MOST READ ‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family PLAY LIST 03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9303:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:37Protesters 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 K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next SAN BEDA 66 – Tankoua 11, Mocon 10, Potts 8, Bolick 6, Soberano 6, Cabanag 5, Carino 4, Bahio 4, Doliguez 3, Adamos 3, Tongco 2, Presbitero 2, Oftana 2, Abuda 0.MAPUA 55 – Bunag 20, Orquina 11, Magboo 10, Nieles 6, Victoria 4, Aguirre 2, Gabo 2, Jimenez 0, Raflores 0.Quarters: 23-6, 31-20, 51-32, 66-55. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mapua still tried to recover and cut the deficit to just nine, 64-55, after a Kim Magboo bucket with 1:12 to play, but Robert Bolick’s free throws doused that rally as San Beda cruised to its fifth straight victory.Donald Tankoua made a living in the paint for the Red Lions, grabbing 11 points and 16 rebounds for his best game to date.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 shutoutJavee Mocon got 10 markers and six boards, Davon Potts had eight points and three rebounds, and Bolick collected six markers, eight boards, and four dimes in the balanced attack for San Beda.Despite the comfortable triumph, coach Boyet Fernandez chided his wards for what he felt was a lackluster showing in the payoff period. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda’s Davon Potts and Donald Tankoua celebrate. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda stepped on the gas pedal early and blew Mapua out, 66-55, to nab its sixth win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off a week-long break, the Red Lions imposed their will early and raced to a 23-6 charge in the first period, pulling away from the Cardinals and grabbing a lead as high as 25, 49-24 late in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “If we played the way we played in the fourth quarter, I think we’ll have a hard time against them. We played bad in the fourth quarter,” he said. “I just have to let the other guys realize that we can’t let those things happen. I hope my players realize that.”The Cardinals missed the services of Andoy Estrella, who is nursing an MCL injury.In his absence, Christian Bunag stepped up for the skidding Mapua (1-6) with 20 points and 18 rebounds in the team’s fifth consecutive defeat.Almel Orquina got 11 markers and four boards, while Magboo had 10 points and four rebounds.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PH bets Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Cojuangco during the semifinals of Mixed Team Compound archery in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines narrowly missed a medal in archery mixed compound after back-to-back jolting match-play defeats Friday at Synthetic Turf Field inside KL Sports City.Paul Marton Dela Cruz and Amaya Paz-Cojuangco handily made it to the semifinals after a 156-150 win over Laos in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Navarro heats up late, lifts San Sebastian past EAC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Paz-Cojuangco, who was four-time champion here, could not contain her emotions after that heart breaking losses and had to excuse herself at the back of the field.The Philippines still has golden chances in recurve which will begin on Aug. 21. That heightened expectations of another medal from the sport that already brought two bronzes the previous days but the Filipino archers fell short this time.“We didn’t make it. It’s not our day. They shot way better than us today,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz who bagged the individual bronze and shared another with men’s team.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 shutoutLeading in the opening end, Dela Cruz and Cojuangco witnessed a steely-nerved Myanmar pair finishing them off in the suspense-filled shoot out. They finished the six ends tied at 154.Stunned, the Philippines thus fell into bronze medal match-up facing Vietnam, which prevailed, 159-155. MOST READ
UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The win sees Mayweather, who had come out of a two-year retirement to face McGregor, surpass heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano with a perfect record of 50-0.Afterwards former welterweight king Mayweather insisted he would never be seen in a ring again.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“This was my last fight tonight. For sure,” Mayweather said, praising his beaten opponent.“Tonight was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with. Floyd Mayweather insisted he would head into a permanent retirement after sealing his place in boxing history with a 50th straight win against Conor McGregor on Saturday.The 40-year-old American star outclassed McGregor over 10 absorbing rounds at the T-Mobile Arena to defeat Irish mixed martial arts star McGregor by technical knockout.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We know in MMA he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he started to slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.” I’m finished says Mayweather after McGregor rout4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Alyssa Valdez calls for unity in Philippine volleyball “Conor you are a hell of a champion.”Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches replays after defeating Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Mayweather also rejected suggestions that his 50th victory — against an opponent who had never boxed professionally before — would be destined to have an asterisk against it.“A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day.”Mayweather meanwhile revealed the fight had followed a tactical plan as he took his time and allowed McGregor to become fatigued before pouncing in the later rounds.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” Mayweather said.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Martell Webster and Perry Jones also have agreed to terms on non-guaranteed contracts which are expected to become official next week, the person said. The addition of the 6-foot-4 Allen provides back-court depth as well as an option on the wing when using a smaller lineup. Allen also brings a reputation for defense dating back to when he helped the Boston Celtics win the 2008 NBA title. He has been named to the NBA all-defensive first team three times, most recently in 2015.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 shutoutAllen has spent the past seven seasons with Memphis, mostly in a starting role. Last season, Allen averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals.The 35-year-old Allen began his NBA career in 2004 when he was drafted 25th overall by Boston out of Oklahoma State. MOST READ Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 6-7 Webster, a 2005 draft choice by Portland, has not played in the NBA in two seasons. Sidetracked by injuries, he is attempting a comeback on a club in need of healthy wing players.Last month, Pelicans starting small forward Solomon Hill needed surgery to repair a hamstring tear that is expected to sideline him six to eight months. New Orleans then traded Quincy Pondexter to free up cash, leaving the 6-8 Darius Miller and 6-7 Jalen Jones as the only healthy true small forwards on the club.Webster last played in the NBA in the 2014-15 season, appearing in 32 games with Washington and averaging 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. He had career-high averages of 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Wizards in the 2012-13 season.The 25-year-old Jones also has not played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, his third with Oklahoma City. He spent last season in the developmental NBA G League.Without guaranteed deals, Webster and Jones will have to make the team in training camp.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Tony Allen. APMETAIRIE, La. — The Pelicans signed free-agent guard Tony Allen on Friday, and a pair of free-agent forwards also agreed to terms with New Orleans.Allen’s contract is worth $2.3 million for one year, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial terms have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9
The king is back and he brought back the same form that made him the UAAP’s most formidable force.After a lackluster week prior to this one, Ben Mbala wreaked havoc like no one other than himself can.The reigning MVP put up 21 points and 12.5 rebounds to lead La Salle to two wins this week.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (University of the East Red Warriors)ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Although Alvin Pasaol was limited to a season-low eight points against Ateneo, Pasaol still averaged a respectable 15.5 points in the two games this week while averaging eight rebounds.Oh, and Pasaol’s struggles on the field against the Blue Eagles was the product of pure defense Ateneo employed on him.Plus, Pasaol’s 23 points against La Salle were scored with Mbala playing as his main defender.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)It’s a fact that Thirdy Ravena can straight up ball—and not just on the offense.Ravena was a major factor why Pasaol put up his worst offensive output this season, hounding UE’s star pretty much the whole way with Vince Tolentino helping in the flanks.And Ravena put up an efficient 17-point, eight-rebound, four-assist afternoon while shooting 67 percent from the field in 19 minutes of play.Guard: Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University Falcons) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Honorable mentionsRicci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)As Ben Mbala returned to form, Ricci Rivero promptly took the backseat.Rivero, though, still produced more than respectable numbers of 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in La Salle’s two wins this week.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers)Alright, forget wins for a second because Marvin Lee looked like the lone Growling Tiger from University of Santo Tomas who put up a fight.Lee was awfully quiet in UST’s 75-70 loss to Adamson as Growling Tigers head coach Boy Sablan preferred to have Oliver De Guzman as the main point guard.Against La Salle, however, Lee felt the pressure of an impending 0-14 season that he singlehandedly dogged a UST fight despite losing by 35, 94-59.Lee scored a game-high 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.Those numbers, though, doesn’t hold justice to Lee’s efforts since the UST captain visibly tried to hold his emotions when the final buzzer sounded. WATCH: Get to know Rey Nambatac in 7 questions LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next It’s the tail end of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and frankly that’s about it.ADVERTISEMENT View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa If there’s one thing that stands out in Jerrick Ahanmisi’s game, it’s putting the ball through the hoop.In Adamson’s calculated approach to the game where every single player has a role, Ahanmisi was blessed with the task to shoot.The lanky wingman averaged 18.5 points per game and that’s pretty much it as the other statistical categories belong to his teammates.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio does not give a (expletive) about field goal percentage, and in an all-important game against Far Eastern University the UP senior showed why.UP had to win their game against FEU on Saturday to barge into the fourth spot and Desiderio didn’t let his disastrous 5-of-22 clip deter him from taking the game-winning shot.With the scores tied at 56-56 and the ball in his hands with 6.2 seconds left, Desiderio looked down his good friend Ron Dennison in the eyes, dribbled to the left wing and shot the game-winning triple the basketball gods bestowed upon him.And as UP head coach Bo Perasol said, in this is better in Filipino, “may kakapalan talaga” and for all you English snobs out there it roughly translates to “the guy’s got balls.” The standings have remained pretty much the same the week prior with Ateneo and La Salle still at the top two spots and Adamson U sitting comfortably at third with its closest pursuers two games behind.The action is in the fourth place battle with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern U locked in heated race and National University relying on other teams to lose if it hopes to get to the semifinals.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 shutoutAnd with that said, here are the best players, by position, this week.Center: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers) QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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LATEST STORIES MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending 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 “It could have been a disaster for us,” said Austria, who missed June Mar Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot. “It was not a good sign for us going into the playoffs, but fortunately we got the win and the incentive.”Lassiter finished with 22 points, including a triple with 47 seconds remaining that tied the game at 106. Getting a bounce pass from Chris Ross off the sideline inbound, Lassiter banked in from just under the basket to save the Beermen’s blushes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s good to have guys like Marcio and Chris who know how to play together,” added Austria, whose team led 89-63 late in the third period.The Picanto seemed poised for an upset when former San Miguel guard Rashawn McCarthy gave them a 104-103 lead. Glenn Khobuntin attacked the paint to extend the lead to 106-103 with 62 seconds left. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Alaska climbs to third spot, denies Rain or Shine of twice-to-beat AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Marcio Lassiter saves the day for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESMarcio Lassiter rescued San Miguel Beer from what coach Leo Austria described as a disaster, knocking in a layup with 1.8 seconds remaining as the defending champion Beermen escaped with a thrilling 108-106 victory over KIA Picanto Friday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen nearly wasted a 26-point lead in the second half before Lassiter bailed them out with five points in the final minute that helped San Miguel secure an eighth win in 10 games and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Later, Vic Manuel and JV Casio sparkled in crunchtime as Alaska dealt a huge blow to Rain or Shine’s bid for a twice-to-beat bonus by hammering out a thrilling 99-95 victory.Rain or Shine needs to sweep its remaining games against San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra to stay in the hunt for the remaining quarterfinal bonus. View comments
LATEST STORIES Clearly, the foreign reinforcements have leveled the playing field.For the Cool Smashers, Kuttika Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt took charge, making 23 and 22 points, respectively, to take the cudgels for overworked superstar Alyssa Valdez who still managed to score 15.Jennifer Keddy is also holding court for BaliPure with a little help from heavy hitting local Gretchel Soltones. Keddy had 23 points, while Soltones had 16.Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar said they now have a better mindset and the Game 2 win would improve their morale as well.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The chase for the two final places comes to a head Thursday as four clubs duke it out in two semifinal Game 3s of the Premier Volleyball League at Philsports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Juico: We did not cut Tabal, she quit BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Creamline and Power Smashers managed to stretch their respective best-of-three series after beating BaliPure and Pocari Sweat late Tuesday via five-set encounters.Thai reinforcement Kannika Tipachot headed Power Smashers’ come-from-behind 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13 triumph by making 28 points, including a put back that ended the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline defeated BaliPure (24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14) for the first time this conference in a similar thriller.“The players really held on to the game. Fortunately the breaks went our way,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses. 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
Ginebra’s Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Devance heaved a sigh of relief after getting a short break from defending the heftier Joshua Smith Thursday night.Smith played just nine minutes before complaining on a pain on his right foot, forcing TNT to go all-Filipino from the midway point of the second quarter to the end of the game.ADVERTISEMENT “Just the minutes that I had on him was tough. He’s huge, he’s the biggest player I played, by far,” said Devance, who was tasked to battle Smith for the series.Without the hulking reinforcement, Ginebra ran away with a 125-101 win to take Game 3 and avoid a sweep, extending the series to another do-or-die Game 4 on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDevance also took advantage of the chance as the veteran forward had much more gas to contribute to the cause of the squad and finished with 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the victory.But he hopes nothing but the best for Smith, saying: “He’s a great player, he seems like a great guy, and he plays well in their system. I heard he got injured. I hope it’s nothing serious.” Regardless of the situation surrounding TNT’s reinforcement, Devance believes that the Gin Kings were just the better team in Game 3. “I think we played a lot better and I think we’re more prepared today. In both games, we had chances to win the game and I just think we had mental lapses. Today, we kind of manned up, had each other’s backs, and played a lot better,” he said.Devance is looking to ride this wave of momentum going to Game 4 on Saturday, where he expects a loud Cuneta Astrodome crowd to back Ginebra in the do-or-die tiff.“It’s rowdy at Cuneta and it’s always for us. But we just got to go out here and get this next game,” he said. “I’m not worried about Game 5, I’m worried about Game 4. We got to get this Game 4, play harder, play smarter, play together, and we’ll see what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES NBA: Warriors spend $150K on champagne at nightclub after title win View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has welcomed “two new loves of my life.” Ronaldo, 32, shared a photo of him cradling his nurslings, who were born from a surrogate mother, on his social media pages on Thursday. Although Ronaldo has yet to confirm his twins’ identities, Portuguese news sites revealed that the twin boy was named Mateo, while the girl was named Eva, according to TMZ.“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he captioned his photo.His first son, Cristiano Jr., was also born from a surrogate mother in 2010. Coincidentally, Ronaldo’s girlfriend, model Georgina Rodriguez, is gossiped to be expecting a child as well. Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORIESCristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid – bossRonaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New ZealandADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finaleSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena
While all eyes are on Michelle Obama’s wardrobe during her India visit, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, too, made some style news.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi sported a bright coloured sari during her meeting with US President Barack Obama on Monday.Sitting at the same table as the Obamas at the private dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur, Sonia tweaked her personal style just a bit to show her appreciation.Sonia may not have been as eclectic and experimental as Michelle, who was dressed in a dazzling black and gold ensemble by Indo-American designer Naeem Khan, but she still managed to create some ripples with her choice of a sari.While no one expected her to wear a gown or something extremely festive, she departed a little bit from her trademark style to show she made an extra effort for the party.Dressed in a midnight blue traditional weave silk sari with a mahogany gold border, one saw her in a colour she has probably never worn before. Even her choice of gold drop earrings is something she isn’t generally associated with. Considering she gave her usual neutrals, pastels, khadi and pearls a miss, which was a noticeable departure from her style.While Michelle is iconic in that she mixes high street labels with high end ones and keeps it constantly innovative, Sonia’s appeal comes from keeping it consistently chic and personal.Her trademark traditional weave saris, kitten heels and neatly done hair have got her a style icon’s tag many a time. She does, however, tweak her granny chic look now and then, when the occasion demands it.advertisementShe is known for her love of Paithani saris and white cotton churidar-kameezes. So the sari, which looked like a kanjeevaram, was quite ‘dressy’ for her. She usually goes for temple designs, ikatweaves and gold threadwork only on rare occasions.
Many politicians have squandered away the benefits of a landslide electoral victory by doing precious little for the common man. But Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar seems inclined to make the most of the three-fourths majority given to his alliance in the recent assembly elections.He has begun his new innings in right earnest by declaring an all-out war on corruption. Less than a week after he assumed charge, he announced his government’s resolve to bring about the Right to Service Act in Bihar to facilitate timely disposal of work related to public utility services. He also talked about incorporating provisions for a penalty on officials who do not compelte their task within the stipulated time.In the following week, his government acted swiftly to confiscate the property of an official charged with amassing wealth disproportionate to his known source of income. The government will now open a school in his palatial building in keeping with Nitish’s poll-time promise.But it is his decision to abolish the local area development fund of the state legislators that has underlined his determination to rid the state of corruption. Under the scheme, MLAs and MLCs of the state had been getting a discretionary fund of Rs 1 crore per annum.This fund was created with the seemingly ‘noble’ intention of helping legislators implement development projects as per their preference in the areas of their choice but it did not remain immune to taints of graft in subsequent years. Majority of the schemes executed with this fund reeked of poor quality and hence the scheme came to be seen as perpetuating corruption.advertisementSensing the public perception of this scheme, Nitish first broached the abolition of this project during a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance ( NDA) legislators last week and sought their opinion about it. He also spelt out the reason behind it, saying the fund had caused more harm to their image in the public eye. Three days later, the state cabinet took a decision in principle to do away with this scheme and bring about an effective scheme in its place.In just one masterstroke, he put an end to this fund of Rs 1 crore each to 243 MLAs and 75 MLCs, which he can now channel to other welfare initiatives. Not only this, he also called upon all ministers and legislators to declare their income and assets every year to ensure probity in public life.Even opposition parties like the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress have supported this move. But more surprising is the way the NDA legislators have rallied behind him, except for the murmurings of a few. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi says that there is no difference of opinion among the legislators over the abolition of the fund and wants the Centre to emulate it.Nitish’s decision to get the fund abolished has come at a time when the NDA had received a massive mandate and his leadership cannot be questioned by anybody within the coalition. He apparently wants to convey his seriousness about eradicating corruption from public life not only to the people in general but also to those politicians who wish to perpetuate the myth that graft is a way of life these days.Nitish’s decision has come at the right time. This has set the agenda for his government for the next five years. He has taken the bull of corruption by the horns at the outset of his new tenure. Its success will be evaluated in the next assembly election.Sonepur’s good old cattle fairThe traditional rural fairs are fast becoming pass even in Bihar but the famous Sonepur Mela seems to have retained its old charm. In an era of fun parks and mobile games, the fair – once touted as the biggest cattle fair in Asia – gives glimpses of the “real India”. The month- long mela attracts not only national and foreign tourists but also villagers from nearby areas. It has been primarily famous for the sale and purchase of animals, especially elephants, horses, dogs, cows and birds over the years.In recent times, the ban on the sale of birds and animals, including elephants, have limited its appeal but it still attracts hordes of prospective buyers. Instead of outright sale, elephants are given away as ” gifts” to tweak the rules these days. It is, however, the village market-like atmosphere that is the USP of this mela.From the typical Bihari cuisine available at food stalls to the rural wares sold at the fair, everything reminds one of good old days. The crowds of villagers swaying to the beats of catchy tunes inside the theatres also seem to be the throwback to a bygone era. The Saran district administration is often forced to cancel the licence of the theatres on the charge of obscenity but they return every year in view of their ever- growing demand among the mela revellers.advertisementA treat for Patna’s bookworms Patna Book Fair is an event that every Patnaite looks forward to every year.Bihar is considered to be a huge market by the publishers because of the people’s abiding interest in books and their love for reading.The fair attracts a large number of bookworms every day. This time, it is no different.The latest edition of the fair, inaugurated by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday, had more than 60,000 visitors last Sunday. But not every visitor is a potential buyer of books. Majority of them go there for reasons other than purchasing books.Some visit the fair to listen to eminent writers and other intellectuals who share their thoughts with the readers every day. Others go to explore career and employment opportunities through the stalls of different agencies and institutions. Some food stalls selling delicacies like Hyderabadi Biryani draw more crowds than many of the book stalls. And a large majority makes the most of it by having fun, loitering around under the winter sun and having an extended picnic through the day. Nitish believes that this ambience makes it a ‘fair’ in the real sense.In a lighter vein, he said that many people primarily turned up only to gaze at the crowd of book buyers. ” But how long can one go on gazing at the people?” he said.”They also end up developing an interest in reading when they look at the books.” Nitish now wants the organisers to host an international book fair in Patna in deference to the wishes of the teeming book lovers of Patna.Do not disturb! Cops sleeping It is not at all uncommon to catch policemen napping during their duty hours in Bihar.Some of them tend to make the most of the winter sun whenever they find a convenient place. At times, one can find them dozing off even in their patrol cars.But two such ‘ sleeping’ constables in Patna found themselves to be the unlucky ones when they were caught stealing forty winks by none other than the district’s senior superintendent of police B. S. Meena.The SSP saw Rakesh Kumar and Ravindra Kumar Singh sleeping near a girls’ college where they had been deployed to keep a watch on mischief mongers and eveteasers.The SSP, who happened to be passing by, promptly suspended them from duty. The suspension must surely have robbed the duo of their sleep now!BIHAR has finally found a woman sporting icon in Smita Kumari who was part of the Asian Games gold- medal winning kabbadi team. Her success is all the more striking because she fought poverty and family opposition before making it to the team. Smita developed a passion for kabaddi while watching boys play in her village. She now wants more girls to take up kabbadi and hopes that the state government would provide jobs to players to motivate them.advertisement
The long-awaited cabinet reshuffle is now imminent. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday met President Pratibha Patil and sought time to expand his council of ministers.File photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with President Pratibha Patil.Sources say Jyotiraditya Scindia could take over as Minister of State for External Affairs, a position lying vacant since the exit of Shashi Tharoor.Rajiv Shukla could be brought in as MoS Parliamentary Affairs.K. Rahman Khan, currently the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, could take over as the Minority Affairs Minister.Salman Khurshid could be elevated to a cabinet post.Sharad Pawar’s request of being divested of Food and Civil Supplies portfolio could also be taken up in this reshuffle.Kapil Sibal is likely to retain the Communications and Information Technology portfolio.It remains to be known who will be the replacement for Prithviraj Chavan as the Minister of State in the PMO.The challengesThe prime minister may utilise the opportunity to regain the lost momentum by bringing in new faces in his cabinet. He has met Congress President Sonia Gandhi more than twice in the last one week to chalk out the entire exercise.The coalition compulsions for the prime minister are many. On the one hand the DMK is pushing for T.R. Baalu’s re-induction into the cabinet in place of A. Raja, while on the other the NCP wants Praful Patel, currently the minister of state for civil aviation with an independent charge, to be elevated to cabinet rank.advertisementBut the Prime Minister is likely to assert his authority and even show the door to some of his colleagues.Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister C.P. Joshi could get the boot.B.K. Handique and Virbhadra Singh could also be eased out owing to their advanced age.Even Sports Minister M.S. Gill could be replaced.Sources told Headlines Today that I&B Minister Ambika Soni and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad could also be interested in party work.The Prime Minister is likely to bring in more representation from states like Uttar Pradesh, which has sent 22 MPs to the Parliament, but doesn’t have a single cabinet minister.
Indian medium-pacer Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the World Cup starting on February 19 in Dhaka due to an elbow injury.Praveen Kumar checks out his elbow as Sachin Tendulkar looks on. APPraveen had hurt his elbow during a practice session ahead of the ODI series in South Africa and has not completely recovered from it.The medium-pacer was reportedly flown to London for a check-up last week, where he underwent an examination at the King Edward VII Hospital and was advised rest.He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.Despite knowing that Kumar was carrying an injury ever since his tour of South Africa, the selectors picked him in the 15-member squad without a fitness test. Key players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had also missed the ODI series against South Africa after being injured and Sachin Tendulkar was flown back mid-way during the series due to a hamstring injury. However, they are expected to be fully fit by the time the Indian camp starts in Bangalore on February 9.Ishant Sharma or S. Sreesanth may replace Kumar in the squad.
The turning point in the South Africa vs West Indies World Cup match that was played at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday has to be the third wicket stand between South Africa skipper Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.The two put on 119 runs for the third wicket after the West Indies bowler struck early removing Hashim Amla (14) and Jacques Kallis (4). From 20-2 they pushed the score to 139-3 and eventually helped the team win by seven wickets.Man-of-the-Match AB de Villiers went on to score a century remaining unbeaten on 107 and even earned a MoM award for his efforts.
India beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.
Just months after his retirement from the international cricket, former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has made several starling revelations that are set to send the cricketing community running for cover.Akhtar — one of the most controversial cricketers — sparked a row by revealing it all in a tell-all autobiography — Controversially Yours.Not holding back, Akhtar hit out at Indian cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. The former Pakistan speedster criticised Tendulkar and Dravid “for not being winners” and for not knowing the art of finishing a game.The pacer even came out in the open admitting that he had tampered with the ball on many occasions. He revealed that while he might have been caught just twice and warned on a few occasions, he had actually tampered with the ball quite regularly.In another startling disclosure from the book published by Harper Collins, Akhtar spells out how actor Shah Rukh Khan and former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi coaxed him into signing up with the Twenty-20 league with just mere promises.Akhtar rued the fact that he fell for Modi and SRK’s claims that he would be better paid at the IPL if he stayed off the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Lawyer-turned-politician Ravi Shankar Prasad of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been elevated as the new deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha in place of S.S. Ahluwalia.His elevation is likely to liven up House proceedings as he will be pitted against Rajiv Shukla, minister of state for parliamentary affairs. However, some could see this as a family matter too. Prasad’s sister is married to Shukla.
DIED: Samar Guha, 85, freedom fighter and associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata. He was a former MP and a member of the Janata Dal (S). RANKED: Shooter Anjali Vedpathak, as World No 1 in the women’s 10 m air rifle event, by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).QUALIFIED:,DIED: Samar Guha, 85, freedom fighter and associate of Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata. He was a former MP and a member of the Janata Dal (S).RANKED: Shooter Anjali Vedpathak, as World No 1 in the women’s 10 m air rifle event, by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).QUALIFIED: Jeev Milkha Singh, as the first Indian to play the US Open golf tournament (one of the US professional circuit’s four golf majors.) He made the cut for the money-making rounds and tied for the 62nd place.CHOSEN: For knighthood, Cambridge University professor Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, for his service to economics. Also chosen for the honour is industrialist G.K. Noon.
Quirk and kitsch is certainly making its way into the hearts of shoppers in Punjab. From art-inspired handicrafts and skull shaped phones to vintage shopping, ethnic is exotic on the store shelves, while a funky flavour is splashed across everything. Be it swanky malls or standalone shopping spaces, the city,Quirk and kitsch is certainly making its way into the hearts of shoppers in Punjab. From art-inspired handicrafts and skull shaped phones to vintage shopping, ethnic is exotic on the store shelves, while a funky flavour is splashed across everything. Be it swanky malls or standalone shopping spaces, the city is celebrating all that is quirky and cool. Out of the box and certainly off the beaten track, these cool stores are where you can indulge your wacky side!PhulkariTradition rules the roost here. From ingeniously made bronze and metal statues depicting Punjab’s rural life to gold and silver antique necklaces, earrings, anklets and nose rings as well as exquisite phulkari duppattas-all Punjabi handicrafts find a place here at Phulkari, the state emporium in Chandigarh. Owned by Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) Ltd, the twin-level store promotes Punjabi handicrafts and small scale industries. Named after phulkari-an exquisite traditional embroidery technique from rural Punjab, the neatly organised shop claims to have something for every home. Rustic looking brick walls house wardrobes that are stacked with clothing material. Needless to say, many of these unstitched suits and dupattas come with phulkari and bagh work on them. You can also find brightly coloured cushions, moorahas (cane stools), mats, bedspreads, jholas (cloth handbags) and quilts adorned with phulkari work. Art aficionados can pick from one of the traditional paintings by various schools of art like Chamba or Tanjore that are on display here as well.Where: S.C.O 27, Sector 17, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 150 to Rs 1,500 (furnishings); Rs 400 onwards (dupattas).Tel: 01722706246.USP: The Phulkari embroidery used on various clothing, jholas, mats, moorahs, dupattas and bedspreads.-Anandita GuptaadvertisementBittu BanglesIt is a glitzy affair at this iconic store that was set up way back in 1985. Bittu Bangle was just a small booth when it was started but with their wide variety and great collection of bangles, has managed to grow steadily and today, the store stocks thousands of bangles in all shades of the rainbow from across the country. Lac chudi bangles from Maharashtra, Kolkata and Hyderabad, glass and oxidised silver bangles from Delhi and Jodhpur and metal and embellished bangles from China (Rs 20-200), the store offers a great selection for every woman’s bangle needs. A striking assortment of cuffs and bracelets in stone, lac, metal and oxidised silver (Rs 30 to Rs 100 a pair) apart from their famous bridal choodas (not just the common red ones but also turquoise and white) from Amritsar and Rajasthan (Rs 250-Rs 6,000) are also on offer here.Where: S.C.F 21-22, Sector-22C, Near Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 250 to Rs 6,000 (choodas).Tel: 01722725755.USP: The variety of bangles that one can choose from and the variation of its customised services have made this store a runaway hit.-Anandita Gupta22.214.171.124What started as a shop selling only tees is now a space synonymous with ‘Punjabi-ness’. Named after the birth year of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, 126.96.36.199. is the brainchild of Harinder Singh. A whole range of handicrafts- phulkari embroidery, jutis, original paintings of the Golden Temple, antique locks, gramophones, brass lassi glasses and kirpans are available here. But it is their T-shirts with catchy captions-main gabru des punjab da, sadke jaavan, vekhi ja phercheri na, proud by birth-Sikh by choice-which have made them famous. Selling T-shirts was not something new for Singh as he is also behind the label Uni Style Image. With outlets spread across Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar, Singh says that the one in Chandigarh attracts the most customers.They also stock pottery from Auroville in Pondicherry, silver jewellery from Jaipur and ethnic embroidered bags from Gujarat. But they try to bring Punjab into even these items in a creative way. For instance, the tea set from Auroville, has “cha” written on it in Gurmukhi.Where: Shop No 81. Sector 17D, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 (T-shirts); Rs 500 (Pankhi).Tel: 01724677333.USP: The store stocks artefacts, apparel and accessories that celebrate the essence of the Punjabi culture.-Rewati RauMaskLocated within the popular Alpha one Mall in Amritsar is Mask, a fashion outlet that is definitely out of the ordinary. The remains of an ancient Ambassador car placed at the centre of the store is an indication of the ‘quirk’ factor to be expected from the merchandise. This multi brand apparel store is known for its furnishings and clothing range for young men and women. Modish accessories like bags, belts, caps, scarves are available here. The store houses collections from brands such as Unisex, Recap, Expose, IT, Virsa, Nostrum, Copper Stone and Butterfly to name a few. Tees with cult graphics, auto graphics and slogans are the definite hot sellers here. Being easy on the pocket makes Mask just that much more appealing to the city’s college-going crowd who are their main patrons.Where: Alphaone Mall, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 350 to Rs 2,500.Tel: 01835052400.USP: Their clothing range is fun, cool and affordable- perfect for the city’s youth.-Puja R.MahaldaradvertisementPleasentinoAn unusual concept in Amritsar, Pleasantino was started last year by Jaswinder Singh and his son Danish. The father-son duo began by selling games carved on wood (chess, backgammon, and cribbage) in USA. Demand for an off-beat carving for a game gave them the idea of utilising their skills in a different way. “We imported machines from USA to create a special carving for that client and that’s when we thought of making god and goddess figurines,” says Singh. A carving of the Golden Temple was their first effort. It soon resulted in a store in Amritsar’s Alpha One mall. Carvings are done on a variety of wood such as maple, rosewood, bloodwood, and mahogany. Deities of every faith find space on the shelves along with chessboards, keychains, wooden boxes, wall hangings, and side tables.Where: Alphaone Mall, S.C.O 43, DSC, BBlock, Ranjit Avenue, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 75 (keychain); Rs 15,000 (Guru Nanak carving).Tel: 09915588416. USP: Exotic wood carvings in unusual forms that serve as home dcor items.-Rewati RauHoney HutHoney Hut, a 500 sq ft eatery, tucked away in Sector 22’s noisy corridor stocks all kinds of products that pack in the goodness of honey. The health cafe offers raw honey and honey-based products that act as natural sweeteners apart from offering a whole range of health benefits as well. Brainchild of Paramjit Singh, 54, the first Honey Hut store was established in 2008 at Shimla, to encourage guilt-free sweet indulgence. Consequently, Singh has opened seven outlets, across India and tied up with Ludhiana-based Kashmir Aperies (that exports honey to 70 countries) for sourcing the best quality honey. The store serves multiple delicacies and varieties of honey, at reasonable prices. Try their honey-based coffee, tea, milk, shakes, lemon water and lassi. Their honey idlis and honey chocolates, as well as kulfis and ice creams infused with honey are simply delectable. They also have a range of cosmetics that are all made from honey.Where: Honey Hut, Khadi Bhawan, S.C.O 7-8, Sector 22B, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 25 to Rs 80.Tel: 01724003286.USP: The store stocks a wide range of products from food items to cosmetics-all made from honey.-Anandita GuptaFeathersThis little shop in Sector 22 is a gold mine for fashion accessories. The three storey store, established by city-based entrepreneur, Ajay Sarna in 1973 stocks accessories of all kinds ranging from bangles, earrings, danglers, hair clips, cosmetics, beauty products, purses, clutches, pouches, hand bags, wallets, vanity kits, jewellery boxes and even night wear and lingerie. A great place to stop at before the next big Punjabi marriage party, pick up elegantly decorated cash envelopes, wedding garlands and everything else that makes trousseau packing convenient and stylish. advertisementReplicas of global brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Dior and travel gear are hot sellers here and the store is known for its great discounts as well.Where: SCF 2, Sector 22D, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 210 to Rs 6,000.Tel: 01722707281.USP: Feathers scores high both, on quality and the variety of products they stock.-Anandita GuptaKarma RepublicPreet Arjun Singh, 26, decided that rather than wearing his politics on his sleeve, why not wear a cause instead? It was with this in mind that this Chandigarh boy set up Karma Republic, an online concept store that has been spreading awareness about social and cultural issues through exciting and lucid graphics on tees. “Karma Republic tees are a wearable canvas for my inner activist,” says founder Preet Arjun Singh with a smile. Preet quit his lucrative job with IT major Infosys and launched Karma Republic four years ago. Though things started out slowly, they soon picked up, with Punjab’s hip crowd all sporting KR tees.Now thousands of t-shirts are sold every month on his website. Preet designs each piece himself, the messages the tees contain range from raising a voice against corruption and communalism to expressing patriotism for the country. If you’d like to buy offline, there is an outlet at Sector 35 as well. Anyone who buys a tee from KR also gets a ‘passport’-a booklet to keep a record of their good karmas!Where: Karma Republic headquarters, S.C.O 367, Second floor, Sector 35B, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 450 to Rs 700.Tel: 09988224475/karmarepublic.comUSP: The unique t-shirts with lucid graphics and quotes relating to social and cultural issues.-Anandita GuptaAmritsari BazaarThe Amritsari Bazaar that houses more than 50 outlets is a one-stop-shop for all your Punjabi handicrafts needs. The bazaar’s decor grabs your attention as soon as you enter with its huge artistic ambience and with the traditionally decorated halls that are laid out with jali, mirror and wood works that set the tone for a great day out for handicraft shopping.Spread out over 15,000 square feet, the bazaar located at the top floor of the Alpha One mall is a stark contrast from the rest of the mall that retails more urbane, trendy fashion wear and apparel. Head here to pick up home decor items or interesting made out in various traditional styles such as phulkari, lacquered woodwork and traditional jewellery styles. Punjabi jutis, hand-woven carpets and popular delicacies like papads and wadiyan are must buys here.Where: Alpha One Mall, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 200 to Rs 50,000.Tel: 01835031500; alphaoneamritsar.comUSP: The store has everything that is quintessentially Punjabi and is a onestop-shop for traditional handicrafts.-Puja Raina MahaldarAnaha JewelleryThe store imbues class with its wooden cabinets, antique showcases and wide variety of jewellery. Boasting of a great selection of jewellery from India as well as countries like France, North and South America, Italy, Africa and the Middle East, personal attention is given to every customer who steps in here. The store is divided into two sections-Indian and World Jewellery. In the Indian section kundan designs from Punjab, polki designs from Jaipur, gold designs from south India and gemstones from Hyderabad are all on display. In the international section, one can find diamond jewellery from France under the brand ‘Viona’, gemstones from North America under ‘Zayna’, gold and silver jewellery from Italy under ‘Evana’, pearls from Japan under ‘Osaka’, South American bronze designs under ‘Inca’ and exquisite bead designs from Africa and the Arab World under the name, ‘Jambo’. It has an exquisite antique jewellery collection which is trendy and can be worn to work. Besides gold, silver and diamonds, you can also find bronze, stone, acrylic and wooden jewellery here.Where: S.C.O 215-217, Sector 34, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 100 onwards (artificial jewellery); Rs 300 (silver); Rs 5000 onwards (gold-kundan/diamonds).Tel: 09855501827.USP: A wide variety of jewellery from all over the world. They also customise jewellery for their customers.-Monita SharmaVijay Metal WorksTake a slight detour on the Amritsar-Jalandhar highway to Jandiala Guru and pick up brass utensils of every size and shape. The nerve centre of brass utensil manufacturing in the state; people from this nondescript place near Amritsar have been making brass utensils for over five decades. There are large and small brass kadhais (thick woks), bowls, spoons, and pots. You can also spot rows of tablas being made here. “People from across the country come to buy our tablas and other brass utensils,” says Mohan Lal Malhotra of Vijay Metal Works.Where: Brass factory, Vijay Metal Works; Bazaar Kaserian, Jandiala Guru (district Amritsar).Cost: Rs 350 (brass plate) and; Rs 500 (glass).Tel: 01832431229.USP: Their brass utensils are a unique concept which have been manufactured for over five decades.-Rewati RauYakshi Wedding BazaarThis brightly-lit wedding accessories showroom is all about celebrating marriage. Conceptualized and launched by 45 year old Satinder Kumar two years ago, the 1000 sq ft store is a one-stop-shop for addressing all your wedding ceremony needs. From shagun thalis with embellished covers, decorative coconuts, currency garlands and sindoordanis to kirpans (sword carried by the bridegroom), turbans, sehras and kaliras; everything is available at Yakshi and all of it at affordable prices too. Yakshi has about 30 sherwanis and 40 lehengas in their wedding collection. They also have an in-house tailor for alterations.Where: S.C.F 24, Sector 7C, Inner Market, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 (sherwanis and lehengas).Tel: 01725051440, 09316108440.USP: Its exquisite wedding attire and accessories at affordable prices makes the store a favorite with to-be brides and grooms.-Anandita GuptaFragrance and FlavorStocking a variety of exclusive global perfume brands, a stopover at Fragrance and Flavors is sure to be a treat for your olfactory senses. City-based entrepreneur Harpreet Singh set up this boutique, the tri-city area’s first exclusive perfume outlet three years ago and has since managed to bedazzle the Punjabi shopper with his great collections. Spread over 400 sq feet, the contemporary looking store is designed to cater to perfume aficionados. Besides, the store has introduced the uninitiated to fine international fragrances such as Channel, Creed, La Prairie, YSL, Dunhill, Bvlgari, Hogo Boss, Tom Ford, Armani and Hermes.Where: SCO 80, Sector 17D, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 500 to Rs 25,000.Tel: 01724008998.-Anandita GuptaEmergeThe gateway to the best rock ‘n’ roll merchandise in Punjab, Emerge is a one-stop-shop for all things cool. From classic posters to eccentric tees, it’s all available inside this 1200 sq ft store. The store is laid out like an old, run down garage with worn out, deflated tyres, air compressors and junk items placed all around. A professional DJ spinning progressive house and trance tunes adds to the eclectic mood as well. Trendy apparel is the mainstay here, but there is a huge line of accessories, posters, medals and studded belts. Ordinary household items get interesting twists here with skull shaped ashtrays and napkin holders that are designed like toothpaste tubes. This four year old store has set up outlets across Punjab, including the ones in Shimla and Panchkula.Where: S.C.O Sector 10D Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 350 to Rs 3,000.Tel: 01724674890, 09501133551.USP: Their selection of rock ‘n’roll merchandise. Most of their stuff has an edgy, quirky feel to it.-Anandita GuptaSvaasa ShopHow about a cup of tea to cure insomnia? A herb liquid extract for depression? Svaasa Shop, a tiny shop tucked away in Ranjit’s Svaasa, a boutique spa resort in Amritsar, stocks stuff for those who appreciate the finer things in life. An entire section dedicated to wellness has a range of Yogi Tea (imported from Netherland) for detoxifyng, throat comfort, digestion, and sound sleep.There are 150 liquid herbal extracts available that cure various kinds of ailments. Svaasa also manufactures essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, rosemary, ylang ylang, lemongrass and mandarin which are available at the shop. While they do make a style statement, what is most interesting here is their funky jute slippers which have been designed by Badhte Kadam, a group of street children in Delhi. You can also pick up handmade coasters sourced from Orissa.Where: 47A, Mall Road, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 315 onwards.Tel: 09872626618/svaasa.comUSP: Their range of products that aim to target wellness needs of the local populace.-Rewati RauLalit Kala AkademiYour favourite artist can now find a place on your dining table, couch, drawing room or even your clothes. Three years ago Le Corbusier Centre and the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) came out with this interesting idea to attract art lovers. A set of mugs and t-shirts with art critic Ashok Vajpeyi’s poems printed on them was LKA’s first creation.Later on, works of other renowned artists’ such as Jatin Das, Paramjit Singh, Krishen Khanna, Shakti Burman, Ranbir Kaleka, Vivan Sundaram, and Anjolie Ela Menon were incorporated on items of daily use. Says Diwan Manna, the chairperson of Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, “The idea is not new, it’s there all over the West, but in India nobody was doing it. So I thought we should start it here.” When you pay the store a visit, check out the painting on a mug by Krishen Khanna. Monalisa cushion covers, beer mugs printed with Corbusier’s paintings, and a mug with an Amrita Shergill painting-all quite attractive.Where: Le Corbusier Centre, Sec 10C, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 500 to Rs 750 (Beer Mugs); 750 to Rs 7,000 (Paintings); Rs 1,000 (Cushion Covers).Tel: 01722740261.USP: The artistic decor is with impressions of it on various products available at the store.-Rewati RauArt Craft and BeyondThis 28 room bungalow in a narrow Amritsar street urges you to pause and take notice. Look in and expect to be drawn by the artefacts, artfully scattered all around. Three commodious rooms here are stacked with a mix of small and big collectibles from India and abroad. An avid traveller with an eye for vintage items, Aradhana Mehra started Art Craft and Beyond last year. Here, you could pick up a mask from Indonesia, tiny plates from Turkey, ceramics from Thailand, mahogany wooden tables from Java, or a painting from Hong Kong. Mehra has also stocked some ethnic glass vases, bathroom sets and lamps from Agra and antique furniture from Rajasthan. She brings in new stocks every 15 days. What’s unique about her store is the convenient option of paying in installments. “When people come to pay their installment, they spot new items and are tempted to buy more stuff, so it works for me,” she says.Where: 9, Rattan Chand Road, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 250 to Rs 50,000.Tel: 01832220980.USP: Home decor artefacts sourced from around the world, and the convenient option of paying in installments.-Rewati RauIndia House GroupEnter Sona Makhni’s house and showroom decorated like a Rajasthani haveli and you’ll forget you are in Amritsar. An antique palki greets you up front while workers are busy weaving or carving as you go past the door. Inside, there is a spread of handcrafted trousseau boxes, a wooden bar with bar stools, coat hangers, cupboards of vintage value, wooden dining tables and side tables.”The most popular items here are the antique doors and the bar that comes with a table and bar stools,” says Makhni. We loved the trousseau boxes, which can also be used as side tables or as regular storage boxes. Her husband Vikram Singh has impressed Westerners with Indian carpets and antique furniture made of mango, sheesham and teak wood for over 25 years-they have shops in Switzerland and France. Makhni decided to utilise her free time at home and started retailing from Amritsar. Her venture of one-and-a-half years has given her an exclusive clientele in the city. Makhni also customises furniture. All the wooden products are made at the family’s manufacturing unit in Jodhpur. The Makhnis started their business with hand-knotted silk carpets. The wool for these carpets is imported from New Zealand and the weaving is done in neighbouring villages. “We’ve employed over 300 housewives from the villages,” she says. Makhni also stocks a range of phulkari and Pashmina shawls at her store.Where: 5, RB, Duni Chand Road, Lawrence Road, Amritsar.Cost: Rs 500 (antique box); Rs 50,000; (wooden cupboard).Tel: 01832223845.USP: A Rajasthani haveli styled store, stocking vintage, antique products with a twist.-Rewati RauVanity BoxIf you think your house cannot do without printed toilet paper from Germany, floral cushion covers from England or acrylic wine glasses from Italy, head straight to the Vanity Box. The store is also a treasure trove of stuff like magnets by a bunch of young designers from Bengaluru, pottery from Puducherry, unique saris by Delhi based designer Neeru Ahuja, table linen by US designer, April Cornell and much more. The store has a vintage look with a quirky ambience. Vanity Box, as a concept, was born out of an annual flea market organised at the Whispering Willows at Zirakpur, a resort owned by Priya Jagat, also the owner of Vanity Box.Where: S.C.S 7, Sector 8 Market, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 150 onwards.Tel: 017227813329.USP: A vintage store with a wide range of quality antique products.-Rewati RauTantraThe first dedicated outlet in the state that retails the perennially cool Tantra tees, this spacious store became an instant hit among the citys hip crowd when it was set up in 2010. One can browse the well-lit shelves of this 1000 sq ft space for a wide range of classic Tantra cotton tees with fun ideas, ranging from social messages on issues such as empowerment of women and human rights to tees with themes such as going green, spirituality, music and parties here. The hot sellers, however, are the funky tees with peppy images and one-liners such as ‘Bakwaas ke Baadshah’, ‘Add to Cart’, ‘Shiva in a Trance’ and ‘Read Books, not T Shirts!’ Also look out for their range of interesting accessoriesfrom eco-friendly cloth bags made from recycled fabric to framed artworks and quirky mouse pads.Where: S.C.O 481, Sector 35C, Chandigarh.Cost: Rs 300 to Rs 650.Tel: 09915068553.USP: With new t-shirts being launched every month, the store has perhaps the widest variety of cool t-shirts in the state.-Anandita GuptaOxyzone AromasSensing the growing popularity of aromatic essential oils in the hospitality and wellness industry, Chandigarh-based Simar Kaaur set up Oxyzone Aromasa store offering an exquisite collection of aroma oils. “These aroma oils are completely natural, being benzene and alcohol-free. They work wonderfully as natural perfumes and help greatly in relaxing and soothing your body,” says 28 year old Kaaur, who ventured into the aromatic oils business while running her two upscale gyms (Oceanic and Oxyzone) in Chandigarh and Zirakpur. This small yet well-laid out store was set up last year and now supplies aromatic and spa oils to many luxury hotels across the state, including The Taj, Piccadily, KC Royale and Hotel Heritage. Their product range includes aromatic diffuser oils, pure aromatic essential oils and reed oils, aromatic mists, spa oils and Jacuzzi oils.Cost: Rs Rs 200 to Rs 70,000Tel: 09779653119/oxyzonearomas.comUSP: The aroma oils are available in exquisite fragrances and are completely natural and alcohol free.-Anandita Gupta