Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — James Harden had 30 points and 15 assists, and the Houston Rockets routed the New York Knicks 118-99 on Wednesday night.The NBA’s leader coming into the day with 11.8 assists per game toyed with the Knicks defense, setting up teammates for lobs or open 3-pointers as the Rockets easily bounced back from a loss in Cleveland a night earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Eric Gordon added 21 points for Houston, which has won seven straight at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks haven’t defeated the Rockets at home since Jan. 26, 2009, so long ago that their coach was current Houston coach Mike D’Antoni.Harden also grabbed six rebounds, a night after he had 41 points and 15 assists in the Rockets’ 128-120 loss in Cleveland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCarmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks, who besides their poor defense also heard loud boos for their rebounding and turnovers in a dismal performance.Both teams were playing for the second straight night, but only the Knicks appeared to have tired legs. Houston quickly extended a 33-25 lead after one quarter into double digits and was ahead 68-51 at halftime. Gordon opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point game and Harden closed it with another 3 that sent the Rockets to the fourth quarter with a 100-78 lead.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Batum breaks out, leads Hornets past 76ers Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports
Qazi Kholiquzzaman AhmadEconomist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad has defended the Tk 4.64 trillion national budget for the next financial year, terming it feasible. “Many are calling the budget ambitious. But, I don’t think so. People are increasing (day by day). And so is the size of the economy. In this case it’s natural to increase the target of revenue collection,” he said.Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad’s reactions came in a conversation with Prothom Alo shortly after finance minister AMA Muhith unveiled the budget for the fiscal 2018-19 in parliament.The economist, however, urged the government to focus on implementing the target.”The finance minister a few days ago said that the ministries can spend money right from the day the budget is passed in parliament. If this happens in reality, the implementation of the budget won’t be impossible,” he said.”However for this, the administration has to be made pro-people and pro-growth,” added Qazi Kholiquzzaman who is the chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF).He is also optimistic that it is possible for the government to achieve a 7.8 per cent Gross Domestic Growth (GDP) growth target for the next financial year (FY) 2018-19.”Bangladesh achieved 7.65 per cent GDP growth in the past fiscal. Keeping that in mind, I can say that it’s possible to attain the GDP target,” he told Prothom Alo.Commenting on inflation target, he said, “The government has set the inflation target at 5.6 per cent which is acceptable for the economy of a developing country like Bangladesh.”The economist also praised several initiatives of the proposed budget including initiating inclusive pension system for all, focussing on job creation for the young generation, increasing subsidy and allocation in agriculture sector and steps to control tobacco usages.Qazi Kholiquzzaman, however, pointed out that the finance minister AMA Muhith did not say anything in the proposed budget about what measures would be taken to quicken the rate of reducing poverty or discrimination.”Overall, I disagree to term the budget ambitious. This is executable. But for this, the government must concentrate more on proper use of manpower and increase of skills,” he concluded.