Demonetisation hit economy: Jamir

first_imgEconomic activity has been interrupted in cash-intensive segments post demonetisation, Odisha Governor S.C. Jamir said in his address on the opening day of the budget session of the State Assembly on Wednesday.Impact not assessedObserving that the impact of demonetisation of ₹1000 and ₹500 currency notes was yet to be fully assessed, Mr. Jamir said it brought about a steep deceleration in the State’s economy and public finances during the initial period.“It is evidenced by a decline of over 11% in the tax collection in December 2016 over the previous month,” he said. The State has been taking a number of reform measures in budgetary and expenditure management, project formulation and accountability in order to improve the quality of public spending, said Mr. Jamir.He claimed that the State had achieved significant improvement in finances during the past 16 years through various fiscal-reform measures as a result of which it was able to undertake various developmental activities from its own resources.GSDP ratio downThe Debt Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) ratio had been brought down to 15.7% in 2015-16 from the level of 50.7% in 2002-03, Mr. Jamir said, adding that the interest payment to revenue receipt ratio has been brought down from 40.2% in 2001-02 to 4.9% in 2015-16.Maintaining that empowerment of farmers was one of the top most priorities of the government, Mr. Jamir said the government has decided to take up one lakh dug wells along with a series of other measures for the development of agriculture in the State.The governor said replacement of Kisan Credit Cards with RuPay Debit Cards was under implementation and 11.46 lakh RuPay Cards would be provided to farmers by mid-2017.Health insurance coverMr. Jamir said more than 57.61 lakh farmer families have been enrolled under the Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana and were being provided health insurance coverage.More than 22 lakh farmers were regularly receiving SMS with information and suggestions regarding best farming practices, he claimed. The government also proposes to implement the Odisha Agricultural Land Leasing Act, 2016 .last_img read more

Jawahar Kala Kendra gets a new look

first_imgIn a little over one year, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) has made huge strides in the arena of visual arts by not only revamping its buildings but also introducing new festivals like ‘Bookaroo’ and ‘Navras’.Multi-arts centreThe multi-arts centre, developed by the Rajasthan government to preserve the State’s arts and crafts, has refurbished its art galleries, introduced new concepts in visual arts and started a new souvenir shop.The popular coffee house, thronged by artists, activists and journalists, has also been spruced up.Built by noted architect Charles Correa, the JKK has been instrumental in bringing to Jaipur high quality performing arts and literary programmes such as Navras, a week-long performing arts festival; Bookaroo, a children’s literature festival; Raag, an all night classical musical event; and Thirak, a classical dance festival.The museum galleries were reopened in January this year after being refurbished with concrete flooring and a state-of-the-art lighting system. The refurbishments have been done after consultation with architect Dhaval Mahesha.Exquisite propertyJKK director-general Pooja Sood told The Hindu that the exquisite architectural property had not witnessed any major renovation since its inception in 1993. Ms. Sood is the first curator and art management consultant to be appointed as the JKK chief, going against the earlier practice of appointing a bureaucrat to the post.Ms. Sood pointed out that some of the major transformations at JKK included an upgraded library with a junior reading room for children, retouching of the mural paintings, and state-of-the-art light and sound systems in the auditoriums.“Developing globally recognised programmes for the city’s audience and rethinking the JKK’s administrative and personnel needs has also been a focus area,” said the director-general.’Moving images’The galleries have opened with an exhibition of ‘moving images’, a first-of-its-kind event in the State. Titled “Tah Satah: A very deep surface”, the exhibition is essentially a conversation between filmmaker Mani Kaul’s classic celluloid films from the 1970s and 80s and his digital experiments in the 2000s.The exhibition also has several video-on-canvas works by internationally renowned artist Ranbir Singh Kaleka. The exhibition’s researcher Kanupriya Mathur said the display was an attempt to ask “new questions about the moving image in 21st Century India”, as it comprised over 10 single and multi-channel video installations, a sound installation that includes poetry, music and video projections on canvas.A new provision for daily walkthroughs for visitors by JKK’s curatorial staff, to be introduced shortly, will also help evolve the JKK as a major centre for learning as well as critical discourse.last_img read more

The Pathalgadi rebellion

first_imgPeople from different villages attend a programme at Kochang village in Khunti on April 7, 2018.  Outsiders unwelcomeIn the Pathalgadi areas, a stranger entering the village arouses suspicion. Arki block in Khunti district is one of the 18 Maoist-affected districts of Jharkhand. Khunti, the birthplace of the tribal freedom fighter and folk hero Birsa Munda, is also where the Pathalgadi movement is strongest. The police and paramilitary forces are reluctant to enter the villages and local journalists keep away. Every outsider is quickly intercepted and interrogated.The main gate of Khunti police station at the district headquarters is locked by 7 p.m. The office of the Superintendent of Police wears a deserted look even at five in the evening. We enter Kochang village with the help of locals.In police records, Kochang is part of the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) corridor. It was here that the biggest Pathalgadi ceremony was held on February 25 this year. Thousands of Adivasis from nearby villages, armed with bows and arrows remodelled as wooden rifles and AK-47s, took part. Despite receiving information about it, the local police and paramilitary personnel stayed away.On the face of it, the village looks like any other in the area, a mass of mud and thatched houses nestling between hills and green fields. At the entrance, a Pathalgadi with a fresh coat of green paint declares the village a ‘prohibited zone’ for outsiders. Among other things, the plaque states: “Adivasis have the right over the land they live in. Adivasis are the owners of natural resources. Voter IDs and Aadhaar cards are anti-Adivasi documents.”We are stopped in our tracks by two young men on a motorcycle. They want to know our business in the area: “Don’t you know this is a prohibited zone for outsiders? Haven’t you read the instructions on the plaque? What if something were to happen and you land in serious trouble for violating our gram sabha law?” Our local contact answers them, probably to their satisfaction. The two men then escort us to the centre of Kochang village where a Pathalgadi meeting is scheduled to take place.The village gram sabha head, Sukhram Munda, and his brother, Kali Munda, are busy. Though no one seems to pay any attention to us, it feels as though everyone is watching us. An hour later, we are given permission to move around in the area and see Pathalgadi in other villages too. We are to come back in the afternoon to attend the meeting in Kochang.The message about our arrival seems to have been relayed to the neighbouring villages, for nowhere else are we asked about our business. Five villages near Kochang — Chalkad, Muchia, Tubil, Hardalama and Parasu — all had Pathalgadi ceremonies on the same day, on March 15, 2018. | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhary It is high noon at the government middle school in the heart of Maoist-affected Arki block in Jharkhand’s Khunti district. Over 100 Adivasi villagers have gathered in the school’s playground with bows and arrows and slingshots, called ‘Gulel’ in the local language.They raise slogans, make proclamations. “We are the Bharat Sarkar (the Indian government). We do not recognise the Central or State governments or the President, Prime Minister or Governor. Our gram sabha is the real constitutional body. We will not allow anyone to enter our areas without our permission. We will not be exploited anymore,” they say in unison. The youth seem more agitated. “We are the real inhabitants of this country — jal, jungle, jameen (water, forest and land) is ours and no one can take them away from us,” they say. “And Pathalgadi (the stone plaques and signboards) are all about this.”PESA carved in stoneTribals make up 26% of Jharkhand’s population. Over the past year, in nearly 200 villages spread across four districts in the State— namely Khunti, Gumla, Simdega and West Singhbhum — huge stone plaques, known locally as Pathalgadi, have come up at the entry points of tribal hamlets. The plaques, measuring 15 ft by 4 ft and painted green, have messages carved on them. These include excerpts from the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) as well as warnings to outsiders, prohibiting them from entering the village.“Pathalgadi are basically a way to demarcate our territories and tell outsiders (government officials) that the law of the land does not apply here. It is a movement of the tribal people that will gradually engulf all the 32,620 villages of Jharkhand,” say the young leaders of the movement, Balram Samad, John Junas Tiru, Shantimoy Hembrom, and Ranjit Soy, all in their twenties.In Munda tribal custom, placement of a huge stone marks the death of a person. The Pathalgadi movement draws on this tradition of honouring the community’s ancestors. Activists say that the movement derives inspiration from the provisions of the PESA. The leaders of the movement decided to carve the key provisions of the PESA as messages on huge stones in order to enlighten Adivasi people about this law, which empowered a village as an administrative unit.This is a sample of the plaque carvings: “A village shall ordinarily consist of a habitation or a group of habitations or a hamlet or a group of hamlets comprising a community and managing its affairs in accordance with traditions and customs; every village shall have a gram sabha consisting of persons whose names are included in the electoral rolls for the panchayat at the village level and every gram sabha shall be competent to safeguard and preserve the traditions and customs of the people, their cultural identity, community resources, and the customary mode of dispute resolution.”“We had started Pathalgadi by engraving these PESA provisions in all the villages of Jharkhand to increase awareness among the tribal people about their rights. But today, the meaning of Pathalgadi appears to have changed,” says Bandi Oraon, a nonagenarian who had started the movement under the banner of the Bharat Jan Andolan. A former IPS officer and MLA from Sisai constituency of Gumla district, Oraon was also a member of the Bhuria Committee constituted to frame the PESA. | Photo Credit: Manob Chowdhary center_img Pathalgadi are basically a way to demarcate territories and tell ‘outsiders’ that the law of the land does not apply.  ‘Won’t participate in elections’“It is 70 years since we got independence but our living conditions have not changed. If today the government wants to enter our area, they should come through the gram sabha. We are the original inhabitants of this country, others are dikus (foreigners). We shall not observe the August 15 or January 26 celebrations,” say the young leaders of the Pathalgadi movement, addressing the gathering one by one.“Why should we allow outsiders to enter into our villages? When the peace is disturbed, the police come and brand us Naxals and beat us up for no reason. We won’t participate in elections either, as our system of gram sabha is based on selection, not election,” they continue, to sporadic applause from the gathered villagers.If they do not honour the Indian Constitution, then what is their guiding force? Their young leader Balram Samad, clad in a faded pair of jeans and a T-shirt, takes out a spiral-bound photocopy of “Heaven’s Light Our Guide”, which is the motto of the Order of the Star of India, an order of chivalry of the British empire, founded by Queen Victoria in 1861. “This is our guiding force,” says Samad.Seeing the young leaders talking to us, others in the gathering open up about Pathalgadi. “We follow Kunwar Keshri Sinh of the Sati-Pati cult from Gujarat’s Tapi district, who says that natural resources such as forest land and rivers were gifted to us by Queen Victoria before India got independence,” says Ranjit Soy. Sati represents mother, and Pati, father. “We have all descended from nature and we worship it. We don’t believe in the Indian Constitution, nor do we recognise government officials. They take salaries but act like they are our rulers. They have no credibility,” adds his friend Shantimoy Hembrom. The current leader of the Sati Pati cult is Kunwar Ravindra Sinh, son of Kunwar Keshri Sinh.Some 40 km away, at Urburu village in Murhu block, villagers are busy fixing a thatched roof over a cement platform that serves as a school. It is their own school. The government school nearby wears a deserted look. Its walls have a message painted on them: “We will not send our children to a government school until there is 100% guarantee that tribal people will get government jobs.” Another goes: “No job, no education, we will make our children Bir Birsa Munda”.  The trigger for PathalgadiSo what is taught in the village school run by the tribals themselves? “We teach A for Adivasi, B for Bideshi, C for Chotanagpur,” says Sukran Munda and Samuel Purti, village youths who teach at the makeshift school. ‘C for Chotanagpur’ is a reference to the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) enacted by the British in 1908 in response to the Birsa Movement. It prohibits the transfer of tribal land to non-tribals and protects community ownership. So does the Santhal Parganas Tenancy Act (SPT).Ever since it came to power in December 2014, the BJP government led by Chief Minister Raghubar Das has been trying to amend these two laws that protect tribal tenancy rights. The immediate trigger for the Pathalgadi movement seems to be the amendments to the two Acts passed by the BJP government in November 2016, which enable the acquisition of tribal land for ‘development’. Though the State Assembly passed the amendments, there were vociferous protests by tribal communities, who saw it as an attempt to take over tribal land for the benefit of land sharks.Under intense pressure from Opposition parties such as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Congress, the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and others, Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu returned the Bills in May 2017, saying they should be reconsidered. Opposition leader Hemant Soren said that the BJP government wanted to acquire tribal land through these two amendment Bills for the benefit of corporate houses. In August 2017, the government announced that it was withdrawing both Bills.Subsequently, the government came up with the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (Jharkhand Amendment) Bill and got it passed in the last monsoon session of the State Assembly. The Bill is awaiting the assent of the Governor and the President. Opposition leaders have claimed that this Bill is even more dangerous than the earlier CNT, SPT amendment Bills in terms of undermining the land rights of tribal people.In fact, Adivasi resentment against the State government has been growing for some time, preceding even these two controversial amendments, as the government and private entities have been nibbling away at land that rightfully belonged to the tribals. Six years ago, a group of tribal protesters had blocked the Birsa Munda Airport, delaying flights. They were demanding compensation for tribal land that had been taken from them to build the airport.An ‘Adivasi Board’“What is the use of sending our children to a government school where there is only one teacher and no education at all?” fumes Joseph Purti, also known as ‘Professor’. “The children used to go there only for the mid-day meal. So we have decided to teach our children tribal history and culture by ourselves.”Purti is one of the top leaders of the Pathalgadi movement, against whom police have lodged several cases. The charges against him range from creating hatred among people, to breach of peace, and obstructing public servants from carrying out their work. He says that, on the pattern of the Central Board of Secondary Education, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education and the Jharkhand State Board, they have decided to form an “Adivasi Board” for tribal students, under which they will teach and conduct exams. The books and syllabus have been decided, he adds.According to Purti, who says he is a Hindi lecturer in St Joseph’s college, Torpa, “the gram sabha will distribute certificates to students the way it issues caste, birth and death certificates. Nothing will happen without the permission of the gram sabha.” He carries a polythene bag stuffed with a Hindi translation of the Indian Constitution, a photocopy of “Heaven’s Light our Guide”, and a copy of the movement’s 11-point charter of demands that was sent to everyone from the President to the Block Development Officer on January 16, 2018.Some of the demands were: All the funds earmarked for the tribal sub-plan should be given to the gram sabhas for the development of tribal people; the government should stop sending tribal people to jail on the pretext that they are Naxals; amendments to the land acquisition bills should be scrapped; all police and paramilitary camps should be withdrawn from the Scheduled Areas. “Unless these demands are met, we shall not participate in any national ceremonies or elections held at any level, nor will we accept the programmes run by the government in our areas,” says Purti.The Jharkhand government, however, says that the Pathalgadi movement is nothing but a protective cover manufactured by Maoists and criminals involved in cultivating opium in remote tribal areas. “I would like to warn such elements to mend their ways and stop exploiting innocent tribals in the name of Pathalgadi. If they don’t pay heed, we will crush them,” the Chief Minister said recently.Jharkhand Director-General of Police D.K. Pandey says the police have already arrested the main leader behind Pathalgadi, Vijay Kujur, on charges of creating social disharmony by inciting the tribal people to defy the Constitution. “FIRs have been lodged against several other leaders. We have already destroyed opium cultivation in about 23,000 acres of land this year,” he says. “To stop the Pathalgadi kind of social unrest, what is needed is developmental intervention. There should not be a political vacuum in those areas.”But another senior official in his department, who belongs to the tribal community, says on condition of anonymity, “Unless the government involves the gram sabha in the development of tribal areas, movements like Pathalgadi will keep happening from time to time. How many of them will you crush?”The local Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader, Sanjay Kumar Azad, argues that Pathalgadi is neither a social movement nor a law and order problem. “The opium cultivators and some anti-national elements are using innocent tribal people in remote areas as a protective shield. This includes some youths of the tribal community disenchanted with the Indian Constitution,” he says. “At the same time, the government’s failure to reach out to the remote tribal areas has also been responsible for creating the Pathalgadi situation.”“Pathalgadi is not wrong as it is about claiming tribal rights. If people living in remote forest areas are not being listened to, what can they do?” asks Jharkhand’s noted tribal rights activist Dayamani Barla. “To avoid such conflicts, the government should always take the gram sabhas into confidence when it comes to development work in the tribal areas.”Alarmed at the gradual spread of Pathalgadi in other villages of Jharkhand, the State government recently held a series of meetings with top officials. It has drawn up a comprehensive plan to develop the remote tribal areas of the State “in consultation with local bodies”.For their part, tribal communities are gearing up for another round of Pathalgadi, somewhere in Khunti, on a scale not seen before. “Let them come and stop us,” says a young man on a bike, as he escorts us out of his village to the road that leads to Ranchi, the capital.last_img read more

Full access granted to Rahul for Mandsaur rally

first_imgThe Mandsaur district administration on Wednesday issued a new order on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s June 6 rally in Pipliya Mandi village, granting the leader full access to go ahead with the event.The new order was issued cancelling an earlier order that set 19 conditions for the Congress president’s rally, which is being organised to mark the first death anniversary of six farmers who were killed in police firing during a protest in Mandsaur.“It [earlier order] was a technical mistake made by a clerical staff. Probably by mistake they issued the set of orders which are usually meant for dharna and pradarshan [protest]. We have issued a fresh order today for them [Congress] to hold a rally at Pipliya Mandi,” Mandsaur Collector Om Prakash Shrivastav told The Hindu over the phone. Earlier, the sub-divisional officer of Malhargarh had issued a set of 19 conditions for Mr. Gandhi to follow during the rally. In his written order, the officer had directed the organisers to construct a tent of not more than 15 ft x 15 ft frame for the rally, restricted the use of DJ sound system, permitted the use of loudspeakers within the range of 7.5 decibel to 10 decibel, and issued orders on arrangement of electricity, parking and even fire engines for the event. The order had triggered a furore with the State unit of the Congress claiming that the BJP-led Madhya Pradesh government was trying to disturb Mr. Gandhi’s event through such conditions.last_img read more

Communal clash in U.P. over Durga idol

first_imgSix policemen were injured when they tried to intervene in a clash between members of two communities over installing a Durga idol in the Sisaye Salon locality here, police said on Thursday.The incident occurred on Wednesday when some people tried to install the idol of Goddess Durga in the Risiya police station area without permission of the authorities concerned, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ravindra Kumar Singh said.People from the other community objected to it, leading to a clash. The members from the Hindu and Muslim communities indulged in brick-batting, he said.The clashing groups also attacked the police team rushed there to control the situation. Six police personnel, two sub-inspectors and four constables, were injured in the incident, the ASP said. Police have registered cases against 290 people of the two communities, naming 40 of them. Fifteen of them have been arrested, he said.last_img read more

Samwad Yatra on November 15 to expedite Maratha quota process

first_imgEven as the State Backward Class Commission prepares to submit its much anticipated report on the Maratha quota to the State government, Maratha outfits will be launching a Samwad Yatra from November 15 to pressurise Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the administration to expedite the process of granting a quota to the community.The new stir will commence at the SSPMS College grounds here, then branch out to Saswad where agitators will complete 100 days of sit-in protest on Thursday.“The yatra would seek responses from community members and address their doubts through a series of meetings at the zilla and taluk level and fan out to Purandar, Baramati, Daund and Indapur areas of Pune. On November 26, the rally would protest outside the Legislative Assembly in Mumbai if no concrete steps on the quota issue had been taken by then,” said Rajendra Kondhare, one of the chief organizers of the Samwad Yatra.The main objective of this new stir is to communicate with members of the community in the rural hinterland.Clear misapprehensions“There appears to be a misapprehension that reservation will be granted immediately on November 15 once the Commission submits its report. The battle is not won until the Maratha community is actually granted a categorical quota that will endure. So, until reservation is actually implemented, Maratha outfits will continue the agitation,” said Shantaram Kunjir, a prominent community leader from Pune.The study on the Maratha community’s condition was done by five institutes including the city-based Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini among others, and surveyed the current social, economic and educational condition of nearly 45,000 families.“The State Backward Class Commission’s study evinced more than one lakh representations from members of the Maratha community. So, we do not want any haphazard, half-baked announcement from the Fadnavis government merely because elections are round the corner,” Mr. Kunjir said, noting that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coalition had rashly announced a 16% quota for the community in the past without any serious intent to grant reservation.Mr. Kunjir further said that in view of the prevailing restlessness among community members, it is imperative that the Fadnavis government pass a bill advocating a quota in both houses of State legislature during the winter session starting on November 19.Copy Tamil Nadu modelSantosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade, a prominent pro-Maratha outfit, said that the government would have to grant a quota under the OBC category without affecting the reservations to the other backward communities.“If the government has to grant a lasting quota for the Maratha community, then it will have to quell potential restiveness among other communities that would arise because of the Maratha reservation issue. It ideally ought to increase the State’s total reservation from the present 52% along the lines of Tamil Nadu, which increased to 69%,” Mr. Shinde opined.last_img read more

J&K all set for President’s rule

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Sunday that the State was all set for President’s rule in January as there were no plans to dissolve the Assembly yet.Since J&K has a separate Constitution, Governor’s rule is imposed under Section 92 for six months after an approval by the President.In case the Assembly is not dissolved within six months, President’s rule under Article 356 is extended to the State. Governor’s rule expires in the State on January 19.‘Centre has to decide’Asked if there were plans to hold Assembly elections after the panchayat polls that conclude in December, Mr. Malik said, “There are no plans to dissolve the Assembly. There are various civic issues which will be affected by this move. The decision to hold fresh Assembly elections in the State lies with the Centre and the Election Commission. I will give the report when asked for.”Mr. Malik was in Delhi to launch a book written by Amitabh Mattoo, academic, who was Adviser to Mehbooba Mufti when she was J&K Chief Minister.Mr. Malik said the voter turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls on Saturday was unprecedented and comparable to Kerala figures. The Kashmir Valley recorded a 62.1% polling, a jump from the civic election figure of 35.1% last month.No casualty“People came out in large numbers to vote, not even a single casualty was reported. Abductions and killings happen in places such as Meerut and other parts of the country as well. Don’t demonise Kashmiris,” he said, when asked about the killing and abduction of two youths in the past 24 hours. The killings carried out by militants were filmed and uploaded on social media, evoking severe criticism from political parties.He said to a large extent, Delhi was responsible for the situation in Kashmir but “the time of Vajpayeeji and Modiji was not included in this”. He said only one youth had joined the militant ranks in the past three months and stone-throwing had come down.He said corruption was entrenched deep in the system. “Europe is full of Kashmiri doctors, but they belong to families who advocate separatism. The children of ordinary Kashmiris drive ponies during Amarnath Yatra and they don’t even have sweaters on them. No house in Kashmir has fewer than 15 rooms and carpets that cost crores of rupees… Several officers had not filed property return for years. After I insisted, 97% filed returns,” he said.Mr. Malik said he was fighting a tough battle on the corruption front and recently cancelled two deals involving powerful people that “nobody would have dared to touch”. On October 27, the State government scrapped a contract given to Reliance General Insurance Company (RGIC) for a group health insurance policy for employees and pensioners and directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau to review the entire process in relation to the granting of contract. He said his mandate was not to hold dialogues but to push governance.last_img read more

Shivpal’s party ties up with Peace Party

first_imgShivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) on Tuesday announced its alliance with Peace Party and a faction of Apna Dal for the Lok Sabha polls. “We have entered into an alliance with Peace Party. We were ready for an alliance with secular parties to defeat the BJP but some parties gave priority to their personal interests,” Mr. Yadav told reporters at a press conference here.‘Worst-ever govt.’ “The BJP government in the State is the worst ever which cheated farmers, youths, minorities and backwards,” he added. He later announced that Apna Dal — led by Krishna Patel — will be supporting his party in the Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

First scorpions may have crawled from the seas

first_imgThe origins of scorpions are murky. The oldest of these arachnids (a group that also includes modern-day spiders, ticks, and mites) are known from fossils from Scottish rocks laid down between 433 million and 438 million years ago that show only their outlines. Now, well-preserved but slightly younger fossils from southwestern Ontario suggest that the animals originated in the seas—and may have been able to clamber onto shore well before the time scientists previously recognized. Those fossils—11 specimens in all—were entombed in sediments laid down on the shores of ancient lagoons between 430 million and 433 million years ago. And because all of them are of molted exoskeletons and not carcasses, the remains were too fragile to be washed to their final resting place from somewhere else, researchers suggest. Thus, the remains were probably shed at the water’s edge and preserved there, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Anatomical traits of the new species back up that notion: The creature apparently didn’t have feeding structures enabling life on land. Yet the last segment of its legs was relatively short, allowing it to plant its “foot” flat, like modern-day scorpions, instead of walking on tiptoe like other water-dwelling scorpions of the era were presumed to do. The scorpion’s ability to fully support its own weight when out of water (and therefore escape solely aquatic predators) would have been a tremendous evolutionary benefit, the researchers note: As is the case with their modern-day kin, when the scorpions molted they would have been extremely vulnerable.last_img read more

Rajiv Shah To Head USAID

first_imgPres. Barack Obama has nominated Dr Rajiv Shah as administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the country’s top foreign assistance program. Shah, 36, earlier served as director for agricultural development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and  is presently undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics and Chief Scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture.Shah’s appointment to head the agency, which administers $20 billion in international assistance, is subject to senate approval. Related Itemslast_img read more

Fiat Chrysler Files Complaint Against Mahindra in U.S. Over Vehicle Design

first_imgFiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has lodged a complaint at the International Trade Commission in the United States against Mahindra’s off-road vehicle, Roxor, alleging that the Indian company has copied the looks of its Jeep.FCA said in its complaint, filed on Aug. 1, that the design of the Roxor has been copied from the Jeep, and carries the same “boxy body shape with flat-appearing vertical sides and rear body ending at about the same height as the hood,” Bloomberg reported.“Mahindra NA’s website show that they (Roxor) are a nearly identical copy of the iconic Jeep®design and incorporate the Jeep Trade Dress and Jeep Design Marks. In fact, the Accused Product was ‘modeled after the original Willys Jeep’ and copied down to the undercarriage of the historic Jeep® CJ,” FCA’s petition said, according to Moneycontrol.com.“Mahindra has no right to use the Jeep IP. FCA owns and retains full rights in the Jeep IP and has not granted a license to Mahindra to use the Jeep IP in any country, including the United States. FCA’s predecessors did have prior dealings with Mahindra India, granting Mahindra India limited contractual rights to manufacture and/or sell Jeep branded components and products in India beginning in the 1940s. And none of those contracts at any time granted Mahindra India (or any other Mahindra entity) ownership rights over Jeep brand-related intellectual property. Nor did any of these past agreements grant any rights to manufacture, sell, or advertise vehicles, such as the Accused Products, incorporating the Jeep IP in the United States,” FCA said.Mumbai-based Mahindra, which is known as India’s largest sports utility vehicle manufacturer, expanded its presence abroad last year, by opening its headquarters at Southeast Michigan in the United States. Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) opened its new headquarters as well as a manufacturing unit with an investment of $230 million in Detroit in November 2017.Roxor was the first vehicle to be rolled out of the Detroit plant, and was launched in March this year with a price tag of $15000.Mahindra said there was no merit in Fiat Chrysler’s complaint, Bloomberg reported. It said that the two firms have a long licensing relationship that goes back to the 1940s “with the original agreement with Willys and continues to this day,” including a 2009 agreement with Chrysler Group LLC, a Fiat Chrysler predecessor.“Our actions, products, and product distribution (including Roxor) both honor the legacy of the relationship and the terms of our agreements with FCA,” it quoted Rich Ansell, a spokesman for Mahindra’s North American unit, as saying. “Mahindra has been co-existing with FCA (and the Jeep brand) for over 25 years in India and in many other countries.”FCA has, however, held that Mahindra, which manufactures the product in India and assembles them in the United States, enjoys a position of cost advantage, and that its penetration into the U.S. market would harm FCA’s business.FCA has been quite dependent on its Jeep line, and witnessed an increase in sales by almost 16 percent in July, helping the company register 5.9 percent growth in its overall sales since the year-ago period. Related ItemsAutomobileDetroitMahindralast_img read more

No Beating About the Bush

first_imgRock the vote or it could be bang-bang-bhangra the vote, if young Indian Americans have their way. Reshma Saujani and other South Asian supporters canvassing for John Kerry.On a recent evening, down at SOBs in Varick Street in the Village in Manhattan, a crowd of young people had gathered, wildly dancing, their arms flailing in the air, feet moving to the pulsating rhythms of Indian drums.Bhangra Against Bush was the event organized by DJ Rekha in her popular series Basement Bhangra Third Thursdays, and it drew a frenzied lot, quite ready to get the White House vacated.DJ Rekha, who will be organizing Bhangra Against Bush every Third Thursday through September, says: “We are putting all our energies into getting Bush out of office and also opposing the war that’s going on. This is the way I articulate my policies by doing what I do. I think the most effective way people can make change is to make change from where they are standing.”  Bye Bye Bush is the cheeky name for a dance benefit organized by Ashu Rai, co-founder of Sholay Productions, an entertainment company that caters largely to the gay and lesbian South Asian community in Tribeca, but also to straight progressive South Asians and non-desis. Mekhail Anwar co-founded the Boston chapter of South Asians for Kerry.The event is timed around the time of the Republican National Convention in New York, and is one of the many protests that are planned. She and her friends are also encouraging their families who live in swing states to get out the vote: “Personally my whole family is hard core Democrat, but I do have lots of friends whose families come from Republican backgrounds. “I also read about these young Indians who are Republican and running for office. It’s a little disconcerting because I wonder what’s going to happen to us, as immigrants, and to the entire world in general, if Bush is re-elected to office. It’s very worrisome.”New York, of course, wears its liberal heart proudly on its sleeve and has had a strong progressive South Asian presence for many years. The anti-Bush sentiments are repeated in group after group of young South Asians, especially those that are activist and progressive. Young people are doing just about everything from mass emails and voter registrations to raising a cool million dollars for the Kerry-Edwards campaign. Dino Teppara, senior legislative assistant with U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans. The American-born children of immigrants have come of age and unlike their parents, who seem to live in India in spirit, they feel very much American and relate to the issues here – healthcare, education, immigration and creation of jobs. Many of them have got further politicized by the aftermath of 9/11 when every brown face was looked upon as a potential terrorist.Reshma Saujani, 28, is an attorney in New York who co-founded South Asians for Kerry in February 2003, long before the senator became the front-runner.She recalls, “I was doing pro bono work on special registration cases after the Patriot Act and felt it was a severe violation of first amendment rights and decided to get involved in this election.”This specifically is an organization to get John Kerry elected, and branches have been started in Washington, Boston and California, all led by young professionals under the age of 30.The Boston chapter was co-founded by Mikhail Anwar, 26, who is currently doing his Ph.D in electrical engineering at MIT, and Maya Nambisan, who studied public health at Harvard. Rushabh Doshi, who is 28 and works as a strategy consultant, started the Washington, D.C., chapter in January 2004.Saujani believes many of the younger generation got politicized on college campuses so it’s natural for them to remain politically involved when they become professionals. This generation doesn’t stop at photo ops and fundraising, but is actually getting involved at the grassroots level, organizing phone banks, voter registration drives and canvassing with the candidate.One big difference between the organizations of the second generation and the first is the word “South Asian.” Dhruti Contractor, founder of the Georgia American Political Action Committee. If you look at all the existing political organizations, all of them are Indian American-centered and none of them, I think. are at this point inclusive of all South Asian communities,” says Saujani.The recent Kerry-Edwards fundraiser by South Asians for Kerry in New York raised a whopping million dollars, the largest donation in the history of the Indian American community. “It was unprecedented, the money that we raised,” she says, “but you really felt it in the room. This was the first time you had Pakistani and Indian-American leaders sitting together, doing an event together.”Says Saujani, “Some of our top donors are 33, 34 and have raised a lot of money.”In embracing a South Asian identity, would these young professionals have to give up some of the pet issues of the first generation? She says, “I don’t think so. We may have very different views about India and Pakistan and Kashmir and regional issues, but we can still get together in a forum to discuss.“I think that’s really what it is – helping one another get a seat at the table, to advocate for our own interests. And the reality is what we learnt after 2000, if you don’t advocate for your interests as Americans on a domestic level, you could be seriously affected.” The domestic issues – health, education, the fallout from the Patriot Act, the environment – are the ones energizing the young. Congressman Joe Wilson with interns from the IACFPA Washington Leadership Program. Left leaning groups like Youth Solidarity Summer (YSS) and DRUM have been started by young South Asians and new ones, all emphasizing issues, are cropping up all the time. The newest is a Jackson Heights based organization, People Against the Draft, which is initiating a series of town hall meetings.Among its founding members are Mona Sehgal, a lawyer, and her husband, activist-writer Jacob Levitz, and the purpose is to protest the possible reinstatement of military conscription.Sehgal, who has a 7-year-old son, says: “As a mother I’ll do everything I can to stop it.” Indeed, as the second generation start families and put down roots, these issues become increasingly important to them.Indian youth, however, are not uniformly Democrat. Young Indian American Republicans, who believe that Bush is the right person to steer the country through difficult times, are also becoming vocal. Ralph Nurnberger, a professor at Georgetown University and a Washington associate of the Indian American Center for Political Awareness (IACFPA) believes that the Indian American community, like any other community, is affiliated with both parties. However, IACFPA’s 1996 survey of Indians found a three to one advantage for Democrats among the Indian community: 42% identified themselves as Democrats; 13% Republican and 30% Independent. The survey also found that nearly 66% of Indian Americans preferred Clinton over Dole, who was preferred by only 9% in the 1996 presidential race.Nurnberger says: “If there is a distinction and this is more anecdotal than anything I can prove, it strikes me that the older generation tends to be more with the Republicans and the younger generation with the Democrats, but you’ll find so many exceptions to that, that it’s hard to generalize.”He sees some distinct differences between the two generations of Indian Americans: “The older generation focuses more on foreign policy and the younger focuses on domestic issues. While the older generation seems to think contributing funds is a sufficient way of being involved, the younger generation is actually willing to put more time into it.”As he points out, all the Indian Americans who get involved in seeking elective office or make politics a career or at least a way station along their career tend to be young. There are now some 40 Indian Americans working in Congressional offices, most under 30 years of age.Narender Reddy, a pioneer fundraiser for the Republican Party in Georgia and a delegate to the Republican National Convention, believes that almost 90 percent of Indian Americans are Democrats, but are slowly moving toward the Republican Party.He estimates that among the second generation the percentage is 75 percent Democrats and 25 percent Republicans. Reddy, who feels the older generation has been more focused on photo opportunities than hands-on work, says, “The younger generation is the best – all my hopes are on them. They really talk about the issues.”Hari Kondabolu of Queens, NY, was 20 when he interned with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in Washington D.C. last year. He is planning to attend law school and is also involved with voter registration. He feels that since minorities generally tend to vote Democratic, the first generation has those leanings as well, but has generally been apathetic about getting involved: “Growing up, I heard more about Indian politics than about American politics in our household. I think there’s a closer connection to India than to America so American politics is not going to be on your dinner table at night.”Moving in the political circles that he does, he finds that young people identify with America as their country and issues like the Patriot Act, immigration restrictions and hate crimes have all politicized them further, on college campuses and the workplace. He says, “We know what our rights are more than the past generations. We also have numbers now, so we are not afraid to speak up and ruffle a few feathers.”So is there an anti-Bush bias amongst young South Asians, we asked Dino Teppara, 31, a Republican, who is an attorney and senior legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C).“I think younger college students make up a substantial part of that group,” he responded. “Just being younger and in college I might have identified myself that way, just not following issues in-depth. I can understand why they feel that way, but I think there just tends to be more of a general liberal attitude on college campuses.”However, he says, attitudes seem to change as these students move from campus to the workplace. “If you look at the second generation, at people in their late 20’s, you actually see a lot of Indian Americans who are conservative – IT, lawyers, physicians – so it’s a maturing process from late teens, early 20’s to late 20’s and early 30’s when many young Indian-Americans become professionals.” He believes the core values of Indian Americans, the sanctity of marriage, family and faith, are Republican values. Indians are also a strong business community, so that’s a strong segment that supports the Republicans, who are seen as pro-business, he says.Teppara, who is a board member of the Indian American Republican Council, says there are several second generation Indian Americans on the board of directors. He points to the many young Indians who are active in the Republican Party and to the fact that Bush has anointed over 20 political appointees, “Every single one of them is a second generation young professional Indian American conservative.”Indeed, there are several names in the Republican Party who are power players, starting with Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal to Ash Jain, who at the age of 33 is the highest-ranking Indian in the State Department.Says Teppara: “There are a lot of people who identify themselves as conservatives so I think the Indian American community is pretty balanced politically, but I guess the people who are more anti-Bush are just very vocal about their opposition.”Out in Atlanta, Dhruti Contractor, 25, has an overview of the political scene as the founder of Georgia Indian American Political Action Committee, a non-partisan group that works to promote political awareness: ” There are people in both camps that are serious about supporting their parties. Some people think that the second generation is more active or attuned, but I see equal amounts of apathy and interest in both generations.”Asked if the second-generation tends to be anti-Bush and pro-Kerry, she says: “It might be occupational in the second generation, where some of the business-oriented folks might be more Republican, while people in other sectors might be more Democratic. The amount of voting and participation I’ve seen is equal as well.”Indian American voters also tend to have an independent streak where they may vote for particular candidates rather than parties and in the absence of current surveys of Indian American voting patterns, one cannot predict the mood of the second-generation voter.But if the 1996 survey from IACFPA is any guide, for the vast majority of young Indian American voters, there’s no beating about the bush – they want a Bush Free White House.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Goa planning to reserve 80% jobs in factories for locals

first_imgTaking a leaf from the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Goa is now planning to reserve 80% jobs in industrial units receiving State government subsidies for people of Goan origin, the Legislative Assembly was told on Wednesday. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also said that “60% to 80% jobs” would be on a permanent basis.While the labour and employment policies will be drafted in the next six months, all industries in the State have been directed to register with the government and submit details about the workers and the sectors they are currently employed in, he said.Mr. Sawant said the BJP-led government will draft the labour and employment policies in the next six months in which it might consider reserving “80% jobs for Goans in the private sector, especially in the industrial units that get various subsidies from the State government, out of which 60% jobs should be on a permanent basis“.Responding to a question by Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Mr. Sawant said the upcoming policies might make it mandatory for the industrial units to hire 80% Goans in jobs.The Chief Minister also said a task force has been set up to ensure that industries adhere to the Minimum Wages Guarantee Act.Mr. Sawant said since the private sector, especially industrial units, enjoys various subsidies from the State government, they are expected to reserve 80% of the total jobs to the people with the Goan origin. “But there is no regulatory authority to keep a tab. Once the policy is in place, we will come to know whether they are adhering to the requirement or not,” he said.last_img read more

170 rescued from flooded Surya Hospital in Pune

first_imgAround 170 people, including 50 patients and 120 staff members, were evacuated from Surya Hospital in Pune’s Wakad on Sunday after continuous discharge from the nearby Mulshi dam flooded its basement.“After the water reached the hospital basement, a call was taken to move the patients and the staff to safer areas. All 170 people were safely evacuated to other hospitals and medical establishments in a two-hour joint operation carried out by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the disaster management cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Fire Department,” NDRF spokesperson Sachidanand Gawade said.The patients were moved to nearby hospitals like the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Mr. Gawade said NDRF teams, during reconnaissance, noted that the hospital was next to Mula river and that water levels were rising owing to discharge from the dam. “In the morning, not much water had entered the hospital premises. But around 1.30 p.m. we got a call from the PMC and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation requesting immediate evacuation.” “A few patients, who required immediate care, were shifted out to other hospitals before the rescue teams reached the spot. We assisted in the evacuation of the staff and the remaining patients through ambulances and other vehicles,” Mr. Gawade said.last_img read more

Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s all part of the NBA’s emphasis on expanding the popularity of basketball in Mexico. Last season, the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The league has played 26 times in Mexico dating back to 1992, the most games held in any country outside of the U.S. and Canada.The games will be televised on ESPN.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 shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Netsdies for the ball with Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Mexico City in December for two regular-season games as part of the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico.The league announced Wednesday that the Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder will play in Mexico City on Dec. 7. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Dec. 9. Both games will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACLlast_img read more

Gin Kings aim to sustain run

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Matthew Wright, Jeff Chan and import Brandon Brown will be leading the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Blackwater, another team that has a hot streak going—actually its franchise-best run—will shoot for a fourth straight victory when it clashes with TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.Henry Walker arrived and rejuvenated the Elite, who will be seeking to claim another big fish in the Texters and step up their drive for the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next PBA IMAGESWith a four-game winning streak and looking more fearsome, Barangay Ginebra slugs it out with slumping Phoenix Petroleum to try to inch closer to a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Playing like a well-oiled machine and with plenty of time to get even better in their bid for a repeat, the Gin Kings are one of only a handful of sides given a chance of thwarting sister team San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid.ADVERTISEMENT Wushu bet Balangui trips US foe, assures Team PH of Universiade medal Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe other Ginebra weapons that complement its twin towers are import Justin Brownlee and a guard rotation—veteran LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson—which could stand out as the most efficient in the league.Thompson is an all-around talent who, whatever is needed, gets things done. In a 94-80 ripping of luckless Alaska on Saturday in Cebu City, the 6-foot-1 former Perpetual Help ace in the NCAA missed a triple double by two points after getting 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Greg Slaughter is slowly but surely getting back to peak form, and Japeth Aguilar has improved tremendously ever since Tim Cone took over as they form, hands-down, the most athletic, tallest frontline in the conference.Tip-off time is at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Fuel Masters hope to author an upset and arrest a six-game losing streak to get back in the playoff hunt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tempers flare in SMB-Meralco duel

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Bolts big man Kelly Nabong and Ross also had a heated commotion.Security and officials from both teams, though, were quick to pacify the situation as both teams went their separate ways.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 shutoutPBA commissioner Chito Narvasa also made sure that there won’t be any trouble when the two teams returned to the court for the second half.San Miguel leads Meralco, 51-39, at the half, in a game with heavy playoff implications hanging in the balance. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img PBA IMAGESAs if emotions weren’t already on a high, tempers flared at halftime during a game between rivals San Miguel and Meralco on Sunday.Eyewitnesses said Chris Ross and Allen Durham engaged in a trashtalk each other at the end of the second quarter and further continued as both teams went to their respective dugouts.ADVERTISEMENT A win by the Bolts will give them the top seed and relegate the Beermen to sixth place. Meralco drops to third if it loses.A Beermen victory on the other hand, would put them in the top two if they end up winning by at least 19 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Oakland’s Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthemlast_img read more

Ginebra’s Slaughter says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more