The defence team of an Indian national, accused of obstructing police at the scene of Little India riot, has completed arguments in a case related to Singapore’s worst street violence in four decades Related Items
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After weeks of convincing and canvassing of presidential candidates nominated by various political parties, NDA government’s pick for President’s post Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in on 25 July. He was picked from his home and driven to Parliament in a special buggy. The Chief Justice of India administered oath to the new President. This is the second time a Dalit is holding the Presidential office– after K R Narayanan who served between 1997 to 2002.The Presidential Office in India is the highest authority in the country and is one of the most prominent remnants of the British Rule. Like the British Crown, the post of President is that of a figurehead. And yet, unlike the role of the monarch in Britain, President is given powers that the King does not enjoy. The story of how the role and President’s powers came, needs to be traced back to post-Independence.Framework of the Presidential OfficePost Independence, before we had our own Constitution, India was given a dominion status among Commonwealth Nations. King George VI was the head of the state and his representative in Independent India was Governor General.Under the leadership of B R Ambedkar, the Constituent Assembly had a mammoth task of coming up with a framework that would suit the needs of Independent India. Years were spent poring over constitution of other countries. One particular model wasn’t taken– rather, best administrative ideas from different countries were taken to form the Constitution document. The Constituent Assembly framework for the the Presidential Office is the best example of this.Dr B R Ambedkar said in a speech to Constituent Assembly :The President occupies the same position as the King in English Constitution. He is head of the nation but not of the executive. He represents the nation but does not rule it. He will be bound by advice of his ministers. He can do nothing contrary to their advice and nor can he do anything without their advice.More Power than British MonarchThe President of India has comparatively more power than the the British monarch. Unlike the case of Britain where the Prime Minister’s advice is final and not subject to further consultations, the President can bar a decision by a minister or ministers– and send the decision to cabinet of Ministers for further discussion. The powers of Prime Minister of India is diluted compared to the Prime Minister of Britain. Some decisions of the Cabinet require President’s seal of approval.Dr B R Ambedkar had also said that what the role of President borrows from the US is the name of head of the state however unlike the US, where the President is elected both directly and indirectly by the people– the electoral college here elects the president.There was a debate in the Assembly on the nature of electoral procedure for President. As the President was the representative of the nation, some members of the assembly felt that direct election would bring about a sense of unity in the country. The electoral college, they believed, could not represent the people’s will. These arguments were rejected and indirect form of election for presidential office was adopted. The rationale behind this, Jawaharlal Nehru explained:“The framers of the Indian Constitution wanted to emphasise the ministerial character of the Government that power really resided in the Ministry and in the Legislature and not in the President as such…Now, therefore, if we had an election by adult franchise and yet did not give him any real powers, it might become slightly anomalous.”No Direct ElectionDr Ambedkar agreed with Nehru. He said, “having regard to the size of the electorate, the paucity of administrative machinery, necessary to manage elections on such a vast scale and that the President does not possess any of the executive or administrative powers which the President of the United States possesses, it is unnecessary to go into the question of adult suffrage and to provide for the election of the President on that basis.” Related ItemsBR AmbedkarBritish MonarchConstitution of IndiaPresidential SystemRam Nath Kovind
Eyes closed and ears plugged with cotton, a guest at a health resort lies on a fiber table padded with pillows. Warm, herb-infused buttermilk flows steadily on her forehead from a small hole in a bowl suspended low from the ceiling.It’s one of the treatments used in Ayurveda, or “science of life,” the ancient Indian method of healing. In the West, Ayurveda is perhaps most closely associated with oily spa massages, but a trip to India uncovers Ayurveda’s deep roots and diverse techniques. Ayurveda’s tools include herbal extractions, a wide range of body treatments, a light vegetarian diet and yoga.In India’s southwestern state of Kerala, Ayurveda is deeply embedded in the culture. It’s administered to India’s poorest in gritty urban clinics, but also to pampered Westerners in tranquil resorts in tropical settings.Dr. Balakrishnan Gireesh, a fourth-generation Ayurveda doctor, spans both worlds.He’s an Ayurveda practitioner with a storefront clinic and pharmacy on one of the noisiest corners in Kottayam, a congested town of 60,000 in Kerala. His patients come with a broad range of complaints, from swollen knees to postpartum pain and high cholesterol.In one of Kottayam’s suburbs, Gireesh runs the Athreya Ayurvedic Centre, a resort for tourists and well-to-do Indians. Patients stay for two or three weeks, some seeking relief from the side effects of chemotherapy or anti-depressants, while others try out Ayurveda as a last resort for sometimes hard-to-treat problems like psoriasis and herniated discs. Yet others just come to relax.Regardless of the setting, the basic principle remains the same — to cleanse the body and, practitioners believe, give it a chance to balance itself. Sabine Steiger, 28, an anthropology student from Vienna, said she hopes to ease tension headaches and improve her skin.“I was always interested in Ayurveda and wanted to experience it,” said Steiger, who spent two weeks at Athreya. “It might also be useful for my studies.”Dr. S.P. Sreejith, medical director at Athreya, says he tells patients what to expect from Ayurveda, including its limitations. For example, Ayurveda is of no use to someone who just suffered a heart attack, but its emphasis on a healthy lifestyle can help prevent heart disease.At Athreya, a patient typically has two or three treatments a day in gender-segregated buildings. Here’s what to expect in a two-week general cleanse, though the course of treatment is adjusted for specific complaints.For the first few mornings, you lie on the treatment table as two therapists, synchronizing movements, slowly pour warm herbal water over your body, up and down, back and front, for about an hour. In the afternoon, you get the buttermilk-on-forehead treatment. Called Sirodharda, the practice is meant to calm the mind, but according to Sreejith, it can also ameliorate psoriasis and other ailments.Patients must also undergo one unpleasant but brief session of induced vomiting. Afterwards, synchronized therapists administer daily massages with medicated oil for several days, each time followed by 10 minutes of sweating in a wooden box filled with medicated herbal steam.In the second week, you begin at dawn each day, clearing your head with a head massage, nasal drops, facial steam and finally by sniffing smoke from a burning cloth soaked in camphor and other herbs (don’t try that at home).After a break, the therapists, again in synchronized movements, pound and slather your body with rice-stuffed poultices, on the first few days soaked in warm oil and then in a mix of milk and herbs.Daily yoga sessions and herbal extractions taken before and after meals round out the day.Sreejith or his wife, G. Jayalakshmi, who is also an Ayurveda doctor, check on you once a day, sometimes coming by your cottage for a chat on the porch. They might adjust the program depending on your body’s responses. Each patient fills out a health questionnaire before arrival and Sreejith recommends a preliminary consultation via Skype.Athreya, with a capacity of 35 patients, is a family business (Jayalakshmi is Gireesh’s daughter) and the style is informal.In the U.S., the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says “scientific evidence for the effectiveness of Ayurvedic practices varies.” The center also cited several studies of over-the-counter Ayurveda remedies found to contain toxins like lead or mercury, though Sreejith says Athreya’s pharmaceuticals company operates under strict government supervision.About 600,000 foreign tourists, many from Europe, visit Kerala, a state with more than 30 million people, every year, said Chandri Nambiar, a Kerala tourism official, and nearly 35 percent are repeat visitors seeking Ayurveda treatments.At Athreya, a private cottage with meals and treatment runs $90 to $120 daily (single occupancy). Prices at other resorts vary; some operate in more luxurious beachfront settings, with the feel of a spa rather than a medical retreat. In all, Kerala is home to 92 government-approved Ayurveda resorts, rated either with the top Green Leaf or slightly lesser Olive Leaf rating, based on the level of Ayurveda they practice, Kerala tourism officials say.Sreejith says visitors can avoid glorified massage parlors posing as Ayurveda centers by checking whether male therapists treat female patients and vice versa (a no-no) and whether there’s a doctor on the premises (a must).Foreigners who come to India for Ayruveda may find it’s more affordable here than in the West even counting travel costs. It’s not uncommon for U.S. spas to charge $100 an hour for Ayurveda-style treatments.Other advantages to seeking treatment in India include the availabilty of herbs and other ingredients. Kottayam has a weekly herbs-and-spices market, and if a therapist needs another palm leaf to scrape oil and milk off a patient’s body, she can just break one off the nearest coconut tree.Sreejith says getting away from daily pressures can also contribute to the success of treatment. Kerala’s lush green landscape offers a change of scenery, and several day trips are available from Athreya, including to the “backwaters” — a huge network of lakes, lagoons and canals near the Arabian Sea — and to the tea plantations in nearby mountains. In Kottayam, about 15 minutes by car, large fabric stores lure shoppers with a vast array of colorful silks and cottons.On a recent afternoon at Gireesh’s clinic in Kottayam, patients included a pharmaceuticals salesman seeking to lower his cholesterol, an older man with swollen arthritic knees (treatment: hot herb-soaked bandages) and a woman suffering from anxiety after falling off a roof.Gireesh says his patients’ attitude is important. “This is God’s medicine,” he said. “With faith, it works better.”Sreejith, who works at a government Ayurveda clinic during the day, has started videotaping some of his treatments of Indian patients, such as a medicated water rinse and leech application for a leg abscess.“We would like the world to see what Ayurveda is capable of, and also what it is not capable of, and to show it as far as possible with evidence,” Sreejith said.Gireesh says Ayurveda is experiencing a renaissance among Kerala locals. He started working in his grandfather’s private clinic in Kottayam in 1979. At the time, the rich opted for Western medicine, and Ayurveda was for the poor, he said. Today Kerala’s public health care system employs 1,500 Ayurveda doctors and patients can choose between Western medicine, homeopathy and Ayurveda.“In Kerala, everyone has access to Ayurveda,” said Nambiar, “from the simple man to the affluent.”— AP Related Items
A Southern Baptist leader is calling on Christians to spurn yoga and its meditative attachments.Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler argues in an online essay that Christians who practice yoga “must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga.” Mohler rejects “the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.,” saying “That’s just not Christianity.” An estimated 7 percent of adult Americans practice yoga, according to national surveys. Yoga has earlier been denounced by Pat Robertson as “really spooky” and a “false religion” by California megachurch pastor John MacArthur.Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church, Seattle, told the Seattle Times, “Yoga is demonic. If you just sign up for a little yoga class, you’re signing up for a little demon class.” Related Items
Bimala lives under the shadow of her rich elite husband Nikhil. Despite being high-spirited, she has to remain subdued in the role of a traditional Indian housewife. With the arrival of her husband’s friend Sandip, Bimala finds a new hope for fulfilling her aspirations and falls in love, disregarding social norms. That’s Tagore’s Bimala from Ghare Baire.Born in 1861 to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi, Rabindranath Tagore started writing at the age of six and went on to become the first Indian — and the first Asian — to win the Nobel Prize for literature for Gitanjali.Known vividly for his vast collection of poems, prose, plays, stories and novels, Tagore put women in the forefront in his works. A progressive thinker, his writings often were based on bold subjects that were far ahead of his times.He strongly believed in fighting for women’s upliftment using his pen as a weapon. Focusing largely on emancipation, his writing campaigned for women’s liberation, equality, freedom, justice, power and dignity and rights.Take Charulata of Nashtanirh, a wife who remains secluded within the walls of her house and finds solace in her brother-in-law. Amal not just comforts and cheers her, but also prods her to write for newspapers. Charu’s confrontation with her husband about her affection towards Amal shows how Tagore emboldened his characters.In Noukadubi, Hemnalini refuses to marry her brother’s friend after Ramesh, her love interest, marries another woman. Another protagonist Kamala in the same story, upon discovering that the person she is staying with is not her husband, immediately abandons his home and goes searching for the person she was actually married to. The female characters are strong enough to stand for their rights.Tagore took up the deprived life of a widow, Binodini, and her sexual emancipation in a love quadrangle tale Chokher Bali. A story of distrust, adultery and lies, the novel also highlights a patriarchal society where young girls were married off to much older men and left to become widows at an early age that caged them.Tagore brought into the forefront the sexual desires of women, which even today is considered taboo, reflecting his liberal approach to the topic.Shesher Kobita, probably his most lyrical novel, presents Labanya as a strong-willed, highly-educated, free-spirited woman who hails from a middle class family. Labanya falls in love with Oxford-returned Amit. Though their love blossoms, Tagore, through Labanya, raises questions about the very institution of marriage as the ultimate goal of a love affair.Tagore travels inside the traditional Indian concept of an arranged marriage through the life of Haimanti, the lead protagonist of the book of the same title. The story takes on the whimsicality and hypocrisy of the 19th and 20th century middle class society that restricts Haimanti’s free spirit.Taking another dig at the patriarchal rules that probably still ensure, Strir Patra voices the struggle of self-identification that Mrinal faces in her life. The story revolves around a letter sent to a husband by his wife for the first time in 15 years conveying how her intelligence became a hindrance to her livelihood and led to misery, and how writing poetry gave her solace and made freed her from the patriarchal bond. Through Mrinal, Tagore reflected how a woman’s life was meant not to be restricted within the inner walls of a home.Not just on pages, but Tagore’s stories and novels have been brought alive many times on celluloid. Satyajit Ray made a number of movies based on Tagore’s writings. So did Rituparno Ghosh and the legacy is still being carried on by other directors.Tagore will be remembered forever for his contributions to literary society and to creating a world “where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”. Related Items
More than a year ago, the letter carrier handed the soft-spoken Shayara Bano a letter that would not only change her life but trigger a national storm about the rights of Muslim women in India.In the letter, her husband wrote the words “I divorce you” three times.That is all it took. Her 13-year marriage came to an end with that letter.“One minute I was a married woman with two children. The next minute I became a divorced woman. I was not asked. I was not even present when he wrote the word ‘divorce,’ “ said the 35-year-old Shayara, who uses only one name, sitting in her hometown of Kashipur, in the foothills of the Himalayas. “What kind of a one-sided, unfair divorce is this?”India allows communities to follow family laws that are governed by their religion. But the practice of what is known as triple talaq, or “the triple divorce,” among the country’s 170 million Muslims is one of the most controversial, because it allows a Muslim man to divorce his wife by merely uttering the word three times – sometimes even by Skype or email or text message.After struggling to get justice at the local police station and in court for months, Shayara and her case reached India’s Supreme Court last year. She asked it to abolish the practice, pointing out that it has been reformed in many Muslim countries and is not integral to Islam.In the past year, her personal pain and the lawsuit have energized the national debate about women’s status in Islam and the contentious quest for a modern civil law in a country with many religions. She also has been pitted against powerful religious clerics who say she is helping undermine religious freedom.In recent months, Muslim leaders in her town have called Shayara a traitor and an agent of Hindu extremists. A prominent Muslim leader asked her to withdraw her case and become a martyr for the cause of Islam.“We don’t regard her very well in the community. By going to the court, she has insulted Islam and ridiculed the divine law,” said Mufti Zulfiqar Khan Naeemi, who interprets Islamic law in Kashipur. “In Islam, if the word is uttered three times – instantly or over time — it is final.”In her petition, Shayara asked the court to declare her divorce illegal and said the triple divorce practice treats women like “chattel.”“Muslim women have their hands tied while the guillotine of divorce dangles, perpetually ready to drop at the whims of their husbands who enjoy undisputed power,” she says in the petition, which also asks the court to end polygamy among Muslim men.The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, a group that advocates for Islamic laws, responded in court that the religious laws of a community “cannot be rewritten in the name of social reform,” and said abolishing triple divorce coulddrive some husbands to murder their wives.But Shayara’s petition has found widespread support among many Muslim women’s groups.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government told the court in October that the practice is incompatible with the constitution and cannot be regarded as an essential practice in Islam.“What is the crime of my Muslim sisters that someone says ‘divorce’ over the phone and her life is destroyed?” said Modi at a public meeting in October. His Hindu nationalist group, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been campaigning to enact a uniform civil code for all Indians.In October, the government asked citizens to give their opinions on having a common civil code that will address discrimination and “harmonize the various cultural practices.”“The intention of this government is suspect, this is an assault on diversity. We were guaranteed religious freedom and we will fight to preserve and practice our culture, language and religion freely,” said Arshad Madani, the head of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, India’s largest Muslim group.Shayara grew up with four other siblings on a military base in Kashipur, in a family that stayed away from displays of excessive religiosity.“I did not send my children to a religious school, my daughters never wore a veil,” said her father, Iqbal Ahmed, 57, a clerk in the army. “I wanted them [to] think of themselves as free Indian citizens first, not just as Muslim women.”A graduate in sociology, Shayara married a high school dropout in 2002. After two children, her husband made her go through six abortions, she said, pushing her into severe depression. She moved to her parents’ home in 2015 for psychological treatment.“Just when I began to heal, I got the divorce letter,” Shayara said. In it, her husband complained about her relationship with his mother, and about what he called her un-Islamic ways. In court, he said that she is “dull in the head.”“Whatever I did is valid and correct under Islam,” said her husband, Rizwan Ahmed, but he declined to discuss his reasons for the divorce. “Some women are strong and can handle the divorce. Some are weak.But that is not what Shayara is hearing.“So many divorced women come to me, pour their woes and say you are very courageous,” she said. “I may not benefit personally. My marriage is over. But I don’t want other women to suffer anymore.”India was at the cusp of a similar breakthrough more than three decades ago when another Muslim woman went to court asking for alimony. But the Congress party government at that time buckled under pressure from Muslim groups and overturned the Supreme Court verdict that allowed maintenance.“Various governments in the past decades have pandered to the patriarchal elements in the community in the name of maintaining pluralism,” said Zakia Soman, who heads the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement. “This has deprived Muslim women of justice.”In 2013, a national survey among Muslim women showed that more than 65 percent of respondents who were divorced said their husbands parted simply by uttering the word three times.“The religious clerics have succeeded in making the Muslim masses believe that this practice is Islamic,” said Tahir Mahmood, former chief of the National Minorities Commission. “Nothing has been done to codify the Muslim law, so the varied interpretations and distortions by clerics prevail.”But many are hopeful that the time is ripe to challenge orthodoxy. There have been unprecedented public conversations about women’s rights, mobility and safety in the past four years. New laws regarding sexual assault, workplace sexual harassment and acid-throwing have been passed.“Shayara’s case has touched a raw nerve in the country. People can’t digest such things anymore,” said Balaji Srinivasan, her lawyer.Shayara’s wedding photo album, titled “romantic moments,” collects dust in a corner of her home. She has other things on her mind now. She is trying to decide whether to study law or teach at a kindergarten. She wants to be with her estranged children, who are with her husband in another city.Shayara said she has a recurring nightmare these days.“I dream repeatedly that I am crying out loud, but there is no sound coming out of my throat. Nobody can hear me, no matter how loudly I shout,” she said.—The Washington Post Related Items
The number of academics of Indian origin in the United Kingdom has crossed the 5,000-mark, showing their proficiency in their respective areas of study, according to the UK Higher Education Student Statistics of 2016-17.The rise in this category comes despite a decline in the number of Indian students going to the United Kingdom to study. “The number of students from India has declined by 26 per cent between 2012-13 and 2016-17, despite it being the country with the fourth largest number of students in the United Kingdom,” the HESA said in a statement. It also said that the number of students from China was 14 per cent higher in 2016-17 than in 2012-13.In 2016-17, the number of academics who are either Indian citizens or British citizens of Indian origin was 5,245, of which 2,185 were Indian citizens, the data released from HESA on Jan. 11 showed, the Hindustan Times reported.“The number of students from India however, was 5,825 less than in 2012 and 13. The decline in students from India began in 2010-11,” said the statement.Universities like Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, King’s College London, and the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine were shown to have the highest number of Indian-origin academics. Clinical medicine has the highest number of Indian-origin academics, followed by other subjects like business management, biosciences, mechanical, aero and production engineering, and information technology, the report added. Many academics from India went to the United Kingdom to pursue Ph.D and later took up academic posts.The study also showed that in general, female students in 2016-17 were more likely to study subjects related to medicine than any other subject. “Of first year female students, 19 per cent chose to study subjects allied to medicine. In comparison, male students in 2016-17 were most likely to study business and administrative studies,” the statement said.On Jan. 15, the UK Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee called on the government to remove students from the net migration target. In its report, the committee said that it is not logical or in the best interests of the United Kingdom to include international students in a target meant for restricting migration flow.The UK government has also taken many steps to encourage inflow of foreign students. New immigration rules have made switching to work visas more flexible for foreign students pursuing higher education in the United Kingdom. According to the new rules, international students can now switch to skilled worker visa or the Tier-2 visa immediately after completing their course, the Times of India reported. Tier 2 is the main immigration route for working in the United Kingdom and is meant for skilled workers with a job offer.On Dec. 18 last year, the United Kingdom announced the extension of a pilot student visa scheme to 23 more universities. The new scheme is likely to benefit many Indian and other non-European Union students. Related ItemsBritish IndianUnited Kingdom
Several Indian social media users as well as Sikh commentators and organizations came down heavily on fashion brand Gucci for featuring a host of models wearing turbans in its show during the Milan Fashion Week on Feb. 21. They took to the social media over the weekend to express outrage at the “appropriation” of the religious headgear.The models, who wore the turban at Gucci’s show for designer Alessandro Michele’s collection, were European. The turban, mainly worn by Sikh men to cover the knot of uncut hair they sport as an article of faith, has often elicited discriminatory response against them in western public spaces.The outcry against Gucci on social media included comments such as:Yo.. @gucci … I mess with you guys… but this isn’t a good look for you… could you not find a brown model? pic.twitter.com/INqxwrfB0t— Avan Jogia (@AvanJogia) February 22, 2018sikh boys come home crying to their parents after being bullied at school saying they want to cut their hair + take their turban off. OH BUT NOW IT’S FARSHUN DARLING @gucci— Sohan Judge (@SohanJudge) February 22, 2018@gucci HMU next time you need someone who really wears a Turban to model for y’all instead of making random people wear a Turban lol pic.twitter.com/3us3LX6oeD— ਮੇਹਤਾਬ ਸਿੰਘ (@MehtabhSingh_) February 22, 2018The New York-based Sikh Coalition civil rights group tweeted on Feb. 23: “The Sikh turban is a sacred article of faith, @gucci, not a mere fashion accessory. #appropriation. We are available for further education and consultation if you are looking for observant Sikh models.”Indian restaurateur Harjinder Singh Kukreja tweeted:Dear @gucci, the Sikh Turban is not a hot new accessory for white models but an article of faith for practising Sikhs. Your models have used Turbans as ‘hats’ whereas practising Sikhs tie them neatly fold-by-fold. Using fake Sikhs/Turbans is worse than selling fake Gucci products pic.twitter.com/gCzKPd9LGd— Harjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions) February 22, 2018Several social media users pointed out that Sikhs are often discriminated and racially profiled because of the turban. Post 9/11, there were a lot of attacks that members of the Sikh diaspora were subjected to in the United States when they were mistaken for Muslims.In response to Gucci’s fashion show, Tina Daheley, a British broadcaster born in a Sikh family, recalled an incident that happened last week to an Indian Sikh man in the United Kingdom, the Al Jazeera reported. The victim, who had been waiting outside the UK parliament in London to meet politician Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, was attacked by a man who tried to rip off his headpiece. The attacker shouted, “Muslim go back home.”“While Gucci sends white models down the catwalk wearing turbans, a Sikh environmentalist has his turban ripped off outside parliament in a hate attack. As someone whose family has been on the receiving end of this sh** for decades, this is utterly depressing,” said Daheley.@Gucci I smile because I have been blessed with the opportunity of wearing a beautiful turban. what differs us for modelling for you? Treating something dear to us as a fashion trend? Gucci is a huge company & I respect what they do but this was disrespectful.#gucci #turban #Sikh pic.twitter.com/DU23vURbTa— kingkang (@kingkang3211) February 24, 2018This is unacceptable and offensive @gucci. Wearing another religions article of faith is not fashion, its appropriation! Sikh men are profiled and discriminated against every day for wearing a turban, yet when you put in on a white person, it’s suddenly fashionable and cool?!?! pic.twitter.com/UD0wWjaju5— Gurpy Colors o(:) (@gurpycolors) February 22, 2018International brands have frequently come under fire for cultural appropriation. Earlier in February, Zara was mocked for selling a checkered skirt that resembled a lungi, a garment worn by men in India. March Jacob was roundly criticized for featuring white models with dreadlocks.An opinion piece written by Anu Lingala for Business of Fashion, who believes “binary, divisive reactions” get no one anywhere, argues: “The reality is that we live in a global society, one in which cultural exchange is inevitable and such exchanges are fraught with complications. When those in power borrow ideas from historically marginalized cultures without giving any credit to those who they are referencing, they are endangering the original cultural relevance of that idea.” Related ItemsFashiongucciSikhism
In July 1994, a group of Chinese American families with help from the Chinese American Democratic Club and the Asian American Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit. They took action against a consent decree of 1983 that worked to desegregate San Francisco’s public schools. Their target school was Lowell High, one of the 107 schools in the city. At Lowell, almost 70 percent of the students were already East or South Asian. The lawsuit argued that the consent decree constrained the right of Chinese Americans to enter the school in even larger numbers due to the “quotas” that held seats for underrepresented minorities. The Chinese students, the suit charged, became victims of “quotas” and their merit was not considered in admissions.On February 15, 1999, the court decided in favor of the plaintiffs, so that now the schools need not be careful about diversity and equity. The Chinese American Democratic Club and the Asian American Legal Foundation celebrated their victory as “a solution for the Twenty-First Century.” In response to the verdit, three community organizers wrote, “If that’s true, the next millennium could be bleak, characterized by intensifying racial and class segregation.”Many desis in my estimation would agree with the Chinese Americans who filed the lawsuit – that our youth are denied admission to schools not because of anti-Asian bias, but because the schools have “quotas”This is a tragic interpretation of racial justice in our era.Asians, in the past decade, have allowed ourselves to be used by the worst elements of white supremacy against anti-racist programs such as affirmative action. At a Heritage Foundation event in the 1980s, radical right-wing US.. Congressman Dana Rohrabacker (California) said that he used Asians as “a vehicle to show that America has made a mistake on affirmative action.”He had no special empathy for Asians, but he did find us useful in his war against anti-racist programs, indeed toward the dismantlement of the social justice side of state policy. People like Rohrabacker talk about us as a “model minority” only to attack programs like affirmative action; otherwise they care little about us, indeed mock us, disdain us, and want to deport us.Our own arrival in the United States after Jim Crow or legal racist segregation ended has meant that we have little historical sense of the significance of affirmative action. Indians did live in the United States before 1965, but there were few of us and those who were did not have an important role in the community after 1965.The NRIs who dominated the community, indeed who continue to have an important voice in our community, do not grasp the historical enormity of legal racist segregation and so, of affirmative action. In that earlier epoch, even though we had been legally classified as white, we lived as people of color, with our dignity under threat each and every day. When Indian dignitaries visited the United States, such as Vivekananda or Anandibai Joshee, they complained about the racism. Joshee’s own biographer Caroline Healy Dall described her as “a stout dumpy mulatto girl,” while Vivekananda’s 1894 visit had been marked by personal humiliations that led to his general observations on Jim Crow (he was shocked by “the condition of the Negro in the South, who is not allowed into hotels nor to ride in the same cars with white men, and is a being to whom no decent man will speak”).The Civil Rights struggle, led by brave blacks and their allies, forced the United States to ban Jim Crow and to create a modicum of protection for nonwhites. It was thanks to the Civil Rights movement that we can live in some measure of dignity in America, that we can speak out against racism if we ever experience it. The 1963 March on Washington, an enormous undertaking filled with the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of people, mainly blacks, forced the government to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a milestone for the lives of all Americans.But we very rarely celebrate the gains of the Civil Rights movements, rarely do desis gather together to say that it was that movement’s heroes that allow us to live in the United States. Martin Luther King, Fannie Lou Hammer and others are more our heroes that any other desi community organizer that we have seen in the United States. No-one matches what those folk did for us.Affirmative action comes out of this legacy. It was forced on the state by the struggles of blacks, but it benefits women and any non-white citizen of the United States in the areas of employment and education. There are no “quotas,” but there is a commitment to diversity and to redress the past. More than anything else, affirmative action, on colleges at least, allowed students of color to feel that the campus is their own, that they have a right to speak out about injustice because the system has taken a position, however tepid, on behalf of diversity and against racism/sexism. Far from being the instrument that makes nonwhites feel that they do not belong, I find that affirmative action makes nonwhites take charge of college campuses, because such policies force a college to take an ethical stand against discrimination. Affirmative action, then, is not just about this student or that student who gets into college; it is about the atmosphere that is produced by anti-racist and anti-sexist policies. Desi students, therefore, have been generally very committed to affirmative action even as they themselves are not individual beneficiaries of the policy. Since affirmative action produces a social atmosphere on campus conducive to students of color, desi students benefit from it immensely.When the Supreme Court ruled tepidly to retain some measure of affirmative action this summer, many of us felt relief. Fortunately the court understood the importance of affirmative action for our educational system, indeed for our society. Most young desis with whom I spoke took a very positive position toward the decision, seeing it as a placeholder for a better society. With the court in favor of some kind of affirmative action, the claim can still be made that our society values equality along race and gender lines.Among first generation migrants, the conversations seemed more ambivalent, indeed quite a few felt that this would mean that our children would not get into college for lack of spaces. Our community’s mainstream organizations remained mainly silent on the verdicts.Many of those who did not speak out now, did act in the 1970s to ensure that we got categorized as nonwhite so that we could get access to the state’s affirmative action policies for small businesses. In 1977, the Association of Indians in American successfully lobbied to add Indians to the U.S. Census Bureau’s nonwhite category. The stated aim of this exercise was not solidarity with other nonwhite peoples, but to gain access to affirmative action for small businesses from the government’s coffers. We moved from being “white” to being “nonwhite” simply to take advantage of affirmative action. In 1977 no one complained because small businesses did experience racism and they did require the state’s vigilance to gain contracts and other such benefits.The fear of “reservations” in colleges does not represent any reality of college admissions, but is perhaps a holdover of suvarna fears of the Mandal regime in India: NRIs are disproportionately from the top end of the jati hierarchy and most look down upon the compensatory discrimination schemes that mark the public sector in India. Among NRIs, the furious support for the BJP, for Brahmanism, for the private sector can be somewhat explained by their jati location and of the resentments bred in these communities over the past five decades. Perhaps the hangover of caste is one explanation of why us first generation NRIs are less happy with the Mandal-like policies of the post-Jim Crow era.Affirmative action is not an end in itself, but an instrument in the struggle for anti-racist movement. We, as desis, need to have a public conversation about affirmative action, air our views, take positions. We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines again as others do the heavy lifting for us: we benefit from affirmative action, but we have not been around in the struggle. The Chinese American organizations in San Francisco made a tragic error of identity: they fought for their rights without a consideration of the rights of all people. We need to fight for more schools, better public education, more money for education rather than for the military.We need to ensure that the debate not be reduced to who gets into college, because we need to argue that everyone should be in college, get opportunities. Affirmative action benefits us, but it is also an important part of the democratization of American society. Let’s be there for this struggle. Related Items
Indian Americans have the highest median income among people from all Asian countries in the United States, according to a study done by the Pew Research Center, the results of which were released earlier this month.Indian households were found to have the highest median income ($100,000), followed by Filipinos ($80,000), Japanese and Sri Lankans (each $74,000). The median annual household income of households headed by Asian Americans is $73,060, compared with $53,600 among all U.S. households. Bangladeshi ($49,800), Nepalese ($43,500) and Burmese ($36,000) households had incomes well below the median for all Americans.About 20 million Asian Americans in the U.S. can trace their roots to over 20 countries in the Indian subcontinent, and East and Southeast Asia. The U.S. Asian group is diverse, with a growth in population seen at 72 per cent between 2000 and 2015. According to the research, the population recorded the fastest growth rate of any major racial or ethnic group from 11.9 million to 20.4 million in this time period.People of Indian, Chinese and Filipino origin dominate the U.S. Asian population, with the Chinese leading the way at 4.9 million, and Indians following close behind with 4 million. Indians accounted for 20 per cent of the national Asian population in 2015.The research showed that 59 per cent of the Asian population in the United States was born in another country. Among adult Asians, the number rises to 73 per cent. The modern immigration wave from Asia has accounted for one-quarter of all immigrants who came since 1956.Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country, surpassing Hispanics in 2055. In 50 years, the study predicts, Asians will account for 38 per cent of all US immigrants. Since 2010, more Asian immigrants have come to the United States than Hispanics.Asians comprise about 13 per cent of the 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the country. Asians were also found to be less likely than the general US population to live in poverty. Eight of the 19 Asian groups analyzed had poverty rates higher than the average of the country. Indians had the lowest rate of poverty, at 7.5 per cent, tied with Filipinos.About half of Asians aged 25 years and above have a bachelor’s degree or higher, as compared to 30 percent of all Americans this age. Indians have the highest level of educational attainment among the Asian Americans, with 72 per cent of them holding at least a bachelor’s degree. Related ItemsAsian AmericanAsians US Pew researchIndian AmericansIndian average income USLittle India
A high-flying Chicago-based Indian American startup has been accused of misleading pharmaceutical clients by exaggerating the reach and effectiveness of their ads.The Wall Street Journal reported that Outcome Health, which delivers pharmaceutical advertising to patients on tablets and screens placed in physician’s offices, “misled pharmaceutical companies by charging them for ad placements on more video screens than the startup had installed.”The newspaper wrote: “Some Outcome employees also provided inflated data to measure how well ads performed, created documents that inaccurately verified that ads ran on certain doctors’ screens and manipulated third-party analyses showing the effectiveness of the ads.”The company has placed three employees, including its chief growth officer Ashik Desai, on paid leave while it conducts an internal investigation.A New York law firm, Harwood Feffer LLP, has announced that it is exploring potential class action claims against the company for misleading advertisers.Outcome Health, one of Chicago’s most celebrated startups, morphed out of ContextMedia, founded in 2006 by Northwestern University students Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal. In May of this year, the company raised $500 million, based on a valuation of $5 billion, from Goldman Sachs and Google’s parent Alphabet. Shah owns 80 percent of the company, valuing his stake at $3.6 billion, making him the richest Indian in America, according to the Forbes 400 list released this week. Outcome Health reported sales of $130 million in 2016.Outcome’s professed mission is to “activate the best health outcome possible for every person in the world” and provide “actionable health intelligence at the moment of care.” It claims to service 585 million patients and 230,000 health care professionals annually at 145,000 locations in its network.The company has distributed free tablets and screens, which run educational content, to physician offices. It makes money by running ads from pharmaceutical companies — replacing posters, flyers and closed-circuit TV, the traditional marketing vehicles for the industry.The Wall Street Journal reported that some company employees exaggerated the number of screens, sometimes by almost double, pumped up survey results and tampered with third party reports on ad effectiveness.According to the Journal: “Some advertisers required Outcome to provide affidavits with screenshots showing their ads had run in doctors’ offices. Outcome employees sometimes grabbed a screenshot of an ad from their own computers, edited it to add a timestamp and doctor identification number to make them appear genuine….”The company has reportedly agreed to compensate the overcharged companies with tens of millions of dollars of free replacement advertising and refunds.In a statement to the newspaper, Shah attributed the problems to “growing pains as we scaled from 4,000 to 40,000 doctors’ offices.”In an open letter to customers posted on its website, following publication of the Journal story, Shah wrote: “Outcome Health is committed to and has always expected all of our employees to operate with the highest ethical standards and in accordance with our values. Customer success is our number one priority. We appreciate the hard work of our dedicated employees, and want to reiterate that adherence to our policies is not optional — anyone who violates them will be held accountable.”Three weeks ago, the company was criticized for laying off 76 employees on the same week as it announced plans, at an event headlined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to add 2,000 jobs and move into a new 400,000 square foot headquarters in downtown Chicago. Related Items
Indians working abroad can now get covered by retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EFPO), Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC) VP Joy announced. Indians can now opt out of the security schemes in the country they are working in, which saves them from being part of double social security contributions. An online facility has been launched for people working abroad to avail this initiative, Joy said at a national seminar on Fraud Risk Management-The New Initiatives organized in New Delhi on Nov. 3. EPFO, now in agreement with 18 countries, requires a one page application form to be filled by the employee. The form is available on the EPFO website. “We have made the whole process employee friendly. Employees going abroad to work can get a certificate of coverage (CoC). They can apply for the CoC online and can get it too,” Joy told PTI. “The scheme is of great help for Indian workers going overseas for a limited period of time. The biggest benefit they get from opting for the CoC is that their money is not blocked for a long time in the host country,” he added. The operational social security agreements have been made with Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Republic of Korea, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Norway, Austria, Canada, Australia, Japan and Portugal. EPFO, being one of the largest social security providers in the world, covers 9.26 lakh establishments with more than 4.5 crore members. It issues pension to 60.32 lakh persons every month. Related Items
Jaspal Atwal, the convicted terrorist who was photographed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, apologized for the embarrassment caused to the country’s government because of the photo, which led to a controversy in India. The photo was taken with Atwal in Mumbai during Trudeau’s recent India visit. The Sikh separatist was sentenced to 20 years in jail for attempt to kill Punjab minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in Vancouver in 1986.In a press conference in Vancouver, Canada, Atwal renounced his Khalistani past and said that he was a reformed man. He said that he did not expect such an uproar over his photo with Sophie.“I was completely shocked and devastated,” he said reading from a prepared statement, according to the National Post. “I am sorry for any embarrassment this matter has caused.”He further read from a statement that “like many other Sikhs, (he) became caught up in a movement supporting an independent Sikh nation. While nothing can excuse my conduct, I can only say that during that time in the early 1980s, I reacted to the Indian Army storming the Golden Temple in Amritsar in a way that has caused much pain to many individuals.”Atwal said he had “nothing but regret and remorse” for what the judge deemed to be an “act of terror.”He added: “I again renounce any form of terrorism. I do not advocate in any sense for an independent Sikh nation. I, like the vast majority of Sikhs who once advocated for this cause, have reconciled with the nation of India.”Atwal was arrested and convicted in 1987 for attempting to assassinate Sidhu, who was in Canada on a personal matter. He was given parole in 1993 for showing “exemplary” behavior. Atwal’s lawyer Rishi Gill also released Atwal’s passport pages which show he was given three travel visas to India in 2017, for a month, three months and one year, respectively.“The one country that was directly affected by the (assassination attempt) that occurred was India. … India has let him back in the country to visit,” Gill said.Trudeau also acknowledged after the debacle that Atwal shouldn’t have been invited, and Randeep Sarai, Liberal MP for Surrey Centre, took the blame for the invitation.Atwal, 62, told reporters that before leaving for India he had asked Sarai if he could be part of the reception for the Trudeau in India and was later given an invitation by the Canadian Ambassador.“(Atwal) reached out to Mr. Sarai very casually and said, ‘If there’s a possibility of me going I would like to go.’ That was the end of it,” Gill added. “It was no more controversial than that.” The lawyer added that the Canadian security officials did not approach Atwal for vetting.Trudeau’s visit to India was fraught with problems, starting with his arrival in the country. It was speculated that he received cold shoulder from the Indian government because of his soft approach to Sikh extremism growing in Canada against India. Atwal’s photo and presence at the event further led to outrage.Here are pages 5 and 6 of Jaspal Atwal’s full 6-page statement in reaction to the controversy over his appearance at India events involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/OU63GxXdd0— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 8, 2018Meanwhile, Atwal’s press conference also gave rise to criticism after Gill did not allow journalists to ask questions.Jaspal Atwal’s lawyer gets into heated exchange with Global News reporter over lack of answers from convicted former Sikh extremisthttps://t.co/0HB3f4sGPZ pic.twitter.com/k8xCKd5s9I— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) March 8, 2018Jaspal Atwal did not take questions from the media, something @jarmstrongbc challenged. Here’s how that played out after the press conference @GlobalBC pic.twitter.com/AtVujp8edm— Nadia Stewart (@nadia_stewart) March 8, 2018 Related ItemsCanadakhalistan movementSikhism
MOST READ Balkman will join two-time PBA champion Justin Brownlee as Alab’s foreign reinforcements, replacing Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.Alab Pilipinas will play Westports Malaysia Dragons in a home game on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe former New York Knick was banned by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in 2013 after choking Blaze Booster teammate Arwind Santos. He was also fined P250,000.Balkman last played for Reales dela Vega in the Domincan Republic League, a local basketball league. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lou Williams scores 40 as Clippers hold off Hornets Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLERRenaldo Balkman may be banned from the PBA, but he still found a way to be part of Philippine basketball.The former Petron import is now part of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, team owner Charlie Dy announced.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments
TIP INSCavaliers: Kyle Korver tied Paul Pierce for fourth-place on the career 3-pointers list with 2,143. Cleveland has won nine straight times in Orlando. … James played in his 1,100 game in his 15-year career. … Cleveland is 22-0 when tied or leading starting the fourth quarter.Magic: Jonathon Simmons back injury forced the Magic to change their starting lineup for the 16th time this season. … Payton got into a shouting match with Thomas in the first half and both players were given a technical. SG Evan Fournier had his string of consecutive free throws end at 21 since returning from an ankle injury six games ago.UP NEXTCavaliers: Continue five-game trip at Minnesota on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Read Next Filipino bobsled team takes first crack at big-time meet; eyes 2022 Winter Games Magic: At Dallas on Tuesday night to start a three-game trip. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — LeBron James had 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to just miss a triple-double in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.Kevin Love added 27 points, and Isaiah Thomas had 19 points and four assists in his first start since returning from a hip injury that delayed his Cavaliers debut. Dwayne Wade added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending 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 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 30 points, Elfrid Payton had 20 points and five assists, Evan Fournier had 18 points, and Mario Hezonja added 16 points and 10 rebounds in his seventh start of the season. The Magic have lost four straight.Down 107-87 to start the fourth quarter, the Magic cut the deficit to five on Hezonja’s 3-pointer with 2:39 left. Payton’s layup in traffic made it 128-125 with 40 seconds to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderOn Cleveland’s next possession, Thomas shot an air-ball from the free-throw line, but Wade grabbed the ball in stride and made the layup to give the Cavs a 130-125 lead with 17.8 seconds left.Cleveland missed three of four free throws in the final seconds, but the Magic couldn’t take advantage and lost for the 13th time in their last 14 games.
Four players were in double figures for the Seahorses, led by Louis Capindig with 16, but their efforts were not enough to get the win.NCR Qualifiers action continue tomorrow with another doubleheader featuring PATTS and San Sebastian in the first game, and Colegio de San Lorenzo battling it out with St. Clare College of Caloocan.Catch all of the excitement LIVE via Facebook.com/PCCLeague beginning at 1:00PM. ADVTADVERTISEMENT The Griffins went on a blistering 28-6 scoring run in the third quarter and never looked back to take control of the ball game, silencing the partisan JRU crowd. Soulemane Chabi yo did much of the heavy lifting for CDSL, tallying 28 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field. The big man also hauled in 16 rebounds while dishing out four assists.JRU, playing without their main gunner Teytey Teodoro, struggled to find their groove offensively, recording only eight assists compared to CDSL’s 25. Michael Jhon Perez was the only player in double figures for the Heavy Bombers with 14 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons notched their first win in the NCR Qualifiers by downing PATTS Seahorses, 84-79.Juan Gerardo Gomez de Liano was the big difference for UP. The gunslinger erupted from three-point distance, going 8-for-13 en route to a game-high 28 markers. The other de Liano, Javier Gomez, likewise got in the scoring act by chipping in 15 points of his own. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Arum targeting Crawford-Horn card in April for Pacquiao return MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Colegio de San Lorenzo had no problems as the visiting team when they handily defeated the host school Jose Rizal University, 83-58, in the opening contest of the 2017-18 Philippine Collegiate Champions League National Capital Regional Qualifiers on Monday, January 15.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Read Next It says athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony and will field a single women’s ice hockey team.The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee. The South Korean ministry says the two Koreas will consult with the IOC this weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police 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 Pogoy lifts TNT past Blackwater MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2006, file photo, Korea flag-bearer’s Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee, carrying a unification flag lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Atletico Madrid leads with 89 points, three better than BarcelonaAtletico Madrid and Barcelona set up a winner-takes-all decider for the Spanish league title after both teams drew on Sunday, while Real Madrid lost to see its slim title hopes end.The title-deciding match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will be played on Saturday at 6 pm(1600 GMT).Little-used defender Tobias Alderweireld headed home a corner kick for Atletico in the 74th minute to cancel out Samuel Garcia’s opener.Though Malaga finished with 10 men, Atletico failed to score a winner that would have secured a first league title in 18 years after Elche held Barcelona 0-0.Instead, Atletico travels to the Camp Nou next weekend for a dramatic finale to decide the champion.Atletico leads with 89 points, three better than Barcelona, which means a draw will be enough to pry the championship away from the defending champion, which must win to retain its title.”We still believe in this team. We’re Atletico and we’re going to go there to win,” Atletico captain Gabi Fernandez said. “We’re used to playing in finals.”Madrid, which has 84 points, limped out of the league race following a poor showing in Vigo, where a pair of turnovers allowed Charles to score both goals in a 2-0 win.Madrid faces Atletico in the Champions League final and played as if it was already looking ahead to Lisbon as defensive mistakes by Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso allowed Charles to net easily in each half. Cristiano Ronaldo was sidelined with an injury and Gareth Bale was on the bench, while Sami Khedira and Alvaro Arbeloa returned from long injuries to play.advertisementAtletico’s attack looked disjointed early on without leading scorer Diego Costa, with replacement David Villa unable to finish three good scoring opportunities – including early on when the Spain striker found the crossbar.Raul Garcia headed well wide with only Willy Caballero to beat, and the Malaga ‘keeper made key stops from Villa and substitute Diego Ribas after the break.Thibaut Courtois rushed out to cut off Roque Santa Cruz’s solo effort on the hour mark, but the Atletico goalkeeper’s mix-up with defender Miranda allowed Samuel Garcia to get free to head home the opener.With nerves starting to creep in, Alderweireld – filling in for the suspended Diego Godin – leapt high to head home a corner that allowed home fans to exhale.Marcos Angeleri’s second yellow card left Malaga with 10 men from the 88th, and Atletico pushed forward as Jose Sosa’s free kick narrowly missed the target before Caballero made a leaping finger-tip stop to Adrian Lopez’s curling shot.”It’s going to be an important game for the club,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We’ve reached the last round three points above Barcelona – nobody would have believed we had a chance to win, but here we are, alive still.”Barcelona, which counted itself out of the title race only eight days ago, came out at Elche with intention but eventually seemed to settle for its result when word of Malaga’s first goal arrived.Andres Iniesta volleyed a shot off the crossbar early on before goalkeeper Manu Herrera got a touch to Lionel Messi’s effort in the 38th to tip it around the far post. Herrera denied Messi again after the restart, but the defending champions barely threatened again.”It’s going to be a great week ahead and for some of us it could be our last game with Barca so it would be a nice way to go out,” Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano said.Atletico hasn’t lost to Barcelona this season, drawing in four matches before finally beating the Catalans in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals.Two teams will join Real Betis in being relegated to the second division on the last day after Almeria and Getafe secured victories to improve their chances of staying up. Real Valladolid allowed Betis to rally back three times before eventually losing 4-3 to the last-place club.Almeria, which won 2-0 at Granada, and Getafe – a 1-0 winner over Sevilla – share 39 points.Granada has 38 points ahead of its finale at Valladolid, which is tied on 36 points with Osasuna in the final two drop places. Osasuna drew 1-1 at Espanyol.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad drew 1-1 in a Basque derby.
The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. The brain functions to receive nerve impulses from the spinal cord and cranial nerves. The spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between the brain and the body. Spinal cord injury can occur when there is damage to the cells within the spinal cord or when the tracts of nerves that run up and down the spinal cord are severed.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.