first_imgChhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon, who was one of the founder members of the BJP’s parent organisation Jan Sangh, died after suffering a heart attack at a government hospital here on Tuesday, an official said. He was 90.Mr. Tandon breathed his last at the state-run Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Hospital where admitted this morning after he complained of uneasiness, Governor’s secretary, Surendra Kumar Jasiwal, told PTI. Mr. Tandon was kept in the hospital’s critical care unit in view of his serious condition, he added.The Governor suffered a heart attack, the hospital’s medical superintendent, Dr. Vivek Choudhary, said.Chief Minister Raman Singh, who visited the hospital earlier on getting the news of Mr. Tandon’s illness, announced a seven-day state mourning in view of the Governor’s demise.Independence Day will be observed in a traditional manner on Wednesday and there will be no award and cultural ceremonies, the CMO said in an official release.Mr. Tandon’s body will be taken to Raj Bhawan, where it will be kept for people to pay their respects at 5 pm. The body will be taken later to Mr. Tandon’s native place in Punjab.In his condolence message, the chief minister said that as Governor, Mr. Tandon offered his valuable services to Chhattisgarh for around four years. “He was like a father figure to me,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Tandon had assumed the office of Governor in Chhattisgarh on July 2014.During his long political career, he served on various posts, including as deputy chief minister of Punjab.The six-time MLA was also jailed from 1975 to 1977 during Emergency.last_img read more


first_imgFor some strange reason football is synonymous with Bengal, although Goa and Kerala will claim equal suzerainty over it.In the early 1980s, I landed in Kolkata having grown up in Delhi. Imagine my horror, when I, a cricket junkie, found Kolkata was completely football crazy. The towering statue of Goshto Pal on the maidan, at the very intersection where the holy trinity of the megalopolis football craze converged – Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting – was nothing short of a pilgrimage for a neophyte like me. Having played football in school and a more bruising form later in the tea plantations, I too trooped to the makeshift stadia to make my tryst with the Kolkatan version of the beautiful game. And the passion on display was unbelievable – Shyam Thapa with his bicycle kick, the speedy Subhash Bhowmick, Subrata Bhattacharya tall and stately in defence, Gautam Sarkar, Mohd Habib, Mohd Nayeem and many more were part of a fabled pantheon worshipped by all of us.ArtistryBut this flirtation with football was to receive a rude jolt. Two Iranians landed in the city – Majid Bakshar and Jamshed Nassiri – and they opened up a whole new playing style. Nassiri was the poacher in the strike zone while Majid was the playmaker and ball passer. They made a fantastic combine, Majid with the flair, daredevilry and derring-do in the mid field, making the play for his compatriot Nassiri who struck home with dexterity and timing. The duo came from the province of Khuzestan and Majid even represented Iran in the 1978 World Cup played in Argentina. Both came to Aligarh Muslim University to pursue higher studies, but were spotted by talent scouts and recruited by East Bengal. Subsequently, they joined Mohammedan Sporting Football Club and Kolkatans flocked to the maidans.advertisementThe duo’s entry into the football cauldrons of Kolkata was a defining moment in Indian football. Football supporters were astonished at the artistry with which the two Iranians played the game in stark contrast to the the rest of the league. This first glimpse of real football was ‘revolutionary’ a term that may be politically incorrect given that Kolkata was then in the throes of Leftist rule. The end came swiftly as the more talented of the two – Majid – was debilitated by substance abuse. He returned to Iran, while Jamshed stayed on in his adopted city Kolkata.Jolt number two came with the advent of the Nehru Cup in Kolkata in 1982. My memory of that tourney was of the Uruguayan player who could throw the ball into the D such was the power of his throw. The robust playing style, the smart set pieces and the sheer agility of the Uruguayan players was a delight to watch as they vanquished China 2-0 to win the inaugural tournament. The Uruguayans had shown all too well, why the South American style was a killer app in world football. Two years later in 1984, Poland showed their hard tackling man-to-man marking style and defeated China. Kolkatans awoke with a start to the pace and speed on display in the Nehru Cup final.BrillianceThe final decapitating blow to the ‘art form’ practiced on Kolkata’s maidans came with the introduction of live television which beamed pictures of the 1986 football World Cup for the very first time. India’s love affair with the World Cup football tournament started in 1982, when for the first time the semi finals and final had been telecast live on Doordarshan. There was also deferred telecast of some of the earlier round matches. Brazil’s brilliance in that tournament, showcased by the attacking flair of Zico, Socrates, Falcao and Toninho Cerezo, won them many supporters. In the eighties, the majority of India supported Brazil.Over the years that changed. In 1986, for the very first time the entire World Cup was telecast live in India. With Mexico being the hosts the tournament gained notoriety. Almost overnight, pocket dynamo Diego Maradona became a star with fans all across the globe, and Kolkata being no exception. Whatever bad feelings Maradona may have created with his ‘Hand of God’ goal, he erased with the second, ensuring the quarter final between England and Argentina will never be forgotten.OutsidersThe goal, which was voted the “Goal of the Century” in 2002 on the FIFA website, saw Maradona running past five English players before scoring. With 20 minutes to go, the introduction of John Barnes as a substitute changed the tide of play in England’s favour, as he pinged in cross after cross into the Argentine penalty area and with just nine minutes left, England striker Gary Lineker got onto the end of one and scored. Lineker almost repeated six minutes later but was unable to reach the ball thanks to a timely block by Olarticoechea: 2-1 to Argentina remained the final score line.advertisementThe goals made Maradona a superstar. In the semi finals, he struck twice in the second half as Argentina beat Belgium 2-0. The final against Germany did not see the same magic but Maradona did enough to see his country home. With seven minutes remaining, a pass from him gave Jorge Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina.Argentina’s victory managed to turn Kolkata’s world upside down. Maradona’s staggering display of running, passing and goal scoring was viewed as a tour de force and since then, nothing has remained the same. Now, whenever Kolkata, Goa, Kerala or other urban agglomerates in India go gaga over football – be it EPL, Champions League or the World Cup – it reminds one of Begaane Shaadi Mein Abdullah Deewana. This iconic song from the Bollywood film Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain, which literally means that you are dancing at some unknown person’s wedding, is something Indian fans have had to do, World Cup after World Cup, as Indian football has remained on skid row. Consigned to the rubbish heap of history, it will be some time before the nation can take part in the beautiful game, on the world stage.last_img read more


first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “We’re happy to have finally signed Jayjay Helterbrand into our roster. His overall experience, basketball IQ, and leadership would definitely provide a huge boost for our bid in the upcoming season,” said team manager Lou Abad.Helterbrand is turning 43 this year but Imus believes the Barangay Ginebra legend can still hang with the big boys at MPBL.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“He can still play. As you can see, he is still well-conditioned given that he has not stopped playing regularly in different leagues. He can still keep up with the young guys,” Abad said.The dazzling guard won six PBA championships all with Ginebra, a team he played for from 2000-2017. Helterbrand, a member of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players, was also named Season MVP in 2009 and a Philippine Cup Finals MVP in 2007. He will team up with actor Gerald Anderson and former pro James Martinez to name a few at Imus.“We’re thrilled to have Jayjay Helterbrand and Gerald Anderson play side-by-side with each other. Their additions, along with the other players that we have, will surely bolster our squad,” said Abad.“It’s a big win not only for our team, but for the whole league as well as we try to help MPBL grow in terms of competition level and our fanbase.”Imus opens its campaign in the 2019 Lakandula Cup on Thursday against Caloocan City at Caloocan Sports Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Jayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Two years after announcing his retirement in the PBA, Jayjay Helterbrand will be back on the court but for a different team and a different league.Helterbrand has signed with the Imus Bandera in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the team announced Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Warriors’ Kevin Durant suffers Achilles injury in Game 5 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more