MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Benilde ends Arellano win streak Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting PBA ImagesSan Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross and Chico Lanete, who supposedly swapped places for free throw attempts in the final 4.6 seconds of the Beermen’s losing game against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, have been summoned to appear at the Commissioner’s Office.At the same time, the league is also poised to penalize game officials who failed to control the situation that tainted the ending of what was otherwise one of the best games of the young conference.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa With the game in the balance, Lanete drew a foul during a mad scramble inside the paint as Ross stood near halfcourt after making the steal that led to Arwind Santos taking the potential game-tying three-pointer from deep right corner.Eric Castro, the PBA head of technical operations, went to the press room to explain why Ross was slapped with a technical foul for taking the first of two free throws originally awarded to Lanete.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra won, 100-96, after LA Tenorio made the free throw off the Ross technical. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments
Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic Johnson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Clement Leutcheu’s 21-point, 17-rebound double-double wasn’t enough to propel the Blazers to a win as they settled for a 1-5 card at the seventh seed in the standings.Garcia had ample support from the rest of the EAC roster with Francis Munsayac playing the role of a facilitator putting up 13 points, and eight assists while Sydney Onwubere had a 12-point, 10-rebound, and four-block line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingEdward Dixon was the lone notable Blazer, apart from Leutcheu, as he put up 11 points. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast EAC’s Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College bagged its second win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup after taking down College of St. Benilde, 78-70, Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Jerome Garcia had a team-high 20 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc, to lead the Generals who are now in the sixth spot in Group B with a 2-3 slate.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES View comments
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, defends a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. APOAKLAND, California — Tyronn Lue has a new No. 1 priority for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stop the ball. First and foremost, then make sure Golden State’s sharpshooters have a hand in their face.Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “It’s going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out,” said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.The Warriors are plenty confident even if Cleveland closes out on the perimeter. Both teams were slow getting started offensively after long layoffs: nine days for Golden State, six for the Cavs.Cleveland shot 11 for 31 from long range and the Warriors 12 of 33. But Golden State hit 9 for 20 from deep in the second half on the way to 106 total shots — a jaw-dropping 20 more than the Cavs — while attacking at every chance when Cleveland just couldn’t keep up with Steph and KD.Draymond Green loved watching Durant do his thing with ease down the middle in his first Finals game for Golden State.“Going into the game I know what their game plan is, and it’s to take the 3 away,” Green said. “Now to say that you’re going to get that many open lanes, you can’t forecast that. You can’t go into the game saying, ‘Oh, KD is going to have six driving lanes to the rim and where don’t get touched and he dunks. You just can’t forecast that.”James, in his seventh straight Finals, has a remarkable run of having won at least one game on the road in 29 straight postseason series. On Sunday, King James will try to make it 30.“We had a lot of unforced turnovers. Some of them were from aggression,” James said. “I had two charges, that’s aggression. I can take those. But also had some when I got caught in the air and tried to make some skip passes and they were able to pick them off. Those are like pick sixes. That’s like throwing the ball to Deion Sanders. Most of the time it’s going to be a touchdown going the other way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Well, I’m pretty sure that won’t happen tomorrow,” Durant said with a grin Saturday. “They will be way more physical. They’re going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively. They’re going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball. They’re going to try to get more offensive rebounds. They’re just going to muck the game up and be physical.”That’s the plan for the defending champions Sunday night and will be key if they want to even the best-of-seven series and look respectable after the Warriors whipped them 113-91 Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant scored 38 points and dunked easily, six times in the first half alone and many of which he went untouched to the rim.“We can’t let Durant get easy baskets like that,” Lue said as his team practiced at Warriors headquarters amid a media frenzy. “With him being probably one of the best scorers in the NBA, you can’t give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket.” Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 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 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking care of the ball will be equally important after that became a major problem in the opener for Cleveland, which committed 20 turnovers in an uncharacteristically sloppy game.The 13-0 Warriors are on a roll and matched a Finals low with only four turnovers, and if Klay Thompson finds his shooting touch at last it could be another tough day on defense for the Cavs. They want to get physical, contest shots, somehow find a way to get Golden State out of its groove.“Effort, effort, yep,” Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly. “And our ability to make sure that when we’re mismatched in transition, that the only thing that matters is stopping the basketball and settling down in the half court, then we match up from there.”Durant and Curry combined for 66 points and 18 assists, moving the Warriors three straight wins from becoming the first team to go unbeaten on the way to a title.Not that they’re discussing it. While Cleveland searches for the right adjustments, Golden State’s roster of perfectionists believes it can play far better still with KD and Steph leading the way, or any of the others who are capable of getting hot in a hurry.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finale
FILE PHOTO – PBA IMAGESJames Mangahas and Robby Celiz waxed hot and carried Zark’s Burger to its first win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 109-91 victory over AMA Online Education Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Mangahas scattered 26 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists, while Celiz added 25 markers, seven boards, and four dimes to snap the Jawbreakers’ three-game losing skid and improve to 1-3.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 91 – Villanueva 29, Bonleon 20, Pontejos 15, Paras 7, Macaranas 5, Subido 2, Jordan 2, Alas 1, Calma 0, Celso 0, Malones 0.Quarters: 23-24, 55-45, 73-66, 109-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Clark Bautista also strung eight straight points in the payoff period to quash the Titans’ late run. He wound up with 18 points on 3-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of six rebounds, and three assists.“I told them that we’re down 0-3 so this is a must-win. This is our best chance to win because of the makeup of both teams,” said coach Jade Padrigao, who also notched his first coaching win in the PBA D-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m glad because the jinx is already gone. This is a relief for me and I hope that this continues for us.”Mangahas anchored a huge 32-point second quarter to give Zark’s a 55-45 halftime lead before Celiz joined the party and kept AMA at bay in the third frame. What ‘missteps’? Ivan Villanueva helped the Titans pull within seven, 90-83, with 3:50 left, before Bautista got the hot hand and sealed the breakthrough victory for the Jawbreakers late.AMA wasted Villanueva’s 29-point, 15-rebound performance and suffered its third straight defeat.Mario Bonleon added 20 markers on 9-of-26 shooting, to go with 13 boards, while Paolo Pontejos chipped in 15. Andre Paras grabbed 22 rebounds in a losing effort for AMA.The scores:ZARK’S BURGER 109 – Mangahas 26, Celiz 25, Bautista 18, De Leon 11, Cayabyab 10, Sheriff 7, Nalos 6, Cudal 3, Ferrer 3, Cariaga 0, Argamino 0, Juruena 0.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pace-setters Cabagnot, Ross wish to share BPC plum 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a fifth-inning single with two runners on base in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK—Aaron Judge equaled Joe DiMaggio’s New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie—before the All-Star break.Judge hit a two-run drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 7-6 loss to Toronto, his major league-leading 29th home run of the season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection DiMaggio set the Yankees rookie mark in 1936. Judge reached it in New York’s 83rd game of the season.“Any time you’re in the sentence as someone like DiMaggio is pretty incredible,” Judge said. “It’s quite an honor.”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 starsConnecting on a 92 mph fastball, Judge drove it 398 feet, according to MLB’s Statcast. The only other rookies to hit 29 homers before the All-Star break were Mark McGwire in 1987 (33) and Jose Abreu in 2014 (29).Judge is hitting .331 with 65 RBIs and 104 strikeouts. 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 New York trailed 5-0 before the homer. Judge came up with two outs in the ninth with a runner on first and struck out against Roberto Osuna, unsuccessfully trying to check his swing on a low, outside slider.“I got fooled,” Judge said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sixers GM: ’Talk of playoffs is getting a little ahead of ourselves’
Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kobe Paras and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas team arrive Friday afternoon for the Jones Cup Invitational. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – With a headset on and partially covering his face with a yellow baseball cap, this 19-year-old many have tagged to be the next big Philippine cage talent lay in the pre-departure area of Eva Air on Friday afternoon looking as cool as everyone else in the young Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 crew.Introduced by a team official to members of the media that will cover the 39th Jones Cup starting Saturday here, Kobe Paras grabbed the Inquirer’s hand with both of his for a firm handshake and quickly obliged an ambush interview that explained why he looked as collected as he did.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES “I don’t let that bother me at all,” he said as a number of Filipino fans recognized him and asked for selfies while doing the interview.Paras said that he is ready to suit up in at least three straight tournaments for the Philippines until the end of August and show everyone what the fuzz has been about ever since he flew back from France after the Fiba 3X3 tournament and headed straight to Gilas camp.“I’m excited to play,” Paras, a strong candidate for the Fiba Asia Championship and Southeast Asian Games teams, said. “I think I am ready to play the highest level of basketball – and that is with Gilas.”Now with Cal State Northridge after withdrawing from UCLA and Creighton, Paras spent a lot of time talking with reporters, never once showing uneasiness and doing so with great sincerity.He confessed to vaguely remembering his father, PBA great Benjie Paras, play in the pros and even asked the scribes to tell him stories of his old man’s national team career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Amid stong start, Robinson reminds Lyceum to be ‘ready, humble, hungry’ “I have none,” Paras said when asked what his expectations are as he sees action as a National player in a men’s tournament for the first time. “I have no expectations, because every time I play, I leave it all on the floor and give it my all.“I take it quarter by quarter and I play to win,” he added.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 starsParas more or less knows that a lot of eyes will be on him starting with the Filipinos’ clash with Canada 150 at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.And at such a young age, Paras said that he has gotten used to all the attention. The younger Paras listened with gusto and obviously wants to be in the national team program for the long haul.And as a 6-foot-5 swingman with the athletic ability rarely seen for Filipinos his size, Kobe Paras could come up with the impact for the National team and in the PBA in the near future, much in the same way his dad did in 1989 when he became the pro league’s first and only Rookie-MVP.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Maybe, the Lord really wanted those games for us,” he said.The Knights will next brace for contenders San Sebastian and Lyceum for their upcoming games next week. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “This started from the game against San Beda. They woke us up so that we’ll get a chance to the Final Four,” he said.From a 1-3 record, Letran has nabbed wins over Arellano, St. Benilde, and the latest, a 63-61 squeaker over Perpetual on Friday to rise to solo third place.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 starsThrough that stretch, the Knights have also unearthed valuable contributors from the bench like Jeremiah Taladua, King Caralipio, and Christian Balagasay.Quinto himself has found a way to be more effective as he let senior Rey Nambatac took much of the mantle. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter three straight wins, Letran seems to be finally getting its groove midway through the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Bong Quinto believes that the Knights’ disheartening 81-74 loss to San Beda two weeks back was the turning point for them as they took the defeat to their fierce rivals to heart.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo #KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant collaborate for Kyrie 3 ‘Bruce Lee’ “I saw that the defense of our opponents is really focusing on Rey, so I thought that I needed to help him and I do that on defense,” he said.The 20-year-old, though, isn’t letting up on his offense and on Friday, Quinto tallied 14 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, including the game-winning drive with 12.6 seconds left to push his side up by two.But Quinto still shared the credit to Nambatac, who trusted him the rock in the waning seconds of the game.“Maybe it just so happened that I got the ball. It wouldn’t have happened if Rey didn’t trust me enough, so I didn’t want to fail him,” he said.Quinto is optimistic that just like this game, chips will continue to fall on Letran’s way going forward.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments
When they arrived in the Capital on Saturday night from Pune, little did Indian pistol and rifle shooters know that it was going to be a long night for them. After suffering a six-hour delay due to mismanagement by the Games Organising Committee, they finally got to the Games Village and slept, which delayed their planned practice session at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges by a few hours.Finally, the shooters, accompanied by chief national coach Sunny Thomas and Stanislav Lapidus, the foreign coach for rifle shooters, reached the range at around 1: 30pm and got down to the business of acclimatising to the conditions.While Gagan Narang practised for his first event out of the six where he’ll be competing – the 10m air rifle – pistol ace Samaresh Jung warmed up for his 25m standard pistol event.Hariom Singh, who clinched an Olympic quota place for India by finishing sixth in 50m prone rifle at the World Championships in Munich last month, had a light practice session as well.”My ammunition, which my rifle has been attuned to, will arrive tomorrow. So today I had a short session with the ammunition that the organisers are providing here,” Singh told MAIL TODAY . On his part, coach Thomas said he will favour lighter sessions hereon. ” We had very good sessions in Pune and the shooters were given a heavy workload.But now, the workload will be reduced – maximum three hours per day – which will be enough to get a feel of the range,” Thomas told Mail Today . Speaking about the perception that shooting would be India’s biggest medal- winner at the Games, Thomas said: “We won 27 medals in Melbourne (2006), while in Manchester (2002), we had won 24.advertisementTo move from 27 to even 28 will be a very tough task because we have almost come to the maximum we can get out of the Games. Shooting is a sport where you can’t predict because it can depend on your mental condition, the environment etc.We are the reigning champions and on top of that, we are competing on home soil. So that is adding to the tension and the pressure.” However, Thomas said he had full confidence in the team members, who were all in good form at the camp.”Our air rifle team is a dream team because on the one hand you have an Olympic champion (Abhinav Bindra) and on the other, you have the world record holder (Gagan Narang).Abhinav took a break – which he needed – and now he’s coming back into form very well and everyone else is in good form.”In shotgun, we have another dream team in double trap – one senior world record holder (147 out of 150) in Ronjan Sodhi and the junior world record holder in Asher Noria (146).What else can you hope for? Obviously you can look to fine-tune everything before the competitions, but I’m not one who will look for shortcomings everywhere. I am teaching all our shooters to keep a positive frame of mind.”
top seed Somdev Devvarman breezed into the men’s singles quarterfinals with a thumping 6-0 6-1 win over unseeded Sri Lankan Amresh Jayawickreme in the second round of the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games.It was not more than a stroll in the park for Somdev as he mowed down the unranked Jayawickreme in just 41 minutes.The Lankan hardly posed a challenge to Somdev and surrendered without any fight. He lost points even when he was in advantageous position in few of the games.He was up 40-0 in the first game but could not pocket it, committing far too many unforced errors, to hand Somdev a break.The India wrapped up the opening set in just 20 minutes.The Sri Lankan, however, managed to hold on to his serve in the first game of the second set to prevent a whitewash.Somdev will next take on the winner of the match between Scotland’s Colin Fleming and Rubin Statham of New Zealand.With PTI inputs
Indian team beat Engalnd to win gold in the women’s recurve event of the Commonwealth Games on Friday.India’s Dola Banerjee, Laishram Bombayala Devi and Kumari Deepika pose for a photograph during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. PTIThe Indian team comprising Dola Banerjee, Deepika and Bombaila scored 207 points to defeat England by the difference of just one point in a thrilling final at the Yamuna Sport Complex.Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting goldIndia’s gold medal tally has now swelled to 15. Earlier in the morning, India women team beat Malaysia 213-185 in the semifinals.On Thursday, the Indian compound archers had claimed a silver and a bronze in the men’s and women’s team events respectively.With PTI inputs
Sonia Gandhi, who is seen with Rahul, met medallist sportspersons in Delhi on Saturday. PTICommonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi received yet another snub on Saturday when Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Indian medal winners in the mega sporting event but kept him out.Party sources said Kalmadi was not invited for the meeting at 10 Janpath, the residence of Gandhi, where she along with Rahul met the medal winners who brought glory to the country in the just-concluded Games.Boos for Kalmadi at CWG opener | Probe can spell trouble for Kalmadi | Kalmadi deflects blame on to others | Spl: CWGOn Friday too, Kalmadi was not called to a reception Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave to medal winners at his residence. Sports Minister M S Gill was present on both occasions. Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent, was prominent among others present at Gandhi’s residence. Asked whether Kalmadi was invited for the meeting, Congress sources said the protocol laid down by the Prime Minister was followed by the Congress President while meeting the medal winners. Suresh KalmadiThe Congress has made it clear that irregularities in the conduct of the Games would not be glossed over and those found guilty would be brought to book. Kalmadi is also the Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party and member of the Lok Sabha from Pune. The CPP General body meeting in August held in the shadow of the controversy over the CWG preparations had seen Kalmadi keeping away from the meet. Gandhi, who is the CPP Chairperson, had addressed the meet.India has won a record 101 medals, including 38 gold, to finish second in the Commonwealth Games, which ended here on Thursday.advertisement– With inputs from PTI
Asad Shafiq scored an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets (D/L method) in a rain-reduced World Cup Group A match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Monday. ScoreChasing 162 in 38 overs – a revised target following heavy showers, Pakistan reached the total with seven wickets and 23 balls to spare.Earlier, Zimbabwe scored 151/7 in 39.4 overs before a seocnd round of shower forced an end to their innings.Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat. A surprising decision considering the overcast weather conditions. And as soon as Zimbabwe took to bat, Pakistan bowlers got busy counting scalps. Brendan Taylor fell to Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the first over starting the slide for the Zimbabwe batsmen.Then Umar Gul claimed Regis Chakabva when the Zimbabwe total was 5. He struck again to claim Vusi Sibanda on 13/3. Tatenda Taibu fell to left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz and the Zimbabwe were reduced to 43/4.The spinners too got busy showing their bowling prowess. Skipper Shahid Afridi got the better of Greg Lamb. He took a fine catch off his own bowling and Zimbabwe were five wickets down.Captain Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine were at the crease and the score was 96/5 when rain stopped play. The match resumed after more than an hour of heavy showers and wet outfield. But a few minutes later, the game once again came to a halt when fresh showers forced the covers on. Captain Elton Chigumbura was batting on 32 and Umar Gul had claimed his third victim Prosper Utseya when the play was stopped in the 40th over. Zimbabwe score at this stage was 151/7 in 39.4 overs. advertisementThe match resumed again only to see Pakistan batsmen take the field with a revised 162 run target from 38 overs (D/L method).With just over four runs required in an over Pakistan reached the total at ease putting 164 on board on the first ball of the 35th over.Opener Mohammad Hafeez scored a fine 45 to set the pace of things to come. And towards the end Asad Shafiq (78) and Younis Khan (13) put 54 runs for the third wicket to take Pakistan home.Umar Gul won the Man-of-the-Match award for his four-wicket haul.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the fourth Test at The Oval will provide Sachin Tendulkar with an ideal opportunity to reach the milestone of scoring 100 international centuries, in the ongoing four-match series against England.The Oval is the venue for the fourth and final Test.Akram is, however, not certain if the champion batsman would be able to get to the landmark in the third Test at Edgbaston, where the ball swings around, and the pressure would be on India to come back into the series.”I think Tendulkar will reach the milestone in the fourth Test at the oval where he has the best chance of creating history. But I have no doubt he will get this milestone and become the first batsman to achieve this record,” Akram told reporters in Karachi.He was in the city to attend the opening of a T20 corporate tournament being organised by former captain and close friend, Moin Khan at a brand new ground in the posh Defence Housing Society area here.Akram said the pressure comes from the fact that Tendulkar is standing on the threshold of achieving a landmark no cricketer has come close to in the history of the game.”There has been so much hype and build up to this series and particularly around Tendulkar’s milestone that obviously the pressure must be felt by the great batsman. Even the greatest of batsman feel the pressure in such situations.” MORE PTI Cor AHAkram said Tendulkar had not batted badly so far in the series, considering the conditions in England.advertisement”You need a bit of luck in English conditions where the ball does a lot and unfortunately he has not got that bit of luck. But I think his best chance of scoring his 100th international hundred will be at the Oval,” he added.The pacer, who has played a number of times against Tendulkar, said there was no doubt about the greatness of the Indian.”To be able to score 100th international hundreds is an amazing achievement and I don’t see anyone coming close to it for a long long time,” Akram said.India, who have lost the first two Tests by huge margins, are grappling with several fitness issues with top players like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh down with injuries.
Punjab will be eager to clinch their maiden IPL title todayIt’s rematch of the first qualifier with Kings XI Punjab looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of their rivals Kolkata today. On one hand where Kolkata will looking to become only the second team – after Chennai Super Kings – in history to cinch the IPL title on two occassions, their counterparts Punjab will have their best chance to secure their maiden title this season.Full IPL Coverage Road To Finals:Punjab: Preity Zinta’s ‘Red Devils’ have been one of the most entertaining teams in the IPL this season. George Bailey and his men clinched the top spot in the points table with a sensational 11 wins and a mere three losses out of 14 games they played. Despite losing the first qualifier to Kolkata by 28 runs, Punjab came back strong against IPL’s most successful team – Chennai Super Kings – to win the eliminator by 24 runs.Kolkata: Shah Rukh Khan’s Knight Riders witnessed some highs and lows during their journey in the IPL this season. Gautam Gambhir and his men secured the second spot in the points tally with nine wins and five losses out of 14 games they played. But, their most convincing win in this season came when it mattered the most, against a rival that was clearly touted as favourites. But, an all-round performance and a bit of luck helped Kolkata trample Punjab by 28 runs.Top Run Scorers(from):Punjab: With 552 runs, Maxwell sits pretty at the 3rd position in the runs chart while Sehwag has jumped to the 6th spot with 448 runs. Miller is not far back, at 7th place with 445 runs – meaning Punjab boast of three batsmen in the top-10.advertisementKolkata: Robin Uthappa is in the form of his life with 655 runs, he is well placed to finish the tournament as the leading run scorer. The next best for Kolkata is Gautam Gambhir – with 309 runs he lies at a distant 22nd position.Top Wicket Takers(from):Punjab: Despite featuring in only 11 matches, Sandeep Sharma has earned a place in the top-10. He is 5th with 18 wickets while Akshar Patel, the find of the season for Punjab, lies just one spot below with 17 wickets.Kolkata: At 3rd position, Sunil Narine has been arguably the best Kolkata bowler on show. He has not just snaffled 20 wickets, but his overs have cost him a miserly 6.01 RPO. There was some doubt if he could make it to the final but having decided against playing for the West Indies in the Test series against New Zealand, he will be very much there to lead Kolkata’s charge once again. Piyush Chawla is the next best bowler with 12 wickets, but he is at 17th spot. The figures only go on to show that Kolkata have not relied on a single individual but have performed as a team in their march towards the final.Head-to-Head Record:Overall: Kolkata and Punjab have faced each other 14 times in the IPL history wherein Kolkata have emerged victorious on 8 occasions while Punjab has won 6 times.2014 Season: Punjab trounced Kolkata in their first meeting at Abu Dhabi, but Kolkata came back strongly to beat Punjab twice during their 8-match winning streak this season.Kings XI Punjab:Perhaps the team to beat this year, Punjab are into their first final of the IPL. Already boasting of a devastating batting line-up, George Bailey’s men look to have all the ingredients required to annex the trophy.The batting has been powerful, the bowling more than decent and has been backed up by some electric fielding – all factors contributing to their success so far.Kolkata Knight Riders:If Punjab are bristling with talent, complete team effort has been the reason for the surge in Kolkata’s ranks. Looking down and out at one stage of the tournament, Kolkata bounced back in spectacular fashion, reeling off seven wins in a row to make it to the playoffs.Supported vociferously by the partisan home-crowd, they romped home against their final opponents in fine style to book an automatic slot in the summit clash. While the batting has been solid, largely led by Robin Uthappa, the bowlers have gelled well as an unit.Key player to watch in today’s crucial tie:Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.advertisementSunil Narine: The mystery spinner from West Indies, Sunil Narine, was been one of the most influential players for the KKR during their victorious IPL campaign in 2012. Narine was also the highest wicket-taker for KKR with 22 wickets in 16 matches last season. His exemplary performances also helped him in bagging the Player of the Tournament award in 2012. His ability to bowl tidy overs in pressure situations gives an edge to KKR’s bowling department.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Gautam Gambhir: Indian opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir, was one of the most consistent performers for KKR last season. The skipper, while leading from the front, helped Kolkata to it’s first-ever IPL title victory in 2012. The left-hander was also the highest run-scorer with 406 runs in 16 matches last season. Apart from being a devastating batsman, Gambhir is an active and responsible skipper on field.Robin Uthappa: The 27-year-old explosive batsman was the top run-scorer for now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors with 405 runs in 16 matches in 2012. He is an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Following the termination of Pune Warriors in 2013, Uthappa was bought for a whopping Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL auctions this year. His availability in the team will provide the much-needed balance at the top-order for Kolkata.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakurKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Mondal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das
It was three years too long in the coming. But when last fortnight the Government announced municipal elections in Delhi for February 5, it seemed at first that the Congress(I) could not have timed it better.The party was riding high on the success of the Asian Games and all six,It was three years too long in the coming. But when last fortnight the Government announced municipal elections in Delhi for February 5, it seemed at first that the Congress(I) could not have timed it better.The party was riding high on the success of the Asian Games and all six of Delhi’s Congress(I) MPs had advised Mrs Gandhi that the political climate could not be more favourable. All this, of course, was before the Congress(I)’s stunning defeat in the south. And in a space of four days the rising confidence of the Congress(I) was shattered and the morale of the Opposition received its biggest boost.The plans for the elections had obviously been laid carefully. According to informed sources within the Congress(I) the decision was taken by the high command on December 14 and Mrs Gandhi instructed the Home Ministry to inform the Election Commission about the Central Government’s willingness to go to the polls before leaving for her election tours. Another sign came on January 2 when President Zail Singh issued an ordinance amending both the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and Delhi Administration Act to avoid the revision of the electoral rolls to include those who became 21 years old on or before January 1, 1983.This proved quite conclusively that the matter had been given careful consideration. According to the original schedule the elections to the 56-member Metropolitan Council (MC) and the 100-member Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) were to be held on February 20. The date was advanced, it is believed, to free the city administration and the police force for the non-aligned meet in March.advertisementPopular Mandate: For the Congress(I), this election was supposed to give their de facto rule of the city a popular mandate. Ever since the Central Government superseded the Janata-dominated MC and MCD on the grounds of inefficiency and maladministration, the party has tried to consolidate a power base. And the decision to hold the elections now proved that the ruling party felt sure of the 33 lakh electorate.Vajpayee addressing RJP workers (left) and Congress(I) workers at the party head quarter: Grim battleSaid H.K.L. Bhagat, Union minister for works and housing and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee(I) president: “We are proud of our achievements during the last three years.Besides holding the Asian Games, we have ensured the uninterrupted supply of essential commodities, improvement in the law and order situation, effective implementation of the prime minister’s 20-point programme in resettlement colonies. Delhi looks better than what the Janata Party left for us.”Optimism was equally evident in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) camp who had 40 members in the MC and 60 in the MCD in 1980 and will prove the biggest challenge to the Congress(I). Before January 5, they had already had 40,000 ticket-seekers. After the news of the Congress(I) rout in the south broke the numbers swelled to over 50,000.Said a jubilant Vijay Kumar Malhotra, president of the BJP’s Delhi unit: “Our emphasis is on positive aspects. The people have seen our rule in the past and know that only the BJP can run Delhi with dignity and efficiency. And we will prove it again.”Aware of the Congress(I)’s main planks and strategies, the BJP seems determined to fight the party on its own ground. ‘Referring to the Congress(I)’s claims about the Asiad, BJP General Secretary Madan Lal Khurana said: “Asiad was a sports success but it is a monumental scandal as they have squandered money on many unwanted projects. People would like to scrutinise the Asiad expenses more carefully.” Expecting Mrs Gandhi to campaign extensively in the city, the BJP plans to prove that Delhi has suffered specifically because of her rule. The other weapon in the BJP arsenal is the charisma of its President Atal Behari Vajpayee. The party hopes that Vajpayee with his oratorial skills will swing borderline votes.Apart from the growth of corruption, the other issues that the Opposition will fight on are the worsening law and order situation, the humiliation of the bureaucracy by senior Congress(I) members and the unbalanced development of Delhi.Bhagat, Malhotra and Kishore Lal: Girding for the fraySpeaking on one issue, the Janata Party’s Delhi unit President Kishore Lal said: “If one goes by the number of unsolved crimes. Delhi has become quite safe for the criminal tribe. Ever since the Congress(I) come to power, over 50 per cent of the heinous crimes have not been solved.”Unity Moves: What has emerged so far is that the elections will be a straight contest between the BJP and the Congress(I). Recognising the Congress(I) as the common foe there have been two alliances: one between the BJP and the Lok Dal(C) and the other between the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Lok Dal (K), H.N. Bahuguna’s Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) and Jagjivan Ram’s Congress(J).advertisementOn January 10 the BJP conceded nine of the 100 MCD seats and six of the 56 MC seats to the Lok Dal(C). Just before the nominations were filed other electoral adjustments were hurriedly arrived at. Then CPI, CPI-M, the Lok Dal(K) and the DSP decided to band together with the Akali Dal (Longowal) supporting them.The Tara Singh faction went along with the Congress(I). With Muslims and Sikhs holding the balance on over 24 MC and MCD seats. Lal exulted: “With public declarations of Sikhs and some Muslim groups to vote against both the BJP and the Congress(I), our poll prospects have brightened.”The BJP, however, looks at the situation from a very different angle. Their thinking is that three-cornered contests would help the party. In Harijan-dominated east Delhi and the resettlement constituencies, a CPI, CPI-M or Congress(J) candidate will, it is felt, cut into the Congress(I) vote.The situation is the same with the Sikh and Muslim vote. Both these communities, though unwilling to vote for the BJP will nevertheless help it by choosing either an Akali candidate or one backed by the DSP because of their disenchantment with the ruling party.Populist Ploys: The Congress(I), however, is not entirely dependent on its campaign machine to woo voters. Just before the announcement of the election the Central Government regularised over 400 unauthorised colonies with a combined population of over 10 lakh.The government also sanctioned more than Rs 15 crore for the improvement of slums in Old Delhi, allowed private house owners to add a third storey, permitted the resale of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) flats and plots before the expiry of the 10-year limit, announced the new pay scales for 6,000 DDA employees and promised accommodation to all the commercial squatters on public land.The vote-catching devices were more than necessary. The Delhi unit of the party is hopelessly split by factionalism and the lack of a strong local leadership. The three main warring groups are headed by Bhagat who has a following among the Punjabis.Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress(I) President Jagdish Tytler who has carved a niche with the youth and labour, and MP Dharam Dass Shastri leading the Harijans. Another impediment is the strained relationship between Bhagat and Delhi’s powerful Lt-Governor Jagmohan. With the electoral debacle of the Congress(I) in the south still fresh in the public mind, prospects for this divided house seem to be dim.
Strict visa regulations and falling employment opportunities in UK are now prompting Indian students to look towards alternative institutes in Europe.Here is our list of the top emerging study destinations.Between 2000 to 2009, European universities saw the number of Indian students increase from 3,348 to 51,556 with the UK alone,Strict visa regulations and falling employment opportunities in UK are now prompting Indian students to look towards alternative institutes in Europe.Here is our list of the top emerging study destinations.Between 2000 to 2009, European universities saw the number of Indian students increase from 3,348 to 51,556 with the UK alone logging a rise from 3962 to 36,105 students. Today however, strict visa regulations and falling job opportunities in the UK along with an increase in initiatives to attract foreign students by universities on mainland Europe, are prompting many Indians to experiment with new destinations for their higher education. For example, instead of taking the traditional route of completing her studies in England, Judith George, 17, decided to look for course options in Poland. “I wanted to study in Europe but in a country which was both affordable as well as unique.I found out about Poland through an education fair held in my school. The beautiful campuses, interesting programmes and lack of fierce competition immediately prompted me to apply there,” says George, who completed her schooling in Delhi.In the last few years French universities have received nearly double the number of applications from students in India, while Ireland has clocked a 120 per cent increase to date in interest from Indians for higher education opportunities in the country. “While cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham still continue to attract a fair share of students, many Indians are also considering fresh options.Most of them feel that it is easier and cheaper to study on mainland Europe, Scotland or Ireland while getting the same quality of academics and professional exposure,” says Ajay Singh, a Mumbai-based education consultant. So whether it’s to experience a new culture or simply explore the rich academic heritage of the region, there are plenty of new options to choose from in Europe today.advertisementPolandOne of the youngest members of the European Union, Poland serves as a geographical and cultural crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe. With over 1 lakh international students coming to pursue various degrees here, the Polish education system has quickly been expanding over the last few years. The number of higher education institutes in the country has quadrupled in the last ten years.Interestingly, the Polish education system dates back to over 650 years ago. The magnificent Jagiellonian University in Krakow, for example, was founded in the 14th century, and today is recognised as one of the oldest universities in Europe. Similarly the University of Warsaw can trace its roots back to 1795. Today the university has been consistently ranked as one of the top 100 higher education institutes of the world by QS and the University Web Ranking system. “When I visited universities in England, I felt as if I was back in India because of the large number of students from back home. Having to study with such large concentrations of international students was not my idea of higher education. I wanted to be someplace where I could truly experience European culture and history. Poland was a perfect choice.The professors are warm and helpful and universities are not overcrowded. You get time to really enjoy the country and experience a relaxing yet stimulating approach to academics. It is also much cheaper to study here than in other European countries,” says Abhijeet Patel, student from Warsaw University. “My parents were skeptical at first because they didn’t know much about the country. After visiting the university, they too were bowled over. The campus is so picturesque and facilities for students are of top quality.The libraries and architecture in particular are phenomenal both because of their history and design,” he adds. Currently there are over 400 courses offered in English in Poland, many of them at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Poland’s medical schools, in particular, have been attracting the attention of many international students. “Many students are now looking towards foreign countries to study courses that are difficult to get through in India.Engineering and medicine have both witnessed an increase in interest over the last five years, especially as these programmes are now being taught in English,” adds Singh. The Polish higher education system is generally divided into three levels: the undergraduate level (Licencjat, Inynier), postgraduate level (Magister), and doctorate (Doktor). This system applies to all fields of education in the country except for law, pharmacy, psychology, veterinary medicine, medicine and dentistry, which involve only a two-stage system (postgraduate and doctorate).Top institutes1. Warsaw University,2. Wroclaw University of Technology,3. Jagiellonian University,4. Medical University of Warsaw,5. Wroclaw School of EconomicsAverage cost of living: Euro500 – 600 per monthAverage tuition fees: Euro2000 – 3000 per yearadvertisementFranceWhether its infrastructure, social life, affordability or heritage that you are looking for, French universities have something to offer every international student. Here students are guaranteed to enjoy themselves both inside and outside the classroom. The country’s standing in global rankings reflects its commitment towards education with a total of 35 French universities making it to the 2012-13 edition of the QS World University Rankings; 22 of which were ranked in the top 500. “Universities frequently organise conferences, seminars, field trips, projects and outdoor activities.There really never is a dull day when it comes to living here. Speaking of academics, there is little to complain about either. Professors here are all extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help you gain access to the best resources and infrastructure. They also encourage a lot of independent thinking and never dissuade you from trying your hand at a new topic or sub-discipline,” says Vineet Mehra, 26, a student at Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE) in Toulouse.Small tutorial sizes and heavy instructor intervention are additional highlights of pursuing your studies here. The smaller class sizes and involved instructors seek to ensure that every student has the time and the attention needed to learn, ask questions and clear their doubts. “It’s common to find students and teachers catching up after lectures are over. It actually helps you perform better as a student when you have such a high level of interaction and engagement with your professors,” he adds.Nuclear, space and aviation programmes in particular are very popular amongst Indians. Those who attend universities in France often do so because of the technology they offer. “The emphasis laid on university infrastructure and resources is admirable. No matter what subject you choose to study, you will be guaranteed the best reading material, lab resources and equipment for your studies. Some institutes even go out of their way to procure special books and journals for their students,” adds Mehra.Other upcoming disciplines include teaching, languages, art, history, medicine and law. Today international students in France also have the chance to study a wide number of courses in English. Universities also offer add-on courses in French for those looking to learn the language alongside their studies. “It’s not compulsory to learn but it will make living here easier. Also, if you want to work in France after your studies, you will need to know the language.Fortunately when you are living here, it is much easier and faster to pick up the language because you always get a chance to practice,” says Mehra. With special Campus France offices across India ready to help students with their applications alongwith a number of attractive scholarship opportunities and visa benefits being extended to Indians, it’s little wonder then that student interest in French institutes has steadily been on the rise.Top institutesl. Ecole Polytechnique,2. Ecole Normale Superieure,3. ParisTech,4. Institut superieur de l’aeronautiqueet de l’espace,5. INSEAD, HEC Paris, Sorbonne UniversityAverage cost of living: Euro1000 – 1200 per monthAverage tuition fees: Euro170 – 2500 per year( Euro3000 – 10,000 for business and management programmes)advertisementIrelandAll it took was one trip to the University College Cork for Sanya Kapoor, 19, to fall in love with Ireland. From the ornate Tudor Gothic quadrangle to the variety of specialisations available in the field of law, Kapoor could think of no better institute to attend for her undergraduate degree. “My only criteria was to study at an institute where my choice of programme was available. But when I visited Cork I realised how important quality of life is as well. From the food to the living conditions to the various extra-curricular opportunities, students here have just about nothing to complain about. You need to have a fun and comfortable life in order to focus on your studies,” she explains. The anticipated growth to over 2,000 students from India in Ireland over the next 18 months, coupled with a dramatic 120% increase in Indian student visa applications last year, is evidence enough that Ireland is rapidly growing its share of the huge Indian education market.This mission coincides with the various Education in Ireland fairs conducted over the last few years in Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai. These fairs have all focused on promoting the country’s various education qualifications and rich cultural experience amongst prospective students in India. “Ireland’s education institutions are already making a name for themselves in the Indian market, and are successfully building a very strong brand under the Education in Ireland banner.The overall aim is to position Ireland as a quality and respected education destination for Indian students,” explains Kevin Sherry, Enterprise Ireland, Head of International Sales and Partnering. Education in Ireland is the international brand promoted by Enterprise Ireland for the Irish international education sector. Nearly 17 different Irish higher education institutions and colleges attend the fair each year to enhance their links and partnerships with India.”International students have a significant impact on the Irish economy. In the short term they deliver fee income, local expenditure and job creation in Ireland, and in the medium-to-long term, they build strong strategic relationships with future key influencers in India which can deliver major benefits in the form of trade and investment over future years,” says Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland. “On the jobs front, we can anticipate over 650 new jobs on the basis that approximately 13 new jobs are estimated to be created for every 100 international students that come here. These Indian students also play an important role in deepening the business, cultural, education and research ties between India and Ireland,” he adds.Top institutesl. University of Cork,2. Trinity College Dublin,3. University of Limerick,4. Dublin Institute of TechnologyAverage cost of living: Euro800 – 1000 per monthAverage tuition fees: Euro9000 – 20000 per yearScotlandWith a population of around five million, Scotland retains its own, distinctive culture within the UK. The country is famous around the world for its breathtaking Highlands scenery, tartan, whisky and friendly inhabitants. It is also home to a number of cosmopolitan cities, international festivals and a thriving education scene. With 19 universities, Scotland is credited for having more world class institutes per head of population than any other country in the world. Additionally, all these institutes have embedded employability into their learning and teaching strategies.As a result of which graduates from Scottish universities have the highest rate of employment and enjoy high starting salaries six months after graduating than anywhere else in the UK (according to HESA, 2011). Today there are over 4,000 international students at Scottish universities and together they represent 180 different countries. “I was keen to live and study in a country where I felt right at home but at the same time would have exposure to different cultures and people from various walks of life.Scotland was the right choice for me because it offered all this and at the same time I was able to gain admission in a programme and university of my choice,” says Mihir Pathak, 27, a graduate of Edinburgh University. Scots are also quickly making a niche for themselves in the fields of medicine, engineering and science, politics, history, arts and sport.Scotland’s legacy of great innovators includes John Logie Baird, an alumnus of Scotland’s universities, who invented the television and Professor Higgs, who first posited the existence of the Higgs Boson particle while a professor at the University of Edinburgh. Interestingly, Scotland was the first country in the world to introduce universal school education and was one of the first European countries to establish a quality assurance system for its educational institutions. “While universities in Scotland have long been recognised for their excellent academic facilities and quality of research, it’s still taken a while for Indians to realise their potential.This is mostly because access to information used to be limited five or ten years ago. Today there are offices and centres of various Scottish universities in India itself who are available to help students with their applications, living arrangements and visas,” says Pradeep Sra, an education consultant from Delhi. “Many institutions have also tied up with their Indian counterparts for various student and faculty exchanges.This has also helped familiarise students with the various programmes and support available at Scottish universities,” adds Sra. With its significantly lower cost of living than the rest of the UK, strict student safety measures and plans for reintroducing a poststudy work visa for students, this is one country certainly worth checking out for your higher studies.Top Institutesl. Edinburgh University,2. University of Glasgow,3. University of Aberdeen,4. Robert Gordon University,5. Queen Margaret University,6. University of Dundee,7. University of St. AndrewsAverage cost of living: Euro800 – 1000 per monthAverage tuition fees: Euro13000 – 25000 per yearGermanyAfter completing his PhD studies in the UK, Avinash Patel had no doubts about which country he wanted to pursue his post-doctoral studies in. “I really admire both the German passion for research as well as the support given to academics in the country. I knew for a fact that I wasn’t ready to go back to India. Germany was the best choice for me,” says Patel, who is currently a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology. “The institute feels like home. You are encouraged to interact and engage with your colleagues and everyone is very approachable.The facilities are of the highest quality. Furthermore, living in Dresden, one of the most picturesque and historic cities in the country, is an additional bonus,” adds Patel. Be it medicine, science, humanities or management, German institutes have a wide variety of programmes to offer international students. Interestingly, both national as well as international students are charged nominal tuition fees at all public universities here. Students and researchers can also apply for scholarships and grants from various German funding organisations such as the German Academic Exchange Service and the DFG, German Research Foundation.”There are some great opportunities for pursuing your higher studies and research here. Institutes do take the application round very seriously. It’s important to find a research group or programme that matches your interest and to demonstrate long term interest in your application,” says Dipthi Somesh, who is pursuing her doctorate from the Berlin Bradenburg School for Regenerative Therapies. The number of foreign students in Germany has doubled since 1995, from 140,000 to 280,000 at the start of the 2013 academic year and that number is only set to increase in the years ahead. “Students are quickly realising the potential of studying in Germany.Not only are the living costs and tuition fees more affordable but the country is also home to some of the best research institutes and universities in the world. Additionally these days one no longer needs to know the native language to study in Germany. There are several programmes that are taught in English,” says Naveen Chopra, Director, Chopra Consultants.Top institutes1. Max Planck Institutes,2. Heidelberg University,3. Free University of Berlin,4. University of Cologne,5. University of Munster,6. Dresden University of Technology,7. University of BonnAverage cost of living: Euro600 – 1000Average tuition fees: Euro200 – 15,000
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