12 Jan

Linden logger died from blunt trauma – PME

first_imgA post mortem conducted on the lifeless body of 54- year-old Andrew Parks, who died on Wednesday after a log fell on him, proved that the miner died as a result of blunt trauma to the head and leg.The autopsy was conducted on Friday by Government Pathologist Doctor Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary.Parks, of Powis Crescent, Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, was on Wednesday crushed by a fallen log at his place of employment, Old England Mines, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Reports are that Parks was at his workplace, Ping Logging Company, when a large log reportedly fell from a log loader machine which was being operated by one of his colleagues at the time.The logger sustained injuries and was picked up and taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The other employee involved in the incident, a 33-year-old resident of Coomacka Mines, Region 10, was taken into Police custody.last_img read more

10 Jan

Off field drama won’t affect us, says Kerr

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on April 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- Despite a tough three-weeks with off the pitch shenanigans threatening to derail their otherwise brilliant season, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr says the team’s focus will not be deterred ahead of Wednesday evening’s CAF Confederation Cup Group D clash with Tanzania’s Yanga at Kasarani.Before departing for Tanzania for the CECAFA Kagame Cup, Gor Mahia players had staged a go slow demanding unpaid allowances and the drama followed them all the way through to Tanzania where they were ultimately suspended from the tournament after refusing to pick their third placed team medals. But on Wednesday, the team switches its attention to a competition that has the potential to re-write their club history.“Whatever happened in the past is in the past and we have to concentrate on the job at hand. We have had our issues off the field which have psychologically affected the players, but we need to look at what’s ahead of us and keep working for it,” the tactician noted.Captain Harun Shakava affirmed that the players have their eyes fixed on the prize and have put the woes that wobbled their ship over the past month behind their back.Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava trains at the Kasarani Stadium on July 17, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We met the chairman on Monday evening and he talked to us as players and he assured us that our grievances will be addressed. We hope it comes into action but for us, our focus is on this game and getting the three points,” the captain noted.Gor Mahia are pegged second in the standings with two points off back to back draws against leaders USM Alger and Rayon Sport and a win on Wednesday will be a huge step towards qualifying for the quarter finals of the competition.“It is a very important game to both teams because everyone wants the three points. But I believe my players are motivated as they go into this game and they are focused and in the right mentality,” the tactician noted.He expects a tough challenge from Yanga who have vowed to give their all for three points in Nairobi and has cautioned his players to ensure they start the game early and make use of the chances they create.“We have always created chances, we have dominated games. Against Rayon we should have won, at home against USM we should have also won looking at the chances we had. We have worked on a few things in training and hopefully they show on the pitch,” the coach noted.Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with USM Alger’s Mohammed Bekhenmassa during a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe is however wary that their tough fixture line up might come to bite as they will be playing their seventh game in less than three weeks.“Sometimes it is very difficult to work on things because you have to play, recover, then play again. But we gave the players some two days off just after CECAFA and we hope it helped them relax and they will be fresher coming into this game,” the coach noted.The team will be without defender Joash Onyango who is suspended having picked up a red card against USM Alger and Kerr is expected to fill his void with Charles Momanyi.“Shakava and Joash have been fantastic; Charles has been outstanding with his attitude and professionalism. He has not held his head down when we needed him. Joash is devastated he is not playing but Charles can fill that gap,” the coach said.Meanwhile, the tactician says he is pleased with the playing surface at Kasarani which will be hosting it’s first game since the tie against USM Alger in May.The pitch had been closed down so the grass grows well after being hurriedly opened for the Hull City friendly match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

22 Dec

KCCA come from behind to overcome Express at Wankulukuku

first_imgAzam Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC 1-2 KCCA FCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuTuesday, 01-05-2018The KCCA team that started against Express (pictures by Shaban Lubega)KCCA had to do it the hard way as they overcame a spirited Express side 2-1 at Wankulukuku to move second in the Azam Uganda Premier League.Allan Okello and Jackson Nunda each struck once in the first half to cancel out Ayub Kisalita’s early penalty as KCCA registered only their fouth win away from home this season.The game started slowly but came to life in the 14thminute when Jalili Kisujju ran through on goal but pulled his strike wide of Tom Ikara’s goal.Express IX that started the 2-1 loss against KCCAKCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi was forced into an early substitution as anchorman Isaac kirabira was pulled off in a tactical move after only 17 minutes and was replaced by Paul Mucurezi.The move immediately back fired as the two time league defending champions where soon 1-0 down. Express talisman Micheal Birungi sent in a cross from the right into the penalty area and Jalili fell to the ground under pressure from Filbert Obenchan and the referee pointed to the spot.Former SC Villa defender turn midfielder Ayub Kisalita stepped up and sent Ikara the wrong way to put the home side into the lead, much to the jubilations of the Express faithful.Allan Okello restored purity for the away side on 31 minutes when he poked home a loose ball after Express goalkeeper Godwin Bule had saved from a Timothy Awanyi header.The first card of the game came two minutes later when Obenchan fouled Jalil and was shown yellow.A couple of minutes to half time, Lawrence Bukenya played Jackson Nunda through on goal and the tall silky midfielder slotted in expertly one on one with Bule. The referee allowed the goal to stand despite protest by the home fans who were claiming offside.Before the ball was put into the center circle, the livid fans started throwing stones both to the linesman and some KCCA fans and play was halted for 10 minutes until order was restored.The referee with some Express players after the Express fans started throwing stones to the linesmanOn 55 minutes, first half substitute Mucurezi should have made it 3-1 to KCCA but he failed to control his run after rounding Bule and Express captain Hitmana came to the rescue of the Red Eagles and cleared for a throw in.Three minutes later, Julius Poloto sent in a delicious cross from the right and it was met by Okello who was unmarked in the penalty area but his weak header went off target.Nunda had a chance to improve his day’s tally to two on the hour mark but his long range strike went off target with Bule clearly beaten.Express’s second half substitute Alfred Leku robbed Awanyi of the ball deep into KCCA’s half but his cross sailed across goal with no one to poke it home.With six minutes of normal time to play, Derrick Nsibambi who came on for Okello on 76 minutes, raced through on goal but could not finish as he was closed down by Bule and the striker’s effort bounced off the keeper’s chest.Express had one final chance to level the game but Leku could not connect with a cross from the left, leaving Ikara to bravely punch the ball out of touch for a corner.At the sound of the final whitsle, angry Express fans throw stones and other objects to KCCA FC players as they went to the dressing rooms and the riot Police had to fire bullets and tear gas to restore order.The win for KCCA means that they move to second on the table with 51 points from 26 games, four behind leaders Vipers who defeated Proline 3-1 on the same day at Lugogo.For Express, they remained third from bottom with 26 points from as many games with only four games to play.Other games played today:Bright Stars 0-0 UPDF FCProline 1-3 Vipers SCPolice 1-0 SoanaBul FC 2-0 MaroonsWednesday’s fixtures:SC Villa vs Kirinya JSSMasavu vs Mbarara CityOnduparaka vs URA FCComments Tags: allan okelloAzam UPLExpress FCjackson nundaKCCA FCMike Mutebilast_img read more

21 Dec

Councillor slams decision to refuse John Downey bail

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has slammed the arrest and detention of Co. Donegal man John Downey as ‘outrageous’. The Creeslough man was extradited to Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland earlier this month.The 67-year-old was refused bail yesterday amid fears he could flee before any trial for the car bomb attack which killed Ulster Defence Regiment members Alfred Johnston and James Eames in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. The High Court Judge in Belfast said on Tuesday that Mr Downey was a “real and substantial risk” to abscond if granted bail. Speaking following the ruling, local councillor Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said: “The ongoing detention of 67-year-old John Downing is outrageous. “Refusing him bail is inexcusable if only because, in light of the Dublin government’s decision to extradite him, he has no-where to go.“Moreover, the charges and alleged evidence are without any merit.  “The recent BBC Spotlight programme, ‘The Troubles’ has detailed not only how British authorities colluded with loyalist death squads but that physical and forensic evidence had either been removed or contaminated. “How on earth can the British State maintain the integrity of what it claims as evidence – supposedly gathered almost a half-century ago – in the John Downey case.”He added that he should be released and be given an apology by the Irish Government. Councillor slams decision to refuse John Downey bail was last modified: October 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:arrestCreesloughJohn Downeylast_img read more

18 Dec

Sanlam buys stake in Malaysian firm

first_img22 May 2013 South African financial services provider Sanlam has acquired a 49% stake in Malaysian short-term insurer Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhard (POI) worth about R814-million. “This transaction is our first foray into the southeast Asia region,” Sanlam Emerging Markets chief executive officer, Heinie Werth, said in a statement on Monday. It forms part of Sanlam’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities in selected emerging markets. “We believe that this transaction will provide us with a platform to gain an understanding of the region and a footprint on which to expand.” POI was established in 1972 and is fully owned by Pacific & Orient Berhad. Its focus is motorcycle insurance; it is the largest motorcycle insurer in Malaysia, with a 40% market share in the sector. “We believe there is a good cultural fit between POI and Sanlam, which will facilitate our focus on strengthening our relationship to drive business growth and establish a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership,” Werth said. Sanlam also believes that the Malaysian business environment, where the regulator is encouraging international partnerships for local companies, is conducive to growth. “POI is an established entity with a robust business model and a strong market position,” he said. “We are confident that the company offers us a relatively low risk entry into the market and a platform for growth. “We look forward to the partnership with Sanlam and the technical expertise that they will add in exploring future growth opportunities,” said POI’s managing director, Chan Thye Seng. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

18 Dec

Play Your Part and register to vote!

first_imgIn 2014 South Africa will not only celebrate 20 years of freedom from apartheid, it will also hold the country’s fifth national democratic elections. Play Your Part by registering to vote in the upcoming elections – our democracy was hard-earned through decades of activism and sacrifice, and should not be allowed to go to waste. With the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announcing a second and final round of voter registration set for February, we bring you a complete guide to registering for the elections.When will the elections be held?The elections must take place some time in 2014, but the final date will only be known once the president has proclaimed it in the Government Gazette.Who may vote?To be eligible to vote, you must:Be a South African citizenBe at least 18 years oldHave a green bar-coded ID book, or an ID smartcard, or a temporary identity certificate. These are all issued by the Department of Home Affairs. Finally, you may only vote if you are registered on the voters’ roll.How do I register to vote?First, ensure you have the necessary identity document – a green bar-coded ID book, an ID smartcard, or a temporary identity certificate. If you don’t, you will need to apply for one at the Department of Home Affairs.With your identity document, you must then register in person – you can’t do it online, for example, or by email.You can then register in two ways:Any time before the president proclaims the date of the election, you can register at your local IEC municipal office – but you must first contact the office and make an appointment. The IEC has a list of municipal offices with all the contact details you need.On the weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014, you can register from 08h00 to 17h00 at the voting station for your voting district. Find your voting station using the map on the IEC website, or phone 0800 11 8000 on Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00.Do I have to register before every election?Unless you have moved into a new voting district, you only have to register once. If you have moved, you have to register for your new district. If you remain on the voters’ roll for your old voting district, you will only be able to vote at your old voting station.You may have to register again if your voting district changes.How do I check if I am correctly registered to vote?You can check if you are registered to vote, and for the right district, in a number of ways:Send an SMS with your ID number to 32810.Check your voter registration details online – this will also give you the address of your voting station.Phone the IEC’s call centre on 0800 11 8000 – this is toll-free if you phone from a landline.Check at your voting station during the registration weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014.Check at your local municipal electoral office during office hours.How old must I be to register?Even though you may only vote if you are 18 or older, you may register on the voters’ roll from the age of 16.Where do I register?Any time before the president proclaims the date of the election, you can register at your local IEC municipal office – but you must first contact the office and make an appointment. The IEC has a list of municipal offices with all the contact details you need.On the weekend of 8 to 9 February 2014, you can register from 08h00 to 17h00 at the voting station for your voting district. Find your voting station using the map on the IEC website.Note that you must apply for registration on or before the day the president proclaims the date of the election in the Government Gazette. The voters’ roll for the election closes at 17h00 on the day of the proclamation.What documents do I need to register?By law, you must apply in person, and bring with you a valid green bar-coded South African ID book, or a smartcard ID, or a temporary identity certificate if you don’t have an ID book or smartcard. If you don’t have any of these, apply for one at the Department of Home Affairs.Can I register if I’m currently living outside South Africa?Yes, all South Africans with a valid South African ID (see above) and a valid South African passport are allowed to register. Overseas registrations close on 7 February 2014. Find out more on the IEC website.How do I register from overseas?Go to your nearest South African embassy, high commission or diplomatic mission with your valid ID and passport. Note that you can’t register with only your passport – you must have your ID document as well. Both documents must be valid.Can I vote before I leave South Africa?If you will be overseas on election day and would like to vote in South Africa a few days beforehand, you can apply for a special vote at your municipal electoral office.What happens when I register?Go to your voting station, municipal electoral office or, if voting overseas, your diplomatic mission.Fill in the Application for Registration as a Voter formYour ID book will be scannedA bar-coded sticker will be pasted in your ID bookNote that completing the form and receiving a bar-coded sticker doesn’t mean that you’re registered, it only means that you’ve applied for registration. Your application must still be processed, which may take up to seven working days.last_img read more

18 Dec

Public-private partnerships in national parks to boost tourism

first_imgSix million people visited our 19 national parks last year. This presented a huge opportunity for private investors, delegates were told at the inaugural South African National Parks Tourism Investment Summit held in Johannesburg this week.Opportunities in the Sanparks public-private partnership programme include accommodation, bottled water, wellness centres and adventure activities. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)Melissa JavanMore than 50 public-private partnership (PPP) opportunities are available for investors in South African National Parks.This emerged at the inaugural Sanparks Tourism Investment Summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday 4 April 2017. Sanparks, which falls under the Department Environmental Affairs, manages South Africa’s 19 national parks – from the massive Kruger Park in the east to the tiny Bontebok National Park in the west.The summit showcased a range of opportunities available to private investors in 10 of these public-owned parks. The opportunities include the development of tented camps, lodges and boutique hotels, activities such as helicopter and hot air balloon trips, zip-lining and hiking activities, and retail kiosks.Business and conservationIn 2016, over 10-million foreign tourists arrived in South Africa. According to Sanparks, 6-million people visited its parks in the past financial year. The country’s tourism sector accounts for some 730 000 jobs – 4.5% of total employment.In her keynote address at the summit, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said partnerships between the government and private sector could only increase tourism’s contribution to employment.The Sanparks summit, she said, would help public officials and private businesspeople working in the tourism sector to engage and network with each other.“The national parks don’t only play a conservation role,” she said. “We cannot just rely on the fiscus and say, please government, give us money.”There are currently 45 PPPs in operation in South Africa’s national parks. These give private partners access to state property for a certain period, allowing them to conduct business there.This model transfers risk to the private sector and allows Sanparks to focus on its core function: wildlife conservation. According to Molewa, seven national parks are currently being used for PPPs. She said there was a possibility to include all 19 parks in these partnerships, nationally.“In 2016, over 10 million tourist arrivals were recorded in #SouthAfrica, a 13% increase from 2015″ – Minister BEE Molewa#InvestSanparks— Sanparks (@Sanparks) April 4, 2017Through our PPP programme, R57 million per annum is spent on SMME and a total of 1946 direct jobs have been created.#InvestSanparks pic.twitter.com/2nZc7CnReV— Sanparks (@Sanparks) April 4, 2017There are 4 major categories of opportunities, these are:Accommodation, Restaurants, Retail and Activities#InvestSanparks— Sanparks (@Sanparks) April 4, 2017Return on investmentTokozile Xasa, South Africa’s new minister of tourism, said at the conference that many of today’s investors want more than just profit. “They want to make a contribution in the lives of people.”Tourism investment would help reduce poverty and inequality. “Tourism is the one sector all over the world that countries can look at to turn around the economy.”Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa at the inaugural Sanparks Tourism Investment Summit in Johannesburg. (Image: Melissa Javan)Xasa said those who did invest in South Africa’s tourism industry would get value. Her department provides skills training to entrepreneurs to ensure tourism businesses survive and thrive.She added that PPP opportunities would encourage local and international businesspeople to visit Sanparks’ attractions. “We are hoping to attract more business events to our parks. The businesspeople can then be exposed to what else South Africa has to offer.”Private party operators interested in any of these opportunities should register their interest by email toannemi.vanjaarsveld@sanparks.org https://t.co/xLtbfsH5iw— Sanparks (@Sanparks) April 4, 2017Boosting domestic travelSisa Ntshona, head of South African Tourism, said that although international tourists were flocking to the country, domestic tourism was weak.If each South African could link their economic well-being and prosperity to tourism, he said, it would help grow the domestic sector. “We need to cultivate a travel culture into South Africans, especially the youth. We should look at how we can inform and educate our children to increase domestic travel.”Ntshona said the country needed more tour guides, especially those able to share the stories and experiences of historical sites. “We need more young people, but they need to be knowledgeable. We’ve got to make tourism everybody’s business.”It was also important for small businesses to build networks in the communities in which they operate, he said. “If you are not plugged in, you will not make it. Look at how you can become visible, and who the tourism operators are within the community.”Discussing opportunities and challenges in South African tourism at the Sanparks summit. From left: moderator and former talk show host John Robbie, Sisa Ntshona of South African Tourism, Hannelie du Toit of South African Tourism Services Association and Blacky Komani of Tourvest Holdings. (Image: Melissa Javan)Bringing black South Africans into tourismAn important issue raised at the summit was the lack of black people taking part in South Africa’s tourism sector.Hannelie du Toit of the South African Tourism Services Association said more local heroes were needed need to promote tourism. “We need our black entrepreneurs to be involved and say that they want to get involved in the tourism industry.”Rob Cilliers of Sun International said specific products should be created for specific markets. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, for example, was well supported by the black market.“Put on the product to bring the people. We cater for the full community of South Africa.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

3 Dec

Nine men acquitted in Noida gangrape case

first_imgA Noida police officer left “no stone unturned” to botch up investigation in a 2009 case of gangrape of a 24-year-old MBA student that has led to the acquittal of nine persons by a Delhi court on the grounds that the identity of the real culprits could not be proved.The court pulled up the police for not following proper procedure of law while investigating the matter and said no judicial Test Identification Parade (TIP) of the accused was conducted by the investigating officer (IO).The court held that the IO had left “no stone unturned for making this case impossible to be proved” and directed Noida Senior Superintendent of Police to take appropriate action against IO, inspector Anil Samaniya, for his improper probe in the case.“These factors clearly show that due to the negligent, casual and unprofessional investigation conducted by the IO, real culprits of the case could not be identified/arrested or subjected to administration of justice,” Additional Sessions Judge Shail Jain said, adding that this was “a classic case” of botched up investigation by the IO.However, the judge was all praise for Special Public Prosecutor Neelam Narang, saying she provided valuable, substantial and useful help in explaining the lengthy case in a summarised manner.last_img read more

3 Dec

Bihar flood toll touches 119; over 4 lakh evacuated

first_imgThe flood situation in Bihar and West Bengal continues to be grim as waters from the overflowing rivers in Nepal sweep south, while there has been a slight improvement in Assam.Nearly one crore people have been affected by the floods in Bihar that have claimed 119 lives so far, an official said on Friday. The Bihar disaster management department official said over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have been hit with thousands of huts washed away, buildings and roads damaged and standing crops worth crores submerged.According to the official, 4,08,903 people have been evacuated by the Army, NDRF, SDRF and other rescue teams in the last four days. The State government has set up 1,238 relief camps housing 310,041 people in the flood-hit districts.Respite from rainThough rain has let up in West Bengal, about 400 villages in Malda district are facing massive waterlogging with the Mahananda, Fulhar and Purnarbhaba river overflowing.Speaking to The Hindu on Friday, Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said, “Malda has become our main concern now. Due to the flood waters from Nepal and Bihar, the Mahananda river is already flowing above the extreme danger level and the water level is expected to rise.”  “Currently there are about 70,000 people in 116 relief shelters in the district,” district magistrate of Malda Kaushik Bhattacharya said. According to district officials at least eight lakh people have been affected. Twelve teams from two battalions of the NDRF have been deployed in Malda, Uttar and South Dinajpur districts.Assam toll risesWith 11 more deaths on Friday, the death toll in the second phase of floods in Assam has gone up to 60 since August 10 even as the authorities said there were some “signs of improvement” in the overall situation.According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 25.93 lakh people were affected by the floods in the State. Morigaon was the worst-hit district with 5.29 lakh affected people, followed by Dhubri with 4.76 lakh people. As many as 2,210 villages were under water, it said.7 rhinos deadOver 140 animals including seven rhinos and two elephants have perished in the second wave of floods in Assam that inundated 80% of the the Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohini Ballav Saikia said here on Thursday.(With inputs from PTI & IANS) Three family members drown as bridge collapses in Biharlast_img read more

28 Nov

Lack of time doesn’t bother Asiad boxers

first_imgIndian boxer Paramjeet Samota (91+kg) rewrote history last week by becoming the first super heavyweight boxer from the country to clinch a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games as India rounded off with their best ever haul of three gold and four bronze medals at the event.But it is only half the job done for Samota as he will face stiffer challenge when the Asian Games kicks off in Guangzhou, China, from November 12. The 22-year-old boxer, however, has not even a month to prepare for the quadrennial event and he will bank on the preparations and performance of the Commonwealth Games to perform well at the Asian event.”One month’s time is not sufficient to prepare for an event like the Asian Games. But we are high on the success of the Commonwealth Games and that will boost us to get some good result at the Asian Games as well.”In one month, we can work upon movements and speed in the ring because most of our opponents at the Asian Games will be aggressive boxers from countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and Korea and we have to have great footwork to counter them,” Samota said at a ceremony where Monnet Group awarded the three Commonwealth Games gold medallists `3 lakh each and four bronze medallists `1 lakh each.In the just concluded Commonwealth Games, Paramjeet, Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) clinched gold for India while Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), DIlbagh Singh (69kg) and Vijender Kumar (75kg) settled for bronze medals after losing in the semi-finals.advertisementAsian champion Suranjoy, who enters the Asian Games as India’s best bet for gold, echoed Samota’s sentiments. “There should have been more time between the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, but all these events are pre-scheduled. We have to utilise the time to work on some of mistakes our boxers committed at the Commonwealth Games. I think utilisation of time will improve our performance.” Olympic medallist Vijender is of the view that the boxers will maintained the momentum of the Commonwealth success.”Asian Games are always tougher than the Commonwealth Games. There we have Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, which had world champions and Olympic champions in their side. But our confidence is skyhigh after Commonwealth success and the boxers will be able to maintain it till next month,” said Vijender.Indian boxers Vijender (69kg) and Varghese Johnson (91+ kg) were the only medallists for India at the previous edition of the Asian Games in 2006, but boxing in the country has moved up a few notches since then and the nation team boasts of world, Olympic and the Asian Games medallists.Indian coach Gurbux Sandhu said that the growing success of boxers will reflect in Guangzhou as well.”The success rate of our boxers has gone up and there is a high possibility that they will better their performance at the Asian Games. Though I can’t predict the names of medallists as the unpredictability of boxing may derail anyone’s campaign on any day, but India may get a gold also,” said Sandhu.”I and coaching staff will sit in Patiala and plan for the Asian Games because we just finished with the Commonwealth Games and haven’t got sufficient time to analyse the strength of other countries,” said Sandhu.India has selected a 10-member team for the Asian Games.From the Commonwealth Games medallists, Jai and Manoj have been kept as reserved boxers.last_img