. (Mrs.) Suman Sahai – Science and Engineering – Delhi33. Prof.(Dr.) E.A. Siddiq – Science and Engineering – Agricultural Science – Andhra Pradesh34. Shri Gopalan Nair Shankar – Science and Engineering – Architecture – Kerala35. Shri Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed – Trade and Industry – Tamil Nadu36. Shri Kailasam Raghavendra Rao – Trade and Industry – Tamil Nadu37. Shri Narayan Singh Bhati – Civil Services – Andhra Pradesh38. Shri P K Sen – Civil Services – Bihar39. Ms. Shital Mahajan – Sports – Adventure Sports- Para Jumping – Maharashtra40. Ms. Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi – Sports – Weightlifting – Manipur41. Shri Sushil Kumar – Sports – Wrestling Delhi42. Shri Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman – Sports – Cricket – Andhra Pradesh43. Shri Gagan Narang – Sports – Shooting – Andhra Pradesh44. Smt. Krishna Poonia – Sports – Discus Throw – Rajasthan45. Shri Harbhajan Singh – Sports – Mountaineering – Punjab46. Dr. Pukhraj Bafna – Medicine – Padeatrics – Chhattisgarh47. Prof. Mansoor Hasan – Medicine- Cardiology – Uttar Pradesh48. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mandal – Medicine – Orthopaedic – Delhi49. Prof. (Dr.) Sivapatham Vittal – Medicine – Endocrinology – Tamil Nadu50. Prof. (Dr.) Madanur Ahmed Ali – Medicine – Gastroenterology – Tamil Nadu51. Dr. Indira Hinduja – Medicine – Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Maharashtra52. Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram – Medicine – Cardio-Thoracic Surgery – Kerala53. Prof. (Dr.) A. Marthanda Pillai – Medicine – Neurosurgery – Kerala54. Shri Mahim Bora – Literature and Education – Assam55. Prof. (Dr.) Pullella Srirama Chandrudu – Literature and Education- Sanskrit – Andhra Pradesh56. Dr. Pravin Darji – Literature and Education – Gujarat57. Dr. Chandra Prakash Deval – Literature and Education – Rajasthan58. Shri Balraj Komal – Literature and Education – Delhi59. Mrs. Rajni Kumar – Literature and Education – Delhi60. Dr. Devanooru Mahadeva – Literature and Education – Karnataka61. Shri Barun Mazumder – Literature and Education – West Bengal62. Dr. Avvai Natarajan – Literature and Education – Tamil Nadu63. Shri Bhalchandra Nemade – Literature and Education – Himachal Pradesh64. Prof. Riyaz Punjabi – Literature and Education – Jammu and Kashmir65. Prof. Koneru Ramakrishna Rao – Literature and Education – Andhra Pradesh66. Ms. Buangi Sailo – Literature and Education – Mizoram67. Prof. Devi Dutt Sharma – Literature and Education – Uttarakhand68. Shri Nilamber Dev Sharma – Literature and Education – Jammu and Kashmir69. Ms. Urvashi Butalia – Literature and Education Delhi #Ms. Ritu Menon – Literature and Education – Delhi #70. Prof. Krishna Kumar – Literature and Education – Delhi71. Shri Deviprasad Dwivedi – Literature and Education – Uttar Pradesh72. Ms. Mamang Dai – Literature and Education – Arunachal Pradesh73. Dr. Om Prakash Agrawal & others – Heritage Conservation – Uttar Pradesh74. Prof. Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar & others – Archeology – Maharashtra75. Ms. Shanti Teresa Lakra & others – Nursing – Andaman & Nicobar76. Smt. Gulshan Nanda & others – Handicrafts promotion – Delhi77. Dr. Azad Moopen – Social work – UAE *78. Prof. Upendra Baxi Public Affairs – Legal Affairs – United Kingdom *79. Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik – Science and Engineering – USA *80. Dr. Subra Suresh – Science and Engineering – USA *81. Prof. Karl Harrington Potter – Literature and Education – USA *82. Prof. Martha Chen – Social work – USA *83. Shri Satpal Khattar – Trade and Industry – Singapore *84. Shri Granville Austin – Literature and Education – USA *advertisementadvertisementNote: * indicates awardees in the category of Foreigners / NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous.# indicates duo case.
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