The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the State Vigilance Department on Tuesday arrested North Goa Additional District Collector Sabaji Shetye for allegedly accepting a bribe of ₹2,5000 for granting a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for an explosives licence. An ACB spokesperson said the money was a part of ₹1.5 lakh demanded by Mr. Shetye for the NOC. “We laid a trap for him and he was caught red-handed. Shetye has been remanded in police custody.
Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, both facing charges of allegedly stalking and an attempted abduction of a 29-year-old young woman, were on Saturday sent to judicial custody till August 25 by a local court.The duo had been earlier remanded in police custody for two days till August 12. The Chandigarh police produced the accused before the duty magistrate here and sought their judicial custody. The court remanded both the accused in judicial custody. Both the accused were re-arrested on Wednesday as they were charged with Sections 365 and 511 for attempt to abduct of the IPC in the already registered FIR against them for allegedly stalking and harassing the woman.Vikas and Ashish were earlier been arrested on August 5 on the complaint of the victim – daughter of an IAS officer, who had accused them of chasing her car and trying to kidnap her. But they were released later on bail.Meanwhile, hundred of people from different walks of life participated in the ‘Bekhauf Aazaadi’ march held on Friday night here, to bring public attention to violence against women in the backdrop of the Chandigarh ”stalking” episode.The march started at 10 PM from city’s Rose Garden and culminated at the government Arts College in Sector 10 at midnight. The demands such as fair investigation in Varnika’s case, no curfews timings for girls and working women hostels, making more female cops available at night, gender sensitization of Police officials, strict and concrete action against drunk driving were raised during the march.
The police on Friday arrested two more persons, taking the number of detainees to five, in connection with the murder of television journalist Santanu Bhowmik at Mandwai, near here, on September 20. A court sent Rakesh Debbarma and Jiten Debbarma to judicial custody with a directive to the police to conduct a test identification parade (TIP) before seeking their remand.Bhowmik, 28, was murdered with a sharp weapon when he went to cover the road blockade agitation of Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) and its ensuing clash with the supporters of the CPI(M). He was chased, caught and hacked to death in the presence of a large number of security personnel.Within 62 days of the murder of Santanu Bhowmik, another journalist, senior crime reporter Sudip Datta Bhowmik, 49, was shot dead at the office chamber of the Commandant of 2nd battalion of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) at Radha Kishore Nagar, not far from Mandwai. Commandant Tapan Debbarma and four jawans of the paramilitary force were held and booked under murder charges after enraged journalists set a deadline.Forum for Protection of Journalists, a group of 10 media organisations, on Tuesday last met President Ram Nath Kovind and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi to seek their intervention for a high level probe by the Central government. The organisations have been demanding a CBI probe into the murder of the two journalists and have rejected the Special Investigation Teams (SITs) formed by the State government after the murders.“SITs are drawn from personnel of the State police force. A State-run probe will essentially fail to conduct a detailed enquiry,” Subal Kumar Dey, leader of the current movement of journalists, told The Hindu.The families of the victims are contemplating moving the High Court of Tripura to demand a CBI probe. They have rejected the SIT.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday indicated that he would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Kannauj. Mr. Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav is the current Member of Parliament from Kannauj, which is close to the Yadav family bastion of Etawah-Mainpuri. “…Our party will decide who will contest from where. Kannauj has been [Socialist Ram Manohar] Lohiaji’s constituency. That’s why I would wish that I contest from there,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here on the 8th death anniversary of socialist Janeshwar Mishra. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said that his father and SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav would contest from Mainpuri, as desired by him. In 2014, the senior Yadav had contested from two seats, the other bring Azamgarh, which he eventually decided to retain in a bid to expand party presence in Purvanchal. That Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, who is currently an MLC in UP, has decided to contest the Lok Sabha is read as a move to galvanize cadre and express presence electorally, especially since his father Mulayam does not boast the political energy of his heydays. Kannauj is being viewed as a strategic pick as it is considered a safe seat for him. Both Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr. Akhilesh Yadav have been MPs from Kannauj in the past. There is also an attempt by the Yadav scion to shed off allegations of dynasty politics. In September last year, when faced with questions on nepotism during a visit to Raipur, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav had indicated that his wife would not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha. An MP from Kannauj from 2000 to 2012, Mr. Yadav had vacated his seat for his wife after he went on to become CM. His return to Kannauj could also mark the end of Ms. Dimple’s electoral stint as there is no other seat considered safe for her. During the crisis in the Yadav family during the 2017 election, Ms. Dimple was seen standing strongly beside her husband and even actively campaigned for the party. Ms. Dimple started her electoral career with a by-poll from Firozabad in 2009 but had to taste defeat at the hands of the Congress’ Raj Babbar. However, luck shine upon her soon enough as her husband was elected the CM of UP and had to vacate his seat Kannauj. Ms. Dimple was elected MP from Kannauj unopposed. In 2014, she was among the five Yadav family members of the SP who withstood the Modi wave, as she retained Kannauj. Despite securing a mammoth 4.89 lakh votes, Ms. Dimple beat the BJP’s Subrat Pathak by only 20,000 votes. In the 2017 Assembly election, the SP lost a lot of ground in Kannauj district as well as the constituent assemblies of the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat. The SP won only one out of the five Assembly segments in Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency. In 2009, when Mr. Akhilesh Yadav last contested from Kannauj he had a comfortable win securing 3.37 lakh votes. Apart from Ram Manohar Lohia, Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav, the Kannauj seat has in the past also been held by former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit. The SP had been winning the seat consecutively since 1998.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appointed Niranjan Patnaik as president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect.Sitting legislators Naba Kishore Das and Chiranjib Biswal, and former Lok Sabha member Pradeep Majhi were appointed working presidents, according to a release issued by AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot.Mr. Patnaik has been appointed to the post for the second time after Prasad Harichandan stepped down as OPCC president. He was removed from the post five years ago.Party legislators and other leaders had been demanding the removal of Mr. Harichandan, particularly since last year’s panchayat elections in which the Congress was pushed to the third position and the BJP emerged as the number two party in the State.Mr. Gandhi also appointed former MP Bhakta Charan Das as chairperson of the Campaign Committee of the OPCC. AICC in-charge of Odisha Jitendra Singh was appointed chairperson of the Coordination Committee with senior leader Jagannath Patnaik as its convener.Former PCC president Jayadev Jena was appointed chairperson of the Core Committee and former PCC president Sarat Patnaik as its convener. Former Chief Minister Hemananda Biswal was appointed chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee. Former Union Minister Srikant Jena was appointed chairperson of the Manifesto Committee and former Minister Sarat Rout as its convener.“Though the changes have been effected rather late with prominent leaders given charge of different responsible positions, it will certainly stop the exodus of leaders and strengthen the party in the State,” political analyst Rabi Das said.After appointing Mr. Singh as AICC in-charge of Odisha in March this year, Mr. Gandhi had appointed three AICC secretaries and one AICC joint secretary to manage the party affairs in Odisha a few days ago.
The Goa government is in the process of finalising a policy for special education and will announce it soon, State Secretary for Education Nila Mohanan said here on Saturday. Speaking at a function of the disability sector, Ms. Mohanan said that the policy was being vetted by the State Finance Department. A special scheme under the policy to make government contribution to special education will be announced once it is finalised.The government is aware that the availability of facilities including resource rooms and trained special educators for schools in the disability sector was not on par with the rising demand in the State, she said. “There is a huge gap between the two”, she added.Ms. Mohanan urged private and public educational institutions and aided-schools to work towards exploring how more special children can be mainstreamed in the education sector so that institutions are made more inclusive and resources are available for the really needy children.Separate category The Goa government has also taken a policy decision that from next year the State Education Department will have a separate category of special educators in the annual list of teachers awarded and felicitated at the annual State-level Teachers’ Day function.Goa, according to the 2011 Census has nearly 33,000 persons with disabilities. However, president of Disability Rights Association of Goa, Avelino de Sa, says that the number must have gone up following the expanded list of disabilities which increased the number from seven to 21 as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
Three students of Lucknow University are facing administrative action a week after they showed black flags during a visit of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.The university has served show-cause notice on them, arguing that their action “not only affected the peace and order but also tarnished the university’s image.”The three students were among the seven arrested after they showed the black flag as Mr. Rupani’s convoy passed on October 15. They were protesting against the violence unleashed on migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in Gujarat.The university said the act showed the students were out to create an “atmosphere of fear and terror” on the campus. The students are Amar Yadav, B.A. first year; Anurag Pal, M.A. first year; and Mahendra Yadav, M.A. first year. They are also members of the students wing of the Samajwadi Party.Mahendra Yadav accused the university of being vindictive as the administration had taken action against the protesters. Moreover, the protest was staged 200 metres away from the university, near Hanuman Setu. “We were raising our voice against the violence faced by migrant workers in Gujarat,” he said. Mahendra Yadav was among the eight who spent almost a month in jail last year after showing the black flag to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. While the notice does not specify the quantum of punishment, it says their admission will be cancelled if they fail to respond to the notice.University spokesperson N.K. Pandey said the university would decide on the punishment on the basis of their explanations. He admitted that the incident did not take place on the campus, but the university’s disciplinary rules applied to them as they were still students.”If you are doing it (waving black flags), being a student and in front of the university, it does reflect on the image of the university on what we are doing academically. Are we producing these kinds of students,” Mr. Pandey asked.
The Indian authorities may not have put out any figure of likely casualties in the Balakot air strikes but BJP president has claimed that “250 terrorists were killed” in the Indian Air Force operation. “After the Pulwama attack, when everyone thought surgical strike can’t be done this time… now what will happen?… At that time Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government undertook an air strike on the 13th day and killed more than 250 terrorists without any harm to our side,” the ruling party chief reportedly said in what appears to be the first statement from the ruling party regarding casualties. Mr. Shah made the claim while addressing a function of Jain International Trade Organisation (JITO) in Ahmedabad on Sunday late evening. Mr. Shah also slammed opposition parties for raising doubts on any damage or actual casualties that may have been inflicted by the India’s air mission on the neighbouring country. “Opposition party leaders should remain shut if they cannot appreciate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for first conducting surgical strike on Pakistan in 2016 and now conducting air strike on Pakistan.” He added that statements made by several leaders of the opposition parties questioning the success of air strike has “brought smile on the face of Pakistan people.” “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the country understand what zero tolerance for terror meant by ordering the surgical strike and air strike on Pakistan,” he said. The air strike, described by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as a pre-emptive non-military action against Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)’s camps in Balakot, was conducted in the early hours of February 26.The authorities including the External Affairs Ministry and the Air Force have repeatedly stressed that “targets were successfully hit” while refusing to share details regarding casualties. Following the air strike, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale had told the press in a statement that “a large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups of jihadis who were being trained for fidayeen action were eliminated.”
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After a seven-year partnership, Walmart and Indian retail partner Bharti Enterprises recently issued a terse joint message saying they were ending the 50/50 joint venture launched by the two firms in 2006 and had reached an agreement to independently own their business interests in India.The move wasn’t entirely unexpected. Days before the statement was released, Walmart Asia CEO Scott Price told the media during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Bali that “the existing franchise to Bharti is not tenable as the base” for Walmart in India. Both sides were looking at the best way to move forward, he added.Under the agreement reached by the two firms, Bharti will acquire Walmart’s indirect stake in the Easyday chain of retail stores through acquisition of compulsory convertible debentures of Cedar Support Services, a Bharti group company. In turn, Walmart will acquire Bharti’s stake in the 50/50 Bharti Walmart joint venture, which is a cash-and-carry business-to-business operation under the Best Price marquee. India has allowed 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in the cash-and-carry segment since 2006. “Given the circumstances, our decision to operate independently will be beneficial to both parties,” said Price.Even though the split was no big surprise, it didn’t make much sense to many observers. Walmart has been leading the campaign to get government permission for 51% foreign holding in multi-brand retail. In single-brand retail, 100% FDI has been allowed since September 2012. The FDI policy in retail has been extremely controversial and the Manmohan Singh government had to stake its survival on the issue. “The Walmart withdrawal is a victory for small traders,” says Praveen Khandelwal, secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders, an anti-FDI organization.But according to Wharton School of Business lecturer Edwin Keh, India may actually have little to do with Walmart rethinking its strategy in the country. “I suspect the current moves in India are part of a larger shift by Walmart to put focus back on its domestic business,” says Keh, who was formerly chief operating officer and senior vice president of global procurement for the retail giant. “In the current environment of a recovering U.S. economy, the opportunities may be back at home.”Keh cites other recent Walmart moves to support this theory. “India, China and Mexico have been the countries where Walmart is ‘rebalancing’ its stores,” he notes. However, he sees Walmart’s total business in China as poised for growth with its investment in online grocery retailer Yihaodian. Walmart has a 51% interest in Yihaodian and plans to integrate its logistics operations with that of the latter.Yet everything is not black and white. The retail giant has recently run into problems with the U.S. authorities over allegations that Walmart de Mexico had bribed its way to market dominance in that country. Even as this investigation was proceeding, further accusations were made about similar transgressions in India, China and Brazil.Probe in IndiaUnlike in the U.S., lobbying is illegal in India, and there was significant outcry when Walmart disclosed to the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that it had been indulging in India-specific lobbying. Opposition lawmakers in India forced the government to take action, and a retired judge was appointed to probe the issue. While initial indications are that the findings have been inconclusive, a new controversy has arisen. The prime minister’s office has declined to give sought-for details of meetings of the prime minister and his officials with Walmart lobbyists. While this exemption can be claimed under India’s Right to Information Act, it has strengthened the arguments coming from the anti-Walmart contingent.The Walmart-Bharti separation was orchestrated with unnecessary controversy on another front. In early July, the head of Walmart’s operations in India, Raj Jain, was let go. The announcement was made by Price at a town-hall meeting and came as a big surprise to the employees, who assembled on short notice after a summons via e-mail. Jain had been a trusted general of the company for seven years, and his departure was read as action against those accused in the bribery allegations. The New York Times had earlier reported that the joint venture “had suspended several senior executives and delayed the opening of some stores in the country as part of an internal bribery investigation.” Now, many were sure that the kingpin had been identified.After the break-up, however, Jain was given a vote of confidence from Bharti via a post as advisor to the firm’s retail division. When Rajan Mittal, vice chairman of Bharti Enterprises, made the announcement at yet another town-hall meeting, the employees — who had heard Price in stunned silence — broke out in applause. Jain was unavailable for comment.Walmart’s discomfiture with its Indian partners is familiar territory for multinationals, according to Keh. “Some countries may prove to be too difficult for multinationals,” he notes. “Multinationals are often held to higher standards and so are often handicapped when competing with national operators.”Anand Sharma, India’s commerce minister, says that Walmart has already been given plenty of opportunities in the Indian market. “Walmart got enough space,” he notes. “There will be no further steps to woo the company.” With its cash-and-carry venture, Walmart has retained a toehold in India, and observers feel it will make a comeback in multi-brand retail when the regulations are relaxed further. (The company also has the option, of course, of divesting Best Price and getting out of India altogether.)Finance Minister P. Chidambaram says more relaxations are unlikely. “We have a policy,” he told business channel CNBC-TV18. “A genuine investor must work within that policy. It may not be the ideal policy from (the company’s) point of view. But this is the policy that we have today. You have to take it as it is.”Policy PainsWhat is it about the FDI rules that Walmart is finding difficult to accept? The trouble in India is that every policy is accompanied by subsequent clarifications, some of which are difficult to digest. Swedish furniture maker IKEA’s $2 billion proposal to set up single-brand stores in India was stalled because it wanted to operate cafes and restaurants in its stores. According to the government, this would make it multi-brand retail, logic officials first used while rejecting a Marks & Spencer application. IKEA ultimately received the approval move forward; the chain is allowed to sell coffee but only for consumption on store premises. The first IKEA store in India is expected to open in 2017-2018.Walmart is facing a different obstacle. A contentious clause says that multi-brand foreign retailers must source at least 30% of their products from small industries. This may be possible in textiles and handicrafts, but what about electronics?The second problematic clause relates to investment. The policy states that 50% of investment must be in back-end infrastructure. The clarifications issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion state that this must be entirely for green-field assets, meaning Walmart’s investments in India thus far do not count toward meeting that mandate.“It is now clear that foreign players will have to create capacities from scratch. This means that they will need to go back to the drawing board, assess their appetite for investment and rethink their strategies,” Ankur Bisen, vice president for retail at New Delhi-based research and consultancy firm Technopak Advisors, said.Bisen noted that the new set of clarifications has “added more rigidity and disincentives and will result in further delay in investment decisions.” And according to a KPMG study: “These clarifications may pose additional road blocks for global retail players.”Not Just WalmartThe Walmart-Bharti breakup is not the only recent severing of ties between multinationals and local partners. Fast-food giant McDonald’s, which has a 50/50 joint venture called Connaught Plaza Restaurants, has accused Indian partner Vikram Bakshi of looking after his own business interests in preference to those of the joint venture. On August 30, McDonald’s issued a public notice that deposed Bakshi as managing director. The company would henceforth be run by the board, it said. The affair has ended up with the Company Law Board.Meanwhile, a year-old 30/70 partnership between Australian coffee chain Di Bella Coffee and Indian entrepreneur Sachin Sabharwal is now embroiled in legal suits and defamation charges. The 26-year-old joint venture between the Munjals and Honda of Japan broke up in 2010, albeit with much less acrimony. Other joint ventures said to be on the rocks include Gillette India (with key shareholder and chairman Saroj Poddar) and German stationery maker Faber-Castell (with partner and managing director Anup Bhaskaran Rana).Traditionally, JVs break up mainly because of incompatibility issues or big egos. But in India, it may be more the external environment than the internal environment that is causing separations. “In the Bharti-Walmart case, I suspect it is more the FDI policy and possibly the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation which led to their decision,” says Pradeep Mukherjee, India head and CEO of global HR consultancy firm Mercer.“U.S. companies entering into a JV are required to have a clear understanding of their duties and responsibilities under the FCPA,” adds S. Raghunath, professor of corporate strategy and policy, and dean of administration at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. “We also know that compliance issues affect U.S. company executives and heighten corruption risk. They are, therefore, extremely concerned about the potential impact of corruption on their business.”This is the reason why when Raj Jain was shown the door, speculation immediately started that the change was evidence of Walmart trying to “clean up its act” in India. In recent times, several CEOs of multinational subsidiaries in India have been let go. Reebok India’s managing director Subhinder Singh Prem was even arrested for fraud.“The Bharti-Walmart case is completely different,” says Raveendra Chittoor, professor of strategy at the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business. Pointing out that the partners in the joint venture came together based on certain assumptions on the regulatory front, Chittoor notes: “For Walmart, their proposed business model does not fit in with the new regulations.”A joint venture is a partnership between two companies, each bringing its own strengths — “local market knowledge from one and international best practices from the other,” says Bundeep Singh Rangar, chairman of Indusview, a London-based advisory specializing in business opportunities in India for multinational firms. ”Like all relationships, however, one party might fail to fulfill its share of responsibilities, which leads to a breakup.”Chittoor observes that the breaking up of alliances is very common, both globally and in India. “According to various studies, almost 60% to 70% of joint ventures fail. Failure can be due to many factors. For instance, the objectives of the partnership may not have been thought through or articulated clearly; lack of planning and lack of articulation leading to misunderstandings; different leadership styles; information asymmetry leading to ideological and cultural differences (or) HR issues.”He makes a distinction between partnerships that spin out of control and those that are designed from the very beginning to break up. Pepsi started in India with the Tatas (Voltas). The moment the laws were changed, the two abandoned the venture. Procter & Gamble-Godrej and Tata-IBM came to an amicable end because the objectives set out at the beginning of the relationship were achieved.“There is no clear evidence as to how many of the partnerships that break up are by design or because of actual failure,” Chittoor notes. “So even if there are more partnerships breaking up today in India, it is important to see how many of them are a natural progression because the objectives have been met.”Rangar adds that it would be “unfair” to cast most of the joint ventures being dissolved as acrimonious breakups. “The reason for having a JV is that the overseas company needs handholding as it understands the nuances of doing business in India, and the Indian company needs to learn the best practices in product development and adopt manufacturing technology from the overseas entity,” Rangar says. “When the purpose of the JV is achieved, the partners don’t feel the need to piggyback on each other.”Raghunath sees a different set of reasons for incompatibility issues between multinationals and Indian partners. “Foreign investors often have deep pockets, a longer-term view of a joint venture’s financial returns and a willingness to reinvest profits and increase capital, while the Indian partner often has a more short-term view and relatively shallow pockets,” Raghunath notes. “The result can be different priorities for investments and a lack of cooperation, both between the JV partners and within the joint management team.”The bigger issue today for India, which is currently being crippled by a huge current account deficit, is the impact on FDI inflows. “Walmart will be a speck in India’s retail market,” says Chidambaram. “Its absence won’t make any difference to the country.” Rangar is also optimistic. “As long as the broader investment case for an India entry is compelling and overseas companies are patient enough to commit to India for five-to-seven years to see stability in their Indian operations, FDI will keep flowing in,” he predicts. “What’s more, the Indian companies that have deep domestic execution skills will find themselves being courted by overseas companies, not necessarily for a joint venture but on a project-by-project basis.”But Chittoor sees Walmart as a key player. Since the FDI rules were amended more than a year ago, India has not received a single application for multi-brand retail. “The impact of the Bharti-Walmart breakup on FDI depends on what Walmart plans to do now,” he says. “If it decides to continue in India on its own, it means that it is confident of the potential of the Indian market. That is very positive for FDI. However, if it decides to pull out of India completely, it could have a negative impact.” Related Items
Two former top officers, including an Indian-origin executive, of a web hosting company reached a settlement with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for misrepresenting their company’s subscriber base.Hari Ravichandran, the former CEO of Endurance International Group Holdings, and former chief financial officer Waruna Ellawala knowingly provided inflated subscriber figures for the Massachusetts-based online marketing company, according to a statement by SEC.Last week, Ravichandran and Ellawala agreed to settle the charges without admitting or denying them and pay $1.38 million and $34,000, respectively, in disgorgement, interest, and penalties, the statement added. The SEC filed a settled enforcement action in June against Endurance and Constant Contact in which Endurance agreed to pay an $8 million penalty.Ravichandran, a 42-year-old Boston resident, and Ellawala also agreed to cease and desist from further violations of various antifraud, reporting, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the federal securities laws.The commission also filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts alleging that former Constant Contact CFO Harpreet Grewal, 51, hid its slowing customer growth from investors and inflated its publicly reported subscriber numbers. Constant Contact became a subsidiary of Endurance after it was acquired by it for $1.1 billion in 2016.“For companies who provide subscription-based services, size and growth of subscriber base can be critical metrics,” Paul Levenson, Director of the SEC’s Boston Regional Office, said in the statement. “Investors depend on the integrity of management in reporting such figures, which commonly fall outside the scope of formal audits. Holding senior executives accountable for failures of oversight as well as outright manipulation of such metrics is vital to protecting our markets.”Endurance was known as a leading provider of cloud-based platform solutions, which aimed to help small and medium-sized businesses flourish online.Endurance and Constant Contact Inc. misled investors about subscriptions to their web hosting and internet-based marketing products, according to SEC. Subscription metrics were important to the companies for the purpose of assessing business performance, and were also a chief source of revenue.The findings also revealed that before being acquired by Endurance, Constant Contact inflated its subscriber numbers in a ploy dubbed the “Save Program,” through which company staff were instructed and incentivized to offer free service to customers who sought to cancel their subscriptions, so that Constant Contact could keep the customers on the rolls as active subscribers. Endurance also failed to tell investors about an error which resulted in the company overstating its own subscriber count. Related ItemsMassachusetts
One litre milk diluted and served to 81 studentsA litre of milk was allegedly diluted with a bucket of water so that 81 children could be served during their midday meal at a government school in Uttar Pradesh following which a teacher was suspended, officials said on Friday. A video purportedly showing the cook emptying a one-litre milk packet in a bucket of boiling water, and later serving it to the students had gone viral. PTI
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle overcame a gutsy stand by National University to win, 115-109, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Ricci Rivero finished with a team-high 21 points, nine coming in the fourth, to go along with seven rebounds to lead La Salle while Aljun Melecio orchestrated the offense putting up 20 points and eight assists.Jolo Go also provided added firepower for the Green Archers with 19 points in just 13 minutes of play.Rookie Jordan Bartlett led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Adamson soars to third win, dumps TIP MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Aljun Melecio split his free throws while Santi Santillan made a pair of freebies inside the final 20 seconds as the Green Archers, who are still without reigning MVP Ben Mbala, held on for the second straight game.Matt Salem could’ve kept his team in it, but his 3-pointer went in and out as La Salle kept a 113-109 lead with 11.2 seconds left.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“That was a good game for us, we showed a lot of tenacity, we were resilient, the composure was there, and we were able to execute our plays,” said DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo as his team improved to 2-0.The Green Archers had 22 assists, including a dish by Ricci Rivero to his older brother Prince underneath to give the Green Archers a 112-107 buffer with 25.3 ticks remaining.
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I’m just trying to do my part on the team. All the guys have the confidence to let me shoot, so I just try to stay in my lane. If the ball comes, I’ll shoot it if it’s open, but if it’s not, I’ll pass it up,” the veteran forward said.“It’s just a good grind out win. Both teams weren’t shooting well and we’re just lucky to hit the big shots and that’s just how it works in the playoffs.”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 shutoutThe 33-year-old Dillinger pumped in eight of his team’s last 15 points down the stretch but what he was more proud about was the Bolts living up to their reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the league.“Coach had a good game plan defensively and as long as we talk out there, we’re gonna be okay,” he said. “We’re the number one defensive team in the league and we’re a good defensive team for a reason, so as long as we listen to coach, we talk out there and communicate, we’ll be okay.” PBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Meralco’s big comeback win over Star in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals started and fittingly, ended with Jared Dillinger.Dillinger sparked the Bolts’ rally from a 17-point lead in the first half before completing his team’s comeback from 12 points down late.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments But Dillinger hopes Meralco breaks its bad habit of falling behind games. In three of its last four games, Meralco needed to overhaul big leads to win dating back to its final game in the the elimination round against San Miguel Beer.“I really don’t know what’s going on. We need to stop doing that. I’m getting no sleep. It’s just so hard to go behind and just win. It’s mentally and physically draining,” he said. “Coach says it all the time, a win is a win and we’ll take it, but I’m tired coming back from behind. Can we just get a normal one?”Game 2 is on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa, Laguna with the Bolts looking to grab a commanding lead in the best-of-5 duel.“This is just one game in the semis. We got long ways to go.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Video games in the Olympics? Here’s how it might work MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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
2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Coach Billy Donovan said it’s a patellar tendon injury, and the Thunder would find out more after returning to Oklahoma. The scary injury put a damper on Oklahoma City’s seventh straight victory. It’s the NBA’s longest current winning streak.A group of five Detroit backups helped cut the deficit to nine around the midway point of the fourth, but Oklahoma City was able to hold on.“I think Dre’s situation probably took a lot out of us,” Donovan said. “We lost a little bit there, and rightfully so.”Detroit has dropped seven in a row, the league’s longest current skid. The Pistons now face back-to-back games against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.QUITE A SPLITADVERTISEMENT View comments Detroit’s reserves actually outscored Oklahoma City’s 64-25, but the Thunder’s starters outscored Detroit’s 96-44.“Their starters just dominated us,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “When those three are playing like that, you aren’t going to be able to stop them, but we had to do a much better job of doing the things we could control. We didn’t do a good job of getting back on defense and we didn’t do a good job on the boards.”HISTORYThe Pistons infamously picked Darko Milicic over Anthony in the 2003 draft, and Anthony hasn’t forgotten.“I was thinking about it after the game, the irony of me getting 25,000 points here in Detroit, knowing after that ’03 draft, what things could have been,” he said. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Anthony became the 21st NBA player to reach the 25,000-point mark , and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds to lift the surging Thunder to a 121-108 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday (Sunday Manila time). Although it was a night of triumph for Anthony, Oklahoma City lost guard Andre Roberson to what looked like a serious leg injury in the third quarter.Anthony scored his 25,000th point with 8:30 left in the third. He would add four more points and finish the game with 21. Paul George, who was named to the All-Star team Saturday, scored 26 points, and Westbrook was impressive throughout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s a really good basketball team, and when those three get rolling, it is hard to stop them,” Detroit’s Tobias Harris said. “We had a chance going into the second half, but we were stagnant against a really good defense, and then we couldn’t get a stop, so we were always taking the ball out of the net.”Anthony’s milestone moment was part of a 15-0 run for the Thunder at the start of the second half that pushed their lead to 27, but Roberson was taken off on a stretcher later in the third after landing hard on the court. His left leg seemed to give way as he was beginning to jump for an alley-oop, and he sailed through the air and appeared to land on his tailbone or lower back. LATEST STORIES George replaces injured Cousins on Team LeBron NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons. APDETROIT — Carmelo Anthony made a free throw for his 25,000th point, and although there was no real reaction from the crowd in Detroit, the Oklahoma City star slapped hands with teammates and raised his right hand with pride.“It’s a special moment,” Anthony said. “To kind of know what it took to get to this point and the amount of work that was put in to get to this point, the teammates that I’ve played with over the years, and for me to still be at a point in my career where I still have a lot more to go.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
“It’s just unfortunate for our team,” James said. “Obviously with everything (that’s) been going on as of late with our ballclub, just trying to figure out how we’re going to play every night, different lineups, and getting everybody into the flow, we don’t need to have Kev go out like that. He’s going to be out for quite a while — maybe two months — so it’s just tough.”The Cavs have lost 11 of 16, and the injury will likely affect the defending Eastern Conference champions’ plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. They may have to make a significant move to replace Love.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When it rains, it pours,” coach Tyronn Lue said.Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who snapped an eight-game losing streak despite a lineup that was depleted by their blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin. Detroit dealt three players to the Los Angeles Clippers to get Griffin, and neither he nor the other two players the Pistons received in return were available against Cleveland. Drummond — whose own status was in question because of an illness — had a huge game, and Stanley Johnson added a career-high 26 points. UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UP Maroons to rely on solid core under new coach Reggie Bullock added 22 points for the Pistons, and Anthony Tolliver scored 20.“I needed that, and everyone in the room needed that,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “When you’ve lost eight in a row, all you care about is getting to the end of a game with more points than the other team. It doesn’t matter how.”James scored 21 points for the Cavs, but Cleveland was listless early and outplayed late — and the result felt secondary to Love’s health.Love played only 4:41 and went scoreless.SUPPORTING CASTThe Pistons had to give up Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley — two starters — to acquire Griffin, so players like Johnson, Bullock and Luke Kennard will have a chance to play bigger roles. Bullock scored 16 points in the first half Tuesday, and Johnson was impressive throughout, pushing the ball up the court and attacking the rim.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) and forward Channing Frye (8) stand on the court late in the fourth quarter of a 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — A loss to short-handed Detroit was hardly the biggest concern for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.Cleveland’s recent rough stretch went from bad to worse Tuesday night when Kevin Love exited with a broken left hand in a 125-114 loss to the Pistons. The Cavaliers said he had a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal and his status would be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I told (Johnson) after the game that I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” Van Gundy said. “He was aggressive on both ends, and while no one stops LeBron, he did a very good job against him.”MILESTONEWade scored 18 points after missing two games because of the death of his longtime agent Henry Thomas. Wade (21,800) moved past Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on the NBA’s career scoring list.ALL-STARDrummond was added to the NBA All-Star Game on Tuesday, replacing injured Washington guard John Wall. After he was initially left out of the All-Star Game, Drummond apparently felt snubbed, posting last week to his Twitter account: “Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!”The Pistons are hopeful Griffin and Drummond will develop good chemistry together, the way Griffin did with DeAndre Jordan while with the Clippers.“Maybe, but I’ve got a lot more to my offensive game than DeAndre, so we’re going to be able to do a lot of things beyond lobs,” Drummond said.TIP-INSCavaliers: Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and Kyle Korver added 10.Pistons: Detroit had 44 points in the paint in the first half and 68 for the game. … Johnson’s previous career high was 22 points against New York on Feb. 4, 2016.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.Pistons: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night in what could be Griffin’s debut with Detroit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ San Beda completed an elimination sweep in the sands after trouncing San Sebastian 21-14, 21-16, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s beach volleyball tournament at Boardwalk, Subic Bay Friday.Twins Ella and Nieza Viray overpowered Alyssa Eroa and Daurene Santos for 9-0 sweep, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against College of St. Benilde’s Jan Daguil and Melanie Torres.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Daguil and Torres used the tiebreak to beat San Sebastian and Jose Rizal University’s duo of Dolly Verzosa and Shola Alvarez to advance to the Final Four.All three teams had 5-4 records but the fourth seeded Lady Blazers had 1.227 quotient points to the Lady Stags’ 0.990 and the Lady Heavy Bombers’ 0.817.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEmilio Aguinaldo College’s Jaylene Lumbo and Glyka Mariz head to the semifinals as the no.2 team after finishing the eliminations with an 8-1 card and will have a twice-to-beat edge over no.3 University of Perpetual Help’s Marijo Medalla and Bianca Tripoli who finished the preliminaries with a 6-3 record.Medalla and Tripoli dropped Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Miracle Mendoza and Marie Simborio, 21-15, 21-8, in their final game of the eliminations. The NCAA has done away with giving a perfect team an automatic bye to the one-game finals in beach volleyball. Ateneo rules UAAP Jrs basketball, beats NU in thriller AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “Last (Governors’ Cup), we got a lot of time and it was great. There’s a lot of chemistry in the team and this conference, we definitely built and took it to another level,” he said. “It’s no different from the last time I was here. We just want to play the same way, use the fundamentals that coach Tim (Cone) is teaching us, and we just go out there and play hard and hopefully, get a championship.“Though only in his second tour of duty for the Gin Kings, Brownlee has already etched his name among the list of great Ginebra reinforcements.READ: Brownlee stars as Ginebra snares top seedAfter all, his booming three in Game 6 of the 2016 Governors’ Cup ended years of heartbreak for the franchise as it finally lifted a title that has been eluding them for eight long years.Brownlee is looking to follow it up this conference with another championship, and hopefully, more in the conferences to come.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee had a lot to do with the Gin Kings’ ascent to the top of the rankings, averaging 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.9 steals so far.READ: With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe capped off his superb showing this in the elimination round with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in Ginebra’s 94-80 win on Friday to help his team finish its schedule with a 9-2 record.The 6-foot-7 forward, though, believes that chemistry has a lot to do with the great run Ginebra has trotted out this season. “I love to be here. I love Ginebra. I think I’m pretty sure they love me too. I hope to continue this relationship for a while, for a long time,” he said, as the Gin Kings now gear up for the playoffs against either Alaska or Phoenix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With Ginebra on top, Cone aware of how tough it is to be no. 1 BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Justin Brownlee, Ginebra finishing number one in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup is just the first step.“It feels great, but were not satisfied. It’s a great accomplishment to finish the eliminations as the top seed, especially with a twice-to-beat advantage, so we just want to come in there, play strong. But we still have a lot of work to do,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV