Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Galanza hopes for Final 4 return in her last year with Adamson Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCesca Racraquin was her usual dominant self as she captained San Beda to a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Mapua in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The open spiker unleashed 19 points, 17 of which off kills, on top of 17 digs and 13 receptions to steer her side to a share of the top spot with Arellano at 4-0.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments Ma. Nieza Viray added 14 markers, Trisha Paras had 13 points, while Satriani Espritu and Maria Jiezela Viray both got 10 hits to aid the Lady Red Spikers’ cause.Mapua, meanwhile, continued its search for a breakthrough win after falling to its fourth straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDianne Latayan carried the Lady Cardinals with 10 points.Later in the day, undermanned San Sebastian proved to be too good for St. Benilde as it came away with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 win. LATEST STORIES MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nikka Marielle Dalisay topscored for the Lady Stags with 19 points, 15 coming from spikes and three blocks, while Joyce Sta. Rita had 12 markers.Daurene Santos got 11 for San Sebastian, which evened its record at 2-2.Ranya Musa kept the ship afloat for the Lady Blazers with 16 points, while Diane Ventura got 14 as St. Benilde also fell to a 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Magnolia frustrates GlobalPort to halt two-game skid LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers It turned out to be a huge confidence-booster for Raqraquin and the Lady Red Spikers after they showed they can take the Lady Chiefs to the distance in Finals game 1 on Friday.“This was a huge help in our confidence, even though we lost,” said Raqraquin. “We saw that we shouldn’t be scared of Arellano because we know we can dominate and we showed that in the third set and we were also able to contain them in then fourth”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told my teammates that they shouldn’t be afraid of Arellano, and told them to look at whoever is in front of them. ‘Look at them, would you allow yourself to be beaten? Would you let yourself be intimidated? Fight them.’”San Beda lit up in the third set with a commanding 11-2 run to take a 21-12 lead off Nieza Viray’s through-the-block kill. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ This sudden surge in the middle set gave the Lady Red Spikers the confidence boost they needed in the fourth set, but unfortunately the Lady Chiefs had them by the throat come the fifth period.“I think we got really tired come the fifth set, and I also take the blame for it,” said Raqraquin, who had a game-high 21 points. “I was preparing myself for those hard serves but they [Lady Chiefs] would instead go for a short serve.”Although San Beda ultimately fizzled in the fifth, Raqraquin said that it’s only the first game and they still have a chance to force a rubber match.“We shouldn’t be saddened by this loss, it’s still not over,” said Raqraquin. “We still have a chance on the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum 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 San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a loss to remember for San Beda, but not for the negative reasons.The Lady Red Spikers suffered a five-set loss to defending champion Arellano University in the title round of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, but captain Cesca Raqraquin said the setback shouldn’t be taken at face value.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast It was Pocari’s second straight win in the short quarterfinal phase among four teams, putting the defending champions closer to joining early semifinalists BaliPure and the Power Smashers in the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.Import Michelle Strizak led the Lady Warriors’ charge with 30 hits, Myla Pablo added 12 markers while Desiree Dadang and Cai Nepomunceno chipped in 11 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAlyssa Valdez and imports Kuttika Kaewpin and Lindsay Schaudt moved the Cool Smashers to within 11-13 but the Lady Warriors scored on a kill and took the set and the match with a block off Valdez’s final attack.The loss dropped Creamline to 1-1 and must hurdle Air Force tomorrow to stay in the semifinal hunt. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Eustaquio surprised with split decision victory in ONE Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Air Force and Perlas, which dropped their opening quarterfinal matches, were still playing at presstime.Pocari took charge early, posting six-point leads in the opening frame. But Creamline refused to give up and pulled to within one at 23-24, only to yield with a service error from Kuttika Kaewpin.Faulty serves actually marred the Cool Smashers’ endgame stint with Laura Schaudt and Alex Cabanos making one each in the stretch.Earlier, Cignal HD foiled Sta. Elena, 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, to clinch the No. 2 slot in the semifinals of the men’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Pocari Sweat gutted out a tough five-set victory over Creamline, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11, to nail at least a playoff for a semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.The Lady Warriors zoomed to an 8-5 lead in the deciding set after netting six points off the Cool Smashers’ errors, but needed to fend off a furious rally to hack out the crucial victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Haddadi embraces this time to rest to also allow younger players to develop.“They are young and need to be in camp for practice,” he went on. “If we want the national team to improve and be stronger, we should trust the young players and give them more time.”Iran has won five of the last eight editions of the Jones Cup and this would be the second straight year—if ever—that Haddadi would miss the multi-nation event.Gilas Pilipinas plays nine games in as many days starting Saturday against a club team from Canada and would wind up that hectic schedule—in what could go down as a game for the championship—against the Iranians on July 23.There’s no doubt that with Andray Blatche not in the roster and with PBA veterans not included, Gilas doesn’t have one man that can match up one-on-one with Haddadi.ADVERTISEMENT The Jones Cup also doesn’t count and with the event to be played starting this weekend in Chinese Taipei, Haddadi could also be skipping the event to get some injuries to heal and be 100 percent for Iran in the home-and-away games.“After the Fiba Asia Challenge last year, I had an injury and had to rest, but I still needed to play with Sichuan in China,” Fiba.com quoted the 7-foot-2 Haddadi, a former Memphis Grizzlies player in the NBA.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“My injury got worse after, and now I need to rest this summer and be ready for the Asia Qualifiers,” he said.The Fiba Asia, which will be the regional championship, is slated Aug. 8 to 20 in Beirut, Lebanon. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hamed Haddadi, left, Mehdi Kamrani, middle, and Nikkhah Bahrami share a laugh while heading back to the bench. Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ path to the Jones Cup Invitational championship got a boost after reports that Iranian center Hamed Haddadi might skip events for his national team to focus on the World Cup Qualifying tournaments next year.Fiba.com reported on Tuesday that Haddadi, easily one of the most dominant centers in the region in the last decade, would not be playing for Iran in the Fiba Asia Championship, an event that doesn’t count in the Qualifying process.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines is actually the defending champion in the Jones Cup after thumping everyone with a team made up of several Americans, including former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton, last year.In 2012, LA Tenorio was named MVP after Gilas defeated Team USA in the final day as Chot Reyes became the first Filipino coach to win the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ View comments PH volleyball team names official spokespersons China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 Federer shines bright in twilight zone China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong After more than half a century in the fight game, the legendary 85-year-old promoter often gives the impression of a man who has seen it all before.And when it comes to cross-code duels in the vein of Mayweather-McGregor, he has.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 starsForty-one years ago, Arum promoted the infamous Tokyo bout between Muhammad Ali and Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki.That shambolic night at the Nippon Budokan arena on June 26 1976 saw Inoki spend most of the bout on his back, attempting to kick out at Ali’s legs. Ali meanwhile threw only six punches in 15 rounds of farce. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “If you want to buy the fight and pay the $100 to watch it on pay-per-view then you do, if you don’t, you don’t. It’s the free market. And the free market should be able to exist without people telling them that it’s good for boxing or not good for boxing. Let them do it.“But at the same time, do I think it’s going to be a real fight? No I don’t.”Arum also had a warning for anyone expecting to see Mayweather risk trading blows with McGregor, predicting that the 40-year-old former welterweight king would opt for the sort of cagey style which marked his fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015.“With Floyd it’s always take the money and run,” Arum said. “And there’s nothing wrong with that.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes The spectacle is widely seen as a tawdry lowpoint in Ali’s glittering career, a cynical, no-holds-barred grab for a multi-million-dollar payday.Or as Arum remembers it: “It was the most atrocious crap that I’ve ever put on.”The contest had been born a year earlier when Ali met Ichiro Hatta, the president of the Japanese Amateur Wrestling Association, and mischievously lamented about the fact that he had never faced an Asian challenger.The remark caught Inoki’s attention and soon Ali was being offered $6 million to fight the Japanese wrestler.Arum recalled a fruitless attempt to hash out the ground rules for the fight between himself, Ali’s trainer Angelo Dundee, manager Herbert Muhammad and Inoki’s handlers.ADVERTISEMENT This file photo taken on June 04, 2016, shows Japanese parliamentarian and mixed martial artist Antonio Inoki, who fought boxing begend Muhammad Ali in 1976 (background), speaking at a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo following the news of Ali’s death. There are many in the boxing world who are appalled by the prospect of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor climbing into a ring next month, but forty-one years ago, in another cross-code duel, the world watched as heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali fought Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — There are many in the boxing world who are appalled by the prospect of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor climbing into a ring next month.Bob Arum is, emphatically, not one of them.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It’s another Pearl Harbor!’“I spent two weeks in a conference room in Tokyo, with the Japanese, trying to get rules for that fight. And in the end we went into that fight without any rules at all,” Arum told reporters at a recent lunch in Los Angeles.“Inoki spent most of the fight on his back kicking out at Ali. There was one round where he stood up and Ali threw a punch and he missed him by two feet. By two feet! Because Ali was frustrated. But Inoki staggered back into the ropes like he’d been hit. It was ridiculous.”According to Arum, the plan had initially been to concoct a stage-managed conclusion to the fight that would have kept all sides happy. US wrestling promoter Vince McMahon came up with a narrative that would have seen Inoki declared the winner while Ali could claim a moral victory.“Vince figured out a scenario, which I didn’t take that seriously, where Ali would get Inoki on the ropes,” Arum said. “And Inoki as a professional wrestler, would have a razor in his mouth, and he would cut his own eyebrow, so he’d be bleeding and everything. And Ali would have him on the ropes and ask the referee to stop the fight, and the referee would refuse.“And eventually Ali would turn his back on Inoki and plead with the referee to stop the fight. At which point Inoki would jump on Ali and get him to the canvas and the referee would count ‘1-2-3 out’ and declare Inoki the winner.“And then Ali was supposed to yell ‘It’s another Pearl Harbor!’. But Ali got spooked when he got there and he wouldn’t go through with it.“So after that we spent two weeks trying to figure out what the rules would be. And we couldn’t come up with anything.”Bad for boxing?Memories of Tokyo perhaps explain why Arum is unwilling to join the legions of critics who have disparaged Mayweather and McGregor August 26 fight as being “bad for boxing.”“Mayweather-McGregor will make a lot of money for the people involved,” Arum said. “The idea of whether it’s good for boxing is sort of irrelevant. I don’t even know what ‘Good or bad for boxing’ means. It really has nothing to do with boxing as it carries on.“It’s a spectacle. And people will either watch it or they won’t. And that’s why those kind of questions bother me because nobody is putting a gun to anybody’s head. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tang could only chuckle at the gestured and admitted he was caught off guard.“I also was shocked,” he shared. “I was coming in to our practice and I didn’t know anything about it. They just had the commitment to themselves.”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 starsJJ Domingo said it was team captain Gerard Castor’s idea to put their manes on the line for their game against Letran.“After our game against Lyceum, Gerard thought about that and said that if we win against Letran, we won’t lose our hair. But if we lose, we’ll go bald,” he said. “You can really see his leadership on and off the court. We respect him and we follow everything he says.” 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPatient in his approach for the rebuilding St. Benilde, coach TY Tang knew that his maiden season at the helm will be a challenging experience as he seeks to lay down the foundation for his team moving forward.Six games into the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament and the Blazers are showing promise and their their biggest statement yet came on Tuesday after they shed their slick hairdos and sported shaved domes for their game against Mapua.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It might be a source of laughter to some, but Tang lauds this act from his players, noting that simple things like this is big for a squad that is hoping to put the years in the cellar behind them.“Maybe it’s a symbol of unity and character in terms of building themselves, playing and building together whatever happens. That’s one thing the coaches are really happy about. You can’t just see that through certain players, because not all players do that. But they are willing to sacrifice everything just for the common goal and that’s to start winning games,” he said.That sacrifice, though, didn’t end up for naught as St. Benilde used a strong surge in the fourth period to shock Mapua with a come-from-behind 74-69 win.With the team snapping their four-game losing skid, Tang is hopeful that the skin-head Blazers can finally see better days ahead and turn things around.“Hopefully, this will be a morale booster for us in terms of character, that no matter what happens, down 40, down 20, up by one, or up by 20, we’ll finish the game with a lot of attitude and pride,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Amer bails out Gilas Cadets in tough outing vs Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As for his own hair? Tang said that he’d rather leave the hair, or lack thereof, to his players and possibly some of his assistants.“Maybe coach Ali (Peek) and coach Siot (Tanquingcen) can,” he said with a smile. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The charming Casa Bella Vista in ManaliThere is nothing quite like an addiction called the mountains. It nudges, tugs, propels and directs you to it time and again, to those silent sentinels that can be as gentle as they are unforgiving. They renew, inspire and exalt the spirit, as little else can. If mountain air and its thrills are your poison, a trip to Himachal is bound to be in the offing because there is always something on the roster to tempt. Despite your many visits to the State you can never have attempted it all. For some people the challenge lies in its summits clothed in the radiance of white where only the gods dare to reside, and the winds whisper tales of creation. For others the twisty roads or a hike can be as much of a thrill as a rafting trip down the river.On an Adventure SpreeNothing beats the thrill of a snow scooter ride on a cold winter morningateThe mountains spell dare, and those with the guts for extreme adventure can always expect Himachal to unravel something new. One such spectacular trip is a rafting expedition on the Spiti and Pin rivers. The twin valleys have captured the imagination of travellers and rafting provides unparalleled views of Spiti’s dramatic topography. In between braving the rapids you can hop off the raft on excursions to its monasteries that are so implausibly perched on precipices, and come face-to-face with the culture of this State, preserved since centuries.advertisementThere are many places for skiing in the StateIn the escapade kingdom of Manali, there is the option of heli skiing. A chopper transports you to the top of a peak making it convenient to ski down some of the finest slopes in the country. The choices lie in Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chandrakhani Pass. A key feature at Manali is the compact heli-skiing area and all it requires is a flight time of around ten minutes to carry skiers to the top of peaks that are as high as 14,000 ft. From there it’s a thrilling ride down the slopes, their smooth ridges promising an adrenaline boost for the skier. There is opportunity for beginners too with a combination of testing slopes including the ones with gentle gradient making it a particularly thrilling outing for the first-timer. A winter carnival is held in the middle of February capping the skiing season with added fiesta.Evening OutChandrakhani pass is one of the finest options for winters sports in the countryWith Manali being an all-season destination, there’s no lack of entertainment options. You can let your hair down at Piccadily Cinema, the State’s first cineplex, that’s opened recently on The Mall. The town also has a fair share of foreigners who have fallen for its charms. Some of the restaurants and hotels welcomely offer them a taste of their respective countries. The sprightly Casa Bella Vista, that offers charming cottages, overlooking the Manalsu rivulet has a cafe that serves scrumptious Spanish cuisine. It is the perfect place to sit under the deodars for a satisfying meal. If you happen to be in Shimla, and are craving for an Italian meal, head to Cafe Sol in Hotel Combermere, which also offers mouth-watering Mexican and Continental dishes.Spa RetreatsThe Surya Vilas Luxury Spa Resort at SolanThough the mountains in themselves are succour for the soul, spa resorts are going all out to make the holiday in the hills more rejuvenating. Even before spa became the buzz word, Himachal had some of the finest ones to offer. Much in line with that standard are two new properties perched in the very accessible Shivalik ranges: Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort-Centara Boutique Collection in Parwanoo and Surya Vilas Luxury Spa Resort in Solan; both an easy drive from the nearest railhead at Kalka. These wellness sanctuaries are truly a vacation in the lap of nature and offer tastefully furnished rooms, excellent views and soothing therapies, all elements that let you unwind in complete tranquillity. Moksha, which has been set up in alliance with Thailand’s award-winning hotel chain, extends the elegance and graciousness associated with a Thai experience. And it’s all the more special when you arrive at the resort by cable car.Home for HolidaysMarigold Holiday Cottages near Shimla make for a charming stay optionFor most first-timers and some veterans too, a trip to Himachal remains incomplete without visiting Shimla. The queen has aged but nothing has diminished her magnetism and The Mall indicates that. The pedestrians-only stretch was once a ramp for connoisseurs of elegance, where handsome men strode gallantly and stylish ladies fluttered their eyelashes and romance continues to blooms here. Anytime of the day is perfect and as the evening sets in, the hills start to twinkle attractively with the lights coming on. That’s the time to head for the snug warmth of your booked accommodation.With Shimla getting saturated, the towns around it have reinvented themselves and among other features, it’s the concept of homestays that has caught on. Mashobra offers quite a variety and from among its inventory, Violet Hill and Forest Hill Villas come in for special mention. If you’re looking for self-contained chalets, there’s Marigold Holiday Cottages in Sidhora, a picturesque village 15 km from Shimla.advertisementThe colourful Himachal shawls are a must-buyRealising the potential of homestays, Himachal Tourism has also jumped into the fray and now offers a choice of 160 homes across most districts. The accommodation details are available on their website (himachaltourism.nic.in) and lend a fair idea of the sort of place that’s likely to appeal. Considering its impeccable past record in choice of location and hospitality at guest houses, tourism homestays are all set to take off, providing as they do, a more intimate experience to the traveller. Traditional ShoppingPiccadily cinema at ManaliThink Himachal and images of its vibrant, multi-coloured weaves flash in the mind. The colourful bands of woven patterns found on caps and shawls–its biggest export after apples–stand out distinctly wherever you travel in these hills. The designs are reflective of the intermingling of traditions, especially Tibetan and Chinese, those influences coming by way of trading ties. And now there is a shift in colour codes with subdued pastels and rich earthy tones appearing on the shelves. The long established Bodh Shawl Weavers in Manali is a recommended place to pick up stylish new patterns and stay wrapped in the warmth of Himachal long after you’ve reached home.Whatever you do here, whether it is indulging in the thrill of adventure sports or just spending a comfortable weekend, one thing is sure, the mountains will never disappoint. Fact fileRafting is one of the most popular adventure sport optionsRafting Tours operated by Mainak Travels; www.mainaktravels.comHeli skiing Tours operated by Mainak Travels; tel: (0) 98163 54380Piccadily Cinema The Mall, ManaliCasa Bella Vista Log Huts Area, Log Huts Road; tel: (0) 98166 99663Cafe Sol Hotel Combermere, The Mall, Shimla; tel: (0177) 265 1246Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Centara Boutique Collection Parwanoo, Solan; tel: (01792) 232 301; www.centarahotelsresorts.comSurya Vilas Luxury Spa Resort Kumarhatti-Nahan Road, Gandhigram, Solan; tel: (01792) 307 000Violet Hill Vilas Mashobra; tel: (0)98154 42233, 13 km from Shimla Forest Hill Villas Purani Koti village, Mashobra, 16 km from Shimla; tel: (0) 97178 44088Marigold Holiday Cottages Sadhora Village, Mashobra-Naldehra Road, Shimla; tel: (0) 92185 18600Bodh Shawl Weavers 109/6 Hotel Tashila, Model Town, Manali; tel: (0192) 251 471
Attacking the government a day after the breakdown of talks over Lokpal draft bill, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Thursday threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing it of being uninterested in a strong bill.Hazare expressed his disappointment with the government not delivering on its promises. Alluding to the separate draft being undertaken by the government, Hazare stated that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore.”We were hopeful from the draft committee, but now as the government is preparing its draft separately, it looks difficult to get anything positive out of it. It looks that we will have to go for an agitation and satyagraha again,” Hazare, who had led a mass indefinite hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar in April, said.Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh lashed out at Hazare saying he should respect Parliament and the Constitution of the country. Defending the government, Singh pointed out that calling the government “unresponsive” was highly unfair.”If the government was pre-determined, there would not have been a drafting committee. The so called civil society has to understand that it is a parliamentary democracy… eminent people in drafting committee. They should not say if the government is against them or they are against us,” Singh said.For 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.