The vehicle of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed Parra came under fire from unknown gunmen in central Kashmir’s Budgam on Sunday evening. He escaped unhurt in the attack.“I had gone to condole the death of my personnel security officer’s mother at Handjan village in Budgam on Monday evening. As we moved out of the village, unknown men opened fire at my bullet vehicle from an orchard, which we mistook as stones initially. One we realised we are fired upon, we sped away from the area to save our lives,” Mr. Parra told The Hindu.The police have registered a case.Security beefed up A red alert has been sounded across the Kashmir valley ahead of the Independence Day. The main venue for the I-Day function haD been sealed for the commoners.Sharp shooters atop several buildings near the Srinagar venue haD been deployed to ward off any attempt by the militants to barge into the venue.According to a police advisory, militants may tried to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations in the Valley.Scuffle at Lal ChowkMeanwhile, a scuffle broke out at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk when a group of people tried to unfurl the tri-colour.An official said three non-locals attempted to hoist the tricolour near the Clock Tower. However, many people nearby tried to thrash them.A police official said a case had been registered against the miscreants who tried to disrupt the political activity in the area.
A Foreigners’ Tribunal in central Assam’s Morigaon district observed last month that the process of identifying foreigners and doubtful voters had become “an industry” for “minting money.” The “unfair practices” involved, it noted, turned Indians into foreigners and foreigners into Indians on the basis of fake or duplicate documents.Rejecting the citizenship plea by one Haren Mandal, alias Haren Biswas, of the district’s No. 2 Gunamara village, the Foreigners’ Tribunal 3, or FT3, in Morigaon town found it “alarming” that almost all citizenship certificates of registration exhibited before the tribunal turned out to be fake, forged or tampered with.Modus operandiA copy of the judgment of August 31, 2017 is available with The Hindu.“This surfaced after examining a series of such citizenship certificates covering the districts of Nagaon, Morigaon, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup,” FT3’s member (judge) Gautam Soren observed. The modus operandi of faking such certificates, he said, went to the extent of making a duplicate format with the same serial number.Mr. Soren cited the case of one Subal Das of Barpeta to drive home the point that the serial number printed on the original and fake certificates were the same, while their contents were different. In the original document, Subal Das was Subal Sanyashi.The order mentions a Gauhati High Court observation of January 7, 2017, that proceedees (people being tried for determining citizenship) resorted to fake, tampered or forged documents to gain undue advantage and its advise to the tribunals to be “more diligent” in scrutinising such papers.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that the government is ready to refer the matter of Muslim reservation to the State Backward Class Commission (SBCC).The Congress however, said that the government should instead act on the Rehman committee report on the backwardness of Muslims, based on which the 5% quota was extended in 2014.“There are backward castes among Muslims as some retained their caste while converting from Hinduism. About 52 Muslim backward castes are given reservation at present. Those who feel there are more castes which need it can approach the SBCC for a survey. SBCC recommendations will be binding on the government,” Mr. Fadnavis said.Congress MLA Naseem Khan said that the Bombay High Court had not stayed Muslim reservation in education and the ordinance lapsed since the present government did not bring a Bill in the Assembly. “We don’t want any conflict with OBCs or other castes, so there is no need to go to the commission. Instead, Muslims can be given reservation in a separate socially, economically and educationally backward class category,” he saidMr. Fadnavis said there was no need for a special session to discuss Dhangar and Muslim reservation. “The Tata Institute of Social Sciences report is being studied by the Cabinet sub-committee. The ATR will be tabled in the next session. Recommendations will be sent to the Centre.” Maratha reservationReplying to the Opposition’s demand to withdraw cases against protesters in the Maratha agitation and extend support to those who died, Mr. Fadnavis said he would meet with leaders of all parties to find out how to provide aid to the families of those who had committed suicide during the Maratha agitation. “We shouldn’t send the message that suicide is an option to get issues addressed. When Kakasaheb Shinde announced that he would take Jal Samadhi, the police should have saved him. Unfortunately that didn’t happen,” he said.A total of 543 cases were filed against Maratha youth during the protests, of which 66 were withdrawn. Mr. Fadnavis said, 46 were serious and cannot be withdrawn. A final decision has been made to withdraw 65 cases and for 314 the process has begun.In the Koregaon-Bhima violence, 655 cases were filed, of which 63 have been withdrawn. The process of 159 cases is in progress and 275 are in the charge sheet stage after which they will be withdrawn.
AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has accused the BJP and the Congress of “not taking steps” to ensure remunerative crop prices to farmers, employment generation and improving health and education services since Independence. Addressing a rally here on Saturday, he asked the people not to vote for the BJP or the Congress in the next Assembly elections and sought the support of youth for building a “new Haryana”. “I want to ask the BJP and the Congress why did they not improve the conditions of hospitals and schools in the last 70 years. Why work for the welfare of farmers was not done? Why efforts were not made for generating employment for youth? “The BJP and the Congress did not undertake these works during last 70 years because their intentions were not right,” Mr. Kejriwal alleged. “We (AAP government) are now carrying out (development) works in Delhi which was to be undertaken immediately after Independence. After running the government in Delhi for the last three years, I have understood that these works are possible and we have shown by doing it in Delhi,” he said. Asking voters not to repeat the mistake of “five year (Bhupinder Singh Hooda) and five year (Manohar Lal) Khattar,” Mr. Kejriwal said with the support of the youth his party will make Haryana “corruption-free”. “Youth is our biggest strength and with their help we changed Delhi. Now it is the turn of the youth of Haryana… We will build a new Haryana where farmers will get adequate price for their crops, good educational institutions and free medical treatment at hospitals, employment to youth,” the AAP leader said. Terming the crop insurance scheme a “big scam”, he claimed that farmers were deprived of their legitimate claims after their crops get damaged. “The crop insurance scheme, being run by the BJP government, is actually a big scam. Money is deducted from the accounts of farmers in the name of insurance which is like robbing them. Farmers tell us when they seek insurance claim on account of crop damage, they are told that they could not get claims until crop of 70% villagers gets damaged,” Mr. Kejriwal alleged.He said his government in Delhi pays direct compensation to farmers and ensures that ₹20,000 per acre is paid within two months.
The Pakistan Army on Thursday targeted forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district with mortars and small arms, official said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating. “Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by small arms fire and shelling with mortars in Sunderbani Sector since 0915 hours”, the Defence PRO said. The Pakistan Army also targeted forward posts in Mendhar sector of Poonch district on Wednesday night, officials said. Officials said the Pakistan Army is continuously firing 120 mm and 81 mm mortars when last reports came in. The shelling and firing has triggered panic among border dwellers. Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir had said on Thursday last that a befitting reply will be given to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.
Photo by Marcelo de Freitas, Cresta, South Africa Lying in wait at the water’s edge, four legs on a leaf and four legs feeling the water for vibrations, the Dolomedes triton spider can catch a fish twice its size in an instant. Holding on tight, it injects its aquatic prey with a deadly dose of venom and drags it to dry land, where it spends hours pumping it full of digestive enzymes and slurping up the fish’s liquefied flesh.Fish-eating spiders sound like something out of a nightmare, but until recently, scientists were pretty sure only a few kinds of arachnids could do it. Now, a new survey shows that at least 26 species of spiders know how to fish—and they live on every continent except for Antarctica.Martin Nyffeler, an arachnologist from the University of Basel in Switzerland, began collecting reports of unusual spider prey as a side interest while researching more traditional spider-insect interactions. After publishing reports on spiders that eat snails and bats, he turned his attention to spiders that fish, and discovered a mismatch between what textbooks say about fishing spiders, and what a Google Images search clearly shows.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)According to the textbooks, Nyffeler says, fishing spiders are mainly those in the Dolomedes genus and the related genus Nilus. These spiders live in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, where they earn names like dock spiders and raft spiders because they live near bodies of water, can walk on the water’s surface, and have hairs on their bodies that trap air to help them float and breathe when they go under.Photographs of Dolomedes eating fish—often in laboratory settings—aren’t hard to find, but it turns out these spiders aren’t the only ones that do this. After digging up 89 reports of wild spiders preying on fish, including some known only from photos shared online, Nyffeler and his colleagues discovered that spiders from at least eight different families have been documented preying on fish in the wild, they report today in PLOS ONE. For example, spiders in the genus Ancylometes, which can be as wide as 20 centimeters from toe tip to toe tip and can dive for up to 20 minutes, prowl the edges of South American ponds at night, catching fish in addition to their known prey of frogs, tadpoles, and lizards—behavior often documented by amateur photographers but never before recognized by scientists.Although spiders that catch fish were found across the globe, almost all were in tropical latitudes. Nyffeler thinks that may be because warmer water holds less oxygen, forcing fish to spend more time at the surface where spiders wait.Fish seem to be a “big ticket” prey item for these spiders, which are probably catching aquatic insects for most of their diet but really luck out when they land a fish, Nyffeler says. While insect prey tends to be much smaller than a spider’s body, the fish that spiders catch can be much larger—the average fish in this survey was twice the body size (not counting legs) of the spider that caught it. The team found reports of fish as big as 9 grams, but believes the largest spiders could probably catch prey as big as 30 grams—about an ounce.”This review is a valuable introduction to the phenomenon of fish predation by spiders,” says David Wise, an ecologist who studies spiders’ role in food webs at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Still, he calls the work “largely confirmatory” because the known fishing spiders like Dolomedes made up about 80% of the observations.”Given the sheer number of fishes in most water bodies, I doubt spider predation has much of an impact on the fish populations,” says Richard Vari, an ichthyologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Still, he says, “there is every reason to believe that future observations will both increase the number of species demonstrating this feeding pattern and the areas of the world where it occurs.” A Nilus spider with a killifish it caught in a fishing net in a stream near Kribi, Cameroon. Photo by Andreas Kettenburg, Thousand Oaks, California, USA By Beth SkwareckiJun. 18, 2014 , 5:00 PM Photo by Duncan Reid, Yale University, USA Slideshow: Fish-eating spiders more common than thought Dolomedes triton with a Sonora chub that it caught in a small stream in Sycamore Canyon, Arizona. Dolomedes triton with a Sonora chub that it caught in a small stream in Sycamore Canyon, Arizona. Photo by Marcelo de Freitas, Cresta, South Africa ‹› Photo by Andreas Kettenburg, Thousand Oaks, California, USA A Nilus spider with a 4-cm fish it pulled out of a garden pond in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A Trechalea spider with its catch on the bank of the Maicuru River in Brazil. Photo by Jacques Jangoux, Belém, Brazil A Nilus spider with a 4-cm fish it pulled out of a garden pond in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
The Broad Institute, a collaborative biomedical research center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has received a $650 million donation from philanthropist and businessman Ted Stanley to study the biological basis of diseases such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.The largest donation ever made to psychiatric research, the gift totals nearly six times the current $110 million annual budget for President Barack Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Stanley has already given Broad $175 million, and the $650 million will be provided as an annual cash flow on the order of tens of millions each year, with the remainder to be given after Stanley’s death. (See other coverage here and here.)The gift accompanies a paper published online today in Nature from researchers at Broad and worldwide, which identifies more than 100 areas of the human genome associated with schizophrenia, based on samples from almost 37,000 people with schizophrenia and about 113,000 without the disease. Researchers are likely to find hundreds of additional genetic variations associated with the disease as the number of patients sampled grows, says psychiatrist Kenneth Kendler of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics in Richmond, a co-author on the study.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Identifying the variants themselves is unlikely to lead directly to new drug targets, Kendler says. Instead, the hope is that researchers at Broad and elsewhere will be able to use those data to reveal clusters of genetic variation, like placing pins on a map, he says. Patterns are already beginning to emerge, showing abnormalities in common biochemical pathways that regulate functions such as synaptic plasticity and immune function, said Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute, in a press conference this morning. “For the first time, we can start to see the underlying biological basis of the disease.”Many pharmaceutical companies largely abandoned drug development for psychiatric diseases decades ago because the conditions are considered too difficult to treat, said Steven Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute. Gifts such as Stanley’s are an important signal to drug companies, young researchers, and federal funders that it is time to reinvest in psychiatric research, he said.Although effective new drugs based on such research may be decades away, near-term payoffs could include ways of identifying teens at risk of developing schizophrenia early on, or tools that help physicians better manage their patients’ medications, added Steve McCarroll, director of genetics research at Broad.Genetic research is just one small step toward truly helping people with schizophrenia and other disorders, however, Kendler says. Only half of identical twins whose siblings have schizophrenia develop the disease, making it critical to better understand how known risk factors such as urban environments and complications at birth contribute, he says. Rehabilitation and therapy are also key, he notes. “Medication is not the only thing that is going to work.”
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Cisco chairman John Chambers came to Bangalore to unveil the San Jose-based company’s $50-million campus that sprawls across 14 acres. The integrated high-tech facility is the new home for 3,000 Indian workers across R&D, IT, sales and customer support teams. Compare this scenario with media reports over the summer that some Silicon Valley companies were starting to pull jobs back from Bangalore to the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reported that firms such as Riya of San Mateo, Kana Software of Menlo Park and Teneros of Mountain Lakes have wound up their Indian operations and are moving engineers to the U.S., largely because of frustration over rising wages for Indian engineers and difficulties in retaining them.Cisco and Riya present contrasting faces of the offshore outsourcing business in India today. While large companies like Cisco, IBM and Accenture are expanding their operations, smaller Silicon Valley startups are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain their operations.Outsourcing jobs to India has become increasingly difficult and expensive in recent times. Since January, the Indian rupee gained more than 11% against the U.S. dollar, eroding the cost advantage of Indian offshoring firms. In addition, these firms face wage inflation, high workforce attrition, paucity of talent and increased operational costs. Profits are down and the stock prices of Indian IT companies are falling; for the first nine months of this year while the Sensex rose by 32.47%, the BSE IT index fell by 13.08%. According to P.V. Kannan, CEO of 24/7 Customer, a 6,000-employee outsourcing services firm headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., many business process outsourcing (BPO) companies have seen about half their profit margins evaporate as a result of rising costs. He says BPO firms typically earn net margins of 14% to 15%, and every 10% decline in the dollar’s value eats up 6% to 7% of those margins.Do the decisions of these Silicon Valley companies represent the start of a trend in which jobs that moved to India will now return to the U.S.? Or are they exceptions to the norm that will fail to stem the tide of service jobs moving to India and other low-cost countries from the U.S. and Europe?Captive Costs According to Indian IT executives, it is primarily the captive units of U.S. companies that have been hit hardest by currency appreciation and wage inflation, rather than companies that provide third-party outsourced services to clients. S. Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Infosys, cautions against “generalizing” from the incidence of some firms pulling back their teams from India. He says western companies that set up captive units in India tend to bring in high costs to the captive unit. “They actually pay a little more [than prevailing wages] and their recruitment practices are more costly than at Indian companies,” he says.In addition to recruitment practices, captive units also need a certain minimum scale to make their model work. “The problem with the captive units’ model is that the fixed costs are very high, so it is not feasible for small companies that have requirements for only 30 to 50 people,” says Sumir Chadha, managing director of the Indian operations of venture capital firm Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, Calif. He says the captive offshoring model doesn’t work if a company’s requirement in India is less than 80 people.Ravi Aron, a senior fellow at Wharton’s Mack Center for Technological Innovation and an expert on outsourcing industry trends, says that the wage inflation Riya and Teneros faced is the result of a talent shortage and that it varies across various levels of staffing. Project managers are in very short supply, but the problem is less acute in the case of lower-level jobs such as project leaders, systems analysts and programmers. “Project managers have the trifecta of business skills, client-facing skills and management skills,” he explains. “India has a shortage of managers who combine those three skill sets.”If some Silicon Valley companies find it difficult to sustain their Indian operations, that is part of their normal evolution as with “any idea that works and grows rapidly,” says Gururaj (Desh) Deshpande, an investor in technology startups that have facilities and employees in India. He is also chairman of Sycamore Networks, a networking and telecommunications products and services company in Chelmsford, Mass., with 2007 revenues of $156 million.The reason, says Desphande, is that some companies that try outsourcing to cut costs “fall into the trap of not quite knowing how to do it, or because they don’t have a long-term commitment or the right talent.” He says the companies best positioned to sustain their outsourced operations in India are those that have large teams or those with specialized products or services that can command premium pricing. Kannan of 24/7 believes outsourcing services providers that “don’t have the conviction and ponder over every issue” are walking the line of a self-fulfilling prophecy. “If you don’t know how to make it work, don’t blame the model,” he says of the offshoring units that pulled back their India teams.Pari Natarajan, CEO of Zinnov Consulting, a market research firm, also discourages clients who want to set up small teams of 20 to 30 people in India; he believes a captive unit makes sense only if it has at least 150 people. Zinnov says 160 of the 440 captive R&D centers in India are small operations with between 50 and 100 people each. “Most companies overlook the soft costs associated with managing the remote teams and calculate the savings solely based on the indirect cost saving,” says Natarajan. A Zinnov report on the “Top 10 Myths around Offshoring” says the biggest myth is that companies can save 70% to 80% of their costs by offshoring.Outsourcing for OutsourcersChadha advises promoters of the smaller captive units to source their requirements from the larger third party service providers. Sequoia has invested in GlobalLogic, a provider of product development support based near Washington, D.C., which has taken over a few captive units in India. The firm has 1,500 employees in India and another 500 in Ukraine.“We have started a line of business taking over a number of those captives,” says Peter Harrison, CEO of GlobalLogic. “You have heard of the BOT (build, operate and transfer) model; we call it TOB – transfer, operate and build,” he says. In such deals, GlobalLogic absorbs the captive unit’s employees on its own payroll and takes over its projects.Harrison says in two cases involving a total of 120 employees, his firm has cut costs by 10% to 20%, improved performance by 20% to 50% and cut attrition from 50% annually to less than 20%. “We could probably take five or 10 more of similar size this year,” he says. He reckons that about 40% of the 400 to 500 captive units in India are experiencing wage inflation and struggling to cope with that. “The business model for small captive units is changing to one of partnership with firms like us,” he adds.Captive units also don’t have bargaining power with their employees because they are small, says Harrison. “People hold you hostage; losing one person can really be critical.” But he also believes that concerns about rampant wage inflation in India are exaggerated. “Most people don’t understand the difference between the increase in salaries and wage inflation. Wage inflation refers to how much your average salary has changed, assuming the average experience of your employees stays constant.”At Infosys, Gopalakrishnan says his model accommodates annual wage increases of 13% to 15%, adding that the “net impact on overall cost to U.S. clients is only 2%.” When contracts come up for renewal, his clients are willing to increase rates by that level. “Inflation [in the U.S.] is at an annual rate of 3% to 4%, so it is not something that the client would dispute,” he adds.Apart from the problems of captive units, India’s IT software and IT-enabled services industry appears to be in fine shape. Indian exports of software and services grew 33% to $31.4 billion in the latest financial year to March 2007, according to the annual survey of the National Association of Software and Services Companies, or Nasscom, released in July.Nasscom forecasts that the country’s IT software and IT-enabled services industry, including the domestic market, will continue growth in the current year at 24% and 27%, respectively. India’s share in the global offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) business has grown from 39% of $2.3 billion in 2001 to 47% of $13.4 billion in 2006, according to Noshir Kaka, the Mumbai-based director and global practice leader at consulting firm McKinsey’s outsourcing and offshoring practice.The BPO industry employs some 1.6 million people. Three-quarters of them (1.2 million) work directly or indirectly for foreign clients; that number grew 34% in the past year, and Nasscom says that is in large part because India brings “28% of the suitable talent across all offshore locations” worldwide.Currency MovementsEven as those numbers appear promising, investors like Sequoia are worried about the impact of a stronger rupee on the fortunes of the companies in their portfolios. Chadha describes it as “the biggest whammy for offshore companies.” Besides depressing their rupee earnings, he says the stronger rupee reduces a company’s valuation by 20% to 30%. The rupee appreciated 8% against the U. S. dollar between 2004 and 2006, versus 7% for the Filipino peso and 3% for the Chinese yuan, according to the McKinsey survey.Sequoia has invested more than $100 million in nine Indian companies in the offshoring services sector. Chadha says he now wants to fund “high value businesses in the offshore space where the bill rates are high,” such as legal outsourcing firm Pangea3 in Mumbai that he says commands between $35 and $45 an hour.Shiva Ramani, co-founder and CEO of CSS, a provider of remote IT infrastructure and enterprise technology support based in San Jose, Calif., notes that the Indian outsourcing services industry is experiencing robust demand, adding that his firm is on track to achieve $100 million in revenue this year, which would represent a 60% to 70% increase over last year. CSS specializes in servicing the financial services and telecommunications industries, and has 4,250 of its 5,000 employees in Chennai. The rest are spread across offices in Silicon Valley and Singapore.Despite the stronger rupee and rising wages, Ramani adds, Indian outsourcers continue to have a labor cost advantage. “The wage arbitrage may have changed from 1:3 in the late 1990s to 1:2 or so now,” he says, referring to Indian wage levels versus those in the U.S. Still, India does have a relative cost advantage, he explains.R. Ravishankar, the New York City-based vice chairman of i-flex Solutions, a provider of IT products and services to the financial services industry, sees the situation differently. He says i-flex has from its inception in 1991 avoided using India’s wage arbitrage and exchange rate differential as the basis of its business plan. “We knew that whether it is the currency movement or labor arbitrage, it is not going to last forever,” he says.The strategy i-flex adopted was to invest in building products and upgrading the skills of its employees, Ravishankar notes. He claims the firm’s FlexCube and Reveleus banking software products are top sellers in their industry segment. “We established quality as a major differentiator, and not lower cost,” he says. “When your brand gets leadership and visibility, it gives you pricing power.” The company had revenues of $472 million for the financial year ending March 2007. Some three-quarters of its 10,000 employees are based in India.Changing Pricing ModelsInfosys is working on a non-linear model – one where growth in revenue and margins doesn’t depend solely on its head count. Gopalakrishnan says he is trying out alternative pricing models, such as those based on risk-reward equations, “because we want to share in the upside with the client.” Similarly, Infosys is also pitching value-based models or transaction-based pricing where it gets paid for the volume of work achieved and not for the number of people assigned to a project.The pricing power of Indian service providers has moved in cycles, says Gopalakrishnan. It was at its peak during the Internet boom of 2001, and then it declined during the next four years before picking up again in 2005. “If you look at the last five quarters, you will find that we have been able to increase revenue per employee quarter upon quarter in the last five quarters,” he says.Pure-play BPO services firms like 24/7 that don’t have the higher-margin software services find other ways to tackle a stronger rupee. “One way is to get paid in rupees instead of dollars,” says Kannan, adding that his multinational clients with an Indian presence don’t mind that. His firm has also invested in long-term hedges to dodge future dollar declines; he says that limits the impact on net margins to 2% to 3%.Management consulting and outsourcing services firm Accenture is also moving away from pricing its services on a per-transaction basis to one that is “outcome-based,” says Pankaj Vaish, managing director of its BPO delivery center network in Bangalore. He cites the efforts to inject technology into various processes and standardize them to “achieve higher volumes without proportionately increasing head count.”According to Desphande, an emphasis on specialized talent has worked well for Tejas Networks India, a Bangalore-based maker of optical networking products where he is the lead investor and chairman. He claims that Tejas’s 500-strong team has “five times the talent of any group in the world” in its specialty. Two months ago when Tejas went on a campus recruitment drive for 72 positions, 60 of those it hired were graduates of the Indian Institutes of Technology.Another longer-term solution Aron points to is for companies to specialize rather than trying to do everything from documentation, training and testing to higher value assignments. He says that strategy will bring about “an industrial ecosystem instead of vertical behemoths.” Companies that specialize will also find themselves less impacted by pressures on margins, he notes.Chadha believes investing in products is a sound strategy for IT companies because the margins can be between 60% and 80%, insulating them from the rupee appreciation. However, he says, they face problems in their ability to find talent. “There are not too many engineers in India who can understand product creation for the U.S. market, which is why that model hasn’t taken off in a big way.” According to Aron, only one-fourth of India’s engineering talent pool has the ability to work for western clients, directly or indirectly. Further, he says, “only a tenth of Indian engineers have the ability to work directly for a multinational company like Motorola, Intel or Microsoft.” The primary reason is their lack of familiarity with the global business environment.Growing DemandEvery industry spurs the demand for engineers in India, says Asim Handa, the New Delhi-based country director in India of FutureStep, a division of executive search firm Korn/Ferry. The shortage of talent is pronounced, he says. He estimates that just about a fifth of the engineers graduating each year – about 80,000 – “are really employable,” and that they get absorbed quickly. “Just Wipro, Infosys, IBM and TCS will hire more than 80,000 engineers in any given year,” he notes.“There is a supply side solution to this,” says Aron. “Greatly increase the pool of engineers through training and through colleges. This solution is being ignored.” If the Indian government ramps up its educational infrastructure and doubles or triples the number of engineers it puts out, he predicts that “the rupee issue will go away and will become a non-issue.”India could potentially play “a pivotal role in the coming global war for talent,” says Saurabh Tripathi, principal and director at the Boston Consulting Group in Mumbai. “It is high time we stop calling this industry offshoring,” he says. “It is about companies creating a strategy in the context of globalization and how they decide what [operations] should go to India or China or elsewhere. That is the thinking that is now evolving.”What’s Next?In times to come, Aron says, India will lose market share in call center services to Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Caribbean, South Africa and the French-speaking markets of Mauritius, Tunisia and Morocco. He also sees countries like Slovakia, Poland and Estonia emerging as stronger near-shore alternatives for companies in northwestern Europe.The large Indian IT companies recognize that trend and have begun setting up operations in those markets. TCS has facilities in Latin America and is also eying Morocco. Infosys recently set up shop in Mexico, and Wipro has a presence in China.GlobalLogic’s Harrison is convinced that it doesn’t makes sense for companies to worry about rising wage levels in India or spread their outsourcing bets across several markets. “We see companies now go to China and Latin America because they’re worried that in two or three years India will become too expensive,” he says. “They’re completely wrong; they don’t understand. They don’t realize that IT engineers account for less than a tenth of a tenth of the population of India. We’re talking about a tiny, tiny fraction of the country’s total workforce.” Infosys has also placed some of its bets on China, but that strategy has its wrinkles. Gopalakrishnan says wages in China tend to be actually higher than in India, but Infosys wanted to go there to both tap the Chinese market and create an alternative to its Indian operations in the long term. “We must have some options if the ability to recruit in India at some point is compromised,” he says.Gopalakrishnan has found that his clients in general did not share Infosys’s confidence in China. “India continues to be the number one location from the security perspective, and it has service providers that are able to manage large relationships,” he says. “We try to push China to our clients, with Chinese employees, with the Infosys name and with Infosys systems and processes. But it is still very slow to take off with our clients.”Deshpande says that companies have little reason to press the panic button on India. Concerns about the future of India as an outsourcing destination remind him, he says, of the doomsayers who periodically predict the death of Silicon Valley. “Every few years you hear the same story when things start going wrong,” he says. “People grumble about traffic jams, the cost of living, the difficulty in hiring people, attrition, and so on. But to counterbalance those factors, Silicon Valley has a critical mass that is just amazing. It just keeps growing, right?” Deshpande believes that outsourcing in India “will see its share of failures – like Silicon Valley – because there will be a lot of experiments. Still, the toughest will survive.” Related Items
For the fourth year in a row, Indira Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, has topped Fortune magazine’s annual list of the most powerful women leaders in business. Earlier, Nooyi was ranked third on Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, just behind German chancellor Angela Merkel and FDIC’s Sheila Bair and well ahead of 13 ranked Sonia Gandhi.Most powerful women business leaders, fine, but third most powerful woman in the world? Come on, really? Related Items
Cab aggregator app Uber’s co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick announced on March 8 that he has created a fund called 10100 that will focus on job creation in China and India.Kalanick said that he has been making investments, joining boards and working with entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. The fund, pronounced Ten-Hundred, will be working on his passions, ideas and big bets.The fund will be overlooking his for-profit and non-profit work. It will be aimed towards large-scale job creation, with investments in real estate, ecommerce, and emerging innovation in China and India, he said.The non-profit will focus on education and the future of cities.Some news… pic.twitter.com/urFBrb9aCV— travis kalanick (@travisk) March 7, 2018Kalanick is still a board member at Uber after resigning from the CEO’s post in July 2017. He has reportedly had a strong control over the day-to-day operations despite stepping down but the recent deal with SoftBank diluted his power by giving two seats on the board to the Japanese company.Uber has had a rough year in 2017. After Kalanick stepped down, the company, which had been in the eye of many controversies, has been reeling even under current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. In February, Uber and Alphabet-owned Waymo reached a surprise settlement following a lawsuit about a trade secret theft. Uber also weathered a massive cyber-attack, which it tried to cover up, that exposed data of 57 million riders and drivers.Waymo got 0.34 per cent of Uber’s equity at the company’s $72 billion valuation, which works out to a value of around $245 million. Waymo had originally sought a $1 billion settlement last year.In September, Uber said that it would review its Asian operations after facing a U.S. federal probe to check whether the company broke laws against overseas bribery. The charges surfaced after the U.S. officials were notified about payments allegedly made by staff in Indonesia.In December, an Indian origin woman from Texas sued the company for accessing her medical files after she filed a case against the firm when a cab driver in India raped her in 2014. They reached a settlement worth an unknown amount. The Indian woman had filed a civil case against the company, its former CEO Travis Kalanick and former executives Eric Alexander and Emil Michael. Alexander was said to have accessed the files from the police in India and shown it to Michael and Kalanick. Related ItemsTravis KalanickUberventure capital
Love for travel has been on the rise among Indians, according to data from RCI, a global timeshare exchange company. International travel by Indians increased by 13 per cent in 2017 against 2016 while domestic travel grew by 8 per cent, according to a report by the firm.The United States was the most traveled destination in 2016 and 2017, while Malaysia and Indonesia were the favorites in South East Asia. In Europe, Switzerland and Spain were the most preferred.For domestic travel, Indians preferred Goa, followed by Coorg, Munnar, Ooty and Kodaikanal, according to RCI data. The numbers are expected to increase in the summer of 2018.“With increased disposable income, factors like cheaper airfares and low tariffs for budget hotels, international travel plans have seen an exponential rise among the general Indian traveler,” Sabina Chopra, managing director of RCI India, said.Various countries have been gunning for increasing footfall from Indian travelers. Qatar, for instance, eyes a 15 per cent increase in travelers from India this year, especially as the Gulf nation has started visa-free entry for Indian nationals.“India is our number one source market, with 3,33,708 people from the sub-continent visiting Qatar in 2017. In the first quarter of this year we have already witnessed 15 per cent growth with 1,10,000 visitors from India. For the whole year we are expecting a similar growth of 15 per cent over last year,” Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) chief marketing and promotion officer Rashed AlQurese told PTI.Indians traveling to Qatar don’t need a visa if they have a passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward ticket, he said.“We expect free visa will boost tourism in the country and encourage more people from India to visit the Arab country. Qatar is a perfect alignment of cosmopolitan sophistication and rich culture, which will interest Indian tourists,” AlQurese said.Tech Savvy TravelersIndians are also the most tech-savvy travelers in the world, according to Expedia’s 2018 global flight and hotel etiquette survey conducted among 18,229 respondents from 23 countries, including the United States, Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.Indians are ranked at the top for mobile check-ins and are at No. 7 in online check-ins, the Economic Times reported. India took the second spot for the number of people (29 per cent) using the boarding pass on a mobile device, behind Thailand.Indians are also most likely to pay for in-flight Wi-Fi, the survey said. They also engage the most with airlines over social media about their travel experiences at the airport, at the gate or on the plane (34 per cent), listening to music or podcasts (72 per cent) and are only second in playing video games in flight (37 per cent). Related ItemsAviationTourism
“Even the district officials were involved in making the wrong decisions. The family of the martyrs lost everything but no accountability is fixed,” Mr. Gajbhiye said. He informed the House of his meeting with the families of those killed and said some of them are in dire straits.Mr. Gajbhiye said the families have yet to get any help from the government. Even the promised ₹25 lakh as insurance cover has not reached them. The Hindu had reported on May 15 that the insurance policy for the conflict zone had lapsed earlier this year owing to red tapism and delays by the Director General of Police’s office in Mumbai. “The State must now give each family member a government job. The government must take immediate steps for this,” he said.Mr. Kesarkar said the government would announce jobs for family members in less than seven days. This will be done with all documentation in place, he said. “We will ensure that ₹25 lakh is also paid on time,” he assured the House.In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents had blown up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing men of the QRT. The unit was proceeding from the police station in Kurkheda taluka, nearly 60 km north of Gadchiroli, when the blast was triggered after Naxals had torched 36 vehicles on May 1. Gadchiroli Naxal attack: Troop pullout may have left a hole in red zone security grid Nearly one-and-a-half months after a Naxal attack in which 15 personnel of the Gadchiroli police were killed, the government on Friday announced the suspension of a senior police officer for not following the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP).Minister of State (Home) Deepak Kesarkar said in the Maharashtra Council that Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shailesh Kale, was being suspended for sending the Quick Response Team (QRT) on patrol without following the SOP in place for conflict zones. A preliminary probe of the Home Department had found lapses in adherence to the SOP.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion raised by Prakash Gajbhiye (Congress) and Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde, who pointed out that the death of 15 policemen was a direct result of negligence by senior police officials, who had instructed the unit to, at one point, proceed in open jeeps.Also Read
Speculation is rife about the fate of Tripura’s Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla who has not joined service though his 70-day leave is over. Additional Director General Rajiv Singh has been holding the charge in his absence.The 1986 batch IPS officer has reportedly returned to the State, but did not join office. Sources in the government said on Friday that Mr. Shukla was advised to wait before resuming duties. They further said the government was planning to shift him to a new position.The BJP-led coalition government had transferred a number of officers, including then Chief Secretary Lalit Kumar Gupta, without citing any specific reason. Mr. Gupta was made director-general of SIPARD, but he opted to go on a long leave.The State’s BJP-led coalition government was reportedly not satisfied with the functioning of several bureaucrats and top police officers during the conduct of the Lok Sabha election. It held their ‘mismanagement’ responsible for the Election Commission going in for fresh polls in nearly 500 booths under the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.
A 45-year-old man attempted self-immolation at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s “Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra” in Sonipat on Monday, allegedly perturbed over the unemployment of his two sons. He sustained more than 50% burns and has been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak.Five more persons sustained burns in the incident. Chief Medical Officer, Sonipat, Ashwani Kumar, said all the five injured were out of danger, but one of them, Chandram, has also been referred to PGIMS, Rohtak, for better treatment.Rajesh, the victim, told mediapersons that he had met Mr. Khattar at Haryana Bhawan in 2016 seeking jobs for his two sons. He said the Chief Minister asked him to come to him after the vacancies for Group D jobs were advertised and assured help. But both his sons failed to make it in the recent appointments to Group D jobs. Rajesh, a worker at a factory in Rai, said he was worried about his sons’ future and set himself afire in protest.An eye-witness told The Hindu that Rajesh doused himself with an inflammable liquid soon after Mr. Khattar ended his speech at Rathdhana village around noon. He set himself afire and ran amok hugging people in the crowd, causing injuries to them as well. He was overpowered and taken to Civil Hospital in an ambulance along with the other injured.Mr. Khattar had kicked off his State-wide tour, ‘Jan Ashirwad Rath Yatra’, in Panchkula earlier this month ahead of the Assembly elections due in October. He will reach all the 90 Assembly segments of the State till September 8.‘75,000 govt. jobs’Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain claimed that 75,000 government jobs were given during the BJP rule and the appointments were made in a transparent manner.Sonipat SP Pratiksha Godara said a case was registered against Rajesh on charges of attempt to suicide and causing hurt. She said the preliminary investigation suggested that the man was “mentally unstable”.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.
SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension A successful routine counts as one point, and the team with the most points after a 10-minute round wins.READ: PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takrawPassing should be seamless because it’s a race against time. A failed routine would require the ball to be served—which takes precious time.“So it’s important that you communicate very well with you teammates,” said Bobier.“I think we did well considering we only trained for four months,” he added. “Malaysia has been a team for years. But I think we can still improve and raise our level.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH goal scorer Cubon hurt but will be ready for Indonesia LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments Rhemwil Catana of Philippines. during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Chinlone, the event that broke the Philippines into medal column, requires hand-foot-eye coordination as much as cohesion and team work.Team member Johnjohn Bobier said they may have came up short in skills department — after settling for silver behind gold winner Malaysia — but not in camaraderie.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES For one, Bobier said the team regularly takes a shower together.READ: Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds 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“We are like family. We shower together. Eat together and dress together,” said the 25-year-old Army First Class.Chinlone, a discipline under the sport of sepak takraw, requires six players in a circle performing a routine of kicking a ball made of wicker one after another. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd MOST READ
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Aaron Hicks #31 and Brett Gardner #11 after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins with a score of 4 to 8. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Minutes into the playoff debut for these young New York Yankees, they trailed Minnesota by three runs. Their starting pitcher lasted just one out. A sellout crowd was stunned.Could their postseason be over almost before it began?ADVERTISEMENT Nope. A strange AL wild-card game was only just beginning.“We’ve had a quite a few games where we’ve gotten down early,” Aaron Judge said. “Just keep battling. Just stay calm. Just play your game, and good things will happen.”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 shutoutJudge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason victory in five years.Gregorius’ three-run homer tied the score in the first inning after Minnesota knocked out Luis Severino, a pumped-up Judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his playoff debut and the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 Tuesday night. New York plays the Indians in a best-of-five Division Series starting Thursday. “We’re not done yet,” Judge said. “We’ve just got to keep it rolling in Cleveland.”Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who chased Ervin Santana after two innings and once again eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs.Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief, striking out 13 to tie the postseason record for a bullpen.“It was just remarkable,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Twins manager Paul Molitor marveled at the Yankees relievers and Girardi’s use of them over 142 pitches.“He extended some guys probably past their comfort zone,” the Hall of Famer said. “They still performed.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run and Eddie Rosario hit a two-run drive as the Twins burst to a quick lead.But Santana went to full counts on eight of 11 batters, and he was removed after six outs and 64 pitches with the Twins trailing 4-3.“It’s the exhilaration of jumping out,” Molitor said, “and then the deflation of giving it back so quickly.”Minnesota, the first team to follow a 100-loss season with a playoff appearance, lost its 13th consecutive postseason game, tying the record set by Boston from 1986-95. The Twins have been eliminated by the Yankees in five of their last six postseason appearances and have not won a playoff series since 2002.“Nobody expected us to be here,” Byron Buxton said. “That’s an amazing achievement.”New York won nine regular-season games after trailing by three runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — including when Severino fell behind against the Twins on Sept. 20 as New York rebounded to complete a series sweep. Gregorius erased the deficit in this one four batters into the bottom of the first.“I was hyped, and I tried to get the game going, tried to get the guys going,” he said.Judge, the 6-foot-7 sensation who set a rookie record with 52 home runs, was given a Ruthian ovation, with several sections of fans holding signs in his honor spelling out “All Rise!” He scored three runs, hitting a single to help ignite the first-inning rally, smoking a 108 mph home run off loser Jose Berrios in the fourth and walking in the seventh before coming home when Alan Busenitz walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded.Judge shouted in excitement as he rounded first base after the homer, his face flush with emotion.“This place was rocking. It was incredible,” he said. New York had made only one postseason appearance since 2012, losing the 2015 wild-card game to Houston 3-0. Just three Yankees who started that game were in the starting lineup, part of a Baby Bombers movement that purged the roster of veterans.At 23, Severino was the youngest Yankees postseason starter since Andy Pettitte in 1995. The right-hander lasted only 29 pitches on a crisp autumn night and matched the Yankees’ shortest postseason start, by Bob Turley in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series and Art Ditmar in the 1960 World Series opener.Severino was shaking his head as walked to the dugout and Green replaced him with runners at second and third. Green struck out Buxton and Jason Castro , then fanned three in a row in the second.“I think we’re all ready to be in from the first to the ninth,” Green said.Robertson came in with the bases loaded in the third and allowed Buxton’s RBI grounder , then struck out Castro.Robertson tired in the sixth but earned the win, leaving after 52 pitches and 3 1/3 innings. His only longer professional outing was 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Trenton in April 2008.Kahnle relieved with a runner on and retired Joe Mauer on a flyout to the warning track . After Kahnle threw 2 1/3 perfect innings , Chapman struck out three around a hit in the ninth.A pitcher named Santana — Johan Santana — beat the Yankees for the Twins’ last postseason win in 2004. But Ervin Santana’s career postseason ERA climbed to 6.57, contributing to a first inning that lasted 45 minutes and three innings that took 1:43.Gardner walked leading off, Judge poked a single to center and Gregorius lined a fastball over the right-field scoreboard. Brushed off the plate by a 2-2 pitch in the second, Gardner sent Santana’s next offering into the second deck in right for a 4-3 lead.Green struck out the side in the second, but left in the third after a leadoff single and two walks loaded the bases. Buxton hit into a run-scoring forceout before Robertson struck out Castro, and the Yankees went ahead for good in the bottom half when Gary Sanchez doubled off Berrios leading off and scored on Greg Bird’s two-out single. 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Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chung saved four break points in a fourth game of the second set lasting 12 minutes, holding for 2-2. But Nadal accelerated after that and served out the victory on his second match point.Nadal, who is tied for a record 30 Masters titles with Djokovic, has never won the tournament in Paris. He will next face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who beat 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2.Third-seeded Marin Cilic won 6-4, 6-3 against Borna Coric in an all-Croatian match.Cilic, who had 13 aces, will next play 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. He eased past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1.No. 4 Alexander Zverev lost to Robin Haase 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 9 John Isner beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (2), 6-7 (11), 6-3.Haase next plays No. 13 Juan Martin del Potro, who eased past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2. The big-serving Argentine needs to win in Paris to have a chance of reaching the Finals in London.Isner, who lost last year’s final to Murray, faces No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov. He beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson’s chances took a blow after a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Fernando Verdasco.No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid to reach London is over following a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Julien Benneteau in an all-French match.Benneteau plays No. 7 David Goffin of Belgium, who won 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 against Adrian Mannarino.Also, No. 16 Jack Sock of the United States had 14 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win against Kyle Edmund and faces Pouille in Thursday’s third round. Nadal is also the oldest year-ending No. 1, testimony to his relentless determination.“It’s about the passion for what you are doing. It’s about the mentality of waking up every morning with the right motivation to go on court and improve something. That’s the winning mentality, no?” he replied, when asked what drives him. “The passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen … not everybody is able to do it.”The only downside this season has been always losing to Federer, who leads the ATP Tour with seven titles.Federer has beaten Nadal four consecutive times — not dropping a set in three of them — and the 19-time Grand Slam champion was in outside contention for the No. 1 ranking before pulling out of Paris to focus on the season-ending ATP Finals in London next week.The 21-year-old Chung broke Nadal in the ninth game of the first set and held for 5-5. But Nadal took the first set after breaking Chung to love.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Hyeon Chung of South Korea during the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS — Rafael Nadal will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fourth time, surprising even the fiercest of competitors after a wrist injury and a lack of form severely dented his steely confidence.The 31-year-old Spaniard assured himself the No. 1 ranking by beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday in the second round of the Paris Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing01:37Protesters 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next The 16-time Grand Slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.“One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No. 1 again at the end of the season,” said Nadal, who missed large parts of 2016 because of a troublesome wrist. “It has been an amazing year.”Nadal’s comeback has been truly remarkable, even by his lofty standards.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 shutoutHe reached three Grand Slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the U.S. Open for the third time.“It was impossible for me to think about (being No. 1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years,” said Nadal, who also finished as No. 1 in ’08 and ’10. “It means a lot. After almost 10 years since the first time.” MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Russian gold medalist disqualified for Sochi Olympics doping