The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday came down heavily on the National Highways Authority of India for not maintaining green cover along national highways.Rapping the NHAI for not implementing the policy to maintain a mandatory green cover along the highways, a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “You are befooling everyone. You are not planting trees. All highways have marriage places along the road instead of trees. Why are you allowing construction along the highways?”Big buildings Dismissing the NHAI’s contention that its green highway policy is being implemented, the Bench said, “All you have on paper is fraud. All things stated in the affidavit are also false. Big buildings are overlooking the roads. You cannot construct anything within 50 metres.”The green panel’s observations came following a plea moved by an NGO, Society for Protection of Culture, Heritage, Environment, Traditions and Promotion of National Awareness, that sought execution of an earlier order of the tribunal.The petitioner NGO was seeking execution of the September 2017 NGT order where the NHAI had assured that its Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification and Maintenance) Policy will be implemented.
A man faked his death allegedly for making insurance claim, but ran out of luck as the police nabbed him on suspicion that he had killed a labourer and burnt his body in his car. Aakash, a resident of Chandigarh, was arrested on Tuesday from Palwal Railway Station in a joint operation of the Sirmour Police and the Government Railway Police, Haryana, Sirmaur Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani said Wednesday. Prima facie, Aakash and his family wanted to grab the huge life insurance money, the value of which will be estimated after further investigation and interrogation of the accused, the SP said. He said Aakash’s nephew Ravi Kumar (29) was also involved in planning and executing the alleged crime and he was arrested on Monday from Himachal Pradesh’s Nahan.The accused will be produced in a court to seek his remand for interrogation, police said.
PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine national women’s volleyball team, the most sought-after squad these days, has finally developed chemistry after 17 days of training in Japan.Arriving in the country Wednesday, head coach Francis Vicente said he was impressed with how the players developed camaraderie despite coming from different teams and leagues.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress They will fly to Kuala Lumpur Aug. 18 for the Southeast Asian Games to reboot the country’s campaign in the regional game where the Filipinos used to lord it over.Reyes said that in Okayama and Osaka, they had managed to forget who they were back home. “We are just one team, no superstars, no big names.”The players also napped together on the same court they practice drills, helping them know each other very well.Completing the squad are Kim Fajardo, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Denden Lazaro, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili, Ces Molina and Gen Casugod.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is a collection of superstars that is now working as one team,” said Vicente. “This is a good start because they will be playing together for the next three years.”The Nationals, training particularly to develop speed, blocking and floor coverage that Japanese clubs are known for, also came home with victories in friendlies against Kobe Shinwa, Kansai University and Osaka Superiors.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 starsBut more importantly, Vicente said he was delighted to watch superstars Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Aby Maraño and Jovelyn Gonzaga working seamlessly on plays.They will see action in the Asian Seniors Championships in Biñan, Laguna, on Aug. 9 to 17, hoping to at least make the quarterfinals which would ensure a spot in the Asian Cup next year. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Chot uncovers Gilas gems in Jones Cup Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments
England batsman Kevin Pietersen thinks Australia are still “very vulnerable” despite levelling the Ashes series and claims the hosts’ new verbal aggression shows they are “under huge amounts of pressure.”In an interview with English media, Pietersen escalated vocal sparring between the teams, describing England’s 267-run third Test loss at Perth as a “hiccup” and saying they were still confident of an historic series win.Australia have credited their third Test win to their return to a more aggressive approach, shelved after their 2008 Sydney Test against India sparked a public and official backlash against “sledging” – the slang for verbal assaults on an opposing team.In recent days, Paul Marsh, head of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, said fear of the consequences of sledging had affected Australia’s form and opponents had been quick to exploit its “weakness.”Marsh said Australia’s win over England in Perth, which followed their innings and 71 run loss in the second Test at Adelaide, had resulted from a return to its “natural instincts.”Verbal sparring between the teams has noticeably increased. England wicketkeeper Matt Prior criticised Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle for giving him a verbal “send-off” after his dismissal in the third Test.Siddle responded by saying England only complained because they lost.”We won the game. That’s why they’re making such a big deal of it,” he said.Pietersen increased the ante on Thursday. “When you’re under extreme amounts of pressure, you talk a lot more,” he said. “And the good thing about our team is we’re on a plateau. We do what we do.advertisement”We made a hiccup last week. Yes, we were constructive in the criticism that we chucked around the team meeting about preparation and whatever. But we haven’t come out and made any bold, huge statements about this and about that.”Pietersen said the English squad is aware of Australia’s vulnerabilities.”There are a lot of areas in their team that are very vulnerable and we just need to do what we do and wipe the slate clean and forget Perth,” he said. “Think about Adelaide, think about how well we did there, and how well we did in (the drawn first Test in) Brisbane. We’re absolutely fine.”England haven’t won an Ashes series in Australia since 1986-87 but Pietersen said the current team remained confident of revising history.”I just think we’ve got a wonderful opportunity to do something that hasn’t been done for 25 years,” he said. “That’s driving us all on to do something amazing.”Australian captain Ricky Ponting looks increasingly likely to play in Melbourne after breaking the little finger on his left hand attempting a slips catch in Perth. Pietersen said he was not surprised.”I’ve played in a series with a finger broken,” he said. “You just ring-block it. It’s not a huge drama. You just numb it so you don’t feel the pain.”Ricky Ponting might bat without gloves he’s so tough!”
TORONTO — Playoff experience, once an area of prime concern for the Raptors, is starting to look passé after the latest in a string of superior fourth quarters by Toronto’s postseason greenhorns.The Raptors outscored Brooklyn 20-12 in the fourth to win Game 4 of their first round series April 27, leveling it at 2-2 as the teams head back across the border for Game 5 April 30.Toronto’s defense held the Nets to a 17.6 shooting percentage in the final quarter as Brooklyn shot 3 for 17 and didn’t make another field goal after Paul Pierce’s basket with 6:13 left.Even Pierce acknowledged it had been the veteran Nets, not Toronto, who “got caught up” in the moment, ending up rushing and pressing for shots.“They’re a competitive group,” Pierce said of Toronto’s strength down the stretch. “We’ve seen that all season long, how well they play, getting 48 wins, how well they play in the fourth quarter, so many comeback wins. We understand that this is a group that’s not going to back down. They’re not going to give up. They’re earning a lot of people’s respect around the league.”Toronto, whose late rally fell just short in Game 3, controlled the fourth quarters of both games in Brooklyn, while the Nets made several mistakes. The Raptors also outscored Brooklyn 32-20 in the fourth quarter of their Game 2 win, so it seems postseason inexperience isn’t a serious factor in clutch time.Plus, as Pierce noted, by now these Raptors aren’t really playoff rookies anymore.“Just because you don’t have a lot of playoff experience doesn’t mean you’re not a good team,” Pierce said.“You can learn on the fly. Once you go through a series, you get three or four games under your belt, hey, you’ve got experience. I remember my first playoff game. Once I played a couple of games, I was comfortable. It was like ‘OK, this is the playoffs? Let’s play.’ That’s what you’re seeing with them.”While they’re mostly new to the postseason, back after a six-year absence, these Raptors are familiar with fourth quarter success, coming from behind to win 11 times in the regular season.“That’s something you try to develop and our guys have developed that personality and it’s kind of carried over to the playoffs,” coach Dwane Casey said during a conference call Monday.And while the Raptors looked a little shaky with 19 turnovers in their Game 1 loss, they only needed one game to find their feet.“I thought we were a totally different team in the second game at home,” Casey said. “As the series has gone on, our guys have gotten more comfortable. The first game jitters is something that we’ve outgrown a little bit now.”Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas had double-doubles in each of the first three games, but the Raptor who’s done the most growing is guard DeMar DeRozan.Held to three field goals in Game 1, DeRozan responded with back-to-back 30 point efforts, then scored 24 to lead the way again in Game 4. Afterward, Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said his All-Star teammate “is becoming a superstar in front of everybody’s eyes.”Things aren’t going so well for second-year swingman Terrence Ross. The former slam dunk champion, who scored a career-best 51 points against the Clippers in January, went scoreless April 27 and has 10 total points in the four games combined.Still, Casey praised Ross for his “superb defense” in the first quarter Sunday, and said the youngster doesn’t need to worry about losing his spot in the starting five.“This season is about development,” Casey said. “To put Terrence out to pasture would be counterproductive to what we’re trying to do this year. He’s got to learn. The only thing that will help him next year is to go through this.”Neither team held formal a practice Monday, although the Raptors gathered to take shots, watch video and receive treatment. It was a welcome day of rest for some: Lowry injured his right knee in Game 3 was seen limping at times in Game 4, while Amir Johnson is dealing with a sore right ankle.“We’ve got a lot of nicks and bumps and nags,” Casey said, adding that forward Landry Fields, who was unavailable Sunday because of a sore back, is feeling better and will be reevaluated.(IAN HARRISON) TweetPinShare0 Shares