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Tripura High Court rejects bail plea of CPI(M) leader in PWD scam case

first_imgThe Tripura High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of former Minister and CPI(M) leader Badal Choudhury, indicted in the alleged ₹640-crore Public Works Department scam of 2008. Lawyers representing the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly insisted on bail citing Mr. Choudhury’s fragile health. After the bail plea was rejected, counsel indicated their decision to move the Supreme Court. Mr. Choudhury was admitted to the ICU of the government GBP Hospital after he complained of chest pain in the custody of West Agartala police on Wednesday.He was locked up at the police station barely for 30 minutes after the police took his custody upon his discharge from the private hospital where he took admission a week ago ending his disappearance amid intensive police search.Street protestsThe CPI(M) has been organising street protests for the past two days protesting the alleged forceful removal of Mr. Choudhury from the private hospital. The party alleged that police officials misbehaved with its leader at the police station.Former Member of Parliament, the 69-year-old CPI(M) veteran was made prime accused in the case filed by the Vigilance Department. The investigation was later handed over to the Crime Branch.Sources said senior police officials were consulting doctors at the GBP Hospital on taking back Mr. Choudhury in their custody.Remains elusiveMeanwhile, former Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh, who was the Principal Secretary incharge of PWD in 2008, remained elusive despite searches by a team of the Crime Branch at New Delhi and Gurugram. Another accused, former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik, was arrested and remanded in custody.last_img read more

Korea women’s hockey team to make much-awaited Olympic debut

first_imgCanada’s Meghan Agosta, left, chases the puck as goalie Ann-Reneeat Desbiens watches during the women’s hockey practice ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The first medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics will be awarded Saturday, but most attention will be focused on a preliminary round hockey match featuring the combined Korean women’s hockey team.The game against Switzerland is sold out and there are rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister might attend. Fierce attention has been focused on the team since North Koreans were added to the roster just a few weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35U.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’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Elite forge upset vs Beermen LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The two Koreas have worked together to send a joint team to major international sports events only twice before. The U.S. and Finland women’s hockey teams also play Saturday.Medals are due to be awarded in women’s biathlon and cross-country skiing, men’s ski jumping, women’s 3,000 meter speedskating and men’s 1500 meter short-track speedskating.   /mufFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Vijay Kumar wins bronze in 10m air pistol

first_imgShooting fetched yet another medal for India as Vijay Kumar won the bronze in the 10m air pistol individual event of the Asian Games, even as Gurpreet Kumar and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the finals here today.Vijay just about made the cut for the finals by finishing eighth in the qualification round but shot the highest score of 101.4 in the medal round for a total of 680.4 to take India’s medal tally to three.He shot a series of 97, 98, 98, 96, 97, 93 after managing 579 in the qualifying.Lee Daem-Yung of South Korea won the gold with a total of 685.8 while Chinese veteran Tang Zongliang totalled 684.5 for silver.Earlier in the qualification round, Gurpreet Singh totalled 573 to finish 20th while Omkar scored 568 to settle for the 28th position.Yesterday, Gagang Narang combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to win silver in the 10m air rifle team event before also clinching the individual silver.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

1st or 2nd Best Middle Blocker ‘doesn’t matter’ for Oliver Almadro, title-seeking Ateneo

first_imgUST legend Venus Bernal proud of Sisi Rondina, feels it’s the Tigresses’ year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almadro said that he explained it to Madayag and that his graduating middle blocker understood what happened.“First or second Best Middle Blocker, it doesn’t matter. At least, we got one and that’s what we’re thankful for that one of our players were still recognized,” said Almadro Saturday just before the start of Game 1 of the UAAP Finals between University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAteneo fans cried foul after Doria was given the higher nod than Madayag after a couple of sports reporters, who cover the UAAP questioned the awarding process.Doria was second in blocking with an average of 0.69 blocks per set or a total of 37 kill blocks but it was Madayag who led the league, numbers-wise, with 0.86 kill blocks per frame and a total of 44 kill blocks. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Almadro said it’s not a big deal for them if Madayag was the first or second since they’re more concerned with the championship than with anything else.“It’s not a big deal, the important thing for us is the championship,” said Almadro, whose Lady Eagles are searching for their first title since 2015.“What we want is to become the champion. If there’s an award on our side, then, that’s just a bonus.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro cleared the air following the unwarranted controversy surrounding this season’s individual awards.National University’s Roselyn Doria was named the first Best Middle Blocker while the Lady Eagles’ Maddie Madayag took home the second Best Middle Blocker plum of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more