UE continues resurgence, beats UP

first_imgMark Maloles and Alvin Pasaol exchanged back-to-back triples in a span of 18 seconds to give UE a 68-58 with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.Pasaol then delivered the dagger, converting a three-point play for a 71-62 lead with 1:33 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUE head coach Derrick Pumaren is aware of their position in the Final Four race and he used their first win in the UAAP as their starting point and motivation in getting to the semifinals.“Until there’s a fourth team that makes it then we still have a shot at it,” said Pumaren of their Final Four shot. “We just have to stay positive in the things that are going on. We just have to play as a team and keep playing as one unit.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments NU back on track, dumps winless UST Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East strengthened its bid for a Final Four spot after humbling University of the Philippines, 73-64, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Warriors won their third game in four outings to improve to 3-7 and them on track of getting the fourth spot in the league while the Fighting Maroons slipped to a 4-6 record.ADVERTISEMENT Pasaol showed his might with 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead UE while Mark Olayon narrowly missed out on a triple-double finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead UP while older brother Javi finished with 17 points and 11 boards. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:57UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UP Fighting Maroons02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas

first_imgFight poses a question: Is this UFC or WWE? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “There’s going to be fines,” White said. “There’s going to be God knows what. Can these guys get visas to get back in the country? We’ll see how this plays out, but I’ve been doing this for 18 years, and this is the biggest night ever, and I couldn’t be more disappointed.”McGregor’s $3 million purse was not withheld after commission officials examined video footage and determined his side had done nothing wrong in the melee. While Nurmagomedov brawled with McGregor teammate Dillon Danis outside the cage, a few men from Nurmagomedov’s camp — at least two of whom appeared to be UFC fighters, although the promotion and the commission haven’t formally identified them — climbed into the cage and confronted McGregor, who defended himself while getting sucker-punched from behind.McGregor’s first public response to the drama came on Twitter early Sunday morning: “Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.”By following his masterful victory with a reckless response to McGregor’s lengthy campaign of verbal and physical aggression, Nurmagomedov showcased the best and worst sides of mixed martial arts in a 30-second span. The Dagestan native who trains in San Jose, California, also overshadowed his years of steady progress to become one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighters.But Nurmagomedov said he had been brought to a boil by McGregor’s behavior since April, when McGregor infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and several other UFC fighters. McGregor was incensed after Nurmagomedov confronted a member of his team in New York earlier in that week, which ended with Nurmagomedov winning the UFC 155-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t understand how people can talk about I jump on the cage, you know?” Nurmagomedov said after apologizing to the Nevada commission during a brief post-fight statement to reporters, his title belt displayed on the dais before him.“What about he talked about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father? He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost killed a couple of people. What about this? … I don’t understand. I’m respectful. My father teaches me, ‘Hey, you have to be always respectful.’”After McGregor agreed this summer to return from a 23-month UFC absence for this highly lucrative bout, Nurmagomedov absorbed the Irish superstar’s gleeful taunts related to his family, friends and Muslim faith during their fight promotion.McGregor crowed when Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, the champion’s beloved father and a longtime wrestling coach, couldn’t attend UFC 229 because he couldn’t secure a U.S. visa in time. McGregor called Nurmagomedov’s father a “quivering coward” during a boisterous news conference.On Thursday, McGregor referred to Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, as a “snitch terrorist rat.” McGregor appeared to be referring to a book written several years ago which claimed that Abdelaziz once worked as an informant for the NYPD and FBI among U.S. Muslims in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.McGregor’s barbs were pointed, as usual for a fighter who built his massive fortune both with heavy fists and cutting words. White knew that Nurmagomedov and his teammates took it all very personally, but he was shocked by their response.“This isn’t the last time guys are going to say mean things to each other,” White said. “This is the fight business. That’s how it works. People have been saying mean things to each other for 18 years here in the UFC. Nothing like this has ever happened.”White was at Mike Tyson’s fight with Evander Holyfield in 1997 when Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear and went on a rampage that spilled into the stands. The UFC 229 scene also recalled Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Zab Judah in 2006, in which the fighters’ trainers brawled in the ring between rounds and nearly set off a riot; the post-fight fracas between entourages and fans at heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe’s fight with Andrew Golota in 1996; and a Strikeforce MMA show in Nashville in 2010 which ended with a post-fight brawl carried live on CBS.McGregor’s fame attracted attention to UFC 229 from millions of people who don’t watch MMA regularly, and the embarrassing post-fight events fit neatly into many casual stereotypes of the sport as a barbaric, exploitative spectacle. In truth, such displays of poor sportsmanship are fairly rare in MMA.“I promise you this is not what a mixed martial arts event is normally like,” White said. “When you have such an amazing event that we’ve worked hard to build for several months, and it goes perfect … this is not what we’re about. This is not what we do. This isn’t how we act.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Las Vegas. A brawl broke out after the main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor when Nurmagomedov climbed over the cage and set off a scuffle with another fighter in McGregor’s corner. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov was the calm, glowering foil to Conor McGregor’s antics for six months while the loquacious Irishman built a frenzy of hype around their UFC lightweight title fight.When Nurmagomedov forced the biggest star in mixed martial arts to tap out Saturday night to end what’s likely to be the most lucrative show in UFC history, he had fashioned the perfect response to McGregor’s verbal insults and physical attacks.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Although White said he was “disgusted” by McGregor’s behavior in Brooklyn, the UFC promoted this bout using video footage of McGregor’s violent attack, which traumatized strawweight champion Rose Namajunas and left two other fighters unable to compete due to injuries from the shattered glass.When asked about the UFC’s exploitation of the bus attack, White said he would do it all again, calling it “part of the story.”And whatever punishment Nurmagomedov faces, his drawing power will be increased exponentially when he returns to MMA. The gifted grappler from a little-known republic on the shores of the Caspian Sea acquired enormous cultural notoriety with his renegade actions and the show’s success.UFC 229 shattered the promotion’s previous gate record with $17.2 million in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena, and White expects the pay-per-view sales to break the promotion’s record as well. That massive audience saw Nurmagomedov put on a beautiful display of well-rounded fighting against the biggest puncher in MMA.“He had the opportunity to walk out of that place a champion,” White said. “He would have looked like a stud, instead of flying over the cage and doing the things that he did. It should have been a very different night for him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But when Nurmagomedov promptly hurdled over the cage and fought with McGregor’s taunting cornermen while his own teammates ambushed McGregor in the octagon, the Russian champion and his friends might have seriously damaged careers that were just about to take off.“These guys are in big trouble,” UFC President Dana White said. “It is going to be ugly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissExecutive director Bob Bennett said the Nevada Athletic Commission intends to file a complaint following its investigation into the actions of Nurmagomedov and his team for setting off a post-fight melee at UFC 229 immediately after McGregor submitted to Nurmagomedov’s choke in the fourth round. Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse has been withheld, and he could face a hefty fine along with a lengthy suspension.White said three members of Nurmagomedov’s team were detained by police, but released after McGregor refused to press charges. White acknowledged Nurmagomedov’s lightweight title could be stripped if his actions result in a significant suspension.last_img read more

FDA rejects Merck’s Vioxx successor

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration rejected Merck & Co.’s request to market a successor to its withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx in the United States, the drugmaker said Friday. The decision was widely expected, after a panel of FDA advisers two weeks ago voted 20-1 against approving the drug, Arcoxia. Arcoxia is in the class of anti-inflammatory drugs called Cox-2 inhibitors, which are touted as less likely to cause stomach bleeding or have other dangers, but they have been linked to heart risks. It is the same class of drugs as Vioxx, which has become a poster child for drug-safety problems. Merck pulled Vioxx from the market in September 2004 after research showed that it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes. That triggered an avalanche of lawsuits — more than 27,000 so far — and a nose-dive for Merck’s stock price, which has since rebounded. Despite the safety concerns in the United States, Arcoxia is on sale in 63 other countries. It brought in revenue of $265 million last year, up 22 percent from 2005, but barely one-tenth of the $2.5 billion a year Vioxx fetched at its peak. As recently as Tuesday, Merck officials said they intended to keep working to get Arcoxia on the U.S. market, the most lucrative in the world. Merck spokesman Ron Rogers said the company would not discuss whether it now will drop efforts to get Arcoxia approved domestically. Analyst Steve Brozak of WBB Securities said he believed Merck officials were “just going through the motions” with the FDA approval on Arcoxia. “This is it. Put a fork in it and it’s done,” he said. Merck said in a statement that the FDA had sent it what is called a “non-approvable letter” that stated the company “would need to provide additional data.” Arcoxia had been poised for approval until Vioxx was pulled from the market. Two months later, the FDA issued a letter saying it could approve Arcoxia, but only if Merck provided further safety and efficacy information for the drug. Merck has since produced results from further studies of Arcoxia, but doctors questioned those results because Merck compared Arcoxia in its tests to another, older anti-inflammatory drug, diclofenac — widely used elsewhere, but not in this country — that has elevated risk of heart attacks and strokes. Merck said the two drugs have similar cardiovascular risk. However, Arcoxia causes high blood pressure in more patients than diclofenac. When the FDA advisory panel considered Arcoxia on April 12, Dr. David Graham, a drug safety expert with the agency who was an early critic of Vioxx, told the panel that the drug may significantly increase risk of heart attack and stroke. He said Arcoxia brings no more pain relief than other medicines in the same class. On Tuesday, Peter S. Kim, president of Merck Research Laboratories, told company shareholders at their annual meeting that there was more long-term safety data on Arcoxia than other drugs in the same class and traditional anti-inflammatory medicines. In the statement issued Friday, Kim said the company is disappointed by the FDA decision. “We pursued FDA approval of Arcoxia because we believe strongly that new medicines are needed for patients whose osteoarthritis pain is inadequately managed with currently available therapies,” he said. Brozak said the market for arthritis drugs clearly is growing, but that he thinks FDA and the medical community are tired of drugs that “just retool” existing ones. Merck shares sank 57 cents, or 1.1 percent, to close at $51.86 on the New York Stock Exchange, still near a 52-week high of $52.63. Their low over the past year was $32.75. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool joined by Inter Milan in chase for Turkey defensive star

first_img1 Caner Erkin in action for Turkey Inter Milan have joined the race for Liverpool target Caner Erkin.The Fenerbahce defender has been watched by Reds scouts in the past and reports in Turkey have suggested that Liverpool are lining up a bid.However, they will face stiff competition for his signature from Italy with Inter now also keen on doing a deal for the talented left-back.Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old, who is out contract in the summer, when he will be available on a free.But sources have suggested that the Premier League pair are currently behind front-runners Inter, who are said to be drawing up an offer to land him already.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Kick-off time, venue, TV channel and team news

first_imgThe dress rehearsal for the new Premier League season is well underway.With the International Champions Cup pitting the world’s best against each other over the past few weeks, it’s now the turn of Arsenal and Chelsea to go head-to-head in Dublin. 1 gameday highlights What is the team news? FOOTBALL LATEST How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Just over an hour until we get underway in Dublin 📋 Here’s how we’re lining up to take on @ChelseaFC #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/oJsARya9Q6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 1, 2018 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Getty ALTERED who plays? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? possible xi NEW ERA Mesut Ozil netted as Arsenal hit PSG for five Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener What time is kick-off?Ahead of their meeting in the second week of the regular season, this clash will take place on Wednesday, August 1.Kick-off is at 8:05pm UK time.The game is being held at the 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium in Dublin.Where can I watch it?The match is being shown live on Premier Sports, who have rights to the majority of the International Champions Cup.The channel costs £9.99 a month for new customers and can be found on Sky channel 412 in HD and 866 in SD.Virgin customers can tune into 551 – and currently receive the channel without charge. And here is our starting 11! 👊There are three changes from Saturday’s win in Nice, with @CesarAzpi returning to captain today’s team… #CFCinDublin pic.twitter.com/nzAzN7fDVd— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 1, 2018last_img read more

FIRE HYDRANTS TO BE CHECKED AFTER TRAGEDY AVERTED DURING FIRES

first_imgDozens of fire hydrants are being checked after two blazes on a housing estate almost ended in tragedy.Firemen rushing to the scene of two blazes in Letterkenny were left frustrated when two fire hydrants wouldn’t work.Lord Mayor of the town, Cllr Gerry McMonagle said the situation could have ended in tragedy. “We could have been talking about people dying because these hydrants were not working. It’s a very serious situation which needed to be looked at,” he said.Cllr McMonagle contacted the Water Sanitation Department of Donegal County Council and a full audit of fire hydrants across Letterkenny is now being carried out.The fire hydrants are either being marked with the erection of new signage or a complete upgrade of the fire hydrant.Mayor McMonagle said the audit and upgrade of all fire hydrants is a very worthwhile exercise. “A lot of the time we take these hydrants for granted but the reality is that many have been worn down or people simply don’t know where they are.“So far we have found that just two of the hydrants were not working but that is two too many.“This is a very worthwhile exercise which could save lives and I think all local authorities should consider it around the country,” he said.EndsFIRE HYDRANTS TO BE CHECKED AFTER TRAGEDY AVERTED DURING FIRES was last modified: September 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEFIRE HYDRANTSlast_img read more

TOP BAND RELEASE TRIBUTE TO DANIEL’S NEW VISITOR CENTRE!

first_imgThey became famous around the globe after penning the song ‘There’s No One as Irish as Barack Obama.’But now the madcap Corrigan Brothers have decided to pen a ditty to someone even more important than the US President – Daniel O’Donnell.The Limerick band have just released their new offering ‘The Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre Song.’ The brothers, who are keen Daniel fans, are delighted that the centre has opened and look forward to visiting it.Lead singer Ger Corrigan said, “Daniel is an institution and is probably responsible for more tourism to Ireland than any one else, we look forward to visiting the centre in June and dueting the song with Donegal’s greatest artist”.Following their visit to Donegal the brothers will head to California in July to perform at a number of rallies for the Obama 2012 campaign.www.corriganbrothers.net   TOP BAND RELEASE TRIBUTE TO DANIEL’S NEW VISITOR CENTRE! was last modified: May 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Corrigan Brotherslast_img read more

Stargazer UV Neon Hair Gel – Washes out in one go

first_imgSimple to use and design it with as. Acquired this for a breast cancer, wear it pink occasion. Easy to use and design and style it with as indie mine in a dip dye design and style, not also messy, drys swiftly and so simple to get out. Very seriously does just wash out in one clean :).Excellent for a short-term alternative. . I purchased this to dye my moustache pink as component of my movember fundraising actions. My moustache is a combination of brown, ginger and grey but the gel lined it properly and, as it is only a really momentary issue, washing out is ideal for what i wantno doubt i’ll be acquiring extra colors up coming 7 days.So brilliant and washes out in a person.Here are the specifications for the Stargazer UV Neon Hair Gel:Stargazer Neon Hair GelUV ReactiveEasy to Apply ApplicatorEasily Removed with ShampooPerfect for Clubs, Parties and FestivalsExcellent colour, simple to use, washes out straightforward.Extremely handy applicator, presents a whole lot of management/precision. Color appears to be like amazing, but it takes time to dry. I was also impatient and brushed my hair which eliminated the vibrant colour and still left it with dim pink, so do not contact it just after you utilized. Washes out absolutely just after the very first wash.Reviews from purchasers :Works on dark hair!Perfect for a temporary solution.Was brilliant. Easy to use and style it with as Washes out in one gobut washes out easily.My son used this for race for lifetime on his mohawk and bought so lots of compliments. Truly dazzling and lasted ages.5 stars for the actuality that one tube managed to essentially cover my dark, earlier-shoulder length hair. I only did the top rated layer, so not all my hair was pink, but it was more than enough. Be informed that a) the pink will transfer very easily from your hair to nearly anything else, and b) the gel dries a little bit tough. A good trade off for the color you get although, at minimum for me.It colours the hair so effectively. It’s so vibrant and quick to use. The supply was extremely quick as perfectly.Everything goes pink, washes out conveniently.last_img read more

Justifying a fungicide application

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Conditions have been conducive for disease pressure for corn and soybean field this year. But as they crop progresses at a rapid pace, DuPont Pioneer’s Bradley Ott talks about justifying a fungicide application based on the growth stage of a crop in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

CPI (Maoist) commander Hidma promoted to Central Committee

first_imgA slim tribal boy from Puvarti village in Sukma district of South Chhattisgarh joined the People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) of the CPI Maoist as a lower rung cadre in the late 90s when the banned outfit was not considered “the biggest internal security threat”.He quickly rose to the rank of Area Commander and senior Maoist leaders began entrusting him with big responsibilities, and he delivered beyond expectations. With setbacks in other parts of the country, the Maoists eyed Bastar region of Chhattisgarh as their core area and dominated this area of the size of Kerala until recently.However, in recent years, the security forces have managed to weaken the Maoists’s control in many parts of Bastar except Abujhmad area and southern part of Sukma district. It is in South Sukma that the security forces have suffered the maximum casualties, but the area still remains a Maoist bastion. The youngest everThe person standing like a wall to the security forces is that slim tribal boy, Hidma. He’s now 36 and the youngest chief of a Maoist battalion. Hidma is also one of the youngest to become a member of the Danda Karanya Special Zonal Committee of the CPI (Maoist). Hidma has reportedly been promoted to the CPI (Maoist) central committee and become the youngest central committee member. Security agencies and the Maoists are still to confirm it officially, but some reliable sources have told The Hindu that Hidma was made a Central Committee member a month ago during a “meeting” in Abujhmadh. Hidma has become the first person from Bastar to be inducted in the CPI (Maoist) Central Committee and the second tribal. An officer involved in anti-Maoist operations in Bastar said that Hidma’s reported induction in the top Maoist body could act as a morale booster for the rebels who have suffered heavy losses almost everywhere in the country except Abujhmad and South Sukma.The officer said, “Hidma is junior to many leaders who were expecting induction in the central committee like Venkatesh and Ganesh Uike. It will be interesting to see how they take his out of turn promotion. The Maoists’ maximum domination is in tribal areas like Bastar or tribal areas in Jharkhand. They want to create dominant zones on State tri-junctions and needed a tribal face. The tribal faceHe added, “The way Milind Teltumbde has been used as a Dalit face by the Maoists, Hidma is being projected as the tribal face. With increasing pressure of security forces in Bastar, the Maoist battalion needed encouragement and Hidma’s battalion has been exceptionally successful in combat against the security forces. It has less than 10% casualty ratio in every combat compared to the security forces and its morale is extremely high. To maintain a large formation like battalion is a tough job and Hidma has successfully managed that.”Master strategist Hidma could hardly complete his primary education when he joined the Maoists, but now he is an avid reader and even reads English books. His close associates say within two three years, their leader will be fluent in English. A cool headed and soft spoken Hidma had answered each and every question from this reporter during a meeting in South Sukma forest in February 2015. Known to be a master strategist, he sits with a notebook whenever he meets anyone and takes notes. He also asks for newspaper clipping of local and national newspapers every week.Head of Battalion No.1As the head of the Maoists’s Battalion No.1, Hidma planned and executed many attacks and inflicted heavy damages on the security forces in Sukma including the recent killing of 37 CRPF men in two back to back attacks within a month.Sources said that it was the Burkapal attack on the CRPF, in which 25 CRPF men were gunned down by Hidma’s men, which gave the final push to his elevation to the central committee.Apart from his combat expertise, the tribal background of Himda could be a headache for the security forces, as it is likely to be used to by the Maoists to counter the State’s propaganda of “tribals not being given senior posts and only used as foot soldiers in the Maoist organisation”.last_img read more