An all-party meeting in Darjeeling on Tuesday concluded that one representative of each political party in the hills will undertake a fast unto death from July 15 to take forward the demand of Gorkhaland.Announcing the decision, Benoy Tamang, Assistant General Secretary of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), said the ongoing indefinite strike that began on June 15 will continue.In addition, the parties also decided to lay seige to the offices of the District Magistrate and Sub Divisional Officers with the help of Gorkhaland supporters from July 14.The Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), convened by the representatives of all the political parties in the hills, decided that all awards received from West Bengal Government would be returned on July 13. The chairman and vice chairman of the development boards set up by the State government has been asked to resign at 6pm on July 14.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who addressed a public gathering at Digha in Purba Medinipur assured people that her government would restore peace in the hills.While she urged the people in the hills to give peace a chance and not play with fire, she accused the Centre of creating tension in the Darjeeling hills.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, let, congratulates center Enes Kanter who reacts after hanging from the rim after putting the ball in for a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The NBA reacted in support of Portland’s Enes Kanter on Thursday, not long after the league’s Turkish-centric Twitter account failed to mention Kanter’s efforts in the Trail Blazers’ victory over Denver in Game 2 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series.The league also fired the Turkish company in charge of operating that account.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid, 76ers pull ahead 2-1 after rout of Raptors Kanter has previously said that he will seek a U.S. passport; his Turkish one was canceled in 2017. Citing security concerns and a fear of being arrested, Kanter chose to miss two games outside of the U.S. so far in 2019 — when he was with the New York Knicks he did not accompany them for a game in London in January, and he didn’t travel with Portland for a game in Toronto on March 1.His reluctance to leave the U.S. coincides with Turkish officials seeking a “red notice” through Interpol and pursuing Kanter’s arrest since January, alleging that he backed exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and provided financial support to his group. Gulen has been blamed for a failed coup on the Erdogan government in 2016; Kanter has dismissed that as a “fake coup” staged by Erdogan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kanter — who has been estranged from Turkey, his homeland, for at least two years and is a longtime critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — had 15 points and nine rebounds in Portland’s 97-90 victory Wednesday night. After the game, the NBA tweeted out a list of stat leaders and included Kanter; the Turkish account, @NBATurkiye, made no mention of Kanter.It’s the latest twist in a long saga, one where the Turkish government has sought Kanter’s arrest and he has claimed, among other things, that the government censors him and forbids the airing of Portland games in the country. The NBA said Turkish fans can still see all games through its various platforms.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, logistics“Fans in Turkey can watch all playoff games featuring Enes Kanter and the Portland Trail Blazers on NBA League Pass and NBA TV International,” NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum said. “The NBA Turkey Twitter account was managed by a local vendor and we are terminating that relationship.”The National Basketball Players Association also put out a statement in support of Kanter on Thursday, saying it “fully supports our players using their platforms to stand up for their beliefs and the principles they support. We stand with Enes and, as with all of our players, will work to ensure that he is treated fairly and with respect.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles
FILE – Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will miss Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals with the strained right calf that has sidelined him for the past six games.Durant is the leading scorer in the playoffs for the Warriors, averaging 34.2 points with 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists a contest.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Green sees KD progressKerr said he doubted he would insert Durant on a limited basis, as he did with DeMarcus Cousins in game one after he had missed six weeks with a torn left quad.“Maybe it will be a minutes issue based on his conditioning for not having played in a month or whatever, but we’ll just have to wait and see,” Kerr said.“He has done well with his rehab the last couple of days. He’s continuing to ramp stuff up.”Warriors forward Draymond Green says he can see the progress as Durant works to return in time to help Golden State defeat Toronto.“You can see him inching closer back to the team,” Green said. “I think so much has been made of Kevin because of what lies ahead for him (free agency) he’s not with the team, he’s not around, he’s not a part of it.“You’re rehabbing. You’re on your own schedule. Now you see him around the team more. All of a sudden he’s on the bus to shootaround or practice. You start to see him, hear his voice more. You’re starting to hear him coming up with adjustments even before the game, giving his input.”– Iguodala ‘pretty good’ –Andre Iguodala, who has spent more time on the court in Durant’s absence, appears set to play in game two Sunday after suffering a left leg injury in game one and undergoing an MRI on Friday.“Seems to be doing well,” Kerr said of Iguodala, the NBA Finals MVP in Golden State’s 2015 title run. “I talked to him and he said he felt pretty good.” But the Warriors were 5-0 without him until losing 118-109 to Toronto in Thursday’s opening game of the best-of-seven championship series.“Kevin is not going to play Sunday,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday. “We’ve been sort of holding out hope, but I might as well just say it now. It’s near impossible for him to play on Sunday.”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, logisticsThe 30-year-old superstar, Most Valuable Player of the past two NBA Finals, will become a free agent at the end of the playoffs but hopes to return and help Golden State to a third consecutive NBA crown before deciding his future.Kerr gave no indication of a timetable for Durant’s return. Game three will be Wednesday at Oakland with game four two days later on the Warriors’ California home court. “He’s still progressing,” Kerr said. “When he’s ready to play he will play. That’s our approach.”Kerr said Durant must rejoin the club for at least one practice before he will be reinstated to the lineup.“It’s not like this is a sore ankle or his knee is sore and you can play through it. This is a tricky one,” Kerr said. “If you re-injure the calf, then that’s it and then he’s done for the series. So when he’s ready to play, he’ll play.”Durant joined the Warriors for the trip to Toronto so he could be watched by trainers and medical personnel who also had to monitor his teammates.“Our training staff is here and we need him with our training staff and we also need our training staff for the rest of our players,” Kerr said. “Kevin also wanted to be with the guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Clippers fined $50k over Doc Rivers’ Leonard-Jordan comparison ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ