90-year-old cycling champ fails doping test, loses crown

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES In light of the other test, Grove lost only his results from the day of his positive test. /cbb Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carl Grove, a 90-year-old American cyclist, has been stripped of his age-group title and world record from the US Masters Track Championships after failing a doping test due to a food supplement he was taking. AFPCarl Grove, a 90-year-old American cyclist, has been stripped of his age-group title and world record from the US Masters Track Championships after failing a doping test.The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued a public warning Friday to Grove for a violation they said likely came from consuming meat contaminated with a banned substance.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dream the impossible No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Grove had won the 90-94 age group individual pursuit crown in a world record 3mins 6.129secs last July 11 at Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. He was the lone competitor in his age group.The resident of the small town of Bristol, Indiana, about 120 miles east of Chicago, tested positive for epitrenbolone, a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone in a urine sample taken after his run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGrove provided USADA with information the doping watchdogs said led them to find that “the source of his positive test was more likely than not caused by contaminated meat consumed the evening before competing.”Grove had passed a doping test after competing the day before even though USADA later found a supplement he was using before the competition date had the presence of the banned substance clomiphene, although it was not listed in the ingredients. View comments MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Enduring Suffering

first_imgThere was a certain town called Gee, surrounded by other smaller towns such as the Tee Town, Dweh Town and others. Tee Town and the other towns were smaller towns and Gee Town was a very big town.Citizens of Tee Town and the other towns lived happily, until Gee Town learned that Tee and Dweh Towns were rich in cash crops, such as rubber, palm trees, coconuts, among others.Citizens of Gee Town began to act wicked to the people of Tee Town, Dweh Town and other smaller towns. Whenever Tee Town and Dweh Town citizens were harvesting their crops, Gee Town people would forcibly go and take whatever they wanted. This was Gee Town people’s usual habit.  One day, Swen, a boy of 15 years and from Dweh Town got tired with the way Gee Town people were treating his people, so he decided to express his feelings to King Nyan of Gee Town.At a meeting the boy told bravely him, “Oh king, you have treated my people so bad that we don’t have our freedoms anymore but you must know that as a king, other people in this region have the right to live like everyone else.“You should not think that Oh King, only your people should have peace and prosperity and we ask for better treatment as human beings.”Thereafter, the unhappy king ordered and his men killed the poor boy. The boy’s death was felt by all the people who knew how brave he was to confront the wicked king of Gee. The Gee people continued their wickedness and tormented their neighbors.Though the people of the other towns cried out for deliverance from the burden that the people of Gee had imposed on them, deliverance did not come, many of the suffering believed that in due time, God, the maker of all things would set things right and therefore they endured their suffering under the wicked king of Gee.Editor’s Note: Marcy T. Forpoh is a high school student. He loves to read and write.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Littlerock, Highland meet with final playoff berth on the line

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Title time: Palmdale (7-0-2) can clinch a share of the Golden League championship tonight with a win over Knight. The Falcons boosted their title hopes with a 1-1 tie last Friday against Lancaster, which had lost only to Palmdale during the first round of league play. The Falcons were further aided by the Eagles’ loss Monday to Littlerock, which dropped Lancaster (5-2-2 in league) two games back with three games remaining. Wild ending: Palmdale and Quartz Hill on Wednesday put together one of this Golden League season’s most exciting eight-minute stretches of play. The teams tied 4-4 with four of the goals scored in the final eight minutes. Brandon Alfaro scored on a header to put Palmdale up 3-2 with eight minutes to go. Quartz Hill’s Travis Stenseth evened the score, and Cody Jenison followed by heading in a corner kick for the Rebels’ first lead of the night. A penalty in the closing seconds enabled Alfaro to score the final tying goal. Quartz Hill, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit, played most of the game down a man after receiving a first-half red card. The Golden League’s final boys’ soccer playoff berth could be decided tonight when defending champion Littlerock High plays host to Highland. Palmdale and Lancaster have all but clinched the top two spots, so the race for third is the only meaningful battle remaining a week remaining in the regular season. Littlerock is two points ahead of Highland with three games remaining. Momentum is on Littlerock’s side. The Lobos (4-2-2 Golden) on Monday defeated second-place Lancaster 3-1 and on Wednesday edged Antelope Valley 1-0. Highland (3-2-4) is coming off a 3-2 upset loss to Knight. Littlerock was the only Golden team to advance past the first round of the Southern Section playoffs last year, reaching the Div. I quarterfinals. Shut out again: Knight has yet to score in five games against Quartz Hill at the varsity level. Knight was blanked again Monday in a 2-0 loss to Quartz Hill. In the rankings: Palmdale moved up two spots to No. 3 in this week’s Div. I rankings. Paraclete is seventh in Div. V. Training camp: Quartz Hill’s Travis Stenseth is organizing a two-day soccer camp as part of his senior project. Players will be instructed by professionals from the Institute of Brazilian Futebol. The event is scheduled for Feb. 18-19 at the Pelona Vista Soccer Complex in Palmdale. For further information, contact Stenseth at (661) 722-8151. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 heather.gripp@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Forum to discuss search for leader

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – An open forum where Lowell Joint School District parents can give input about qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the next superintendent will take place at 7 p.m. today at Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School, 16430 Woodbrier Ave.Officials with Leadership Associates will conduct interviews at the open forum.They are also available to meet with employees, parents and others interested in the district individually or in small groups. Those interested in doing so should call the district at (562) 943-0211.Interested individuals who are unable to attend the open forum, small group or individual meetings should send requests to Leadership Associates, 23052 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692; fax to (949) 461-9119; or e-mail docgma@aol.com or waltbuster@direcway.com.For more information on the superintendent search, call the school district at (562) 943-0211. Bermudez spreads word on Cal Grants NORWALK – Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, has joined with the California Student Aid Commission to make local students aware of the state’s Cal Grant program.To receive a Cal Grant, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average or higher, or meet certain income requirements, and fill out the Cal Grant GPA verification form and the FAFSA by March 2.Through this grant program, students can receive up to $9,708 per year for use at most UCs, CSUs, private and vocational schools and community colleges in California.For more information on Cal Grants, call Bermudez’s office at (562) 864-5600, visit www.calgrants.org or call toll-free (888) CA GRANTS. For more information on applying to colleges, visit www.californiacolleges.edu. Applications open for Capitol fellows MONTEBELLO – Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, has announced applications are available for the 2006-07 Assembly Fellowship Program, which gives college students the opportunity to become full-time Assembly staff members.Fellows work on fiscal and police issues in the Assembly member’s Capitol or committee office, participate in a weekly academic seminar with Assembly members, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government officials.They will also earn 12 graduate credits from Cal State Sacramento.Fellows are paid a $1,972 monthly stipend, plus health, dental and vision benefits.To be eligible, applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September. No specific major is preferred. Those with advanced degrees or mid-career professionals are also encouraged to apply.Applications are available by calling the Center for California Studies at (916) 319-3753 or by logging on to www.csus.edu/calst/assembly or by e-mailing calstudies@csus.edu.The postmark deadline for applications is Feb. 22.Applicants will be screened and semifinalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges. The selection process will end in May. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to tracy.garcia@sgvn.com.last_img read more

Jack Kirkwood dies at age 77

first_imgWHITTIER – “Jack” Kirkwood, descendent of a Whittier founding family and former owner-operator of Jack’s Whittier Tire, died Wednesday of complications of kidney disease. He was 77. His full formal name was Leland John Kirkwood Jr., but his daughter, Laurie Kirkwood Hartigan of Brentwood, said he much preferred to be known simply as Jack. Besides the Kirkwoods, Jack’s ancestors include the historic Pickering, Mendenhall and Whitcomb families, dating back 114 years to Whittier’s founding as a Quaker community. Jack Kirkwood was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Sumatra, in the Dutch East Indies, where his father, Leland, worked for Shell Oil Co. His mother, Isabelle, had sailed there from California to be with her husband. After the war, he enrolled at Whittier College, where he earned a degree in business, was on the college wrestling team and taught golf on the staff of Coach George Allen, who was in charge of the college athletic program, Hartigan said. He graduated from Whittier College in 1955. Kirkwood is survived by sister, Joan Orem Northrup of Balboa Island; daughter, Laurie; and granddaughters, Erin, who lives in Washington, D.C., and writes for the Washington Post, Caitland, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Tess, 15, who lives with her parents in Brentwood. Interment will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park. No public service is planned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Jack’s father and his uncle, Marvin, founded Whittier Tire in 1938. Jack worked there over the years, taking over the business in the 1960s. He sold the business in 1992, bought it back in 1996 and sold it again last year. Jack’s daughter said he had a good boyhood life being raised on the Kirkwood Ranch in East Whittier. He had his own car at age 11 and was allowed to drive it around the ranch. “He used to tell us about his dad taking him to the races and holding him up so he could see Seabiscuit run,” Hartigan said. Jack Kirkwood was an All-CIF wrestler for two years as a student at Whittier High School. He graduated from Whittier High in 1946, took up golf at age 20 and eventually became the eight-time champion of the Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights. Kirkwood married Carol Kibre on Aug. 18, 1950, just before entering the Army and seeing combat in the Korean War. They divorced after 30years of marriage. last_img read more

Saido Berahino set for international call-up after switching country allegiances

first_imgSaido Berahino will be called up by Burundi’s national team after Fifa granted him permission to switch allegiances to the land of his birth.The Stoke City striker, who has not scored a goal in 29 months, will represent the East African nation after playing at six different levels of the England youth system. LIVING THE DREAM In 2013 when he first broke into the West Brom squad, Berahino said of choosing to play for Burundi: “It’s a non-starter. I want to play at the best level with the best players at the best tournaments.“Burundi is motherland to me. I will always be a Burundian regardless of what happens, even if I become a successful Premier League player. I will still have the Burundi culture in me.“Playing for England is totally different. They have given me a second chance in life, provided my family with a different type of lifestyle.“I feel very, very grateful to what England have done for me and my family, So, when I play for England, I play with passion and excitement, joy and desire to win.” moving on LATEST 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino, 24, played for every age group from England’s under-16s up to the under-21s between 2009 and 2015.He made a total of 47 appearances for the Young Lions, scoring 24 times, before being called up to the senior squad in November 2014 for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and a friendly with Scotland.But because he did not play in either match, he remains eligible to play for Burundi, who first enquired as to his availability in March 2015.He is now in line to play his first senior international against Gabon in an African Nations Cup (ANC) qualifier next month, after the Burundian FA announced the news on Twitter. Berahino’s last goal came for former club West Brom all the way back in February 2016 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK 3 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets It has been a frustrating few years for the striker, going more than 40 games without a Premier League goal LATEST TRANSFER NEWS 3 targets Berahino spent six years in the England youth setup Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Born in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura, Berahino fled the war-torn country alone when he was ten to join his mother, brother and sisters, who had already been granted asylum in Birmingham.His new national team have never been ranked in the world’s top 100, and currently sit 148th, below the likes of Afghanistan, Sudan and Yemen.They have never qualified for a major international tournament but sit top of their qualifying group for the 2019 ANC, to be held in Cameroon, after beating South Sudan 3-0 in their first qualifier.Only one Burundian international has ever played in the Premier League, Newcastle United’s Gael Bigirimana in 2012/13. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED last_img read more

Media Club South Africa photo library preview

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South Africa gets new gem-polishing plant

first_imgMatla Diamond Polishing Plant opened anew plant in the Eastern Cape that willboost South Africa’s diamond industry (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zwelakhe Sisulu Matla Innovation Company +27 11 245 7900 RELATED ARTICLES • Kimberley goes for gold • Mercedes-Benz SA tops for quality • Business school to expand in Africa • Record price for SA diamondNosimilo Ramela South Africa will soon be able to process more of its own diamonds, thanks to the new Matla Diamond Polishing Plant in the Eastern Cape province.Speaking at the launch of the East London-based facility on 28 July 2010, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said: “As a department, we want value added to our raw materials, making sure that our people get jobs and contribute to the economic activity of the country.”The R102-million (US$13.9-million) project is a partnership between Matla Beneficiation Company, the East London Industrial Development Zone, the Industrial Development Corporation and Gold Eastern Holdings of China.The automated plant is equipped with technology worth R35-million ($4.7-million) from China, and is expected to be eight times more efficient than a similar-sized manual operation.It will produce a maximum of 20 000 carats a month – this translates to R100-million ($13.6-million) in monthly revenue, according to the current market environment, said Matla Group executive chairperson Zwelakhe Sisulu.In 2009 a US news channel msnbc reported that India spent R73 ($10) per carat in polishing and cutting diamonds, while China spent R124 ($17) and South Africa R438 ($60). The new plant hopes to spend between R183 and R292 ($25 and $40) per carat in the first year, and match China’s figures in the next five years.Employment opportunitiesMatla Group CEO Chia-Chao Wu said the company plans to train 150 to 200 South Africans to become cutters and polishers. At the moment there are 25 previously disadvantaged individuals from the Eastern Cape employed at the plant. A further 120 skilled job opportunities are expected to be created over the next two years and more than 500 in the next five years.Shabangu said government welcomed the initiative to source and train employees locally.“I’d like to see this process of training translated into professionalism – a professionalism where these young people will be able one day to open their own factories,” she said.The Matla Group has employed 25 Chinese nationals on a two-year contract to train local staff in diamond polishing.“We really are going with great gusto into what we see as the knowledge economy, because in the world now, if you want to be competitive you have to have knowledge, skill and discipline as the basis,” Sisulu said.Plant to make SA more competitiveOnly 2% of local diamonds are currently processed in South Africa, with the remainder mainly being sent to non-diamond producing countries in the East. Sisulu said this was unfortunate.Mcebisi Jonas, of the Eastern Cape’s Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs, agreed: “While South Africa remains a leading diamond producer, there is very little local polishing of rough stones. The bulk of these are exported for further polishing in countries such as India and China.”This joint venture, together with the latest technology, will go a long way in increasing the country’s competitiveness in the diamond-polishing industry, he said.last_img read more

Gilas enters killer stretch

first_img“My concern is (South) Korea,” Reyes said after a 100-85 decision of Japan, which the Filipinos were only able to fend off after a 12-0 run late in the fourth period as Gilas again labored under a bum start at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.The Filipinos, after rising to 3-1, battle the Koreans at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, and Reyes would have wanted his men fresher because from there, Gilas takes on Iraq and then Atletas All Stars Lithuania in the next two days.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“We needed to rest more guys today and rest them for Korea,” Reyes said. “But we needed to play people extensive minutes (with the game being close). We don’t know how we will compete against Korea. But we will try our best.”The Koreans, who have dealt the Filipinos numerous heartaches in the past, were set to battle the Lithuanians later on Tuesday. After victories over Chinese Taipei B, India and Iran, Korea went into that game still undefeated. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reyes pointed out that he used Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright and import Mike Myers longer than he had planned.All three finished in twin digits, with Myers completing a double-double with 17 and 17 rebounds and Wright chipping in 15 and Ravena 11. Jio Jalalon also had 11 points and two steals in his finest game yet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Bobby Ray Parks will be out for the third straight game for Gilas with a swollen left foot, giving Reyes one less reliable wingman on the floor.The Filipinos were tipped as the heavy favorites against Japan’s Under-24 squad but trailed for most of the game, needing that one telling burst late in the final frame to snuff the fight out of the Japanese and win for the third straight day.“We needed a lot of focus and we weren’t able to execute that in the first half,” said Christian Standhardinger, who is pondering on starting a PBA career when the team planes back home.“We had the urgency in the fourth period and got going on defense,” he added after finishing with 22 points and 15 rebounds which he highlighted by finishing a fastbreak play with a two-handed dunk in that 12-0 run.“In an elite tournament like this, there’s no such thing as an easy game,” Reyes said. “They (Japanese) gave us everything we could handle. In the end, we were fortunate to pull it off.”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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Creamline targets 5th straight Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI—Chot Reyes played some of his aces more than he thought he should have on Tuesday afternoon against an enemy Gilas Pilipinas could have conquered rather easily.And this is a concern as the Filipinos head into what the firebrand coach said is “the belly of our schedule” in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational here.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

2010: The Year of Treasure Hunters

first_imgT he first Indian to welcome US President Barack Obama at Mumbai airport on November 6 was then Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. He was sacked minutes after Obama left India because of his direct involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which flats meant for Kargil heroes and,T he first Indian to welcome US President Barack Obama at Mumbai airport on November 6 was then Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan. He was sacked minutes after Obama left India because of his direct involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which flats meant for Kargil heroes and widows were virtually stolen by powerful politicians, bureaucrats and defence officers who abetted construction on disputed army land. Chavan’s relatives owned three flats in Adarsh. He was confident that his mentors-a guru, Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, and Rahul Gandhi-would save him. Chavan was self-delusional. It was the judiciary that forced the political class to move. On December 22, a division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice U.D. Salvi hearing the case noted, “Everybody who was supposed to clear a file has been gifted (a flat in Adarsh).” Adarsh was not the only scandal in the Year of the Treasure Hunter. The total loot of the public exchequer in 2010 is estimated to exceed Rs 4 lakh crore. An analysisreveals that real estate is corruption’s biggest cash cow. According to realtors, 60 to 70 per cent of the price of property transactions in all major Indian cities is in cash. A finance ministry report of December 2009 states: “Of the Rs 4,500 crore seized in income tax raids, around Rs 2,000 crore involves land. Politicians are earning money per sq ft of the floor space index awarded to construct buildings. This is a result of commercialisation of politics,” says former Mumbai High Court Judge B.G. Kolse-Patil. The cbi discovered that it was Chavan, who as state revenue minister in 2000 cleared the society’s ownership conditions to admit civilians along with defence personnel, thereby opening up a real estate gold-mine. “The Congress is the fountainhead of corruption in the country,” says bjp leader Rajnath Singh.advertisementIn 2010, allegations of corruption-referred to by Wharton academic Jitendra Singh as “a kind of shadowy market”-were made against the spectrum of the national establishment. Politicians like Chavan, B.S. Yeddyurappa, Suresh Kalmadi and Mulayam Singh Yadav; senior army officers like former army chief General Deepak Kapoor and Major General R.K. Hooda stole the headlines of the year with a glittering cast of friends, mentors and hangers-on from the media and bureaucracy.Chavan’s personal assets run into hundreds of crores of rupees. In his hometown Nanded, Chavan Inc owns dealerships, real estate worth crores, sugar mills and educational institutions. He insists that his commercial ventures are legal and he has done nothing wrong. For a politician who declared his net worth as Rs 24.61 crore  in 2009, india today investigations revealed that the estimated worth of assets held by Chavan and his family amount to much more. “The politicians in the entire country are corrupt. Why talk only about Maharashtra?” says Kolse-Patil. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray says, “We are facing a challenge to cure the disease of corruption.” Chavan, however, is defiant. “The investigations will prove my innocence,” he says.   The country has got used to the idea of corrupt politicians. It was shocked to learn that officers of the rank of general and admiral were involved in Adarsh. “Here is a man whom we trusted, here is a person on whose orders we were ready to go to battle,â€? said Chief of Staff General V.K. Singh about his predecessor General Kapoor. In his application for a Rs 80-lakh apartment, General Kapoor lied that his annual income was Rs 2.8 lakh while when it was actually around Rs 7.2 lakh. When this application was turned down, the then Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh used his arbitrary powers to clear it. Adarsh is not the only example of Kapoor’s real estate adventures. The Haryana Government gave him a Gurgaon plot for Rs 36 lakh with a lock-in payment period of five years-a knockdown price for land valued at Rs 7.5 crore. In Sukna, West Bengal, army land was allegedly given to builders at throwaway prices. The military court indicted two army officers for this deal-one of them was Kapoor’s staff advisor Lt. General Avdesh Prakash. Kapoor reportedly used his clout to save Prakash from a court martial. The armed forces have earned the unsavoury nickname, the “Harmed Forces”.Real estate besmirched the reputation of Karnataka’s Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa as well. In June 2010, Yeddyurappa was preparing for a spotlight moment, ordering a bespoke Italian suit from Bangalore fashion designer Prakash Lamba as a change from his usual white safari suit to preside over the two-day Global Investors Meet in Bangalore from which he expected to raise at least $66.3 billion as investments for Karnataka. In private, Yeddyurappa was taking decisions that would blow up in his face. On November 17, 2010, Karnataka Lok Ayukta Santosh Hegde announced there was enough evidence to establish a prima facie case against Yeddyurappa. The Opposition released documents-around 2,000 of them-alleging that Yeddyurappa flouted rules to get prime land worth Rs 500 crore allotted to family members; his sons bjp MP B.Y. Raghavendra and Vijayendra became beneficiaries of state largesse after their father became the Karnataka deputy chief minister in 2006. Raghavendra was allotted a government plot in Bangalore under the MP’s quota and paid Rs 10 lakh for the land whose market value was over Rs 2 crore. Yeddyurappa also denotified the Bangalore Development Authority (bda) land which his sons and son-in-law Sohan Kumar allegedly grabbed at throwaway prices. Yeddyurappa’s daughter Umadevi was allotted two acres of government land to set up a bpo. Some of his family members were allegedly allotted five acres in Shimoga to build a hospital, and two acres for a factory in Bangalore. In March 2010, 11 more acres in Bangalore worth crores were denotified in Vijayendra and Raghavendra’s favour against the advice of the bda and the Urban Development Department. Later, his kin returned the land following a judicial inquiry. Five previous chief ministers gave similar deals to their relatives including Dharam Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda’s son H.D. Kumaraswamy who is yet to return the land allotted to him.advertisement”The names of my family members are being dragged into imagined corruption cases to cover up their (Opposition’s) own misdeeds,” says Yeddyurappa, responding to the Opposition’s charges of corruption.The Opposition also alleges that the chief minister took a bribe of Rs 20 crore from the Bellary-based South West Mining Ltd; supporting documents claim that the money was allegedly deposited into the bank accounts of Raghavendra, Vijayendra and Sohan Kumar.If land was exploited by the corrupt, the skies were open to political plunder as well. On November 14, the dmk, unable to withstand the heat from a belligerent Opposition, a hostile Congress and an angry media, ordered Andimuthu Raja to resign as telecom minister. Raja was accused of favouring select telecom companies-Swan Telecom, Unitech, S-Tel, Datacom Solutions, Idea, Spice, Systema, Tata and Loop-in acquiring 2G spectrum licences in a valuation game which is estimated to have cost the country a notional Rs 1.76 lakh crore. “As a lawyer, I will abide by the law, not evade it,” Raja said. His slogan during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls was “Oru kilo arisi oru rupa, oru hello 50 paisa” (One kg rice at one rupee, a hello on the phone at 50 paise). The Niira Radia tapes exposed how much his hellos cost the country. Veteran Congress leader of Tamil Nadu EVKS Elangovan says “Karunanidhi must’ve been aware of things.”In power, there is no free lunch. So what did the telecom companies give Raja and Radia in return of the favours? The CBI and the ed are investigating a money trail that leads to the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Mauritius. “Raja represents a front for a number of undesirable organisations. He is a front for anti-national agents,” says Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party president. There may be political exaggeration in the accusation.advertisementRaja stuck to his chair for 400 days after the scam surfaced. A CBI official claims that the minister used this time to manipulate or destroy evidence. No incriminating documents were found when the agency raided his house on December 8. According to one source, documents were also destroyed at Radia-owned Vaishnavi Communic- ations’s office in Delhi. Employees had burned thousands of documents to prevent them from falling into the hands of the CBI. “The Government should constitute an Integrity and Ethics Commission urgently to check corruption and initiate stringent action against corrupt practices,” says assocham President Dilip Modi.The climate of venality spawned a variety of hunters who sought to seize what they could. Public anger began to mount. When Suresh Kalmadi, the most visibly tainted face of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, walked into a Delhi restaurant on a late October weekend, he was surrounded and heckled by diners who called him a thief. The CBI and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) estimate that the 66-year-old Congress Rajya Sabha MP caused a loss of Rs 5,000-8,000 crore of public money through financial and administrative malfeasance. In 2003, the Indian Olympic Association estimated the Games would cost the country Rs 1,620 crore. By 2010, the bill had risen to Rs 11,500 crore. With other additional expenditure, the Games expenditure was estimated to be around Rs 30,000 crore, making the 2010 Commonwealth Games the most expensive sporting event ever. CBI sources says that of the Rs 665 crore spent on overlays, around Rs 200 crore was stolen. Following the CVC report on financial misdemeanors, the CBI raided the ioa offices and arrested close Kalmadi aides T.S. Darbari, Sanjay Mahindroo and treasurer Jayachandran.Some of the statistics are stunning. The infrastructure cost for the cwg was Rs 2,904 crore but Rs 5,503 crore was released. Where did the extra money go? The CVC investigated 16 Games-related projects totalling Rs 2,477 crore and found that corrupt officials and contractors tampered with initially discounted tenders. The organising committee inflated bills by at least 30 per cent. The CBI raided Kalmadi’s residences in Delhi and Pune. “I am innocent till proven guilty. I have not taken any decision alone,” Kalmadi says.Many more careers and reputations tumbled as other skeletons of corruption fell out of hidden closets. In Mumbai, private financier Rajesh Sharma, chief of Money Matters (India), and senior bank officials were arrested in a bribes-for-loans affair. The arrests have made corporate India uneasy. Though the licence raj has ostensibly ended, lobbyists are still needed for project clearances. “We need to be clear about what is defined as corruption. In an economy where competition and enterprise are driven by individual endeavours, and there is no strong government hand, these things flourish,” says P. Shankar Raman, executive v-p (finance), L&T. Following these arrests, the market value of lic Housing Finance shares plummeted from Rs 10,159 crore to Rs 2,365 crore. Investors lost Rs 2,300 crore in a day. “There are enough regulatory bodies in the country but they don’t have the teeth to enforce regulations,” says Richard Rekhy, ceo, KPMG, one of the largest of audit, tax and advisory services firms in the world   There was one unusual instance of corruption. While Adarsh, the cwg and other scams largely involved powerful cabals, Ketan Desai, president of the Medical Council of India, was the lone ranger of graft. His modus operandi was to ask for bribes in return of government recognition for private medical colleges. After the CBI arrested him for accepting Rs 2 crore as payola for one such deal, raids conducted in Delhi, Punjab, Mumbai and Ahmedabad revealed that Desai and his family owned 10 houses, two commercial properties in Mumbai and gold worth Rs 39 lakh.During the Adarsh hearing, Justices Marlapalle and Salvi asked, “Why has no fir been registered except the one on the missing files in the case? Don’t tell us committees will be formed to conduct inquiries. Committees are formed and dissolved, nothing happens.” Nothing happens because a corrupt system closes its ranks to protect its own. India remains stuck in the purgatory of corruption.with Nivedita Mukherjee, Kiran Tare and Nirmala Ravindranlast_img read more