Over a week after they showed black flags to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani during his visit to the city, three students of Lucknow University may face administrative action. The university administration has served show-cause notice on them, saying 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 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.‘Fear and terror’ The university said the act showed the students were out to create an “atmosphere of fear and terror” on the campus and in the city. 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 Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, the students wing of the Samajwadi Party.Mahendra 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 was among the eight who spent almost a month in jail last year for 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.LU 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.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr APGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, sidelined by complications from 2015 back surgery, reportedly is feeling better and could return for Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals.But Mike Brown, the assistant coach who has guided the Warriors to an 11-0 playoff mark in Kerr’s absence, still plans on guiding Golden State as he did in Thursday’s 113-91 game one victory over the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “Coach Kerr has been great,” Thompson said. “He’s a fighter, so it’s great to see him out here. He tries to help as much as he can and he has been. He’s just a calming presence. He’s great at deciphering the game and what we need to do right and what we need to do better.“We miss him out there. Hopefully he can come back. If not, we’ll play for him and still perform.”Kerr was the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year for guiding the Warriors to the winningest season in NBA history at 73-9, but the achievement was bittersweet given Golden State fell victim to the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, squandering a 3-1 edge to see Cleveland win in seven games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Brown has filled in perfectly and the Warriors have set an NBA record start to the playoffs at 13-0, also matching the longest win streak in NBA post-season history.“I imagine I’m going to coach until Steve tells me he’s ready. That’s kind of how I look at it,” Brown said.“He does seem like he’s getting better, but I’m going to keep coaching until he says he can or can’t.”Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he had heard nothing about Kerr’s possible return, but added, “I hope he comes back.”Kerr has spoken to the team in the locker room at times before games and at half-time while absent from the bench decisions during games. He continues to work with Brown and others on game plans as well.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Jimmy Alapag, LJ Moreno expecting 3rd child ESPN reported that if Kerr feels well enough in the next two days there was “optimism” he could return as coach for game two in the best-of-seven series Sunday in Oakland.But for now, acting head coach Brown is planning on guiding the team for what could be their final home game of the campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He has the option to coach,” Brown said Friday. “I haven’t heard anything from him. I’m planning on coaching unless he or (Warriors general manager) Bob Myers tells me anything different.”Since coaching the Warriors to their first two playoff triumphs this year, Kerr has been sidelined with nausea and migraine headaches due to complications from back surgery two years ago. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 View comments
Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta will be crucial for Spain at the World CupSpain has a surplus of talented players at nearly every position, so picking the right team will likely be Spain coach Vicente del Bosque’s biggest dilemma.The defending champions have been afforded little time to experiment with tough matches against the Netherlands and Chile before facing Australia in Group B.The team’s core is aging but still capable, while an incoming crop of young talent will offer Del Bosque further options.Here are five Spain players to watch:DIEGO COSTADiego Costa brings a new dynamic to the world champions, if coach Vicente del Bosque uses the Atletico Madrid striker correctly.The Brazilian-born Costa has chosen to play for his adopted homeland of Spain, which has not possessed a player with his qualities since it began its trophy-winning ways at the 2008 European Championship.Costa’s gritty, physical play lends better to open space and long balls compared to Spain’s short passing, possession style, with the quick-tempered striker terrorizing defenses when given space to run at them.But the tight confines of Spain’s play could limit Costa’s impact unless Del Bosque embraces his qualities and character, which will be under duress from the home fans for choosing to play for Spain.IKER CASILLASIker Casillas has been relegated to backup goalkeeper at Real Madrid, but the Spain captain has been stellar in that role by leading his club to the Copa del Rey final and deep into the knockout stages of the Champions League.No player has made as many appearances for Spain as Casillas, who will be at his eighth major championship, including four World Cups.XAVI HERNANDEZAt 34, this could surely be Xavi Hernandez’s last World Cup.Spain’s key midfield navigator has spoken about his desire to lead the team in South America, and it is hard to imagine Xavi failing to be one of the difference-makers in the tournament, especially when motivated.Much of Spain’s play is directed off his boot, and much of Spain’s success over the past six years can be attributed to his ability to set the tempo of a match.ANDRES INIESTASpain’s wealth of midfield talent is a key difference-maker for the world champions, and Andres Iniesta is a key cog in that engine.Iniesta, who scored in the 116th minute to give Spain its first World Cup title four years ago, has had a subdued season at Barcelona with occasional flashes of brilliance. But he seems to turn it on for Spain, when he normally proves to be a key player in unlocking defenses that tend to stack the area and stay behind the ball.SERGIO RAMOSOnly 27, Sergio Ramos has already made 115 appearances for the national team. And with Carles Puyol gone, the Real Madrid center back is the natural successor to lead the team from the back.While teammate Gerard Pique may be more attuned to a “sweeper” role of carrying the ball forward, Ramos has been stellar in the center of defense where his speed, size and ability to read the game means he rarely gets beat.While much of the talk of Spain’s success surrounds the midfield, the defense has not conceded a goal in the knockout stages of the past two European Championships and the World Cup – a span of 10 games.