As large, oceangoing predators, sharks rely heavily on their sense of smell to locate prey dispersed throughout an expansive environment. This honing ability, however, may be compromised by the ocean-wide changes predicted to occur by the end of the century, researchers report online this week in Global Change Biology. Ocean waters are becoming increasingly acidic as they absorb the atmospheric CO2 released by human activities. Previous research has shown that CO2-rich, acidic waters may impair the ability of reef fish to smell predators. The new study examines the effects of ocean acidification on the odor-tracking ability of sharks to locate prey. For 5 days, the team exposed sharks to waters with current ocean CO2 levels and the elevated CO2 concentrations predicted to occur by mid- and late-century. Sharks were then released into a pool where a “squid juice” odor attractant was dispensed, and shark tracking and attack behaviors were monitored. The researchers found that sharks exposed to the highest CO2 levels significantly avoided, rather than gravitated toward, the prey odor cues and attacked food less aggressively. Feeding behaviors are critical for shark survival, therefore ocean acidification could have far-reaching effects on already threatened shark populations and subsequent, cascading effects on marine ecosystems. Although sharks have adapted to acidifying oceans in their evolutionary history before, they’ve never had to adapt as quickly as the changes are occurring today.
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When Mother Yashoda ordered the infant Krishna to open his mouth to check if he had eaten any butter stolen from the Gopis, the milkmaids of Gokul, she was mesmerized to see entire worlds within his mouth. That wonderful story came to mind as I set off on a quickie, three-week trip to India and tried to pry open the nation’s mouth to see what was going on in there Like the universe inside Baby Krishna’s mouth, contemporary India – bright and vital and incredibly young and of course bone-achingly old and wise and unchanging – showed me all the different worlds that existed within it.I had always viewed India with the eyes of the returning prodigal daughter, through the prism of nostalgia. I’d catch up with family, meet old friends and eat well-remembered treats.This time I was going to see it through many different eyes, those of a journalist as I worked on a story about health tourism in India for Little India, and of a volunteer working for health and education in India, through a New York nonprofit organization, Children’s Hope India.I was also being given the chance to see India as a complete outsider, as a foreigner, through the eyes of 20 American women who were traveling to Indiafor the very first time as part of a businesswomen’s delegation. What must it be like to be exposed to the juggernaut of India – color, confusion, extreme beauty, extreme riches, and extreme poverty – for the very first time? When I landed at Sahar International at about 3 am, the metropolis of Bombay was deep in slumber. My first glimpse was of a sleeping giant as the driver sped through a silent dark city, oddly deserted and calm, as if it was on medication and sedated.My immediate first impression was of the visual changes that multinationals had brought to the city. There were several towering five star hotels as we exited the airport and the endless billboards, like flying temple pennants, advertised an array of consumer goods, real estate and financial services.I saw the Haji Ali Mosque rising out of the water, the beaches of Chowpatty and other familiar landmarks – oddly distorted in the dark. How would the city look in the morning light when its energy and its chutzpah returned with its people?I was not disappointed. As in every morning in Bombay since childhood, the pigeons woke me up with a grand orchestra of gurgling and cooing. Then the crows and the street vendors got into the act with their rancorous caw-caws and monotonous chants, and you knew yet another day had begun in bustling Bombay.I raced across to the Taj Hotel, which was just down the block and where the delegates had gathered at the coffee shop to begin their encounter with India. Yes, it was going to be a clean encounter, India seen through the glass of air-conditioned buses and from the vantage of fabulous rooms in the Taj, overlooking the Gateway of India. The group I was traveling with was extraordinarily accomplished – heads of museums, financial institutions, foundations and arts organizations. The mission was to show them the many Indias each wanted to see. Being part of the American delegation was an invigorating experience. It allowed NRIs like me to be on both sides of the aisle – as an Indian and as an American.So it was that I sauntered into my own country as an outsider – honored guest and tourist, getting a full blast of the famous Indian hospitality. From the moment we landed, there were garlands, dance performances, music recitals and a super dinner hosted by the Taj.“You are in India at the right time,” said Shashi Tripathi, formerly India’s consul general in New York and presently secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. “India is today full of confidence. It is a rich country, but it is full of challenges, has always been. Today we are the fourth largest economy in the world with a GDP that is hitting 6 -7 percent. We have low inflation, we have high forex reserves. The predictions are that by 2020 India will have outdone China and by 2050, it will be the topmost global player in the economic scene in the world.”Speaker after speaker extolled India’s rise and potential. Of course, the American media are replete with similar stories, but as an Indian from across the ocean, there was a special thrill in having all these facts reiterated by the players themselves, in a sun-filled room with the Arabian Sea gleaming right outside. This was no dry report in the New York Times or Washington Post – we were actually in India, in the middle of all the action! A real eye opener was a visit to the 300,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art research center of Nicholas Piramal India Ltd, a pharmaceutical company that has revenues of $350 million. It was built in 11 months at a cost of $20 million, numbers which Dr. Swati Piramal, the director, said couldn’t be matched in the United States or Europe. “We’ve assembled a team of 400 world class scientists, we’ve reversed the brain drain. Many of them who had gone abroad to study have come back. And it’s amazing to see the kind of people who are coming back – very intellectual, PhDs, scientists. And the reason they’re coming back is because they want to make a difference.”Clad in protective gear, we toured the art-filled hi-tech facilities and were pleasantly surprised to find that most of the research scientists working on diseases from cancer to diabetes at the center were women.Over the following days the delegation met the movers and shakers from every field. And everywhere we went, along with the economic and scientific reports, there was food and more food.Indeed, when it comes to nurturing guests, India has no equal. It is always on overdrive, be it drink, food, entertainment or warm embraces. We’ve all seen the caring in our own extended families in India. but I was taken aback to find it here in the larger context. For the next five days the members of the delegation were hosted, toasted, loved and made welcome in the very special way that only Indians have. You become instant family – and remain family forever.Yes, I ate paneer cooked in 20 different ways, more gulab jamuns and gajjar ka halwa than I could digest, and was hugged by more people than I can remember. Perhaps the most stunning encounter was at the HR College of Commerce and Economics, which is wedged in between residential apartment blocks in Churchgate. Every single student was out on the porch, on the stairs and on the roof – in the hundreds. Some holding lighted lamps, some with flowers, all with radiant smiles. The moment the delegation got off the bus, the students erupted into applause – and they kept clapping nonstop, scattering rose petals. There was hardly a dry eye amongst the delegates, so overwhelmed was everyone by the amazing welcome.Along with the rest of the delegates, I saw India as a tourist – a medley of Kathak, Bharat Natyam and Odissi by classical dancers with detailed explanations in English, robust Rajasthani folk songs and dances, bangle makers practicing their art, and yes, even a wizened fortuneteller with his tall tales!We also got a glimpse of Bollywood! On a slow day we didn’t bump into Hrithik Roshan or Aishwarya Rai, but did drive through the miles and miles of Film City where in different areas vans and mobile homes were parked and shooting was going on behind canopies of trees.We passed a whitewashed temple on a hill, which looked oddly familiar. Our guide explained it was used in practically every Bollywood movie, and painted over according to the requirements. After all, God has to be the witness when lovers are solemnizing secret weddings or the dying hero makes his angst-ridden farewell speech!Our brief stop at BR TV Studios in Santa Cruz showed us the labor and the sheer repetition that goes into the smooth finished product that we see on screen. One scene with a man entering a room was shot again and again. Later we wandered through the many rooms with permanent sets – bedrooms and living rooms, and a prop room which had just about everything from antique furniture to steel trunks and costumes.Later we stopped at The Club, a sleek new health and recreation resort in Andheri, which is reputed to be a great favorite of the movie stars, especially Shahrukh Khan who someone mentioned is a frequent visitor, often with his family. Spread over eight acres of land, The Club has several restaurants, spas and sporting facilities. Years ago, Andheri used to seem like another planet to those of us used to being in the center of the city. Now corporations like Coca Cola, Colgate, Pfizer, Enron Corporation, Kelloggs, Kodak, L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble are all situated there as are the Bandra Kurla complex and the American School.On our drive back, we stopped at yet another world, old yet resilient and far from about to disappear: The washing ghats where the dhobis still ply their trade, laundering the city’s dirty linen, rarely losing a garment as they keep track of literally hundreds of items. One of the Indian delegates in the group recalled her childhood in Bombay where a well-starched school uniform was delivered rain or shine by the dhobis – except during the torrential rains when sometimes the clothes didn’t dry. An extra uniform was insurance in a city of monsoons.Other worlds that we espied were of robust, raging consumerism, with huge mall complexes, boutiques and restaurants. Seeing Bombay from the windows of five star hotels or those of the black and yellow taxicabs, one could see it was a city on the move with construction everywhere. A colorful entrepreneur that we met was Niranjan Hiranandani, one of the biggest real estate developers who’s put up many of the luxury hi-rises one sees across the city, including an entire township in Powai. Once a sleepy enclave with a lake, today it’s a city in itself with the residential towers of Hiranandani Gardens, with landscaped acres, playgrounds and clubhouses, surrounded with shopping malls, food courts and entertainment centers. Interestingly, Hiranandani, his father and his brother were all physicians before getting into construction, and have recently put up a huge hospital in the Powai area, making it a totally self-sufficient area.So, I asked him, when will there be developments for the low-income people who live in the slums and on the streets? His response: “This is the last vestige of that socialistic policy which has not seen a hreform process. Now it’s starting to creep, to happen so we are going to see a huge amount.”He pointed out that once that takes off, India would see a paradigm shift in GDP growths because of housing, since there is such a huge deficit in affordable housing. Construction, which is the second largest employer of people in the country today always provides jobs for the low income and the illiterate, something industries like information technology do not. He added, “If this type of change which is required to happen in the country does take place, information technology will be just the icing on the cake or the cherry on the pie, but the real cake will be the construction, real estate and housing sector and that’s what we are looking for.”All too soon, the discussions and the talk fests came to an end. Our five days were over and some of the delegates were returning to the United States while others were heading on to a resort in Cochin for a touch of health tourism. We all said very Indian, very emotional goodbyes.In India, with the delegates gone, I was tourist no more. I switched roles and was back in my Returning NRI mode, catching up with relatives, stopping for a drink of coconut water on the streets and visiting the Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Prabhadevi, marveling at the crowds that churned around the temple. Indeed, how could one visit Bombay without paying obeisance to the God of Auspicious Beginnings?A stop for kolapuri chappals in Colaba is a must, as is a final walk down the waterfront and a final look at the Gateway of India – unchanging and quite wonderful. But Bombay is headed in new directions. Take a ferry to Alibagh, an island of multimillion-dollar homes of the rich and famous, and you see quite a different Mumbai. Extreme excess and extreme poverty are just two of the many faces of this complex city.On my last day in Mumbai, I visited friends for dinner in a sparkling new apartment right in the heart of this congested metropolis. It was hard to imagine how it was possible to get so much space. But now we have young Indian professionals working with multinationals and it’s showing in their lifestyle. The apartment was airy and art filled and yes, could have been right in Manhattan. To that are the added benefits of having an army of helpers, and a large extended family at shouting distance. Seems a lot like having the best of both worlds to me.Friends had told me that you get everything in India now and I hadn’t quite believed it until I went to Crawford Market, the bustling bazaar of fruits and vegetables – and now every possible product from abroad, such as name brand chocolates and cookies to cosmetics. There were Ferrero Rochas chocolate boxes with Arabic writing, familiar names such as Kit Kat and Cadburys, and countless products with the ubiquitous Made in China label. In fact, China is in your face everywhere with just about everything from clothes to noodles to elaborate light fixtures for the home.To NRIs who have not been back recently and are still living in a 30-year time warp, urban India will be a revelation. Gone are the days that you had to carry back Old Spice and Tang and even jars of Kraft mayonnaise. Indian stores are flooded with goods from Dubai to China. And yes, the Hollywood movies are screening at the same time as in the United States, instead of months or years later. Then I was once again driving to the airport through the city – the giant awakened – right in mid-afternoon as crowds upon crowds hurtled through the streets. I don’t know if I am right – you can never become a veteran in three weeks – but it did seem to me as if the crowds were all going somewhere, all had a purpose.There were fewer beggars on the street, fewer people just hanging around. There was bustling entrepreneurship everywhere from young magazine hawkers to people selling laundry bags and other household appliances as the traffic stopped at streetlights.Delhi too was on the move with cement mixers everywhere and new flyovers under construction, connecting this wildly expanding city. Earlier Noida and Gurgaon were considered the pits – way out. Now with their satellite rings of malls and multiplex theaters, each one is a thriving center in itself not bound to central Delhi in any way.I visited one of these towering complexes, The Garden Estate Club in Gurgaon to dine at a new Thai restaurant, Cosmos, just opened by a young entrepreneur, Jyoti Punj. The apartment blocks, sleek and modern, of this complex would have made any New Yorker happy – and yes, what could be better than to have Green Thai Curry available for take out!Indeed, with the intensive traveling young people do and their education abroad, the globe seems to be their football. Delhi was full of fun places to eat or simply chill out, such as Mocha, which was always packed with teens and 20-somethings clustered around the low seating; Shalom, a lounge and restaurant with delicious Middle Eastern food, while the atmospheric Olives had a great bar, Italian food and seating under the stars. Lunch on another day at 360, a sleek new contemporary restaurant at the Oberoi was sumptuous, a buffet with so many different options that one could feel full just looking at it all.In Delhi, too, the changes were apparent. The boxy Ambassador was no longer the only car on the road. Cars of every size and shape clogged the streets and there seemed to be fewer bicycles and scooters. As more Indians become affluent, the problems of the developed west are apparent here too. Congested roads and smoke emissions that aren’t pretty. Traffic jams mean you’re sitting in your car forever – and yes, everyone, including the chauffeur, is on the cell phone.One saw diverse worlds: there were worlds of extreme wealth, of luxurious farmhouses, playgrounds for the rich. One farmhouse that I visited could have been right out of a Bollywood fantasy, complete with room after room of designer furniture, a greenhouse, a gym, tennis courts, a swimming pool, fountains and no less than three gardeners. Now what could be nicer than eating spinach from your own garden? One evening we were invited to the launch of Lao Mehndiyan, a new Music Today CD of Punjabi wedding songs sung by Minu Bakshi, a noted socialite who also happens to be a wonderful singer. The venue was the five-star Meridian Hotel and the guests had been asked to come in all their wedding finery. The crème de la crème turned up, all dressed to the nines, and yes, resplendent in all their diamonds. The food served was as opulent as that at a princely wedding banquet. This was Delhi high society in play mode.The next day I was flung into a very different world – Kathputli Colony, a rough and tough slum town on the outskirts of Delhi, inhabited by Rajasthani migrants, many of who are puppeteers and performers. It is a ramshackle maze of narrow streets, open drains, tiny homes and thousands of people clustered in close proximity. Our non profit group Children’s Hope is active in the community and it was wonderful to see the effects of our programs up close. How the micro-credit programs, for example, had brought out the entrepreneur in women in the community. We stood outside a brand new tea stall in the colony, which one of the young women had opened for her husband with micro-credit. She herself was taking the beautician’s course through vocational classes and hopes to work at a beauty parlor. Now that is beautiful!For me, three weeks in India flew by like three days in this orgy of seeing, experiencing, eating, greeting and meeting. On the last day I was too exhausted to try yet another happening hot spot so we decided to call in for McDonalds. (Dominos had already stopped by with pizzas for the nephews) And as my sister and I sat there, watching spicy Indian serials on TV and munching on burgers and fries from McDonalds – it seemed the most natural thing in the world. In fact, McDonalds is fast becoming an Indian institution and soon there will be a generation of kids who have grown up always having a McDonalds around. That’s globalization for you!Indeed, ‘globalization’ might be a clichéd, over-used word but it seems to be omnipresent: almost every urban family – not to mention rural families, especially in the Punjab – seems to have some foreign connection, be it to the United States, Dubai or the Far East. Either through work or family or friends, everyone sees further than India. Even the yoga teacher who came over to give me a few quickie lessons during my whirlwind stay wanted my New York contact number – just in case! On my return journey during the stopover at Heathrow Airport in London, an impressive, six-foot tall Indian yogi by the name of Varagi Baba, along with his disciple, joined in and sat next to me. In this global world, even the mystics are taking to jets, spreading spirituality wherever the demand is found.After lectures in London, the white-haired baba and his disciple, clad in orange and yellow robes, were headed for the thriving Indian communities of New Jersey and Chicago. I saw them last at JFK, both settled in wheelchairs pushed by airport attendants, headed all the way from the calm of Brindavan to the frenetic new world of highways and neon lights and yes, Hindu temples in the suburbs.At the immigration counter in New York, the officer asked me how long I’d been away and after a brief glance, promptly stamped my papers. I guess I didn’t look too much like a terrorist.As he handed me my passport, he said with a smile, “Welcome home!”And yes, I have to admit, home it was. And incredibly dear with its form and structure, its cleanliness and its order, even its blandness, compared to the home across the oceans that I had just left behind.An image flashed through my mind’s eye of rushing humanity on the move, of honking scooters, cars and auto rickshaws, of rundown buses, of decorated trucks with sassy sayings like ‘ Boori nazar wale tera moo kala.’ Yes, there’s drama, there’s life in the streets. Not to forget our wonderful, cool cows that swagger through the traffic clogged streets as if they own them.In my brief stay, I had barely seen an iota of India. Just think how many other worlds there are in the mountains, the villages, the countless cities and towns of India. A lifetime would not be enough to see all the universes embedded in the mouth of India. Still one can try as one shuttles between two continents.India, for me, is about emotion, about color, about extended family, deep connections that go back to childhood. America is the ordered universe of deadlines, daily routines, and watching the clock, without too much high drama. Yet both are home and more and more, I think, it’s possible to have two homes, two universes and flit between the two. The next morning, like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, I woke in my old home, in my old bed. It was almost as if a tornado had whirled me and deposited me back from the shining Emerald City in Oz to Kansas. I was back in my quiet suburban home in Long Island where the clank of the mail being dropped into the slot by the mailman can sometimes be the only sound you hear all day.Had I really dashed through the golden heat and churning chaos of Delhi and Bombay and seen a hundred different worlds? Or was I imagining it all as I looked out at the snow-bound silent landscape of the burbs?No, I hadn’t dreamt it all. There on the kitchen table was the stack of kokies, Sindhi flatbread, that my sister’s cook had specially made for me and the jar of home-made sweet mango pickle – my equivalent of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers.New York is not Kansas and New Delhi isn’t Oz, but in this wonderful new moment in time, I am greedy and I know I can appropriate both homes, appropriate both worlds. Related Items
The news came in a single line in the list of the day’s sports transactions: Kansas City Wizards Added F Sunil Chhetri to the 24-man roster.The move barely registered with most American sports fans, while it was probably somewhat exciting to a small portion of the most knowledgeable soccer followers; nowhere near David Beckham but still kind of cool.Back in India, however, Chhetri’s signing was monumental. Front-page news, can-you-believe-it, call-your-friends big.One of the biggest stars in the world’s second-most populated country — 1.1 billion people and counting — became the first player from his country to sign with Major League Soccer, to go through a door the people of India hope will stay open.“He’s a rock star, absolutely,” said Raghu Sardhr, an Indian attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where Chhetri played his first game for the Wizards. “The people back in India love him. It was really, really big news.”Sunil Chhetri was little more than a name on a list when he first popped up on Kansas City’s radar. The Wizards, like most MLS teams, receive dozens of letters, video links and DVDs each month from players seeking a chance to play professional soccer. The Kansas City staff feels guilty about not giving everyone a chance, so they take a look.Chhetri immediately caught their eye, even in the limited video clips they were able to obtain. Find a way to get him to the United States and we’ll give him a shot is what they told representatives from the Indian team.After Chhetri made it to Arizona for a training camp with the Wizards, it was clear he could play.Blurry-fast feet. Nose for the goal. Connected with the other players on the attack almost instantly. Good instincts, able to adapt to the team’s style of play without thinking about it. Quick to get the ball ahead instead of holding it too long. Hits well with both feet, uses his entire body to strike it. Pretty good in the air at 5-foot-7.This guy, the one the Wizards players thought was a local kid, the coaches only knew from a list, could really play.Even better, Chhetri had a burning intensity to go with his talent.“We learned he’s extremely competitive, has a desire to be successful and when you have that, you can get a lot out of a guy,” Wizards coach Peter Vermes said. “If someone has the talent and they don’t have the fire in the belly, so to speak, every day you’re struggling to get those guys going. This guy just gets it.”What the Wizards didn’t realize was just how big he was back in India.Chhetri has been a regular on the Indian national team since 2004, scoring 16 goals in 35 appearances. His most famous moment came in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup final against Tajikistan, where he scored three goals to send India to the Asian Cup for the first time since 1984.The reaction in India to Chhetri’s move to the U.S. has been like what happened in Japan nine years ago when Ichiro Suzuki switched to Major League Baseball, just without the round-the-clock TV coverage — at least not yet.The Wizards held the news conference for his signing at 9:30 p.m. local time so it could be broadcast in India. The team has doubled its Facebook friends to 12,000 since he joined the team, many of them posting photos of their favorite star, some saying his signing will bring more fans to MLS than Beckham ever did. Kansas City Wizards’ Sunil Chhetri, left, battling for control of the ball with Colorado Rapids’ Mehdi Ballouchy in the first half of the U.S. Open Cup qualifying soccer game, in Kansas City, Mo. in April.Rob Johnson, Kansas City’s vice president of communications, has been inundated with calls from media members in India, often at 3 or 4 a.m. because of the time difference.“It’s really blown us away, not only the amount of the interest but the depth of the interest, kind of all things Sunil,” said Greg Cotton, chief operating officer of the Wizards’ parent company, OnGoal. “But he is the face of Indian soccer. A lot of the Indian press has told us that they believe Sunil is going to be the one who’s going to bring Indian soccer to the rest of the world. That’s pretty exciting when you hear stuff like that.”Back in India, dozens of stories have been written about Chhetri’s monumental move, treating every development — a goal during training was front-page news — as if it were a lunar landing. Chhetri has done close to 150 interviews since agreeing to terms with the Wizards on March 25 and another live feed to India is expected.The Times of India, a newspaper with over 10 million readers, printed the Wizards’ news release verbatim when it was announced that Chhetri would start a game against Colorado in the U.S. Open Cup.“We’ve called him the Michael Jordan of India, but I don’t think we still really appreciate how big he is,” Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad said. “It’s a country of 1 billion and everybody knows his name. That alone puts him a little different stratosphere.”Just don’t expect Chhetri to feel the pressure.Soccer doesn’t have nearly the fervent following in India as cricket does, but it’s still much bigger there than in the U.S. An estimated 80 million viewers tune in to watch English Premier League games on TV and Indian national-team members are like national heroes.Chhetri accepts the expectations of a nation, he just won’t let them weigh him down. He worked too hard to get this opportunity, still has so much he wants to do.The focus that got Chhetri here will keep his eyes on the goal as the attention swirls around him. “I haven’t given anyone my telephone number, I’ve tried to keep to myself because all of this is like added pressure,” Chhetri said. “I try not to think about these things. The only thing I was thinking about when I got here was to give my best and make the most of this opportunity.”Sardhr and the rest of India’s soccer fans are counting on it.He and four other Indian students watched a game in April from the stands, then worked their way behind a fence to a sidewalk leading to the Wizards locker room. After 10 minutes of furtive, excited glances toward the door, they saw Chhetri walk out.Their eyes lit up and so did his when he looked up to find a group of his countrymen waiting. They chatted for a few minutes and snapped a photo together before Chhetri walked off toward the team bus, leaving the students with huge grins and an amazing story to tell the people back home.“We’d love to see more Indians come here and I think this will open the door,” Sardhr said. “He’s one of the best if not the best in India, so they’re excited.”That, as the Wizards found out, is a huge understatement. —AP Related Items
Foreign direct investment in India, among the darlings of international investors during the past two years, fell by almost one-third in 2010 to $24 billion. Foreign investors took $2 billion out of the Indian stock market in the first six weeks of 2011, against a record $29 billion in net inflows in 2010. Analysts attribute the decline to rising inflation, currently running at 8 percent, and highly publicized corruption scandals. Foreign investors are shifting to more attractive emerging markets, such as Thailand and Brazil, which experienced a 16 percent growth in FDIs in 2010. Related Items
Authorities have attached properties of an absconding accused in the murder case of Ashfaq, who was an eyewitness in the killings of his two brothers during the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Wednesday. The properties of Sehdev, one of the seven accused in the case, have been attached after an order by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Gautam, said Harsharan Sharma, Station House Officer of Khatauli. Six other accused in the case have already been arrested and Sehdev is currently on the run, he added. Ashfaq, who had witnessed the killings of his brothers Nawab and Shahid during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, was shot dead on March 11 after he had apparently refused to withdraw the case, police said. The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives, while over 40,000 people were displaced.
Maharashtra is in the process of developing an eco-tourism circuit connecting nearly 350 locations to a common grid for providing better facilities and development of popular destinations in the State. Maharastra Minister of Finance, Planning, and Forests, Sudhir Mungantiwar, said 43 destinations under the grid will be taken up in the first phase and the remaining ones in the second and third. The government has set aside ₹351 crore for the development of the circuit.The Maharashtra Eco-tourism Board has already taken up the project, which will include Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park. “Maharashtra is the best State for all types of tourism including forts, coastal tourism, forest safaris and spiritual tourism. Tourism is a plus point for the State to create employment opportunities for locals. The Eco-tourism Board implements various initiatives considering all these aspects, and this will be one of the major projects of the board,” said Mr. Mungantiwar. Senior officials said the circuit will include and connect 124 forest gardens, 43 historical forts, six tiger projects, 33 wildlife sanctuaries, 52 religious destinations, 55 eco-tourism destinations and five hill stations. The first phase will include development of 43 eco-tourism destinations, while the second phase will include another 139. Mr. Mungantiwar said draft plans for 189 out of 347 eco-tourism destinations in the State have been approved. The project will encourage employment opportunities for local people through home stays, being tourist guides, providing vehicles for tourists and doing odd jobs. Local people are also being provided with training and basic facilities. “It will be possible to provide better facilities to tourists if buffer and corridor areas of forests are developed from the perspective of tourism. Adventure sports will be encouraged in the forts of the State,” he said.The Maharashtra Eco-tourism Development Board was established in 2015 to provide tourists with better facilities. The board encourages eco-tourism considering economic, social, and environmental aspects of a destination. Under its initiatives, zilla parishad and ashram shala students are taken on a one-day jungle safari. They are given information about forests and wildlife, and are made to participate in conservation and growth of forests, officials said.
Union Minister of Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal on Thursday termed the current economic slowdown as just a passing phase and said that efforts being taken by the government only showed that it cared.Reacting to former prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s views on the economic slow down the country is facing, the Union Minister said that he was surprised to know that Dr. Singh was saying that the BJP government was failing in handling the economy. “The country gave Dr. Singh, an eminent economist, the opportunity to run the country for 10 years. But they [UPA government] damaged the entire economic system. It was during their tenure that reckless bank loans messed up the banking sector, prices of commodities soared up, Mumbai faced a major terrorist attack and the government could not face the public,” he said addressing chartered accountants, industrialists and traders at an Assembly election-related event in Bhayandar. “Before the Modi government came to power people had lost hope and so did not demand anything from the government. But in last five years public has been demanding better facilities because they have immense hope in this government. Even a beggar will beg only in front of someone whom he knows will give him something,” Mr. Goyal said. The last five years have seen 75-78% rise in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and it will continue to grow with the efforts the Prime Minister is taking, Mr. Goyal added. “I hope you all remember the double digits inflation we faced during the United Progessive Alliance government. Fiscal deficit was as high as 6-6.5% and current account deficit was 4.5%. The country was handed to us with a damaged economy and we have brought about development across sectors,” he said. Talking of the steps by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to revive the economy, Mr. Goyal said, “ours is a responsible government. The efforts being taken show that the government cares about the economy.”
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa KD and Dray have formed quite a bond since way back, when Green was part of the strategic recruiting process to bring Durant to the Bay Area from Oklahoma City before last season.They’ve had a few heated moments, too, and both say they are better for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd there’s no official count — that has been shared, anyway — on who owes who what for losing those friendly wagers.“Yeah, I’m not in those bets,” teammate Shaun Livingston said. “It could be a shot to start the practice, in the corner, anything. It doesn’t matter. Wherever. They just walk up to each other all the time, ‘Bet, bet it, bet it.’” Green, part of the Warriors contingent in the Hamptons to meet with Durant before the big July 4 decision announcement last year, lit into Durant during a loss to Memphis back in January. Then they got into it again in a three-point defeat at Sacramento on Feb. 4.“Hollered at me? Ha! We’re grown men, ain’t nobody hollering at me,” Durant said good-naturedly after a recent practice when asked about the animated back-and-forth, as surrounding media members erupted into laughter at his response.He then chose far more colorful language — and expletives — to describe their heated exchange during a timeout.Green acknowledges being mad that night. He and Durant are thriving now.“It just shows the trust that we have in each other, the relationship we have that we can go at each other,” Green said. “No one takes it personal. You say what you got to say, I say what I got to say. We figure it out and then we move on. That’s kind of what that was. You want to grow from moments like that if you’re a strong team, if your chemistry’s strong, you grow from moments like that. Chemistry’s not so strong, you’re not much of a together team, you can crumble from situations like that. But our chemistry is one of the things that makes us special.”ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police 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 Green raised his right arm in the air on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 13 win against the Magic, knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the arc before a layup moments later.“He’s unique from the standpoint of Steph, Klay and KD are guys that can go for 60. But Draymond just impacts the game in so many ways that you’ve just got to compete against him. You’ve got to understand that he can do it all,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said.Green and Durant spent time together as 2016 Olympians in Rio. KD couldn’t wait to play with Green regularly — even if they went at it back on Feb. 4 in Sacramento.“It’s just two teammates in the heat of the moment, both needed, at that point, that game, we were all bad,” Durant said. “We needed energy somehow. We kind of both sensed that. We came back to the huddle and got after it.”Still, that fire is what Durant loves about his intense teammate. Not to mention the work he puts in shooting from every spot on the floor.“It means a lot,” Green said. “You have to have those guys’ trust. If somebody sees you working, they have more trust in that. Obviously as one of the leaders of this team, you should be one of the hardest workers.”In the past three seasons, Green has notched five games with at least five points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks.“You understand how impactful he can be without really scoring a lot of points or having any ooh or aah moments on the offensive end,” Stephen Curry said. “He has a lot of ooh and aah moments with the hustle plays and defensively. It seems like he’s always kind of in the play somehow. We appreciate every little bit of that effort and the results he prides himself in every single time he’s out there on the floor. His stat lines sometimes look like this where he’s so well-rounded across the board — points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and whatnot — and he’ll bang down three, four 3s every once in a while. You appreciate what he brings to the squad every single night and his energy and his passion.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Golden State seemed to build from those moments, and the defending NBA champs withstood Durant’s absence for 19 games shortly thereafter because of a knee injury.Livingston is the guy who stood between them that night in the Golden 1 Center, and notes, “They’re cut from the same cloth in a sense.”“It’s good to have that type of relationship, honestly, because when adversity strikes and things hit, they’re not afraid to say anything to each other,” Livingston said, “and you need that.”The Warriors’ emotional leader has been doing a bit of everything.After a recent outing, Green stole a look at his stat line and grinned.He certainly appreciated that performance: 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, a season-best five blocked shots, two steals and just one turnover in 31 impressive minutes.“I like a line like that,” he said. “It kind of shows that you did everything on the floor and not just one thing. I definitely enjoy having a stat line like that if it means anything.”It means plenty to the Warriors, who are still working to find a consistent flow this season. They have struggled at times to take care of the ball and handle the basic fundamentals.That’s also typical Green, who lately is also having games in which he catches defenses off guard by knocking down 3-pointers. His teammates love it all.“I knew he would make my job way easier and I knew I could help him,” Durant said. “I knew that his intensity was going to up the level of everybody on the floor, the way he approaches the game, his passion and love for the game. That stuff stood out more than anything. Obviously he’s quick for his position, he’s got long arms, he can shoot the 3, he can pass, he can rebound, but just his passion and love for the game that kind of shines bright, and it’s contagious.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Draymond Green. AFP FILE PHOTOOAKLAND, California — Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything.“Life,” Green explained, “who drives home faster from the practice facility, who gets to the game earlier. You want us to tell you our whole life?”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I told everyone before that we will pitch that proposal to the Board and we weren’t denied,” he shared on Thursday as he addressed the media for the first time as the league’s new chief.“It was the Board who said that whoever player coach Chot Reyes wanted, he can get them as long as there won’t be any schedule of games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcial made true on his earlier pronouncements of abolishing the two-per-team clause.RELATED: OIC Marcial reaffirms PBA’s commitment to Gilas program Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe dream of having an unlimited PBA player cap for Gilas Pilipinas is finally a reality with the appointment of new commissioner Willie Marcial.The congenial executive shared that the Board of Governors has already approved his proposal of taking out the limiting clause between the league and the national team program.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kerber positive after narrow semifinal loss to Halep In the previous agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) forged in 2016, all 12 teams were required to lend at least one veteran and a member of the cadet pool drafted in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft to the national team pool.Since the start of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, only three teams, namely TNT (Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy), NLEX (Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, and Fonzo Gotladera), and Rain or Shine (Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Mike Tolomia) have exceeded that cap and willingly allowed their players to don the national tri-colors.That, however, is no longer the case as Marcial and the rest of the Board are giving Reyes the free rein to pick the best possible players for the Philippine team for the upcoming international competitions.“On the PBA’s side, that’s what we’ll do,” said Marcial.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES View comments
Michael Calisaan also notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards to guide the Revellers to their fourth win in seven games.“We’re more prepared this time out,” said coach Stevenson Tiu as his side moved to fifth place with its 4-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChe’Lu-San Sebastian set the tone early in the game, going on a 15-2 start before punishing Go for Gold for its 25 turnovers which led to 33 easy points for the Revellers.Despite coming out on top, Tiu isn’t resting on his laurels knowing the remaining four games remain crucial for his team’s chances in the playoffs. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’re still not safe. There’s still a lot that can happen. So that’s the challenge for our guys to make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.Justin Gutang paced the Scratchers (2-3) with 12 points and six rebounds in the loss.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 87 — Bulanadi 15, De Leon 14, Calisaan 13, Collado 11, Ilagan 8, Batino 6, Faundo 4, Capobres 3, Jeruta 3, Siruma 3, Santos 2, Costelo 0, Lao 0.GO FOR GOLD 65 — Gutang 12, Salem 11, Haruna 9, Domingo 8, Alejandro 5, Ocampo 3, Pasturan 3, Young 3, Gaco 2, Leutcheu 2, Naboa 1, Casiño 0, Pili 0.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian coasted to its first back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, shutting down Go for Gold, 87-65, Tuesday at Marikina Sports Center.Allyn Bulanadi scattered 15 points and three rebounds, while Samboy de Leon went 3-of-4 from downtown to wound up with 14 markers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Quarters: 17-12, 39-29, 58-42, 87-65. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next American triumph and disappointment in Olympic ice dance
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Chinese ref ‘beaten’ as draw sparks match-fix claim 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 “No matter where you go you’re trying to win your team a Stanley Cup,” Shattenkirk said. “There’s no better place to try to do it for me than in New York.”Rangers GM Jeff Gorton praised Shattenkirk for leaving money and years on the table, and even New Jersey’s Ray Shero — who made a strong push to sign the top free agent available — gave him credit for signing in New York because it was “where he wanted to be.”The NHL’s hard salary cap and players re-signing to so many long-term deals means super teams like in the NBA won’t happen. But where and who matters more and more to hockey players than simply how much and for how long.Thornton had more than half the 31-team league reach out to sign him at age 38 and signed for $8 million for one year because he simply wanted to stay in San Jose.“It was nice getting courted by all these teams, and I felt bad saying, ‘Hey I’m going back to San Jose,’ but that’s where my heart is and that’s where I’m happy,” Thornton said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this June 12, 2017 file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after scoring against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Durant has agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth about $53 million to remain with the Golden State Warriors. The deal calls for about $25 million in the first year with a player option for the second season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract cannot be signed until Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Kevin Shattenkirk could’ve got more money but took less to join the New York Rangers.Joe Thornton could’ve got a multiyear deal from someone but wanted to stay with the San Jose Sharks.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera 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’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View comments Likewise, Sharp couldn’t pass up going back to Chicago where he was part of three Stanley Cup teams, even if his contract is worth just $850,000 with performance bonuses. Sharp said he was “coming back to make some more great memories and try to help this team win another Stanley Cup,” which Campbell tried last offseason, too.Familiarity with Nashville and coach Peter Laviolette led Scott Hartnell to return to the Predators one a $1 million, one-year deal, after playing his first six NHL seasons with them.“Absolutely love coming back to Nashville,” Hartnell said. “I wish it was October already.”That kind of natural excitement doesn’t happen everywhere. Executives around the league don’t begrudge players for making personal choices.“Players have priorities on where they want to play: family reasons, where teams are, whether they’re on the verge of winning a Stanley Cup or a rebuilding situation,” Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. “I think that happens every year.”Some money factors could play a role, such as Alexander Radulov making more in Dallas than he would have earned on the same, exact contract in Montreal or Vegas, Tampa Bay and Florida having a leg up in states with no income tax. But the Stars wouldn’t have attracted Radulov if they weren’t contenders.“Trying to win is a huge component to players picking places,” said veteran winger Chris Kunitz, who won the Cup three times with the Penguins and signed with the Lightning. “I think we’re all pretty fortunate in what we do, but we also want to go out there and compete and have a chance to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Campbell and Patrick Sharp could’ve got more money the past two summers but took the Chicago discount to return the Blackhawks.The NHL is becoming more like the NBA with top players forgoing longer, big-money contracts to pick their preferred destination, a trend that has added a new wrinkle to free agency.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 stars“It’s their opportunity to go to where they want to go and sometimes you might have to take a little bit less money to go there,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Do you want to go to a good team? Is it a city you want to go to? Is it where your family wants to be? … It’s players finding the right fit for where they want to be and having the money that they can live with.”Shattenkirk is not exactly LeBron James, but the New Rochelle, New York, native filled that role on Saturday when he turned down offers of seven years and over $30 million to sign with the Rangers for $26.6 million over just four years. The 28-year-old defenseman felt like it may be his only opportunity to “fulfill a lifelong dream” and wants to help pull off what LeBron did in Cleveland.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo said Tuesday his “brilliance” annoys people, a day after he was quizzed by a Spanish judge investigating whether he evaded paying millions of euros in taxes.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 stars“What bothers people is my brilliance, insects only attack lamps that shine!!!!” the Portuguese wrote in an Instagram message that received over a million likes within an hour of being posted.ADVERTISEMENT Portuguese television SIC reported that Ronaldo aborted the appearance at the podium set up outside the court because the court hearing had gone badly, with many moments of “tension” between him and the judge.Ronaldo is not the only footballer to fall foul of authorities in Spain.His arch-rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was found guilty of tax evasion last year.Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.Ronaldo, 32, has denied any wrongdoing. He told the judge he has always filed his tax returns and “never had the intention of evading taxes”, according to a statement from his representatives.Spanish daily El Mundo said the player — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — implied during his court hearing that he was only being investigated because of who he is.“I am only here because my name is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the player told the judge, according to the newspaper.Ronaldo had been expected to speak to the throng of reporters gathered outside of the court after the hearing but instead his spokesman Inaki Torres emerged from the building to announce the player “was on his way home”, prompting jeers from the press.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Herndon to Marinero, Apinan to Cignal as D-League teams retool ahead of playoffs Ronaldo spent over 90 minutes on Monday answering the questions of investigating judge Monica Gomez at a closed door hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, the wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments 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 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet