Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses The Philippines and its naturalized player Andray Blatche will be on opposing sides with the former NBA veteran leading the way for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, which will carry the name China Kashgar, his mother ball club in the Chinese Basketball League.Blatche carried China in the 2016 edition of the tournament, featuring 10 club teams from Asia, averaging closing to 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game.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 shutoutAside from Blatche, China will also parade American guard Darius Adams, who was last year’s scoring leader norming 23.1 points a contest.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation Tuesday. The team, which replaced Japan, will carry the Chooks To Go banner. Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas and Andray Blatche are likely to reunite in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup slated later in the month in Chenzhou, China.But it won’t be a typical reunion.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 PVL: San Sebastian recovers from opener loss, sweeps JRU Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The last time a club team from the Philippines ruled the tournament was in 1996. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Better competition key to Kai Sotto’s improvement, says Uichico

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netKai Sotto, the prized 7-foot-2 youngster of Ateneo, has already garnered considerable hype by virtue of his height alone.Standing a literal head above his contemporaries in the UAAP, Sotto is already pegged to be at the forefront of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary At 14 years old, he has already started making impact for the national team as part of the Batang Gilas U-16 team and is expected to lead the next generation’s Gilas players.Jong Uichico, one of the coaches of the Gilas program, foresees that Sotto will still improve over time as long as the reed-thin teenager gets exposed to better competition.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 shutoutSotto currently plays in the UAAP as part of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets where he towers over his competition.“He should really improve a lot in the next year or two and get a lot of exposure. And it’s hard to find a 14-year-old seven-footer walking around,” said Uichico Thursday at Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show SportsIQ. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “He should be exposed to better competition and not just the UAAP where he will face up against what six-footers he won’t have to jump.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Nextlast_img read more

Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I’m still not used to it because he’s our captain, our vocal leader and that what makes him the anchor of the team,” said his former teammate Jayson Castro on Wednesday after the KaTropa edged NLEX, 112-107, in their first game without the veteran forward. “And you can’t really replace a Ranidel in your team.”“Trade has been done and we have no choice but to move forward and embrace the change. No one person can replace RDO. It takes everybody pitching in,” echoed TNT head coach Nash Racela in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Tuesday.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 shutoutCastro knows exactly what he’s talking about having shared six championships with de Ocampo. Both won a couple of Finals MVP awards during those title runs.“It was sad when we found out that he got traded, but I guess there’s a reason why he was traded to Meralco,” said Castro, who was also teammates with de Ocampo with Gilas Pilipinas. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 35-year-old de Ocampo visited TNT practice to bid farewell to the team, which he played for eight seasons.Castro said de Ocampo told the team to just “accept” the change and “move on.”“That’s basketball. And it’s something we have no control over,” the explosive guard said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo can space the floor, break down his defender in the post and has a knack for hitting big shots.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday and TNT will surely miss all of those and so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight View commentslast_img read more

Blue Eagles enter PVL Finals, beat Tigers in 4 sets

first_imgGian Carlo Glorioso also provided support with his 11 markers, Ishmael Rivera contributed 10 points, while Ish Polvorosa had 33 excellent sets in the match.Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro was ecstatic with how his veterans Espejo, Polvorosa, and Karl Baysa delivered despite them splitting time in the UAAP beach volleyball competitions.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“They were coming from beach volleyball, but they still managed to show their leadership,” the outspoken mentor said.“(UST) really played well and they really played their hearts out today. But maybe, it’s the resiliency of my players coming from a loss. What I admire in my players is their maturity, that when something is happening, something is not going right, they know what to do right away,” he said. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC TNT import Rice slapped with P26,000 fine Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE PHOTO – The Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Mark Espejo and Manuel Sumanguid celebrate for bagging the championship after beating the NU Bulldogs for the UAAP 79th season Men’s Volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Yesterday. (PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN)Ateneo bucked a first set gaffe and whipped University of Santo Tomas in four sets, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, to punch its ticket to the men’s finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Marck Espejo returned and unleashed 23 points, 20 coming off kills, as the Blue Eagles rebounded from their first loss of the tournament to survive the winner-take-all affair in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Blue Eagles aim to win their third straight title in the collegiate conference after winning the last two Spikers’ Turf championships.Joshua Umandal fired 20 points for UST, while Manuel Medina got 12, as the Growling Tigers failed to complete the upset after their stunning 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 victory on Saturday.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more

Eyes on the prize

first_imgPocari Sweat, BaliPure start title duel MOST READ SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe nearest an NBA champion has come to playoff perfection was the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 15-1. Led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, the team lost only its finals opener to Philadelphia.And the Warriors made history but got burned last year, when they won a record of 73 regular-season games and took a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the finals only to lose after the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No team has ever rallied from 3-0 down to win in 126 NBA playoff series, but Thompson says locking up the title means more than completing a playoff sweep.“We still remember what happened last year. It’s fresh in our minds,” Thompson said. “It doesn’t matter until we get that 16th one.“It’s very impressive, though. It’s something we pride ourselves on, just our consistency this postseason and not getting down on ourselves, not feeling ourselves too much when we’ve been winning, but still staying hungry and on course.”Cavaliers guard JR Smith would enjoy shattering the perfect playoff run.“I would love to put a dent in that record,” he said. “I don’t really focus on it too much. That’s really for them, whether they get the record or they don’t.” —AFPADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments “It would be great to own a piece of history,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Just because 16-0 means we’re champs. It wasn’t a goal of ours to start the postseason; but now that’s it’s attainable, we have our eyes set on it.“All we have to do is come out with great focus and play as hard as we can and we should be in a position to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with teammates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND—Forgive the Golden State Warriors if they stubbornly focus on winning the NBA crown instead of the chance they become the first champion with an undefeated playoff charge.The Warriors lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals 3-0 entering game four Friday at Cleveland and have won 15 consecutive playoff games, the longest streak in North American major pro sports history.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Cool Smashers zoom to lead

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Earlier, Perlas-BanKo survived highly energized Adamson to prevail, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, and post its first win after dropping its initial two games.The Perlas Spikers trailed 7-13 in the fourth set against the winless Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We badly needed this win and we focused on it,” said Kath Bersola, who recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines.Bersola finished with 13 points and had three blocks for Perlas which took its first win in three starts. Creamline encountered rough patches before disposing of Air Force, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-12, to grab a share of the lead Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.At 3-0, the Cool Smashers tied idle defending champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors for top spot.The Jet Spikers absorbed their first defeat in two starts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ “We still need to work on our communication and chemistry on the court,” said Bersola as they struggled against a team that won just one match in the UAAP last season.With Jema Galanza, May Roque and Eli Soyud brimming with adrenalin, the Lady Falcons made a major fight back from two sets down to snatch the third frame.Galanza, who finished with 16 points, engineered that run that saw Adamson topping Perlas-BanKo, 25-21, in attacks in that set alone.That was enough to sow fear into the Perlas Spikers’ hearts as they started the fourth set down 7-13.But through Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon, Perlas grabbed the upperhand, 19-15.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sparks widen lead; Kaya Makati secures crucial triumph Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

RCB crush Guyana by nine wkts in CLT20

first_imgJacques Kallis starred with an all-round performance as Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed underdogs Guyana by nine wickets in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match in Centurion on Sunday.Kallis captured three wickets for 16 to play a big role in RCB skittling out Guyana for a paltry 103 after captain Anil Kumble put the opposition in and later smashed an unbeaten 43 to help his side overhaul the target with more than seven overs remaining at SuperSport Park.Veteran batsman Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings with Kallis, contributed 33 as RCB scored 106 in 12.2 overs to start their campaign on a winning note.Kallis remained not out on 43 from 32 balls with the help of four fours and a six while Dravid, the only RCB batsman dismissed on Sunday, hit three fours in his 34-ball innings.One-down Robin Uthappa chipped in with an eight-ball cameo of 25 not out which he made with the help of two fours and an equal number of sixes.The Guyana bowlers, lacking in international exposure, failed to make any impact against the top class RCB batsmen who scored runs almost at will.With a meager total of 104 to chase, Kallis and Dravid did not take much risk with too many shots before Uthappa ended the match in a flash by taking 21 runs in the 12th over with the help of two sixes and a four off Christopher Barnwell.Uthappa hit the winning runs — a four — in the 13th over to overhaul the target.Earlier, Kallis led a disciplined RCB bowling attack with three wickets, including two in three balls, as they shot out Guyana for 103.advertisementKallis claimed Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan’s (7) crucial wicket early in the innings before scalping two batsmen in the 16th over after Kumble elected to field after winning the toss.Kallis (3/16) was ably supported by Kumble, Praveen Kumar and Nayan Joshi by chipping in with a wicket each as RCB bowlers tied down the Guyanese batsmen, most of whom lacking in international exposure, all through the innings.Barnwell top-scored with a 35-ball 30 while the next highest scorer was opener Sewnarine Chattergoon with an 18.Kumble’s decision to bowl first was proved right by his pacers Dale Steyn and Kumar as the pace duo tied down Guyana batsmen with the help of some early swing.The Guyanese could not score a boundary till the fourth over and lost their first wicket next over with Kumar removing Travis Dowlin who holed out to fine-leg fielder Steyn.In the same over, the other opener Chattergoon was dropped by Rahul Dravid while on 14.Kumble brought in Kallis for the first time in the sixth over but he was whacked for a six by Sarwan. But the bowler had the last laugh removing Sarwan with a beautiful off cutter to leave Guyana in trouble at 34 for two.With boundaries coming far and between, the Guyanese had to run at every opportunity they got and Cameron White pounced on one such oopportunity to run out Chattergoon with a direct throw from the covers in the eighth over.With their top order coming a cropper against a quality RCB bowling attack, the Guyanese could only score 54 for three at the halfway mark and they failed to accelerate in the seconf half of their innings with wickets tumbling at regular interval.Kumble, who introduced himself in the seventh over, got his first wicket in the 12th over in the form of Narsingh Deonarine (13) who holed out to Ross Taylor at deep midwicket.Royston Crandon (5) fell in the 14th over while promising youngster Jonathan Foo disappointed as he fell in the 16th over for just one to Kallis from the six balls he faced and with that Guyana’s hopes of a respectable total evaporated.But for a figting 30 from Barnwell, who fell in the last ball of their innings, Guyana would not have crossed the 100-mark.last_img read more

City

first_imgCheck out the latest fashion, places, fadsand trends to grab hold of your city test fashion, places, fads. New addressJ.J Valaya unveiled his new flagship store in the capital at the Gallery on MG road. Braving the monsoon, the capital came together to celebrate the opening and raise a toast,Check out the latest fashion, places, fadsand trends to grab hold ofyour city test fashion, places, fads.New addressJ.J Valaya unveiled his new flagship store in the capital at the Gallery on MG road. Braving the monsoon, the capital came together to celebrate the opening and raise a toast to the occasion where the first edition of the signature Alika Jacket was also launched with much fanfare.After being nestled in 2,500 square foot space in a farmhouse for over 14 years, the flagship moves into its rightful new home, one that has dedicated floors for women’s and men’s wear and will carry all the Valaya labels.Festive offeringsSwarovski has launched its exclusive collection to start off the celebrations. Choose from the exquisite faceted crystal creations in eye-catching designs. Team it up with sparkling Crystalline Vase. Go for Crystalline Tealight that will fill your interior with light and luxury. The 1400 clear crystals reflect the light magically, while thegold-tone metal details create a warm and inviting atmosphere.Cough up: Rs. 29,800 for the crystalline vase (right).Glam upPreeti Chandra’s fall winter line collection includes lush fabrics such as pure wool, velvet, tweed and silk. Available in beautiful shades of charcoal grey, black, chocolate brown , burgundy, vibrant oranges, hot pink, teal green.Happy feetWhat started off as a shoe back then in 1973 went on to become the world’s leading outdoor brand. With its new store in Delhi, Timberland has set out on an all new expedition by partnering with Reliance Brands The brand opened its first store at Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. It features a product line that spans across footwear, apparel and and children. Go check out the new collection.Tune inPhilips has launched a new line of waterproof and sweatproof sports headphones in rubberised black and bright orange design; and comes with three sizes of extra soft anti-bacterial silicon ear caps. Great for sports enthusiasts, these are weightless, secure, comfortable, sweat proof and safe for outdoor use.Cough up: Rs 2,000- 2,5000Sense of smellPlatinum, the fragrance by Oriflame is worth a dekko. Specially made to capture the essence of modern man, the combinations of fiery black pepper, sensual patchouli and leather are a must try.New York wayAdorn the elegant style with Delhi’s premiere multi-designer fashion store, WHITE. Their collection, Manhattan ‘it’ girl features designers Prashant Verma and Sunaina Puri. Taking inspiration from New York’s style quotient, the collection is for the hip and happening. Keeping in mind the styles of two designers, the store has brought together this line which is unique and trendy. The collections though very different to each other, complement one another to create a perfect look for the fashion-conscious. Go check out their unique designer wear. advertisementlast_img read more

Govt to study use of diesel by SUVs

first_imgThe petroleum ministry is worried over the increasing “dieselisation” of the auto sector as rising sales of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and diesel-run cars are eroding the profits of the oil companies.This is seen as a bit of a paradox as the price of diesel has been kept deliberately low since it is meant for use in the farm sector and for fuelling public transport.The oil firms are currently losing around Rs 18 per litre on diesel sales, which is cheaper than petrol by more than Rs 25 a litre.According to sources, the petroleum ministry and the public sector oil companies have initiated steps to carry out an all-India study of the segment-wise sales of diesel at filling stations. The sample-based study will extend to all the states of the country.The study is expected to estimate the percentage sale of diesel to each category of vehicle, such as SUVs and cars, the farm sector which includes tractors and water pumping sets and commercial vehicles covering buses as well as different categories of big and small trucks.Captive power generation is another category that has been included in the study.SUVs SAILING ON ‘FARM FUEL’With petrol prices on the move, sales of SUVs & diesel-run cars have shot up, leading to erosion in profits of oil companiesDiesel prices had been kept low since it is meant for use in the farm sector and for use in public transportSTUDYING DISPARITYPetromin & the public sector oil cos have initiated steps to carry out an all-India study of the segment-wise sales of dieselThe study is expected to estimate percentage sale of diesel to each category of vehicles, such as SUVs & others including tractors and trucksThe study will include petrol sales to SUVs and cars too, so that a comparison can be madeSince no figures are currently available on segment-wise sales, it is difficult for the Centre to formulate a policy that may help to check the losses to the oil companies on diesel salesThe study will include petrol sales as well to SUVs and cars so that a comparison can be made between the two fuels.A senior official said the study will be carried out over a year with separate figures for each quarter so that the seasonal impact gets reflected in the figures.For instance, diesel sales shoot up to the farm sector during the sowing season of each crop and fall in the intervening months.Since no figures are currently available on segment-wise sales, it is difficult for the government to formulate a policy that may help to check the losses to the oil companies on diesel sales to the non-priority sectors.A senior Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) official said, “For instance, if the study throws up that most of the retail filling stations in South Delhi sell diesel mainly to cars and SUVs and for power generating sets, as there are no farms in the area, then the fuel could be priced higher at such pumps.” However, introducing such a policy may not be an easy task as such dual pricing could trigger a thriving blackmarket in diesel with the fuel being diverted from cheaper filling stations.The oil companies had in the past tried to sell only the more expensive branded diesel at filling stations in posh localities in Delhi but were forced to retract amid strong protests.Some officials are of the view that with farmers getting identity cards under the new scheme being worked out by the Nandan Nilekani-headed Unique Identification Authority (UID) the country could eventually move to a system where farmers get the subsidy on diesel directly in cash.The study is expected to eventually help the government assess the exact outgo to each segment with a view to formulating some policy to check losses.The expression of interest for carrying out the survey has already been invited. Apart from private companies with experience for carrying out such studies, IITs, IIMs and government research institutes, such as the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), are eligible to apply.Courtesy: Mail Today advertisementlast_img read more