NBA: Staying healthy is key to Embiid’s development, Sixers coach says

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ The team certainly did its part in keeping their center of the future fresh, managing to limit him to 24 minutes per game on most nights and sitting him out on back-to-back games. The restrictive measure, of course, didn’t sit well with Embiid.“The competitive side that Joel possesses is not to be denied,” Brown said. “Helping him really prepare his body, helping him be able to play NBA basketball in multiple games and back-to-backs, all those types of things, that’s a health thing, that’s a discipline thing.”The Sixers head honcho added: “The preparation to go play a game, the pre-hab stuff, the discipline of getting yourself ready is always an evolution for any player. Joel’s no different.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City However, a meniscus tear in his left knee once again ruled him out of action for a significant amount of time—keeping him out of contention for the Rookie of the Year award.With Embiid coming into the league already  looking as polished as a veteran player, Sixers head coach Brett Brown said that the Kansas product’s next step was to focus on keeping himself healthy.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“I think it has nothing to do really with his game. It’s not his jump hook. It’s not his defense. It’s his health,” Brown described his budding superstar to CSN Philly’s Jessica Camerato.“Helping him better understand how to consistently play NBA basketball is most on my mind.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare PLAY LIST 02:17Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge06:31LPA near PAR has low chance of developing into storm01:37Protesters 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although he only appeared in 31 games last season for the Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid’s hardwood prowess has embodied the entire city’s mantra of “Trust the Process.”After being rendered unable to play for the first two years of his career due to health issues, the 23-year-old Cameroonian showed glimpses of potential superstardom despite playing limited minutes for the “City of Brotherly Love.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historylast_img read more

Ravena back right away for PH team in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA veteran of numerous international wars, Kiefer Ravena is set to lead Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which starts on Friday in Chenzhou, China.Even coach Chot Reyes admitted he expects a lot from the 23-year-old guard, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Teng brothers team up as part of Chooks Pilipinas LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next The former Ateneo Blue Eagle is no stranger to international competitions but he said that the continental club championship presents a different challenge not just for him but for the whole team.“This is my first time here and not discounting the SEA Games and the SEABA (Championship), in terms of Asian basketball, this is the highest level I’ve been in. Playing in 3-on-3 in the world is still different from the 5-on-5 game,” he said.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 shutoutRavena also said that the leadership role won’t be solely on his shoulders, as he looks forward to linking up with prospective naturalization candidate Isaiah Austin, granting the lanky 7-foot-1 center gets his Chinese visa.“Isaiah is going to be big for us. Hopefully, his papers will go as smooth as possible. In terms of this tournament, he’s really an asset to the team. It’s not very often you see a 7-1 who can play the wing in Asia. We’re very lucky. Hopefully, he fixes it and helps the team,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 “We expect to really give our hearts out. You’re already there, so why not go for the win and do everything you can? We’re in a group where we have a chance to advance to the next stage, so hopefully we can win as many games as we can,” he said.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is in Group A along with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.“Again, it’s a test of character, a test of our willingness to win. These are the games where every game will be a grind out game. You have no choice but to find a way to win and we will find it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

UE upsets Adamson for 1st win

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Interim head coach Rod Roque, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, said the players’ belief in themselves was what allowed them to win and snap their 13-game losing streak that began midway part of Season 79.“When I watched their games before, I can see that they already have the skills and you just have to tap into them,” said Roque, who replaced Francis Vicente, in Filipino. “So when I took over, I didn’t change anything, I just told them to believe in themselves.”“They followed every bit of instruction I gave them in practice and I told them that if they replicated what they did in practice, we can win the game.”There may have been luck involved, but UE enjoyed Adamson’s disastrous fourth set as the Lady Warriors received 16 free points due to the Lady Falcons’ errors.Adamson head coach Air Padda also experimented with her lineup when she chose to sit out starters Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, and Eli Soyud in the first set.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus UE was firmly in control of Adamson in the fifth set breaking off any comeback attempt the Lady Falcons mustered in the deciding period.Mary Ann Mendrez gave UE an 11-6 lead with an off-the-block kill and even though Mary Joy Dacoron cut the deficit to two for Adamson, 13-11, the Lady Warriors were quick to respond.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShaya Adorador, with the help of Seth Rodriguez, denied Mylene Paat at the top for UE’s 14-11 lead.Then, Adorador closed things off with an off speed kill to award the Lady Warriors their first victory in Season 80. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Mendrez had had 12 points to lead UE while Adorador added 11.Paat led Adamson with 23 points while Soyud and Dacoron had 21 combined points.Despite Adamson winning in kills, 59-36, the Lady Falcons gave away 52 points due to their errors while UE managed to keep its miscues to 31. LATEST STORIES 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a long time coming but University of the East is finally in the winners’ circle after battling back to stun Adamson University, 25-22, 22-25, 14-24, 25-20, 15-13, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Warriors posted their first win after dropping their first six games while the Lady Falcons, who shocked La Salle in their previous outing, dropped to 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP softball: UE blanks NU in playoff for No. 3 Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

Flying V gains semis on Teng triple-double

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Eric Salamat captained his team’s three-point barrage for a game-high 33 points on a 7-of-11 clip from beyond the arc as Flying V made 20 of its 42 three-point attempts.The Thunder trailed early at 2-18, but poured in 41 points in the game-swinging third frame.Earlier, Centro Escolar University didn’t really need Rod Ebondo to slip past Gamboa Coffee Mix, 100-96, for a 5-3 record.With the Congolese big man recovering from a battle with pneumonia, Rich Guinitaran stepped up for the Scorpions as he unloaded 24 points on a 6-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.“We really talked to him and told him that his confidence must start from himself,” said coach Yong Garcia of Guinitaran.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng leads the Most Valuable Player race and intends to keep it that way as the former La Salle star dropped a triple-double to power Flying V past AMA Online Education, 114-91, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena.Facing his former team, the 23-year-old swingman became only the fourth player in league history to reach the rare feat with 21 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Emilio Aguinaldo targets share of early lead 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments LATEST STORIES Teng’s numbers helped the Thunder streak to an eighth straight victory and secure the top seed in the semifinals.“We’re happy that we’re the first one to make it to the semis,” said Flying V coach Eric Altamirano. “In the first half, we were a bit shaky, we were so relaxed and were complacent, but the good thing is we got our game back in the third quarter.”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 starsTeng joined the league’s triple-double club that only includes Ray Parks, Mike Tolomia and Kent Salado.“Jeron has nothing to prove when it comes to his scoring, but the good thing is he’s showing that he’s a multidimensional player,” said Altamirano. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Orlan Wamar also added 16 markers on top of 11 assists and five rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img read more

Cruz, Standhardinger honored to do double duty for Gilas

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Despite the exhausting task at hand, the two ready for action as Chot Reyes picked them for both the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and 2017 Southeast Asian Games squads.“It’s going to be tiring, but opportunities like this is rare. You can’t mind fatigue if it’s for the country,” said Cruz in Filipino.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“I feel very honored that I’ll play for two tournaments for the Philippines. I think that means that the coaches like what they see or they wouldn’t let me participate in both. I’m going to try my best to help win us as a whole to win both tournaments,” Standhardinger added.They will suit up in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon from August 8 to 20, before flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 2017 Sea Games from August 19 to 30. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES “If we go to the semifinals, that means that we’re gonna play up to August 20, and that means they’re not gonna play the first game in the Sea Games. That’s gonna be a problem. (They’ll finish the Fiba Asia Cup) if we get to the Finals, of course. But if we don’t get to the Finals, then maybe we’ll send them early already to get to the Southeast Asian Games,” he said.Reyes acknowledges that picking the two to backstop for both tourneys also comes with its own set of risks.“If they’re playing with us in Fiba Asia, then they’re not practicing with the Southeast Asian Games team. The good thing with the Sea Games format is that there’s a semifinals and a Finals, so we could afford to lose. We play Thailand right away, but not that we’re planning to (lose), but we could afford an early loss and get them back in the semifinals and hopefully, still make the Finals in the Southeast Asian Games,” he said.“I hope you can appreciate the difficult position that we’re in. This is really a testament, a test of adaptability and flexibility because this is the first time that this has happened. We’re planning for something that is really difficult.”However, both Cruz and Standhardinger made it clear that whatever tournament they’re in, they’re still going to bring nothing but their 100-percent on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments “For me, it’s for the country. I’ll do my part and whatever coach Chot wants me to do,” said the bruising Alaska forward.The Fil-German big man added: “I’m going to be ready.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGetting the nod to represent the country in any international tournament is already an honor for any player.So to be named for two teams in back-to-back tourneys is incomparable feeling for  Carl Bryan Cruz and Christian Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Former Thailand coach Tim Lewis impressed with Gilas’ depthlast_img read more

Eden Gardens must host India-England match: Bedi

first_imgThe Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Former India spinner Bishen Singh Bedi on Friday said it was wrong on part of the organisers to deprive Kolkata the right to host the India-England World Cup match and the local authorities should be given some more time to complete the renovation work at the historic Eden Gardens.After an inspection, the International Cricket Council on Thursday decided to shift India’s group match against England, scheduled for February 27, from Eden Gardens, saying that the venue will not be ready in time to host the match.But Bedi said the kind of cricketing atmosphere the city of Kolkata has is unmatched and it should not be deprived from hosting the high-profile encounter.”It’s wrong whether ICC or BCCI (has done it) because the electrifying atmosphere, which is experienced in Kolkata is not seen anywhere in the world. I am not backing any cricket Association but it is an important game and Kolkata crowd deserves to watch it,” Bedi told PTI.”The other matches at Eden are insignificant (from the crowd point of view). Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore are the cities that have cricket culture and they should not be deprived of holding good matches,” he added.Apart from the India-England tie, Eden is slated to host Ireland’s two matches — against South Africa (March 15) and the Netherlands (March 18), followed by Kenya-Zimbabwe game on March 20.Bedi said if Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium can be given extra time to complete renovation work, Eden Gardens also deserve similar treatment.”It’s not time to settle political scores. How do you know, that they can’t complete the work? Let’s put the ball in their court and let them deliver,” he said.advertisement”They have awarded the semi-final to Mohali, a city which has no cricket culture. It’s agriculture there and not cricket culture.”In England during the World Cup, Northamptonshire or Cardiff were not given important matches. It’s Birmingham, Nottingham, Old Trafford that got important matches because of the culture,” Bedi added.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

What’s your child’s learning style?

first_imgEach child is wired and inspired differently. She experiences her world and makes sense of it in her own unique way. One child may learn by writing notes or making diagrams, whereas another may learn by reading aloud, through brainstorming. Let me take you through three basic learning styles so you understand your child’s primary approach. Most of us are a mix of different learning styles. However, each one has a preference for a particular modality.The visual learnerStays more focussed if she makes notes, highlights or underlines what she is reading. Remembers what the teacher wrote down on the board rather than what she said.Has picked up reading more by word recognition rather than the phonics method.Good speller, fast reader.Enjoys puzzles, art and craft, drawing, painting, dressing up.Good at fine motor skills like drawing, embroidery, beading.Prefers studying alone.Presentation is neat.You can see they learn best through visual stimulation-pictures, flow charts, diagrams, flash cards, white boards, strategic use of colours, power point presentations, DVDs, mind mapping (Read Mind Mapping for Kids by Tony Buzan, Thorsons, 2003). Make sure you focus on these.The auditory learnerGood orator, skilled at theatre.Excels in verbal expression, good at writing poetry.Learnt to read well through phonics method.Large vocabulary.Easily distracted by noise.Learns by listening and discussing.Remembers lyrics of songs.Presentation is inconsistent.They learn through verbalising, listening, brainstorming, answering questions, studying with a partner or a small group, acting as if teaching a class, audio recordings, drama, speeches, debates, stories, music in the background (for math). Keep these in mind.advertisementThe kinaesthetic learnerThinks and learns better when he/she is moving or playing with ball.Gestures a lot while speaking.Learns by doing.Can’t sit still for a long time, fidgety, squirmy.High need for movement while trying to explain something.Loves wide open spaces.Well coordinated and would generally excel in sports, outdoor activities, dance.Presentation is untidy.Kinaesthetic learners learn and memorise through touching, moving, skipping, jogging, trampolining, role plays, field trips, projects, lab experiences, art and craft construction activities. Allow them the space to explore their world.”Teach me the way I learn”With an understanding of this paradigm researched extensively by Dunn & Dunn (2000), learning becomes more fun and certainly more productive. I can get lost if I am being given verbal directions but, on the other hand, give me a map and I can navigate with ease. My daughter is a visual learner like me. My son is an auditory learner and learns through brainstorming and discussions. He picks up lyrics of songs and makes poems at a drop of a hat. My husband is a kinaesthetic learner and has to move around to clarify his thinking. Observe the different people in your family and you will be fascinated by how each one is wired.If curriculum is about the ‘what’ of learning, then learning styles is about the ‘how’ of it. So this exam season, forget the panic and find out the most effective way your child learns. You will be helping him to get smart about learning and have fun to boot!last_img read more

Bangalore take on Mumbai for IPL final berth

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore came close to making it to the final of IPL-4 in their qualifier against Chennai Super Kings but the last eight overs of the second innings, in which they conceded over a hundred runs, cost them dearly as the defending champions romped home to a win. Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori admitted that the defeat stung but it was in the past and his team had learnt from the mistakes.”Team realises what we did wrong. We did most of the things right in the match. Just that we have to improve on our death bowling,” Vettori said here on the eve of their knock-out match against Mumbai Indians. He also refused to make any changes in the side, saying that team looked settled enough and should do the job.”We will go with the same team. Chris Gayle and I bowl eight overs so it’s difficult to bring in any new spinner. Zaheer Khan has been outstanding for us in the last few games. He has picked wickets up front. Chris has been the main catalyst in quite a few wins for us but we are confident other players would also do well when it matters,” he said. Many feel that Chennai, who have a few days rest before the final on Saturday, have an advantage over whoever wins here on Friday, but Vettori said that playing on consecutive days was not an issue.”Back to back games is not an issue for us (if Bangalore win). The travelling is. But playing at the same place in two days is not a problem.” Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh said that the performance of the Mumbai team was commendable given that a few big names like Kieron Pollard hadn’t done so well.advertisement”Pollard has not been at his best but it is a plus that we have performed well despite it,” he said. Regarding the wicket at the Chepauk, Robin said: “The wicket looks quite different from the one that will be used for the final.” With the IPL-4 drawing to a close, Robin was impressed with the players who had done well so far, but also wanted them to do more at the domestic level. “Youngsters have done well in the IPL so far. But it is important that the players don’t lose focus. They should look to do well in the domestic season as well,” he said.last_img read more

Baba Ramdev supporters urge him to continue satyagraha

first_imgBaba Ramdev’s supporters are spoiling for a fight. Even as the yoga guru returned to the comforts of his sprawling and swanky Patanjali Yogpeeth campus in a visibly fatigued state on Tuesday, his supporters didn’t seem too keen to let their leader take a breather.A number of those who were injured during the course of police action at Ramlila Maidan in the National Capital on June 5 have been camping inside the yogpeeth precincts since then. They were the most vociferous in asserting that Ramdev must restart the campaign against black money right away.And the yoga guru made all the right noises after being discharged from Himalayan Hospital. He said he would continue his campaign for the return of black money stashed away abroad.”We want only people with a clean background to go to Parliament and the assemblies. The fight against corruption and black money will continue with the help of all countrymen till the last breath,” Ramdev said.Kailash Budakoti, an engineer from Dehradun who sustained multiple fractures during the Delhi Police raid, was more specific: “The movement must start with a fresh impetus even before our wounds heal. If it is delayed any further, people will lose interest in the issue.” Patanjali Yogpeeth worker Brahmachari Narayan was in no mood to forgive either. “People must not forget the horrors we went through that night. Baba must provide us the direction, now that he is back,” he said.Their anger – which went to the extent of comparing the police action to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and making outlandish claims that the police fired many rounds of bullets that night – possibly arose out of a sense of frustration at the fact that the number of protesters had dwindled considerably since the beginning of Baba’s fast.advertisementShrutikant, a gurubhai of Baba Ramdev as they were both disciples of Acharya Baldev of Jind in Haryana, admitted that the police crackdown did drive a significant number of supporters away. “However, those who remain are deeply committed to the cause,” he added.There might be some truth to Shrutikant’s assertion as the remaining protesters appear to be not only more committed but are adamant on an open confrontation with the government, even verging on anarchism.Jagdish Khanna, a former village sarpanch from Rewari district in Haryana, had been fasting with Ramdev and called for an open boycott of the government. He said: “I mobilised eight villages in Rewari to boycott the panchayat elections on the issue of corruption. We must replicate this in other parts of the country.” Some of the yoga guru’s supporters also expected him to take a much more openly pro- Hindu stand, now that he had failed to make common cause with the government.Uma Shastri, a sadhvi from Chitrakoot Dham in Uttar Pradesh, said: “As sants , it is our responsibility to provide leadership to Hindu society which has looked up to us since centuries.” While there is a sense of relief on the Patanjali Yogpeeth campus over Ramdev’s return from the hospital, the yoga guru has his task cut out.At the outset, he faces three challenges: the erosion in his support base, the confrontationist enthusiasm of his remaining supporters and, of course, his own health.Then there is the increased show of aggression by the Centre. In Mumbai, Union minister of state for communications and IT Sachin Pilot termed the yoga guru’s conduct as childish and frivolous, saying he should stick to being a good yogi and meet the expectations of keeping a billion people healthy.The BJP continued to speak up for Ramdev though. “The UPA government should refrain from silencing the people’s voices against corruption and black money,” Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said in Patna. In Delhi, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar accused the Congress of suffering from an Emergency mindset.- With agency inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more