Month: November 2019

Russell Westbrook agrees to 10-year extension of contract with Jordan Brand—report

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. Houston won 115-111. APRussell Westbrook played the best basketball of his life for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, winning the 2016 NBA Most Valuable Player award in the process.His efforts on the court have been rewarded, as the spitfire guard will reportedly sign an approximately $200 million 10-year extension with the Jordan Brand.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:37Protesters 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 Rain or Shine fends off Wright, Phoenix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Given the enigmatic superstar’s flair for the dramatic—both inside the court and when it comes to fashion—the shoe will be “unlike anything that Jordan Brand has done before.”Furthermore, the Jordan Brand also pledged to support Westbrook’s “Why Not?” Foundation and sweetened the deal with an “ambassador clause,” which would keep him with the company after even after his retirement.  Khristian Ibarrol /ra Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The deal, as per ESPN’s Nick DePaula, will be the most lucrative ever in the history of Jordan athletes.The 28-year-old UCLA product is coming off a five-year deal with NBA legend Michael Jordan’s signature brand, which he signed in 2013.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 shutoutWith his stock getting higher after winning the league’s biggest individual award, the Jordan Brand took the opportunity to lock up one of the most sought-after stars in today’s game.Although details of the deal remain scarce, DePaula said Westbrook’s first ever signature line of shoes is also expected to be released.last_img read more

Ceres hits AFC Cup milestone in drubbing of Boeung Ket

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises A brace each from Takumi Uesato, Bienve Maranon and OJ Porteria and a goal apiece from captain Carlie De Murga and substitute Manny Ott propelled the Busmen to a record-setting night.An own goal from Boeung Ket defender Sun Sovanrithy in the second half inflicted more misery on the Cambodians, who missed two key players due to visa issues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo dominating were the Busmen that coach Risto Vidakovic replaced the excellent Stephan Schrock just before halftime with the outcome already in the bag.Uesato set the tone for a magical night with a close range strike in the 15th minute, before Maranon doubled the lead four minutes later. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Japanese striker grabbed a second in the 22nd minute by latching unto Jeff Christiaens’ pass to the far post and Maranon added a fourth after 28 minutes by converting from the spot following a clip on Mike Ott inside the area.It was 5-0 in the 31st minute with Maranon setting up Porteria, who rifled home a well-placed strike from just inside the box.De Murga joined the scoring four minutes after the hour mark, heading home a beautiful cross from Manny Ott, who also got on the scoresheet nine minutes from time with a deflected strike.Porteria knocked in his second goal from close range with five minutes remaining as Ceres matched the biggest win in the history of the tournament. Nasaf Qarshi of Uzbekistan beat Dempo of India via the same scoreline in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Photo from AFC.comBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros FC launched its AFC Cup campaign in style, drubbing an overmatched Boeung Ket side, 9-0, last Tuesday night for its most lopsided victory yet in the continental competition at Panaad Stadium.Not even a downpour caused by Tropical Storm Basyang can stop the Busmen from delivering a spectacular performance in front of their home fans as they rolled past the Cambodian champions.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:29Police 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 justice View comments Troy Rosario rejoins Gilas Pilipinas practice LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Cavs suspend guard J.R Smith 1 game for detrimental conduct

first_imgMOST READ Smith attended Thursday’s morning shootaround, but the team did not announce his suspension until two hours before tip-off.“He was great this morning,” said Lue, who will start Rodney Hood in Smith’s place. “Something happened after shootaround, so, that’s all the details I’m going to give to you. He’ll be ready for tomorrow and be ready to go on Saturday (against Denver).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSmith has started 56 games, averaging 8.3 points, and is shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers.The 14-year veteran has struggled much of this season, but he had been playing better lately. Smith sat out the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s win over Brooklyn. View comments Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith (5) drives past Houston Rockets’ Luc Mbah a Moute (12), from Cameroon, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Smith has been suspended one game by the team for detrimental conduct. The team gave no further specifics about the punishment. Smith will serve the penalty on Thursday, March 1, 2018, night as the Cavs host the Philadelphia 76ers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended one game by the team for detrimental conduct.Coach Tyronn Lue gave no further specifics about the punishment. Smith will serve the penalty on Thursday night as the Cavs host the Philadelphia 76ers.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Fight to the finish Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Smith was acquired in 2014 in a trade with the New York Knicks and has been a key contributor during Cleveland’s run of three straight NBA Finals. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextlast_img read more

Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia

first_imgQuarters: 21-17, 44-36, 71-59, 94-86. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Coach Caloy Garcia, though, noted that there’s still a lot to be desired in the Elastopainters’ performance after they let a 7-point advantage, 76-59, dwindle down to five, 87-82, courtesy of a Markeith Cummings jumper with 1:57 to play.“We played sloppy in the second half, turned the ball over a lot, and it’s just that our import took too much outside shots,” said Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“[Bullock] only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that was the only time we started getting to the line. I know our import can shoot from the outside, but in our game today, maybe he became tight. But once he gets used to it, he’ll be ok,” said Garcia.Chris Tiu got going with 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers, eight assists, and five boards, while Beau Belga had 12 points and three rebounds before getting ejected at the 6:50 mark of the third for incurring a technical foul and a flagrant foul penalty one. MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side New acquisitions Ed Daquioag and Mark Borboran also had decent showings in their first game for Rain or Shine, nabbing a combined 13 markers and seven boards.Cummings almost carried Kia to its first win of the conference, but Glenn Khobuntin was whistled for a foul within the last two minutes, allowing Tiu to can two freebies to quash the Picanto run, before Bullock ultimately doused that uproar with his dagger baseline jumper in the final 1:16.Cummings paced the still winless Kia (0-6) with 30 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Reden Celda got 15 markers, six boards, and three steals.The Scores:RAIN OR SHINE 94 – Bullock 20, Tiu 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 8, Ponferrada 7, Trollano 6, Maiquez 6, Yap 5, Borboran 5, King 5, Cruz 4, Ahanmisi 3.KIA 86 – Cummings 30, Celda 15, Revilla 11, Corpuz 10, Deutchman 10, Nimes 3, Khobuntin 3, Yee 2, Ballesteros 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Caperal 0, Jaime 0.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers AVC: Thailand escapes China in thrilling five-set Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ’Nathan Bullock made an immediate impact in his first game in a Rain or Shine jersey, towing his side to a 94-86 win over Kia Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.The 30-year-old forward didn’t shy away from the spotlight, tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to help halt the Elasto Painters’ two-game losing skid for an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

How the privilege of common man under RTI is more powerful than of the Parliament members

first_imgMembers of Parliament may have been slightly miffed with Sports Minister M.S. Gill when he asked them to file their queries on the Commonwealth Games under the Right to Information Act during the last session.  The minister was strangely in the right since RTI applications have to be answered within 30 days. Here’s how some questions fared in the House. The Defence Ministry conducts many inquiries and commissions into the corruption charges against armed forces officers but the ministry has no list of how many officers are being accused, investigated, punished etc. During the budget session this year, MP Shruti Chaudhary and four other MPs had asked Defence Minister A.K.Antony about “the total number of cases of irregularities, corruption, transfer of land and other land scams including the land scam in Ranikhet in the armed forces during the last three years and the current year; the number of senior officers and other personnel found guilty in each of the cases after investigation; the details of the personnel punished and acquitted in each of the cases; and the steps taken/proposed to be taken by the Government to check recurrence of such cases in the armed forces?” Answering the query, Antony said, “The information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House.” It has been almost six months hence but the ministry is yet to furnish the list in the age of internet.A similar question was put by MP Yogi Aditya Nath on August 2. He also got the same answer, “The information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House.” But if the MPs had filed an application under RTI, as suggested by Minister Gill, it was almost certain that they could have been provided complete information since it is mandatory to provide the same within 30 days of application. After all the questioning during Question Hour and Zero Hour, MPs must have recognised that their privilege is less effective than what common citizens wield with the RTI Act.advertisementlast_img read more

India’s silver medallists at Commonwealth Games 2010

first_imgIndia has won 38 golds, 27 silvers and 35 bronzes in the Commonwealth Games 2010. In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, India had scored 22 golds, 17 silvers and 11 bronzes.Shooting (11)1. Omkar Singh & Deepak Sharma – Men’s 50m Pistol (Pairs)2. Tejaswini Sawant & Lajjakumari Gauswami – Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (Pairs)3. Abhinav Bindra – Men’s 10m Air Rifle (Singles)4. Rahi Sarnobat – Women’s 25m Pistol (Single)5. Ronjan Sodhi – Men’s Double Trap (Singles)6. Asher Noria & Ronjan Sodhi – Men’s Double trap (Pairs)7. Manavjit Singh Sandhu & Mansher Singh – Men’s Trap (Pairs)8. Vijay Kumar – Men’s 25m Centre Fire Pistol (Singles)9. Tejaswini Sawant – Women’s 50m Rifle Prone (Singles)10. Samresh Jung & Chandrasekhar Chaudhary – Men’s 25m Standard Pistol (Pairs)11. Heena Sidhu – Women’s 10m Air Pistol (Singles)Wrestling (5)1. Manoj Kumar – Men’s Greco-Roman 84 kg2. Nirmala Devi – Women’s Freestyle 48 kg3. Babita Kumari – Women’s Freestyle 51 kg4. Anuj Kumar – Men’s Freestyle 84 kg5. Joginder Kumar – Men’s Freestyle 120 kgWeightlifting (2)1. Ngangbam Soniya Chanu – Women’s 48kg2. Sukhen Dey – Men’s 56kgArchery (1)Ritul Chatterjee, Jignas Chittibomma & Chinna Raju Srither – Men’s compound teamAthletics (3)1. Vikas Shive Gowda – Men’s Discuss Throw2. Prajusha Maliakkal – Women’s Long Jump3. Harwant Kaur – Women’s Discus ThrowTennis (1)Sania Mirza – Women’s singlesBadminton (1)Badminton Mixed Team – Mixed teamTable Tennis (1)Mouma Das, Poulomi Ghatak & Shamini Kumaresan – Women’s teamlast_img read more

England reduced to 81/5 in 3rd Test

first_imgAustralia appeared headed for victory in the third Ashes Test on Saturday with Mike Hussey scoring 116 and England collapsing to 81 for five wickets in their second innings at stumps on the third day.Australias Michael Hussey his century in Perth on Saturday. Photo by APWith two days left, England are chasing an improbable 391 to win at the WACA ground and retain the Ashes.Mitchell Johnson, who wrecked the England first innings with 6-38, took 2-28. Ryan Harris removed Paul Collingwood for 11 off the last ball of the day – well caught by Steve Smith at third slip – to finish the day with 2-22.In the first innings Australia scored 268 and England 187.Australia resumed the day on 119-3 in its second innings. Hussey’s second century of the series and a 113-run stand with Shane Watson (95) dominated play before Australia lost the last five wickets for 33 runs.England fast bowler Chris Tremlett took 5-87 for his maiden five-wicket haul in a Test innings to celebrate his Test recall after three years.The 35-year-old Hussey has scored 517 runs at an average of more than 100 in five Test innings, including three half centuries.Hussey pulled Tremlett to the square leg boundary for his 13th boundary and raced towards the players’ dressing room punching the air in celebration.Under pressure to keep his place in the side before the series opener in Brisbane, Hussey started with 195, and scored 93 and 52 in the second Test loss in Adelaide, and 61 here in the first innings.Earlier, opener Watson was trapped lbw by Tremlett, falling five runs short of his first Ashes hundred. Watson hit 11 fours in his four-hour innings.advertisementSmith, Australia’s new No. 6 batsman, contributed 36 runs in a 75-run stand with Hussey as England toiled in the afternoon before Tremlett gave the tourists something to cheer.Recalled to replace the injured Stuart Broad, Tremlett followed up his first innings 3-63 with his career-best haul in his fourth Test.Any hopes England had of forcing an unlikely win was again undermined by superb Australian swing bowling.Cook was trapped lbw by Harris for 13. Three overs later, England captain Strauss followed an out swinger from Johnson and gave Australia captain Ricky Ponting a simple catch at second slip.Kevin Pieterson struggled for 40 minutes, and then sent Ben Hilfenhaus’ delivery to first slip Watson as England struggled to 55 for three.England lost Jonathan Trott (31) and Collingwood in the space of seven balls.Two years ago, South Africa successfully chased 414 and won by six wickets here, but history is very much against England.England won the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs. England lead the five-match Test series 1-0.last_img read more

Last minute worries keep ICC on its toes

first_imgICC President Sharad Pawar and CEO Haroon Lorgat hold the trophy.Even as Indian players are crazily hopping cities to meet the demands of their commercial commitments during a rare off period before the World Cup, the International Cricket Council ( ICC) is trying to ensure a smooth conduct of the tournament by taking various stringent steps.ICC officials from the Dubai headquarters have started landing in India to streamline things before the World Cup starts with the opening ceremony in Dhaka on February 17. Much would depend on coordination between officials as the tournament is spread over three countries – India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. So, ICC’s keenness to avoid a communication gap between its officials and other stakeholders is understandable In this regard mobile phones will come handy, besides the Internet and the ICC intranet. Many ICC officials have been given as many as four mobile numbers. Apart from the one they hold permanently in Dubai , officials have been given one number each for the three host countries as they will be criss- crossing the countries several times during the 45- day tournament.Another step to make everyone aware of his/ her responsibilities, the ICC is currently holding workshops in Mumbai.” To conduct such a big tournament you need a lot of people. So, we have hired temporary staff who are being told about protocols at these workshops. They have to clearly understand their duties,” an ICC official associated with the workshop told MAIL TODAY . ” ICC officials have to reach each of the 13 venues, spread across the three countries, three days before every match there.There’s a lot of work that needs to be done before, during and after each match,” he explained.Some of these officials will keep a close eye on unauthorised companies that may attempt to promote their products taking advantage of the cricket fever in the world’s biggest cricket market.To check ambush marketing, which first raised its ugly head during the World Cup held in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1996, when a well- known soft drink company came up with the famous ” nothing official about it” promotional line, the ICC has put in place stringent rules.Among the rules to protect the interests of their global partners/ sponsors, the ICC has even barred commercial screenings of the World Cup footage in public places and movie theatres. It has also prohibited the sale of tickets or levying of a cover charge for entry to a location screening World Cup footage or related themed screening events that resemble official status.The broadcast rights are with ESPN- STAR Sports, which in 2006 bought them for a staggering $ 1.1 billion for all ICC events to be held from 2007 to 2015.This will be the first 50- over World Cup after the contentious ‘ whereabouts anti- doping clause’ came into being. It seeks to know the players’ location all through the year for both in- and out- ofcompetition random dope testing.To make things easy, the ICC has told players that they can Ambush marketing and doping are concerns upload their whereabouts via their mobile phones.The ICC has also come out with a lot of helpful manuals to help players understand the complicated rules. It has also issued a prohibited list prepared by the World Anti- Doping Agency ( WADA).Since players travel frequently and require medication, the ICC has suggested that they should always carry the list of prohibited drugs with them. ” If you have been notified that you are in the ICC’s International Registered Testing Pool, National Player Pool or any other testing pools, make sure that you understand your obligations in relation to filing ‘ whereabouts’ information,” says ICC.advertisementlast_img read more

Abduction, oppression and forced conversion is fate of Hindus in Pak

first_imgThese young Hindu girls were kidnapped from Tharparker in Sindh province in March 2010. They have not been traced so far.In March, Poonam, a 13-year-old Hindu girl kidnapped last year, was forced to convert in the Lyari area of Karachi in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Her parents were stunned by the,These young Hindu girls were kidnapped from Tharparker in Sindh province in March 2010. They have not been traced so far.In March, Poonam, a 13-year-old Hindu girl kidnapped last year, was forced to convert in the Lyari area of Karachi in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Her parents were stunned by the influence the maulvis (Islamic scholars) had over their daughter. “She was very scared. She told us that she was now going to live with them as a Muslim,” Poonam’s uncle, Bhanwroo, 61, told India Today. Poonam is now Mariam.No one protested against Poonam’s conversion because almost every Hindu family in Lyari has endured religious persecution for years. Kidnapping is routine in Pakistan. But what has shaken the 2.7 million-strong Hindu community in a nation of 168 million Muslims are recent forced conversions of young girls. Many see the incidents as a conspiracy to drive Hindus out of Pakistan.”We are very worried. We have started sending our young children either to India or to other countries. We are also planning to migrate soon,” says 46-year-old Sanao Menghwar from Nawab Shah in Sindh province. He has reason to panic. Research done by local agencies says that on average 25 Hindu girls are kidnapped and converted every month in Pakistan.The Shamshan ghat in Rawalpindi that was demolished in 2010. Hindus and Sikhs used to perform last rites there.Hindus comprised nearly 15 per cent of the country’s population in 1947. Now, they are a mere 2 per cent. Many have left, many more have been killed, and others have converted to survive. Hindus are allowed to vote only in separate electorates and are not allowed to register marriages. Of the 428 temples in the country, only 26 are functioning, says Jagmohan Kumar Arora, 60, community head in Rawalpindi. To make matters worse, the Shamshan Ghat in Rawalpindi, used by Hindus and Sikhs to perform last rites, was demolished on July 19, 2010. “How would the Muslims feel if their mosques were demolished to build homes,” asks Arora.Following the riots after Babri Masjid’s demolition in India, attacks on Hindus have only increased; Hindus in Pakistan are routinely affected by communal incidents in India and violent developments in Kashmir. A 2005 report by the National Commission for Justice and Peace, a non-profit organisation in Pakistan, found that Pakistan Studies textbooks have been used to inculcate hatred towards Hindus. “Vituperative animosities legitimise military and autocratic rule, nurturing a siege mentality. Pakistan Studies textbooks are an active site to represent India as a hostile neighbour,” the report stated. “The story of Pakistan’s past is intentionally written to be distinct from, and often in direct contrast with, interpretations of history found in India. From these government-issued textbooks, students are taught that Hindus are backward and superstitious,” the report stated.advertisementPervez Hoodbhoy, 61, a prominent Pakistani scholar, says the “Islamisation” of Pakistan’s schools began in 1976 when an Act of Parliament required all government and private schools (except those teaching the British O-levels from Grade 9) to follow a curriculum for the Grade 5 social studies class that includes topics such as: “Acknowledge and identify forces that may be working against Pakistan”, “Make speeches on jihad” and “India’s evil designs against Pakistan”.”In Karachi alone, Hindu girls are kidnapped on a routine basis,” Amarnath Motumal, an activist and council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told India Today. “People are scared. The kidnappings and conversions are done by influential people of the region. The victims prefer to remain silent to save their lives.”Agrees Bherulal Balani, a former member of the provincial assembly. He says Hindu girls mostly belong to the lower castes. Officials say the attacks have increased in interior Sindh during the last three months. At least nine incidents, ranging from forced conversions to rape and murder, have been reported from the region.In one incident, a 17-year-old girl was gangraped in Nagarparker area while in another incident, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from Aaklee village and forced to convert. The Aaklee incident prompted an instant migration of about 71 Hindu families to Rajasthan. Members of the Hindu community in Kotri town in Sindh province recently protested against the kidnapping of four teenagers, Anita, Kishni, Ajay and Sagar.The plight of Hindus in Pakistan came to light in January this year when Lakki Chand Garji, 82, a Hindu spiritual leader and an official of the Kala Mata temple in Kalat district of Baluchistan province, was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from his home. He was released in April after a ransom of Rs 50 crore was paid, but the case remains unresolved till date.advertisementMinority Community leaders at a conference in Hyderabad, Pakistan, in January 2011.Alarmed by the discrimination against the Hindu community, Pakistani lawmaker Marvi Memon, 43, who belongs to the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), has criticised what she calls a total failure of the government. Memon, the only lawmaker to protest against the discrimination, says, “The tragedy is that as a result of these kidnappings, many Hindu families have migrated to India. After all, it is better to live in another country than in perpetual fear in Pakistan. It has become routine for Hindus to be humiliated at the hands of the influential Muslim community in Pakistan.” She recalls an incident of several members of the Hindu community being attacked and forced out of their homes in Sindh after Dinesh, a Hindu boy, drank water from a facility meant for Muslims. “He was beaten up badly,” says Meerumal, Dinesh’s father, who witnessed the attack.Years of keeping a low profile have affected the sense of identity of the Hindus. “They have become a people without a true identity,” says Memon, adding “if there is no awareness and concern for the Hindus of Pakistan, they will remain a voiceless people and eventually cease to exist.”In Peshawar, 62-year-old Jagdish Bhatti’s long stint in the army was no insurance against discrimination. His sons Ramesh and Lal had to adopt Muslim names for jobs. Ramesh (now Ahmed Chohan) works in a private multinational bank and Lal (Nadeem Chohan) is a supervisor in a food warehouse owned by the municipal authority in Peshawar district.”Throughout our educational career, we enjoyed a good relationship with our Muslim teachers and classmates. However, we were shocked when we were told to adopt Muslim names to get jobs,” Ramesh Bhatti told india today.Members of the Hindu community in Larkana in Sindh province recall the tragic tale of Sundri, an 18-year-old college student. One day in 2004, Sundri did not come back home after classes. After a long search, her family went to the police. Two weeks later, the police informed the family that Sundri had eloped with Kamal Khan, an employee of a local transport company, and converted to Islam. Sundri’s parents were also informed that their daughter would soon appear in court to declare her new faith. Escorted by the police and a few men sporting long beards, Sundri appeared in court to state: “I, Sundri, was born of Hindu parents. Now, as an adult, I have realised the religion I was born into is not the right one. Therefore, completely of my own accord, and without being coerced, I have decided to break away from my parents and religion, and have converted to Islam.”The judge accepted her conversion and Sundri was whisked away to an unknown location. She is learnt to have later married Khan but was divorced very soon. Subsequently, she married another Muslim from the neighbourhood. This marriage, too, ended in divorce and Sundri was married for the third time. Shortly after her third marriage, Sundri died under mysterious circumstances. Her parents believe she was murdered, while her third husband told the police that she had committed suicide. “Kidnapping Hindu girls like this has become routine. The girls are then forced to sign papers stating that they have become Muslims,” says Laljee Menghwar, a member of the Hindu panchayat in Karachi.advertisementLast year, 27-year-old Jagdesh Kumar, a factory worker, was killed in Karachi by Muslim colleagues on the charge of blasphemy. The police and factory management made no attempt to stop the attackers from killing Kumar, who was reportedly in love with a Muslim girl.In September 2010, Ashok Kumar, 32, an income tax inspector in Hyderabad in Sindh , went to collect tax return forms from shopowners. Instead of complying, one of the shopkeepers alleged that Kumar had threatened to grab him by his beard. Within minutes, the shopkeepers took out a procession, demanding that Kumar be taught a lesson. This was followed by a two-day strike. Kumar was not only suspended from his job, he was also jailed after a case of “blasphemy” was registered against him. “Since then he and his family are missing,” says a source.In the same month, Dr Kanhaiya Lal, 52, an eye specialist, was kidnapped in Larkana. He was released following a ransom payment of Rs 5 lakh. Another Hindu, Darshan Lal, 50, was killed in Badah town in Larkana district when he resisted attempts to abduct him. At least 23 prominent Hindu men have been kidnapped from Sukkur in the past few years.Police officials told India Today on condition of anonymity that many Hindus pay regular bhatta (protection money) to different groups of extortionists. Hindus in Pakistan contend that their insecurity is compounded by the apathy of the administration and the judiciary.”From the first Indo-Pak war to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Hindus in Pakistan have been perceived as enemies and persecuted,” says an Islamabad-based political analyst, requesting anonymity. He cites the recent incident of a Hindu businessman’s spat with a local editor after the former refused the editor’s demand for a car. The daily carried an editorial the next day, dubbing the businessman an Indian agent supplying arms to terrorists. Says a Hindu businessman in Kandhkot city of Sindh: “For 50 years, we have been addressed as ‘vaaniyo’ or ‘baniya’, which in these parts is a pejorative.” Calling for an end to institutionalised discrimination, the Scheduled Caste Rights Movement of Pakistan (SCRM) has demanded passage of a law allowing Hindu marriage registration. A Pakistan Supreme Court ruling of November 23, 2010, ordered the government to prepare a law to legalise Hindu marriages. The scrm warned that inaction would force them to launch a nationwide signature campaign to highlight the issue.Hindu women have routinely complained of discrimination regarding Computerised National Identity Cards (CNIC). “If we cannot produce marriage registration certificates, we are not entitled to get a CNIC which, in turn, denies us the right to vote. Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in our favour, no measures have been taken,” says Sangeeta Devi, 45, from Karachi. She has been at the forefront of the campaign demanding registration of Hindu marriages.Says Shami Mai, 34, a Hindu woman who lives in Rahim Yar Khan in south Punjab: “In case of separation or domestic violence, a Hindu woman cannot complain because she does not have any document. If she is unable to tell the court who her husband is, why would the court react to her crisis?”Something as basic as travel can pose problems for Hindu women. “If we stay at a hotel, policemen and hotel staff mistreat us. We end up spending nights on footpaths,” complains Naina Bai, 37, from Islamabad.If the hallmark of a nation is how it treats its minorities, perhaps Pakistan’s title as a failed state is well deserved.last_img read more