LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “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. “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 “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 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 shutoutThrough 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. Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH #KicksStalker: Kyrie Irving, Kobe Bryant collaborate for Kyrie 3 ‘Bruce Lee’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Coach Jeff Napa thinks Letran finally found its right rhythm after stringing three wins in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.“We’re starting to pick up right now,” Napa said of his Knights, who climbed to solo third at 4-3 after a woeful 1-3 start.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Rey Nambatac has keyed the Knights’ resurgence and Letran hopes to extend its streak against the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.But Napa said his Knights should brace for a tough duel against the Stags, who also posted back-to-back triumphs to grab a share of fourth.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“San Sebastian is a physical team and really likes to run so it’s going to be tough,” said Napa.Emilio Aguinaldo College, tied with San Sebastian at 3-3, tangles with Jose Rizal U at 2 p.m., while struggling Arellano and Perpetual Help clash at 12 noon. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Anton youngest to top slalom race at 12 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Generals had a shot at reclaiming the third spot against the Knights last week even minus injured Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou, who sustained a season-ending ACL injury .But end-game miscues doomed the Generals for a 97-93 setback against the Knights.Bong Quinto has also stepped up for the Knights, the last during their 63-61 escape over the Altas where the veteran forward nailed the go-ahead basket.The thrilling win pushed the Knights behind league leaders Lyceum (7-0) and San Beda (6-1).“The players didn’t give up,” said Napa. “That’s where you really see the character of the players.” —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT
FILE — Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoJerwin Ancajas and his expanded team have settled down in Corpus Christi, Texas, quickly buckling down to work on their fight plan against Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez, who arrived via the same plane from Los Angeles on Sunday.The International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion spent Monday sweating it out twice under the supervision of head trainer Joven Jimenez, who doubles as his manager.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ Jerwin Ancajas seeks confirmation in Texas John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:29Police 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the morning, they worked out at the fitness center of Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, where Team Ancajas and Gonzalez’s entourage were billeted for their 115-pound crown showdown on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).They were able to train at a local gym in the afternoon, making sure that Ancajas’ weight is in check for the official weigh-in on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile in Los Angeles, Team Ancajas, which also includes another Panabo City pro boxer, Mark Anthony Barriga, was reinforced by US-based Filipinos Rodel Mayol and Roberto Jalnaiz, whose combined ring experience will come in handy for Ancajas’ fourth title defense.Mayol, the former World Boxing Council light flyweight titlist, will closely watch Gonzalez’s hand wrapping before the 12-round fight set at the 10,000-seat American Bank Center while Jalnaiz, an Asian Games bantamweight gold medalist and two-time Olympian, will take charge of the team’s other concerns in Texas. It was another hectic day for Team Ancajas as they were treated to dinner by members of the Filipino community in the coastal city.
MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The fourth-year pro notched a career-best output for the third time in the last four games, finishing with 18 points—all coming in the last three periods as the Hotshots fought back from an early 13-point deficit on their way to a seventh win in 10 games.Justin Melton and Ian Sangalang also played key roles in the second half comeback, tallying 14 points each, while Paul Lee returned to also spark the Hotshots, who rebounded from a 95-101 loss to Rain or Shine last Saturday in Pangasinan.The result left the Batang Pier in a three-team tie from seventh to ninth spots with Phoenix and Blackwater. Only the top eight teams will advance to the playoffs.BLACKWATER 95 – KIA 76BLACKWATER 95—DiGregorio 21, Erram 17, Maliksi 14, Sena 9, Belo 8, Marcelo 8, Cruz 5, Pinto 5, Jose 4, Javier 3, Banal 1, Cortez 0, Palma 0, Neypes 0.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Arellano scores double Finals win KIA 76—Tubid 22, Celda 21, Corpuz 9, Lastimosa 8, McCarthy 6, Reyes 5, Camson 3, Khobuntin 2, Galanza 0, Sara 0, Escoto 0, Yee 0.Quarters: 25-21, 47-41, 77-65, 95-76.MAGNOLIA 96 – GLOBALPORT 81MAGNOLIA 96—Dela Rosa 18, Melton 14, Sangalang 14, Lee 13, Barroca 12, Ramos 11, Pingris 6, Jalalon 5, Simon 2, Reavis 1, Herndon 0, Brondial 0.GLOBALPORT 81—Nabong 21, Grey 13, Anthony 12, Teng 12, Pringle 5, Araña, 5, Gabayni 4, Sargent 3, Elorde 2, Flores 2, Taha 2, Juico 0, Guinto 0.Quarters: 17-22, 34-39, 69-61, 96-81. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City PBA IMAGESIt took three quarters for Blackwater Elite to find their groove. But when they did, Kia Picanto simply had no answer to their relentless charge.Mike DiGregorio caught fire in the third quarter as the Elite overpowered the Picanto, 95-76, Friday night to stay within quarterfinal range in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT On the heels of their stunning upset of San Miguel last week, the Elite also got solid performances from JP Erram and Allein Maliksi as Blackwater stayed in the running for the eighth and last playoff berth with two games remaining.“We just wanted to keep our hopes alive for the playoffs and it can only happen if we continue our winning ways,” said Elite coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The win against San Miguel was a shot in the arm, but we want to move on to the next level and play with a lot of maturity.”Rome Dela Rosa also sustained his resurgence on a night when Magnolia struggled early as the Hotshots repulsed the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 96-81, to close in on a twice-to-beat advantage.
He averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in nine games this season, including 19 points in 29 minutes against Denver on Jan. 13. The 6-foot-7 forward complained of soreness and pain the day after playing the Nuggets and has not played since.“We’ve got to move on, the team has to realize that this is who we are, this is who we have and this is who’s going to play. Wishing and hoping doesn’t do anybody any good. We’ve got to do what we can to be the best team possible.”The Spurs are third in the Western Conference despite lengthy injuries to Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay along with minor ailments to Danny Green and Kyle Anderson. San Antonio (35-24) is only 3 1/2 games ahead of the ninth-place Los Angeles Clippers, however.Popovich and the Spurs have a history of being cautious with the health of their players. San Antonio opted not to play Tim Duncan in the first round of the 2000 playoffs against Phoenix due to a knee injury even though Duncan was cleared to play, leading to a five-game loss to the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) walks off the court after Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs are preparing to play without star forward Kawhi Leonard this season, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.Leonard has missed all but nine games this season as he battles right quadriceps tendinopathy.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We only have X number of games left this season and he’s still not ready to go,” Popovich said Wednesday. “And if by some chance he is, it’s going to be pretty late into the season and it’s going to be a tough decision. How late do you bring somebody back? That’s why I’m just trying to be honest and logical. I’ll be surprised if he gets back this year.”Tendinopathy is a disease of the tendon that includes tenderness and pain, particularly during exercise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeonard began experiencing discomfort in his leg late in the offseason, which caused him to sit out the team’s training camp and preseason. Neither Leonard nor the team knew the severity of the injury, which forced the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year to miss the first 27 games of the season.Leonard returned to play nine of the next 17 games, sitting out eight games as part of a scheduled “return from injury management.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nance Jr. and other new Cavaliers ready for home debuts MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
LATEST STORIES Read Next It was all an extraordinary bookend to an extraordinary Olympics that featured athletic excellence, sideline surprises and unexpected lurches forward toward a new detente on the Korean Peninsula. Thrilled athletes marched into the arena around the world’s flags, relaxed after showing their athletic best to themselves and to the world.“We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail,” said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women’s curling team, which captured global renown as the “Garlic Girls” — all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown. They made a good run for gold before finishing with runner-up silver.That these games would be circumscribed by politics was a given from the outset because of regional rivalries. North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China are neighbors with deep, sometimes twisted histories that get along uneasily with each other in this particular geographic cul-de-sac.But there was something more this time around. Hanging over the entire games was the saga — or opportunity, if you prefer — of a delicate diplomatic dance between the Koreas, North and South, riven by bloodshed and discord and an armed border for the better part of a century.The games started with a last-minute flurry of agreements to bring North Koreans to South Korea to compete under one combined Koreas banner. Perish the thought, some said, but Moon’s government stayed the course. By the opening ceremony, a march of North and South into the Olympic Stadium was watched by the world — and by dozens of North Korean cheerleaders applauding in calibrated synchronicity.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Other Olympic trailblazers: Chloe Kim, American snowboarder extraordinaire. The U.S. women’s hockey team and men’s curlers, both of which claimed gold. And the Russian men’s hockey team, with its nail-biting, overtime victory against Germany.What’s next for the games? Tokyo in Summer 2020, then Beijing — Summer host in 2008 — staging an encore, this time for a Winter Games. With the completion of the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, that Olympic trinity marks one-third of a noteworthy Olympic run by Asia.For those keeping score at home: That means four of eight Olympic Games between 2008 and 2022 will have taken place on the Asian continent. Not bad for a region that hosted only four games in the 112 years of modern Olympic history before that — Tokyo in 1964, Sapporo in 1972, Seoul in 1988 and Nagano in 1998. Japan and China will, it’s likely, be highly motivated to outdo South Korea (and each other).As signs came down, shipping boxes were loaded and the area emptied out early Monday, the departing Olympians left behind a Korean Peninsula full of possibility for peace, or at least less hostility.The steps taken by North and South toward each other this month are formidable but fluid. People are cautiously optimistic: The governor of Gangwon, the border province where Pyeongchang is located, even suggested Sunday that the 2021 Asian Games could be co-hosted by both Koreas.It probably won’t happen. But it could. That could be said about pretty much anything at an Olympic Games, inside the rings and out. Corporate and political and regimented though it may be, that’s what makes it still the best game in town for an athletic thrill every other year — and yes, sometimes a political one, too. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From front row left, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, his wife, Kim Jung-sook, and Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter, watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics along with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, standing third from back row left, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict.Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump sat in two rows of seats behind the Olympic rings, meant to represent a competition of peace and international unity. In close proximity — though with no apparent communication between Trump and Kim — they watched a spirited, elaborate show that concluded the Pyeongchang Games. ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forum Even as dancers performed cultural stories to music before an enormous crowd, South Korea’s presidential office released a brief statement saying that Pyongyang had expressed willingness to hold talks with Washington.The North has “ample intentions of holding talks with the United States,” according to the office. The North’s delegation also agreed that “South-North relations and U.S.-North Korean relations should be improved together,” Moon’s office, known as the Blue House, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, just before declaring the games closed, addressed the two Koreas’ cooperation at the closing ceremony, saying, “The Olympic games are an homage to the past and an act of faith for the future.”“With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges.” Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rangers retire Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 Also watching was an equally extraordinary, if motley, crew. Deployed in a VIP box together were Moon, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s envoy sister, Kim Yo Jong. The latter two, at loggerheads over North Korea’s nuclear program, didn’t speak, and the world watched the awkwardness.What followed was a strong dose of athletic diplomacy: two weeks of global exposure for the Korean team, particularly the women’s hockey squad, which trained for weeks with North and South side by side getting along, taking selfies and learning about each other.On Sunday night, though K-pop megastars EXO claimed center stage, leaders rejoined athletes as a primary focus.Kim, President Donald Trump’s daughter and Moon sat in close proximity as the Olympics’ end unfolded before them and the statement was released in Seoul. Also seated nearby was Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces Korea. Unlike Pence, Ivanka Trump was smiling as she turned in the North Koreans’ direction. It was not clear what she was smiling at, but a White House official said it was not the North Koreans.The developments Sunday both inside and outside the VIP box were particularly striking given that Kim Yong Chol, now vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, is suspected of masterminding a lethal 2010 military attack on the South.Outside the stadium, North Korea was not welcomed as much.More than 200 anti-Pyongyang protesters, waving South Korean and U.S. flags, banging drums and holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” rallied in streets near the park. They denounced the South Korean government’s decision to allow the visit. There were no major clashes.That wasn’t all when it came to these odd games. Let’s not forget Russia — or, we should say, “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the shame-laced moniker they inherited after a doping brouhaha from the 2014 Sochi Games doomed them to a non-flag-carrying Pyeongchang Games.Two more Russian athletes tested positive in Pyeongchang in the past two weeks. So on Sunday morning, the IOC refused to reinstate the team in time for the closing but left the door open for near-term redemption from what one exasperated committee member called “this entire Russia drama.”Away from the politics, humanity’s most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely — from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing “Garlic Girls.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ
A graphic explains how the footbridge collapsed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on September 21.Click here to EnlargePrime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the progress in last-minute work for the Commonwealth Games (CWG). Singh will be meeting Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Sports Minister M.S. Gill to review the preparedness. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who visited the Games Village, too will be meeting the prime minister. Dikshit has been given charge of the Games Village to address all the hygiene and other issues raised by advance teams of participating nations and get the complex ready. Eight blocks from false ceiling at wrestling venue come off on Wednesday morning, September 22, 2010.Click here to EnlargeWith the participating countries raising security concerns and even mulling to bring their own securitymen to Delhi, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram held a meeting with senior security officials on Thursday. Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal assured Chidambaram about security for the Games. Meanwhile sources told Headlines Today that the home ministry had told the CWG Organising Committee to finish work at all the stadia by Friday and complete the Games Village by Saturday.
It was a day to throw every cliche out of the book. Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral student and inventor of Sixth Sense Pranav Mistry said he didn’t just think out of the box. He imagined there was no box. Infosys co-founder and chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of,It was a day to throw every cliche out of the book. Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral student and inventor of Sixth Sense Pranav Mistry said he didn’t just think out of the box. He imagined there was no box. Infosys co-founder and chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani didn’t just recommend having a goal. He urged everyone to have a big goal. And Sourav Ganguly, the Indian cricket team’s most successful captain, said he never focused on success.Aroon Purie with Nilekani, who made it despite being days away from the UIDAI launch at Tembhali village in Maharashtra.It was a day of the unexpected as INDIA TODAY had its first ever Youth Summit at The Hilton, Janakpuri, Delhi. An array of speakers from the world of sports, technology, arts and politics charged up an enthusiastic audience of students and young professionals. Nilekani spoke to them about interviews for a job at Patni Computers by N. R. Narayana Murthy, whom he joined at a salary of Rs 1,200 a month when he started Infosys in 1981. Katrina Kaif spoke of a series of rejections, from modelling agencies in Mumbai and even of getting dropped from a Bollywood movie after her first day at work on Mahesh Bhatt’s Saaya. Chess world champion Viswanathan Anand talked of mind games by his opponents who would dismiss him as a “coffeehouse player”.Kicking off the packed day-long summit on Mantras of Success, Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie signalled the importance of what is popularly known as the demographic dividend. He pointed out how two-thirds of India is under 35, with 459 million Indians between 13 and 35. Of these, 333 million are literate. “All of you will,” he told the audience, “through how you study, work and play, decide the shape of the new India.” The world, he said, was very different from when he was a young man. “It was a world of shortages and queues. Of one TV channel and two cars. Of ration cards, not credit cards. Of fixed landline phones and immoveable expectations. Of foreign exchange restrictions abroad and red tape at home. Of big government and small corporates. Of Cold War and heated rhetoric. Of no opportunities and even less hope,” he said.advertisementYouth icons Katrina and Ganguly bonded over cricket and cinema.The icons of new India had a simple mantra for success-raise your aspirations and work towards your goal with relentless focus. Nilekani who spoke on ‘Dream Big, Do Bigger’ made the point that thinking big and thinking small took the same amount of time, so why not think big. Calling his life a “series of happy accidents,” he said that Infosys was facing an existential crisis in the 90s when global companies started venturing into India. They had an option to either shut down, sell the company or go bigger. “We decided to expand.” Emphasising the need to harness youth power, he said that the average age at Infosys was 27. He was also quick to point out how the identity number would give Indians a mobility that five million passports, 85 million pan cards, 200 million bank accounts and over 350 million cellphone connections could not.Then it was time for Anand to tell the audience how he had kept his eyes on the board. The Jedi grandmaster of chess spoke about his legendary duels with grandmasters Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov and revealed how he had braved the psychological warfare waged by opponents. At first, it was innocent jokes, then an opponent who slammed doors between the game to unnerve him, then it was snide suggestions that Anand was a “choker”, who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Anand survived those, of course, and a particularly lean patch over a decade ago to conquer the chess world in 2007. “The key to success is finding the weaknesses in your opponent,” Anand said in the discussion moderated by Senior Editor, CricInfo, Sharda Ugra.For the next four speakers, in a discussion ‘Believe in Yourself’ anchored by actor and TV host Koel Purie Rinchet, it was all about doing what your heart says. Chhavi Rajawat, corporate executive-turned-sarpanch of Rajasthan’s Soda described her efforts to ensure the development of her village as a battle against mostly insincere government agencies. Calling the vaunted Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme a “complete waste of national wealth”, she wrapped up her speech by making a case for the freedom of panchayats to use their funds as they deem fit.Mukul Deora, entreprenueur, musician and installation artist, built his speech around a George Bernard Shaw quote: The reasonable man adapts to his surroundings, the unreasonable man adapts his surroundings to himself; therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. Describing youth as energy without direction, he related his life journey from failed businessman to musician to real estate developer. The journey is the important thing, Deora said, summing up his philosophy by saying that the Shaw quote works only “when you know your core values and ideals”.advertisementWho said what “A big goal, whether personal or social, energises and gives a sense of purpose. Have a goal and work towards it. That’s how you get on in life. India is a young country in an ageing world. We can fully realise the potential only by giving opportunities to the youth.”Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI”Decide on a goal and then work hard towards it. I play chess because I like solving problems. The key to winning is finding the weaknesses in your opponent.”Viswanathan Anand, World Chess Champion”People expect you to win every time and you can’t move ahead if you don’t deliver. It’s not important how many times you fall, but what makes the difference is how you get up every time.”Sourav Ganguly, Former India Cricket Captain”Politics of the past will not bear dividends. People want healthcare, employment and education, not riots and bloodshed.”Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications & IT”Deliver whatever is required of you, else you will let people down. Try and find something new every time. If you feel there is nothing new to give, bow out.”Katrina Kaif, Actor”Don’t imagine a box. You must think out of. Imagine there is no box. I would like to draw in three dimensions and make technology affordable for the masses.”Pranav Mistry, Engineer and Inventor”If you chase the mirage of success all the time, I can guarantee that half your salary will be spent on antacids. Just enjoy what you do, and do it as well as you can.”Jaideep Sahni, Screenwriter”I did everything my parents didn’t want me to and it has worked for me. Constant rebellion does not mean success but it can lead to it.”Mukul Deora, Entrepreneur, Musician, Installation Artist”There’s more to economic growth than just GDP figures. Growing urbanisation of India is the biggest thing happening in our lives and little attention is being paid to it.”Sanjeev Sanyal, Founder, Sustainable Planet Institute”Everybody has problems but we tend to crib and do nothing about it. It’s time to stand up together and create a wave that will bring progress to rural India.”Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch of Soda VillageSanjeev Sanyal, president and founder of the Sustainable Planet Institute, developed the concept of the unreasonable man. Sanyal made a strong case for not looking at economic growth through the limited perspective of GDP. Engineer-turned-scriptwriter Jaideep Sahni was the showstealer, however, with his mix of candour and spontaneity. The writer of Bunty Aur Babli, Chak De India and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year spoke of his journey from school to engineering college to advertising to films, his sharp wit bringing alive the futility of chasing success. The latter, he said, “would ensure that half of your salary is spent on antacids.”advertisementMurli Deora and wife Hema came to listen to younger son Mukul. Here are father and son with Editor (Languages) Prabhu Chawla.Then it was time for Pranav Mistry to talk about the magic of Sixth Sense. Neither a crystal ball nor a magician’s armour, Sixth Sense is a combination of a small projector and a tiny camera harnessed to a Net-connected device, like a smartphone or laptop. Demonstrating this technology through his videos in a session chaired by Kalli Purie, COO of India Today Group Digital, the young wizard who calls Palanpur in Gujarat his home, showed how he was able to get rid of the keyboard and monitor of a normal computer.Instead, the wearable combination of the projector and camera allows all information to be displayed on practically any surface even as gestures made by the fingers are captured by the camera and Sixth Sense software interprets these to mean specific actions for the computer to carry out. He also gave a live demonstration of one of his latest projects, Sparsh, where he randomly selected videos and images from his phone and transferred them to his computer without using any physical device. “Success is not a particular thing,” he said. “It is the change you want to bring. I want to make technology affordable for the masses and that is what I am working at.” He also said that the ‘invisible mouse’ (mouseless project) would be commercially available in few months’ time.Ganguly, fresh from his stint as commentator during the Champions League Trophy, was the star of ‘Going for Broke’, a session anchored by Headlines Today Executive Editor Rahul Kanwal. He was in his elements whether it was putting a question to Katrina who asked him to keep his head down so she would not get nervous while speaking or declaring how he felt when he took off his jersey after winning the Natwest Trophy. “Very cold,” he said with a wry laugh. On being asked what keeps him going, the Bengal Tiger said that the love for the game inspired him to make several comebacks. “After I was dropped from the team in 2006, even my father thought I would not get any chance. But I had faith in myself,” he said.Mistry, a fan, was keen to attend both the Ganguly and Katrina sessions but got mobbed by eager students wanting to take his autograph.If there was a buzz in the audience next, it was understandable. It was time for Katrina to speak about the importance of professionalism in the session, ‘No Grit, No Glamour’, moderated by Purie Rinchet. When she started out as a model, she would often face rejection and never won any beauty contests, on grounds of being “curvy”. “When you experience these things, you often wonder if the industry is right for you”, she said. The actor who had lost weight for her just-wrapped film, Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan, did not give up. “I kept on trying and today I have achieved far more than I could dream of.” What has kept Katrina going is her passion and her focus. “I think of one thing that I can achieve from each film I do and as long as I can find something new to show the audience, I do it.”It was left to the young Minister of State for Communications Sachin Pilot to defend his profession in a discussion with Prabhu Chawla, Editor (Languages). The question thrown open for the last session of the day was ‘Politics: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. Pilot talked about the demands made on politicians-from late night requests to getting a handpump fixed in a village to a demand to influence a Border Security Force recruitment physical so that a candidate who was three inches too short could make it.From Pranav Mistry, who couldn’t attend Ganguly’s session because he got mobbed, to Sahni who was perplexed when students came to him in hordes expecting him to sign autographs, it was an encounter to remember. From Pilot who patiently explained what his job was (“It’s not to push files but to connect with the people. You have to be the bridge between the law-making bodies and the poorest of the poor”) to Anand who delayed his departure by over half-an-hour so that he could meet Ganguly, it was a fascsinating example of the demographic dividend in progress.