A special court on Saturday for the second time extended the CBI remand of Sharad Kalaskar, the alleged second shooter in the killing of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, till September 17.The Central Bureau of Investigation sought for extension on grounds that a person who was apparently present on the day of the murder on August 20, 2013, had allegedly helped the two named shooters — Sachin Andure and Kalaskar — identify Dr. Dabholkar when he was out on a morning stroll in Pune’s Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge (also known as the Omkareshwar bridge).“During the reconstruction of the crime, it has come to the agency’s notice that there was a person who identified Dr. Dabholkar to the two assailants, making it possible for them to kill the rationalist. Investigation has revealed that the shooters had not seen the victim in person before the murder. So, Kalaskar’s further custody can help in identifying this person,” said CBI counsel, Vijaykumar Dhakane.The agency further submitted that on the night of July 23 this year, Kalaskar, who was on his way to meet Vaibhav Raut (arrested by the ATS in the arms haul case) at the latter’s residence in Nallasopara, had dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the water in areas in Greater Mumbai and Thane.“The firearms used in Dr. Dabholkar’s murder may be among those arms dismantled by Kalaskar,” said advocate Dhakane, stating that further custody was essential to know the spots at which he destroyed these arms and if possible recover them.“The agency has taken Kalaskar to locations such as Kalwa bridge at Thane creek and Bhayander bridge at Vasai creek, but the accused cannot identify the exact spot from where he threw the firearms. Hence, the CBI seeks his further custody,” the remand application reads.Judicial magistrate, first class, S. M. A. Sayyed accordingly extended Kalaskar’s remand till September 17.Arguing against an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, advocate Dharmraj Chandel said that the CBI had failed to make any significant recovery or elicit any vital piece of information during Kalaskar’s 12-day custody.“Kalaskar has already cooperated with the agency and has told them everything he knows. 12 days is sufficient for the CBI. Yet, the agency, by bringing up new pretexts for the extension of his custody, is merely trying to prolong the investigation on vague theories,” said Mr. Chandel.“Till recently, the CBI failed to make any progress in the investigation into Dr. Dabholkar’s murder. It was only when the ATS shared information with the CBI that the latter took Kalaskar and Andure in their custody,” he said.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIAsa Miller made a huge leap in his second run to finish 70th overall in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Seeking to improve his time of 1:27.52 after finishing 81st in Run 1, the Fil-Am alpine skier performed better in Run 2, completing the course in 1:22.43, the 68th-best in the round.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments LATEST STORIES That showing hiked his total time to 2:49.95, still 31.91 seconds behind the leader but enough to get him a spot in the top 70 among 108 competitors.Marcel Hirscher of Austria claimed the gold medal after topping the field with a total time of 2:18.04.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHenrik Kristoffersen of Norway made a huge run in Run 2 to take home the silver with his 2:19.31, while Alexis Pinturault of France settled for bronze with his time of 2:19.35.Miller will compete in the men’s slalom event on Thursday. UE should have a ‘win now’ mentality, says Adorador Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH
US skateboarder Tony Hawk poses on the red carpet before the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)SAN DIEGO — One of the first things Tony Hawk was looking forward to doing when he arrived in Shanghai for his debut as commentator for the Vans Park Series was to grab a skateboard and do some prep work.“Skating the courses and connecting with the competitors directly in order to have better insight when the competition actually starts,” Hawk said in an email exchange.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He’ll be at the microphone when Vans Park Series starts its fourth year of competition this weekend, showcasing the world’s best park terrain skateboarders a year before the sport makes its Olympic debut. Hawk will join co-host Chris Cote for the five competitions, which continue in São Paulo, Brazil June 22-23; Montreal July 12-13; Paris Aug. 9-10 and the men’s and women’s championships in Salt Lake City Sept. 6-7.“It’s fun for me as a fan of skating to share my expertise with a larger audience, and give the casual viewer a better understanding in the nuances of skating,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHawk said Vans events are “authentic and raw. We have seen some of the most progressive and evolutionary tricks and techniques occur during all the excitement, especially in the finals. And having pay equality for prize money is hugely important in validating women skaters that have been slighted for far too long in other events.”Park terrain, he added, is “a hybrid of pool, vert and mini-ramp skating, with occasional ‘street’ elements added to the course. Focusing on only one of those disciplines will not benefit a competitor, so it is more likely that someone who grew up riding various skateparks will excel.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Only four players in 100 years have won six NFL titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew With an international roster of skateboarding’s top pros, Vans Park Series awards a total series purse of more than $700,000 and has prize parity for men and women.“Zion Wright has become an incredible skater in all terrain recently so he will be one to watch,” Hawk said. “I am also excited to see the spontaneous, unpredictable crew like Jake Wooten, Greyson Fletcher, Chris Russell and Clay Kreiner. For women, Lizzie Armanto is an obvious favorite, along with Jordyn Barratt, Poppy Olsen, Nora Vasconcellos and Sakura Yosozumi.”The contest will be carried via livestream on www.vansparkseries.com.Hawk, 51, said it’s too early to know if he’ll be broadcasting at the Olympics.“I would entertain the idea of they ask me, but there have been no discussions as of yet. I think skateboarding will add a much-needed youthful energy to the summer games, and will most likely be one of the highlights from Tokyo 2020,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Manchester United are warming to the task in the Europa League as they booked a spot in the last 32 with a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk on a freezing night in Ukraine on Thursday. (Latest Football stories)Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who made a mockery of his two-month exile from the starting lineup with a superb individual effort, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured an easy win that banished memories of their earlier group stage struggles.The victory confirmed United in second place in Group A behind Turkish side Fenerbahce who ended Feyenoord’s qualification hopes with a 1-0 away win over the Dutch side.Premier League Southampton, however, were dumped out after a 1-1 draw at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva that was enough to send the Israeli side into the next round as Group K runners-up.United, who could now view the competition as their best route into the Champions League with their Premier League form continuing to disappoint, needed only a draw to progress but never looked in danger of suffering an upset.Mkhitaryan, who joined United for 25 million pounds ($31.47 million) from Borussia Dortmund in the close season, may finally have won over manager Jose Mourinho after he danced through the heart of the defence to slot home his first goal for the club early in the second half.The Armenian, a constant thorn in Zorya’s side, looks to have regained the confidence that helped him score 23 goals for Dortmund in all competitions last season.”I was waiting a long time for this goal,” Mkhitaryan told BT Sport. “My next goal has to be at Old Trafford because I want to score at home.”advertisementIbrahimovic netted in the 88th minute after latching on to a Paul Pogba through ball, his seventh goal in his last six games in all competitions.EVENTFUL NIGHTEleven places in the Europa League’s knockout stages were still up for grabs and Serie A side Fiorentina added their name to the list from Group J with a 2-1 win in Qarabag on an eventful night for 19-year-old midfielder Federico Chiesa.The son of former Italy striker Enrico grabbed the winning goal, his first senior strike, in the 76th minute but was then dismissed following a second booking eight minutes later.Hapoel needed a score draw or better against Southampton to go through from a topsy-turvy group that had already seen former European champions Inter Milan eliminated.Having barely threatened all night, Hapoel took the lead through Maor Buzaglo’s angled drive and although Virgil van Dijk claimed a stoppage-time equaliser, there was to be no late escape act from the Premier League team.Fenerbahce required a point in Rotterdam to reach the last 32 and took all three to finish top of the standings.Feyenoord needed to win by two goals but were undone in the 22nd minute when Moussa Sow found the net with a bicycle kick to continue his habit of producing acrobatic strikes following his overhead effort against United earlier in the group stage.Villarreal progressed, ending the hopes of Steaua Bucharest, with a 2-1 triumph over the former European champions in Group L.Goals from Nicola Sansone and an 88th-minute winner from Manuel Trigueros, following Vlad Achim’s leveller for Steaua, propelled the Spaniards to second place while the Romanians finished bottom.Dundalk’s hopes of becoming the first Irish side to grace the knockout stages of a European competition were dashed by a 2-1 defeat at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group D where AZ Alkmaar beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 to join the Russians in the last 32.The draw for the next round, when eight teams will drop into the competition from the Champions League, takes place on Monday.